Today, I’m happy to take part in the Hop Against Homophobia. Commenters will be entered to win an electronic copy of my M/M novel, “The Vampire & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Christmas,” and U.S. winners also can get a goody bag, including a NYC “Rainbow” condom. (If you’re international, we can talk shipping costs!)
On many levels, I don’t get involved within political spectrums. With my background in journalism, we’ve been taught to stay objective, which often means don’t sign anything, don’t protest and certainly don’t stick any sort of candidate signs on your doorstep. (Too bad my conservative mate doesn’t feel the same way, but that’s another subject!)
Anyway, equal rights and the right to marry and love who one wants is vital. It’s hard to imagine that it’s even an issue, but I’m glad that the subject has become forefront in the minds of many people. Unfortunately, I’ve seen a relative pass away without his loved one by his side, because at that time there were no regulations or provisions in place.
Paul lived with his partner for more than 10 years. Growing up in a traditional, Italian family, his parents never addressed the relationship. Instead, his partner was his “roommate.” In the early ‘90s, when Paul contracted HIV, and then AIDS, he was hospitalized for his final few weeks. Since they were not married, his partner had no rights to visit him in the hospital, and the parents did not allow it. Seeing and knowing that added trauma had a profound effect upon me. How could his family keep the person he had chosen to share his life with, away?
Since then, we’ve come a long way. Even though many states do not allow same-sex marriage, there is paperwork that an individual can do to ensure their wishes are met in an emergency. The solution is simple: Let everyone have that chance, and choice for love.
Here’s a glimpse at the M/M novel I’m giving away as part of this hop:
The Vampire & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Christmas
Vampires and werewolves don’t mix … or do they?
Before there were three, there were two. When a vampire swoops in to save Trevor from a rogue gang’s blood sport, the werewolf must fight his own inhibitions. The magic of New Orleans and the holiday season bring together these two unlikely lovers.
Thank you for visiting, and please leave an email address so the winner may be contacted. The contest ends May 20, and a winner will be chosen via Random.org the following day. Also, make sure to visit the other stops on the Hop Against Homophobia.