We have some amazing book giveaways, a freebie, and a sale for you!
Nov01

We have some amazing book giveaways, a freebie, and a sale for you!

    Cozy up with these deals! Get TOUCHING FATE by Brenda Drake for 99c, and download BEFORE TOMORROW by Pintip Dunn for FREE! We’re celebrating BEFORE TOMORROW’s release day and TOUCHING FATE’s sale by offering a book giveaway (NO PURCHASE NECESSARY). Ten lucky winners will get their choice of the below referenced Pitch Wars mentors’ books. All you have to do is browse through the list and pick the book you’d want to win and enter the Rafflecopter below. But first, here’s a little something about our books … DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE! Goodreads  Amazon  Barnes & Nobel   Book Depository   Title: BEFORE TOMORROW Release Date: Oct. 31, 2016 Publisher: Entangled TEEN Synopsis: Prequel to the New York Times bestselling and award-winning novel, FORGET TOMORROW!   In a world where all seventeen-year-olds receive a memory from their future selves, Logan Russell’s vision is exactly as he expects — and exactly not. He sees himself achieving his greatest wish of becoming a gold-star swimmer, but strangely enough, the vision also shows him locking eyes with a girl from his past, Callie Stone, and experiencing an overwhelming sense of love and belonging. Logan’s not sure what the memory means, but soon enough, he learns that his old friend Callie is in trouble. She’s received an atypical memory, one where she commits a crime in the future. According to the law, she must be imprisoned, even though she’s done nothing wrong. Now, Logan must decide if he’ll give up his future as a gold-star swimmer and rescue the literal girl of his dreams. All he’ll have to do is defy Fate. Author bio: Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include THE DARKEST LIE, REMEMBER YESTERDAY, and the forthcoming GIRL IN BETWEEN. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com Social Media Links: Website  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Goodreads   BUY IT NOW FOR ONLY 99c! Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift—with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate. Reese Van Buren is...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Kara McDowell and her mentors, Brenda Drake and Heather Cashman
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Pitch Wars Interview with Kara McDowell and her mentors, Brenda Drake and Heather Cashman

Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have . . .  Kara McDowell – Mentee Twitter | Website Brenda Drake – Mentor Twitter | Website Heather Cashman – Co-Mentor Twitter | Website Kara: Why did you choose to enter Pitch Wars? Publishing is a very competitive business, which can make it feel isolating and discouraging. Once you’ve been in the query trenches, it can be hard not to feel like you are competing with other writers. When I discovered the PitchWars community on Twitter, I was amazed to find a group of writers that were eager to cheer each other on and help newbies like me through the process. I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I was also eager to gain insight on how to properly revise and edit a manuscript. Before PitchWars, I had been editing my manuscript on my own for several months, and I was desperate for a fresh perspective on how to further tighten it and turn it into the book of my dreams! Mentors: Why did you choose to mentor in Pitch Wars? Heather: Brenda and I tend to get into some crazy moods/discussions when talking on the phone. On one such occasion, we noted that everyone needs help, not just those authors who have the best or most finished manuscripts. So the idea of a Scavenger Hunt with winners was hatched. And here we are. We’re so happy to have Kara as the winner of our scavenger hunt prize in the YA category! Brenda: What Heather said. And mentoring gives me the opportunity to give back to the community that had embraced me when I was a new writer. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot from helping others. It’s exciting to see already a good story become great and know that you had a help in it. There are so many reasons it’s hard to list them all. Kara’s story really grabbed my heart and I love it. Being a random pick, we were so thrilled the fates chose her for us! Kara: Summarize your book in three words. Fame, Family, Secrets Mentors: Summarize Kara’s book in three words. Betrayal, Romance, Discovery Kara: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I am a writer, a mom, and a YA junkie. I live in Arizona with my husband and our two (soon to be three) little boys. For several years, I...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Andrea Kjaer and her mentor, Heather Cashman
Nov01

Pitch Wars Interview with Andrea Kjaer and her mentor, Heather Cashman

Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have . . .  Andrea Kjaer – Mentee Twitter Heather Cashman – Mentor Twitter | Website Andrea: Why did you choose L.L. McKinney? I pitched to LL McKinney because I loved her bio and her voice. I knew I wasn’t a great fit for what she was looking for, but I couldn’t pass up a chance (however small) to have her as a mentor. I am equally excited and very thankful Heather Cashman was able to take me on! Why I chose Andrea and Brightest Shade of Flame? I was sad to hear that Elle McKinney wouldn’t be able to mentor this year, but when I read Andrea’s query and manuscript, I was excited to fill in for her. I love the way Andrea weaves various mythologies and legends into her novel. Her world building is gorgeous.  And her manuscript was formatted correctly with decent grammar. Gotta love that. What really tipped the scales for me was the Pitch Wars bio she posted on her blog. Fun. Interesting. Dedicated. Smart. Amazing. Andrea: Summarize your book in three words. ViQUEEN not Viking. My summary of Andrea’s book in three words. Feminist forging destiny. Andrea: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a Utah native tramping around the red clay soils of Georgia. A recipe for my perfect day goes something like this: 2 playful children, 1 amazing husband, a heaping scoop of peachy dessert with some melty vanilla ice cream, and a few hours to write. My great-grandfather was a blacksmith from Denmark and the stories about the magic of his smithy inspired me to write this novel. I’ve spent some time with a hammer and anvil, but my preferred method of smiting is Goju Ryu karate. Something about myself I doubt you know. I have a habit of taking spontaneous trips and to date have gone on road-trips with my kids through 38 states. When my kids were about 6, 8, and 10 years old, we headed to the zoo in our town. They had closed because of the heat, and we ended up at the San Diego Zoo (400 miles away). Thank you for supporting our Pitch Wars Teams! And don’t forget to stop by the Agent Showcase starting November 3rd to see how our teams do in the final...

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Enter to win 1 of 3 Advanced Reader Copies of TEACH ME TO FORGET by Erica M. Chapman!
Nov01

Enter to win 1 of 3 Advanced Reader Copies of TEACH ME TO FORGET by Erica M. Chapman!

I’m so excited to offer three Advanced Reader Copies of my dear friend and fabulous critique partner Erica M. Chapman’s upcoming release, TEACH ME TO FORGET. This book is heartfelt and at times, heartbreaking–actually it’s ALL THE FEELS! The story is close to my heart and I hope it grabs yours too. It’s fitting that I use heart in this post so often. Erica has a heart condition, but that never stops her. She poured her soul into this book. I hope you’ll give it a try. So sign up for one of three ARCs in the Rafflecopter below. This will go fast, so hurry! And now, here’s some information about this amazing book …   You can pre-order TEACH ME TO FORGET from:     About the book … Ellery’s bought the gun, made arrangements for her funeral, and even picked the day. A Wednesday. Everything has fallen into place. Now all she has to do is die. When her plans go awry and the gun she was going to kill herself with breaks, she does the one thing she has control over–return it and get a new one. After tormenting the crusty customer service associate by trying to return the gun with the wrong receipt, Ellery gets caught by the security guard who also happens to be someone she knows–the annoyingly perfect Colter Sawyer from her English class. Colter quickly uncovers what she’s hiding and is determined to change her mind. After confessing a closely held secret of his own, he promises not to tell hers. Ellery tries to fight her attraction to him as the shadows of her past cling tight around her, but when she’s faced with another tragedy, she must decide whether her love for one boy is more important than a lifetime of pain. PRAISE FOR TEACH ME TO FORGET “In this stunningly brave and necessary debut, Erica M. Chapman takes us on a journey to the edge and back—exploring grief, depression, and suicide with candor, insight, and above all, hope.” – Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be “A beautifully crafted, dark, and heartbreaking look at depression and suicide. Ellery’s story is needed and necessary; Chapman is a writer to watch.”– Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces “High school junior Ellery Stevens has decided to end her life. She cannot stop blaming herself for the freak driving accident in which her beloved younger sister was killed. Ellery’s voice is engaging and authentic, and her edgy black humor comes into play…. Sadness gives way to redemption and an unforced hope in this thoughtful read.” —Kirkus Reviews Erica is...

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