Welcome to our Grand Finale of celebrating
Today's celebration will start off with a list of her favorite things, a glimpse into her charity work, and then a highlight of some other fabulous books JP has written that we haven't featured yet. Oh, and there's of course going to be another chance at winning down at the end.
We're so glad you're here!
JP's favorite things:
Food: Pizza (hands down, without question)
Restaurant: Sushi Kiku in Atlanta (because if I’m there, it means I’m with friends I miss terribly)
Fast Food: Orange Chicken from Panda Express
Alcoholic Beverage: Orlando’s best bartender Shaun makes awesome leg spreader shots
Non Alcoholic Beverage: Diet Pepsi
Pandora Station: Porn Star Dancing Radio
Concert: Bush / Nickelback
Music Genre: Alternative Rock
Video Game: Anything Lego (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Marvel)
Search Engine: Google
Chat Client: Facebook
Movie: The Core
Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
TV Show: Sherlock
Porn Site: Cockyboys
Porn Scene: Austony (Austin Wilde & Anthony Romero because of the emotional intensity)
Porn Star: Jake Driver (for sheer attractability, Drake Jaden and Devon Hunter are my closest porn friends)
I don’t do charity work—that implies something noble and self-sacrificing. Instead, I simply help where I can. When I see LGBT kids who are alone and scared, I’ll try to friend them on Facebook and talk to them. For example, a friend sent me the YouTube video of a boy crying as he talked about how scared he was to come out. I found him on Facebook, friended him, and sent a message to let him know we were here. I am a card-carrying, flag-waving member of that acronym and we take care of our own. No one should ever feel scared to be who they are, especially this guy. I watched his posts—he’s beautiful, sweet, and funny. I friend the kids who reach out to me as Jamie Mayfield looking for someone to help them not feel so alone. I remember that feeling so damn clearly.
My other commitment that I guess would qualify as charity work is that Dreamspinner donates the royalties from my Jamie Mayfield line to the gay homeless youth charity Lost ‘N Found Youth in Atlanta. I’m contracted to not receive royalties and they go straight to the organization (so they don’t kill my taxes). I got involved with that organization through the owner of Brushstrokes bookstore in Atlanta. At first, it was just donating things for them to raffle or auction, but when we decided to transition the Little Boy Lost series and Aaron to YA—I wanted to do more. They literally take kids that people have thrown away for being gay and help them get back on their feet. Imagine your teenager alone and scared on the streets of Atlanta—wouldn’t you want someone to help them?
Around Christmas, I wanted to send a Kindle Fire or two to these kids. I asked Elizabeth North, the head of Dreamspinner Press, if she could donate some eBooks to fill it with. Well, as anyone who knows Elizabeth can guess—she doesn’t do small—she took that idea and ran with it. Not only did Dreamspinner send a Kindle Fire for each center resident, they also collected monetary donations from people in our genre (partnering with Bold Strokes books for f/f titles) and sent a huge LGBT-centric library for their youth center.
How can you get involved?
Start small –
1. MOST IMPORTANT – vote. Vote for gay-friendly legislation. Tell your friends to vote for it. Get involved in the marriage equality fight.
2. Use smile.amazon.com for your amazon purchases and configure it to send the donation to a gay-friendly organization. Mine is set to Lost ‘N Found Youth (search for it, it’s there).
3. If you see a kid in your life struggling, take them under your wing. Take them to Starbucks for a coffee and see what’s going on with them. Suicide is a scary number among teens, especially among gay kids.
A few more things—
1. Donate to a local charity—there are LGBT charities in most cities. Just google them. Lost ‘N Found Youth has a recurring PayPal option. $10/month can go a long way toward getting a kid a bus pass to get to work or school.
2. Go to Pride – show your support.
3. When you go to Pride, give out safe sex kits/condoms.
4. Join your local PFlag chapter.
5. Volunteer at an LGBT Center.
6. Build a library at your local PFlag chapter.
7. Do a marriage equality charity walk.
8. Teach your kids to love.
9. Speak up. When you hear statements you don’t agree with – say something.
And now for a few more of JP's books:
Josh, a young gay submissive with a strong desire to serve, is searching for the Master of his dreams. After being released by yet another Dom, he takes the advice of his trainer and leaves Chicago to accept the invitation of a Montana rancher—a real, live, modern-day cowboy. With his new Master, Wade Mallory, Josh may just find what he's looking for... and more.
Kyle Lang just got out of a marriage that lasted too goddamned long. He knew when he married her that he shouldn’t have. For the last few years, he’s been haunted by daydreams of the perfect feel of another man’s skin. The problem is, the bar scene isn’t working so well for him. When Kyle picks up Jesse, an eighteen-year-old illegal who turns tricks for cash, he finally finds something to scratch that desperate itch. For Jesse, who is only gay-for-pay to support his sister, it's the first time he’s ever been aroused by another man's touch. The consequences will change his whole world.
Jayden Carter knew the path he wanted his life to take. He wanted to get his Master’s Degree in History and teach. But when he answered an ad for a roommate and met mysterious doctor, Ethan Bryant, he’s brought into a world he never knew existed and his path changes.
It changes again for Jayden and he leaves Ethan with their friend, Lexi, in tow. Ethan loses himself in a haze of self-destruction and pain. With the help of a childhood friend, Gabriel, Ethan battles the demons of his childhood and finds a way to survive. Gabriel and Jayden wage an epic war for Ethan, but in the end, they may all end up losing.
Adapted from The Forbidden Room and A House of Cards: Deconstructing Ethan
Master Ethan has decided that his boy Jayden should have a nice traditional Christmas for the first time in their relationship. What would Christmas be without the perfect tree?
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Thank you, JP, for being with us throughout the month!!
And now for the Grand Finale giveaway!!
Thanks for celebrating with us. Until next time, happy reading!!