Elizabeth Varlet Guest Post

Please welcome Elizabeth Varlet to GBRs today talking about a topic close to her heart.

When I began writing this series, I did a lot of research regarding LGBTQA issues. One of the biggest topics was the terrible reality for the youth whose families don’t react well. So many young people are kicked out of their home or worse.

All four of the Sassy Boyz experienced what it is like on the streets of New York City for homeless gay teens, but none more so than Tameron Kis. His story is heartbreaking and, sadly, all too common a reality for young LGBTQA kids.

Unfortunately, this is a pervasive epidemic in our society. Even today, though we’ve made great strides in LGBTQA rights and bringing these issues out into the open, there are still thousands of kids who never get the support they need.

My characters were lucky enough to find a haven in the form of a fictional shelter called, Prism Center. There they were able to sleep in peace, get meals they may not have had, shower, and store their meager belongings. There they met friends who would eventually become family. And, in Tam’s case, even get some much needed therapy. The Prism Center features heavily in Brave & Beautiful.

While developing this story, I looked into many LGBTQA specific shelters in NYC. They all do great work and they are all under-funded. That’s why I’m encouraging readers to make a donation. Find your local LGBTQA shelter and figure out how you can help. Or, if you don’t have one near you, donate to Trinity Place Shelter (http://trinityplaceshelter.org/) in NYC.

Trinity Place Shelter helps homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ*) youth and young adults in New York City safely transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive, and productive adults. They only have space for 10 beds, but those 10 beds are so important.

Your donation to Trinity Place Shelter supports LGBTQ youth in numerous ways. Some examples of how amounts from $19 to $5,800 impact our youth:

    $19: A cake to celebrate a youth’s birthday
    $117: Public transportation to work and/or school for a month
    $200: A holiday celebration meal
    $550: One new mattress for an incoming youth
    $1,100: Dinner for a week for all residents
    $5,800: Food for all residents for a month
    *Please consider becoming a Trinity Place Shelter Guardian with an annual gift of $500 or more, payable as either a single gift or in monthly installments of $42.

Or, if you’d rather purchase something specific they also offer the chance to buy from Amazon. Check out their Amazon Wishlist (http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/registry.html?ie=UTF8&id=2MICJT8TM5YHK&type=wishlist) and help them get the resources to aid these youth.

Even if you can’t donate, help spread the word about these amazing shelters and the fantastic work they are doing. Every little thing helps.

Comment below and let me know about your local shelter and the work they are doing or how you’ve helped the cause and be entered to win a free copy of one of the Sassy Boyz books and a Sassy Boyz Swag Bag.

As always, I adore you.
Love, Elizabeth

Title: Brave & Beautiful (Sassy Boyz #3)
Author: Elizabeth Varlet
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: October 9, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary M/M
Page Count: 224
Reviewed by: Susan

Sexy, seductive and hiding dark secrets, the Sassy Boyz return to the stage in Brave & Beautiful

There’s only one relationship that matters to Tameron “Tam” Kis—his love affair with dance. Life’s been pretty shitty, but dance got him through it and now he’s ready to focus on what he loves. He doesn’t have the bandwidth for any distractions—especially not his sexy, not-quite-straight new neighbor.

Driver Ellis doesn’t need anything but his bike and the open road. He wouldn’t trade his drifter lifestyle for anything…until his friend calls in a favor and Driver suddenly finds himself pet-sitting. Driver isn’t thrilled being stuck in one place, though things start to look up when he sets eyes on the gorgeous girl next door.

There’s just one problem… She isn’t a girl at all.

All it takes is one spontaneous dance to turn both Driver’s and Tam’s worlds upside down. They might not have been looking for love, but as things heat up between them, it’s clear life has very different plans.

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About Elizabeth Varlet

Elizabeth Varlet
Elizabeth Varlet is a nerd at heart and spends way too many hours binging on episodes of her favorite television shows. If you love Doctor Who, Supernatural, Stargate, Star Trek, Sherlock, or Firefly you are already her best friend.

She started writing stories in high school and hasn’t stopped. Now, her characters like to get frisky under the covers – or the stars, they’re not picky. She’s a thirty-something, newly married, world traveler who devours books like they were candy.

To contact Elizabeth, send her an email to elizabethvarlet@gmail.com. Or follow her on any of her social media sites.

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