Day 18 of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Jennifer Blackwood
May25

Day 18 of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Jennifer Blackwood

  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 Jennifer Blackwood Website  |  Twitter Jennifer Blackwood is an English teacher and contemporary romance author. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When not chasing after her toddler, you can find her binging on episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to write.     Jennifer’s 500 Word Critique . . . YA Historical Fantasy Scotland, 1818. Ominous clouds hovered over the loch, and Rowan Sinclair was about to lose his chance at freedom. The dense, yeasty aroma of alcohol settled on the sleeping casks like a thick blanket as Rowan crept into the whisky warehouse. Through the thatched roof, slivers of moonlight illuminated ceiling-high stacks of barrels. He thumped his knuckles against the oak staves until a hollow sound responded, and then he rolled a large, empty barrel out of the building. Alistair leaned against the stone walls outside the warehouse, flask in hand. “Just what do you think you’re doing, lad?” Rowan grabbed an end with each hand and halted the cask. He straightened to his full height and looked down on the portly man. “Testing the device for the Laird.” His voice strengthened. “It’s empty, by the by.” As if he needed to steal whisky. His own peat reek tasted better than this dross. “But you said it wasn’t finished.” Alistair slugged a drink and wiped his ruddy face with his hand, nearly dropping the flask. The irony of Alistair’s employment as the Distillery Manager was not lost on Rowan. True, The Angel’s Wings wasnae finished to his satisfaction. It had taken nearly a year to create a machine that would help casks swim through the water, away from the greedy eyes of tax men. But the Laird was demanding the device now. Rowan had run out of time. “It’ll hold,” Rowan said. It had to. If...

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ARTIFACTS by Pete Catalano . . . Happy Belated Book Release!
May25

ARTIFACTS by Pete Catalano . . . Happy Belated Book Release!

  Title: ARTIFACTS Author: Pete Catalano Publisher: Month9Books Publication Date: May 17, 2016 Amazon  |  B&N   About the book . . .  It’s funny how one little letter can change a person’s life. Jax and his friends have been planning the summer of a lifetime at Camp Runamuck. However, when one of them is facing summer at a school desk for failing English, they watch those plans crash and burn! At the last moment they’re given a way out. An extra credit assignment to find several fake artifacts for a fairy tale display their teacher is presenting at the local library. Thinking they’ve hit the easiest-extra-credit-ever jackpot, they begin rummaging through any piles of junk they can find. As they start putting the clues together, they realize that what they’re really searching for is one authentic artifact that can rewrite fairy tales! Enlisting the aid of the Lost Boys, Jax and his friends battle fairy tale villains to see who can get their hand, or their hook, on it first.   Pete Catalano Goodreads  |  Facebook  |  Twitter I started writing Middle Grade a little more than three years ago. ARTIFACTS is the first book I have published. My wife and I live in Charlotte, NC with two very needy one hundred pound sheep dogs. I am always working on a new story because there are a multitude of characters living inside my head — battling to get out.  ...

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