In Praise of Brave Authors

I’m in awe of authors. All authors. People who work hard to create a rich and textured story, and then work harder. And then even harder. And then do that about a billion more times.

And then they show it to the world. That scares the crap out of me.

A few months ago, it came to light that a writer friend of mine was thinking of releasing a book that sounded so freaking good that I couldn’t help but squee all over the place (which is to say all over twitter). It’s a novel that was really close to her heart, she said, but she was concerned. It wasn’t like the young adult novels she usually writes, the ones she’s known for.

Falling From the SkyIt’s about two boys who fall in love. It’s called FALLING FROM THE SKY by the very talented Nikki Godwin.

It’s a book that needs to be read. By teens and adults. By everyone who loves an amazing love story.

So here’s the deal. She doesn’t know this, but I want more people to read this book. So my amazing critique partner Megan Erickson and I are giving away 6 copies. In order to be eligible, all you need to do is comment below and tell Nikki Godwin, author of FALLING FROM THE SKY:

Why are you glad she chose to write a book about two teenage boys falling in love?

(And also your email or twitter handle or some way we can reach you should you be the winner.)

That’s it. Oh, and if you want, follow me on twitter (@natalie_blitt) and Megan (@MeganErickson_), it will help with notification. We’ll choose six winners on Friday, Feb. 28th at noon EST. I’m sure this is a bad way of doing it, but we’ll look for the six answers that speak to us most.

I want everyone to know about this book. I want all those who want to read it to read it. And read it legally, for the love of all that is holy. If you truly can’t afford to buy the book, message me and I’ll find someone to lend it to you or gift it to you. Want to join us in getting this book out there? Send me an email or tweet about joining our giveaway or doing one alongside us.

Thank you Nikki. For writing Ridge and Micah’s story. For trusting the world with it. For enriching the world with it. Now please write some more?



Read Nikki’s message about the book.



All stability in sixteen-year-old Ridge McCoy’s life crashed and burned in the plane crash that killed his dad. This summer-long basketball camp is his chance to improve his skills and escape his problems back home. But his summer plans take a turn in an unexpected direction when he meets Micah Youngblood, the guy who runs the carousel at the local mall and has a reputation for devouring straight boys’ heterosexuality for breakfast, alongside his chocolate chip pancakes.

Ridge needs a way to avoid the guys at camp, whose only quest for the summer is to drown in beer and hook up with girls. So when Micah offers to explain how the ten unique horses on the carousel are significant to his tribe, Ridge takes him up on it. Still, Ridge can’t decide if this is a bad thing or not. All he knows is that he hasn’t felt this alive since his dad fell from the sky, and as the horse adventures come to an end, Ridge finds himself falling as well – for Micah.


5 thoughts on “In Praise of Brave Authors

  1. Why am I glad Nikki chose to write a book about two teenage boys falling in love?

    Because it happens. And while some of those teenage boys find love and support in the process, many don’t. Many hide.

    And one way to ease that pain just a little, is by telling stories that remind those boys they are not alone. There will never be too many boy-meets-boy books in the YA canon, and so much love to Nikki & the other brave authors who are adding to that niche one beautiful book at a time.

    [Totally reblogging this awesomeness!]

  2. Sounds like a fantastic book. Thanks for spreading the word. I’ll be sure to tweet about it and share links. There are so many teens out there who feel alone. This book (and others like it) might help them to feel not so alone. Love should be celebrated!

  3. This sounds awesome. And I think YA books must be brave. My brand of brave is de-stigmatizing mental illness. I think it’s so important for young readers to hear stories that speak to them, especially if they aren’t the cookie-cutter, healthy, white, wealthy, hetero teen. Thanks so much for writing and for being brave enough to share!

  4. YA books help teens connect to the world around them by showing them they aren’t alone. Others around them share the same thoughts and feelings and struggle with the same issues. YA helps teens to feel accepted through communication and education. Love the genre, and thank you for sharing this story!

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