Saturday, May 17, 2014

HAHAT

Welcome Blog Hoppers Against Homophobia!




Greetings!
I am glad to have you stop by!  This is my first year in taking part with this even in support of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.


Homophobia and Transphobia
People fear most what they do not understand.  A phobia in general is defined as a "persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding."  Over the past 10 years I've seen great strides made in the acceptance and treatment when it comes to gays.  However, we are still a ways from being to a point of being safe.  I spent too many years dealing with self-doubt and questioning who I was.  Hell, there are times when I still do.  I refuse to be ashamed of who I am and each time I am challenged for being the person I am, which is not a choice, I find more strength to stand up and fight.


No One Should Ever Be Bullied
That was what prompted me to write my book, T.E.D., which is about three guys Tim, Eric and Delsin, whose lives are intertwined as they each face their own struggles.   The story takes place around the journal entries of Tim while Eric and Delsin provide the back-story of the events taking place.   Tim is a kid  you want to give him advice how to better his life, and eventually you want to tell to quit being a wimp.  Eric is a character hiding his fear of being discovered by picking on others.  Delsin is supportive and does what he can, but is dealing with his own issues.  These guys are all flawed, yet likable characters.  It was important for me to have real people that my readers could identify and relate. T.E.D. is available at Amazon.


Prizes & Contests
  1. Jayson James book of your choice - Choose from Finding Our Way, Tormented Discovery, Drifting or T.E.D.  To enter, simply leave a comment below. Be sure you include your email address.
  2. $5 Amazon Gift Card - Buy any one of my books and forward the email receipt to me: jaysonjamesbooks@gmail.com.  You will get one entry for each book purchased (3 entries for my series collection) from 5/17/14 through 5/27/14.

Both contests end late May 27, 2014.  Winner's will be contacted by email.


http://www.amazon.com/Far-Away-Jayson-James-ebook/dp/B00CQTPY0O/ref=la_B009FQAR44_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400293650&sr=1-7Free Read
While you are here, I wanted to share that Far & Away, a short story of mine is free May 17-18, 2014 at Amazon.  After being let go from his job three days earlier, Carson Heywood is on his way to the airport. He is leaving Chandler, Washington behind, to begin a new chapter in his life, and to follow his heart. Many life-altering events leading up to this moment has Carson filled with anticipation and fear, wondering if he is making the right choice to move across the country to be with Stephen Rowan. Armed with a purple bear, hope, and a chance at happiness before time runs out, FAR & AWAY will leave a lasting impression on you...for a lifetime.


Thank you for stopping by!
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37 comments:

  1. This is very moving for me. Just lost my sister who was a lesbian. I miss her so much. She and her partner were not allowed to get married in our state which broke my heart. Love is love, that's it plain and simple. No matter what people said to her about being with someone of the same sex she proudly held her head up. She was a great inspiration to all of us. This is a wonderful blog post and hop <3
    kittyissweet@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I am sorry for your loss. It's hard for me to believe, but a little over 2-years ago I was feeling so down and in such despair that I contemplated ending my life. My best friend had no idea, only that she thought it was so important that I publish this book I wrote. Never would I have imagined publishing that one book would have changed my life so much for the better! I am so glad that I did not go through with my plans of ending my life I get how it is to be there. Take care! ;)

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  2. Well said, Jayson. Yes, there are struggles ahead, but as each one tells another and another, tolerance and then acceptance will be achieved. I heard of the struggles faced by my grandparents in fighting for equality for black people. We are not all there yet, but still a ways away from previous. So here's to fighting another good fight!
    I have read all of your books, more than once. T.E.D should be made available to all kids, school counsellors and libraries. It really is a must read.
    I stand and fight with you, always!

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    1. Thank you so much! I have been delighted to hear that at least 5 school libraries and 6 public libraries are caring it. I am always excited to see someone read my book and share it with others. Thank you for your support! :)

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  3. please count me in

    leetee2007@hotmail.com

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  4. This is such an awesome Blog Hop - so many stories to share, so many lessons to learn.

    lgrant1@san.rr.com

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    1. I agree! I', going to be checking out a few blogs each day myself. :)

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    1. Thanks C.C.! I appreciate the feedback! :)

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  6. Great strides are definitely being made. Despite all of the continued hatred, I believe things will keep moving forward, No one should ever have to be ashamed of who they are.

    sabrinasmadrina@gmail.com

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    1. I agree! One day at a time. :) I've been impressed with how fair things have come in the last 10 years.

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  7. I liked your comment and inner strength a lot. "I refuse to be ashamed of who I am and each time I am challenged for being the person I am, which is not a choice, I find more strength to stand up and fight."


    ladyunwritten[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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    1. Thank you! I am glad you liked that! I think it was my most profound thought of the post. :D

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  8. Keep finding that inner strength Jayson! Your book T.E.D. sounds really interesting. :)

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    1. Please let me know if you read T.E.D. I always enjoy hearing reader's thoughts on my work. :D

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  9. Thank you so much for participating!

    vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

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  10. Thanks for post and hop.
    cvsimpkins@msn.com

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  11. thanks for a great post

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  12. Thanks for participating in this awesome hop :)

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Thanks for being a part of the hop:)
    raynman1979(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Hm, bullying seems to be the unofficial theme this year. I wrote about it, and quite a few others did, too. It reflects a smallness of people's souls that they can't be focused on their own lives. I honestly think it has nothing to do with sexuality and everything to do with people not having enough of their own life to worry about.

    Anastasia Vitsky

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    1. I need to check out more blogs. I've enjoyed every one I've visited on this hop! :)

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  15. Great post. Thank you for taking part in the hop.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. I'm glad you liked it! Thank you for visiting! :)

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  16. Thanks for participating for such a good cause.

    lena.grey.iam@gmail.com

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  17. Thanks for taking part in the hop!

    kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

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  18. The characters in T.E.D sound like an interesting lot. How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in your book?

    Sorry I missed the Far & Away freebie. Early bird and all...

    Thanks for taking part in the hop! I love finding new authors to read. Fingers crossed to win.

    Have a great weekend!

    skeeterlee63 @ gmail.com

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  19. Thanks for the wonderful post.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  20. Thanks for taking part in the hop! wendynjason04@gmail.com

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