Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hero Hunter ~ Monthly Author Column by Clare London :: The (Extra)Ordinary Man :: with Giveaway


This month our Hero Hunter Clare London is taking a look at the The (Extra)Ordinary Man. Check out what she has to say…and don’t forget to let us know what you think…as you may be in with the chance of winning a kindle e-book from your TBR list.

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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. ~ William Shakespeare

In today’s post I’m going to get a little bit more serious and talk about the heroes who spring up among ordinary people, and yet are extraordinary in themselves. They don’t start by setting themselves above the rest of us – in fact, in most cases they just want the same rights and happiness and success in their life that’s available to everyone else. But for one reason or another, they’re thrust into the spotlight.

And I won’t just talk about men today. It’s about everyone, every size, shape, age and ability, characteristic and culture. This is only a “slice of life” post, so forgive me if I miss out anything or anyone who should be praised in my few, inadequate words – feel free to add that in the comments.

Let’s start from the point that we’re all born “ordinary”. That’s not dismissive in any way at all – we’re all wonderful, and all have great potential. But over time, people develop in different ways, in different places, on different paths. And some are thrust into the public eye because of the way they lead their life.

Picture1Andi Viveros, transgender Prom Queen . Leela Alcorn, transgender spokesperson . Alex Minsky, veteran and model (Michael Stokes photography) . Winnie Harlow, international model . Arin Andrews and Katie Hill, transgender couple

For many of us, life is a battle, sometimes or at all times. The extra/ordinary hero is someone who suffers – among other hurdles – discrimination, hardship, loss, persecution, gender confusion, disability and fear. They may have uncommon looks, or gender “confusion”. They may have less physical limbs or academic abilities. They may struggle with their political “categorisation”, or in getting help and support for their place on the humanitarian ladder.

Many of these people have stood out, whether individually or in groups, whether willingly or reluctantly, in order to address these struggles. To make it easier, not only for their own life, but for those who follow with the same barriers to climb.

Picture2Ireland celebrates legal gay marriage . 1963 civil rights march on Washington . Suffragettes . The original Calendar Girls.

These people are glowing illustrations of courage: of determination and a sense of self worth and entitlement to equal human rights. Their commitment is to justice and morality and compassion.

I often remind myself that whatever these people do – however well they succeed or battle for the right to have as much joy and satisfaction in their life as any other person – the original struggle will rarely just vanish. There’s still fear, anger, pain and confusion in life. But the fact that these individuals cope with it on a daily basis is the courageous act – the HEROIC act.

I’d like to express my thanks to all these people, past, present and in the future, for what they’re doing for humankind. It’s the most important thing I can think of to let them know that they reach us, and that we are allies. Please feel free to add your comments and testimonials in the comments – or at the very least, spare a supportive thought for all the millions of extra/ordinary heroes passing through your life every day!

Thanks for reading,

Picture3Malala Yousafzai, women’s rights spokesperson . The British Paralympics team 2012 . Medal winners at the British Special Olympics 2015.

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Recent Release

Boys in Brief by Clare London

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A collection of Clare London stories full of sweet, sexy romance, and boys seeking friendship, fun and inspiration.
Brighton in the summer is a great place to be for Joe, a young, gay man looking for a good time with no strings, but something makes him want to take it slow with gorgeous chip shop regular Steven. The trouble is, Steven’s shy smile hides a dark secret, and his past is about to come back to bite them both.
Chas' growing up is fraught with trouble but it's always been accompanied by his own irreverent humour and determination - and the continuing presence of his lifelong companion and friend, Adam. While Chas stumbles on through delights and disasters, life and love, Adam remains wise and supportive and... never changing.
As a decorated soldier, Max is doing all the right things, as is his lovely socialite girlfriend, Elisa. Max's one grand passion, though, is for fellow soldier, Ryan. Will he live his life the way he wants, or will he and Elisa be forced to do what people expect?
When Joey takes his boyfriend Gaz to their friend Chris' unruly "Tarts and Vicars" party, they cause an unholy stir. Why is Joey so proud of Gaz - why can't their straight friend Vincenzo take his eyes off Gaz's costume - why is Bren's cousin Ginger so obsessed with waxing - who sat on the archbishop's mitre - and just how much alcohol did Chris put in the punch?
A young man receiving the most intimate teaching from his mentor and crush... but in Gerald and Stephan's hands, is that scene really what it seems?

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Meet Clare London

2P5CTS-WClare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.



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  2. Great post! And I like the quote by William Shakespeare.
    It's interesting to see how throughout time some things have changed (and others are still changing) thanks to this brave people who stand up for their beliefs in a revolutionary way. My hat's off to them.
    Just a few days ago, I came across the movie of Vera Brittain, who was an English writer, feminist and pacifist, with a very interesting life. I'm looking up some of her books.

    1. I knew I forgot something... :P

  3. Thank you for that inspirational post and for reminding us that there are so many heroic people in the world. Sometimes in the day-to-day grind, it is easy to forget that. Loved the pictures, too!

    In addition to what you have illustrated, I also feel that ordinary people can be heroes on a small scale - maybe just for one other person. But, overall that makes a difference. For example, my grandmother was a hero to me...she did not do anything on a large scale, but she supported her grandkids in their endeavors and helped us learn to dream. She also demonstrated self sufficiency and compassion.


    1. Hi Jen, Congratulations, you have been chosen our lucky winner for this post from Clare. An email is on the way to you. Happy reading!

  4. this world would not be what it is today if not for all the hero's around us...they come in many shapes and forms and i thank all of them

  5. my brother is a medic in the Australian Army and I've always seen him as my hero
    I always support the troops


  6. There are so many heroes around. And most of them do not want to be recognized. I can think of several - many of them teachers.
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  7. Heroes abound in the world if we just open our eyes, ears and hearts!

  8. It's such a diverse list, and really inspiring! I do think there are lots of unknown heroes in everyday life, too...
    you never know what will make a difference to someone!

    --Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

  9. Great post. There are so many unsung heroes out there: parents (mom and/ or dads) and anyone in a profession that helps another person (charities, teachers, medics,therapist, etc.)
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  10. Heroes come in all shapes & sizes.


  11. Great post! There are heores everywhere!

  12. Amazing post. I truly admire all those who aren't afraid to speak for what they believe in and who they are.

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  13. Awesome post! Hero's are everywhere if you just look around!