TWO WEEK SEDUCTION by Kathy Lyons … release day!
Jun30

TWO WEEK SEDUCTION by Kathy Lyons … release day!

Entangled Publishing She’s going to break all of his rules… Tech Sergeant John O’Donnell was never fond of his hometown. Too many reminders of poverty, his rocky family life, and the girl he was never allowed to have. Now he has exactly two weeks to sort out his mother’s finances before he heads back overseas. Two weeks that he’s determined to spend as far from his best friend’s little sister as possible. Alea Heling has a naughty streak a mile wide. Sweet and simple? Boring. She’s been craving a bad boy like John since their wild days together in high school, and this time, she’s not taking no for an answer. But with every panty-meltingly hot encounter, Alea forgets one hard, cold reality—this soldier won’t let a fortnight turn into forever…and forever might be exactly what they both need.   Information: Title: Two Week Seduction Author: Kathy Lyons Genre: Contemporary Romance Length: 195 pages Release Date: June 30, 2014 Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-641-6 Imprint: Brazen Digital ebook on sale at select retailers for a limited time Sale pricing cannot be guaranteed KATHY LYONS writes light, funny, sexy stories for Harlequin Blaze. She loves the faster pace of category books and that her humor can shine through. She leaves the dark, tortured love stories to her alter ego, Jade Lee. Visit them both on the web at www.kathylyons.com or www.jadeleeauthor.com! FIND THE AUTHOR HERE:   @jadeleeauthor     Facebook      Website     Good Reads   Read the excerpt … “Thank you for your help,” he said. His voice was rusty, but clear enough. She gasped in mock shock. “He speaks! Five words and it wasn’t rude!” Against his will, his lips twitched. She always could make him smile when he least wanted to. She leaned forward, a mischievous twinkle in her eyes. “Let’s try something else. I know it’s dangerous—I mean, your head might explode or something—but I say we risk it. Give me a compliment.” “Fishing?” he drawled. She tsked. “That wasn’t a compliment. You’re supposed to say something nice. About me.” He didn’t answer. Mostly because he was thinking of all the things he wanted to say. That her skin looked soft and her eyes were a changeable hazel that always kept him guessing. That her tits were round and full, just begging to be nipped. That she was small compared to his six foot three frame, but she had legs long enough to wrap around his waist as he buried himself inside her. And that red hair, a bright red flash of color on her perfect body, was a scream of danger he lusted after. While those thoughts spun through his mind, her expression soured. With a...

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Winners for the July Query or 1st Page Workshop!
Jun27

Winners for the July Query or 1st Page Workshop!

We have winners for our July workshop with the Pitch Wars mentors. I’ve pick 55 names instead of 40!!  If your name is on the list, please send in your query or 1st page to brendadrakecontests@gmail.com right away (no later than Monday, June 30 at 8AM Eastern Time). If you don’t send it in by the cut off time, you will not get to participate in the workshop. The first batch of critiques will go live on the blog July 7. ***Please put the query or 1st page (250 words, double-spaced manuscript page) in the body of the email. No need to include category/genre/title/word count. Does not have to be a completed manuscript.  If the 250th word of the 1st page falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of that sentence. If you didn’t make it in, follow along and maybe it will help you with your own work. Here’s the list …   Gin Farrell Alessa Hinlo Gwen Cole Connie Edwardson Michael Stanton Lyra Robinette Wendy Vogel Ellie Sullivan Anna U. Mormack Noelle Pierce Denise Drespling Ann MarJory Kaminski Kaleen Harding Rachel Stones Keith Willis JEN Garrett Suzanne Leder Burmeister Robin Korb Don M. King Susan Crispell Spring Paul Diane Rose Kimberly Moravec Carolyn (fictionwriter) Summer Spence Marcelle Corrie Megan Cooley Peterson Michael Seese Pamela Pabst Jessica Kemp Kathleen S. Allen Patricia Nesbitt Michelle Rosenfield Heather Brady London Crockett Debbie Dorris Jamie (sunshine) Julia Bade Vanessa Lillie Jennifer Brinkmeyer Geni Phipps R. E. Morrison Richard Gamboa Kristin Reynolds Max Brunner Karla (endlesslypre…_ Jocelyn Frentz Kelly Heinen Marlana Antifit Talynn Lynn Samantha Hileman Mandy O’Dell Silberstein Anita Saxena Angela D Ambrosio Ashley Hearn Congratulations!...

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Pitch Wars … the mentor list!
Jun22

Pitch Wars … the mentor list!

  What is Pitch Wars, you ask? Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents. The mentors also critique the writer’s pitch to get it ready for the agent round. Mentors also pick one alternate each in case their writer drops out of the contest. Writers send applications (query and first chapter of manuscript) to their four mentor choices that best fit their work. The mentors then read all their applications and choose the writer they want to mentor for two months. Then we hold an agent round with over a dozen (sometimes close to twenty) agents making requests. Go to this post for the full contest schedule: http://www.brenda-drake.com/2014/05/contest-schedule-yep-im-getting-organized/ This contest is open to MG, YA, NA, & Adult fiction. Completed manuscripts only. We had so many successes the last Pitch Wars that I’ve decided to add more mentors to this round. We have 75 mentors. Yes, 75!! There will be a mentor wish list/bio bloghop on August 4-18. Each mentor will post what category and genres they will consider to mentor. The submission window to send in the applications will be open for 24 hours on August 18. For now, you can check the mentors out on Twitter by clicking on the links below. Also, Marieke Nijkamp is putting together an “Ask the Mentors” event on the Twitter hashtag, #PitchWars. We’ll post more information  and dates for it soon.   And now, here are your Pitch Wars mentors … Update: Sean McConnell had to back out of Pitch Wars, but taking his place we’re excited to have … Dionne McCulloch Michelle Hauck Jennifer Blackwood Amy Reichert N.K. Traver Gail Nall Diana Gallagher Dannie Morin Joy McCullough-Carranza Rae Chang Brent Taylor Sarah Henning Molly Lee Eden Plantz Mónica Bustamante Wagner Stephanie Garber Stacey Lee Elizabeth Briggs Evelyn Ehrlich Julie Sondra Decker Trisha Leaver Karma Brown Naomi Hughes Erica Chapman Sarah Nicolas Jaye Robin Brown Dan Koboldt Renee Ahdieh Brianna Shrum Kara Leigh Miller S.K. Falls Sarah Guillory Rebecca Yarros Jami Nord Fiona McLaren Kristen Strassel Lori Goldstein Lauren Spieller Juliana L. Brandt Maggie Hall Whitney Fletcher Virginia Boecker Veronica Bartles Ben Brooks Mina Vaughn Meredith McCardle Brooks Benjamin Marieke Nijkamp Jason Nelson Kate Karyus Quinn Jaime Loren Ricki Schultz Stefanie Wass Jessie Humphries Stacey Trombley Lindsay Currie K.T. Hanna Natasha Neagle E.M. Caines Shana Silver Emily Martin Brighton Walsh Rachel Lynn Solomon Cole Gibsen Sharon Johnston L.S. Murphy Catherine Scully Jessie Devine Kes Trester Kelly Loy Gilbert Ronni Arno Blaisdell Trisha Leigh Charlie Holmberg Cecily White Stephanie...

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Guest Post … Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie talk CREED and offer you a free read of SILO!
Jun20

Guest Post … Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie talk CREED and offer you a free read of SILO!

With the release date of CREED rapidly approaching, Trisha and I have been fielding questions about what our co-authored voice sounds like, how psychologically twisted our collective mind is, and do I need to read all of your co-authored pieces with the lights on? Rather than simply answer those questions, we thought we’d take it one step further and actually show you! We toyed with writing a prequel-type novella to set the stage for CREED, but you know us…why write a novella to CREED when you can give them entirely different book to enjoy! After much discussion with our agents and an enthusiastic ‘go for it’ from our publisher, we have decided to utilize Wattpad to give the world a sneak peek at what they can expect from our co-authored voice. So here it is, a new, psychologically twisted, co-authored YA Thriller.     “The darkness would’ve scared me years ago, but not anymore—if you couldn’t see it, then you didn’t know it was there to be afraid of.” ~Jake Holloway, SILO Each week, we will be sharing a chapter of our co-authored book, SILO, on Wattpad for the world to enjoy, hate, question our sanity, run screaming from… The last chapter of the book will drop the week of November 8th, the same week CREED releases! So, go forth and be appropriately frightened as you realize just what our twisted minds of capable of. Spread the word, leave a comment on Wattpad or simply enjoy the book in the dark confines of your own home. Link to SILO on Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/54090436-silo     Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent dog. Her co-authored, YA Psychological Horror drops November 8, 2014 from FLUX. Her solo YA Contemporary, THE SECRETS WE KEEP, releases April, 28th 2015 from FSG/ Macmillan www.trishaleaver.com Goodreads Twitter Facebook   Lindsay lives in Chicago, Illinois with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids and one adorable, but irreverent Bullmastiff named Sam. She graduated from Knox College in the heart of the Midwest and has been writing for as long as she can remember. Today, Lindsay is an author, as well as a freelance editor for young adult, new adult and middle grade fiction. She is a proud member of SCBWI, The YA Scream Queens and OneFourKidLit. www.lindsaycurrie.com Goodreads Twitter    ...

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I have a huge announcement!
Jun19

I have a huge announcement!

So, something crazy and wonderful and beyond amazing happened today! And it made me squeal and dance around the house! I was overwhelmed by all the wonderful congratulations on Twitter and Facebook that I made a slobbery mess of my face. It’s been a long journey full of hills and not many valleys. But I kept climbing and finally found my way back to the summit. And luckily, I had support along the way. Someone to lift me up when I doubted myself. That someone is my amazing agent Peter Knapp with The Park Literary Group. I couldn’t have made it here without him, and I’m so happy he wanted me as his client. He changed  my life! Go follow him and like him. He’s … did I already say amazing? Oh, okay. Well, HE IS! Peter Knapp The Park Literary Group So here it is!! I have a new shiny book deal with Entangled Teen! Thank you Liz Pelletier for having faith in me! Thanks everyone for having patience while we worked this out. And a special thanks to Erica Chapman, Shannon Duffy, Shelley Watters, Marieke Nijkamp, Veronica Bartles, and many others who’ve helped me along the way. LIBRARY JUMPERS will be in hard cover soon, and I’ll get to hug and cry on it and sleep with it … And now, I think I’ll go eat some...

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July Query or First Page Workshop … sign up now!
Jun19

July Query or First Page Workshop … sign up now!

I’m holding a query or first page (your choice) workshop with our wonderful Pitch Wars mentors during the month of July! They’ll critique your work and help you shine up that query or 1st page. We have 40 spots (if not more) available. All you have to do is sign up for a chance to win one of the spots on the Rafflecopter below. The critique will be posted on my blog, so if you’re squeamish about posting your work, please don’t enter. It’s for any category and genre. Your manuscript doesn’t have to be completed. I’ll draw names on June 27, so be ready to submit your sample for critique immediately after I announce the winners. Let us know in the comments which critique you’re interested in. Sign up now!   a Rafflecopter...

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Vacation time … and workshop announcement!
Jun09

Vacation time … and workshop announcement!

I’ll be on vacation June 10 to June 18, and when I come back, I’ll announce a workshop coming up in July! It’ll be for either queries or first pages. If you have a preference, leave it in the comments of this...

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Bloghop – My Writing Process
Jun06

Bloghop – My Writing Process

I’ve been so lucky to be tagged by the great and powerful Erica M. Chapman to participate in the MMy Writing Process Bloghop. You can find her blog here and twitter here. For this bloghop I’m going to answer a few questions and then tag three of my friends to do the same! Fun, right? Here we go!! What am I working on? I’ve just started a young adult creepy, ghosty (not a word, but fits)  romance. It’s top secret, so that’s about all the details I can give right now.  I love writing it, though! It’s a different type a story than I’m used to writing. It’s fun to stretch my writing muscles on something new. I’m going on vacation, and when I get back, I’ll be in line edits for my middle grade novel. One day, it will be completed. I hope.   How does my work differ from others in its genre? This is such a tough question. I have no idea. I think that writers’ works differ by voice. Writers’ works may be similar, but it’s the voice that sets us apart. How we were raised, where we grew up, and our interactions with the world add uniqueness to our voices. Unless you’re copy-catting, you have your own way of relaying your thoughts to the world.     Why do I write what I do? I write middle grade and young adult because I love to explore that time when we were younger and discovering many firsts. I tend to write more in the fantasy or thriller genres because I love to escape to someplace unexpected and not be in the norm, plus I love a lot of action. And I like discovering new and magical worlds.     How does my writing process work? I usually get an idea for a story and quickly jot down a plot graph for it. Lately, and I’m slowly accepting this process, I’ve outlined. Gasp! It does happen, old dogs can learn new tricks. I do find that I completely ignore the outline while I’m writing, but it’s very helpful when I get stuck. I’m sort of crazy about editing while I write. Whenever I open my document in the morning, I have to read over what I wrote the day before and edit. I’ve tried to write crappy drafts to get the story down on paper before, but it freaks me out. As we all know, writers can be a little bit on the cray-cray side. I’m no exception.     Who’s up next? TAG! You’re it!                    ...

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Another Pitch Wars Success Story … Tobie Easton!
Jun03

Another Pitch Wars Success Story … Tobie Easton!

  The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we are so happy to have Tobie Easton and her Pitch Wars mentor, Skylar Dorset, here for a little Q and A. Tobie recently signed with Jennifer Unter with The Unter Agency. So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. Tobie, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Skylar? When I read Skylar’s wish list (and saw that she was writing a YA fantasy series), I put her on my list right away. Many of the Pitch Wars mentors were open to tweets, so I tweeted a brief pitch to the ones I thought would be interested. Skylar’s unveiled excitement about the concept when she tweeted back made me crazy happy and cemented her spot at the very top of my list. I also loved that on her website she said, “I am convinced all modern fictional heroes fit one of two molds: Fitzwilliam Darcy and Rhett Butler” (which is so true!), so I made sure to reference that in my query. That is true, they do. Love that! I think reaching out on Twitter to get yourself noticed was a great plan. Skylar, what about Tobie’s application made you choose her? She had a really great query that intrigued me immediately. I mean, mermaids? Wars involving the Little Mermaid fairy tale? Sirening? How cool does all that sound? So I asked for the first three chapters, and I was hooked immediately. I loved Lia’s voice and just wanted to spend more time with her. Um, mermaid wars? I’m sold! So Tobie, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Pitch Wars was definitely a HUGE help to me in terms of revisions, but not in the way you might expect. I actually got the bulk of my revising done before being selected! Having the Pitch Wars entry date looming gave me a deadline to work toward as I edited. Then I got a ton of helpful feedback from people I met on the Pitch Wars Twitter feed. I was so delighted by how welcoming and encouraging the entire community was! I received query critiques and edits on my opening pages from other entrants and mentors alike. The amazing Rae critiqued my query and first page for my birthday, which landed during the contest. Once Skylar chose my book and generously offered to give feedback on the entire manuscript, I knew I wanted it to be its absolute spiffiest before she saw it. So, while Skylar and I worked...

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