Thursday, November 29, 2012

~YA BookTour, Guest Post and Giveaway: Speak Out Against...~

Every year, millions of youth will become victims of violence. Some of the most common forms of violence are bullying and dating abuse.

1 in 4 teens will be bullied, and 1 in 3 teens will become a victim of dating violence.

Bullying is defined as the use of superior strength or influence to intimidate someone, typically to force him/her to do what one wants.

Dating abuse is a form of bullying within a relationship. It is when one partner exerts power and control over the other.

Bullying and dating abuse can be in the form of not only physical force or violence, but it can be quiet and underhanded, too. Emotional, verbal, financial, sexual, and digital (such as cyberbullying, and/or sexting) are other forms of bullying or dating abuse and control.

Both dating abuse and bullying uses power to control others and are common problems among youth.

Schools are expected to be a safe place for youth, but all too often students are presented with acts of violence that have devastating effects on them, their school, and their community.

And the problems are all too often ignored. 85% of the time no one will intervene with bullying, and over 81% of parents believe that dating abuse is not a problem.

Some feel bullying is a normal part of childhood, and teens in abusive relationships sometimes feel that what they are experiencing is a normal part of love.

But it isn’t.

Kids shouldn’t be afraid to go to school. Love shouldn’t hurt.

Bullying and dating abuse are major issues and are not a normal part of life. It is time to raise our voices and Speak Out Against the devastating issues of bullying and dating abuse.

Our new releases…

Outcast by Susan Oloier

Always the compliant, Catholic school girl, Noelle grows tired of people’s hypocrisy. Her pious mother belittles her, and the popular group at school bullies her. With the help of her black-sheep aunt and a defiant, new classmate, Noelle seeks revenge. But vengeance comes with a price: Noelle risks friendship, her first love, and herself to get back at those who have wronged her.

CLICK HERE to read my review of this book!


Break From You by Rebecca Green Gasper

Brooke Myers wants to believe she has it all: the perfect guy, the perfect relationship, the perfect life. She wants to believe it so much that she's willing to overlook the fear, the isolation, and the pain her boyfriend has caused her. She knows it isn't right but tells herself that love isn't always easy. However, when a fire destroys the restaurant during homecoming dinner, she forms an instant bond with the boy who saves her, one her boyfriend wouldn’t like. With the pain of a concussion reminding her of how bad things can get, she is forced to re-evaluate the relationship she has with her boyfriend and face the ghosts that haunt her. Brooke once believed love was all it took…but is it enough? Is it truly love when you've lost yourself in it?

CLICK HERE to read my review of this book!

Every 7 minutes a child will be bullied.

Over 1.5 millions teens will become a victim of dating abuse this year.

Stand with us to raise awareness of these devastating issues.

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  1. Thank you, Tammy, so much for joining us on our tour and helping us raise awareness. It has been great to meet you!

  2. We truly appreciate you participating in the blog tour, Tammy, and taking the time out to read and review Outcast and Break from You. You're the best!

  3. Great post. I'm enjoying all the posts I've read on this tour. You're saying things that need to be said.