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Chiara / February 19, 2016 , Fri / this book is lgbtqia

This Book is LGBTQIA+ is my way of putting a spotlight on books that may not be widely recognised as such. I want these books to have as much exposure as they can, and I hope you add some of these titles (or all) to those never-ending TBR piles!

Today’s book is:

shallow graves by kali wallace

shallow graves

Title: Shallow Graves

Author: Kali Wallace

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre/s: Horror, Paranormal

Breezy remembers leaving the party: the warm, wet grass under her feet, her cheek still stinging from a slap to her face. But when she wakes up, scared and pulling dirt from her mouth, a year has passed and she can’t explain how.

Nor can she explain the man lying at her grave, dead from her touch, or why her heartbeat comes and goes. She doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past.

Haunted by happy memories from her life, Breezy sets out to find answers in the gritty, threatening world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight, and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she discovers is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.

Debut author Kali Wallace interweaves folklore and myths from all over the world in this stunning novel about the heartbreaking trauma of a girl’s life cut short and her struggle to reconcile her humanity with the monster she’s become.

Why This Book is LGBTQIA+

The main character in Shallow Graves, Breezy, is bisexual. Which was amazing, because this book is in no way a YA contemporary. Breezy herself isn’t even human when you’re introduced to her, and it’s just so incredibly awesome to read about queer characters that feature in books that aren’t contemporary, which we desperately need more of.

Another amazing thing about Shallow Graves is that there’s no romance. The only romantic things in this book are to do with Breezy’s memories of being a human (and in those memories, the only attractions that are mentioned are towards girls, and just Y E S). There’s also no coming out drama – the only scene where Breezy tells someone is when she tells her sister and her sister is pretty much like “so?” (in an excellent way). The way Breezy’s sexuality is written into the story is beautiful.

I absolutely adored Shallow Graves, and you can read my full review here.

(Trigger warnings: multiple murders, physical assault, abduction, a violent cult, and domestic abuse in this novel)

Chiara / February 3, 2016 , Wed / writing

My friends Alyssa and Emily co-host what is called Snazzy Snippets! Here’s a bit about it:

It’s an opportunity for writers! Every two months, we post a prompt or question for you to share a snippet of less than 500 words. It’s designed to let you have fun, analyse your work on a smaller level, or just write something to join in.

The prompts for this edition are as follows:

A heartwarming snippet that makes readers go “aww!”
A kissing snippet
A snippet where love interests first appear together 
(applicable for both future or established relationships)


Okay, so since I have already given you snippets from both of my other novels, which you can read here and here, I thought I would give you a snippet from the very first novel that I ever actually managed to finish. My very first book baby: JB. I’ve chosen the first snippet option, because I experimented with the other two, and I just WAS NOT HAPPY. So here we are (try #3):

I placed a hand on his shoulder, and he turned to look at me. “Hey, you,” I said softly.

“Hey,” he replied.

“Is everything all right?”

He nodded. “Just stressed about tomorrow.”

“Would it make you feel better if I told you that I think you will do brilliantly?”

He smiled in response. “A little.”

I cupped his elbows in my palms, and brought him a little closer to me. Our faces were inches apart when I said, “You will do brilliantly. I know that mind. It’s fantastic.”

He closed his eyes and leaned forward, his forehead pressing against mine.

Ah, my boys. MY BOYS. I actually adore this scene because my main character is being a supportive sweetheart, and his love interest is all nervous, and the two of them are just cutie patooties, okay? I hope you went “aww!”, otherwise I will have failed miserably at this snippet.

Love always,

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