October 8th is SAVE Day (Stop America’s Violence Everywhere) and in order to help end school violence and build up the communities who have suffered at the hands of such tragedies, ALL proceeds from Before the Storm purchases made on October 8th will go directly to KidsPeace; an organization that is dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities, especially following traumatic events.
In honor of SAVE Day and the BookSparks Speaks Out Campaign, we hope you'll join us on October 8th to give back and speak out for those who have been affected by school violence.
How you can Speak Out:
Blog it: Create a dedicated blog post to spread the word about the campaign. Use the attached Speak Out badge in your blog post and include it in your sidebar.
Facebook it: Share the badge, this campaign, #SpeakOut, #SAVEDay, and your words against school violence via Facebook and tag us (BookSparks) so we can share too!
Tweet it: Speak out with @BookSparks, book lovers and @SteenaHolmes about ending school violence! #SpeakOut #SAVEDay
Buy it: All proceeds from Before the Storm purchases made on October 8th will go directly to KidsPeace; an organization that is dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities, especially following traumatic events. Buy the novella for $2.99 and support KidsPeace HERE
Rate it: Head over to Goodreads and rate the moving novella and empowering novel is a story of loss, community and healing that is unlike any other:
by Steena Holmes
Amazon | Goodreads
Before the first shots are fired within the walls of Stillwater Elementary School, life went on as normal for five women who were close friends. Their monthly girls' night was coming up and they couldn't wait to get together. They all needed this night to run away and be carefree - from their husbands, their children, their church - with no expectations, no responsibilities, where they weren't mothers or wives. No one expected their lives to be torn apart, their friendships tested in one short minute when their town is rocked by adanger lurking in their tight-knit community.
This novella gives you a glimpse into the town of Stillwater Bay and its residents. You will see what their lives were like BEFORE the storm that rocked their little community descended upon them.
This is a novella and comes before Stillwater Rising and a portion of proceeds from this novella will be donated to KidsPeace.org to help stop school violence.
by Steena Holmes
Amazon | Goodreads
After losing her son in an elementary school shooting that devastates the tight-knit community of Stillwater Bay, Jennifer Crowne finds herself unable to settle back into her role of perfect stay-at-home mom and committee organizer. Meanwhile, her best friend, Mayor Charlotte Stone, struggles to keep the town together, and Charlotte’s husband, the school principal, may not be the hero everyone thinks him to be.
As they try to heal from this irrevocable trauma, Jenn and Charlotte find themselves at a crossroads—within the town and within their friendship. For Jenn, broken and grieving, there is no going back, and she demands that the school be closed so that she can bury the past. Yet Charlotte is equally desperate to hold the town together, fighting the school closure and helping the shooter’s mother regain her place in the community. Jenn and Charlotte’s relationship is put to the ultimate test as each weighs her own interests against the bonds of their friendship.
* guest post from BookSparks