Celebrate National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month by joining the fight against this disease and entering to win a critique from one of five fantastic authors all at once when you buy a ticket for the Critiques for Heather raffle.

When author Heather McCollum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, several of her fellow authors came up with a way to help support the fight against this deadly disease. Authors Katharine Ashe, Cynthia Cooke, Cindy Holby, Virginia Kantra and Emilie Rose are all offering the chance to win a first chapter critique (or in some cases, a brainstorming lunch with the author).

All you need to do for your chance to win one of these five critique sessions is to buy a raffle ticket, which is just a dollar. The proceeds of the raffle go to the Duke University Medical Center, where Heather McCollum is getting care. To enter you can either attend the Heart of Carolina's September meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina. Or you purchase your tickets online by following the instructions on the Critiques for Heather page at the Ovarian Walk website. 

To learn more about Critiques for Heather or other ways that you can support the fight against Ovarian Cancer click here. And of course, for more tips and hints for honing your writing, be sure to check out our Aspiring Authors Page!

BLOG UPDATE 9/26/2011: The Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk in Raleigh, NC, early last week raised over $311,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research. 700 runners and over 2000 walkers—survivors with banners, babies in strollers, dogs in bandanas, kids with balloons, a happy, hopeful, slightly wet crowd—participated. Romance writer Heather McCollum's team, Heather’s OC Warriors, came in fifth out of one hundred teams for most money raised. (Special thanks go to the authors who provided critiques raffled off to raise money: Katharine Ashe, Cynthia Cooke, Abby Gaines, Cindy Holby, Virginia Kantra, and Emilie Rose.)

Walking the walk with Heather were her family, friends, and fellow romance authors. From left to right: Katharine Ashe, Marcia Collette, Erin Kelly, Deb Marlowe, Sabrina Jeffries, Mari Freeman, Heather McCullom in her teal knit hat, and Virginia Kantra. (Photo credit: Jennifer Harrington)

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