Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Karen Fortunati!
Aug15

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Karen Fortunati!

Karen Fortunati Website  |  Twitter Karen Fortunati is a former attorney, whose experiences on the job with children and teens and personal experiences witnessing the impact of depression, bipolar disorder, and suicide inspired her to write this story of hope for those who struggle with mental illness. Karen lives in Connecticut with her family and rescue dogs and works part time as a museum educator.   The Weight of Zero Available for Pre-Order at Amazon YA Contemporary Delacorte/Random House Releases October 11, 2016 Seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disorder, almost triumphed once resulting in Catherine’s first suicide attempt. With Zero only temporarily restrained by the latest med du jour, time is running out. In an old ballet shoebox, Catherine stockpiles medications, preparing to take her own life before Zero can inflict its own living death on her again. But Catherine’s life is changing with unexpected and meaningful relationships that lessen her sense of isolation. These new relationships along with the care of a gifted psychiatrist alter Catherine’s perception of her diagnosis as a death sentence.  This is a story of loss and grief and how the many shapes of love – maternal, romantic and platonic – lead to Catherine’s struggle to come to terms with her chronic mental illness.   Recognition: ABA Indie Introduce New Voices Summer/Fall 2016 Selection: “…Do what indies do best—find and showcase undiscovered authors and compelling books. Two panels of booksellers chose the Indies Introduce titles—10 adult and 10 children’s—as the best of the Summer/Fall 2016 debuts.” Selected to the YA Buzz Book List by Shelf Awareness Pro that “…features upcoming young adult and middle grade titles that booksellers around the United States are most looking forward to.” Chosen as a Barnes and Noble Our Most Anticipated Debut for the Second Half of 2016. Winner of 2014 SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant in the Contemporary YA category Finalist in the 2015 Tassey-Walden Awards Contest Reviews: “Everyone takes a unique path to their dark places but Karen Fortunati’s portrayal of the road back is inspiring.” — Stephanie Tromly, author, Trouble Is A Friend of Mine “…I spent the last half of the book in grateful tears, filled with a deep recognition that gave me hope for life and love for Catherine. I cannot express enough what this book meant to me. Read it. It’ll change you.” —Flannery Fitch, Bookshop Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA) “You might think that a story about having bipolar disorder would be depressing. But this story will lift you up, open your eyes, and make even your darkest ‘Zero’ moments seem manageable. Everyone should read this book....

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Mary Ann Marlowe!
Aug15

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Mary Ann Marlowe!

Mary Ann Marlowe Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads When not writing, Mary Ann takes karate with her kids (she has a second degree black belt) and works by day as a computer programmer/DBA. She spent ten years as a university-level French professor, and her resume includes stints as an au pair in Calais, a hotel intern in Paris, a German tutor, a college radio disc jockey, and a webmaster for several online musician fandoms. She has lived in twelve states and three countries and loves to travel. She now lives in central Virginia where she is hard at work on her second novel. SOME KIND OF MAGIC Amazon | BN | Kobo | Indigo | Goodreads In this sparkling debut novel, Mary Ann Marlowe introduces a hapless scientist who’s swept off her feet by a rock star—but is it love or just a chemical reaction?… Biochemist Eden Sinclair has no idea that the scent she spritzed on herself before leaving the lab is designed to enhance pheromones. Or that the cute, grungy-looking guy she meets at a gig that evening is Adam Copeland. As in the Adam Copeland international rock god and object of lust for a million women. Make that a million and one. By the time she learns the truth, she s already spent the (amazing, incredible) night in his bed Suddenly Eden, who’s more accustomed to being set up on disastrous dates by her mom, is going out with a gorgeous celebrity who loves how down-to-earth and honest she is. But for once, Eden isn’t being honest. She can’t bear to reveal that this overpowering attraction could be nothing more than seduction by science. And the only way to know how Adam truly feels is to ditch the perfume—and risk being ditched in turn. “Frisky, Flirty Fun!” —Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times bestselling author of The Total Package “Sexy, engaging and original. I completely fell in love with Eden and Adam. An amazing first novel.” —Sydney Landon, New York Times bestselling author” Available February 2017 with Kensington...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Jennie Nash!
Aug15

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Jennie Nash!

Jennie Nash Website  |  Twitter  |  Author Accelerator Jennie Nash is an author and book coach, whose clients regularly land top New York agents and book deals with houses such as Scribner, Simon & Schuster, Hazeldon, and Ten Speed. Jennie is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Author Accelerator, which offers customized book coaching for determined writers. Visit her at authoraccelerator.com and jennienash.com. The Writer’s Guide to Agony and Defeat: The 43 Worst Moments in the Writing Life and How to Get Over Them  Amazon Buy Link The enlightenment gurus say that you should “feel what you feel” and this book is designed to help you feel the gut-wrenching misery of the writing life – and then get over it. Book coach and author Jennie Nash takes you inside the 43 worst moments writers face – from realizing you’ve spent three years on a book that is still falling flat to hearing one more agent say she “just isn’t in love with it.” Nash then shows you the strategies and tactics you need to move forward and write what you need to write. “Jennie Nash is my guru– when she talks, I listen, take notes, and stick stickies all over my laptop. Here is yet more proof of her down-to-earth you-can-instantly-use- it brilliance!” — Lisa Cron, author of Wired for Story and Story...

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