Award Winning Authors hold Cancer Research Fundraising Event 2/2/12

5.0.2Award-winning Arizona authors who are members of Writers Unite to Fight Cancer will hold an Arizona Centennial Cancer Research Fundraiser on February 2nd, 2012 from 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM at the Arizona Biltmore on 2400 E. Missouri in Phoenix. 

  • Angela Morrison, MFA is the author of Sing Me to Sleep, a 2010 GoodReads Choice Nominee for YA Fiction. She also wrote the Taken by Storm series.
  • Anna Arnett is the author of Lolly’s Yarn. She is a trained hospice volunteer and co-wrote and directed a top-award-wining road-show among her many other achievements.
  • Betty Webb’s Desert Lost, the sixth book in the Lena Jones series set in Arizona was picked by Library Journal as one of the top five mystery novels of 2009.  Desert Wives was optioned by Lifetime for a TV series or movie. Webb is a journalist and literary critic for more than 25 years.
  • Cindy R. Williams wrote the children’s picture book Chase McKay Didn’t Get Up Today received the 2009 Arizona Glyph Award and was a 2010 Southwest Book Award Finalist. Her brother is a cancer survivor.
  • Conrad Storad’s book Don’t Ever Cross that Road (An Armadillo Story) was an “Arizona Young Reader Award” nominee for 2006 and Southwest Books of the Year “Best Reading for 2003.” His children’s picture book Meerkats won Arizona’s Best Book of 2008, and Rattlesnake Rules won two ABPA Glyph awards in 2010 and Mars won the 2011 AZ Glyph Award.
  • Donna Hatch author of sweet regency and fantasy romances. Her writing has won or been nominated as a finalist in many writing awards including Golden Quill and SARA Merrit.
  • Gilat Ben-Dor  is an author of three business books and CEO of Gusto Power. Her awards include:  March 2011 Educator of the Month, Society of Wine Educators, 2010-2011 Member, National Board of Examiners, Society of Wine Educators, 2008 National Winner (Southwest), AusWISE Competition, Australian Wine Bureau, 2007 Top 10 World Finalist for Wine Women Awards 2007,  Paris
  • Janette Rallison is the author of 18 novels and has sold over a million books. Her awards include:  IRA Young Adult’s Choice List 2007, 2008 & 2009  for Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List,  It’s a Mall World After All,  How to Take the Ex out of Ex Boyfriend; and Grand Canyon reader Award Nominee 2011 for My Fair Godmother.
  • Linda Radke is the author of  The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing, a 2010 Paris Book Festival first-place winner in the “How-To” category. She is also a founding member of the Arizona Book Publishing Association and President of Five Star Publications, Inc.
  • Louise Laughlin children’s picture book, Libby’s Vacation, won the 2011 ABPA Glyph award for the book cover. Her husband is an esophageal cancer survivor and she wrote a memoir about him: I Must Be Dreaming.
  • Lynda Exley, co-author of Arizona Way Out West and Witty, has to her credit more than 50 national and state awards for editing and writing. She is the recipient of Arizona Newspaper Association’s “Best Entry Outstanding Writing” award, a three-time National Federal of Press Women Communications Contest winner for writing and editing, and has garnered more than a dozen first-place wins in the Arizona Press Women’s Communications Contest.
  • Margaret Turley wrote the contemporary novel, Save the Child.  Margaret has won awards for her poetry.
  • Michael J. Moorehead is author of The Student from Zombie Island: Conquering the Rumor Monster, and received the 2008 Moonbeam Children’s Book Bronze Award, 2008 Glyph award, and 2008 Reader Views Annual Literary Award for Best Children’s Book when he was a 12-year-old.

Two Books at this event have been designated as Arizona Centennial Legacy Projects:

a) Arizona Way out West and Wacky, written by multi-award winning author Conrad Storad and Lynda Exley, editor for the SanTan Sun News; editor, writer and publicist for Five Star Publications; and an editor for Arizona Parenting.

b) Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo, written by Susan Krueger Ed.D and Reba Wells Grandrud, Ph.D.

Each author will donate $1.00 per book sold at this event toward the two Arizona-Based Cancer Research Programs we have designated as equal beneficiaries for this fundraiser. 1.) Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine jointly with Arizona State University under the direction of Robert Waters PhD. 2.) Arizona Cancer Centers jointly with the University of Arizona Medical Centers. All donations are tax-deductible through White Lions Foundation, a 501 3 c public charity. As allowed by law – Tax ID # 27-2098690.  The founder, Lisa Finder introduced her novel Black Sand, at the award winning 16th Annual ArtFest of Scottsdale, 2009. Her brother and sister in law are cancer survivors and her brother in law has cancer.

Other participating WUFC members include:  Cay Randall-May author of Healing and the Creative ResponseDr. Randall-May teaches The Intuitive Pathway program in advanced intuitive studies through the Healing Arts Connection in Phoenix. Cecily Markland is author of If I Made a Bug, Managing Editor of the Beehiveand owner of  Inglestone PublishingDavid Arnett is co-author of The Baltimore PrinciplesDavid Lee Summers is an astronomer at Kitt Peak National Observatory outside of Tucson who writes science fiction novels. David’s wife is a breast cancer survivor. Dorian Tether of Scottsdale is a children’s book author and illustrator. Kerry Lynn Blair is an ovarian cancer survivor, recently lost her mother to cancer and author of Counting Blessings, as well as several LDS fiction and young adult novels. Nancy Lee Burns, a retired social worker wrote Retirement: Sacred or Scared. Nancy lost as sister and a dear friend to cancer last year.

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