A #Bookhuggles Contest Author Spotlight with Gloria Craw
Nov30

A #Bookhuggles Contest Author Spotlight with Gloria Craw

Gloria Craw Instagram 🔹 Website 🔹Twitter 🔹 Facebook We’re holding an amazing contest over on Instagram on the hashtag #bookhuggles, where authors are posting pics of themselves with their books and readers are posting pics of their favorite books or current reads. There’s three gift boxes full of books and surprises for US addresses and a $50 Amazon gift card for international addresses up for grabs that will be rewarded to winners of the contest. See the ad below for all the details on how to enter and participate in this event. Today’s featured author is Gloria Craw and her novel, ATLANTIS RISING …   Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo We’ve stayed hidden too long… I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid. Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do…       Instagram:...

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A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Interview with Laura Creedle and Marty Mayberry!
Nov30

A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Interview with Laura Creedle and Marty Mayberry!

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we celebrate Laura Creedle and her Pitch Wars mentor, Marty Mayberry! Laura recently signed with Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her. So without further ado, please meet Laura and Marty as they recap their epically awesome Pitch Wars success story. Laura, how did your Pitch Wars application end up with Marty? Did you send it to her or was it passed on to her by another mentor? What was your response when you found out Marty would mentor you? I didn’t send my manuscript to Marty. I still don’t know how it ended up in her hands but I’m glad it did. I wasn’t her official choice, but she decided to help me revise anyway. I was blown away by her generosity and her faith in my novel. I still am. Marty, what about Laura’s application made you choose her? Laura’s MS was passed to me by another mentor who felt I might be interested. The mentor was right, I loved Laura’s MS. Ultimately, I was torn between Laura’s MS and another. After the picks were announced, I approached Laura about working on her MS outside PitchWars. But then, Brenda offered me a Wild Card, which allowed me to bring my “unofficial alternate” into the PW agent round. Laura, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Marty and I just clicked. Everything she suggested was simple, direct and brilliant. She honed in on the part I felt needed the most work, and left other stuff alone. A great mentor knows when to stop tinkering. Marty, tell us about your experience with mentoring Laura. Laura was so much fun to work with. She has an incredible sense of humor, and her voice is fantastic. We bounced ideas off each other. I believe we each brought out the best in the other, which was then reflected in Laura’s MS. Truly, it was a pleasure working with her. Laura, after Pitch Wars you signed with Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, tell us about “The Call.” Can you tell us the details about the offer: How long were you on submission? What did you do to distract yourself? How did Jim contact you? How did you respond? How did you celebrate? Anything! We love knowing it all. Jim was the last agent I talked to. We’d played phone tag all day, and I almost didn’t pick up the phone when he called. But I did pick up and I was struck by...

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FLIRTING WITH FAME by Samantha Joyce … Cover Reveal and Giveaway!
Nov30

FLIRTING WITH FAME by Samantha Joyce … Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

FLIRTING WITH FAME releases on February 29, 2016 from Pocketstar/Simon & Schuster. Description (from Goodreads): Elise Jameson is the secret author behind the bestselling, cult hit Viking Moon series. But when a stranger poses as Elise, the painfully shy, deaf nineteen-year-old starts to see how much she’s missing. Can she really hide in the shadows forever? This clever, coming-of-age debut is for anyone who has ever felt unsure in their own skin. After a freak childhood accident leaves her deaf and physically scarred, nineteen-year-old Elise Jameson retreats into a world of vibrant characters she creates on her laptop. She is shocked when her coping mechanism turns into a career as a phenomenal bestselling novelist. Fans are obsessed with Elise’s Viking Moon series and its author—a striking girl with zero resemblance to Elise who appears on the back covers. Elise sent the randomly Googled photo to her editor following a minor panic attack. Now, horrified to learn she is expected on set of the television pilot based on her novels, Elise tracks down her anonymous stand-in. To Elise’s surprise, Veronica Wilde has been taking credit for Viking Moon for years. She eagerly agrees to keep up the charade if Elise will pose as her assistant. It’s hard for Elise to watch a stranger take credit for her work and get all the perks she desires, including admiration from the show’s heartthrob star. Edged onto the sidelines of her own life, Elise reconsiders her choice to stay anonymous. Is she ready to come to terms with her true identity—and with the long-buried secrets that could cost her her career, her fans, and the few precious friendships she’s made? Teaser: If the Queen of England booked a gig at Fernbrooke’s only theater to do a lyrical jazz routine with a unicorn, I might’ve had an easier time finding parking than I did that night. I dashed down Main Street, stumbling over my own feet as I texted Jin that I’d be there soon. Conveniently, I left out the part where I’d sat in the driveway for twenty minutes, covered in sweat, visualizing either a mob scene or an empty building. Neither possibility stopped the hum vibrating through my skin or made it easier to start the car. That took a few deep breaths, and the knowledge that if I backed out, Jin would show up and drag me there anyway. The screen lit up with Jin’s reply—mostly expletives in all caps—and I glanced at the time. Eleven fifty-five. Crap. I had five minutes. Picking up speed, I shoved my phone into my jeans. Perspiration beaded along my neck and snaked down my...

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