For those of us who live in Los Angeles, earthquakes are almost part of our daily life. At any given time, you may hear someone say “Did you feel that?” or “Was that an earthquake or am I just dizzy?” It’s never a surprise to be watching the news and hear a report about a local earthquake that you didn’t even notice. That doesn’t mean we take them lightly.
Although as Californian’s we get used to the day to day trembling, those of us who were here during the 1994 Northridge earthquake have witnessed some of the devastation a major earthquake can leave behind. Two years earlier the magnitude 7.3 earthquake that hit Lander, California left my brother and his family without running water for months, and caused some damage to my mother’s home. Both earthquakes had a direct affect on my immediate family.
So, when I heard about the 9.0 earthquake that hit Japan in March my heart went out to the people in the region. Here along the coast of California, we were issued tsunami warnings and although for us the earthquake brought only large waves, we watched on our televisions and computers in quiet awe, wanting to reach out to those in Japan suffering such great loss.
To that end I have a guest blogger today, author, Michelle Argyle:
One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded hit the city of Sendai in the Tohoku region of Japan on Friday March 11. The magnitude 9.0 quake unleashed a deadly tsunami that slammed into Japan’s east coast, leaving a swathe of devastation in its wake. Thousands of people lost their lives, and many are still missing or injured. Thousands more have been left homeless and destitute.
As a testament to the generosity of the world’s citizens, emergency appeals have been swiftly set up in the aftermath of the quake, but I’m sure many of you, as we did, had the same thought: our donations seem so puny. There must be some other way we could make a difference!
With that in mind, Stories for Sendai was born!
The Stories for Sendai Anthology is a collection of 19 short stories and one poem. Some are inspired by the events of the earthquake in Sendai; others are simply stories of hope and inspiration. All are uplifting and worth reading. Please consider buying a copy of the anthology and spreading the word about this wonderful, uplifting little book. All proceeds go to relief efforts to aid Japan.
You can find a list of the contributing authors and their stories here
You can visit the Stories for Sendai blog here
Purchase Stories for Sendai in paperback here:
And…don’t forget we’re having a PRIZE DRAW! Buy the book, email us a copy of your receipt at firstname.lastname@example.org, and be entered for a draw for cool prizes! Here’s what’s on offer:
1 x $10 or £10 Amazon gift voucher
1 x First Chapter/Query/Synopsis Critique by Michelle Davidson Argyle!
2 x First Chapter / Query / Synopsis Critiques by moi!
2 x e-book copies of CELESTIAL SEDUCTION by Jessica E. Subject, donated by author!
1 x ebook copy of MIDDLEWITCH MAYHEM by Heather Parker, donated by author!
Michelle Davidson Argyle
author ~ contemporary, literary, and fantasy fiction