Proceeds From Top Ten Debut Novel “Las Cruces” For Katrina Relief-- Author Decries Government Officials Favoring TV Appearances And Vacationing Over Saving Lives

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J. T. Fisher, author of “Las Cruces,” has committed royalties and sales proceeds from his strong selling debut novel to the American Red Cross to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. “Las Cruces,” a literary action novel released in July 2005 by Publish America, has seen sales quickly climb to top ten percent of Amazon’s book list. In his statement committing to support the Red Cross from book sales, Mr. Fisher blasted federal officials who “preferred vacation and TV appearances” over actions to respond to the needs of hundreds of thousands of hurricane victims.

J. T. Fisher, Author of “Las Cruces,” announced today that all royalties earned from book sales through the end of 2005, will be donated to the American Red Cross to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.

In a statement issued today, Mr. Fisher stated, “’Las Cruces’ is an adventure story based on life altering events that transpire in a number of special locations including Florida and points throughout the Gulf of Mexico, and it seems one could draw certain parallels between that and the wrath Katrina has brought to that region. While there’s no way to undo the damage that’s been done down there, hopefully this gesture will mean something to people who have had their lives so violently uprooted.”

Las Cruces, a literary novel, debuted in July 2005, and sales of the popular adventure book have quickly climbed to the top ten percent of Amazon’s book list. Las Cruces’ popularity has come quickly, with the book selling very briskly at Amazon, Barnes & Noble.com, and publishamerica.com, and other online venues, based on strong reviews and word of mouth.

In committing support for victims of Katrina, Mr. Fisher called into question the appearance of public officials vacationing and making circuits of television and radio interviews, rather than addressing life-threatening situations across the southern states as hundreds of thousands of people suffered, and many needlessly died.

“We can’t help be shocked at the gross negligence and utter callousness of so many senior government officials who failed to heed desperate calls for help from countless men, women, and children, who have been hanging on the edge of life and death after being savaged by Katrina. The past week has provided an absolutely sickening opportunity to hear these talking heads defending actions being taken, in spite of what we could all see were almost a complete lack thereof, advising “patience” to dying people, and denouncing as simply unfounded rumors the credible witness accounts of murders, rapes, and other tragedies being inflicted upon the weak,” he said. “This event will mark a low point in the annals of our country, in terms of how our highest public leaders distracted themselves with the politics and P.R. of an emergency, to the point they all but forgot to deal with the tragedy itself.”    

Mr. Fisher had previously committed that all profits from his debut novel would go to charity, and said that, “unlike the disappointment and waste that has occurred as a result of some of our elected officials, who have let us all down by caring more about what they have to say, as opposed to listening to the needs of the people, we can only hope that if enough individuals act to contribute in whatever way they can, then we can give hope to those who manage to survive this horrific incident. It is with that intention that I’ve decided to pledge the proceeds of Las Cruces to the American Red Cross, and wish them God Speed in getting help to our brothers and sisters in need.”

“Las Cruces” is on sale now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble.com, publishamerica.com, and other online venues, and available for order at Borders, Barnes & Nobles, and thousands of independent bookstores. An author book signing tour will be announced in September, 2005.

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