Happy launch day to my new idiom: GIRL UP! It means: be awesome, stay smart, be strong, follow your heart. Coincidentally, it happens to appear in the fourth Fifties Chix book, Broken Record (LAUNCHED TODAY!). In this book, Bev is in the spotlight, much like Maxine was in the spotlight in book 3. As you know, Bev hasn’t had a lot of friends who are girls in the past, other than teammates. She gets along really well with guys (reminds me of my best friend in elementary school, Amy Douglass. I, on the other hand, thought boys were from another planet. I get now that they’re just earthlings who are male.). I thought it would be fun to tell some of the Fifties Chix story from the guys’ points of view, so I did that a little in this book [hint: find out what Conrad really thinks of Bev!--click and scroll down to the preview]. Bev has to make some pretty tough choices, and of course, I’m proud of how she handles it and what she chooses. I hope when I grow up I can be a little more like Bev.
I thought you might appreciate a sneak peek of the book and so I’m including the passage where “girl up” appears so that you may begin using this term immediately:
Bob Jenkins wanted to screech and whine, throw a tantrum as if he were a two year old. But he knew that wouldn’t get them out of this game unscathed—though it would certainly get him out of the game. He just wasn’t feeling it and there was nothing worse in the world than standing on that mound and having nothing to bring. He was tapped. But it was too soon for relief; he didn’t want that either.
Coach eyeballed them; did Bob need to come in?
“Girl up, man. Pitch like your sister.” Marsalis hit Bob on the shoulder, flashed him a wicked smile and ran back to his warn little spot behind home plate.
It was a cool way to celebrate the pre-launch of Fifties Chix book 4 Broken Record (and the availability of it as ebook for Kindle and Nook, etc TODAY, March 7) – I created an “event” on Facebook for “party-goers” to post links about girls and women portrayed in the media and getting press in a positive way. The first days, I admit, there was a dearth of good press about females. But the last fews days, I’ve been seeing inspiring stories everywhere! See a list of the links below.
I promised that whomever posted the most would win the print version of Broken Record (signed by me, natch). And the winner is: LeeAnn Williamson Henry!! I think it’s totally appropriate that LeeAnn won since we are friends from middle school, which is what age my readers are Congrats, LeeAnn, and thanks for the great links.
Go grab your own ebook version of Broken Record for just $1.99 (hurry! It’s only a 24-hour sale) and next week, 3/15, the printed version can be all yours, too!
Now for all the links posted on the Positive Press Party-Girls in the Media page:
- Tavi Gevinson profile
- Julia Bluhm (she convinced Seventeen Magazine to stop photoshopping their covers)
- Nia Bakari, 9 year old BlogTalk Radio host of her own show
- Jedediah Bila
- Quvenzhané Wallis, 9 year old Oscar-nominated actor
- Senator Elizabeth Warren
- Karen Olson, advocate for homeless
- Alice Herz-Sommer, 109 year old Holocaust survivor
- Channah Zeitun, 4 year old Martial arts champ
- Sheryl Sandberg’s organization, LeanIn.org
- Brave Girls Club
- Indira Johnson, artist
- Sara Groves, performing her song”Obsolete”
- Samantha Manns, 18 year old performing 89 random acts of kindness
- Monica Lin Brown, 19 year old awarded silver star for acts of bravery in war
- Maggie Doyne, 26 year old who started orphanage in Nepal at age 19 with her life savings
Inspired yet? Let’s keep it going.