Sunday, May 5, 2013

Indie Authors For Ben Wolverton

UPDATE 5/5/13 at 8:49 a.m.: Author Rusty Carl is IN! I've added him to the list.

Indie Authors For Ben Wolverton


As many of my own readers know, last summer my second-youngest, Mr F, had a bad fall and needed to have emergency brain surgery.

Mr F was lucky; he had the surgery, spent only four days in the hospital (and a semester wearing a soft helmet) and had no other ill effects.  He's doing great now, and with the exception of a scar you'd never know anything happened.

Yesterday, I read about Ben Wolverton.  I happened across Ben by chance -- a tweet popped up in my timeline telling me to help him for Star Wars Day, and I had the time to go read the link.  But what I saw really struck home.

Ben is a teenager who had a bad skateboard accident back in April, and got a serious head injury.  Unlike Mr F, Ben didn't just walk away a few days later eating cheese puffs and laughing.  Ben is still in the hospital, at least as I write this (May 5) and has only just begun being able to eat semi-solid foods.

This is a picture of Ben:


at his most recent.  He's hoping to begin physical therapy soon and get out of the hospital and back home and back into his life.

We live in a country where we will help people get textbooks for school, but not provide medical care.  That's for another day, but for now, what you need to know is that Ben's medical care might cost more than $1,000,000.  So people are banding together to help raise that money, and there are lots of ways to help.

The first way you can help is by donating money directly.


But if you'd like to get something in return and still help out, you can buy a T-shirt for Ben.  The shirt is $20, and has this design on it:



Ben's dad is an author, too, and if you buy his book, it'll help him directly and you'll get a great book to boot.  There are two books, in fact: Nightingale, a speculative fiction book about a young man raised in foster care who learns he can sing and affect evil, andMillion Dollar Outlines, a nonfiction book to help writers learn to write better outlines.  The books start at $6.99 in pretty much every format.


Other authors are joining, too.  Author J. Leigh Bralick, author of "The Lost Road Chronicles", is donating all the sales proceeds from her book for the month of May to help Ben.

You can read her post about why she's doing it, here, or you can go to her page at Amazon and buy one -- heck, buy ALL-- the books she's got.  (The "Lost Road" Chronicles begin with "Down a Lost Road," in which a 16-year old uncovers family secrets and gets swept into Earth's mystical past.)

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT TO HELP BEN BY BUYING ONE OR MORE OF J. LEIGH BRALICK'S BOOKS ON AMAZON.








I couldn't just sit and watch others do something.  When Mr F was going in for surgery, I reached out over Twitter and my blog to ask people to pray for him, and people's words of encouragment helped me over the roughest time I've ever had.  I can imagine how much worse it is for Ben and his family.  So I'm pitching in to help out by creating

INDIE 
AUTHORS 
FOR 
BEN WOLVERTON!




So far, I'm the only member.  But I hope it'll grow.  Already, Rusty Carl has said he would "do it in a heartbeat", so I'm sure he'll join.  But here's how it works:

1. Be an author.  Indie or not, we'll take you.
2. Pledge to donate all profits from sales of your books for the month of May to Ben Wolverton.
3. Spread the word, frequently and with enthusiasm.
4. Post a post encouraging people to visit Ben's site, and to buy all the books from all the authors who are participating.

So I'm in.  If you want to join, leave a comment and I'll add you to the list.  I intend to update frequently across all my blogs -- I won't promise daily, I've got a trial coming up and that takes some time -- and Tweet about this.

I'll even help you out: the remainder of this post can be cut-and-pasted and put directly on your blog. No muss, no fuss.  Just add your own details at the end.  Here we go!



INDIE 
AUTHORS 
FOR 
BEN WOLVERTON!




Help young Ben Wolverton recover from a bad skateboarding accident by buying books from these authors, who have pledged that all profits from their sales in May, 2013, will go to Ben's recovery fund:

Nightingale, (sci-fi) by David Farland.  David is Ben's dad, with two books to buy.  Nightingale, a speculative fiction book about a young man raised in foster care who learns he can sing and affect evil, and Million Dollar Outlines, a nonfiction book to help writers learn to write better outlines.  The books start at $6.99 in pretty much every format.

To buy either of these books, CLICK THIS LINK.

The Lost Road Chronicles 
(ya/speculative fiction) by J. Leigh Bralick, The "Lost Road" Chronicles begin with "Down a Lost Road," in which a 16-year old uncovers family secrets and gets swept into Earth's mystical past.)

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT TO HELP BEN BY BUYING ONE OR MORE OF J. LEIGH BRALICK'S BOOKS ON AMAZON.





Books by Briane Pagel.  Pagel is the indie author of books like

Eclipse, a harrowing sci-fi story about an astronaut who wanted nothing more than to reach the stars, and did so -- but it took murder to get there.  Or did it?

the After: Saoirse's life didn't begin until she died in a plane crash. But with everything perfect in the After, why is she so unhappy? With the help of a possibly-unfriendly William Howard Taft, Saoirse looks for, in her afterlife, the meaning she never had in her life.

The Scariest Things, You CAN'T Imagine: short horror stories that will leave you lying awake at night wishing you'd stuck with something lighter.  Try "The Grave-Robbers," in which New Sam learns that there have been a lot of prior Sams born to Mom and Dad.  And they're all down in the catacombs...

All these books and more, just $0.99 on your Kindle.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT TO HELP BEN BY BUYING ONE OR MORE OF BRIANE'S BOOKS FROM AMAZON.

BOOKS BY RUSTY CARL: 

Rusty is a master artist and the author of several books:

A Dead God's Wrath (spec fic/novella): A mysterious stranger shows up to help avenge a brutal murder, unlocking magic of the best, and worst, kind in a sleepy 1895 western town.

War Angel: Like your romance with a bit of adventure and history? In this story, a young man learns of his grandmother's remarkable escape from Nazi Germany with the help of a dashing stranger.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT TO HELP BEN BY BUYING ONE OR MORE OF RUSTY'S BOOKS FROM AMAZON.





Want to join? Cut and paste this last part, put it on your blog, add your info, and let me know it's there.  I'll post about you, too, and add you to the list!

22 comments:

Rusty Webb said...

I'm in! Sign me up.

Briane P said...

I'll add you right away!

ridinrenman said...

Please add me, I would love to help.
Arthur Roberg: http://www.amazon.com/Arthur-Roberg/e/B008K4CRX6

B.J. Baye said...

Will you take a newbie? I only have one book up for sale, (both ebook and physical versions), which contains just a couple of short stories. I'd be happy to be involved if I can.

http://www.amazon.com/author/bjbaye

Joan of Ark said...

Vickie Smith of Ark Essentials, pledging profits from May Sales of Confessions of a Butcher-eat steak on a hamburger budget and save$$$ - the ebook on Amazon to Ben. Started a couple of weeks ago so I'm ahead of the game. Just waiting till the end of the month to send the full check :) Great Idea.

Briane P said...

Thanks, everyone. New authors: if you join up let me know on Twitter:

@whyihatepeople

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