Hurricane Sandy Relief and Book Giveaway

Thanks to all those who left comments on this post and made donations for Sandy relief. Be sure to send me your contact info so that you can get your copy of Murder and Marinara.

A year ago this week, many thousands of my fellow New Jerseyans found themselves in darkness, both literally and figuratively. What became known as Superstorm Sandy--the worst national disaster in the state's history--wreaked a level of havoc few of us were prepared for.

 Damage on the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, Nov. 2, 2012. (Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill) Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Damage on the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy, Nov. 2, 2012. (Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill) Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons


A year later, there is still much work to be done. According to, tens of thousands of New Jersey residents remain displaced, many living with relatives or in temporary shelters. Payments from insurance companies are slow to come in, and in certain communities, like Union Beach along the Raritan Bay shore, whole neighborhoods were wiped out by the storm. While rebuilding is going on in our shore communities, funding is tight and the process is taking time.

This is an issue close to my heart, so in partnership with my publisher, I'm hoping to make a small difference and spread awareness about the effects of last year's terrible storm.

Here's how you can help, AND take a chance on winning a copy of Murder and Marinara:

1-Leave a comment on this post. Talk about your own storm experience, ask questions about the shore, or tell me a little about yourself. All you really have to do is show up and say hi!

2-Make a donation through Restore the Shore, to the charity of your choice--Hometown Heroes, the Salvation Army, or the Red Cross. Contact me via Facebook or this site let me know you've made a donation (we operate on the honor system here!) and to provide me with your contact info.

3-Your name goes into the hat to win one of ten books, generously provided by Penguin. The giveaway will close on Wednesday, November 6 at 3 p.m.

See how easy it is to do a good deed? Looking forward to hearing from you!

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