Hi, everyone. This is PJ, writing today about a place that is dear to my heart. Sanibel Island is a beautiful island in the Gulf of Mexico known for its welcoming, laid-back atmosphere, shell-filled beaches, and glorious sunsets. The photo above is of the lighthouse on Sanibel, as it appeared prior to Ian's arrival. Sanibel sits just off Ft. Myers, in Southwest Florida, in the area that last week took the brunt of the devastation from Hurricane Ian. It's an area I know well, having lived in Sarasota for many years. In fact, Captiva Island, at the far tip of Sanibel, is where my late husband and I honeymooned. It's also a region where friends and family still live, several of whom have been personally impacted by Ian's devastating winds and water. Today, I'd like to share a post from author Hope Holloway. If you're a regular here at The Romance Dish, you've read my reviews of the books in Ms. Holloway's Shellseeker Beach series, which is set on Sanibel Island. She not only creates engaging characters and heartwarming stories she also captures the unique atmosphere of Sanibel Island as it was before last Wednesday.
From Hope Holloway, author of the Shellseeker Beach series
As a writer of stories set on the glorious slice of paradise known as Sanibel Island, my heart is truly broken. I can barely watch the images from the southwest coast of my state, stunned by the total devastation Hurricane Ian caused this week. In particular, Sanibel, which was essentially the site of landfall of this powerful storm, has been rendered uninhabitable.
Like others, I feel helpless at a time when all I want to do is help. Therefore, I have pledged to donate a portion of every book sold in the Shellseeker Beach series to Sanibel Island relief efforts. My goal is to raise $10,000 but who knows? Maybe we can go higher. I am reaching out to the contacts I've made on Sanibel, specifically bookstore owners, to structure a donation that is Sanibel-specific. I am also watching the mayor's communications for updates on the J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge to determine how they are handling donations. The island is closed due to the damaged causeway. But I will reach people, and I will help as I can. I hope you will, too.
If you would like to make a donation to any and all of the thousands of Floridians affected by the storm, I urge you to do so by clicking any of these links, or a charity of your choice.
The Florida Disaster Fund: https://www.volunteerflorida.
The Salvation Army: https://disaster.
Samaritan’s Purse: https://samaritanspurse.org/
And if you’d like to donate through Hope Holloway’s sales, you can take a fictional trip to Sanibel Island with the first book in the Shellseeker Beach series. You’ll have to pretend there hasn’t been a hurricane, but I promise an emotional and unforgettable visit. Again, I’m pledging to donate a portion of every sale of every book in the series (digital, paperback, and Kindle Unlimited) directly to Sanibel Island: https://amzn.to/3SLxLE3
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! For more information and donation updates, visit www.hopeholloway.com
I hope that all of you who are able will consider making a donation, either directly to the agency of your choice or by purchasing one of Hope Holloway's Shellseeker Beach books. Every amount donated, no matter how small, is desperately needed and I am sure will be greatly appreciated by all those - some of whom have lost everything but their lives - who have been impacted by Ian's wrath.
Have any of you been impacted by Hurricane Ian?
Have you ever visited Sanibel Island?
Three people who post a comment before 11:00 PM, October 6 will each receive a print copy of the first book in the Shellseeker Beach series, Sanibel Dreams.
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