Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Goodreads, Charity, and Breast Cancer Awareness

When you write a book about cancer, something funny happens.
You end up doing a ridiculous amount of research. So much so that your computer is probably concerned that you actually have it. You spend hours reading scientific articles about cancer treatments, scroll through website after website, and the more information you have, the more conflicted your emotions become.

Breast cancer is not one of those unknown cancers. There were an estimated 235,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States last year. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, also known as Pink Month. People run for the cure, walk for the cure, strip for the cure, cook for the cure... you name it, if it's something you can do for the cure, someone is probably doing it.

The problem with a lot of these organizations that people are walking/running/watching reality TV for is that a large majority of the money doesn't actually go to the research of cancer itself, but for lots of other things. For every dollar you donate to some of the leading cancer research organizations, maybe a quarter actually goes to research.

As someone who's worked in a lab, and has relatives who are scientists, I can tell you that every penny counts when it comes to research. And if I'm going to be donating my money to aid the research of cancer, I'm going to want as much of my dollar to actually go to research as possible.

With ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG, I wanted to step out of my little bubble of me, myself and I and maybe use it for a greater good. I'm going to be talking about this a lot over the next few weeks, but I wanted to make this announcement now:

For every person who adds OTGDY to their Goodreads TBR list, I will be donating money to either MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas (where Milcah is treated), Memorial Sloane-Kettering (the cancer center in NYC, close to where I live) or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This will go on until April 1, 2014, when I will then tally up the numbers and make the appropriate announcements.

There are hundreds of organizations and hundreds of ways for us to get involved to help people battling cancer- not only breast cancer, but every other type as well. The bookish community is such a wonderful and giving place and I know that if we put our heads together we'll be able to come up with different ideas to show researchers, doctors, patients and families how much we care.


Monday, February 10, 2014

OTGDY Love List

Hi loves!
So in between now and the release of OTGDY, I'm going to be posting all kinds of things related to the book. Today's blog post is inspired by a blog post of the lovely Rachel, who heard about the idea from Stephanie Perkins. The basic idea is to list all the things that you love in your WIP or MS, and so, here we go! The things I love!
(And then a present for you at the end!)

Angry girls
Potty mouths
Sibling relationships
Ridiculous characters
Fire escapes
Regressing :)
Nice boys

Quote from The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. -- <3

forest tattoo


And hey! How about a little scene from OTGDY, as well?

The stupid basket is staring at me. Taunting me.
“Why aren’t you happy, Milcah? Why aren’t you grateful? Why? Why? Why?”
“Shut up!” I yell at the basket.
And now my mind is going. I’m yelling at a stupid gift basket.
Reaching over, I yank off the pink bow and open the package to see if there’s anything inside that I would actually want.
There are pink stuffed animals. A pink blanket. Pink travel mugs- for what, I have no idea. There’s a big pink letter which I promptly throw out, and just to round things off in the vomit filled basket of pink is a stack of motivational self-help crap books about healing yourself and beating cancer by thinking happy thoughts.
As if.
Tossing the books back into the basket, I turn away from the teasing of the basket.
Fuck you, pink ribbon.
And that's all for today! eARCs should be ready later this week, and I'm so excited! One month and one day until release day! *happy dances*
I'm going to start sending out copies for reviews late this week or early next week, so if you're interested, feel free to tweet me (@kkhendin) or shoot me an email (kkhendinwrites AT gmail).

Hope you're all having a wonderful, wonderful Monday!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


*bounces all over the place*
I know, I should calm down. There is an Antarctic amount of snow outside but I can't even let that bother me because today is the day I get to show y'all my freaking beautiful cover.

A little backstory, shall we?
After Hafsah designed the cover for HEART BREATHS and I loved it so much and I loved her more than I already had, I knew that I wanted her to design the cover for OTGDY. Mind you, the book wasn't even finished when I emailed her asking if she'd be able to make the cover for it. God bless Hafsah, she didn't blink when the email I sent her telling her what I wanted sounded something along the lines of 'it's a cancer book but she's not a stereotypical cancer chick and she hates everyone and also there are lots of tattoos and quality time on a fire escape and maybe I want someone's wrist but I don't really want any people can you do that thanks.'

I am not even exaggerating in the slightest.
This is also why I do not make my own covers.

But Hafsah has the patience of a saint and managed to ask the right questions and pick up the right details from my Pinterest board, which is a magical thing in it of itself.

And then she sent me this cover, and I died dead.




The blurb:

The first year of college is supposed to be about parties, parties, and getting the hell out of Texas. Instead, Milcah Daniels is spending her eighteenth year in and out of Houston's hospitals. Her hair is falling out, they’ve cut off her boobs, and if she makes it to nineteen, she’ll consider it a personal miracle.
Breast cancer really has a way of messing with a girl’s social calendar.
When Milcah’s temporarily discharged from the hospital, she’s determined to get a tattoo for every medical procedure she’s had. Her quest leads her to Skin Stories, a new tattoo parlor a block from her apartment. And to it’s infuriatingly sexy artist, Callum Scott.
Callum is everything Milcah wants, and everything she shouldn’t have now. A new relationship when the official prognosis is one to five years is a terrible idea. But Callum doesn’t know about the breast cancer, and Milcah’s not running to tell him. 
But when the doctor says things are actually looking positive, her entire life turns upside down. How is she supposed to start living again when she’s finally learned to accept her death?

You can add it to Goodreads right HERE.

And a giveaway! Because I can!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope you're all staying warm today, and are having a fabulous Tuesday.
Don't mind me. I'm going back to stare at my cover for a bit more.