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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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"This is the geeky, queer book of our dreams. ... This fluffy, nerdy book is perfect for cosplayers and convention-lovers." —Seventeen

"Full of irreverent humor and in-jokes, it’s geeky and funny, with a heavy dose of self-discovery and introspection from the main characters, Charlie and Taylor. ... Seeing girls and women uplifting, protecting, and loving each other is extremely powerful especially in the context of fandom. The book deals head on with issues of mental health, body shaming, sexuality, and internet celebrity, handling them with a delicate and skillful touch." —Teen Vogue

"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

"Queens of Geek is full of book and movie references and is a fun look at the fandom convention phenomena. Taylor's anxiety and experience with Asperger's are treated with sensitivity. ... A fun, quick read that will appeal to romance readers and self-proclaimed geeks." —VOYA

"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

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78 comments on "Queens of Geek"

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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Jen Wilde on Oct. 23, 2015, 6:29 p.m. said:

Jen Wilde


Yay! That's so awesome to hear! Hope you love the rest of it just as much :D I want a Jamie too, haha!

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Catherine Tinker on Oct. 19, 2015, 6:06 p.m. said:

Catherine Tinker


I am still working my way through but I love everyone in this book and it deserves a space on my Swoon shelf right next to where I'll place All The Feels.

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Jen Wilde on Oct. 21, 2015, 8:31 p.m. said:

Jen Wilde


Oh my god, that's awesome! I'm so happy you're enjoying it! :D

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Lizzie on Oct. 7, 2015, 11:12 p.m. said:

Lizzie


What did you like about the story? Any suggestions on how the writer could improve it?

I loved it.

I love the characters. I love how real they feel. I love how I could get to identify with them.
I just loved it.

I love how I feel validated by their experiences. I love the respect and love that the characters found for themselves.
I love how interesting the story was and how the author adressed the characters' diversity without glossing over it or making it all about that.
There was a writer bisexual woman of color on the book I just read!!!!!
There was a tumblr and fandom loving character who kicks ass and deals with anxiety every day.
And they are friends.
I just read a book in which women help women.

I feel like if there was a small ball of light living inside my chest. I feel the smile on my face,

Just, yeah, that....

What popular book or story would you compare it to?

It reminded me a little of Fangirl by rainbowrowel.
Mostly because of the created universe and fandom references.

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Jen Wilde on Oct. 10, 2015, 6:08 p.m. said:

Jen Wilde


Mabelle, I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this comment. I've read it so many times, and it just makes me so happy. This is EXACTLY what I wanted readers to feel. Validated, and to identify with the characters, to see themselves in the story. Knowing that it made you smile, that you felt a ball of light in your chest ... wow, that's beautiful. I'm so happy you connected with my story so heavily, and I can't thank you enough for reading, rating and leaving such a thoughtful comment. The fact that you compared it to Fangirl is the icing on the cake! Thank you <3

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Claire Kann on Oct. 5, 2015, 4:40 p.m. said:

Claire Kann


Four chapters in and I like how much I don't want to stop reading! But work is calling me... Bogus. Heinous. Most non-triumphant :) Can't wait to continue.

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Jen Wilde on Oct. 5, 2015, 7:15 p.m. said:

Jen Wilde


Most non-triumphant indeed! But I'm glad you're enjoying it already! Can't wait to hear what you think of it :)

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Catherine Tinker on Sept. 30, 2015, 1:48 p.m. said:

Catherine Tinker


Finished chapter one and am definitely hooked. One little nitpick: when Jamie talks about how he was born in the States but his mother got a job in Melbourne, "mom" is the word we say here instead of "mum," so that could be a fun spot for his friends to tease him about his Aussie "conversion" as well.

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