Sunday, December 14, 2014

Breaking Saint Jude

Guys! Okay, hi. So, my sister wrote this book titled Breaking Saint Jude It's filled with amazing words, amazing characters, and an amazing love interest. So, I guess what I need to know is: Why have you not pre-ordered this book? Haha but seriously this book is beyond epic. It is my favorite book of hers so far. So, let's talk about it. 

1. The cover is beautiful.

See? Beautiful!

2. In its pages reside a chain smoker, a computer hacker, a drug dealer, a taxidermist who may or may not look like he belongs in a Tim Burton movie, and two teenage guys who make the best LGBT couple in the world. 

3. A brotherhood of misfits (see above!) who aren't your typical game hunters who have an underground 'lair'.

4. Yes, it is a contemporary novel! 

5. It will make you want to collect colors of the rainbow in the form of broken glass.

So, you should go pre-order it (or make sure you get it when it comes out on January 14th!) and see how all of this comes together to make one of the most beautiful stories ever. 


When sixteen-year-old Jude Calvert sets out to steal stained glass from a broken cathedral window, he finds more than shards of red. He finds Max Rangel - his eye candy from his new LGBT support group - hauling a giraffe carcass across an abandoned part of town with a pack of guys. And he still accepts Max's dinner invite a few days later.

Still, animal lover Jude can't get the giraffe out of his mind. It doesn't take long for him to confront Max, who gives him partial answers and introduces him to a secret brotherhood of not-so-typical game hunters. Unable to tell his mom (the savior of black cats everywhere) or his dad (the zoo's head veterinarian) and unwilling to go back to his overbearing therapist, Jude quickly finds himself sucked into the underground world of taxidermy, theft, and drug deals.

At first, he's willing to do anything for the brotherhood just because he's so thankful to belong to someone again after serious drama with his ex-clique and ex-boyfriend. But when his underground life collides with his life above, he realizes he may have bitten off more than even the biggest animal can chew.


Monday, December 8, 2014

LGBT Books vs. Slash FanFiction

As the sister of an author who writes LGBT books, I feel the need to write this post. It really bothers me when people are 100% against reading an LGBT book but will read slash fanfiction of their favorite male characters banging the heck out of each other. If you're against LGBT in real life and against LGBT in fiction no matter the type of fiction, this post does not include you in what I am saying.

 You are entitled to have an opinion, but please don't be a hypocrite about it. I once heard a girl say 'Oh no, it is totally wrong for guys to make out and be in love...unless they're hot. Then that's okay.' So, ugly LGBT people aren't allowed to find love? That's how her statement sounded to me when I heard it.

Let me state that I get the thing with slash fanfiction. You already know these characters and love them, so it's easier for you to jump in and love them in a fanfic. The thing is, you could easily love new characters in new books who have an actual shot of falling in love. What I absolutely do not understand is how the same people who will go read Edward/Jacob fanfic with them doing all kinds of sexual things to each other will curl their noses when it comes to an LGBT book that is not a fanfic. Girls all around the world ship Larry Stylinson and will get on Wattpad and read every fic about Louis and Harry they can find, but they refuse to read an LGBT book because 'it has people of the same sex kissing.' OMG. Uhm, I'm not sure when I missed the announcement where Harry or Louis told the fans that he was a girl. If you happened to see it, please leave the link in the comments section below.

I fall in love with new characters all the time. I ship characters like you wouldn't believe. I am the reason Darby McMillon's (Kids In Love) sister has a boyfriend because I shipped 'Maxel' like you wouldn't believe. BUT, the first Nikki Godwin characters I shipped were Micah and Ridge. Micah Youngblood (Falling From the Sky) was her first love interest ever (and OMG at the love). I would like to say now that there is no sex in FFTS, and it is a very clean LGBT book. So, if you're looking for steamy sex scenes between two guys, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a good book with well-developed characters and a good love story, this is most definitely the book for you.

The point of this whole post is basically this – Don't be a hypocrite. Like I said above: If you're against LGBT in real life and against LGBT in fiction no matter the type of fiction, this post does not include you in what I am saying.

To everyone else: Be open to read LGBT books if you enjoy slash fiction of your favorite characters in other books. Don't be the girl who says "It's okay only if they're hot." Please, PLEASE don't be that girl (or guy.)


If you're not sure how you feel about reading an LGBT book, then Falling From the Sky is a good book to find out with. It doesn't throw the LGBT thing in your face. The relationship slowly grows throughout the book and warms you up to the idea of these two boys being together.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Let's talk about Sex in YA books.

Today I turned on my Kindle and decided to look for a few new books to add to my 'To Be Read' list. I'm a sucker for a good love story, but I'd prefer my story to have a plot alongside it as well. I typed in 'YA Romance' into my search bar and it automatically suggested that I add 'with sex'. This really, really irked me. It irked me that so many people have searched for young adult novels that have sex in them that it would automatically assume that I wanted it in the stories I read as well.  I don't.

Now, let me make myself clear, I am not bashing on books that have explicit scenes it them, but I don't think that authors should add them into every single book they write. I am so, so, so sick of books that are just porn without plot. There are a lot of books with nothing but verbally abusive boyfriends wanting to have sex with the main every chapter! Seriously, enough is enough!

Teen pregnancy is a serious issue in America now. I graduated with four teen moms. All of them were younger than I was. My friend got his fifteen year old girlfriend pregnant the year we were graduating. She now has two children by two different guys, and she's not even eighteen yet. Teenagers are beginning to think it's okay to go around and have sex as much as they want, and we are constantly promoting that to our audiences.

I'm twenty-one years old. I'm not some mother or grandmother who thinks the media is poisoning my child/grandchild's brain. I'm a little sister and a big sister. My little sister is sixteen years old, and I constantly worry about her getting pregnant or catching an STD. I don't know if she's having sex with the guys she's dating. I don't live with her or monitor her. What I do know is that movies, books, and songs promote sex like it's some shiny thing that everyone should be doing all the freaking time. My sister listens to music, she watches movies, and she will occasionally crack open a book. My little sister is being exposed to it every day of her life. Your brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, and friends are being exposed to it every day.

Do my characters have sex? Yes, I do have a FADE TO BLACK scene in my book Behind the Wooden Door, but if you want to pretend they didn't have sex, go right ahead. You can do that, and it will not hurt my feelings at all. In Mutilate My Heart, I have a scene where my main characters get a little too close, but they don't do anything. They pull back and are like 'OMG I'm an idiot.' That is very paraphrased, but you get the point. I don't have explicit scenes in my books because I want parents to feel comfortable handing my books to their children/grandchildren. I don't want any teenagers getting it in their head that it's totally cool to go sleep with a guy they just met because they read it in one of my books.

I have heard authors say things like 'the only way any of our books are going to sell is if we add a lot of sex to them.' Uhm... I'd rather not sell books than to have to make my books filled with raunchy, explicit scenes. I don’t 'talk dirty' to my boyfriends because that is the most awkward thing in the world to me... and slightly disgusting.

Authors, let's stop promoting that it's totally okay to sleep with a guy you barely know and that sex is the way to make a guy love you/stay with you. If a guy (or girl) only wants you for sex, you're better off without them.  Promote love that doesn’t have to rely on a physical relationship to keep it afloat.