Buy a Book, Help a Kid

In 2009, my wife and I became licensed foster parents. Since then, I have seen what a difference a caring home and supportive family can have on a child in need. I have also realized that I want to do more, and I would like to ask you to help me.

For the month of February 2011, all royalties I receive for sales of my two books, Muscle Memory and Wolves Dressed as Men, will be donated to a national not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to foster care and helping children in need.

Just so there is no misunderstanding, my books are in no way connected to fostering, either as a parent or a child. Muscle Memory is a bizarro comedy about body-switching rednecks (read an excerpt here) and Wolves Dressed as Men is a dark werewolf thriller (read an excerpt here). So, what do they have to do with donating to a foster care agency, you may ask? Nothing, except that it just so happens that I am both a writer and a foster parent. While my books are essentially mindless morsels of fun (for the most part), I like to think they also provide me a unique opportunity to do something more than just peddle entertainment to you. I see them as a chance to give back a little more, whatever that amount ends up being. And for you, the reader, maybe you get an extra slice of good karma on the side.

Because my books are of an adult nature, I won’t name the organization to which I will make my anonymous donation, other than to say that they’ve been around for more than 100 years and have active agencies in 12 states. They provide training and services for foster and pre-adoptive parents and help thousands of displaced and troubled children every year. They specialize in therapeutic services, which means in most cases they handle the more difficult, abused or infirm children who are in need of special care and treatment. With this donation, I will not be implying any endorsement from this charity. It will simply be a gift, our gift, to help them continue the good work of caring for children in need.

If you would like to join me in this effort, all you have to do is buy a book. Simple as that. Between all the versions of these two books that are available, the average royalty per copy I receive is about 25% of the price you will pay. Therefore, for each book bought from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, approximately 25% of that price will end up as a donation to a very worthy organization doing wonderful work to help children in need. I will post the sales numbers for that month for all to see, and my ultimate goal is to send at least a $500 donation. Based on the averages above, that would come out to more than 200 copies sold. It’s a lofty figure for one month, but I think it can happen with your help. Please share the link to this post and let’s spread the word.

Muscle Memory is available in print version…

- At Amazon:  CLICK HERE

- Or the Barnes & Noble website:  CLICK HERE

Wolves Dressed as Men is available…

- In print at Amazon:  CLICK HERE

- In print on Barnes & Noble:  CLICK HERE

- For the Amazon Kindle:  CLICK HERE

- For the NOOK: CLICK HERE

- Or in PDF format for other eReaders on the publisher’s website:  CLICK HERE

For more information about fostering, please visit these websites: FosterParenting.com  &  Child Welfare League

Buy a book, share this link, tell others about it on Twitter and Facebook, and help a kid. Thank you for reading.

 – Steve Lowe

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9 thoughts on “Buy a Book, Help a Kid

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  2. I had already added your first book to my to-read list when your friend Caris e-mailed me out of the blue and told me you were a foster parent and that you are doing this fundraiser. I’ve been a therapeutic foster parent for 11 years (taking care of those really difficult ones) and I know how desperately money is needed. I’m curious which org you’re giving to but I understand you reluctance to name it. The one that I know that most fits the bill is Casey Family services but I’m thinking it could also be Lutheran Community Services or Catholic Community Services. I know of a few more and it could be something I’ve never heard of because it’s not in Washington State but all of those are good organizations and deserve every dime they can get.

    So thank you for your donation plan. I will go out and by the book ASAP.

    • Thanks Kelly. I was actually in contact with the organization, and they appreciate what I’m doing, but I understand their desire to remain anonymous here. If my books were PG-rated stories about fostering, then it would be a different deal.

      And thanks for buying, but remember to wait until February!

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