Below is a release from David Farland’s assistant Kami (whom I did a guest blog for at her blog ). Really tragic news. David has been a bit of a mentor to me. I don’t know if many of you know about his ‘Daily Kick’ an email he sends out with writing advice design to motivate or ‘kick’ you into gear and get you writing.
David is one of those guys that ‘pays it forward’. He has helped me quite a bit in my writing journey and we have even exchanged novel critiques. He has been a good sounding board and he is currently the first judge for the Writers of the Future competition (though it must be said I had more success with his predecessor 😉 )
Dave needs our help. Money, specifically, but this isn’t one of those Dire Straits situations (Money for Nothing). They are putting on a book bomb, which is described below. If you haven’t heard of David Farland/Wolverton before, please check out his site and see if one of his books is of interest. If you have and were thinking about buying one of his books, now is the time.
You may not know Dave’s son Ben from Adam, but if you are a parent then you’ll know that Dave is living your worst nightmare. Please, have a look and see if you are able to help.
Ben Wolverton, age 16, was in a tragic long-boarding accident on Wednesday the 4th, 2013. He suffers from severe brain trauma, a cracked skull, broken pelvis and tail bone, burnt knees, bruised lungs, broken ear drums, road rash, pneumonia, and is currently in a coma. His family has no insurance.
Ben is the son of author David Farland, whose books have won multiple awards, and who is widely known as a mentor to many prominent authors, such as Brandon Sanderson, Stephenie Meyer, and Brandon Mull. Costs for Ben’s treatment are expected to rise above $1,000,0000. To help raise money for Ben, we are having a book bomb (focused on Nightingale and Million Dollar Outlines) on behalf of Ben.
You can learn more about Ben’s condition, or simply donate to the Wolverton family here: www.helpwolverton.com
What is a Book Bomb?
For those that don’t know, a Book Bomb is an event where participants purchase a book on a specific day to support the author, or, in this case, a young person in serious need: Ben Wolverton.
David Farland’s young adult fantasy thriller Nightingale has won seven awards, including the Grand Prize at the Hollywood Book Festival—beating out ALL books in ALL categories. It has been praised by authors such as James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn), and Paul Genesse (Iron Dragon series), and has received four and a half starts on Amazon. You can read reviews here
Some people sing at night to drive back the darkness. Others sing to summon it. . . .
Bron Jones was abandoned at birth. Thrown into foster care, he was rejected by one family after another, until he met Olivia, a gifted and devoted high-school teacher who recognized him for what he really was—what her people call a “nightingale.”
But Bron isn’t ready to learn the truth. There are secrets that have been hidden from mankind for hundreds of thousands of years, secrets that should remain hidden. Some things are too dangerous to know. Bron’s secret may be the most dangerous of all.
Nightingale is available as a hardcover, ebook, audio book, and enhanced novel for the iPad.
You can purchase it on Amazon
and at Barnes and Noble
on the Nightingale website: http://www.nightingalenovel.com
or, you can get the enhanced version, complete with illustrations, interviews, animations, and its own soundtrack through iTunes
If you are a writer, you may want to consider purchasing David Farland’s Million Dollar Outlines instead. Both books are part of the book bomb. Million Dollar Outlines has been a bestseller on Amazon for over a month and is only $6.99.
As a bestselling author David Farland has taught dozens of writers who have gone on to staggering literary success, including such #1 New York Times Bestsellers as Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time), James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight).
In Million Dollar Outlines, Dave teaches how to analyze an audience and outline a novel so that it can appeal to a wide readership, giving it the potential to become a bestseller. The secrets found in his unconventional approach will help you understand why so many of his authors go on to prominence.
Get it on Amazon
Or on Barnes and Noble
Read one of the 26 reviews here
Would you like to just donate money? You can do that here: www.helpwolverton.com
If you can’t spare any money, but would still like to help, you can do so by telling others about Ben’s donation page, and/or this Book Bomb. Share it on facebook, twitter, pinterest, your blog—anywhere you can. We have an event page set up on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/453677124707603/
Ben and his family greatly appreciate your support, and so do all who love and care about them.