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Defying Doomsday Read-Along: Discussion Part 4 and WRAP! (Stories 9-12)

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Read-Along | 0 comments

Defying Doomsday Read-Along: Discussion Part 4 and WRAP! (Stories 9-12)

It’s the end of the road!

Today features our last set of stories. It’s been a super fun few weeks, and I’ve been so glad to share this book with you and hear your thoughts! If you’re new to the read-along, you can check out the starting post here, or just jump on to read the stories we’re finishing up with this week. You can answer the questions in the comments, or answer on your own blog and share a link below.

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Why Representation In YA Matters – A Guest Post by Elsa Henry | Disability in Fiction

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in On Writing, Stop and Think | 9 comments

Why Representation In YA Matters – A Guest Post by Elsa Henry  | Disability in Fiction

Today’s post is on about writing and reading, it’s about the vital role representation plays for our youth. If you never see yourself in the books you read, or in the stories around you, whatever their medium, it becomes a struggle to see yourself in the world in a positive and whole way. I know I’ve struggled with this myself, and I am so honored today to share this post by Elsa Henry on growing up with just such a lack of representation, and the vital role writers today face in filling that void.

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Defying Doomsday Read-Along: Discussion Part 3 (Stories 9-12)

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Books | 0 comments

Defying Doomsday Read-Along: Discussion Part 3 (Stories 9-12)

We’re Back With Part 3!

After a fun halfway-point activity last week, we’re back for the next set of stories. If you’re new to the read-along, you can check out the starting post here. In a nutshell, we read about four stories a week, with questions posting on Thursdays. Feel free to jump in and join the read-along at any point. You can answer the questions in the comments, or answer on your own blog and share a link below. You can also tweet as you read using #readDefyingDoomsday.

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Reading While Disabled: Kid/YA Lit Faves (Part 2) | Disability in Fiction

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Books, Stop and Think | 4 comments

Reading While Disabled: Kid/YA Lit Faves (Part 2)  |  Disability in Fiction

We’re back with Part 2 of Reading While Disabled. Today, Alice Wong has asked the same group of five disabled readers to share the books they read growing up that had disabled characters (if any) and the impact of that, as well as books they’d recommend now. The conversation wraps up with a discussion of the We Need Diverse Books movement and the importance of representation.

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Distant Realms YA Giveaway: Win Five Awesome 2017 Releases

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Giveaways | 0 comments

Distant Realms YA Giveaway: Win Five Awesome 2017 Releases

Today I bring you … the Distant Realms YA Giveaway: 2017 New Releases!

Escape into magical worlds beyond our own with this spectacular YA high fantasy giveaway! This book pack features these exciting upcoming books (all on pre-order): Cora Carmack’s Roar, Cinda Williams Chima’s Shadowcaster, Roshani Chokshi’s A Crown of Wishes, Kate Elliott’s Buried Heart, and Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer. Open worldwide! I’m one of five fantasy authors sponsoring this giveaway, so be sure to hop over and check it out!

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Surviving The Apocalypse – Quizzes and Fun at the Halfway Point | Defying Doomsday Read-Along

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Read-Along | 2 comments

Surviving The Apocalypse – Quizzes and Fun at the Halfway Point | Defying Doomsday Read-Along

We’re halfway through Defying Doomsday! I figured it’s time to assess how much we’ve learned, and just how long we might survive in an apocalypse! (I also figured it might be nice to have a fun post that grants us all some catch up time.)

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Reading While Disabled: Kid/YA Lit Faves (Part 1) | Disability in Fiction

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Books | 0 comments

Reading While Disabled: Kid/YA Lit Faves (Part 1)  |  Disability in Fiction

A warm welcome to Alice Wong for this awesome two-part guest post on reading while disabled. Alice heads up the Disability Visibility Project, and today she’s brought together the voices of five disabled readers to talk about the books they’ve read, and what those stories–and reading–means to them.

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Massive YA / NA Science Fiction and Fantasy Giveaway!

Posted by on Jan 21, 2017 in Giveaways | 0 comments

Massive YA / NA Science Fiction and Fantasy Giveaway!

Today I want to share a truly massive giveaway I’m taking part in… you can win 20 Young Adult / New Adult SFF books (13 of which are print copies, including Sunbolt) PLUS a $100 Amazon gift card! This giveaway is open internationally, as all good things should be….

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Defying Doomsday Read-Along: Discussion Part 2 (Stories 5-8)

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Read-Along | 2 comments

Defying Doomsday Read-Along: Discussion Part 2 (Stories 5-8)

We’re Back for Part 2!

Yay for the second discussion post for the Defying Doomsday Read-Along! So glad you guys are reading along with me–I am really enjoying this! If you’re new to the part, you can check out the starting post here. In a nutshell, we read about four stories a week, with questions posting on Thursdays. Feel free to jump in and join the read-along at any point. You can answer the questions in the comments, or answer on your own blog and share a link below. You can also tweet as you read using #readDefyingDoomsday.

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What Is Your Life’s Blueprint? – Reflections on MLK Jr’s Speech

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Stop and Think | 5 comments

What Is Your Life’s Blueprint? – Reflections on MLK Jr’s Speech

As we pause to reflect on the awesome legacy of Martin Luther King Jr, and the work that remains to us, I find myself going back to one of the reverend’s less well-known speeches. Most of us have read or watched or even studied his “I Have A Dream” speech, and it is fantastic and inspirational, and rhetorically brilliant. But I find Mr. King’s speech, given to an assembly of junior high school students six months before his assassination, the one that helps me most in looking forward and thinking about where I want to go, and how.

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