Several months ago, Tess Hardwick asked me to contribute to an anthology she was putting together with Tracey Hansen, a soon-to-be Booktrope author. Tess described the project as an anthology exploring the seasons of life, and all participating authors would donate their profits to breast cancer research and awareness. I was honored to Write For the Fight.

Tracey Hansen and I had a crazy idea for a book. Feeling sad and hopeless over how many lives have been altered or ended because of breast cancer, we decided, quite literally, to write for the fight.” – Tess Hardwick

Booktrope held a contest to choose the participating authors, and writers from all over the world submitted essays. Booktrope chose the following 11 authors: Gordon Bonnet, Galit Breen, F. Jo Bruce, Derek Flynn, Jesse James Freeman, Laura Kilmartin, Marni Mann, Karla J. Nellenbach, Terry Persun, Laura Tiberio, and Laura Zera. Within the book, each author has four published essays that are grouped by life’s seasons: childhood, young adulthood, middle-age, and old age. I can probably speak for all the authors when I say these prompts weren’t easy to answer. After months of hard work from everyone involved, including Diane Hughes (editor), Greg Simanson (cover design), Heather Ludviksson (marketing manager), and Bea Thompson (cover artist) Write For the Fight is a compilation of the most honest, heart-felt essays I have ever read.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

WRITE FOR THE FIGHT:  A Collection of Seasonal Essays 

Authors Tess Hardwick and Tracey Hansen, inspired by the myriad voices in the world, compile a melting pot of life paths from over a dozen unique individuals, each exploring the four timeless questions we’ve all pondered:

  • What do you miss about being 5 years old?
  • What would you tell your 20-year-old self?
  • What, at this point in your life, do you want, wish and dream of for your life going forward?
  • What would you want said about you on your 80th birthday?

These experiences make us who we are, defining our personalities, perspectives and dreams as we move through the seasons of life – from memories at age 5 to the person we hope to be described as on our 80th birthday.

From the thoughtful to the blunt, experienced to the young – WRITE FOR THE FIGHT is a humorous and emotional journey that will take you back to the best of times and get you energized for the future. All writer royalties will be donated to charities benefiting the fight against breast cancer.

I’m proud to announce, Write For the Fight was released yesterday on Barnes & Noble. We have partnered with Nook exclusively for one month, beginning on March 4th. After a month, Write For the Fight will be available for any eBook device or paperback.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, nearly 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and more than 40,000 will die. Please support this amazing cause by telling your friends and family about Write For the Fight. The more books we sell, the more money we can donate.

Book bloggers, avid readers, and peeps, Booktrope is willing to send you a free copy of Write For the Fight in exchange for an honest review on Barnes & Noble’s website. If any of you are interested, please contact me.

“Sell books to save lives. Write For the Fight.” – Tess Hardwick