Charitable readers can now pick up a good book and support a local charity, all in one fell swoop.
Knots of Love, a local non-profit organization that distributes free, handmade caps to chemotherapy centers throughout North America, has partnered with author T.B. Smith, in an effort to sell books and support a good cause.
For the month of May, Smith will contribute 10 percent of sales from his website of his Amazon Best Seller, “The Sticking Place,” to Knots of Love.
“I am constantly amazed about how the word is spreading about our charity,” said Knots of Love founder Christine Fabiani. “I began humbly making a cap or two to donate, and we are now sending more than 3,000 a month, across the United States. We could send more caps if we had them, and Mr. Smith’s kind donation has the potential to make that a reality.”
The book can be bought or downloaded from Smith’s website, www.lukejonesnovels.com.
The semi-autobiographical novel features Luke Jones, a Shakespeare-spouting police rookie, and is set in San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter of the late 1970s.
The new cop quickly discovers that dealing with crooks is the easiest part of his job, according to the book’s website description.
“For here, in a world populated by people ruled by their obsessions, Luke’s strong will and quick tongue alienate many of his senior officers and he must fight to be accepted. Although eventually labeled a hero, his success comes at great cost,” as Smith described the book online.
Smith, of Ashland, Ore., served as a police officer for 27 years in San Diego before retiring in 2003 after being injured in an on-duty traffic accident.
He, like the main character in his book, studied English literature in college, as well as creative writing. He’s also a fan of Shakespeare, just like his fictional counterpart.
The book will not only provide hours of entertainment for a reader, but countless possibilities to those in need, Fabiani wrote on the charity’s website.
Fabiani said the book appeals to a wide audience and her Knots of Love volunteers come from all age ranges, backgrounds and experiences.
“Our group is a broad collection of generous new and veteran hand-workers using their skills to add to the self-respect and dignity of another. No greater gift can be given than to give such a personal creation,” Fabiani said. “Tim Smith is sharing his creativity with us and for that, we can’t thank him enough.”
The non-profit helps warm the heads and the hearts of chemo patients and others facing life-threatening illnesses, Fabiani said. The organization has donated more than 118,000 caps.
“People of all ages are in need of love, kindness and support as they wage the fight of their lives,” she said.