Help us help these kids by downloading 4 free books!

Students in Marsh Harbor at Every Child Counts – a special school for special needs kids

by Christine Kling

Today here at Write on the Water we are asking you to help us help those kids in the photo above. Those of us who have self-published books are doing a special Kindle book giveaway for the next three days that should increase our sales next week. If we can get enough people to download our free books, we’ll end up on some of the bestseller lists next week and hopefully sell a boatload of books. Then all four of us, Mike Jastrzebski, Michael Haskins, John Urban and I will donate a percentage of our earnings next week to Every Child Counts.

Last June when I was in Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas, I learned about this school for special needs children called Every Child Counts. My sister, Cindy Gray, is a special education teacher, and I have spent many years working in public schools, so I know that in the US, we attempt to meet the needs of all children in our public schools. This is not the case in all countries, however.

Several years ago, Lyn Major and her husband started this school for children with physical and learning disabilities. Here is how Lyn explains the history and mission of Every Child Counts on their website:

I hope you will take the time to visit their website and check out the beautiful faces of the 105 full-time students who have varying exceptionalities including Autism, Down Syndrome, deaf, no speech, Cerebral Palsy, cognitive difficulties and a host of neurological processing difficulties. The work Lyn and her staff are doing makes a world of difference to these kids and we hope that by bringing their efforts to the attention of our readers and fans, we can make a small difference in their lives too.

So how can you help? Easy! Just download the free ebooks.  You will be helping to increase our donation to the school. You say you don’t have a Kindle? You can read Kindle books on a computer, a smart phone or a tablet with the apps you will find here. So here are the books, and we hope you’ll click away.

This exciting sequel to Key Lime Blues has it all !

A sexy relative who wants to teach Wes Darling the meaning of kissin’ cousins, a priceless centuries old manuscript, a three hundred pound redneck, and an ex-spy who thinks murder is a justifiable means of support are just a few of the things awaiting Wes when he sails into the Dog River in search of answers about the father he never knew.

Dog River Blues blends the mystique of the liveaboard boating lifestyle and the colorful characters and vagabonds who live, work, and sometimes commit murder on our nation’s waterways. This is one voyage to Mobile, Alabama you don’t want to miss.  Download free March 1-3 HERE.

 Key West begins to look the the Wild West as Murphy and his ragtag team of friends gets involved with stopping a drug shipment from arriving on the island. Soon corrupt city and federal officials work with a mercenary in charge of a Colombian drug smuggling team to get Murphy at any cost. Murphy’s friend, the local chief of police is looking for him to, to explain the violence that seems to continually lead back to Murphy. Murphy’s black-bag friend, Norm, shows up to help and enlists some members JIATF, a federal agency responsible for tracking drug traffickers. The climatic end begins off the Bahamian island of Cay Sal with the drug shipment arrival via a Albatross seaplane and finally ends in the fishing shacks of Stock Island, Key West’s working class neighborhood.  Download free March 1-3 HERE.


“Single Deadly is a fast read that blends sunken treasure, deep-sea diving, fast boats and a cast of characters that run from bad guys to real bad guys to really really bad guys. (And that doesn’t even count the shark.)” Author Frank Cook.

Urban sets the story on the waters of Cape Cod and Buzzards Bay and gives the reader a rewarding blend of adventure, seaside escapism, and maritime history. Fans of Clive Cussler, Peter Benchley, and Randy Wayne White will find a new hero in Steve Decatur. Download free March 1-3 HERE.

In the 1800s, Key West was built by wrecking skippers who in feats of derring-do raced to shipping disasters to save valuable cargos from the ocean depths. Today, as too many boats chase too few wrecks, salvage has turned into a cutthroat corporate enterprise. Seychelle Sullivan, who pilots a tug her father built by hand, is unable and unwilling to compete. She is overwhelmed by issues of love, trust, motherhood, career, and family. But when a friend is killed, Seychelle begins to suspect a chilling scenario: that modern-day wreckers are causing yachts to crash onto the reefs–and killing off whoever gets in the way. In this fourth book of this series,  Seychelle navigates the dangerous shoals and channels of the case and her life, unaware that a greater danger is looming: a murderous human storm designed perfectly for her. Download free March 1-3 HERE.

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About Christine Kling

I have spent more than thirty years living on and around boats and cruising the waters of the North and South Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean. I’ve written articles and stories for many boating publications including Sailing, Cruising World, Motor Boating & Sailing, and The Tiller and the Pen. When I was married, I helped my husband build a 55-foot custom sailing yacht. After launching her, we sailed through the Panama Canal to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands where we chartered for over two years. While in the islands, I received my 100-ton Auxiliary Sail Captains license. It was that sailing experience that led me to set my first nautical suspense novel, SURFACE TENSION (2002), on the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. Featuring Florida female tug and salvage captain, Seychelle Sullivan, the first book was followed by CROSS CURRENT (2004) and BITTER END (2005). The fourth book in the series, WRECKERS’ KEY was released in February 2007. At the end of the 2010-11 academic year, I took the motto of this blog to heart. I quit my day job as an English professor at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale (just when they offered me tenure, I said no thanks and took early retirement). I was living the dream of full-time cruising on board my 33-foot Caliber Talespinner on my very tiny pension and whatever I made from my books having parted ways with the big publishing establishment. I self-published two books on my own: a small collection of four short stories entitled SEA BITCH: Four Tales of Nautical Noir and my first stand-alone sailing thriller set in the Caribbean, CIRCLE OF BONES. In 2012 I was offered a publishing deal with Amazon's mystery/thriller imprint Thomas&Mercer and they reissued CIRCLE OF BONES. The sequel to that book, DRAGON'S TRIANGLE came out in June 2014. And as for me, I'm no longer a singlehander on my little boat. I met Wayne Hodgins in 2013 and after a whirlwind Skype courtship, I flew to meet him in Fiji and we sailed a nearly 2000 mile passage to the Marshall Islands for our "first date." We now sail together aboard LEARNATIVITY, a 52-foot motor sailor with our family including Barney, the Yorkshire Terror and Ruby, the Wonder Dog.
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10 Responses to Help us help these kids by downloading 4 free books!

  1. laura dwan says:

    I am always up for free books

  2. Michael says:


  3. Irene Loycano says:

    Worthy cause. I actually watched a performance the kids put on in Marsh Harbour some years ago. Really enjoyed it – was very impressive! Irene

  4. Thank you all so much. Like Irene says, this is a worthy cause, and we are hoping to use the power of crowd-sourcing to really up our downloads. It’s a win/win. Free books for readers and then next week we use the power of Amazon to generate sales through our becoming more easily discovered – and that translates into more dollars for Every Child Counts. We’ve now (Friday at 9:15 p.m.) had 83 likes which means our message is being shared on Facebook! The readers here at Write on the Water are the best! Thank you!

  5. Conrad Brown says:

    Glad to help you guys, WOW is the first thing I look to opening mail.

  6. Alicia Young says:

    Thanks so much–what a worthy cause!

  7. May the Force Stay with You. Very Impressive. j.d. aka Joyce

  8. Great idea. I downloaded, Liked, Tweeted and FBed. Good luck! This is most generous of you all.

  9. Thanks so much to everyone who has helped us spread the word. We’ve never had so many shares and the downloads are going great. That just shows what great people readers are!

  10. Keith Haley says:

    John can I still download this to help cause? Even if I have to pay.

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