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Mugen: (Japanese) “infinite,” “without boundaries”
When my karate teacher told me to choose a name, I chose “Mugen.” It represents striving to do the impossible because you don’t know it’s impossible at the time. This attitude has fueled my efforts for almost one year.
I learned about Eric Arvin and Tj Klune from Facebook last winter, and for a few hard weeks I lived and breathed the drama most of us tuned to on almost daily basis. I bought their books and read them, and I hoped for the best. These two guys, both talented and sweet, were living out the ultimate love story real-time, before my very eyes.
And then things went wrong, post updates spread apart in time and got heavier in mood. People were donating money. The cheerleaders kept cheering, and us on the sidelines, the ones newer to the genre or not personally acquainted with Eric and Tj, had begun to feel like there wasn’t anything we could do.
My brilliant idea to put a fundraiser anthology together – one that I had shared with Dreamspinner Press – was a good one, I was told. I hadn’t realized that DSP staff and select writers were already working on one. Their anthology, “Grand Adventures,” is a tour de force of professional endeavor on both the writing and the publishing end of things. (If you don’t have it yet, buy it.)
From my point of view, however, nothing was going on back then. It was like watching moss grow, so I figured I’d put something together myself. I was working on an indie novella at the time, which is to say, Pd Singer kindly formatted it for me because I was new to InDesign and publishing in general. I could do a cover by then, though (which Pd Singer redid for me) and I figured, how hard can it be?
Soliciting stories was the easy part. Lots of people promised, many of them actually delivered. Fellow writers volunteered editing and publicity services. Artists produced lovely cover art. All I had to do was process the edits, tweak, copy edit, format, make the cover, make the blurb. What really tripped me up was my lack of an organized system for cooperating with others, and that’s why I was beyond grateful when people started to show up and offer help.
We pulled it off, and the anthology lies before you. This is not an effort of an experienced, professional team. No, we’re a pack of underdogs, novice writers with few seasoned souls who stepped out in faith and chose to trust when I said that yes, I would bring this project to completion. I thank you for that and you know who you are. Two writers published herein are published here for the first time – and I thank you for your courage to show your writing to the world. We’re the engine that wasn’t supposed to, except it could.
I’m insanely proud of all of us. This anthology looks good. The stories are all inspired, and they read well across many genres. Behind the cover of every story you’ll find a smaller, weaker guy who uses his wit, grit, or guile to overcome a superior opponent or who beats incredible odds.
Eric has an opponent to subdue and odds to beat. We were all inspired by him to stretch way outside our own comfort zones and keep pushing. He’s doing that every single day, and he’s getting better. He’ll get a lot better with a phrenic pacemaker, a medical device that will help his body breathe so he can get off the ventilator. Then he can really rebuild his motor skills. And he can – we all believe he can – because he’s just that kickass. Except high-tech medicine takes money and that’s where you, the reader, play a critical part.
Please buy this anthology. Every cent of the proceeds goes toward a life-changing medical device.
Eric, this anthology’s for you.
Kate Pavelle writes thrillers, memoirs, and m/m romance. Follow Kickass Anthology earnings on her Thursday Morning Coffee Blog at www.katepavelle.wordpress.com or tweet her at @KatePavelle.
Title: Kick Ass Anthology for Eric Arvin
Authors and Illustrators: Keira Andrews, Connie Bailey, Sophie Bonaste, Tara Bluhm, Michael J. Bowler, A.L. Boyd, Jade Crystal, Catherine Dair, Fiona Fu, Nancy Hartmann, JP Kenwood, Mia Kerick, Jackie Keswick, Eleanore Pavelle, Kate Pavelle, Jonathan Penn, Tali Spencer, Taomi, Rayne Vogel, Brandon Witt (With a special foreword by Eric Arvin’s sisters Angela Arvin-Young and Amy Arvin)
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
Buy Link: Amazon
Against bad odds, he persevered. Wit, grit, and guile pulverized his scary opponent into a sad pile of dust.
Eric Arvin is Kickass.
Even a kickass hero needs a hand from a secondary
character, and Eric needs that extra power boost right now. This anthology is a volunteer effort organized by Eric’s fans and fellow writers in order to help him raise funds and help cover the cost of his high-tech recovery. His wicked sense of humor is intact, but his body needs a bit of help.
These stories are meant to inspire. They’re a warm hug, a wave from afar, a wink and a nod. Discover new authors and graphic artists as you, too, get revved up to slay whatever ails you!
Illustrated edition !
A Note from the publishers:
KICKASS ANTHOLOGY was produced in order to raise funds for the medical recovery of our friend and colleague, author Eric Arvin.
All artwork, both written and graphic, was donated free of charge.
All proceeds will go directly to Eric Arvin and his family.
12/13/2014 – Boys in Our Books – Kate Pavelle
12/15/2014 – Kimi-Chan Experience – Jade Crystal with Eleanor Pavelle
12/16/2014 – The Novel Approach – Amy Arvin & Angela Arvin-Young
12/18/2014 – GGR Reviews – JP Kenwood with Fiona Fu
12/19/2014 – Rainbow Gold Reviews – Jackie Keswick with Tara Bluhm
12/20/2014 – On Top Down Under – Nancy Hartmann
12/22/2014 – Joyfully Jay – Sophie Bonaste
12/23/2014 – Prism Book Alliance – Brandon Witt with Catherine Dare
12/27/2014 – MM Good Book Reviews – Mia Kerick & Michael Bowler
12/29/2014 – Love Bytes – Keira Andrews with Connie Bailey
12/31/2014 – JP Barnaby – Tali Spencer
1/2/2015 – Hearts on Fire Reviews – Jonathan Penn with Taomi
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