15th Apr 2013
Litchgates by S.M. Boyce

Letter M: Mary or Melkizadek? Let’s discuss crazy names in YA fiction (with S.M. Boyce)

Hey guys! I’m S. M. Boyce (call me Boyce)—fantasy author of the young adult Grimoire Saga. I’ve been invited over to chat about unique names in novels, particularly young adult....

13th Apr 2013
L – Live and Learn, because what teenager really knows everything?

L – Live and Learn, because what teenager really knows everything?

Today’s A to Z challenge is brought to you by the letter L! One of my favorite things about writing for the younger crowd is that I sometimes have to...

12th Apr 2013

K – Kilograms vs. pounds … or while vs. whilst. How authentic should we be?

Did you ever watch the movie How to Train a Dragon? It’s actually one of my favorite movies. BUT! I have a big problem in how it was ‘cast’. Cast?...

10th Apr 2013
After Dark by Emi Gayle (which is me!!)

I – means first person perspective

Ever read a book, open the pages and feel like the narrator is telling you HIS or HER story? That’s the first person perspective in writing. If you open a...

09th Apr 2013

The letter H is for ‘hung’. Do you know what that word *really* means?

There are four letters in the word hung. There are four letters in the word cool. They have never changed. But the meaning certainly has. At least if you’re between...

08th Apr 2013
Goddess Girls - Pheme the Gossip

Letter G : Gossip, gossip, gossip — “Goddess Girls : Pheme the Gossip” Are you or are you not

Goddess Girls #10 – Pheme the Gossip Get to know Goddess Girl Pheme…the original “gossip girl”! As the goddess girl of rumor and gossip, Pheme prides herself on being “in...

06th Apr 2013

F is for … well what other than the F word? How many are we offending by using it?

F is for … well what other than the F word? Yes, yes, I’m talking about that word. That word. And since we’re talking about YA novels, let’s talk about...

05th Apr 2013

E is for the Elephant in the room

You’ve heard the expression “the elephant in the room, right?” According to Wikipedia, this means: “Elephant in the room” is an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is...

04th Apr 2013

The letter D: is for Dog. Every book should include at least one animal. Yes? No? Maybe so?

More on the A to Z challenge today! There’s nothing like a good dog right? Loads of movies feature dogs as ‘man’s best friend’ and that applies to YA fiction,...

03rd Apr 2013
Young Adult movie with Charlize Theron

The letter C – Just because you CAN doesn’t mean you should. Right?

Right? Isn’t that the old saying? Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Examples in young adult literature: – drugs – swearing – sex – violence One could argue...

02nd Apr 2013
Mean Girls Movie Poster from Wikipedia

The letter B – brought to you by backstabbing b**ches … are they real and necessary in YA books?

So as I said, this is post #2 in the A to Z Challenge. This one though, is more a philosophical question about young adult books. I know there’s been...

01st Apr 2013
A To Z Challenge

Letter A : it’s not for adultery … no, not at all.

Today begins the 26 day, A to Z challenge. What is this? It’s a 26 day blog challenge. That means, for 26 days, in April, I will be blogging. I’ve...