ENDWORLD – A Novel, The Shane Campaign Edition is NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!

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!

F.

10516630_1425740907707373_221444494333179493_n

 

 

 

Advertisements

ENDWORLD – A Novel, The Shane Campaign Edition

Good Morning, Afternoon or Evening, everyone. I guess it all depends on when you are reading this. I know that it’s been some time since I posted anything to this website. Usually when I do it’s something about ENDWORLD – A Novel, or the ongoing saga of completing the sequel, CHILDREN OF ENDWORLD. I’ve even written a bit about the planned third novel in The Endworld Series, HEAVEN AND ENDWORLD. I’ve written about reviews, both negative and positive; I’ve written about sales and the like. But this update is not about any of those things. Far from it, actually. “To everything in turn, there is a season” and there will be time to update you on them in the future. At this moment, though? This is about something much more important. That said?

I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to someone you may or may not have heard of. The adorable little guy pictured below? His name is Shane Lee:

10497101_1424988697782594_1783421459376258786_o

Shane attends school with my daughters Cara and Natalie. He is four years old, loves to eat ice cream, loves his family and is undeniably bright, super-energetic and curious about everything.

On June 23, 2014 Shane was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a rare form of brain cancer that is super-resistant to chemotherapy and only affects children. According to The Cure Starts Now, less than 10% of DIPG children live longer than 18 months from the time of their diagnosis. Survival is even more rare: To date, there have been no known survivors. Symptoms of DIPG include double vision, the inability to close one’s eyelids completely, dropping one side of the face and difficulty chewing and swallowing. Unfortunately these symptoms usually worsen rapidly because the tumor is rapidly growing.

At the time of his diagnosis, Shane was given a timeline of anywhere between six and 15 months. He has since been enduring radiation which he just completed yesterday. His family, teachers and friends hope and pray that Shane’s resilience and zest for life will cause him to defy the statistics and live a long and fruitful life. Everyone that cares about him hopes that his passionate tenacity, stubbornness, courageousness, humor and bright personality will help him through the trying days and months ahead.

When I first heard about Shane’s plight, my reaction was the same as anyone’s would be: Why? How is it even remotely feasible that someone so young and innocent could be diagnosed with such an invasive condition? A few years ago, another friend of mine’s child lost his battle with Pediatric Cancer so admittedly? This, and the close proximity to my daughters hit double hard. “Not again,” I kept saying to myself over and over again, “it’s not fair.” Said reaction quickly segued into another: Determination. I knew I needed to help, but how? Via donation? Sure. Via prayer? Most definitely. But it didn’t feel like enough. So I continued to rack my brain for an answer and eventually, with the help of a couple of Shane’s teachers and the ongoing support of my wonderful wife, I came up with an answer. The only answer, really.

That said (you can skip the drum roll), I give you:

ENDWORLD Shane Campaign Paperback Wrap

 

What is it? Quite simply put, ENDWORLD – A Novel, The Shane Campaign Edition it is a special edition of my 19 year labor of love; my debut novel. Not a “Director’s Cut” for the content of the original manuscript is unchanged. What it is is a newly created, newly formatted version that includes a Forward–“What is the Shane Campaign?”–and as an extra added bonus, the Prologue and the first two chapters of CHILDREN OF ENDWORLD. Here are a couple of additional shots of the interior. SPOILER ALERT: If you have not yet read ENDWORLD – A Novel, feel free to avert your eyes from the second picture as it is the first page of the excerpt:

Prologue from ENDWORLD - A Novel, The Shane Campaign Edition

 

Excerpt from ENDWORLD - A Novel, The Shane Campaign Edition

I will be going live with it very soon, likely in conjunction with a fundraiser that I, my girls and others will be attending on August 28 at Sky Zone in Glen Mills, PA, Let’s Jump for Joy! Once I do, all of the proceeds from ENDWORLD – A Novel, The Shane Campaign Edition–which will sell in eBook for $3.99 and in on-demand paperback for $15.99–will go toward Shane Lee’s fight. He’s a lot like William MacNuff. Not a grizzled revolutionary by any stretch of the imagination, but an innocent faced with seemingly insurmountable odds against him. And he is trying like hell to beat the system and find his way to his own, proverbial “Free Caymen.”

You see, Shane, his family, teachers and friends all believe the same thing: That saying “there is no cure” is not and never will be acceptable. Whether you believe in God, a god or some other deity or deities… hell, whether you believe in nothing save for the randomness of the universe you… I cannot concede that the governing bodies of the All would allow any child or anyone to be struck down before he or she has had the opportunity to experience life. There has to be a way. And if raising money to donate to this cause gets us even a step or two closer to finding a cure, not just for Shane but for anyone that is afflicted with DIPG than gul’darnit, I am going to try. And I urge you too, as well.

If you choose to buy ENDWORLD – A Novel, The Shane Campaign Edition–and I certainly hope that you will; I’m probably going to buy one or two myself–then you, too, will be doing your part to help find a cure. But you don’t have to start or stop there. Please take a moment and check out the youcaring.com fundraiser page for Shane, linkable HERE. His family has also set up a Facebook page with a number of helpful links to check out, linkable HERE. Knowledge is power. The more people that know about this and contribute, the more chance that we will find a cure and Shane will be able to continue enjoying the great gift of life. Continue eating ice cream. Continue spending time with his family for many, many years to come.

Please, show your support. I understand that not everyone can afford to shell out $3.99 or $15.99 to buy a book they may have already read, even though it does contain the first 30 or 40 pages of the almost-completed sequel (nudge, nudge). If you cannot, then in lieu of monetary assistance please pray for Shane and his family. Light a candle at Church this Sunday or say a prayer in Synagogue. Show your support in whatever capacity you can. He and his loved ones deserve it!

And that? That’s my pitch. I am in the process of finalizing the formatting for both the eBook edition and the paperback edition, presently. I will inundate you I MEAN update you (ha, ha) with more information, i.e. links and such as they become available. Please, get the word out. Let your friends, family, Facebookverse, Twitterverse and subjective reality on this side of the proverbial wormhole of existence know. And in closing:

10516630_1425740907707373_221444494333179493_n

Thank you all for your time and ongoing support. Best Wishes, F.