October 9, 2014

October is “Vampire Books for Blood” Month!: a guest post by Scott Burtness, author of "Wisconsin Vamp"

October is “Vampire Books for Blood” Month!
A guest post by “Wisconsin Vamp” author Scott Burtness

Poor vampires. Always getting a bad rap for taking blood but never giving back. I’d like to help polish the tarnished image of those poor soulless souls by making this October “Vampire Books for Blood Month!”

I am bringing together authors from across the country to support the American Red Cross. Participating authors are pledging to donate up to 100% of their net royalties from October book sales to the Red Cross Blood services of their choice. To kick-off the event, I’ve pledged to donate 100% of my net royalties from sales of my horror-comedy novel “Wisconsin Vamp” to the Red Cross North Central Blood Services. I’m also hosting a raffle on Goodreads. Three winners will receive a signed copy of “Wisconsin Vamp,” a Wisconsin-themed postcard from the main character, Herb, and a t-shirt and gift bag from the Red Cross North Central Blood Services.

The event has a Facebook page where participating authors will post their book(s) and the percentage of their royalties they will donate. Visit the page often during the month of October, as new authors will be continually signing up. Every book you purchase will support the Red Cross.

Why am I doing this? Well, as I mentioned above, vampires get a bad rap and many would love a chance to give back to the community. More importantly, blood products are perishable and the need is constant to help prevent a shortage and ensure an adequate blood supply for patients. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must be replenished constantly – there is no substitute. The American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood. On average, they must collect 15,000 blood donations every day for patients at about 2,700 hospital and transfusion centers across the country. Also, the Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disaster, teaches skills that save lives, provides humanitarian aid, and supports military members and their families.

The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The money raised during “Vampire Books for Blood” month will help support their blood drives, disaster relief efforts and other great services.

If you are looking for a new vampire or horror novel this Halloween season, I hope you’ll visit the “Vampire Books for Blood” Facebook page, share it with your friends, and follow the fun on Twitter (#VampBooks4Blood). It may only be one month, but the difference we make will last a lifetime!

Vampire Books for Blood on Facebook:

On Twitter: #VampBooks4Blood

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