Let's Save Daleen's Home!

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You look at an author like me, with seven published books, and you think I must be rich. If only. For 15 months of work on “Pretty Little Killers,” I made just $12,500. I earn so little from royalties on all my books combined that, if I applied, I would be eligible for welfare.

You look at my experience as an investigative crime reporter, and you think I must be powerful. You know I have helped others fight their battles—abusive boyfriends, custody cases, murdered loved ones. Now I’m the one in the fight.

There’s much I can’t say about why I now ask for your help. What I can say is this: I’ve been a widow barely a year, and I spent much of 207 looking for my missing daughter. Now I’ve been named as a third-party defendant in litigation about my husband Butch’s estate. I need help, and every lawyer who can provide that help needs a retainer. A big retainer. I need to raise $20,000 to hire a lawyer for a case I’m confident I will win—but not on my own.

I lost Butch Culp after 15 years of marriage. He didn’t have life insurance, but he left a company he built with his first wife, Shirley. She was my dear friend, and she died after a 10-year battle with breast cancer. I knew she would approve if I married Butch and took care of him, and I did that.  He nearly died so many times. The first time was in 2007 of congestive heart failure that required a bypass surgery. In 2009, he underwent a quadruple bypass. In 2014, a broken leg turned into a nearly fatal bone infection. A year later, Butch nearly died of a diabetic emergency. Every time, I nursed him back to health. But on April 17, 2017, no one could save him. Now I’m trying to save his company and our home.

When you’re an independent author, income is intermittent. You have to spend a lot of time promoting your work. Between grieving for Butch and searching for my daughter, missing since the Ghost Ship fire, I haven’t been able to promote my work. Now, my time is devoted to finding an attorney and ensuring that this time, justice will prevail for ME.

Writing is cathartic and helps me make sense of this crazy, messed-up world we live in. Your support will help ensure that someday soon, I can get back to that—back to fighting for others instead of myself. If you can help, I will be forever grateful.
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The other day I was walking into a grocery store when someone called my name. I turned and there was Rick Stache, whom I haven't seen in a year. He was worried about me, and wanted to give me a free cut and color at Bella Hair, where he now works.

Rick's kindness made me cry, but a few days later I took him up on his offer: because Rick knows that with the right 'do, a woman can conquer the world. Or, in this case, a lawsuit!

Friends like Rick are helping me hang in there. If everyone who reads this can donate $5 today, we'll reach our goal in no time. Because this isn't just for me. It's for you, too. In the time since I started this campaign, I've had to turn down two people who need my help with their stories. Those are cases I can't blog about, and books I can't write.

Not now, and not until I can relax and know I'll stay have a roof over my head, and a dry place for my typewriter. (Okay, laptop. You know what I mean.)

I hope you will do whatever you can to help, and please see my earlier post about my gift to you in return. Thank you, Rick and Bella Hair! And thank you, each and every one of you!
Now I can conquer the world!
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In view of the Easter holiday, I gave everyone a break from my calls for help with this fundraiser. (Actually, I'd seen my face more than enough, staring out at me from social media. And I'm sure you had, too!)

In spite of the break, though, we're up to $3,705, which is amazing. THANK YOU ALL!! And yet, I really, really still need your help, dear friends. In one of my updates, I offered folks who donated a certain amount a copy of one of my books. That offer remains. But to get back to writing—the 5-10K words a day I once regularly wrote while working on "Pretty Little Killers" and my other books—I need to know I have the funds to fight this lawsuit and keep my house.

Thank you again for every penny, every prayer, every share, and every kind word you've said since I started this campaign—and please know I cannot thank you enough!
Back in the day . . .
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Wahoo! We've done it. No, YOU have done it. Overnight you have helped me reach $3,315. I'm not sure which has overwhelmed me the most: your monetary help or the private messages of love and inspiration you've shared with me. Thank you, each and every one of you!
Mark Husk asks for your support
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Hi All, it's a rainy Wednesday and I still have lots of behind-the-scenes legal work to do if I want to save my home. With your help, I will do it. Already, you've shown such amazing love and encouragement—not just with your dollars, but with your kind words. Please keep them coming!

If you haven't watched the video yet, or read my story, please do. And please share with all your friends. That's crucial! The attorney who signed on to take my case believes in me, and I believe in you. Together, we can do this!

Thank you!!!
Bob Lucore wants you to support my GFM!
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