Please welcome author Heather Kuehl with her wonderful reason for donating the proceeds of her new book, Blood Moon.
Once Eternal Press accepted Blood Moon, I was faced with a decision. I had a feeling that this book would do well, especially after the cliff hanger at the end of Malevolent Dead. I know, it sounds like I'm tooting my own horn, but it was for a good reason. I had wanted to give back to MUSC Children's Hospital for a while, but never had the means to do so. I felt, with Blood Moon, I could finally do that.
Why MUSC Children's Hospital? Two years ago I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Cameron, but around 2 weeks of age I noticed something that was really hard to miss. He was vomiting up his food. The pediatrician thought it was acid reflux, and blew off my "vomiting baby," thinking that I was over reacting because I was a first time mom. I don't blame the pediatrician for thinking this; all first time parents overreact at one time or another. But I just knew in my gut that something was wrong. A week later and nothing was working, so I told the pediatrician that I wanted to do a test they had mentioned before where they do an ultrasound on his stomach to see if something was wrong. The doctor agreed and we were sent to MUSC to do the ultrasound. I had no clue what I was looking at, but the second I saw the white mass on the otherwise dark screen I knew something was wrong.
My son had a condition known as pyloric stenosis. It's where the muscle exiting the stomach closes, refusing to allow nutrients into the body. Prior to the early 1900's, babies would have starved to death from this because doctors didn't know what was wrong. They used to assume it was a milk allergy or some other ailment. Luckily, it was 2008 and the doctors knew exactly what to do. We were immediately admitted into the hospital, and seconds after we arrived in the ER the surgeon was there to meet us and explain what was going to happen. Once we got settled into the hospital room, the surgeon came back in and asked if we had any more questions. We saw him several times before the surgery actually took place the next day, and every time he was very nice and patient with us. The hospital staff was equally kind, even the nurses at 2am who had to help me change Cameron as he continued to vomit the nasty old formula that was in his stomach. No matter where we went, everyone was so nice. The day after his surgery Cam was eating like a champ and barely spitting up, and we were sent home with the surgeons home phone number incase we had any questions or concerns. A week later Cameron was fully healed, with only two little scars from the surgery.
Cameron just turned two back in November, and hasn't been affected at all by his condition or surgery. The doctors said that this problem is one that will never reoccur, so we don't have to worry about him having surgery for pyloric stenosis again. His two little scars are now just one scar, with one of them fading so much that I have to search for almost fifteen minutes in order to find it.
Ever since that day, I wanted to give back to MUSC Children's Hospital for their kindness, and helping my son. That is why I donated the proceeds for Blood Moon to them.
To learn more about MUSC Children's Hospital, please visit http://www.musckids.com/
To learn more about Pyloric Stenosis, please visit http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/digestive/pyloric_stenosis.html
Blood Moon is the third book in the Sarah Vargas series, picking up right where Malevolent Dead left off.
Blood Moon Blurb: After she broke her contract with the Blood Moon Corporation, Sarah Vargas knew that it was only a matter of time before they came for her. What she didn't know is what lengths they would go to make sure that she had no where to run. Everyone Sarah has every relied on is in danger during a time when friends become enemies, and Sarah quickly realizes that the Blood Moon Corporation will never give up until she is dead. The Blood Moon Corporation is coming, and even Sarah doesn't think she can make it out alive.
Blood Moon: Book Three of the Sarah Vargas Series, Eternal Press
Malevolent Dead: Book Two of the Sarah Vargas Series, Eternal Press
Fade to Black: Book One of the Sarah Vargas Series, Eternal Press
Promises to Keep, Eternal Press
Epiphany, Decadent Publishing (TBA 2011)
Visit Heather Kuehl online at http://www.heatherkuehl.com/, http://www.heatherkuehl.blogspot.com/ or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.