Sunday, July 21, 2013

YA Guy Hosts... Kai Strand

Today on the blog, YA Guy has Kai Strand, author of KING OF BAD, discussing the obvious (and not-so-obvious) benefits to teenage boys of reading. And at the end of her list, you'll find another goodie: a giveaway of KING OF BAD itself! So settle in, enjoy, and enter to win. Free advice and free books--it doesn't get any better than this!

Hi, my name is Kai Strand. I write fiction for kids and teens. I think we are all aware of the fact that girls will read almost anything. They don't care what gender the main character is. They don't care if a book is chock full of romance, adventure, brainiacs or divas. Girls just read.

Well, I'm here to encourage boys to do the same thing. There are so many reasons why, but here is a sampling of them.

  • Teenage boys who read are more approachable.
  • They are better able to carry on conversations because they’ve read so much dialogue.
  • Being able to discuss plot points and character motivation on a first date often leads to a second date.
  • They experience things they may not get to do in their own school like saving the world, kissing, Yetis and foreign countries.
  • Their vocabulary is advanced so they are naturally more articulate and able to schmooze speak coherently to teachers and other adults.
  • They know the thrill of jumping out of a plane, or speeding down a highway, or piloting a spaceship, without the consequences of broken bones or life in prison.
  • They learn what to take on an extreme mountaineering adventure in order to avoid death.
  • If they are paying real close attention they learn what girls like and don’t like--and they take notes.
  • There is a certain sort of internal quiet to a teenage boy who incorporates reading into his leisure activities opposed to one who only blows up aliens on his Xbox.
  • Teen boys look sexy lounging in a chair clutching a book or ereader in their hand and ignoring the world around them.

I’m not saying that teenage boys who don’t read aren’t smart or sexy. I’m just saying that teen boys who read get there faster.

Anything you’d like to add to the list? Let’s hear from you.

About the book:

Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules or observe curfew. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; that is until he learns he has superpowers and is recruited by Super Villain Academy--where you learn to be good at being bad. In a school where one kid can evaporate all the water from your body and the girl you hang around with can perform psychic sex in your head, bad takes on a whole new meaning. Jeff wonders if he’s bad enough for SVA.

He may never find out. Classmates vilify him when he develops good manners. Then he’s kidnapped by those closest to him and left to wonder who is good and who is bad. His rescue is the climactic episode that balances good and evil in the super world. The catalyst--the girl he’s crushing on. A girlfriend and balancing the Supers is good, right? Or is it…bad?

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About the author:

Kai Strand writes fiction for kids and teens. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards in the children’s fiction category. As a mother of four young adults her characters are well researched and new stories are inspired daily. Kai is a compulsive walker, addicted to pizza and a Mozart fangirl. Visit her website for more information about her work and to find all her virtual haunts; www.kaistrand.com.

To celebrate her newly released book, Kai is offering one ecopy (Kindle or pdf) of King of Bad to a lucky winner. Open internationally as long as you have an email address to receive the book. Enter as often as you can and spread the word.

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22 comments:

  1. Thanks for letting me visit YA Guy and share my advice and my book with your readers, Josh!

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  2. Excellent reasons for boys to read. Very entertaining! What boy wouldn't want to read this book about a boy with super powers? Sounds like this grandma ought to read it too!!! Best wishes on your new release!

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    1. Thanks J.Q. Teen super villains are a lot of fun!

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  3. Kai-- What an entertaining post!! I definitely notice when a man is reading, and it's HOT! ;) Can't wait to read KING OF THE BAD!! <3

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    1. I figure if a guy can sit and pay that close of attention to a book, imagine what he could do with me ;) Guys who read are so smart!

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    2. Hey! Let's keep it clean there, ladies! :)

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  4. Kai--thanks for posting and offering a copy of KING OF BAD! J. Q.--welcome to YA Guy! And Erin--good as always to have you back!

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  5. Thanks, Kai. I wish I'd have seen a list like this when I was a reluctant-to-read teen. Back then we spelled X-Box--Super Nintendo, but same difference.

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    1. I had a conversation yesterday with a guy who told me I could buy a used but functioning Atari game system for $20.... Ah, for the good old days of Pong, Space Invaders, and whatever that game was called where you shot the snake/centipede thingie to pieces!

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    2. Ha ha! Looks like you figured it out anyway, Eric.

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  6. So much truth, Kai! It's sad that I can't think of any teenage boy I know personally who reads much at all. On the other hand, I know tons of teenage girl readers. Maybe boys think it's uncool to read, but I definitely don't think so. KING OF BAD sounds awesome!

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    1. I've asked Mark O'Brien (Twitter handle: @mobrienbooks) to guest post about teenage boys who DO read. He's one such individual himself. I hope to have his post after I return from my 10-day online hiatus, which begins tomorrow. Stay tuned!

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    2. I know, Jimena. Both my boys will listen to books on cd or download the audio from the library, and that increases their reading. Unfortunately it is far less often I see a book (or reader) in their hands. :(

      But I also know that their vocabulary is impressive because of their reading. :D

      Can't wait to hear from Mark, Josh! Have a good hiatus.

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    3. Sounds good, Josh! Enjoy your break. :)

      At least your boys read something, Kai! Listening is definitely better than no reading at all. Have they read any of your books?

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    4. Actually, my kids are my first audience. During the editing process I read my books out loud (several times). The first time I read to them, I keep my thoughts to myself and ask questions at different spots to see if they understand what is happening, who they like and don't, are they purposefully mislead by upcoming plot twists? I make note of where they laugh, or squint like they are lost. After hearing me read the book again and again, I'm always surprised when they read it on their own after it is published. Means the WORLD to me that they do! Of my four kids, I'm down to an audience of two because the older two have moved out. At least I have this built in audience for a few more years.

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    5. That's awesome, Kai! I bet they help you out a lot.

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  7. Great post! Love that list. =D
    King of Bad sounds great. Wishing Kai all the best with it.

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    1. Thanks for joining YA Guy, Ruth! More giveaways are coming up this week and next, so stay tuned!

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  8. Thank you, Ruth!

    And thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway. The lucky winner is Erin Albert! Enjoy the book, Erin.

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    1. Congrats, Erin! And thanks to all who played!

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