Hurray, good news to report! If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter , you may have seen that the Longest Night Masquerade charity fundraiser on December 16th in Pennsylvania was in danger of being canceled due to low advance ticket sales. After a big publicity push, the organizers have crunched the numbers and determined that it’s a go!

However, on a bittersweet note, this will be the last time this particular event is held. I think it’s probably for the best. My job is easy. I accept the invitation. I show up, meet some lovely people, and get to be the Guest of Honor at a fabulous gala bringing to life an iconic celebration from the Kushiel’s Legacy series. If you missed my description of last year’s masquerade, it truly was a fantastic affair.

For the organizers, it’s a year-long headache of logistics, uncertainty and stress. And honestly, I was worried that last year’s gala might be a once-in-a-lifetime event for some of the attendees, especially those who traveled from afar. It’s expensive. The timing, smack between the holidays (as near to the Longest Night as availability allows), presents a challenge for many people. Perhaps this simply wasn’t meant to be an annual event.

So if you’re on the fence about attending this year, I urge you to take the leap and do it! There will be splendid costumes, music and joie. There will be fellowship. There will be acrobats and dancers, and an enactment of the pageant of the Winter Queen and the Sun Prince. And I’ll be there in the midst of it all, dancing and drinking and signing your books, though hopefully not all at the same time! And now it truly is a once-in-a-lifetime (twice if you’re lucky) event.

I know there are a lot of folks who’d love to attend, but simply can’t. I wish everyone who wanted to attend could do so! But if you’re not able, I’d be grateful to you for sharing this post with anyone you think might be interested. So much work and love goes into planning this, I’d really, really like to do whatever I can to make the second and final event another affair to remember.

Oh, and it is a charity fundraiser! All profits go to benefit Petapalooza, a 501(c)3 organization that hosts a festival to showcase adoptable critters from rescues and shelters across the central Pennsylvania area. Having adopted numerous feline and canine rescues throughout my lifetime—and had my life enriched by them in countless ways—that’s a cause I’m delighted to support.

Thank you!