(Blog) hop against homophobia…

I’m going to keep this short, because I know if you’re on the Hop Against Homophobia blog hop tour you probably have a lot of blogs you want to visit. Yes, May 17th has been dubbed the International Day Against Homophobia. Sad that we have to have such a day, but—reality being what it is—I’m glad we do. Just a few more words: The gay lovers and partners and spouses in M/M romance love profoundly, sweetly, and—most of the time—hotly. Just like their real world GLBTQ counterparts—they love and laugh and cry and succeed and fail and have children and have parents and grow old or become ill and gnerally make do, as does everyone. Really, what’s to fear, or hate?

I like to think my own characters, Luki Vasquez and Sonny James, have in different ways become people whose love for each other make the world a better place—though they seem to be on the brink of disaster in each book. The prize I’m offering for the blog hop is an ebook copy of the winner’s choice of the Vasquez and James books: Book one is Loving Luki Vasquez, book two is Delsyn’s Blues. These two are mystery/suspense/thriller romances, and both are out from Dreamspinner Press and available now. The next book coming out (this summer) is about a far more personal battle, because Luki Vasquez is fighting cancer. I’ll point out, though, that it is a romance, and it does therefore have a happy ending. It’s titled Yes: A Vasquez and James Novella. If you’ve read both the other books (thank you!), and you’re the winner and this is your choice, you’ll get an ebook as soon as it’s out.

All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment letting me know you’d like your name in the hat for the random pick. So come on! The more the merrier…

Go to Dreamspinner Press to find excerpts and blurbs for my books and hundreds of other great M/M romance titles.

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43 Responses to (Blog) hop against homophobia…

  1. akasarahmadison

    It’s nice to see characters that want to make the world a better place for their existence. And as you said, what is there to fear or hate in that? 🙂

  2. Hopefully this may make some people think about changing their ideas just a little.

  3. Leaundra Ross

    I’m with you it’s sad that there has to be a day there’s still a long way to go but I say in some area’s it’s better. I’ll take what I can get and keep pushing for more. Your book covers are beautiful:-)

    • Thanks Leaundra! Reese Dante did the covers, and I’ve been nothing but pleased. About the rest—I think you’re right that homophobia is more entrenched in some parts of the country than others. I suppose one way to look at it is hoping/working toward those areas shrinking. What do you think?

  4. Lisa

    I look forward to the day when everyone can love and marry who they want. I just don’t understand how anyone could be against that.

    I would love to read Loving Luki Vasquez. Both books have been on my to buy list. Definitely need to read them before the third one comes out. 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway and for taking part in the hop!

  5. KimberlyFDR

    I believe love can triumph over hate and that it always will!

    Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

    kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

  6. Thank you for sharing this with us today and put my name in the hat plz

    musings-of-a-bookworm@hotmail.co.uk

  7. Treasure

    I introduced my Mother to Sonny and Luki, she too is weaves and spins and has made her own dies. I like to think it made a relationship a little easier to understand when she had something in common with a mc. For myself? I’m totally selfish, I’ve been hoping and hoping there would be another book. And I’m really hoping the dog is just fine and shedding all over Luki’s wardrobe

  8. Treasure, that is one of the best things I’ve heard–that your mother is a weaver, and you shared Sonny with her. Makes my author self smile! The book coming up is a little different, but Sonny and Luki are still Sonny and Luki, and I’m working on a third “thriller” for them, too. I think your instincts about Bear (the dog) are very good. Do you want your name in the hat for the prize? Thanks for doing the blog hop and for your comment.

  9. Andrea

    The books sound good, I would like to be included in the giveaway.

  10. gigi

    Great post. Thanks for participating in the HOP.

  11. Yvonne B.

    I think love is what matters and one of these days a day won’t be needed to bring attention to homophobia.

    I would like to be considered for the drawing and thank you for participating.

    shadowlord28 at gmail.com

  12. annebarwell

    The important thing is two people loving each other. Sadly, people lose sight of that so fast.

  13. Suze

    Your point is a good one – we shouldn’t need such a day but we must use it to promote change.
    Count me in the draw!

  14. Jennifer

    I totally agree with you “what’s to fear, or hate?” it really doesn’t make any sense. I would love to be entered, thank you!
    ineedtoread76 [at] gmail.com

  15. Penumbra

    Thanks for participating in this great blog hop. I’m enjoying all the posts 🙂

    Please count me in for your drawing!

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. foretta

    Thank you so much for participating in the hop. I hope that this helps to spread the word and that one day a hop like this will no longer be needed. I have shown many of the post to my nieces and nephews. We recently have been discussing how damaging bullying is and how innocent remarks can make you be seen as being a bully. One of the things that makes me mad is when I hear…you’re so gay… pisses me off. These post have helped them already. I heard my nephew stand up to someone that called someone else a hurtful name… I was so proud. Thank you all for helping by sharing hurtful and/sad memories and your personal views/message.
    I pray one day for equality for EVERYONE not just some.
    forettarose@yahoo.com

    • Foretta, it has been my privelege to participate in the hop. Thank you very much for stopping by and your comment. I agree–also “that’s so gay.” I really embarrassed my kids once when once of their friends said something like that and I just sort of snapped a little… I think I said something like, “I’M so gay! What of it?” Got real quiet in the car. 😉

  17. yganoe

    Thanks for participating for this wonderful cause of awareness…I teach high schoolers and this is a topic that we discuss at length. I just want them to be aware and know that they have the power to change the world!
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

    • I’m very glad to hear this gets discussed, yanoe. If that happened everywhere, I think just the openness would really start to change things. So right on and thanks!

  18. When George W. Bush got elected (not re-elected, not really), I gave a livejournal friend a paid account for a month so she could post a lot more gay porn. 🙂 Until real people can all have their happy endings, we’ll have to rely on M/M romance to cheer us up.

  19. Thanks for participating in the hop ^_^

  20. Just doing my rounds of the blog hop participants. Thank you for taking part and sharing your thoughts. I firmly believe that every single voice speaking out against homophobia makes a difference and in time things will improve.

  21. Thanks so much for taking part, Lou 🙂

    I’d like my name in the hate for the random pick, please ^.^

  22. Peggy

    Thank you for the post on such a great cause. I loved the hop.

    peggy1984@live.com

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