August 8, 2009 at 2:23 am

Magic happens when readers and writers work together.

Think about it. The author creates the story–setting characters on the page where they play out their drama. But it is the reader’s imagination that releases the characters from the two-dimensional prison of the page.

A reader can bring the words of Jane Austen or Herman Melville to life long after the author has taken her or his last breath.

Our hope is to harness this special energy–the power of story–to make a real difference in the lives of those battling cystic fibrosis.

For readers, the Unleash Your Story event is a chance to share the joy of reading. Challenge your friends to see who can read the most pages. See if you can keep up with our Pacesetter reader. Form a team and see how many pages you can read total. All this while raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

From August 31-September 28 every reader in this event has special permission to curl up with a good book. If you’re tempted to stop reading for something silly like doing the dishes, or cooking dinner just remember you must keep reading. It’s for a good cause.


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Support for your fellow readers and writers while you help fight cystic fibrosis! It's easy to donate online. Thanks in advance for your support!

How we’re doing…

In 2008, Unleash Your Story raised $11,366 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Our 2009 goal is $23,000. Dollars Raised
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What is Unleash Your Story?

A combined read-a-thon and write-a-thon that challenges readers, writers and published authors to unleash their stories and make a difference.

Our 2009 goal is to raise $23,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the leading organization in the United States devoted to cystic fibrosis. Register now!.

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Pacesetter Author

Lori Wilde is our 2009 Pacesetter Author.

Lori has sold 47 books to 4 major New York publishers--5 books coming out in 2009. She's prolific and dedicated to writing regularly to keep up with all those deadlines!

Lori promises to set a sizzling pace for all our writers to follow! Her goal for the event is 60,000 words!

To learn more about Lori, visit her Pacesetter Page

Michelle Buonfiglio Pacesetter Reader

We are proud to have Michelle Buonfiglio as our 2009 Pacesetter Reader.

Michelle hosts Barnes &’s new “Heart to Heart” (H2H) daily romance fiction blog and is the creative force behind (RBTB), a fun and positive place where readers and writers hang to talk love, sex, family, life -- and, of course, romance novels

Michelle's goals are to read 10,000 pages and write 10,000 words in her blogs and comments.

To learn more about Michelle, visit her Pacesetter Page


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