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LGBTQ Charity Giveaway

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

LGBT giveaway poster

We’ve all seen the stories on the news about the so-called ‘righteous’ folks who have been richly rewarded for public vilification of the gay community, flaunting their hatred and bigotry, not caring that they add nothing to the experience of anyone around them but reinforcement of the same hatred and bigotry.  Well, hopefully there is a silent but sympathetic majority who is willing to stand up for those who suffer disproportionately around them.

A community of over two hundred LGBTQ authors, bloggers, and publishers has banded together to stoke the fires of conscience among the truly righteous (, and we are betting that you are one of those who will rise to the occasion.  During this giveaway event, everyone who donates to an LGBTQ charity or shares the links to an LGBTQ charity on social media, and signs their name in the comments to the blog post below, will be entered to win one of a wide range of donated ebooks, including my own.

To keep things simple, entries will be managed by Rafflecopter.  Each participant can enter only once, by leaving a comment on the Diversereader blog (not this one), naming the charity they’ve donated to, or whose donation links they’ve shared (due to pay-for-play legal restrictions, we cannot demand proof of any donations made).  Once the entries are closed, Rafflecopter will randomly pick winners from the entrants, and we’ll match them up with donors on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you win a ebook from me, you are welcome to take your pick from any one of my six published fiction books.  The giveaway will launch on Diversereader at 9AM EST on April 18th and run until 11.59PM EST on May 1st.  Please leave your comments at to enter!



Arshad Ahsanuddin

Happy Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

happy thanksgivingThis year, what am I thankful for?

I am thankful that my entire immediate family is alive and in relatively good health, and happy for the most part.  I am thankful that my day job remains fulfilling, and that my writing continues to entertain readers old and new.  I am thankful for the support and friendship of my peers.  I am thankful that I have been so fortunate in life that I look forward to the coming year with anticipation rather than dread.

Thank you, Lord, for your gifts in this life, and may I prove worthy of your favour, in heart, mind, and deed.  And thank you to everyone around me who makes my happiness possible.


Arshad Ahsanuddin

In Thought and Memory

Monday, November 11th, 2013

iStock_000000498505XSmallLet us not forget those who sacrifice everything to keep us safe.

Thank you to those who serve in uniform:

past, present, and future.



Arshad Ahsanuddin


Remembrance Day

Sunday, November 11th, 2012


Let us not forget those who have fallen in our defense.


Giving Thanks

Monday, May 28th, 2012

In the United States, today is Memorial Day, when we remember the soldiers that sacrifice everything for our protection.


Homophobia Blog Hop Chaser

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Thank you all for your participation!

The winner, chosen by, is Yvette (comment #6)!

She has been sent a print copy of Sunset (Pact Arcanum #1).

I hope she enjoys it.



Arshad Ahsanuddin

Hop Against Homophobia

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

As part of the Hop Against Homophobia blog hop ( in honor of the International Day Against Homophobia (May 17), I have been asked to talk about my perceptions and experience with homophobia.  As a writer, I think the place where you can gauge social issues best is in the everyday entertainment that people seek out on their own.

Hop Against Homophobia


NC Amendment One

Monday, May 7th, 2012

This blog post has nothing to do with writing or my books, but rather reflects my own displeasure over this proposed piece of North Carolina legislation, since I vote absentee in that state.


9/11 – What did we learn?

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Today, I commented on a few blogs, something I almost never do. But then I read what I wrote, and thought that perhaps the words might contain some small kernel of wisdom, so I have adapted them here into a single essay. (more…)

My Top SciFi/Fantasy Picks

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

You’ve probably heard by now of the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books list ( The list has been criticized, rightfully, for being skewed towards recent and popular books, and excludes many of the older grandmasters of science fiction and fantasy, not to mention that it treats these two very different genres as equivalent. For an imperfect metric, however, it certainly offers some food for thought. The following is my list of favorite authors off the list of winners, in no particular order, followed by my favorites from the finalists that didn’t make the final cut. (more…)