World Autism Awareness Day

Autism Awareness GraphicAutism doesn’t just affect children. According to a 2008 survey, just 15% of adults with autism are in full-time paid employment


For more facts about autism, and details of all blogs participating in the Autism Awareness Project, see RJ Scott’s master post:

Prizes! I’m offering a free e-copy of my first Shamwell Tales novel, Caught!, which features a young man who’s unashamedly a little different to most of us, to a randomly chosen commenter on this post (if you’ve already got it, I’m happy to offer an alternative of winner’s choice from my backlist.)  Just leave a comment below to be in with a chance – and please do check out the other posts on RJ’s list. I’m pretty sure there will be other prizes to be won! Good luck! 😀


You can run from the past…but the past runs faster

Behind Robert’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s
taken a job teaching in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But he’s knocked for six—literally—by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.

Sean works in pest control, rides a motorbike, and lives on a council estate. On the face of it, he shouldn’t have anything in common with Robert’s bow-tie, classic-car style and posh family background. Yet Robert is helpless to resist Sean’s roguish grin, and a rocky, excruciatingly embarrassing start doesn’t keep the sparks between them from flaring.

Despite Robert’s increasingly ludicrous attempts to keep his past where it belongs, his past hasn’t read the memo. And soon his secrets could be the very things that drive Sean away for good…

Warning: contains the alarming misadventures of a pest control technician, a stepsister with a truly unfortunate name, and a young man who may have more bow ties than sense. | | Samhain | ARe

Finalist: 2014 Rainbow Awards category Gay Romantic Comedy

ETA: I’ll be keeping the draw open for 2 weeks, to give people a chance to work their way through all the participating blogs, and picking a winner out of a (virtual) hat around tea-time on April 15th. 🙂

About jlmerrow

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Find JL Merrow online at:
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18 Responses to World Autism Awareness Day

  1. waxapplelover says:

    Great issue to support. It’s so frustrating that people without the true facts will spout their own theories on the causes or “cures.” And thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  2. thanks heaps for the information and prize

  3. Susana says:

    There is a lot of ignorance going on about autism and other developmental disabilities. People tend to consider all those having any physical/mental handicap under the same label, and pity or despise them. That is a big mistake. I have a couple of autistic friends who have stable jobs, and one of them has won several medals in Paralympic games. I know these are special cases because of their success in adapting to everyday life, but that’s what we should try to change: disabled people, all of them, whether physical or mental, should be treated with respect and granted the same rights and opportunities as non-disabled people.
    Thank you for supporting the project. The more people shedding light on the issue, the easier it will be to finish with ignorance and prejudice 🙂

    • jlmerrow says:

      I totally agree with what you say. Too often, people’s potential is wasted just because other people either don’t think about them, or aren’t prepared to make a very little bit of extra effort.

  4. Antonia says:

    Thanks for the post and the information!

  5. Mathilda Streets says:

    Thank you for supporting this project,

  6. Jbst says:

    Thanks for your post and bringing more awareness to Autism.

  7. flutterfli says:

    I am enjoying the blog hop. There is so much great info being shared. Thanks for helping get the word out.
    flutterfli01 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  8. Angela says:

    Aas a mother of a son who has suffert brain damage due to a premature birth and has also autism i can’t thank you enough for helping to raise more awareness. So thank you for participating in this blog tour.

  9. Trix says:

    I always learn so much on this tour–thanks so much for participating!

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