• Books

    2020 New Titles – August 7

    Lilly Belle: A Damsel Not in Distress by Joanna Pastro, Illustrated by Jhon Ortiz

    When faced with the danger of giants, ogres, and witches, other damsels might quake with fear . . . but not LillyBelle!

    At the School for Damsels, LillyBelle enjoys many damsel-in-training classes, like cake baking and vocal training, but the rule that a damsel must be in distress . . . not so much. When she’s captured by one villain after another, LillyBelle will need to use her charm and her wit to save herself and prove once and for all that damsels don’t have to be in distress–all in time for tea!

     

    Buy the Book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/635797/lillybelle-by-joana-pastro-illustrated-by-jhon-ortiz/

    Joanna’s Website: http://www.joanapastro.com/

    Jhon’s Website: http://www.jhonortizart.com/

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lani: The Girl Without Fear by Dan Cole

    In a world controlled by fear, Lani is unique: a teenage girl who feels no fear, and often gets herself into dangerous situations because of it. Lani feels stifled by her overprotective and terrified parents, and after learning about family in a distant city, Lani plans to leave. Her faithful Minotaur bodyguard, Brutus, helps her escape the Great City of Ghal. In the Wilds, Lani learns much about love, herself, and her world. Mostly through a young woman named Kas who shows her what it’s like to live in the wilds and to feel something for another person. Death follows Lani though. Leaving Ghal wasn’t only to find family, but out of necessity after Lani hurt another student at her school. Fear Mongers, or Mongers for short, sent by her parents dog her steps and leave a trail of death searching for her. Lani must learn that although her lack of fear is quite the power in this world, it can be a burden.Especially to those important to her. Marauding robots, dangerous monsters, animal and human amalgamations known as Primals, and learning about her world makes Lani’s journey across the Flatlands a dangerous adventure. Lani also meets a mysterious warrior known as the Wanderer, who teachers her and her friends about the past, and about herself. After suffering great loss, and learning great truths, Lani’s plans have to change, and death creeps ever closer.

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/Lani-Girl-Without-Dan-Cole/dp/B087L6SF5J/

    Dan’s Website: https://www.dancoleauthor.com/

    Audrey Orr and the Robot Rage by Jenny Moore

    When Audrey Orr’s mum wins a luxury cruise to Norway, Audrey thinks she’s won the jackpot — until she realises it’s during term-time. With her no-nonsense headteacher, Mr Stickler, on her case, she has to resort to something a bit unusual: a robot clone! But can she trust Awesome the clone to stay home and pretend to be her or will Awesome turn out to be a bit… Awful?

    Buy the Book: https://www.bookdepository.com/Audrey-Orr-Robot-Rage-Jenny-Moore/9781848866362

    Jenny’s Website: https://jennifermoore.wordpress.com/ 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Girl Who Stole the Stars by Corrina Campbell

    Corrina Campbell is the third Little Door Debut to be published by Little Door Books. She is a highly talented new author/ illustrator with a wonderfully quirky style, bringing to life her colourful world. This is a perfect alternative seasonal tale about friendship, love and happiness, and doing the right thing. Everybody loves the stars but have you ever loved them enough to steal them? Not just one or two, but all of them? When a little girl decides she wants a real star of her own she can’t resist taking them all. What she doesn’t realise is that taking the stars will have disastrous consequences for her and millions of other children around the world. But what will it take for her to give them back?

    Buy the Book: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-girl-who-stole-the-stars/corrina-campbell/corrina-campbell/9781999955670

    Corrina’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/corrinacampbell 

    Sunny By Celia Krampien

    Most people would say there is nothing good about trudging to school on a rainy day.

    Most people would say that being carried away by the wind and dropped into the middle of a tumultuous sea is a very bad sort of situation.

    No, most people wouldn’t like that at all.

    But Sunny isn’t most people. Sunny likes to look on the bright side. And when things get exceedingly bleak?

    Well, isn’t that what friends are for?

    Buy the Book: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250316608

    Celia’s Website: http://www.celiakrampien.com/

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Grama's Hug by Amy Nielander
    

    May and Grama are a team. They do everything together, from inventing creative projects to going birdwatching to preparing for the annual space fair. And they never, ever say goodbye without a hug. May’s love of science takes her far as her inventions win year after year, helped by Grama’s support, effort, and love. She travels to space camp and eventually beyond, earning her spot as the first kid astronaut to journey into space. As May prepares for her mission to explore the cosmos, she seems ready to go without looking back, making Grama worried that she will leave without a hug.

    This picture book explores the importance of treasuring even the smallest moments with people you love with heartwarming illustrations, expressive characters, and delightful touches of whimsy.

    Buy the Book: https://www.amynielander.com/index#/gramas-hug

    Amy’s Website: https://www.amynielander.com/

     

    The Ugly Doodles by Valeria Wicker


    After an inspiring visit to the local art museum, Raven Rembrandt is eager to create her own beautiful masterpieces. But the only thing she can seem to draw are ugly doodles—and they won’t go away, no matter how hard she tries to discard them! After a few increasingly inventive attempts to get rid of them, Raven realizes that the only way to learn to love her art is to just create.

    Buy the Book: https://www.jimmypatterson.org/titles/valeria-wicker/the-ugly-doodles/9780316456265/

    Valeria’s Website: http://www.valeriawicker.com/

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Third Sun by Victoria J. Price

    After the death of her sister, eighteen-year-old Fia Aldridge knows one thing for certain: she doesn’t belong anywhere. But then she tumbles into the parallel world of Ohinyan—a world where angels and witches walk amongst mankind.

    An ancient darkness is taking advantage of the dying sun, and Ohinyan needs Fia’s help. She soon learns that her arrival is not entirely by accident and that Alexander, leader of angels, is not the guardian she thought he was.

    Torn between their feelings and their duties, together they must find a way to return Fia to London before the darkness consumes her and she is trapped in Ohinyan forever.

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0837XVS7W

    Victoria’s Website: https://victoriajprice.com/

     

     

    The Last Witness by Claire McFall

    Heather agrees to go camping with Dougie and his friends because she’s desperate to get closer to him, and a secluded beach sounds like the perfect place. But the trip takes a sinister turn that brings Heather’s plans to a violent end.

    One by one, the group begins to vanish.

    A year later, Heather knows she’s just lucky to be alive. And now, people are asking for answers, or else she will be the one to take the blame. But the truth about what happened on that trip is far more terrifying than anyone knows…

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y5NMLCK/

    Claire’s Website: http://www.clairemcfall.co.uk/

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Broken (The Stolen Series) by Marlena Frank

    A land has fallen. An escape was made. It’s a victory, but at what price? Shaleigh has made a terrible mistake, one she may not ever be able to fix. Lost and in a strange land with anger and death all around her, she must navigate her way through treacherous lands on her quest for redemption. Along the way she’ll have to negotiate with the mercurial Queen of the Fae, survive the dangers of the Masked King’s realm, and seek out a terrifying fire dragon.With two powerful beings hot on her trail, Shaleigh has no choice but to keep moving, or else face the dangerous magic of the Madness that has already caused so much pain and heartache. With her sights on helping her friends and her heart longing for home, Shaleigh is determined, but will it be enough?

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/Broken-Stolen-Marlena-Frank/dp/B086P4C8PG/

    Marlena’s Website: https://marlenafrank.com/

     

     

  • Books,  Updates

    Wednesday Updates

    I published this and realized that I forgot to mention that I’m going in for sinus surgery on Monday August 10th. It’s a minor surgery, but I have no idea how I’ll recover from the surgery. I’ll try to set up posts for next week if possible, but it’s possible it may be a couple weeks before I’m able to post again (but that’s the worst case scenario).

    I have a big announcement for Smart Dummies this year, but I will save this for a bit later in it’s own post. The only thing that I’ll say now is that the event will be a little different this week. 

    Creative Goals:

    I need to go back and edit some of the images I was working on for my comic. I believe I’m done with the current ones, but the older images need some work. After that I need to add in text and edit the images I created.

    I worked on a promo piece this weekend for the SCBWI spectacular. I like it, but I feel as though the coloring is not quite what I want to do for this, so I’ll be trying some other things before settling on a style. If I go with this one I’ll be developing the colors/shading further. 

    Currently Reading:

    I’m currently reading Thorn by Intisar Khanani. It’s a wonderfully magical story about princess Alyrra who finds herself in an arranged marriage she has no say in. Though she does not want to leave her home, she is relieved to get away from her abusive brother. 

    Before she arrives at the castle a witch forces Alyrra into body of another person. She soon finds herself in the role of a servant cleaning up after geese and spending her time among common folk. Alyrra loves it all!

    Alyrra doesn’t want her old life back. She may not have a choice where she stays, because the fate of the Kingdom may depend on her retaking her old body. 

    I am only halfway through this book and I do not know how things are going to end up! This is a wonderfully fun adventure. Here is a link to the book if you want to pick it up: https://bookshop.org/books/thorn-9780062835703/9780062835703

    More Fun Stuff:

    It’s been quite the week! I attended the SCBWI Summer Spectacular and it was Spectacular. Lots of great advice and fun with lots of wonderful industry people. Here is the link to the registration: https://www.scbwi.org/events/scbwi-summer-spectacular-2020/#event-registration

    How about an LGBTQIA chat for kidlit? It’s happening soon. I’m still planning out the details with Jeanette Bradley. The first Twitter Chat is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday August 12th at 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET with the hashtag #queerkidlit. Since this is a new chat there may be changes. I’ll officially announce the chat here in it’s own post when we get everything sorted out.

  • Books,  Uncategorized

    2020 New Titles – July 31st

    Lots more books this week. I keep thinking I’m getting close to the end of the list, but there are just so many books! I’m not complaining. This week is books for older audiences. Next week will be books that are picture books – young adult.

    The Chimera Code by Wayne Santos

    EVERYTHING’S FOR HIRE. EVEN MAGIC.

    If you need something done, Cloke’s one of the best; a mercenary with some unusual talents and an attitude to match.But when she’s hired by a virtual construct to destroy the other copies of himself, and the down payment is a new magical skill, she knows this job is going to be a league harder than anything she’s ever done.

    “A full-throttle magical cyberpunk superhero thriller” – Peter McLean

    Buy the Book: https://rebellionpublishing.com/product/the-chimera-code/

    Wayne’s Website: https://www.waynesantos.com/

    Seven Settings by Watt Morgan

    It’s been a year since they graduated high school, and to celebrate their reunion, eight old friends take off to a cabin by the lake. And despite threatening omens from the locals, the party must go on. Until, one by one, the friends begin dying off in horrible ways. Are they the victims of a science experiment–one with the potential to destroy the fabric of reality itself? Will they be able to survive at the hands of the masked Hazmat? Or will they succumb to their own stoned and drunken idiocy? Prepare to simultaneously laugh and cringe with this comedy-horror novella.

    Watt’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheWattMorgan

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084FQGV4Z

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    From Ashes to Magic (A Supernatural Beings Anthology Book 1)

    It’s when they creep out of the shadows that you should beware. The good ones will hold your hand when you’re having a nightmare; the bad ones BECOME your nightmare, seeping into your very soul and burrowing in the darkness until they’ve completely taken over.

    Ten authors. Ten stories. Many supernatural beings you’ve come to know and love.

    Once you plunge into these pages, you won’t want to leave.

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Magic-Supernatural-Beings-Anthology-ebook/dp/B07YMTM4LW

    Mikki Noble’s Website: https://www.mikkinoble.com/

    Jennifer C. Covin’s Website: https://twitter.com/JennWritesVamps

    Nita Pan’s Website: https://nitapanwrites.com/

    Melony Paradise’s Books: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/melony-paradise

    Adi Denner’s Website: https://adidenner.com/

    Abby Paul’s Website: https://twitter.com/APaulWrites

    Carmen Adam’s Amazon page:  https://www.amazon.com/Carmen-Adams/e/B07ZXL2GWY/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_7

    Ryen Lesli’s Website: https://ryenlesli.com/

    Evelyn Chartres’ Website: http://evelynchartres.com/

    Ari Meghlen’s Website: https://arimeghlen.co.uk/

     

    The Jealousy of Jalice (A Disaster of Dokojin Book 1) by Jesse Nolan Bailey

    The Realms have split apart, the Stones of Elation have been hidden, and warnings of dokojin drift among the tribes.

    The land and its people are corrupted. The Sachem, chief of the Unified Tribes, is to blame.

    It is this conviction that drives Annilasia and Delilee to risk their lives. Afraid of the aether magic he wields, they enact a subtler scheme: kidnap his wife. In her place, Delilee will pretend to be the chieftess and spy on the Sachem.

    Unaware of this plot against her husband, Jalice is whisked away by Annilasia. Pleading with her captor proves futile, and she rejects Annilasia’s delusional accusations against the chief. After all, the Sachem has brought peace to the land.

    Yet a dangerous truth hides in Jalice’s past. As she and Annilasia flee through a forest of insidious threats, they must confront the evil plaguing the tribes and the events that unleashed it.

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085BCZDT5

    Jesse’s Weblinks: https://linktr.ee/JesseNBailey

     

     

     

     

     

    Buried Alive: A Story of Hate and Acceptance by A. James

    This remarkable true story of adolescent sexual abuse, survival and triumph offers realistic hope to all victims of abuse – both for recovery, and for a fulfilling life no longer defined by an abusive past. The author’s courageous struggle to achieve insight and awareness, and eventually see justice done, points a way for others to overcome childhood trauma and victimisation.

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088TJSRWF

    A. James’ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ajames_buriedalive/

     

    The Ups and Downs of Norman Drudge by Iain Dalgleish

    A story of loneliness, friendship, love and a library.

    Twenty-five year old Gemma Davies lives alone in her flat in Ealing where she likes to read and watch old movies. On weekdays, she works at the local library and on Saturdays works at the nearby charity shop.

    Her only friend is recently widowed Mrs Dawson, a seventy-something-year-old pensioner who visits every Thursday on Gemma’s day off when they put the world to rights, drink tea from china cups, watch an old film or visit the nearby duck pond.

    Sitting in Gemma’s kitchen window, they become obsessed with a neighbour whose life seems to involve just looking out onto the street while drinking tea and eating biscuits. They nickname him ‘Norman Drudge.’

    When the local council decides that the library has to close, Gemma and Mrs Dawson hatch a plan to save it.

    Meanwhile, Gemma finds herself falling for the local shopkeeper, Mr Patel.

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/Ups-Downs-Norman-Drudge-ebook/dp/B084VBR6XQ/

    Iain’s Twitter: https://www.amazon.com/Ups-Downs-Norman-Drudge-ebook/dp/B084VBR6XQ/

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Elowyn of Avalon: Tales of Avalon: Chronicles of a Forgotten Land by Wallace R. Hanson

    Elowyn is an ordinary girl: studious, bright, and pious, an asset to her community and a willing volunteer to join the Youth of Promise, an elite group of ecclesiastical students. She leaves for her education and is trailed by her headstrong sister Windine, who is punished for her transgression with a secret quest in the Mother Land south of Avalon. Both sisters experience a swift and brutal crisis of faith due to corrupt leadership, aggrandized world views, and an introduction to a society and people they had been sheltered from. Elowyn finds herself gifted with enormous power she did not know she had within her and embarks on a worldwide ministry to inform the human race of their own divinity outside of the rule of heaven. Danger stirs in the west as Avalon’s sister country Atlantis mounts an attack on heaven itself led by Nimrod the Mighty Hunter, whose affront to the deities may mean the destruction of the entire world.

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087RC7LB6

    Wallace’s Website: http://www.wallacehanson.com/

    Atonement (Heaven Sent Book 1) by JL Rothstein

    To Hell, this world is fractured and faithless, perfectly ripe for the picking. Sent by Heaven, Guardians defend against a malevolent onslaught of demonic intrusion. For hundreds of years the nine siblings of the O’Mara family have been engaged in this merciless battle, fighting to protect the souls of all humanity.


    Heaven and Hell have been waging this infernal war bound only by the rules of a contentious accord. On the anniversary of her husband Gabriel’s disappearance, Genevieve O’Mara’s lingering sorrow manifests into a murderous rage unfurled upon a demon. Vengeance is coming, not just for Genevieve, but for all those she loves.

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088JZQ9LN/

    JL’s Website: https://www.jlrothstein.com/

     

     

     

     

    The Adulterer's Trial by Sam Anthony

    Everyone has a secret. How much would you pay to keep yours?

    Lee wakes from a coma to find himself on trial for double homicide.

    His lover is dead. His wife is dead. His lawyer is hot! His girlfriend is jealous.

    And, to make matters worse, the Alphabet Killer remains at large.

    Find out what ensues in this the fourth instalment of The Adulterer Series.

    Buy the Book

    UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B088C5N42V

    US: https://amazon.com/dp/B088C5N42V

    Sam’s Website: https://samanthony.net/

    The Beloved Fire: The Beloved Series: Book 1 by Chelsii Klein

    Mikayla has been stalked by the supernatural all her life. They’ve waited patiently for her 21st birthday. When her one night of freedom goes wrong. Purgatory is where she is taken and she soon discovers the real identities of the dream walking twins, Blake and James. They aren’t her only problem. In her new captive realm she discovers the very real existence of Angels, Demons, and the Magical.

    Purgatory, a mansion filled with endless hallways and doors leading into any souls greatest nightmares, is ran by one irritatingly handsome Anock, Prince of Hell. Finding a way out may not be her only problem once she discovers why the supernatural is after her soul. She will have to put attractions aside if she’s to make it through this game. The world she never knew existed now lays at her feet. However; Purgatory is just the beginning.

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086H54JXY/

    Chelsii’s Website: https://www.authorchelsiiklein.com/

     

     

  • Books

    2020 New Titles – July 23rd

    I am only featuring 3 authors today because 2 of these authors have released so many books this year! Congratulations to all of you plus the illustrators as well!

    Such A Library!: A Yiddish Folktale Re-Imagined by Jill Ross Nadler, Illustrated by Esther Van Den Berg

    An old Yiddish folktale in a modern-day library… with a magical librarian! Stevie craves quiet until Miss Understood, a magical librarian, wreaks havoc in this modern-day twist on an old Yiddish folktale.

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/Such-Library-Yiddish-Folktale-Re-Imagined/dp/195136502X/

    Jill’s Website: https://jillrossnadler.com/

    Illustrator’s Portfolio: https://www.plumpuddingillustration.com/work/?page=1&artist=174&name=&cat=1&id=137

     

     

     

     

    Layla and the Bots: Happy Paws by Vicky Fang. Illustrated by Christine Nishiyama

    Layla and the Bots are in an awesome rock band! They also use problem-solving and creativity to build cool inventions. When a local amusement park is in danger of shutting down, Layla knows just how to bring in the crowds… build an amusement park for DOGS! But will cool doggie rides like the Rub-a-Dub Mud Slide and the Tummy Rubbing Machine be enough to keep the park open? With full-color artwork on every page and speech bubbles throughout, this early chapter book series brings kid-friendly STEAM topics to young readers!

    This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

    Layla and the Bots: Built for Speed by Vicky Fang. Illustrated by Christine Nishiyama

    Blossom Valley is hosting a go-kart race! The go-karts are provided for all the kids in town. Layla and the Bots can’t wait for race day! But one racer, Tina, needs their help. She needs a new cart that uses hand-controls and other cool features. Layla and the Bots know just what to do… they will build her a brand-new cart that’s even faster than her wheelchair! But will Tina’s go-kart have enough speed to win the race? With full-color artwork on every page and speech bubbles throughout, this early chapter book series brings kid-friendly STEAM topics to young readers!

    Buy The Books: https://vickyfang.com/books/layla/#happy-paws

    Vicky’s Website: vickyfang.com/books

    Christine’s Website: https://might-could.com/about/

    INVENT-A-PET By Vicky Fang, Illustrated by Tidawan Thaipinnarog

    Katie is an ordinary girl who longs for an extraordinary pet—something more spectacular than a simple goldfish. Then one day Katie comes home to find a gift from her mother: a mysterious machine designed to help her create that one-of-a-kind creature. Each time she feeds different items into the machine, out comes a marvelously colorful new animal—like a purple monkey, rainbow-spotted horse, and green bunny! But none of them is just right. Through trial and error, Katie figures out the formula for her absolutely perfect SURPRISE pet.

    Buy The Book: https://vickyfang.com/books/invent-a-pet/

    Tidawan’s Website: No website yet!

     

     

    I CAN CODE: IF/THEN and

    I CAN CODE: AND/OR

    Written by Fang, Illustrated by Jade Orlando

    Written by an expert, I Can Code: IF/THEN uses simple text, colorful illustrations, and interactive flaps to help little ones discover the building blocks of coding all around them! As they follow along with an adorable story about cause and effect, they’ll explore fundamental concepts like conditions, rules, and logic―and have fun doing it.

    Educators are saying every child needs to know the basics of coding―and this book will get them started as early as possible!

    Buy the Books: https://vickyfang.com/books/i-can-code/#if-then

    Jade’s Website: https://www.jadefrolics.com/childrens

     

    How to Meet a Mermaid by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Simona Sanfilippo

    Legend has it that the only way to meet a mermaid is to know where to look and how to craft a beautiful gift that shows her you care. If you’re lucky, she may even take you on an adventure to explore the ocean!

    Mermaids are rarely seen, and even more rarely met. But, if you gather some natural craft supplies–seashells, grass, pieces of coral, driftwood, and sea glass–you might just get to befriend one!

    If you look closely, you just might discover a mermaid out in the waves at the edge of the shore. And if you do, you’ll need to be ready! By being observant, resourceful, and friendly, you can make a beautiful crown from natural beach materials that will show your new mermaid friend you truly care, and then you’ll be taken on an incredible adventure through the ocean’s depths, past ancient shipwrecks, and across the waves. You just might get to experience what it’s like to be a mermaid yourself, too!

    Sue Fliess’s poetic read-aloud text and Simona Sanfilippo’s vibrant, whimsical illustrations will provide much fun for young readers eager to meet their own mermaids! Also included are guides for teachers and parents about how to engage children in building mermaid crowns themselves and how to interest them in the natural world, the history of mermaids, and the many cultures that have believed in them.

    Buy the Book: https://www.suefliess.com/how-to-meet-a-mermaid

    Sue’s Website: https://www.suefliess.com/

    Simona’s Website: http://www.tissi.altervista.org/

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    How to Find a Unicorn by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Simona Sanfilippo

    Legend has it that the only way to find a unicorn is to know where to look and how to craft a beautiful gift that shows her you are a friend. If you’re lucky, she may even take you for a ride!

    Unicorns are excellent judges of character. So, gather some natural craft supplies like daisies, sugar cubes, ivy, ferns, apples, grass, and straw, and get ready to find a magical new friend!

    If your heart is pure, you just might discover a unicorn out in the mystical forests of the mountains. And if you do, you’ll need to be ready! By being resourceful, careful, and kind, you can make beautiful riding gear from nature that will show your unicorn friend you truly care, and then you’ll be taken on an incredible ride through sunny meadows, over sparkling oceans, and along the brilliant arcs of rainbows!

    Sue Fliess’s poetic read-aloud text and Simona Sanfilippo’s vibrant, whimsical illustrations will provide much fun for young readers eager to find their own unicorn friend! Also included are guides for teachers and parents about how to engage children in building unicorn-riding gear themselves and how to interest them in the natural world, the history of unicorns, and the many cultures that believed in them.

    Buy the Book: https://www.suefliess.com/how-to-find-a-unicorn
    Flash and Gleam: Light in Our World by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Khoa Le

    The soft glow of a candle, the blink of a firefly, a burst of fireworks―light is everywhere in our world! Rhyming text and luminous illustrations follow four children as they experience many different forms of light.

    Buy the Book: https://www.suefliess.com/flash-and-gleam-light-in-our-world

    Khoa’s Website: http://khoale.daportfolio.com/

    The Princess and the Petri Dish by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Petros Bouloubasis

    Pippa isn’t your usual princess. She prefers petri dishes to perfecting her curtsying. And when she realizes that she doesn’t like peas, she gets a sweet idea that consumes her and almost the whole kingdom.

    Buy the Book: https://www.suefliess.com/princess-and-the-petri-dish

    Petros’ Website: http://www.petrosbouloubasis.com/

  • Art,  Books,  Writing

    Wednesday Updates

    I’m going to start doing weekly updates again! I will be posting my own creative goals (and maybe some artwork), my current reads, and any art/writing events and fun stuff that’s coming up. The format and name for this may change a bit, but I’m really excited to have time to do these updates again.

    Creative Goals:

    I just got an iPad Pro. I’m currently using it to work on some illustration work! I have a cat book that I think will work well with on the iPad.

    I have another cat graphic novel that I’m doing on my desktop. I am almost done with the images for this, but it is taking some time. I’m hoping that the work for this will give me more things to share for Smart Dummies later this year! 

    Currently Reading:

    I have honestly not had much time for reading in recent years and that’s been very sad for me. I am listening to a TON of audiobooks right now. It’s easier for me to listen to something while I’m working on art or cleaning the house than it is to sit and read. I can read so much faster than I can listen, so I was resistant at first. I found that I do love listening to these books. I’ve had so much fun hearing these stories.

    Stories I’ve read in the last little while:

    Full Disclosure by Cameryn Garrett

    Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

    Tarnished are the Stars by Rosilee Thor

    The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

    A Song Below Water by Bethany C Morrow

    The Black Flamingo By Dean Atta

    The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

    King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

    The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

    Most of these are by Black authors other than Tarnished are the Stars and The Henna Wars. These are both queer stories! I highly recommend reading all of these books. 

    Currently Reading: All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson  

    This book is different from all the books I’ve been reading lately, because it’s nonfiction. It’s a memoir/manifesto. I’d also say there are CW for this book of sexual abuse, general abuse, homophobia, transphobia, racism and repeated use of the f-word and n-word. The writer of this book is Black, queer and does not put the bad things that happened in his life in a good light. 

    More Fun Stuff:

    Just around the corner is the SCBWI Summer Spectacular conference! I’m attending this event. It starts Friday  July 31st and runs through August 4th. I’m very excited for this to start. I honestly keep forgetting the start date, so posting the date here is as much for myself as it is for you! https://www.scbwi.org/events/scbwi-summer-spectacular-2020/

    The Children’s Book Academy is having their Craft and Business of Illustrating Children’s Books starting August 31st. This is an absolutely fantastic class. You will learn so much in this class. The fantastic Larissa Marantz is a new teacher in this course. She is absolutely fantastic! It will be the best year to take this class. ADs, Editors and Agents will be looking at your work at the end of the course so sign up now! https://www.childrensbookacademy.com/2020-craft–business-of-illustrating-childrens-books.html

  • Books

    2020 Book Boost – July 7th

    A new list of books for you today. These books are generally more for adults than kids this week! I still have several books to post. I’m going to be switching this up to Fridays. So the next post you’ll see from me on 2020 books will be on the 17th. 

    Little Book of Video Games by Melissa Brinks, Illustrated by Paulina Ganucheau
    Revisit your favorites, find something new, or play your way through this light-hearted guide to the most celebrated and iconic arcade, console, and computer games from the 1950s to the 2000s.
     
    An accessible, informative look at the history and evolution some of the most popular and iconic video games from their early beginnings up to the 2000s. Author Melissa Brinks explores each influential game and its impact on they would have on the games that would follow, with brief, engaging profiles and surprising trivia that is perfect for fans of all levels.
     

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/Little-Book-Video-Games-Classics/dp/0762496576

    Melissa’s Website: https://melissabrinks.com/

    Paulina’s Website: https://paulinaganucheau.com/

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sebastian the In-Between by Vanessa Dun

    Sebastian is an outsider bullied by everyone because he is very different than us. There has always been something off about him. His best friend is his overprotective mother, Samantha. She is all the family that he has, or so he thought. At the age of 13, he witnesses a gruesome murder by a supernatural being that no one else can see, but him. That night he learns of his abilities, about what he really is, and about his mother’s lies. As his world crumbles, Sebastian’s newfound gift quickly becomes a curse, when he realizes that he can’t control his growing powers. Especially when he almost kills his mother. Now he doesn’t know who to trust, especially himself, which forces him into hiding with a stranger, who is the only one that understands him, but has an evil past of her own. Sebastian realizes that he must evolve from a shy, newly angry outcast to a fierce warrior–or die trying. As an old enemy stays close in the shadows to exterminate him, and everyone in his bloodline. Everyone that is an In-Between.

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B086JTZH4K

    Vanessa’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/VanAspacia

    Touch of Pestilence Series by V.K. Pasanen 

    About The Accidental Healer: Mears County, Colorado, is locked down following deaths from an unknown biological agent. A mysterious woman rescued from a local lake appears to be the source. Now her rescuer, Ryan Mender, a descendant of a legendary Ute medicine man, finds himself and his family caught in a terrorist conspiracy. But more than that, he finds himself altered in ways he doesn’t understand.

    Visions of the woman’s past now haunt him. Compulsion to protect her consumes him. And dark thoughts and dreams of her strangle his sanity. What follows shakes reality to its core and sends Ryan, the woman, and everyone he loves on a collision course with Destiny and Death.

    Buy the Books: https://www.amazon.com/V-K-Pasanen/e/B084T85TX9/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

    V.K. Pasanen’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/PasanenVk 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Deviously Sincere (Demented Minds Collection Book 1) by Alayna Hallward

    The media has compared the FBI’s current serial killer to Jack the Ripper. Not because of the way he kills, but because he can evade law enforcement. This killer has an agenda, he believes his acts will purify women right down to their corrupt souls. While his work is well known, the FBI still cannot do anything. That is until Agent Tilda Wain decides to think outside of the box. The best way to catch a serial killer is to seek out the help of another. The only killer that can be of assistance is one that holds the same beliefs. Even though Hyde is their ideal helper, his views and time in the asylum make him unreliable. While Hyde does hate women, Tilda knows a way around such trivial matters. In her attempt to gain more information, Tilda soon finds herself in the line of fire. If she persists in her search, more than her honor will be lost.

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085VXYYZX/

    Alayna’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ahallward1

     

     

     

     

    Dreamland by Barry Z. Brunswick

    Eric now has to travel across Dreamland to find the other two Dream Queens and complete his training. The only trouble is, the Dark Lord Hermantrude and his Nightmares have a plan to take Dreamland before Eric’s training is complete. Will the boy’s biggest test be his last?

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B086JTZH4K

    Barry’s Website: https://imaginationgeneration.fun/

     

     

     

    Blurred Lines by Remy Marie

    Every great love story needs a beginning. This is theirs…

    Jake Johnson is running from his horrible past as a New Orleans police officer. He thinks starting fresh in Norfolk will get his mind off the mistake that still haunts him. Commended for his bravery in the field, Jake gets promoted to go undercover as a member of the Ragin Cajun MC to take down the notorious drug kingpin, DeAndre King.

    Aaliyah Washington’s life isn’t the best. She’s trapped in a low paying job and living in the projects of Norfolk. Her one beacon of hope is her best friend, Jada. However, when she losses her best friend in a drive by shooting, she vows revenge. After finding out the person who ordered the hit was her ex-boyfriend, DeAndre, she takes matters in her own hands to avenge her fallen friend.

    After the same ruthless criminal, the two cross paths. Unexpectedly, they are forced to share a bed together by the one person they’re both after. Little did they know that their one sensual night together will be the foundation of their powerful relationship. As their love builds, so does the tension from Jake’s secret of being a cop. Will this secret ruin their relationship before it has a change to begin? Or will their love overcome all obstacles?



    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088Y9MKJ5/

    Remy’s Website: https://remymarieromance.blogspot.com/

     

    Unsettled by Jennifer Mooney

    When things get difficult, the best thing is to run away from your problems. At least, that’s what Ainsley thought.
    It’s much harder to come back and face all of your demons.
    Coming back to Tennessee to handle some family issues was so much more than she expected. There were so many memories and then her first love in her space was enough to make her run again. There were also new friends that welcomed her with open arms and offered something that she’d been missing for so long.
    Would she make it here this time?
    Would the past be too much to bear?
    Could she find love underneath the scars on her heart?

    Jennifer lives in Northern California with her small family that includes a teenager and three cats. She has been writing her entire life in one form or another and this is her debut book.
    Thank you for reading!

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/Unsettled-Jennifer-Mooney-ebook/dp/B087ZPYS2H 

    Jennifer’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/WritergirlJ

     

     

    The Dying Lamp by Shashank Singh

    As we advance as a civilization, we are in a state of perpetual regress as a culture and as a race. Tales of war, revolution, reminiscence, religious fanaticism bedeck this collection, as the author highlights the dehumanization of Man, who has been reduced to a being consumed by his vices, viz. gluttony, avarice and bloodlust.
    Has the lamp died out? Let us find out!

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088F2QHQD

    The Tattler: Cancelled by Chad Descoteaux

    The 3rd book in ‘The Tattler’ series…
    In just a few years, The Tattler has grown from a small print tabloid publication, reporting on strange phenomena few believed (aliens, Big Foot, unicorns etc.), into an online news streaming network. This is mostly thanks to Nikki Graves, the mastermind behind TTLR News. But also, because Earth has gotten much, much stranger since the invasion.
    A mysterious time traveler has been helping President Lee Finn hunt down monsters, made from a mineral that can repair the alien invaders’ home world. Barry Young has quit TTLR News to pursue a career in artsy photography, leaving Nikki with unresolved feelings. Will Barry and Nikki get back together? Will the aliens go home? And what of seductive, snake-haired media mogul Lenee Medusa, who wants to add both TTLR and Barry to her list of conquests?

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086HWJC3K

     

     

     

     

    A Fire That Whispers by Cully Mack

    War has begun, and the destined Voice of Thunder foretold to save the world is nowhere in sight.

    Mirah is an elemental wielder whose extraordinary magic has proved too powerful for the Immortal Watchers to ignore.

    Captured, they demand she destroys their portals. If she yields, it will trap her friends in the immortal realm forever.

    As shocking discoveries unfold, it forces Mirah further under her enemies’ control. Flames once thought dead arise and test the bonds of love and sacrifice.

    But not everyone once trusted is pure; not everyone once despised is vile… and Mirah must unravel the lies.

    One truth she knows: The Shadow Beast lurks beyond the portals. The Immortals dread its arrival, but is the Beast more of a danger to them or to herself?

    A Fire That Whispers is the third novel in the Voice that Thunders epic fantasy series wherein hope hides in the darkest of places and honour-bound promises seal your fate.

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0847ND935

    Cully’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/CullyMack

  • Books,  Spring into Writing

    2020 Book Releases – June 30th

    I’m reading so many good books right now. How about you? I’m still working on getting through the pile of books on my TBR list. It’s always hard having a TBR is hard, because so many other books get in the way. A lot of my TBR pile can be seen here: https://www.daniduck.com/black-lives-matter/ I’ve read quite a few already!

    These are all kidlit books. Next week will be all adult (and possibly YA) books.

    New Children's Books

     

     

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    Emergency Kittens and Who is Jackie Chan? by Jody Jensen Shaffer, Emergency Kittens illustrated by Dave Mottram

    Jody’s Website: https://jodyjensenshaffer.com/

    Dave’s Website: http://www.davemottram.com/

    Buy Emergency Kittens: https://jodyjensenshaffer.com/books/emergency-kittens/

    Buy Who is Jackie Chan?: https://jodyjensenshaffer.com/books/who-is-jackie-chan/

     

     

     

    King of the Swamp by Catherine Emett and Ben Mantle

    Catherine’s Website: https://catherineemmett.co.uk/

    Ben’s Website: https://www.benmantle.co.uk/

    Buy King of The Swamp: https://www.waterstones.com/book/king-of-the-swamp/catherine-emmett/ben-mantle/9781471181696

     

     

     

    Surgery on Sunday by Kat Harrison and Shane Crampton

    Kat’s Website: https://www.katwritesforyou.com/

    Shane’s Website: https://www.shanecrampton.co.uk/

    Buy Surgery on Sunday: https://www.katwritesforyou.com/book.html

     

     

     

    A Whale of a Mistake by Ioana Hobai

    Ioana’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/ioanahobai

    Buy A Whale of a Mistake: https://bookshop.org/books/a-whale-of-a-mistake/9781624149276

     

     

     

    The Starkeeper by Faith Pray

    Faith’s Website: https://www.faithpraybooks.com/

    Buy The Starkeeper: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/604696/the-starkeeper-by-faith-pray/

     

     

    The Whatifs by Emily Kilgore, Illustrated by Zoe Persicoe

    Emily’s Website: https://www.emilykilgore.com/

    Zoe’s Website: http://www.zoepersico.com/

    Buy The Whatifs: https://bookshop.org/books/the-whatifs/9781499810295

     

     

     

    Frederico and the Wolf by Rebbeca J. Gomez Illustrated by Elisa Chavarri

    Rebbeca’s Website: http://www.rebeccajgomez.com/

    Elisa’s Website: http://www.elisachavarri.com/

    Buy Frederico and the Wolf: https://www.hmhbooks.com/shop/books/Federico-and-the-Wolf/9781328567789

     

     

     

    Another Dreadful Fairy Book by John Etter

    John Etter’s Website: https://jonetter.com/

    Buy Another Dreadful Fairy Book: https://www.amazon.com/Another-Dreadful-Fairy-Those-Books-ebook/dp/B082BKBQXZ/

     

  • Books,  Spring into Writing

    More 2020 Books!

    2020 Kidlit Book Releases

    I had a minor family emergency yesterday for my 4 year old. He’s fine. Just needs to be on antibiotics for a week. I didn’t get a chance to put these up yesterday, so here they are late today. I’m going to continue to post these on Tuesdays until I get through my list! 

    Little Monster Trucks by Doug Cenko

     

    Buy the Book: https://bookshop.org/books/little-monster-trucks-go/9781936669837

    Doug’s Website: www.dugduggoose.com

    The Boy Who Thought Outside the Box: The Story of Video Game Inventor Ralph Baer by Marcie Wessels and illustrated by Beatriz Castro 

     

    Buy the Book: https://www.sterlingpublishing.com/9781454932598/

    Marcie’s Website: http://marciewessels.com/

    Beatriz’s Website: https://beatrizcastroilustracion.com/

    No Party Poopers by Gretchen McLellan and illustrated by Lucy Semple

     

    Buy the Book: https://bookshop.org/books/no-party-poopers/9781499809886

    Gretchen’s Website: http://gretchenmclellan.com/

    Lucy’s Website: https://www.lucysemple.co.uk/

    I've Got A Tail! by Julie Murphy and illustrated by Hannah Tolson 

     

    Buy the Book: https://www.amicuspublishing.us/books/amicus-ink/ive-got-tail-terrific-tails-animal-world

    Julie’s Website: https://juliemurphybooks.com/

    Hannah’s Website: https://www.hannahtolson.com/

    Benny's True Colors by Norene Palson illustrated by Anne Passchier

     

    Buy the Book: https://bookshop.org/books/benny-s-true-colors/9781250207715

    Norene’s Website: http://www.norenepaulson.com/

    Anne’s Website: http://www.annepasschier.com/

    WHAT A PRICKLY PEAR by Tina Mowrey, Illustrated by Sarah Williams

     

    Buy The Book: https://www.clearforkpublishing.com/store/p154/What_a_Prickly_Pear.html

    Tina’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/tmowtx

    I could not find Sarah’s website. If you know Sarah, please send me a link to her website!

     

    Two Dogs on a Trike by Gabi Snyder illustrated by Robin Rosenthal

     

    Buy the Book: https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/two-dogs-on-a-trike_9781419738913/

    Gabi’s Website: https://gabisnyder.com/

    Robin’s Website: https://www.robinrosenthal.com/

    LLoyd Find His Whalesong Skylaar Amann

     

    Buy The Book https://www.skylaaramann.com/shop

    Skylaar’s Website: https://www.skylaaramann.com/

    Hello, New House by Jane Smith

     

    Buy the Book: https://www.albertwhitman.com/book/hello-new-house/

    Jane Smith: https://www.superjane.com/

  • Books,  Spring into Writing

    Black Lives Matter

    In Support of Black Lives Matter I’m posting about books by Black authors/illustrators. (I will be posting the rest of the books on my list later.) Right now Black creators need our support. This list are books I’d like to read and are mostly 2020 releases. There are so many more new books out there this year so follow these people on Twitter, because they are constantly posting great Black reads this year!

    The first book is by Kacen Callender is about and written by a trans Black person. Recently the trans community received a big hit by JKR’s comments on Twitter. This isn’t right and it’s caused a lot of pain. I want to show my support, respect and love to trans people! 

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    On My TBR Pile

    Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (Queer, Trans, Romance, YA)

    Felix Love has never been in love–and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many–Black, queer, and transgender–to ever get his own happily-ever-after.

    When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages–after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned–Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi-love triangle….

    But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.

    Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve.

    Buy The Book: https://bookshop.org/books/felix-ever-after/9780062820259

    Kacen’s Website: https://www.kacencallender.com/

    Kacen’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/kacencallender

     

     

     

     

    The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow (Sci-fi, YA)

    Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population.

    Today, seventeen-year-old Ellie Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. With humans deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, emotional expression can be grounds for execution. Music, art and books are illegal, but Ellie still keeps a secret library.

    When young Ilori commander M0Rr1S finds Ellie’s library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more.

    Humanity’s fate rests in the hands of an alien Ellie should fear, but M0Rr1S has a potential solution–thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous journey with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while creating a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.

    Get the Book: Signed + Swag: https://www.onemorepagebooks.com/book/9781335911551

    For more places to buy the book go here: https://twitter.com/alechiawrites/status/1238622395856019456

    Alechia’s Website: https://www.alechiadow.com/

    Alechia’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/alechiawrites

    Given by Nandi Taylor (Fantasy, YA)

    As a princess of the Yirba, Yenni is all-but-engaged to the prince of a neighboring tribe. She knows it’s her duty to ensure peace for her people, but as her father’s stubborn illness steadily worsens, she sets out on a sacred journey to the empire of Cresh, determined to find a way to save him at any cost, even though failure could mean the wrath of her gods and ruin for her people. One further complication? On the day she arrives at the Prevan Academy for Battle and Magical Arts, she meets an arrogant dragon-shifter named Weysh who claims she’s his “Given”, or destined mate. Muscular, beautiful (and completely infuriating), he’s exactly the kind of distraction Yenni can’t afford while her father’s life hangs in the balance.

    But while Yenni would like nothing more than to toss Weysh the man into the nearest river, Weysh the dragon quickly becomes a much-needed friend in the confusing northern empire. Yet when her affection for the dragon starts to transfer to the man, Yenni must reconcile her duty to her tribe with the call of her own heart.

    Buy The Book: https://hypel.ink/given

    Nandi’s Website: https://nanditaylor.com/

    Nandi’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/nandi_taylor

     

    You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (Queer, Romance, YA)

    Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

    But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down… until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

    The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams—or make them come true?

    Buy The Book: https://linktr.ee/byleahjohnson

    Leah’s Website: https://www.byleahjohnson.com/

    Leah’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/byleahjohnson

    A Song Below Water by Bethany Morrow (Fantasy, YA)

    Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Nevermind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes. But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore―soon Portland won’t be either.

    Buy the Book: https://bookshop.org/books/a-song-below-water/9781250315328?aid=4807

    Bethany’s Website: https://www.bethanycmorrow.com/

    Bethany’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCMorrow 

     

    A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown (Fantasy, YA)

    In a world inspired by West and North African mythology, where magic and spirits lurk behind every corner, two teens on opposite sides of a thousand-year-old conflict must kill each other to save the ones they love —even if it means fighting the blossoming connection that ties them together.

    An explosive new Young Adult Fantasy novel by Roseanne A. Brown, perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone and Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes!

    Buy The Book: 

    Signed copy of the book: https://bookswithapast.com/home/bookdetailsin/0062891499

    Other places to get the book: https://roseanneabrown.com/books

    Rosanne’s Website: https://roseanneabrown.com/

    Rosanne’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/rosiesrambles

    The Gilded Ones by Namia Forna (Fantasy, YA)

    Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

    But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

    Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

    Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.

    Buy the Book: https://www.getunderlined.com/books/600179/the-gilded-ones-by-namina-forna/

    Namia’s Website: https://naminaforna.com/

    Namia’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/NaminaForna

     

     

     

     

     

    Manifique Noir by Briana Lawerence (Fantasy Graphic Novel)

    “It’s all fun and games until you question the magic.”

    Our favorite magical girl squad is back for their regularly scheduled program.

    Kind of.

    After the last colossal battle, Marianna, Bree, and Lonnie are trying their best to recover, but the daily monsters don’t give a lick about self-doubt and personal struggles. Fortunately, Prism Pink is there to lend a hand, turning the trio into a courageous group of girls who can take on whatever threat comes their way.There’s just one problem: they still don’t know who Prism Pink is or where she came from.

    In fact, where did any of this come from?

    The monsters. The magical powers. What does any of it mean? It’s time to start getting answers, but are the girls ready to hear the truth? Knowledge is power, as they say, but power is fickle and can be corrupted so easily. After all, Blaze never said what happened to the previous generation of magnifiqueNOIR, did she? 

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0999398326

    Signed Copy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/706866544/magnifiquenoir-you-are-magical-book-2

    Magnifique Noir Website: http://www.magnifiquenoir.com/

    Brianna’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrichibiTweets

     

    Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett (Fiction, Queer, YA)

    Simone Garcia-Hampton is absolutely positive that having a crush is more dangerous than having HIV; after all, she’s got her viral load under control. Simone knows that her status isn’t a death sentence, as long as she remembers to take her medication and go to her doctor’s appointments, she can live a long, healthy life. There’s just one problem: she wants to have sex. Badly.

    She knows abstinence is the safest policy, she’s heard it almost every day of her life from her sweet and well-meaning Dads, and up until now, she’s been able to handle it herself, but Miles Austin has ruined that. He’s hot! He plays lacrosse! He asks Simone about her favorite plays because of how it lights her face up! What’s a horny (but responsible) teenage girl to do!?

    Simone is already agonizing about how to tell Miles about her status, but she’s been burned before when she told people that she loved that she was positive—she even had to switch schools over it, leaving her boarding school when there was a huge public outcry from uneducated parents, not to mention a scarring shunning from the people she cared about most. She’s determined to keep her status a secret, but the cardinal rule of dating-while-positive is disclosure. Allowing herself to get close to Miles would be a gigantic risk.

    Before she’s able to figure out what to do, Simone finds a threatening note left in her locker: I know you have HIV. You have until Thanksgiving to stop hanging out with Miles. Or everyone else will know, too.

    Buy the Book: https://www.camryngarrett.com/full-disclosure

    Camyrn’s Website: https://www.camryngarrett.com/

    Camyrn’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/dancingofpens

     

     

     

     

    Books I've Read and Love

     

     

     

    Clyde the Hippo: Clyde Goes to School by Keith Marantz, Illustrated by Larissa Marantz (Fiction, Picture Book)

    Meet Clyde, a lively (and often worried) hippo with a heart of gold who’s always eager to go on new adventures, in this fun-filled 8×8!

    Clyde can’t believe his mom is making him go to school. He has so much fun at home—what could a classroom possibly have to offer? As his mom lists all the activities he’ll get to do, Clyde only imagines the worst possible outcomes. He’s so caught up in what could go wrong that he’s determined to turn around and go home. But when he comes across his kind teacher and the butterfly habitat she’s carrying inside, it might just be enough to convince him to stay!

    Buy the Book/Clyde’s Website: http://www.clydethehippo.com/index.html

    Larissa’s Website: http://larissamarantz.com/index.html

    Larissa’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarissaMarantz

    Odd One Out by Nic Stone (Fiction, Queer, YA)

    Courtney Cooper and Jupiter Sanchez (Coop & Jupe!) have been next-door neighbors and best friends since they were seven-years-old. She’s his partner-in-crime and other half. But lately, Cooper can’t ignore he might want something more than friendship from Jupiter.

    When Rae Chin moves to town she can’t believe how lucky she is to find Coop and Jupe. Being the new kid is usually synonymous with pariah, but around these two, she finally feels like she belongs. She’s so grateful she wants to kiss him…and her.Jupiter has always liked girls.

    But when Rae starts dating Cooper, Jupe realizes that the only girl she ever really imagined by his side was her.


    One story. Three sides. No easy answers.

     

    Buy the Book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/534051/odd-one-out-by-nic-stone/9781101939567/

    Nic’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/getnicced

    Nic’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicstone/

     

     

     

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    2020 Book Releases!

    I had so wanted to do a Black only book release post today to support Black Lives Matter.  Unfortunately, I didn’t responses to my Tweets yet (I’m still going to try). It’s expected because it took me some time to get responses to my author posts. If you are Black you can still comment here and hopefully I can get several people for a dedicated post.  https://twitter.com/DaniDuck/status/1267504987367587847

    Even if I’ve already posted your work please feel free to submit you book again for a second post! 

    I do have some Black authors below, and am also including other POC to the list. I may have missed a few people, so feel free to let me know if I missed you!

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    Books for Grown-Ups

    Dragonborn by Whitney Rines

    Five Amaranthine coveting godhood commit horrific actions against mortals and the world they share and are granted twisted versions of their desire.
    Dragonborn follows the story of Fayet and his own journey to humanity, by watching mortals over time. He eventually falls for a mortal woman named Ayshir and assuming a mortal shell builds a family and home with her.

    However, the events preceding their union and the ones that that follow after, slowly bring a darkness that threatens to destroy his family.

     

    Website: https://www.whitneyrines.com/

    Buy Dragonborn and preview Whitney’s Other Books: https://www.whitneyrines.com/publications

     

     

    This is My America by Kim Johnson

    Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time—her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the present?

    Preorder the Book: 

    https://www.getunderlined.com/books/608329/this-is-my-america-by-kim-johnson/

    Kim’s Website: https://www.kcjohnsonwrites.com/

     

     

    I Should Have Worn A Curtain by Samyra Alexander

    This quick read follows one woman’s struggle to accept her childhood trauma, face her relationship with food with honesty and bravery, and overcome an illness that has kept her silent too long.

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088KBYT6C

    Folow Samyra: https://twitter.com/SamyraTell

     

     

     

     

    Fears and Love by Halima ADISA

    Get the Book: https://twitter.com/leemah_deesah/status/1256860072401006593

    Follow Leema: https://twitter.com/leemah_deesah

     

     

     

     

    Island Seas by V.E. WilchCombe

    Can 12yr old Michael Jones survive the night alone on Lightning Cay? It belongs to them, everyone knows this! Island myths and legends come to life in my new fantasy novella.

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084LL15MD

    V.E. Wilchcombe’s Website: https://starbeam88.wixsite.com/mysite-4

     

     

     

    Calculated Murder by H.G Ahedi

    In New York, Roumoult Cranston is infamously known for his keen interest in bizarre cases. So, when Garner Moss, a millionaire playboy is murdered by rich ex model, he is not intrigued. Fate intervenes when Roumoult becomes a prime suspect who was not only at the crime scene but also benefits from the dead man’s will.

    With only seven suspects, including Roumoult, who killed Garner Moss might be a simple question to answer, but why? When motives like jealously, revenge, lust, money, power do not apply, the quest to answer this question will open a Pandora box because, in the case of the Calculated Murder, the living and the dead tread on dangerous terrain.

    Buy the Book: amazon.com/H.G-Ahedi/e/B0

     

    H.G’s Ahedi’s Website: https://harbeerahedi.wordpress.com/hedi

     

    Older by Emily Schaubeck

    A collection of poetry and prose for the lost and broken hearted. As everyone is on their journey to healing as I am.

    Buy The Book: https://www.amazon.com/Older-Emily-Schaubeck/dp/1082090662

     


    Kidlit Books

    Not Your American Girl by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang

    Lauren and her best friend, Tara, have always done absolutely everything together. So when they don’t have any classes together in sixth grade, it’s disastrous. The solution? Trying out for the school play. Lauren, who loves to sing, wonders if maybe, just maybe, she will be the star instead of Tara this time.

    But when the show is cast, Lauren lands in the ensemble, while Tara scores the lead role. Their teacher explains: Lauren just doesn’t look the part of the all-American girl. What audience would believe that she, half-Jewish, half-Chinese Lauren, was the everygirl star from Pleasant Valley, USA?

    From amidst the ensemble, Lauren tries to support her best friend. But when she can’t bring herself to sing anymore, her spot in the play and her friendship are in jeopardy. With the help of a button-making business, the music of Patsy Cline, and her two bickering grandmothers, can Lauren find her voice again?

    Buy the Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VVTB9Q2

    Madelyn’s Website: http://www.madelynrosenberg.com/

    Wendy’s Website: http://wendyshang.com

     

    The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

    Nishat doesn’t want to lose her family, but she also doesn’t want to hide who she is, and it only gets harder once a childhood friend walks back into her life. Flávia is beautiful and charismatic, and Nishat falls for her instantly. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flávia and Nishat decide to showcase their talent as henna artists. In a fight to prove who is the best, their lives become more tangled, but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush, especially since Flávia seems to like her back.

    As the competition heats up, Nishat has a decision to make: stay in the closet for her family, or put aside her differences with Flávia and give their relationship a chance.

    Buy The Book & Adiba’s Website: https://adibajaigirdar.com/the-henna-wars

    Adiba’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/adiba_j

     

    The Ocean Calls by Tina Cho Illustrated by Jess X. Snow

    Dayeon wants to be a haenyeo just like Grandma. The haenyeo dive off the coast of Jeju Island to pluck treasures from the sea–generations of Korean women have done so for centuries. To Dayeon, the haenyeo are as strong and graceful as mermaids. To give her strength, Dayeon eats Grandma’s abalone porridge. She practices holding her breath while they do the dishes. And when Grandma suits up for her next dive, Dayeon grabs her suit, flippers, and goggles. A scary memory of the sea keeps Dayeon clinging to the shore, but with Grandma’s guidance, Dayeon comes to appreciate the ocean’s many gifts.

    Buy The Book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/609075/the-ocean-calls-by-tina-cho-illustrated-by-jess-x-snow/

    Tina’s Website: https://www.tinamcho.com/

    Jess’ Website: http://www.jessxsnow.com/