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Queens of Geek Jen Wilde

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Three friends. Two love stories. One convention.

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When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

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“This is it, you guys,” I say as we approach. “Everything we’ve always dreamed about. This is our Holy Grail.”

Charlie, Jamie and I stand before it side by side, tears in our eyes as we admire its indescribable beauty.

“Our Disneyland,” Charlie adds.

Jamie nods. “Our Graceland. I can’t believe we’re actually here.”

We each take in a deep breath.

“Are we truly worthy of so much awesome?” I ask.

Charlie takes a brave step forward. “Yes. We are.”

When we say it, it’s a whisper, like the name itself is to be cherished. “SupaCon.”

We take the final steps towards the building.

Crowds of cosplayers line the entrances.

I smile at those who look my way.

My geeky kindred spirits.

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Paperback: $10.99
ISBN 9781250111395

E-book: $7.12
ISBN 9781250111388

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"Jen Wilde's book about two best friends—one a bisexual young woman of color, the other a young [autistic] woman . . . dealing with anxiety—will be a favorite of anyone who is a fan of geek culture. . . . This fun book about fierce friendships gives voice to a group of diverse female characters who are so defined by so much more than just their mental health and sexuality." —Bustle

Queens of Geek is an emotional, lively story full of characters that leap off the page and slip their hands into yours, inviting you into a world where the geeks and nerds are royalty and fandom is court. Richly realized and defiantly affirming, Queens of Geek reminds us that adventures and romances aren't limited to archetypes but are, in fact, for all of us.” —Katherine Locke, author of Second Position, moderator of #GayYABookClub

"This celebration of geek culture and fandom promotes diversity and being true to oneself." —School Library Journal

"I had a really long and rough week, and this book was exactly what I needed to escape into on Friday night. It is fun, powerful, geeky, sweet, and cool. This, to me, is truly a book that accurately describes an example of what it is to be living in this time. . . . I encourage your nerdy, awkward, lovable, powerful self to pick it up! #LoveYourWeird" —Book Nerds Across America

"I’m so blown away by how much fun this book was to read. Super adorable romance, really diverse and relatable characters, wonderful writing, this book has it all." —Bibliophile Gathering

“It was a delightful read. … This book, in my opinion, is just so empowering!” —brio, Swoon Reader

“This is the first book I’ve ever read that I see myself in. I felt like Taylor was me. … I wish I could have had this book 20 years ago. One of the best things I’ve read in years.” —Mandy.Valentine, Swoon Reader

"I loved how real the characters felt, especially Taylor. I absolutely adored all of them, and I couldn’t stop reading once I started.” —Lucy.Mawson, Swoon Reader

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Jen Wilde on Nov. 11, 2015, 4:08 p.m. said:

Jen Wilde


Mandy, this is so good to hear. As an Aspie myself, I know how amazing (and rare) it is to find yourself in something, to relate to someone – fictional or otherwise. I'm so glad you found that in my story. And I'm so excited to hear you want a sequel! I do have a few ideas floating around in my head for a sequel, so it's not totally out of the question :) Thank you so much for reading, rating and commenting!

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stacy on Nov. 6, 2015, 3:48 p.m. said:

stacy


I love the idea of the book taking place at a convention, it's a lot of fun! And I have to say, I absolutely adore your cover. When I first saw it, I thought it was one of the books that was already picked for publication and had a professional cover made!

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Jen Wilde on Nov. 8, 2015, 6:53 p.m. said:

Jen Wilde


Thanks so much, Stacy! That's awesome to hear! :D

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Lucy.Mawson on Nov. 2, 2015, 11:02 a.m. said:

Lucy.Mawson


I loved how real the characters felt, especially Taylor. I absolutely adored all of them, and I couldn't stop reading once I started.

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Jen Wilde on Nov. 2, 2015, 5:37 p.m. said:

Jen Wilde


Thank you so so much, Lucy! Your YouTube review totally blew me away. I'm so pumped that you loved it so much, and that you gave 5 stars across the board for Autistic representation. YAY! :D Thank you!

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Zoie K on Oct. 24, 2015, 1:44 p.m. said:

Zoie K


What Happens at SupaCon was an incredibly compelling read, just because it contained a storyline I ABSORBED, and characters so diverse they were a pleasure to read! And I loved that there was a diversity among characters, as that is something we're beginning to see a lot more of and something that we should be seeing, so I'm glad that this author was able to weave these onto her plot and tell the story of Charlie, Taylor, and Jamie. I could relate to them all becuase of course there is an inner-geek in me, and I feel that many other readers would be able to connect with them as well. I absolutely loved the whole premise of the book, with it taking place over one weekend at SupaCon- it was something I had never read about before and it was definitely interesting to see how it would all pan out. Mix that with the romance, self-discovery of self-worth, and all the geeky references, this made for a perfect read! I honestly couldn't put it down, reading late into the night to see what happened next! I felt that it concluded to my satisfaction, and that there weren't any questions left unanswered or other loose ends. I really, really loved it and hope that this book will go really far! Great writing, and great work J.M Wilde! (Also, I just LOVED the cover. So pretty!)

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Jen Wilde on Oct. 25, 2015, 6:10 p.m. said:

Jen Wilde


Oh Zoie, I'm so in love with your comment! I'm so happy you loved the diversity, geeky references, romance and self-discovery, and it's awesome to know you couldn't put it down. Thank you so so much for reading, rating and commenting :D

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Nadia I. Nitol on Oct. 24, 2015, 4:06 a.m. said:

Nadia I. Nitol


SO CUTE.
I loved it! The characters spoke to me. They are not cardboard cutouts. And there are diverse characters in this book. And it deals with anxiety disorder. I loved all of it.
Jamie and Taylor omg Taylor and Jamie. They are my OTP. That zombie walk and then that kiss. Swoon! I love zombies and I'm bat shit scared of them at the same time. I would've either had a complete meltdown or probably kicked some poor actor impersonating a zombie. Whatever the outcome, I would take that zombie walk in a heartbeat.
Charlie and Allyssa are cute together as well. I'm so glad that Charlie is finally out of that Jase's grasp.

This should get published 100% and I hope it gets picked up this season because my inner nerd approves.

P.S. I'm totally making a shirt that says 'Strong Female Character'. It's one of the smartest things I've come across in a while.

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Jen Wilde on Oct. 25, 2015, 5:57 p.m. said:

Jen Wilde


Yay! Wow, Nadia, I'm SO happy you enjoyed it! I have a love/hate relationship with zombies too, haha! I love that you love Jamie and Taylor so much, they are so cute and I loved writing them. And the Strong Female Character tees totally exist! I want one too :D https://teespring.com/strongfemalecharacter :D Thank you so much for reading, rating and commenting!

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Nadia I. Nitol on Oct. 23, 2015, 5:13 a.m. said:

Nadia I. Nitol


So I'm 5 chapters in and hooked. And I want a Jamie because I'm a lot like Taylor.

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