Hey, Chickie!

hop badge 2013Yes, I’m late. I suck. Actually, blame the cat. She’s my alarm clock and for the first time in weeks (including the holiday weekend, thank you very much) she let me sleep past 5 AM! Contrary beast!

BUT I’m up and functional now, and so is the Random Chaos Generator. It’s a good thing I have a RCG, too. I could NEVER have picked just one comment on my own. Y’all rock!

Alas, there can be only one (heh, heh), and for *this* hop, that one is chickie434!  Look for an email from me sometime today. Thanks to everyone who participated! You’re helping make the world a better place!

Keeping Promise Rock…

KeepingPromiseRock…is one of my “go-to” books when I need a read that will absolutely absorb me, break my heart, glue it back together again, and renew my faith in the human spirit.

Love. It.

Love the whole series.

I mention it today because today is Memorial Day, and Carrick Francis will always be one of my favorite vets. I mention it because every day brave men and women stand up for freedom, not only for us, but for everyone. I mention it because Veteran Services has a wait of anywhere up to 400+ days for wounded vets – which would have sucked for Crick now, wouldn’t it? I mention it because, oh my God, Crick wouldn’t be dishonorably discharged now.

Thank you, profoundly and from the bottom of my heart to every man and woman who stands for democracy all over the world.

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And, thanks to Amy Lane, for creating Promise Rock and the wonderful people who live there… (You can find Keeping Promise Rock, and all Amy’s other Dreamspinner titles HERE. Go. Buy them. Now._

And the Winner IS!

hop badge 2013Going to be announced tomorrow! Yes, I’ve sort of fallen down on the job of keeping up with comments, etc. for the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia, so I’m going to choose my winner bright and early tomorrow morning and I’ll post the winner at 6 AM.

The prize?

  • A cool duct tape “violet” pen & VJ Summers mini-notebook
  • Awesome swag from my awesome publisher, Ellora’s Cave
  • A copy of Violet Summers’ out-of-print-never-gonna-be-available-in-this-incarnation-again m/m BDSM wax play story, “Velvet Memories.”

So, leave your comments! I’ll combine the comments from my 5/17 post and the comments from this post, and put them in the random-chaos-generator, and post the winner at the butt-crack of tomorrow morning!

I’m Hopping!

Okay, let me clarify. I’m BLOG hopping. The only time you’ll find me PHYSICALLY hopping is if there’s a spider within touching distance.

hop badge 2013Today I am supremely honored to be a participant in the Hop Against Homophobia… And Transphobia.  I’m in excellent company – almost 200 of us are joining the party this year. I hope you’ll check out their blog posts.

A year ago I posted on this very topic. HERE’s the link. In last year’s post, I talked about my experience in public education – how I’ve seen attitudes slooooowly shift. I also talked about how freaking PROUD I was of my amazing student who used the day as a vehicle to educate her peers. I’m even prouder of this young woman today, as she begins her grown-up life as an out and proud lesbian in the US Army. I’m also terrified for her, because I know the out and proud part is going to make her life more difficult – painfully more difficult – on many levels. But I know, deep in my gut know, that hiding it – or even just not being open about it – would be even more painful for her.

My baby, my beautiful, brave baby, has an irresistible need to celebrate all the wonder and joy in her life. She inspires me.

So, today I’m celebrating her, and all the students who came into my classroom out and proud. The kids who faced their peers with grace and courage. The kids who stood up to the bullies, who took it and used it and didn’t let the fear and ignorance they faced make them bitter and filled with hate. Those kids? Deserve more than a day or a week every year. Those kids deserve to be celebrated every minute of every day. They are heroes.

Today I’m also mourning for those kids who came into my classroom afraid. Those kids – the ones who were out, but beaten down (sometimes literally) by the hate and intolerance surrounding them – they broke my heart then, and they break my heart now. Those kids are living, breathing evidence that we’ve got a long way to go. The only way to make things better for these kids is to shine a bright light on the ignorance and fear (because doesn’t all hate stem from ignorance and fear?) so the world can see how foolish it is – can see how beautiful our children are and can learn to celebrate the wonder and joy that they are.

I hope you’ll join me, and millions of others HERE, at the webpage for the Day Against Homophobia. You’ll learn a lot – including how you can make a difference in our society at large, and in the lives of individual people.

And now, the gift!

duct tape rose penAs part of the Hop, each and every one of the 180 or so blogs participating are offering a prize. Mine is a care package – sort of like one I’d send to my baby in the army. (I didn’t forget, sweetie. I *do* have stuff to send you!) It includes yummy treats, fabulous reading material, and some really cool swag – like this pen, which is hand made by moi.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this blog with your email included. You don’t have to leave more than your email, but I’d love to hear what you have to say about your experiences with PRIDE and with the Day Against Homophobia!

A New Release and a Price Drop!

I’m so excited about my American Icons stories, and I can’t wait to share them!

American Icons is a series of vignettes featuring journalist Ryker Shane as he travels the country writing about the Alpha men we all love – those sexy archetypes that send our hearts racing and our blood boiling. With each article he writes, Ryker discovers up close and personal exactly why these American Icons turn us on…and on…and on….

American Icons - Rock Star

Story #2, The Rock Star is available HERE NOW, exclusively at Amazon.

American Icons - Cowboy

Story #1, The Cowboy, is available HERE at a new, reduced price of $1.49, also exclusively at Amazon for Kindle.

Three Degrees of Heat – All Romance Ebooks

Look what’s at ARe!!!

    Three Degrees of Heat – All Romance Ebooks.

I don’t get reviewed often…

So I’m always excited when I do – ESPECIALLY when it’s a review like this one from Top 2 Bottom Reviews!

Three Degrees of Heat by Stephanie Hecht, Jackie Nacht and VJ Summers.