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The Fussy Librarian adds new content filters

The Fussy Librarian has added new content filters to their book recommendation mailing list, similar to trigger warnings. Authors can now mark if their book contains any of the following types of content: sexual violence, animal cruelty, and/or torture. I’ve mentioned The Fussy Librarian before because it’s the only book recommendation service I know of […]

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#WeNeedDiverseBooks because

We need diverse books because when I came out as a teen, I found one book with lesbian characters and zero bisexual characters. We need diverse books because when I finally wrote the book I wanted to read, people asked me what was “the point” of having a bisexual main character. We need diverse books […]

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What’s Up Wednesday

I’m following in the footsteps of some of my fellow YAB Bootcamp writers and joining in the What’s Up Wednesday blog hop. (I know I just posted my check-in late, but I want to make this a weekly thing, too.) Let me share a bit of what’s up with me right now. What I’m Reading […]

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Reading Indie vs. Traditionally Published Books

I’ve been reading articles about the potential of a bifurcated market in books right now. Some people believe that there could be actually two different groups of readers: those who read traditionally published books, and those who read self-published or indie books. If this is true, that means that the two groups of authors aren’t […]

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Book Review: Fairy, Texas by Margo Bond Collins

Last week, I featured an excerpt from the YA Urban Fantasy novel Fairy, Texas by Margo Bond Collins. Continuing with the book tour, here is my review! Fairy, Texas by Margo Bond Collins I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. This book looked great from the start because it hit […]

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A Call for Content Warnings

In the past two months, I’ve had to stop reading three different books because they “surprised” me with sudden and graphic rape scenes about one-third of the way into the book. They were all books marketed for adults, but not as books with explicit content; one was historical romance and two were epic fantasy. Prior […]

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A Guest Review and an Interview

We’re finishing off week two of the book tour with not one, but two guest posts! Samantha hosts me on her blog, Magic & Mayhem! On Monday, she’ll share her review of A Flight of Marewings, and in return, she asked me to write my own review of a book that influenced my own writing. Click […]

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Author Interview: The Withering Sword

In addition to my interview with author Jimena Novaro about being a writer, I asked her some questions about her current story, The Withering Sword. These are her answers. Tell me about the story up until now. “The Withering Sword” is about the fall of a mighty empire. Told from the perspective of various different characters, […]

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My eBook Reader: My Best Friend

I have always been an avid reader. Once upon a time, that meant carrying a bag full of books with me everywhere I went: usually one set of books for school, at least one book of fiction, and at least one other nonfiction book for non-school-related research. A heavy backpack or messenger bag went with […]

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My Top Ten YA Books (When I Was a Teen)

One of the biggest buzzes in the book world right now is NPR’s latest top-100 list of books. They are compiling a list of the best-ever teen/YA novels, and asking everyone to vote for their favorites. There are 235 finalists, and your challenge is to pick only 10 of them. (To make it a little […]

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