As Harlequin Special Edition readers, did you know that Harlequin has its own unique way of giving back to women in the community? It’s called More Than Words, and here is its mission statement from http://www.harlequinmorethanwords.com/
Mission and Objectives
The Harlequin More Than Words program aims to enhance the well-being of women. Our goals are to:
- Raise awareness about worthy causes that are of concern to women
- Provide financial assistance to these important charities
- Engage employees, authors and readers and the general public in worthy causes and provide opportunities for them to make a difference
Nominations for this year’s service awards have closed now, but voting for the nominees starts on November 6.
I love that Harlequin has found a way of celebrating the strength and community involvement of women, its main readership. I love that my publisher is giving back.
I’m thinking a lot about giving back at the moment, and I’m especially thinking about how it usually works best when it goes both ways. We can all get “donor fatigue” when we give and give and give without receiving anything in return. Of course I’m not talking about money or material benefits. It’s the intangibles where we need to find a reward – something as simple as a smile and a thank you, or as grounding as a sense of community.
With Harlequin’s More Than Words only operating in North America, I don’t have a personal involvement with this program, but I am involved in two other charitable initiatives at the moment.
First, Tough Enough To Wear Pink. Take a look at their website http://www.toughenoughtowearpink.com/ and scroll down a little. Don’t you think there is something mighty fine about the sight of a posse of strong, courageous cowboys wearing pretty pink shirts on horseback, in support of breast cancer research? After my own brush with breast cancer a year ago, I’m thrilled that my other publisher http://thetulegroup.com/ (you can also find them at http://montanabornbooks.com/) is donating fifty cents from every Copper Mountain Rodeo novella sold this month to the great people at Tough Enough To Wear Pink. What I love about this charity is that it’s sexy and fun, as well as meaningful, and that it celebrates men who know how to be tough and giving at the same time – true romance heroes. What I love about Tule’s donation is that anyone who buys a book gets a great read as well as supporting Tough Enough To Wear Pink – readers give and receive at the same time.
Second, the huge Danish cancer charity cycle trip sponsored by http://www.team-rynkeby.dk/ (sorry, this website is in Danish, but it still has some cool pics and videos). We are taking part in the July 2015 ride and since it involves cycling 750 miles (1200 kms) in just one week, we are already in training. Here’s where I realize how much we receive back when we give to others. We will be committing ourselves to raising a minimum of $2,000 each in sponsorship for this ride, but right now I’m experiencing benefits that are worth far more than this. My husband and I are discovering a great new interest that we can enjoy together, we’re getting fitter than we’ve been in years, and we’re enjoying all the beautiful tranquil cycle paths in Canberra, through landscapes clothed in spring growth and sunshine.
I’d love to hear about how giving and getting back works for you, because I bet you have some great stories about this.
Anyone who leaves a comment will be entered in the draw to win the first two Copper Mountain Rodeo novellas Tempt Me, Cowboy and Marry Me, Cowboy, as well as the first book in my Special Edition Cherry Sisters trilogy The One Who Changed Everything.