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Friday, May 20, 2016

2016 Hop for Visibility Awareness and Equality and a Giveaway!

Welcome to the Hop Against Homophobia, Bi- and Transphobia!


Welcome! The blog hop the focus is on transphobia. Thanks for stopping by! 

After reading the blog, leave a comment (must include e-mail address) between 5/17 and 5/24 and be entered into a drawing to win the following ebook: 

Diventando: The Vessel
OR
my newest eBook release from Dreamspinner on June 22nd
Soul Seekers 

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What causes transphobia?
Lack of information and stereotypes portrayed by popular media. The most proactive thing you can do about transphobia is to arm yourself with information and educate others.

Facts:
Nearly one million adults in the US identity of transgender.

According to a recent Pew poll, 90% of Americans say they personally know someone who is lesbian, gay, or bisexual. However only 8% of Americans say they personally know someone who is transgender.

The National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the largest study of transgender people’s experiences, found that 41 percent of transgender and gender non-conforming people have attempted suicide, a rate far higher than the national average of 4.6 percent.


What does transgender mean? Transgender is a term for people whose gender identity differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. For transgender people, the sex they were assigned at birth and their own internal gender identity do not match.

What’s the difference between sex and gender?

Sex refers to the designation of a person at birth as either "male" or "female" based on their anatomy (e.g. reproductive organs) and/or their biology (e.g. hormones).


Gender refers to the traditional or stereotypical roles, behaviors, activities and attributes that a given society consider appropriate for men and women.

Gender identity is someone's internal, personal sense of being a man or a woman.

Keep in mind that gender identity is not sexual orientation. Sexual orientation refers to whom you are attracted, so trans people can be gay, bisexual, straight, asexual, pansexual, etc., just like cisgender individuals.


What is Gender Identity Disorder?

Gender identity disorder is a condition in which a male or female feels a strong identification with the opposite sex.

Gender Dysphoria is an intense, psychologically painful and anxiety laden state which can intensify over time to the point of being intolerable.  Gender is our first and most intimate identity, and to have that be wrong in some way is deeply disturbing.  I have had many people say some form of:  “there is no choice, it’s either this or I kill myself”.  Furthermore, transitioning is a process of becoming who one authentically is.” — Ami B. Kaplan, LCSW


Does everyone who is transgender “transition” physically?

Many transgender people seek to bring their bodies more into alignment with their gender identity. While some Transgender people may alter their bodies with hormones and/or surgery, many do not.

Medical procedures don’t define someone as transgender. The gender they identify with in their minds does.


What is the correct way to refer to someone who is transgender?

Remember: Transgender is not a noun but an adjective. And transgender never needs an "-ed" at the end.

Incorrect: “Jake is a transgender."

Correct: Jake is a transgender person."


What is the difference between “coming out” lesbian, gay or bi and “coming out” transgender?

"Coming out" to other people as lesbian, gay, or bisexual is typically seen as revealing a "truth" that allows others to know your authentic self. The LGB community places great importance and value on the idea of being "out" in order to be happy and whole.

When a transgender person has transitioned and is living as their authentic gender - that is their "truth." The world is now seeing them as their true selves. Unfortunately, a person is transgender may no longer be seen as a "real" man or woman - and it can feel disempowering for a transgender person to have that experience.

A transgender person does not need to be "out" to everyone in order to feel happy and whole.


What do the initials FTM and MTF stand for?

FTM stands for female-to-male and refers to someone who was designated female at birth but identifies and expresses himself as a man. Many FTM transgender people prefer the term "trans man" to describe themselves.

MTF stands for male-to-female and refers to someone who was designated male at birth but who identifies and expresses herself as a woman. Many MTF transgender people prefer the term "trans woman" to describe themselves.


How do I know which pronouns to use?

Transgender people should be identified with their preferred pronoun. Often this is the pronoun that corresponds to the gender with which they identify. Not sure? It’s appropriate to respectfully ask their name and which pronouns they’d prefer. Some transgender people do not believe in a gender binary and prefer not to use pronouns typically associated with men (e.g. him) and women (e.g. her). Instead, they would prefer if people simply used their names or used a non-gendered pronoun such as “hir” or “they.”




To visit other blogs following the hop click on the links below!

Transgender Resources
Gender Talk


Go to the Hop Against Homophobia website and visit everyone in the hop!






Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cover reveal and blurb for Soul Seekers - due out June 22nd

Soul Seekers will be published with Dreamspinner Press June 22, 2016.

Here is the blurb and cover!

Nineteen-year-old college student Levi Reed has spent his life with hollow emotions and a darkness so deep that he's convinced he’s losing his mind. He'd give anything to feel something, anything, real.

When a mysterious stranger appears, Levi is convinced the man is trying to kill him. When he’s near, Levi experiences head-crushing pain and something surprising—real emotions for the first time. Jeb Monroe is arrogant, self-assured, closed-off, and handsome, but his isn’t the harbinger of doom Levi assumed. Jeb’s mission: help Levi find his missing soul.

Levi is pulled into the secret world of Seers and Keepers, those born with the innate abilities to manipulate souls and tasked with balancing the negative energy they can produce. Levi learns he possesses a rare gift, and he’s in danger. As Jeb and Levi grow closer, they discover a group of zealots who want to harness Levi’s power to cleanse the world of damaged souls. Everyone Levi cares for is threatened unless he agrees to become their tool of death. But agreeing could spell the destruction of humankind. With no one to trust and nothing as it appears, it’s up to Levi to save them all.


Check back soon for a confirmed release date!




A New Home for my Books! Plus a re-release and future stories.

Sadly, one of my publishers, Amber Allure closed as of March 30th. They took such good care of my stories. and I will definitely miss them. With them three of my stories lost their home but luckily Dreamspinner saved two of them!

Dare to Love Forever: New Vampire Justice Book 1
Jerricho’s Freedom

They accepted the last story, Diventando: The Vessel, but I have decided to self-publish this one. Hopefully, it will be available within a couple of weeks.

Dreamspinner has also accepted two new stories: Soul Seekers,
and Book 2 of the New Vampire Justice series,
A Chance for Us. AND, they will soon be considering a new contemporary story, Happily Ever After Isn’t Easy.


Here is the order of releases with the tentative release months:

Soul Seekers     
May/June 2016
Dare to Love Forever: NVJ Book 1 
Sept/Oct 2016
A Chance for Us, NVJ Book 2  
Nov/Dec 2016
Jerricho’s Freedom     
Jan/Feb 2017
Happily Ever After Isn’t Easy
Mar/Apr 2017

In addition, I am working on stories to self-publish over the summer:

A Kingdom for a Kiss
Divine Intervention
It’s Never Over

Two for the future, but I will post about those later.

Check back for more info.... 

Thanks! 
Jake









Saturday, April 2, 2016

Autism Awareness Day!


Hi all, I'm participating in RJ Scott's Autism Awareness Blog Hop! I work with individuals with Autism everyday and they are some of the most amazing people I know. Read some facts about Autism, enjoy a blurb and excerpt from my recent release, Shredding the Heart, and then enter my Rafflecopter giveaway!



Autism Facts

Autism doesn't just affect children. Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism

ASD can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger. By age 2, a diagnosis by an experienced professional can be considered very reliable. However, many children do not receive a final diagnosis until much older. This delay means that children with ASD might not get the early help they need.

Research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child’s development. Early intervention services help children from birth to 3 years old (36 months) learn important skills. Services can include therapy to help the child talk, walk, and interact with others.

Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities


Autism is treatable, not a hopeless condition. Children with autism do progress – early intervention is key. Children with autism become adults with autism and their struggles are just as great in adulthood and childhood.

I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). This mean I have been trained in understanding and creating changes in behaviors using the principles of Behaviorism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which is the only current evidence-based practice for the treatment of individuals with the diagnosis of autism. All of the individuals on my caseload have a diagnosis of autism as well as other co-morbid disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, depression, learning disabilities, speech delays and disorders, etc.

The company I work for provides services to individuals with autism from age 3 and up and who present on the severe end of the spectrum. My area of expertise is older males who are learning transition skills needed as adults and support once they transition into the adult world.  For these individuals, this means moving from services provided by the school system to funding through adult services. This is called ominously called "the cliff". Schools have resources (money/people/programs) available to to serve the needs of these individual (although many refuse to spend what is truly needed), whereas the adult world of funding for those with disabilities is severely under-funded (unethically so) and most services provided by the schools are discontinued despite need.

The current dangerous mindset is that learning is for the first 18-22 yrs of life and then no longer necessary for individuals with autism. Resources and interventions throughout the school years increase skills and independence only to be pulled away from those individuals the moment school services are done. 

Why is this so treacherous? Individuals with autism eventually lose skills without consistent support from qualified interventionists. I work with individuals who are in their early twenties who can lose skills within a day without adequate support. Given the poor resources for adults with autism, all of the hard work these individuals have done is thrown away by the system. Access to as normal a life as possible for these individuals decreases. The end result is often a life in residential services where the main mode of treatment is medication. 

Autism is not just a disability in childhood, but one that is lifelong. These individuals deserve the best life can give despite their disabilities. For autism awareness, I am raising awareness for adults with autism, as well as children. Adults with autism are the forgotten side of this lifelong disorder. Outlook for their lifespan is bleak, and only knowing about this tragedy, can we truly make a change for the better.



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Diventando: The Vessel!!