Summer Book Conventions: El recaps BookExpo America & BookCon 2018!

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Better late than never, eh?

This year I attended the final day of BookExpo America (BEA) and the two days of BookCon, which took place from June 1-3 in New York City.

This is book-lovers’ paradise– a massive convention hall filled with publishers. And most of them are really eager to sell (or give away) their upcoming releases.

But before I get to the exciting part– the ARCs, of course! (and maybe a giveaway of my own…?)– I want to share some of my experiences from the Cons.

Check it out. And don’t forget to read to the end of the post, where you might find some awesome surprises.

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Top of the Stack: March 2018

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JLR Top of the Stack

Spring is finally on the way (or fall, for our antipodean friends), and we’re looking forward to rain on the windows, flowers blooming, and lots of exciting new books! So it’s time again for our Top of the Stack!

Here are our most anticipated releases of March!

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Top of the Stack: December 2017

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JLR Top of the Stack

2017 is drawing to a close, but there are still tons of great books to read before we ring in 2018! So it’s time again for our Top of the Stack!

The weather is growing chilly and grey (unless you’re in the Southern hemisphere, you lucky ducks), and it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book and a warm drink. So here are our most anticipated reads of December… go forth and add to your TBRs!

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El Goes to Comic Con! (and gives away some of the books she got.)

A few weeks ago, I attended San Diego Comic Con for… oh, the eleventh year? Something like that. In some ways, I feel like a stereotypical old lady, shakin’ my cane and reminiscing about “back in the old days”. SDCC has evolved pretty drastically since I started attending, for better or worse, but that means every year is a new adventure! And this year I was joined for two days by JL’s very own DMac, who went on many Book Related AdventuresTM with me!

Here’s a broad overview of What I Did At Comic Con. More is to come, including some pretty damn cool surprises.

(And oh, by the way, I’m giving away some SDCC swag at the end. Y’know, if you’re into that sort of thing. AKA FREE BOOKS.)

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Interview with Leigh Barudgo, author of “Six of Crows” and “Wonder Woman: Warbringer”! (Plus an amazing WONDER WOMAN GIVEAWAY!)

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Today we’re talking with Leigh Bardugo, author of the bestselling Six of Crows series, the Grisha series, and the upcoming novels, Wonder Woman: Warbringer and The Language of Thorns. And for fans of Leigh’s books, read through to the end for a really amazing giveaway!

Hi Leigh, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today!

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TRANS BOOK MONTH: By Trans For Trans, by B R Sanders

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As part of Trans Book Month on Just Love, in which we are highlighting trans literature, we have invited several authors to share some of their thoughts with us. Please welcome B R Sanders who’s kicking off these guest posts today…


By Trans For Trans

This is a famous quote from Toni Morrison that has guided my writing career:

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

I love this quote. It is a guiding star, particularly for those of us writers who are marginalized. One of the main reasons I started writing fiction was precisely because I so rarely saw representations of people like myself in the genres I most often read: I wanted to read more fantasy and science fiction about transgender people. And I wanted the trans people in these stories to just be people. I wanted to read about trans people living full lives. I wanted to read about them making choices and struggling with things beyond their trans identity.

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