future-leaders-of-nowhere_200x300Reviews for Future Leaders of Nowhere:

Teen Vogue:

“Future Leaders of Nowhere is one of those books you do not realize is missing from your life until you’ve found it. It is effortlessly diverse, painstakingly real with poignant and rich inner dialogue, and had a sharp eye focused on personal relationships.”

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Maya Hearts Books

“By the way, the romance was really cute and made me smile all the time. The way Finn and Willa’s relationship blossomed and rose and fell and rose again throughout the book was really beautiful and sweet. I swear, you’ll love it. It all felt so real, and the way they acted around each other was so interesting and kept me glued to my e-book.”

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Too Much of Booknerd

“The writing flowed nicely and the chapters were short so it was very easy to read and breeze through this book! And I generally loved the whole idea of the survival camp. I kind of imagined the setting of the movie The Parent Trap with the camps and everything! I didn’t know what to think when I went into the book and I definitely didn’t expect to love it this much!”

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The Lesbrary

With Future Leaders of Nowhere, O’Beirne has crafted another excellent young adult novel, replicating many of the strengths of her previous novel, Here’s the Thing (which was published in November 2016, and which I reviewed for the Lesbrary in December): both novels boast appealing characters, a queer relationship that draws the reader in (and a thoughtful – if perhaps occasionally overly intricate – storyline that revolves around more than the relationship), and relatable emotional journeys.

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Reviews for Here’s the Thing.

here'sthething400X600Books Direct, Lynda Dickson.

“It’s great to read a book set in Australia and featuring places I know. Zel, as the narrator, is extremely engaging, speaking directly to the reader, and making you feel like you’re in the room with her, as she tells you her story. The writing is beautiful, heart-felt, and full of humor and astute observations. This is the first book I’ve read featuring gay girls, and the story highlights their difficulty distinguishing between friendship and romance.”

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The Romance Reader

“Consistency must be Emily O’Beirne’s middle name. She consistently writes amazing characters that steal your heart and dazzle your imagination. Her latest novel, Here’s the Thing, is a wonderfully sweet story and honest reflection from the main character, Zel.”

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The Book Return

I found this novel to be a fresh change from many young adult novels. I think an important topic in this book was how teenagers often struggle to fit in after a move. Zelda’s move is somewhat extreme as she moves to a different country with a different sub-culture but I think this is an important topic and is often overlooked as such a difficult time for teenagers.

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The Phantom Paragrapher

“What I liked about this book besides being set in Australia which was nice for a change and being a GLBT story was that though the book was a GLBT story, that wasn’t oversexualised and over-played on. I found this book to be more of a YA friendship story and a tale of discovering who you are and what your family, friends , home means to you.”

 

 

The Sum of These Things bkReviews for The Sum of These Things:

Just Love: Romance Novels Review

“Emily O’Beirne is the kind of writer who writes with emotion, not with imagery. It’s not the visual that matters in her book, it’s the feelings that are evoked, and Mia and Claire’s relationship is sure to make any reader feel everything they do.  The way Emily writes is just beautiful, and I found myself highlighting line after line as it caught my attention.”

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Books to Get Lost In Review

The Sum of These Things picks up where the story ended, which I really liked. No big time gaps that get explained in a few words, the reader gets to experience everything along with Claire and Mia. And you really experience everything. I’ve felt the happiness, the anger and the sadness myself (heart-break warning).

Read the rest HERE

BookcoversA Story of Now Series Tumblr Giveaway

 I am currently doing a giveaway on my Tumblr:
Want to win an eBook copy of both A Story of Now and its sequel, The Sum of these Things? There are five sets of Ebooks to be won.

What do you have to do to enter? Easy. Just like and reblog the Tumblr post and your username goes into the running. The winners will be picked on December 21st.

Note: Only those with Kindles can enter, as the Ebooks will be sent via their Kindle address (Don’t know it? Don’t worry, I’ll help you with that part.). Kindle software can be downloaded free onto devices from Amazon.

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The Sum of These Things review and author interview on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous

“What I love best about this book duet is that it isn’t merely about Claire’s love story with Mia; it’s about Claire’s life story right now. Her situation, that of trying to figure out what it is she wants to do in the near and distant future, is a familiar one. She may not necessarily choose the same path that others think is best for her, but this is her journey, and if she gets lost along the way or takes a longer route, it still remains her journey.” Read the rest HERE

The Sum of These Things released.

You can purchase the Ebook version of the sequel to A Story of Now at the Ylva Publishing website (HERE) or pre-order Ebook or print version on Amazon (HERE), but it won’t be available from Amazon until December 16.

Now available! Excerpt of The Sum of These Things

You can now read an excerpt of The Sum of These Things HERE on the site. This book is the sequel to A Story of Now, and will be released on December 2, and available for purchase in the online shop of Ylva Publishing. Follow the link in the excerpt to pre-order.

Emily O’Beirne in Top Four Debut Authors

Books to Get Lost in book review blog named A Story of Now and Emily O’Beirne among it top for debut authors of the year. Read HERE

The Sum of these Things Release date

It’s looking like The Sum of these Things, the sequel to A Story of Now, may be released a little earlier than scheduled, coming to you in late November, rather than December. I’ll keep you posted!

A Story of Now is up for two LGBTQ literary awards:

The 2016 Golden Crown Literary Society Awards- Debut Author and Dramatic/General Fiction (see all nominations)

The Rainbow Awards- Contemporary Romance (See submission)

Inked Rainbow Reads Three Four-star reviews

Three reviewers from the LGBTQI website gave A Story of Now four stars:

“The story and plot was unhurried while managing to maintain my interest, something I enjoyed immensely. Mia captured my heart immediately and I spent the book just wanting to hug them both, or occasionally feeling like slapping them both upside the head so they would get a clue. The slow progression of give and take between the two girls should have been frustrating but I almost didn’t notice because they were so adorable and humorous together it made it all worth the wait.” READ

The Lesbian Young Adult Fiction Files on Women and Words:

I am writing a series on lesbian young adult fiction for the wonderful Women and Words website.  The first introductory post, introducing some of the early ‘classics’ is up:

“One of the all-important phases of coming out as a teen is schooling yourself about lesbianism by consuming as many gay lady-related pop cultural artefacts as humanly possible. And for those discovering their girl-on-girl feelings in this technological age, at your Googling fingertips are You Tube compilations of entire lesbian TV storylines, online femslash fanfic epics, and websites like After Ellen pointing you in the right direction if your gaydar missed any lesbian celebs along the way. However, for those who did their coming out pre-internet, the pop culture educational pickings were slimmer, and it was between the pages of books that offered one of the few places to get a glimpse at lesbian culture. Sadly, though, one of the literary areas where pickings were slimmest was the world of young adult fiction.”

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Author Guest post for Unleashing Readers, on why coming out stories are still important in YA fiction.

“I think we’d be pretty misguided to think we are living in a world so progressive that stories about realizing and claiming your sexual identity aren’t still vital for young people who are in the process of discovering who they are. Because that’s growing up, isn’t it? It’s the experience of becoming yourself in the world. And it is a time when questions of your sexual identity have suddenly become psychologically and hormonally urgent.”

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US Lesbian magazine, Curve, reviews A Story of Now.

“A Story of Now is a really cute story, which also remains realistic at every turn. There are not so many novels for young lesbians, and I recommend this book to every girl who finds herself falling for another girl. I think it’s important to bridge the gap between young adult fiction,which features  characters between fourteen and eighteen years of age, and fiction for adults. And A Story of Now does just that.”

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New review from Lucas at Collector of Book Boyfriends.

“When we finally hit that place of no return when you crush on your possibly best friend, when the excuses stop existing and you’re left to deal with the consequences of your acts it’s a scary place that I loved exploring with Claire, she is so brave and makes me wish I was this confrontational when I was in a similar spot, so this relationship and this dynamic won my heart. It made me incredibly happy to know there’s going to be a book two with a lot more of body and potential in the romance department.”

Read the rest HERE

Reviews for A Story of Now

Curve Magazine

“A Story of Now is a really cute story, which also remains realistic at every turn. There are not so many novels for young lesbians, and I recommend this book to every girl who finds herself falling for another girl. I think it’s important to bridge the gap between young adult fiction, which features characters between fourteen and eighteen years of age, and fiction for adults. And A Story of Now does just that.”

Read the rest HERE


Inked Rainbow Reads Three Four-star reviews

Three reviewers from the LGBTQI website gave A Story of Now four stars:

“The story and plot was unhurried while managing to maintain my interest, something I enjoyed immensely. Mia captured my heart immediately and I spent the book just wanting to hug them both, or occasionally feeling like slapping them both upside the head so they would get a clue. The slow progression of give and take between the two girls should have been frustrating but I almost didn’t notice because they were so adorable and humorous together it made it all worth the wait.” READ

 


 

Collector of Book Boyfriends.

“When we finally hit that place of no return when you crush on your possibly best friend, when the excuses stop existing and you’re left to deal with the consequences of your acts it’s a scary place that I loved exploring with Claire, she is so brave and makes me wish I was this confrontational when I was in a similar spot, so this relationship and this dynamic won my heart. It made me incredibly happy to know there’s going to be a book two with a lot more of body and potential in the romance department.”

Read the rest HERE


Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous

“Claire is a lead character that was way too easy for me to like and understand because so much of her and her story reminded me of, well, me. I also feel that she’s someone that a lot of readers can not just empathize with but also see as a reflection of themselves, whether one part or more or in totality, either in the present or sometime in their past.”

Read HERE


Books to get Lost in

“This is one of the best books I have read. There are so many characters in it and every last one of them is well written and just really likeable. The way ‘A story of Now’ is written made me feel as if I was experiencing everything that happened myself instead of reading about it.”

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Pages to Explore 

“I really enjoyed this book. It was part coming of age and self discovery, along with some often funny dialog.”

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Deanie Grrrl 

“There are so many things I loved about this book. But first things first, I’d like to touch on the queer characters. Yes. Waiter, I’ll have a big plate of that. There are not enough Young Adult novels out there where main character girls fall in love with other girls. There’s always the gay bff, but this is one of the first books in this age group that I’ve read with queer girls. I love it!”

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Just Love 

“…I’m really looking forward to the second book in the series! I think getting to see Mia and Claire’s relationship evolve, as the two of them continue to grow as young women, will be really fantastic to see.”

Read HERE