Attention all thralls!
Did you know that blood donations in the U.S. are down at least 10%? Well, I didn't know it either, until last night when I happened on the statistics online and started to think that it might be time for me to make a donation. After all, who cares more about a blood shortage than someone who writes about vampires? I spend a lot of my time thinking about thralls (the ultimate donors!) but I had never actually gotten around to donating blood myself. In fact, I didn't actually get around to making the appointment last night, either.
Then, this morning, something cool happened.
I got a phone call from our local blood bank! They were just calling people at random to encourage them to donate - that's how bad the need has gotten! - but I took the timing as a sign. I made an appointment to give blood for the first time at 10 a.m.
Sept. 1. And you know what? I felt pretty good!
So good, in fact, that I started to think about ways to encourage other people to donate, too. What if we did a book giveaway for anyone willing to get in touch with their inner thrall? I contacted some of my very favorite paranormal authors and the response was off the chain! Nichole Chase offered copies of her YA paranormal Mortal Obligation (which I just read and loved!). Elizabeth Hunter, whose Elemental Mysteries series has been climbing the charts, declared it "Bloody September" and in minutes had a wordpress site set up for the giveaway. Killian McRae offered an ARC of her new paranormal romance Pure and Sinful and made us a widget so cute it's scary. In a matter of hours, we had lined up a dream giveaway with donations coming from as far away as Samoa (Lani Wendt Young's Telesa!) and as near to me as St. Paul (Tate Hallaway's Tall, Dark and Deadly and her new urban fantasy, Precinct 13!) And the momentum just keeps growing!
So here's where you come in: Check out the incredible lineup of authors on the Bloody September site. Then follow the Red Cross link on the site to find a blood donation center near you and set up a time to donate. Send a picture of you giving blood (to BloodySeptember2012@yahoo.com) and you're entered for a chance to win!
But even more important than that, you'll know that your thrallish ways just might save a life. Chances are you'll never have to fight off a werewolf attack or rescue a friend from the undead, but you can still be a hero to someone in need. Just ask yourself, What would Emmie do? ;) And stay tuned for pictures of my own blood donor adventure come Sept 1!