Pitch Wars Interview with Jenn Kompos and her co-mentors, Stephanie Scott and Valerie Cole
Sep30

Pitch Wars Interview with Jenn Kompos and her co-mentors, Stephanie Scott and Valerie Cole

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews by Marnise Nicole Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their project. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions.   Meet Jenn Kompos and her co-mentors, Stephanie Scott and Valerie Cole Team: Team Vote Lily! Stephanie Scott (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I read a mix of YA, lit fic, romance, memoirs, and gaming forums (currently: Destiny, upcoming: Fallout 4). I love finding a solid young adult contemporary novel. Right now I’m reading WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE by Huntley Fitzpatrick and Nova Ren Suma’s THE WALLS AROUND US. Both are excellent realistic YA, but very different. Valerie Cole (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I read just about everything. While contemporary is my sweet spot, I have a love for fantasy, thrillers, and mysteries. Right now I’m reading Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown, which is an evil mermaid story. Jenn Kompos (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I’m the kid who had to be banned from reading at the dinner table (still mad about this, by the way) so I pretty much just have an insatiable need to READ that goes across genres. That said, contemporary YA seems to be my happy place. I adore the character-driven swoony kind of read where the characters angst and grow and fall in love. But, I also enjoy a good fantasy or any kind of story, especially if there’s some sort of romance element to the story that hooks me and pulls me in (I’m usually the one waiting for people in movies to kiss). That all probably carries over into my writing—I write contemporary YA, tend to spend most of my effort and time thinking about my main character, and there’s always going to be some kind of loving or kissing going on somewhere at some level in my work. I’m also a former newspaper reporter and I am finding that some element of the news seems be showing up in some way in whatever I write. Stephanie, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I found my agent through a contest, and did one of Brenda’s contests back in 2012 (Pitch Madness). I really wanted to give back once I was ready. This year, co-mentoring has been awesome. I pick Valerie’s brain on publishing so often that pairing up made sense. Valerie, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? Stephanie Scott asked me to be her co-mentor, and I couldn’t say no. Stephanie has been one of my critique partners for a few years now and I love her...

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A Pitch Wars interview with Brian Palmer and his mentor, Holly Faur
Sep30

A Pitch Wars interview with Brian Palmer and his mentor, Holly Faur

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their project. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions.   Meet Holly Faur and Brian Palmer Team DumbledoreShrugged Holly Faur (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Hello! Let’s see…some of my favorite books growing up were Anne of Green Gables (I still wish I could find some of that cherry cordial), and Adventures in the Northwoods. I walked around saying “Yeah, sure, you betcha'” like the MC’s stepbrother did until my mom told me I could not, as “Yeah” was not a real word. Then I moved on to classics, and that’s were I fell in love with F. Scott and Lewis Carroll. I love most genres, and now that my oldest son is reading YA, he’s cool and let’s me read the same books. Do not get us started on The Maze Runner. My writing style is out line, out line, out line. Write, then panic when things don’t go as planned. And then just pants the heck out of it while drinking insane amounts of tea (Mad Tea Party Blend, because we’re all mad here). I live in a tiny town with two traffic lights that really do more harm than good. I buy planners and don’t use them. I probably should since I have four children. I buy sticky notes too, and they are everywhere. Brian Palmer (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember. When I ran out of things to do at school during class, I would read. My school had book reading contests each year, and I got so into it that I not only won in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades, but I was CRUSHED when I did not win in 5th and 6th grades (curse you, Gavin Kwong, and your equally insatiable love of reading!). One of the biggest mistakes of my life was borrowing The Lord of the Rings from the library somewhere around age ten, and then not reading it (God knows why); knowing what I know now, I wonder how different my reading/writing tastes might be today if I had read it then. When it comes to reading, I think of my tastes as being like Michael Chabon’s library of work–all over the place. I love an epic fantasy like LotR as much as Goodnight Moon (parent!), modern classic dramas like Ha Jin’s Waiting as easily as Marie Lu’s YA dystopian Legend Trilogy, and a sci-fi like Ender’s Game (I have never, ever had such a strong response...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Amanda Rawson Hill and Heidi Stallman and their mentor, Jessica Vitalis
Sep29

Pitch Wars Interview with Amanda Rawson Hill and Heidi Stallman and their mentor, Jessica Vitalis

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews by Marnise Nicole Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their project. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions.   Meet Amanda Rawson Hill, Heidi Stallman, and their mentor Jessica Vitalis Team: Operation Magic Jessica Vitalis (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Eight years ago, I made a commitment to get serious about the one activity I’ve always loved (but was too scared to pursue): writing. Since I had no idea how to go about making up book-length stories, I decided to start with a YA memoir about my bizarre childhood, which was spent living on the fringes of society. While the story was unique, my writing was not. The good news is that by the time I had the sense to tuck the manuscript away in the desk drawer where it belonged, I’d learned a great deal about how to write a novel (and how not to). Armed with that knowledge, I wrote a second YA. It wasn’t until I turned to my third novel, a middle grade, that everything I’d learned over the years came together, sparking a passion for middle grade literature. (Fun fact: I’ve read every Newbery Medal winner for the last 20 years) Along with my knowledge of craft, my writing style has evolved over time. I’ve tried writing a novel with no pre-planning, I’ve tried writing from an outline, and I’ve discovered that a combination of both works best (for me). I like to start with a MC and climax in mind and let the character reveal how his or her story is going to unfold. After I complete the first draft, I outline the story to highlight weaknesses and give me a roadmap for the revision process. Amanda Rawson Hill (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. Hi, I’m Amanda Rawson Hill. Three and a half years ago I couldn’t sleep because the words of a picture book kept running through my head. I’ve been writing ever since. (And yes, the picture book was awful.) Since then I’ve traveled every inch of I-80 over the course of three moves and written almost every night while my kids tried to escape their bedtime prisons. I really love to read anything that sticks with me long after it’s finished. For me, those are usually stories with bittersweet endings. So I’m kind of a downer-reader. If it’s sad, I probably love it. Of course, I can’t only read sad books because I do occasionally like to enjoy life. So I break them up with contemporary fantasy and retellings. My writing style is…evolving. Is that...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Courtney Leigh and her mentor Summer Spence
Sep29

Pitch Wars Interview with Courtney Leigh and her mentor Summer Spence

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews by Marnise Nicole Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their project. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions.   Meet Courtney Leigh and Summer Spence Team: TeamEmotionsss Summer Spence (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I read EVERYTHING. No, really. I’ve been obsessed with George R.R. Martin since 1999 (waaaaay before it was cool), grew up reading Nancy Drew, love detective novels like Sue Grafton and Sara Paretsky, Harry Potter quotes will be engraved on my tombstone, and love love love ALL Young Adult – contemp, fantasy, historical, suspense and everything in-between. The Hobbit was the first “grown-up” book I read on my own, and I’ve always wanted to go on a grand adventure… which is probably why I couldn’t put down Choose Your Own Adventure books! My writing style tends to be lyrical with a ton of literary influences, but I’m pretty grounded in the real world. I like to see how contemporary characters deal with fantastical problems. When I write, it’s all about the character — I studied classical acting in college and have learned to tumble deep into the rabbit hole of a character’s life. I like to understand WHY people do things and how that WHY changes the course of their life. And I fully believe that fictional characters can change a reader’s life. That’s why I write. Courtney Leigh (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. As far as reading tastes go, YA (any genre) and memoir are my two faves, but I try to throw in a factual but interesting nonfiction and an adult novel every once in a while. Also, MG is fun! My favorite YA authors are people like Nova Ren Suma, John Corey Whaley, Cat Winters, Megan Abbott (IMO, her last few books count as YA), Garth Nix, and many others. If I could write a book that captures the wit of 10 Things I Hate About You, the Texas grit of Friday Night Lights, and the epic yet tragic love of Moulin Rouge, I would die happy because that there would be a perfect book, y’all. Summer, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I had such an AMAZING experience when I participated in Pitch Wars, and I knew that if I was ever in a position to be able to help a fellow writer that way, I would be all in! The community I gained has been my life-support in an industry where it’s so easy for the passion and focus on creating worlds out of words can get crushed and die. I learned...

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BEYOND WHAT IS GIVEN by Rebecca Yarros … release day & giveaway!
Sep28

BEYOND WHAT IS GIVEN by Rebecca Yarros … release day & giveaway!

It’s LIVE!   Purchase Links Amazon B&N iTunes Kobo   Synopsis Lt. Grayson Masters is focused on graduating the Apache helicopter course, and the last thing he needs is his gorgeous new roommate Samantha Fitzgerald distracting him. While her smart mouth and free spirit are irresistibly irritating, he can’t deny their off-the-charts chemistry, no matter how hard he tries. Having just been expelled from college, Sam has no business digging for Grayson’s secrets while she’s hiding her own, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to tear down his walls. Each barrier she busts through drops one of her own, though, and she’s not prepared for the truth: another woman laid claim to Grayson’s heart long ago. Falling in love is something neither Grayson nor Sam can afford, and when that line is crossed and secrets are exposed, they’ll learn that sometimes it’s the answered prayers that will put you through hell.  Goodreads       Excerpt “Samantha?” His eyes softened, revealing the give in him, and it cracked my own defenses. “Have you ever made a mistake, Grayson? And I don’t mean the kind that costs you an apology. I mean one that destroys you? Where you lie awake at night, unable to sleep, because you’re terrified of what’s going to happen the next day, and the one after that? Where you’d give anything, and I do mean anything to go back and make a different a choice? Where you’re sick all the time at the thought of what you’ve done? Because I have. I’ve crumbled my entire future, shredded any hope of finishing college, and killed off who I used to be. And I don’t…I don’t know how to come back from something like that.” “You don’t.” I jerked back, but he held me immobile against him. “Stop, and listen to me. I’m not going to belittle you by saying nothing is that bad, because some things are. Things happen that change who we are, and what we’re capable of. So you’re not going to ‘come back’ from that any more than you’re going to erase whatever you did. You have to decide if you’re going to try to keep patching yourself up or if you’re going to tear down and rebuild.” “I don’t know how to do that.” “You wade through the pain, and the guilt, and the excuses you make to yourself. Stop drowning in alcohol to numb the fear, and suck up the bitter taste of accountability. You move on with who you are now. It’s not easy. If you think you screwed up that badly, then maybe you did, but you also have...

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Pitch Wars Interview With Lyndsay Elys and her mentor Elizabeth Briggs
Sep27

Pitch Wars Interview With Lyndsay Elys and her mentor Elizabeth Briggs

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews by Marnise Nicole Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their project. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions.   Meet Elizabeth Briggs and Lyndsay Elys Team: Team Briggs Elizabeth Briggs (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I’m Elizabeth Briggs and I write adult contemporary romance and young adult science fiction, thrillers, and fantasy. So basically, just about everything! My writing style is fast-paced and unputdownable – my favorite thing is hearing from readers that they stayed up til 2am reading one of my books! #sorrynotsorry Lyndsay Elys (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I’m Lyndsay Ely (as in “those eels are looking rather eely today.”) My manuscript is YA, but I like to read and write across genres, with a heavy lean toward speculative and historical fiction. I aspire to Gillian Flynn’s dark, potent prose, J. K. Rowling’s marvelous details, and Warren Ellis’s twisted ideas. Some other details about me: Comic books led me to study art and design. I love antiques and have an embarrassingly large collection of vintage costume jewelry. My last three Halloween costumes were Lydia Deetz, Cersei Lannister, and Jubilee from the X-men. I have very expensive taste in chocolates, and there are approximately ten kinds of gourmet mustard in my apartment right now. My favorite Ninja Turtle is Michelangelo. Elizabeth, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I’ve mentored in Pitch Wars every single year since Brenda first started it, because I love helping other writers and meeting new people. My previous mentees have all gone on to get book deals, so I couldn’t pass up a chance to mentor again this year! I nearly dropped out this year due to deadlines, but I’m really glad Brenda convinced me to stay! Lyndsay, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I almost didn’t, assuming my manuscript was ineligible. (Always read the rules!) Having participated in other contests, I’ve learned that fresh eyes are invaluable. (And they stay fresh for a while if you store them properly.) Elizabeth, what are you most excited for? I’m so thrilled to work with Lyndsay because I absolutely love her book and know we can make it even more amazing than it already is. Plus, it’s great to add another geeky author to the awesomeness that is Team Briggs. My previous mentees and alternates are like a little family now, and I know Lyndsay will fit in perfectly! Lyndsay, what are you most excited for? The Suicide Squad and Deadpool movies. On the Pitch Wars front, I’m excited to try and...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Ashley Martin and her mentor Kara Seal
Sep27

Pitch Wars Interview with Ashley Martin and her mentor Kara Seal

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews by Marnise Nicole Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their project. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions.   Meet Kara Seal and Ashley Martin Team: Team Wonderland Kara Seal (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Hi, I’m Kara and I thank my Mom for getting me addicted to fantasy by reading it to me before I could read myself. I am obsessed with the Harry Potter series, and my reading generally skews speculative. Some of my all time favorite authors include: J.K. Rowling, Tamora Pierce, Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin and Cat Hellisen. I describe my writing style as heading out for adventure armed only with a partial map and a flashlight. Once I’ve explored my story in a first draft, the subsequent drafts are a process of ripping it to pieces and sewing it back together. The insatiable curiosity and desire for adventure is why I chose to write for children! Ashley Martin (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. Hi, I’m Ashley, dedicated night owl and tea enthusiast (still waiting for my invitation to the Mad Hatter’s tea party). I firmly believe you’re never too old to read a children’s book – which is probably why I enjoy writing them so much. I read a pretty broad range of books (give me ALL THE WORDS) but I have a soft spot for fantasy and tear-jerking/snort-inducing contemporary. If you can make me laugh AND cry all in one book, I’ll be your loyal fan forever. (If you’re a fan of this too, look no further than THE MEANING OF MAGGIE by Megan Jean Sovern.) Despite being someone who likes to have everything planned and scheduled WAY in advance, I subscribe to what I like to call the “massive pile of random notes” method of outlining. I am, however, very strict about each of my novels having their own notebook(s) for said notes. Forget the shoe clearance – let me know when the Moleskins go on sale. When I’m not writing, you’ll usually find me on the couch watching TV with my husband while being interrupted every five minutes by two children who don’t understand the meaning of bedtime. Kara, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? Along my writing journey, many writers have helped me, provided encouragement, supported me and given me hope when I thought I’d lost mine. I decided to be a Pitch Wars mentor because I am forever grateful to those writers who bestowed their kindness and generous gift of time on me so I...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Deborah Graff and her mentor Kim Long
Sep26

Pitch Wars Interview with Deborah Graff and her mentor Kim Long

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their project. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions. Meet Deborah Graff and Kim Long Team RIDDLEmethis! Kim Long (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I read across genres–everything from fantasy to light sci-fi to contemporary in MG, YA, and Adult, though lately I’m on a fantasy kick. Reading contemporary MG really helps me get an MG voice down though, so anytime I’m about to start a new MG, I overload on the MG conemp! I admit I’m a plotter. I find that if I don’t have at least an idea how I want the book to end and where the chapter should end, I am very inefficient with my writing time. I usually write between 10:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. during the week, but I’m always plotting. If you’re in the Chicago ‘burbs and see a woman drinking a diet coke in a McDonald’s while writing in a composition book, chances are it’s me furiously finding ways to make my characters suffer! Deborah Graff (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I’m honored to be a part of Pitch Wars and partnered with Kim! I’m an omnivore when it comes to books; I’ll read pretty much any genre or age category if the writing is beautiful and the story is compelling. My summer reading list included THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir, THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd, THE WITCH HUNTER by Virginia Boecker, and GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead…among many others. Despite reading anything/everything, my heart dwells in middle grade fiction, which is what I write. I try to meld a page-turning story full of action (swords! murderous trolls! magic gems!) with character growth (self-awareness, friendship, hard decisions). I have three middle grade daughters as my muses, and I also volunteer as a reading coach and Girl Scout troop leader. All the kids in my life are endless sources of inspiration. Kim, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I entered Pitch Wars two years ago with a now-trunked YA fantasy. At the time, I had no betas, no CPs, and no one had read my manuscript. One of the mentors made a partial request, and that simple act really was a confidence booster. From there, I entered a few other contests, where I found betas and CPs and fellow writers. The path to publication can be long and takes a lot of twist and turns. It’s great to know people going through the same thing I am. I wanted to be a mentor...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Michelle Tran and her mentor Brianna Shrum
Sep26

Pitch Wars Interview with Michelle Tran and her mentor Brianna Shrum

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their project. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions.   Meet Michelle Tran and Brianna Shrum Team: Team SparkleShine! Brianna Shrum (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I read all over the place, but my very favorite thing is to read about villains. Give me charming and evil and I am ALL OVER THAT BOOK, YO. That’s what I write too. I write fantasy and contemp, and with the exception of one book (my 2016 YA, How to Make Out), all my stories are about bad people. I’m a sucker for the villainy charm; what can I say? ;D (I am aso desperately in love with romance and sexual tension. I love the love.) Michelle Tran (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I’m a coffee drinking, wine loving, book enthusiast with a soft spot for Young Adult literature. I love all sub-genres though I’m a big baby when it comes to horror (I still can’t even bring myself to watch PG-13 movies). But my absolute favorites tend to be issue-driven or light-romance contemporary and character-driven fantasy. Books like FLIPPED, SPEAK, JUST LISTEN, MAGONIA, WICKED LOVELY Series, THE LUNAR CHRONICLES, and DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE Trilogy are my cup of tea. My writing style tends to be more character-driven, but I have a thing for pretty lines and imagery (probably because I love to read and write poetry as well). I’m also a bit of a foodie so I have this habit of slipping food into my stories and I like to draw inspiration from places I’ve been (it gives me an excuse to travel). Brianna, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? So the book I have that’s just released was actually in Pitch Wars 2013 (HELLO HI SUMMER, MY FIZZY MENTOR), and that contest wound up getting me my first book deal with Spencer Hill Press. I knew I wanted to be on the other side of that as soon as I could, and help writers achieve their dreams. IT was such a fantastic experience as a mentee then, and then as a mentor last year, that I couldn’t wait to jump in again this year and chill with my favorite people: writers ^_^ Michelle, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? What I really love about Pitch Wars is the community. By entering you already win in some way, whether it’s meeting a new CP, linking up with other writers, or hearing about all the wonderful stories out there. It’s something...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Jen F. and her mentor Sonia Hartl
Sep26

Pitch Wars Interview with Jen F. and her mentor Sonia Hartl

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their project. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions. Meet Jen F. and Sonia Hartl Team #TeamMotivationalPoster Sonia Hartl (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Hi all, I’m Sonia, and like Jen, I read a little of everything. I love contemporary stories that make me feel something other than sad (I don’t like to cry), mystery, suspense, dark and creepy. I like touches of magic too, especially the kind where the magic is questionable. I’ll read anything as long as the voice speaks to me. Strong characters with everything to lose will make me follow them until the bitter end. I think my taste in reading reflects my writing style as well. I’m drawn to ideas that are a little outside the norm with strong settings that are like characters. I will often times have the place where I want to set my story before I have characters. I’ll then create the type of characters who stand to get screwed over the most by where I choose to put them. So far everything I’ve written has strong romantic elements. Kissing scenes are a particular favorite of mine, followed closely by snarky dialogue between the MC and LI. Jen F. (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. Hey hey buttercups! I’m Jen, code name @jennyleeSD. I’m a book nerd, about 9 months away from being a certified book doctor, so yes, yes, I read everything! Recent favs: Paolo Bacigalupi’s THE WATER KNIFE, Joy Castro’s HELL OR HIGH WATER, and Pitchwars’ own Brighton Walsh with TESSA EVER AFTER. From start to finish: spec fic, literary mystery, and hawt hawt hawt contemporary romance. I am all over the boat! When I’m LitFic-ing it, my prose tends to be all poetic and stuff. When I’m writing upmarket, like the project the scrumptious Sonia Hartl chose to mentor (fun fact: my auto correct keeps trying to change “Hartl” to “Hartlepoo”), I’m more saucy, fun, dirty, and full of Urban Dictionary words. And yes, yes y’all, you can fall into an Urban Dictionary hole (and learn all sorts of craycray stuff about the world) while researching on the net. It’s dangerous out there. Stay safe. Sonia, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I was a mentee in 2013, and it was the best experience. I learned an incredible amount from my mentor (Dannie Morin), and I wanted to give back to the community that gave me so much. Getting the chance to be on the mentor side has been amazing. And it’s a...

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THE EDGE OF NOWHERE by C.H. Armstrong … cover reveal
Sep25

THE EDGE OF NOWHERE by C.H. Armstrong … cover reveal

Publisher:Penner Publishing Publication date:01/19/2016 About the book … The year is 1992 and Victoria Hastings Harrison Greene—reviled matriarch of a sprawling family—is dying. After surviving the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, Victoria refuses to leave this earth before revealing the secrets she’s carried for decades. Once the child of a loving family during peaceful times, a shocking death shattered her life. Victoria came face to face with the harshness of the world. As the warm days of childhood receded to distant memory, Victoria learns to survive. No matter what it takes. To keep her family alive in an Oklahoma blighted by dust storms and poverty, Victoria makes choices—harsh ones, desperate ones. Ones that eventually made her into the woman her grandchildren fear and whisper about. Ones that kept them all alive. Hers is a tale of tragedy, love, murder, and above all, the conviction to never stop fighting. ADD THIS TITLE TO GOODREADS PRE-ORDER NOW FOR JAN 19 RELEASE About the author … C. H. Armstrong Twitter | Website | Facebook I’m a life-long lover of books and written material.  When asked what one thing I couldn’t do without if stranded on a deserted island, my answer would be a book — preferably To Kill a Mockingbird, but I’ll take anything. I’ve always written, which is probably the reason I pursued a degree in Journalism in college.  But I never thought I had the imagination to write fiction.  I finally sat down and made myself do it and was quite surprised that my characters talked to me inside my head.  The process, while not easy, was much easier than I’d imagined. I’ve written two fiction novels.  The first is The Edge of Nowhere, which is a work of historical/women’s fiction and was inspired by my grandmother’s experiences as a young widow during the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl and Great Depression.  This book is under contract with Penner Publishing and expected to be released in Spring 2016....

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EMERALD BOUND by Teresa Richards … a journey to release day
Sep25

EMERALD BOUND by Teresa Richards … a journey to release day

    I participated in Pitch Madness in March of 2014 (go Team Fizzee!) and received several requests for more material during the game. Ultimately, all of the agents who requested passed, but they all gave me great feedback and encouraged me to keep trying to find the perfect home for my book. In June of 2015 (yes, over a year later), I got an email from Evernight Teen saying they were interested in publishing my book! It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since then, and my book releases September 25, 2015, a year and a half (and around 70 query letters) after participating in Pitch Madness. My book, Emerald Bound, is a dark YA twist on The Princess and the Pea. Here’s the blurb: Emerald Bound a dark fairy tale twist Amazon A princess, a pea, and a tower of mattresses. This is the sliver that survives of a story more nightmare than fairy tale. Maggie Rhodes, high school junior and semi-reformed stalker, learns the tale’s true roots after a spying attempt goes awry and her best friend Kate ends up as the victim of an ancient curse. At the center of the curse lies an enchanted emerald that has been residing quietly in a museum for the past fifty years. Admirers of the gem have no idea that it feeds on life. Or that it’s found its next victim in Kate. Enter Lindy, a school acquaintance who knows more than she’s letting on, and Garon, a handsome stranger claiming he knows how to help, and Maggie is left wondering who to trust and how to save her best friend before it’s too late. A princess, a pea, and a tower of mattresses. This is the sliver that survives of a story more nightmare than fairy tale. Maggie Rhodes, high school junior and semi-reformed stalker, learns the tale’s true roots after a spying attempt goes awry and her best friend Kate ends up as the victim of an ancient curse. At the center of the curse lies an enchanted emerald that has been residing quietly in a museum for the past fifty years. Admirers of the gem have no idea that it feeds on life. Or that it’s found its next victim in Kate. Enter Lindy, a school acquaintance who knows more than she’s letting on, and Garon, a handsome stranger claiming he knows how to help, and Maggie is left wondering who to trust and how to save her best friend before it’s too late.   About the author … Teresa Richards Twitter | Website | Blog Teresa writes YA, but loves anything that can be...

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