A Cause for Concern: Poverty and Preventable Disease (A Book Launch Giveaway with a Difference)

“A Cause for Concern”

A Cause for Concern is a blog tour which celebrates the release of Sunbolt, a YA fantasy novella by Intisar Khanani. Sunbolt tells the story of Hitomi, a young woman with a propensity to play hero when people need saving, and her nemesis, a dark mage slowly amassing power in a bid to control the Eleven Kingdoms. Stories often have an issue at their heart, however big or small, global or personal. This week offers a chance for bloggers (and readers) who love stories to share the issues that are close to their hearts. What do you wish you could change in the world?

My  ‘Cause for Concern’ is the suffering caused by extreme poverty and preventable disease, which I saw wreak havoc on families in Malawi – where I spent much of my childhood. I think that the key thing to remember is the word ‘preventable’ and that we therefore are each able to help put an end to poverty around the world. My favourite charity is  ONE, “a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures.”     – Katja

nurture the earth
Image of Shreffler’s artwork “Nurture the Earth”. A signed print is part of the giveaway
T.L. Shreffler on her “Cause for Concern” artwork “My Cause for Concern” is the steadily declining quality of our natural habitat: the earth. We have holes in the ozone layer, global warming, polluted oceans and diminishing forests. I think it is our duty as humans to nurture the earth and protect it, especially because it is in our power to do so. This piece of art represents the love and reverence that we should hold for mother earth.”

Giveaway 1

Intisar Khanani is offering a giveaway of $100 to a charity of the winner’s choice. Author and artist T.L. Shreffler will offer an original signed print depicting a scene from the heart of one of her stories as the second place prize. There are some signed books (The Girl of Fire and Thorns, XVI and The Silver Sea). The giveaway is international; winners of the secondary prizes will receive a $10 gift card in lieu of the prize due to high shipping rates.

To enter please click on the Rafflecopter link.

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Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

Sunbolt (The Sunbolt Chronicles, #1)

The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.

Giveaway 2

A $25 Amazon GC plus a three signed Sunbolt bookmarks, a signed copy of “Fanged Princess” by E Wheatley (e-book for international) and a digital copy of ‘Viper’s Creed’ by T L Shreffler

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Blog Tour Sites

Today, check out these other sites:

Tam’s Two Cents  |  I Heart Reading  |  Cassidy Crimson’s Blog  |  Rachel’s Book Reviews  |  Forever Book Lover  |  Majanka’s Blog  |  Deal Sharing Aunt  |  Bookaholic Ramblings  |  Andi’s Young Adult  |  The Single Librarian  |  Books, Books and More Books

On June 20th, check out:

Secrets From Books  |  Refracted Light Reviews

And on June 23rd, check out:

Reviewing Shelf  |  Busy Moms Book Reviews  |  Sarah Elizabeth’s Bookshelf  |  Inkspelled Fairy

About the Author

I was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and have grown up a nomad, with multiple stints living in Saudi Arabia, boarding school in New Hampshire, and college split between Minnesota and Colorado. My family is from Pakistan, and I still have extended family there. My husband, two young daughters and I live in Cincinnati, Ohio where I work with the Cincinnati Health Department on projects to improve community health, which is as close as I can get to saving the world. We’ve lived in Cincinnati longer than I’ve ever lived anywhere in one go—over five years.

Intisar Khanani

Writing fantasy has been a lifelong passion. I wrote my first novel, Thorn, during my senior year in college. I had always wanted to write a novel, so I challenged myself to write a chapter a week. I decided to use one of my favorite Grimm’s fairy tales, “The Goose Girl,” as the basic storyline and optimistically set to work writing. How hard could it be if I already had the plot? I remember sitting down to read my completed first draft and nearly falling asleep. Suitably chastened but undaunted, I spent the next ten years on revisions and rewrites. I worked through about 13 drafts before deciding to publish.



  1. Hi Katja –
    Thanks so much for taking part in “A Cause for Concern.” Your cause is one that’s close to my heart as well! Preventable diseases–especially infectious diseases and those illnesses associated with lack of clean water, access to food, basic infrastructure (like a functional sewer system), and health care–take a huge toll in many developing countries…and it’s often the children who are the most vulnerable and therefore the most likely to die. It’s amazing what a difference small changes can make (changes I learned about while completing my Masters in Public Health). It’s also sad to realize how much more we could do if people were willing to join together and work on these issues. Great post, and thank you for sharing!

  2. It’s lovely that in addition to being a determined novelist, Intisar is helping humanity with her giveaway. 🙂

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