CIRCLE OF JINN by Lori Goldstein . . . What Makes A Great Sequel, Book Release, and Giveaway!
May20

CIRCLE OF JINN by Lori Goldstein . . . What Makes A Great Sequel, Book Release, and Giveaway!

TITLE: Circle of Jinn AUTHOR: Lori Goldstein PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan PUBLICATION DATE: May 17, 2016 About the Book . . . Being Jinn is Azra’s new reality. As she grants wishes under the watchful eye of the Afrit council, she remains torn between her two worlds—human and Jinn. Soon, secrets spill. Zars are broken. Humans become pawns. And rumors of an uprising become real as the Afrit’s reach extends beyond the underground world of Janna. Straddling the line becomes impossible. Aware of her unique abilities, Azra must not just face but embrace her destiny. But when the role she must play and those she must protect expand to include a circle of Jinn greater than her own, Azra will be forced to risk everything. A risk that means there’s everything to lose, and at the same time, everything to gain—for herself and her entire Jinn race. In this dramatic sequel to Becoming Jinn, Azra’s story comes to a heartfelt and thrilling conclusion. What Makes a Great Sequel? Readers and moviegoers love sequels. Returning to characters we know and stories we love is like burrowing under a fuzzy blanket on a cold, snowy night. There’s great comfort in getting to visit old friends and follow them on a new adventure. And yet we settle in with expectations and hopes built from our experience with the first in the series. So inevitably the question is asked: But is it as good as the original? Sequels have a lot to live up to. The first time you are exposed to something, it’s all shiny and new. Be it the first time you wear a swanky new dress or eat at just opened restaurant, the simple fact that you have never done this before—whatever this is—is exciting. In the world of storytelling, the first glimpse of Diagon Alley or the Millennium Falcon can never be replicated. The unknown holds something special—there are no expectations. When you have no idea what to expect, it’s easier to be wowed. This is why so many sequels never *quite* live up to the originals. The characters, the story, the journey may be just as good or even better but it’s the lens through which we view this sequel—a lens that lacks the bonus points that “new” brings—that causes us to believe the sequel doesn’t quite measure up. And yet, there are exceptions. There are sequels that take what we love about the first installment and build on it, giving us something that blows us away in spite of the bias we bring. They respect the world that’s familiar to us, but infuse the sequel with new energy, with deeper...

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Day 15 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Pintip Dunn
May20

Day 15 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Pintip Dunn

Welcome to May’s Voice Workshop with some of our amazing Pitch Wars mentors. From a Rafflecopter lottery drawing, we selected over thirty writers to participate in the workshop. Each mentor has graciously critiqued a 500 word sample that the writer chose from his or her manuscript where he or she felt they needed help with their voice. Our hope that these samples will help you with your work and that you’ll get to know some of our wonderful Pitch Wars mentors.We appreciate our mentors for giving up their time to do the critiques. If you have something encouraging to add, feel free to comment below. Please keep all comments tasteful. We will delete any inappropriate or hurtful ones. And now we have … Pitch Wars Mentor Pintip Dunn Website  |  Twitter When my first-grade teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied, “An author.” Although I have pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered. I graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. I received my J.D. at Yale Law School, where I was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. I published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,” and received the Barry S. Kaplan Prize for best paper in Law and Literature. I am represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. I’m a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network. I live with my husband and children in Maryland. Pintip’s 500 Word Critique . . . MG Contemporary Fantasy Hi! This was a great submission! I think you have a good voice, and it is very fitting for middle grade. You made me laugh and smile, so bonus points for that! Best of luck with this novel, and thanks for giving me the chance to read your first page! Mom promised to be home by six and it’s almost six-thirty. [I would go with a more interesting first line. I like the “jack-in-the-box” reference a lot — perhaps use that line or even replace with something simple like, “Mom’s late. Again.” It gets across the gist of your first sentence in a more direct way.] I sit on the stairs and look out the front door, doing my jack-in-the-box imitation. I hear a car, I jump up. It’s not her, I sit down. [Great.] My mind fills with what-ifs. [I would delete this sentence. It states the obvious.] What if her car broke down? What if she forgot it’s sixth grade Earth Day Night? [I know what you’re saying,...

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