Sunday, May 3, 2015

All the Rage: #ToTheGirls



The sheriff's son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact.

 Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything-friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy's only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn't speak up. Nobody believed her the first time-and they certainly won't now-but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.


Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada, where she divides most of her time between a camera, a piano and a word processing program. She is also the author of What Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, and Please Remain Calm.  

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

RED: A Darker Shade of Magic

Originally posted on 3/13:

The hashtags for the tour are #ADSOM and #VintheLondons

Victoria has posted the entire tour schedule here

V.E. Schwab on feminism & writing:

G.C.: Do you consider yourself a feminist writer, or any of your books particularly pro-feminist works?

V.E.S: I consider myself a feminist and a writer, and yes, I am a feminist writer. I like to think that permeates what I write, in some ways obvious, and others subtle. 

While I can understand the argument some authors pose for writing ostensibly “weak” female characters, that is not something I aspire to do. I write women who are smart and strong, often to a fault. I try to write powerful women, women with agency, and no, that doesn’t mean I wrote women who are perfect or whole. 

In fact, I’m fascinated by the IDEA of strength, and the ways in which “strong” people of all genders can be cracked and broken and weak in other ways. I particularly enjoy writing “masculine” female characters, and “feminine” male characters, and everything between. I do not believe people are binary, a set of yes’s or no’s, and I don’t want to represent characters that way, either.

Here in RED LONDON we've got a few more exciting features: - a special website for A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC that is full of information and materials for readers.

video featuring V. E. Schwab exploring London and discussing the book.

A fun Buzzfeed Quiz you and your readers can take that will sort you into a magical London.

V. E. Schwab
A Tor Hardcover
978-0-7653-7645-9 / 0-7653-7645-8
$25.99 | 400p.
Ebook: 978-1-4668-5137-5 / 1-4668-5137-6 | $12.99
On Sale February 24, 2015
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About the Author:

V. E. SCHWAB's first adult novel, Vicious, debuted to critical praise and reader accolades. Schwab is the author of YA novels The Near Witch, The Archived, and The Unbound, and the Everyday Angel series for middle grade readers.


Win one copy of A Darker Shade of Magic and one double-sided signed poster that features the US and UK covers:

Friday, March 27, 2015

Little Peach Blog Tour

What do you do if you're in trouble?

When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options. 

Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels. 

But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition. 


GC: What can feminists and other activists do to solve the problems presented in Little Peach?

PK: This is a hard question – it’s THE question - and I’m not sure I’m qualified to answer it. It’s frustrating because the issues are so large: poverty, economics, racism, sexism, apathy. It takes a whole society to create the conditions that crush girls like Peach, along with their entire communities. 

I want to say that “awareness” is a starting point – and it is, I suppose – but awareness doesn’t save lives. Awareness doesn’t give victims a safe place to go. Awareness doesn’t rescue anybody.

So. My first suggestion is to find non-profits like GEMS that are on the ground, fighting for victims. Ask them what they need from you, and give as much as you can. 

Also, talk about these girls. Don’t forget about them. And – to your great question about what feminists can do – give your copy of Peach to a guy! The guys need to understand what’s happening. Feminists – us girls, however we define ourselves - are fighting multiple battles on multiple fronts – as we need to, unfortunately.  In the case of sex trafficking, men are the clients. Men are the pimps. Men are (predominantly) law enforcement and the penal system. Maybe, if young men can see these girls as sisters, as friends, as classmates – if they can grieve for Peach like we do – we might be on to something.

Finally, here’s a real-world action to consider. It’s a promise I made to myself after learning all I did from the women I interviewed for the book:

If I’m ever selected for a jury, and the defendant is charged with the crime of prostitution - or a related drug offense - I will vote to acquit her, regardless of the evidence. The technical term for this is “Jury Nullification.” As American citizens, it is our right – our moral duty – to  stand up and say, I will not enforce a law if I feel it is being unjustly applied.

So many of the women who end up incarcerated for prostitution, began that life as trafficked kids. I will not criminalize them for the agony of their lives, for the choices we took away from them as a society. Maybe if enough of us refuse to participate in jailing these women, those in power will take notice.

It’s not enough. But it’s a start. It’s a way to stand up, as citizens, and say No More.

About Peggy Kern:

Peggy Kern has written two books for the Bluford High Series. 
She lives with her daughter in Massachusetts.