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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Please visit each of the blogs, check out the posts and giveaways.

 


Vampires for Valentine’s Giveaway Hop

Vampires for Valentine's Giveaway Hop

Felicity Heaton, Caris Roane and H. D. Thomson and they’re hosting the hop together. This hop celebrates the fanged heroes and heroines, the alluring creatures of the night, yes, those vampires we all love so much. All of the giveaways in this hop will have a vampire theme to them, so we are truly celebrating vampires for Valentine’s Day!

A big thank you from the House Millar to the hosts of the Vampires For Valentines BlogHop!

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12 Days of Christmas BlogHop

Hi Everyone! I hope you love the hop! Make sure you visit all the participating blogs and enter their giveaways as well as mine. Have fun and remember to leave comments 🙂 Christina from Intoxicated by Books will pick one comment from all the different stops for an EXTRA giveaway surprise!

I love the holidays and winter in general. This year we are doing the 2nd Annula ‘12 Days of Christmas’ as a blog hop! Personally, I love the idea of giving away goodies to old friends and new ones alike. To that end, below you will find not only the giveaway and links to the other participants in the hop, but also a little snippet from “Blood Bound” where you get to see Declán and Anya (gotta love a human with a sense of humour!). Hope you enjoy my little reading treat.

BLOOD BOUND
(Book 2, House Millar series)
Published February 29th 2012
NA Paranormal Romance

eBook: Geas Publishing | Amazon | ARe
Print: Geas Publishing | Amazon

How many ways can a hearts true love be shared? After poisoning, near death attacks, consummated passions, and possible insanity visit Anya, Nicholas, and Declán they embark on their future. Or at least they try to. Jealousy can be a pain, in more ways than one.

Can Anya protect her lovers, find peace within herself, and lead the House Millar? With her loves and guards, Nicholas and Declán, she sets out to do just that. If only life, eternal life, were that easy.

Come take a walk with our loving family and witness the strange turns and twists as life, love, and passions collide with greed, politics, and evil.

Who the hell are you and what do you mean attacking me in my territory? I would suggest you be very careful with your answer if you plan to still be in existence this time tomorrow.” I could hear the seething blood rage in my voice again but couldn’t seem to care right then. He was attacking us, trying to take me away from Declán! Somewhere in the deepest recesses of my mind I noted his eyes yet that detail only made this all the more confusing.

You’re feeding on a Guardian! Are you insane?” The stranger’s voice was seething with nearly as much venom as mine for some strange reason. Most that know Declán was a Guardian – a natural born vampire hunter – also referred to him as my human mate . . . Why should he care what we were doing? Of course, I was still not sure why Declán had done that in the first place – cheating!

Possibly,” I mused.

Shaking my head after a moment I continued, “I know who and what he is. He is much more than just a Guardian, he’s also my boyfriend. Well, one of them. He is not harmed, just swooned a little.” Who was this guy and what right did he have to barge in like this? While I had to again consider Declán’s sanity, I guessed, it was none of this guy’s business!

I felt Declán’s hands snake around my waist from behind, wrapping me tightly against him. I thought he might be more worried for our intruder than about. “Anya, dear, why are yous two fightin’ o’er me?” I could hear the slight slurring that his voice took on every time he was bitten.

Because he attacked us. Why are you asking inane questions?” Really!

I wasn’t attacking you. I was trying to stop you from killing a Guardian. I only just found out one even existed.” The stranger was twitching, obviously not calming.

She wasn’t hurting me, whoever you are,” he mumbled holding up his hand with the strange sharp curved thimble thing on his thumb still. “It was my fault. Thank you for your concern though.”

Moving so he was pulled against my side, I looked at his face carefully. I could still hear the slurring just as I could feel how excited his body still was. My voice held the strange assailant so I wasn’t too worried about taking those extra few seconds.

Your sanity for doing that aside, do you know your little defender here?” Maybe it was someone Declán had met recently, though I doubted it.

No. I see the strange colour of his eyes though. If you don’t mind, I wanna sit for a minute while you argue out who has the right to bite me.” I so wanted to wipe the smirk that was now plastered on his face – off. Ugh! He slid down into a sitting position staring from me to the stranger and back again.

** Note: Excerpt is from the ARC of Blood Bound

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Merry Ménage Giveaway Hop

Come join our Merry Ménage Giveaway Hop hosted by Day Dreaming, My Secret Romance and The Book Tart!

Need a new bedtime story to light your fire? Looking for something with a little heat to warm you during the cold holiday season? Feel like decking the halls naughty style? Well then, come join us as we stand under the mistletoe for this wickedly sexy giveaway hop! The more the merrier!

Have no worries, we’ll help you trim your trees, deck yours halls, and spark that fire!

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The Grand Prize winners in the Sweet, Sexy, Scorching Giveaway Hop are …

 
The Grand Prize winners in the Sweet, Sexy, Scorching Giveaway Hop are:
 
Shadow Kohler – prize pack of books
books4me – prize pack of books
Maria Durst – $40.00 gift card to winners choice of book store

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Congratulations!
 
 
I have not heard back from this winner:
Kelly Jamieson winner of Cake Cookie Dough Personal Lubricant– Melissa (from House Millar)
Rhian Cahill winners for one book from her backlist– Cathy M (from In Love with Romance) and Pam (from BlackRaven’s Erotic Cafe)
Vivian Arend winner of paperbak– Joy (from Lori’s Book Blog)
Erin Nicholas winner of Cotton Candy Flavored Baby Powder and Just My Type book– Di (from Close Encounters with the Night Kind)

Jayne Rylon winner of Red Light District series- Allie (from Close Encounters with the Night Kind)
Gina Gordon winner of Bare Naked Designs series- Natasha (from Swept Away by Romance)

ALL WINNERS: Please send an email to Taryn and she will get your prizes off to you.

Also, if you have not received your prize, please don’t hesitate to email Taryn again. 🙂

Thank you!!

YOU GUYS ARE ALL ROCK STARS! ~ SSS Giveaway BlogHop

Be sure to follow the hop to all the stops to try and figure out the ‘Guess Who’ post. If you would like to be in the drawing for the grand prize, please make sure you fill out the Rafflecopter form. It only needs to be filled out once from one blog each day to be entered. Thank you and good luck!!

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The Sweet, Sexy, Scorching Giveaway is drawing to an end. I know, I know, we’re sad too!

This past month has not only been an experience for some of us bloggers, but to readers as well. We’ve found many new authors to read during this hop- which is what we were hoping for. And what’s better than that?! More books, more authors and more friends!

To the fabulous 26 authors who graced our blogs with their Sweet, Sexy and Scorching book- THANK YOU for being part of this giveaway hop! Thank you for all the time you took to write up your Guess Who posts for the blogs and all the giveaways you have graciously donated. We also wanted to thank all the bloggers who participated in the month long hop. Thank you for your patience with working out any kinks we may have had. Without you, this couldn’t have happened! YOU GUYS ARE ALL ROCK STARS!

Readers, friends and followers- Thank you so much for stopping by each day to all the blogs! We hope you enjoyed this hop

Because…

Wait for it…

We will have another one like this in the new year! Yes! During this hop, we had authors contact us to tell us how much they enjoyed participating and would love to do another one. We’ve also had some say they would like to join the next time we have one too! Yay!!

If you haven’t already, you can sign up for the Moonlight Masquerade (Hosted by My Secret Romance and Day Dreaming)

Would you like to fall under the spell of a brooding dark vampire and let him sink his fangs into? Or how about a sexy shifter built thick and hard that you’re just dying to pounce on? Well then, come join us as we celebrate all those things that are wicked on Halloween! 

and our

Merry Ménage Giveaway hop (Hosted by My Secret Romance, Day Dreaming, and The Book Tart) 

Feel like decking the halls naughty style? Well then, come join us as we stand under the mistletoe for this wickedly sexy giveaway hop! The more the merrier!

 

 
 

Today is the last day to get in your entries for the Grand Prize. Three winners will be chosen for the magnificent prize!

Thank you all again!

xoxoxo

Taryn, Dawn and Kelly

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The Nine Naughty Novelists ~ SSS Giveaway BlogHop

Be sure to follow the hop to all the stops to try and figure out the ‘Guess Who’ post. If you would like to be in the drawing for the grand prize, please make sure you fill out the Rafflecopter form. It only needs to be filled out once from one blog each day to be entered. Thank you and good luck!!

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Over the last few weeks we have introduced you to hopefully “new to you” authors and shown you backlists of authors you already knew. Since this is our last week we decided to go back and resist some of those authors, but not like a recap more like a homage to Author Group Blogging. Why you ask? Well quite a few of the authors we’ve highlighted happen to be part of Author Group Blogs. So with out further ado let’s get started!!

Nine Naughty Novelists

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Who is International Heat? ~ SSS Giveaway BlogHop

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Who is International Heat?

These erotic authors, artists, editors and reviewers span the globe to bring you lots of International Heat.

We’ve featured Jess Dee, Lexxie Couper, Rhian Cahill, Jayne Rylon and Mari Carr in the last few weeks of the Sweet, Sexy Scorching Hop. Now we’re going to call roll and introduce you to the whole group, posse, gang ummmm gaggle? Rotflol You get the picture. They are an entertaining crew of amazing authors.

Group Website: http://internationalheat.wordpress.com/

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Smutty Down Under ~ SSS Giveaway Hop

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To start off our first day of Author Group Bloggers we are open up with The Smutketeers and the Down Under Divas. We have highlighted three out of the four authors from each group so now we get to introducing to the rest of them. So if you’re ready and willing let’s go have some fun and get…

“Smutty Down Under”

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The 5 FAVORITES by Gina Gordon

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Her 5 Favorite Words

Publisher: Breathless Press
Length: 4,024 words
Price: $0.99
Publication Date: April 2, 2010

Buy at: ARe | Amazon

Becca always starts her day sipping a latte and watching the piping hot Mr. Sexy. When they get stuck together in an elevator, it only takes a minute for Becca’s panic attack to take over. What she needs is to focus on something else. Something hot. Something dirty. Good thing Mr. Sexy knows a thing or two about distraction.

Copyright © Gina Gordon, 2010
All Rights Reserved, Breathless Press.

His mouth came down on hers before she could even muster the courage to make a move. He pulled her against his body, grinding his already hard, pulsing cock against her stomach. A slow burn sparked between her thighs.

When his tongue glided along the seam of her mouth, she parted for him, moaning as he delved into her warmth. The bitter taste of his coffee mingled with the sweet flavor of her latte. He was gentle and tender, his fingers tracing circles on the small of her back.

The dim lights above cast a soft glow over the car. The atmosphere took on a dream quality, some sort of surreal sexual adventure. She settled into his body, savoring the taste of him, the feel of him, and the stiffness of his cock. Her mouth watered at the thought of that hardness gliding along her lips.

He broke away from their kiss. He wanted this. She could see it in his hungry stare.

"Are you distracted now?"

His 5 Favorite Lines

Publisher: Breathless Press
Price: 2.49
Publication: May 20, 2011

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How many pick-up lines will it take for Jordan to get the woman of his heart desires?

Jordan hasn’t been able to stop thinking about Becca since their steamy encounter in the elevator. He’s determined to have her again, but when she shoots down his proposition, Jordan decides to get creative. Armed with his best pick-up lines, he sets out to make Becca change her mind. But over the course of the week, Jordan realizes it isn’t only sex that holds his interest and with every pick-up line the stakes get higher. This time, Jordan is playing for keeps.

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When her dream of becoming a mafia princess didn’t pan out, Gina Gordon went after her second dream…becoming a writer. And she hasn’t looked back.

Gina, a self-proclaimed happily ever after junkie and cupcake connoisseuse, loves spinning contemporary tales of knee bending first kisses, unconditional love and super-hot sex. She broke out onto the romance scene with her #1 Amazon Bestselling erotic short story Her Five Favorite Words that’s been called a “deliciously naughty tale” by Joyfully Reviewed.

When not chained to her computer, you can find Gina sipping Starbucks, making cupcakes or feeding her addiction to celebrity gossip. She lives in Milton, Ontario with her husband and loveable dog.

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Gina is going to give one lucky winner her Bare Naked Designs series (Forever in Lingerie, Temptation in Lingerie and Bound in Lingerie)! Leave your email in the comments section at the end of this post for your chance to win.

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