I was recently introduced (via Facebook) to Scott McKinley, who is an author and cover model and … well, let me quote the email I received from one of his friends:
Scott is former soldier who was shot down with his team in Afghanistan. (Most of his team didn’t survive the crash) Among his many injuries was a broken back which the doctors said he would never walk again due to it. Well Scott proved them very wrong on that one. Then after moving to the US because his grandparents were here he took a security contract as a bodyguard in Baghdad. Almost dies again from the car bombing he was in there. Just as he was finishing his recovery period from the car bombing he was diagnosed with brain cancer. He finally got a clear brain scan about a year ago. Unfortunately the medical bills from the cancer chemo treatments wiped him out financially as he had no medical insurance. If he doesn’t start making more in sales he will be forced to take another security contract and his friends don’t want to see that happen. We think he may be running low on his 9 lives.
(You can read more about him in the “about” section of his Facebook page.)
Scott and his friends have put together an auction to help raise funds, not only to cover Scott’s medical expenses, but Scott is also donating a portion of the funds raised to Wounded Warriors. Quite a few authors have pitched in with donations of books and other items for the cause.
Samantha Cayto, Nicole Austin, Lori Foster, Desiree Holt, Gena Showalter, Shayla Black, Jade Lee, Dana Marie Bell, Melissa Schroeder, Cat Johnson, Gayle Donnelly, Robyn Mackenzie, Carolyn Brown, Cassandra Carr, Marliss Melton, Amanda McIntyre, Debra Parmley, Vince Flynn, Sassy Seven Authors, N. J. Walters, Beth Williamson, Sophie Oak/Lexi Blake, Jami Davenport, Judi Fennell, Dalton Diaz, Ashlyn Chase, Joey Hill, Leah Braemel, Brenna Zinn, Linda McMaken, Kallypso Masters, Sandy Sullivan, Regina Carlysle, Erin Simone, Monica Hall, Carol Marck, Valerie Cozart, and special thanks to Margie Mendel Hager for all her efforts in rounding up donations.
My donation? Autographed copies of all three Hauberk Protection paperbacks. If you tried to buy them in the stores, it would cost you $30 minimum. Currently the bidding is starting at a single dollar, but you can do better than that, right?
It is a fully legal auction with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior project. To bid on it, you need to get a number from Scott first by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. To see the various items you can bid on visit Scott’s website Kilted Desire. Oh, and my donation is Item #39.
(But please if you make a bid, remember to honor and pay when it comes time. I’m seeing far too many people bidding on other auctions and then not making good on their promise.)