Monday, March 21, 2016

Welcome to the Open Book Blog Hop. Our topic this week was "Announcements; Controversial topics, industry news, parallels between events and your writing, topic or genre."

So first off, an announcement. I'll be at Comic Con Cheyenne May 13, 14, 15th. I'll have giveaways, books for sale, and other goodies. I hope you'll drop by and say hi if you're there!

And moving right along to the rest of the post—I wasn't sure how to approach it as I make a point of avoiding political discussions in my public persona.

But anyone who reads my books should be able to detect an underlying theme. I'm a strong proponent of equal rights for women. As much as we like to pretend otherwise, women in the United States still aren't on equal footing with men in many professions or in many other areas of life in general.(I won't even mention the many parts of the world where women are in worse shape than the US.)

That's one of the challenges the wolf shifters in my Free Wolves series are facing. The pack structure traditionally delegated leadership positions to males only. Although Gavin Fairwood, the current pack leader is making headway on changing that, many other packs in North America haven't even thought about it.

But even within the pack, his efforts don't go unchallenged. People get used to the status qou and change ins't easy. Much like our society that still doesn't accept that women are capable of doing much more than the traditional roles portrayed in old movies. Not every woman wants to be a mother or a nurse or teacher. Some of us work in IT and can tear apart or build a computer as well as any male technician.

Yet there are still males that want to control us, who think that just because we have periods that
we're somehow not rational or dependable. Men who think that a mother nursing her child is disgusting and that it should be hidden away from view. Men who believe that by controlling our bodies and sexuality they can enslave our minds. And there are still women who have been trained to see other women as competition for available males rather than as sisters.

So I cheer as my female wolves discover they are capable of doing things that only the males have been allowed to do in the past. I celebrate each time one of my female wolves breaks a long-standing if unwritten rule that serves only to deny them equal rights. Or even a written one that needs changed. And I smile when a male wolf backs up the female and helps her on her journey.

We women have come a long way. A woman is a serious contender for the White House. The glass ceiling in business is starting to develop a few cracks. But one look at TV commercials and ads in magazines will tell you there's still a long way to go.

Women's rights isn't the only issue I tackle in my books. You'll just have to read them to spot some of the other political issues I mention.  You can find out where to buy them on the My Books page of this blog. I'll make it easy for you ti find. Here it is! My Books

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