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  1. Come See Me at #YALaunch—over the computer!

    November 6, 2014 by Kiersi

    There is so much stuff happening I can’t even begin to talk about it. But right here, right now, I’m going to try to scratch the surface by telling you about…



    Photo by Mircea

    Photo by Mircea

    What is #YALaunch? 

    #YALaunch is a really big party that you are invited to! Okay, so it’s quite a bit more than that. It’s a party that I will physically be attending in Omaha, and you’ll be attending via your computer screen—asking questions, participating in panels, and winning free books!

    What: #YAlaunch is a giant book party, with author panel discussions, games, & book giveaways.

    Why: To celebrate the launch of two new YA novels, and to promote reading, literacy, and other great authors.

    When: Monday November 10, 6-9pm (Central Standard Time)

    Who: Anyone who enjoys books. The party is family-friendly.

    Where: Online, live-streamed over video.  Click here for the link to the live-stream. To receive updates and to be entered for door prizes, please RSVP here at the Facebook event. Chat on Twitter about the party on the hashtag #YAlaunch.

    So, yeah, you heard me right—I’m going to be there, too! Along with a host of other fantastic YA authors. Here’s the line-up of cool people you’ll see appear on the video feed:

    Kate Brauning,  Entangled Publishing editor and YA author of How We Fall
    Nikki Urang, YA author of The Hit List
    Nicole Baart, New York Times bestselling author of The Beautiful Daughters (Atria 2015), Sleeping in Eden, & more
    Blair Thornburgh, Quirk Books editor and author
    Kiersi Burkhart, MG and YA author of the Second Chance Ranch series (ho ho, that’s me!)
    Alex Yuschik, YA author multipublished in poetry/literary journals
    Kelly Youngblood, faith writer and blogger
    Delia Moran, YA author
    Bethany Robison, YA author, Month9Books editor, and sports writer
    Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Legend of Sheba, the Books of Mortalsseries with Ted Dekker, and more).

    So if you’ve ever wondered what I look like, sound like, or (for heaven’s sake, save us all) act like in person, now’s your chance to find out! Join us on Monday, November 10, 6-9pm CST (for my West Coast people, that’s 4-7pm PST).

    And trust me when I say: I know how to party.

    Photo by JD Hancock

    Photo by JD Hancock

  2. The Big Book Giveaway Project

    October 29, 2013 by Kiersi


    I had to move recently–and it’s not really until you move that you realize exactly how much stuff you have.

    After dragging almost a dozen hulking, heavy book boxes up my steep (and somewhat perilous) outdoor stairs, it crossed my mind that I didn’t really have a place to put them. I jammed book upon book into any open shelving unit I could find, into crevices and in thick stacks where the back row was essentially bricked up and invisible, leaving no real space for my actual belongings.

    But that was all right. Up until then, books were the one thing that no one would ever criticize me for hoarding. I mean, I’m a writer, after all. Books are my life’s work. I read a lot. I buy books a lot. I buy them so I can review them as soon as they come out, to support authors–but mostly, just to have. And that was okay, because they were books. (more…)

  3. “New Adult” Books: Haters Gonna Hate

    January 1, 2013 by Kiersi

    Some actual New Adult books. Notice the absence of Harry Potter, Twilight or Fifty Shades.

    The Emerging New Adult Genre and Why CNN Hates It

    I’m not going to write an article about “New Adult” books, or what the “New Adult” genre includes, or even the debate over whether this term should actually exist. That’s a pretty boring discussion that I’ll let people like Liz Burns over at Tea Cozy bludgeon to death with a wall of text.

    What I do want to write about is the way the media has received the emergence of New Adult as a genre–and what has become an unwarranted, vitriolic attack on what real readers are reading.

    Jezebel is the worst offender. The first article published by Jezebel on New Adult came last month, titled “‘New Adult’ Is Now an Official Literary Genre Because Marketers Want Us To Buy Things.”

    It’s not that I don’t think marketing happens. Pixar’s Cars has action figures; Jelly Belly makes Harry Potter-themed jelly beans. But to claim an entire genre was “invented” by a skilled marketing department just to snare a narrow group of readers–I’m sorry, ma’am, but your logic is flawed. (more…)