Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Rave Reviews Book Club
I rocked big hair and spandex as a teenager. My vocabulary
contained the phrases like totally, no duh, phsyc, take a chill
pill, and I’m sure. Gotta love the 80’s. Things have changed
since then, but one constant the remains a constant among
generations of teens is bullying.
While writing To Be Honest, I researched how bullying today is
different from the days I remember. The main difference I found
is that today rumors and nasty comments meant to humiliate you
can be posted online for all to see.
Both boys and girls experience bullying. There are
differences in the way they're bullied, but the outcome is the
Here’s what I found out:
Boys are more likely to be bullied physically, but girls
are more likely to be bullied by rumors or being left out.
Girls bully to feel a sense of importance and control.
Boys usually get bullied by other boys, whereas girls tend
to get bullied by both boys and girls.
Girls experience bullying on school property more often
81% of teens say it’s easier to bully someone online than
70% see frequent bullying online
90% of teens who have seen bullying online say they ignore
Girls are more likely to fall victim to online bullies than
The good news is that there is more of an awareness of the
seriousness of bullying today. Dosomething.org is an excellent
resource for teens who need support. My character Starla had a
good support system otherwise she may have needed to check it
To learn more about TC Booth or to purchase her books, please visit:
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/TCBooth
Twitter handle: @BoothTammi
Friday, October 9, 2015
A FantasyCon Mini-Interview with Justine Manzano, not to be confused with Megan who you all met yesterday. Justine is a Reader, Blogger and Author, and I think these ladies might be sisters. If so, they are a talented family.
Q: Are you a Reader, Author, Blogger, or Artist?
A: Reader, Author, and Blogger. As for art, I'm strictly a stick figure gal.
Q: What first drew you to fantasy?
A: I love to escape. The real world can be difficult. The challenges can wear you down. But in fantasy, the challenges can be overcome with a little bit of magic, a little twist in the way the world is perceived, a little bit of strength you wouldn't normally have. I love fantasy because with it we have the opportunity to explore things we never would have the chance to in our regular lives. Things we couldn't even dream of. I was a fantasy fan before I even understood what it was. I just loved making things up that could never possibly happen.
Q: If you were trapped in a fantasy realm with no escape, where would you want to be and who would you want to be your best friend?
A: Does it have to be an existing realm, or can it be one I've made up? Something with unicorns and phoenixes and elves, where nobody is strange and everybody is accepted. Katniss would be a helpful hunter, I suppose.
Q: Have you written any stories? If so, please tell us about them.
A: The Order of the Key, my YA Contemporary Fantasy is due for release in 2016. It follows a girl, Jacklyn Madison, as she joins an organization designed to defend people from inter-dimensional creatures and close rifts between dimensions. However, that organization is not what it seems, and Jacklyn finds herself becoming a weapon in a battle for leadership between the group's leader and her idealistic son.
The Order of the Key is Book 1 of the Keys & Guardians series. I am currently outlining Book 2 and have plans for the story to span 6 books.
For more information on Keys & Guardians, as well as my other various projects, like my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/justinemanzanoauthor