Thursday, September 6, 2012

Guest post: The Secret Underground

Today I have a special guest post from the lovely Natalie Bahm, here to tell you about the exciting release of her book The Secret Underground, but also to fill you in on the amazing cause she's raising money for.

Take it away Natalie.

Jayden’s Story

My first book, The Secret Underground, will come out September 28th. 

Twelve-year-old Ally is the only witness to a bank robbery in her small town. Unable to block out the memory of the robbers, a notorious gang known as the Gauze Men, Ally joins her little brother and a bunch of neighborhood boys digging a hole in her backyard.

Only the hole isn't just a hole - it's a massive set of tunnels snaking beneath the neighborhood and heading for an abandoned steel mill. Ally is old enough to know the danger, but she reasons spending time with sixth-grade heartthrob Paul is more fun than sitting at home with her worries. And dangerous it is - none of the kids' parents realize the tunnels exist, but the Gauze Men might.

The book is being published as a fundraiser to help the family of a sick baby boy.

Jayden Huynh was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, just before the devastating earthquake in February 2011 that killed 182 people. He suffers from a combination of serious health problems and because of this he's been through multiple surgeries during his short life.  He's almost died many times, but whenever things look bleakest he’s rallied and shown his doctors and family that he will fight to hang on.

His family recently moved to Australia in order to be closer to a hospital that could handle his care.  They've been through so much.  Along with the stress and anxiety of dealing with Jayden's condition, they're also struggling financially, due to the massive burden of caring for a chronically ill child.

I’ve never met Jayden.  I live on the other side of the world from him and his family. I learned about his struggles from his wonderful grandmother, my critique partner, Wen and I knew I needed to do something to help.

I called up agent, Sara Megibow, and asked if we could do a book for Jayden.  She thought it was wonderful idea, so with the support of Nelson Literary Agency, I created a book for Jayden.  All of the profits will be donated to his family to help cover expenses and hopefully give Jayden’s parents one less thing to worry about.

There you go guys. A chance to help out on a worthwhile cause through buying a book. It doesn't get better than that! You can pre-order copies through links on Natalie's website, and if you're interested in finding out more about Jayden, check on his blog.

Happy reading!


  1. So proud of Natalie and am all she is doing for little Jayden.

  2. This is such a wonderful idea for a terrific cause. Can't wait to read the book (and to have Natalie guest post on my own blog in November!). Thanks for spreading the word, Jade.