If you’ve been following Dark & Fevered Dreams, you’ll know that I started a giving program with the first book. The concept was simple. For every new volume released, a charity benefiting children or young adults would receive a donation based on sales. You probably also noticed that the recipient for Volume 2: Sleepless is the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which is definitely not a children’s organization.
There was a compelling reason to break with my intentions on the second book and that was the loss of my seventeen-year-old cat Justice. When I still worked in the animal welfare field, I adopted Justice from a litter of abandoned kittens fostered by my good friend, Dawn O’Leary. He and his siblings had been raised in a rambunctious household, surrounded by other animals and children of varying ages. Although this had given Justice some unfortunate habits — including jumping into your dinner plate or diving into open toilets — it also made him personable, affectionate and persistently curious. He liked people of all ages and other animals
Justice pre-dated all my sons and was with me through some of the hardest times in my life. He was a consistent friend during those times when we all feel very alone. He was also a very ill cat. He’d been diagnosed early on with kidney disease, and in his later years he developed high blood pressure, heart ailments and pancreatitis. Amazingly, he was non-symptomatic of all this diseases and medically stable right up until the last few months of his life. In short, he survived years longer than any of his vets expected and I’m very grateful for that extra time.
I knew things had really changed when this cat, who so loved life and would purr so loudly that the doctors had a hard time hearing his heartbeat, stopped purring altogether. Justice died on March 26.
Studies have shown that people grieve just as hard for their pets as they do their other family members, and this was certainly true for me and my son Myles. But out of that grief came a need to celebrate our friend’s life and maybe help some other animals in need at the same time.
I choose the HSUS because of my long history of working with them on multiple projects in my previous career. I like that the HSUS deals with both domesticated and wild species and is often on the forefront of animal welfare issues. (You can learn more about the HSUS by clicking here.) So, if you buy a copy of Volume 2: Sleepless from this website between now and December 15, 2017, I will donate 20% of the cover price to the HSUS. This offer does not apply to any purchases made in book stores or online sellers such as amazon.com.
If you decide to participate, I thank you for both your consideration and support of Dark & Fevered Dreams.