Saturday, October 2, 2010

Help Fight Domestic Violence

Anyone who knows me or my work knows I don't shy away from tough topics...especially domestic violence. Earlier in the year, I read this amazing book and should have told you all about it. It's called SPLIT and it's by Swati Avasthi and it blew me away. Here's a description:

Swati's debut novel is narrated by 16-year-old Jace Witherspoon who drives 19 hours straight after finally hitting his father back. He shows up on the doorstep of his brother, who he hasn't seen or heard from in 5 years, with a few bucks, his re-landscaped face, and a secret. Split is about what happens after, after you've said enough, after you've run, after you've made the split.

Right now, Swati is on a one-month-long blog tour and is running an auction that will benefit The Family Violence Prevention Fund. PLEASE check out more details below. And BID! 


My items: 
A personalized copy of PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ
A SKYPE VISIT to your school, library or book club!! 

Blog TourTo honor National Domestic Violence Awareness month, author Swati Avasthi has combined a blog tour for her debut novel, Split, with a charity auction. Over 40 authors, agents and editors have donated manuscript critiques, personalized books, and more to an online auction that anyone--reader, writer, booklover -- can bid on and buy.  All proceeds go to the Family Violence Prevention Fund. In addition to the auction, Avasthi is donating $1/comment on her 26-stop, month-long blog tour, coordinated by Kari Olson at Teen Book Scene. If we reach the goal and cap of $250, Swati will double the donation to the Family Violence Prevention Fund.  The CDC estimates that one in four women will experience intimate partner abuse during her life and UC Davis estimates that a child who grew up witnessing abuse is four times as likely to perpetrate abuse, 25 times more likely to commit rape and 6 times more likely to commit suicide. Family Violence Prevention Fund has some great initiatives, including Coaching Boys Into Men and Start Strong, that are about breaking the intergenerational cycle and preventing abuse.  So, follow the tour, get stuff you want, and make a difference.

(Winner of the Pizza Delivery Contest announced Sunday!)

1 comment:

Sage Ravenwood said...

A personal topic close to my heart. I actually keep the Domestic Violence Hotline number:
In the US
0808 2000 247 - in my messenger bag, just on the offchance someone may need it. One such card saved my life once upon a time. (Hugs)Indigo