Saturday, August 16, 2014

Let's help LGBT youth in Los Angeles

It is estimated that 20-40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT, when LGBT youth only make up 10% of the general youth population (statistics found online).

The Los Angeles LGBT Youth Center provides services for LGBT or questioning youth between the ages of 12-24 who don't have a home. Some of the services provided are: Housing, meals, showers, recreational services, eduction and employment programs and more.

This is where we come in :)

Twice a day they allow homeless LGBT youth access to gently used clothes and new packages of socks and underwear. From now until Monday September 15th, I will be collecting gently used clothes and new packs of socks and underwear to help. At the end of September, with my good friend, Melissa, I will take them all to L.A. to donate to the LBGT Youth Center.


*For those interested in helping out, please email me at nyraedawn@yahoo.com for the address to send me clothes donations.

*Please visit their site HERE for a more specific list on what to donate. Please make sure the clothes are in decent shape, and go by the sizes etc. on their site.



***GIVEAWAY***
Each person who sends me clothes or new packages of socks and underwear, I will enter your name in a drawing. Sometime the week of September 15th, I will randomly draw one winner who will get a SIGNED paperback of ALL of my books. Yep. One person will win signed copies of: CHARADE, FACADE, MASQUERADE, RUSH, WHAT A BOY WANTS, WHAT A BOY NEEDS, FREEING CARTER, MEASURING UP, OUT OF PLAY, SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL, and DIZZY. So, not only are you helping homeless youth, but you also have the chance to win some free books!


*What else you can do to help:
I understand that not everyone is able to purchase socks and underwear. Or maybe you just cleaned your closets and donated your clothes. You can also help by spreading the word about this. Tweet it, Facebook it, blog it. We can make the most impact by getting the word out!

Thanks everyone!



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Thursday, August 14, 2014

A confession...

One of my biggest fears/challenges as a writer is one of the parts I love the most about writing--the romance. More specifically, "insta-love" I am a PROUD romance author. Yes, there is always much more going on in my books than romance--pain, growth, family, mistakes, friendships, etc. I want my books to say something, to mean something, and yes I think all that is something romance books can and do achieve. But because I am so passionate about romance it fills me with fear as well.

I fear people questioning how the characters fell in love.

I fear telling the reader my people are falling rather than showing them.

I fear not doing my characters or their story justice.

I fear not making the reader a part of their journey.

I want the reader to feel every step of the way--the first meetings, the innocent touches, the friendships that grow to more. Then the passion and growth and healing the characters go through both separately and together. I want readers to experience it. I want them live it.

I'm in a stage I go through with every book where I wish I could read my work in progress through a someone else's eyes and experience it from the outside. I want to know if they're falling right along with my characters, if they're seeing the characters stumble into something that has the ability to change their lives. If they're living the book, experiences or romance with my people, because that's such a huge part of it--the journey. I am all about the journey and not just magically appearing at the destination.

Another confession... I kind of like that fear. And I'm not real big on being afraid but I think healthy fear is important. When I stop feeling afraid that is when I will worry. I think most things that are important to us are at least a little bit scary. It's part of the way we know how much it means to us--or at least that's how it is with me. If I didn't love what I do, I wouldn't be afraid of doing it wrong. I'm not saying that's right or wrong or how other people should feel. It's just how I feel.

"Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up heart and soul." ~Joanna Harris

When I'm reading there is nothing like being swallowed heart and soul. It's what I strive for when I'm writing, as well.

What books have you read lately that have swallowed you heart and soul? Is there something you love enough to fear?


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Friday, August 8, 2014

Witch Hunter Olivia

Here's what New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors are saying about Witch Hunter Olivia by T.A. Kunz:

 

"Witch hunters and sexy tattoo artists? This New Adult Paranormal is EVERYTHING fans of romance and action are looking for."

- #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

"A fun, action-packed, enjoyable read!"

- New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack

"The perfect blend of New Adult and Paranormal. It's absolutely fantastic!"
- New York Times bestselling author Nichole Chase

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Reviewers are calling Witch Hunter Olivia "amazing, fun, well-written, and entertaining." You don't want to miss the hottest New Adult paranormal romance of the summer!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In the town of Piedmont Pointe, where paranormal is the norm, a girl can easily get herself in over her head with a single wrong move. Unfortunately for Olivia Adams, she's about to make several.

Starting over is never easy, but it seemed like the only option to Olivia. The decision to turn her back on the Guild of Witch Hunters, the very group she devoted her entire life to, was one of the hardest things she ever did. It meant leaving her family, her friends, and her old identity behind forever. Coming to terms with what caused her to abandon her duties in the first place was even harder.

While trying to lay low and stay off the Guild's radar, Olivia finds herself thrust back into her old ways after unknowingly interrupting an assassination hit on a powerful witch. What follows is the last thing she ever thought she'd agree to do--protect the very thing she was groomed to hunt.

To complicate things even further, Olivia begins to develop feelings for a tattoo artist who also happens to be half warlock, and no matter how hard she tries to fight it, she can't resist her inescapable draw to him. Olivia's forbidden relationship isn't her only issue though, because once the mystery behind the assassination attempt starts to unravel, she's forced to choose sides when the loyalties still tied to her past life are tested again.

So much for the idea of a fresh start.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author T.A. Kunz has always had a fondness for reading thrilling mysteries and action-packed urban fantasies. So, it was no surprise when T.A. decided to write stories that theyíd fall into one of those two genres. T.A. lives in Central Florida with two fur babies and a mechanical engineer who also happens to be quite the culinary badass, which there are no complaints about. Being a self-diagnosed caffeine addict, many joke that T.A.ís addiction to Starbucks coffee will likely be their downfall later in life.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Some of my favorite...

things about my work in progress:

*It's diverse. We have characters of different nationalities and sexual orientations...you know, like real life :)

*Ryder's relationship with his brother. It's a fragile one but I really love it. I've always wanted to write a book where I get to really explore a relationship with two brothers.

*The friendships. There is no backstabbing. No friends who ditch each other. No, the relationships aren't perfect because let's face it, none are, but both Ryder's group of friends and Virginia's group of friends are good people. And they love Ryder and Virginia.

*In a roundabout way the book has a little to do with writers like Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, and Ernest Hemingway.

*Virginia because of her strength and her convictions, even if she doesn't always make the right choice or know what to do.

*Ryder for his journey because sometimes things just aren't what they seem, and loyalty isn't always a good thing.

*Ryder and Virginia together because love is a beautiful thing and they make my heart race and a smile spread across my face. Too many people don't see the beauty in that feeling.

There are so many more things that I can't share because they would be much too spoilery. I am having fun with my people though and I hope one day you will love them just as much. I want to be with them all the time and that's not something that always happens.

What are you head over heels in love with right now? A book? Song? Person?


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