Happy Release Day to Flirting with Fame by Samantha Joyce!
Feb29

Happy Release Day to Flirting with Fame by Samantha Joyce!

Buy the ebook or audiobook today: Simon & Schuster | Amazon |  Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iTunes Synopsis: 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? Early Reviews: “…heartwarming. This debut is a sweet, funny, and romantic coming-of-age story.” – The Library Journal Review “A charming story of learning to embrace and love those things about ourselves that set us apart from others. I don’t think I stopped smiling once throughout Elise’s journey except during the moments that squeezed painfully at my chest.” – Molly McAdams, New York Times bestselling author of To the Stars “With a sprinkle of book fandom and dash of yummy romance, Flirting with Fame is the perfect story for every book lover.” – USA Today bestselling author, Tiffany King “A sweet and poignant story about finding yourself and falling in love along the way, Flirting with Fame will steal your heart.” -Chanel Cleeton, author of Flirting with Scandal   About the author … Samantha Joyce Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads Samantha has wanted to be an author since she picked up her first book and...

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THROUGH THE VEIL by Colleen Halverson . . . The Pitch Wars Effect, Book Release, and Giveaway!
Feb29

THROUGH THE VEIL by Colleen Halverson . . . The Pitch Wars Effect, Book Release, and Giveaway!

Publisher: Entangled: Select Otherworld (February 22, 2016) Publication Date: February 22, 2016 Sold by: Macmillan   The Pitch Wars Effect Guest Post by Colleen Halverson When I emailed my materials to my mentor hopefuls on a warm day at the end of August of 2014, I knew it would take a miracle for one of them to accept me. It’s not that I didn’t believe in my book. I did with all my heart, but I also knew my journey toward publication had only just begun and I had so much to learn before my manuscript could be considered query worthy. This is not the story of the underdog who rose above the slush to achieve Pitch Wars glory, nor is it the story the lone writer who worked and slaved for years to finally make it to the big leagues. At the far end of that balmy summer of 2014 when I decided to enter Pitch Wars, I was, to put it mildly, completely clueless. Writing a novel is a funny thing. All your friends and family stare in amazement at this incredible and courageous undertaking. Your mom brags on facebook about how you’re “finally fulfilling your potential,” and your high school English teacher sends a warm private message about how she always believed in you. It feels really good to be a novelist. I wrote a book. A real book! If I had balls, I’m sure they’d have felt as big as Hemingway’s. A friend of mine mentioned this contest Pitch Wars where writers could enter in the hopes of gaining an industry professional as a mentor. Hand me a lightsaber and call me Luke Skywalker, I was ready to meet my Yoda! Sign me up! I swan dove into Twitter with the grace of Anne Hathaway from The Princess Diaries, excited about all these really clever new writer friends and their gifs, but secretly terrified at the same time. The first time I did a query/first chapter swap with some potential mentees, I literally went to the bathroom and threw up after pressing send. And when I opened up my peers’ documents and saw how clean and polished their writing was compared to mine, I wanted to crawl into bed with a Botabox and a Costco sized pack of Oreos and not emerge until this whole contest was over. While I might have imbibed my fair share of wine in the interim of receiving feedback, what I found when I opened my swap partners’ comment was…well…a lot comments. But they were constructive, meaningful. Critical, but not cruel. Kind, but invested, offering a challenge. I took it all...

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Pitch Madness 2016 Mario Kart Edition . . . Submission Form!
Feb25

Pitch Madness 2016 Mario Kart Edition . . . Submission Form!

 Pitch Madness 2016 MARIO KART Edition! The submission window is now open! To submit your MS pitch into the contest, enter your information in the form below. What is Pitch Madness? It’s a contest to win a request from one or more of the participating agents. (See who they are here.) The submission window is open from NOW and until 11:59PM EST on February 26th. You should have plenty of time to get your submissions in. Make sure to perfect your entry. If you make an error, you may not resend. 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. There will be 60 finalists moving onto the agent round. Pitch Madness will accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult (never before published) fiction only, novel length (no novellas) completed and polished manuscripts only. All genres (i.e. fantasy, contemporary, sci-fi, and so on) are welcome to enter. This time around we will not accept non-fiction. Only one entry per writer. Pitch Madness will be on four blogs: Rainbow Road Team on Summer Heacock’s site Bowser’s Castle Team on Rebecca Coffindaffer’s site Moo Moo Meadows Team on Sharon Johnston’s site Yoshi Falls Team on Brenda Drake’s site Each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 15 entries. We’ll have a team of first readers who will check for formatting, grammar, and content and put their top picks through to the hosts. This year’s first round readers can be found here. All the twitter fun will happen on the hashtag #PitchMadness!   THE SUBMISSION WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED. Good luck to all those who entered! We’ll be announcing the winners either March 6, 7, or 8 during the team drafts. We’ll let you know as soon as we have a concrete...

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Win a signed copy of Chameleon by K.T. Hanna!
Feb25

Win a signed copy of Chameleon by K.T. Hanna!

Want to win a signed copy of Chameleon by K.T. Hanna? Find out why Kirkus Reviews says, “Debut author Hanna takes familiar sci-fi genre elements…and spins dystopian gold.” This series by our own Pitch Wars mentor, K.T. Hanna, is amazing! Just by being a subscriber of my newsletter you’re entered to win the drawing for books and/or swag each month. February’s book is a signed copy of Chameleon by K.T. Hanna along with swag: a beautiful postcard with the cover art, a sticker, and a bookmark. Sign up for my news letter here by February 28 to be entered to win this month’s prize. Swag Pack! Here’s the information about the books … “Debut author Hanna takes familiar sci-fi genre elements…and spins dystopian gold.” Kirkus Reviews Blurb: When Sai’s newly awoken psionic powers accidentally destroy her apartment complex, she’s thrown into an intensive training program. Her only options are pass or die. Surviving means proving her continued existence isn’t a mistake–a task her new mentor, Bastian, takes personally. Her abilities place her in the GNW Enforcer division, and partners her with Domino 12, who is eerily human for an alien-parasite psionic hybrid. After eliminating an Exiled scientist, she discovers nothing is what it seems. With each mission more perilous, Sai must figure out who to trust before her next assignment becomes her last.   Available for purchase from: Signed Copies at: Watermark Books Hybrid, book two in the The Domino Project series is available now, and book three, Parasite, releases February 22, 2016. Find it here. Find it here. 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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A Pitch Wars Success Story with Shari Green, and her mentor, Stefanie Wass!
Feb25

A Pitch Wars Success Story with Shari Green, and her mentor, Stefanie Wass!

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we celebrate Shari Green and her Pitch Wars mentor Stefanie Wass! Shari recently signed a publishing contract with Pajama Press and her book, ROOT BEER CANDY AND OTHER MIRACLES, will be published Fall, 2016. We couldn’t be more thrilled for her. So without further ado, please meet Shari and Stefanie as they recap their Pitch Wars success story. Shari, was this your first PW experience? yes 🙂 Stefanie, what was it about Shari’s application that made you pick her? Shari’s lovely, lyrical prose, coupled with the beachy, magical themes in her novel instantly made me fall in love. I am grateful to another mentor, Joy McCullough-Carranza, for passing Shari’s novel to me. She thought we’d be a great fit, and she was right! Shari, what made you decide to send an application to Stephanie? I picked Stefanie right away – her wishlist included character-driven, realistic MG with heart, and light magic realism, which all fit my ms so well. But then I did some less-than-subtle twitter stalking and found out she didn’t think she’d be a good match for a verse novel. So, I actually didn’t apply to her! Crazy, I know. One of my other top choices was Joy McCullough, and when Joy read my submission, she thought of Stefanie and passed it on to her. I’m very grateful that Joy connected us, because it turned out Stefanie was the right match all along!   Stefanie, tell us about your experience mentoring Shari. It was a delight to work with Shari. She was open to revision, punctual with deadlines, and willing to put in the hard work before the agent round. Shari, tell us about your revision process. I like revising way better than drafting. But with this book? It was my first verse novel, and I remember thinking, how on earth do I revise my carefully-polished verse without destroying the rhythm, the musicality, the images I worked so hard to create? It felt like baking a cake and painstakingly decorating it, only to have someone say I love it! Now could you add this egg to the batter, please? In reality, though, it wasn’t as bad as all that, lol. After mulling over Stefanie’s great feedback, I dove in, and I got into the groove of revisions. It went pretty smoothly once I got started! (Stefanie went above and beyond, reading the ms multiple times until we were both confident it was ready.) Stefanie, do you have a standard process or is it more on the spot/intuitive? The process with...

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#WeLovePurpleAndGreen Giveaway!
Feb24

#WeLovePurpleAndGreen Giveaway!

I am so excited to team up with Pintip Dunn, the author of FORGET TOMORROW, for a very special giveaway! For the past couple months, our books have been found in bookstores next to each other (courtesy of our last names) —  and well, we think our books look awesome together! Who doesn’t love purple and green? We are offering a prize package to one lucky winner, consisting of a hardcover each of THIEF OF LIES and FORGET TOMORROW, along with this gorgeous purple and green clutch. To enter, just click on this rafflecopter link: a Rafflecopter giveaway This contest will run until March 16, 11:59 pm EST, and it is only open to U.S. residents. Thanks for entering!   About Pintip …   When her first-grade teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, Pintip replied, “An author.” Although she has pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered. Pintip graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis.” Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She is a 2012 Golden Heart(r) finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can find Pintip here:   @pintipdunn     Facebook      Website     Good Reads     Instagram        Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided… by your future self. It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist. Or in Callie’s case, a criminal. In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes. But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.  On sale now! Amazon | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads   iTunes | Kobo ...

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Pitch Madness 2016 . . . Formatting and Submission Rules
Feb24

Pitch Madness 2016 . . . Formatting and Submission Rules

   Get ready to race!   The submission window for Pitch Madness is this Friday, February 26th, and will be open for 24 hours (12:01AM EST to MIDNIGHT EST). There will be no limit to the number of submissions. Everyone who submits during the window will make it into the contest. You will receive a receipt by email. If you don’t, check with Brenda or Heather here on the blog or on Twitter (@brendadrake or @HeatherCashman). For those of you not familiar with Pitch Madness, it’s a contest where agents compete in a game against their peers for pitches. This time the game is Mario Kart. If you haven’t been a part of a Pitch Madness challenge before, please check out this post here for more information. The submission window is open for 24 hours (12:01AM EST to MIDNIGHT EST) on February 26th. Our first round readers will read through and eliminate any pitches with poor grammar, unpolished, or unfinished work. Second round readers and Team Hosts and Co-Hosts will pick the top 60 pitches. Fifteen pitches will be posted on each of the four blogs for the agent round starting on March 9. We try to get a good mix of various genres, but the writing comes first. Basically, if the submissions aren’t ready, it’s a pass. The agents will be playing a fun game of Mario Kart for your pitches this round of Pitch Madness. Keep an eye out on the Twitter hashtag #PitchMadness for all our readers’ comments as they search for the best of the best. March 11 at 12PM EST (Noon) the agents requests are revealed, and right afterward is the tying agents challenge round. This year the agents will have 24 hours to respond to challenges (tie-breakers). Here are the rules of submission . . . This is for completed, unpublished fiction manuscripts (no picture books, chapter books,  non-fiction, or novellas). The categories are Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade. Any genres. One manuscript per writer. The winners will not be notified before the agent round. (All submissions sent before or after the window time slot will be deleted.) The information you will need to fill out the submission form is … Name: Your name Title: TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT Genre: Category/genre of your manuscript (ie. YA Fantasy) Word Count: Word count (round up or down to the nearest 1000th – ie. 72,000) Pitch: 35word (max) logline. Do not go over even one word. Excerpt: The first 250 words of your manuscript. If the 250th word falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of that sentence. Your pitch should...

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Pitch Madness 2016 Mario Kart Edition . . . agent rules and instructions!
Feb23

Pitch Madness 2016 Mario Kart Edition . . . agent rules and instructions!

  Pitch Madness Mario Kart Edition! The Pitch Madness submission window is one week from today, Friday, February 26th! What is Pitch Madness? It’s a contest to win a request from one or more of the participating agents. The submission window will be open for 24hours from 12:01 AM EST until 11:59PM EST on February 26. You should have plenty of time to get your submissions in. There is no limit of how many entries will be accepted. All entries sent before or after the allotted times will be deleted. Make sure to perfect your entry. If you make an error, you may not resend. The rules for formatting your submission will be posted tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24th. To see the list of amazing agents, click HERE. To meet our Round 1 readers, click HERE. The four teams are . . . Rainbow Road on Summer Heacock’s site       Bowser’s Castle on Rebecca Coffindaffer’s site       Moo Moo Meadows on Sharon Johnston’s site       Yoshi Falls on Brenda Drake’s site       And the agent’s rules for our Mario Kart race . . . The agent round is March 9-11, 2016. This year’s agents are so amazing, the competition is fierce! Rule 1) Each pitch can only end up with one full request (see exemptions below). Rule 2) Any requests before or after the scheduled time will be null and void for the game (Though it won’t count in the game, we will forward the request to the owner of the pitch). Rule 3) If the full request is made by two agents for the same pitch, they will both be notified by email and Twitter that they have entered the challenge round (see below challenge round for details). Wait. There’s more! To show our appreciation, the agents aren’t only competing for requests, but for gift cards, too! We figured that it’s a lot of work playing a game, so we decided to reward the winners as an extra incentive and bragging rights. The winning agent will receive a $25 gift card from Starbucks with two runners-up receiving $10 gift cards. There will be a drawing for the gift cards. Just for participating agents will automatically get an entry into the drawing. For each win, the agent will get another entry into the drawing.   All racers please come to the starting line . . . From 12:01 AM EST on March 9th to 12:00 PM EST on March 10th the racers (agents) will speed around the courses (the host blogs), read the entries, and throw their items at the pitches they...

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PARASITE by K.T. Hanna . . . Release Day and Giveaway!
Feb22

PARASITE by K.T. Hanna . . . Release Day and Giveaway!

TITLE: Parasite (The Domino Project #3) AUTHOR:  K.T. Hanna RELEASE DATE: February 22nd 2016 PUBLISHER: Amaranthine Press BUY LINKS: Amazon  |  Goodreads  | Signed Copies from Watermark Books To celebrate Parasite’s release, Chameleon and Hybrid are on sale for $0.99!   Praise for Chameleon (The Domino Project, Book 1) “Hanna takes familiar sci-fi genre elements… and spins dystopian gold.” Kirkus Reviews   From Parasite’s Book Jacket . . . 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. Excerpt . . . Pieces of Iota’s devastation spread like breadcrumbs around its site. Flames still cling to odd pieces of cargo and hull, and a faint psionic shield wavers unsteadily, flickering in and out of effectiveness as the sun sets. A portion of the lower hull teeters precariously under the shielding, as if a soft breeze could blow it over. Dom brings Mele to a halt and steps out slowly. Rapidly switching his vision through infrared and thermal, he approaches the fading barrier, which appears to be shielding them from the fading rays of light, but could also be attuned for protection. Behind a stack of rubble, much of which appears to be various appendages of Damascus soldiers, is a soft thermal glow. The shield wavers and blinks out as the final rays of the sun end in a dull red glimmer. Dom moves closer, pushing back the darkness that threatens to overtake him as panic works itself into knots in his brain. There’s no time for it now; he can’t let it control him. He rounds the final portion of rubble mixed with oddly melted adrium, devoid of its electricity, frozen into a rigid splashes of the metal, and steels himself   Giveaway . . . The Domino Project’s final installment is out now! Enter @KTHanna’s PARASITE Giveaway! #scifi #amreading #books #SFF RAFFLECOPTER CHAMELEON (The Domino Project, Book 1)   Amazon  |  Goodreads HYBRID (The Domino Project, Book 2)   Amazon  |  Goodreads 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...

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EVERLASTING by L.H. Kuhl . . . release day!
Feb18

EVERLASTING by L.H. Kuhl . . . release day!

Title: EVERLASTING (Everlasting Trilogy, Book 1) Author: L. K. Kuhl Pub. Date: February 18, 2016 Find it: Amazon | iTunes |  Goodreads   Dying wasn’t a choice. For Sophia, it was a need. Seventeen-year-old Sophia Bandell is scared of boys, and her biggest fear is dying. Boys make her uncomfortable and itchy and dying is …well …dying. She is ecstatic when her long lost friend calls her, inviting her to spend the summer with her on the beach at Charleston, South Carolina. When a plastic saucer hits her in the head one day as she’s sunbathing, Sophia has no idea it will forever change the course of her life. It is there she comes face to face with the impressive Tate Forester. She is scared and …itchy, but he’s gorgeous and she can’t shake him from her mind. They begin dating and Sophia soon knows he’s the one. But things turn dark when she finds out Tate isn’t the person he says he is, and the real reason her friend has brought her to the beach is to teach her about life after death. This everlasting summer on the beach gives Sophia a sweet taste of first love—the happiness as well as the heartbreak.   Excerpt: We stood there and looked around, an awkward silence playing between us. Then he stepped closer and took my hand in his, sending a bolt of staggering electricity zipping through my chest. “Her hand fits perfectly in mine.” He whispered this, as if confirming it with someone. His gaze locked on it, analyzing, then with a shake of his head, he spoke louder. “Sophia, I’m sorry. I …I lied to you.” I looked at him—bewilderment crinkling my face—and tried to understand. “Lied?” My voice broke. “I don’t get it.” “I wasn’t sick that day. Well, in a way I was, I guess. The truth is, I was gut-sick. That guy …he was sitting by you the whole day …and …and he never left your side. I’d check throughout the day, but he was still there. I couldn’t help it. I was insanely jealous.” He looked down, his tone deepening as he flexed his fingers that were still laced through mine. “What?” His words astounded me. I swiped my brow with my free hand. “You were jealous …of me?” He released my hand and paced back and forth, the nervousness seeping through as he wrung his hands. “I know it’s stupid, but I couldn’t help myself. I love the way you laugh and …I like you, Sophia …a lot, and it hurt me to see you with someone else.” He lifted his hair off his...

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Pitch Madness 2016 . . . Introducing the Agents!
Feb17

Pitch Madness 2016 . . . Introducing the Agents!

Pitch Madness 2016 Mario Kart Edition! Pitch Madness is a contest to win a request from one or more of the amazing agents. The submission window will be open from 12:01 AM EST until 11:59PM EST on February 26. 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. Sixty finalists move to the agent round. Pitch Madness will accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult completed and polished fiction, novel length manuscripts only. No non-fiction. One entry per writer. For details about the contest and how to enter, go to this post. Good luck! All the twitter fun will be happening on the hashtag #PitchMadness!   And here are this year’s outstanding agents: Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively building her list. In general, Patricia looks for stories that hook her with a unique plot, fantastic writing and complex characters that jump off the page. On the adult side, she is seeking women’s fiction both upmarket and commercial, historical fiction set in the 20th century, and compelling plot-driven literary fiction. She’s also looking for sexy, smart adult contemporary and historical single title romance. For YA and MG, Patricia is open to a wide range of genres, with particular interest in contemporary/realistic, magical realism, mystery, horror, and fantasy. She is interested in seeing diverse stories and characters, including LGBTQ, in all genres that she represents. Website  |  Twitter  | Marsal Lyon Literary Agency   Jessica Sinsheimer, The Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency From manuscriptwishlist.com: I’m officially open to all genres–I know how that sounds, and yes, I know, YIKES, I’ll be getting a lot of mail–but I’m particularly interested right now in the following: Whatever the age group, I tend to love contrast–highbrow sentences and lowbrow content, beautiful settings and ugly motives–the books that are beautiful and scary, heartbreaking and hilarious. I love secrets, scheming, revenge, plotting–and stories that have to be written forward and backward to make sense (I LOVE discovering a very cleverly planted clue that makes sense in retrospect). I love watching powerful people navigate their public and private lives. As you can probably imagine, I’m totally addicted to House of Cards (I love that Frank is both warm AND evil), Scandal, Revenge, and Pretty Little Liars. And also The Avengers from 1965 onward. Everyone should watch that show. Website  |  Twitter  | The Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency   Louise Fury, The Bent Agency Louise Fury represents young adult, middle grade, new adult, commercial fiction including...

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Pitch Madness 2016: Team Yoshi Falls
Feb16

Pitch Madness 2016: Team Yoshi Falls

Pitch Madness 2016 Mario Kart Edition Yoshi Falls Today we’re excited to introduce the teams for Pitch Madness. 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. For those who don’t know about Pitch Madness, click here for THE OFFICIAL RULES. Pitch Madness will be on four blogs and each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 15 entries. Some will have a team of first readers who will check for formatting, grammar, and content and put their top picks through to the hosts.  And the top 60 finalists will move onto the agent round! Here are the hosting sites  … Brenda Drake’s site Rebecca Coffindaffer’s site Sharon Johnston’s site Summer Heacock’s site And now, introducing Team Yoshi Falls hosted by Brenda Drake along with her co-host Kimberly P. Chase and K.T. Hanna …   Team Yoshi Falls will be hosted this year by our very own Brenda Drake! She will be helping as much as possible while she tours New England signing her latest book, so Brenda will have two co-hosts this year that will be doing most of the heavy lifting (or late-into-the-night reading). The second round readers searching the best entries for Team Yoshi Falls are . . . Dannie Morin is an addictions therapist with a writing problem. By day she alternates between counseling teens and wrangling a very sassy toddler. By night she writes, critiques, and edits like a boss. When she’s not doing any of those things, she’s a compulsive participant in the Carolinas Region of SCBWI and a regular Snarky Sue in online Pitch Contests. Dannie pens young adult and new adult fiction in Charlotte, North Carolina. Repped by John Cusick of FolioLiterary. Website   |   Twitter     And me, Heather Cashman: 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 Twitter     Helping out as she can while balancing time with her new baby is blog assistant, Nikki Roberti … Nikki is a professional journalist and marketer with more than a decade of published writing experience. She is also a young adult author represented by Suzie Townsend of the New Leaf Literary Agency. Before writing novels, she was a seven-time award winning playwright with her short pieces performed around the country,...

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