Holiday Guest Post with Pitch Wars Mentor, Cindy Baldwin
Nov28

Holiday Guest Post with Pitch Wars Mentor, Cindy Baldwin

2016 has been a year of such blessings in my writing career—connecting with new CPs, signing with an incredible agent in the springtime, getting a book deal with a dream publisher this summer, having the chance to co-mentor for Pitch Wars this fall with my dear friend and CP Amanda Rawson Hill. There’s so much to be grateful for (that book deal chief among them, of course!), but as I’ve thought about writing this post, one thing has stayed in the forefront of my mind: Even more than the agent, even more than the book deal, I’m so very grateful for the way my writing community has deepened and broadened in 2016. I’ve been surrounded by like-minded friends and acquaintances whose passion and commitment to their own writing has inspired me to new heights in my own career. I’ve had critique partners who pushed my writing to become better than I thought it could be. I’ve had friends to commiserate and laugh with me when drafting feels like pulling teeth, or when the ideas come so fast I can’t possibly write them all down. I’ve had a community to turn to when the rejections poured in and felt endless, when I was certain that I’d never be able to write anything sellable, when I felt like I was stagnating with no hope of moving on. I’ve had writing friends who have become “life friends”—the people I turn to when I’m feeling overwhelmed with parenting, the people I texted when my husband got his dream job this spring, the people who help me figure out how to balance a writing career with the rest of my life. Early in this year, I was at an all-time low point writing-wise: I’d run out of agents to query on my current project, the book of my heart. I’d gutted and rewritten that book as part of Pitch Wars 2015, and had such high hopes for it—but none of that work had been enough to catch an agent’s eye, and I was sure that nothing I’d ever write would make the cut. One night in February I walked around and around my neighborhood in the dark and the rain, debating the merits of just giving up writing once and for all. Fiction had always been such a big part of my life and my self-identity, but lately it was seeming like more pain than joy. When I got home, my phone was full of e-mails and text messages from two dear friends, both of whom were filled with love and encouragement for my writing journey. Due in no small part to the healing...

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GUARDIAN OF SECRETS by Brenda Drake . . . Cover Reveal and Pre-order Campaign!
Nov28

GUARDIAN OF SECRETS by Brenda Drake . . . Cover Reveal and Pre-order Campaign!

Let us know what you think of the cover for Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2) by Brenda Drake which releases February 7, 2017! This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN & YA Interrobang! Brenda Drake’s thoughts on the cover: I had an idea of what I wanted the cover of Guardian of Secrets to look like the entire time I was writing the story. I was delighted (I might have screamed) when the cover showed up in my email and it was EXACTLY what I’d imagined. I love that it’s blue since part of the setting of the book takes place in a cold climate. I’m thrilled the couple is on it, too. They resemble the characters I’ve created in my mind perfectly. The cover is so beautiful, and I’m beyond excited to share it with everyone! About Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2) Pre-order today! Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon CA | Amazon UK About the book … Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens. Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it. And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia. Maybe. If she survives. Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2) by Brenda Drake today! And if you do pre-order before February 7, 2017, get a signed bookmark, signed locker magnet, and autographed bookplate, plus an entry into the above pictured prize pack. Go to here for details: http://wp.me/P3YLhv-7rA  ...

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Holiday Guest Post with Pitch Wars Mentor, J.C. Nelson
Nov28

Holiday Guest Post with Pitch Wars Mentor, J.C. Nelson

  Welcome to our Holiday Guest Posts! Our wonderful mentors will be sharing special moments of the past year and what their hopes are for the new year. Some will be giving away books, too! So I hope you’ll join us for this special celebration. Brenda   First up is J.C. Nelson … For me, one of the most special moments of the year came as a passing act of kindness to my wife, in a situation where I couldn’t be present, and the kindness of a stranger made all the difference. First off, to understand this, we need to flash back to a garage sale where we bought a dog. No, this is not the recommended way to acquire a pet, but the perfect storm of “oh my god she’s so cute” and my wife’s love of animals came together. The result? A small, black ball of fur and bark, named Chloe, who existed for the primary purpose of annoying everyone else in the house. Then my wife’s depression hit. For months she didn’t sleep except during the day. She ate at most one meal a day. She would occasionally sit at the table and watch everyone else while we talked. And she took care of Chloe. That small dog became the reason for her to get up, the reason for her to go out, or eat a slim meal. Eventually the depression lifted, as it does, and there, still beside my wife every day, was Chloe. Flash forward eight years, and my wife took Chloe out for her morning walk.  As they walked along on their leash, a dog in the neighborhood got out. This dog outweighed Chloe eight to one, and when it saw her, it dashed across the street and attacked her, chewing its way down her rib cage. My wife tried to intervene and was attacked as well. Eventually, a man beat the dog off, which left my wife and the dog who had been with her through depression bleeding and alone on the side walk, over a mile from our house, with no phone and no way to get back to go for help. That’s when the moment of absolute kindness occurred: A stranger got her car, wrapped Chloe in a blanket, and drove my wife and her to the vet. Another neighbor stayed at the vet to help my wife fill out the paperwork. Another called me so I could begin the hour long trip home. Our dog survived, after hours of surgery. My wife’s wounds have slowly healed. But when I think of a special moment, it was the act of...

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Young Adult Fantasy Giveaway … enter to win 45+ books (and more!)
Nov28

Young Adult Fantasy Giveaway … enter to win 45+ books (and more!)

Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you. To celebrate the end of fall, I’ve teamed up with more than 45 fantastic young adult fantasy authors to give away a huge collection of novels, PLUS a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner! You can win my novel THIEF OF LIES, plus books from authors like L.E. Sterling and Tracy Clark. Enter the giveaway by clicking here: http://bit.ly/fall-ya-fantasy Good luck, and enjoy! Save Save...

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