It's a day late but I wanted to announce Jill P won the drawing for my portion of the Autism Blog Hop put on by RJ.
I hope you are having an excellent scavenger hunt. Rainbow Gold Reviews is really pulling out all the stops, so enjoy! I am offering up a single release (meaning no anthologies) to a single winner. Leave a comment and email below and I will draw a winner. But don't worry, there are a lot of other prizes so keep looking.
You can find more info here, at the Rainbow Gold Blog:
Autism Fact: "There is no medical detection or cure for autism."
Comment (with an email) to win an ebook from my backlist. Contest open until April 17th (central time).
My cousin was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome many years ago now, but before the diagnosis came, there were hard times because the once normal young girl, meeting every milestone she should, was no longer. Frustrated and scared, it was a lot for everyone to deal with. She was a lot to handle but we always made things work. Mainly, and more importantly, because there was communication through the whole process. We used words.
As an author we can pour over our own words all day and not be satisfied with what we have written. Other times we write 15,000 words in a couple days and feel we have created a masterpiece. But when we write those words we know when we put them down, they are only the first draft. All the emotions, ideas, and interaction between our characters are there on the page, ready for us to take them apart, to unwrap them to see what we can find and continue to explore again then hand them over to our readers.
The autism spectrum has a wide variety of people on it. Some are high functioning, just seeming a little odd while others are totally nonverbal, needing one on one attention, and everything else in between. It's amazing how words become so important to someone on the autism spectrum, or for a person who cares for a person with autism. For the mother who holds onto hope to her child's voice one more time, to say something like "Mom". For the Asperger's woman in the back of the office, cringing when her coworkers refer to her as "Canada" because she does things differently, knowing it's an insult, to both her and Canada. For the child who tries hard to communicate with his dad but can't look him in the eye because it's too hard. For the family overhearing people complaining about the behavior of their child when the strangers don't know. For the child who can finally say "Hello" after years of non-communication—triumph finally!
Words can build hope or tear it down. Words are so important but are often used carelessly. They have opened wounds but can be used to mend them. Words can bring kindness where none was, bring understanding to those who haven't experienced/interacted with someone on the autism spectrum. They can remind people to not rush to judgement and offer a hand for awareness.
Thank you for stopping by, you can find info on my upcoming release below. Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance at something on my backlist (Books Tab). In addition, there are many other authors taking part of RJ's Autism Blog Hop. You can find the list HERE.
Just released! Available at MCB website, Amazon, B&N, ARe and (soon) other third party sellers.
Since the dawn of human expression, man has gazed up at the heavens in wonder, inspired by the wheeling of the stars to explain his surroundings. While our perception of those surroundings have changed, from thinking of the Earth as a flat, stable plane to realizing we’re falling through space in a tiny atmospheric bubble, our wonder remains constant.
Space stations, alien races, far-flung planets—join the Mischief Corner authors as they explore the possibilities the stars might offer. The catch? Returning to mundane old Earth might be harder than you think.
Finding Connor: The Borillian Twist, Book 1 - Toni Griffin
Mark, a RAAF fighter pilot, is on leave for the first time since the aliens decided to say 'Hello'. He meets Connor, a numbers man for a casino, at a gay bar and danced the night away. Their one night together changes their entire lives and what people think they know about life on Earth.
The Usual Conventions: Unconventional Romances 1 - Mathilde Watson
When Chris meets the alien—man—of his dreams, "Ensign Brodeich Geinn" aka actor Brody Gates, it's as one of the coordinators for the first annual OBX Science Fiction Convention in North Carolina. To his delight, Brody seems to return his interest, albeit in typical alien "Brodeich" fashion. Awkward alien or not, Chris is more than willing to play out any sexual fantasy for his SciFi crush, especially when Brody fumbles over the simplest of human conventions.
Feel Me - Freddy MacKay
One terrorist blast changed Master Tobias Zimmer's entire existence, relegating him to being nothing more than just a "Coppies" because of the metal replacing his flesh. As the once future Shogun of moon colony Orion 1, he now idles his time away keeping tabs on the Loyalists while his father and brother broker negotiations with the Earth Consortium.
A confrontation with his childhood enemy, Dr. Thorsten Nordenfelt, sets into motion events that cannot be undone and puts Tobias's sheltered heart at the center of the colony's attempts to free itself from the repressive Earth's rule.
Shax's War: Brimstone 3 - Angel Martinez
The boys desperately need a vacation. With the not-quite-ill-gotten gains from the Frog incident, Shax takes the Brimstone's crew to the exclusive resort planet, Opal. What could possibly go wrong there?
Available at Amazon (and other third party sellers soon).
Alone on his mountain, the kitsune Tadashi only wishes to be left in peace so he can mourn his lost lover and take care of his temple. Unfortunately, several townsmen who have no idea of Tadashi’s true nature have different plans for the "Jap on the mountain" and his land. When they push the kitsune too far, he reacts with horrific violence, leaving tragedy in his wake. Broken and terrified of himself, Tadashi represses his natural drives and shuts himself off from the world.
The intrusion of a lost little girl and her persistent veterinarian uncle, Berg, stumbling into Tadashi’s life, though, and turn his carefully ordered world upside-down. The reluctant hero needs to decide whether he is truly happier alone or whether he can once again embrace a truth he used to know, that life is for the living.
3rd Place, Best Gay Fantasy - 2013 Rainbow Awards
I tend to be a little squirrelly, but my friends still love me anyway. ;)