PSA, Social Issues, Toolbox Tuesday

Toolbox Tuesday – Your Voice

One thing I love about MM Romance and LGBTQ fiction is reading about people who have different world experiences than I do. I love that, by reading these stories, I’m allowing voices previously stifled to finally be heard, understood, and empathized with.

Until MM Romance came along, most LGBTQ fiction, especially those books and movies with gay characters, ended in tragedy. Happily ever afters? No, that didn’t happen. Most ended in a tragic death, loneliness, despair, or self-loathing.

Everything changed when MM Romance came on the scene. People who had never considered reading about men falling in love with men were clambering for more books, more varied stories so they could better understand a segment of the population they may have known very little about prior to that. Minds and hearts were opened. And LGBTQ people were finally able to read about a hopeful future and see parts of themselves reflected in characters, something many straight people have always taken for granted when reading or watching movies and TV.

Despite being on the rainbow spectrum myself, my experience as a bisexual woman was different than the men I read and eventually wrote about. Part of that is that I’m married to a man, so very few people even know I’m bi. I have the luxury of not coming out to people every time I introduce them to my husband, unlike a gay man does when he brings his husband or boyfriend to an office party.

In fiction I read about struggles I could barely fathom and had been completely naïve to prior to picking up MM Romance. And I got pissed. I was pissed that people, in this time of supposed enlightenment, were getting fired from jobs on Monday because they married the person they love the previous Saturday. I was pissed that kids were being force against their will into reparative or conversion “therapy.” That’s not therapy. That’s fricking torture and mental abuse.

I’ve been reading MM Romance nearly a decade ago now and writing it for six years, and many of the grotesque violations my LGBTQ friends have endured for years have become public. People are talking, which of course means people are hating. Marriage equality is the law of the land in the US as well as many other countries around the world because people supported their friends and family, stood up, and did what was right. Despite that, Marriage equality seems to have given fuel to the haters.

Reparative therapy is now illegal in several US states. It could soon be illegal in the entire USA. Yet, in many states, people can still get fired for marrying the person they love or get kicked out of their homes or denied lodging or any other number of things, no matter if same-sex marriage is legal or not.

But Americans have a voice they can use: their vote.

I know many readers of MM Romance who need to keep their reading habits a secret. They’re silenced. They don’t have anyone they can talk to about the thoughts these books bring to mind. Some have found social media connections—often using pseudonyms—to reach out to like-minded people. Voting is a way for those people to use their voices to say, “No! Discrimination is not what I want for my country.”

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About two-thirds of eligible voters in America don’t vote because they believe their voice won’t matter. With an estimated 3.5% of the population identifying as LGBTQ, we need you! We need your voices to stand up and say, “Love is love. Equality is for everyone.”

No one needs to know who you voted for. No one needs to know why you voted for the person you did. But this is a way to make your voice heard, to do something to help men and women like the characters you’ve fallen in love with in all those books lead happier, more fulfilled lives.

So, I’ll be going out on this Super Tuesday and caucusing. I’ll be voting for a candidate who will support all LGBTQ people rather than for one who wants to go back to the days when happily ever afters were not even a dream. I won’t be silenced.

How about you?

Public Appearances

Virginal Pride

I attended my first event as an author among potential readers this last weekend along with Tina Blenke and Kaje Harper. Tina did an amazing job of setting all this up and organizing it and a reader friend and her husband helped with all the physical hauling.

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Up until now, I’ve only gone to writing workshops where all the other attendees were also authors. I love those things, because those people just got it. Or me.

It was the same way at Pride. I got to talk to readers and potential readers about all sorts of things.

I sold some books. I talked to other M/M Romance lovers. I met an artist who I’d love to commission for a cover. I got to know Tina, Kaje, and a reader friend, Kathie even better. We also had two tweens helping us draw people in by asking if they’d like to spin a wheel to win a prize. We gave away a lot of stuff.

Next year, I hope I can join these same authors at Twin Cities Pride along with even more Minnesota authors.

 

Giveaways, Interviews & Reviews, My Novels, News

Outtakes, Interviews, & Giveaways, Oh My!

Right now there are a few giveaways/contests going on for the books in my North Star world.

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  • First, Mrs. Condit and Friends is giving away a copy of Flare. The deadline to enter is Feb 8th at 11pm CST. You can also read a review of Flare and an interview with Hugo, so click to comment and get entered.
  • Second, Prism Book Alliance has a contest ending February 6th. I shared an outtake I wrote of Hugo and Kevin in high school that will never make it in to any of my books. If you click and comment, you can have a chance to win either Spark, Fusion, Flare, or the YA adaptation of Spark, Private Display of Affection by Winter Sandberg.

But there’s even more news!  The Dreamspinner Press Group on Goodreads has two new threads. One is for Posy Roberts where you can ask me anything. The other is for the North Star Trilogy where anything about the books can be asked, including things that are spoilers, because there is a spoiler alert posted. I’d love the North Star thread to be a place to get to know readers better, so feel free to stop over and drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you!

I’ve also shared the two contests above on the M/M Romance group on Goodreads, so if you are a member of that group, feel free to pass the word along.

Thanks to all of you who have so freely shared my books and let people know that you’ve enjoyed them. Without you, this would never be happening. XOXO!

GLBT, Interviews & Reviews, LGBT, My Novels

Spectacular Review for Flare + Giveaway!

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Jules Lovestoread reviewed Flare over at Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books. She also interviewed Hugo and even got him to reveal a few dirty secrets. O_O  Click over and comment to be entered to win a copy of book 3 of my North Star Trilogy. What do you have to lose? Not a thing, and according to Jules, 

This series is fantastic, and I fell head over heels for these characters – Hugo especially. Flare is the final installment in the trilogy, and Posy Roberts couldn’t have done a better job with this ending.

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Authors

Guest Post: Annabelle Jacobs’ Bookshelf

Annabelle Jacobs is here to share her bookshelves with us, or at least one. Please welcome her.

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I love to read. I especially love to read with an actual book in my hand. Don’t get me wrong I have an awful lot of books on my ereader, and now it’s where I do most of my reading, but there’s just something a little nicer about a book.

I have a lot of books. There are far too many for my poor bookcase to handle, so I have them piled up all over the house. As you can see, I like a whole range of genres including crime, and horror, but my favourite has got to be fantasy. The most recent series I’ve read is Game of Thrones, and I adore it–despite the fact that he kills people off all the time, and always when you’re not expecting it!

When it came to writing a novel of my own, the first idea I had was for a fantasy/shifter story. Since NaNoWriMo was just around the corner, I decided to join up and see if I could do it. One month and fifty thousand words later, I had most of my first book, The Choosing, written out. It took me another two months to finish and submit, and it was released in October last year.

My second book, Capture, again a fantasy novel, took a little longer. There was no Nano this time to push me to write it, but Capture was just released on Jan 24th, and I’m really excited because it’s the first book in a trilogy. Whereas my earlier book involved shifters, this one is about dragons, and elves, and magic. It follows the relationship between Nykin, a dragon rider, and his king, Ryneq, when circumstances throw them together.

The second book, Union, will be out in April 2014, and Alliance, the third, hopefully later in the year.

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Over two hundred years ago, when dragons were hunted for their blood, the King of Torsere offered them sanctuary. In return, the dragons bestowed a magical gift on the King’s people, allowing those born with the mark to become dragon riders and forge a mental connection between dragon and rider.

King Ryneq of Torsere is undeniably attracted to Nykin, a young dragon rider. Ryneq’s sister, Cerylea, encourages him to pursue the relationship. But with the stresses of ruling Torsere, a romantic attachment is low on Ryneq’s list of priorities. Nykin admires the king from afar, but wants more than to warm his bed for a night or two.

Torsere remains under threat from the lowland armies of Rodeth and Athisi. To protect their kingdom, Ryneq and Cerylea intend to form an alliance with the elves through Cerylea’s marriage to elf prince Morkryn. On the road to the wedding, the lowland army attacks the party. Cerylea escapes, but Ryneq is captured and taken to the impenetrable Risvery Castle. In the aftermath, Nykin volunteers for a perilous mission, endangering the lives of him and his dragon. The odds are against him, but Nykin will risk everything for his duty and his king.

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Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJacobs_fiction
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webpage: http://annabellejacobs.com/

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Interviews & Reviews, My Novels

Link: Reviews North Star

“I wanted to live in their world because through all the bad, they persevered and found the good, and it really is a series about the power of love. Outstanding series! One of the best by far.”

StraightNotNarrow: We all have an opinion, here’s mine…: Reviews for The Northstar Books, by Posy Roberts.

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Book Release, My Novels

A Great & Busy Day!

Flare was mentioned in USA Today! How great is that?

I’m also on Dreamspinner Press’s blog today talking about all sorts to things. Come interact with me. I’m asking all sorts of questions. One or two are bound to spark your interest. Not to mention, I’m talking about Hugo and Kevin. 😀  Happy day!

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And of course, Flare was released today!

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Book Release, GLBT, Inspiring, LGBT, Social Issues, Writing Process

Are You Ready for Flare?

JanuaryAd_Elisa_NorthStarThe full North Star Trilogy will be released in 36 hours when Flare is out. Have you read Spark? Is Fusion still burning in your mind?

You still have time!

Hugo and Kevin knew they should be together all the way back in high school, but life took them in very different directions. When they have a chance to continue their relationship, life’s circumstances have other plans for them. But they know they are meant to be, so they fight for each other, and they will fight for the family they want to nurture together, even if the world around them doesn’t quite understand their “alternative” family and tries their best to keep them apart.