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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

If You Loved That, You'll Love This - Korean Edition with Axie Oh + GIVEAWAY: Win 5 Copies of Rebel Seoul!

Another round of recommendations! This time I had the pleasure of hosting Axie Oh, author of the upcoming YA Sci-Fi REBEL SEOUL, pitched as Pacific Rim meets Korean drama. 

Hi everyone! Excited to share some of my favorite Korean American and Korean authors with you in this awesome Bookavid feature. I really enjoyed “f/f recommendations with Julia Ember”, so very thrilled to be invited! Here we go:

If you love Daniel José Older's SHADOWSHAPER
Then you'll love Ellen Oh's PROPHECY

Both of these books are fast-paced adventures with courageous heroines chasing after their destinies. They're rooted strongly in their settings—modern Brooklyn in SHADOWSHAPER and ancient Korea in PROPHECY. And each integrates culture into their world building in both a macro- and micro- level. For example, with PROPHECY, on a macro-level, it’s set in a fantasy Korea and has Korean names and places. But on a micro-level the details are distinct and specific. The rhythm of the language, the interactions between the characters, who the characters are—their desires and fears—all contribute to building a world that feels like ancient Korea (but with magic)!

If you love  Jenny Han's TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE
Then you'll love Maurene Goo's I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE

This pairing might be a little obvious, but I can't help myself! Other than having very long (adorable) titles, both of these books are feel good contemporaries with realistic high school experiences and just the right amount of K-drama flair to give it that extra *gochujang (this was a really bad joke, sorry). Both books were featured on the popular Korean drama blog DRAMABEANS, here and here, because of their fun homage to K-dramas. Definitely two books close to my heart.

If you love Neil Gaiman’s TRIGGER WARNING
Then you'll love Yoon Ha Lee’s CONSERVATION OF SHADOWS

CONSERVATION OF SHADOWS may very well be my favorite short story collection. Like Gaiman, Lee's writing is literary, weird, gorgeous and imaginative. My favorite short story in this collection, “Effigy Nights,” was a 2014 nominee for the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story. The story itself is…indescribable, but in short, it’s about a city of artisans under attack by enemy starships. The only way for them to repel the attack is by summoning soldiers from books of legend by cutting them out from paper with scissors. Amazing, right? Other elements in his short stories include: mecha, necromancy, Korean history, mathematics and black holes.

If you love Lauren Oliver’s DELIRIUM
Then you'll love Gabrielle Zevin’s ALL THESE THINGS I'VE DONE

Both of these books are literary dystopias with great characters and writing. Like DELIRIUM, the world in ALL THESE THINGS I’VE DONE is similar to our own but for one disparate element i.e. love is outlawed in the world of DELIRIUM and chocolate is outlawed in the world of ATTID. Both books are written like contemporaries, but that added element gives them a fantasy-edge to keep things interesting. I've been a fan of Zevin's work since high school, but ATTID is a personal favorite. It’s set in a run-down New York where chocolate (the drug of choice) is outlawed. The heroine of the novel, Anya Balanchine, is the heiress to New York’s most notorious crime family. At the same time, she’s juggling Catholic school and nursing a flirtation with the new assistant DA’s son.

If you love Erin Morgenstern’s THE NIGHT CIRCUS 
Then you'll love Ha Il-Kwon’s ANNARASUMANARA

ANNARASUMANARA is a webtoon set in Korea about Yun Ai, an 11th grade student whose hardships have left her embittered. Still, as a young girl, she used to want to be a magician. When she stumbles upon an abandoned circus, a mysterious magician appears before her and asks, “Do you believe in magic?” The story goes from there and it’s enchanting.

Both THE NIGHT CIRCUS and ANNARASUMANARA follow a loose plot with gorgeous imagery (visual and textual images in the case of ANNARASUMANARA). They both center in and around a circus and are told in vignette-like chapters. The main difference is that THE NIGHT CIRCUS is fantasy, while ANNARASUMANARA is magical realism.

Axie Oh is a first generation Korean American, born in NYC and raised in New Jersey. She studied Korean history and creative writing as an undergrad at the University of California – San Diego and is currently pursuing an MFA at Lesley University in Writing for Young People. Her passions include K-pop, anime, stationery supplies, and milk tea. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her puppy, Toro.
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REBEL SEOUL, out on September 15th 2017 with Tu Books

"After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past and prove himself a loyal soldier of the Neo State.

When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the government’s supersoldier project. Tera was trained for one purpose: to pilot one of the lethal God Machines, massive robots for a never-ending war.

With secret orders to report on Tera, Jaewon becomes Tera’s partner, earning her reluctant respect. But as respect turns to love, Jaewon begins to question his loyalty to an oppressive regime that creates weapons out of humans. As the project prepares to go public amidst rumors of a rebellion, Jaewon must decide where he stands—as a soldier of the Neo State, or a rebel of the people.

Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas in this mind-blowing, New Visions Award-winning science fiction debut."

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

2 year Blogoversary MASSIVE #Giveaway! Win $60 Worth of Books and Learn About my Blog Statistics

I can't believe it but my blog is turning 2 today! 

Thank you so much to all the viewers, commenters, and followers. I wouldn't still be blogging with such joy if it weren't for you guys!

Let's take a look at the past 2 years:
  • I've reviewed 200+ books
  • Hit 200,000 page views
  • Published nearly 300 posts
  • Written about 500 posts

I've also launched four original features (and countless original posts):

Book Blogging Etiquette, in which I teach newbie bloggers the unwritten rules of blogging. (4 posts)

Book Blogging Tips, in which I let you in on the tips and tricks I use to make blogging easier (45 posts)

You're A Terrible Blogger Because You Don't Post Every Day
Do You Actually Review Unsolicited ARCs?
How I Pick Which Books I Request for Review
Review Copies Are Not Free Books
Dramatic Changes I Made that Ended Up Improving My Blog
No Comments on Book Reviews?
How Often Should You Post per Week?

YA Talk, in which I chat with you guys about all things ya-lit (16 posts)

and of course my latest one and my baby, #DiversityBoost, in which I highlight and boost diverse authors and diverse books!

Here's the announcement Introducing #DiversityBoost: I'll be promoting and boosting #ownvoices and #diverse Authors! 

And the first post! 20 Exciting 2016/17 YA Books by Black Women

These are my most viewed posts:

Requesting Review Copies from Publishers | Book Blogging Tips #1
Recommendation: Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) - Zoraida Córdova: Witches, Latinx, and Demons
Introducing #DiversityBoost: I'll be promoting and boosting #ownvoices and #diverse Authors! | Blog News

...and all thanks to you guys!

So long story short, here's the promised giveaway with lots of options to enter through a lot of different social media platforms.

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Thanks so much for sticking around, guys. It means a lot.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Behind the Scenes: The Book Deal with Kate Brauning, Author of How We Fall | First Chapter & Giveaway:

I'm so happy to be here on The Bookavid today with Jen!

I've got an international Goodreads giveaway and the first chapter you can read below, and then I'm talking about some behind the scenes stuff-- how the book deal for How We Fall happened. Since it was my first book deal as an author, it was all new to me, and it's been interesting, now that I'm an editor on the other side of the desk acquiring books from authors myself, to see the differences in how all it can happen.

About the Book:
How We FallEver since Jackie moved to her uncle's sleepy farming town, she's been flirting way too much--and with her own cousin, Marcus. Her friendship with him has turned into something she can't control, and he's the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left one knows where.

Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are searching for her body. Swamped with guilt and the knowledge that acting on her love for Marcus would tear their families apart, Jackie pushes her cousin away. The plan is to fall out of love, and, just as she hoped he would, Marcus falls for the new girl in town. But something isn't right about this stranger, and Jackie's suspicions about the new girl's secrets only drive the wedge deeper between Jackie and Marcus.

Then Marcus is forced to pay the price for someone else's lies as the mystery around Ellie's disappearance starts to become horribly clear. Jackie has to face terrible choices. Can she leave her first love behind, and can she go on living with the fact that she failed her best friend?

Read Chapter 1!

The Book Deal

I signed with my agent, Carlie Webber, after an R&R with her where she gave me some editorial notes on ways to deepen the story. She liked my revisions, and offered representation. We did one more round of revisions on the book after she signed me, which took from September to shortly before Christmas. During December, my agent put together the list of editors and imprints she wanted to submit the book to, and right after the holidays we went on submission. 

I was so nervous about going on submission. I think it's a law that you have to be nervous, actually-- especially with the first book. Each time an editor wrote back to my agent, I felt like that editor held my fate in his or her hands. The first few passes (kind, but still) crushed me. But after getting three or four, I figured that it was just going to keep happening, and I'd heard the industry was full of rejection even for multi-published authors. So I got a little tougher, and kept reminding myself that so much about books was subjective, and that I just needed to find someone who would love it. And honestly, I was really fortunate with this first book.

The Offer
After we'd been on submission for about six weeks, Jacquelyn Mitchard at Merit Press (F&W Media) called my agent at 7am on a Saturday and said she'd read the book almost overnight and loved it, and that the publisher loved it, too. It was early morning my time, so I woke up to an email a few hours later that I had to re-read, because I couldn't quite believe it. I called Carlie, and she told me I officially had a pre-empt offer. She hammered out the deal points with Jackie while I made my decision. I decided to accept, because it was a great offer, and the team both loved the book and seemed able to support it well. My agent agreed.

Once we accepted the offer, Merit starting drafting the contract, and then my agent and my new editor went back and forth over the contract language. It took almost two months from the offer until the contract was announced and I could announce that my book would be published. The waiting was tough, because I was so eager to announce, but I know a lot of authors who have had to wait longer, and mine happened so quickly that adjusting to all the change was the bigger issue! And of course, once I could announce, it made all the waiting worth it to see my manuscript becoming a real book.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

How We Fall by Kate Brauning

How We Fall

by Kate Brauning

Giveaway ends November 30, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Author Bio: Kate Brauning grew up in rural Missouri and fell in love with young adult books in college. She now works in publishing and pursues her lifelong dream of telling stories she'd want to read. This is her first novel.

Visit her online at or on Twitter at @KateBrauning.
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Thursday, October 1, 2015

How to Leave a Bad First Impression With Your Blog | Book Blogging Tips (#19)

The first impression is vital. Within seconds most readers decide whether they want to stay and follow or just click onto the next blog.

There are a few ways to ensure that you'll lose a good chunk of potential readers - without doing anything. 

I compiled a few things that I know bother not only me but quite a few people when they discover new blogs.

  • Incredibility
You just love everything you read. 5 Stars for all the books!! You just can't contain your enthusiasm for EVERY book that you read.

  • Giveaways and Book Blitzes
Doing some of them is fine. When you favorite authors are hosting giveaways for their new releases it can be a nice treat for your readers to inform them of that. But just posting the links to Rafflecopter giveaways that you aren't hosting .... ? Yeah, I probably won't follow you. Ever.

  • Ignoring all comments
Having a blog is hard, we all know that. Sometimes you don't find the time to reply to all comments, but never? Really? Why do you think should anyone bother to comment if you won't talk to them?

  • Too many ads
Yeah, I know that we all have to make a living somehow. But unless you're one of the big names out there, it won't financially cripple you to take two out of the ten advertisements on your blog down. While you're at it, delete the pop-out, no matter what it says.

  • Copy-Cat Syndrome
Wait... didn't I just see the exact same post on another blog? If plagiarism is an alien concept to you and you take the word inspiration literally and steal other people's posts - well, I'm not interested in reading your blog.

  • Terrible theme and a cluttered side bar
It just messes up the first impression. If you use Comic Sans as a script and showcase your 32739 fandom banners and your blog design is a mess, what am I supposed to expect from the content of your blog? Less is more, my friend.

What ruins the first impression of a blog for you?

Come back next Thursday for a new Book Blogging Tips Post!


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