Author Madison Parker over at the Tea House talking about a different kind of bullying.

teahouseFavicon128Madison Parker has stopped by the Purple Rose Tea House on her blog tour for Play Me, I’m Yours with a heartfelt post that relates to events in her YA book: bullying within the LGBT community. It’s something we don’t tend to hear about as often, but is still prevalent nonetheless. Drop by the Tea House to read about the Vloggers speaking out within the community, and watch a video hosted by an insightful young man.

To celebrate her release, Madison is also hosting a giveaway. Check out the bottom of her post for details on how to enter.

x Charlie

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Things are kinda quiet… too quiet…

So after my ridiculous drive back with the folks from Kansas where we spent Christmas with my brother and his family, the folks and I thought our last food stop might have given us food poisoning, as we spent New Year’s Eve pretty poorly. Nope. We all contracted this super evil stomach virus and I haven’t eaten anything but toast as of three days ago when the idea of eating didn’t make me want to pass out. I haven’t had coffee in five days!!! Why world?!  Of course the idea of not having my precious java has been made a little easier by the fact that merely standing up reminds me that my body is just one big ball of pain right now, especially my stomach.

Oh sweet JesusI’ve been mostly bed ridden and slept more this last week than I probably did in the last six months. On the one hand, my little bouts of energy between naps and medication have allowed me to finish Julius’s book and now I’m tackling the synopsis. Oh my God, when you hear authors moaning about these things there’s a good reason. I just wrote a 96,000 word book and am dying to send it off but there’s this little piece of evil where I have to squish 96,000 words into 4 to 5 pages.

Okay, so I’m working on Julius’s synopsis and a few other exciting things. I’ve also written 3,000 words of Johnnie’s book. There’s heart ripping emotion and drama, and of course some humor thrown in because you know me, I like to soothe you and cuddle you and make you smile before I try and break you down. Tee hee. Chance is in top form and Johnnie’s not far behind. I’m really pleased how the fellas are getting on, or uh, not getting on. Seriously, I’m dealing with some combustible material here. Chance and Johnnie living in the same house. I’m having too much fun for my own good with these two.

Acrobat Mary CalmesIn between writing, when the medication wears off and it’s all Land of Ouch again, I’ve been catching up on my reading. Here’s what I’ve read: Kim Fielding‘s A Great Miracle Happened There, Madison Parker‘s Sock It To Me Santa, Ana Bosch‘s Lucky, Hayley B. James‘s Undercover Sins, and Mary Calmes Acrobat. Thoroughly enjoyed all of them, though some of these authors I’ve read their other books and I’m already a fan of. Mary Calmes I already apologized to for not having gotten around to her books earlier. I’d already heard so many great things about her stories, yet you know how these never ended tbr lists go, but I was feeling particularly rough and I know her books are on a lot of folks comfort list too, and I certainly needed some cozy comfort, so I started Acrobat and it was just perfect. I absolutely adored it and she officially has a new fan. The story, the characters, the plot, all had me captivated from the beginning. May I also point out how absolutely gorgeous that cover is? I love it.

I plan on getting around to the rest of her books most swiftly. I’ve got three books I plan to finish this weekend: Frog by Mary Calmes, Hainted by Jordan L. Hawk, and Water Waltz by Hayley B. James. Oh Hayley, sweet Hayley. Do you know what time I went to bed last night after starting Undercover Sins? 6 a.m. I kid you not. You can ask poor Michael Rupured who received an email from me at that time to confirm the link to his post and inform him of my bout of temporary book insanity. But I couldn’t put it down because OH MY GOD I had to know what was going to happen with Demetrius and Ty. You *waggles finger*, wait till I see you again.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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