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Cocky Dogs and Books.

By now, you may (or not!) have heard of #cockygate, where one woman has tried to trademark the word "cocky."

Subsequently, there is an anthology call from Jackie Barbosa, which may be of interest to many of you. Here's the details:

From her tweet here:

THIS IS REAL: THE COCKY COCKERS:
1) Romance, any subgenre
2) Must feature a cocker spaniel
2) ~5k words
3) Due 05/31/18

If interested, email (jackie at jackiebarbosa.com ) or DM. I'll edit, get cover art, format, etc. Royalties to legal costs, equally distributed if none.


She also says m/m is just fine.

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Additionally, a group of authors are doing a giveaway from the 15th to the 30th of May on Instafreebie. It's not live yet, but keep an eye out on this space as more books are added so you can grab some amazing romance books for free, in all genres, subgenres, heat ratings, pairings, and so on. I have a book in this too, I'm honoured to be among so many amazing authors.

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New Release! "The Outsiders" Novel.

It's out. The Outsiders, book one of The Second Chances trilogy is out with Less Than Three Press. At this time, it's only in ebook, but there will be a paperback release too. I'll post that link as soon as it's available. The beautiful cover is done the amazing Aisha Akeju.

Blurb: Ninety-nine years after going into cryo, Matty wakes up to a world he doesn't know, with no memories of the world—or the man he loves—that he left behind. This new world is full of suspicion and darkness, humanity having moved underground in the aftermath of the mysterious Event.

And as Matty's memories return, along with his beloved Arkady, instead of his life getting easier, he finds his new reality only getting more complicated—and more dangerous.

Get it here: The Outsiders page.



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New Release! "Capsicum Head" Novella.



Capsicum Head is out now! This is a re-release of my novella that was first published in the Rocking Hard anthology. For this release, it has been reworked and new material added.

Blurb: Determined to get their band out there, Jon, his lover Pete, and their bandmates decide to try taking gigs in other towns. Their first attempt, however, is a complete and total disaster, leaving them all leery of a second attempt.

You can get it now at Less Than Three Press: https://lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&cPath=90&products_id=1522 and other good ebook retailers.

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Romance Cares Giveaway.



Rachel Lacey and Mia Sosa have teamed up with over 30 romance authors to offer you a special giveaway, in light of the recent natural disasters that have affected parts of the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands. To enter, just email us at romancecares@gmail.com showing proof of a donation (please remove sensitive information) to disaster relief efforts, and you will receive 1 or more free ebooks - chosen at random - from a list of books from participating authors. Some people will even receive an entire series! Please help us spread the word by sharing this giveaway on social media using the hashtag #romancecares.

Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone who's been affected. <3

Entry Details:

1. Please email romancecares@gmail.com by Friday, October 13 showing proof of a donation to disaster relief dated between August 1 and October 13, 2017.

2. In your email, please indicate your preference of Kindle or Nook copies for your gifted ebooks.

3. If you've already read any of the books included in the giveaway, please let us know in your email, and we'll do our best to gift you a book or books you haven't read yet.

Our Awesome Participating Authors:

Jennifer Bernard - Setting Off Sparks
Marnee Blake - Altered
Asa Maria Bradley - Viking Warrior Rising
Laura Brown - Friend (With Benefits) Zone
Celeste Castro - Homecoming
Olivia Dade - Ready to Fall
Alexis Daria - Take the Lead
Jen Doyle - Calling It
Kate Forest - Interior Design and Other Emotions
Calista Fox - His Angel of Starlight Bend
Megan Frampton - the Dukes Behaving Badly series
Codi Gary - Crazy for You
Mia Hopkins - Cowboy Rising and Cowboy Karma
April Hunt - Hard Justice
Ryvr Jones - Shadow and Bones
L.J. LaBarthe - The Archangel Chronicles (complete 9 book set)
Rachel Lacey - Crash and Burn
Ruby Lang - Hard Knocks
Jessica Linden - Fight For Me
Tracey Livesay - the Shades of Love series and the In Love with a Tycoon series
J.L. Lora - Boss
Sarah MacLean - the Scandal and Scoundrel series
Kelly Maher - The Bridesmaid and the Hurricane
Tif Marcelo - North to You
Liz Maverick - The Transporter
Harper Miller - The Sweetest Taboo
Steph Nuss - the Love in the City series
Priscilla Oliveras - His Perfect Partner
Tamsen Parker - Rogue Desire and In Her Court
Annie Rains - Forbidden Kisses
Sara Rider - Going for the Goal
Lydia San Andres - A Summer for Scandal
Susan Scott Shelley - Making His Move
Sabrina Sol - Delicious Satisfaction
Mia Sosa - Acting on Impulse
Elisabeth Staab - Losing the Fight
Mia West - Marked by Fire
Tara Wyatt - Dirty Boxing

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For Authors, For Readers, For Everyone!

AUTHOR FRIENDS: If you're interested in helping with donations for disaster relief for the recent floodings and earthquakes, may I point you towards this tweet. Go here. These two women are putting together a great way of raising money and want you involved. LGBTIQA welcome! Private message Mia Sosa for more information. I'm giving away three complete sets of the nine book series "The Archangel Chronicles" as part of this fundraiser.

READER FRIENDS: (I know the two overlap, authors are readers too!) Anyway, I haven't had a chance to post about this because of that thing called Life. Big congratulations to my dear friend Robyn Walker who got an Honourable Mention and one of the five Judge's Choice Awards for this years' Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction Competition and to L. V. Lloyd who has a story in the anthology.

The ebook anthology, titled Renewal, is now available for purchase from these retailers:

Mischief Corner Books
Amazon
Kobo
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Playster

And the paperback is available here.

This is the list of Judges' Choices and Honorable Mentions again (alphabetical by author's last name):
R R Angell, To Be Seduced is To Be Reborn – HM
‘Nathan Burgoine, First Shift – HM
Foster Bridget Cassidy, Springtime Fae – HM
Rory Ni Coileain, Longitudinal Case Study – HM
J. P. Egry, Coffee Cat - HM
Steve Fuson, Mating Season – HM
Lia Harding, Homefront – HM
Hannah Henry, The Tiger and the Lily - HM
Emily Horner, Bluebonnets – Judge’s Choice – Scott
S R Jones, In a Bind – HM
Ellery Jude, The Sprout - HM
Jackie Keswick, Patience – HM
Kristen Lee, Rings of Blue – HM
Elsa M León, Love Rituals – HM, Judge’s Choice – Jerome
Leigh M. Lorien, Green Burial – HM
Carol March, The Shaman – HM
Lloyd Meeker - Renewal - HM
Siri Paulson, Urban Renewal – HM
Ada Maria Soto, The Dust – Judge’s Choice, Angel
Ginger Streusel, Auto-Renew – HM
Soren Summers, Lament – HM
Robyn Walker, Wrong Daughter – HM, Judge’s Choice – Ben
Eric Alan Westfall, Merry Go Round – HM
E R Zhang, ARC – Judge’s Choice – Clare


This is the list of all the other wonderful authors in the book (alphabetical by author's last name):
Colton Aalto, Third Seat
Kiterie Aine, Gen 2547
Martha J. Allard, Snowless
Tam Ames, Vernalis
Richard Amos, Again
Jeff Baker, Restoration Inc
Redfern Jon Barrett, Alif
Abby Bartle, Werewolf
Joe Baumann, Walkers
Rose Blackthorn, A Circle Has No End
Dustin Blottenberger, Fields
Jaap Boekestein, That Part You Love
Matthew Bright, Below the Hill
L.M. Brown, Upgrades
Michelle Browne, The Birthing Pod
Jenn Burke, Chrysalid
L. Brian Carroll, Rumble
Fenrir Cerebellion, Faulty Resistance
Lex Chase, When Light Left
Rebecca Cohen, Late Fees
Ross Common, Tattoo Artist
Carey Ford Compton, I Will Be Your Shelter
PW Covington, Dash T
Andi Deacon, The Test of Gold
Vivien Dean, All That Fire
Bey Deckard, Soul Food
Jana Denardo, Falling Waters
Nicole Dennis, Mystic Blossom
Zen DiPietro, A Fertile Mind
Matt Doyle, Torin
Jude Dunn, The Whole World is Watching
Sarah Einstein, The Witches’ Garden
Tray Ellis, Fresh Start
K.C. Faelan, Ouroboros Undone
J.S. Fields, First Commission
Ofelia Gränd, A Fake Cup of Coffee
Sacchi Green, Third Time’s a Charm
M.D. Grimm, Ophiolatry
Nephy Hart, Rebirth of a Dragon
Kelly Haworth, Shedding
S R Jones, In a Bind – HM
Dustin Karpovich, Rainbow Powers
Lin Kelly, The Projector
Jon Keys, Gift of the Little People
Reni Kieffer, New Reign
Mia Koutras, Real Time
Aidee Ladnier, LightHeart
CB Lee, True Love’s Kiss
A.M. Leibowitz, Fresh
L.V. Lloyd, The Librarian
Mary E. Lowd, A Jetpack of a Different Color
F.T. Lukens, Checkpoint
Catherine Lundoff, Firebird
Anne McPherson, Brick and Blood
Xenia Melzer, The Joys of Death
R.L. Merrill, Exchange
Daniel Mitton, The Unmarked Grave
Eloreen Moon, First Contact
John Moralee, After the Fall
Lyda Morehouse, Murphy’s Landing
RL Mosswood, Molt
E.W. Murks, Chrysalis
Milo Owen, Seeing You
Carrie Pack, Allora’s Kiss
Terry Poole, All Hail the New Queen
Irene Preston, Certified Organic
Shilo Quetchenbach, Blackout
Wendy Rathbone, The Groomsman
E.J. Russell, Reboot V5.0
Ell Schulman, Take a Third Option
Patricia Scott, Hope’s Renewal
Andrea Felber Seligman, On the Day After the Second Long Rains
Stephanie Shaffer, Miss You
Mindy Leana Shuman, Genesys
L M Somerton, Library Fines
A.M. Soto, The Dust – Judge’s Choice, Angel
Andrea Speed, The Return
Andrea Stanet, The Harbinger
Paul Stevens, Winter Idyll
J. Summerset, The Ritual
Naomi Tajedler, Gilgul
Laurie Treacy, Coffee Break
Natsuya Uesugi, Switch
Zev de Valera, The House of Many Windows
J. Alan Veerkamp, Loyalty Index
Brigitte Winter, Sunrise
Alexis Woods, Fealty
Christine Wright, Rejuvenation


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Author Happy Holidays Blog Hop!

Christmas is always a busy time, and in my little part of the world, it's no different. Our family celebration is small, but there's plenty of food and drink, conversation and laughter.

It's always hot, too. Christmas here in Australia is usually a warm one, with various ranges in temperatures depending on where you are in the country. No snow here on our Christmas day! Just sunshine, maybe some wind, and if we're very unlucky, it'll be over 40oC/105oF. Luckily in my home, there's airconditioning and a ceiling fan!

In the spirit of giving, I'm giving one reader an eBook copy of my latest release, Book, Line and Sinker. Leave a comment to go into the draw!



Blurb: After seventeen years serving in the Australian Army, Ash returns to his childhood home in the outback town of Quorn. Filled with the desire to live a happy life in peace and with loved ones, Ash is grimly determined to beat his PTSD and tackle his flashbacks.

What Ash isn’t prepared for is Jaxon, the new librarian in Quorn. Jaxon is calm, gentle, kind, and a rock for Ash’s battered psyche. Ash finds himself falling for the handsome newcomer, even as his mind and memories of the past torment him.

When he has the idea for a mobile library to bring books and entertainment to remote communities in the far north, Ash is delighted that Jaxon is with him every step of the way. But though the library, called Book, Line, and Sinker, takes off, Ash’s past continues to plague him. Can Jaxon’s love be enough to keep them together until Ash is strong enough to stand on his own?

Enjoy the Blog Hop!

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Australian Authors.

Thank the universe.

This was something that all Australian authors were worried about—the proposed changes to copyright laws. Under the proposal, copyright for authors, which was in line with the international standard of existing with the author or their heirs/assigns for 70 years after their death, would be changed. The change would make it so the copyright would expire 15-25 years after the first publication date of the work.

The author of this proposal is the Productivity Commission, who are tasked with finding new and interesting ways for people to be productive and the government to make money. Its basic role is to help the government to make better policies in the long term interest of the Australian community.

The next proposal by the commission is one that hasn’t been rebuffed by the government or agreed to—in short, the government has given a non-answer on the question of whether or not they’ll go with this recommendation. This is to remove PIR—Parallel Importation Rules—where "an author owns territorial rights to their work, which means that they can sell their book to one publisher in Australia, one in America and another in the UK, and those publishers have an exclusive right to sell that book within their market only. Booksellers can therefore only buy bulk copies of a title from the publisher who has rights in their own territory, so Australian booksellers purchase from Australian publishers." [1]

As it stands at the moment, a consumer can buy a book from anywhere in the world. The system in place is fair and balanced, in that people can buy books in Australia published by Australian publishing houses or imports from overseas publishers, or they can buy books from overseas retailers such as Amazon, Book Depository or secondhand merchants such as Better World Books. Basically, the way it is, everyone gets paid, everyone's happy. This is the system in place in the US and UK as well as here, but it might not be here for much longer. Who knows.

Lastly, there is the debate of what constitutes fair use and that’s a murky thing at the best of times. Who knows what will happen there.

There's a petition to support Australian authors which is still up and running, so if you want to sign and support, that would be wonderful.
https://www.change.org/p/scott-morrison-save-australian-literature-stop-parallel-importation-of-books


[1] https://www.asauthors.org/copyright-under-threat#TOC
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The Archangel Chronicles Bundle Volume One.

Arcangels Archangel Chronicles Bundle Volume One

Dreamspinner Press has released the first three books of The Archangel Chronicles in one bundle, as a special collection. It's available now in eBook for $9.99! You can get it here.

Gabriel, Michael, and the Brotherhood of Archangels must try to deal with relationships while fulfilling duties of fighting demons and protecting humans in The Archangel Chronicles. Gabriel and Michael have been pining after each other for centuries, but an egomaniacal human trying to raise a hell army pushes their relationship to the backburner in No Quarter. Gabriel and Michael are finally reunited in No Surrender, No Retreat, but their happiness is threatened when someone begins kidnapping angels and selling them on the black market. In No Shadows Fall, newly bonded Gabriel and Michael and torn from their idyllic island retreat when Gabriel’s ancient enemy Semjaza escapes from his prison.

This is available only from Dreamspinner Press and I'm so excited to share this collection of the first three books with you all. I hope you guys all enjoy them!
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Mega Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Party with Xpresso Book Tours.

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Hi, there! Rebecca Hamilton here to tell you how SUPER excited we are to bring you this MEGA giveaway! First place prize is a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card, but we also have 12 runner up ebook and paperback prizes! Entering will connect you with 21 paranormal romance and urban fantasy authors for more great deals, freebies, and giveaway, so in a way, everyone wins!



Before you enter the giveaway, check out an excerpt of DARK INDISCREATIONS: A Prequel by Shakuita Johnson, one of the authors sponsoring the giveaway!






He worked himself up with so much anger that he marched to his parents' bedroom. He yanked open the door and barged in without even bothering to knock. He was beyond caring at this point. At his arrival, his mother opened one eye from where she was laid up, cuddling with his father. Eww… Maybe he should have knocked first.

"Really James? What is the problem today that has you in a fit?" Marcella asked, with an eyebrow raised.

"I am not a child!"

"Mm, when you act like this, it's hard to tell," Michael retorted.

"The two of you aren't funny. I'm serious!"

"You're always serious," Marcella said, mocking his tone.

"Don't mock me," James answered. He growled, baring his fangs.

"That's enough out of the both of you," Michael warned. "What is it James? What's wrong now?"

"What's wrong, is I'm twenty-one, yet I still live at home. What's wrong is that you still follow me on a hunt. What's wrong is that I'm not a fucking baby anymore. Stop treating me like one!"

"I see," Michael said.

Marcella scrunched up her face and made a tsking sound in the back of her throat because of his little outburst. Well too damn bad. The shit stopped today.

"I'm moving out," James said. "I'm going to build my own hut and I will live there alone or with Kain!"

"Don't be ridiculous," Marcella scolded. "You are staying here and that is final. I don't want to hear anything else about it. Do you understand me, James?"

"You aren't listening, Mother. I'm not a child and I'm tired of being treated like one."

"Well, when you start acting like an adult, we will treat you like one," Michael said, stepping in. "In the meantime, you aren't living far from our sight. Did you forget the fact that you died?"

"Oh my god! How long are you going to hold that over my head? It was one time, Father. One! It hasn't happened again and it won't."

"We'll see. You are staying here for now and this conversation is over," Michael said. "Now close the door on your way out."

His parents went back to resting on the bed as if he wasn’t even in the room anymore. Even still, they treated him like a child! James stormed out and slammed the door behind him. He opened it and slammed it once more to really bring his point home.

Fuck! His parents were assholes and a pain in his ass. They insisted on parenting, instead of letting him live his own life. It was unacceptable. They were determined to ruin his life with their meddling. It was unheard of in Mystic culture. He shouldn't be the only child, and they shouldn't be trying to keep him under their roof. He was a fucking laughing stock. His entire extended family talked about him behind their backs. They were the top of the food chain, yet he and his parents were barely respected in their own community because of their choices. The worst part was his parents didn't even care. He told them what was being said and they just shrugged and said dumb shit like, "They won't say it to our faces."

James was ready to murder. He couldn’t wait until Kain got there. Someone was going to die tonight, and it wasn't going to be pretty. He was going to rip some poor asshole apart and with his bare fucking hands. He needed to destroy things today.

The emotions were so strong, that he could feel the magic coming off him in waves. If he wasn't careful he would destroy the hut with his erratic magic. That would just make his parents hound him even harder. Any excuse was a good enough reason for them to keep him here. He was done giving them any.

He tried to steady his breathing and think relaxing thoughts, but it wasn't working. Where the fuck was Kain? He needed to hurry up before James lost his damn mind and blew everything to Hell and back. With the mood he was in, it was a good possibility.




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An Update: State of the Author.

Six months into the year and I'm wondering where did the time go? It seems as if I blinked and we went from January, with its sweltering Australian summer to winter, with its rain, wind and cold. I wish I could say these last six months have been productive and the time has gone into writing, but I can't.

For the most part, this year hasn't been a good one. I'll spare you the gory details, but the year so far has revolved around health issues, both mine and my mother's (who I'm a carer for), and other relatives. At the current moment, I'm on (hopefully) the last leg of a nasty sinus infection that has laid me up for nearly three weeks; prior to that, mum was in the hospital; my grand-niece was ill, my niece had the worst ear infection I've ever heard of, my cat was sick, and the list goes on. Subsequently, there's been little in the way of work done. And I'm annoyed at my own human frailty--being tired, being sick, being tired and sick, being depressed--for not getting more done on works in progress that I can't stop thinking about. The mind is willing, sort of, but the body is weak.

It could be said that rather than write this blog post, I could be working on a wip, but the truth is that it takes a lot less concentration to write a blog post than to work on a wip. And I've been Lady Silence for some time and felt that it was probably a good idea to sort of pop my head up and say here I am, I'm surviving.

There were good things that have happened this year, the first being the Cut Snake Collective photography exhibition I was part of, which was a terrific experience and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. The second was a short holiday I took mum on before she went into hospital, a trip up to the Flinders Ranges (where my latest release Book, Line, and Sinker is set) and that was wonderful.

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1. The ochre pits, where the Adnyamantha people gathered ochre for paint. 2. Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby in its natural habitat, in Brachina Gorge. 3. The Chase Range.

A small selection of the photos I took. To see more, go here.


Anyway, I have been reading a lot, a varied collection of books, actually, so here's a list of some of the ones I particularly enjoyed.

Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith
Close Encounters of the Furred Kind - Tom Cox (non fiction)
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
New Watch - Sergey Lukyaneko
Throne of the Crescent Moon - Saladin Ahmed
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
The King - J. R. Ward
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
Feral Machines - Ginn Hale
The Archer's Heart - Astrid Amara
Midnight in Peking - Paul French (non fiction)

Some are re-reads, because a book is a joy forever. And that, dear friends, is that. Hopefully the last half of this year will be infinitely less absorbed by health issues and I can write! Hope you're all happy and healthy. <3
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Hop for Visibility Awareness and Equality: Safe Schools Program.

Once upon a time in Australian schools, there was a program called Safe Schools. The program was put into practice in the last days of the Rudd Labor government, approximately six years ago. It was designed to provide teachers and schools with the tools to better understand and help students who were gay, lesbian, intersex, transgender, bisexual or asexual. It was hailed as a great achievement in the movement towards tolerance and equality, but perhaps more importantly, it helped young Australians understand that being non-heteronormative wasn't a bad thing, and that it provided a safe space from bullying and torment any GBLTQI child might experience.



From the Safe Schools website, I quote:

All Australian schools value the health and wellbeing of students and agree that bullying of any kind is harmful and should not be accepted. Across religions and cultures there is a shared belief in the right of all people to be safe, happy and healthy and to be treated with dignity and respect. This is not possible for students and staff in a homophobic or transphobic school environment.

With government and community support, we are assisting hundreds of schools across the country in their efforts to actively promote safety, diversity, inclusion and respect for the whole school community. This includes working in partnership with government and independent schools, schools in diverse geographic locations, and faith-based schools.


It's a good program, and an important program. It was providing a lot of support to kids who needed it, a lot of teaching to those kids who didn't quite understand GBLTQI issues, and assisting teachers, parents and schools as well.

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However, with an election and a new, highly conservative government, came some pushback against the program. That pushback turned into outrage which turned into demands from the far right and from various groups who are blatantly homophobic and transphobic to gut the program entirely. Many parts of the right wing conservative media lashed out at the program. I link them here, but I warn you, the contents of these articles can be triggering.

The Australian cried that the Safe Schools program was (gasp!) making kids learn how to say the words "transgender" and "intersex." Honestly, there's a lot of pearl clutching in the above article and I can imagine the author fainting and someone crying for the smelling salts. I personally rolled my eyes so hard at this piece that I'm surprised my eyes didn't get stuck in the back of my head, but I digress. From Sky News comes the piece that former conservative Prime Minister John Howard is "baffled" that the program even exists. The Brisbane Times is glad the program is getting scrutinized because it's "an excuse for brainwashing … a license for depravity." A mother wrote to Senator Cory Bernardi, a far right senator about the program and was told, among other things, that "You clearly haven’t got any idea what is in the program. If you did then you would be worried about your children being exposed to unhealthy ideas at such an early age."

In the end, new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, called for a review into the Safe Schools Program, giving into the demands of the far right members of his party (Liberal Party) and members of groups who are blatantly homophobic and transphobic and make no apology for it. The review listed a string of recommendations which Turnbull accepted and decided to pare back the program and make it for high schools only. The Conversation goes into more detail about this and the outcomes of it, concluding that:
Much of what the Safe Schools Coalition aims to achieve relates to the whole school culture. While some of this includes lesson plans, this is just one aspect of the program. The remainder includes contextual approaches to reducing homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and encouraging a school culture that is more inclusive of any difference and diversity.

(Warning: the above is pro the Safe Schools program but may contain material that is triggering.)

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The Saturday Paper also has a good article about the history of the program and how it was targeted and its near-demise. (As with all articles linked here, please beware that it may contain triggering material.) Doctors and health professionals came out in support of the program, sending an open letter to the Prime Minister and the government on the subject. More media began to publish pieces in support of the program and detailing what happened to a great support and resource.

Politicians and journalists can talk in grand terms and somber tones about the program and debate until the cows come home whether or not it's a good thing or bad thing. But the ones who really need to be heard are the children themselves, and their families, and those who grew up knowing they were different but didn’t have anything like Safe Schools to turn to. One mother begged the government to reconsider, as her son is transgender. Another woman wrote passionately about growing up the child of lesbian parents and of her own coming out without having the support of something like Safe Schools.

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However, these words fell on deaf ears as the lobbying by Christian groups and right-wing MPs had the program downsized and, in the words of one MP, "gutted."

And yet, despite the downsizing, the gutting and the verbal abuse thrown around about the program, some light shone in a dark and ugly tunnel. The states of Victoria and ACT decided that they were going to defy the federal government and fund an unchanged program from their own state budgets. In South Australia, Uniting Communities (Uniting Church) backed the program and teachers rallied in support, urging the SA state government to follow in Victoria and the ACT's footsteps.

The program isn't dead yet, despite many wishing it was. The debate continues to rage as children navigate the ever-changing waters of school society and those schools who are involved in the program are doing the best to help them. For myself, I think the program is a great one and it should be embraced by all the states and territories in Australia, and not removed from the curriculum.

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Comment to this entry to go into the draw for an eBook copy of my latest book, Book, Line, and Sinker from Dreamspinner Press.

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"Book, Line, and Sinker" Blog Tour.



"Book, Line, and Sinker" is on sale now and for the release of my new book, it's been on a blog tour! Pop along and have a read.

9th: MM Good Book Reviews.
13th: Gay Book Reviews.
15th: Oh My Shelves!.
15th: Open Skye Book Reviews.
15th: Dreamspinner Press Blog.
15th: Divine Magazine.
17th: My Fiction Nook.
18th: Long and Short Reviews.
19th: Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.
20th: Love Bytes.
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"Song of Song" Stuffs.

Today I'm guest blogging over at Jackie Keswick's, overe here, where I talk about Song of Song and my love of science fiction in general, so do drop by!

I also got a wonderful review (which I'm still starry-eyed over!) from Coffee Time Romance! Thank you so much for that, and I am so glad you loved Song of Song. The review is here, and Regina who reviewed the book gave it 5 cups out of 5!

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ETA: Additionally, I recieved a wonderful review from Joyfully Jay! Thank you so much and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. The review is right over here, and was reviewed by Kris who gave it 4.75/5 stars!

ETA the second: Two more wonderful reviews, first from Serena at Love Bytes Reviews, here and second from MorganSkye at Open Skye Book Reviews, here. Thank you so much!
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New Release! New great nephew-or-niece!

It's a hot day here in Adelaide. That's okay though, as my latest book and first release for 2016 is out today! Song of Song is out with Dreamspinner Press (it's the 18th here, so it counts, even though it won't be the 18th in the US until tomorrow here) and you can get it here in your choice of ebook or paperback.

And that's not all that's happening today. My niece is having her baby, her fourth child! She's gone into hospital with her husband and the whole family are waiting by our phones to hear if she has a boy or a girl. I'm about to be a great-aunt... again!



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New Release, Guest Blogging.

Coming soon to Dreamspinner Press is my latest release, a science fiction m/m romance called Song of Song. You can preorder it now (or buy it when it comes out!), ebook is here and paperback is here. Release date is 18th January, which is in 15 days time!

I'm also thrilled to be the Author of the Month at Divine Magazine, do drop in and say hi! Author of the Month post is here.

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What's Up Wednesdays #07.



WHAT I'M READING.

I'm 3/4 of the way through Red Phoenix by Kylie Chan. I really liked the first book in this series, White Tiger, but I find the MFC incredibly annoying and I frequently want to apologise to readers and say that not all Australians are like this. That's usually when I put the book down for a while. When I pick it up again, I enjoy it until once more, MFC with her magical perfect perfection that astounds even gods and goddesses that she insults and shouts at like unruly children, makes me want to hurl it at the wall. So I have a love/hate relationship with this series. Love, because all the secondary characters and the villains are fabulous and modern Hong Kong is beautifully written, but hate because of the MFC. And now there's all these hints the size of anvils that MFC is going to end up being part or entirely goddess of an ancient culture, and that goddess form will be a serpent. I'm not laying bets on how "astonishing" everyone else in the book will find this, because I don't like losing money.

But other than that, I'm enjoying it!

WHAT I'M WRITING (+ A WRITING GOAL).

Nearly finished the vampire novel that I started writing for NaNoWriMo, but I'm not sure I'm going to go on and finish it with a gazillion edits and chops and changes or not because I'm not entirely convinced it's not crap, so there's that.

Still working with Cate Ashwood on our second collaboration, set in Australia.

Song of Song will be out on the 18th January 2016 and Book, Line and Sinker will be out in March/April 2016, both with Dreamspinner Press.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME.

Sleep. Quiet. The sound of rain on the roof. The internet not being down, because it's hard to research something when your ISP suddenly drops out. My cat cuddling up beside me. <-- Same as last time.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW.

I've had the first batch of work done for the exhibition I'm involved with for next year's Fringe. The Fringe runs through February and March. So John and I have been driving around and I've been taking a million photos. I'm lucky to have a brother who doesn't mind driving me hither and yon for this. We ended up in the town of Sedan a few weeks ago, Sedan is 110km north-east from Adelaide and is tiny, but for me as a photographer, it was a gold mine.

And the year's coming to an end, it's gone by so quickly! It'll be Christmas in 23 days, argh!




1. Ruin on the way to Myponga Beach, some 80kms south of Adelaide. 2. The beautiful 18 meter tall statue of Kwan Yin at the Nan Hai Pu Tuo Buddhist temple in Sellicks Hill, also down the south coast of SA. 3.Ruins of Arthur's Seat in the Adelaide Hills. 4. The center of town in Sedan, 110km north-east of Adelaide. 5. Castiel. Because he's adorable.
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2015 Rainbow Awards.

Brick by Brick co-authored with Cate Ashwood has won an Honorable Mention in its area of best gay contemporary romance in the 2015 Rainbow Awards. Thank you so much!

The comments for this one are so lovely, again, thank you. "This story is like the most delicious dessert for the brain! How beautifully written it was and what a great romance between these two so likeable men! This is for sure a well deserved ten across the board. Nothing less will do for this beautiful story. It's such a delight when one comes across a story so well written, a story that wraps you up in the softest wool cotton keeping you warm way after 'The End'. More stories like this one need to come out. So, I suggest to these two wonderful Authors to Get Going! I Want More!!!"

And don't worry, we two authors are working on more stuff together. :D