Guest Post and Giveaway: A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase

Today I am so pleased to welcome L.C. Chase to Joyfully Jay. L.C. has come to talk to us about her latest release, A Fortunate Blizzard. She has also brought along a great tour wide giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Be Somebody’s Hero
A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase

Research for this story hit in a way I hadn’t expected. One of the story’s main characters, Trevor, has kidney disease and is on dialysis while awaiting the transplant that could save his life. The heart of A Fortunate Blizzard is a love story, but while a work of fiction, there are realities that cannot be ignored.

I started by checking with a fellow critique partner who is in the medical profession to find out if the premise was even plausible. With an affirmative and a couple of links to start with, I put my google-fu to work. I spent a lot time on transplant, kidney, and blood websites. I watched youtube videos and documentaries from people living with the disease, people living full lives post-transplant, a man who’d come off dialysis after years of complications and a failed transplant, and others balancing athletic careers with their disease and dialysis. I visited discussion forums. I downloaded renal diet foods and recipes. But the more I researched, the more I learned, the more I worried.

Did you know…?

  • More than 123,000 people in the United States are currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant.
  • Another name is added to the national transplant waiting list every 12 minutes.
  • On average, 21 people die every day from the lack of available organs for transplant.
  • Seven percent of people on the waiting list—more than 6,500 each year—die before they are able to receive a transplant.
  • One deceased donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and can save and enhance more than 100 lives through the lifesaving and healing gift of tissue donation.
  • A healthy person can become a ‘living donor’ by donating a kidney, or a part of the liver, lung, intestine, blood or bone marrow. 1

My biggest fear was, and still is, getting it right. I have no doubt I’ve missed things, and that bothers me. But at the end of the day A Fortunate Blizzard is a story about not giving up hope, about living each day we have here on earth, about cherishing our loved ones, and focusing on the little things that matter most at the end of the day. It is about two men—one running out of time and the other wasting it—who find each other by random design but who have the power to save each other’s lives. It is about you and me.

Consider becoming someone’s hero, and register as an organ donor today. You could save a life. Please visit one of the organizations below for more information, or look for a center near you:

American Transplant Foundation
Canadian Transplant Association
Mayo Clinic Transplant Center
National Kidney Foundation
The Kidney Foundation of Canada

1: Source: American Transplant Foundation, Facts and Myths americantransplantfoundation.org/about-transplant/facts-and-myths


Blurb

AFortunateBlizzard_1200x1800HRThere are worse things than being stranded in a blizzard.

Artist Trevor Morrison has always appreciated the little things in life, treating each day as a gift. And with good reason: he’s been on the transplant-recipient list for too long now. When he learns just how numbered his days truly are, he resolves not to take them for granted. But he won’t be unrealistic, either—which means romantic commitments are off the table.

Marcus Roberts seems to have it all. He’s handsome, financially sound, and on the fast track to partnership at a prestigious law firm. In reality, though, his drive for success has meant no time for friends or relationships. Add in the fact that his family discarded him long ago, and he’s facing yet another holiday season alone.

When the biggest snowstorm to hit Colorado in decades leaves Marc and Trevor stranded at the same hotel, a chance encounter and a night of passion leads to more than either of them expected. Finding comfort in each other is a welcome surprise, but time is not on their side. Either they find a way to beat the odds, or they lose each other forever.

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Bio

Cover artist by day, author by night, L.C. Chase is a hopeless romantic, free spirit, and adventure seeker who loves hitting the open road just to see where it takes her. After a decade of traveling three continents, she now calls the Canadian west coast home. When not writing sensual tales of beautiful men falling in love, she can be found designing book covers with said beautiful men, drawing, horseback riding, or hiking the trails with her goofy four-legged roommate.

L.C. is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for Pickup Men and Pulling Leather; an EPIC eBook Awards winner for Pickup Men; an EPIC eBook Awards finalist for Let It Ride and Long Tall Drink; Bisexual Book Awards finalist for Let It Ride; and an Ariana eBook Cover Art Awards winner. She also received an honorable mention in the 2015 Rainbow Awards for Pulling Leather, and the 2012 Rainbow Awards for Riding with Heaven.

Visit L.C.’s website for the latest happenings at lcchase.com.


Giveaway

Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing for a $50 Esty gift certificate! Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 7. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so we can reach you if you win, and follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway!

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Comments

  1. Thank you for such an interesting post. It is really important taht people become donnors, the more the better. Here in my country, donnors increase steadily every year, having the world first position in number of donnors per million of inhabitants. That makes me really proud of my fellow-contrymen!
    The book sounds really good. Thank you for the giveaway
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  2. Sabrina D. says:

    The book sounds amazing! 

  3. Very touching post!

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  4. This is such an important subject. I learned that in countries where the default mode is if you haven’t said clearly “no, I don’t want to donate my organs” organs are not quite as scarce, as in comparison to countries where you actively have to say yes to allowing your organs to be donated in the case of an accident. It’s easily something you forget talking to your dear ones about until it’s too late, and then it is oftentimes a difficult decision to make for family and friends. We should all make an informed choice and tell those who matters to us, and register of course when it’s possible.

    As a leukemia survivor my organs are now pretty much second rate (at least as far as  transplants go), but I want to raise the awareness of blood stem cell donation; most counties, I believe, have their own stem cell donor data bases, which are then searchable for matches around the world. Especially young men (below the age of 40) and multicultural donors are asked after (statistics say if your white, there’s a 80% chance doctors will find a matching donor) but anyone healthy will do actually. And it’s not just blood cancer which is treated with stem cell transplants, and it leaves absolutely no long lasting effects on the donor.

    Thanks for the blog post, and the book sounds intriguing, I will put it on my wishlist.

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  5. Thank you for this important post!  I have been registered as an organ donor since I was old enough to do so.  Some people think it is macabre, but I think it is beautiful to know you might be able to continue helping people after death.  

    I have A Fortunate Blizzard on my TBR list.  Sounds like a great holiday read.

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  6. I am a registered donor and since I’m of mixed heritage, I’ve also registered as a marrow donor too.

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  7. This is a very interesting post. It’s a good reminder for everyone to remember to register as a donor. 🙂

  8. Thank you for your post on this important topic! violet817(at)aol(dot)com

  9. AnnMarieF says:

    Congratulations on the new book!
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  10. Thanks for sharing those facts with us. humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  11. What an informative and valuable post. Thank you.

  12. LOVED this book LC! It was beautiful and hot and amazing. I couldn’t think of anything that you might have been missed. You really did your homework. Congrats! 

  13. Wonderful, important message, L.C. It’s something I really believe in, and if I can give blood (platelets), marrow, organs, whatever, then I will. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be waiting for something that will save your life and not being able to get it. Thank you so much for using your platform to spread the message of donation.

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  14. interesting facts

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  15. It seems sad that so few people are aware of the facts about organ donors. If only more people were just willing to check that little box…

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  16. Thank you for such an informative post!  It was good to see the results of your research documented for us to quickly delve into it.  

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