Sorry for the double post today. But my latest, a zombie short story (SURVIVAL), was released this morning in an awesome anthology. I’d already agreed to host another author friend before I found out this one was out. Hopefully you won’t mind too much, because we’re going to talk about the very important subject of:
For millions, there is no word that inspires more fear. It is about time to give some payback. Enter a cadre of talented authors with a common purpose: to SCARE cancer to death.
Available in Paperback and eBook:
Okay, the premise may seem silly, but the truth is that these writers have all given their stories freely in hopes that you will be enticed to come check out this anthology. Every penny generated will be given in a quarterly check to the The V Foundation for Cancer Research. So, when you purchase this book, you are tossing your hat in the ring with people who are out to eradicate a killer that has touched far too many lives.
Join us, and Let’s Scare Cancer to Death!
When asked to submit a story for this anthology, I jumped at the chance. Not only was it being published by May December Publications, but there were some really awesome authors submitting stories – ones that I have read and that I admire. And, it was being edited by one of my favorite authors, TW Brown, creator of the DEAD series. I was and am truly honored to be part of this project. BUT the very best part is that this book will be raising money for cancer research, a cause near and dear to me.
My maternal grandmother, Lavada Moore (I called her Nanny), died from a rare form of skin cancer. When she was diagnosed, she didn’t complain. She never asked, “Why me?” And, she never gave up. Through the surgeries, radiation, and pain, she handled each situation with dignity and grace. But long before this horrible disease claimed her, she taught all of those lucky enough to know her what it meant to embrace life.
Nanny didn’t have an easy one, but she always made the best of it. She tackled each job head on and she loved her family and friends unconditionally. She was always getting into mischief and she made us laugh with her antics. I wrote about one such experience (of many) a while back.
I was blessed to be given such a grandmother. She wasn’t the milk and cookies kind of grandma. (I was blessed to have one of those on the other side too, so I had the best of both worlds.) Instead, Nanny was the kind that did her own thing and didn’t much care what anyone else thought. She worked hard and she took care of whatever needed taking care of. I still remember driving up and finding her on top of the roof, fixing a leak. She was in her mid-70’s at the time.
Nanny took care of her family and she took care of a lot of animals through the years – hers, strays, and wildlife that came wandering on to the property. She was always there for whoever or whatever needed her. I’m sure that’s why I still have wildlife visiting me even today.
And she loved horror. We spent many hours on weekend nights when I was a child, watching all the classic horror movies. I’m positive I can attribute my love of the genre to her.
I wanted to share some of her stories with you today, so that you’d know who she was and why I felt the need to support this wonderful cause with a story.
My grandmother was a beautiful person, inside and out. And I miss her terribly. She was never sick…was in fact, extraordinarily healthy. She had just been told a short time before her diagnosis that she had the heart and arteries of a woman half her age. But because of this insidious disease, I lost someone that I loved and respected much too soon.
And I’m not the only one. I know some of the authors contributing stories to this anthology have lost loved ones to cancer as well. Some have faced or are facing the disease themselves. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this insidious disease.
TW Brown chose the V Foundation as the recipient of the funds generated from the book. When asked why this organization, he said:
As for my reason for the V Foundation, after looking into how different organizations allocate their donations, I decided that the V Foundation made the best use of the money received. My reason for this particular charity anthology (our last one “Wake the Witch” is a benefit for Red Cross), I just think so many of us have been a part of somebody’s life who has had to do battle with this horrible disease and its many faucets. It is nice to give something back and every year I try to organize an anthology with a specific purpose.
I hope you’ll join with me and the following authors who donated stories in supporting the V Foundation:
Just Life by T. Fox Dunham
Dying Days Mortality by Armand Rosamilia
Sweet Release by Mark Tufo
And that awesome cover? That was designed and donated by artist, Andy Butnariu.
I hope you’ll buy a copy of LET’S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH. All the proceeds will be sent to the V Foundation for cancer research. And, please share this post as many places as possible to help us get the word out.
As always – thanks for reading and for your support!