Authors Give Back: Let’s Scare Cancer To Death!

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.

Let's Scare Cancer Cover

Available in Paperback and eBook:


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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.

Lavada Moore 1My 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.

Lavada at CasinoNanny discovered the casinos late in life and loved to go play the slots. It was fun just being with her and watching the enjoyment she got from that. She’d wear the rest of us out! 🙂

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:

Z Children by Eli Constant
 Website      Facebook     Amazon Author Page     Twitter     Goodreads

Of the Dead by Alyn Day
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Memories  by Heath Stallcup
Website     Twitter     Facebook     LinkedIn

Project Arizona by Gregory Carrico
Website    Facebook    Twitter   Goodreads    Pinterest
Amazon Author Page

 Just Life by T. Fox Dunham

Choices by Claire C Riley
Website     Facebook     Twitter    Amazon Author Page 

Dying Days Mortality by Armand Rosamilia

Gift Wrapped Box by Catie Rhodes
Facebook     Twitter     Pinterest     Goodreads
Amazon Author Page

Tunnel by J. Thorn     Twitter     Facebook     Pinterest     Google+

One Lonely Night by Chantal Boudreau
Website     Facebook    Amazon Author Page     Twitter    Scribd     Goodreads

Sweet Release by Mark Tufo

Uncle by Michael James McFarland
Amazon Author Page     Facebook

The Legacy by Julianne Snow
Days with the Undead     The FlipSide of Julianne     Zombieholics Anonymous     Amazon Author Page     Facebook Author Page     Twitter

The Judas Contingent by Blaze McRob
Website     Facebook     Twitter     Visionary Press Collaborative
Angelic Knight Press     Pen of the Damned     Amazon Author Page

My Name is Charles by TW Brown
Website     Facebook     Amazon Author Page

Survival by Rhonda Hopkins
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Addictive Reads     Amazon Author Page 

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!

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The award-winning author of THE CONSUMING, and the zombie apocalypse series, SURVIVAL. She writes horror/sci-fi, paranormal, YA urban fantasy, suspense, and middle grade.

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10 Responses

  1. Patricia Yager Delagrange

    Just bought a copy for my Kindle to show my support for the project Scare Cancer to Death. Ultimately my mom died of metastatic ovarian cancer because at 81 she didn’t want to go through another round of chemotherapy, so this cause touches me as well. I loved the story of your Nanny. She sounded like a really cool gal!
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    • Rhonda Hopkins

      I’m so sorry about your mom, Patti. I hate that anyone has to suffer through cancer and that loved ones have to watch them. I hope we find a cure in the very near future. Thank you for the kind words about Nanny. She really was very cool. 🙂 And thanks for buying a copy of the book. I hope you enjoy it. {{{hugs}}}

  2. Lynn Kelley

    Congrats, Rhonda! That cover rocks, and so does donating the proceeds to the V Foundation. I’ve known and know way too many people that have suffered and fought cancer. Many of them passed on way too early.

    Your Nanny sounds like an awesome woman. Fixing a leak on the roof in her 70s? Pretty darn amazing!
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    • Rhonda Hopkins

      Thank you, Lynn! I’m sorry for those you’ve lost to cancer. Hopefully we’ll have a cure in the near future, so no one else has to lose someone they love to this horrible disease.

  3. Karen McFarland

    Years ago, when I was a little girl, Cancer wasn’t a common thing. You heard about a neighbor that may have had it. It wasn’t your family. Now, it’s in everyone’s family. It is a sickening disease. And a quiet killer. One, that killed my father. I applaud every one of you for your generosity! 🙂

    • Rhonda Hopkins

      Thank you, Karen. I’m so sorry your father was taken by this disease. I hope we have a future when no one loses a loved one to cancer.