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Dec 102015
 Posted by on December 10, 2015 Tagged with: , ,  2 Responses »

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Imagine your own heart betraying you with every beat.
Imagine you’re 46 and counting what’s left of your life in months.
Imagine waiting for a life-saving heart transplant.
…And waiting.
Imagine you’re told you need $120,000 to be saved.
Imagine time running out with every heartbeat.

Altoine Scarborough doesn’t have to imagine it.

He’s living his own deathwatch.

What would you do if this were your brother, or father, or friend? How often would you share the story on Facebook or Twitter?

Well, Al’s friends are doing everything they can to help save his life. Not everyone has funds to donate, no matter how much they would like to. That’s okay! Please support Al by sharing his story.

Here’s what you can do to support the effort to save this good man.



Ellen has a segment where you can nominate a Deserving Person in Need. We are asking as many people as possible to send the following letter to Ellen to nominate Al. We aren’t even asking for money. Just for a larger platform to get the word out about Al’s desperate situation in hopes that folks who do have the money to spare will see the situation and donate. We need Al to go viral!

Here’s what to do:

  1. Please go to this link. It’s the page where you can nominate someone. The link to nominate Al as a Deserving Person in Need is:
  2. Fill in your own information about who you are, contact, etc.
  3. There is a box to upload or link a picture. Please use this URL in the box: may need to download the picture and then upload to her site.
  4. Please copy the letter below in its entirety:  

Altoine Scarborough is in desperate need of a heart transplant. At 46 years old, he’s a good man with a big heart emotionally, but one that is not functioning properly physically. Friends are trying to raise the astronomical insurance co-pay ($120,000) for the transplant and other medical procedures. A GOFUNDME project is in place and he has a WE HEART AL page on Facebook. We have an anthology of stories donated by twelve published authors. All proceeds from the anthology, THE DARK DOZEN: Stories for Scarborough, will be donated to Al’s fund.

Ellen has helped so many people, we are hoping she can help us get the word out about Al. We also hope folks will donate directly to Al’s GoFundMe project, buy the anthology THE DARK DOZEN (Buy a Book, Save a Life), or even just help spread the word to their friends. Any support to help save this man’s life will be deeply appreciated.

Al’s GOFUNDME Page –
Al’s Facebook Page – WE HEART AL –
Some backstory – “How My Chihuahua Almost Killed Al” –

Then just click SEND!



You can support Al directly by donating to his GOFUNDME page. Thanks so much to those who have been able to help in this way!



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Twelve authors donated stories for a charity anthology to help raise funds for Al. Every penny of the royalties will be donated to Al’s GOFUNDME page. This Horror/ Sci Fi anthology includes best-selling and award-winning authors.

Join Travis Luedke, C.N. Lesley, Danielle DeVor, Steven Ramirez, Jody A. Kessler, Louann Carroll, Ross G, Homer, M. Joseph Murphy, Robert P. Wills, Karenne Griffin, Allan B. Anderson and yours truly (Maer Wilson) for a trip into the Darkness.

Buy a Book, Save a Life

Get your copy today from Amazon!





Please pass the word to your family, friends or anyone else who might help. You can share Al’s story through his page:





If you have a Twitter account, just click the arrows at the bottom of each of the boxes below to Retweet:

or this one:


Please support Al by any or all of the methods listed above. Please help us save this man’s life. Thanks so much for your support!


Dec 042015

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Buy a Book, Save a Life

This is one of the coolest projects I’ve ever put together because it goes to benefit my friend Al Scarborough, who desperately needs a heart transplant. I talked about that a little bit in this post: How My Chihuahua Almost Killed Al. He needs to raise a lot of money for his co-pay – $120,000.

In trying to figure out ways to raise money for him, I had discarded an idea of putting out some of my stories in an anthology. I doubted it would sell. But then Danielle DeVor mentioned putting out a call to other authors to contribute. I did just that and was gratified that eleven other authors stepped up to donate their stories to Al’s cause. That was about ten days ago.

Today I’m so pleased to announce that the book is live at Amazon. The print version will be out soon, but be sure to pick up you ebook version at:




This fund-raising anthology of Horror and Sci-Fi short stories was created to benefit Altoine Scarborough, a man in desperate need of a heart transplant. The stories, cover art, formatting, editing and compilation were all donated. Every penny of the royalties we receive will go to Al’s GOFUNDME project. (MW)

Vampires to ghosts to monsters—and futures we won’t want to see come true—fill this collection of dark stories that are sure to give you chills. This stellar, fan-favorite group, which includes award-winning and best-selling authors, brings a unique voice to some familiar and not-so-familiar creatures. Join Travis Luedke, C.N. Lesley, Danielle DeVor, Maer Wilson, Steven Ramirez, Jody A. Kessler, Louann Carroll, Ross G, Homer, M. Joseph Murphy, Robert P. Wills, Karenne Griffin, and Allan B. Anderson for a trip into the Darkness.



BROWN THE RECLUSE by Steven Ramirez – Ted Brown is a man slipping away from reality. Long estranged from his family and living in Seattle, he works at a job he no longer values and lately appears to be losing his memory. But when he discovers a spider in his apartment, that’s when things get really interesting.

THE RAID by Maer Wilson – Gamers are often loyal to their teammates. When Aelan and her friends tackle an evil dragon, that loyalty goes far beyond what anyone expects.

THE BONES by Danielle DeVor – Sometimes, things leave a residue, like the smell left behind when toast is burned. When a medical student brings a skeleton home to study, her child’s life will never be the same.

THE WHISPERING by Karenne Griffin – The small village of Gorland is horrified as their children kill themselves in what appear to be suicide pacts. But there is much more going on and only one child has the key.

THE DIARY OF A MADMAN by Robert P. Wills – Just because others don’t see the ghosts, doesn’t mean they aren’t real.

THE CALL: AN ANGEL FALLS NOVELLA by Jody A. Kessler – Professional shaman and cranky, anti-social ghost hunter, Chris Abeyta, finds spirits and helps them cross over to the afterlife. In his latest case, he and Juliana Crowson find the ghost of a girl trapped by time and a heart-wrenching tale of a camping trip gone terribly wrong.

THE FOUNDLINGS: JENNY’S TALE by Louann Carroll – Technology meets morality when Jenny loses her only friend. Terrified and alone she must choose between reentering the world or living the rest of her life in the dark.

MUMANS by Ross G. Homer – He found love in the most unlikely place. But could he keep the love he found?

A TALE OF TWO QUEENS AND A FROZEN HEART by Allan B. Anderson – Reily, an experienced troubleshooter, is hired to find two teams who have gone missing in a frozen wasteland. But even his skills may not be enough to survive what he discovers.

THE VAMPIRE AND THE VALIANT WARRIOR by M. Joseph Murphy – A noble thief in search of ancient treasure stumbles upon the den of a sadistic vampire.

HELL IS NEVER FULL by C.N. Lesley – When the seed of hate is sown it puts forth shoots of malice that bear flowers of evil. Time has no meaning for revenge.

DREAMS OF NIGHTLIFE LAS VEGAS by Travis Luedke – An author has an unexpected encounter with one of his most dangerous – and sexy – creations.

For more information about Al’s situation or to donate directly to his GoFundMe project, please check out these links below:

Any support to help save Al’s life will be deeply appreciated.
Al’s GOFUNDME Page –
Al’s Facebook Page – WE HEART AL –