Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014

HAHAT 2014

Good morning!

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

To help bring a spotlight on issues that are important to the LGBTQ community I’m participating in the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia which you can visit here: http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com/

 

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Today I’m going to talk about why I choose to focus on writing LGBTQ relationships. It’s pretty simple:

Growing up, I was always an avid reader. I combed the shelves of the library for novels devouring everything I could in sight.

But when I first read a romance novel with a man and a woman embracing on the cover I was intrigued. And inside the pages? Holy hell, romance. From the beginning when the man and woman met, to the them getting hitched it was something I loved. But there was only one kind of cover to these books. A white man and a white woman embracing, usually blonde or brunette and the man usually had long flowing hair and a bare chest.

But what about everyone else? What about the short chunky girls like myself who liked to read about more than just a man and a woman falling in love? Where was the book for me with the characters I found sexy? Where were the half asian girls like me, the skinny pretty boys, the big beefy hairy men, the girls kissing, the boys hugging, the “other” that people seem to forget when writing mainstream romance?

Fast forward many years…I won’t say how many. Since the explosion of M/M romance and the growth of all types of pairings in romance from the rainbow of letters in the LGBTQ spectrum, I’ve found where I love to read and write: M/M romance. All types of love are beautiful to me, but that’s the genre I’ve found my home in.  Please join me during this hop in celebrating all the colors of the rainbow, all the shades of how people identify themselves and show the world that love…is love no matter the combination of letters involved.

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To celebrate the blog hop I’m offering a free ebook copy of any of my backlist titles to one winner and this drawing is open to international entrants.

Simply leave me a comment with your email and what you’d like to see more of in LGBTQ books right now. Pairings, tropes, story lines, etc. You can enter as many times as you want until the contest ends on May 27th. I’ll choose a random winner on May 28 so make sure you leave your email in your comment so I know who to contact regarding their prize.

 

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15 thoughts on “Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014

  1. Pingback: Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia | ScuttlebuttReviews

  2. Hooray!! I just wrote a book review asking the same question. Why are the protagonists always white?

    I’m always interested in promoting authors of color. Please get in touch if you are interested. 🙂

  3. I love to read it all, from the sweet stories that guarantee a HEA to the angsty ones that pull at my emotional heartstrings, but what I always look for is a good story line. Well developed characters that I can imagine living in my neighborhood. Those are the best stories and I am always looking for more!

  4. Thanks for taking part in the hop!

    I like established relationship books, so more of those would be most welcome. Also, more transgender novels, because there aren’t enough of them.

    kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

  5. Thanks for the post. I’m glad M/M is exploding and provides many different varieties 😉

    For me, as I’m in a bottom/bottom relationship that would be cool to read, though I think a few authors will explore that very soon 😉

    marc.darkshade@gmail.com

  6. I enjoyed your post. Thanks for being part of the hop.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  7. I would like to see more:

    * older adults – Older people want love too.

    * established relationships – Everyone can’t be in a new relationship.

    * emphasis on relationships and action, less on sex (unless it is erotic romance or erotica)

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I love finding new authors to read. Fingers crossed to win.

    Have a great wwek!

    skeeterlee63 @ gmail.com

  8. I used random.org to pick a winner of this giveaway and the winner is Cornelia Simpkins. Congratulations!

    Thanks again for everyone for hopping along with us to celebrate HAHAT.

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