Monday, November 9, 2015

Book Blitz+Giveaway: How We Began (Anthology)

I'm really excited to be sharing an excerpt from the newest LGBTQ+ anthology being released today. For quite some time I've been wanting my blog and content to feature books with more of a diverse feel to them, such as books like this particular YA/New Adult anthology, that focuses it's attention on the exploration of first love and love in general between featuring strong gay and lesbian, etc. characters featured as role models for those who are growing up, growing into, or finally becoming who they've always known they were.

One of the biggest reasons that I support this book whole-heartedly 100%, is the fact that ALL (not just a portion of the proceeds) but ALL PROCEEDS from the sale of this book will be donated to The Trevor Project. It is a national non-profit organization that raises awareness as well as providing crisis and suicide prevention for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and the rest of the LGTBQ+ community. If you don't know much about the project, then I definitely urge you to take a look at the website and see how you can get involved. Just by purchasing a copy of this gorgeous anthology exploring so many facets about love and the diversity of it, you are helping and contributing to the needs of so many ranging from the ages of 13 on up to 24 and beyond. 

Please join me in supporting love and all of the many wonderful emotions that come along with it, whether good or bad, indifferent or not, because we're making history here. It's 2015 and Equal Marriage has passed and people are finally free to legally and officially be with the one they love more than anything. 

How We Began

Alexis Hall, Amy Jo Cousins, Annabeth Albert, Delphine Dryden, Edie Danford, Geonn Cannon, Vanessa North

Publication date: November 9th 2015
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult

How does love begin? A glance, a gesture, an unexpected offer of help from a stranger…or from a good friend. A smile across a counter at a coffee shop or video store. A secret revealed in a song from another place and time. Or in a love ballad crooned at a high school dance.

In this anthology of never-before-published sweet LGBTQ+ stories, seven authors explore the beginnings of love between young and new adult couples. All proceeds will support The Trevor Project’s work with crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth.

Book Excerpt
TruNorth by Alexis Hall

We play the O3 in London.

The crowd is amazing, filling up this vast dome. When there’s that many people, they look like coloured beads, shaken back and forth by these huge ripples of motion.

They’re here for us. To see us.

There’s something almost physical about so much excitement and anticipation and all this… I don’t know what else to call it except love. Surging towards the stage, beating against my body, as if it’s trying to push right inside me. I never know if I’m flying or drowning or dying.

But when I’m here, when I’m on stage and my face is on the screens and my voice is everywhere, I don’t care.

It’s weird because it’s not the sort of thing you can really seriously want or imagine wanting. It’s too big. Too impossible.

But now I know what it’s like, I do want it. I want it so badly it tastes like blood in my mouth.

We close with Something About You—our first number one.

I wish you could see what I see when I see you

Cos then you’d believe there’s no reason to doubt you

You’d know how your smile lights up my world

Because to me, oh to me

There’s something about you.

It’d been waiting for us after The Next Big Thing. All we had to do was record it. The video’s a bit rough around the edges. Not the video itself—it’s Glyde’s handiwork, so slick as slick as can be—but us.

Still learning our parts.

It’s effortless now, though. We know how to move and how to stand together. Whose arm should be flung across whose shoulder. Who keeps his hands in his pockets. Who tucks his thumbs in his belt.

Max, Me, Oli, Rayan, Callum.

All choreography, but it’s meant to look natural.

Glyde calls it “coordinated anarchy”. Vigorous young animals having the time of our lives.

He really does call us that. With this awful fondness.

We’re doing it now. Running to the edge of the stage, waving, blowing kisses, swapping places, jumping past each other, coming together at last. I rest an elbow on Max’s shoulder, put my left arm round Oli. Rayan leans against him on the other side. Callum, on the far end, folds his arms. Close but not touching.

We’re publicity-still perfect.

We did good tonight. I know we did.

Adrenaline sparks beneath my skin even as my breath slows and my heart calms. It’s a hectic, electric feeling, not quite like happiness. This moment when I blur so absolutely into who I’m supposed to be and everything else falls away.


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