Sunday, February 11, 2018

Charity Sunday, New Release and Giveaway! #blindness #CharitySunday #newrelease

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Today is the second Sunday in February. That makes it Charity Sunday. Once a month, I highlight a worthy cause on my blog. For each comment I receive, I donate one dollar to my chosen cause.

As it happens, today I’m also celebrating the release of the fourth book in my Asian Adventures series, Butterfly. I’ve included the blurb and an exclusive excerpt in this post. In addition to donating for each comment today, I’ll also enter you into a drawing for your choice of Asian Adventures Book 1, 2 or 3. (If you want to be considered for the drawing, be sure to include your email address in your comment.)

Back to today’s charity. This month I’ve chosen to support the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). CNIB works with individuals who are blind or partially sighted to help them gain the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. CNIB also disseminates educational material about visual impairment, to assist people who might be at risk of losing their sight.

You might be wondering why I’ve chosen CNIB (aside from the fact that I strongly approve of their mission). After all, I’m not a Canadian (though I’ve been occasionally been mistaken for one). I was moved to dedicate this month’s donations to CNIB by this post by my friend Giselle Renarde. Giselle is Canadian. CNIB has been a lifeline for her beloved eighty six year old grandmother, who suffers from macular degeneration. In fact, Giselle is donating the proceeds from her most recent book to CNIB (though the book is free until Valentine’s Day).

Anyway, I hope you’ll check out Giselle’s post and her book. Please take a minute or two to leave a comment here, to push up the total of my donations. And if you want to be included in my free book giveaway, don’t forget to add your email.

Finally – here’s a bit from my latest Asian Adventure.


Love never lies.

My job makes it hard to have a real relationship. I never know where my next project will be, but I can bet that it won’t be in America’s heartland. So I read a lot, and seek my own five-fingered companionship. Busy with my construction gig in the Thai northeast, I didn’t think I needed what Bangkok had to offer.

Then Lek stepped onto the stage at the Butterfly Bar and began to dance. I fell for her during the first five minutes of her set. The weekend we spent together was pure heaven. How could I know our love would drag me through hell?


She was a natural dancer. Her fluid gestures held me transfixed. She grasped one of the poles leading from the bar to the ceiling and arched backward until her hair brushed the floor. Waves flowed through her, sweet undulations that began in her pelvis and shimmered up her spine. By comparison, the other girls appeared clumsy and coarse. She was not trying to entice, it seemed. She was lost in the music. Yet there was something supremely sexy about her performance. I found myself hardening as I gazed at her, turned on for the first time since entering this den of flesh.

As if she felt my gaze, she released the pole, turned and looked in my direction. Her red-painted lips curved in a smile of invitation. Her eyes locked to mine, she unhooked her bikini top and let it slide off her shoulders, revealing sweet, small, firm-looking breasts, capped with almond-hued nipples that surely were erect. She brushed her palms over them, closing her eyes as if savoring the sensation. My penis throbbed uncomfortably in my jeans.

The song changed to something more upbeat. She shook her hips, did the same bumps and grinds as the other dancers, but the effect was totally different. She was listening to some inner voice. Every now and again her eyes would meet mine, and that luscious smile would light her face. I found myself holding my breath, willing her to turn again in my direction.

Finally, her set ended. She slipped away into the crowd before I could call to her. I felt a sense of loss totally out of proportion to the situation. Then, suddenly, she was beside me. I discovered that I was blushing.

Hello,” she said, her smile even more intoxicating close up. “You like me? You like my dancing?”

I certainly do.”

You buy me drink?”

Of course.” She waved over another bargirl. “Saengsom coke,” she ordered. “And you, mister, you want one more beer?”

Sure, why not?” I looked over at Charlie, hoping for some guidance. He had one girl in his lap, and another whispering in his ear. All three of them were giggling. Charlie caught my somewhat desperate glance and shrugged.

Go for it,” he said. “We are. Come on, girls!” He stuffed two thousand baht notes in the bamboo tube holding our bill, then headed for the door, one girl on each arm. “Have a great time, Pat,” he called over his shoulder. “I’ll see you on Monday.” Damn him, leaving me alone like that!

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H.B. said...

Thank you for the excerpt. CNIB sounds like a wonderful charity!

Amy T said...

I read Giselle's post, too. An old family friend deals with macular degeneration, as well, so I'm aware of some of the support available in the US. I'm happy to boost your contribution to the CNIB. Blessings on your weekend, and thanks for #CharitySunday.

orelukjp0 said...

Thank you for the good work you do with your weekly donations to many worthy causes.

Cheyenne Blue said...

Ahhh, I missed participating this time. But at least I can leave a comment for a great cause.

Debby said...

My mother-in-law is blind. She faces so many challenges. thank you for supporting this.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Adriana said...

Loved the excerpt, would definitely love to be in the drawing! Read Giselle's post and downloaded her book, thank you for supporting CNIB.

Marle said...

Wow what a cover. Thanks to your support of CNIB another great cause.

bn100 said...

nice cause to support

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Jean Roberta said...

Lisabet, what a great cause to support! I’ve had students in my university classes who get help from the CNIB, including Braille keyboards. (The typist types letters with raised dots on them, and the typed copy is in regular English that a seeing instructor can read.) There is a large CNIB office that I pass every day on my way to the university, and the traffic light next to it makes a sound when the light turns green. (After that, blind pedestrians must rely on other resources, such as well-trained dogs.) I’m not sure how your giveaway works, but my email is:

Chuck Barksdale said...

Hi Lisabet. I'm not Canadian but this seems to be a great charity. My mother left her eye care go too long and was late in trying to stop the eventual blindness from macular degeneration. Makes me extra careful whenever I go to the eye doctor to make sure they check me out as well. chuckdb @ comcast dot net. Thanks.

Sacchi Green said...

My father has age-related macular degeneration. He isn't totally blind yet, but he's also very deaf, which makes things harder. I hope there's an organization in the USA that does work like the CNIB, but at 98, the sight he has may yet last as long as he does. I hope so, since anything complicated I need to tell him currently gets written on my computer and printed out in very large type for him to read.

H K Carlton said...

Another worthy cause. Thank you for supporting CNIB!

Anonymous said...

I hadn't known about CNIB before now...thank you so much!

Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

Colleen C. said...

Thanks for sharing!

Tina Donahue said...

A great cause - good for you. :)

Lucy Felthouse said...

A great cause as always, Lisabet, well done! And congratulations on the new release.

Lisabet Sarai said...

Thanks to everyone who commented. I have donated $20 to CNIB.

Congratulations to Tina, whose name was picked by I'll contact you off list to find out which book you want.

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