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Behind the Scenes of Kismet with Author Lillian McKinnon

I am incredibly proud to host author Lillian McKinnon today. She’s a beautiful, talented author and a great friend. Not many teens/almost teens have the drive and ambition to write complete works, she’s amazing.  Thank you for letting me kick off your blog tour. <3   A special note from Lillian: Kismet is a free read, so rather than have the usual buy links up, below you’ll find two fund raiser links. One is for a homeless youth charity called Lost-N-Found Youth. Not every kid is lucky enough enough to have the support of a loving family, and LGBT youth …

Native American Views Towards Homosexuality

My novel, Pukawiss the Outcast, details the experiences of Joshua, a gay, 14-year-old, Ojibwe teen as he comes of age on a reservation in northern Wisconsin. One of the reasons I wanted to write this novel was to contrast Native American views toward homosexuality with that of Christianity. In the book, Joshua was raised by a conservative Christian mother who views gay people as an abomination before God, so Joshua must keep his true self hidden. But when he returns to his reservation to live with his grandfather, he discovers that Native American attitudes toward homosexuality were quite different from …

Ice Fairy by S.L. Danielson

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Samuru (Sam) Ogawa is on track to be in his life’s dream…the Olympics as a figure-skater. All is gliding along smoothly until he literally bumps into one of the biggest bullies he’s ever met; a hockey player named Brett Zephyr. He’s well known for being a brash, hot-headed, caveman who thinks about nothing but hockey and his bimbo girlfriend. Things are tense and the walls between them build until unforeseen events begin to break the ice between them. But as the coolness melts away; other players come in to build them back as quickly as they fell. Family forces, friends, …

Private Display of Affection – Winter Sandberg

Private Display of Affection – Winter Sandberg As I’ve told more and more people about my latest book release Private Display of Affection, I’ve been asked one question on a fairly consistent basis. Why Young Adult? At first I didn’t really “get” what people were asking me, but as I bounced questions back at them, I found out that people really wanted to know why I’d want to “limit” myself. That’s laughable to me. I’ve been reading Young Adult novels for years because they were the one genre that I knew would be cutting edge. This is where the wizard, …

Stars On My Heart – A Collection of Work by blogger Dakota

On November 7th, a shining star in our LGBT family was lost, however, Dakota’s literary legacy lives on in his free download from Harmony Ink Press. The collection includes Dakota’s blog posts for this site, and his short story I Wanted, written for the Harmony Ink newsletter. Please share this collection with the world. Available from Harmony Ink Press: http://harmonyinkpress.com/stars-on-my-heart/

Saying Goodbye to our Dakota

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“Sometimes, bad things happen to good people.” That phrase is so ingrained in our culture, it’s nearly a cliché. In this case, it could not be more true. As some of you may have heard, last Thursday, our featured blogger Dakota Blevins was on his way back to school in Birmingham when he was killed in an accident.  His words, his messages, and his light will stay with us in his short but beautiful legacy.  Dakota has written posts on this blog during the last few months, always starting them with “Dear friends” because that was him – friendly, kind, …

What Do You Mean That’s Not the Top of the Mountain?!? by Johanna Parkhurst

Hi, Jamie Mayfield readers! I’m Johanna Parkhurst, and my book, Here’s to You, Zeb Pike comes out tomorrow (November 7th) from Harmony Ink Press. The title of my new book, Here’s to You, Zeb Pike, might be considered by some to be a little strange. Zebulon Pike was a well-known American explorer who lived over a hundred years ago, and the book is contemporary—not historical fiction. Zeb Pike himself never makes one appearance in the book. The book is actually called Here’s to You, Zeb Pike because the main character, Dusty, becomes fascinated when he learns that Zebulon Pike never …

Encouragement by Jo Ramsey

Everyone needs encouragement in their lives, and I think for teens it’s even more important to have someone telling them “It’s okay, you can do this, you’re going to be fine.” My new young adult novel Nail Polish and Feathers is about a boy who doesn’t have that encouragement, but it was written to encourage. Sixteen-year-old Evan Granger has dreamed for years of becoming a drag queen because he likes to feel beautiful and wants to bring beauty to others. His mother accepts that Evan is gay but can’t accept his desire to make a living by dressing like a …

Letter From Dakota

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Dear friends, I hope everything has been going well! I’m busy being a rock star – cause you know, I am one of those. Remember? Thought so. Fun thing I know it’s been a while since we talked, but I have a good reason! This month, (October 12th and 13th) I went to Atlanta Pride and this is my second year marching in the parade! As this is a really special occasion, I thought that I would write about my experience with Pride events to share with a few of you. As no one has sent me any Q&A requests …

National Coming Out Day: Keeping Perspective

October 11th is National Coming Out Day, which I actually don’t agree with. I agree with the celebration of freedom by our LGBT family, but coming out is a very personal decision that should be made with care and planning, not at the whim of a date on the calendar. There’s no race, no time limit. It’s something you can’t really take back – once it’s out there, the elephant is in the room. If you’re ready to take that step and open the closet door, I’m right with you – congratulations. But first, make sure that you’re self-sufficient, especially …

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