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June 11th, 2013
Loving Day Blog Hop – And…?

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I was born and raised in California, but my dad was from Georgia. When my sisters and I were college bound, he packed up and said, “Well, ya’ll are big enough. I’m going home.” Some years later I realized that I’d been married, had children and divorced, yet neither my children or I had ever been to the South. So in 1997 I moved my family to the South – Augusta, Georgia to be precise. I commuted to Columbia, South Carolina, for work everyday.

In 1997, thirty years AFTER the Supreme Court deemed it unconstitutional to prohibit marriage between races, South Carolina still had that law on the books. In fact, the year we moved there was the year they finally removed it after the people of the state addressed the issue via ballot.

SeekersSolace72web I thought it was…odd. Why? Because I was raised in a place that is amazingly diverse? No, not really. Sure, San Francisco is a big mix of people from all over the globe, but you still find neighborhoods with a majority of a certain race. So being born in a diverse place wasn’t enough. What shaped me was my parents–parents who, regardless of the fact they’d literally fled the South in the Sixties, taught me not to give a rat’s rearend about race.

After I started dating in high school, I brought guys home to meet my parents. I never gave their skin a second look. To me they were simply people. I dated black guys, Jewish guys, white guys, a gorgeous hunk-of-awesome from Puerto Rico, and even a dude from Guam. What did they all have in common other than their humanity? Not much! They were from different upbringings, different countries, different religious beliefs, and so on.

There were plenty of other things to learn about each other and plenty of other hurdles to hop over besides…I pause here because I don’t really want to use the word “race”. If you think on it, we’re all ONE race. We’re all the same species. For example, lions look different from tigers, look different from cheetahs, look different from your typical garden variety house cat. Yet they’re all called cats, they’re all felines. Their anatomy is pretty much the same.

So what’s the difference with humans? Our skins may have different shades, our eyes may have different shapes, but we all have the same number of kidneys, lungs and stuff, right? We all reproduce the same way…unless there’s something someone forgot to tell me!
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So, in my novels, I don’t make race an issue between the characters. What’s more important to them is that they catch the bad guys and gals that are wreaking havoc in their worlds. And sometimes my characters bring their own drama to the party by clashing as all couples do, over communication, money, age. Hell, sometimes it’s something as silly as shoes!

Do I describe their looks? Of course. I make it very clear who is who and what they look like, whether they have brown skin, golden tan skin or creamy white skin. And then I go on to tell one hell of a story that’s packed full of action, HAWT lovin’ (or lubbins, if you’re so inclined :roll: ), solid families and relationships. They’re stories of hot alphas and the women who can handle them *hubba hubba*

So jump on in! Close your eyes…and slip into your fantasy. I guarantee, you won’t regret it!

I’m giving away a e-copy (Nook or Kindle only) of my brand new release, Niah’s Pride. This book just released last week and it’s unheard of to give away a new book, but here we are breaking tradition *yeehaw*

Be sure to comment to be entered into the drawing!

Catch me on Facebook and Twitter also. Be warned, I have no sense and no shame so you never know what you’re going to get :)

Hop on over to M.O. Kenyon’s blog and see what juicy goodness is in store for you!

13 comments to “Loving Day Blog Hop – And…?”

  1. Great post! Not only am I enjoying celebrating Loving Day, but its wonderful to learn about new authors…well, a new to me author! :)


  2. Terrific post (and again must admit I am jealous of that parade of dates). Happy Loving Day!

    Mary

    emmasmom AT wi DOT rr DOT com


  3. Thanks for the comments and welcome to my wacky world!

    TJ


  4. Haven’t seen your new book yet, TJ, but I only go to walmart, so I hope to see it soon and get it.


  5. Hey there TJ great post. I know that love comes in all different shapes and forms. We just need to find a great big melting pot and just mix us all up and it will be grand. :mrgreen:


  6. This is such a great idea for a giveaway hop! IR couples are beautiful and I honestly think they create the most beautiful babies!!
    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m gonna keep hopping along!

    mestith at gmail dot com


  7. Too cool TJ! Very enlightening learning more about you and how you weathered the rocky high school years. It sounds so familiar! :-o
    Color is just that…color.

    I love your books GF and they are just as you describe, kick ass alpha males and the bad ass women who love them and how they help each other to catch the bad guys. keep up the great work.

    Belinda G
    belgre AT Comcast DOT net


  8. *waving to Cherie, Meghan and Belinda* Thanks you guys!

    TJ


  9. Hi! Great post! I love this hop! Its great to see so many on here! :) People make way to much a fuss on skin color and looks. Its ridiculous. People are so simple minded and i feel sorry for them. IR couples are beautiful and i love it that, in our society, they dont give a damn about what others think. People should chase there happiness. When i look at people, i dont see color. I see personalities, uniqueness, difference. And i love it! Our world would be terribly boring if we were all the same. I love that were all different. Your book sounds so good! Cant wait to read it! Thank you for being apart of such an amazing hop! Thank you!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com


  10. Love my ir/mc romance… It’s sad that prejudices still exist today in 2013 :cry: … LOVE should have no boundries :-D

    caiidynsmommie(at)gmail(dot)com


  11. Happy Loving Day! What a great hop idea. A history lesson, about the courage to love and the courage to move against the grain to change the world…fantastic. Also a great way to perhaps cross pollinate readers among writers. About a 2 years ago I became unemployed and had a lot of time to read..stuff other than my research literature. I had always loved romance novels probably from way back in H.S. when Jane Austen saved my life! :lol: So I found erotic romance and then the genres of MC and IR and Paranormal…I love it when a couple of those meet! Anyway hope I win something today, if not I will finish reading the ebook I am in the middle of now!
    Peace!


  12. Wonderful post! I love hot Alpha men, regardless of the color of their skin. ;)
    I love the way you look at it.
    Thank you for sharing and for the a chance to read this book. That cover is HOT!


  13. Thank you everyone for the awesome comments!


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