Happy Father’s Day! But Should It Be Happy Parent Day? This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


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Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there that have made such a huge impact on their children’s lives.  That includes my father whose sterling qualities, indomitable will, intelligence and loving heart has always had a large part in my life and that of my daughter.  I’ll be heading over to the farm shortly to help celebrate with all the family – together, boisterous, and loving.

But June is Pride Month.  That combined with Caitlyn Jenner’s brave coming out, the ABC Family Channels series “Becoming Us“, “The Foster’s“, and more has me thinking about names, identities and the need for choice and change.  What happens to the Mother’s Day and  Father’s Day celebrations when one parent is transitioning?  Or is Genderqueer or Genderfluid?  Don’t those Greeting Card appellations become exclusionary instead of celebratory? I’m thinking that perhaps they do and unnecessarily so.

Why not combine the two and have a universal Parent’s Day?  Or “Thank My Guardian”  Day, ” Thanks for all the Love, Support, & Sacrifice-Love You” Day ? Yeah, yeah, I know, none of those have the zing and emotional tone that Mother’s and Father’s Day have.  But a change in attitude and outlook might supply the needed patina of familial love and memories over time that it lacks now.   And then there are the children to think about.gay familiy clip art

Why make it necessary for a child to explain that they have 2 dads on Mother’s Day or two mothers on Father’s Day when asked to “make cards for (insert name here)” in school, church, or whatever organization is asking the kids to do this as a craft?  A universal day of thanks, joy and family for those that raised you would make those explanations unnecessary, as they should be.  And it would include all those parents and caregivers that are part of the LGBTQIA community.

It’s time to enlarge our thinking along with our hearts.  The world has gotten bigger, let’s hope it grows more inclusive and loving as well.

                               Happy Parents Day!  It’s Going to Be A Good One, cross my heart!

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This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Sunday, June 21, 2015:

  • Let’s Snuggle Up To Cardeno C’s Strange Bedfellows (tour and contest)
  • Happy Father’s (?) Day. This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, June 22:

  • Sword of the Gladiatrix by Faith L. Justice tour and contest
  • Silver Scars by Posy Roberts guest post and giveaway
  • Jeff Laver’s ‘Elder Petersen’s Mission Memories‘ book blast and contest
  • A Stella Review: Taming the Lion by Elizabeth Coldwell
  • A MelanieM Review: Retrograde by RJ Scott

Tuesday, June 23:

  • Riptide’s The Tide of War  by Lori A. Witt Tour and Giveaway
  • Ana J. Phoenix ‘Branded’ book blast and contest
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: The Summer House by RJ Scott
  • A MelaneM Review: Forging the Future by Mary Calmes

Wednesday, June 24:

  • Summer Love YA Anthology from Duet (YA Imprint at Interlude Press)(contest)
  • New tour: LJ LaBarthe – Waiting For the Moon and You (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A Mika Review: Cheeky Hipsters & Jocks (BFP:The Secrets Collection) by Posy Roberts
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Spell Bound by Jacob Z. Flores

Thursday, June 25:

  • Cover reveal ‘Prickly Business‘ by Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade
  • A Stella Review: Coffee Cake by Michaela Grey
  • A Mika Review: Falling by Suki Fleet
  • A BJ Review: Psi Hunter (Guardians of the Pattern #1) by Jaye McKenna

Friday, June 26:

  • In the Book Spotlight: VL Locey’s ‘Long Change’ – author interview and giveaway
  • Letters from a Cowboy by Sue Brown‏  blog Tour and contest
  • Helping Hand by Jay Northcote – Book Blast and Giveaway
  • A Mika Review:The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by K.J. Charles
  • A MelanieM Review: Bulldust by b.j. brumb

YA Saturday, June 27

  • An Aurora Review: Noble Persuasion by Sara Gaines

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Snuggle Under the Covers with Cardeno C’s Strange Bedfellows (tour and giveaway)

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WLK synopsis

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Can the billionaire son of a Democratic president build a family with the congressman son of a Republican senator? Forget politics, love makes strange bedfellows.

As the sole offspring of the Democratic United States president and his political operative wife, Trevor Moga was raised in an environment driven by the election cycle. During childhood, he fantasized about living in a made-for-television family, and as an adult, he rejected all things politics and built a highly successful career as far from his parents as possible.

Newly elected congressman Ford Hollingsworth is Republican royalty. The grandson of a revered governor and son of a respected senator, he was bred to value faith, family, and the goal of seeing a Hollingsworth in the White House.

When Trevor and Ford meet, sparks fly and a strong friendship is formed. But can the billionaire son of a Democratic president build a family with the congressman son of a Republican senator? Forget politics, love makes strange bedfellows.


“Where’s your bedroom?” asked Ford Hollingsworth as he tipped his head back to make room for the man licking a path down his neck.

The handsome stranger shoved Ford’s coat to the floor, slammed him against the wall, and wedged his thigh between Ford’s legs, rubbing up against his balls.

“Oh. Oh.” Ford bucked. “Your bedroom?”

Despite being mostly clothed, Ford was seconds away from coming in his pants. The inner voice he’d spent most of his life ignoring piped up to remind him that he’d never been this aroused with any woman and never would be. But acknowledging that voice meant walking away from his family and his aspirations, so Ford tried ignoring it, something that had gotten increasingly difficult with every passing year and was now impossible.

“Trevor?” Ford had no idea if that was the dark-haired guy’s real name or if he’d created an alias to use with a bar pickup, which was what Ford himself had done. Either way, he was proud he remembered the name, considering he was more turned on than he’d ever been in his life.

Without responding, the man reached for Ford’s shirt buttons and popped them open while he caressed Ford’s chest.



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Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

Cardeno’s Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, “You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day.”

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