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100 % of all proceeds to Sandy Hook Promise

100% all of proceeds to charity!
During the entire month of June, I will be donating all the proceeds of my new book to charity. I will also wear my orange t-shirt to honor the more than 90 lives cut short every day. And to honor all the parents, kids, brothers, and sisters who have lost a loved one to gun violence.

June 2nd is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and I have decided to help raise awareness AND money by donating all of June proceeds to Sandy Hook Promise–a nonprofit organization founded by the Sandy Hook victims’ families. Their mission is to raise awareness and implement kindness programs in schools and local communities. I am a Promise leader myself and this is my way of helping. I hope you will join me, support and raise awareness. The ebook is only 2.99 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated (it also comes in a good old paperback).

The inspiration for Holding on to Hurt… I’m stepping out of my usual lightweight/humorous genre here. And I am for sure stepping out of my comfort zone. It’s not that I like crying for every other word I put down on paper, but I do like to write from my heart. I do like to write about real life and, sadly, this is what life hands us sometimes. It was a few days after the terrible Sandy Hook tragedy. I was watching Obama’s speech surrounded by my little ones, our hands tightly knitted together. I was doing okay, wiping away a silent tear here and there. But when Obama started reading out loud the names of those little angels, I totally broke down in tears. As a mother, this is the worst nightmare I can ever imagine—your precious baby huddled on the floor, scared to death… The image is too strong to bear…That day, my heart was bleeding together with everyone else’s. And I knew that, one day, I had to tell the story—not about Sandy Hook but a story that could express the frustration, anger, helplessness, and hurt I was feeling and still feel about the senseless school shootings that take place way too often and the grief and suffering it brings about. Finally, about three years later, I sat down and put my pen to paper. It took a lot of courage. It took a lot of heart-breaking research about shootings, grief counseling, and coma patients. And it took a lot of tears….I cry because I am a mother first. I cry with and for all the grieving mothers who had to live through this and I hope that no one ever has to suffer a tragedy like this again. With this book, I hope to raise awareness: (School) shootings are not just headlines or statistics. Behind each and every one of them, there is a sister, father, brother, or a mom.❤️

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