Sunday, September 30, 2012
With or Without You Giveaway Ends at midnight!!
The last day of September finds me coaching fall baseball for 14 & 15 yr old boys, celebrating a niece's 16th birthday and enjoying the unseasonal 80 degree weather in Minnesota. So many reasons to celebrate September and to celebrate Brian Farrey, the Minnesota author in the spotlight this month.
Today is the last day to enter to win Brian Farrey's thought provoking book, With or Without You.
Click here to enter: With or Without You contest
Please check out my book review of With or Without You. Brian Farrey has created a well written young adult novel this is like nothing I have ever read before. It is unique, fast paced and shocking. With or Without You is a endearing love story, a mystery and a work of art.
Book Review: With or Without You
Check out the author interview with Brian Farrey. He tells readers what inspired his book and talks a little bit about his day job as an editor for Flux. He also talks about his new book and his reaction when he won the Minnesota book award this Spring. It will make you smile!
Brian Farrey Author Interview
Please read the guest post Brian wrote on his job as an editor and some of his favorite young adult authors and their books. I personally added three new books to my "to be read" pile and can't wait to read them.
Brian Farrey Guest Post
As September ends, I would like to thank Brian Farrey for being the September Minnesota Author in the Spotlight here on Booksnob. He is an excellent, creative writer and I am so glad I had this chance to work with him. Thanks to my friend Michele, for bringing my attention to Brian's amazing novel. Please visit Brian at his website http://www.brianfarreybooks.com/ and make sure you find some time to read his books.
Brian Farrey is the Minnesota Author in the Spotlight here on Booksnob for the month of September. Brian has written a thought provoking book called With or Without You. Please take a minute to read this super awesome interview so you can find out the inspiration behind the book as well as other cool stuff about Brian.
us a little bit about yourself?
inspired you to write With or Without You?
I found early on that I was interested in writing about change and its effect on people: How it occurs, how it affects us, when we embrace it, when we fight it, etc. And as I played around with the idea of change, I started thinking about those forces that can change people on a massive scale. I kept coming back to two such forces in particular: art and AIDS. So I set out to find a place where these elements intersected in a young man’s life, and that’s where the book came from.
an author puts some of his own life experiences in the book. Did you do that? Do you have anything in common with your
and AIDS was once a disease that made national headlines. Do you think that sexually active people
have forgotten the risks?
your book With or Without You, characters Evan and Davis join a group
called the Chasers. Is this a real
group that people can join today?
- Do you
have any advice for GLBTQ teens reading your book?
- Do you
like to read? What authors or books
- I know
you have a new book set to release in October, can you tell us a little
bit about it?
or Without You won the MN teen book award this year. What was your reaction when they called
us in one sentence why we should read With or Without You?
If you would like to win a copy of Brian's book, With or Without You, please enter here:
Saturday, September 29, 2012
I would like to introduce Brian Farrey to BookSnob readers. Brian is an excellent Young Adult author and he is currently the Author in the Spotlight here for the month of September. His book With or Without You won the Minnesota book award in the Spring for best YA fiction. He has written a guest post about his "cool" job as a editor for Flux.
Brian Farrey Guest Post
As an editor who acquires young adult fiction, I’m required to keep my thumb firmly on the pulse of the market. In short, I have to read lots and lots of YA books.
I’m sure you feel massive waves of pity for this horrendous burden I bear.
I still feel an odd thrill to peruse the bookshelves and discover a writer, a new voice who I think is doing something really interesting within the genre. Too often, when people talk about trends in YA, they mean “the next big thing.” Vampires? Werewolves? Radioactive gnomes with rocket launchers on their backs? Frankly, it’s all hooey. The next big thing will always—ALWAYS—be strong writing that resonates. In particular, the next big thing will be people doing new and interesting things.
So I thought I’d discuss a few writers and books I feel are exploring the genre’s potentially in really vibrant ways. (I won’t be discussing any of the authors I’ve acquired because that would be like asking me which of my children are my favorite and I can’t do that.)
Thanks Brian! I have not read any of these books so I plan to add them to holiday wish list.
Friday, September 28, 2012
With or Without You opens with a beating and the shock of it immediately draws you into the story. Two teens on their way home from school get beat up by local school bullies. They are singled out for being gay. Evan and Davis are best friends who have wanted to fit in all their lives. For each of them the summer after high school graduation is a time of change and of growing up.
Before they head off to college, Davis is forced out of his family home and moves into the Rainbow Youth Center. Here he learns about a group of young gay men called the Chasers and he joins with strong need to gain acceptance and influential friends. Evan has a boyfriend named Eric that he has kept secret for over a year. He is an artist who is scared and largely ignored by his family and he is torn between his friendship with Davis and his love for Eric. Evan also joins the Chasers but realizes that something is not quite legitimate about this group and he lies to protect himself.
The Chasers are a group of gay men who actually set out to contract the HIV/AIDS virus. Calling it "The Gift". Evan has seen the reality of the disease and knows that they are being misled but is hopeless to stop it.
Farrey has created a well written young adult novel that is like nothing I have ever read before. It is unique, fast paced and shocking. With or Without You is a endearing love story, a mystery and a work of art. Mainly set in Madison, Wisconsin with the college town as a back drop, the story is realistic, multi-layered, news worthy and timely as it tackles issues many teens and adults deal with today.
Farrey is an excellent writer who paints with words and the result is a novel that is radiant!
Welcome to Blogfest 2012, the festival where you can visit many of the great blogs in the blogging world. Brought to you by Cinnamon of A Journey of Books.
I will be giving away one copy of my current favorite trilogy by Caragh O'Brien. The newest book in the Birthmarked series, Promised is set to be released on Oct 2nd. This contest is international. Please leave a comment stating which book in the series you want and if you prefer a paper or electronic copy. They are so good!
If you click on the image it will bring you to Amazon and a description of the book.
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Visit the next 5 blogs on the Blogfest list.
Ashlynn Monroe's Blog
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Welcome to Banned Book Week. In Honor of Banned Books Week and the freedom to read what you want, I am giving away one of the top ten banned books of 2011. This contest is international. In your comment please tell me which of the top ten books you want to read/win. If you click on the image it will bring you to Amazon and a description of the book.
#1 ttyl series.
#2 The Color of Earth series
#3 The Hunger Game series
#4 My Mom's Having a Baby
#5 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
#6 Alice series
#7 Brave New World
#8 What My Mother Doesn't Know
#9 Gossip Girl series
#10 To Kill a Mockingbird
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Game on. When Dennis was young he discovered Pac Man and it resulted in a passion for video games. He had a big plans for his life that included studying hard, finishing high school and college and then becoming a doctor. But like a video game, unforeseen difficulties come up to knock you out of the game and Dennis didn't foresee his dad's early death. Video games held the right amount of escape for Dennis and his grades began to suffer. He hit rock bottom when he got expelled from college.
He wakes up one day to find four pint sized angels have appeared to guide him back to sanity and to help get him back on the road to living his life.