Monday, April 25, 2011

Guest paranormal romance author Gabi Stevens

Please welcome romance author Gabi Stevens.

Having someone believe in you is one of the most important things in life, wouldn’t you say? So being a success and proving herself to her mother is important for the main character in my newest release, AS YOU WISH. Born into a magical family, Reggie Scott had no powers of her own; she was content to live her life out as a Groundling. Her parents, however, insisted on placing her in Arcani schools where she ended up in special ed. Eventually Reggie starts a bakery and hires two of her friends from school, Tommy and Joy.

Remember how I said that having someone believe in you is one of the most important things in life? Well, Reggie believes in Tommy and Joy. See, Tommy and Joy have special needs. Tommy has Down syndrome, and Joy has...well, Joy is just Joy. But they both have a flair for baking, and with Reggie’s supervision, they are capable of great things. It helps that they have magic, but Tommy and Joy can achieve independence because someone has given them the chance to show what they can do and hasn’t focused on what they can’t. And yes, except for the magic, they are realistic. You see, my daughter was the inspiration for Joy.

Like Joy, my daughter doesn’t have a diagnosis, but it wouldn’t matter anyway. She is who she is, and we celebrate her achievements, fight for her rights, and teach her everything we can. She is fiercely independent, makes her own lunches for school, sometimes cooks for herself, and is in charge of all batters and doughs in our house. I’m not trying to paint a completely idyllic picture here. Unlike Joy, my daughter is still a teenager, and like all teens, she can be surly and obnoxious. In fact she is more “normal” than not.

However, many people cannot see beyond her disabilities. But there is a group that’s determined to change the views about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) one friend at a time. Best Buddies International has chapters throughout the world to provide friendships for people with IDD. That’s it. Friendship. My daughter has participated in Best Buddies™ for two years now. She has a buddy she goes to restaurants with, sporting events, dances, and even texts with (Yes, I had to get my daughter a cell phone now so she can keep up with her friends). This friendship has boosted her confidence and makes her feel more a part of her school and society. Best Buddies™ has programs in high schools, colleges, communities, and even work places. To find out more about them, visit their website at

So in honor of Tommy and Joy—and my daughter—I have pledged ten percent of my royalties from AS YOU WISH to Best Buddies™. I hope you will help me support this worthy group. Because everybody needs someone who believes in him. Even heroines. And heroes



  1. This book looks great, I can't wait to read it:)

  2. Gabbi, this book is even more beautiful because of Tommy and Joy. They stole my heart and I sincerely hope they make an appearance in the next book.
    I lost a dear friend in high school who had muscular dystrophy - the same condition my cousin was taken with. I used to wait for her as her bus would pull up and wheel her to her special ed class and help the kids sell breakfast tacos (I'm from San Antonio). There was one boy who really loved to hear my band play during our practice sessions. It got so we would play just for him. And my Sociology teacher encouraged us to pair up and take a special needs student out for a day trip over the weekend. A friend and I took a boy to the zoo with us. Not only did we have a blast, but I could see the look of gratefulness on his parents' face to their son having such a great time without them and outside of school to boot.
    I'm going to look at that website and see what programs they have here in Dallas. :)

  3. Just coming by to say what a great guest post. I loved Tommy and Joy...and the whole book was just great.


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