Love Means… Patience

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Title: Love Means… Patience 
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: a Love Means… story 
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 23rd 2014
Length: 200 pages 
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Years after his discharge from the Marines under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Cody Culver lives in a PTSD-induced world all his own. On a mission, under misconceptions that Geoff and Eli are the enemy, Cody breaks into their farmhouse but is quickly brought back to his senses by a frying pan to the head. After receiving much needed help in the hospital, Cody has nowhere to go. Luckily, kindhearted Eli knows just where to turn.

When Eli asks former Marine Brick Hunter to help, Brick isn’t sure he wants to get involved. But Brick has worked through his own PTSD, and like it or not, he owes Eli a favor. With Cody struggling to rejoin the real world and Brick agreeing to take him in, they discover they have more in common than either of them thought possible.

Though Cody tries to stay in the here and now, he sometimes flashes to unexplainable traumatic events—events that don’t fit his usual war zone delusions. As the “delusions” grow more frequent, it becomes apparent they might not be delusions at all. Cody may have actually witnessed a murder.

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HAHT 2014 ~ Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Good morning and thanks for joining me on the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia. There are some really great prizes to be had at each of the stops! You can check out the others in the hops by either clicking the banner to the left or by using the linky at the bottom of the post. I hope you’ll take the time to visit each of the wonderful blogs and authors participating this year.

The Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia (HAHAT) was created to spread awareness of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, and to stand together as a writer community against discrimination of our works.

 

 

I thought long and hard about what to discuss today. There’s so much out there that needs to be over come, changed, and relearned that it’s a bit daunting—at least to me, lol. But as there are a few times in my debut novel that I deal with homophobia, I thought I’d share a snippet and then expand on the comment show.

“I’m not sure I completely understand everything, but why are you so worried what I will think about the fact you and Kayla love each other? What difference does it make whom you love as long as you two are happy?” I would have to spend some time looking into this bizarre concept – fear of love…huh. Both are human, so why should it matter?

You see, as Anya has no memory of her life, she’s still finding her way though life, the word, and the concept of love. For her it’s pretty simple: Kayla and Skye love each other, therefore they should be together. It makes no sense that they fear showing the truth of their love and relationship. At the core of it, the gender of a person’s partner/s really only matters if you decide to make a deal out of it. Children don’t judge, until they’re taught what’s “right” and what’s “wrong”. Homophobia, biphobia, transphobia… in fact, all sexuality and gender identity ‘phobias’ are unnatural and hurt both the victim of the hate and the hater.

Yes, I just said the hater is hurt by their stance and actions. When you judge someone and hate/shun/hurt/etc. someone based on sexuality, gender (physical and mental), or any other basis other than what kind of person they are, you not only do harm to them, but you deprive yourself of the love and friendship of someone that could be family, friend… or more. Some of the greatest people I’ve ever had the grace to know are nothing like me in certain ways, and I would be less for not knowing them.

There’s also the aftermath of these ‘phobias’ (I use the word loosely as it’s not really a phobia, it’s prejudice, hate, and evil in my eyes) families are torn apart, lives are destroyed (job loss, murder, suicide…), and love is seen as a sickness. I’ve seen too much of this and work hard to make sure my children know that the person inside, their heart, is how to judge a person, not whom they love, the gender they present as, the colour of their skin, how much money they have, or any reason other than who they truly are inside.

I would ask anyone reading to truly look within and find the root of your phobia and work to understand that love is love and should be treasured and celebrated in all it’s wondrous forms and combinations. Slowly, state by state, we are a nation (USA) coming to terms with this concept, a fact that I am both proud of (how far we’ve come) and saddened by (the fact we even need to fight for GLBTQ rights/marriage/freedoms and how far we still need to go). And being open to gay and lesbian love and expression, doesn’t mean you are free of these hurtful phobias. Don’t forget trans*people, gender fluid people, bisexual people, and more deserve the same rights to love, expression, and security as everyone else.

Never judge a book by it’s cover and never assume you know the heart of a person based on sexuality or gender identity!

 

The giveaway extends from May 17th, to May 27th.

  • I’m giving two prizes: an eBook copy of Blood’s Voice and a $5 GC for Amazon.
  • Comment on THIS POST to be eligible to win (remember to leave your email so I can contact the winners).
  • Winner will be chosen by the Random.org at 10 o’clock, CST, on the 27th.
  • I’ll announce the winner in a separate post.

I thought I’d share a little about my debut, Blood’s Voice. The main “couple” in the story is actually a triad, f/m/m between two vampires and a human. There are both gay and straight couple that are close to them and books 3 & 4in the series will be pure m/m. All books are ‘fade to black’.

Blood’s Voice
a House Millar novel
Áine P Massie

March 15, 2014
Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
New Adult Paranormal LGBT Romance

Anya Millar had no memory of her life or an instruction manual on how to navigate the insane world of humans, biting, and reality. Instead, Anya has had to learn to navigate the world of love, life, and sanity while avoiding those that would see her dead or enslaved.

Anya must come to terms with who she is and her missing past, Nicholas must win back the object of his eternal love while dealing with new cravings in his silent heart, and Declán must learn to destroy the very creatures that he has unequivocally given his heart and blood.

This is the ongoing journey of Anya and Nicholas, human loving vampires and the human they love, Declán. What makes it all more complicated is that they are abominations in their own world and Declán is a natural born vampire hunter called a Guardian.

 
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Up in Flames by Shyla Colt

Love is a language without words…

Title: Up in Flames 
Author: Shyla Cold 
Publisher: Hot Ink Press 
Genre: Romance, 18+, Contemporary, Interracial, Humour 
Release Date: March 12th 2014
Length: 1146 KB / 46 pages
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The only child of a business mogul, Kirk Watford’s had his life planned for him since birth. After years of playing the field, and partying in college, the time to take his rightful place as heir of Watford Industries is at hand. His plan for one last hurrah goes awry when his plane crashes, and he finds himself stranded with an incredible woman who makes him believe in the impossible. Cut off from the world outside he discovers the man he’s always wanted to be, and what might be true love.

Liandra Powers has been an outcast her entire life. Hearing impaired, she’s grown a thick skin fighting against the ignorance of society. When she loses her hearing aids in the crash she’s forced to lean on the attractive man who makes her long for things she accepted would never happen for her. The beauty of the island and Kirk’s ability to see her and not her differences fill her with hope. Until they’re rescued and the realities of their lives rise up and began to test the foundation they laid.

Shyla Colt is a Sound and Lighting Engineer turned Stay-At-Home Mom with two main passions, music and the written word. Her stories are a blend of the paranormal laced with humor, passion, and a “je ne se qua” that she’d like to call all her own.

Married to her marine, she currently resides in sunny California where she allows her characters to tell her their stories while feeding her music addiction and raising her wild child. She credits John Hughes, Marvel comics, punk music and the first paranormal romance novel she picked up at thirteen for creating the unique muse that drives her.

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When You Fall by Linna Drehmel

He has come to help and earth will never be the same.

Title: When You Fall 
Author:Linna Drehmel 
Publisher: Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly
Genre: Sci-Fi
Release Date: May 4th 2014
Length: 828 KB / 96 pages
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Take a look around you. How long have things been like this? I don’t mean your job or how long has your house been a mess but how long has the whole world been like this? Is what you see the only reality that exists?

What if, you consider for a moment that once things were not like this because the Ta’ceen had a job to do.

Just one mistake and reality will never be the same.

A lover of music and her country, Linna Drehmel was born on the Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho in 1973 and grew up surrounded by military. Her father served for 22 years in the Air Force, her mother was a military police officer in the Marines, and her older brother served for 10 years in the Navy. She draws inspiration from her family’s many years of proud service in the military. She has spent much of her life studying anthropology and has a particular fondness for archaeology. She loves to find ways to intertwine anthropological and archaeological themes into her writing. She also has a strong understanding of what the reader likes, as she herself is an avid reader.  Her debut novel with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing is titled "H.E.A.R.T. Saga ~ The Children"

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Goddess of Fire: Burn by Shannon Eckrich

Title: Goddess of Fire: Burn
Author: Shannon Eckrich
Publisher: Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly
Genre: Y/A, dystopian, paranormal, fantasy, romance 
Series: an ELEMENTAL short
Release Date: May 8th 2014
Length: 849 KB / 44 pages
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Even water burns if the fire is hot enough . . .

Kenina, the fire goddess of Osarious, seems to have it all—a pampered life, the power to burn down a city, and a father who reigns over the other gods, but deep inside the flame, Kenina feels trapped. As her arranged marriage to Neveresis, a water god, draws nearer, she has no choice but to flee the immortal world to escape the commitment, even if it means disappearing into a world she despises.

Together with Sarah, her faithful servant, Kenina crashes into the mortal world, ending up in Nevada, where she and Sarah are taken in by Jack, a mortal who shows Kenina there is much more to life than she thinks, including love.

There’s only one problem, Neveresis refuses to let Kenina go, and he will do anything to reclaim his prized possession, even if it means destroying her and the ones she loves.

Born and raised in Delaware, Shannon Eckrich lives with her husband, two children, and chocolate lab, Chewy, along with her newest addition, Taylor, a spunky little kitty who loves to terrorize her while she’s writing.

Shannon’s second love is the paranormal. Ghosts, angels, vampires, aliens, immortals, it doesn’t matter, she’s obsessed with it all, which is why she’s compelled to write stories in the paranormal genre.

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Review: ONE BITE TO PASSION by MaryLynn Bast

Title: One Bite To Passion
Author: MaryLynn Bast 
Series: The Haven, #1 
Publisher: Werewolf Tails Publishing 
Genre: Paranormal, Erotic Romance
Release Date: March 15th 2014
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Paige never imagined accepting a job assignment in Japan would be a major turning point in her life. Even though she is married, her attraction to Casey ignites fires she’d thought long burned out. When her husband shows up, she is drawn into a war between two vampire covens. She must fight to save her life and that of the man she loves.

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Journey of the Princess of Ice by LaVerne Thompson

Title: Journey of the Princess of Ice 
Author: LaVerne Thompson 
Publisher: ???
Genre: Fantasy, new adult, graphic novel
Series: The Elementals 
Release Date: April 7th 2014
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Ice slid down the mountainside on the ground she’d frozen beneath her feet and came to a stop at a crossroads. The road to her left led to another town. She could see the spires of buildings not too far away and people riding or walking toward them. Or, she turned to face the road in front of her, she could continue on her current course until she came to another town or another crossroads. She’d wandered the world for centuries searching for her people, a race of elementals, or a place to settle, only to find sooner or later something forced her to leave, by her own will or that of others.

It had been awhile since she’d been around people for any length of time, and it would be nice to stop and have a little company, even if only for a day. The temperature of this land seemed moderate, neither too hot nor too cold. If she stayed long enough, that would change. The wind shifted and the salty scent of the sea reached her from the direction of the town.

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Arch had left the others back at the boarding house. He didn’t want to draw any more attention to himself than necessary. Even if he kept a low profile, he knew sooner or later, mostly sooner, his father’s goons would catch up to him. He’d lost track of how long he’d been running, fighting and running again to keep the demons at bay. With each one he killed, it took him one step closer to what his father wanted him to be. A clone of himself. Damn it all, he didn’t choose to be a prince of hells. His birth, not his doing.

His father, Abadone, didn’t rule the realms as the devil’s right hand because he was a fucking nice guy. He expected, demanded, his son to follow in those footsteps. Not gonna happen.

Yet, with each kill of one of the guardians Abadone sent after him, Arch took on the dark powers they possessed within himself, from the souls he defeated.

Warning: Contains Sexual situations and labeled as HOT

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