Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Brandon Witt and Catherine Dair for taking the time to talk with us today.
Title: Kickass Anthology
Author: Brandon Witt and Catherine Dair
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Kate Pavelle
Genre/Sub-Genre: M/M Romance
Against bad odds, he persevered. Wit, grit, and guile pulverized his scary opponent into a sad pile of dust.
Eric Arvin is Kickass.
Even a kickass hero needs a hand from a secondary
character, and Eric needs that extra power boost right now. This anthology is a volunteer effort organized by Eric’s fans and fellow writers in order to help him raise funds and help cover the cost of his high-tech recovery. His wicked sense of humor is intact, but his body needs a bit of help.
These stories are meant to inspire. They’re a warm hug, a wave from afar, a wink and a nod. Discover new authors and graphic artists as you, too, get revved up to slay whatever ails you!
Illustrated edition !
Authors and Illustrators:
Keira Andrews, Connie Bailey, Sophie Bonaste, Tara Bluhm, Michael J. Bowler, A.L. Boyd, Jade Crystal, Catherine Dair, Fiona Fu, Nancy Hartmann, JP Kenwood, Mia Kerick, Jackie Keswick, Eleanore Pavelle, Kate Pavelle, Jonathan Penn, Tali Spencer, Taomi, Rayne Vogel, Brandon Witt
With a special foreword by Eric Arvin’s sisters Angela Arvin-Young and Amy Arvin
A Note from the publishers:
KICKASS ANTHOLOGY was produced in order to raise funds for the medical recovery of our friend and colleague, author Eric Arvin.
All artwork, both written and graphic, was donated free of charge.
All proceeds will go directly to Eric Arvin and his family.
There are people that change your life all the time. A parent, a teacher, a lover, a child, a dog. Chances are, for most of those, they are people we are with a lot of the time. In this social media world, all of us have friends and people we love that we’ve never met. Some of those people change our lives. This is the role Eric Arvin played in mine. I’ve never met him, never spoken to him outside of messages, and have never heard his voice outside of his videos. By now, people are probably sick to death of me saying the same damn story of how Eric changed my life. But tough shit. I will tell this story until I win an Oscar at the age of eight-seven. (By that point, they will be given Oscars to authors.) I will stand up on that podium, hold that golden little bald guy up in the air and say, “This is for you, Eric Arvin!”
Without Eric I might be published, although it would have been many, many more years if how the rate of things were going continued. I might have found a loving writing community, but who knows. It was Eric, after I sent him a message about how much I loved Woke Up in a Strange Place (still the best MM book ever written, by the way—my own included), who said, “Have you ever heard of Dreamspinner? You should submit your manuscript there.”
In pure Eric form, there was no arrogance nor superiority, despite his talent, success, and my obvious adoration. He took of his own time, reached into his natural well of kindness, and with two sentences changed my life.
Anytime anyone asks if I can do something for him (including giving him part of my liver, should he need it), I will say yes. I owe him my dreams. I hope Kickass both shows him, once more, how many people love him. And, equally so, I hope it provides to him financially in mythical proportions.
While Catherine Dair didn’t launch my writing career, she was another soul I loved before we met in person. She enabled me to see many of my beloved Men of Myth characters in the flesh, outside of the dark corridors of my mind. However, before she did that, she first introduced me to Mikey, the hero of Pink, whom you will meet in the Kickass anthology. It was a magical experience to tell an artist about your character, have her read the story, and then show you the man that spoke to you in your head. She is a woman of Myth, herself!
Brandon is absolutely right that you will encounter people who will change you throughout your life. We were first introduced to Eric Arvin in the same way – through his amazing book “Woke Up in a Strange Place”. I was a changed person after I finished it. It wouldn’t leave my mind. I wanted to honor it in some way, and I created a character sketch of myself lying on the ground holding the book which had just literally left me “lying in a puddle of feels”. I drew the “Lying in a Puddle of Feels Award” in the fall of 2013 and emailed it to Eric, the first recipient. I was so glad he loved it and didn’t think me a crazed nut. He liked it so much that I mailed him a copy. We talked on Facebook on a Monday, when he let me know he’d received it. By Friday, he was in the hospital.
I followed closely his prognosis, his struggle, and his absolute will to never give up. His strength, his courage, his fight to “go go go” against all the odds are an amazing inspiration to so many of us. I don’t know if I could have gone through the same experience with any of the grace he has shown to his friends and followers online. So when asked if I would like to participate in the anthology, there wasn’t a second of hesitation in my mind. I want him to be able to take that next step in his recovery and let nothing hold him back. Hopefully, the anthology proceeds can help that. Nothing should stop him. In my mind, he really is undefeatable.
When Brandon Witt reached out for an artist on FB in the early summer of this year, I saw his request and was intrigued. We weren’t friends on FB yet; I saw his request through a share of his post. When I checked out who he was on social media, I couldn’t friend him fast enough. It was so immediately clear this guy was one of a kind. His books fascinated me (Hot men! Fantasy characters! Unique universes!) but it was far more than that. His work as a special education teacher spoke volumes to me on the special person he was. I literally wanted to beg him to let me work for him. Thankfully, I didn’t quite have to resort to groveling. We clicked and never looked back.
Hanging out with Brandon at GRL in Chicago was one of the highlights of my year. I love him so hard I wish we were neighbors (and not because I want to play with his corgi… okay, maybe a bit). We’ve finished two projects together and the excitement of our upcoming children’s book makes me smile so hard my face hurts. When a client moves into the place of a special friend, it is something to cherish forever.
About the Author and Illustrator:
Brandon Witt is published through Dreamspinner Press and his titles include The Shattered Door, Then the Stars Fall, and three volumes of the Men of Myth series. His religious upbringing and youth ministry degree, together with being a gay man, brings ten- sion into every plot twist. His experience of teaching children with emotional difficulties imbues his characters with depth and com- passion.
Brandon’s writing does not shy away from conflict, but also revels in the jouy that can only happen when one truly embraces and loves all that life has to offer.
ILLUSTRATOR – Catherine Dair
I am a fulltime Mom by day and spend my evenings as my alter egos, a ninja illustrator and a superhero. I get the giddy plea- sure of making fun art for authors, bloggers and many other cool people. In my spare time, I make crazy designs for my new Red- bubble store.
The hobby of creating fan art for authors became a passionate business. I love working with writers, because the synergy is like nothing else. Writers are the most amazing, creative souls. Josh Lanyon, among others, sought me out for my art designs, such as Prism Book Alliance and Queer Romance Month. Now I love com- ing to the rescue and help anyone who needs something artistically unique and personal. It’s all part of the superhero gig.
12/13/2014 – Boys in Our Books – Kate Pavelle
12/15/2014 – Kimi-Chan Experience – Jade Crystal with Eleanor Pavelle
12/16/2014 – The Novel Approach – Amy Arvin & Angela Arvin-Young
12/18/2014 – GGR Reviews – JP Kenwood with Fiona Fu
12/19/2014 – Rainbow Gold Reviews – Jackie Keswick with Tara Bluhm
12/20/2014 – On Top Down Under – Nancy Hartmann
12/22/2014 – Joyfully Jay – Sophie Bonaste
12/23/2014 – Prism Book Alliance – Brandon Witt with Catherine Dair
12/27/2014 – MM Good Book Reviews – Mia Kerick & Michael Bowler
12/29/2014 – Love Bytes – Keira Andrews with Connie Bailey
12/31/2014 – JP Barnaby – Tali Spencer
1/2/2015 – Hearts on Fire Reviews – Jonathan Penn with Taomi
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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