Debbi Mack's Literacy Campaign

A fundraising campaign for literacy and disaster relief.
Debbi Mack
Savage, Maryland
United States
2 Team Members

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Hi there! My name is Debbi Mack, and I'm the New York Times ebook bestselling author of the Sam McRae mystery series.

I’ve started this campaign in order to raise money for the Sandy Hurricane victims' relief efforts, and provide print copies of my bestselling ebooks to contributors as perks.

My series consists of three books, so far. The book trailer above will give you an idea of the tone and setting of my books. This is the latest book in the series.

Cover of RIPTIDE (A Sam McRae Mystery)

Series Endorsements and Reviews

"I absolutely loved reading RIPTIDE! ... Sam McRae is the best attorney sleuth ever." --Jada Temple, reviewer, Thriller Ink Spot

"IDENTITY CRISIS and LEAST WANTED are tough acts to follow, but Debbi Mack meets her own high standards in RIPTIDE, attorney Sam McRae's third outing. Sam's attempt to help a friend who's been charged with murder leads her into an insular world where the secrets are so thick they create their own 'riptide.' A great read." -- Timothy Hallinan, Edgar-nominated author of the Poke Rafferty and Junior Bender thrillers

"A fast-paced, compelling crime novel that leaves the reader as buzzed and breathless as the Running of the Bulls." -- Benjamin Sobieck, author of CLEANSING EDEN

"Full of tension and suspense from cover-to-cover, RIPTIDE is a cracking good read." -- Leighton Gage, author of A VINE IN THE BLOOD

 "In LEAST WANTED, Debbi Mack serves up a solid mystery plot wired together with high octane suspense. Washington, DC attorney Sam McRae is smart, tough and dedicated, but her latest cases in LEAST WANTED push her to her limits. Defending two clients accused of murder, she finds herself dealing with girl gangs, pornography and crazed killers. For mystery and suspense, it’s Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan in Baltimore and Robert B. Parker’s Spenser in Boston, but Sam McRae is the woman to have at your back in Washington." -- Austin S. Camacho, author of the Hannibal Jones mystery series

 “Of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock once said, ‘There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’ Author Debbi Mack nails that statement in this tightly written tale about a flawed Maryland attorney, ‘Sam’ McRae, and her relentless search for a killer when the domestic abuse case she has been handling kicks itself up a notch: The accused is found dead and his wife has taken off. Not good. Add to that the FBI, the Mob, identity theft, and a vulnerable main character involved with a married prosecutor and you have a darn good page-turner. Debbi Mack crafts a taut narrative with crackling dialogue.” – Aimee Zuccarini, The Maryland Women’s Journal, Oct./Nov. 2009.

What We Need & What You Get

I’m seeking $1,000 total in contributions to be donated in full to the Red Cross. In exchange, I’ll send contributors autographed print copies of my New York Times ebook bestselling novel, as well as the second novel which hit the Kindle Top 100 in the US and the UK last year, depending upon the amount contributed. Contributors can also get the entire three-book series, signed by the author, depending on the amount contributed.

The Impact

  • This campaign will not only provide funds to relief efforts, but will distribute books directly to readers.
  • Along with assisting relief efforts, this campaign will promote literacy in a meaningful way. Many readers either prefer print books to ereaders or cannot afford ereaders. This campaign will provide the opportunity to provide readers with my books, while assisting in disaster relief efforts.
  • I have another Indiegogo campaign underway, in which I’m seeking contributions toward the costs of making my Sam McRae mystery series completely self-published and continuing the series, providing my books and more as perks in exchange. You can read about that here:

Other Ways You Can Help

Contributions are wonderful, of course. But if you can’t contribute money, you can help by spreading the word, through blogging, social media, email lists and personal contacts. Any and all help here is greatly appreciated, because publicity counts for so much. People can’t contribute to an effort they don’t know about.

So anything you can do to tell others about this helps immensely. Things like tweeting and retweeting about it, posting the information on blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media sites, emailing it to group lists on which you participate and sharing the information with anyone you know, who might be likewise supportive are all extremely helpful.

You can also make use of Indiegogo share tools to spread the word about this.

More About Me

I'm currently writing the fourth novel in the series. My short stories have been featured in various anthologies, including Five Uneasy Pieces, Shaken: Stories for Japan, Chesapeake Crimes and Chesapeake Crimes: They Had It Comin’.

In September 2011, I appeared on a Sisters in Crime panel called “Brazen Hussies Speak Out: A Colloquium on Marketing”. The participants included Libby Jordan, Publicity Director of Open Road Media, Gina Panettieri, President of Talcott Notch Literary, and myself. Click on the YouTube video below to see the presentation.

I'm a contributor to the book Making Story: Twenty-One Writers on How They Plot, edited by Timothy Hallinan.

I’ve also written one feature film script, The Enemy Within, which made the quarter-finals cut in the 2012 Scriptapalooza screenwriting contest.

I’m a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America, American Independent Writers, Women in Film and Video, National Writers Union, and Maryland Writers Association.

I’ve appeared on panels at various writers’ conferences, including Malice Domestic, Bouchercon, and AIW’s annual writers’ conference. I’ve also given presentations on self-publishing at the Library of Congress and before the Howard County Chapter of the American Association of University Women.

In November 2004, I suffered a stroke. As a result, I developed dystonia (a rare movement disorder that currently has no cure) in my left hand and foot several months afterward. In May 2009, I held a first-time fundraiser for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, called the Freedom Ride for Dystonia.

I was a practicing attorney for nine years, before becoming a full-time freelance writer. After I quit practicing law, I earned a Master of Library Science, wrote several novels (some as yet unpublished), and held various part-time jobs while working on freelance assignments.

I’m married to a retired fireman, who also happens to be my best friend. We live in Maryland, with our cats in a house full of books and cat hair.


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  • $10USD

    Thanks! You'll get a paperback Lulu edition of the New York Times ebook bestselling novel IDENTITY CRISIS, signed by the author AND delivered to your mailing address. NOTE to international backers: extra charge for shipping may apply.

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  • $20USD

    Thank you! You'll get a paperback first edition of LEAST WANTED, signed by the author, delivered to your mailing address, AND all rewards listed above. NOTE to international backers: extra charge for shipping may apply.

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  • $50USD
    Strong Supporter

    Thank you so much! You'll get a personalized thank you letter, a paperback first edition of RIPTIDE, signed by the author, delivered to your mailing address, AND all rewards listed above. NOTE to international backers: extra charge for shipping may apply.

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  • $300USD
    Awesome Supporter

    Thank you so much! You're awesome. You'll get to meet the author for coffee at a Baltimore-DC area cafe or restaurant that's mutually convenient, AND all rewards listed above. NOTE to international backers: I'll give you the books when we meet. You'll have to pay for transporting yourself here.

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