Happy Release Day to AMERICA’S NEXT REALITY STAR by Pitch Wars mentor, Laura Heffernan … excerpt & giveaway!
Mar07

Happy Release Day to AMERICA’S NEXT REALITY STAR by Pitch Wars mentor, Laura Heffernan … excerpt & giveaway!

In AMERICA’S NEXT REALITY STAR, Jen is cast on a reality show after she loses her job, her boyfriend, and her home. She hopes to win the cash prize but finds she also wants to win the heart of fellow contestant Justin. Fans of Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic won’t want to miss this charming, witty read published by Kensington’s Lyrical Shine. Rafflecopter for America’s Next Reality Star Virtual Blog Tour Giveaway: Laura is offering one (1) lucky winner a $25 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below: a Rafflecopter giveaway Direct Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b050ef29334/?   About America’s Next Reality Star: Title: America’s Next Reality Star Author: Laura Heffernan Publisher: Lyrical Shine – Kensington Series: Reality Star #1 Release Date: March 7, 2017 Genre: Contemporary Romance ISBN: 9781516101542 SEEKING THE SMART ONE 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 . . . Add to your TBR list:  Goodreads Available at:  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  |  iTunes Excerpt: He touched my chin with two fingers, bringing my gaze up to meet his. Damn those green eyes. I searched them for answers, wishing I knew whether he was putting on an act for the audience. Even with the lights off, the cameras stationed in the yard would capture us. The producers filmed everything, day and night. Everyone in America would know if we kissed. For a moment, I struggled to remember why that was bad. “I guess it’s not your fault, since I got the question right,” I said begrudgingly, shifting slightly backward. “If that is the best I can get, I’ll take it. But I’m going to work on complete forgiveness. I’ll pay...

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Pitch Madness … round two draft and bonus team!
Mar05

Pitch Madness … round two draft and bonus team!

Here is the 2nd Draft winners for Pitch Madness. Winners, your hosts will email you by tomorrow evening with instructions. Congratulations! [View the story “#PitchMadness 2nd Draft winner with bonus team winners!” on...

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Pitch Madness … 1st draft round picks!
Mar05

Pitch Madness … 1st draft round picks!

    The first round for the Pitch Madness draft happened on Twitter today. The 2nd round will be sometime today. We’ll announce it as soon as we know a time. Also, there will be a surprise when we announce the 2nd round winners. Here are the results from our fabulous draft organizer, Dee Romito … [View the story “#PitchMadness 1st draft round picks …” on Storify]...

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FORGOTTEN by Kristin Smith . . . Cover Reveal and Giveaway!
Mar03

FORGOTTEN by Kristin Smith . . . Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

  TITLE: FORGOTTEN (The Deception Game, #2) AUTHOR: Kristin Smith PUBLISHER: Clean Teen Publishing RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2017 Pre-order your copy here.    About the book . . . The epic tale of Sienna Preston continues in this second installment of the exhilarating Deception Game series. Seventeen-year-old Sienna is no stranger to heartache and loss. But this time, it’s different; someone―or something―has tampered with a loved one’s memories, and she’s determined to get answers. The trail leads her to the glittering skyscrapers and modern luxuries of Rubex, the Capital of Pacifica, where she infiltrates the government’s Agency for Intelligence and Genetics. But answers are not always easy to come by, especially when her own memories may have been altered. Luckily, Zane Ryder is there to help her put the pieces back together, his devotion and concern muddying the waters between friendship and something more. When Sienna gets too close to uncovering dark Agency secrets, she’s framed for the murder of a prominent government official, sending her on the run. Sienna’s heart may be torn about who she loves, but none of that really matters anymore―because the only thing that awaits her now is a death sentence.   a Rafflecopter giveaway Book One is Now Available In Stores and Online . . . CATALYST by Kristin Smith (The Deception Game, #1) Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo Too pretty. Too smart. Too perfect. In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn’t fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teenagers, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she’s ever known and loved changes in an instant. With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of a stolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she’s falling for as bait. In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who’s too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.   About Kristin Smith . . . Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary...

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Pitch Madness … all about the draft
Mar03

Pitch Madness … all about the draft

Everyone has been asking about what happens and how does the Pitch Madness Draft work. The draft is how we determine what entries each host gets on her team. It’s just like the NFL draft. We draw to see who goes first, second, third, and fourth during the picks. Each team gets a pick from their shortlist of entries on their turn. Then the picks rotate: First pick moves to second pick, second pick moves to third pick, third pick moves to fourth pick, and fourth pick moves to first pick. It continues rotating until all sixty spots are filled with one of the Pitch Madness entries. If you’re curious about the NFL Draft check it out here. The Pitch Madness Draft will be on Sunday, March 5. There are two rounds behind the scenes. Join us on the hashtag #PitchMadness for all the happenings behind the draft doors. I’ve been known to drop surprises, so you don’t want to miss this event. And those who’ve followed me for a while know what that means… The mastermind behind the draft is the remarkable Dee Romito… Website | Twitter 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. Her middle grade debut, THE BFF BUCKET LIST, is now available from Simon & Schuster/Aladdin with BEST. NIGHT. EVER., NO PLACE LIKE HOME, and THE ITALY LIST to follow in 2017-2018. Dee is a member of SCBWI and Co-Advisor of Buffalo-Niagara Children’s Writers and Illustrators. You can visit her website at DeeRomito.com. Check out Dee’s books … Ella and Skyler have been best friends since kindergarten—so close that people smoosh their names together like they’re the same person: EllaandSkyler. SkylerandElla. But Ella notices the little ways she and Skyler have been slowly drifting apart. And she’s determined to fix things with a fun project she’s sure will bring them closer together—The BFF Bucket List. Skyler is totally on board. The girls must complete each task on the list together: things like facing their fears, hosting a fancy dinner party, and the biggest of them all—speaking actual words to their respective crushes before the end of summer. 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. And with each girl hiding a big secret that could threaten their entire friendship, will the list–and their BFF status–go bust? To order ....

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A Pitch Wars Success Story with Wendy Roberts and Alicia Zaloga and their mentor Michelle Hauck
Mar01

A Pitch Wars Success Story with Wendy Roberts and Alicia Zaloga and their mentor Michelle Hauck

When our mentees land an agent or a publishing deal, it’s one of the highlights of being part of Pitch Wars. We’re so excited for Wendy Roberts and Alicia Zaloga and their mentor, Michelle Hauck. Wendy and Alicia signed with Jaida Temperly of New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. after Pitch Wars 2016, and we couldn’t be happier for them! Please, help me in congratulating Wendy, Alicia, and Michelle on their Pitch Wars Success! Wendy and Alicia, what was it about Michelle that made you choose to send them a Pitch Wars application? We started by researching which mentors were interested in fantasy. From there, we did some light twitter stalking. Michelle had great taste in SFF titles, plus she already had an incredibly helpful blog with agent interviews, writing contests, and insightful advice pieces. After checking out her book GRUDGING, we knew we liked her writing style as well. She seemed like she’d be both encouraging and critical (spoiler: she was!), which is important when working on edits with someone. Michelle, what was it about Alicia and Wendy’s THE RESURRECTIONIST OF CALIGO that hooked you? The first chapter starts out with stealing a corpse. That’s a pretty unique opening and had the sort of voice you don’t find in a story everyday. On top of that Wendy and Alicia created fantastic characters and a complex world. It was for sure the depth and attractiveness of the characters that sold it to me, though! Wendy and Alicia, tell us about the revision process for Pitch Wars? We count ourselves fortunate that Michelle didn’t make us rewrite our manuscript from scratch! Our plot, it turns out, though clear in our heads, wasn’t entirely explained on the page. Michelle pointed out various places for us to elaborate more: the origins of magic, the romantic history of our main characters and their falling out, and emotional beat after emotional beat. By then our manuscript was getting dangerously long so Michelle encouraged us to cut some scenes (and two entire chapters) to trim things down and speed up the pace. She also knows her way around query letters and helped us amp ours up with voice and stakes. Michelle, tell us about your experience mentoring Wendy and Alicia. Alicia and Wendy were a dream team. They were so keen to follow my suggestions and jumped right into the changes, whether they were big or small. I could really tell they were totally focused on making their manuscript top notch and full of their own ideas, even down to arguing about word choice to better fit the gas light time period. We had fun throwing the...

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