Thief of Lies Trailer … belated reveal!
Jan27

Thief of Lies Trailer … belated reveal!

It’s been a busy few weeks, and I think I forgot to share the trailer for Thief of Lies. So as I’m preparing contests behind the scene, writing, and doing promotional stuff, I decided to do a quick post to do a belated reveal of it. Here it is, and I hope you enjoy it …...

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ON THE REBOUND by Jim Cangany … release day!
Jan26

ON THE REBOUND by Jim Cangany … release day!

ON THE REBOUND IS NOW AVAILABLE! Author: Jim Cangany Release Day: January 26, 2016 Genre: Sports Romance Publisher: Penner Publishing   SYNOPSIS On The Rebound is a sweet, sports romance set on the campus of fictional Irving University. It’s a story about second chances and features a women’s college basketball team. Here’s a teaser for you. After he’s caught in a grade fixing scandal, men’s college basketball coach Greg Miller is thrown a lifeline when an old friend offers him a job with the small-school Irving University women’s team. Academic Advisor Ciara Monaghan knows first-hand the heartbreak and havoc a cheating man can wreak. She wants nothing more than to protect the University’s reputation by seeing to it that Greg’s stay at Irving is short. The last thing either of them wants is the attraction they can’t deny. Can a struggling member of the basketball team bring them together to see how wonderful a second chance at life, and love, can be?   ABOUT JIM CANGANY Jim Cangany was forty pages into his first manuscript when he realized it was a romance. He went with it and has great joy writing sweet, contemporary love stories. A lover of things that go fast, when Jim’s not writing, you can probably find him checking into the latest from IndyCar or pro bike racing. He lives in Indianapolis with his saint of a wife Nancy, his sons Seamus and Aidan, and the princess of the house, kitty cat Maria. Visit him: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or Tumbler BUY NOW AT YOUR FAVORITE...

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THE YEAR WE FELL APART by Pitch Wars Mentor, Emily Martin … release day!
Jan26

THE YEAR WE FELL APART by Pitch Wars Mentor, Emily Martin … release day!

The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin Publisher: Simon Pulse Release Date: January 26th 2016 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction About the book … In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past. Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan. Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis. While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from. As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all. In this honest and affecting tale of friendship and first love, Emily Martin brings to vivid life the trials and struggles of high school and the ability to learn from past mistakes over the course of one steamy North Carolina summer. About Emily Martin … Emily Martin lives and writes in the Greater Boston area, though she will always call Michigan home. She has a penchant for impromptu dance parties, vintage clothing, and traveling to new places. When not writing, she can be found hiking New England’s peaks, searching for the perfect cup of hot chocolate, or baking something pumpkin-flavored. Emily’s debut young adult novel, THE YEAR WE FELL APART, released today from Simon Pulse. Her work is represented by Lara Perkins of Andrea Brown Literary. Check out her website...

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Cover Reveal: Love Me, Love Me Not by Alyxandra Harvey presented by Entangled Teen Crave
Jan26

Cover Reveal: Love Me, Love Me Not by Alyxandra Harvey presented by Entangled Teen Crave

    YA Fantasy / Fairytale retelling of The Swan Maiden with a blood feud twist like Romeo & Juliet? Say whaaaat? Welcome to the cover reveal for Love Me, Love Me Not by Alyxandra Harvey presented by Entangled Teen Crave! Who else is excited for this book??? Sign up here to join the tour!     Dating isn’t easy when you’re in the middle of a blood feud. Anastasia Vila’s family can turn into swans, but just once she’d like them to turn into responsible adults. After hundreds of years, they still cling to the blood feud with the Renard family. No one remembers how it started in the first place—but foxes and swans just don’t get along. Vilas can only transform into their swan shape after they have fallen in love for the first time, but between balancing schoolwork, family obligations, and the escalating blood feud, Ana’s got no time for love. The only thing keeping her sane is her best friend, Pierce Kent. But when Pierce kisses Ana, everything changes. Is what Pierce feels for her real, or a byproduct of her magic? Can she risk everything for her best friend? And when the family feud spirals out of control, Ana must stop the fight before it takes away everything she loves. Including, maybe…Pierce. This Entangled Teen Crave book contains language, violence, and lots of kissing. Warning: it might induce strong feelings of undeniable attraction for your best friend. Love Me, Love Me Not by Alyxandra Harvey Publication Date: February 22, 2016 Publisher: Entangled Teen Crave   Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream. Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with her husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books. Connect with the author: Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Goodreads   Sign up for the...

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Meet our newest member of the blog and contest site!
Jan21

Meet our newest member of the blog and contest site!

Heather Cashman Website | Twitter I’m so thrilled to introduce you to our newest team member here. Go say hello to Heather and follow her on Twitter. She’ll be doing a lot of leg work this year with the blog and contest, and I’m so BEYOND grateful! Also, today is her birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Heather!!! Here’s something about her … With a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, the lab reports always lacked the fantastical element Heather’s imagination demands. Hypotheses turned into taglines and novels, so she’s going back to college for a Creative Writing degree. Her novels range from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Speculative Fiction, she dabbles in picture books, and is currently seeking representation. ~Member SCBWI...

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PARASITE by K.T. Hanna . . . cover reveal!
Jan20

PARASITE by K.T. Hanna . . . cover reveal!

BOOK TITLE: Parasite (The Domino Project #3) AUTHOR: K.T. Hanna RELEASE DATE: February 22nd 2016 GENRE: YA SFF About the book: With the Damascus closing in on the Exiled, Sai and Dom must put their grief and inner demons aside as they rush to free the people of the Protected Conglomerate from the influence of the psionic grid.  Chipped and placed under house arrest with a guard, Bastian’s only hope lies in reaching his core to disrupt Deign’s ruthless plan.  Intent on putting a stop to the Damascus and the GNW’s reign, Dom discovers the true extent of the parasite within. Just when Sai thinks the Exiled have a chance, their greatest weapon turns on them.   Previous books in the series (clink on image for Goodreads link):   About the author:  KT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds.Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you.When she’s not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, and chases her daughter, husband, corgi, and cat. No, she doesn’t sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky.Note: Still searching for her Tardis Author Links:...

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Announcing Pitch Madness Mario Kart Edition!
Jan19

Announcing Pitch Madness Mario Kart Edition!

The Pitch Madness submission window will be open for 24 hours on February 26! Pitch Madness is a contest to win a request from one or more of the participating agents. I will have an agent introduction post up soon. The submission window will be open from 12:01 AM EST on February 26 until 11:59PM EST. You should have plenty of time to get your submissions in. There is no limit of how many entries will be accepted. Please note: All entries sent before or after the allotted times will be deleted. There will be 60 finalists moving onto the agent round. Pitch Madness will accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult completed fiction, novel length (no novellas) completed and polished manuscripts only. This time around we will not accept non-fiction. Only one entry per writer this round. What do you need to enter? A 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of your finished manuscript. If the 250th word falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of the sentence. I will post formatting instructions before the submission window opens. There will be a form on the submission post to enter your pitch into. Pitch Madness will be on four blogs and each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 15 entries. I will have a post up soon to introduce the teams and slush readers. We’ll have a small team of first readers checking for formatting and putting their top picks through to the hosts. This time around, the hosts and co-hosts of each blog will choose their team of slush readers for the second round. Some blog teams may opt out of having slush readers. So I won’t be choosing all the slush readers this go around. All the twitter fun will be happening on the hashtag #PitchMadness! Here are the links to the blogs joining me for the contest: Summer Heacock’s blog (aka @Fizzygrrl) Co-hosted with Dee Romito (aka @writeforapples)   Sharon Johnston’s blog (aka @S_M_Johnston) Co-hosting with Jeyn Roberts (aka @JeynRoberts)   Rebecca Weston’s blog (aka @callmebecks)     Co-hosted with Marieke Nijkamp (aka @mariekeyn) And Brenda’s own Co-host: Kimberly P. Chase (aka@kpchase817)   Here’s the schedule … Round One Readers Introduction on February 15 Team Introductions throughout the day on February 16 Agent Introduction on February 17 Rules of the Game on February 19 Formatting Instructions February 23 Submission window will be on February 26 and will be open for 24 hours The top 60 picks for the agent round will go up on the blogs on March 9 at 12:01AM EST (NY time) March...

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A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Story with Amanda Hill, and her mentors, Jessica, Joy, & Rebecca!
Jan19

A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Story with Amanda Hill, and her mentors, Jessica, Joy, & Rebecca!

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we celebrate Amanda Hill and her Pitch Wars mentors, Jessica Vitalis, Joy McCullough-Carranza, and Rebecca Wells! Amanda recently signed with Elizabeth Harding of Curtis Brown LTD., and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her. So without further ado, please meet Amanda, Jessica, Joy, and Rebecca as they recap their epically awesome Pitch Wars success story. Amanda, you had an unfortunate experience with your first Pitch Wars experience and received a redo. What was your reaction when you were contacted that you would be in Pitch Wars 2015? Oh gosh. I think to understand you have to realize that I’d just been hoping for a second chance to enter Pitch Wars, with no guarantee to get in. If Brenda had just offered me that I would have been thrilled. But she offered me a full redo, with three fabulous mentors and a slot in the agent round. I was…ecstatic, so incredibly thankful. I’m pretty sure I said, “I will buy all her books forever.” But honestly, the words I keep coming back to to describe it are actually from my Pitch Wars manuscript. “Like hope, and answered prayers, and new plants sprouting.” Mentors, what about Amanda’s application made you want to work with her? Jessica: I felt so bad after hearing about Amanda’s previous experience that I volunteered to work with her before knowing anything other than that she had a MG story (I figured that since she’d been selected as a mentee the year before, the writing was sure to be of high quality). When Brenda sent over her writing sample to make sure it was a good match, I was blown away. The premise of her story was outstanding, and I immediately fell in love with her quiet, lyrical prose. It turned out to be a perfect match! Joy: Amanda’s situation was different from most Pitchwars applicants’ in that we all jumped in to mentor her without knowing anything about her manuscript–only that it was MG. It didn’t honestly matter to me what her book was about; she’d had a crummy experience in a contest that is absolutely wonderful for most participants and I wanted to do everything I could to help rectify that, whether her manuscript was a genre I would normally go for or not. As it turned out, it was a quiet, literary contemporary, which is 100% up my alley. Amanda, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? So, I know everybody says it is intense, but I think mine was extra intense. haha Remember, I wasn’t picked out...

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Have a tax refund coming? Treat yourself to a writer’s retreat in Ireland this summer!
Jan18

Have a tax refund coming? Treat yourself to a writer’s retreat in Ireland this summer!

  HOW TO WRITE AND SELL A BESTSELLER August 7 – 14, 2016 Join Editor and Owner of Entangled Publishing, Liz Pelletier and me in Ireland for a writer’s retreat tour. From brainstorming ideas, honing your craft, to creating the best way to sell your story, we’ll help you break out of the crowd in order to snag an industry professional or grab readers attention. To find out more or to book a place on one of the tours, please email Fiona Claire: rlt[underscore]tours[at]yahoo.com Here’s something about Liz … Liz Pelletier is the co-founder of Entangled Publishing, which started with the belief that authors who write great books should receive a majority of the profits. Her out-of-the-box approach garnered a ground-breaking distribution deal with Macmillan, as well as a joint venture with St. Martin’s Press. Since its inception, Entangled has had 27 USA Today bestsellers, 11 New York Times bestsellers, and has earned myriad awards within the industry. Liz has been named one of 2014’s Most Influential People In Publishing by Bibliodaze. Under her direction, Entangled has become an industry leader, forging a new path as the next generation of publishing. http://www.entangledpublishing.com/ Here’s the information about the retreats put on by Ireland Writer Tours … 2016 Writers’ Conferences & Tours Combined Learn from Successful Authors & Editors and become the best you can be. Take an unforgettable journey that can be your springboard to a successful career as an author.  On this inspirational pilgrimage to the land of myth, mystery and magic, you can embrace opportunities to enrich your writing, meet like-minded individuals, and realize your creative dreams. Your tour package (pricing) will include private conferences, group classes, workshops, and individual partial manuscript critique, even pulishing and marketing advice. In between those classes and conferences, you’ll have all-day or partial-day tours with a professional guide of the most famous, infamous, well-known, and hidden sites in the west of Ireland. From cliffs that soar 700 feet above the Atlantic, to a 12th century castle, to the forest said to be home of the King of the Faeries of Connaught, to the prehistoric dun fort on the island of Inis Mor . . . and that’s just a few of the beautiful places you’ll visit. After these busy tour and writing days, you can have leisurely evening meals with other writers, listen to stories before a fire, or just cozy up with a book. These aren’t the kind of tours where you board a giant bus at an ugly-early hour to visit a crowded site with thirty-five strangers. To ensure individualized attention and a friendly atmosphere, The Writers’ Retreats are limited to...

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Surprise! We’re throwing a new and exciting Twitter contest as a Valentine gift to you.
Jan15

Surprise! We’re throwing a new and exciting Twitter contest as a Valentine gift to you.

Oh, Internet. Have we got something for you. The amazing and extremely kind literary agent, Jessica Sinsheimer, and creator of #MSWL and Manuscript Wish List® is teaming up with me this Valentine’s Day (actually February 11, 1-4 EST) to bring you…#PitMatch! You know how both #MSWL and #PitMad move so quickly, it’s hard to see all of the tweets? Don’t you wish you could be everywhere at once–and/or that you could have some help? Now you can! Get your Twitter Pitches ready and post them between 1PM and 4PM EST on February 11th to #PitMatch. Only post once per manuscript. All categories and genres are welcome! Three teams of literary cupids–an author team, an agent team, and an editor team–will be working to find the connections between authors, agents, and editors who accept direct submissions. Who’s the best at literary matchmaking? WE SHALL SEE! Each match–request–they create will be worth one point–and posted on the @PitMatch scoreboard. Follow along on #PitMatch, #PitMatchArrow, and #PitMatchPoint for success stories. Whichever team has the most requests gets prizes and bragging rights! Team members will be announced between now and the event, February 11, 2016. In the meantime, follow @PitMatch for updates!  Here’s an image Jessica created to help explain how the event is going down...

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THE SECRET OF LETTING GO by Katherine Fleet … cover reveal!
Jan14

THE SECRET OF LETTING GO by Katherine Fleet … cover reveal!

Book Title: The Secret To Letting Go Author: Katherine Fleet Release Date: Feb. 1, 2016 Genre: YA Contemporary About the book … One summer can change everything… Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble. Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after. Goodreads Book Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26877648-the-secret-to-letting-go Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1682810704 Barnes & Noble Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-secret-to-letting-go-kathleen-fleet/1123170247 iTunes Buy Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-secret-to-letting-go/id1073591332 Kobo Buy Link: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-secret-to-letting-go Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Letting-Go-Katherine-Fleet/dp/1682810704 Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/Secret-Letting-Go-Katherine-Fleet/dp/1682810704 Entangled Page: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/the-secret-to-letting-go/ About the author … Originally from Newfoundland, Katherine Fleet gave up the cold winters of Eastern Canada for the year round warmth of the Caribbean. The slower pace of island life has given her time to pursue a long-time goal—becoming an author. When she’s not writing, she spends her time baking, chauffeuring her three amazing, talented kids around, and having sun-filled adventures with her husband and wonderful friends in Curaçao. She is also a very thankful breast cancer survivor. In 2007, she joined RWA and has enjoyed the support and camaraderie of the YARWA and OIRWA writing communities. She’s participated in NaNoWriMo since 2012 and is an active supporter of the associated Young Writers Program. She is represented by super-agent Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency. The Secret to Letting Go is her debut novel. You can connect with her at www.KatherineFleet.com. Author Website: www.KatherineFleet.com Author Twitter: @KatherineFleet Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKatherineFleet/ Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14439407.Katherine_Fleet Author Instagram: @Katherine_Fleet Newsletter: www.KatherineFleet.com...

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A Pitch Wars 2014 Success Story with Rachel Horwitz, Stacey Lee, and Stephanie Garber!
Jan14

A Pitch Wars 2014 Success Story with Rachel Horwitz, Stacey Lee, and Stephanie Garber!

  The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we celebrate Rachel Horwitz and her Pitch Wars mentors Stacey Lee and Stephanie Garber! Rachel recently signed with Eric Smith of PS Literary, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her. So without further ado, please meet Rachel, Stephanie and Stacey as they recap their epically awesome Pitch Wars success story. Rachel, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Stacey and Stephanie? I was really impressed by the incredible support they gave other writers in the community and their blogs were always so helpful for developing and improving craft–plus their hat videos kind of won me over. Stacey and Stephanie are so many levels of awesome I considered it a long shot, honestly, so imagine my delight when I found out they had chosen me! http://www.brenda-drake.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Pitch-Wars-2014.m4v   Stacey and Stephanie, what about Rachel’s application made you choose her? It’s never easy to pick just one person to work with during Pitch Wars. There are so many fantastic concepts, not only does a person’s premise have to stand out but their writing needs to be top notch. We were very impressed with Rachel’s sample pages and her premise was fantastic. An alternate version of the 1940’s where prohibition was never overturned and bootlegging is still illegal—yes please! Rachel, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Revision totally kicked my ass. Can I say ass? Oh well, I said it. My mentors did an excellent job of forcing me to dig extra deep and develop my manuscript with several layers to it. Even though the process was long and arduous, it was well worth the struggle in the end. They essentially helped me transform the concept from good to great and a lot of what they taught me has stuck ever since. Stacey and Stephanie, tell us about your experience mentoring Rachel. Rachel was a hard worker and we definitely made her work hard. Both of us can be pretty intense critiquers, and because we felt so strongly about Rachel’s manuscript we didn’t hold back when it came to editing her ms. We sent a pretty extensive editorial letter along with some detailed line edits. We also gave Rachel homework: we made her write outlines and read a variety of articles. It’s amazing she still wants to talk to either of us after all we asked her to do! How was mentoring your other team member? Our other team member, Amy Trueblood, actually signed with an agent shortly after we chose her, so we really only worked...

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