Blog Tour for Living Again
I’m enjoying my blog tour so far, and have gotten a fair number of responses for my give away. If you haven’t seen any of my other stops on this tour, here’s how the giveaway will work. Comment below, and go to as many sites listed in the blog schedule below and comment there as well. Each blog you comment on will earn you one entry for my giveaway. Three prizes will be given. One signed paperback copy, and two electronic copies of Living Again.
Now to talk about other things. I’ve noticed, the more I write, that at least minor characters in each story exhibit homophobic behaviors. Sometimes it’s a major arc in the story. Sometimes it’s just mentioned in passing, but it’s almost always there. This is largely because it’s there in real life. There always seems to be one homophobe in every crowd. I happen to work with one, and while none of the characters are actually based on him, some of what they say or believe are.
My coworker often finds fault with people from the LGBT community for anything and everything. I work at a private school for autistic and emotionally challenged children. In an IEP meeting for an autistic youth, this coworker actually told the same sex couple who were the child’s guardians that the only thing wrong with the kid was his parent’s living arrangement. That God was punishing them by giving them this child with all these ‘problems’.
Now, I don’t see any child as a punishment. These parents obviously didn’t either. They are among the more involved parents in a school where parent involvement is usually lacking. They come to every meeting, they always take my weekly calls, or call me back as soon as possible if they’re not home. They obviously love their son immensely and strive to help him in every way they can.
But because of one, unrelated, trait of the couple in question, my coworker felt justified in attacking them in an official meeting.
Fortunately, that is not the norm for people who work at my school. It’s not even the norm for people who live in my area. But it’s prevalent enough that I’ve seen it cause horrendous consequences in the lives of my students, friends, and family.
I had one student who was taken from a loving home with same sex parents and given back to their biological father. The child was later removed from that home because he was sexually abused by that parent. He’s finally back in the custody of his mother and her significant other, but the damage is done, and that beautiful child’s life is ruined.
There have been numerous other people in my life who have been on the receiving end of bigotry based on their sexual orientation. My brother was attacked at his school. A friend’s house was vandalized. A former coworker lost his job. The list goes on and on.
In an age where we claim to be so wise, so sophisticated, so interconnected by technology, it boggles my mind that such bigotry and hatred can still exist.
Fortunately, as I said before, it’s not the norm even here. I can probably give just as many stories about people who stood up to the homophobes on behalf of themselves or their LGBT friends or coworkers.
Our secretary put the aforementioned coworker in his place when he started bashing her nephew and his new boyfriend. A petition was taken up on behalf of the coworker who lost his job. My daughter stood up for one of her coworkers who was getting verbally bashed.
So maybe, as a society, we’re learning? We’re changing? We’re growing up and realizing that what we should be looking for in a person has nothing to do with their color or gender or sexual orientation? We truly have come a long way in the last decades. But, when I see the behavior of the few homophobes I come in contact with frequently, I can’t help but think we still have such a very long way to go.
Comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for letting me rant a little.
Blurb of Living Again:
Daniel Larson has walled himself off from any possibility of romance since his lover died violently five years ago in Afghanistan. The same bomb that ended his partner’s life took the lower part of Daniel’s left leg. The only support Daniel has, his Uncle Lawrence, is dead-set against anything homosexual, including Daniel.
Now, a popular language teacher at the local university, Daniel’s suffering from a car accident that broke his one good leg. His uncle, who is much better at throwing money at things than offering emotional support, provides a rented power chair and a private in-home nurse. Unbeknownst to his uncle, the nurse comes in the form of a man named Jonah Thacker.
Instantly attracted, Daniel and Jonah fight their mutual feelings in favor of professionalism. They become friends anyway, and Jonah shares his life with Daniel, including his handicapped son, Ethan. As Jonah and Daniel grow closer, Daniel becomes more involved in Jonah and his son’s lives, even being there for Ethan when his medical conditions worsen. But when Daniel’s uncle finds out the nurse he’s hired is male, he uses all of his resources to keep Jonah and Daniel apart.
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Brynn Stein has always loved to write. Fan fiction, original fiction, whatever. While Brynn wrote in numerous genres—everything from mystery, to contemporary, to supernatural—she had always tended toward strong male characters. And then she discovered “slash,” male/male romance, and all those strong male characters were finally allowed to express their love for one another. It seems that there are always at least two characters clamoring to tell Brynn their story.
Brynn lives in Virginia with one of her two two-legged children, and two four-legged ones. Her supportive family encourages her writing and provides a sounding board for fledgling stories. When she isn’t writing, Brynn teaches children with special needs. In free time, when such a thing exists, she reads anything she can get her hands on, and haunts bookstores. She draws and paints, and enjoys the outdoors—especially if she can get to the beach—and is always thinking about her next story.
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