Friday, December 12, 2014

I, Kidney Blog Tour!

Title: I, Kidney
Author: Chris Six
Series: N/A
Pages: N/A
Date Published: December 1st, 2014
Publisher: N/A
Format: Kindle
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Joe's childhood in the '50s had everything a kid could want--pro athlete dad, wonderful mom, cool big bro. With the '60s, this ideal life is violently shaken: a car crash claims his mother's life and his father's career, and brother Matt becomes distant and disturbed. Joe learns to cope and carves out a niche for himself as a college sports star, and later as a coach and writer, but he can't quite shake the family legacy. Diagnosed with kidney failure, he has life-and-death decisions to make--and life wins, though perhaps only by a slim margin.
~Try an Excerpt!~
Anne-Marie told me the things she didn't have the heart to tell me before, namely about her kidneys and what's actually doing with her and the PKD. How it started with the weight gain and the blood pressure and the cholesterol. How she had to get a bigger bra because the old one cut off the circulation in her dialysis arm.

“But any bra was better than no bra. When you're built like this it's fatal not to wear one.So I would have all these outrageous necklaces to distract people from the obvious. And from the kidneys. People would ask me when the blessed event was. And I pick a month like six or seven months into the future. Then it got to be four months. Then it got to be any day now. That's why I had to leave Paris. How long can you be pregnant, even in Paris?”

“Why can't you get the transplant?”

“My heart's not good, Joey. I'm too fragile, I'm like your daddy. Don't neglect your looks. You have to keep looking presentable—you'll feel better.”

 “I'm trying on Matt’s clothes. Those T-shirts that look like he just stepped off a yacht.”

 “Darling, don't neglect Camille.”
“How could I possibly neglect Camille?”

“There’s a one in two chance that she's got it, you know.”

“I don't think about that. No, actually, I do.”

“Joey, baby, you have to start going to the doctor. You can’t play around with this part of your life.”

“Anne-Marie, nobody goes from caregiver to patient over the course of a summer. Not even in this family. It's like something out of Bette Davis.”

“See the doctor. See the doctor, Joey. Don't wait for school to start. You don’t want to get sick and have the teams fret about you.”

Of course, everything she said was true.
~Meet Chris!~ 
Chris Six is a writer, the chief everything officer of The Chris Six Group, and the recipient of somebody else's kidney: "I narrated the story onto tape before I ever wrote a word. I even brought my recorder to dialysis and upset the technicians. Nowadays, I'm in awe of indie authors doing hands-on marketing. I couldn't imagine doing this even five years ago."
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Chris Six will be awarding a $15 Amazon/Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn host.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, Mary! Hope you find the story intriguing as well-- As well as being a novel, I, Kidney packs a lot of info about chronic kidney disease, dialysis, and transplant and their impact on families. Enjoy a great day and a weekend to match!

  2. Morning, Andra! Thanks for having I, Kidney and me here. The paper edition came out first, on Thanksgiving. It's 326 pages, including an appendix of kidney and mental health resources. Find it on Amazon: !

  3. I, Kidney is the fourth title from The Chris Six Group--our other releases are Ska St. Julian's quirky fantasy The Basket of Seeds, political/sports satire New York Brain by Kew Stapleton, and story collection Moish and the Mob and Other Short Fiction by Raanan Geberer...

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    1. You're welcome, Stacey--hope you'll check out the rest of the book as well. Enjoy a great weekend!

  5. I don't have someone else's kidney, but I did receive somebody else's life-saving bone marrow. That health struggle and the impact on the family is all too familiar to me.

    1. I bet you know plenty of people who didn't understand your illness or its treatment--in my case, I certainly did. That was my main reason for writing the book, along with giving any health care professionals reading it insights into how patients think & feel. All best wishes for your health, not only for the season but beyond...

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    1. Thanks so much, Rita! The book was written to make folks laugh, cry, and think, in more or less equal parts. Read more at and weekend!

  7. Dear friends, enjoy a good weekend--keep reading--and don't catch my cold!

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    1. Thanks! I'm finally over my cold (cough, sniffle)--as an immunosuppressed patient, my options were limited to chicken soup and Tylenol. I hope people find the book not just interesting but informative--I've been talking it up to professionals in kidney health and getting some good responses. Take care!

    2. And thanks for following the tour!

  9. I liked reading the book excerpt, Thank you!

    1. Thanks for reading, Claudia! It was so hard for me to pick just the right scenes for the tour, but looks like I did a good job--hope you get a chance to enjoy the rest of the book. And happy holidays!

  10. Good excerpt. Sounds interesting.

    1. Thanks so much, Glenda! Before my transplant, I wished there were a book--a novel--to help me understand my illness and its treatment, so I ended up writing one myself. If I can help raise public awareness of kidney issues, I'll be satisfied. Enjoy the holidays--and keep reading!

  11. I really enjoyed the excerpt!

  12. I liked the Excerpt!