Pride’s Children has a heroine with ME/CFS

Snail on yellow flower. Text: May royalties for ME/CFS. Diversity in fiction must include disabled and chronically-ill characters. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

AS A MAIN CHARACTER, NOT SIDEKICK


And I’m donating ALL my royalties from sales, and page reads on KU (Kindle Unlimited), for the month of May 2018 to #MEAction‘s fundraiser.


And for heaven’s sake, not one who commits suicide or dies of cancer, thus tidying herself out of the way of normal characters!

But one who lives, breathes, and functions as well as possible – given one of the burdens of being a human: not having everything functioning in tip-top shape OR being reachable by diet and exercise.

Why fiction?

Because fiction creates EMPATHY. Fiction is the only way, short of having the disease, that you can experience what it is really like, how every decision in your life is affected, and how your hopes and aspirations and goals come crashing down when you become disabled.

Why now?

Because May is ME Awareness Month, and many activities are being planned, including the #MillionsMissing demonstrations where we are represented by our shoes – because they can leave home and we can’t in many cases.

It is hard to advocate for yourself and a disease you battle daily – when you have so little energy you don’t manage to brush your teeth some days.

#MEAction is raising funds to fight for people with ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), a major devastating and debilitating disease which has been ridiculed and ignored by the medical profession for more than the past three decades, and is getting attention now because people with ME/CFS and their allies are demanding it.


If you read Pride’s Children: PURGATORY, and can’t wait for NETHERWORLD, check out the Patreon and become a patron – it’s the only way to get more before this very slow writer with ME/CFS publishes Book 2. And eventually Book 3.

And yes, I’m writing as fast as I can.

 

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One way to read Pride’s Children for free: KOLL

LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY: Kindle Owner’s Lending Library

And a PRIME membership.

Just figured this out (we’ve had a Prime membership for years):

Go to the product page (link above). IF you have a Prime membership AND own an actual Kindle device, you may borrow a Kindle edition book for FREE every month – and Pride’s Children qualifies. Just select borrow for free next to the Prime symbol to the right of the book cover. Duh, Alicia!

Rankings for books and authors INCLUDE borrows, so if you like, you can read the final, cleaned up published version of Pride’s Children: PURGATORY (Book 1) at no cost to you! And I get credit.

I’m sure everybody else but me knows this, and I probably did at one point (when I was just a reader), but it NEVER OCCURRED TO ME that MY book would qualify.

Did you know this about Prime? Do you use it? You can borrow, yup, do the math, twelve books a year. IF they are available in KOLL and you own a Kindle device. And the publisher has made the book available.

My excuse: brain fog. Ay, ay, ay – what a head! ¡Qué cabeza!

Cross posted at liebjabberings.wordpress.com