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text 2014-11-28 14:09

Happy Black Friday! (This is going to be LONG)


For everyone looking for those holiday deals, this one is a steal! For as little as a $5 pledge you will get:





- The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson anthology edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Greg Schauer, with works by Jean Rabe,James Chambers, Jeff Young, Patrick Thomas, Leona Wisoker, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, David Boop, Robert M. Price, John L. French, and CJ himself.


- A print copy of The Sleep that Rescues by CJ Henderson (only 39 left)


- A digital download of Worms by JE Mooney


- A digital download of Dance Like a Monkey edited by Jean Rabe, with stories by Gene Wolfe, Joe Haldeman, Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, KT Pinto, Alma Alexander, Maggie Masetti (Allen), Davey Beauchamp, Donald J. Bingle, Dylan Birtolo, M David Blake, James Chambers, Alan M. Clark, David B. Coe, Jack Dann, Keith DeCandido, Bill Fawcett, John L. French, Tera Fulbright,Ed Greenwood, John Hartness, Nancy and Belle Holder, Stuart Jaffe, Rick Leider, Randall Lemon,Jonathan Maberry, Gail Martin, Jody Lynn Nye, Angela Pritchett, Mike Resnick, Jean Rabe, Aaron Rosenberg, Janine Spendlove,Vicki Steger, Anton Strout, Kelly Swails, Robert E. Vardeman, Elizabeth A Vaughn,Michael A Ventrella, Cynthia Ward, Jean Marie Ward, Bryan Young, and Timothy Zahn. (Yes, the book is THAT big!)


- a digital download of Choices of Damnation by John L. French


- a digital download of Within the Branches of Alternity by Jeff Young.


- a digital download of Flash in the Can, an audiobook by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, voiced by the author


- a digital download of Local Catch by John L. French


Can you imagine…ALL of that for a pledge of as little as $5! You could take care of a good chunk of your holiday gift list with no more than a fiver! And we aren’t done yet!

Here are the next goals coming up:


- a digital download of Soul Seduction by Patrick Thomas.
- a digital download of CJ Henderson himself reading one of his stories in its entirety (a 20 minute video)
- a digital download of When Dragons Fly by Vicki Johnson-Steiger
- a digital download of Ratfish by Buck Hanno
- a digital download of Fezig’s Fortune by Jean Rabe
- a digital download of Elfhunter by C.S. Marks.


Again I ask, can you imagine getting all of that for as little as $5?! It could happen!

If you want to check it out and maybe help us help CJ’s family with his medical and funeral costs, you can visit our Kickstarter page athttp://kck.st/1xu1DH9 This is a for-the-love anthology with all profits going to the family.


And the best thing is…no long lines, and the deal is good for another 28 days! Can you help us spread the word, please?

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text 2014-09-23 02:16
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Big Fat Wonderful World of CJ Henderson


Call for submissions: The Big Fat Wonderful World of CJ Henderson




Important note: This is a for-the-love project. Any profits will be donated to CJ's family.


What we are looking for: 500 to 2000 word accounts of a moment in CJ Henderson’s life. We want the width, breadth, and depth of this multi-leveled man. We want his youthful shenanigans and his more recent war stories. Tell us that memory that gets you in the gut. That makes you laugh every time you think of them, or that brings a tear to your eye in spite of yourself. Tell us about how he touched your life. Do not worry if you are not a natural-born writer. We will work with the contributors to polish all entries.


We don’t want dry facts or mournful reactions to his passing, there are enough of those already at hand. Let’s celebrate this bigger-than-life raconteur…Father…Friend…Mentor…All-around Great Guy.


This book is for him as much as it is for you so let’s make it great.


If you have photographs or other images we would love those as well, as long as you hold the rights to their use. Please, nothing that violates copyright or license. If you have done artwork for CJ based on his work, we would love to include examples in the book, along with an account of the project it was for or your experience working with him on it. If you run a con and had flyers or other con related items featuring CJ’s picture, those would be great too.


Accounts should be submitted by email to greenfirephoenix @ aol . com in .doc or .rtf format, photographs and images should be 300dpi.jpgs. Please include your full name, email address, and mailing address.


PLEASE NOTE: We need something more than “every time I walked into the dealers room…” stories or “he was my mentor…”. Those are good, but there are a LOT of them out there. Give us something no one else can tell. Give us those private moments around a table…gaming…eating…chatting….drinking. Give us an unexpected moment on a panel or better yet, something that didn’t take place at a con at all. Never met CJ in person? You can tell us about how his stories touched you, or how you interacted by email, or how he did you a good turn or gave you your big break.


We won’t be able to use everything we receive, but we will do our best to use as much as we can.

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text 2014-07-18 01:03
On Heartache

Other than the initial announcement on Facebook I haven't written about the passing of my friend, CJ Henderson. He lost his battle with cancer on the 4th of July. If it had to be, then no better day than that to be liberated from his pain.

I have been sad and I have cried, no more so than on that day as I realized I missed my chance to see him one more time. I was supposed to go visit the very next day. I was making him soup at his special request. I made the soup anyway, but I didn't get to see my friend.

Why am I writing this now? So long after his passing?

Today I received this:

Last Time

His wife, Tin, sent me this picture from Balticon...the last time I ever saw him. 

When someone passes you think that's it...they'll never touch my life again. There is a hole where they used to be.

No. CJ gave me his family and he gave me tasks to carry me through this difficult time. He gave me memories and motivation. He sparked enthusiasm. Even now he's pushing me to write great works. Opening the doors to opportunity. Inviting me into his world, even as he's had to step away from it. 

I ache each time I think of him not there. I tear up when I come across an email from him still in my in box or open a folder to discover a photograph I wasn't expecting. I will always miss his voice, his hugs, his grand plans, even now still playing out.

See, the last time I saw CJ I surprised him with a party celebrating his 30th anniversary. I didn't realize it was a dress rehearsal.

His final request of me...to throw a party celebrating his life. It will be one heck of a party, larger than life, like CJ himself.

I hope you all can join us. It's called CJ-Con and it's being held in the absolute heart of his world...his home, among his family and all the memories he built up over his life. Here are the details: 


Come help us celebrate.

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text 2014-03-20 01:46
Dance Like a Monkey for CJ Henderson



We don’t just want to do something, we want to do the very best we can. Right now CJ is laying in a hospital bed while they pump poison into his veins for four straight days…96 hours. Can you imagine that? Forget about how utterly horrible it would make you feel to have that stuff entering your body. Forget about how uncomfortable it would be to stay in the same place for all that time wondering if this time it’s actually going to work. Just think about how expensive that must be to lay in that bed for four days constantly getting medication. My husband was in the hospital for just the weekend getting saline in his veins and that was over $25,000 for just two nights of basically salt water.


CJ doesn’t have a job that gives him medical leave, or disability, or even basic health care. If CJ can’t work, CJ doesn’t get paid. Can you imagine worrying about that while lying in that hospital bed? Worrying about your wife and daughter, your mother-in-law, all who depend on you to provide their basic needs? Heck, worrying about all the convention organizers and fans you are disappointing each time you have no choice but to cancel a show…that’s what CJ’s doing. I know because CJ is my friend and I hear these things.


Let me say it again, we DON’T just want to do something, we want to do the VERY BEST we can. That doesn’t just mean meeting our campaign goal. That doesn’t mean hitting a few stretch goals. That means blowing them all out of the water. We need your help for that. We are providing our time, effort, and talent for absolutely NO compensation beyond the satisfaction that we are doing everything we can to help our friend, a man who has given so much to the fannish community in time and enjoyment and brilliant writing. In answering the hopeful author’s questions and offering guidance to those just starting out. CJ doesn’t just look out for himself, he keeps an eye out for all of us and does a good turn where he can.


We aren’t asking much, just return the favor. Chip in a few bucks to get a fantastic anthology. Post or Like or Share our updates on what we are doing and why. Maybe even dance a little…for a good cause. All it takes is a click of a button. Maybe one day of bringing your lunch to work. The sacrifice of the smallest bit of your dignity. Not much. But together think what we can accomplish with those little efforts. Everyone who pledges even just $10 gets an anthology full of high-quality stories by authors at the top of the industry. If we hit stretch goals there are a ton of perks that come with it. Free ebooks. Free music. Free audiobooks. Extra stories. We take this high enough and you get more than one anthology and CJ gets just a little bit of breathing room.


Keep those monkeys dancing and keep those nickels coming!



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text 2014-02-28 13:00
Getting Silly To Help CJ Henderson
montage of CJ Henderson
Friend and fellow author CJ Henderson is battling lymphoma for the second time. We are asking everyone to sacrifice a small piece of their dignity both to raise awareness of our upcoming Kickstarter for an anthology to help with his medical costs and to cheer him up.
In homage to one of CJ's frequent sales pitches "I'll dance like a monkey for a nickel" we would like as many people as possible to record a 30-second clip of them or someone they know dancing like a monkey. This can be as simple or complex as you like, choreographed or on the fly.
In the description please put "I'll Dance Like a Monkey for a Nickel - in honor of CJ Henderson, who is battling Lymphoma, #CJHendersonKickstarter. Donate at http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/society-for-the-preservation-of-cj-henderson/87881" and we ask that you send us a link to the video Danielle Ackley-McPhail at greenfirephoenix @ aol . com or Gail Z. Martin @ gail @ chroniclesofthenecromancer . com.
You can use any means you have for the recording and posting of the video, but if you don't know how to start, I am told Vine is an easy to use app. Here are links to that:

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