Update: Someone asked me if the giveaway is open to non US citizens and I guess I forgot to make that clear. So yes, this giveaway is open to everyone on this planet. I hate when other places limit contests and giveaways and I don't want to do that.
This weekend I'm doing a Christmas holiday giveaway with an autographed, brand new copy of A Christmas Carl. This is the first time this book has been available in paperback.
All you have to do is comment on this blog post in the comment section by answering this two part question:
What was the first novel you ever read, and have you read that novel more than once since the first time?
That's it. I enjoy reading these comments more than you know. And Anonymous comments are welcome and I will be checking my comments all weekend regularly and posting them as they come in.
I'll pick a winner at random, announce the winner here on the blog, and notify them next week.
After you comment on this blog in the comment section, please e-mail me your contact information. If you don't mind leaving your e-mail in the comment section, feel free to do that. I don't spam anyone so you don't have to worry about that from me. But I know people don't like giving out their e-mail in public, so please just e-mail me your contact information, with "Christmas Print Book Giveaway" in the subject line, so I know where to send the book. Your privacy will be respected...even if you are anonymous.
Here's my e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions feel free to ask.
The contest begins the minute this post goes live on Friday December 18th, and it ends on Sunday at 6 pm eastern time on December 20, 2016.
Bollywood Casting Couch Experience
Ranveer Singh is a well known Bollywood film actor and he's speaking candidly about the sexual harassment he's experienced, and the overall process young actors go through to become stars.
Singh said he met one man, who he doesn’t name, who offered him a chance at success in exchange for sexual favors. “When I said ‘no’ (to his demands), he acted like a jilted lover,” Singh reveals. “Later, I got to know that he does it to everyone.”
You can read more here and there's a video.
I actually think this kind of thing has been going on all over for a long time with men, only men tend to not talk about these things as openly as women. Maybe because we're not expected to talk about them? I'm not sure. I also know a lot of women hesitate to talk openly about these things when they happen.
Gay Guy Gets Jail Time For Oral Sex
I guess this guy learned his lesson. Even though it's a strange story and you have to wonder why these three were hanging out together, the fact remains that no one should have sex with someone unless there's consent. Period.
The incident happened in May of last year after Everard met the man and his girlfriend at a bar. Everard and the girlfriend hung out together all night. At some point in the evening, the victim left the pair to go back to he and his girlfriend’s shared apartment. Later that night, the girlfriend invited Everard back to the apartment to keep hanging out. Once there, the girlfriend passed out on the sofa. Meanwhile, Everard and the victim fell asleep in the couple’s bed, fully clothed.
Hours later, the victim awoke to find someone giving him oral sex in the dark. Assuming it was his girlfriend, he kept his eyes closed. When he finally opened them, however, he was “in a state of shock and anger” to see it was actually Everard.
“You liked it,” Everard allegedly taunted him before running out of the apartment. He later sent a message to the girlfriend on Facebook telling her: “Your boyfriend needs to calm down.”
This week, Everard was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the incident. He has also been placed on the register of sex offenders.
I wonder if the girl who tried to perform sex with me without consent when I was seventeen years old would have received jail time if I had reported it? Of course I never reported it and never even mentioned it aloud to anyone until right now, here on this blog. At the time I wasn't openly gay and straight men don't report sexually aggressive women. She didn't get very far and I stopped it eventually. But it wasn't easy to stop her and it was an experience I don't remember fondly. Up until that point she'd been a friend, and after that night I never spoke a single word to her again. She became nothing to me but a lesson in life.
You can read the rest here.
Most people in the comments "get" it, and sadly some just don't have a clue.