Tuesday, September 18, 2012

LGBT Homeless Youth...

I have been writing diligently and preparing for the release of my next book, The Awakening of Graye Moon. I am so excited about this journey I am on. My mind is full of so many ideas for the next book and the ones after that. When I first started this journey a few years back I wanted to donate a portion of the proceeds from my sales to help LGBT youth. Since becoming aware of the alarming number of LGBT youth that are homeless, the social worker in me emerged. I have selected two programs to donate 10% of my proceeds to. I have selected the Time Out Youth Program in Charlotte, NC and The Ali Forney Center in New York City.

No one should be homeless in a country with such great wealth. No child should ever have to sleep on a park bench or cardboard box for any reason. It sickens me that some parents are unable to love their children unconditionally. And because of that they end up living on the streets. Identifying as lesbian, gay, transgender, or bisexual is just one part of an individual's life. That admission, in my opinion, means as much as me saying "I'm a social worker." It's one small component that makes up a whole person. To not be able to continue loving a child you loved five minutes before they "came out" is incomprehensible to me.

My goal is to write books that inspire and encourage my readers. I want them to love themselves enough to stand even when others have taken their love away. I don't want them to be broken. I want my words to breathe new life into them. I just want to show them that they matter and that things truly do get better. To know that every night that I sleep in my comfortable bed, there is a child sleeping on a bench just doesn't sit well with me. That's why this decision was made. I will do more too. If anyone thinks it doesn't take a village, they are sadly mistaken.

Below is the video that grabbed my heart and won't let it go. And for that, I'm glad.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Coming Out (My guest post)...

Below is the link for my guest post on www.safireblade.com. The topic is on Coming Out and its relationship to my young adult novels. I'm grateful for this opportunity to share my views on this important yet sometimes overlooked issue. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thanks as always for your support! A special thanks to MAJK for providing a wonderful platform for me to discuss this important issue... Click the link to read my post.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

My first author interview...

Along my publishing journey I have come across a number of people via the internet or in person. Some have been incredibly helpful while others have made snide comments and refuse to assist new authors. I am grateful that I have not come across many that have been rude and would only help for a fee. I personally think our success, no matter what we desire, comes only when we pay it forward. There are enough readers that we can all be successful.

I wanted to thank everyone who has been instrumental along the way. There are too many people to name. However, you know who you are. I recently met Brandon Shire, online of course. He's a successful author. I asked him a few questions and he was extremely helpful. He didn't hesitate when my questions came his way. He went further to interview me for my book, BrookLyn's Journey. The link for the interview is below. Please go to Amazon or on his blog and buy his books. He's a very talented author. Thanks Brandon Shire!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Book cover reveal...

This is the cover for my upcoming YA Fiction book...

Meet my newest character...Graye Moon.

BrookLyn’s Journey was free for three days. It climbed to #1 in its genre under free books on Amazon. That didn’t happen because of me. It happened because of YOU. I penned the story but without your support, it would have gone unnoticed in the Amazon bookstore. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for being kind enough to pause despite how busy their lives are and support my dreams.  It means the world to me.
While thanking you for embracing BrookLyn’s Journey I wanted to introduce you to my newest character Graye Moon. Here’s the blurb…

Warwick Valley High School junior, Graye Moon, strolled innocently through the hallways at school in the shadows of her older sister, Sylver, and had never been interested in dating. Her parents strictly enforced their no dating before eighteen rule discouraging her from seeking more than friendships. Graye was focused on hanging with her best friends, doing her homework, playing sports, and staying away from the pranks her sisters Sylver and Blu conjured up.

Out of nowhere a mesmerizing glimpse of her best friend, Mackenzie, sends a jolt of confusion and distraction dancing down her spine. The abrupt arrival of her feelings ignite anger and fear in Graye. Thoughts of Mackenzie begin invading every aspect of her life contradicting what she always assumed it would be. Noticing the changes in her behavior her sisters try bullying her into confessing the source of her distraction.

When Graye Moon’s body and ultimately her soul awaken, it changes every aspect of her normally uneventful quite life and her lifelong friendship with Mackenzie. Sent down a road she never expected to travel Graye fears she’ll come out on the losing end. Will Graye’s inability to ignore her feelings result in the loss of her best friend? Will she acquire peace as her life slightly changes course? Even if she doesn’t want to Graye will soon find out.