It’s so exciting to be writing (and reading) LGBTQ young adult literature right now. For so long, YA books with gay content were not only few and far between, they were extremely didactic and disavowing, often presenting homosexuality as an issue that had to be dealt with and frequently punished.
I think I might’ve frightened my editor a little when I first sent him an email about Silent, starting with the line: “This one is not grammar check’s friend.” Having worked with me on Social Skills, he was used to my insistence that he teach me about any corrections made to the grammar so I could learn for the future, because, like most people, I just hate making mistakes. He knew I liked big, beautiful and sometimes old-fashioned words (though some of those ended up on the cutting room floor even with SS) and that whenever it sounded natural to a reader’s ear, I’d want “proper” grammar to prevail.
“YOU are going to come and help me at the church tomorrow afternoon, aren’t you, Adam?”
Adam Matthew Jameson swallowed the steak in his mouth and looked at his mother from across the dining room table. Margaret Jameson was a beautiful woman for her age. She was very thin and her features very delicate; her skin was pale, as if she did not spend much time in the sun. Today, her shiny blonde hair was pulled back into a tight bun, and she was wearing a blue floral-print dress that brought out the color in her eyes.
Hello everyone! My name is Sophie Bonaste and I am the author of The Sacrifices We Make This novel is my first venture into the world of publication and I am very proud of it. The YA M/M book was released by Harmony Ink Press on October 3rd. But before I keep talking about me and my book, I want to thank Jamie for allowing me to be here today.
Reading, at its best, is an enthralling experience and our stories stay with readers long after they close our books. Or, we hope they do. Readers first select genre, then further censor leisure-reading material by reading the blurb, sometimes the first chapter on line and, in a bookstore, often read the ending of a book. If the book speaks of a topic that makes us feel uncomfortable, goes against our beliefs, contains things we don’t believe can happen, or touches on an experience too personal or emotional to revisit, readers are likely to turn away from it. Similarly, if a book doesn’t contain a happy ending, the book may not be for that reader.
This week’s winner, who will receive a signed print copy of Just Between Us, the fantastic new novel by J.H. Trumble, is…Marie! Congrats, Marie. I found this such an emotional read, and I really hope you enjoy it.
When you know who you really are, sometimes you have to stand up for yourself. Sometimes the people you fight are enemies, but sometimes they’re members of your own family.
By Wednesday morning, there’s no denying I’m run down. I’m achy, tired. The fever is in its fourth day, and I promised Dad. I make an appointment at the health center for late morning. Maybe I can get a vitamin shot or at least some assurance that this fever has just about run its course.
J.H. Trumble isn’t afraid to tackle difficult subjects, as anyone familiar with her work will know, and this latest novel is no exception. We’ve all made mistakes, done or said things we wish we could go back and change. More often than not, we’re given the chance to learn from our mistakes and move on, but for one of the heroes in Just Between Us, it isn’t so simple. A few months of recklessness ends up jeopardizing everything he values—his college education, the boy he loves, even his life.