Relief Efforts for Cabo Victims of Hurricane Odile

Photo by Lynn Pierce. Used by permission.

“My book would not exist at all if it weren’t for Cabo and the people of Cabo, because that’s where the story all began,” says Patricia Walker, author of DANCE OF THE ELECTRIC HUMMINGBIRD.

 

There really hasn’t been much media attention to what happened down in Cabo recently. In fact, most people I talk to haven’t even heard about it. Hurricane Odile made a devastatingly direct hit in Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, Todos Santos, La Paz and neighboring towns in Mexico on September 14, 2014.

Photo by Suset Esquivel Flores. Used by permission.

It affected people I know personally, and as of this writing, many still do not have electricity or water, nor can they return to their homes to determine if their homes are still standing.  The airport was severely damaged and remains closed, but according to local sources, it will be opening soon.

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El Arco. Photo by Patricia Walker

When most of us think of Cabo San Lucas, it brings to mind the breath-taking, world-renowned arch or El Arco, extraordinary fishing, fancy hotels, vacations, beaches, sun and margaritas. And while those images do describe Cabo, it’s also true that there are some very poor people who live there. I have personally witnessed people living in cardboard shacks without plumbing.

Rich, poor or in-between, many lost everything they had. The wealthy can afford to rebuild, but I couldn’t just sit back and not do something to help the rest of these amazing people.

IMG_0136I have a bunch of books in my office right now, books I’ve purchased personally from my publisher, (yes, I have to buy my own books) so I’m donating the money from the sale of them to the people of Cabo, but my offer only applies to books purchased here, through my website because I have no control over Amazon.com or other outlets. In selling these books, it gives me the means to donate much more money than I could afford to donate on my own.

If you buy a book from my website, you’ll have to pay for shipping, but 100% of what you pay for the book will go to the people of Cabo. I will post which charity it’s going to so you’ll know exactly where your donations are going.

And, if nothing else, if I can help raise awareness of the devastation done to Baja California del Sur, perhaps more people will schedule their vacations there. The locals are working tirelessly to rebuild, and our vacation dollars are exactly what these people need right now to help them get back on their feet.

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Land’s End

Cabo will soon be back and better than ever, I have no doubt.

So please, even if you don’t feel moved to buy a book, please just do what you can. It all helps. (Obviously, it’s important to do your research before donating to any charity.)

And come experience the beauty and magic of Cabo San Lucas for yourself. Pictures don’t do it justice.

Thank you for your kind generosity.Dance of the Electric Hummingbird

To purchase Patricia’s book, please click here: http://www.bajarockpat.net/my-book/ordering-information/

Because I personally know most of the people involved, current donations are being made to: Wicked Pizza Employees/Family at http://www.gofundme.com/envqes

(Important: ONLY books purchased through bajarockpat.net are eligible for the hurricane donation fund. Offer does not apply to books purchased through other outlets.)

NCW Event This Tuesday: Patricia Walker’s Book Sales to Benefit Cabo Hurricane Victims

Please join author Patricia Walker as she, along with other members of Northern Colorado Writers, will be reading excerpts from their work from 7:00-9:00 p.m. this Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 at Bas Bleu Theater in Fort Collins.

Following the reading, authors will be selling and signing copies of their books.

Dance of the Electric Hummingbird

Walker is donating 100% of her share from sales of Dance of the Electric Hummingbird at the event to benefit the people of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, who recently suffered severe damage as a result of Hurricane Odile. NBC News reported that Odile was the worst hurricane in history to ever hit the Baja peninsula. No deaths have been reported but the majority of residents have very little to begin with and many lost everything.

Says Walker:

There really hasn’t been much in the news about what happened down in Cabo recently. In fact, most people I talk to haven’t even heard about it. But if it weren’t for Cabo, and the wonderful people who live there, my book would never have happened. DANCE OF THE ELECTRIC HUMMINGBIRD is the true story of mystical events that changed my life and it all started in Cabo. I feel that the least I can do is to give something back to these people. Hurricane Odile made a devastatingly direct hit in Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, Todos Santos, La Paz and neighboring towns on September 14, 2014, two weeks ago, and as of today, many residents still do not have electricity or water, nor can they return to their homes to determine if their homes are still standing. The airport was severely damaged.

They’re making progress down there, but it’s still very bad. I can’t just sit back and not do something to help.

Photo by Suset Esquivel Flores

Evacuation at San Jose del Cabo International Airport. Photo by Suset Esquivel Flores. Used by permission.

When most people think of Cabo San Lucas, it brings to mind the world-renowned arch or El Arco, extraordinary fishing, fancy hotels, vacations, beaches, sun and margaritas. And while those images do describe Cabo, it’s also true that there are some very poor people who live there. It’s a stark and shocking contrast.

Cabo pretty much has no middle class. With a few exceptions, people who live there are either dirt poor or movie-star wealthy. I have personally witnessed people living in cardboard shacks without plumbing. The lucky ones are those who work at your fancy hotels–who tirelessly serve your margaritas and guacamole and chips, but they certainly don’t live in mansions, nor do they live in middle-class-type houses.

Then there are those who spend all day every day tramping up and down the burning sand on the beach and hawking trinkets in the scorching sun–even the elderly who can barely walk and children who can’t be more than 3 years old.

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Photo by Lynne Pierce. Used by permission.

We take so much for granted in the United States. We have no clue how good we have it compared to most of those people. And now, many of them lost everything they had.

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Land’s End photo by Patricia Walker

Some may question why I’m asking for donations for the people of Mexico when there are so many in our own country who are in need. My response to that would be: donate to whomever you like; just do SOMETHING. People are people wherever they live. Do what you can. It all helps.

We can also help by booking our vacations to the Los Cabos area in the near future. Our dollars will help these people get back on their feet.

Cabo Arch

El Arco photo by Patricia Walker

Donations from purchases of my book will only come from those that I bought personally from my publisher, not from the sale of books from Amazon.com or other outlets. This is coming straight out of my pocket. I’m hoping to keep contributing to various charities in Cabo as long as I am able, but obviously I can’t afford to do it indefinitely.  If you buy a book from my website, you’ll have to pay for shipping, but 100% of what you pay for the book will go to the people of Cabo. And I will post which charity it’s going to so you’ll know exactly where your donations are going.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

Because I personally know most of the people involved, current donations are being made to: Wicked Pizza Employees/Family at http://www.gofundme.com/envqes

So please, if you can, come support Northern Colorado Writers this Tuesday, and buy a book for yourself or for a friend. Or just come and hear some great stories. For more information on the event:

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Enjoy an evening of readings by local writers on September 30 at 7:00pm at Bas Bleu Theater. There will be poetry, excerpts from novels and essays. Written and read by members of Northern Colorado Writers: Josh Lehman, Lynn Kincanon, Mary Roberts, Diana Balogh, Pat Walker, Kerrie Flanagan, Eleanore D. Trupkiewicz and Donna Nitz Muller. Doors open at 6:30pm and admission is $5.

Refreshments will be served following the readings. Books by NCW members will be available for sale in the theater lobby.

Please be aware that this is a PG-13 event if you are thinking about bringing children.

*This is not a Bas Bleu Theater Company event.

Tickets available at the door or for online tickets, please click here: http://northerncoloradowriters.com/upcoming-events-mainmenu-133/upcoming-classes-and-events/special-event/readings-by-writers

**All photos used by permission. Please do not copy without permission.

300 Likes Giveaway

Woooo hoooo! I am thrilled to have so many likes to the Dance of the Electric Hummingbird Facebook page! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

To show my appreciation, I’m giving away a FREE Dance of the Electric Hummingbird custom T-shirt to one lucky winner.** All you have to do is comment on this post and you are entered to win! Easy enough, right? Keep reading for details.

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This super comfortable shirt looks great on both men and women. Sammy Hagar and his road crew all own one. Now it’s YOUR turn! All your friends will want one too, but the only way to get one is by entering this contest.

Ok, here goes. Please post your comment on the following:

If you could name a scene, paragraph, sentence or phrase from Dance of the Electric Hummingbird that inspired you the most, what would it be and why did you choose it? (Please do not include quotes from other authors, such as the quotes I used to introduce each chapter.)

That’s it! Good luck and thanks for your support. You ROCK!

PS–Haven’t yet read the book and still want to enter the contest? Please post a comment on what you hope the book will address.

Deadline for entry is midnight on April 29, 2014. Drawing to be held on April 30, 2014. Winner notified by email.

**Size selection not available

 

Murmur Films

Born March 2008 in New York City, Murmur Films is home to independent filmmaker Murray Wasylnuk, producer and director of the upcoming original series STUCK IN THE MIDDLE and the Sammy Hagar inspired documentary UNITED STATES OF CABO. Murmur Films also produces music videos and the fan driven music web series BEHIND THE ROCK.

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Bajarockpat.net Makes a Difference – Anthology Book Company

This month’s free advertising goes to the good people at Anthology Book Company for their contribution in promoting local authors and artists. Do you have a product, service or organization you’d like to see promoted here? Contact me at info@bajarockpat.net.

 

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Book Giveaway Winners Announced!

CONGRATULATIONS to Joan Ruggerillo and Jill Olk, the winners of the free copies of “Dance of the Electric Hummingbird.” This drawing was held in memory of Sherry Altice Chenoweth, who passed away suddenly on September 4, 2012. She will be missed.

The names of all those who entered were put into a word document, then cut apart, folded in half twice, and placed in a gift bag. The names were drawn by two separate people. I find it interesting that the numbers of the names drawn were #24 and #42 respectively.

A HUGE thank you to all who entered the contest. You are all winners in my opinion!

Please stay tuned, as there will be more contests coming soon–and a special surprise!

Free Book Giveaway to Honor a Fallen Friend

 In memory of a dear friend, Sherry Altice Chenoweth, who passed away unexpectedly on September 4, 2012, I am going to draw TWO names for a free, autographed copy of “Dance of the Electric Hummingbird” in Sherry’s honor.

To be eligible, you MUST send your email address to info@bajarockpat.net by Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. Drawing will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Winners will be notified  by email and once verified, their names will be posted on www.bajarockpat.net, as well as https://www.facebook.com/DanceOfTheElectricHummingbird.

Please use “Sherry’s Drawing” as the subject line of your email. If you’ve entered previous contests, you WILL need to re-enter to be eligible for this drawing since it is for special circumstances. Thank you.

Questions? Contact me at info@bajarockpat.net.

Good luck everyone.

Rest in peace, dear Sherry. You will be missed but never forgotten.

 

Baja Rock Pat’s COVA Donation

I have been advised that I should withdraw my offer of donating a portion of my book sales to benefit the victims of the recent theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado. Apparently it could be misconstrued as an attempt to benefit from the suffering of others. It never even crossed my mind that my heartfelt desire to help could be misconstrued as such.

In any case, no one purchased a book due to my post and I’m withdrawing my offer. I will make a personal donation to COVA. If you are interested in contributing as well, please send your gift directly through their website at: https://www.givingfirst.org/cova/overview

Thank you and I apologize for any inconvenience.

Bajarockpat.net Makes a Difference – Old Firehouse Books

 This month’s free advertising goes to the good people at Old Firehouse Books (Saving the World One Book at a Time) for their contribution in promoting local authors and artists. Do you have a product, service or organization you’d like to see promoted here? Contact me at info@bajarockpat.net.

 

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Book Giveaway Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Lois Ottenberg for being the winner of the free book giveaway! Please stay tuned to http://www.bajarockpat.net/ as there will be more great stuff coming up and more free books to win. A HUGE thank you to all those who entered and to all of you who “liked” my Facebook page! You are ALL WINNERS!