Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Read For Charity With Author Lori Foster

Since her first book was published in 1996, author Lori Foster has yet to slow down: Lori has published over one hundred and fifty distinct works with a variety of publishing houses (Kensington, St. Martin's, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, Berkley), achieving during her long career an impressive number of literary awards. With five books published each year and her astounding philanthropic work around the community, she just might be Cincinnati’s hardest working romance writer. The New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly best-selling novelist, in fact,   believes it’s important to give back to the community as much as possible, and for that reason she routinely organizes events among authors and readers to gather donations for various organizations. 

In an effort to give back to my local community in a bigger way” Lori says, “I’ve been organizing ‘benefit books’ over the past six years. For each anthology I personally choose talented, caring authors to contribute, with me, a short novella tied in by theme. All author and agent proceeds from the book go to a worthwhile local cause. Because of the longevity of books and how royalties are paid, it’s the gift that keeps on giving throughout the years.

Along with her good friend, Duffy Brown, author of cozy mysteries Iced Chiffon, Killer In Crinolines, and Pearls And Poison, Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event benefit many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter (an organization providing safe crisis line assistance, protective shelter and necessary supportive services for battered women and their children to move them toward self-sufficiency, independence and freedom from abuse), the Animal Adoption Foundation (a non-profit no-kill shelter for dogs and cats that have been abused and abandoned), The Conductive Learning Center (a not-for-profit 
corporation offering conductive education methodology for children diagnosed with neurological based motor impairments  such as spina bifida and cerebral palsy), and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home (a non-profit organization located in Fairfield, Ohio,  caring for the abused, abandoned, neglected, troubled youth, and children with disabilities and developmental disabilities). During her 9th Annual Reader & Author Get Together hosted in West  Chester this past June, the romance writer raised thousands of dollars to benefit, among the many other organizations, also  The Troop Project, an ongoing collection of care packages to be mailed off to various active-duty military troops (Contact Laurie Damron for more details). 

Actively involved in fund-raising in support of the St. Jude Children Research Hospital  and the Cincinnati Hospice for the cure of pediatric diseases and end-of-life care of those in need, Lori Foster considers herself blessed – “I’d like to give my sincere thanks to my publishers for making the benefit books possible, and extra thanks to the generous authors who always say ‘YES!’ when I ask if they’ll take part.

All the Author and Agents proceeds from sales of Lori’s anthologies will benefit the charities she supports:

Animal Attraction (published by Harlequin on June 1, 2013 and co-authored with Heidi Betts, Maisey Yates, and Jules Bennett) in support of the Animal Adoption Foundation of Hamilton, Ohio. Buy it on Amazon

Love Bites (published by Harlequin on February 26, 2013 and co-authored with Brenda Jackson, Catherine Mann, Virna DePaul, and Jules Bennett) in support of the Animal Adoption Foundation of Hamilton, Ohio. Buy it on Amazon

Tails Of Love (published by Berkley on December 6, 2011 and co-authored with Stella Cameron and several others who contributed ten original stories) in support of the Animal Adoption Foundation of Hamilton, Ohio. Buy it on Amazon

The Promise Of Love (published by Berkley on June 7, 2011) in support of The One Way Farm - Children’s Home. Buy it on Buy it on Amazon

The Gift Of Love (published by Berkley on June 1, 2010) in support of The Conductive Learning Center. Buy it Buy it on Amazon

The Power Of Love (published by Berkley on June 3, 2008 and co-authored with Erin McCarthy. Buy it on Amazon

The Write Ingredients: Recipes From Your Favorite Authors (published by Samhain on June 1, 2007) in support of The Troops Ongoing Project. Buy it on Amazon

For more details about Lori Foster and her ‘benefit books’, please visit her website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Lori Foster's latest release, Getting Rowdy (Love Undercover #3), hit all major book retailers (Find it on Amazon) on September 24. Stay tuned on Mina's Bookshelf for Lori's Blog Tour. 


  1. So wonderful of Ms. Foster to give back to the community! I just downloaded ANIMAL ATTRACTION!

    1. WTG, Maryellen! These anthologies could make great Christmas gifts for romance lovers.

  2. Wow Lori Foster....I loved you before and now I'm totally awed. Great works!