Waiting on Wednesday: Toyetica by Marty LeGrow

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine! Today we're getting a bit literal--as the waiting I am doing is just until I get home. This one's YA plus tiny worlds plus toy drama, which is, of course, Rie catnip.

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n the world of Toyetica, a tiny race of humanoids called Bittles jockeys for its place in the world alongside humans. Luckily, there’s always steady employment as models for children’s toys! At Dollington Academy, young Bittles go to school to hone their toy theme, choose their accessories and prove to toy companies that they’re the most marketable, lovable and toyetic of them all. Whether it’s as an action figure, fashion doll or The Next Big Thing, for these young students, the race to the toy store is on!

You can order Toyetica #1  today through your local comic book shop, at the publisher website, and at Comixology. Marty LeGrow runs an awesome tumblr with all kinds of behind-the-scenes info, and, most thrillingly, blogged about her experience as a birthday party princess.

What I'm Reading, 8/8/2017

Hey readers! Apparently it's #RockMyTBR season, and I'm doing my best...but too many awesome books keep finding their way onto my list! Here's a few I'm working through at the moment:

She warned of the pain. She did.
But no warning can prepare you.
Nothing can.

How could I have known
What it is like on the dry sand?
We just watched.

It’s hard, not being able to ask
Questions, though I have learned some speech
With my hands. ˆ_ˆ

I miss my sisters.

I have made friends here.
I have laughed with them,
Learned with them, played with them.
I love them.

She said I would die if he loves someone else.
Will I die? At the beginning I wanted to. It hurts
So much. Life isn’t easy, will never be easy, but…
I don’t want to become sea foam.

Sea Foam and Silence by Lynn E. O'Connacht : Goodreads

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This collection of sci-fi shorts features a variety of brainy young heroines—girls who engineer, tinker, experiment, and more. Voyage to far-off galaxies with girls who use their science savvy to fix rovers, rescue friends, and protect alien critters. Visit steampunk realms where young ladies put their skills to the test building mechanical wonders and solving mysteries. Trek across sci-fi landscapes with girls who save androids and repair robots. Journey to post-apocalyptic futures where heroines use their tech know-how to bring down overlords and spread the most dangerous thing of all… knowledge. And drop in on a few near-future heroines who use their smarts to take down supervillains and bring a little more understanding into the world.

Proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. Let’s show today’s girls that they, too, can be tomorrow’s inventors, programmers, scientists, and more

Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls Who Science and Scheme (Brave New Girls #2) : Goodreads

Summertime in Chesterfield means two very different things for teenagers Tess Copeland and Maddie Lambert.

For Tess, spending time with family and anticipating the annual Crush Festival goes hand-in-hand with the country air and the sweet smell of a cane fire.

For Maddie, Chesterfield offers an escape from the demands of a reality that she’s just unable to run from.

This summer, however, there is one lit fire that’s even harder to contain than the massive bonfires that characterise the town’s summer spectacle, as young love and awakened passions smoulder in the shadows.

Amidst the turmoil of growing up and the pressures of youth and fame, can these two young women navigate the precipices of adulthood unscathed? Will Maddie and Tess be able to overcome the secrets of a small town and save the beloved festival before it’s too late?

Crush: A Girls of Summer Novel (The Girls of Summer) by S.R. Silcox : Goodreads

Escape into the magical, passionate pages of LOVE SPELL. In this rich collection of lesbian romantic short stories and novellas, best-selling author Bridget Essex offers romantic tales of love found and broken hearts mended, magic, werewolves, witches and much more. But, in the end, each story in this collection is bound together by two women who fall deeply and irrevocably in love with one another.

Full of romance, passion and the magic you’ve come to expect and love from Bridget Essex, LOVE SPELL is the perfect escape into love stories that will sweep you off your feet.

Love Spell: Tales of Love and Desire by Bridget Essex : Goodreads

High school sophomore Syl Skye is an ordinary girl. At least, she’s trying to be. School photographer and all-around geek, she introverts hard and keeps her crush on sexy-hot glam-Goth star Euphoria on the down-low. But when a freak accident Awakens her slumbering power, Syl is forced to accept a destiny she never wanted—as the last sleeper-princess of the fair Fae.

Suddenly hunted by the dark Fae, Syl’s pretty sure things can’t get any worse. Until she discovers her secret crush, Euphoria, is really a dark Circuit Fae able to harness the killing magic in technology. Even worse, she’s been sent to destroy Syl. With mean girls and magic and dark Fae trying to kill her, it’ll take more than just “clap if you believe in fairies” to save Syl’s bacon—not to mention, her heart.

Waiting on Wednesday Less Than Three Press Edition: Walking on Knives by Maya Chhabra and Beast by Rachel Frank

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!

Today I wanted to give a heads up on a couple titles from the always-delightful Less Than Three Press. If you're not acquainted, LT3 Press is all about "great romance, with high-quality, well-edited stories that are also affordable, engaging, and always come with that famous happy end"--all things we love at FODW, of course!

The little mermaid has no idea that as she makes her way on land, she’s being watched over by the sister of the very witch with whom she made her bargain. She has no idea that the witch’s sister is falling in love with her.

When the prince decides to marry another woman, the little mermaid’s secret helper offers her a chance to live. But the price may be too high...

Walking on Knives will be out July 25, 2017.

After Safiya is found guilty of witchcraft, she is brought into the forest as a sacrifice for the local dragon. But instead of a fierce and terrifying dragon, Safiya meets Iseult, a gentle and intelligent creature, and the knight Diadrane, the first woman knight Safiya has ever met. Helpful and kind, the dragon and knight invite Safiya back to their home.

But come the morning, nothing is what it seems, and it is Iseult and Diadrane who will pay the ultimate price...

Beast will be available for purchase on August 15 2017.

Waiting on Wednesday: Prime Day Edition

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!

Today's choices are about my literal wait for graphic novels--and the nonfiction read on children's literature I have waiting in my mailbox. So excited to read and review these for y'all!

Kim & Kim are 20something besties making a name for themselves in the wild world of interdimensional cowboy law enforcement. A day-glo action adventure that’s bursting with energy and enthusiasm, Kim & Kim puts queer women and trans women front and center in an adventure that’s bright, happy, punk rock, sci fi & queer as all get-out.
By day, Domino Swift competes for fame & fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as Crush.
New city. New friends. New Paige?

When Paige’s parents move her family from Virginia to New York City, Paige doesn’t know where she fits in anymore. At first, the only thing keeping her company is her notebook, where she pours her worries and observations and experiments with her secret identity: ARTIST. With the confidence the book brings her, she starts to make friends and shake up her family’s expectations. But she is ready to become the person she draws in her notebook?

Laura Lee Gulledge’s stunning art digs deep into the soul and exposes all the ups, downs, and sideways feelings of being a young adult on the edge of the rest of your life.
For adults who are curious about children’s books and their creators, here are the little-known stories behind the stories. A treasure trove of information for a student, librarian, new parent, or anyone wondering about the post–Harry Potter book biz, Wild Things! draws on the combined knowledge and research of three respected and popular librarian-bloggers. Told in affectionate and lively prose, with numerous never-before-collected anecdotes, this book chronicles some of the feuds and fights, errors and secret messages found in children’s books and brings contemporary illumination to the warm-and-fuzzy bunny world we think we know

Kim & Kim Volume One: Goodreads, Amazon

Motor Crush Volume One: Goodreads, Amazon

Page by Paige: Goodreads, Amazon

Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature: Goodreads, Amazon.com