Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Diana Gardin!
Aug23

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Diana Gardin!

Diana Gardin Website | Goodreads | Amazon | Facebook | Twitter Diana Gardin is a Virginia girl living In South Carolina, and her beloved home in the South is the backdrop for all of her novels. She adores writing about Southern girls and boys finding their way in and out of love. Diana is married to the love of my life, and they have two fabulous/crazy children. Now that she’s a stay-at-home-mom and has recently added author to her list of things to do, Diana is busy ALL THE TIME! Diana Gardin is the hybrid author of nine novels, including the most recent Battle Scars series. Her first Romantic Suspense series, Night Eagle Security, is due for release in Spring of 2017. MAN OF HONOR Amazon | UK | Amazon CA | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | G. Play The best rules are the ones worth breaking . . . After his mother’s funeral, ex-Army Ranger Drake Sullivan wants only to disappear and drown his sorrows in whiskey. Then he sees her: Mea Jones. An untamed, sexy-as-hell whirlwind of energy. A few years ago, she showed him the best-and hottest-night of his life, then walked away without a backward glance. But he’s never stopped wanting more. When it comes to guys, Mea has rules. One night. No dating. Whatever it takes to have control and keep it. With Drake, it’s all heat and hurt and hunger, and pretty much the opposite of control. And that makes him dangerous as hell. Mea has her own demons, and falling in love-or even in lust-is strictly a no-go proposition. But she soon finds out Drake is incredibly single-minded when it comes to getting what he wants. And he’s determined to be the exception to all her rules. Reader advisory: The heroine’s past deals with dark elements some readers may find disturbing. Recommended for mature audiences only. Giveaway!   Winner receives a paperback copy of Man of Honor. Make a comment to enter. After 24 hours, Diana will contact the winner by email. (Winner chosen using random.org via the comments.)...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Brooks Benjamin!
Aug23

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Brooks Benjamin!

Brooks Benjamin Website | Twitter | Book trailer In sixth grade, Brooks Benjamin formed a New Kids on the Block tribute dance crew called the New Kidz. He wasn’t that good at dancing. But now he’s got a new crew—his wife and their dog. They live in Tennessee, where he teaches reading and writing and occasionally busts out a few dance moves. He’s still not very good at it. My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights is his first novel.   MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS Amazon | B&N | BAM | IndieBound All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. And if he wins a summer scholarship at Dance-Splosion, he’s on his way. The problem? His dad wants him to play football. And Dillon’s freestyle crew, the Dizzee Freekz, says that dance studios are for sellouts. His friends want Dillon to kill it at the audition—so he can turn around and tell the studio just how wrong their rules and creativity-strangling ways are. At first, Dillon’s willing to go along with his crew’s plan, even convincing one of the snobbiest girls at school to work with him on his technique. But as Dillon’s dancing improves, he wonders: what if studios aren’t the enemy? And what if he actually has a shot at winning the scholarship? Dillon’s life is about to get crazy . . . on and off the dance floor in this kid-friendly humorous debut by Brooks Benjamin. Giveaway!   Winner receives a signed hardcover of MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS. Make a comment to enter. After 24 hours, Brooks will contact the winner by email. (Winner chosen using random.org via the...

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America’s Next Reality Star by Laura Heffernan . . . Cover Reveal and Giveaway!
Aug23

America’s Next Reality Star by Laura Heffernan . . . Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

    TITLE: America’s Next Reality Star AUTHOR: Laura Heffernan PUBLISHER: Kensington’s Lyrical Shine Press RELEASE DAY: March 7, 2017 Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Google Store | Kobo | iTunes Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. In a flash it all came apart. Single, unemployed, and holding an eviction notice, who has time to remember trying out for a reality show? Then the call comes, and Jen sees her chance to start over—by spending her summer on national TV. Luckily The Fishbowl is all about puzzles and games, the kind of thing Jen would love even if she wasn’t desperate. The cast checks all the boxes: cheerful, quirky Birdie speaks in hashtags; vicious Ariana knows just how to pout for the cameras; and corn-fed “J-dawg” plays the cartoon villain of the house. Then there’s Justin, the green-eyed law student who always seems a breath away from kissing her. Is their attraction real, or a trick to get him closer to the $250,000 grand prize? Romance or showmance, suddenly Jen has a lot more to lose than a summer . . .   a Rafflecopter giveaway   Laura Heffernan Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads Laura Heffernan is living proof that watching too much TV can pay off: AMERICA’S NEXT REALITY STAR, the first book in the REALITY STAR series, is coming from Kensington’s Lyrical Press in March 2017. When not watching total strangers participate in arranged marriages, drag racing queens, or cooking competitions, Laura enjoys travel, baking, board games, helping with writing contests, and seeking new experiences. She lives in the northeast with her amazing husband and two furry little beasts. Some of Laura’s favorite things include goat cheese, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, the Oxford comma, and ice cream. Not all together. The best place to find her is usually on Twitter, where she spends far too much time tweeting about writing, Canadian chocolate, and reality TV. Laura is represented by Michelle Richter at Fuse...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Molly Lee!
Aug22

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Molly Lee!

Molly Lee Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Molly Lee is an author, editor, and mentor best known from Pitch Wars, a program that connects promising writers to established authors in the community. She writes NA contemporary and YA urban fantasy with strong heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. Throw in high-octane action or any kind of supernatural element and she’ll be hooked. A military spouse with two children and one stubborn english bulldog, Molly enjoys watching storms from the back porch of her Midwest home and digging for treasures at local antique shops.   Edge of Chaos Amazon | Goodreads Blake Caster has been in an emotionally abusive relationship with Justin for so long, she can’t tell what is normal anymore, and so she clings to the one thing that is solidly hers—her passion for extreme weather. Three years into her Meteorology degree, Blake meets professional storm chaser, Dash Lexington, who is as gorgeous as he is daring. Instantly recognizing her passion and skills in analyzing weather data, he makes a spot for her on his tight-knit storm chasing team. Dash and Blake form a fast friendship and it forces her to realize just how toxic her relationship with Justin is. She can’t deny the lightning-worthy chemistry she has with Dash or how her heart stalls every time he gets too close to a tornado. With each chase and the cherished moments with Dash, Blake discovers her own self-worth and gains the strength to end things with Justin for good. But he won’t go easily. As Blake tries to sever ties with one man, she fears she’ll lose the other to his dangerous obsession—and she doesn’t know if she’ll be enough to save him from the impending storm that could end them all.   Excerpt from Edge of Chaos . . . The sky was light behind the dark-gray storm cloud, which made the green grass and red dirt below it seem more vibrant. Dash’s eyes fixated on the storm before us, their green shining with an intensity I now realized he only held when a storm was in sight. “It’s got potential,” he said with a wicked grin on his face. “Maybe you’ll see one touch down today, Blake.” I swallowed hard, both excited and scared of the prospect. “I wish it was more organized,” John said, letting his camera hang against his chest. “Me, too,” Dash said, pointing at the northeast portion of the wall cloud. “Look, there’s a little rotation.” I focused on where he pointed and saw the slightest bit of movement within the...

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The Art of Holding On and Letting Go by Kristin Bartley Lentz . . . Guest Post and Book Release!
Aug22

The Art of Holding On and Letting Go by Kristin Bartley Lentz . . . Guest Post and Book Release!

Kristin Bartley Lenz Website  |  Twitter Kristin Bartley Lenz is a writer and social worker from metro-Detroit who fell in love with the mountains when she moved to Georgia and California. Now she’s back in Detroit where she plots wilderness escapes and manages the Michigan Chapter blog for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The Art of Holding On and Letting Go is her first novel.   From Kristin . . . When I titled my YA novel, The Art of Holding On and Letting Go, I had no idea it would also become the perfect metaphor for my journey to publication. “It takes ten years to get published.” I don’t remember the speaker who said this at my first SCBWI-MI conference in 2003, but I heard those words repeatedly over the years at other conferences, online forums, and networking groups. Ten years sounded daunting, but it was also a relief. I could focus on improving my craft without the pressure of publishing right away. And of course it couldn’t really take ten years, could it? Fast forward five years. I had a middle grade novel that was way too autobiographical – I knew it was my practice book and needed to be shelved. But I also had two completed YA novels. An agent loved the second one and offered representation. Yes! I was ahead of the curve! She submitted The Art of Holding On and Letting Go to editors during the recession of 2007-2008. That’s when I learned that many of the first novels signed by agents don’t sell. That it’s often your second, third, or even your sixth novel that finally sells. I resumed my focus on craft and revised my other YA novel, but TAOHOALG continued to tug at me. I completely rewrote it after working with Carolyn Coman at the Highlights Foundation Whole Novel Workshop. My agent didn’t want to resubmit it. And she still didn’t like my other novel. That’s when I learned that agent relationships don’t always last, that sometimes you have to make a change to find the best fit. The Art of Holding On and Letting Go won first place or finaled in nearly every contest I entered. Other agents showed immediate interest, but ran away when they learned it had been previously subbed. Editors gave me drastically conflicting revision suggestions. I set the manuscript aside. A new agent offered representation based on my other novel. It didn’t sell. I wrote another novel. It didn’t sell. I focused on my social work career, I hosted two foreign exchange students, I volunteered for the PTA – basically anything I...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Dee Romito!
Aug19

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Dee Romito!

Dee Romito Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads Dee Romito lives in her hometown of Buffalo, New York. You’re likely to find her on adventures with her husband and two energetic kids, at the local ice cream shop, or curled up in a comfy chair with her cats. She loves to write, travel, and giggle like a teenager with her friends. Dee is a member of SCBWI and Co-Advisor of Buffalo-Niagara Children’s Writers and Illustrators. Look for ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES and SEVEN SIDES TO EVERY STORY releasing from Aladdin/S&S in 2017. You can visit her website at DeeRomito.com.   The BFF Bucket List Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Simon & Schuster | IndieBound Ella and Skyler have been best friends since kindergarten. Although lately, things have been different. Ella’s determined to fix things with a fun project she’s sure will bring them closer together—The BFF Bucket List. But as new friends, epic opportunities, and super-cute boys enter the picture, the challenges on the list aren’t the only ones they face.   Giveaway!   Winner receives a copy of The BFF Bucket List. Make a comment to enter. After 24 hours, Dee will contact the winner. (Winner chosen using random.org via the...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Kate Karyus Quinn!
Aug19

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Kate Karyus Quinn!

Kate Karyus Quinn Twitter| Website | Blog Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and menthol chapstick addict. She has lived in California and Tennessee, but recently made the move back to her hometown of Buffalo, New York, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would… build character. She is represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary and is the author of ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE, (DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME, and DOWN WITH THE SHINE all from HarperTeen. Kate also offers paid critiques for authors looking to further polish their work. Find more information here.   Down With the Shine Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indiebound Make a wish… Lennie always thought her uncles’ “important family legacy” was good old-fashioned bootlegging. Then she takes some of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s annual house party, and finds out just how wrong she was. At the party, Lennie has everyone make a wish before drinking the shine—it’s tradition. She toasts to wishes for bat wings, for balls of steel, for the party to go on forever. Lennie even makes a wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was murdered six months ago. The next morning gives Lennie a whole new understanding of the phrase be careful what you wish for—or in her case, be careful what wishes you grant. Because all those wishes Lennie raised a jar of shine to last night? They came true. Most of them came out bad. And once granted, a wish can’t be unmade…   Giveaway!   Winner receives a hardcover copy of DOWN WITH THE SHINE. Make a comment to enter. After 24 hours, Kate will contact the winner. (Winner chosen using random.org via the...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Shari Schwarz!
Aug19

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Shari Schwarz!

Shari Schwarz Blog  |  Twitter  |  Facebook Shari Schwarz lives in Ft. Collins, Colorado near the Rocky Mountains with her husband and their four boys. TREASURE AT LURE LAKE (Cedar Fort Publishing, April 12, 2016) is her debut which reflects her love for a good survival adventure story. When she’s not reading or writing, Shari can be found freelance editing, weight-lifting, gardening or watching her boys play football, basketball, cup-stacking, or wrestling. She frequently dreams of exploring Oregon Coast beaches or plotting out her next children’s book.   Treasure at Lure Lake Goodreads  |  Amazon Twelve-year-old Bryce’s best laid plans for a backpacking trip with his grandpa seem about to fall through all because his big brother Jack is threatening to boycott the trip. But when Bryce stumbles upon a secret treasure map in his grandpa’s barn, he doesn’t mean to steal it or unearth a painful family secret that will explain the root of the brothers’ conflict. Bryce is determined to find the treasure even if it means lying to his grandpa. As Bryce, Jack, and Grandpa hike to a remote cabin in the Rocky Mountains, sibling rivalry clouds the brothers’ judgment, and all Bryce’s plans for an epic adventure go downriver. The boys must work together to survive the dangers of the wilderness, and each other, or the treasure and their family’s secret may never see the light of day....

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Lisa Lewis Tyre!
Aug18

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Lisa Lewis Tyre!

Lisa Lewis Tyre Twitter | Website Lisa Lewis Tyre grew up in a small town in Tennessee surrounded by her crazy family and neighbors. She learned early on that not every child had a pet skunk, a dad that ran a bar in the front yard, or a neighbor that was so large his house had to be torn down to get him out. What else could she do but write? She is currently working on her 2nd novel, EIGHT DAY DAUGHTER (Nancy Paulsen Books), releasing Spring, 2017.   LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS Amazon | Barnes & Noble Lou might be only twelve, but she’s never been one to take things sitting down. So when her Civil War-era house is about to be condemned, she’s determined to save it—either by getting it deemed a historic landmark or by finding the stash of gold rumored to be hidden nearby during the war. As Lou digs into the past, her eyes are opened when she finds that her ancestors ran the gamut of slave owners, renegades, thieves and abolitionists. Meanwhile, some incidents in her town show her that many Civil War era prejudices still survive and that the past can keep repeating itself if we let it. Digging into her past shows Lou that it’s never too late to fight injustice, and she starts to see the real value of understanding and exploring her roots. * “Accomplished debut. . . . Strong secondary characters, including Lou’s thrice-divorced flirtatious grandmother, help build the strong sense of small-town community. Tyre masterfully weaves historical details into Lou’s discoveries in ways that never feel facile, while deftly and satisfyingly resolving past and present puzzles.”—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW Selected as a “Books All Young Georgians Should Read” by the Georgia Center for the Book, 2016   Giveaway!   Winner receives an Amazon or Barnes and Noble ebook. Make a comment to enter. After 24 hours, Lisa will contact the winner. (Winner chosen using random.org via the...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Laura Brown!
Aug18

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Laura Brown!

Laura Brown Website | Facebook | Twitter Laura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family. Her husband’s put up with her since high school, her young son keeps her on her toes, and her three cats think they deserve more scratches. Hearing loss is a big part of who she is, from her own Hard of Hearing ears, to the characters she creates.   Signs of Attraction Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Google Play | Kobo Do you know what hearing loss sounds like? I do. All my life I’ve tried to be like you. I’ve failed. So I keep it hidden. But on the day my world crashed down around me, Reed was there. He showed me just how loud and vibrant silence can be, even when I struggled to understand. He’s unlike anyone I’ve ever known. His soulful eyes and strong hands pulled me in before I knew what was happening. And as I saw those hands sign, felt them sparking on me, I knew: imperfect could be perfect. Reed makes me feel things I’ve never felt. It’s exciting . . . and terrifying. Because he sees me like no one else has, and I’m afraid of what he’ll find if he looks too closely. The only thing that scares me more than being with him? Letting him go.   Giveaway!   Winner receives a paperback copy of Signs of Attraction. Make a comment to enter. After 24 hours, Laura will contact the winner by email. (Winner chosen using random.org via the...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with K.C. Held!
Aug18

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with K.C. Held!

K.C. Held Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Tumblr | Instagram | Pinterest K.C. HELD was born and raised in California with stopovers in Honduras, Mexico, and France. Married to her high school sweetheart, and mom to two avid bookworms, she holds an MFA in costume design and has worked as a freelance costumer in opera, theater, film, and television. Although she once spent a summer working in a castle, there were no dead bodies involved.   Holding Court Amazon | Powells | BAM | B&N | IndieBound When a sixteen year-old girl with an embarrassing psychic gift she can’t control takes a job at a castle-turned-dinner theater, all she wants is the chance to wear a fancy gown and ogle her crush from afar, but when she stumbles over a dead body that promptly disappears, she must prove she didn’t hallucinate a dead girl before the killer strikes again.   Giveaway!   Winner receives a copy of Holding Court. Make a comment to enter. After 24 hours, KC will contact the winner. (Winner chosen using random.org via the...

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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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