Quick note before I get to the Haiti part of the post - I just wanted to apologize for being a little MIA as far as reviews go recently, Julie and Leah have really been the ones holding down the fort in that area for the past while. Busy + a bit of a reading funk = not fun, not fun at all. But I'm currently reading Crossing the Bridge by Michael Baron so expect a review for that, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey (next on my to read list).
Right, onto more important stuff.
I'm sure by now you've all heard about the earthquake in Haiti - if you haven't then you are either a) completely oblivious to the rest of the world or b) you have been hiding out in a cave for the past month or so... but anyway, Danielle from an organization called The Harry Potter Alliance emailed us and I thought I should make a post about it.
The people at The Harry Potter Alliance, along with a whole bunch of other websites for different fandoms, put together a massive online donation drive to assist efforts in Haiti.
If you donate at http://www.thehpalliance.org/haiti by January 30th, you are automatically entered to win one of more than 200 prizes, many of which are unique, rare, and highly valuable (example: Donate $30 by Jan. 30th and you could win an amazing prize pack of 35 signed YA novels)! So far, they have raised well over $40,000 in less than 48 hours.
Some of the other prizes include:
* A full set of Harry Potter novels signed and donated by J.K. Rowling.
* Signed copy of Harlequin Valentine donated by Neil Gaiman.
* Signed, dedicated, first edition novels by bestselling author Terry Pratchett.
Signed books from Time Magazine's Lev Grossman, NY Times bestselling author Melissa Anelli, Movies in 15 Minutes author Cleolinda Jones, and Urban fantasy novelist Lilith Saintcrow, as well as young adult authors John Green, Karen Healey, Aprilynne Pike, Pam Bachorz, Lisa Mantchev, and many more.
* Original, never before seen, concept art from the film Where the Wild Things Are, Spiderman II, and Bicentenial Man.
* Dexter bobbleheads donated by Showtime.
* Posters signed by Bon Jovi and The Guild cast and crew.
And these are just a few of the items you can win by donating. A complete list of prizes can be found at http://www.thehpalliance.org/haiti/prizes.
Even if you can't donate, you could still help by promoting the cause - blog about it, tell your friends about it, link to the website on your twitter or facebook or whatever other sites you use.
For more updates, you can follow the Helping Haiti Heal twitter account at http://www.twitter.com/tweetaha.