B. A. Binns
B. A. Binns is a Chicago Area author who writes to attract and inspire reluctant readers with stories of “real boys growing into real men…and the people who love them.” After graduating Hyde Park High School, she obtained degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State University; and in Computer Science from Roosevelt University, and DePaul University. Her writing skills were honed at Chicago State University and Harper College. She does talks and classes on domestic violence and teens, attracting teen boy readers, and multicultural literature.
She finds writing an exercise in self-discipline, and the perfect follow-up to her life as the eldest of five children, an adoptive parent, and a cancer survivor. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Chicago Writers Association, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). In 2009 her work won the Oklahoma Romance Writers Finally a Bride Contest and the Rose City Golden Rose Contest. In 2010 she was a finalist in the RWA Golden Heart® contest. Her favorite quote is from Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Easy reading is damned hard writing.”
She is the YA “genre-ista” on the Romancing the Genres group blog at romancingthegenres.blogspot.com.
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Minority Of One
Neill: Young, Black, Gay. A teen with a future set in stone by a loving family, whether he wants it or not.
Sheila: Young, White. Former poor little rich girl, now just poor. Facing an unknown future with a mother she barely knows.
When Neill's brother is arrested for murdering Sheila's mother these two outliers have to unravel the invisible ties binding them together to uncover the real killer.
Malik Kaplan is the bully of Farrington High. Alcohol keeps him going; alcohol is destroying his life. He doesn’t see any problem, until he is faced with court-ordered community service shepherding an angry kid who hates the world, an “offer he can’t refuse” from the boy’s gang leader brother, and an opponent he can’t crush: a girl with an alcoholic father who wants nothing to do with any bad boy.
The world implodes for 17-year-old David when his father kills his mother. He fights to separate himself from the violence in his past. He deals with homework and hormones that draw him toward Yolanda, the hottest girl around. She means trouble because she belongs to bad boy Malik. Malik has it out for David, on the basketball court, as a romantic rival, and as a threat to David's younger sister.
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