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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