I’m Not Dead – I’m On A Deadline

The Day Before: A Time And Shadows Time-Travelling MysteryThis is a quick check-in to let you know that I’m still alive. Life is always crazy, DECOHERENCE is almost done and edited enough to let me editor read it.

You will need to read THE DAY BEFORE and CONVERGENCE POINT before DECOHERENCE so you catch everything. Reading DECOHERENCE first will 1) spoil the fun and 2) confuse the heck out of you. Sorry, there was no way around that. I just couldn’t write it as a complete stand alone. There’s too many references to past scenes.

There are 136 days between now and the release of DECOHERENCE, which is roughly 6 pages of reading a day. If you start now, you can be ready for the release of DECOHERENCE and read at a very leisurely pace. If you read like me, you can read THE DAY BEFORE and CONVERGENCE POINT on September 12th after work and pick up DECOHERENCE in the morning to read on the train. Or you can pick something in between. Whatever works for you.

Impulse Buy Books of the Week: FINAL FLIGHT by Beth Cat0 -and- THE UNRAVELING by Laurel Wanrow

Beth Cato_FinalFlight330x534Another breathtaking short story from the author of The Clockwork Dagger and The Clockwork Crown, set in the same world…

Captain Hue hoped he was rid of his troubles once Octavia Leander and Alonzo Garrett disembarked from his airship Argus. But he was quickly proved wrong when his ship was commandeered by Caskentian soldiers. He is ordered on a covert and deadly mission by the smarmy Julius Corrado, an elite Clockwork Dagger.

Now Captain Hue must start a mutiny to regain control of his airship, which means putting his entire crew at risk—including his teenage son Sheridan. As the weather worsens and time runs out, it’ll take incredible bravery to bring the Argus down… perhaps for good.

99¢
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Beth Cato is the author of the Clockwork Dagger steampunk fantasy series from Harper Voyager, which includes her Nebula-nominated novella WINGS OF SORROW AND BONE. Her short fiction is in Clockwork Phoenix 5, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Daily Science Fiction. She’s a Hanford, California native transplanted to the Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, son, and requisite cat. Follow her at BethCato.com and on Twitter at @BethCato.

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The Unraveling - Kindle copyAnnmar Masterson’s dream of opening her own illustration shop is slipping away. The city’s ruthless industrial magnate wants her, and not for anything proper. Fleeing his loathsome advances, she takes advertising work on a farm in a secluded valley.

But Annmar isn’t safe…yet. On the farm, her world turns upside down. There, the fanciful visions she’d kept secret her entire life are normal! And that’s just the beginning. The more she discovers of the hidden lives of the people in the isolated valley, the more she discovers the truth about herself. Then there is the matter of the untamed shapeshifter who stirs new and strange feelings within her.

A scourge on the farm puts everyone’s lives in danger. Annmar becomes entangled in the fight. Her magic just might play a critical role in the war against an unknown enemy…but when its mysteries begin to unravel, so does Annmar’s proper world—something she isn’t prepared for.

The Unraveling is a full-length novel (368 pages) for readers 18+ (new adult and older), Volume 1 of a 3-part serialized novel, The Luminated Threads, a blend of steampunk, fantasy, shapeshifters, action and a coming-of-age romance.

on sale April 29 – May 5th $0.99 
Amazon (ebook) | Amazon (print) | Barnes & Noble (print) | Book Depository (free international shipping)

IMG_7741.JPG Laurel Wanrow loves misty mornings, the smell of freshly dug earth, petting long-haired guinea pigs and staring at the stars. She sees magic in nature and loves to photograph it.
Before kids, she studied and worked as a naturalist—someone who leads wildflower and other nature walks. During a stint of homeschooling, she turned her writing skills to fiction to share her love of the land, magical characters and fantastical settings.
When not living in her fantasy worlds, Laurel camps, hunts fossils and argues with her husband and two new adult kids over whose turn it is to clean house. Though they live on the East Coast, a cherished family cabin in the Colorado Rockies holds Laurel’s heart.

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The Luminated Threads series so far:
The Unraveling, Volume One
The Twisting, Volume Two
The Binding, Volume Three (coming Summer 2016)

 

Impulse Buy Book of the Week: THE WORLD WEAVERS

Kelley Grant_ WorldWeavers1It has been a year since Sulis Hasifel fled to the desert, narrowly escaping death at the hands of a vengeful god. The time of the final battle, the final confrontation with the deities of her world, is nearing. Lured by the call of their long-trapped powers, the deities will descend upon the Obsidian Temple, where the Chosen await.

But the war between gods and humans has enveloped the entire land. Sulis’s twin, Kadar, joins forces with the nomadic warrior tribes of the desert. Little by little, the desert armies draw the deities away from their stronghold in the north, towards their doom.

In the face of a battle that will reshape mankind’s destiny and the face of the earth itself, old friendships will be tested and new alliances forged. In this spellbinding denouement to Desert Rising and The Obsidian Temple, Kelley Grant brings her epic trilogy to a thunderous and powerful conclusion.

$2.99
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Kelley Grant grew up in the hills of Ohio’s Amish country. Her best friends were the books she read, stories she created and the woods and fields that inspired her. She and her husband are owned by five cats, a dog and numerous uninvited critters. Besides writing, Kelley teaches yoga and meditation, sings kirtan with her husband, and designs brochures and media.

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DECOHERENCE is Due in 14 Days

Ready For Another Adventure

The third (and last) Time & Shadows book is due to my editor in 14 days. Which means I am in my writing dungeon trying to make Draft 3 of DECOHERENCE actually coherent. I’ll be back to the regular blogging schedule in May after the book is turned in and my brain is working again.

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-Liana

 

 

Playing The Privilege Game

I had an experience today that highlighted something that we’ve been discussing on Twitter a lot, to wit, Privilege. I was at a mostly empty grocery store with two cashiers, myself, a pair of frat boys buying Sobe, chip, and beer (presumably in preparation for finals), and an elderly couple ahead of me in line buying what looked like groceries for a week of humble meals. The couple were immigrants (Korean from the few words I recognized of their exchange), and had limited English. They were trying to use coupons and between the language barrier and the confusion of the cashier, they were charged $17 more than they should have been.

The couple stepped back and waited as the cashier rung me up, and I had a choice. I could either play my Privilege cards and help, or I could walk out to leave the retirees with a clerk who looked to be between 17 and 20.

A Privilege is a perception or bias of the culture you are in that gives you power and influence. This are the Privilege cards I was holding:
White Privilege – in Europe and North America anyone with fair skin who can pass for European gets an automatic bonus in any social situation. I pass. I get the card.
Mom Privilege– not only had I talked to the cashier about my daughter’s birthday, I had a kid with me which makes me look responsible and trustworthy.
Valued Customer Privilege– I used a store-specific coupon card that shows how often I shop there and I get preferential treatment for being a return customer.
Big Spender/Wealth Privilege– I was buying groceries for a large family for a week, and within the tiny environs of this situation I had spent the most money. In western culture wealth is a sign of power, and so I had a dominance Privilege there because 1) I had money to spend and 2) I spent it in front of other people.
Adult Privilege– I look, act, dress, and speak like an educated, affluent adult. This means that I have the ability to bring legal punishment to those who displease me, summon a manger, or call the Better Business Bureau to report an infraction.
Health Privilege– even though I have health problems, they aren’t outwardly visible so I look like an Abled person. This matters.

In any social situation that came up, I was holding a stacked deck, and it was stacked in my favor because both cashiers and the couple were people of color (no White card) and I was the only parent. The cashiers held Authority Privilege Cards, but Valued Customer and Big Spender negate those. The cashiers couldn’t risk their jobs against the chance I’d be the Angry White PTA Mom who calls their manager because they upset me (I wouldn’t do this, but they don’t know that and need to play it safe). The frat boys had White Privilege and Male Privilege, but weren’t adults, big spenders, or using a customer card. The elderly couple had no cards in their favor.

To the Privilege cards I already held, I had specific Bonuses that meant the situation would move in my favor.

While a Privilege is something society awards you because of bias and prejudice, a Bonus is a skill you have worked to develop and that doesn’t show outwardly. My Bonuses for this situation were:
Education Bonus– not only do I have a college education, but I’ve been trained in public speaking and conflict resolution.
Situational Bonus– along with my training I had already encountered a situation like this before in either literature, class, or in person so I knew exactly how to respond without needing to think about it.
Empathy Bonus– being able to understand the emotions of others is a skill developed primarily through reading and writing and it helped me recognize there was a problem
Body Language Bonus– most people aren’t fluent in body language, especially across cultures, if you are, you have a skill others don’t
Time Bonus– I was not in a rush to anywhere so I could take the time to help someone out
Multi-lingual Bonus– I’m not fluent in many languages, but I knew enough to recognize Korean and politely intervene on the couples’ behalf.
Extrovert Bonus– I have no trouble being in front of a crowd and so don’t have the same hurdles as an introvert might in a public situation.
Mental Health Bonus– this ties into the Health Privilege. I don’t have social anxiety and that gives me an edge in confrontational situations. You can either call this a bonus, or count an anxiety issue as a negative in your total game tally.

 

There were two ways this scenario could have run… 1) I could have packed up my kid and left because this really wasn’t my problem. This was between the store and another customer and there was no reason for me to get involved. Technically, I had not right to get involved. 2) I could play my Privilege cards to give myself the right to be involved, and use my Bonus cards to resolve the situation in a way that benefited everyone (or just me if I was being selfish… but don’t do that).

After I checked out I approached the elderly couple, asked them if things were okay, and by pointing at coupons, groceries, and the receipt the gentlemen was able to communicate his concerns without English (this is the Body Language Bonus in play). I then went to the first cashier using my Privilege cards to get her attention (actually, I said, “Excuse me, miss, there’s a problem.” … but Privilege is there and in affect so even without being a bully I got attention by being born the way I am). The senior cashier was pulled in, and she wasn’t happy with needing to deal with someone who didn’t speak English. I wound up doing my best to interpret for both of them until the elderly couple had a store coupon card and their $17 back.

Given the language confusion, it’s likely the cashiers wouldn’t have done anything for the couple if someone hadn’t stepped in who was able to explain the needs of the elderly couple in a way that made it easy for the cashiers to resolve the problem.

I don’t fault the frat boys for hurrying away. They probably didn’t have the language skills, empathy, time, or training. The cashiers were both pressed for time (there were other customers in the store) and obviously didn’t understand what the elderly couple was trying to say. The couple didn’t have anyway of getting what they needed because they couldn’t make themselves understood. So, in this situation, my Privileges afforded to me by society’s biases allowed me to balance the scales, and fix the problem for everyone.

Privileges and Bonuses can be used wrong. But if you’re aware of what cards you’re playing, you can help people and make the world a better place. Check your Privilege, know what cards you’re working with, and put them to good use to help all of humanity.

 

*NOTE* There are other Privileges I carry around that didn’t apply to this situation. Gender, sexuality, relationship status, physical strength, intimidation factor, clothing… all of those factor in to how society perceives you, judges you, and awards you Privileges.

Using the Real World to Build a Fictional World – a guest post by S. A. Hoag

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood revolves around the survivors of a world war that destroys civilization as we know it. Protecting The Vista is the core of the story, not just through the first book, but all of them. So I’m going to introduce you to some of the real places that inspired my writing.

This is Deer Lodge, Montana, the place I renamed The Vista.

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(Photo by Sam Beebe – Deer Lodge, Montana, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9094066)

Beautiful mountain drives, epic scenery, brilliant sunsets. Montana is full of places like this. Yes, this is a travel brochure in disguise. I’ve been known to do some rockhounding, and Montana has produced more gem quality sapphires than any other place in North America. Yes, I have a precious vial of Yogo Sapphires. How’s that for some trivia?

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Mt. Powell, Deer Lodge, Montana

I picked a place that I could visualize as being isolated. Not everything about The Vista is real for Deer Lodge, obviously. The beauty of this place is undeniable. I’m from the Rocky Mountains, and there’s nothing like waking up one autumn morning and seeing fresh snow on the peaks.

This is a picture, from Goggle Earth, of The Junction. An important event happens here, and it changes the course of lives.

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The Junction

Then we head south. Manito

u Springs, from the Incline, at night. I’ve skipped more current pictures of the area, as the Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed a lot of places I remember, and I want to leave those memories intact.

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The Manitou Incline, CofC

Other places my characters venture through, or to, include Cody and Casper Wyoming, and Estes Park Colorado. That would be a summer trip to remember. Start in Montana and just follow the roads, see what there is to see.

That’s kind of what my characters do, when they find out they can.

Here I am, stuck in the flatlands, with the Rocky Mountains just 60 miles away. I write, I dream. Welcome to my worlds. If you’d like to read one, I hope you enjoy it.

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The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood, by S. A. Hoag

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Making Progress!

I started physical therapy in January after finally realizing that, no, resting wasn’t making my hip better. When the pain was so bad I considered buying a gun to shot my leg, I went to the doctor (see me make good choices!). After several tests it was determined that I had severe hip bursitis brought on by repeated dislocations caused by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I had to switch doctors to get one that didn’t say, “Just stay off it until it quits hurting.” But that’s a story for another day.

I started physical therapy and found that as a fun bonus my knee cap was actually completely in the wrong place and probably had been all year. I learned to reset and tape my knee. Six weeks later I officially graduated from physical therapy. For those of you who have never done physical therapy, it really isn’t fun. The moves I was doing were things I wouldn’t have even used as a warm up two years ago. There were things that should have been super simple that I couldn’t do. It’s humbling and frustrating to realize how quickly the body can be broken, and how much damage was done by sitting around waiting to get better. There are times when staying off the injured limb is the right idea, but this wasn’t one of those times.

My stated goal when I started was to be able to walk 1 mile pain free, because back in December when I made the goal I was in an ankle brace and unable to stand for more than a few minutes. In 2013 I was going to the gym four days a week. In 2014 I was running 5k 3-5 times a week plus lifting weights and doing yoga. I was injured at the end of the year. And now I can’t lift more than a 5lb dumbbell and I couldn’t walk 50ft without dying much less a mile. It’s awful. Never injure yourself. It sucks.

But!

Tonight I walked 3/4 of a mile and aside from being a little winded (since I haven’t really worked out in a year), I’m fine! My ankle is a little sore (the muscles need strengthening), but my knee stayed in place and my hip doesn’t hurt! Woohoo!

This week my goal is to walk the .74 mile loop daily, and then try adding a second loop in two to three weeks. Feel free to nudge me on social media and see if I’m keeping up with my goals. I want to be healthy again and get back to weights and running. But, for right now, baby steps.

WHEN FIRST THEY PRACTICE TO DECEIVE – cover reveal and guest post by Carolyn LaRoche

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I’d like to thank Liana for inviting me to visit her blog today. I am very excited about my upcoming new release from Limitless Publishing, When First They Practice to Deceive. This is the third book in the Secret Lives series and I am absolutely in love with this cover! The artist, from Wicked by Design captured my vision perfectly and I hope you love it as much as I do.

Writing is something I have always done. In the beginning it was a way to pass the time late at night when I couldn’t sleep. My husband is a police officer in a pretty active city who he worked the graveyard shift for a decade. Some nights my overly active imagination just wouldn’t settle down so I began to channel it into stories. Mostly, I just sent them to friends to read in the beginning. With my background in forensic science, I especially enjoyed mysteries and crime stories where I could work in the science of investigation along with the entertainment of a fast paced story and the hint of romance.

Several years ago I joined an online group on a social media site made up of other police wives. It is a small group that began with the idea of supporting each other through some of the challenges of law enforcement family life. It grew into a group of friends that would pretty much do anything for each other. It was from that group the idea for my Secret Lives Series blossomed.  Each book tells a story of intrigue—and yes, romance—for one of the wives in a group of close friends. They are all married to cops at some point in the story and find themselves caught up in some crazy situations. The series is fun and entertaining and I am so excited to be close to finishing it up.

The first book, Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos is about Cyndi Mills and her quest for something in her life that is all her own. She makes some wild choices that she ultimately has to own up to for the safety of her family and the sanctity of her marriage. My favorite part of the story though, is the steaming hot chemistry between Cyndi and her husband Jason. Not all romances are best before marriage.

The second book in the series, In The Shadow of the Shield tackles the big what if of being married to a cop. What if something happens to him in the line of duty? What if the reason has to do with other cops? It was a tough topic to tackle for me personally because I was basically forced to face my own biggest fear—loss of my husband.  Diana not only has to figure out how to move forward in life but allow herself to love again—with a younger man determined to crack the mystery of her husband’s death. Romance—and chemistry— doesn’t die at age forty.

When First They Practice to Deceive is Jessy’s story. The youngest in the group, she struggles with self-confidence, especially after losing her job and learning about her husband’s infidelity. She discovers her own strengths as she goes through the trials of divorce and finding out that her husband had been doing a lot more behind her back than she had ever imagined. Things kick up a notch when she finds herself falling in love with the man who is determined to bring her husband to justice.  A man carrying his own heartbreak and loss who has Jessy hoping she can be enough to save him the way he saves her.

Each book in the series has colorful supporting characters because we all know that the world is not at all black and white. I had almost as much fun writing them as I did the main hero and heroine. Johnny the bartender is by far my favorite (Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos) but Lookie Louie the pot head(In the Shadow of the Shield) and Arnetta and Surrey the servers that teach Jessy more than her job(When First They Practice to Deceive) had me laughing out loud. The best part about creating characters is the ability to let my imagination run wild.

When First They Practice to Deceive  has a release date of May 3, 2016. I can’t wait to hold a copy of that beautiful cover in my hands! If you’d like to read the first two books before then, they are both available on amazon at the link below, along with all the books I’ve written.

 

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✦✦ ✦✦ COVER REVEAL ✦✦ ✦✦
WHEN FIRST THEY PRACTICE TO DECEIVE

 

Author: Carolyn LaRoche


Series: The Secret Lives #3
✦SYNOPSIS✦

 

All Jessy Wallace wants is a happy marriage, but her husband is a liar and in over his head…
Jessy has spent the last decade happily married to her husband, Sam. But when she finally lands a job at Dixie’s Place, a hole-in-the-wall diner, she learns not all is well in paradise. Officer Sam Wallace has been spending the majority of their marriage in the beds of other women. Fed up, Jessy kicks her husband to the curb.
The last thing she wants is another messy relationship…
Uncertain if her husband ever truly loved her, Jessy gets caught completely off guard by the intense attraction she feels for Trey Smith, the night cook at Dixie’s Place. But she recognizes some telltale signs, and discovers he’s an undercover FBI agent. Jessy curses herself for falling for another lawman. To make matters worse, her soon-to-be ex-husband might be involved with Trey’s case.
After the death of his wife, FBI agent Trey Smith has spent the last four years married to his work…
But when Jessy starts waitressing at the diner where he is working undercover, he falls head over heels for her. Her ex-husband, however, is one of the top suspects in Trey’s case, and all Trey wants to do is protect her. He can’t lose this once in a lifetime chance at love.
Jessy is the soon-to-be ex-wife of a suspected criminal.
Trey Smith is an undercover FBI agent.
Can their love overcome the odds, or will it all come crashing down under the weight of lies and deception?
✦ COVER DESIGNER 
WICKED BY DESIGN
✦✦ ✦✦ CAROLYN LAROCHE ✦✦ ✦✦ 
Carolyn LaRoche grew up in snow country but fled the cold and ice several years ago. She now lives near the beach with her husband, their two boys, two finicky cats and one old dog. When she is not at the baseball field cheering on big hits and home runs, she is busy teaching science to unwilling teenagers.

 

Note To Self – a post by Amy Laurens

This is post is shamelessly stolen (with Amy’s belated permission) from www.AmyLaurens.com

Dear Self,

Here’s the thing. You’ve been waffling back and forth over this thing called writing for a long time now, and really, we’ve all had just about enough. You say you want this, that it’s a life ambition, a goal, whatever; you say that it’s impossible to achieve with everything else you have going on in your life.

You’ve read the advice. You’ve read the books, the courses, the blog posts, the articles: Writers write. Whether they feel like it or not, whether they’re feeling inspired or not, they show up, they apply fingers to keyboard, and they write. Even if it’s junk. Because at least junk is practice.

Moaning in your head or on twitter or wherever that you don’t have time to write is not. Shocking, I know.

But seriously: remember what you read the other day in that glorious book of Liz Gilbert’s? No one cares! It doesn’t actually matter! If you can’t write during term time, then fine! Don’t write! But don’t then spend every waking minute berating yourself for not. Seriously. If you have energy to berate, you have energy to write.

Ultimately, this comes down to one thing, and one thing only: you either want it, or you don’t.

If you want it, don’t spend one-two-three-four-five hours procrastinating on social media or surfing the ‘net before you actually get to writing (and then wonder why you’re now too tired). Don’t stare blankly at the computer wondering what’s supposed to be happening (that’s what outlining is for, or at the very least, grab a freaking pen and do a brainstorm on some paper). And most of all, don’t angst back and forth, praying and wishing and hoping and wondering whether or not you’re “supposed” to be a writer or not. You’ve already had your answer there: Show up, and a career will too. Show up, and the magic will eventually happen.

Eventually. You know this ain’t happening overnight. You know the hours you have to put in for this to work. Either you want it enough to go for it, or it’s all too hard and you don’t want it enough – which, hey, that’s totally legitimate! You don’t need writing to put food on the table or pay the bills; you don’t need writing to help you sleep at night. This is, literally, the icing on the cake. You write because you like it.

You do like it, don’t you? Because if not, why are we even having this conversation? If you don’t like it, just stop already. No one’s going to call you a failure, a quitter, a loser. If you don’t like writing, then stop.

Oh, she says slyly. You don’t want to stop? You do like it after all? Well fancy that.

In that case, I have just one more question for you. Are you ready? Sure? Okay. Here’s my final question:

WHAT THE BLOODY HELL ARE YOU DOING HERE ANGSTING WHEN YOU COULD BE WRITING A STORY, WOMAN? GO. GET THEE HENCE.

And remember, the whole point is that it’s fun, not work.

Love ya,
A

Not All Books Are For Children

The YA/Adult reading line has a tendency to elicit the same kind of violent opinion as the Vietnam War (excuse me – police action – right?).

On one had you have the people who question why adults want to read (or write) about teenagers. I’m on the other side of the fence: I question why someone would let a young child read every book that’s ever been written.

Most people – perhaps myself included – have a tendency to believe that a child’s reading level will keep them from finding emotionally damaging reading material. No one ever considers the affect of reading LOLITA because no one thinks a child under ten will ever get it in their hands. But they will. And what will a young child learn from a book that’s currently touted as a “romance” in some circles? The story of a girl pursued by a much older man, told from the point of view of a pedophile? What does that story say? NOTHING GOOD.

There are more. Classics and modern literature alike, all who have concepts that young minds aren’t usually prepared for. There’s an argument that an intelligent child will figure it out, that they’re emotionally mature enough to handle complex thoughts. It’s possible they could handle some, and I’ve known young people who have read them. But a six-year-old doesn’t need to be reading hardcore erotica.

In the modern era there are so many ways to get your hands on books. Libraries and schools aren’t the gatekeepers of knowledge any more, they can hardly keep up and usually only stock very dated literature (apologies to the librarians – I know it’s the budgets, not you). With e-readers, websites, and free libraries popping up around the country (which I love), the chance of a child finding a book they aren’t ready to handle emotionally is high.

The solution comes from the fanfic sites: RATE THE BOOKS.

Not five-star/one-star review ratings, but maturity content ratings. Fanfic has them. Games have them. Movies have them. It’s time for books to get a rating too. A little sticker on the side, or a mark on the cover that sets a book aside as Mature Content. Because not every parent has time to read every book with a cover that catches a kid’s eye. Because not every child has a guardian who is watching them and is able to coherently discuss situations that often arise in literature that a young mind might not be able to process. A violent death described in detail in a horror novel affects the brain in much the same way violence on screen does. A book that teaches that people are objects to be used or abused is no different than a movie or TV show where the same thing is shown. A child watching that takes away the same lesson.

There is room for violence in children’s literature. Children’s and YA writers write with their young audience in mind. Those of us who write fiction for adults don’t. My books aren’t suitable for small children. The words aren’t that hard to read, but the emotions are complex and there’s a level of maliciousness and violence you won’t see in literature for young people. Since we don’t have a rating system yet, I would ask that you use common sense before handing books like mine to a kid. All these books will be here when the child has grown up. For now, let them enjoy the authors who write with the kids in mind. And, if you have a teenager who is branching out, be there to discuss the big ideas they run into and teach them to read critically.