Bestselling and award-winning mystery author Michael Lister has just launched the Blood for Blood Club—an outreach project that donates one of his John Jordan “Blood” books to anyone anywhere in the world willing to donate blood.
Lister will discuss his work, his blood drive and new books 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET Saturday at No Name Café in Port St. Joe.
“The worldwide need for blood is tremendous,” Lister said. “Every single second of every day, people around the world need blood transfusions to survive. And that need is growing by the second.”
That’s where the Blood for Blood Club comes in. Blood for Blood encourages readers to donate blood all around the world by giving great books to those who give.”
The Blood for Blood Club will give one of the books in Lister’s popular and acclaimed John Jordan Mystery series to anyone who donates blood anywhere in the world every time they donate life-saving blood.
“There are no strings,” Lister said. “You give Blood. I give you a Blood Book. It’s that simple. Giving blood is literally giving life. We can make a real, tangible difference in the world right now with this program and that’s something that absolutely thrills me.”
After donors give blood, they simply go to www.BloodforBlood.Club and claim their free book. In addition to their free book, donors will also be entered into a monthly drawing for a free Blood for Blood T-shirt and a signed hardcover of a Michael Lister book.
“There’s such a huge need and this feels like the perfect intersection between my novels and my desire to give back in some small way in an attempt to make the world a slightly better place,” Lister said.
In addition to the blood drive, Lister will be in town to sign his latest books and celebrate his 20th Anniversary.
Twenty years ago Lister had his first book published.
Twenty years and thirty novels later, a Special 20th Anniversary Edition of that book, Power in the Blood, is being published, along with the newest John Jordan mystery, Cold Blood.
Cold Blood continues John Jordan’s adventures in solving baffling mysteries in North Florida—only this one is his most mysterious and intricate to date and he wonders if he can actually solve it.
The author says that Cold Blood and future novels have been informed and inspired by several true crime podcasts including, Serial, Undisclosed, Missing Maura Murray, Up and Vanished, Crime Writers On, and many others.
Lister’s other new book is an old one—his very first in fact. The 20th Anniversary Edition of Power in the Blood includes a newly revised and completely rewritten version of the book as well as introductions and essays from a variety of writers, including the legendary crime novelist and executive producer of the TV show, Bosch, Michael Connelly.
The author refers to the new version of the book as a remodel instead of new construction.