Holiday Guest Post by Pitch Wars Mentor, Marie Meyer
Nov30

Holiday Guest Post by Pitch Wars Mentor, Marie Meyer

  Wow! I can’t believe it’s already December! This year flew by! As I reflect on this past year, I have so much to be thankful for. I wrote two books, I traveled, and I got to spend some quality time with my family, to name a few. But, of all things I’ve done this year, it was the time I spent traveling with my family that was the most meaningful. My parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this year (congrats, Mom and Dad)! To honor the life they’ve built together, our entire family: Mom, Dad, my brother, his wife, their three girls, my husband, our two daughters, my mother-in-law, and myself, we all embarked on a Disney Cruise. Naturally, the cruise was amazing. But what was even more magical than spending four days on the ocean and hanging out with the princesses, it was the time I got to spend with my whole family! We’re spread out all over the country, so for us to be in the same place, at the same time, it’s pretty special. From our sixteen-hour girls’ road trip to Florida, the guys flying in to meet us, and watching my daughters’ eyes shine with wonder as they took in the majesty of the Atlantic Ocean, I’ve got memories that will last a lifetime. 16 hours in the car!                                       The Fam! We’re a crazy bunch! Even now, months later, my girls and I will snuggle in bed together and look through all the pictures, trading giggles, reminiscing, sharing stories, holding onto the cherished memories of our summer family adventure while we make new ones. In this holiday season, I’m most thankful for my family, every one of them. For all the love, support, and memories they give me each day, I’m so grateful. My prayer and hope is that you have a blessed holiday. Hug your loved ones and tell them how much they mean to you. Make some new memories, cherish the old ones, and above all else, love one another.   Marie Meyer Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr | Goodreads | Google +  Marie Meyer was a language arts teacher for fourteen years. She spends her days in the classroom and her nights writing heartfelt new adult romances that will leave readers clamoring for more. She is a member of RWA and the St. Louis Writers Guild. Marie’s short fiction won honorable mentions from the St. Louis Writers Guild in 2010 and 2011. She is a proud mommy and enjoys helping her oldest daughter train for the Special Olympics, making up silly stories with her youngest daughter, and bingeing on...

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Holiday Post and Giveaway by Pitch Wars Mentor, Rosalyn Eves
Nov30

Holiday Post and Giveaway by Pitch Wars Mentor, Rosalyn Eves

  “Special Moments” As a writer, my journey has been full of lots of ups and downs, but nearly all of my ups involve members of my writing group—wonderful women that I’ve been meeting with every other week (and often more) for the past five years. This year, some of those special moments have included holding an advanced review copy (ARC) of my book for the first time—a copy that arrived while I was away from home and one of my critique partners (CPs) drove three hours to bring it to me. (Okay, fine, she was also coming to a conference, but I appreciated the gesture). I taught a class at a local conference to a packed room—the first time I’ve ever had to be moved to a bigger room, with people sitting on the floor and standing at the back–and these women were in the audience, smiling at me while I fought down my nerves. My debut novel owes a lot to them, to their enthusiastic reception the first time I brought a rough draft of the opening chapter to our meeting, to their careful critiques as we worked through the book, to their encouragement as I queried and waited impatiently for news of submissions. But my most memorable moment this year has been a bittersweet one. You see, one of these women lost her husband last month to a tragic accident. At the viewing, we folded her in a group hug and wept together. Later, we stood together underneath an incongruously bright sky at the cemetery, and I realized that somewhere along the journey these women had gone from being just a group of friends who talked about writing, to something like sisters. We’ve celebrated the birth of children, our own birthdays, our book babies—and now those celebrations are both tempered and deepened by our shared grief. This year, I’m grateful to be part of a wider writing community that has buoyed my friend in her grief. I’m grateful to have a book coming out in just under four months. But more than that, I’m grateful that writing has brought me relationships full of laughter, tears, pain, and joy. For the new year, I’m looking forward to my book coming out—but also to spending more time with my writing group, and to an ever-expanding circle of writing friends.   Giveaway: ARC of BLOOD ROSE REBELLION a Rafflecopter giveaway   Twitter | Website Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one...

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