Unleash Your Story

It’s Unleash Your Story time to benefit Cystic Fibrosis. The Madison chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation does an annual benefit that raises money to fight cystic fibrosis and encourages you to read and write as much as possible.

There’s prizes, too! The grand prize for the person who raises the most money will win a quilt handmade by Michelle Baker. (Y’ALL. Check out the turtle quilt Michelle made.) The grand prize quilt? Cowboys, baby: shirtless cowboys with incredible quilt stitching details like boots and hats.

There are pacesetters, too: author Lori Wilde is challenging writers with a 3000 words-a-day goal for the month of September. There’s prizes if you match her, too: “any published or unpublished author who matches Lori’s 60,000 word production during the event will receive a $10 Borders Gift Card. Match the 60,000 words and raise $250 and you’ll get a $25 gift card.”

Michelle Buonfiglio is challenging readers to match 10,000 pages read and 10,000 words written in September.

If you want to register as a writer or a reader, you can join in and challenge yourself. The site gives you tips on how to raise money to support your goals, and there are tag. * * If you do not want to deal with the intricities of the noscript * section, delete the tag (from ). On * average, the noscript tag is called from less than 1% of internet * users. */-->


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  1. 1
    Ashley Ladd says:

    What a fab thing to do. Count me in on both challenges. I’m going to sign up and start right away.

    Thanks for letting us know about all these awesome contests, challenges, and book news.

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    Katie Ann says:

    I, like a nerd, keep track of how many books/pages I read in a month, and the most I’ve gotten up to was still under 5,000 pages.  10,000 pages on top of writing would be amazing!  What a great contest.

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    Stephanie says:

    Damn. If I hadn’t just started law school, I’d be all over that like . . . Devil on Honoria. Or something else that is all over something else.

    I can donate, though!

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    Leah says:

    Ladies, I already loved your site but this has really touched me!  My brother in law has CF and it is a cause that is near and dear to my heart.  Thanks for helping to both raise money and awareness!  There is some amazing research going on that has brought us light years closer to a cure.  Every dollar raised could be the one that puts us over the line for a cure.  Thanks to everyone who donates and passes this along.

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    I’m participating in this with my friends at Writers At Play.  I’ve pledged 15,000 words during this month. I hope others will decide to donate or join in.

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    KristinaCook says:

    As one of the “Romance Unleashed” authors who sponsor the Unleash Your Story event/fundraiser, I want to thank you all for your enthusiasm, and invite you all to join in the fun.  I also want to thank the SBTB folks for helping us spread the word throughout the romance community.

    We (meaning the Romance Unleashed authors—we’re a group of about 20 authors who all got our start with the Zebra Debut program back in 2004-2005)) decided to start Unleash Your Story because one of our members has two children with CF, and we see first-hand the kind of struggles that go along with a disease like this. 

    We started off small last year, but hope to get larger each year, raising both money and awareness for this disease.

    We hope you’ll join us—either as a writer, or as a reader. 

    My goal is to write 60K words—keeping pace with our “Pacesetter” author, Lori Wilde.  I *think* I can do it…..

    Hmmmm…my word verification is very35.  I wish I was very 35.

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    kate r says:

    I’m donating a $25 starbucks card for the mid-month highest fund-raiser. I figure she’ll need a good shot of caffeine to stay in the lead.

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    SB Sarah says:

    I’d be all over that like . . . Devil on Honoria. Or something else that is all over something else.

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA – that was FULL of WIN.

    And hooray to those reading and writing to raise awareness and funds.

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    MamaNice says:

    This is amazing, and behold the power of romance!

    When I was pregnant with my last child (now 15 months), I learned I am a carrier for CF (had no clue). Thankfully, my husband was tested and it turns out he is not a carrier, so while my daughters do not have CF,  they are potential carriers for the disease as well. Just living with the possibility for a month until we got my husband’s test results was hard – I read up on the disease and learned what I could…

    I think it’s incredible that this group of writers saw one of their own struggling, and instead of just feeling bad, they’ve decided to get out there and do something about it.

    Way to go!

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    Teresa says:

    Thanks so much for helping to spread the word about Unleash Your Story. And thanks to those of you who have shared your experiences with CF in your families. We think of this disease as pretty rare, yet I keep running into people who have been touched by the disease among their family or close friends.

    I do hope some of y’all will come on over and join the fun.

    SB Sarah will be guest blogging with us next week—you know that will be fun. And she has donated a copy of Beyond Heaving Bosoms for us to give away as well.

    Come and join us—even if you feel you can’t do much. A lot of people each doing a little bit can make a big difference.

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    Shari says:

    What a great idea! I’ve been looking forward to NaNo this year, but now I’m jumping right in – and, being a little crazy, doing both a reading and writing challenge.

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    Carrie Sessarego says:

    Raising money by reading?  I’m in!

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    Being stuck in Iraq, I wasn’t able to physically send anything in, but Teresa Bodwell asked if I could contribute the blog forthe Unleash you Story fundraiser. I’m honored to be a part of this fantastic fundraiser and thank you, SBTB for helping pass the word and raise awareness!

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    I had to bow out this year. I participated last year but can’t this time around.  The past year is that too much strain on my hands, ended up developing another repetitive stress injury, which is going to require surgery.  Finally made the switch to a voice to text software, but there’s an adjustment period and I just couldn’t handle a writing challenge on top.

    Best of luck to the participators

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    Kellie says:

    Thanks to all who participate in this great fundraiser!  CF is a horrible disease and we need a cure now.  I lost my younger brother to this disease 20 years ago.  He was 9 years old at the time and I miss him everyday.  Thanks again!

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    Becky says:

    I’m so in!  My link takes you to my donation page instead of to my blog as usual, if anyone is looking for someone to donate through.

    250 pages read so far!

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