Podcasting for A Cause #5: An Excerpt from Hero

In our last podcast for the month of November, we are treated to an excerpt from Hero, the soon-to-be published third novel in Lee Stephen’s EPIC series.

For all of you fans, start salivating. If this excerpt gives you any hint of what the book will be like, you are in for quite a ride. 

For those of you who haven’t picked up the books, what are you waiting for? Now through tomorrow, 60 percent of profits will go right to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund




All throughout the month of November, in an effort to raise Diabetes awareness, Lee Stephen and I have collaborated in some very special podcasts. Excerpts of chapters taking from the EPIC series of novels are for your enjoyment and to ultimately engage you in this wonderful story. If you are interested in purchasing the two books (the third will be published soon), now through the end of this month, Lee will donate 60 percent of all profits from the book purchases to the JDRF. (The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

If you would rather make a donation yourself, we highly encourage you to do so as well.

As always, thanks for listening and let us know what you think.


Every year, over 180,000 Americans die due to complications with diabetes. It affects over 16 million people in our country and over 100 million people worldwide. It is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, peripheral vascular disease, peripheral nerve and autonomic dysfunction, amputations, and many other health problems. Every year, more people die from diabetes than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

Like many Americans, I was unaware of the intricacies of this disease until I saw how it affected the person I love most. As the husband of a type-1 diabetic, I witness the challenges my wife faces on a daily basis. Terms like “having a high” and “suffering a low” have become part of my permanent lexicon. I have been introduced to a world of needles, insulin pumps, and blood glucose meters. Experiencing her struggles and her triumphs has shown me just how much I take for granted.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. The purpose of this podcast is to bring attention to diabetes through literature, and to implore those who find this to consider donating to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) during this very important month. Because of the JDRF, diabetics have a network of international support and an organization dedicated to confronting and conquering this disease. There are two ways you can help.

First, you can go to www.jdrf.org and donate to the JDRF’s fight for a cure personally. Just click on the “donate now” tab located at the top-right of the menu. You can give any amount you wish as either a one-time donation or a monthly commitment. No amount is too large or too small—every bit goes toward finding a cure.

For those science-fiction fans in the crowd, we’re giving you another option. In honor of this important month, 60% of Epic’s November sales will go directly to the JDRF. Every book purchased, whether for personal enjoyment or as a gift, will assist in the cause. It’s an opportunity to contribute to something good and discover a new science fiction series at the same time.

The goal is awareness, whether through literature or personal charity. What’s important is that people take action. Diabetes is a devastating disease, but one we are on the brink of curing. Please join us in this effort to raise awareness and make a difference!

If you donated because of this message, whether by contributing on your own or by purchasing a book, please let us know! We would love to know how much we were able to raise through this effort. I would also love to thank you personally for joining the fight. I can be reached at lee(AT)epicuniverse(DOT)com.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read!


Lee Stephen
Author, Epic Series

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