Authors Helping Harry (with giveaways!)

Congratulations to Jill James and Nat! You’ve both won an e-copy of AUTHOR MOMENTS. I’ll contact both of you.

This is my season for writing for charities. Probably most of you know about my involvement with ENTANGLED, A PARANORMAL ANTHOLOGY, which includes stories by 11 fabulous authors, with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Just a couple weeks ago, Bonnie Hoffmaster asked if I would  contribute to another anthology, an essay this time, for another cause that touched my heart. Because little kids shouldn’t die. But it started because one kid was dying. And another kid wanted to save him.

Here it is in Harry Moseley’s words:

“My name is Harry, I’m 11 years old and I have an inoperable brain tumour. When my friend Robert Harley became very ill because of his brain tumour I set up my campaign Help Harry Help Others. I started making and selling bracelets in the hope that I would raise enough money for brain tumour research so that I could help get my friend better. Robert was my inspiration and although he died just after I started my campaign, I am determined to continue in his memory. That’s why I’ve teamed up with Cancer Research UK to help them find a cure for brain tumours.”

What makes this more remarkable is that Harry has an inoperable brain tumor, too.

And now he’s in a coma.

Here’s the blurb for AUTHOR MOMENTS:

“Britain’s Kindest Kid”, Harry Moseley, is more than a nice kid with a big heart; he’s a real life hero.

An eleven-year old hero with an inoperable brain tumor who has raised over £500,000.00 for Cancer Research UK.

Joining Harry in his quest for research funds, are an amazing group of 19 romance writers, along with a wonderful cover artist/graphic designer, who have come together to support Harry, and his charity: Cancer Research UK.

AUTHOR MOMENTS is a collection of essays written by these talented writers. As a bonus, each author has included an excerpt from one of their current, or upcoming, releases.

From the New York Times bestselling lists to the writer who is just beginning their quest, you will find this anthology filled with generous writing advice and anecdotes. It won’t matter where you are on your road to publication or even in your life journey, AUTHOR MOMENTS will fill you with love, laughter and a renewed hope that all things are possible when you care enough to come together and make a difference. Like real life hero, Harry Moseley.

The Authors Helping Harry invite you to pitch in and help Harry find a cure simply by purchasing a copy of this wonderful anthology.

Here are the contributing authors: Virna DePaulKarin HarlowBeth WilliamsonShiloh WalkerKarin TabkeTaylor KeatingCathryn FoxHeather LongMelissa SchroederShayla BlackMelissa EckerHeather RainierAva RileyKris CookCorinne DaviesEliza GayleMahalia LeveySophie OakElizabeth Silver, Edie Ramer and Cover Artist Kendra Egert. I’m in awesome company. This was the brainchild of Bonnie Hoffmaster, who put the anthology together.

AUTHOR MOMENTS is available on Amazon and Smashwords right now for only 99 cents. If you’d like to help Harry, I hope you’ll buy the ebook and read the essays, which I know will touch your heart the way they did mine.

If you want to donate directly to Harry, you can go here: http://www.helpothershelpharry.org. If you want to keep track of Harry’s progress, his mom tweets to his more than 30,000 followers at @harry_moseley. The Authors For Harry have a blog and a Facebook page.

I have to say that the essay was one of the easiest things I’ve written. I opened up my heart and the words poured out – along with a few tears.

What’s opened up your heart lately?

I’m giving away an e-copy of AUTHOR MOMENTS to two commenters. I’ll post the winners here on Wednesday.

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31 Responses to Authors Helping Harry (with giveaways!)

  1. Edie, it is said that the busiest among us get the most work done. Also, it is true that those in need are the first to give. This touches the heart and begs the question … what have you given of yourself lately? Please do not enter my name. I was already the lucky recipient of Entangled. This time I need to give back. Thanks as always for reminding me of what is important :)
    florence fois`s last blog was …Hello … I’m back!

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Flo, it’s silly but I’m already crying. I have the feeling that I’ll be tearing up a lot this morning. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Liz S says:

    Once again, Edie, you pick a great cause. Stories like this remind me how grateful I am that my childhood cancer wasn’t worse, and that my little girl (and hopefully #2 when he gets here) are healthy.

    This also makes me proud to be part of the romance writing community. Such a giving, selfless group of women (and a few men). I guess that’s why we choose to write about love, not just romantic but all kinds. Because we truly believe in its power.

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Liz, I was picked by Bonnie, and it was something I couldn’t say no to. I don’t think many could. Karin’s even putting in two essays – one under her name and one under Karin Harlow. She gives double!

      I feel the same way about the romance writing community. We love our happy endings, and want them in real life, too.

  4. It was such a pleasure to be asked to participate in this charity. I’d heard about Harry’s campaign but wasn’t aware then that he also had a brain tumor. Wonderful blog Edie. I’m also blessed to get to know some new fantastic people! I agree with Liz, it’s amazing to be part of a profession where people encourage and help each other and are not looking out for number one. Hugs to everyone!

  5. Oh, Edie…you shouldn’t make me cry this early in the day… Thanks so much for sharing news of Harry and this new anthology. I’m off to Amazon to get it now. xox
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …For the Love of Comedy

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Marilyn, I cried as I wrote the essay. I cried as I wrote the blog. I cried on the way home from the grocery store (and library) this morning, listening to Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton sing “When I Get Where I’m Going,” all the while thinking about Harry – and hoping he won’t get there soon.

      And I’m crying now, thinking about it again.

      Thanks for buying the anthology! xox back at you!

  6. Dale Mayer says:

    Edie,

    You should be proud of this moment! Such a wonderful cause and a perfect contribution. This will be one of your finest pieces and I’m so proud of you!

  7. Cynthia Eden says:

    I am off to buy my copy right now!
    Cynthia Eden`s last blog was …It’s Chat Day!

  8. Amy Atwell says:

    Edie, thanks for sharing about this amazing project and about Harry and his fundraising efforts. It just goes to prove that heroes come in all sizes, all ages. I appreciate the direct links–I’m looking up everyone!–and Harry’s definitely getting a donation.

  9. Jill James says:

    Just when you fear for the future of the world, along comes an amazing kid. The ones who rise above their living situation. The ones who have drive even when they aren’t taught it. Kids prove to me everytime, that they can do IT.
    Jill James`s last blog was …Goal, Motivation, Conflict – Debra Dixon

  10. Oh wow! I find it completely amazing what children are capable of, how strong they can be. While adults flounder and fight, children come together and get things done and show us how to be humans.

  11. Bonnie says:

    Edie!! Wonderful blog. Your essay in Author Moments TOTALLY had me crying! Liz – I agree, the romance community is amazingly supportive.
    Being part of this project was just an absolute blessing. And Harry is my hero xoxo

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Bonnie, I think I missed the part where I was supposed to give author advice or tips. But I did manage to connect it to writing.

      My CP Liz is a hero. Now Harry is another one.

      • Bonnie says:

        Oh, it was perfect Edie! That’s why I asked if it could be the introduction – because I felt like it pulled it together perfectly, the writing “life” aspect and your amazing story. I couldn’t have planned it that well!! xoxo

  12. I’m so happy to be a part of this amazing project. Bonnie you did a fabulous job!
    xoxoxoxo

  13. Nat says:

    What an incredible project, Edie!
    Only those who had/have someone close to them with cancer truly know how hard it is…

    All the best,
    Nat`s last blog was …Masquerade by Gabrielle Bisset + Interview

  14. Liz Kreger says:

    That’s one hellava kid. My heart goes out to him and all children like him. Kids should never be subject to anything as heinous as cancer. Yet, here’s Harry, who despite his own affliction, found it in his heart to help his friend. Wonderful.

    Will be purchasing my copy shortly.

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