Autism Awareness Blog Hop and Giveaway

This is my contribution to RJ Scott’s annual Autism Awareness Blog Hop.

Autism Awareness

Facts about Autism: — Autism is NOT a disease.

— Comorbid conditions often associated with autism include Fragile X, allergies, asthma, epilepsy, bowel disease, gastrointestinal/digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, PANDAS, feeding disorders, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, OCD, sensory integration dysfunction, sleeping disorders, immune disorders, autoimmune disorders, and neuroinflammation.

 

When Youngest was in primary school, (group 3, I think, so, around the age of 6/7), I thought she might be autistic. There were certain behaviours that seemed… off, for lack of a better word, and she had a way of not looking at you when you were talking to her. School didn’t seem to agree and tried to convince me that, even though she was the only one out of a class of 36 pupils showing said behaviour, it was probably just a phase.

From that moment on things with Youngest seemed to… well, escalate isn’t exactly the right word, but getting through to her became more difficult. Not all the time, her behaviour seemed to go through up and down waves. So, we had her tested. During the interview before the tests, we were told that Youngest seemed too social to be autistic, yet the report after the tests supported my worries more than their opinion. Somewhere among a slew of appointments that followed, we finally received a diagnosis of mild Tourette syndrome, accompanied by ADD and a touch of compulsive behaviour. Of course, that set off another slew of appointments to help Youngest and to help us help Youngest. (and in a way help Eldest, too, by following some parenting courses, cause… you have to try something, right?)

It’s been a learning curve for all of us. She’s 22 now, intelligent, though lazy as F (and often proud of it), and one of the kindest, most generous persons you’ll ever meet. Her tics seems to have taken a back seat, but her ADD is a constant companion.

 

GIVEAWAY

One randomly chosen winner will have a choice of my ebook backlist in format of choice (pdf/epub/mobi).

Entering is simple: leaving a comment and a valid email adress is enough, though you’re free to share your own story. I’d love to hear them.

The contest will run until midnight on the 30th, and I’ll announce (and contact via email) the winners May 1st.

 

Note: 36 seems like an awful lot, but they had it covered. Two teachers, of which one handled the teaching, and the other kept an eye on the pupils who lagged behind or were ahead. We thought it worked very well, for school work at least.

 

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Happy Holidays and a Rockin’ 2017 to All :)

Happy Holidays to All!!
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The Forester Anniversary Sale Announcement

Happy Anniversary

Thursday the 22nd is not just my birthday, it’s also the day I was first published, as well as THE FORESTER‘s fifth anniversary, and LOST AND FOUND‘s third. I think that warrants a celebration. 🙂

From Thursday the 22nd to Monday the 26th, THE FORESTER will be free at Amazon.
From December 31st to January 7th, both LOST AND FOUND, and FULL CIRCLE will be $0.99 at Amazon.com, and £0.99 at Amazon.co.uk, and A TRIAD IN THREE ACTS will be $2.99 at Amazon.com, and £1.99 at Amazon.co.uk.

Because OREN’s RIGHT also belongs to the TALES OF THE FOREST Universe, you can pick that up with a 50% discount at Amazon, ARe, Kobo, and Smashwords (with coupon code UQ72Y), between December 22nd to January 7th as well.

Celebration
On top of that, I’m holding an exclusive e-book and paperback giveaway (sent worldwide) for members of my newsletter, that will go out on the 22nd.
 
 
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with two Ianys flashfics I wrote for the A TRIAD IN THREE ACTS release tour: An Impossible Choice and When Ianys met Taruif.
 
 

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WIP planning for 2017

I always admire fellow authors who post their writing plans online. Part of me fears the pressure, and the other part of me would rather hide in a private corner after failing to accomplish said planning.

I’m not saying I feel differently about that now. Believe me, I’ll still be in that corner, hiding, if I feel less than accomplished. But… I’d like to think that I’ve grown less fearful of planning itself. I’ve stopped seeing it as set in stone, but look at it more as a guideline to keep me on track when I’ve finished a project.

So, with that in mind, this is my WIP planning for 2017.
Master Project List 2017

Most of these projects are finished, though rough, first drafts, some of which I’ve been planning to edit for a long time, but keep postponing in the light of new projects. Now, I like new projects as much as any author, but I’m running the risk of creating a far too large list of first drafts when I really should be focussing on getting these publish/submission ready.

So, less writing new stories and more editing the old ones. It’s going to be a challenge to shelf any plotbunnies I may come across, but I’m very much looking forward to revisiting and polishing my little diamonds in the rough.

 
 
ETA: The program I use for my writing planning is OneNote.
The titles are linked to the individual pages of the WIPs which are divided into folders.
OneNoteNotebookandFolder
 
 

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Triad Trilogy: Now in KU

Forester Triad: single releasesFor the next three months, A TRIAD IN THREE ACTS, both the complete trilogy and the single releases, will be available exclusively on Amazon.

Click HERE for the single releases, and HERE for the complete trilogy.

You can also sign up for a Kindle Unlimited subscription, to read any number of books for about $10/month (excluding applicable tax).

Enjoy your reading 🙂

For more info on the books, click the cover images.

Forester Triad: single releases

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Blaine Singing I’ll Be

Every now and then (luckily far and few between), my singing teacher secretly records my singing.

On the risk of completely humiliating myself, some of you requested me to post the latest secret recording, dating August 10th.

So… here I am crooning Edwin McCain’s I’ll Be.
*runs and hides*

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Announcing the Complete Forester Trilogy

“There is always a way.”

Meet Taruif, Kelnaht, and Ianys .
The Forester Trilogy

They are meant to be together, but old promises and the decree of the elders prevent them from claiming each other openly at Solstice. Kelnaht can investigate murder and foul play, but he can’t see how he can keep both his lovers without breaking the rules. But if he believes in the guide’s words and trusts his faith in Ma’terra, they will find a way to clear the fog and puddles from their paths.

I’m very excited to finally announce the return of THE FORESTER and LOST AND FOUND, and the release of FULL CIRCLE, the third and final part of the Forester trilogy.

Together with these three books, I’m releasing A TRIAD IN THREE ACTS, which contains the complete Forester Trilogy in one handy novel. This version includes the covers of the single releases as inlays. Hopefully I’ll have paperbacks at the UKMeet. *crossed fingers*

The whole trilogy will be released on the 15th (next Monday), but they can already be pre-ordered at the usual haunts. Just follow the links at the bottom, or on the books’ pages.

I should have announced these last week, but, Tuesday saw the cover reveal of FULL CIRCLE and A TRIAD IN THREE ACTS at Love Bytes Reviews. (there’s also a giveaway going on there…if you’re quick, because it ends in two hours)

And Wednesday saw the cover reveal of the first two parts of the trilogy, THE FORESTER and LOST AND FOUND at BookWinked.

All of these gorgeous, gorgeous covers were created by the very talented Simoné, who did a cracking job bringing my forest men to life 🙂

I’m more than chuffed to have them finally available again, and hope readers will enjoy the third and final part (after having had to wait for me to finish it for…too long).

The pre-order links:
A Triad in Three Acts: The Complete Forester Trilogy
The Forester (Forester Triad Act One)
Lost and Found (Forester Triad Act Two)
Full Circle (Forester Triad Act Three)

 

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You’re writing poetry now?

I’ve been writing poetry on and off through the years, whenever the mood strikes. Sometimes it’s a mere word that creates a flow of images in my head, sometimes it’s a feeling, a setting, a ‘character’. Which doesn’t differ all that much from my novel writing, really.

But where I can let my pen flow freely as I discover colourful worlds by following my main characters around in fiction, poetry demands more restraint. Especially since I like to keep my poems short. I like that restraint, though. I like using only few words–or lines–to create an image in the readers’ heads, whether fully formed, or just hinting at…

I never seriously thought about publishing them until earlier this year, when a love-themed poetry call found its way into my timeline. It sparked me into writing new poems, as well as polishing old ones. Some of my critters and beta-readers commented I should self-publish it–thank you, you know who you are–so… here it is.

However, I didn’t publish it as Blaine D. Arden. Blaine is all about queer romance, and while some of my poetry may be taken as queer–whatever your definition–it doesn’t quite fit my Blaine brand, so to speak. So, Matters of the Heart is published by my alter ego A.B. Dapperens.

Oh? And did I mention that the gorgeous, gorgeous cover was created by the lovely Lou Harper? Didn’t she do an amazing job? It fits the theme so well, and makes me smile every time I see it.

Matters of the HeartA.B. Dapperens
poetry | 30 poems | 44 pages (pdf) | chapbook
1st edition, 28 December 2015
Cover design by Lou Harper
 

 
Loving – it is the sea
 
Love can be sweet and bright as the sun sparkling on the waves, but under its surface lurk betrayal and despair in bottomless darkness.

From innocent crush to losing a loved one, Matters of the Heart follows the ebb and flow of love and relationships through sweet and sour, and light and dark.

eBook $2.99:     Paperback under construction at CreateSpace

 
EXCERPT:

Out of Phase - poem

 

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Our 25th = your 50% discount

Today, Case and I celebrate our 25th anniversary.

Case and Blaine... way back when

Twenty-five years of living together, of combining two different rhythms into a new one, where we both fit, of raising kids–and a couple of pets. Twenty-five years of growth, of ups and downs, of laughing and crying together. Twenty-five years of trying to create some sort of liveable order out of our chaotic and perfectionistic personalities. Twenty-five years, and counting, of love, friendship, and understanding that help us overcome obstacles thrown our way–or those we throw each other’s way; we’re not perfect.

And today, we celebrate and share our happiness.

From today (August 24th) until September 1st, both Oren’s Right and The Fifth Son are available for a 50% discount on Amazon, ARe, Kobo, and Smashwords (via coupons).

Buy links can be found below, or on the respective book pages, including the smashwords coupon codes.

The Fifth Son:
       
Smashwords coupon: SW87T

Oren’s Right:
       
Smashwords coupon: MR27C
 
 
The photo is not our wedding photo, but one we both treasure.

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HAHABT/IDAHOT WINNERS 2015

With good intention I tried to acces my site Sunday to draw the winners for my HAHABT post, only to be thwarted by hosting problems (aka my site was down).

I managed to gain entry Tuesday, and had random.org pull two winners out of the hat:

CONGRATULATIONS to Kassandra and Shirley Ann Speakman

Emails have been sent, and two books have found new homes.

Thank you all for participating in the Hop and spreading awareness.

In other news, if any of you have purchased (or won–or know someone who did) a first edition of either Oren’s Right or The Fifth Son, then please take a look at my FAQ on how to receive a new version without additional cost.
 
 

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