BOOKS THAT ARE A PART OF THE DAHLIA PROJECT
Have you ever had a really big idea, one that is so monumental and game changing, you can’t get it out of your head? Then, the more you think about it, the bigger it becomes?
For me, the idea stemmed from the 2016 United States Presidential election. No matter who you voted for, there’s no denying the shock that reverberated through the country. I couldn’t avoid the news if I tried. Because of this, I came up with a book idea I just couldn’t shake. I wanted to write a book that reflected the current world we live in. However, I didn’t want it to be opinionated or in-your-face-political. God knows, we have enough of that and fiction should be an escape from reality.
After months of toying with how I wanted to write it, I finally began to put words on paper. Cadence was supposed to be just one book, but I felt I wasn’t doing justice to the characters backstory. They needed more of a foundation. As a result, Cadence became two books - Cadence Untouched and Cadence Defined.
Untouched is a prequel to Defined. It takes place seventeen years ago, which made it a lot of fun for me to write. I was able to dive into trends from the late 90’s, and it brought me back to when I was in my late teens and early twenties. However, as fun as it was to write, it also came with challenges. New adult is way out of my comfort zone.
After I finished Untouched and moved on to Defined, I had to research non-profit organizations due to Cadence's profession. On my quest for information, I learned about real life organizations that operate similar to the one Cadence founded in Defined. I was incredibly inspired by their good work and found myself asking, what can I do to help?
Then my birthday happened.
For my birthday, my sixteen-year-old daughter decided to give me a gift that keeps on giving. She invested in a $25 Kiva loan in my name. This loan provided women in developing countries a chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. As the women repaid the loan, the money was then recycled for someone else to use. The money is still being reused to this day.
I was completely in awe over my daughters gift. Inspired by her compassion and generosity, my brain literally exploded with ideas. If you notice, on the covers of Cadence Untouched and Cadence Defined, The Dahlia Project is written at the top. Whenever you see this, it means a portion of the proceeds will go to fund various non-profit organizations. To read more about the organizations The Dahlia Project will give to, please see the column on the right of this page.
But wait...there's more! In Defined, Cadence wrote and illustrated the children’s book, And I Smile. I decided to bring that to life too, published under the pseudonym of Marie Christy so an unsuspecting young mind doesn't accidentally pick up one of my romance novels! A portion of the proceeds from And I Smile will go Room to Read, a global organization devoted to promoting literacy and girl's education.
I’m so incredibly excited about The Dahlia Project! Never in my life have I felt so determined to get something right. I want to make a difference, and to make this matter in a very real sense. I hope you’ll follow the journey I take with it! To stay up to date on its progress, subscribe to my newsletter by clicking HERE. You can also stay in the know by texting DAKOTA to 77948.
THE DAHLIA PROJECT WILL DONATE TO
Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition.
100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors. To learn more, click HERE.
Room To Read
Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, they develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond. You can read more about Room To Read by clicking HERE.
The Young Center
The Young Center is an organization that is dedicated to helping young immigrant children. They are a champion for the rights and best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children, making sure that wherever they land, whether here in the U.S. or in their home country, they are safe. You can read more about the Young Center by clicking HERE.
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