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World of Wakanda: A Review

World of Wakanda, Marvel (2016) Author: Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey Illustrator: Afua Richardson I picked up the World of Wakanda for a steal on my kindle. I’m not a big graphic novel reader and I never read comics as a … Continue Reading

Diverse YA Fiction from Micro-Presses, a Review of Willow Born

Check out this review @Booklist Online by the inimitable Zara Rix. Reviews matter so much for indie authors and traditional authors too. If you’re trying to break into the school or library market there are rules about the number of … Continue Reading

25 Back to School Writing Prompts

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15 Diverse Books for Teens to Assign this School Year

The school year is about to begin and I always get requests from teachers for books to add to their reading lists. Others haven’t figured out yet that those old dusty 1982 explorations of life in an idyllic Iowa suburb … Continue Reading

Virtual Author Visits Are Lit…erary!

I’m booking author visits for the Fall and I really want to engage with you. If you provide proof of purchase of 10 0r more copies of Willow Born I’ll schedule a visit with your book club or class for … Continue Reading

Buy, Borrow, Burn: Pride Edition

Pride month just wrapped and I wanted to recommend some of my favorite YA books with LGBT characters. One you should buy NOW, one you should borrow from the library and the other you should avoid at all costs and … Continue Reading

Review: Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note

The Secret of a Heart Note By: Stacey Lee Hardcover, 373 pages Published January 26th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books Mim comes from a long line of aromateurs, some people call them love witches. It’s not really magic so much … Continue Reading

ONYXCON is Going to Be Lit….erary!

My first signing of the year will be at ONYXCon! I’m so excited and I want to see all of you there. So what is ONYXCon? I’ll let them tell you: The largest convention in the Southeast celebrating the impact, … Continue Reading

Birthing Your Book Baby: Diverse Books Edition

So, today is my book birthday! Yay! Some of you have already pre-ordered my book so it’s popping up in you ereaders and for others it will soon pop up in your mailbox. I’m really excited about it and it has … Continue Reading

#iwriteincolor Twitterchat: Whitewashing

We had a great time and thank you to everyone who participated.   [View the story “#iwriteincolor Whitewashing Twitterchat” on Storify]