Autism Awareness

I’m delighted to be part of RJ’s amazing blog hop. I love, love reading all the posts at this time of year, and learning more and more about the authors that I love, and alongside that, more about autism. This year’s topic is childhood toys. You can read RJ’s post about toys here. It’s really lovely.

When I look back on my childhood, which was way before not only the internet, but computers too, the toys I remember most vividly are things I had for adventuring. I loved to explore!  I had a bag, a spade, a flashlight, a notebook, pens, and a huge toy wigwam that I used to set up in the garden with a blanket and cushions from the front room. The garden was only small, but I spent hours hunting with my torch and sticks and then writing about what I found. I can remember it so clearly. I loved writing even then. Years and years later, I mentioned this to my mum, and she laughed and went and brought one of the old notebooks. It was full of very neat squiggles. I couldn’t believe it. In my head, I was writing when I made those marks, I knew exactly what it said. Mum reminded me that I used to play that game before I started school, probably when I was three or four. I was flabbergasted! When I went to school, the teachers said I’d do much better if I could just stop daydreaming. I never did. But I didn’t do too badly.

How do autistic people see the world?

Taken from the National Autistic Society.

Some autistic people say the world feels overwhelming and this can cause them considerable anxiety.

In particular, understanding and relating to other people, and taking part in everyday family, school, work and social life, can be harder. Other people appear to know, intuitively, how to communicate and interact with each other, yet can also struggle to build rapport with autistic people. Autistic people may wonder why they are ‘different’ and feel their social differences mean people don’t understand them.

Autistic people often do not ‘look’ disabled. Some parents of autistic children say that other people simply think their child is naughty, while adults find that they are misunderstood. We are educating the public about autism through our Too Much Information campaign.

It’s been an exciting month as I’ve had a new release! Finding Finlay is the second book in the MC Securities series. It can be read as a standalone, but if you enjoyed book 1, Trusting Jack, you can catch up with Jack and Michael and get a glimpse of their new life. It’s had some fantastic reviews! You can get a copy, or read in KU here.

Here is the Blurb: Aaron Baker has a problem. His online clothing company is under attack. Whilst MC Securities tackle the breaches in security, he asks for an agent to pose as his fake boyfriend. He doesn’t bargain for getting a snarky, ex-marine with sad, blue eyes and submissive tendencies.
Dumped by his boyfriend, Finlay Masters concludes that the best, and safest, place for him is to return to the closet. Kicked out by his parents as a kid for being gay, closeted in the army for fifteen years, body wrecked by an explosion that cost him his job, he isn’t the best bet for any kind of relationship. Even a fake one.
As the investigation mounts, Aaron wants more, but Finn has no faith in love, never dared need anyone. Aaron talks of how lucky he is to find him, but Finn knows if he is to have a chance at a relationship at all, he needs to find himself.

As part of the giveaway, I’m offering an e-copy of Finding Finlay, or anything from by back list. All you need to do is is pop over and join my Facebook group here. If you preface your comment #AutismBlogHop I’ll know what you mean!