Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Thanks to you, we were able to raise close to $5,000 for the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation at the book launch party for HELL HOLE, held at the Engine 23 Firehouse in New York. Special thanks to those who bid on character names to appear in MIND SCRAMBLER. The auction brought in $2,100 when author Chris Grabenstein "sold" two names and one of the bidders worked for a company (go, American Express) that would match her charitable contribution.

Chris Grabenstein (seated) with bookmark assistant Hailey and book buyer
Double special thanks to St. Martin's Minotaur for donating so many books to the cause and to my beloved wife, J.J., for saying, "Sure, go ahead and donate a bunch from us, too!" Thanks to Captain Morkal and the firefighters who whipped up two huge vats of firehouse chili (12 pounds of ground turkey and sixteen cans of beans). It was all gone by the end of the party and it was 90 degrees in the firehouse garage.

Captain Dave Morkal and daughter Meghan (one of the very first readers of THE CROSSROADS, she is one of the three people the book is dedicated to)

Thanks again for helping raise so much money for an incredible charity!



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