All Hallows Eve
For some, Halloween is a time to celebrate the discovery of chocolate. For some, it’s a time to honor the dead. For some, it’s a chance to live their dream and spend a night showing the world who they really are...cleverly disguised as a costume. Still others use those same costumes to hide their identity so they can dare to be the person they desperately want to be without revealing too much of themselves.
In the morning light, those bits of truth go back in the box. My hope is that one day there will be no need for the box.
As most of you know, I’m a sarcastic, opinionated, unashamed supporter of the fight for LGBTQIA equality. I swing the mace of support from a part of the world fortunate enough to have it already. The Pacific Northwest is packed with former hippies and flower children of the 1960’s. We protest anything even remotely unfair. Then we protest the unfairness of the unfairness. That’s probably why we legalized pot. Something has to counteract the coffee and crusading.
A large portion of my support takes the form of donations to LGBT charities. That’s why 25% of the royalties from every book I publish go to organizations that are at the head of this battle. Raising awareness on sites like Facebook and Twitter ultimately does little good. People need to know what’s happening, but bitching about the state of things is worthless until someone rolls up their sleeves and starts doing the work to change it.
That’s why my newest series, BLUE, will be supporting Lambda Legal. The recent federal rulings have moved this fight to the courts. That’s where we will win or lose our right to be who we are without the costumes. 2016 is expected to be the year where anti-LGBT politicians try to force their twisted version of morality onto everyone else.
It’s nothing new. The same thing happened when rock-n-roll began taking root, when blacks wanted equality, when mixed-race couples wanted to marry. Cities, counties, and even states tossed up laws making it illegal to broadcast certain kinds of music, treat blacks in white hospitals, marry someone with a different color skin. It’s the same old hysteria from people so terrified of change they would rather turn the country into a police state than grant others the right to live in peace.
I understand their fear and I can see the bits of validity in their stance. Thankfully, it’s not up to me to decide what violates the constitution and what doesn’t. Federal courts all over the country will decide how many of these ‘religious freedom’ laws stand and how many are blatantly unconstitutional. It’s in the hands of the lawyers now.
That’s why I’m supporting Lamba Legal. They’ve been fighting on our behalf for years, often in pro bono cases. I want them to keep fighting, so I don’t have to work so hard to make sure people do more than pay lip service to the cause. It’s a win-win-win. They do what needs to be done to turn awareness into equality. I get to keep my sanity. People who buy my books can help support the cause without digging too far into the budget. Everybody is happy.
Now on to the presents!
We have 23 prizes to give away, donated by some talented, generous people.
Any book in Tara Lain’s backlist
Duce by Kai Tyler
Cruise Control by Kerry Adrienne
Safety in Numbers by Jessie G (Sizzling Miami Series)
Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church
Discovery by Thianna Durston
Rescuing Kyle by Eva Lefoy
Gay for Pay by TM Smith (All Cocks Series)
Spooky Tales One by Stephen del Mar (Short story collection)
The entire Moonlit Wolves Series by Bronwyn Heeley (7 books)
Coming Back Home by April Kelley (Pickleville Series)
Any ebook in Draven St. James’s backlist
The Russian Boy by Neil Plakcy
Any book in Annabeth Albert’s backlist
Shades of Sepia by Anne Barwell
Any book in Amanda Young’s backlist
Any book in Lynley Wayne’s backlist
Electric Candle or Jewel Cave by Elizabeth Noble
Soul Sick by Kendall McKenna
When All Else Fails by J.M. Dabney (Sappho's Kiss Series)
More Than What They See by J.M. Dabney (Sappho’s Kiss Series)
On the Run by Michael Mandrake
Ivan vs Ivan by Princess S.O. (Teddy Bear Collection)
I’m also giving away 2 copies of my newest release Blue (Blue Series)
The grand prize is a $50 Amazon gift card