Friends, it is my pleasure and honor to introduce you to emerging authors. This week’s Spotlight is Lifeblood by M. Kate Allen.
Lifeblood so moved me that I found myself immersed in each of the four stories. I learned so much about living with Leukemia while reading through the perspectives of each main character. Her commitment to promoting awareness is most inspiring. We would all do well to learn from Ms. Allen in this respect.
As I wrote previously on Amazon:
This chapbook is a gem: perfect for generating awareness for blood cancer/ leukemia. The four stories are aptly titled Blood, Life, Death, and Cure. Although intentionally short, I found each story to be quite powerful. Once can’t help but empathize with each of the characters. The first story describes a young couple as the woman (a leukemia patient) is about to give birth. There is beauty in the drama, trauma, and new life. The second story, Life, heartwarmingly describes a leukemia patient living happily in remission. The beautiful way the song referenced interweaves with the story is classic. The third story, Death, written from the point of view of a very young girl with leukemia is utterly heartbreaking. The final story is a call to action and inspires the reader to participate in the movement. A fine collection, indeed.
M. Kate Allen is also the author of Life. Love. Liturgy. and other published works. In her own words:
Fiction and poetry are two extremely powerful (some would even say subversive; I would say transformative) media in which to explore such questions in illuminating, heart-breaking, hope-inducing, rage-including, thought-provoking ways. In my book, Life. Love. Liturgy., I explore how God and religion and life lived intersect (or miss the mark, or both). In my chapbook, Lifeblood, I explore blood cancer and its implications for life and death in four short stories; its proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I am also published in two anthologies by Solarwyrm Press (Fae Fatales and Allusions of Innocence) and a charitable anthology co-published by Fey Publishing and Solarwyrm Press called Heartbeats: Voices Against Oppression, all proceeds of which benefit the Not For Sale Campaign.
Follow this link to purchase Lifeblood on Amazon.com. Lifeblood
M. Kate Allen explores blood cancer and its implications for life and death in four short stories. All proceeds from this chapbook benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society .
You can find more of M. Kate Allen’s writings at her new site: Theakoinoinia.org
I am looking forward to her next release, Memory Stands Still.