Houston & Hearts

pet-rescue-hurricane-harvey-gty-mem-170828_4x3_992So many lives have been upended in Houston by Hurricane Harvey.  My heart breaks when I see the news. My family and I are all fine, and for that, I am so grateful.  For any of my fans in Houston, my heart and thoughts go out to you. The spirit of Texas is alive and well in all the volunteers that have come together to help others.  In so many ways it is this spirit that inspired the life force of Shadow Falls and the characters in my many novels.  Thank you for being fans and here’s to the power of human kindness. If you’re looking for a way to help, donate HERE to the Red Cross.

I’ve talked before about my husband’s kidney transplant. At one time, he was lined up to get both a kidney and a heart.  We had to take classes and we learned about all kinds of transplants.  Hubby ended up getting the kidney and his heart improved.  We are grateful for every extra day that has given us. Here are some of the things I learned.  Did you know that about 3,000 people in the United States are on the waiting list for a heart transplant on any given day? And only about 2,000 donor hearts are available each year. Wait times vary from days to several months and will depend on a recipient’s blood type and condition.

An organ transplant can save a person’s life. I think it’s safe to say this young man appreciates his heart transplant. Just watching this video brought tears to my eyes. I hope he has a long, healthy life. I hope he keeps dancing.

Like this teenager, Leah needs a heart transplant in This Heart of Mine. So, when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life—and love. This Heart of Mine is available for preorder now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM, Indie Bound and Powells.

Do you know anyone that’s has had an organ transplant?

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  1. One of my friends just lost her 19 year old daughter in July to tragic complications from outpatient surgery. She donated her heart, both kidneys, her liver, both corneas and bone and tissue. It was a tragedy with a silver lining for those who received. The family now supports and raises funding for organ donation. #BeLikeHayley

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