Friday, August 21, 2015

Introducing Hot Pink in the City By Medeia Sharif

One of our favorite bloggers has a new book on shelves this week! She's extremely prolific...I picture her writing like this:

Medeia Sharif's latest book is Hot Pink in the City. It has everything a reader can love--80s music, New York City, and an exciting adventure. Plus, it's only $4.99! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.


Asma Bashir wants two things: a summer fling and her favorite '80s songs. During a trip to New York City to stay with relatives, she messes up in her pursuit of both. She loses track of the hunk she met on her airplane ride, and she does the most terrible thing she could possibly do to her strict uncle... ruin his most prized possession, a rare cassette tape.

A wild goose chase around Manhattan and Brooklyn to find a replacement tape yields many adventures -- blackmail, theft, a chance to be a TV star, and so much more. Amid all this turmoil, Asma just might be able to find her crush in the busiest, most exciting city in the world.


I was born in New York City and I presently call Miami my home. I received my master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. After becoming a voracious reader in high school and a relentless writer dabbling in many genres in college, I found my niche writing for young people. Today I'm a MG and YA writer published through various presses. In addition to being a writer, I'm a public school teacher. My memberships include Mensa, ALAN, and SCBWI.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Stop Talking Like That!

There's a scene in a movie called In a World where the main character, a voiceover artist, passes a girl on the street. The girl says something and the voiceover artist hands her a business card.

"I just want to give you my card. I'm not a vocal coach anymore, but I would make an exception for you because you sound like a squeaky toy. And I don't mean that in a bad way."

Squeaky-toy voice is annoying. But there's a voice issue that has been bothering me for a while. When we went on vacation, it seemed every 20-something female I met was speaking this way. It's called vocal fry--that sound that has apparently caught on thanks to Kim Kardashian's mind control of America. Here's are some samples of it if you'd like to hear it.

As the woman explains in the video, speech pathologists consider it a disorder. It can actually damage the vocal cords. Yet they'll continue to do it as the rest of us roll our eyes.

Studies have shown that speaking this way makes someone less hirable. Interestingly, though, a separate survey found that someone who speaks this way is seen as more urban and intelligent. See...told you Kim Kardashian has brainwashed them all. 

Apparently she hasn't yet infected the brains of hiring managers across America, though. So if you think your creaky voice is cute, 20-something women, you might want to disguise it before you try to land a job in an office.

Have you noticed anything odd about the way young people talk?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Writing for Young Readers

First off, I have to take a moment to thank all of my blogging friends for supporting me on last week's cover reveal! This is the best community anywhere.

I should also take a moment to thank all of the non-writers who stopped by every day just to say hi. Thank you for your patience.

Today I'm guest-blogging at this talented writer's blog:

I'm discussing the difference between writing for young readers and writing for grown-ups! Go check it out.