Blog-versary: Jason Lloyd Author Post & Giveaway – OUTober
*** Congrats to JAMES K for winning Queer Dirty Laundry and Salty Aftertaste! Thank you to all who entered and to Jason Lloyd for the great post and giveaway! ***
I would like to thank Cindi and Kazza for letting me be a part of their anniversary. These lovely ladies have created something special. Their love for the written word and well, penises, have brought many people together. On Top Down Under Book Reviews is an orgy of authors, readers, and fans and I’m thankful to be stuck in the middle of it. I guess I’m the bottom in this scenario, getting spit roasted.
To celebrate their four years of success, I’m doing a special donation and an ebook giveaway. I’m not only a receiver, I’m a giver. October is known as National Coming Out Month (OUTober). National Coming Out Day this year is October, 11th. Every year on National Coming Out Day and through the entire month of October, the LGBTQ community celebrates and supports individuals coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. Coming Out is the first step in accepting oneself. It’s never easy for anyone.
To show my support for OUTober, 50% of the proceeds from my ebook, Queer Dirty Laundry (for the month of October) will go towards The Human Rights Campaign (hrc.org). Queer Dirty Laundry is my story of coming out, first times, and friendship. The book is about accepting who I am.
Queer Dirty Laundry Blurb:
What would you do if everything changed in the blink of an eye? Life teaches us that everything happens for a reason. Every good or bad experience, every event, shapes us into the adults we become. We are our pasts and they shape our future.
In this nonfiction coming of age mini memoir, Kevin and Jason embark on an adventure to Philadelphia to visit friends and to get into their normal hijinks. Along their journey, they confide in each other the only way best friends can; through laughter, love and pain. They share stories of coming out, first time sexual experiences and dramatic events that changed their lives forever. This hilarious and heartfelt journey through the past can only strengthen their friendship in the present.
Your best friend knows all your little secrets. They know all your dirty laundry. Can you air it all out? How dirty is your laundry?
Okay, here’s what you’ve all be waiting for… one lucky person will win an ebook copy of Queer Dirty Laundry AND an ebook copy of my first book, Salty Aftertaste. Just comment on this post. The winner will be picked randomly at midnight (U.S./EST) on October 11th and contacted via email the next day.
Thank you for your time. Happy anniversary On Top Down Under! And Happy OUTober to everyone.
This is an awesome and incredibly appropriate giveaway and post, Jason, made even better because of your generosity.
Clearly Cindi left off the penises this time, tsk tsk. We’ll find a way to sandwich you between a few later on, don’t you worry 😀
Thank you, Jason, for helping us celebrate our 4th year! And to second what Kazza said, made even better because of your generosity. 🙂
I’m hanging my head for leaving off the penises this time. *snort* We’ll just have to find a way to add them soon. 😀 😀 😀
What a great post and how generous to offer part of the proceeds from one of the books during October to HRC. I love the “Closets are for clothes” photo.
Thanks for stopping by, Bindi!
I like a giver and a taker 🙂 and I haven’t had the fun of reading either of these books.
I came out at 15 to a supportive response from my family but not everyone gets that kind of experience. It’s essential there’s a lot more resources and visibility so no one feels like they’re alone coming out.
Thanks for the post. xx
You’re very lucky to have a supportive family. My heart breaks when I see stories of those who don’t.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Matty.
Great post and, like someone else said, I love the coming out of the closet photo. I’ve not read either of these books but I’ve seen reviews of them on this site. Add me to the giveaway please.
Congrats on your anniversary.
Thanks for your comment, Lauren. Good luck in the giveaway!
Sometimes coming out takes a long time (1958 to 1974 in my life) and the journey can be challenging and meandering. But there is no reward greater than being able to live your true live. Closets ARE for clothes and it was damn crowded in there for a while until I participated in the Community Center’s rap groups in 1974. What an education!
Thanks for stopping by, James, and thanks for your great comment. I can’t imagine how difficult it was back then as compared to now. Not that now is perfect (by any means) but at least we’re moving in the right direction. Or so I’d like to believe anyway.
It sounds super easy about clothes and closets and all the puns around it to take some pressure off. I know it’s true but man it was hard for awhile. My dad’s dead and I knew my mother wasn’t going to be ok with me being gay. I did tell her 3 years ago because my bf didn’t want to be in the closet with me anymore. She gritted her teeth all the way through me coming out. She is still stiff about it but she’s getting better. Mostly I’m relieved and proud of who I am these days and… Read more »
Thanks for stopping by with your coming out story, Joshua. I hope your mother continues to get better. No one should ever have to hide who they are or who they love.
Thank you for your post and your generosity. It always warms my heart when people give away part of their income for a good cause…
Thanks, Susana. We like to play around with Jason here at On Top Down Under but he really is a generous guy. 🙂 When I read his own coming out story, Queer Dirty Laundry, I felt like I was reading about old friends. I still feel that way a couple of years later.