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Two Special Auctions in RomanceLand

It’s tough out there. People are losing their jobs and their homes. They are struggling to make ends meet. I recognize that in posting these links that some of the readers are in the same position as the recipients of these individuals but I post them not for those of you who are hurting. This is a post for those who are willing and are able to help. But because there are so many people out there struggling, I won’t post another one of these unless the circumstances are extraordinary.

  • First up is Gemma Halliday sponsored event. Halliday found out one of her avid fans (and this girl’s mother) are basically homeless. Gemma is planning an auction starting Jan. 19th and running through the 26th to raise some funds to help them out. The auction link is here.
  • Sharon Cullars is in danger of losing her home, but Karen Scott and Roslyn Holcomb and a number of authors and bloggers got together to auction off goods to assist Cullars.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Evangeline
    Jan 24, 2009 @ 13:13:43

    Since running tame through the online romance community, I’ve witnessed nearly a dozen auctions for romance authors who’ve gone through hard times. I think there should be an official fund/auction for the romance community in general.

  2. Bev Stephans
    Jan 24, 2009 @ 16:00:42

    I agree with Evangeline. If there was some kind of fund (trust or otherwise), it would make more sense.

    I believe there is (or was) a fund called, Save the Quiet Kitty. It was for authors who had fallen on hard times.

  3. roslynholcomb
    Jan 24, 2009 @ 17:11:26

    Thank you so much for posting this Jane. It is indeed a sign of our times that so many people are experiencing this. The auction was actually Emma Petersen’s idea, and without her and Karen Scott it would never have happened. I appreciate your unique position and appreciate you doing this for us. Again, thank you so much.

  4. SandyO
    Jan 25, 2009 @ 13:38:43

    Jane, yes people all over are struggling, but how can we know how to help if we aren’t kept informed? I appreciate you letting us know about authors and readers in such need. I think it is wonderful that the romance community has come together to help each other.

    Whether we can afford to donate, or prefer to donate closer to our physical home (as opposed to romancelandia), is our personal decisions. So please don’t appologize for posting auctions and the like.

  5. Karen Scott
    Jan 27, 2009 @ 06:10:59

    Thanks Jane. :)

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