In 2013, bestselling author, Alicia Dean, Vampire Diaries enthusiast, attended a TVD convention where she heard Ian Somerhalder, who plays vampire bad boy Damon Salvatore, speak about the thing closest to his heart, the IS Foundation. According to its website:
“The IS FOUNDATION aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.”
Alicia found herself moved beyond words by Ian’s kind heart and generosity as he spoke of a new project that ISF was putting together: The ISF Animal Sanctuary. According to Alicia, the idea is to bring kids who have been bullied, kids who are bullies, and unwanted animals together in the hope of teaching them to bond and connect. His theory is, many kids who are bullies are bullied at home by their parents and might not have the opportunity to show and receive compassion.
“Through the art of compassion, the continuously devastating issue of bullying in our country could be approached in an intensely impactful manner that encourages healthy relationships. We know in our hearts that animals and bullies share common emotional baggage. For example, an abused and neglected pit-bull has the power to transform a school bully into a compassionate leader with a shift in benevolent consciousness. While both the dog and the bully are refused the opportunity to demonstrate their true potential within their daily lives, a healing and educational journey side by side has the power to manifest massive changes in perspective.” From the isfoundation.com
You can read more about the ISF Animal Sanctuary and the Foundation here:
Alicia, an author of suspense and paranormal romance, was thrilled at the opportunity to write stories adapted from The Vampire Diaries through the Kindle Worlds program at Amazon.com. She has published two, What the Heart Wants, and Divine Enemy, with one more book in the trilogy in the works. She was so moved by Ian’s kind heart and generosity that she has decided to donate 10% of all of her Kindle Worlds royalties to his sanctuary efforts.
Book One: What the Heart Wants
Summary: Golden girl Elena’s dark side takes over and Stefan and Damon struggle to keep her from the destruction that will surely come from loving to her ravenous heart’s content. Now the former prom queen knows what so many girl ghouls before her came to understand: Life sure can suck when you’re a teenage vampire. One more complication that makes nightlife in Mystic Falls an intoxicating brew of heartache and longing: on one hand, Damon is quite happy that vampire Elena is no longer suffering from her brother Jeremy’s cruel death. On the other hand, he’s crushed to discover that, when he turned off her humanity, the act seems to have killed whatever feelings Elena had for him.
But is Jeremy really dead? Not if Elena’s best friend, the obsessive, scheming Bonnie has her way. Fans of The Vampire Diaries books and People’s Choice-winning television series will be thrilled to discover there is way more life (and love) after death in Mystic Falls.
Read my review here.
Book Two: Divine Enemy
Summary: Elena Gilbert is no longer a vampire and is now trying to learn to live with the grief over her brother, Jeremy’s passing. There is also the sobering knowledge that in her previous incarnation she caused so much suffering and death. On top of all that emotional baggage Elena experiences another frustration: A strange, alluring woman arrives in Mystic Falls; the kind of sorceress who can enslave men with a single knowing glance. Is she simply a seductress or someone — or something — more threatening? Yet another evil threatens Elena’s hometown. A mysterious psychopath is stalking Caroline. Suddenly powerless, a mere human being, Elena reaches out to the dark side, imploring Stefan Salvatore for guidance and help. But he’s with Rebekah now. And Elena begins to understand that she’s probably lost him forever. Complicating matters, Tyler and Klaus are prepared to fight over Caroline’s safety. Perhaps even fight to the death. With Mystic Falls suddenly a cauldron of furious, exploding passions, Elena must somehow summon the human strength and cunning to protect friends and banish newfound enemies.
Read my review here.