Apr. 24, 2014
Please consider emailing Time magazine at firstname.lastname@example.org to get them to reconsider not putting Laverne Cox on their list. She overwhelmingly got voted in at 91.5%, but was not put on there. Meanwhile, Carrie Underwood had 25% of the vote and was put on there.
The erasure of trans women, and women of color needs to stop. Ms. Cox does nothing but good work.
Apr. 24, 2014
Eggplant Parmesan Stacks from Mark Reinfeld’s Taste of Europe.
Apr. 23, 2014
This is completely expected but also wildly horrifying.
Apr. 23, 2014
A few of my favorite activities.
i like how they put capitalism in fun letters
Apr. 23, 2014
Hello, dear friends! How are you all? I hope your Easter weekend was fabulous. Are you reading anything wonderful? Tell me in the comments. I’ve got STACKS of exciting books to read. Well, a whole bookcase actually … but we won’t talk about that because …I have this looooming, crazy-making…
Apr. 22, 2014
Laverne Cox should play Wonder Woman
(Source: nerrrdstark, via melissadoom)
Apr. 22, 2014
Yesterday, I realized I am precisely 6 months from my publication date. I’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to give away an Advanced Copy of BEWARE THE WILD and this is it.
Actually, I’m giving away 2 copies: one here, and one on Twitter. If you Tumblr and Tweet, and have a US mailing address, you are eligible!
Here’s how you win:
- Reblog this post or…
- nab the cover and create a post of your own, then…
- drop the link to your entry in this Rafflecopter.
- You may post everyday for additional entries, if you so desire.
The contest closes at 12am on Tuesday, April 29th. That’s it! (I hope that’s it!) (If that’s not it, tell me what I missed!). Now for some obligatory book info…
It’s an oppressively hot and sticky morning in May when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp — the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn’t return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.
Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance — and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.
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Apr. 22, 2014
I need feminism because “Who hired a stripper” shouldn’t be the first thing said to me when I walk into a welding job.
women in trades are treated like such fucking shit.
NO I’M STILL STUCK ON THIS WHY WOULD ANYONE SAY THIS TO A WOMAN HOLDING A BLOWTORCH
Apr. 22, 2014
A Diverse Dozen
Looking for some YA books that just happen to have characters of color, LGBT characters, and/or disabled characters? Here’s a diverse dozen titles with something for every reader — contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, and mystery too. (Descriptions are from WorldCat.)
Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (Tu Books) — In a world that has barely survived an apocalypse that leaves it with pre-twentieth century technology, Lozen is a monster hunter for four tyrants who are holding her family hostage.
Pointe by Brandy Colbert (Putnam) — Four years after Theo’s best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.
If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth (Arthur A. Levine Books) — Seventh-grader Lewis “Shoe” Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites–and Lewis is not sure that he can rely on friendship.
Fake ID by Lamar Giles (Amistad) — “An African-American teen in the Witness Protection Program moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster) — Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.
Pantomime by Laura Lam (Strange Chemistry) — Gene, the daughter of a noble family, runs away from the decadence of court to R.H. Ragona’s circus of magic, where she meets runaway Micah, whose blood could unlock the mysteries of the world of Ellada.
Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books) — In an adventure reminiscent of Homer’s Odyssey, fifteen-year-old Odilia and her four younger sisters embark on a journey to return a dead man to his family in Mexico, aided by La Llorona, but impeded by a witch, a warlock, chupacabras, and more.
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (Candlewick) — One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn’t kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away?
Rogue by Lyn Miller-Lachmann (Nancy Paulsen Books) — An eighth-grade girl with Asperger’s syndrome tries to befriend her new neighbor, facing many challenges along the way.
More Than This by Patrick Ness (Candlewick) — A boy named Seth drowns, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.
Prophecy by Ellen Oh (HarperTeen) —A demon slayer, the only female warrior in the King’s army, must battle demon soldiers, an evil shaman, and the Demon Lord to find the lost ruby of the Dragon King’s prophecy and save her kingdom.
Far From You by Tess Sharpe (Hyperion) — After Sophie Winters survives a brutal attack in which her best friend, Mina, is murdered, she sets out to find the killer. At the same time she must prove she is free of her past Oxy addiction and in no way to blame for Mina’s death.
Apr. 22, 2014
Happy book birthday to YA Series Insiders’ very own Anne Blankman and her amazing historical novel PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG!
Anne is sharing some secrets with us today, and we’ll be posting some of her favorite quotes from the book this week. PLUS she’s offering a special giveaway of the UK advance reading copy, which has a different cover. Fill out the Rafflecopter form at the end of the post for your chance to win!
YA Series Insiders: What song best fits Gretchen?
Anne Blankman: I think of “Brick by Boring Brick” by Paramore as my main character’s theme song. I love the emotion in the singer’s voice, and the song’s message—about letting go of childish fairytales—fits Gretchen’s struggles perfectly.
PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG has an official playlist, too. Listen to it at http://www.epicreads.com/blog/reading-playlist-prisoner-of-night-and-fog/
YASI: What is one thing Daniel has never told another soul?
AB: Oooh, I love this question! Daniel Cohen, the mysterious Jewish reporter, has a very personal reason for fighting the Nazis. You’ll have to wait until the sequel, though, for him to reveal it!
YASI: Who is your favorite character to write and why?
AB: This will probably sound strange, but I try not to have favorite characters. It’s easy to fall too much in love with one of your creations—to the point where you don’t let them make mistakes or sacrifices. I want to write about characters who aren’t perfect, have to work hard at life, and still fail sometimes.
YASI: What is your favorite writing treat?
AB: Sleep! Really. It’s my reward for hitting my daily word count. Since I have a preschooler, I end up doing a lot of my writing at night. The allure of my warm bed often helps me squeeze out that day’s last few paragraphs.
YASI: What book have you read that somehow changed your life and how?
AB: GRACELING by Kristin Cashore. I read it a couple of years ago, and I was completely captivated by it—the strong characters, the story, the lyrical writing. As soon as I finished it, I knew I had to return to my teenage love of writing YA stories and started working on PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG.
YASI: How often do you cry while writing?
AB: Okay, I’m one of those weird, almost-never-criers, so I was dry-eyed the whole time I wrote PRISONER. When I went through the first pass pages, though, (the hard copy of the typeset manuscript, meaning it is laid out exactly as it will appear in the final, bound edition), I broke down a couple of times. At that point, I realized how close PRISONER was to being a real book.
YASI: What is your favorite quote from the book/series?
AB: "She would live the life she had chosen for herself."
YASI: Any advice for writers currently working on series?
AB: If you don’t already have a book deal, I recommend finishing the first story in your series and then working on something else while it’s being shopped around. This will sound harsh, but there’s no sense in writing the sequels if the first book doesn’t sell.
But make sure you have the other books in the series planned out! If an editor wants your series, you’ll need to get started on the next books right away.
About the Book
In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.
Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.
And Gretchen follows his every command.
Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.
As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?
From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she’s ever believed … and to trust her own heart instead.
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About the Author
Anne Blankman may have been meant to be a writer because her parents named her for Anne of Green Gables. She grew up in an old house with gables (gray, unfortunately) in upstate New York. When she wasn’t writing or reading, she was rowing on the crew team, taking ballet lessons, fencing and swimming. She graduated from Union College with degrees in English and history, which comes in handy when she writes historical fiction.
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