Popular Author Joins Fight Against AIDS, Asks For Help

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Fantasy Author Steven Oliverez to donate royalties from 'The Elder Staves' to help prevent the spread of the disease.

It’s estimated that more than 40 million people worldwide are infected with HIV/AIDS, with more than a million of those cases in the U.S. The UN estimates that there are currently 14 million AIDS orphans, a number that will grow to 25 million by 2010. These statistics have led many prominent figures like U2’s Bono and political leaders from all sides to actively campaign to raise funds to stop the spread of the deadly disease.

The latest name to volunteer for the cause is Steven Oliverez, self-published author of the popular fantasy novel, 'The Elder Staves.' This Tuesday, August 15, $1 will be taken out of the author’s royalties for each person who orders a copy of 'The Elder Staves' through the link set up on the author’s website, http://www.StevenOliverez.com, and the money will be donated to clinics through The National AIDS Marathon.

“Alex Lambert of Washington, D.C. (a city with one of the highest infection rates in the country) brought the marathon to my attention. She’s going to be running 26 miles, which to me is a lot more effort than giving up book royalties, so I’ll be donating them to the fund she set up for her run this November. This is something I'd like to ask everyone to help out with.”

Set in the mystical sky-city of Tyr, 'The Elder Staves' tells the story of a ruling council of mages faced with an industrial revolution that is crippling their power and prompting open rebellion. When two young nobles become entangled in a plot to overthrow the leaders of Tyr, they learn that their efforts to survive through the night will be useless if they cannot stop the destruction of the city at the hands of a haunting, malevolent presence from Tyr’s mystical past. The first two chapters of the book are available as a free download from http://www.StevenOliverez.com.

Released last year, 'The Elder Staves' has received a flood of positive reviews and appeared on several best-seller lists. The author has not set a maximum amount he will donate, instead deciding that he was “not going to set a cut-off for people who want to help give.”

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