A #BookHuggles Author Spotlight with Sharon Johnston
Dec02

A #BookHuggles Author Spotlight with Sharon Johnston

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 Sharon Johnston and her recent release, DIVIDED…   A new heart should mean new life, instead it’s a living nightmare. Mishca Richardson’s life is at an all-time high after her heart transplant. With new boyfriend, Ryder, she has the perfect summer romance. Even the nightmares plaguing her sleep since her operation can’t dull her new dream world. Yet, life starts to unravel when Mishca develops superhuman abilities. She does her best to hide them so as not to end up a science experiment in a lab, but she can’t ignore the strange instant attraction she experiences when she meets her university professor, Colin Read. Torn between love and obsession, Mishca must unite her divided heart and decide between the two men. But when the truth about her weird powers comes to light, she’ll have a lot more to worry about than romance. FIND DIVIDED ON GOODREADS BUY DIVIDED: AMAZON // BARNES & NOBLE // KOBO // iBOOKS // CITY OWL PRESS WEBSITE     Instagram: @brendadrakeauthor...

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A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Interview with Kristen Valentine and Kellye Garrett!
Dec02

A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Interview with Kristen Valentine and Kellye Garrett!

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we celebrate Kristen Valentine and her Pitch Wars mentor, Kellye Garrett! Kristen recently signed with Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her. So without further ado, please meet Kristen and Kellye as they recap their epically awesome Pitch Wars success story. Kristen, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Kellye? Kellye’s Pitch Wars wish list was so similar to my own tastes, it was like I could have written it! She name-checked Kinsey Millhone, Elvis Cole, The Wire, and The Closer—I read that and was sold. I wanted someone who loved the mystery genre, so Kellye was perfect. Plus, she sounded like she’d be a blast to work with (which wound up being true, of course). Kellye, what about Kristen’s application made you choose her? It just felt like Kristen’s manuscript for written specifically for me—and not just as a mentor but as a life-long fan of really well-written first person female private detective novels. (Those are my first love from the time I picked up my first Sue Grafton novel as a kid.) Picking a mentee was both the hardest choice and the easiest choice I had to make this year because I got over 80 submissions that were amazing in their own right—there are some seriously talented people out there—but as soon as I read Kristen’s submission, I just knew that it had to be mine. I may have even politely threatened a few other mentors over it. Kristen, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? We made some huge changes to the manuscript. Kellye’s main feedback was that the original version didn’t feel suspenseful enough, so we blew up the first 2/3 of it almost completely, introduced a new major character/plot element, scrapped several supporting characters and thousands of words of a flashback sequence that I loved but didn’t fit in with Mission: Suspenseful. As a die-hard Pantser, I balked a little when Kellye wanted me to use an outline but doing so wound up being incredibly helpful for seeing where the action beats fell and rearranging as needed. I sent Kellye the three acts of the rewritten manuscript as I finished them, and luckily she was happy with most of the changes and the second round of feedback was minimal. Kellye is a brilliant mentor because she has a great sense of pacing and she always knew exactly what a scene needed or how to end it in just the right place. And because she’s hilarious,...

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