I have a lot of disabled characters in my books, from a werewolf who can’t grow back his legs after an incident (Werewolf’s Choice, Para Schooled 1), to a visually impaired (some remaining vision) leader of all the werewolves in North America (A Pack of His Own 1 through 6_. I consider disabled people to be under-represented in books in general, just as I think people of color are likewise excluded from some books. I’ve worked hard to rectify both situations. I’m not a POC, but I am disabled: I’m blind. Almost totally.
“How can you be blind but still retain some vision? Isn’t the term ‘blind’ an absolute?” Nope. According to the National Federation of the Blind, of which I’m a member, “blind” is defined as a condition that effects how you live your life without some, much, or all of your eyesight. I can still see my fiancé’s half-purple hair, and the color of her service dog’s poodly self: auburn drifting to brown. But I can no longer read print or see my computer to do edits. This is unacceptable, and so I turn to a screen reader for help. A screen reader is a program that reads everything on a screen, not just the stuff in Word (or your Google or Apple equivalent) but *everything*, sometimes whether you want it to or not!
I wanted to introduce you to my visually impaired SearchLight (like Men in Black but for magical creatures instead of aliens) professor, Charlie McLaughlin. His first book which contains two full-length novels, is currently on sale for $0.99 at this link:
Charlie, or as he’s known by the end of his first book, Tilthos Charles, is a strong telepath who uses all of his senses to get around, but when he’s deprived of his white cane, he’s less than graceful.
I totally based Tilthos Charles’s level of vision on what I had at the time. I wrote his book back in 2012, although it’s been re-released by Changeling Press, and I had a lot more eyesight at the time.
I love the disabled world, which is both less and more connected than that of the LGBTQ+ community because there are so many disabilities that it’s hard to relate, and yet having a disability usually predisposes a person to be more understanding of another’s disability. Usually.
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Hunter’s Claim: Luis Delgado, psychic vampire, can deal with lust. That’s one of the fun parts of being a psychic vampire. What he can’t handle is falling in love with the half wolf who wants nothing to do with him.
Almost nothing. Charlie can’t resist the sex. But Charlie has become alpha of an eros pack, whom he must protect at all costs, and the TruWolves terrorist group wants to destroy everyone who supports peace between the straight and LGBT wolves. How can there be time for love?
Tracker’s Fate: Ethan is afraid his job as a tracker -- execution chief among his duties -- will keep other wolves away and cripple his soul. Jeremy wants children. He is not bisexual, though, and can’t imagine seeking out a female wolf just to have pups.
When these two are thrown into a murder mystery where the bystanders are not so innocent, can Ethan and Jeremy find their way to true love?
Excerpt from Hunter’s Claim
The soft light of hanging lamps with thick shades lit Charlie McLaughlin’s classroom. The air smelled faintly of the plants in the windows. To preclude distorting echoes, the concrete walls were hung with thick carpets.
Charlie settled into one of the available chairs in the circle and listened to his students find their places. Even though he could see their vague shapes, his visual impairment prevented him from making out fine details. Such as what their faces look like. He smirked inwardly.
Charlie scented nervousness from some of them, and others exuded excitement. Only two seemed calm. When his watch read ten a.m., he shuffled the papers in his lap and sat forward.
All conversation and extraneous noise stopped.
“Relax,” Charlie said. “This is the review session for your midterm. No one’s going to be graded today.” He ran his index finger over the list of names on his attendance sheet. Braille wasn’t his first choice when reading. Most of the time he listened to a computer or recording. But for attendance sheets, braille was ideal. “I take it only Sherri is missing?”
“Yes, sir,” said Malik, one of only two sylphs in this year’s freshman class.
The door opened, and Charlie inhaled, testing the air. He smiled. “You’re late, Sherri. You’re lucky this session isn’t mandatory.”
“She was escorting me, Professor McLaughlin. It’s been a while since I’ve been here, and you’ve moved your classroom.”
Charlie didn’t turn to face the intruder. Damn it. SearchLight trackers think they have permission to wear their concealment charms off duty as well as on. Those charms mitigated smell, sound, and sight. Charlie wanted to throw the sneaky bastard out of his room on general principle.
A Pack of His Own (Duet) Vol. 1 (A Pack of His Own 1)
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