Authors, Reviewers, Publishers…

Every year on 2nd April is autism awareness day and the seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2014.

You may or may not know that our son, Matthew, has autism and that the last three years I have carried out an autism blog hop where readers can visit everyone's blogs and read a small fact about autism.

There are 48 authors and bloggers taking part and I am so pleased to see this many interested people! The list of participants is below…

Have fun, each post will have a competition attached so loads of prizes to be won!

* The number next to each name indicates the date that the post will go live. i.e. RJ, Amber, and Dawn's Reading Nook will all go live on 1 April at 00:01 GMT.

Author / Blogger Competition Prize Autism Fact
4 x $25 Amazon gift cards Autism is a spectrum
condition. This means that while all people with autism share certain
difficulties, the condition affects them differently.
$25 Amazon gift card. The contest will run the tour length and will pick the winner. In the US
Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
Win RJ Scott e-books for six months, from 1 April 2014 – 30 September 2014. People with autism
are most likely to fulfil their potential with specialised support & a
knowledgeable, understanding public
$10 ARe gift card + winner's choice of one of my books in ebook format. Closing date April 15 In the US Autism
costs a family $60,000 a year on average
a copy of The Victoria Blisse Collection and Really Cooking Children with autism
can find abstract concepts, like Father Christmas challenging (a stranger
coming down your chimney)
Book (print or ebook) of winner's choice. Boys are nearly five
times more likely than girls to have autism
one eBook away from my backlist There is no medical
detection or cure for autism
$10 gift voucher to the ebook retailer of your choice People with autism
usually have difficulties with social communication
a $10 GC to ARe, B&N, or Amazon. Closes 11:59 pm 4/15/14 CDT People with autism
usually have difficulties with social interaction
five copies of Coming Together: Against the Odds in ebook People with autism
usually have difficulties with social imagination
an ebook copy of either FarSeen or Hat Trick Perhaps the best
known form of autism is Asperger syndrome. People with Asperger syndrome are
often of average or above-average intelligence. They have fewer problems with
speech than people with other types of autism, but may find it difficult
to understand and process language.
ecopy of Every Move He Makes – closing date 15th April While some people
with autism live independent lives, others may need a lifetime of specialist
support. Autism can have a profound and sometimes devastating effect on
individuals and families.
a $10 Dreamspinner Press gift card There are over half
a million people with autism in the UK. That’s one person in every 100.
If you include their families, autism touches the lives of over two million
people every day.
a copy of ‘Tournament of Shadows' Autism is not caused
by a person's upbringing and is not the fault of the individual with the
one eBook from my backlist and one audiobook There is no cure for
autism. However, there are a range of interventions (learning and development
techniques) that people may find helpful.
2 ebooks from my backlist (reader's choice) Autism affects the
way a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects
how they make sense of the world around them.
3 $10 vouchers from an ebook retailer of the winners choice Everyday life for
people with autism can be confusing, frightening and lack meaning.
4 anthologies to a single reader People with
autism often find understanding and communicating with others
particularly difficult, which can leave them feeling isolated.
free ebook from my backlist or a new release closing date will be April 13th People with autism
may also experience some form of sensory sensitivity or lack of
sensitivity, for example to sound, touch, taste, smell, lights or
$25 Gift Certificate to All Romance eBooks People with autism
share three main areas of difficulty, which are sometimes called the triad of
impairments. Social communication, interaction and imagination.
$10 GC to Amazon (closing date April 15th) People with autism
have difficulty using and understanding verbal and non-verbal language, such
as gestures, facial expressions and tone of voice, as well as jokes and
postcards, Amazon gift card, and my e-books Some people with
autism might not speak or have fairly limited speech. They may understand
what people say to them but prefer to use alternative forms of
communication, such as sign language.
$10 for ARe or Amazon People with autism
have difficulty recognising and understanding people’s feelings and
managing their own feelings
Backlist – Closing date will be April 11th. 🙂 People with autism
have difficulty understanding and predicting other people’s intentions and
behaviour and imagining situations that are outside their own routine. 
an ebook of choice from backlist (not counting the charity anthology Legal Briefs) in format of choice A lack of social
imagination should not be confused with lack of imagination. Many people with
autism are very creative.
$10 GC to ARe, B&N, or Amazon. Closes 11:59 pm 4/15/14 EDT The world can seem
an unpredictable and confusing place to people with autism, which is why they
often feel more comfortable with a fixed daily routine so that they know
what’s going to happen each day.
$10 Amazon gift card People with autism
may experience sensory sensitivity in one or more of the five senses. A
person’s senses are either intensified (hypersensitive)
or lack sensitivity (hyposensitive).
any ebook from my backlist Many people with
autism have intense special interests, often from a young age. These can be
anything from art or music to trains and computers.
winner's choice of backlist ebook and a $10 Amazon GC People with autism
may have learning disabilities that can affect all aspects of their
life, from studying in school to learning how to wash themselves or make a
an ebook copy of Curiosity Killed Shaney It is estimated that
around 700,000 people may have autism – or more than 1 in 100 in the
population. Read more here about developments in the identification
and mapping of autism since Kanner first identified the
condition in 1943.
2 free ebooks from the booklist Autism
affects over 700,000 people in the UK (more than 1 in 100). 
an ebook of choice to the winner (Social Skills or Silent) 28% of adults with
autism surveyed in the UK, 2012, still lived at home with their parents
2 e-book copies of “Running Off the Edge” Having autism is
like having blue eyes or dark hair – it's part of you. It is a lifelong
$10 Amazon giftcard as a prize, closes April 15th Autism training is
not routinely provided as part of police training in the UK
Surprise prize! People with autism
can understand humour & make jokes but an often literal understanding of
the world can lead to confusions.
$10 Amazon GC and the closing date will be April 15th The UN declared 2
April as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in 2008
ebook copy of Mnevermind 1 or 2 (winner's choice) The idea of an
autism spectrum was first introduced by Lorna Wing and Judith Gould in
2 ebook copies from my backlist, winner's choice. Giveaway will go until the 15th April People w/ autism
will often learn a lot about a topic they're fascinated with & be
perceived as experts 
$10 Amazon gift voucher Service dogs are now available that are specially selected and trained to support autistic people, to be their unfailing friend and companion, safeguard them and improve their independence. Unfortunately such dogs are very expensive.
a $25 Amazon gift card for comments and the contest will start April 13, end April 27 Special interests
may provide structure & predictability to people w/ autism, helping them
cope with uncertainties of daily life
first two books in the Cupid Series (ebooks: “Cupid Knows Best” and The Gospel According to Cher. People w/ autism who
find social interaction difficult may use their special interests to start
conversations & feel relaxed
A copy of the upcoming release, Glitter and Shamrocks – Book Four of the Rescue Twinks series. Difficulties with
transition can lead to social isolation, mental health problems &
continued dependence on parents Parents of young people with autism have
described transition to adulthood like falling off a cliff-edge
an e-copy of one of my books – winner's choice – closing date contest on April 20th at 11.59 PM. Winner announced on the 21st  People with
autism who have an extraordinary talent are referred to as ‘autistic savants'
Any ebook from my back catalogue or an upcoming book Many parents of
children with autism feel they’ve been wrongly accused of poor
2 ebooks from my backlist (reader's choice) Autism is a hidden
condition; a diagnosis does not involve a physical examination
The term ‘autism'
was coined by Eugen Bleuler in 1911 to describe what he perceived as social
eBook copy of “Paws, Claws, and their Triple-F Some people live
with autism for their entire lives without ever getting a formal diagnosis
$25 GC to Amazon, ARE, B&N or Dreamspinner Press (winner's choice) contest ends April 18 Autism is the
fastest-growing serious developmental disability