February 21, 2018

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Expand Your LGBT YA Offerings with a Free Copy of ‘All the Colors of Love’

It sucks being the son of a supervillain. At home, Harry spends half of his time getting medical treatments and the other half tied up in his father’s underwater lair. It was different when his mother was alive, but she disappeared when Harry was six. He can’t seem to stay out of trouble at school, and his new roommate, Antonin, thinks he’s a spaz, but somehow Harry has to find a way to stop his father’s evil plans.

Antonin Karganilla wants to become a comic book artist, but other than that, being gay is the most normal thing about him. His uncle is an aquatic plant man, his aunt is a molecular biologist back from the dead, and his mom is an overprotective pain in the butt. Antonin’s in boarding school and it’s starting to look like he and this Harry kid might have a lot in common… and that means a whole new set of problems.

A thrill ride with superheros, extraordinary science, and unexpected twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat, Jessica Freely’s debut YA novel features a dystopian world where family is what you create. Harmony Ink Press wants to help you expand your LGBT YA offerings and has 30 copies of All the Colors of Love to send to interested libraries. Send an email to nessa@harmonyinkpress.com with your US or Canadian mailing address before September 25; winners, chosen at random, will be notified by September 30.

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  1. Libraries should check out my YA novel, “Children of the Knight.” Teens love this story of lost and discarded kids, most poor and ethnic, and the man who shows them not only their own worth but also the power they truly have in a society that has dismissed them as useless. It’s available in a library edition from the publisher. Here’s the Goodreads link and the back cover blurb: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17939303-children-of-the-knight
    According to legend, King Arthur is supposed to return when Britain needs him most. So why does a man claiming to be the once and future king suddenly appear in modern-day Los Angeles?
    This charismatic young Arthur creates a new Camelot within the City of Angels to lead a crusade of unwanted kids against an adult society that discards and ignores them. Under his banner of equality, every needy child is welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or gang affiliation.
    With the help of his amazing First Knight, homeless fourteen-year-old Lance, Arthur transforms this ragtag band of rejected children and teens into a well-trained army—the Children of the Knight––where even gay boys and gangsters work side by side. Through his intervention, they win the hearts and minds of the populace at large, and gain a truer understanding of themselves and their worth to society. But seeking more rights for kids pits Arthur and his children squarely against the rich, the influential, and the self-satisfied politicians who want nothing more than to maintain the status quo.

    Can right truly overcome might? Arthur’s hopeful young knights are about to find out, and the City of Angels will never be the same.

    The Knight Cycle begins . . .