T.R. Stoddard is the author of her own wild imagination. Psychological thrillers and unique young adult fiction are her forte, but she hopes to one day make a contribution to each major genre. Stoddard has two novels and one short story currently in circulation, and spends her free time creating more. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her boyfriend and their rescue dog Harry PAWter.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is an anti-gay policy sweeping the Bible Belt portion of the nation. Freshman journalism student Rachael Ainsley goes undercover as a high school senior named Cassie Rae for a tell-all exposé, hoping to drastically alter the Gay Rights Movement. She instantly befriends the gayest boy in school. Imagine his surprise when he finds out who she really is. Can she stick to her deadline, or will she be discovered before she has a chance to change the lives of the students attending Mooreville High?
“T.R. Stoddard has done it again! Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell takes you right back to high school, to a life of cliques, horrible teachers, and best friends. In a prose that makes you feel as if you’re one of the kids sitting in Reformation Hall, you’re catapulted through a busy few weeks of Rachael Ainsley’s life as she goes undercover at a high school where a Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy is in the works and where she deems it her job to break the story to get her journalism career off with a bang. What she doesn’t realize is that she will befriend some of the best people possible, yet they’re also the ones the school administration is trying to abandon. Yet again a page-turning read, you will be sucked in and you seriously will not want the ride to end.” – EffinNikktastic (Amazon)
“College freshman Rachel goes undercover posing as “Cassie” to do a story on a heinous “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy at a high school in Bible Belt, USA. What she finds is a school where you are “punished” for being, looking
Or acting in a “gay” manner. This was a great book, full of harsh reality. was a very emotional read for me, having so many gay friends and family members, and knowing this kind of hatred really does exist. I loved the ending, and I commend Ms. Stoddard for writing this book!!!” – Tonya (Amazon)
“As the title might suggest, this book tackles the issue of gay rights in the school system. The main character is a journalism student who decides to infiltrate a local high school so she can find out more about this policy. The program itself is meant to punish and rehabilitate wayward students with homosexual tendencies, speech, appearance, or any other traits that make the people around them uncomfortable. Through the course of her attendance she meets several young people who are all unique in their own way. Those who make it to Reformation Hall are not all gay and many are simply supporters of equal rights.
I beta read this book a couple of months ago and I was impressed with how the author respectfully portrayed members of the LGBTQ community and reinforced the importance of unity and strength in numbers. Each student in Reformation Hall is incredibly unique and memorable but the shining star for me was Zane but I was also a fan of the open-minded Barbie doll relationships his younger sister had later on in the story. There are several sweet moments intertwined with the darker issues of bullying and abuse gay and lesbian students currently face and it is done very well.” – Jennifer J Albert (Amazon)
“T.R. Stoddard’s latest novel, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is an intriguing story about gay rights, something that is close to my heart for obvious reasons.
The novel starts off with college freshman Rachael Ainsley, trying to find that perfect story every journalism major needs to further his or her career.
What she finds is all that, and more, when she discovers the absurd “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy being implemented at a high school in the Bible Belt, USA. The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is a new way of “controlling” homosexuality, by issuing warnings and reprimands for any student who even “acts” gay, or shows predilection for the same sex in any way.
Rachel [undercover name Cassie] infiltrates the school, makes some great friends along the way, and learns that standing up for yourself is better than keeping quiet.
Overall, a wonderful read that deals with all of the truths, lies, and ludicrous consequences of being gay in present-day America.” – Jason (Amazon)
“For a second book, I’d say T.R Stoddard hit this one out of the park. At the very beginning of this novel you find yourself following college freshman Rachel Ainsley to Mooreville High School where she will be under the alias Cassie Rae to find out information about the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy that had been enforced. It starts out as just a journalism project for Rachel but you slowly learn that it turns into so much more. Every chapter I found myself becoming engrossed in the relationships that were forming throughout the story. From best friends to boyfriends you’ll want to root for these outcasts to rise above the harmful policy. There are many twists and turns throughout that leave you wanting to know more. The author really hit some important issues in the LGBTQ community and sends the messages that one person really can change it all with enough support and ambition. There are many times where I found myself smiling, laughing or crying, it takes you on a real emotional roller coaster that you will want to ride out until the end. I’d highly recommend this book to anybody, it’s a quick read with a powerful message.” –Ginny (Amazon)
“High School is hard enough when you have to face the ridicule of other students but, when the faculty is dead set against you, it is even worse. Rachael Ainsley, a college student, is looking for the story that will open doors for her. When she goes undercover at a high school to investigate a heinous social policy, she opens up the eyes of the public.
The High School’s incredibly prejudiced Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy is taken to extremes by the faculty. Landing anyone with “gay tendencies” and their sympathizers in a place called Reformation Hall. When Rachel finds herself among those who are banished from the regular school, she has the opportunity to meet the kids there and her mission to write a story, turns into a mission to change the world.
Taking a step from her usual dark passage, T.R. Stoddard has set out to enlighten the world with Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Zane and Vinnie’s journey through a life other’s don’t always understand will break your heart and Rachael’s will to help those around her will leave you in awe. I salute Ms. Stoddard for telling a story of substance that will have your eyes glued to every page.” -Catherine (Amazon)
“This is a story about a young woman reporter who goes undercover at a high school where there have been rumors that the principal has been encouraging students to bully and harass gays and other students who are different. She finds out the rumors are true and she exposes the whole thing to the public. This is a bittersweet tale that will keep you reading until the very last page.” –Patricia N (Amazon)
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