Pitch Wars Interview with G.K. Kaup and her mentor, Tom Torre
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Pitch Wars Interview with G.K. Kaup and her mentor, Tom Torre

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 Tom Torre and G.K. Kaup #TeamShiftception Tom Torre (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I’m a sucker for any sort of book. No joke – you can find me reading middle-grade in Barnes and Noble, but don’t be surprised if you accidentally open the bathroom door and find me eyeballs deep in a good thriller. Ultimately though my genre of choice is the good ‘ol MG. Can’t escape it…can’t avoid reading, can’t avoid writing it. It’s funny, but I never even pictured myself as a writer. I was a comic book artist since college, and until my wife convinced me that my writing techniques were stronger than my artistic ones, I didn’t even think about it. Now, I can’t even stop. Go figure! But, I can’t say I didn’t learn anything at art school, and who knows maybe one day I’ll make the next DIARY OF A WIMPY KID….fingers crossed, eh? G.K. Kaup (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I love children’s sci-fi and fantasy that are set in the ordinary world and take a twist into the supernatural–A Wrinkle in Time, Holes, Underland Chronicles, etc. I’ve been seriously writing for three years, starting with YA books, but I couldn’t quite master the teenage angst that so many others are good at expressing. So I tried my hand at writing in first person as a middle school boy and the voice fit. My years teaching over-active pubescent boys paid off! Tom,  why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? Easy – I know what it’s like to want to take a book to the next level, and I know for a fact you need those extra eyeballs for it. Not to mention, it’s impossible for me to not want to meet and greet new writers since the writer-verse we have in twitter-land and in the blog-o-sphere has some of the most amazing writers imaginable. Who wouldn’t want to befriend one!? Oh, and of course I love critiquing a juicy MS. G.K., why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?     I’ve been doing some online contests, and I love the feedback and encouragement. With Pitch Wars I figured I’d get a little info from some of the people I submitted to, but if I actually got a mentor, then I’d get help with my WHOLE manuscript. So I was ecstatic when I saw my name on the mentee list! Tom, what are you most...

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Win a Hard Cover of PERSUASION by Martina Boone … out now!
Oct30

Win a Hard Cover of PERSUASION by Martina Boone … out now!

I am so excited for the release of Martina Boone’s PERSUASION. The first in the book is such a fantastic read, I can’t wait to continue on with Barrie’s journey. Many talk about my contests and I’m not sure everyone knows that I used to enter contests when I was starting out. Martina was the first person to give me a critique through Adventures In YA Publishing and I’ve been a big fan ever since. She’s one of the original writers to offer a place for critique and agent contests.  To celebrate, I’m giving away a hard cover copy of PERSUASION. Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win. And check out Martina, she’s one of the absolute best person I’ve ever met. persuasion October, 2015 HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND, BOOK 2 Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse Hardcover, ISBN: 9781481411257 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble |iBooks Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation besieged by reporters and ghost-hunters. Some are hoping to see the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, while others are chasing rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. Chaos descends as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. But more is buried there than treasure. A mysterious, magical man appears at Watson’s Landing, claiming the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts and the Colesworth curse also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, he engages Barrie and Cassie in a midnight visit, but the spell he conjurs has potentially deadly consequences. While Barrie and dreamy Eight Beaufort struggle to make sense of the escalating danger and their growing feelings for each other, Barrie has to figure out not only whom to trust, but which gift is more reliable—Eight’s or her own. With millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families at stake, she must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep her loved ones safe. Signed copies are available from One More Page Books. You can also order with the special “I have a Compulsion for reading” bookplate from Eight Cousins. compulsion October, 2014 HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND, BOOK 1 Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse Hardcover, ISBN: 18732883 All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Jessica Bloczynski and her mentor, Samantha Joyce
Oct30

Pitch Wars Interview with Jessica Bloczynski and her mentor, Samantha Joyce

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 Samantha Joyce and Jessica Bloczynski Team Space Whale Samantha Joyce (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I’m a gal who prides herself on her geekiness. I have a TARDIS for pretty much every surface of my house. I consider Buffy the Vampire Slayer to be the best television show of all time. It was that perfect blend of funny, scary, and dramatic. I pretty much read any genre. Contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, thriller, romance…I love it all! As long as a book has a great voice and interesting premise, I’m in. I read primarily adult and young adult, though I’ll pick up a great middle grade, too. I’m a sucker for a good love story, so I usually include one in my books. When I write, I love to make people feel, but I really love to make them laugh. Even when my books get serious, there’s usually a joke to be found in there somewhere. In fact, that’s how I cope in life in genereal. I’m the girl who makes that awkward joke in the direst of circumstances. Hey, what’s life if you can’t laugh through it, right? Jessica Bloczynski (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. Hey, I’m Jessica. I write things. Also stuff. Yes, quite often stuff is involved. In my past life, I slung organic groceries, but when that chapter of my life came to a close I decided it was high time I did something with my languishing creative writing degree, and now I’m a stay-at-home parent and full time writer. I live in Madison WI with my husband of forever 16 years and our two kids. As far as writing/reading tastes go, I have a deep and abiding love for YA in general and all things speculative in particular. This should surprise no one seeing as it’s what I write. If I had to pick a favorite genre, I’d have to say horror. I like to tell people I spent my teen years reading Stephen King’s IT on loop. I did actually read other things in high school, I mean, The Stand rocks too. But seriously, I like a variety of things and sometimes even read contemp though I’m always trying to imagine how I could turn those contemp stories speculative. It’s a sickness. That’s, more or less, how my book came to be. I took an everyday, if terrible, experience and then kept pulling out the what ifs until it wasn’t...

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