One Small Step…

“One Small Step…” can Create One Giant LEAP!

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That’s what popular young adult authors Shannon DelanyJudith Graves, and Jen Murgia hope! The bold trio recently took on management (and in Delany’s case ownership) of established small publisher Leap Books LLC.
The three women come from diverse backgrounds in publishing but have pooled their skills and resources to breathe new life into Leap.
Established in 2009 by Laurie Edwards, Leap has earned a respected place in the young adult and middle grade markets, gaining recognition from the Green Earth Books Award program, the Young Adult Library Services Association Popular Paperbacks program, and receiving recommended reading status from authoritative review sources, such as Kirkus Reviews, the Midwest Book Review, and CM Magazine.
What should readers look forward to with the relaunch of Leap? “We already have a backlist of strong stories thanks to the foundation Laurie Edwards built for Leap Books, but it seems like people have overlooked many of them while swimming in the sea of current YA and MG novels. We’re going to changing that and building on the existing list with our upcoming SHINE list of edgy YA and NA e-novellas and a re-branding and re-launching of both our YA novel line SURGE and our middle grade novel line.”
What should authors look forward to with Leap Books? “Although Leap’s SURGE line usually only accepts agented submissions, in mid-October we’ll be opening our doors wide. If you have a well-polished YA or MG novel that grabs us and holds us, we may have a spot in our lineup for you. Watch the Leap Books blog–no, stalk the blog–to find out when to submit. And watch for special anthologies to submit to–we have some great ones coming up!”
For now Delany suggests readers and writers alike leap into the contest running until August 8th at http://leapbks.blogspot.ca/ and if you’re serious about writing for a publisher, first give a few of their books a read.
You can find Leap Books at:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leap-Books/89935165678

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September 23rd, 2013 Books, Events, Everyday, everything 1 Comment

Spring Into Summer Update #11

Update:

  • Total Books Read: 2
  • Total Pages Read: 498
  • Books Read Since Last Update: 1
  • Pages Read since last update: 405
  • Total time read: 8hrs
  • How I’m currently feeling: I’m feeling good.  I really wanted to read more today.  I know, day isn’t over yet…I am hoping to head to bed at 10 and finish reading!!

Mini Challenge:  If you could live in the world of one book, which would it be and why?


I think I would want to live in the world that was the setting of The Goddess Test.  I chose this because it seems like it is a very powerful world.  Also, it is a little dark.  For some reason I keep getting pulled to the ‘dark side’.  :)  The world itself isn’t dark and hell-like, but the power is.  The grounds actually seems very pleasant and fulfilling.  I think it would be neat to have whatever you wanted within your reach.  I liked the setting that was created in The Goddess Test, I was able to get a vivid visualization.

Now…back to try to read AND to get some stinky kids in the shower and bed!!

Spring Into Summer Read-a-thon

This post is to announce to the world that I’m participating in the Spring into Summer read-a-thon hosted by Enna Isilee of Squeaky Books!

This read-a-thon is going to be so great! It’s two days where you try do NOTHING but read. It’s a great chance to get rid of some of those books that have been sitting on your TBR pile forever.

But that’s not all! There will also be awesome mini-challenges and a TON of giveaways! In fact, just for signing up you are entered to win a $25 gift card to Amazon! SO GO SIGN UP! And if you say that INSERT YOUR NAME HERE sent you, you’ll get 5 extra entries to win that gift card! CLICK HERE to enter to win, and know all there is to know about the read-a-thon.

Here’s my goal:

I plan to participate on: BOTH DAYS, FRIDAY ONLY, SATURDAY ONLY
I plan to read: # Of Books or Pages
I hope to read: LIST OF POSSIBLE BOOKS YOU WANT TO READ DURING READ-A-THON

Well, have you signed up yet? DO IT NOW!

June 15th, 2011 Events 2 Comments

Real Life Issue…Guest post from Laura Kreitzer

Hello Literary-Folk!

My name is Laura Kreitzer, and I’m the author of the Timeless Series and the Summer Chronicles. This week I would like to alert everyone on a colossal crisis that’s gone unnoticed in the world: human trafficking. That’s why I’ve asked hundreds of blogs to be involved with spreading the word on this issue that’s become close to my heart.

As an author, and someone whose life is put in the spotlight, I keep most people at a distance. Only a handful of my friends know the whole me and the events from my past. But this week I’d like to share with you a part of myself that the outside world doesn’t see (and a part of me I don’t like to share). I was emotionally abused for five years by someone I thought loved me, my mind beaten into submission. Though the turmoil I went through doesn’t penetrate as deep as someone forced into slavery on the worldwide market for human trafficking, I can sadly relate in some ways: imprisoned, my life dictated down to what I wore, ate, where I went, whom I spoke to, where I worked, when I slept, bending to his every whim. He did not sway, even when I cried through some of the more traumatic things he had me do. I was a slave in my own home. In my desperation for freedom, I held out a gun and asked him to just end my suffering. I was desperate.

I can’t even imagine how many women (and men) in the world are in a similar situation. What’s even worse, I had it mild compared to the children that are sold for labor or sex. Surprisingly, the good ol’ U.S.A. is reported to be the host to two million slaves. Did you know this? Because I certainly did not; not until I was preparing to write my newest novel: Phantom Universe. The main character, Summer Waverly, was stolen as a child and sold as a slave to the captain of a modern-day pirate ship. From a loved child who only knew “time-out” as punishment, to being whipped into silence was something I knew nothing about. So I researched deeply into human trafficking and the psychological effects of torture of various types that one would endure in these circumstances. I felt shaken at my findings and knew I had to tell Summer’s story. (Read a sneak peek here.)

A storm began to brew in my mind; transforming, morphing, twisting, and expanding into this massive, black cloud. I had to bring this tragic atrocity to the forefront. My own emotional experiences, mixed with the research I did on human trafficking, made me feel an intense connection with Summer, and to all women who’ve been through this kind of brutality. The cloud ruptured and rained all over my computer one day. It took one month to write Phantom Universe, the first in the Summer Chronicles. I was so consumed by the story that I wrote nearly nonstop, only breaking for necessary tasks like eating, showering, and occasionally—very occasionally—sleeping.

Though the book I’ve written would be classified as Science Fiction, or as I’d like to call it, Dystopian, the emotions and psychological aspects are not Science Fiction—they’re real. Reviewers have said many amazing things about Summer, this character who is so real in my mind and who I cried along with as the words poured from my soul onto my screen.

“I admired Summer’s strength and ability to adapt,” says CiCi’s Theories. “I felt tied to her emotions,” Jennifer Murgia, author of Angel Star admits. And Tahlia Newland, author of Lethal Inheritance, remarks, “Summer is strong and smart in mind [. . .]”

Through her overwhelmingly horrendous past, Summer goes on more than just a physical journey in Phantom Universe, she goes on a psychological one as well; growing beyond her mute state to persevere and survive in a new world beyond the whip she’s so frightened of.

Now that the release date is here, I’m excited and terrified to share this story with everyone. I’m emotionally tied in every way to the words I’ve written, because they’re more than words. More than just a story on a page. Beyond the fictional aspects, there’s a real issue that needs to be addressed: human trafficking must be stopped. We shouldn’t sit idly by while this continues to plague us. Our world’s children—our nation’s children—are being affected. It’s time we take action!

Earlier this month Phantom Universe hit Barnes and Noble’s top 100 Best Selling list. I’ve decided to donate 10% of my sales from Phantom Universe, until the end of February, to the DNA Foundation.

“DNA hopes to help abolish modern day slavery, deter perpetrators, and free the many innocent and exploited victims. We are committed to forcing sex slavery out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

Freedom is a basic human right and slavery is one of the greatest threats to that freedom. No one has the right to enslave another person.”

—From DNA Foundation’s Website

I ask that you spread the word to everyone you know. Look around on the DNA Foundation website and find a way to get involved in ending human trafficking. Take action today. Everyone has a voice—you have a voice. Will you have the courage to use it?

February 15th, 2011 Books, Events, Guest Posts, It's Hot 5 Comments

Debut Author Challenge 2011

I am so excited to announce that I will be participating in the 2011 Debut Author Challenge, hosted by The Story Siren.  By the looks of the list of books and authors debuting this year I will not be without a good book in my hand (or on my Nook) at any moment in 2011!  I have already downloaded my first read off the list which is The Water Wars, by Cameron Stracher.  I chose this book, first because it reminded me a little of the Shadow Children series that I read with my son AND it was available NOW!  I have a hard time waiting and I am anxious to get started.  Other books on my list to read just for January are Unearthly, by Cynthia Hand and also XVI, by Julia Karr.

I cannot wait to take part of this Debut Author Challenge as a Debut Blogger!!  I hope that you too will take the time to check out these new authors and the books they will provide for us to choose from all year long!

January 2nd, 2011 Events 1 Comment
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