Today, I’m doing a spotlight on a book which not only sounds great, but the Author is very generously donating his proceeds to a fantastic charity. Please read the book blurb below and if you are interesting in helping out this charity, the links below are where you can find out more and buy the book.
Lacy Dawn is a true daughter of Appalachia , and then some. She lives in a hollow with her worn-out mom, her Iraq War disabled dad, and her mutt Brownie, a dog who’s very skilled at laying fiber optic cable. Lacy Dawn’s android boyfriend has come to the hollow with a mission. His equipment includes infomercial videos of Earth’s earliest proto-humans from millennia ago. He was sent by the Manager of the Mall on planet Shptiludrp (Shop ’till You Drop): he must recruit Lacy Dawn to save the Universe in exchange for the designation of Earth as a planet which is eligible for continued existence within a universal economic structure that exploits underdeveloped planets for their mineral content. Lacy Dawn’s magic helps her to save the universe, Earth, and, most importantly, her own family. At first, this story seems sooooo serious, until……. Then, through the darkness, or perhaps because of it, laugh-out-loud comedy erupts to move the plot toward an outrageous closing scene.
Saving an entire universe is a big job for anybody. It takes more than just magic. Lacy Dawn needs a team and a very strong sense of humour. First, she motivates the android into helping her fix her family by putting her foot down and flat out telling him that she won’t save the universe unless he helps her first. The android agrees to the terms. After Lacy Dawn’s father is cured of his mental health problems and stops being so mean to Lacy Dawn and her mom, Lacy Dawn next arranges for her to mother get her rotten teeth replaced, pass her GED, and to get a driver’s license. The mother feels so much better about herself that she also joins the team. By this time, the android has fallen so deeply in love with Lacy Dawn that she has him wrapped around her little finger. Add a pot head neighbour who sells marijuana and has a strong sense for business transactions, Brownie, a dog who proves to have tremendous empathy for the most vile occupants of any planet, and Faith, the ghost of Lacy Dawn’s best friend who was murdered by her own father — the team is ready to embark on a very weird off-world adventure. Of course, in preparation, Lacy Dawn has studied for hours to learn about sociology, math, economics, psychology, languages, culture and every other school subject that has a title — her brain gets so filled up with knowledge directly downloaded from a universal database that she increasingly needs the perspectives of others on her team to sort it all out. Working together, the team figures out how a few greedy capitalists had made such a mess of the entire universe and how to prevent its destruction without intentionally killing one single being.
Rarity from the Hollow is A Children’s Story. For Adults. The content includes serious social commentary and satire. There are graphic scenes in the first chapters before Lacy Dawn’s family is fixed. “…You will enjoy the ride with Lacy Dawn, her family and friends, but don’t expect the ride to be without a few bumps, and enough food to last you a long time.”
— Darrell Bain, Award Winning Author
Here are the details of the charity the Author has chosen, the link is included if you want to visit.
Children’s Home Society of West Virginia
Author proceeds from sales of Rarity from the Hollow have been donated to a nonprofit child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. http://www.childhswv.org/ The author worked for this agency in the early ’80s establishing and directing a state-wide network of emergency shelters for children. Established in 1896, today the agency cares for more than 13,000 children, youth, and families throughout the state of West Virginia each year. The services include:
Adoption, including pregnancy counseling and assistance with legal services;
Birth to Three, which assists families care for children who exhibit developmental delays and strengthens the families’ abilities to care for their children at home;
Comprehensive Assessment and Planning for children and families involved with child protective services to ensure the appropriateness of services and safety of the children;
Child Advocacy Centers within which children suspected of having been maltreated can be interviewed in a supportive environment by all involved parties (police, social workers, medical staff, defense, etc.), including video recordings, so as to prevent the children from further trauma by exposure adversarial courtroom proceedings;
Parenting Education for parents involved in divorce proceedings;
In-Home Child and Family Services to keep families intact when there is no imminent danger to the child but supportive services, such as case management or transportation is needed;
Exceptional Youth Emergency shelters serving youth with disabilities;
Foster Care in private family homes that sometimes adopt the children initially placed there if freed for adoption through legal proceedings;
One mid-town youth center that focuses on after-school and summer academics, delinquency prevention, and parental development;
Right from the Start which targets high risk birth mothers and high risk infants to ensure that proper medical, economic, and social service needs are met;
Emergency Shelters (9) for youth in crisis (this was where Robert worked as the Director of Shelter Care – He started 5 of these family-like settings but the network has since expanded);
We Can, a program that recruits volunteers to augment services provided by child protective services workers;
And, a Youth Services program in an under-served part of WV that turns around mostly younger teens who are heading in the wrong direction.
What an amazing cause, I really commend this Author for generously donating to The Children’s Home Society. If you would like to help out, see the links below.
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Thank you for reading, let me know if you buy this book and what your thoughts are.