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. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

UPDATED: Fifth Avenue Fidos

I'm delighted to announce that FIFTH AVENUE FIDOS, my first contemporary, comedic adult novel, has an updated cover and jacket copy:
Once upon a time, in a magical metropolitan kingdom...OR: When a mutt from Queens meets a purebred Upper East Side New Yorker, it takes man's--and woman's--best friend to convince them what they feel is more than puppy love.

Mable Barker, a hilarious, good-natured sweetheart who is always the pal but never the girlfriend, endures nine horrendous months of bouncing between lackluster jobs in Manhattan (and suffering unrequited love) in her unsuccessful attempt to find her one true talent. So when she meets Innis, the ill-tempered Fifth Avenue Pekingese, she assumes her dog-walking days are numbered, too; soon, she'll be heading back to Queens brokenhearted, tail tucked between her legs. But Innis belongs to the adorable yet painfully shy young veterinarian, Jason Mead, a man whose awkward ways around women have him dreaming not of finding love for himself but of playing canine matchmaker--breeding Westminster champions.

When Mable and Jason meet, romance is officially unleashed: they find an instant connection and shared goal, as it appears that Mable could very well have what it takes to be a professional handler, soon to be seen holding Innis under a banner labeled, "Best in Show." As Jason and Mable get closer to putting a new twist on the term "dog lovers," outside forces--Mable's overprotective brothers, a successful wedding planner with her eye on Jason, even the theft of purebred pups from Jason's Fifth Avenue apartment building--all threaten to come between them. Will Mable and Jason simply let their burgeoning love roll over and play dead? Or will they rally to make sure Innis emerges as the leader of the pack?

Brimming with humor and endearing characters, FIFTH AVENUE FIDOS offers more than a simple, sweet romance. Conventions of love stories and fairy tales merge to illustrate that each modern-day princess has her own happily ever after--with a prince, another princess, a four-legged furball, or a brachycephalic dragon...Schindler weaves a heartwarming story about the loves that help us realize our dreams, and vice versa, about the dreams that bring us to our lives' most powerful loves.

FIFTH AVENUE FIDOS is now available for purchase on Amazon. It can also be read via the Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners' Lending Library programs.
I'm currently writing PLAY IT AGAIN, the sequel to my YA romance, PLAY IT HURT. The release date will be announced through my newsletter. I'm so excited about getting to hang out with Chelsea and Clint again--and I can't wait to get the book into your hands!