Hop Against Homophobia

The International Day Against Homophobia, held on May 17 every year, is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another.

2011 was marked by a series of breakthroughs at the United Nations concerning the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. On 17 June 2011, the UN adopted the first ever resolution on the human rights of LGBT persons, followed by the release of the first UN report last December.

I quote from this report: “The findings and recommendations of the report will support the strengthening of the legislative environment for rights protection of people most-at-risk, vulnerable and living with HIV, including MSM and transgender persons.

“As we mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, UNDP expresses its solidarity with the LGBT community in claiming their rights and denouncing human rights abuses against them.

“Despite these developments, a number of countries still have laws that criminalize same-sex relations between consenting adults. In the Philippines, while the society may appear tolerant towards LGBT, stories of stigma and discrimination among members of the community still persist.”

What troubles me today is that Filipino superstar boxer, Manny Pacquiao – a man whose fights I will NEVER watch again – came out against same sex marriage. In a landmark week when US President Obama spoke passionately about his changed views and endorses marriage equality, Pacquiao had to come out and say something stupid.

I am proud that we have a President who can come to a new, compassionate realization based on actual people he knows, friends and staffers who are suffering under DOMA. One by one, those who don’t know same sex couples, will, I hope, actually befriend a same sex couple and care enough about them to champion their plight.

Ignorance is not bliss. It breeds misunderstanding, fear…and stupid boxers.

Pacquaio’s comments are especially troubling considering  UN’s recent report from the NGO Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch.

“It is estimated that over 160 LGBT-related hate crimes have been documented since 1996. The prevailing stigma associated with homosexuality and sexual diversity drives members of the community to situations that place their physical, mental and social well-being at greater risk.

“This has resulted in an escalating epidemic of HIV among men having sex with men (MSM) and transgender persons in that country. As reported by the Department of Health, about eight out of ten reported cases of HIV each day are acquired through same-sex transmission. Experience has shown that when people are stigmatized because of their sexual orientation or identity, they are less likely to access the HIV services they need. Therefore, this leads to new HIV infections and AIDS deaths.”

Pacquaio was quoted as saying gay men should be put to death. I don’t read Tagalog but I know Manny and he’s no rocket scientist. He was quoting from the Bible and claims he was misquoted. Whatever…

I Google Translated his quotes but since his initial statement he is now saying he is not against gay men, just same-sex marriage. I am saddened that a man who has the power to do so much, to teach a tide of change, is making public statements like this.

One day, blogs such as this and days like today will no longer be necessary…

Until then, I live in passionate hope.

Aloha oe,

A.J.

 

Forbidden Liaisons

 

Forbidden Liaisons – a fabulous new Amber Pax Collection of stories coming to www.amberallure.com in August has a hot n spicy cover.  My amazing publisher and cover artist Trace Edward Zaber designed and produced this yummy cover. Inside it will be five stories from five M/M authors – D.J. Manly, Carolina Valdez,  Angel Martinez, L.A. Witt, and me, A.J. Llewellyn!

All the stories will get their own covers, but for now, this is the group wrap-around cover. My very naughty story, April Sun in Cuba is in and I am already missing the characters!

Until August enjoy the cover…

Aloha oe,

A.J.

COFFEE, TEA AND…H.L. HOLSTON!

 

 

By H.L. Holston

Thank you for stopping by on the Raise Your Glasses Tour! I’m your hostess H.L. Holston and today we will be cruising at an altitude of 25,000 feet until we reach our destination. Drinks will be served shortly, so put your seat back and enjoy the flight!

In celebration that my book were released May 5th (Cinco de Mayo), I’ve included a recipe for a drink called the Flaming Cinco de Mayo (see our tour graphic to get an idea of what it looks like).

Please don’t light yourselves on fire when preparing this drink, but if you do, exits are at the back and front of the airplane! *g*

Gather your ingredients: grenadine, tequila, crème de menthe and high-proof liquor, like Bacardi 151. Carefully fill the shot glass less than one-third full of grenadine, then layer your tequila and crème de menthe on top of that and finish it off with the high-proof booze. Using a torch lighter (and a lot of safety – people!), ignite the tops of the shot glasses and take in the glory.

Next – and this step is super important, guys – blow out the fire and take your shot. Enjoy!

Bio & A Giveaway:

H.L. Holston is a teacher by day and a sometimes author by night. In her past lives she has been a: flight attendant, police officer, bank teller, radar operator in the military, and ran the romance section in her local Waldenbooks.

These days she dreams up ideas with her writing partner Sue (they write as Sue Holston), but occasionally she ventures out on her own. She admits she is a horrible blogger, even worse in keeping up on FaceBook, and longs for the days when she was a flight attendant and traveled the world for fun and pay. She can be found at: www.hlholston.com or via email: hlholston@zoho.com.

For listening to her ramble on in airline lingo, she is offering up a copy of her new book, Coffee, Tea and the Mile High Club to one lucky winner, plus the opportunity to win a $20 gift card at the end of the tour. Please leave a message in this post with your email address, if you’d like to be entered.

The Blurb:

Coffee, Tea and the Mile High Club by H.L. Holston

International flight attendant Jake Watson jets fromDallastoTokyowith his boss and secret crush, lead flight attendant Evan Parker. Evan’s frosty glares and snarky comments have held Jake’s feelings at bay for months because Evan hates Jake. Or does he?

While the plane cruises high over the Pacific, Evan proves Jake’s secret crush isn’t so secret or as unwelcome as he believed. Can Jake’s fire melt Evan’s ice? Their layover inTokyois Jake’s chance to sneak past his boss’s defenses and possibly into his bed.

Will Jake crash and burn with Evan or find love at 38,000 feet?

Flaming Cinco de Mayo recipe: http://rock-ur-party.tablespoon.com/2012/05/05/how-to-make-a-flaming-cinco-de-mayo-shot/

 

 

Raise Your Glasses Blog Tour

I am excited to participate in a Silver Publishing author blog hop that starts today!

This involves free ebooks and a $20 gift certificate for readers so please stop by and leave comments to win!

Today, the prolific, dynamic Scarlet Blackwell, author of 911 (and one of my favorites, Rescue Me) and other tantalizing tales, hosts Anna Marie May here:

http://scarletblackwell.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/raise-your-glasses-tour.html

Tomorrow, I am being hosted by the talented and lovely Anna Marie May, author of the Fallen Angel series. I’ll be talking about the story behind my new collaboration, Moby’s Dick co-authored with the divine, deeply talented author, D.J. Manly here: http://amariemay.blogspot.com/

On Saturday I am hosting the amazing H.L. Holston, author of the wonderfully titled Coffee, Tea, and the Mile High Club right here!!

http://www.ajllewellyn.com/site/blog/

On Sunday, H.L. will be hosting Scarlet here:  http://hlholston.com/

The Raise Your Glasses Tour  starts today! We are celebrating our May 5th releases from Silver Publishing and offering up free copies of our new books (and did I mention a $20 gift certificate)! So make sure you enter the contest on all four days to increase your chances of winning!

Thursday, May 10thScarlet Blackwell hosts Anna Marie May
Friday, May 11thAnna Marie May hosts A.J. Llewellyn
Saturday, May 12thA.J. Llewellyn hosts H.L. Holston
Sunday, May 13thH.L. Holston hosts Scarlet Blackwell

Aloha oe,

A.J.

Moby’s Dick is OUT NOW!!!

Moby’s Dick is out NOW at Silver Publishing!

Our thanks to gay porn director John Bruno for the fab cover!!

Purchase link:  http://bit.ly/J1sVL7

Burke Matthews and his wily team of experts on board the salvage cargo ship, The Brigadoon, have hauled everything from Russian nuclear submarines to stranded catamarans. After having spent almost two weeks in the sunny port of Palermo, Italy trying to win the bid to salvage half a million gallons of oil from a distressed cruise ship half-sunk off the coast, Burke starts to worry about the trapped fuel in the ship’s hull.
As families of the missing passengers urge the country’s environmental minister to hold off the salvage as the search for their loved ones continues, Burke knows with each passing day, hope of life diminishes. There’s another problem too. The Bella Donna has crashed in the middle of a marine reserve and is on the verge of fatally contaminating the water that also goes to the main water lines for the entire Amalfi Coast. It’s an environmental disaster waiting to happen.
Allowed to drill finally, he is astonished to hear plaintive knocking from an engine room above. He breaks down the door to find a sick, but very handsome French Canadian waiter trapped for twelve days. Gabriel Bergeron is one of the sexiest guys Burke’s ever seen…and he soon learns as he visits the man in a local hospital, one seriously hung dude…

In the Spotlight

 

I’m in the spotlight at Amber Heat Authors today!
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/amberheatreaders/
If you are a member please swing by you might win a free ebook. If you’re not, please join! Here is a little about me:
A.J. Llewellyn is an author whose obsession with myth, magic, love and romance might have led to serious stalking charges had it not been for the ability to write. Thanks to the existence of some very patient publishers, A.J.’s days are spent writing, reading and dreaming up new worlds. AJ has definitely stopped Google-searching former boyfriends and given up all ambition to taste-test every cup cake in the universe to produce over 130 published gay erotic romance novels.
A.J. wants you to read them all.
You can find this author lurking on Facebook and Twitter – part-time class clown being another occupation. When not writing or reading, A.J.’s other passions include juggling, kite-boarding and spending a fortune buying upgrade apps for Diner Dash.
Visit A.J.’s website at www.ajllewellyn.com for books, contests, cup cake recipes and…more.

AVENGING HEART – OUT TODAY!!

 

 

Available at Total-e-Bound: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?P_ID=1621

Book four in the Pearl Harbor Series

World War Two brought them together…but a family’s threat to take away Tinder and Jason’s son, Christopher, could tear them apart.

Avenging Heart, follows Jason and Tinder’s adventures in Honolulu in 1947.

The war is over, but the islands are slow to heal from the devastating ravages of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Jason and Tinder are part of the rebuilding effort. Tinder’s stepmother is spearheading a growing movement of housewives who are keen to help their husbands bring home the bacon—it’s a time of remembrance, hard work, fancy clothing, Tupperware and other intriguing new inventions.

Tinder and Jason, the proud parents of their five-year old son, Christopher, are shattered when his birth mother’s family challenges their legal adoption of the child. His mother, Melody, a former working prostitute on Hotel Street, had been murdered, her sins long buried…until now.

The surprising discovery of her killer and the couple’s desire, both for vengeance and to maintain the loving home Christopher has always known, make for nonstop twists and turns of Tinder’s Avenging Heart.

Number of pages 88
Genre Gay MM/ Historical
Book Length Novel
Erotic Rating Total-e-burning
Sexometer 2
eBook Format ePub/HTML/PDF/MSReader(lit)/Mobipocket(prc)
eReaders Supported All current eReaders
Send direct to Kindle? Yes
Cover art by Posh Gosh
ISBN# 978-0-85715-949-6

For an excerpt and or purchase, please click this link: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?P_ID=1621

Shelter, Food, Sex: A Writer’s Hawaiian Sojourn

Shelter, Food, Sex: A Writer’s Hawaiian Sojourn by A.J. Llewellyn

 

Many years ago, in my incessant penchant for collecting Hawaiiana, I happened across a small paperback called Hawaii: Shelter, Food, Sex. At the time I thought this was a very naughty and utterly thrilling title and bought the book for the princely sum of fifty-nine cents. I’d like to be risqué and say it was sixty-nine cents but alas, it isn’t true.

I was reminded of this title when I flew into Honolulu eight days ago with my friend and fellow author Serena Yates. Our first order of business once we arrived was making sure we got to our shelter okay since we’d booked it online and well…I’ve read too many horror stories about online scams to be complacent. Our two bedroom cottage in the rainforest of Makiki, bordering the old Paradise Park was as remote (read: dark and scary) as the landlady promised.

She was kind and frankly, a bit drunk but I emphasize kind because we were exhausted and hungry and she’d provided milk, coffee, fruit, juice, soup and cereal…even English muffins. They were a welcome reward and helped blunt the true nature of our rustic surroundings. Don’t get me wrong, we wanted the authentic, local Hawaiian experience but I hadn’t expected roosters that crow all day long or cats that fight all night. Right outside my window.

Our cottage is home to a host of bugs; gigantic roaches, fearless ants and adorable geckos. The baby one I found in the shower was so cute until I scared it and it committed suicide by jumping down the drain. Our landlady assured me that the shower water here goes into some kind of reservoir and therefore the gecko would come right back up. I haven’t felt quite clean ever since that conversation.

I am an animal lover and have fretted about the rather large gecko that lives in our kitchen and warms itself on the coffee pot and investigates any food left on the  counter.

As I headed to Kailua Library today and its fantastic book sale, Serena stayed home to write. I’d Googled what geckos like to eat and we are fresh out of live crickets and meal worms (I hope) so we both thought I should definitely stop by the pet store and pick up gecko food. Seriously. Gecko food. It exists.

 

But try telling the pet stores here that. They all wanted to send me back to Paradise Park with meal worms and/or live crickets. I once fed a friend’s iguana live crickets. They escaped the plastic bag because they were too big for the iguana. They flew off and multiplied. When I came back to try again, there were millions of them. I still have nightmares about that. Not to mention the freakin’ noise.

The info I found online told me to be careful feeding a cricket to a gecko because crickets bite and the gecko might become injured. Yeah. Just what I need!

I’ve decided this little guy found his way to shelter. He’s clearly having loads of sex judging by his many offspring…and he doesn’t seem to be hungry. He can deal!

Being erotic romance writers, sex is never far from my mind, or Serena’s. We eat, we drive, we play, we write. Yesterday we drove to the leeward side of the island, where few tourists go. It is dry and hot and there isn’t much to see at Ewa Beach, our first port of call. Over one thousand thousand homeless families living there were evicted in January and have relocated to places like Malii Beach Park in Waianae, once dubbed the place of kings.

We passed the snazzy new golf course and the Disney Resort hidden from view from plebs like us. I don’t care how ritzy these places are, I bet they get geckos and ants, just like we do.

Serena and I have an obsession with Zippy’s and eat there a lot but we decided to upgrade our source of food and dined at Haleiwa Joe’s for lunch yesterday. The food was fantastic but we could not get away from sex. No, sir, we just couldn’t. There we were at one of the best restaurants on the island when a fight broke out and a female duck was almost raped.

I’ve never seen ducks bonking before, but had no idea the males of the species could be so sadistic. The wait staff at Haleiwa Joe’s kept running out of the restaurant and onto the lawn stopping a poor, tiny female duck from being pummeled. At first I thought they were trying to kill her. It sure didn’t look terribly…sexy.

These big, bossy ducks wanted to gang rape her and they just wouldn’t stop.

Some ducks just need to learn that no means no.

 

Last night, we took a ghost tour and I have some pretty spiffy photos on my cell phone. I plan to ask my three-year old niece how to retrieve them. What I learned is that ghosts are not much different from geckos, ants…or horny ducks.

They want what they want. What they want is to inhabit you (shelter). They obviously miss eating and being Hawaiian ghosts you can bet your bippy they miss Zippy’s. So if they er…take over your body, they hit the trifecta. Food, sex (if you have any) and a place to call home.

I had a few scary moments with the dead last night, and so did Serena. But I’ll let her tell you that story. I’ll close by saying this. I have been scratching my head trying to figure out what the odd, clacking sound has been in the house. Apparently it’s the gecko’s mating call.

We have seen at least three geckos in here so he’s a womanizing, colonizing, coffee-loving gecko. Well! And to think I felt sorry for him!

But back to sex. I have to keep writing it and will take advantage of my rainforest shelter for as long as I have it. Shelter. Food. Sex. Yep, I found it all on my side of the island…in this action-packed sojourn.

Serena says she heard dogs barking, but I did not. I did see a man in an awful Statue of Liberty costume near the freeway trying to hawk condos. I almost stopped and asked him how the wildlife situation is there but he was a little entangled with his headdress the last time I saw him.

Ah, Hawaii…I will miss you much…

 

Aloha oe,

A.J.

Pearl Harbor Book 1 now in PRINT!

 

Pearl Harbor Volume One- Purchase Link: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1624

The First two books in My WWII gay erotic romance:
Vagabond Heart

Book one in the Pearl Harbor Series

Gay prostitute Tinder McCartney thought he had it made in WWII Honolulu…until true love and an attack on Pearl Harbor turned his life upside down.

Tinder McCartney is the only gay male prostitute working in Honolulu, HI during World War II. Like the 200 female prostitutes who live and work on Hotel Street, he services the armed forces drifting in and out of the islands. His life and work are controlled by the local police, yet because the cops don’t think that there can be that many ‘depraved’ men wanting the comfort of another man, Tinder is not only busy, but often in danger.

Living by very strict rules enforced by the police, Tinder cannot own or drive a car or bicycle, can’t ride street cars or be seen in the company of other men. He can’t visit bars or restaurants or swim at Waikiki Beach. Savagely attacked by two men one night, he is rescued by a local businessman, Jason Qui, the son of a Chinese immigrant and a former New England missionary.

Jason is not Tinder’s usual type. But Jason offers to protect and house him. It seems like the ideal business arrangement until Tinder’s Vagabond Heart can no longer handle the arrangement… and then on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbour is attacked, turning the entire world upside down.

Gypsy Heart

Book two in the Pearl Harbor Series

Tinder McCartney thought he left behind his life as a gay male prostitute but soon learns returning to his old life may be the only way to save the man he loves…Tinder McCartney and his lover, Jason Qui, are adjusting to life in war-torn Hawaii following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Settling at first in Maui with Tinder’s father, they go back to Honolulu to meet with members of the new military government regarding their plans to blow up a major access road in Lahaina that would leave the islanders in Maui stranded and without access to much-needed shipments coming into the island.

Back in Honolulu, Tinder and Jason are dismayed to see how much their beloved home has changed in just a few short weeks. Jason accepts a dangerous sea mission feeling that as a Chinese immigrant, he needs to prove his loyalty to the US. He and the crew of the ship disappear, and are presumed to have been taken by Japanese forces.

Tinder must decide what to do to help his lover. When presented with the opportunity to return to his old way of life in exchange for information that will help him rescue his lover, he must decide how far he is willing to go to heal his gypsy heart and save the man he loves…

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series

For Purchase and for an Excerpt please click this link: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1624

Phantom Lover AUDIO Book

Phantom Lover Audio Book is OUT NOW!

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/product_book_info/audio-books-c-84/products_id/928

Book one in my best-selling Phantom Lover series is an audio book with gorgeous voice work from the dynamic Donnie Don Don who does a wonderful job reading the story. My brother did a beautiful production job with some wonderful Polynesian drumming music between the chapters…it’s really lovely.

Synopsis:

Hawaiian hula dancer Bobby Kikawa has deep fantasies about the dark, mysterious, Kimo Wilder, especially after Kimo poses for an erotic painting called Phantom Lover. He plans to seduce Kimo even though Kimo is straight, married and known for his extreme loyalty to his wife. Alone on a hot night after dance rehearsal on the big island of Hawaii, Bobby manages to persuade Kimo to let him service his hot, neglected, extremely hungry passion. The two men soon become embroiled in a red-hot fling that threatens not only Kimo’s marriage but Bobby’s sanity when he discovers Kimo is a ‘Keeper of Secrets’ in the Hawaiian culture… a man born of fire and hidden, taboo dark magic the ancient Hawaiians called Lua.

 

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains MM, MMF, and MMM sex scenes.

For purchase and more information please click this link:

https://spsilverpublishing.com/product_book_info/audio-books-c-84/products_id/928

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