Bookanista Thursday: Charlie Bewley's RUN FOR YOUR LIFE

Logo by Elle Sharp
About a year ago I had a crazy writer dream.

Charlie Bewley, Demetri from the Twilight Saga films, walked into it. He promptly demanded that I cast him as the villain in the book I was working on. Basically, he bossed me.

I let him. 

Since then, through several sets of strange circumstances, I have gotten to know Charlie Bewley a little bit. He's not bossy at all! Actually, he's wickedly smart, very kind, and all-in-all a precious human. A few weeks ago, I learned via Charlie's Twitter that he was running an ultramarathon in an attempt to raise funds for a cancer hospital. Read this gorgeous post to learn why. His heart on the matter came through in the post so truthfully and authentically (two of my favorite things), that I wanted to find a way to help. 

Charitable donations are a very personal thing. There are so many ways our hard earned money can help others, and lately our world seems to be breaking into pieces around us. Needs are many and great. The Bookanistas want to give back, so in the coming months, we're going to be looking for ways to pour into communities, both bookish and worldwide.

For the month of April, we've chose to spotlight Run For Your Life, largely because the framework is already set up (we'd like to keep it simple our first time out), and also because of personal connections to the cause. Most everyone knows someone who has battled cancer or lost a loved one to it. 

To encourage you to donate, we're going to give away some sweet prizes! Here's how it will work:

2. Make a donation. $5 is suggested, but lower or higher is fine. (Also know that for every dollar you donate, you'll be entered to win a private, advance screening for twenty people for Breaking Dawn. The Bookanistas have NOTHING to do with that part - that's all Charlie and Summit Entertainment.) 

3. Come back and fill out the entry form on this page. 

We're trusting you to be honest about giving, and about the amount you give. Don't be a mamby pamby. Keep up our faith in mankind.

4. The Bookanistas will be giving away a selection of prizes (see list below). You will be entered one time for each dollar you donate ($5 = 5 entries). If you wish to be entered to win a specific prize, let us know in the designated section of the entry form. 

5. We're following the guidelines set forth by Run for Your Life, which means this particular event will only be open to those in North America. Entries will be closed on April 30th, and we will contact randomly selected winners shortly thereafter. 

6. Spread the word. Tweet, post the Run For Your Life logo (above) with a link to Charlie's site on your blog, or Facebook about the event, and receive an entry (one entry TOTAL for doing all or one of these things). Place a link/links in the place provided on the entry form.

HERE'S THE LIST OF BOOKANISTA PRIZES (this list WILL be added to, so check back): 

JUST ADDED by an anonymous donor!:
A signed copy of CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS by Cassie Clare

From Megan Miranda:
A query and first chapter critique

From Veronica Rossi:
A fifty page manuscript critique

From Carolina Valdez Miller: 
Signed copies of BLOOD MAGIC by Tessa Gratton, XVI by Julia Karr and RIVAL by Sarah Bennet Wealer

A signed copy of WHITE CAT and a signed copy of RED GLOVE by Holly Black

A 50 page manuscript critique

A signed copy of MOONGLASS

A swag pack of POSSESS goodies, a signed copy of A TOUCH MORTAL by Leah Clifford and a query critique

A 50 page manuscript critique 

A signed copy of AUDITION

A query and first chapter critique

A signed copy of LIAR SOCIETY and bookmarks

A box of ten mystery advance reader copies

A Dystopian Trifecta of Awesome - a signed copy of DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES by Carrie Ryan, a signed copy of MATCHED by Ally Condie, and a signed ARC of Elena's own POSSESSION


A signed copy of DEMONGLASS by Rachel Hawkins (AND Rachel is throwing in a signed Demonglass totebag), a signed copy of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis, a signed copy of TORMENT by Lauren Kate, and a unicorn. 

Yes, that's what that says. 

AND, because I wanted to throw in something special, a one of a kind, signed and annotated advance reader copy of HOURGLASS. I'll include inspirations, playlists, deleted scenes, research information and maybe reveal a secret or two about the sequel!

Enter below, and THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY. It takes so little to help make a difference.


  1. Such a great thing you and Charlie are both doing,Myra!

  2. It's a fantastic giveaway for a great cause, Myra. So proud of you, and humbled by your amazing generosity and charitable spirit.

  3. This is a great cause and a great giveaway. Thanks!

  4. Wonderful contest and charity! I donated and entered! :)

  5. such a great thing for you guys to do! I put my money together and was able to donate a good chunk. I'm glad I could help with this :) I know my money is going to a good cause!

  6. What a wonderful idea. I just love you bookanistas. I think it's great that Charlie started all this. I'm actually setting up an online auction right now for the first couple weeks of march. Two people get the proceeds...a young girl with cancer and a young man (father of a little girl himself) who recently had an accident. Both could use money for hospital and whatnot.

    I'd love to work with you all for the auctions if you want to get involved. Just email me: lauren51990 AT aol DOT com


  7. first couple weeks of MAY. whoops!

  8. This is really wonderful, Myra. I've donated as well.

  9. Loving this! Thanks for doing it:)


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