Monday, November 28, 2016

You Can Play Project & Pride Tape to Support #LGBTQ Athletes in Sports!

LGBTQ Athletes. Allies. Teaming up for Respect.

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You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, and only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success.

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PRIDE TAPE
Stop Homophobia in Hockey. One Roll at a Time.


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Buying Pride Tape will help support LGBTQ youth outreach initiatives, such as You Can Play and the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services. That means every roll of tape will make an impact on and off the ice.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from me to you!

Walk outside, 
stand there, 
in silence, 
look up at the sky, 
and contemplate how amazing life is.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Timmy's Review of John Goode's "What About Everything?", Book 9 in the Foster High Series!

Hi y’all! I’ve missed you guys! Ok! I’m back with a review that makes me happy to write! Do you know why? BECAUSE the book is from John Goode! Anyone who follows my reviews knows I love everything Goode! The Foster High Books are among my very fave books written, and John Goode is in my top 5 fave authors. So YAYAY!

This book has a few things that I want to talk about. First, as always Mr. Goode has written an awesome book, with awesome characters. None of the characters are new, so if you have been following the series you will know all the peeps! If not, go read the other books! One of the things I love best about Mr. Goode’s books is that the characters are so real! They are funny and full of heart, and a bit messed up! There is not a full-on HEA in this book, but there is REAL LIFE! I like that! That is not to say his characters don’t have HEA or HUNB (Happy Until Next Book), but they feel so real! They are messed up, they do stupid things, they say funny inappropriate things, and they cry! Most of all, they love. I truly love reading a love story about normal messed up people!

Now, I have a few problems with it. They’re all minor, but the most minor one—I need to whine a bit—is that every time we change point of view, the first two words start as CAPS. OMG! Stop that, Mr. Goode! Every time we changed, it took my brain a few seconds to realize I didn’t need to start the sentence yelling in my head! Like… HI, HOW are you today? Kk, so no more please and thank you. :)

Next, I think I was too young to get the plot. Let me tell you, you will probably NEVER hear that from me again! I’m forever saying that kids can read adult books, and understand what they are saying and doing. But not this time, this book confused me. I got the gist of what was going on and I totally followed the story, but Matt and Tyler confused the heck outta me because there was all this drama! I know conflict helps make a good story, but seriously? Adults are so hard to figure out sometimes!

I hate giving spoilers, so I can’t explain in detail, but I’ma just say Matt came off as a bit bratty. I don’t think that was what was intended because everyone in the book agreed with him, so I’ma guess it is just me. Please feel free to come back here and explain why I’m wrong after you read it, because I’m not sure I would have worked so hard to keep someone who wasn’t grateful for what I had to offer him. I got the idea that what Matt really wanted was Prince Charming and he felt he was cheated somehow. Now, Tyler apparently agreed because he made it right in the end. But I want to say, you shouldn’t go into a relationship (friends or lovers) thinking you need to fix or change the other person so you can have your Prince Charming. Again, I may be a bit young for the drama plot here. I think everyone can better themselves, but no one should better you. That’s your job.

So, as I was rereading this, I think that is kinda what happened in the end, but again I’m not positive. Because there was waaaay too much drama here. Y’all? Please do not tell me I need to be this dramatic when I’m an adult!

I give this Book 4 Marbles. Sex is off-page, but there is some swearing. I want all of you to go get it and read it because I like it and that’s how we keep our fave authors writing books! And because I want y’all to come back and tell me what you think of the plot. PLEASE! I need help here! The drama was too much! ~Timmy


What About Everything? is available 
Find John Goode on his Harmony Ink Author PageGoodreads, his Goodreads blog
on Facebook, on Twitter @FosterHigh, and on Tumblr

About What About Everything?

When an accident ruins Matt’s parents’ anniversary party, Tyler and Matt decide a vacation is in order, and they book a gay Disney cruise with Robbie and Sebastian. It’ll be the perfect place to relax and do some much-needed soul-searching. A couple of years have passed since they met, but Tyler and Matt are no closer to getting married. They must take a long, hard look at their relationship and decide if they’re happy with the way things are, or if they want more—and if they can find the courage to take the next step. A difficult choice is made even harder when two people they thought they’d left behind show up to complicate the issue and turn the whole cruise upside down.
What About Everything? is available 
To Wish for Impossible Things 
(a lost tale from The Tales from Foster High) 
Dear God 
(a lost chapter from The End of Innocence)

Find John Goode on his Harmony Ink Author PageGoodreads, his Goodreads blog
on Facebook, on Twitter @FosterHigh, and on Tumblr

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Readers & Dreamers Series! Join Me in Welcoming Sara Ella to my blog with "Reading and Living"!


Join me in welcoming Sara Ella to my blog for the Readers & Dreamers Series! Sara is an awesome reader and her post captures the very essence of why we read books. Thank you for joining us today, Sara! It's a great pleasure to have you here!

Reading and Living


As I sit in my reading chair, soft lamplight overhead, mp3 playing a bouncy guitar piece in my ear, and a glass of chilled Cabernet on the small table nearby, everything is in place for me to start my new, very anticipated, adventure. As you can tell, I do not stand atop skyscraper I-beams or scale vertical bluffs to find that adrenaline rush. My search for excitement involves the impossible, improbable, the fantastic, and the occasional mostly realistic story. More than plot and characters, I seek the storyteller who can transport me to another place, transcending time, wringing my heart and bending my thoughts enough that when I reach the final line, and even days after the tale is read I am still captivated by strong emotions and my life perception changed.

A year ago or more, while on the Dreamspinner Press website, I was captivated by a beautiful cover. What a cover! The pretty young man that graced the cover of this new book Omorphi had instantly caught my attention and it was done! I ordered the paperback and downloaded the ebook too. YAY! With my iPad, Omorphi on the screen, so excited, I began to read. 

Absorbed by the story unfolding, all my rapid-fire thoughts were focused on the words before me. I seemed to travel to a deeper state. There is a Greek word for this: Ekstasis. On a fundamental level I connected to the adventure being toldholding onto each scene within my mind, I was transported into the lives of Christy and Michael. I felt their wonder at discovering each other and their fears. These guys were in my life just as much as I was in theirs. And I knew at this point that I found a master story teller. 

The joy of reading a really good book is that the story stays inside you with all of the powerful feelings it inspired lingering long after the book is finished. Above all, Omophi gave me a sense of hope. 

As I chased through the days of my real life, my mind reflected upon Michael and Christy. Brave Christy set the example of facing his fears and not giving up. Michael is the perfect model of a high school kid with a huge heart, and Jake, my absolute favorite, is the best of best friends. Omorphi left me with those good vibes and with a new perspective as I could then envision a new, positive path in my own life. 

Eventually I received my paperback of Omorphi, a nice surprise in the mail, and just had to share an image of my new book, still partially in the packaging, with online friends. Cody, at that time, offered to send an autographed vellum to me and I felt so lucky. I put his vellum autograph in matt and frame.

🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

My pursuit of great stories has affected my life on many levels. Often, I connect with authors and readers online and I find that this community truly promotes open-mindedness and awareness as well as inspiring more good reading. There are not many things more exciting than to receive notices of new books releases, including audiobooks, from my favorite authors and new writers too. If only I could read faster! I envy reviewers this talent. Really, can life be any better than when you receive an email letting you know that you’ve won an e-book or audiobook??? With all my wonderful online friends reading and sharing truly great stories, I feel like I found my place and, finally, the feeling that perhaps it is okay to just be... me

Omorphi does that. It is a great story with an abundance of hope for everyone. Last Spring, the second book, Tharros, came out and continued with the lives of Christy and Michael. The ending just about takes my breath away, and is as powerful as the ending in Omorphi. Now, I can’t wait for Elpida which is coming soon... RIGHT CODY? (no pressure) I really look forward to the continued lives of Christy and Michael and perhaps another explosion or two. 

In the end, I just want to say thank you

Thank you fellow reader friends! Thank you wonderful authors who touch our lives in soo many ways to count, and especially a huge THANK YOU to you, Cody, for your expert storytelling, positive spirit and beautiful heart. I can't wait to see you all at Gay Rom Lit Retreat!

Thank YOU, Sara, for your incredible post, but mostly for simply being your beautiful you! You are a true Reader and Dreamer! 

Sara hails from the state of Wisconsin. She is a wife, mother, banker, and reviewer who lives a quiet life reading. She is also an incredible wood-worker and bestowed my three crazy parrots with custom swings! Her FAVORITE thing to do is curl up with a good book surrounded by peace and quiet. You can find Sara on Facebook

These are the perches she made for my parrots, Kismet, Cleo, and Schnapps!


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Timmy's Review of Ethan by Ryan Loveless


First, I want to thank everyone who is reading this. I haven’t done a review in a while because life as a teenager is way more busy then I thought it would be. So, it is an awesome special thing for me to get this request.

I loved the adult version of this book. I did not reread it or my review of it before reading the young adult version and writing this review because I wanted my review to be impartial to this book. Every book has its own qualities and I worried that I would see only what I wanted to see because I loved the adult version so much. Unfortunately, I have a great memory when it comes to books, so I may have remembered too much. I feel that may have hindered my impartial judgment. Please keep that in mind when reading this review. Because I’m a reviewer who wants you to form your own opinions, I will not give specifics about events in the story. No spoilers.

Ethan is the young adult version of Ethan, Who Loved Carter. I have a few Pros and Cons to go over with this book. But first, let me say I loved this story as much as I did the adult version.

I think one of the problems I have when an author converts a book from adult to Young Adult, or the other way around, is that they tend to leave too much of the original story in it. It’s almost like plagiarizing your own book. If you're going to do that, you want to be sure it fits the characters.

Carter was, at times, behaving older than you would expect. Even with him struggling to live with Tourette, he seemed old for his age. I didn’t see much difference between the older him and the younger him. This is a problem only if you have a hard time thinking a teen can act like an adult. Often, people say I act too old for my age. *shrugs* It is what it is, but if you are a person who doesn’t believe a teen can make mature decisions and do mature things, this book may not be for you. My issue wasn’t so much with Carter as it was with his parents. I didn’t feel the amount of leeway they gave him was normal. This is a bit problematic because I haven’t had a normal childhood so far. So, I asked around. It was generally said between my friends that they would love to have these kinds of parents, and yet they don’t think they are realistic. I think I understand why the author wrote them the way she did. I believe it was to keep some of the same situations from the first book in this one. I loved how the author really showed how hard life was for Carter and that even though he has a condition that would make him stand out, he is loved deeply. There are people who look at Carter and see Carter not Tourette’s.

I loved that she kept Ethan the same. He is the same age and goes through the same things. I like this because his story is an important one. Brain damage does not mean you can’t have thoughts, feelings, and emotions. It often means you have these things, and feel them MORE than an average person. You still want love and relationships. The world is scary and change is worse. Ethan has a very black and white way to look at things. I’m similar to this but have learned to see more grey in the last few years. Ethan will never get the grey areas to life. He is constantly matching what you say with the way it is said and the facial expressions you use. I truly understand this part of his processing, and like Ethan it is hard for me to get what is said. I love Ethan. I want to hug him and tell him how he encourages me to see how everyone has hardships in life. He teaches me that my life could have been much harder than it is. Not worse, because I don’t believe Ethan has a bad life, he just has a harder life.

So, I give this book 4 Marbles. It brings a lot of much needed hope to the lives of the readers and I thank the author for that.~Timmy
Ethan is out October 20th! Preorder Ethan now
About Ethan

Carter Stevenson is looking forward to a fresh start in a new high school on the other side of the country. It’ll give him a chance to escape his reputation for twitching and stuttering. He’ll have the summer to himself in his new home in California, and in the fall, he won’t get involved in any activity that puts his Tourette’s center stage. He won’t stand out as different.

But his new neighbor, Ethan, isn’t just going to change his plans. He’s going to change Carter’s life.

Ethan Hart is recovering from a traumatic brain injury, but it doesn’t dampen his enthusiasm or love for life. As soon as he sees Carter, who moves like the music Ethan sees between the clouds and the grass, he’s determined to become his friend, and then his boyfriend. And even if his parents say their romance can’t get physical, Ethan won’t let it stand in the way of falling in love.

Stepping into the spotlight was the last thing Carter ever wanted, but Ethan, along with a group of friends who like him just the way he is—tics and all—starts to change his mind. 

Adapted as a YA edition of the award-winning novel Ethan, Who Loved Carter by Ryan Loveless.

Ethan is out October 20th! Preorder Ethan now
About Ryan Loveless

Ryan Loveless is a farmer’s daughter. She has a BA in English from a private college in Illinois and a master’s degree in library and information science with an archival certificate from a university in New York. Raised in a conservative family, she was shocked and relieved when her coming out was largely uneventful. She has been writing since she could read and has always drifted toward M/M because she enjoys the relationship dynamics. It’s possible that her first story was about GI Joe. She wishes she still had that story.

Find Ryan on Goodreads, Facebook, and on Twitter @RyanLoveless

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Beasts in Lucky's Worlds! Lou Hoffmann's "Wraith Queen's Veil," Book #2 in the Sun Child Chronicles!

Join me in welcoming Lou Hoffman to my blog with her blog tour stop for Wraith Queen's Veil! Today she gives us an inside look at the Beasts in Lucky's Worlds! And don't forget to enter the giveaway below!


Use coupon code SUNCHILD2 to get this fabulous deal: 
35% discount on Key of Behliseth and Wraith Queen’s Veil when you buy only from Harmony Ink Press!
Also available from 

The Beasts in Lucky’s Worlds: 
A loving look at the horrible, wonderful, treacherous, loyal, extraordinary non-humanoids 
in Lou Hoffmann’s The Sun Child Chronicles

Hello Readers! I’m Lou Hoffmann and today is the official release day for book 2 of The Sun Child Chronicles, Wraith Queen’s Veil. I’m grateful to Cody Kennedy to have me here today, and thank you, too, readers, for stopping by. This is a fun post—at least it’s a fun one for me to write, and I think you’ll enjoy reading it as well. Before I begin the bestiary, take a look at the blurb for WQV and the outstanding cover, designed by artist Catt Ford.

About Wraith Queen's Veil

When Lucky arrives in Ethra, the world of his birth and destiny, he expects a joyful reunion, but the first thing he notices when he reaches the Sisterhold—his home—is something false behind his mother’s smile. In a matter of weeks, the Sisterhold becomes agitated with worries and war plans. People he trusts—like the wizard Thurlock—frequently can’t be found. His mother seems angry, especially with Lucky. Even Han Shieth, the warrior uncle he has come to rely on and love above all others, maintains a sullen silence toward him.

When Lucky’s resentment builds to the breaking point, his bad decisions put him and his friends, L’Aria and Zhevi, in unthinkable danger. Han arrives to help, but he can’t claim invulnerability to the hazards and evils that threaten at every turn. Events launch Lucky, alone, on a quest for he knows not what, but every step brings him closer to his identity and full strength. Self-knowledge, trust, and strength lead to smarter choices, but even his best efforts might not render his world truly safe, now or for the future.

Also important, there’s a giveaway—follow the Rafflecopter link in this post and enter for chances to be one of four winners!


Now about the beasts…

(In the arbitrary order of the letters of the alphabet)
Aedanh
Book: Key of Behliseth
The Stallion ridden by Liliana, Lucky’s mother, in as she leads her elite cavalry, Shanha’s Rangers, into battle. “His gait proud, his hooves fleet. His coat shone like spun gold even in the tower’s foul glow.”

Ahrion
Book: Key of Behliseth
The northern queen Hilgaardre’s legendary “moon-white winged mount,” given in hopeful atonement for a lifetime serving an evil god to her adopted daughter, Isa.


Baneshieldh
An ancient wolf who rules a dark, cursed forest in Ethra. Tall, heavily muscled, paws larger than dinner plates. His “eyes blazed with an eerie, changing light, never settling on any color.”


Black Dragon
Book: Wraith Queen’s Veil
A wingless, dragon, very large in circumference and length, a single central horn located behind it’s skull, and numerous short legs. It breathes neither fire nor ice. Well-armored with “shiny back scales… quite beautiful in the moonlight.”


Caveblights
Book: Wraith Queen’s Veil
Large, smelly, horrific but natural monsters. Nearly blind, sensing sudden changes in heat instead. “Nasty creatures the size of a pony with teeth like a beaver but pointy.”


Dawn Cats
Book: Wraith Queen’s Veil
Pack-hunting carnivores of the Sunlands’ forests, also known as thrall-gazers, death kittens, and venom cats.


Dragonlings
Book: Wraith Queen’s Veil
Small flying creatures, venomous. “Dark and winged and sort of like a very small dinosaur.”


Eastern Flickers
Book: Wraith Queen’s Veil
Small silver-winged birds that cheer Lucky during dark times while on his travels in Ethra.


Flame Eagles
An Ethran species of intelligent, civilized bird, allies of the Sunlands. “Massive birds plumed in white and crested black, saffron, and red.”

Ghriffon
Book: Key of Behliseth
The Flame Eagles’ “battle-wise” king.


Glacier Wolves
Book: Key of Behliseth
Ethran wolves with shaggy white hair. curled-up tails, the aerodynamic shape of a greyhound, double rows of teeth in long snouts. “Their eyes pearled ghost white except for the pupils, dart-sharp and burning red.”


Kindelred
Book: Key of Behliseth and Wraith Queen’s Veil
A flame eagle killed in the battle of Black Creek Ravine.


K’ormahk
Book: Wraith Queen’s Veil
A black winged stallion. “The last of the great winged beasts of the far north—born long after the world believed the strain had died.”


Lemon Martinez
Book: Key of Behliseth and Wraith Queen’s Veil
A grumpy gray cat Thurlock and Han found under the Martinez Bridge in Valley city. “Lemon Martinez loathed magic in general, but he loved the wizard’s things—slept on his pajamas, for instance.”


Maizie
Book: Key of Behliseth and Wraith Queen’s Veil
A yellow mongrel dog Lucky raised during his time as a homeless teen. Sloppy tongue, thick fur. “Like a big ball of animated sunshine.”


Mishka
Book: Wraith Queen’s Veil
Lucky’s aunt Rosishan’s orange tomcat.


Naht’kah
Book: Wraith Queen’s Veil
An ancient shape- and color-changing dragon, sometimes called the Giver. She dwells “in iridescent pools… in the deepest, most hidden cavern in the heart of Behlis Ethra.”


Nahk’tesh
Book: Wraith Queen’s Veil
A singular, water-dwelling being who lives in underground pools with Naht’kah, called the Taker, “A furry beast with duck feet, human-like hands, and a long, floppy proboscis.”


Sahlamahn
Book: Key of Behliseth and Wraith Queen’s Veil
A blue, ice-breathing dragon. Eerily beautiful, large for her species, clawed, armored. “The first ice-drake ever transformed, and the only one ever to rise flawless.”


Simarrohn
Book: Wraith Queen’s Veil
Lucky’s uncle Han Shieth’s exceptional, fleet, stouthearted sorrel mare. 


Sherah
Book: Key of Behliseth
Thurlock’s famous silver-gray mare. “Even at night, the mare’s silver coat flashed as they passed through shadows. Her hooves, shod with sun-metal, sparked with every stride.”


Windy
Book: Wraith Queen’s Veil
“A plodding old-man-horse…who had three speeds: slow, slower, and backward.”
That’s it for the beasts! I hope you enjoyed peeking into the crazy worlds wandered by Lucky (also known as Luccan Elieth Perdhro, Mannatha, Suth Chiell, the Sun Child of the Ethran Sunlands). 

Wraith Queen’s Veil is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and all around the web, but here are the buy publisher’s buy links, where you can use coupon code SUNCHILD2 to get this fabulous deal: 35% discount on Key of Behliseth and Wraith Queen’s Veil when you buy only from Harmony Ink or Dreamspinner Press!

That’s it for the beasts!

The Giveaway:




About Wraith Queen's Veil
When Lucky arrives in Ethra, the world of his birth and destiny, he expects a joyful reunion, but the first thing he notices when he reaches the Sisterhold—his home—is something false behind his mother’s smile. In a matter of weeks, the Sisterhold becomes agitated with worries and war plans. People he trusts—like the wizard Thurlock—frequently can’t be found. His mother seems angry, especially with Lucky. Even Han Shieth, the warrior uncle he has come to rely on and love above all others, maintains a sullen silence toward him.

When Lucky’s resentment builds to the breaking point, his bad decisions put him and his friends, L’Aria and Zhevi, in unthinkable danger. Han arrives to help, but he can’t claim invulnerability to the hazards and evils that threaten at every turn. Events launch Lucky, alone, on a quest for he knows not what, but every step brings him closer to his identity and full strength. Self-knowledge, trust, and strength lead to smarter choices, but even his best efforts might not render his world truly safe, now or for the future.

About Lou Hoffmann
Lou Hoffmann has carried on her love affair with books for decades, yet she hasn’t even made a dent in the list of books she’d love to read—at least partly because the list keeps growing. She reads factual things—books about physics and history and fractal chaos, but when she wants truth, she looks for it in quality fiction. She loves all sorts of wonderful things: music and silence, laughter and tears, youth and age, sunshine and storms, forests and fields, flora and fauna, rivers and seas. Even good movies and popcorn! Those things help her breathe, and everyone she knows helps her write. (Special mention goes to (1) George the Lady Cat and (2) readers.) She writes for readers who find themselves anywhere on the spectrums of age and gender, aiming to create characters that live not only in their stories, but always in your imagination and your heart. 

She blogs at Queerly YA, is on facebook, is @Lou_Hoffmann on Twitter, and loves to hear from readers at louhoffmannbooks (at)gmail(dot)com. She believes in love, believes in you, and believes in the magic of a good book.

Find Lou on her Website, Facebook, Twitter @Lou_Hoffmann,