The other day, my friend and fellow author Jennifer Haymore announced on her blog that she’s been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. (You may remember that I hosted a giveaway just a few weeks ago to celebrate the release of her newest book, A Touch of Scandal.) Her prognosis is good and her attitude is fantastic, but I’m sure she’d appreciate all the support, prayers, and well wishes she can get. Whether you’ve read her books or not, if you’d like to send a good thought her way, you can visit her blog to do so, or click on over to Smart Bitches Trashy Books today. SB Sarah is collecting helpful hints and tips for getting through cancer treatment, and giving away several copies of Jennifer’s book.

YA author Rosemary Clement Moore is celebrating the paperback release of Highway to Hell with her wonderful Mosquitoes Suck Contest.

From Rosemary’s blog:

In Africa, the bite of one mosquito can transmit malaria, a disease which kills one person every 30 seconds.

Can you believe that a $10 mosquito net could save someone’s life? It can.

The United Nation Foundation’s Nothing but Nets Campaign is a global, grassroots effort dedicated to saving lives by preventing malaria in Africa. When you make a $10 donation, 100% of your contribution goes directly toward purchasing and distributing an insecticide-treated mosquito net and teaching the recipient to use it properly…

Make any size donation to the Nothing But Nets Campaign, and you will be entered in a drawing to win one of a growing list of prizes.

Included in that “growing list of prizes” is a gift certificate donated by yours truly, as well as gift cards and books from a whole slew of authors. Any donation – even one dollar – will enter you in the drawing. All the rules and easy-to-follow instructions are here. This is one of those wonderful opportunities where the amount you might spend on a book or a movie can make a real, lasting life-changing — make that life-saving — difference for someone else.

I’m so inspired by Jennifer and Rosemary’s courage and conviction, and I hope you can find the time to support them both.

Anyone want to share a way to do good today?

2 comments to “Two easy ways to do good today”

  1. SonomaLass
    · April 14th, 2010 at 8:13 pm · Link

    Thanks for the links and info, Tessa! The community of romance readers/writers/agents/editors can be really amazing and supportive. Sometimes the little kerfuffles online can obscure the more important stuff.

  2. Lori
    · April 14th, 2010 at 8:19 pm · Link

    I always try to think of ways to do good. Sometimes they are big, like collecting thousands in donations for my annual cancer Relay for Life, and sometimes they are little ‘pay it forward’ type things like paying for the person in line behind me at Starbucks. It’s usually about $5 and it makes someone smile, and hopefully think about doing something nice for someone else.