Hop For Visibility, Awareness & Equality Giveaway Winner! #May17IDAHOT #HAHABT #HFVAE

Thank you to all who participated in the Hop For Visibility, Awareness & Equality!

Sorry for the late posting. Time got away from me right before vacation.

I have replied to the lucky commentator.

Just to make sure, I’m posting it here too.

The Winner Is…

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Hop For Visibility, Awareness & Equality Blog Hop (May 17 – 24, 2016) #May17IDAHOT

Welcome to Moonbeams over Atlanta as we kick off the 2016 Hop For Visibility, Awareness & Equality Blog Hop formerly Against Homophobia, Biphobic and Transphobia Blog Hop.

My name is Eloreen Moon and this is my message of #May17IDAHOT awareness for you.


Today is

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/

May 17, 2016


Speaking out against bigotry for being different.

This is the third year I’ve participated in this blog hop and I will continue to do so.  I continue to help one person, one blog, one post at a time.  We’ve had the transgender issues with the public restrooms floating around social media. We have others post videos, memes, and other types in support. We need to continue to support everyone in the LGTBQ arena because we are all different and we should be celebrating diversity regardless of who you love, what religion, or who you want to be.

That would kind of boring to be just like everyone else.

It makes me smile when my teens talk openly about sex, gender roles, and their confidence in their own identities.

And that inspires me to write something that I haven’t done in awhile. To that, I’ve created this poem.

Teach the young so they may know nothing else.
Help your elders to see change.
Understand someone’s beliefs and identities.
Be yourself as much as you are able.
Fly in the face of the societal norms
Love yourself and love others.
In the end we are all the same.

-Eloreen


I am giving away a $5 Gift Certificate to an e-Retailer of the winner’s choice to buy that must-have LGBTQ title on your “to be read” list.  🙂

To enter, comment on this post your own creative ways to get a positive message of out to others about Visibility, Awareness & Equality for LGBTQ community. If you haven’t done anything yet, give us what you would like to do.

Contest will end at 11:59 pm EDT 5/24/2016 and a randomly chosen commentator (random.org) will win within the next day or two.
I will be contacting the winner via email and posting the name as well.

Here is the link to the main hop page.

Other blogs in this hop:
http://www.inlinkz.com/new/view.php?id=624137

All the things…Where did the time go? #Musings #May17IDAHOT #Amwriting

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So, I’ve signed up for this year’s Hop for Visibility, Awareness, and Equality formerly known as Hop Against Homophobia and to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia. This will be my third year participating. It’s great fun and a great way to meet new and interesting people. Stay tuned for May 17th for my blog post on the subject. There will be a contest. 🙂

 

As I was signing up (and setting up my sidebar for the badge) I realized it’s been over two months since I last posted something. Two Months! Oh holy crap, Batman. Work, Vacation, and doing weekly reviews on Rainbow Gold Reviews has eaten up my time. Never mind family. I planned on writing during #CampNaNoWriMo. That didn’t happen. At least, not in the way I expected.

I did submit a story for the Queer Sci Fi 3rd Annual Flash Fiction Contest. They will announce the winners and those that will get into this year’s anthology soon. I hope I get in the anthology. Well, I would love to win something but I’m not expecting it to. It’s a little different than normal prose and I’ll just leave it at that. Stay tuned for more on that later. While I didn’t win anything last year, I did get my story published in their Discovery: QSF’s Second Annual Flash Fiction Contest publication. Which reminds me of something I need to do… I digress. This year’s theme is Flight. I liked it so much, I wrote it, edited it, and sent to beta read within a day… Granted, it was less than 300 words so that helped. 🙂 Definitely not the 10k I signed up for to finish a story I’ve been trying to finish for three years now, going on four. I’ll get there someday.

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What else? Work has been taking over my life for the most part. It was especially bad in February which is why I was incommunicado then. It hasn’t helped that I’ve had computer issues (two hard drives died within six months) and then my work laptop last week. Jeez. What’s going on here? Oh yeah. Mercury in Retrograde. Well, I can blame it on that anyway.

I’ve decided to go on a cruise in February of 2017. I haven’t been on a cruise in… well, too many years that I want to mention (high school graduation). Maybe I’ll have something published by then to promote by then. Maybe not. Not sure at this point. I’m hoping to publish something other than freebies this year. As soon as I get my act together. We’ll have to see.

There was something else I thought of to mention in this post. I can’t think of it now. I think I need to sleep. Off to be with family!

 

-Eloreen

#HAHABT: Hop Against Homophobia, Biphobic and Transphobia Blog Hop (May 17 – 24, 2015)

Welcome to Moonbeams over Atlanta as we kick off the 2015 Hop Against Homophobia, Biphobic and Transphobia Blog Hop.

My name is Eloreen Moon and this is my message of HAHABT awareness for you.


Today is

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/

May 17, 2015


Why do I to host the Hop Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (HAHABT)?

Because I am a female bisexual person, and in some aspects of my life, a bi-gender person as well. Hermaphrodites are biologically dual-gendered, and Intersex people are those that generally have a range of non-distinct genital or reproductive organs to definitively call them male or female. But, what if you are mentally indistinct on your gender?

Bi-gender? Is that even a word?

I don’t know. I just thought of it now while making this post. I just might see if that is even a “real” thing, probably later date when curiosity overcomes the other priorities in my life. It is still a word, or label. But we are in an age of infomation and communication primarily through words.

I am cis-female. I like men. I like women. Some people I like sexually, some I just like to hang out with them. No sexual attraction involved. I like me, but I do think about what it would be like if I was male. Yet, I have no desire to be male. In some respects, I have actions and thoughts that are typically attributed to males. Shades of the same spectrum, I guess. And it makes you  wonder that, like Autism, gender identity might not also have a “spectrum,” but nobody talks about it because who would think their personal preference would manefest physically?

Yet, there are others those that fear for their lives, or their children’s lives, if others would to know their acceptance of their own sexuality or gender–even both–especally today when awareness is more global and travels the speed of social media. They fear reprocussions in their job, in their local communties, and in their kid’s schools if “society” should found out that their personal normal does not match society expects. There are those that are more that are tolerant. But, you still fear when you feel you are not part of society, regardles of gender, religion, who you love, and how you love.

So, I continue to offer my blog to dedicate to change of society norms by participating in the HAHABT blog hop for awareness:  One blog post at a time.
Because you never know when one person reaching out would make a difference.

Eloreen


I am giving away a $5 Gift Certificate to an e-Retailer of the winner’s choice to buy that must-have LGBT title on your “to be read” list.  🙂

To enter, comment on this post your story of overcoming your own fear of what would happen if people knew you were Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, or anything in between or different from society. Because we, as people, do not fit in a single box. Differences are beautiful. Inspire us with your courage, perseverance, and understanding. It doesn’t have to be about you personally. If you don’t want to share right now, that is a valid story too.  Awareness is vital, one blog at a time. It only takes one person to change the world: Even if that world is your local neighborhood, or a blog post on the internet. 🙂

Contest will end at 11:59 pm EDT 5/24/2015 and a randomly chosen commentator (random.org) will win within the next day or two.
I will be contacting the winner via email and posting the name as well.

Here is the link to the main hop page.

April 2 is Autism Awareness Day – RJ Scott’s Blog Tour

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In honor of Autism Awareness, I am giving away a $5 Gift Certificate to All Romance eBooks, Amazon, or B&N (winner’s choice).  To enter, comment on this post.  Contest will end at 11:59 pm EDT 4/30/2015 and a randomly chosen commentator (random.org) will win within the first week of May.  I am on vacation until May 4th and so it will likely be after I return that I will choose.

If more than 50 comments, I will choose 2 winners. 😉

Please leave your email so you can be contacted.

Contest is Closed: Denitra is the winner of the $5 GC!

Congrats, Denitra!

Here is the link to RJ’s Blog Post

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HAHAT Giveaway Winner! Take Two…

Thank you to all who participated in the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia!

Because the last posted winner did not respond, I have picked a new winner.

I have replied to the lucky commentator and sent an email.

Just to make sure, I’m posting it here too.

The Winner Is…

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HAHAT Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to all who participated in the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia!

Sorry this took so long to post.  It has been crazy with family and job hunting. 🙂

I have replied to the lucky commentator.

Just to make sure, I’m posting it here too.

The Winner Is…

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Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia Blog Hop (May 17 – 24, 2014)

Welcome to Moonbeams over Atlanta as we kick off the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia Blog Hop.

My name is Eloreen Moon and this is my message of HAHAT awareness for you.

HAHAT 2014


Today is

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/

May 17, 2014


Why did I decide to host the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia (HAHAT)?

Well, that’s easy.  Because it’s the right thing to do.

But then it gets tricky.  What can I say or do as an individual who is not gay/lesbian (I’m bi) and never had any wish to be other than the gender I was born with?

Not everyone is built the same or loves traditionally.

And sometimes, all you want to do is fulfill what you know/understand/accept to be what you need to be, regardless of who you love and what sex your body should be.  There are those that are born with both genders and society wants them to pick.  But, what if you can’t, or don’t, want to pick?  Or you need time to make that decision like so many transitioning people who feel they are in the wrong body?

Below is a video someone showed me on Facebook not to long ago.  It inspired me to create this post.
It is almost 19 minutes long but I think it is well worth finishing it.  He has probably one of the best description/definition for sexual identity and orientation that I’ve heard.  They are not the same and it really opens your eyes to understand those that have a different sexual identity and/or sexual orientation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtkJlqTCPNU

Then look at the comments and see that even here there is hate. That needs to change.
It opened my eyes to the reality of transgenders and I hope you learned something too.

So, I offer my blog to dedicate to, and provide, change by participating in the HAHAT blog hop for awareness:  One blog post at a time.
Because you never know when one person reaching out would make a difference.

Eloreen


I am giving away a $5 Gift Certificate to an e-Retailer of the winner’s choice to buy that must-have LGBT title on your “to be read” list.  🙂

To enter, comment on this post your story of Homophobia and/or Transphobia.   Inspire us with your courage, perseverance, and understanding.  It doesn’t have to be about you personally.  If it does not have a happy ending, consider this a hug of love and that things will get better because awareness is spreading.  It only takes one person to change the world: Even if that world is your local neighborhood, or a blog post on the internet. 🙂

Contest will end at 11:59 pm EDT 5/27/2014 and a randomly chosen commentator (random.org) will win within the next day.
I will be contacting the winner via email and posting the name as well.

Here is the link to the main hop page.

Writing Process Blog Hop

I want to thank K-lee Klein, at http://chaosinthemoonlight.blogspot.ca, for involving me in this blog hop.  She posted her writing process story a couple of weeks prior.  Be sure to check out her story too.  It’s fascinating and looks strangely familiar… 🙂  As you will see, she and I share similar writing process points. ❤WriterAtWork

I wanted to say how I got involved in this blog hop.  It wasn’t a scheduled, or themed, event.  Well, no more than you had three steps and find others who want to join: It was done by word of mouth.  K-Lee posted to her Facebook status looking for a third person to continue the blog hop along with the requirements.  I was the first person to comment:

“Sure. Sign me up.”

Then we finalized the details in Facebook Chat:  She sent me the rules, I sent her my blog info and short bio.  I so totally looked at her blog post when she posted to get an idea of formatting and asked to steal her picture to the right.  🙂 So, here I go with my questions!  Enjoy!

1) What am I working on?

I have just finished my first story to be published in the summer 2014 Cover Artist: Karrie Jax(June/July/August),  submitting it by May 1st to the moderators at M/M Romance Group on Goodreads.com for their charonsmooncoverv1Don’t Read in the Closet Love’s Landscape Event called Charon’s Dilemma.  I’m currently in the works editing it *brain frying* and it will be published in the event page in the group and in stand-alone anthologies following the initial publication in the group in the summer.

Did I mention it’s free?

All of the stories, and there are over 200 of them, are free.  The anthologies will be free as well.  If you are not a member, come join to see the fun we have!  Thank you to Karrie Jax for creating my lovely cover for Charon’s Dilemma.

I’m currently working on my three works in progress (WIPs) that I have been working on since I started this mess called writing in November of 2012.  The my first novel is called Space Love.  It is the first story I actively created about a tiger shifter and space travel and may turn into a series.  The second  is a short story called Elf Magic and is loosely based on the original Brothers’ Grimms Fairy Tale: Cat-Skin.  It’s not that dark, though.  Finally, the third story is an untitled urban fantasy novella about a very old Druid.  I’m sure I will have others.  I have been getting bitten by the muses every so often and another story line, character, or scene is born. Sigh.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

Based on what I read and write, my work is different from others in that I write LGBT Romance that crosses genres.  All four works have more than one, and sometimes divergent, genres represented.  Charon’s Dilemma is Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance.  Space Love is Science Fiction and Paranormal Romance.   Elf Magic is Fantasy, History, and Paranormal Romance.  Finally, the untitled Druid story is Urban Fantasy, sometimes called Contemporary Fantasy and a genre on it own now, Romance.  There is transgender, gay, and bisexual in these stories and I will probably dip into lesbian as well.  Orientation will cross-pollinate because everyone is different and there is a lot of diversity out there.  Never mind that people change over time and what ones’ orientation may be when younger could have changed later in life.

Diversity in genres, orientations, and life is pretty different and make interesting stories.  What do you think?

3) Why do I write what I do? 

Because when the muses hit you upside the head with a clue-by-four (think two-by-four and a strong arm and you get the picture), you listen.  I’ve dabbled in writing since I was young, mostly with poetry.  I never thought I could write anything in prose. I went through my teens, twenties and most of my thirties building a family, working in the tech industry in some form or fashion, and reading romance, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy (before it was called that), and even historical romances.  If it interested me, I read it.  Then I found M/M Romance stories, and the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads, and I was hooked.  Inspiration abounded.  I found more related groups, and started hanging out to find beta reading because I love to read and I was running out stories to find.  If there is a lot of editing needed, it makes my brain hurt but I do it because I enjoy the stories, even if they are in their infancy.  Most authors usually have it polished somewhat but there were a few that needs some extra help.  And those people started telling me I should write.

“Yeah, right,” I said.

“No, really, you can do it,” They said.

I had already started blogging, and creating more poetry after a long hiatus, so the creative juices were there.  Enough people said it that I started to think maybe there was something to this writing thing.  SMACK. You remember that clue-by-four I was talking about? Well, apparently, I hadn’t been paying attention to the clues the universe was telling me and it upgraded to a bigger whack upside the head, figuratively speaking of course. Mostly. And I started listening to those muses and here I am about to be a published author.  Baby steps for, as I like to call myself, a baby author.  I think that is a good start.  Don’t you?

4) How does your writing process work?

Let’s see… I’m what some author’s have dubbed a “panster.”  I basically write by the seat of my pants.  🙂 I’m not an outliner, a “plotter,” but I do little notes to myself (Evernote is your friend) both in my notes program and within the piece itself.  World building would be a separate file.  Reminding me what I was thinking in a particular scene? Bracketed information. 🙂 Sometimes, I get ideas while drive.  Then, I attached a voice note to my notes program.  Best. App. Ever.  Never mind the ideas that come at 4 am. Sigh.  I write it down and hope that I can use them later.

I haven’t written a piece the same way twice yet.  Space Love basically started with the first chapter and I’m on chapter 3 or 4 now.  Lots of world building.  I will probably go back and add a prologue since I’m mostly writing about one character right now.  Elf Magic went in scenes, starting with the last one first then the first and some parts in the middle.  It’s a Hodge-Podge of things as ideas hit.  Editing is going to be interesting on that one.  The Druid one basically started out with the first paragraph but it’s much shorter and it flowed really well.  Sometimes the main character, the Druid, starts waving frantically at me wanting attention.  Yes, dear.  I’ll be there soon.  I’m still not sure where it’s going yet.  Last, but not least, is Charon’s Dilemma.  It was from a prompt someone posted and had two pictures.  We, the authors, were to pick our prompt and write based on what the prompter wanted.  There were two prompts and I picked the one I got.  I’ve enjoyed writing it.  It, too, was one that the scene came to me in bursts and they were not necessarily in order.  The last scene was the toughest.  Come to find out editing is tougher than creating that last scene.  *still have the sweats and I have only a week left before submission time*

And now, we conclude this writer’s process of putting keyboard strokes to electronic paper to create a labor of love.  Especially when fighting a computer that doesn’t want me to work on it longer than a day before it has an issue with it’s wireless adapter.  Be sure to check out my friend’s blogs over the next three weeks on what they do for their writing processes.

 

MAY 3 – LEXI ANDERS

Lexi has always been an avid reader and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she w10157315_437244029752646_7850240785143883194_nas told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her 80 lbs. puppies named after vacuum cleaners. Website: http://www.lexiander.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LexiAnder1 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lexi.ander.9


MAY 10 – LESLIE LEE SANDERS

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The author of several books of fiction with spice, Leslie Lee Sanders resides in Queen Creek, Arizona, with her husband, three
daughters, and a wild beast she calls her imagination. She’s known for writing erotic romance, mostly in the MM and MMF categories, and recently plunged into writing deep, dark romantic sci-fi with her post-apocalyptic and dystopian series, Refuge Inc. She’s published with Breathless Press and Xcite Books.

 

 

MAY 10 – ALINA POPESCU

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Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and even won awards in local competitions. She has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm, which explains her deep love for vampires and is also to blame for this trilogy.

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MAY 17 – VICKTOR ALEXANDER

Vicktor Alexanvictoralexanderder (everyone calls him “Vic”) is a southern gentleman by day, and a writer and purveyor of steamy, sticky, hot man on man (sometimes on man on man on man on man on man) sex by night. He started out writing about his sister
destroying the world with her breath, went on to writing steamy, erotic interracial historical romances in the middle of his classes but noticed the guys seemed to enjoy each other’s company much more than being with the women. He now enjoys writing about shifters, humanoids, cowboys, firemen, rent boys, fairies, elves, dancers, doctors, Doms, Subs, and anything else that catches his fancy, all sexy men falling in love with each other and having lots of naughty, dirty, man-on-man sex. He is a huge fan of the “happily-ever-after” ending, but while all his characters all ride off into the proverbial sunset, all sexually satisfied and in love (because it’s the least he can do), they all bear the scars of fighting for that love, just like in real life. Out and proud, he doesn’t believe that love only comes in one form, one race, one gender and that not only is gender fluid, by sexuality as well. He loves to make people laugh (and guys hot) and when he’s not writing, or rather, procrastinating in writing, he’s reading, playing the Sims 3, talking to his adopted daughter whom he calls Chipmunk, seeking the man or men who can handle his crazy, stressful, soap opera-esque life and being distracted from said writing by pictures of John Barrowman, Charlie David and Shemar Moore. All interested men in the role of “Future Husband(s) may apply, auditions are being held every night… multiple times.