Hop Against Homophobia, Bi- and Transphobia!

HAHABT 2015

 

Today, May 17th, is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. Groups around the world will be celebrating the day in various ways and you can follow it all through the IDAHOT page: http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org/

The Hop Against Homophobia, Bi- and Transphobia starts today and ends on the 24th. Over 100 authors, publishers, reviewers, and cover designers of LGBT literature are taking part in the hop to spread the message about bi-, trans-, and homophobic discrimination, and stand together against discrimination of our books.

Now to be honest, I’m not prepared. I should have been but well, real life has decided to explode on me. I’m dealing with a family drama that’s really taking its toll on me. Still, this is important so I’m going to briefly talk. It’s always a pleasure to participate in this Hop each year. Love in all its forms should be celebrated. The Hop moves us to celebrate one another and break free from labels. We all want to love and be loved for who we are. Love is love. I even recently had that tattooed on my arm. To show my belief in that and my support for all of us who just want to be happy and loved. 🙂

It’s tradition to offer a prize so I’m offering one of my ebooks from my backlist to three people who comment. The winners will be chosen at random and may choose which ebook and in what format. I will draw the winners on the 25th and contact them, so please include your email or a way for me to contact you (e.g. a facebook link) in your comment. And please be sure to visit all the other blogs for great words and giveaways!

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Indra Vaughn: Hooked! Plus a Giveaway!

Hi everyone! 🙂 I’d like to welcome author Indra Vaughn to my blog today!

MV_Hooked_2013Anna Lee, thank you for featuring me on your blog today. I’m very lucky to be here and talk about my novella HOOKED, published in august by MLR Press for their Average Joe series.

Hooked is about Robin Lloyd, a handsome self-made businessman who likes his freedom and his one night stands. He goes out to a club and hooks up with Tyler, not realizing until they are in his apartment that Tyler is in fact a prostitute. He’s embarrassed and a little ashamed, but still goes ahead with it, and has such an amazing time, he quickly becomes obsessed with Tyler.

Throughout the story, Tyler remains a little bit of a mystery. He’s fairly cruel to Robin, but underneath his cold exterior, there’s deep attraction too. He fights it, though, until something terrible happens and the two of them are thrown together under not so pleasant circumstances.

I’ll leave it up to the reader to discover if they manage to work things out between them ;-).

Here is a little excerpt!

As soon as they stepped into the elevator Robin had Tyler pinned against its cushioned wall. Tyler made a surprised sort of umph noise when Robin started kissing him wildly. “Easy,” Tyler breathed into Robin’s mouth. After hesitating for a beat he began to kiss back, hands sliding down Robin’s stomach, over his hips, pulling him closer.

Robin was breathless by the time they made it to his door. His shirt hung out of his jeans, and Tyler’s hands were drawing tingling paths over his skin. He barely had the presence of mind to locate his keys and push the door open. They stumbled through. Fumbling for the light on the wall, Robin bit his bottom lip to hold back a needy sound. Usually he felt more in control of the situation at this point.

Tyler’s breath puffed hot against his neck, lips murmuring on his skin. “Tell me what you want, baby.”

“Anything.”

Tyler reached for Robin’s shirt, and Robin’s breath caught in his throat as Tyler’s long fingers moved deftly down the row of buttons. He made a small noise of appreciation at Robin’s partly revealed abs. Robin was broader than him, and he guessed Tyler liked that. He shuddered when Tyler licked his earlobe. Whatever Tyler had in store for him, Robin wanted it desperately. The entryway led to an open-plan kitchen and living room, but Robin intended to bypass the couches and take Tyler straight to his bedroom.

“All right,” Tyler said, pushing away a little so he could look at Robin. “A hundred and fifty for a fuck, fifty more for anything extra. And we use condoms. I’ll top or bottom, whatever you prefer.”

Robin stared at Tyler, his heart beating out a sickening rhythm in his chest. His brain seemed to have slowed down because he couldn’t quite understand the meaning of Tyler’s words. “What?” he croaked, shaking his head, because this couldn’t be right. “You want money? You’re a hooker?” he demanded while Tyler stood there looking at him.

“Well, yes, what did you think?” Tyler said slowly. For a second he appeared confounded, but that expression was gone by the time he finished his sentence.

“That you were just –” Easy. Robin felt the blood drain from his face as he wiped his mouth with the back of his hand. He felt sick. Without another word he walked into the kitchen, pulled a bottle of vodka from the freezer, and took a swig, not bothering with a glass. He jumped a little when Tyler leaned against the counter next to him, holding out a hand for the bottle. He didn’t know why, but he handed it over.

“You seriously didn’t know?” Tyler asked a little doubtfully, bringing the bottle to his mouth. He drank, hissed, and put it down on the counter.

“No, I didn’t,” Robin admitted. Ignoring how his fingers shook, he ran the tap and splashed his face with cold water as if that would somehow wash him clean of this.

“Really?” Tyler laughed and it sounded a bit disbelieving. “Do you always score that easily?”

Robin glared, or tried to. The truth was he was still incredibly turned on, and Tyler was standing there, relaxed, like it was the most normal thing in the world. A prostitute. Fuck.

“As a matter of fact, I do,” Robin said. He managed, barely, not to flinch when Tyler reached out a hand and touched his jaw.

“Yeah,” Tyler said, his eyes roving over Robin like he was taking in all the details for the first time. “I bet you do.”

 

Hooked is available at MLR Press (http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=IR_HOOKD), Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EG46OQA/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=mp0def-20), and All Romance (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-hooked-1267501-149.html).

For a chance to win a copy of HOOKED, tell me in the comments who you’d cast to play Robin and Tyler in a movie! One lucky reader will receive an ebook copy, I’ll announce the winner next Tuesday, Sept. 17th!

You can find me online at:

Twitter (https://twitter.com/VaughnIndra)

Livejournal (http://indra-vaughn.livejournal.com/),

Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7132113.Indra_Vaughn)

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/indra.vaughn.7)

Thank you for stopping by!

Indra xox

 

Interview and Giveaway at Indra Vaughn’s Livejournal!

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Today I’m a guest at Indra Vaughn’s Livejournal. Indra interviewed me about my latest release, The Ultimate Find and there’s also a giveaway of an ebook copy! For a chance to win leave a comment here on Indra’s Livejournal. A winner will be drawn and announced Thursday August 29th.

It was a great set of questions and an interview I enjoyed, a big thanks goes to Indra for letting me be a guest!

Next week Indra will be here talking about Hooked, her latest release!

 

 

Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia!

Hello everyone! *smishes*

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Today, May 17th, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (also known as IDAHO). Groups around the world will be celebrating the day in various ways and you can follow it all through the IDAHO page: http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org/

We, nearly 180 writers, publishers, reviewers, and cover designers of LGBT books want to make an effort as well by sharing messages with our readers and other blog visitors.

I’m proud to be taking part in the Hop once again this year. Everyone should be accepted for who they are. I think it should be celebrated that we are all unique and different people, how boring would the world be if we were all the same? It is beautiful to see someone happy and in love. Love is love. And it shouldn’t matter who you love. No one should be denied the happiness of being the person they’re born to be, or to openly love another person. Over the last year there have been many improvements in the fight against homophobia and transphobia. There are still hateful people out there, but the number of people against hate is growing.

I’ve written m/m fiction for about five years nowand have a handful of books published. Not long ago, my father found out that I write gay romance. He doesn’t read but I knew what his reaction would be if he ever found out. Needless to say it didn’t hurt any less when he asked what was wrong with me and why I had to write m/m. Well, after talking to some dear friends and getting their love and support I got the courage to stand up for myself, and told him I’m proud of my stories. I didn’t need his approval and I wasn’t going to stop writing. After talking to my mother my father found out she was in support of me and she told him love is love and was proud of me. I’m lucky to have such a great mom. My father accepted it is my choice though he hasn’t said much else about it, but at least that’s something.

I’m proud to be a writer of m/m fiction and be a part of the community where we stand against all those that exclude, bully, and treat others unfairly because of homophobia today. I write because love is love and everyone deserves to have their HEA.

I believe that one day the issue of homophobia and the hate, fear and bullying that comes with it, won’t be an issue at all. Today I am happy to be part of a great cause, every voice that speaks out against hate will strengthen the fight for equality. Love conquers hate, and I believe in love and HEA’s.

As a thank you for reading my blog – and visiting the blogs of the others, each will have wonderful thoughts and books to share as well as something special for you  – I’m offering two lucky readers an ebook copy of my novel The Prince of Galerir.

I’ll randomly choose the winners from those who post a comment here on my website mentioning the Hop Against Homophobia. Please leave your email and check back here when the Hop ends on the 27th. I’ll be doing a separate post that announces the lucky readers the next day. Thanks!


Christmas Wishes Blog Hop, win a copy of Christmas Hopes!

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Come join in the Christmas fun!!

Leave a comment and you could have a chance to win an ebook copy of my upcoming holiday story, Christmas Hopes!

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Christmas is a time of hope and love, but with a guarded heart Ethan Reed refuses to let anyone get close. Until he meets Trevor Hayes…

Doctor Ethan Reed’s life revolves around the hospital and his patients. Nothing will deter his commitment to his job; not even his new fellow, Trevor Hayes. Ethan is instantly attracted to the handsome doctor and the desire he feels isn’t one-sided. Sparks fly, but a guarded Ethan shoves Trevor away, not realizing that what he really wants for Christmas is to be loved and regain the hope he’s lost. Can Trevor get through to him or will Ethan spend another Christmas alone?

 

 

MAIN PRIZE PACK (on main blog): A Kindle Paperwhite, A Nook Glow, and a $90 choice giftcard for either amazon or barnes and noble. Both Tablets will come with a book bundle!!

Over at the Christmas Wish Blog they are giving away a lot of great prizes. Be sure to check out the other authors’ giveaways! All the links are available by clicking on the button below. 🙂

Win an Ebook copy of The Prince of Galerir at The Romance Reviews Year End Splash Party!

I’m taking part in The Romance Reviews Year End Splash Party. 🙂 My Q&A is #8 and is posted today. If you go here, you’ll have a chance to win a copy of The Prince of Galerir, by answering the question I’ve given them. Oh, also you have to be logged in at TRR to play the game. Registration is free and there are lots of great prizes so be sure to check it out!

The Romance Reviews Summer Reads Party

 

I’m taking part in The Romance Reviews Summer Reads Party. 🙂  My Q&A will appear on July 14from 12:00am EST to 11:59pm EST. If you go here on that day, you’ll have a chance to win a copy of As Time Goes By, by answering the question I’ve given them. Oh, also you have to be logged in at TRR to play the game. Registration is free and there are lots of great prizes so be sure to check it out!

Hop Against Homophobia: Contest Winners!

I want to thank everyone who visited my blog this weekend and especially those of you who left a comment. Your support means a lot to me. 🙂

So, onto the winners!

I’ve decided to give away two copies just because it’s for a great cause. So, KimberlyFDR and L.M. Brown are the winners of an ebook copy of As Time Goes By! Congrats to you both! Look for an email from me soon. I’ll also be giving a copy to Erica and N.J. who stopped by because they organized this awesome event!

I had a wonderful time with the hop. Thanks to everyone who took part!

Hop Against Homophobia!

Hello All!

The Hop Against Homophobia is an attempt by over 250 m/m authors, reviewers and publishers to stand together and create awareness of homophobia. Today it’s the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. It’s the day where we stand up and and say no to homophobic and transphobic discrimination. It’s a day where we honor GLBTQ people and their rights and remind the world of the injustice they’ve gone through, but it’s also a day to be celebrated because a lot has been accomplished in fight against homophobia and it’s worth noting those things in hope that it will give inspiration and hope.

 

When I heard about the Hop Against Homophobia I quickly signed up. I actually have not taken part in any Blog Hops before but I HAD to take part in this one.

 

Homophobia, bullying and inequality are issues that affect us every day. I hear stories in the news that make my heart hurt and I wonder why do people act this way? Why do people have to treat others badly for who they are? Why all the hate? I can’t understand it. Everyone should be accepted for who they are. I think it should be celebrated that we are all unique and different people, how boring would the world be if we were all the same? It is beautiful to see someone happy and in love. Love is love. And it shouldn’t be anyone’s business who you love. No one should be denied the happiness of being the person they’re born to be, or to openly love another person.

 

I live in California and was saddened by Prop 8 yet I’m glad it has since been ruled unconstitutional. I hope one day soon everyone in my State will have the freedom to marry. I’m thinking of getting a tattoo soon of NOH8, in support and belief that it will get better. I know it will, people can change and there’s a lot that has been accomplished in the fight against homophobia.

 

I’ve dealt with homophobia over the years just as I’ve dealt with the bullying and hurtful comments that come with being disabled. Being in a wheelchair I’ve gotten the stares, the whispers, and the always hurtful ‘what is wrong with her?’ What would they say if they knew I’m bisexual as well? I know what it’s like to be considered different, to deal with ignorance, and to be discriminated against. People can be cruel and judgmental yet those are the ones I ignore. It is my friends and family who get me through the tough times and love me for who I am and that is all that matters to me.

 

I’ve written m/m fiction for about four years now though my first novel only came out last year. It is sad when someone gets excited about my book when I tell them I’m a published author only for them to dislike it when they find out it is a love story between two men. Again I don’t get it. It’s homophobic and wrong. I’m proud of my story and I’m proud to be a writer of m/m fiction and be a part of the community where we stand today against all those that exclude, bully, and treat others unfairly because of homophobia. I believe that one day the issue of homophobia and the hate, fear and bullying that comes with it, will not be an issue at all. Today I am happy to be part of a great cause, every voice that speaks out against hate will strengthen the fight for equality. Love conquers hate, and I believe in love and HEA’s.

 

As a thank you for reading my blog – and visiting the blogs of the others wanting to have their say on this important subject – I’m offering one lucky reader an ebook copy of my novel As Time Goes By.

 

I’ll choose the winner from those who post a comment here on my website mentioning the Hop Against Homophobia. Please leave your email and check back here when the Hop ends on the 20th. I’ll be doing a separate post that announces the lucky reader the next day. Thanks!