Pride Sale

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To celebrate Pride month, JMS Books offers a pride sale through June 30. 30% off all ebooks in their store. A perfect time to buy either of my books, or any of the books by the other fabulous authors.

Maybe Unconditionally, with Luca and Gus getting married, is especially suitable, since yesterday was the two-year celebration of marriage equality in The United States. Or if you’re one of those who believe everyone should have the right to get married, but don’t want  to get married yourself, I guarantee that Find His Way Home is marriage-free 🙂

I can also recommend you check out the new edition of Cultivating Love by Addison Albright, it’s fabulous! Or if you’re like me and love a little holiday spirit all year long, Happy Merry Christmas by Amy Tasukada.

I think I’m going to do some shopping myself. Isn’t Thank you, Ranch Romances (Deidre O’Dare) a fabulous title? And I’m totally judging a book by it’s cover and putting He’s so heavy (JD Walker) into my cart *fans myself*. Pieces of us (Kassandra Lea) seems like it’s going to tug on my heart strings and I’m in the mood for that today. And since I’m terribly allergic and can’t cuddle with cute cats or dogs, I have to read about them. So why not buy a book about a cat cafĂ©: Wake-up Call (Becky Black)? And I fell in love with this stunning cover: Lavender (Xavier Axelson). Not out yet, but I preordered it.

Ehum. I can hear my credit card screaming. Maybe I’d better stop now? 😀

Happy shopping! #LoveIsLove

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Readers & writers for LGBT Chechens

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I’m sure that by now you’ve learned about the terrible situation for LGBT Chechens. For more information, here’s a link to Human Rights Watch.

When I learned about Dale Cameron Lowry and Olivia Helling’s project, Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens, I knew I wanted to be involved somehow. This blog post is part of it, but more about what we can do to help below.

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First of all some background to why I feel so strongly about this: I am a Swedish bisexual woman, currently living in Malaysia. Just like Chechnya, Malaysia is a traditional muslim country. And just like Chechnya, it’s dangerous to be LGBTQIA+ in Malaysia.

I moved from a country that’s considered very gay-friendly, to a country where it’s against the law to be homosexual. In Malaysia, people can be imprisoned for being gay. In Malaysia, being transgendered is considered questioning the wisdom of Allah, which is forbidden, and can also lead to imprisonment or murder.

The prime minister of Malaysia compared being LGBT to ISIS, and here they want to start using psycho-spiritual therapy at the hospitals to cure people of being LGBT.

Moving from a LGBT-friendly country to Malaysia was difficult. It made me re-evaluate the acceptance and freedom I’ve always taken for granted. Living in a country where I have to worry about the rainbow pin I’ve attached to my purse, has been an eye-opener.

I fear for my gay friends here. I fear for the cute, young gay couple I saw in the isle of a grocery store who had their pinkies hooked discreetly together. They flew apart when they saw me, but relaxed when I smiled at them and pointed at my rainbow pin.

No one should ever have to worry about holding hands with their partner. No one should ever have to be afraid of being murdered for who they are. No one should ever have to be fear execution by their own government because of who they love.

I can’t believe that we live in a world where this still happens. And I can’t just sit by and do nothing. So when I heard about this initiative, I had to help.

First, I doubled my entire first royalty payment and donated it. Then, I wrote this blog post.

If you are able to help, consider donating some money to any of the organizations listed here. Buy a book from any of the authors so generously contributing their profits to this cause. Or bid on any of the items in the online auction where the proceeds will go to this cause. A lot of fabulous people offer their services and things to be auctioned off, and the auction doesn’t end until Sunday May 13th so there’s still time.

If you don’t have money to spare, sign a petition (Amnesty, All Out or Avaaz). It will only take a second, but any little thing is meaningful.

Here’s a summary of ways you can help.

link to books whose proceeds are going to charity—Twitter

Grumpy writer

After being up late writing, my lazy Saturday morning sleep-in was rudely interrupted by the upstairs neighbors. They were…I really don’t know what they were doing, but it sounded like they were playing basketball…with a bowling ball.

I stumbled out of bed and realized I couldn’t even make myself a conciliatory coffee, because my husband had whisked away the coffee machine for a bachelor party weekend away from the city.

So here I am. Awake with the rooster, yawning and staring grumpily at the ceiling, hoping I will miraculously develop Superman-type laser eyes so I can smash the bowling-basket-ball into pieces. Sipping an unfulfilling cup of green tea, while contemplating if I should start writing murder mysteries, so I can kill off the irritating upstairs people without getting caught. I even have a title: The Mysterious Disappearance of the Noisy Neighbors. (PS: the butler didn’t do it 🙂 )

Whaddaya think? Shall I give it a go? 😀

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Progress!

I wrote words today! Real words on a real work-in-progress!

Yay!

Words I even kind of like! It’s the story I talked about last week, the one I started before I went to Sweden, but haven’t done anything more than think about since. It’s still untitled, but it’s going to be about finding home.

It’s about two guys called Elliot (a middle school English teacher) and Mick (divorce lawyer), and I thought I’d show you a picture of the guys who inspired my boys.

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I really love the cute dimples and kind eyes on “Elliot”, and I like “Mick’s” quirky, cute smile. They are inspiring—just what I need to get going!

Anyway: the writing was slow going today, I’m clearly out of practice. But I found a 30 day writing challenge on Pinterest, and I thought it might be a good way of getting into the habit again. So I’m thinking I might publish the challenges here on the blog, that way you get to know me a little better too.

What do you think? Good or bad idea?

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Happy New Year!

I just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year. Let’s hope 2017 turns out to be a better year than 2016 has been, I have a hard time imagining how it could be worse to be honest.

One thing will be great for sure: I’m going to be a published author!

And here to make sure your year ends in the best way possible is Sweden’s pride and joy: ABBA 🙂

God Jul!

I just wanted to pop in and say Merry Christmas (=God Jul)! Swedes celebrate today, on Christmas Eve, and this is how we do it:

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This is my Christmas tree from last year, when we celebrated in Malaysia. We did our best to recreate a true Swedish Christmas, we had even downloaded Donald Duck and pressed play on the computer at 3PM sharp 😀 But this year traditions are back to normal and we’re spending Christmas in Sweden.

Have a great Christmas everyone!

Party princess? Not so much.

There was a time in my life—far into my thirties, long after I had my daughter—that when asked to describe myself, I always said “party princess”. I loved hanging out with my friends, listening/singing along to loud music, drinking, and having fun long into the wee hours of the morning.

But a few years back something happened. If you ask my mom she would say “It took awhile, but you finally grew up.” I don’t know, maybe she’s right?

All I know is that this is how I prefer to spend my Saturday nights now:

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A glass of nice red wine and a great book. This is a poetry book, Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav, which I read while I decide what my next M/M Romance book will be.

Maybe you can decide for me? I’m choosing between the following:

Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton
Summer Lessons by Amy Lane
Ethan by Ryan Loveless

I want to read Ethan, because I simply adored Ethan, who loved Carter, and this book is a YA retelling of it. The Eli Easton book is on my list because I’m bursting with Christmas spirit. And I really loved Winter Ball by Amy Lane which was part one in the series, so I’m dying to read this, the second book.

I can’t choose. Help! 🙂

Have a great Saturday!