It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the devastating news that my hometown of El Reno, Oklahoma was hit by an EF-2 tornado last night, leveling a budget motel and destroying a good portion of a mobile home park directly behind it. At present, two people are confirmed dead, and another 29+ people are injured. (Read the NY Times Article Here).
For those of you who aren’t aware, my first novel, THE EDGE OF NOWHERE, was set in El Reno and tells the story of the resilience of the people in that community during the one-two punch of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Originally released in 2016, this title is set for re-release as a 2nd Edition with extensive edits and a new Author Q&A on June 1st.
In addition to THE EDGE OF NOWHERE, author Brandon Hobson—another El Reno Native–has also released a novel set in the El Reno area, this one a National Book Award Finalist titled WHERE THE DEAD SIT TALKING. This highly acclaimed 2018 novel has found itself on multiple bestseller lists and is currently slated for its paperback release on June 4th.
Why do I tell you all of this?
The community bonds of El Reno are strong, and the resilience of its people are unyielding. Though Brandon and I have long-since moved from El Reno to pursue our careers, the ties that bind us remain forever. Sadly, it was only six years ago this weekend when this same small town was hit by the largest tornado in American history, and now they’re set the task of rebuilding once again. With El Reno and its people holding a special place in both of our hearts, Brandon and I want to help! And YOU can help US!
A GoFundMe Page has been set up to assist the community, and we’d like to invite you to help us lend El Reno a hand up. For every donation to the Official City of El Reno Tornado Relief Fund, your name will be entered in a drawing to receive ONE SET OF THREE signed paperback copies of BOTH…
WHERE THE DEAD SIT TALKING
by Brandon Hobson
THE EDGE OF NOWHERE
by C.H. Armstrong
There are 2 Ways to Enter
- Use this link to go to the GoFundMe Account.
- Make a donation in any amount.
- In the COMMENT FIELD on the DONATION PAGE, leave the words “I AM EL RENO STRONG IN (name of your state).”Example: I AM EL RENO STRONG IN MINNESOTA
- Share THIS LINK on your favorite social media site AND TAG C.H. Armstrong so that we can find your post.
- Each unique share equals one entry.
*If you have any trouble tagging C.H. Armstrong on social media, please feel free to send a screen shot of your social media post to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contest ends on June 2nd, so donate today!
*Note: If you’ve already donated or prefer to remain anonymous for purposes of the donation, please send a copy of your donation receipt to email@example.com.
To learn more about Bradon Hobson, visit his website at www.brandonhobson.com.
To learn more about C.H. Armstrong, visit her website at www.charmstrongbooks.com.