I am so happy to be participating in this blog tour to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House! Here’s the story behind this project. Oh, and make sure to enter the giveaway for a Kindle at the bottom of this post!
Carl Hose and his wife, Marcee, went through a very trying time during the pregnancy and birth of their daughter, Ireland Joy Hose. Complications arose during the development of their baby, so Carl’s wife was scheduled for a C-section just over two weeks before her due date. Normally, this is completely fine. Well, Ireland wanted to come six weeks early instead. The doctors could not stop Marcee’s contractions, and she started bleeding profusely. Ireland came out fine, but very tiny. Marcee had to have a hysterectomy if she wanted to survive. She pushed through and survived the surgery, regardless of all the blood loss. After the birth, Ireland was moved to the NICU at a different hospital than her mother, which was much further away. Carl and Marcee decided that Carl should move to be with Ireland. However, that meant leaving his wife alone during a very emotional and painful time. After much coaxing from the hospital staff, Carl moved into the Ronald McDonald House. Miraculously, Marcee joined him there the next day. She should not have been able to walk. They spent the next 3 weeks living in there, visiting their baby and watching her gain her strength and recover from coming into this world so early. Their entire family is doing so well today.
Ronald McDonald House played a huge part in this family’s happiness. They provided a place to live, food to eat, gifts, and even Valentine cards. They did not have to travel to see Ireland, nor did they have to sleep in her NICU room. They had a comfortable place close by where they could heal from this trauma together. RMH does this same thing for thousands of other families every year, and they do it solely from donations. Carl and Marcee are so grateful for the help that they received, that they want to give something back to the Ronald McDonald House. Here’s what they did:
Dark Light is the light that shines through when some of the finest writers in horror use the power of their words for something good. That’s the case with this anthology—42 writers coming together to help support the Ronald McDonald House Charities and all the good the organization does for families every day of the year.
Make no mistake, though. These are horror writers and the stories they’ve written are not pretty. Traditional and non-traditional horror, dark humor, ghosts, serial killers, alternate universes, magic, zombies, and other creatures of the night hide between these pages. Shadows move and dead fingers stroke unsuspecting flesh, razor sharp knives shimmer in the moonlight, and unknown things hide in closets and under the bed. The stories here are as varied as the writers themselves. If you’re a fan of horror, you will not be let down.
Despite the horrific nature of these tales, however, their very existence in Dark Light stands as proof there will always be a light at the end of every tunnel.
Turn the lights down low and enjoy the show.
Dark Light will be available in all digital formats, plus the printed version will be available wherever books are sold online, as well as in some brick and mortar stores. No matter where you buy it, the money goes to RMH. I think this is a wonderful way to make a difference, and I’m so happy I was contacted to help with this project!
Check out the other stops on this tour for reviews of the book, guest posts, and book excerpts. (Scroll through the list of current tours to get to the button for this tour, where all the stops are listed underneath.)