The Season of Giving through Amazon

It’s that time of year again when our thoughts turn towards giving and gifts. Gifts for our friends and family are not something a close family ignores. But what about giving to charities? Do you give to charity?

If you’ve always wanted an organized way to give to your favorite charity, and you do a fair amount of shopping on Amazon, consider the Amazon Smile Program. It’s easy, simple, and won’t cost you a dime. You can still make a big impact for a charity however.

So how do you start? Use the link I gave you in the last paragraph to read more about the program. Sign up for the program and choose your favorite charity. My charity is called “Operation Snip”. They are a non-profit organization whose main purpose is to provide low cost Spay/Neuter to pet owners in the Largo area. They also have a Wellness clinic where you can get your pet taken care of for a low cost.

Now that you’ve signed up and chosen your charity, go shop! The items that are eligible will show something like this:

Eligible for 



Amazon donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. It’s that simple and it doesn’t cost you a thing. Take a few minutes and make a difference for a charity near you!

Meet the Chief!

Chief is the delightful 2yo mixed breed dog my husband and I rescued from Pinellas County Animal Services last month. The 10 months since Coco died last Christmas Eve were the longest, we’ve been without a pet since we moved to FL. I had to wait until my husband was ready to open his heart to another pet before we could start looking.

Right about now, I’m very glad I called our friends, Ted and Carol, to ask them to help me look for a small dog. I’d been checking all the animal adoption sites in my area, but all I could find were the larger dog. When you live in a single-wide trailer, a large dog is not a good thing.

As luck would have, Ted and Carol were taking a feral cat to animal services the day Chief was first offered for adoption. Ted took one look at him, grabbed the paperwork off of the kennel door, and borrowed a phone to call us. You see, there was a couple who came in just after him and want to adopt him.

Thankfully we only live 10-15 minutes away and were able to get there quickly. One look is all it took us to fall in love. He was already neutered and chipped. Since my husband and I are both veterans, the adoption fees were waived. We needed to pay for his license and for the harness they had for him. To our great delight, he came home with a good bag of items that included a dog bed, a blanket, a toy, a weeks’ worth of Hill’s Science Diet dog food, and best of all, 6 months of heartworm medicine! The bag of goodies was all thanks to donations that were made to them.

Chief loves to chew on things so like any responsible pet parent, I bought him a bone (or 2)! He was chewing on it in the living room for awhile.

After while he disappeared into the bedroom with it. When he came out again, he didn’t have it with him. Imagine my surprise when I went into the bedroom later in the day and discovered this!

Chip Your Pet!

The sad part to our great fortune is that someone, somewhere in our area, lost their pet. Chief was brought in as a stray with no collar and no chip to help locate his owner. I don’t know if you can tell from the photos, but Chief was very well taken care of. He loves to snuggle and get loving. Somehow, he got away from his owner and got lost.

So please, take that extra bit of caring and besides his/her license tag, have your pet microchipped. If they ever get out and get lost, it gives shelters and vets a way to reunite the two of you together again!



Circle of the Red Lily Book 1

by Anna J. Stewart

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Some secrets should stay buried…

Working as a Hollywood photographer means Riley Temple has seen it all, but that theory is put to the test when she finds herself staring at the chilling image of a dead woman. When her questions about the film’s origin results in an assault, a murder, and an attack on Riley herself, she finds herself reluctantly turning to the only person who assures her he can help: Detective Quinn Burton. Her history with the LAPD is complicated, but to find those responsible for harming her friends and to protect those closest to her, she’s willing to do anything. Even trust a cop.

After more than a decade on the job, Quinn Burton knows a dangerous situation when he sees it and Riley Temple is neck deep in trouble. But not for the reason she thinks. Those pictures she stumbled onto could very well overturn a notorious murder conviction–a conviction partially secured by Quinn’s own police commissioner father. Quinn has always prided himself on being loyal, but seeing this case through means he’ll have to betray someone: his job, his family, or the woman he’s falling in love with.

As Quinn and Riley’s relationship deepens, their investigation reveals the false conviction is only a small part of a much bigger conspiracy. They soon find themselves targeted by The Circle of the Red Lily, a secret society that for decades has maintained influence and violent control over Hollywood’s powerful elite. A group that, until now, has remained hidden in the shadows.

A group that will stop at nothing to keep their secrets buried.

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A geek at heart, USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J Stewart writes “refreshingly unique, quietly humorous, and profoundly moving romance.” (RT Book Reviews) Her books include The Butterfly Harbor series for Harlequin Heartwarming, along with the Blackwell continuity series. She also writes the Honor Bound series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense and has written in the ongoing Colton family saga. As her first love is paranormal romance, she’s published a number of novellas, including the Tome Wardens trilogy collection. EXPOSED, her first book of The Circle of the Red Lily romantic suspense series with CAEZIK Romance will be released in November of 2022. Readers can get a taste for what’s to come with her Nemesis Files Trilogy (light romantic suspense), available on audio through Scribd.

NYTimes bestselling author Brenda Novak says “The talented Anna J Stewart delivers every time!”

Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Jason Momoa addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family and tolerates two devious cats named Sherlock and Rosie.

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