Oline Cogdill

As a South Floridian, I am no stranger to hurricanes. And I know no matter how prepared one is, one is never completely prepared.

So my heart goes out to those affected by Hurricane Sandy’s devastating visit to the Northeast, effects of that continue to impact

Author Chris Grabenstein found inspiration in the Jersey Shore for his about Iraqi War veteran John Ceepak turned police detective.

Grabenstein set his novels in the Jersey Shore town of Sea Haven, a fictional combination of the very real towns of Seaside Heights and Beach Haven, both of which were slammed by Sandy. The roller coaster that inspired his novel Mad Mouse is now under water following Sandy’s visit.

Now Grabenstein wants to do his part to help Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

During December, Grabenstein will donate all the money from the Kindle and Nook sales of four of his Ceepak novels: Tilt A Whirl, Mad Mouse, Whack a Mole and Ring Toss.

Grabenstein also will donate all the proceeds from his two self-published ebooks, The Explorers’ Gate and The Christmas Tree (Kindle story only).

The money will be donated to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.