Engaged in a Worthy Cause

Barack Obama, Giving Service

Barack Obama, Giving Service

Growing up, in your school, community, or church, you may have heard the admonition to be actively engaged in a good cause. There are so many places for our limited resources – time and money – to go that we may feel overwhelmed sometimes about finding a worthy cause.

Many of us donate a portion of our income to our local church or give generously during collection-plate time; others find interest in causes that touch their lives because of family or friends – Breast Cancer Month, Heart Disease, or Domestic Violence.

I was raised to believe I should give, not only within my family, but also within the community where I live.

Collection Plate

Collection Plate

It’s not so much what, how much, or where you give, but the attitude of giving that’s important. Giving benefits both the receiver and the giver.

As many of you know, USA Today and NY Times Best-selling author Brenda Novak has conducted an annual on-line auction for Diabetes Research for the past ten years. This year Brenda and other best-selling authors have combined their talents to offer a limited edition, digital only boxed set of never-before-published novels to raise money for diabetes research.

The romantic suspense edition, SWEET DREAMS, contains thirteen new works by your favorite authors and sells for less than a dollar a story. All proceeds go to The Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami, which is doing some amazing cure-focused work.

I feel very lucky to be part of this great fund-raising project with my contribution of “Without Malice,” the first in a new mystery-suspense series.  Today, I’m giving away PDFs of my not-yet-published book to fifteen lucky commenters.

Sweet Dreams Boxed Set

Sweet Dreams Boxed Set

I hope you enjoy the beginning of my new series. And I hope you will enjoy one or more of the boxed sets of new stories. All proceeds from the sales go to diabetes research, so be generous and contribute to this worthy cause while you savor new stories from well-known and debut authors.

Make a difference while you read!  Sets are available at all major retailers:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1CZiYtP

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1INYQMz

Apple: http://apple.co/1CVYPlu

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1By6eMw

Google Play: http://bit.ly/1vT84jP

What other authors have contributed to the set SWEET DREAMS?

Fellow New York Times Bestselling Authors Allison Brennan, Cynthia Eden, J.T. Ellison (who is contributing “Crossed,” the long awaited prequel to her Taylor Jackson series), Heather Graham, Liliana Hart, Alex Kava (who is contributing “Before Evil,” the long awaited prequel to her Maggie O’Dell series), CJ Lyons, Carla Neggers, Brenda Novak, Theresa Ragan, Erica Spindler, Tiffany Snow and Jo Robertson.

For the Cure ...

For the Cure …

Once SWEET DREAMS goes on sale, it’ll only be available through June 30. and then retired forever! So grab it while you can! Our goal is to raise $300,000 and, with your help, we should be able to do it.

If mystery-suspense is not your favorite genre, Brenda has also curated a contemporary box set along with a “hot” romance box set. Check those out, too.

You can find more information at http://brendanovakforthecure.org.

Now a question for our readers.  Be sure to leave a comment to be eligible to win a PDF of my latest book “Without Malice,” not yet published.  What worth causes or projects interest you?  How do you involve yourself in community or church service?  How do you decide where to make your donations and when?  Share your tips for giving back to your community!

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  • ki pha says:

    What a great cause this box set is going towards. I know I’m guilty for not being as involved as I should but I do make donations whenever I can. Most of the time that’s during the winter seasons around Thanksgiving and Christmas. But when I see something that catches my interest or something that I want to help with, then that’s also the time I give. I do donate to my local at a and theatre program for the minority in my community. I don’t know… I always see myself giving a little something when it comes to folks who are trying to achieve a goal whether that is raising money to study abroad or for something like paying for medical bills. I give as much as I can to help.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Hi, KI! It sounds like you have this area well covered. But it is hard to remember to contribute to worthy causes during holidays, isn’t it? We’re all so busy with our own projects that we forget what’s right there under our noses.

      My husband takes care of all our charity needs, mostly to local programs, like homeless shelters.

      With the Napal disaster we all have an opportunity to contribute right now!

    • Brenda Novak says:

      It sounds like you have a very soft heart! Thanks so much for supporting our efforts to raise money for diabetes research. Jo’s story–and everyone else’s–will be well worth the cost, and you’ll be giving back just by reading!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I was really intrigued with Brenda’s diabetes research projects because I’ve known Brenda for many decades and seen her son Thad struggle with the disease. Then later, my own SIL Mike was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I was shocked because he was in his twenties and I didn’t think you got type 1 that old. It’s been a struggle for him b/c he’s never had to monitor himself as a youth.

  • Debbie says:

    I like to give to needy children. Christmas boxes, school supplies, food, clothing, whatever it might be.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      It’s really true that children are our future, isn’t it Debbie? No matter what circumstances their parents may be in, children are completely innocent. I like educational programs for children and contributing to causes that serve them, too.

  • Brenda Novak says:

    Debbie, children’s charities and charities that give to vets are especially close to my heart, too. When we see a cure for diabetes, I think I’ll turn my attention in that direction. Thanks for your comment!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Hi, Brenda! You’re so positive! But I do believe also that we’ll see a cure for diabetes within our lifetimes.

      Honoring and helping our vets has been an on-going problem since WWI. I’d really like to see support in that area. We send these soldiers out to work in wretched conditions and don’t support them as well as we should when they return.

  • flchen1 says:

    That is fabulous, Jo! I’ve been a supporter of Brenda’s auction for many years, and am thrilled to preorder all her box sets this year. She’s been a tireless supporter of funding for diabetes research, which affects so many!

    I also have a soft spot for families and especially children in need, and we have several local groups we support, both with material and financial donations as we can.
    A couple in particular: Shelter Network, for families in transition: http://www.ivsn.org/

    And Second Harvest Food Banks: http://www.shfb.org/

    And more recently we’ve been supporting Charity: Water, a group that strives to bring drinking water around the world. https://donate.charitywater.org/donate/nepal

    There are so many people who are not as immediately fortunate as us, and we feel blessed to be able to share what we have.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Thanks so much, Fedora! I, too, have been with Brenda from the beginning and have loved how the on-line auction has grown. I think these curated boxed sets will be a big hit, too.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Thanks for sharing the links, Fedora. These are all worthy causes. I haven’t heard of Charity: Water, so I’ll be sure to check that one out. I think we who have such easy access to potable water forget that many people in the world are not so fortunate.

  • Colleen C. says:

    I love charities that help out animals, especially the shelters… I do not like the idea of any animal being without a loving home… it breaks my heart to see how some people treat animals…

  • Anna Sugden says:

    YAY! So excited about this boxed set and especially another fabulous story from you, Jo! I’ve always had a soft spot for children’s charities like NSPCC, animal charities, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Help for Heroes and our Lifeboats charity, the RNLI. My focus has grown to be more nationally-based, as I don’t think there should be child poverty, homelessness and malnutrition in England!

    With so many charities in need of support, I’m all about supporting locally – especially the local food bank through the Trussell Trust.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I hope you enjoy these never-before-published books, Anna. We’re so lucky that so many talented writers contributed their time and money to such a worthy cause.

      I find myself drawn more and more to international causes. We’re so fortunate in the west to have the basics for life and happiness that we often forget many children throughout the world go without food and shelter and basic medicare on a daily basis.

  • Jane says:

    I give to Doctors Without Borders(MSF) and Save the Children. I like to go Charity Navigator to check out their ratings before donating.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      That’s a smart move, Jane. It seems for every charity, there’s some kind of scam, and we want to be sure our resources are going to the right places.

      Doctors Without Borders is an amazing organization and I’m constantly impressed by the good work they do.

  • Jo, good on you getting involved in Brenda’s fundraising. I think she’s absolutely amazing – I think they should give her the Nobel prize. And I’m not kidding. What an example of the power of one! I hope the anthology sells a million and I hope they find a cure in our lifetime.

    These days, I limit my charity giving to one or two causes rather than trying to give a little to a lot. My principal charity of choice is a wonderful home hospice service up here on the Sunshine Coast. They really helped a LOT when my dad was sick and their hearts are so obviously in the right place. Their name is Cittamani: http://www.cittamanihospice.com.au/

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Thanks for the link, Anna. Hospice groups have been very good to our family on several occasions. Such kind, loving support during a difficult time.

      LOL, I’ll second the nomination for Brenda as a Nobel Prize winner! She’s worked very hard for a long time when she could’ve rested on her writing laurels and shut the world out. She’s amazing!

  • Jo, what a fabulous set–and for such a worthy cause! Congrats to all the authors involved on having it out.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Thanks, Nancy. It’s amazing when this many authors with their busy schedules can come together and meet deadlines. We’re very thankful!

  • What a wonderful set and an awesome cause as well ! I always enjoy Brenda’s auction and have won some great signed books and critiques over the years.

    Most of my charitable giving goes to our local shelter and to a couple of animal rescue organizations. I always try to give something to rescue groups when disaster strikes such as the tornadoes in Oklahoma, Tuscaloosa and after Hurricane Katrina and now the disaster in Nepal.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Hi, Louisa! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, this is a great cause and I’m so proud of Brenda for starting her auction those many years ago and continuing her fund-raising in the form of these curated boxed sets.

    I hope you enjoy them!