My book "The Galaxii Series Book 1 - Blachart" has been selected to partake in the All Author monthly "Cover of the Month" contest for November 2019. Only the top 100 covers with the most votes will be allowed to proceed to the second round of the competition which starts in the second week (7th). Please, if you wouldn't mind dropping by the link below to vote for me, it would be greatly appreciated!
Don't you just hate it when you find a bigot in your soup? Eeeeuw! Gross!
This is exactly what happens to John Q. Public one day as he sits down to enjoy a fresh bowl of soup at his favorite restaurant! He puts his hand up to complain, but unfortunately the waiter doesn't believe him - and as his protests increase, so does the intensity of the waiter's denials!
What will happen to John? Will he get fresh soup - fresh soup without a bigot in it?
This book is about intolerance, diversity, and bullying and encourages readers to accept everyone, irrespective of their differences based on gender, race, and color. The book also emphasizes being compassionate to everyone, regardless of their color, status, and gender.
Bullying and intolerance are relevant topics in today's times and this book is good for read-aloud sessions in classrooms to help children be more tolerant and compassionate towards others. The illustrations lend clarity to the concept and help readers connect with the author's words.
The author's approach to the subject is unique and different, and she makes the book appealing to children with the help of colorful illustrations. It is a good book to teach children to be kind and compassionate. 5 stars" - Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite, Oct 17, 2019
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I've noticed a heck of a lot of advertising from Avon in my Facebook feed lately. In fact, just over the last couple of weeks, my wife remarked that she'd noticed the same, sudden frenzied number of postings by Avon recruiters and sales reps on Facebook based in our immediate vicinity. The main thing I've noticed about these ads - whether the ads say it outright, or if the posters come on to answer pointed questions about animal testing, they all seem to say the same thing:
"We don't test on animals."
Why do they feel a need to inform people that it's safe to buy Avon products because they don't test on animals? Their website claims - as they do in sharing a similar statement which draws heavily on this claim - that Avon was the first cosmetics company to stop this practice way back in 1989 - 30 years ago - isn't it already old news? Why the continued accusations? Why the back-and-forth argument? What's the real deal here?
Is this smoke? Is there a fire under it?
I decided to look into the matter for myself, and this article is the result.
I've spoken at length before about my reasons for writing about LGBT characters - and specifically about being transgender and lesbian and how this enriches my writing, particularly with regard to how it influences my portrayal of LGBT characters. I've spent some time talking about my transgender characters, specifically Cindy-Mei Winter (the Quantum Series) and Marsha (Galaxii series, "Dead Beckoning") to name just two. In this article I'll be introducing you to a few of my gay characters.
In “High Steaks”, the most recent addition to the Quantum Series, a resistance rises to meet the revolutionaries – a resistance with friends in low places. Together with the Vampire Underground, bovine torpedoes, a mad scientist, an invisible space ship, and a well-camouflaged operative, the nasties must also contend with another unseen enemy: Time, and its agents.
Today in a series of replies to FAQ (frequently asked questions) sent to me by fans (and sometimes not so much), I answer the question: "Who is Cindy-Mei Winter?" the first main character of the Quantum Series, and a transwoman.
Today in a series of replies to FAQ (frequently asked questions) sent to me by fans (and sometimes not so much), I answer a few similar questions together under the umbrella question: "What do you write about?"
Today in a series of replies to FAQ (frequently asked questions) sent to me by fans (and sometimes not so much), I answer the question: "Who is Marsha in "Dead Beckoning", and what part does she she play in relation to the character of Blachart?"
Most of us have already tasted the bitter sting of death at one time or another - the loss of a loved one, or the ending of a powerful relationship, the pain of separation, the guilt of things that passed between us, the things that were said or done that should've been - or the regret for things said or done that we can never take back.
What would happen if fascists took over the world? Not just one or two states, but all of them? How would people react to having their lives upturned? Without any alternative authorities to turn to, without any rescuers or saviors to call upon, how would they handle seeing 'undesirables' and 'enemies of the state' - their neighbors, family, friends or colleagues being dragged away to concentration camps by uniformed thugs with the full backing of the law?
How would they tell fact from fiction while those who have siezed power and their news services twist the truth to cast themselves as righteous heroes and to portray their victims as unpatriotic, dangerous, threatening, impure, monsters deserving of extermination?
Today I'd like to discuss the question: "What does being transgender bring to my writing?"
It's a question I was asked recently by someone, and so after a little thought, I'm here to answer it.
It's 2019 now, and it's been 19 years since I started transition and 13 years since I had my final surgeries. As a matter of interest, since I woke up after my "big op" on January 10, 2006, I felt completely natural - and above all, whole and complete! As a result, I sometimes have to stop and think to remember what it was like to have grown up and lived a male life.
I was just settling back to enjoy a restful Saturday afternoon, and I thought I'd let you know about all the wonderful FREEshort stories, previews and "about" material you could download FREEand enjoy! :)
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Life out on the frontier isn't easy, and neither is living on Deanna - a third-rate Terran colony on the edge of sanity as much as on the edge of civilization! The Quantum Series by Christina Engela, now standing at six titles, is sci-fi with a dash of fantasy, featuring a host of heroes, heroines, villains, aliens, and unusual and often humorous situations.
I write sci-fi stories, and over the years, I've been occasionally accused of humor - and even wit. Sometimes my work has been rather flatteringly compared to several well-known authors in humor, fantasy and sci-fi - not that it's ever gone to my head - one day if my books ever start making me actual money, it might. For now however, I concentrate on telling my stories - and telling others about them.
Unlike any of the authors I've been compared to however, I write stories that feature LGBT characters in a positive, affirming light. Some of my main characters are like me - in one or more times in my own life - lesbian, gay, bi, or transgender. One of those characters is even a plant - and another is a talking cat - not that I am or have been one of those before, but oh well, now you can see what I mean by humor!
The question I'd like to explore with you today is "Why"?
Why do I write about LGBT people? More to the point, why bother to use LGBT characters to tell my stories through?