Q:OMG OMG i cant believe i found you on tumblr im a big fan of your book its so awesome i just read the first book taken and im in love with it
!!! Thank you! I’m absolutely thrilled you dug Taken, and I can’t wait to hear what you think of Frozen once it’s out! In the meantime, I’ll just sit here blushing.
Ooh these images are perfect!“So help me God,” I said slowly, clearly, when Cate looked up at me. “If you go back on your word, I will tear you apart. And I won’t stop, not ever, until I’ve destroyed your life and the lives of every single person in this organization. Believe me, you may not always keep your promises, but I do.”
YAY MY NEWS!
I AM SO EXCITED!!!!! I AM LIKE PEE-MY-PANTS EXCITED!! You guys have no idea how long I’ve wanted to write this story (answer: forever). I’ve been toying with the pieces, trying to figure out the right way assemble them—but it wasn’t until this past fall that I finally figured out how to achieve the ~epic scope~ I was aiming for. As per usual, I needed to listen to my characters (Etta and Nicholas) and give into the temptation to go for it 100%. The “Outlander meets Time Bandits” pitch translates to swoony, complicated romance** + thrilling adventure through different time periods.
ADVENTURE, FANTASY, ROMANCE, HISTORYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!
More details to come! We have not yet scratched the surface of my love for this project! Obviously I’m hard at work on book 3 and it is my #1 boo… but this is coming next, and I’m super excited to keep working with the Hyperion gang who are, indeed, the cat’s meow.
What do you think? I told you it was different :)
** Nicholas is not a Scottish lad, m’afraid, and this has nothing to do with standing stones or the Jacobite uprising… but he’s just as capable of making the ladies (and certain gents, I should think!) weak in the knees.
Y’all should go congratulation Alex, stat. This new duology sounds incredible!!
That’s Frozen, as in my BOOK. Not the movie.
Preorder a copy of Frozen (hardcover or ebook) by 4/14/14, and I’ll send you some cool swag no matter where you live. You’ll also be entered to win an awesome grand prize bundle of books and other goodness. Full details on my blog.
The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love. Boys want to be important. Boys have hopes and fears and dreams and ambitions. What boys also have is a sexist society in which they are belittled for “liking girl stuff.” Male is neutral, female is specific.
I heard someone mention that Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON would be great for boys, but they’d never read it with that cover. Friends, then the problem is NOT with the book. It’s with the society that’s raising that boy. It’s with the community who inculcated that boy with the idea that he can’t read a book with an attractive guy on the cover.
Here’s how we solve the OMG SO MANY GIRLS IN YA problem: quit treating women like secondary appendages. Quit treating women’s art like it’s a niche, novelty creation only for girls. Quit teaching boys to fear the feminine, quit insisting that it’s a hardship for men to have to relate to anything that doesn’t specifically cater to them.
Because if I can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and want to grow up to be an archaeologist, there’s no reason at all that a boy shouldn’t be able to read THE DEMON’S LEXICON with its cover on. My friends, sexism doesn’t just hurt women, and our young men’s abysmal rate of attraction to literacy is the proof of it.
If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:
Become a feminist.
She was finally beginning to understand what her mother had meant — how opening up can make you vulnerable.
Erin Bowman, Stolen (via quoted-books)
Sometimes, I just want to give Bree a hug.