Monday Morning Update.

I am reading reading reading.  Have quite a list on my Kindle Paperwhite.

In no particular order~

Finished:  Trident K9 Warriors: My Trail from the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines by Michael Ritland and Gary Brozek.

Riding Fourth (a prequel to Taking the Highway) and The Caline Conspiracy (Yummy!) by M.H. Mead.

Penguins Have Square Eyes, An Antarctic Adventure by Patrick Trese.

Aire by Lena Goldfinch.

The Language of Souls by Lena Goldfinch.

Frank Herbert: The Works by Bob R. Bogle.

Henry Wood Time & Again, by Brian D. Meeks.

Obsession by Sharon Buchbinder.

The Natural by Bernard Malamud.

The Taming of Lady Kate by G.G. Vandagriff.

Sugarwater Ranch by Stephanie Berget.

In actual hardcover/paperback (and I’m really excited about these books):

The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, Book One) by Maurice Druon.

The Strangled Queen (The Accursed Kings) by Maurice Druon.

And, voila!  My TBR Pile.  What’s in the cube beneath the books?  More books!

Sigh... TBR Piling Up.

Sigh… TBR Piling Up.

What am I working on?  Oooh, it’s a goodie!  Think woman on the mend from a nasty divorce travels to the Scottish Highlands where she meets a smokin’ hot, kilt wearin’ 300 year old Scottish ghost.

I’ve always wanted a bare-chested kilt-wearing Scot on one of my book covers.  I’ll post an excerpt soon.

As you know this past week was a scorcher for us.  The heat dried up the grass real fast and fire season has already begun.  Prayers for the folks down in Southern California who are suffering.  We’ve had some fires here but not nearly as bad.  And my sympathy to all of you in the Midwest where winter must feel like it will never end.  Most of my husband’s family lives in Minnesota while a good portion of my family is back in Iowa and Nebraska.  I hope the farmers can plant this year, especially after last year’s drought.

I meant to post this photo earlier in the spring– unfortunately the blossoms are done now.  I brought this lilac from Iowa.

My Iowa Lilac.

My Iowa Lilac.

Random interesting stuff:

The Fistula Foundation has an amazing Mother’s Day Fundraiser going on right now.  The Fistula Foundation is the most worthy charity ever.  The money goes to help women, not to pay telemarketers to harass you at suppertime.

Are you a migraine sufferer?  I am.  I come from a long line of migraine sufferers.  I’ve always insisted there’s a huge genetic component– vindication at last!  From NPR:  A Sleep Gene Has A Surprising Role In Migraines.

And this from my dad– you may have to watch it a couple times.  Well, it’ll keep playing over and over regardless of whether or not you’re watching.

GSDvideo

‘Tis the season for giving.

I don’t need much.  There’s no gift I want, as in a particular item.  I wish for happy and healthy children. Hope my dad continues to make slow and steady progress.  I wish for a better tomorrow for the human race.  If I was a betting woman I probably wouldn’t bet on the third.

I do give to charities, yet every time I send money I wonder what percentage goes to cover administrative costs and what percentage really improves the lives of those for whom the charity exists- whether the organization helps protect lowland gorillas or feeds hungry children.  And by the way – there are far too many hungry children in America.  It’s seriously shameful.  Most parents want to work at a job so they can earn money to feed and clothe and shelter their children.  I know a lot of people who haven’t had regular employment in over four years.  Breaks my heart.

For the most part I prefer to spend my money on local charities.  I know where the money goes.  Besides, I can donate time as well.

However, there are two non-local organizations I support.  I’m completely behind them. I wish I could do more.

One is cheap – COJ – Cup of Joe for a Joe.  Green Beans Coffee Company sends coffee to our troops overseas.  These young men and women are risking their lives for us.  The least I can do is send them a cup of coffee.  Here’s the link if you’re interested:  Cup of Joe for a Joe.

The second is less cheap but oh so worthy.  A donation can make an incredible difference in the life of a woman – in fact, a donation can help restore her life – The Fistula Foundation.  There’s so much information I’ll give you the link.  What this group does is amazing.  The Fistula Foundation.

If you can set aside an hour, this video will change your life:

A Walk to Beautiful~ Nova.