Z.Allora, Theo Fenraven, Sara York, Ethan Stone, Vicktor Alexander, Corvus Alyse, Kimberly Garnder on Illusions & Dreams and Transgender* Romance Writers Blog Hop ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Z.Allora, Theo Fenraven, Sara York, Ethan Stone, Vicktor Alexander, Corvus Alyse, Kimberly Garnder for taking the time to talk with us today.

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Title: Illusions & Dreams
Author: Z.Allora, Theo Fenraven, Sara York, Ethan Stone, Vicktor Alexander, Corvus Alyse, Kimberly Garnder
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Publication Date:11/17/2014
Genre/Sub-Genre: Trans*

Blurb:

Illusions & Dreams Blurb:
Randy Camster failed at being married. His life now centers around work, TV sports, and listening to his friend Jake complain about how Randy’s lack of a sex life will be the downfall of mankind. Not true! Well, not totally. He’s just never understood the fascination with sex until… ladyboy performer Lalana Dulyarat shimmies into his world via an Internet ad for Thailand tourism.

Jake O’Neil’s open pansexuality yields him interesting bedmates, but he’s never chased after the mythical illusion of love. He focuses on others, like his best friend Randy, who needs a Bang-Cock vacation. Finding an adorable little imp named Boon-nam wasn’t on the itinerary. Gay, straight, and undecided, Jake has had ‘em all, but never a virgin aching to take a walk on the kinky side after having her affirmation surgery. Talk about pressure. And what’s with everyone warning him not to break her heart? His is the one in danger.

Prism recently reviewed Illusions & Dreams. You can find the review here.

Thank you Prism Alliance Books for allowing the Transgender* Romance Writers to stop by. This is our last stop on our blog hop.

I know many readers in this community have never read a transgender* romance. The same way you fell in love with gay characters and now fight intolerance & promote equality we want you to adore our transgender* characters. We want you to witness their strengths, their struggles, their flaws and root for their victories in love because in doing so you’re going to understand a little bit more about their lives. And we hope you will fight transphobia just as hard as you fight homophobia.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention came out with a study on transgender* people. Here are some distressing results of transphobia:

78% of survey respondents who suffered physical or sexual violence at school (attempted suicide).

65 % of respondents who experienced violence at work.

57% of those who reported that their family chose not to speak/spend time with them.

69% have experienced homelessness.

60% reported a doctor or healthcare provider refused to treat them.

57-61% of those disrespected or harassed by law enforcement officers.

((http://lexiecannes.com/2014/01/28/new-study-family-rejection-violence-cause-for-high-transgender-suicide-attempt-rate))

Misunderstanding and lack of information about trans* people may be at the root of this devastation. Transphobia can lead to violence and loss of life. It needs to be stopped.

Will this blog hop do that? No of course not but we are counting on our readers to learn and understand more about individuals who are transgender* so you can fight against negativity and learn to support people who are transgender*. Pretty ones I know you already fight for equality and teach acceptance to your kids. (I know you care because if you’re reading this blog post).

I/We want you to ensure you have the knowledge and the desire to stop transphobia whenever you can. Together we can change hearts and open minds

We want to encourage your participation in this hop so please comment or ask us questions for a chance to win:

1 of 2 $20 Amazon gift cards

1 of 1 $20 online retailers B&N, ARE, or Amazon

1 of 1 $15 gift card

1 e-book copy of Groom of Convenience

1 e-book copy of Illusions & Dreams

1 e-book copy of Transgression

The winners will be picked March 9th. We will notify you by e-mail.

Why should readers read a transgender* romance?

Theo Fenraven: Why shouldn’t they? People are people no matter what their orientation or gender. 

Sara York: The stories are great, and maybe they’ll learn something they didn’t know before. Also, they might just enjoy a darn good story.

Ethan Stone: Why shouldn’t they? Love and romance is the same regardless. 

Corvus Alyse: People should read books because they are beautiful works of art that can transport you to faraway places. Other than the character differences, that will always be the most important aspect to me. It goes with my whole theme of non-labeling, I suppose. Trans* romance stories tend to personalize the characters from a different perspective than one that we may encounter on a regular basis. It can help broaden horizons. Done correctly, a trans* romance can help non-trans* people understand that underneath all the gender crap, we’re still just people, and essentially just like them.

Kimberly Gardner: More important than why someone should read a trans romance, is the question of why shouldn’t they. For anyone who loves love and enjoys following characters as they fall in love, there’s no reason not to try a trans romance.

Z.Allora: M/M romance opened the readers up to a fabulous world of romance, with characters they could identify with the same will/might be true for transgender* romance. Full disclosure: You know my agenda is always to promote understanding, acceptance and equality for all. Romance is simply where I’m able to set my voice free. So I desperately want you to read a transgender* romance because I think you’ll learn more about the transgender* community. (If you’re already in the know or part of the community WRITE a transgender* romance! It matters!!! Everyone deserves a happy ending!)

Vicktor Alexander: I guess the one thing I want people to know is that, I know when you read the book it seems like it’s fantasy, but to me, and others like me, this book is reality. There really are men who give birth daily and women who are getting other women pregnant, or getting men pregnant. Men who are impregnating men. For some of these people they know, for some of them, they are ignorant. Writing this book gave me the opportunity to pay homage to these people who live in silence or who live in the shadows. Those who are seen as one gender to the world but identify as something totally different. It may have been confusing to you to hear Lucien referred to as Lady Lucien, to know that he was a “male woman.” A man who could give birth. He appeared as a man, but inside he was a woman, but he wasn’t all that “feminine” by society’s standards. Lucien was a walking contradiction. There are many people who are. For them, life is hard. So we need to be compassionate. But reading a transgender romance makes us that way, just like reading a gay romance makes us more compassionate and understanding towards those who are born gay.

About the Author:

Author Links:

Z.AlloraHappyEndings@gmail.com

Facebook: ZAllora Allora

Twitter: @ZAllora

Website: www.zallorabooks.com

Buy Links:

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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20 thoughts on “Z.Allora, Theo Fenraven, Sara York, Ethan Stone, Vicktor Alexander, Corvus Alyse, Kimberly Garnder on Illusions & Dreams and Transgender* Romance Writers Blog Hop ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog

  1. I read Illusions & Dreams and I really liked it! It was in the list my friend recommended me. Thanks for the post too.

  2. I’ve read Transgression and really enjoyed it. I am adding Groom of Convenience and Illusions & Dreams to my TBR list. I am enjoying the blog tour.

  3. Thank your for the post and for the blog hop. I am learning. Those statistics are so troubling – I have especially been disappointed by various stories (including the stat here) about doctors refusing to treat people due to bigotry.

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

  4. I was chatting with Z Allora today, during her journey to the Dreamspinner conference. I told her one of the reasons I love her stories is that she speaks out against narrowly defined sexuality and gets right down to the basic truth – that we are human, and between consenting adults, love is love. And love is a precious thing in this world. It should be celebrated and nurtured.

    Queer romance isn’t where the big bucks are. Why write this stuff? Because when we were growing up, it was difficult to find stories where we weren’t marginalized, where we could find our own happy endings and be the heroes and heroines. Keep up the good work.

  5. I love the answers that the authors gave. I haven’t read too many transgender stories yet, but I have read a few and they have been great. I’ve added all the books listed in this hop that I haven’t read to my TBR (some were already there though). The statistics that you put up are really depressing; more must be done. Thank you for raising awareness through this blog hop.

  6. I haven’t read it but it sounds interesting. Adding it to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing those interesting facts with us.

  7. Thank you authors for the blog tour. I think it has started conversations and I think that is the start of opening people.s eyes to what needs to change. I know I have had a few conversations and learned some things I didn’t know. I look forward to more transgender books.

  8. Pretty ones: I have to say I’m blown away by some many Pretties participating and comments. You’ve given me hope that we can win the fight against transphobia. Thank you. Hugs, Z.

  9. I thought of a question. I know the authors here will continue to write and educate but do you see other authors adding transgender MC’s?

  10. This has been a great tour. I loved how all the authors had a say. For this one, “Why shouldn’t they?” is a great answer, because it’s true, but I loved Vicktor Alexander’s answer the most. I want there to be more romance with transgender characters because everyone deserves to see a happy ending for someone like them. The more we create a demand for it, the more it will exist, then more people can find a story about them that shows how deserving they are of love just as they are.

  11. It has been a great blog tour and I thank you, all of you – authors and bloggers. It’s been food for thought for many, myself included

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