The topic of charities and charitable giving came up on Facebook today, and one of my dear friends, Dana Delamar, posted a link to Charity Navigator, where you can find out information about the charities you support, especially how much of their funds actually go to supporting their programs, versus administrative costs and the salaries of their top dogs.
I decided it was a good time to reevaluate the charities I list on my Charities Page here on the blog, and maybe add one or two in areas I'm passionate about who are doing a good job of putting most of their funds toward their programs. I hope you'll check them out and maybe give a little something, if you're able.
One of my new ones is Pasodo's Safe Haven, an animal rescue outside of Seattle. After reading their story, it was clear their mission closely aligns with my own when it comes to animal rescue, rehabilitation, sanctuary, and advocacy, so I was happy to donate to their great cause!
Another new one is The NOAH Center, a no kill shelter here in Washington state that focuses on rescuing adoptable pets who have run out of time at traditional shelters and finding them suitable homes.
The Snow Leopard Trust is an international organization working primarily in five of the twelve countries where snow leopards are found (China, India, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, and Pakistan) to protect the endangered snow leopard. I definitely want to help save these gorgeous animals!
One of my favorite places to visit in California is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and I love their conservation efforts. They're making a real difference for marine animals while providing an enjoyable and educational venue for people to learn more about protecting our oceans and marine life.
Lastly, a HUGE cause for me is eliminating "distracted driving." So many car accidents are avoidable! All we have to do is put down our phones, burgers, mascara wands, newspapers (yes, I've seen it! Driving while reading the newspaper... really???) This is also a recurring theme in my new series, High Desert Hearts, beginning with Snow Angel, and is loosely based on the terrible loss of several friends in high school. I created my own charity in the books, pFeddUp (Partnership For Eliminating Distracted Driving), but in real life, the National Road Safety Foundation works toward a similar cause:
"The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to reducing crashes, death and disability on our nation's highways by promoting safe driving habits through greater public awareness. NRSF produces documentaries, educational programs and public service campaigns for broadcast and use in safety, educational and enforcement programs. NRSF offers its productions free of charge. Over one million copies of the Foundation's films and public service campaigns have been distributed to educational, enforcement, judicial, traffic safety, health, substance abuse prevention, youth and grass roots related agencies, as well as to corporations, the armed forces, federal, state and local government agencies."
Be sure to check out the other great charities listed on the page, or find another one that calls to your heart and help support their efforts! Even a $5 donation can make an enormous difference. Thank you!
Monday, March 9, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
|Remember Me by Chantilly White|
Two strangers, bound by a tragic history and a lifetime of night terrors, struggle to find the strength and love buried deep inside themselves in order to break an ancient curse.
If they're successful, they might just find their happily-ever-after, and free two anguished spirits to do the same. But first, they'll have to battle their personal demons and survive their trial by fire...
Remember Me is a ghost-and-reincarnation-ish themed paranormal romance novel.
Heat level: 1 (kisses and suggestive situations only, but does include some language.)
I hope you enjoy it!
Thursday, January 1, 2015
What will the New Year hold? I can't wait to find out.
I've got my 100's List, my To-Do Notebook, and lots of plans, hopes, and dreams for the year all ready to go (and ready to share soon!) How about you?
Here's to the best year yet, for all of us!
Happy New Year ~ 2015!!
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
Christmas and the holidays are so crazy busy, but I’m diligently working on Remember Me in hopes of having it out before the end of the year. (Even if that means 11:59 PM on New Year’s Eve!) If things go awry, however, rest assured it will be out shortly after the first of the year.
As often happens with my writing, what was supposed to be a short story (15,000 words max) has turned into a long-ish novella that will probably come in around 35,000 words once it’s totally polished, so a bit more than double my original projections.
Yes, for those of you who remember, I have promised to stop trying to predict word counts and publication dates, because I am notoriously bad at both, but I’d already put a word count number on this story way back when I first started working on it, so this isn’t really a new count. Just an update! That’s my story, anyway, and I’m stickin’ to it.
Remember Me will be my first published paranormal romance, although I have several other novels in this genre under the bed awaiting their turn at revision and polishing. I don’t want to give too much away, so suffice to say it’s a bit of a ghost-y/reincarnation-y type tale with romantic elements rather than a true romance. You’ll see! And hopefully you love it.
I’ve had a lot of fun with these characters and am very glad they will finally see the light of day after being shoved aside by writing Snow Angel and a few other things. They deserve their Happily-Ever-After, after all.
Here’s a little teaser from Chapter Three:
It wasn’t such a big deal, really, to be trapped for a few days on an idyllic country farm. The lack of amenities notwithstanding, it was guaranteed to be quiet and restful. If he couldn’t reach anyone else, well, no one could reach him, either. He was cut off from urgent emails, problematic phone calls, unreasonable requests. For the next forty-eight hours, if Sam never showed, he’d be free.
And the innkeeper—farm girl?—had definite possibilities.
He’d have to make her pay first, of course, for her part in Sam’s scheme. Penalties before pleasure. Since his mind ran to tickle torture rather than genuine punishment, he didn’t think she’d complain too loudly.
An image of her lushly curved body convulsed in helpless laughter while his big hands ran all over her silken skin, seeking out her most sensitive spots, brought a smile to his face.
Yes, definite possibilities.
She’d have to go back to her own bed before he settled in for the night—no way could he risk sharing a bed with anyone on Halloween, not with his history—but that still left plenty of hours for adult recreation before he’d have to scoot her along.
In the meantime…
Flipping onto his back, Nathan floated for a while, his eyes scanning the trees and the few low-scudding, brilliantly white clouds.
When his gaze tracked back to the house, he thought he saw the lacy curtains in his room fall closed, as though they’d been held open by a slender hand a moment before. Then the kicky breeze shifted them again. Maybe he’d been mistaken.
Time to wash up and get on with it.
Having finally drunk his fill of the fresh, clear water, Nathan’s brain felt a little more grounded than it had the past several hours, less like he was lifting out of himself or on the verge of some sort of psychotic break.
He knifed through the pond to its edge to grab the soap and washcloth from the rock and lathered himself thoroughly, including his hair. The bar smelled like the woman—honeysuckle, spice, and warmth. Not a masculine scent, but he could live with it for the duration of his stay.
Rinsing, he hauled himself up onto the rock to dry off. Patting the towel across his back, he inspected it for blood, but the shallow abrasions from his earlier tumble seemed to have closed over.
Nathan hooked the towel around his hips and stepped into his ruined shoes to prevent tracking muddy prints into the house, his mother’s admonishing voice echoing in his ears.
“Yeah, yeah, I hear you,” he mumbled as he shuffled toward the porch.
Not wanting to clomp up the stairs in them, he left the shoes outside the front door, calling out a cautious greeting as he crossed the threshold. No one answered, so he shrugged and stepped forward, intending to head straight to his room.
But instead of walking into the short hallway backed by its narrow staircase, his feet landed him in the midst of a nightmare.
Hope you enjoyed your sneaky peek! Remember Me will be available soon, but in the meantime, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
It's Christmas Eve! Snuggle up in your beds with pictures of sugarplums dancing in your heads! For tomorrow is Christmas...
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!