A #BookHuggles Author Spotlight with Michelle Hauck!
Dec09

A #BookHuggles Author Spotlight with Michelle Hauck!

Michelle Hauck  @Michelle4Laughs🔹  Facebook  🔹  Website  🔹   Goodreads  🔹  Tumblr 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 Michelle Hauck and her novel, GRUDGING … Available to buy now! Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo A world of chivalry and witchcraft… and the invaders who would destroy everything The north has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood. On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps. The Women of the Song. But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power. And time is running out. A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy. Instagram:...

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A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Interview with Mairi Kilaine and Kristin B. Wright!
Dec09

A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Interview with Mairi Kilaine and Kristin B. Wright!

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we celebrate Mairi Kilaine and her Pitch Wars mentor, Kristin B. Wright! Mairi recently signed with Courtney Miller-Callihan of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her. So without further ado, please meet Mairi and Kristin as they recap their epically awesome Pitch Wars success story. MAIRI, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to KRISTIN? Kristin was an obvious choice from the start. I had it on good authority (Kristin said it on social media) that she had recently attended a convention and enjoyed it. The style of mentoring she was offering was exactly what I was looking for and I was confident she’d stand by me through the entire process and beyond. Also, I really wanted to sing karaoke with her. KRISTIN, what about MAIRI ’s application made you choose her? Her voice leaped off the page and I was already rooting for Molly, her main character, from the first page. Her concept, a socially awkward writer at Comic Con, was so great. I knew very very early I wanted to mentor Mairi and UNCONVENTIONAL and spent the rest of the reading period before the announcement worrying that some other mentor would try to take it from me. Also, she has a similar affinity for men in kilts. Not a small factor. MAIRI, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? I love revisions! Kristin’s edit letter was incisive and insightful. She gave me the perfect blend of “GAAAHH I love this” and “This isn’t working.” When I went to construct my brand new ending, Kristin was right there with the guidance I needed. Her critique partners are very, very lucky to have her. KRISTIN, tell us about your experience with mentoring MAIRI. How was mentoring your other team members?  Mairi jumped right in on the work. She took the edit letter like a champ (if she gnashed her teeth or rent her garments when she got it, she hid it from me), asked a couple of clarifying questions and got to work. She had the first revision done early enough I had a chance to go over it a second time. She was terrific. Any editor would be lucky to have her. MAIRI, after Pitch Wars you signed with Courtney Miller-Callihan of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Tell us about “The Call.” Courtney and I clicked immediately. We have many intersecting fandoms (shout out to my Faniltons) and interests within publishing. Plus she hollered when I told her about my current work-in-progress. The...

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