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❤ Project Fierce Chicago – A message from Sophie Bonaste ❤

Today we welcome Sophie Bonaste, another of the wonderful authors who contributed to the Project Fierce Chicago charity anthology.

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Hello Readers! My name is Sophie Bonaste and I am one of twenty writers in a very special anthology. The Project Fierce Anthology, published by Less Than Three Press, is a charity anthology for Project Fierce in Chicago. All of the proceeds with help this organization get off the ground and aid homeless LGBT all over the city.

I am very lucky to be part of this anthology. All of the stories in it are truly wonderful and touch on a vital issue. Today I want to share a little information about my story, A Mysterious Savior. The story follows Dylan, a young adult living on the street after being kicked out of his home for being bisexual. Life hasn’t been easy for Dylan and his thoughts have started to turn desperate as he struggles to figure out a way out, through any means necessary. But just when things are at their darkest, a mysterious man comes to Dylan’s aid. He doesn’t know what to make of this man and struggles to trust him. But Dylan’s last hope may reside with this mysterious savior.

When I was planning this story out, I loved the idea of Dylan being saved by a complete stranger. I think it’s important to remember that any one of us can be a savior at any time. We all know that life is hard and there are times when giving someone a few minutes of your time or paying for someone’s meal makes all the difference in the world. All we have to do is reach out.

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Now I don’t mean to be preachy or imply that we have to devote every waking moment to helping people we haven’t met. We all have lives and families that need attention too. But if we all spent a few minutes a day helping those in our community who needed it, then the world would be a much better place. So reach out! And if you are scrambling for ideas, one of the first things that you should do is to support Project Fierce and buy this anthology. Since all of the money goes directly to Project Fierce you can know that you have helped LGBT youth in Chicago start their lives the right way. All of the information is below.

I want to thank everyone for reading my post! I also want to send a special thank you to Nic Starr and everyone at Because Two Men Are Better Than One for helping to publicize this anthology. Because together, we can ensure that one day everyone will have a home to call their own.

Project Fierce Chicago

Nobody deserves to be without a home. In collaboration with several authors, Less Than Three Press offers up an anthology of stories about young people who find that home and family are not always where you expect to find them.

All proceeds from this charity anthology will be donated to Project Fierce Chicago.

Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.

LT3’s Project Fierce Chicago charity anthology includes 20 short stories from Aeris, Vicktor Alexander, Talya Andor, C.J. Anthony, Blaine D. Arden, Kayla Bain-Vrba, Sophie Bonaste, Kenzie Cade, Jana Denardo,Alessandra Ebulu, Dianne Hartsock, Leta Hutchins, Caitlin Ricci, Lor Rose, B. Snow, Rin Sparrow, Andrea Speed, Piper Vaughn, Layla M. Wier, and Xara X. Xanakas.

 

Biography:

Sophie Bonaste is a novelist who never set out to be a novelist. As a child, she wanted to a Broadway actress and spent her childhood in numerous productions. But when adulthood set in and reality took over, Sophie chose to give up the theatre for a steady paycheck and instead turned to writing as a creative outlet. She stumbled into the M/M genre through fanfiction and never looked back. Sophie is quite happy with her change in artistic expression and doesn’t plan to stop writing for a long time.

A self-proclaimed nerd, Sophie is an avid fan of all things Star Wars and Harry Potter. (Sophie is a member of the Slytherin house, for those who were wondering.) Sophie also spends many hours watching and re-watching nerdy television shows. When she is not obsessing over the latest and greatest in nerdy entertainment, Sophie can be found screaming at her television during American football games. (Go Pack Go!) Sophie currently lives in Pennsylvania, about twenty minutes from her childhood town of The Middle of Nowhere.

 

Buy the Project Fierce Anthology here!

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Learn more about Project Fierce at www.projectfiercechicago.org

Sophie’s Website- sophiebonaste.blogspot.com

Sophie’s Email-sophiebonaste@gmail.com

Sophie on Twitter-https://twitter.com/SophieBonaste

Sophie on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/sophie.bonaste

Sophie on Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7263780.Sophie_Bonaste?from_search=true

 

 

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Project Fierce Chicago

Today we are joined by Dianne Hartsock, one of the generous authors involved in the Project Fierce Chicago anthology.

Buy your copy now and support a great cause.

Project Fierce Chicago

About the anthology

Nobody deserves to be without a home. In collaboration with several authors, Less Than Three Press offers up an anthology of stories about young people who find that home and family are not always where you expect to find them.

All proceeds from this charity anthology will be donated to Project Fierce Chicago.

Who are the authors?

LT3′s Project Fierce Chicago charity anthology includes 20 short stories from AerisVicktor AlexanderTalya AndorC.J. AnthonyBlaine D. ArdenKayla Bain-VrbaSophie BonasteKenzie CadeJana Denardo,Alessandra EbuluDianne HartsockLeta HutchinsCaitlin RicciLor RoseB. SnowRin SparrowAndrea SpeedPiper VaughnLayla M. Wier, and Xara X. Xanakas.

A personal message from Diane Hartsock

Everyone deserves a safe and stable home!

Homelessness has become an epidemic in the LGBT youth community. Family conflicts, abuse and problems at school are all contributing factors. Some find themselves on the street after ‘aging out’ of foster care, but more and more gay and transgender young people, emboldened by increased acceptance in society, are coming out in their teen years, when they are still reliant on their parents. Sometimes faced with hostility or rejection at home, many teens turn instead to the streets.

Portland, Oregon, is considered the second worst city in the United States for juvenile sex trafficking, so when it came time to write my story for the Project Fierce Charity Anthology, I wanted to touch on this almost taboo subject. People would rather close their eyes and pretend it isn’t happening.

Sammy has been surviving for years on the streets of Portland by hooking along the waterfront for the local businessmen. In this story, one young man finds his way to a better future, but unfortunately, in real life, this isn’t always the case. It takes projects like this one to help provide shelter and a safe haven for our suffering children. I want to thank Piper Vaughn for bringing this anthology to my attention and that I am able to contribute to such an important cause.

SAMMY –my story in the Project Fierce Charity Anthology

At fifteen, Sam inadvertently comes out to his parents, but instead of the support he hopes for, they send him to live with his uncle. Unfortunately, the man is even less tolerant of his uniqueness. Rather than change to please his family, feeling unwanted and misunderstood, he runs away to find a better life.

But the crowded city isn’t kind to a young man with no home and no prospects of work. When this story opens, Sam has been on the streets for several years when one of his ‘regulars’ begins to take more than a business interest in him. For the first time Sammy dreams of more than a bleak lonely future, but does he dare hope that someone like him could find their happily ever after?

Dianne Hartsock
blog: http://diannehartsock.wordpress.com/my-blog/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/diannehartsock

About Project Fierce Chicago

Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.

To learn more about Project Fierce Chicago or to donate directly, visit their website. Project Fierce Chicago

 

Project Fierce Chicago

Buy the Anthology

To be released 15th July 2014 but available for pre-order now!

Less Than Three Press

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Project Fierce Chicago – a charity anthology

I wanted to draw your attention to a wonderful cause and the way you can support it, simply by buying an anthology of fabulous stories.

Piper Vaughn has also stopped by to talk about the inspiration for this anthology and how it came into being.

Project Fierce Chicago

About the anthology

Nobody deserves to be without a home. In collaboration with several authors, Less Than Three Press offers up an anthology of stories about young people who find that home and family are not always where you expect to find them.

All proceeds from this charity anthology will be donated to Project Fierce Chicago.

Who are the authors?

LT3′s Project Fierce Chicago charity anthology includes 20 short stories from AerisVicktor AlexanderTalya AndorC.J. AnthonyBlaine D. ArdenKayla Bain-VrbaSophie BonasteKenzie CadeJana Denardo,Alessandra EbuluDianne HartsockLeta HutchinsCaitlin RicciLor RoseB. SnowRin SparrowAndrea SpeedPiper VaughnLayla M. Wier, and Xara X. Xanakas.

A personal message from Piper

Hi, all!

Thanks to Nic Starr for asking me to write a bit about what inspired the Project Fierce Chicago anthology for her blog today. The concept for this anthology was born when I was looking to donate to a local GLBT homeless youth charity and discovered Project Fierce. I saw they were an up-and-coming charity seeking to raise money to purchase properties they could turn into transitional homes for homeless GLBT youth between the ages of 18 and 25. I didn’t have a ton of money that I could donate on my own, but then I remembered a couple of charity anthologies I’d seen in recent years. I figured that might be a way to get them a larger sum of money over a longer period of time.

At first, I was going to try to put the anthology together on my own, and I started putting out feelers to other authors who might be interested, but then I started to worry about the technicalities of producing a multi-author anthology, and I decided that before I decided to take that path, I should probably contact one of my publishers to see how they felt about producing it. I emailed the people of Less Than Three Press, with whom I’d already had a close relationship since 2011. They quickly agreed to take it on—and many thanks to them for doing so—and shortly thereafter a submission call was put out asking authors to submit stories for the anthology. Now, months later, here we are. The anthology contains 20 stories total, and all of the proceeds minus vendor fees will be going to Project Fierce over the next two years (the term of the contract with LT3). It truly was a labor of love for a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts. Hopefully, we can raise some money for a worthy charity and provide people with some great reading material at the same time. Because we really do believe that regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, everyone deserves a safe home.

~Piper

About Project Fierce Chicago

Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.

To learn more about Project Fierce Chicago or to donate directly, visit their website. Project Fierce Chicago

 

Project Fierce Chicago

Buy the Anthology

To be released 15th July 2014 but available for pre-order now!

Less Than Three Press

All Romance eBooks

Amazon Logo