Hi everyone! Thank you for taking the time to read my little post here. I am supposed to be talking about my newest release Country Soul and I will. But I wanted to take a moment to talk about alcohol abuse amongst the LGBT population. Why? There is a little bit of alcohol abuse in Country Soul.
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, almost 18 million Americans abuse alcohol (PRIDE Institute). This number is high but its even scarier when you read that the rate of alcohol abuse amongst the LGBT community is even higher than that. This means. You see, according to The Pride Institute, research suggests that alcohol abuse and dependence occurs at even higher rates in the LGBT population than in the mainstream population. Let me give you a second to let that sink in….
As much as we’d like to think we are all perfect and can handle everything that comes our way, we sometimes get that one thing that we cannot handle. Some of us turn to counseling, our best friends, our parents, a teacher or a spouse. There are those out there who have none of these things because either they can’t afford counseling, or the shame of who they are is too much they don’t want to share, or they have no family/friends because of who they are.
That shouldn’t happen, but it does.
When we have no one, some of us tend to turn to the bottle. What am I trying to say? Well let me answer that question with the following:
People in my life always ask me why I support the LGBT population, why speak out about the things happening to them—well, first of all we are all human beings and we should support each other. But I find it heartbreaking when someone has no control over something inside them and they get blamed or treated unjustly or unfairly because of it. I want to be the shoulder so that another young person stay away from using alcohol to soothe the pain. It is not healthy for them or those around them. We have to do better to support each other and this includes the LGBT community. No one should feel as if they are so trapped because they come out of the closet, because they tell the truth.
In Country Soul Jackson loses everything by admitting he’s gay. His way of dealing was not healthy but it is a reality. He falls down to the bottom of a bottle—several bottles—and this just makes things spiral out of control. I’m hoping this story serves as a bit of a lesson that drinking until you can’t remember isn’t the way to deal with things. I hope they learn that all they have to do is find that one person, that one soul who will walk beside them, and give them the help they need.
If you can’t find that person, message me –I’ll try to help or find you someone who can help you with what you need.
Country Soul by Remmy Duchene
When Jackson Rawlings comes out of the closet, he loses everything; from his record label to his self-confidence he needs to perform on stage. Jackson feels as if the world is out to get him. Broken and afraid, he escapes to Hallesford and the ranch he calls home. All he wants is to live out the rest of his life peacefully and out of the spotlight.
But the fates just love interfering in his life.
Marques Lopez is the owner of Phoenix Records and not only does he hate what happened to Jackson, he feels Jackson Rawlings has plenty more to contribute to the music industry. He ventures into small-town USA to find the singer and when he does, Jackson is a mere fragment of the man he used to be. To make matters worse, Marques’s body and heart step in to present him with the choice between business and pleasure—unless he could have his cake and eat it too…
Review by Tracy C Muth
After Jackson is outed to his record label they drop him. Marques, a record exec in NYC has followed Jackson’s career forever, and isn’t happy when Jackson “retires”. He can see how heartbroken Jackson is, so he heads to Jackson’s small town to try to convince him to sign with his label and continue making music. What he never expected was to find not only a star, but love.
This was a sweet and steamy story. It flowed well and the characters had a good chemistry. I adored the banter between Marques and Jackson. It was sweet and snarky at times. The characters were well developed. I absolutely adored Marques’ nephew Jake and loved the interactions between them.
My only problem is, it took forever for them to meet. This story is on the short side, and while the ending was perfect, I wish the book has been a bit longer. I wanted more of Marques and Jackson!!
Very enjoyable, and highly recommended!!
I am a Jamaican living in Canada. I love Canadian Football, photography, writing (of course), wandering around Toronto and spending time with the family. Yes, I sing in the shower because that’s the best place to do it.
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