Friday, May 12, 2017

Upcoming Awesomeness

There are some books I wait for on pins and needles. (Never mind the pile by my beside, I want these, like, yesterday)

York by Laura Ruby  Out: May 16

Even since I saw the jacket copy for this midgrade, I've been kinda bouncing on my heels waiting. The fabulous, otherworldly Morningstarr twins build a magnificent alternate New York at the end of the 18th century and then vanished without a trace 57 years later, leaving a mysterious cypher behind that promises treasure to any who solve it. Now, Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jamie Cruz are in a race against time to solve the puzzle and save their homes from destruction.
So glad we only have till Tuesday to wait to get our hands on this one!

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey  Out: May 23 

I've so enjoyed telling people about this book- it's gonna be even better READING it.

So, at the end of the 19th century, America toyed around with the idea of filling the swamps of Louisiana with hippos to be bred for meat. For real. It was debated in Congress and the proposal lost by one vote, so if anyone ever tells you one vote doesn't matter, you can tell them that if it weren't for one vote, we'd be knee deep in ornery hippos right now. River of Teeth takes us on a journey to that alternate America with mercenary hippo wrangler, Winslow Houndstooth and his crew as they round up feral hippos on the bayou.
I honestly can't think of a plot that's ever made me so intrigued about a book EVER.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee  Out: June 27

This is the only title in this list that I've actually read before it's release date, but I am SUPER excited for it to finally hit the shelves so I can start sharing it's deliciousness with other people. (Mackenzi Lee also has the distinction of being an indie bookseller, so it's doubly great to be able to rec this!)

Henry (Monty) Montegue, has be a thorn in the side of his wealthy family for as long as anyone can remember. His constant debauchery has brought scandal to the doorstep on more than one occasion. As a last hurrah before taking over the family estate, Monty departs on a grand tour of Europe with his best friend (and hopeless crush) Percy and his sister, Felicity. But before long, the party runs into danger and are forced to flee across the continent, pursued by enemies with an unknown purpose, forcing Monty to face a great many things, including himself and his love for Percy.
This book is FUN. It's just pure FUN. It's exciting, sweet and insightful. I'm excited to put it into people's hands!

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis   Out: October 10

Mindy's books are always darkly awesome. This woman does not do fluffy. I fell in love with her style in A Madness So Discreet and Female of the Species, so naturally, I'm looking forward to her next shadowy outing.

Sasha Stone's perfectly planned existence is turned upside down by the arrival of Issac Harver who's obviously trouble. She doesn't understand the effect he has on her, but the revelation of her twin (who was absorbed in the womb) and memories that aren't hers, have her scrambling to take back control of her life.

Dark. Creepy. Delicious!

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater  Out: October 10

Anyone who's read Scorpio Races or Raven Boys will be salivating for this new release from Stiefvater.

In 1960's Bicho Raro, Colorado, three members of the Soria family are each waiting for their own miracle. Though they're saints themselves, performing miracles for pilgrims, they want to perform one for themselves; banishing their own inner darkness. But who knows what havoc the inner darkness of saints might wreck?
This is sure to be full of Stiefvater's signature, dreamy prose and insight into the darkness that we all carry with us.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Resistance is NOT Futile *GIVEAWAY*

November 8th was a Very Bad Day, especially for anyone who's read any amount of dystopian fiction.

My fellow booksellers at The Curious Iguana and I watched in horror as we slid into the darkest imaginable timeline; an administration that's turned the US into some kind of distorted, carnival horror show. Like that scene in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas where two guys walk into the Circus Circus casino high on ether. Of course, in the days of helplessness that followed when no one really knew WHAT to do, we realized that we could best serve our customers by being a place where they could come and talk and be surrounded by good words written by smart and compassionate people.
In following with our mission to "get to know your world" we've started the Read Broader initiative to encourage people to read outside their comfort zone and listen to voices they might not have heard before. (if you'd like to join us, no matter where you are, the program materials are available here.)

Me? I've been able to take out my frustration on our chalkboards. While I've been slightly afraid of going too far, my boss (being of the same mind) has always been tremendously accommodating. I took heart from an article in the New York Times
that examined the trend of indie bookstores being #Resistance "hubs". Operations Manager of Word store, Hannah Depp, asks herself, "How far can we push it? How high can we turn up the heat?" I mean, as a business, you have to consider your bottom line, but luckily, The Iguana is a store where social responsibility is PART of the bottom line and I'm super proud to work there.

My own #Resistance acts are also important to me. My daily calls and faxes to my Senators and congressman have become part of my morning routine. I also call the office of our governor, who has been troublingly silent on all matters involving the new administration. (When you're a GOP governor of a blue state, there's a good chance you're only going to serve one term.) I was also lucky enough to have raised over $3000 for Emily's List from this design, (which is still available, all funds going to EL) inspired by Senator Elizabeth Warren's censure by Mitch McConnell over Jeff Sessions. #SmallActs are important right now. And I KNOW how scary the phone can be. I would rather have Steve Bannon lick my entree and then have to eat it than use the phone. There are amazing websites like that take a lot of the scary out of the telephone by giving you numbers for your representatives and then a handy script to read to get your message across. If the phone just isn't for you, you can use FaxZero to send your reps a fax free of charge. Check for local Indivisible groups. Show up at town halls, which GOP members of congress seems to be studiously avoiding. And most importantly, take some time for self-care. As so many others have said, this is not a sprint, but a marathon. We're going to have to stay angry for a long time, but we've GOT to take breaks. Go outside, read a book, hang with your kids, your friends, play a game, disconnect. Refresh yourself and then get ready to dive back in.

The world seems like it's falling apart, but with all of us working together, we can definitely make a difference. To remind you of that, I'm doing a giveaway of a fabulous journal and two inspiring literary pins. To enter, just complete the Rafflecopter form below!

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It's the Day of the Show, Y'all

June 5th, 2018 seemed like a REALLY long way off in August 2016 when I first got my book deal, but suddenly, here we are. It's been ...