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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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Michelle Hauck!
Aug16

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Michelle Hauck!

Michelle Hauck Twitter | Blog | Tumblr | Facebook Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack. She is a co-host of the yearly the writer contests Query Kombat, Nightmare on Query Street, New Agent, PitchSlam, and Sun versus Snow. Her Birth of Saints Series from Harper Voyager starts with GRUDGING on November 17, 2015. Her epic fantasy, KINDAR’S CURE, was published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, was published by The Elephant’s Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer’s Double Edge. Elephant’s Bookshelf Press also published another of her short stories, The Unfinished Task, in their winter anthology, Winter’s Regret.   Grudging Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | HarperCollins | Goodreads   A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything. The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood. On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps. The Women of the Song. But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power.  And time is running out. A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy.   Excerpt: Shortly after the combat, Ramiro made his excuses to the men at the wall and left, returning to the citadel and taking the stairs to the roof. Some alcalde’s wife from the past had turned this spot into an outdoor garden and dining room, making it a favorite retreat for many. A peaceful place when he felt anything but. Other people’s blood spotted his white shirt. Had things gone differently, it could easily have been his own. He needed a bath and a rest, but his mind hummed from the conflict, leaving him unable to stop pacing. Cold chills claimed his limbs. His stomach was sourer than when alcohol had filled it. With no clear single-combat victory, he hadn’t earned his beard. The night reeked of disappointment. How long? How long could they keep the Northerners out? Stars spotted the night sky here, where the citadel met...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Hayley Stone!
Aug16

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Hayley Stone!

Hayley Stone Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest Hayley Stone has lived her entire life in sunny California, where the weather is usually perfect and nothing as exciting as a robot apocalypse ever happens. When not reading or writing, she freelances as a graphic designer, falls in love with videogame characters, and analyzes buildings for velociraptor entry points. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in German from California State University, Sacramento. Machinations is her debut novel from Hydra/Random House. Its sequel, Counterpart, releases October 11th, 2016.   Machinations Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads Perfect for fans of Robopocalypse, this action-packed science-fiction debut introduces a chilling future and an unforgettable heroine with a powerful role to play in the battle for humanity’s survival. The machines have risen, but not out of malice. They were simply following a command: to stop the endless wars that have plagued the world throughout history. Their solution was perfectly logical. To end the fighting, they decided to end the human race. A potent symbol of the resistance, Rhona Long has served on the front lines of the conflict since the first Machinations began—until she is killed during a rescue mission gone wrong. Now Rhona awakens to find herself transported to a new body, complete with her DNA, her personality, even her memories. She is a clone . . . of herself. Trapped in the shadow of the life she once knew, the reincarnated Rhona must find her place among old friends and newfound enemies—and quickly. For the machines are inching closer to exterminating humans for good. And only Rhona, whoever she is now, can save them.   Reviews of Machinations . . . “A tension-filled story of loss, loyalty, and forgiveness, with abundant Terminator-style shoot-em-up scenes and a snarky, kickass female warrior. I inhaled it!” – Jennifer Foehner Wells, bestselling author of Fluency “An SF techno-thriller with heart and soul.” – Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver “Machinations is an action-packed SF thriller loaded with fantastic characters and gut-wrenching emotional twists. [. . .] The prose is stunning, the action is non-stop.” – Linnea Sinclair, RITA Award-winning author of Gabriel’s Ghost “Machinations is a thrilling fusion of action and heartbreak, with quick pacing, rich characters, and a one-of-a-kind story. A great debut.” – G.T. Almasi, author of Blades of Winter   Book 2 available for Pre-Order: Counterpart  ...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Ellie Terry!
Aug16

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Ellie Terry!

Ellie Terry Website  /  Twitter   /  Facebook  /  Goodreads Ellie Terry writes about things that hurt her heart. She is represented by Steven Chudney of the Chudney agency, and her debut novel, FORGET ME NOT, will be published March 14, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan. She enjoys picking flowers and baking brownies, and has a slight obsession with the moon. She lives with her husband and their three children in the beautiful desert of southern Utah. Forget Me Not Pre-order links:  Amazon  /  Powell’s  /  BAM  /   Local Indie Bookstore Astronomy-loving Calliope June has Tourette syndrome, so she sometimes makes faces or noises that she doesn’t mean to make. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But it isn’t long before the kids at her new school realize she’s different. Only Calli’s neighbor, who is also the popular student body president, sees her as she truly is—an interesting person and a good friend. But is he brave enough to take their friendship public? As Calli navigates middle school, she must also face her mother’s new relationship and the fact that they might be moving—again—just as she starts to make friends and finally accept her...

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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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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Charlie Holmburg
Aug12

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Charlie Holmburg

Charlie Holmburg Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website | Goodreads Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She graduated from BYU, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and hopes to one day own a dog. Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet  Amazon  |  Goodreads  |  B&N  |  Audible Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from. When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch’s gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes. During her captivity, Maire is visited by Fyel, a ghostly being who is reluctant to reveal his connection to her. The more often they meet, the more her memories return, and she begins to piece together who and what she really is—as well as past mistakes that yield cosmic consequences. From the author of The Paper Magician series comes a haunting and otherworldly tale of folly and consequence, forgiveness and redemption. Giveaway!   Winner receives either a paperback or an ebook, whatever they prefer. Make a comment to enter. After 24 hours, Charlie will contact the winner. (Winner chosen using random.org via the...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Sarah Glenn Marsh
Aug12

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Sarah Glenn Marsh

Sarah Glenn Marsh Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest | Instagram Sarah Glenn Marsh is the author of the YA fantasy Fear the Drowning Deep from Sky Pony Press, the forthcoming Reign of the Fallen fantasy duology from Razorbill/Penguin, as well as several forthcoming children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. She lives in Virginia with her husband and her tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, a bird, and many fish. When she’s not writing, she’s often painting, or engaged in nerdy pursuits from video games to tabletop adventures. You can visit her online at www.sarahglennmarsh.com, and follow her on Twitter @SG_Marsh. Fear the Drowning Deep B&N | Amazon | Book Depository | Indiebound | Add Fear the Drowning Deep on Goodreads Some secrets are better left at the bottom of the ocean. Sixteen-year-old Bridey Corkill longs to leave her small island and see the world; the farther from the sea, the better. When Bridey was young, she witnessed something lure her granddad off a cliff and into a watery grave with a smile on his face. Now, in 1913, those haunting memories are dredged to the surface when a young woman is found drowned on the beach. Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her Granddad to leap has made its return to the Isle of Man. Soon, people in Bridey’s idyllic village begin vanishing, and she finds an injured boy on the shore—an outsider who can’t remember who he is or where he’s from. Bridey’s family takes him in so he can rest and heal. In exchange for saving his life, he teaches Bridey how to master her fear of the water—stealing her heart in the process. But something sinister is lurking in the deep, and Bridey must gather her courage to figure out who—or what—is plaguing her village, and find a way to stop it before she loses everyone she loves.  ...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Helene Dunbar!
Aug12

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Helene Dunbar!

Helene Dunbar Website  |  Twitter  |  Facebook Helene Dunbar is the author of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS (Flux, 2014), WHAT REMAINS (Flux, 2015) and BOOMERANG (coming from Sky Pony in 2017). Over the years, she’s worked as a drama critic, journalist, and marketing manager, and has written on topics as diverse as Irish music, court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter and exists on a steady diet of readers’ tears.   These Gentle Wounds Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indiebound Sometimes I wish I’d lost a leg or something. Everyone can understand that. They never get it when what’s been broken is inside your head. Five years after an unspeakable tragedy that changed him forever, Gordie Allen has made a new home with his half-brother Kevin. Their arrangement works since Kevin is the only person who can protect Gordie at school and keep him focused on getting his life back on track. But just when it seems like things are becoming normal, Gordie’s biological father comes back into the picture, demanding a place in his life. Now there’s nothing to stop Gordie from falling into a tailspin that could cost him everything–including his relationship with Sarah, the first girl he’s trusted with the truth. With his world spinning out of control, the only one who can help Gordie is himself . . . if he can find the strength to confront the past and take back his future.   Giveaway!   Winner receives a copy of These Gentle Wounds. Make a comment to enter. After 24 hours, Helene will contact the winner. (Winner chosen using...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Tamara Mataya!
Aug11

Pitch Wars Mentor Book Spotlight with Tamara Mataya!

Tamara Mataya Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads  |  Amazon Tamara Mataya is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a librarian, and a musician with synesthesia. Armed with a name tag and a thin veneer of credibility, she takes great delight in recommending books and shushing people. She puts the ‘she’ in TWSS and the B in LGBTQIA+. MISSED CONNECTIONS Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  iBooks  |  Books A Million  |  !ndigo  |  IndieBound Missed Connection: I saw you standing there, and I was struck by your eyes. Gorgeous, but not as gorgeous as your smile. Thanks to her job at a crazy New Age spa, what should have been a sizzling NYC summer is being hijacked by demanding hippie bosses. To unwind, Sarah spends her nights cruising Missed Connections, dreaming of finding an uber-romantic entry all about her. Of course, the moment she finds that Missed Connection, real life comes crashing down around her in a night of unbridled passion with someone completely different: totally off-limits Jack. Best. Hookup. Ever. Gorgeous and wealthy, hot as sin, Jack can give Sarah everything she needs—except an emotional connection. That she gets from her Missed Connection, the romantic stranger who never fails to make her swoon. But there’s only so much of Sarah to go around. Torn between the bad boy she can’t keep and the sensitive stranger who bares his soul online, her heart and body are soon in two very different relationships…or are they?...

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