Streaks of Blue readers have now donated $223.98 to the Newtown Memorial Fund

StreaksOfBlue_ebook (1)Another donation was made today. Half of all proceeds from this book go to the Newtown Memorial Fund in a tribute to the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting three years ago today. Find out more about the fund and how it helps the families here …


Update: “Streaks of Blue” has now raised $170.14 for Newtown families

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With 110 copies now sold, readers of my YA novel “Streaks of Blue” have contributed $170.14 to the Newtown Memorial Fund. $127 already has been donated on 12-14-13. The next donation will be made on 12-14-14.

A New York high school librarian’s take on “Streaks of Blue” …

Shannon Mersand, a librarian at Yorktown High School in Yorktown, N.Y., just shared her reaction to “Streaks of Blue:”

“I was super skeptical of this novel, but it was absolutely amazing, with a great message about reaching out and making a difference.”StreaksOfBlue_3D

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“Streaks of Blue” sells 100th copy: $158.95 raised for Newtown Memorial Fund

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Thanks to my readers for getting this indie author to 100 copies of “Streaks of Blue” sold since its release on Sept. 27th! In the process, we’ve raised $158.95 so far for Newtown families. And with the recent shootings in New Mexico, Colorado and Philadelphia, among others, this book and this topic continue to be extremely relevant.

A special shout-out to Christina Jackson of Shawneetown, Illinois, who won the Christmas giveaway contest on Goodreads. She said she adored the book and has loaned it to a friend. She said she was inspired by the novel and the fact that I once lived in Freeport, Illinois. Go Pretzels! Thanks also to the 690 other Goodreads members who have added “Streaks of Blue” to their shelves!

“Streaks of Blue” named Top Read for 2013 by two book blogs; $143.76 raised for Newtown families so far

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Big shout-out to Books Unhinged blog (especially Christine Cheff, aka Lady Balls) and the White Picket Fence Blog (especially Natalie Limardo Wilburn) for selecting my book “Streaks of Blue” as their favorite reads of 2013.

I’ve now sold 86 copies of “Streaks of Blue,” which means my readers have helped raise $143.76 for Newtown families, $127.16 of which I already donated to the Newtown Memorial Fund on 12-14-13. My next donation will be made on the second anniversary of the shooting.

Here are the links for the blogs who honored “Streaks of Blue,” which is very much appreciated by this indie author.

“Streaks of Blue” sells out at Hickory Stick, plus a boost for the 1214 Foundation

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Fran Keilty, owner of Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington, Conn., just informed me that “Streaks of Blue” has sold out at her store. That’s 16 copies, including 3 more toward next year’s donation to the Newtown Memorial Fund. And her store is donating a portion of its proceeds from the book to the 1214 Foundation, which is working to build a performing arts center in Newtown. Visit for more information.

“Streaks of Blue” readers raised $127.16 for Newtown families in year one

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Two more Amazon paperbacks sold just under the wire. 78 copies of “Streaks of Blue” = $127.16, which I just donated to the Newtown Memorial Fund. Thanks to all my awesome and generous readers! Any copies sold from now on will go toward my donation on 12-14-14. The book is actually set in 2014 so I hope it does even better next year. God bless the angels of Newtown and their families on this sad first anniversary.

P.S. My radio interview with Larry Rifkin of WATR-1320 AM went very well on Friday — an interesting conversation about how we prevent the next one. Sadly, that very day, there was another shooting in Colorado, just eight miles from Columbine. Two more victims plus the shooter. Our struggle continues …