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By A L Wright, Nov 27 2016 02:23AM

Recently I had a beta reader ask me “Why does it matter that your character is lesbian? Why should she be scared of coming out to her employer?” And I wish the answer to these questions was simply; it doesn’t matter - or - she shouldn’t be scared. But facts are that there are still a lot of LGBT people who are terrified of coming out in their workplaces. Those of us who have been lucky enough to have gay friends or family members would never think of treating someone poorly because of their sexual orientation. But there are many people who, for whatever reasons, are still uncomfortable around those who are attracted to the same sex, or identify as the opposite sex. But this isn’t about changing those peoples’ minds; this is about simple awareness that workplace discrimination against LGBT folk is still a vast issue.


“Between 15% to 43% of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender workers have experienced being fired, denied promotions or harassed, according to the Williams Institute, a think tank at UCLA School of Law that studies LGBT issues.” – Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2013 - See more at http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/headlines/research-on-lgbt-workplace-protections/#sthash.7ufyjZ2B.dpuf


This was a quote I pulled from the Williams Institute Website, and it's interesting because it shows a high disparity not only in people being treated equally, but in the percentages itself. It states between 15 - 43 % have experienced...what this tells me, and mind you I am forming my own opinions here, is that the range is so wide because it's difficult to pinpoint an issue that people are afraid or flat-out unwilling to talk about. And because it doesn’t get talked about, it never rises close enough to the surface for the majority to know that it still is an ongoing issue.


But this also means that LGBT all get “lumped” together when talking about things like employer discrimination. Each letter of LGBT stands for something different and depending on which of those you are, you may be treated better or worse.


• A 2013 PEW Survey found that 21% LGBT respondents had been treated unfairly by an employer in hiring, pay, or promotions.


• When surveyed separately, transgender respondents report even higher rates of employment discrimination and harassment than LGB people. In a 2011 survey, 78% of respondents to the largest survey of transgender people to date reported experiencing at least one form of harassment or mistreatment at work because of their gender identity.


That was also taken from Williams Institute, and their research shows that when “lumped” together, 21% of LGBT have experienced discrimination in the workplace. But Transgender folk seem to suffer the most, at a survey response rate of 78%.


Interestingly, in a 2015 article on the GLAAD website ( http://www.glaad.org/blog/value-lgbt-equality-workplace ), it states much higher percentages, with up to 40% of all LGBT people and 90% of transgender folks facing discrimination every day. Higher percentages, and this is a newer study!


Scroll down on that page on the GLAAD website, and you will see a color chart showing a survey where 100 different people in different countries were asked if they were fully “out” or if they held back telling others. The results really highlight one major thing; in every country, there are people who do not feel that they can come out as gay/lesbian/bi/transgender.


Could you imagine holding back a piece (HUGE PIECE) of yourself because you are scared not only as to how people will react, but how you will be treated from there on out? Depending on the circumstances (where you live, where you work, who you tell) the results of coming out could be quite devastating, and long lasting.


And even further down on GLAAD’s web page, is a chart that shows a survey of straight persons’ responses when asked if they would be uncomfortable knowing someone close to them was gay. The results of that survey, and even to me (and I am quite open-minded) are absolutely shocking.


What is my opinion on all of this? I think as a society we just need to let people be who they are. NORMALIZE being LGBT. Don’t criticize others for merely being who they are. They can’t help it! And there is no need to comment on it, or bring it up, or ID them in specific ways. “Yeah you know, the gay guy in accounting…” NO HIS NAME IS ROGER. Or Bill, or Frank, or William. Or Susie. Treating them like a person will normalize being gay until we all just finally settle for being human.


By A L Wright, Aug 14 2016 02:51AM

On September 9th, 10th and 11th, I will be at the Sedona Book and Arts Festival. Friday doors open at 1:00 PM for reception and browsing. On Saturday and Sunday the doors open again at 9:00 AM so the public can interact with the authors and artists on site. The art and books for sale and on display will be interspersed throughout the center, the tables laid out to usher people through the different rooms so nothing will be missed. Folk are encouraged to stop and visit with the exhibitors onsite, and purchase art, books or other swag that will be available.

Please stop by and say hi! I believe I will be in the "romance" room, along with other romance genre authors and artists. I will have copies of my new book, Agent Colt, for sale, as well as a some of my other publications.

I can't wait to meet you all!

http://sedonabookandartsfestival.com/

By A L Wright, Aug 5 2016 02:33AM

So in my last post I stated I wanted to release my next baby, I mean book, by the end of September. But by the grace of inspiration, and the help of a very incredible critique group, I will be releasing Agent Colt at the end of this month. August 26th, Agent Colt will be available for sale on a whole lot of sites; Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, Smashwords and random other corners of the internet.

Print versions will be available on Amazon, and hopefully other site as well, since for this book I am finally expanding out and placing it with Ingram Spark.

Please consider pre-ordering my new book, I know you will all enjoy it!


Click here to visit Agent Colt's Amazon Page!


By A L Wright, Jun 26 2016 10:10PM


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Chapter 1


My name is Latesse Colt. For now. I've been known by several different aliases over the last eleven years. But this one has been with me the longest. When a name starts to feel familiar, that's usually when my alias and location changes. I've been waiting anxiously for that call to come down from the top. But it hasn't happened yet.


I am a special agent with the CIA. My current mission was just finished up in Jamaica, and I was awaiting my departure instructions. It seemed odd to send a white girl to Jamaica on a secret mission, as I really didn't fit in with the locals. But the arms supplier we just took down had a thing for white chicks. My partner in this mission was Gannon Brooks, and since he had lived here his whole life he knew his way around. I was kind of sad to leave him behind, but only because he was genuinely disinterested in me. And I was comfortable with that.


Uncomfortable was me playing ditzy dumb girl, aroused by a rich man with lots of jewelry and pools and cars. All I wanted was his guns. The cold steel ones. His other “gun” would stay locked up with him in prison now. Thank goodness. I'm sure some girl somewhere would be unhappy about that. But they would probably just miss his money since he had tended to be quite loose with it. And that had made him easy to track down.


Having Gannon as a temporary partner had been a nice change for me. I hoped when I did get moved somewhere new, I would finally get a new permanent partner that wouldn't be a total pig. Okay my current partner Isaiah isn’t totally a bad guy, he just doesn't get it. I'm not into him! But he keeps trying anyway, and I keep ignoring most of his attempts. On the times he tries harder, I threaten his manhood and that seems to push the message across. That kind of behavior just makes me look like a cold blooded spy and assassin, which is a great cover on the outside. But it really wears a girl down.


I don’t hate him too much. He is the best backup I have ever had, and really I can see what his interest is in me. At five feet and nine inches I am usually intimidating to most men, but not to a top rated spy like Isaiah Turelli. I think it was the first thing about me he noticed, and he seems to look even harder when I'm sporting four inch heels. I'm not small by any means. I'm pushing one hundred seventy-five pounds and most of it is hard toned muscle. I keep my nails and my jet black hair short, and I don't really wear a lot of makeup. Unless the mission calls for it. Like todays did. And I couldn't wait to scrub it off.


My specialty is hand to hand combat, but I prefer to take out the bad guys from a distance.

Easy in, easy out. That's how I roll. But sometimes you have to play dirty, and get in real close and personal. I am damned good at that, too. Not that I always like it, but it’s all a part of my job.


At Gannon's throat clearing, I came out of my internal thoughts just in time to see beach blond


Isaiah roll up in front of the cafe where we were seated in a bright red Jeep, tropical flower shirt unbuttoned and smoking a cigar. I didn't even know he was on the island. Figures he would be my “exit plan”.


Sighing, I stood up and grabbed my sunglasses and wallet.


“'Twas a pleasure working wit’ ya, Tess girl. Any more bad guys come across our radar I let you know,” Gannon said in his heavy Jamaican accent. He patted me on the shoulder and walked out of the cafe, tossing a peace sign Isaiah's way. Why couldn't all men be more like Gannon and just be happy with a pat on the shoulder?


I exited the cafe after leaving a few bucks on the table. Putting on my oversized sunglasses I braced myself as I headed towards the Jeep. I was still in my ruby red cocktail dress from the mission, and I tuned out the whistles that came my way as I walked towards Isaiah. I couldn't wait to put on some pants.


Sunglasses perched on the tip of his nose, Isaiah blatantly looked me up and down. “Oooh Tess, that's a good color on you. And good job taking down Frankie the Flirt. Though in that dress you'd have any guy on his knees.”


“Just shut up and get me out of here. I really want to change.”


“Good thing I picked up your bags for you. We are heading straight for the strip. You can change on the plane. Just let me know if you need help.” Isaiah winked at me as I strapped on my seat belt, then chuckled like it was actually funny.


“Ugh.” Was all I could manage to say as he sped off down the street. It was going to be a long trip back to home base.



By A L Wright, May 8 2016 12:47AM

I will be giving away 5 paperback copies of Blood Price, starting today May 7th, running through May 14th. Only 100 people will be allowed to enter, so get your entry in ASAP! The lucky winners will be announced Saturday May 14th, and once claimed will be immediately shipped from Amazon. Good luck!


Click here to enter!

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