Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Michelle Hauck!
Aug29

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Michelle Hauck!

Amazon Book Depository with free shipping. Barnes and Noble Paperback Kindle Nook Book Blurb: Princess Kindar of Anost dreams of playing the hero and succeeding to her mother’s throne. But dreams are for fools. Reality involves two healthy sisters and a wasting disease of suffocating cough that’s killing her by inches. When her elder sister is murdered, the blame falls on Kindar, putting her head on the chopping block. No one who survives eighteen years of choke lung lacks determination. A novice wizard, Maladonis Bin, approaches with a vision—a cure in a barren land of volcanic fumes. As choices go, a charming bootlicker that trips over his own feet isn’t the best option, but beggars can’t be choosers. Kindar escapes with Mal and several longtime attendants only to have her eyes opened that her country faces dark times.  Her mother’s decision to close the prosperous mines spurs poverty and joblessness, inciting rebellion and opening Anost to foreign invasion. As Mal urges her toward a cure that will prove his visions, suddenly, an ally turns traitor, delivering Kindar to a rebel army, who have their own plans for a sickly princess. With the killer poised to strike again, the rebels bearing down, and the country falling apart, she must weigh her personal hunt for a cure against saving her people.   Michelle Hauck Twitter: @Michelle4Laughs  | Blog: Michelle4Laughs: It’s in the Details Facebook: Michelle Hauck, Author | Goodreads: Kindar’s Cure | Tumblr: Michelle4Laughs Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack. She is a co-host of the yearly query contests Query Kombat, Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow. Her epic fantasy, Kindar’s Cure, was published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, was published by The Elephant’s Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer’s Double Edge. Elephant’s Bookshelf Press also published another of her short stories, The Unfinished Task, in their winter anthology, Winter’s Regret. She’s represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Brighton Walsh!
Aug29

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Brighton Walsh!

Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouth-watering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby-hands, he’s shocked at her response… Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt. But now, every time she turns around Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want…   Brighton Walsh Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible. Her debut novel, Caged in Winter, will be released with Berkley/Penguin on November 4, 2014. She is represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with E.M. Caines!
Aug28

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with E.M. Caines!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords | iTunes If only fairy tales warned “happily ever after” only happens with the right guy… 15-year-old Bianca learns the hard way when she falls for Dante, the hottest guy in her class, who turns out to be anything but charming. And it doesn’t help that Tim, a long-time crush and her brother’s best friend, still makes her head fuzzy. Bianca has to ask: WILL THE REAL PRINCE CHARMING PLEASE STAND UP?   E.M. Caines aka Ella Martin Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Instagram Ella Martin is a prep school survivor and a Southern California native. She writes books about spunky teenagers who are way cooler than she ever was, and she totally believes in love and happy endings. She likes sunny places and is terrified of snowy winters, so she now lives in Florida with her husband and son....

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Sarah Guillory!
Aug28

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Sarah Guillory!

AWARDS: GOLD 2013 Foreword Book of the Year in Young Adult Fiction SILVER 2014 IPPY Book Award in Young Adult Fiction Purchase From: INDIEBOUND   AMAZON   BARNES & NOBLE  BOOKS-A-MILLION  Add book to your Goodreads shelf. Jenna Oliver doesn’t have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two. All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. She’s determined she’ll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers—one that isn’t tainted by her family’s past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets. Ian McAlister doesn’t want to start over; he wants to remember. Ian can’t recall a single thing from the last three months—and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle. The secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget. Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he’s supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can’t resist Jenna—which is the trigger that makes Ian’s memory return. Jenna, Ian, & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you. Reviews Kirkus: “Frequent nature-inspired metaphors add depth. Intriguing.” Booklist: “Guillory knows how to turn a phrase, and her writing is beautiful in places.” School Library Journal: “The absorbing narrative and fast-moving mystery will appeal to a much broader audience. A definite purchase for most high school libraries.”   Sarah Guillory Website | Twitter | Blog | Tumblr | Goodreads Sarah Guillory is an award-winning teacher and author. Her debut novel, Reclaimed, was named the 2013 Foreword Book of the Year in Young Adult Fiction and garnered the Silver 2014 IPPY Book Award, also in Young Adult Fiction. She lives in Louisiana with her husband and their bloodhound.  ...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Charlie Holmberg!
Aug27

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Charlie Holmberg!

Release date: September 1, 2014. Published with 47North. Pre-order The Paper Magician on Amazon Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever. Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic. An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.   Charlie Holmberg Website | Twitter | Goodreads Homegrown in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie with three sisters who also have boy names. She writes fantasy novels and does freelance editing on the side. She’s a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, and owns too many pairs of glasses....

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Stacey Lee!
Aug27

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Stacey Lee!

Release Date March 17, 2015 Available for preorder now! Amazon Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail. An unforgettable story of friendship and sacrifice—perfect for fans of Code Name Verity.   Stacey Lee Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Goodreads Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys.  She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul.  A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall.  After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain.  She plays classical piano, raises children, and writes YA...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Cole Gibsen!
Aug26

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Cole Gibsen!

Preorder: Amazon | B & N | Book Depository | B-A-M | IndieBound | Powells   The Social Media Experiment Publication Date: September 23rd, 2014 When you play with people’s lives the biggest casualty may be your own. On the surface, seventeen-year-old Reagan Fray appears to have everything. She’s popular, Ivy League–bound, and her parents are rich enough to buy her whatever she wants. Behind the scenes, Reagan is a girl with an anxiety disorder struggling to hold the fraying threads of her life together. It takes work to stay on top, and when that fails, Reagan’s learned from her politician mother that a little social espionage never hurts. That is, until the day Reagan finds all of her texts and private messages printed out and taped to every locker in her high school. Finding herself ostracized from her friends and on the receiving end of the bullying she used to dish out, Reagan won’t settle into her new role as social pariah without a fight. Determined to get back in with her friends and reclaim her social status before her mother finds out and sends her to boarding school, Reagan has no choice but to team up with outcast Nolan Letner. But the closer Reagan gets to Nolan, the more she realizes all of her actions have consequences, and her future might be the biggest casualty of all.   Cole Gibsen Website | Twitter Bio: At seventeen Cole found herself homeless with only a beat-up Volkswagen Jetta and a bag of Goodwill clothing to her name. The only things that got her through the nights she spent parked in truck stops and cornfields were the stacks of books she checked out from the library along with her trusty flashlight. Because of the reprieve these books gave her from her troubles, Cole vowed to become a writer so she could provide the same escape to readers who needed a break the reality of their own...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Jessie Humphries!
Aug26

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Jessie Humphries!

Available at Amazon, BAM, IndieBound, Barnes and Noble And other local & national retailers. Ruby Rose has killer shoes, killer SAT scores…and a few killer secrets. In this dark and witty thriller, seventeen-year-old Ruby Rose goes from valedictorian to vigilante, forced to kill a series of infamous criminals while uncovering an explosive family secret.     “With a fierce and witty heroine, this dark and twisty mystery is everything I love in a book. KILLING RUBY ROSE is an all-around thrilling debut that kept me riveted from beginning to end!” –from Megan Miranda, Bestselling Author of the Fracture series   Jessie Humphries Website | Blog | Twitter | YouTube | Facebook | Tumblr | Goodreads Jessie was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She received a BA from San Diego State University, where she cultivated her love of the beach, then lived in France, where she cultivated her weakness for shoes, and finally earned a law degree from UNLV, where she cultivated her interest in justice. After practicing law for several years she began writing, and, appropriately, her debut novel Killing Ruby Rose is a thriller about vigilante justice set in sunny southern California with a shoe-obsessed protagonist. Jessie currently writes and practices law in Las Vegas, where she lives with her husband and children. Literary Agent Contact Information: Publisher Contact: Sarah Davies skyscape-authors@amazon.comThe Greenhouse Literary Agency (703) 865-4990 SarahD@greenhouseliterary.com Publicity Contact: Tanesa Whiting Mixed Media Entertainment 2831 St. Rose Parkway, Suite #208 Henderson NV, 89052 (702)...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with L.S. Murphy!
Aug25

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with L.S. Murphy!

Rena Woods has a great life. She recently landed the contract to decorate the home of basketball wife, Cecilia Hood, her business is growing, and this contract could make her the elite decorator in St. Louis. Rena’s sacrificed her personal life for her company without a single regret. When Staff Sergeant C.J. Riker moves in across the hall, Rena can’t stand to be around him. He may be on the volcanic side of hot, but his attitude sucks. Riker does whatever he can to get under Rena’s skin. After a massive blow to her business sends Rena on a self-destructive binge, Riker is there to save her from doing something she might regret. Could there be more to Riker than meets the eye? And will he open up enough to Rena to tell her how he lost his leg or shut out love forever? Link: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/neighbors/   Available to buy now!         L.S. Murphy Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr L.S. Murphy lives in the Greater St. Louis area where she watches Cardinals baseball, reads every book she can find, and weaves tales for teens and adults. When not doing all of the above, she tends to The Bean (aka her daughter), her husband and a menagerie of pets. Repped by Julia A. Weber of  J. A. Weber...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Kristen Strassel!
Aug25

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Kristen Strassel!

THE NIGHT SONGS COLLECTION: Contemporary and Paranormal Romance Available to buy now! Seasons in the Sun Because the Night Night Moves We Own the Night–Available September 1, 2014 Title: Because the Night Genre NA Paranormal Romance Sex, Blood And Rock n’ Roll Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery. Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her. Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust. But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her. Also available: Seasons in the Sun (#0.5), Night Moves (#2)   Kristen Strassel Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook I write stories about vampires, rock stars, or vampire rock stars. Music has been a part of my soul since I spun records on my Bee Gees record player. Anne Rice introduced me to my first vampires and left me hungry for more. When I started writing The Night Songs collection, I realized how much rock stars and vampires had in common. I share a birthday with Steven Tyler and Dianna Ross, and strive every day to be half as fabulous as they are. I’m lucky to have an awesome day job. I do makeup for film, TV, and commercials. When I’m not writing smut or making people beautiful, I can be found decorating my house, watching football, or pole dancing (badly). I’m also usually wearing at least one thing with leopard...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Veronica Bartles!
Aug22

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Veronica Bartles!

Veronica Bartles Website | Twitter | Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads | Tumblr Veronica Bartles grew up in Wyoming and currently lives in New Mexico with her husband and four children. As the second of eight children and the mother of four, Veronica Bartles is no stranger to the ups and downs of sibling relationships. She uses this insight to write stories about siblings who mostly love each other, even while they’re driving one another crazy. When Veronica’s not writing or lost in the pages of her newest favorite book, she enjoys creating delicious desserts, exploring new places, and knitting with recycled materials. TWELVE STEPS is Veronica’s first novel. Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Books a Million | Goodreads | Authorgraph Sixteen-year-old Andi is tired of being a second-class sibling to perfect sister Laina. The only thing Andi’s sure she has going for her is her awesome hair. And even that is eclipsed by Laina’s perfect everything else. When Andi’s crush asks her to fix him up with Laina, Andi decides enough is enough, and devises a twelve-step program to wrangle the spotlight away from Laina and get the guy. Step 1: Admit she’s powerless to change her perfect sister, and accept that her life really, really sucks. Step 4: Make a list of her good qualities. She MUST have more than just great hair, right? Step 7: Demand attention for more than just the way she screws things up. When a stolen kiss from her crush ends in disaster, Andi realizes that her twelve-step program isn’t working. Her prince isn’t as charming as she’d hoped, and the spotlight she’s been trying to steal isn’t the one she wants. As Laina’s flawless façade begins to crumble, the sisters work together to find a spotlight big enough for both to shine....

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Kate Karyus Quinn!
Aug21

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Kate Karyus Quinn!

Kate Karyus Quinn Website | Blog  | facebook Twitter | tumblr | Goodreads Kate is a young adult author of creepy paranormal tinged novels. Her debut novel, ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE, was published by Harperteen in 2013. (DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME, also with HarperTeen, came out this past June. She lives in Buffalo, NY (which she considers one of the best places ever – GO BILLS!) with her husband, two children, and two comically mismatched dogs (a teeny cocker spaniel and an oversized Great Dane/St. Bernard).   Purchase ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound, or find it on Goodreads. The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series. On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished. A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon. Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.   Purchase (DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound, or find it on Goodreads. Welcome to Gardnerville. A place where no one gets sick. And almost no one ever dies. There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them. Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for...

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