Hello again, everyone! I hope you all are enjoying these last, waning days of the Summer and are looking forward to a long, holiday weekend filled with family, friends, beaches, barbecues and all around good times! Soon our focus will be shifting from milkshakes and peaches to Pumpkin Spice Lattes and apples (though you can’t really tell tonight; up here in southeastern Pennsylvania it’s hot and humid). While I love the Fall (and will likely write more about it in subsequent days, weeks and months), that is not the reason why I’m writing this tonight. I am writing this tonight for another, much more important reason. And that reason?
ENDWORLD – A Novel, The Shane Campaign Edition is NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE! It went “live” as I’d hoped, and can now be ordered from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, the iBookstore, Createspace, Smashwords, Kobo… you name it! Here are the links as they exist right now. I will continue to add to this list on the tab labeled “Where to Purchase ENDWORLD – A Novel, The Shane Campaign Edition” as they become available but as of this moment, here’s what’s up:
- Amazon: Purchasable as an on-demand paperback HERE for $15.99 and as a download for your Kindle HERE for $3.99.
- Barnes and Noble: Purchasable as a download for your Nook HERE for $3.99.
- iBookstore: Purchasable as a download for your iPad, iPod or Mac HERE for $3.99.
- Createspace: Purchasable as an on-demand paperback HERE for $15.99.
- Smashwords: Purchasable as an .epub, .mobi, .pdf, for online reading or even as a .txt file (go figure) HERE for $3.99.
- Kobo: Purchasable an a download for your Kobo or Sony eReader HERE for $3.99.
As I mentioned in my previous update, all proceeds from the sale of this special edition of Book One of the Endworld Series–which includes a special forward, “WHAT IS THE SHANE CAMPAIGN,” and the Prologue and first two chapters of Book Two of the Endworld Series, CHILDREN OF ENDWORLD–will go towards four year old Shane Lee and his ongoing battle with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a rare form of brain Cancer that affects only children. As I have mentioned previously and will mention again, DIPG is uber-resistant to Chemotherapy and as of right now has no cure.
The key words in that last paragraph are “as of right now.” “As of right now” there are doctors and researchers all over the world attempting to find a cure and the more we contribute to their cause… the more we give of ourselves the more chance that one day soon, VERY soon they will find a way, and children like Shane can continue to live long and fruitful lives well beyond the timeframe initially imposed upon them. I said it before and I’ll say it again: There HAS TO be a way. I pray to MY God (that pesky Christian one; you can pray to whatever deity you believe in) for it every night before I close my eyes. For Shane. For every other child that has ever heroically battled it. Not just DIPG, but other, debilitating conditions, as well. All of the Pediatric Brain Stem and Spinal Cord Cancers. Leukemia. Lymphoma. Soft Tissue Sarcoma. There are honestly too many to mention and that? That is heartbreaking.
You see, as a parent of two beautiful daughters, both of whom are close to Shane’s age this is personal. It gets me RIGHT HERE (point emphatically to my heart). While this idea–inspired once again by a couple of Shane’s teachers and supported in totality by my wonderful wife, Nicole–is not a cure or a solution it is… a contribution. It’s a little something that I can do outside of pray and give which I will continue to do moving forward.
Additionally, in doing this I can give you, my wonderful readers something as well. This edition of ENDWORLD – A Novel? It is all me. It’s very personal… very near and dear to my heart, mind and soul much like Shane’s fight is. I re-formatted both the paperback and the e-copy myself (and wow was it tough) and admittedly? I am more pleased with the result than I was with the original. That is nothing against Damonza and the job that he and his team did last Spring. And the cover/paperback wrap is mostly unchanged save for the addition of The Shane Campaign logo. But the internals flow better now. I’ll be curious to hear if you feel the same way as you delve deeper and deeper into it. Let me know! You know how to reach me (and if you don’t, check out the “About Frank Marsh” tab).
And that? That’s it! The long and short of it, so to speak. A couple of other notes that I’d like to “tack on” before ending this update. The first? Tomorrow night at Sky Zone in Glen Mills, PA, there is an event being held for Shane Lee (Called “Let’s Jump For Joy,” information can be found HERE). If you are in the area between 3:00 PM and 9:00 PM, I urge you to stop by. Buy a ticket (or three if you have little’uns like me) and bounce, bounce bounce! Sky Zone will be donating a portion of the ticket sales. Additionally, if you haven’t yet done so and are on Facebook (as I assume most of you reading this are), check out the page for The Shane Campaign. It is run by Shane’s aunt and she has been doing an incredible job of keeping us all updated on Shane’s progress and his adventures (of which there have been many). You can also check out Shane’s Youcaring site HERE. If you don’t want to buy ENDWORLD – A Novel, The Shane Campaign Edition that’s cool. But consider giving to this cause independently. And most importantly? Keep Shane, his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. They all need them!
I’ll leave it at that, everyone. Thank you for your time and continued support! I have nothing but love for ALL of you. G’night!