Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Lisa Amowitz!
Aug17

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Lisa Amowitz!

Lisa Amowitz Twitter |  Website Lisa is an award winning author of three fantasy/thrillers for young adults, UNTIL BETH, VISION, and BREAKING GLASS. She is also a cover designer and ​Professor of Graphic Design at Bronx Community College. She is represented by Shannon Hassan of Marsal-Lyon Literary Agency   UNTIL BETH Amazon | Barnes & Noble She doesn’t just play, she kills it. Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good. Then she’s accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends are bursting with talent, but they’re also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who’s so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who’s trying to tell her something but is hiding even more? And will anyone be safe when her true Talent comes out?   School Library Journal says: Gr 8 Up―Beth Collins has a talent, and the tingling in her chest is the only premonition she receives that her world is about to be rocked. The story begins with Beth still hurting over the disappearance of her boyfriend, dealing with the downward spiral of her brother’s accident, and realizing that things might not be as “normal” in her small town as she once thought. It’s a roller-coaster ride from there. She finds out that her friend and bandmate, Andre, is as talented as she is, and he helps her enroll at a school for musically “gifted” (emphasis on the “gifted”). Everyone at the school has a gift (besides the musical kind)―but each is potentially harmful to society; Beth finds out quickly that High Step isn’t what she thought and not what she wants. As she fights to figure out who is who in the dangerous game of “guess that talent,” Beth is torn among Vincent, Xavier, and Sam. Who is telling the truth? Who really cares about her and not her ability? There are many players, and readers are left wondering what happens next, but thankfully it’s a “to be continued kind of question,” as the author plans a follow-up of Beth’s future. VERDICT A solid addition to fantasy collections that has shades of Twilight’s love triangle. (Meghan Oppelt, Whitehall School District, WI School Library Journal)...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with E. B. Wheeler!
Aug17

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with E. B. Wheeler!

E. B. Wheeler Facebook | Twitter | Website E.B. Wheeler is the award-winning author of The Haunting of Springett Hall, Born to Treason, and No Peace with the Dawn (with Jeff Bateman, November 2016) as well as several short stories, magazine articles, and scripts for educational software programs. She’s a 2016 Pitch Wars mentor and is represented by Abigail Samoun of Red Fox Literary. She has an M.A. in history and, in addition to writing, she also consults about historic preservation and teaches history at Utah State University.   Born to Treason Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads Smuggling pages from a forbidden book is a small act of defiance against Queen Elizabeth I, but it entangles Joan Pryce in a plot that may cost her heart and her life. Joan is not only Catholic—her beliefs outlawed by the queen—but also Welsh, a people long oppressed by the English. When Joan’s father dies, she is cast out from her home. Nicholas, the childhood friend she was supposed to marry, is a cold stranger, disfigured by an accident no one talks about. Smuggling religious books gives Joan a chance to do something about the injustices around her, and spend time with a handsome outlaw, but draws her into a world where everyone has a secret. An agent of the queen is closing in on her, and she must choose between her loyalty to her faith, her country, and her heart. One misstep will land her at the gallows. Giveaway!   Winner receives a book. Make a comment to enter. After 24 hours, Emily will contact the winner. (Winner chosen using random.org via the...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Caitlin Sinead!
Aug17

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Caitlin Sinead!

Caitlin Sinead Twitter | Website Caitlin Sinead’s novels, HEARTSICK and RED BLOODED, have received positive reviews from Library Journal, RT Book Reviews, and USA TODAY.  Her writing has also earned accolades from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Glimmer Train, and Writers & Artists, and my stories have appeared in multiple publications, including The Alarmist, The Binnacle,Crunchable, Jersey Devil Press, and Northern Virginia Magazine. She earned a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University and has also studied writing at the College of William and Mary and Yale University. She is represented by Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger, Inc.   Heartsick Amazon | iTunes | Google Store | Barnes & Noble Quinn is looking forward to her senior year at Poe University. She has big plans to hang out with her best friend, flirt with a certain boy genius, party at her favorite dive bar and figure out what she’s going to do after graduation with her not-so-useful art major. But that’s before she meets Luke, a hot townie who’s moved back home to help take care of his dying sister. And it’s before a weird epidemic sweeps across campus, mysteriously turning people’s eyes purple. Is it an odd side effect from a new party drug? Is it a rogue virus developed in a campus lab? Is it the mark of the devil? Soon the town starts blaming the university and the student religious group becomes frighteningly aggressive in their on-campus accusations. Quinn and Luke are caught in the middle—until a tragic accident forces Luke to reveal the one part of himself he’s kept carefully hidden. That he’s so much more than the happy-go-lucky boy next door Quinn had believed him to be isn’t a surprise…but this truth might be too dangerous for her to handle. “This unique read–containing a boatload of likable characters and a few spine-tingling chills–plays out like a mystery movie on the big screen. The author really keeps readers guessing with each flip of the page–and it gets more and more exciting all the way up to the last chapter, which has the potential to make jaws drop.” – RT Book Reviews Giveaway!   Winner receives an Amazon or Barnes and Noble ebook. Make a comment to enter. After 24 hours, Caitlin will contact the winner. (Winner chosen using random.org via the comments.)...

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