SuicidePreventionWeek500I chose to participate in this blog hop because I think it’s a worthy cause. It makes me feel sick inside that such a large number of people find their lives so unbearable that such a final step seems like the answer. Because it is final. There is no chance for it to get better. I wish there was some way to tell them that it’s not the answer. I wish there was a way for everyone who felt that hopeless to be able to find help.

Because of what I write, I am at least aware of a number of issues that affect the LGBT community, and one of those is a higher suicide rate, especially among teens. Much of that is the direct result of bullying or not being accepted at home. I do what I can in my personal life to try and promote acceptance and tolerance, because I’d be much happier if we could all get along. Support each other. Have a bit of camaraderie and decency as part of the human condition. And perhaps that’s naïve of me, but I’m a romance author. I long, with all my heart, for a happy ending. For a happily ever after. For everyone to find love and acceptance.

I don’t know what the answer is. I’d like to think my books maybe give people a lift in their spirits, and maybe a bit of hope. As part of this blog hop, though, I’ve got a very easy way for you to contribute, too. Enter the grand prize drawing by signing in using the Rafflecopter widget and comment on this post. I’m also going to give you a little more incentive. Add your email address to your comment and I’ll enter you into a contest for a $10 gift certificate to Amazon or All Romance eBooks (winner’s choice) for those commenting on my site. In addition, for each comment on this post, I’ll donate $1* to The Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope we can make a difference. For more information about National Suicide Prevention Week, please check out their Facebook Page. I’ll contact/announce a winner after the end of the hop.

*to a maximum of $100 because I’m an author, not filthy rich 😉

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