Guest Blogger Jaime Samms

Today we have a guest blog from Jaime Samms about an inspirational project she’s been involved in. While we don’t normally carry much book promo material here, this one is special. It’s about raising awareness of cancer, and also about the power of community.

Over to Jaime…

January 25 marked the release of a very special anthology, one I’m proud to have been a part of. It’s called Wishing on a Blue Star, and it is a tribute to fellow author and good friend, Patric Michael. His recent battle with cancer brought to many people’s attention thefragile nature of human existence and of our on-line connections.

It also proved the incredible strength of the human spirit and the ability for tenuous connection to become a thing of power and light.

Now, I’m not sure he would agree with me on this, but I am firm believer in the power of positive thinking. He would say it is such a shame it takes something like a life-threatening illness to bring about positive change, and he may be right.

But darkness and light exist in the universe and how do you tell one from the other without the contrast? Can we even have one without the other?

So when a group of us banded together to share our experiences and open our hearts to how Patric has touched our lives, I find no great surprise in the fact that his life was touched as well.

Because he is strong, because he has been wrapped in love and support by his family and friends, because he wanted it badly enough, Patric’s battle is won for the time being. Remission has granted us his presence for a while longer, so rather than the memorial this book was meant to be, it has turned into a celebration of life and of a man who has brought a lot of joy, love and encouragement to a lot of people through his words, something he values most highly. Please enjoy this collection of stories, poems, thoughts and Patric’s own blog posts, free for the asking, at Dreamspinner press. (The print version is seven dollars)

From our hearts, to anyone and everyone who reads it.

A Special Project by Dreamspinner Press & ManLoveRomance Press.

Edited by Kris Jacen.

How much impact can someone have on your life if you’ve never met them face to face? In this electronic age of E-mails, electronic publishing, and social networks, quite a lot. Through his emails, stories and blog, author Patric Michael has touched numerous hearts, minds and lives from the start of his career and further as he now takes us along on his journey to battle cancer. Along the way, Patric shows us a side of life that not many truly see– how we are all a part of something larger than just ourselves, and how we are each touched by others for the betterment of all.

Now, those that have been touched by Patric and his words have joined together to give something back, to him and to us all through something he values highly – words. In this compilation, gay short stories, poems, and anecdotes combined with excerpts from Patric’s blog and a few entertaining, educational group posts reveal, and celebrate, the man who has touched so many hearts and minds.

This collection, sometimes erotic, sometimes irreverent, and always poignant, is a gift from all our hearts to celebrate Patric and give strength (and a little levity) to others. The price reflects this; no one is receiving royalties or payment from the sales. Use it to celebrate life, celebrate words, and possibly inspire someone who needs it.