Girl Mans Up Book Launch Events!

September 6, 2016 is when Girl Mans Up hits shelves (have you added it to Goodreads yet?!). That is SO soon. It feels like a really, really long time coming—in fact, there have been a few people who thought GMU was already published, and that I’m gearing up for the release of a second novel. Not yet! This is still all about the release of my debut novel, and I’m getting so pumped to celebrate it with people who can be there with me.

So…are you in or around Toronto and/or Durham Region in the beginning of September 2016? Because I’d like to invite you to one or both of the book launch events scheduled for GMU!

The book will be $19.99 + tax if paying by credit card, or $20 even if paying cash.

Launch #1: Toronto

  • Thursday, September 1, 2016
  • 7:30-9pm
  • Glad Day Bookshop’s new location at 499 Church St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Facebook event link

GMU Toronto Launch Flyer

Launch #2: Durham Region

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2016
  • 7-9pm
  • Ajax Public Library–Main Branch–Rotary Room B (55 Harwood Ave. South, Ajax, Ontario, Canada)
  • Facebook event link

GMU Durham Launch Flyer

I hope to see you there! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Girl Mans Up Earns a Kirkus Star!

Okay. So.

A few days ago, I was incredibly thrilled and giddy over the fact that Girl Mans Up was included in Barnes & Noble’s blog list 22 of Our Most Anticipated LGBTQ YA Novels of the Second Half of 2016.ย The blog was written by Dahlia Adler, an influential voice in the queer literary world, and I was completely overjoyed to read her review of GMU.

“I have to admit to not realizing how necessary this book was until I read it, not just for featuring a solid, healthy, romantic relationship between two girls for about the longest stretch Iโ€™ve ever seen in a Girl Mans Up CoverYA novel, but as a study of gender and sexuality and how they meet and clash in ways I havenโ€™t seen on the page before.”

It is so humbling and motivating to see your little book—a book that isn’t even out yet!—be included in such a list.

And today…another super exciting thing happened:

Kirkus Reviews has awarded GMU one of its prestigious stars. I mean…what?!

A bit of context here: Kirkus Reviews is a longstanding American book review trade publication. I hear they are regarded as an authoritative voice in the literary world, and notoriously tough on reviews. Their star is said to be awarded to about 10% of the books they review each year, which, according to their website, go to books of “exceptional merit.”

And Girl Mans Up got a star.

I can’t believe I’m typing this.

“A strong genderqueer lesbian character, imperfect, independent, and deserving of every cheer.”

I am totally stuck between “floored” and “giddy.” This is a huge validation. Its a mega motivator. It’s absolutely amazing. I’m super critical of anything I create (aren’t we all), but I worked my ass off on this book, and I’m so proud of what it grew to become. When you’re kind of lost in #AmWriting hell, getting this piece of good news is everything. It makes me think that maybe I could do this again. Maybe even better on the second try? Stay tuned, I guess! ๐Ÿ˜›

I celebrated this moment by ordering pizza. I’m not a fancy girl at all. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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