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Friday, December 30, 2011

Long and Short Reviews Guests: Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Diane Davis White

Long and Short Reviews Guests: Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Diane Davis White: Diane Davis White talks about Giving the Christmas Spirit by Keeping the Foster Children of Pine Ridge Warm through the winter! Hello to al...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Help the Foster Children of Pine Ridge Reservation!

An Emergency Heating and Food Donation Drive

It is a struggle to keep poorly insulated homes heated and food on the table, for the 300+ families that are caring for foster children. Unfortunately, LOWO, the reservation's foster care agency, is getting calls for help daily but has nothing left in its budget for such emergencies. These families are in need of wood, propane, electric heaters and food and at this point LOWO must rely solely upon its emergency fund which gets very few donations. During winter this is especially urgent as temperatures often drop well below zero on the reservation. If you can donate a check, an electric heater, or nonperishable foods, please let me know and I'll add your donations to the tally below. The local propane companies require a minimum order of $125 to deliver so the need for monetary donations is great and will continue through the winter months. If enough of us donate in small amounts we can make this happen, and every check, whether it is $5 or $500 will make a big impact on rez families that are cold and/or hungry.
Thanks so much for your help!
Donated as of 12/6:
Monetary Donations in any amount* ($125 will provide an emergency propane delivery for one family):
$835 donated--Thank you! Need additional
Electric Heaters icon (Goal 75; 11 donated--Thank you! Need 64)
Nonperishable foods:
Peanut butter icon
Oatmeal icon
Cold cereal icon
Dried and canned beans icon
Vegetables icon
Tuna icon
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Formula icon
Grains and rice icon
Baking Supplies icon
Nonperishables donated--Thank you!:
50 nonperishable items

Ship your donations to:
Via UPS/FedEx**:
604 East Hwy 18
IHS Compound
Pine Ridge, SD 57770
Via U.S. Mail use this address only please (and use this address for checks):
P. O. Box 604
Pine Ridge, SD 57770
*Please make your check out to "LOWO" put a notation on it that it is for the emergency fund, and mail to the P.O. box listed above.
**If you order online and use this "street" address, you may get a message that says "We've found no matches for the address you've entered, please edit the address or select entered address:" This is because there are no street names on the reservation and the address isn't in the zip code database. If you click on the "604 East Hwy 18" address the system will take you back to the "Enter or Verify Your Shipping Destination" page. Just choose standard shipping, click on "Continue," and it will let you complete your transaction.
Please Note: Due to the volume of donations shipped to the reservation FoPRR cannot verify delivery of your boxes. If you are shipping from home and require confirmation of delivery, please purchase delivery confirmation from the post office or use your shipping service's or online vendor's tracking system.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Books are Knowledge ~ Knowledge is Power
Teach a child to read

Diane Davis White
I write romance in both contemporary and historical generes. My favorite theme is Native American Historicals. Probably because my late husband was a romantic, heart-stopping handsome Chickasaw mixed blood with the bluest eyes ever...

When I began research for the Lakota Moon Series I ran across a website that deals with donations for the people of Pine Ridge Reservation. Reading further, I discovered this place in the center of our country is one of the poorest places in the nation.

I cannot imagine children who have no school supplies, people without winter coats, families who know hunger—not in this country. There are other places in the United States where poverty is paramount, but few are so disturbingly neglected as Pine Ridge.

I bookmarked the sites that pertained to this and kept up with the issues, eventually joining and contributing to their drives. Anyone who is interested in helping, may go to their site at:

While there have been innovations and changes recently that the Lakota have taken to improve their lives, such as small business development, there is a long road ahead and my hope is that others will see their efforts and be willing to assist. What is needed here is education and industry. Providing the basic needs is essential.

Books Are Knowledge, Knowledge is Power ~ Teach a child to read.

The Lakota are a proud people and the only Native American Nation to withstand the onslaught of the pioneering whites. They defeated the army and drove the white man away, thanks to Red Cloud and Crazy Horse's leadership, and until Washington officials broke the treaties and sent troupes in, they remained free on their lands.

My social conscience was stricken heavily by the horrible conditions these people live with and it boggles the brain to think of the money spent on foreign wars when we have so much need right here. When you read my books—and I hope you will—you will glimpse the true people of the Nations. They are a treasure trove of wisdom and knowledge we've only begun to tap.

Diane Davis White ~ From the Heartland

Moon of Hard Winter is my newest book in the Lakota Moon Series and now available at Kindle and next month it will be out in print. This book deals with love, yes, but it also touches on the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890, and though it is a time travel romance, I tried to infuse it with some great characters and address the terrible tragedy of December 29, 1890.

John Six Feathers believes the truth of what happened at Wounded Knee one-hundred and ten years ago has not been told. He wants to see the medals of honor given to soldier's who participated in the slaughter of women and children removed.
Faith Donahey believes the truth is more than just an overall picture, and her great-great grandfather deserves the medal of honor he received, despite what the Lakota say. A horrible accident on the highway, a spiritual intervention, and the truth as they knew it becomes the truth as they will tell their children and grandchildren. This is their story.

Coming next in this series will be a lighter story, though it deals with Little Big Horn, I promise more comedic relief and a spicier love story. Moon of Tender Grass will be Blue Crow's Story. A warriorwho has lived among the white people, is torn by his love for the daughter of his adopted uncle, Eli Jackson, and his loyalty to the people of the Lakota. He rides with Crazy Horse to Greasy Grass Creek and participates in the battle where Custer is killed. His brothers and cousins die there, and his heart torn by the horrors of battle, he seeks refuge with the Jackson family once more, only to find everything has changed.
Look for this book to be released in late November.

The first two books in this series are also available on Kindle, and in Print.
Moon of Ripening Moon of the Falling Leaves


GOOD LUCK EVERYONE !!~~This year October has 5 Mondays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This Happens once every 823 years. This is called money bags. So copy this to your status and money will arrive within 4 days. Based on Chinese Feng Shui. The one who does not copy, will be without money. Copy within 11 mins of reading. Can't hurt so I did it :) Would be nice if it is true. I can only wish

Monday, August 29, 2011

Mr. Right In Her Backyard
The Maple Grove Matrimonies by
Fiona Neal

5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantasic Read!, July 2, 2011
Ms. Neal writes a fantastic story, full of love and laughter and tender moments. Her use of social injustice and the rebirth of an ugly duckling into a beautiful young woman is touching and well handled. I will definitely read more of this author's work.
Reviewed by Diane Davis White
Low Town: A novel by Daniel Polansky 5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST read, August 18, 2011

 Low Town: A novel (Hardcover)

The plot is strong, the characters colorful, the hero a misshapen, down at the heels drug dealer. How's that for a start? In the sphere of fantasy and make believe it's a winner. I couldn't put this book down. A absolute must read!

When children start disappearing, only to reappear as corpses, ex-intelligence detective, 'Warden' as he is called, becomes reluctantly involved in the case.

Pressured on all sides--from the suspected peer whose sadistic tendencies are unbounded, to the Special Ops hierarchy he used to work for--trouble abounds. Warden finds the path to the truth fraught with danger, intrigue and the promise of instant death should he put one foot wrong.
An excellent read.
D. White

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Don't miss this exciting series!
Love  ~  Danger  ~  Tension ~ Romance
Also in print!