GIRL ON THE VERGE by Pintip Dunn … signed ARC giveaway!!
Apr26

GIRL ON THE VERGE by Pintip Dunn … signed ARC giveaway!!

Releasing June 27, 2017 from Kensington I’m so thrilled to host this giveaway of an autographed ARC of GIRL ON THE VERGE by past Pitch Wars mentor and Pitch Madness host, Pintip Dunn! It’s a beautifully crafted own voices story that is deliciously creepy. Pintip has a way of drawing her readers in and holding them captive until the end. To enter the drawing, fill out the Raflecopter below. Here’s what Kirkus Review’s had to say about it … “The narrative takes the important issue of diversity and effortlessly folds it into a suspenseful tale about betrayal, loneliness, abuse … A thrilling tale with a lot of heart.”  –Kirkus Reviews To read the full Kirkus review, go here. About the book … From the author of The Darkest Lie comes a compelling, provocative story for fans of I Was Here and Vanishing Girls, about a high school senior straddling two worlds, unsure how she fits in either—and the journey of self-discovery that leads her to surprising truths. In her small Kansas town, at her predominantly white school, Kanchana doesn’t look like anyone else. But at home, her Thai grandmother chides her for being too westernized. Only through the clothing Kan designs in secret can she find a way to fuse both cultures into something distinctly her own. When her mother agrees to provide a home for a teenage girl named Shelly, Kan sees a chance to prove herself useful. Making Shelly feel comfortable is easy at first—her new friend is eager to please, embraces the family’s Thai traditions, and clearly looks up to Kan. Perhaps too much. Shelly seems to want everything Kanchana has, even the blond, blue-eyed boy she has a crush on. As Kan’s growing discomfort compels her to investigate Shelly’s past, she’s shocked to find how it much intersects with her own—and just how far Shelly will go to belong… Available for pre-order now! Amazon | B&N | BAM | IndieBound | Target | Hudson Booksellers | Book Depository Add GIRL ON THE VERGE to your GoodReads shelf. About the author …   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 novella BEFORE TOMORROW. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You...

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CHILDREN OF NEPTUNE by Makenna Snow … cover reveal and giveaway!
Apr24

CHILDREN OF NEPTUNE by Makenna Snow … cover reveal and giveaway!

  Today we’re thrilled to share the cover reveal for CHILDREN OF NEPTUNE! Check out the gorgeous giveaway below. We’re so excited for this premise! About the book … Sixteen-year-old Jet can talk to animals with her mind, but she gets tongue-tied with someone her own age. She can use her ancient powers to hydroshift, but she’s still figuring out how to be smooth out of the water. Sheltered behind the palace walls, Jet trains to become queen of a secret island. All that changes when she’s forced to accept a mission she isn’t prepared for — fitting in at high school. Jet’s powers, never before tested, are pushed to their limits. Jet learns that handling high school life is just as complicated and dangerous as the mystery that brought her there. Jet’s journey leads her to friendship, romance, and her first taste of freedom. But betrayal threatens to take all that away. Jet faces an enemy that could cost her everything she loves. She must succeed…or die trying. Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Children-Neptune-Makenna-Snow-ebook/dp/B06XYS2ZRX/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492690084&sr=8-1&keywords=children+of+neptune   About the author … Makenna Snow is the pen name for sisters Jill and Jodi, who write YA fiction together. Makenna honors the memory of their grandmothers — bold women with big dreams. Jill and Jodi find inspiration in both contemporary interests, like science and nature conservation, and historical currents, like classical mythology and ancient cultures. The authors seek to tell stories that bridge an array of topics through engaging new characters in new worlds. Social Media Links  website: http://www.makennasnow.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maksnowwrites Twitter: https://twitter.com/maksnowwrites Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makennasnow/ Giveaway details … Join Makenna’s mailing list for your chance to win one of two gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, pearl pendants. A replica of Jet’s in Children of Neptune, each necklace is handmade and designed at Formia Design — a company recently featured on The Real talk show. The necklace features a genuine pink pearl surrounded in Neptune’s protective silver swirl hanging on an 18″ chain. a Rafflecopter...

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A Pitch Madness Success Story with Debbie Schrack
Apr21

A Pitch Madness Success Story with Debbie Schrack

Pitch Madness 2017 Candyland Edition!! We are so thrilled to announce a success story by way of Pitch Madness. Debbie Schrack has signed with Tina P. Schwartz with The Purcell Agency! Go Team Candy Castle!   Debbie, what made you decide to enter Pitch Madness? I have been working on my novel SAVING SOPHIE for four years. At one point, I rewrote it totally from scratch. I had a fair amount of interest from agents but nothing ever came of it. Last October I attended an SCBWI conference and had a critique of my first ten pages by an editor. She didn’t like my opening. I came home very discouraged but I rewrote the opening, then put the novel aside for a while. One of my critique partners e-mailed and said I should do the Pitch Madness contest. She had entered before and had gotten a lot of good feedback on her work. I entered and fortunately made it into the bonus round. And then I was blown away when I got six agent requests. Maybe it was good timing or maybe my new opening was the key, but I’m so happy that I entered Pitch Madness! Samantha & Mary Ann, what about Debbie’s pitch and first pages made you choose them? Mary Ann: Debbie’s first page had so much voice it caught my attention immediately. For some reason, I read the pitch after I’d read the 250, so I was extra intrigued by the character’s motivation. When I then read the pitch, it was like a punch to the heartstrings. Both Samantha and I fell hard. Samantha: Definitely the voice grabbed me first. I read the pitch, but I didn’t click with it right away because the twist of the story was buried a bit. But I kept coming back to the voice in the first 250, and once I realized where the pitch was going, I was hooked. And we also knew how to give the pitch the little bit of punch in needed to hopefully grab a lucky agent’s attention (and it worked!) Debbie, tell us about your Pitch Madness revisions/experience? My mentors Samantha and Mary Ann helped me tweak my pitch so that it was more dramatic. They didn’t want me to change anything for the first 250 words, but when I sent them my final submission we realized it was actually 261 words so I had to take out 11, which is harder than it sounds! One of my Team Candy Castle teammates set up an e-mail chain so we could critique each other’s query letters and read pages. Everyone was very helpful and supportive. I hope they all...

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A Pitch Wars Success Story with Kosoko Jackson and his mentor, Kip Wilson
Apr19

A Pitch Wars Success Story with Kosoko Jackson and his mentor, Kip Wilson

  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 Kosoko Jackson and his mentor, Kip Wilson. Kosoko signed with Louise Fury at The Bent Agency after Pitch Wars 2016, and we couldn’t be happier for him. Please, help me in congratulating Kosoko and Kip on their Pitch Wars Success! Kosoko, what was it about Kip that made you choose to send them a Pitch Wars application? Kip Wilson actually WASN’T the first mentor I selected! I paid the extra 20 dollars to get additional mentors and when searching through, I was surprised I didn’t see her before. After reading her profile, and her love for unique timelines and historical fiction, I knew she would be a great fit. She even mentioned some of her favorite novels were books that I loved and used as comps in my mind for my novel!   Kip, what was it about Kosoko’s manuscript that hooked you? Kosoko’s manuscript checked off so many items on my wishlist: the historical setting in another country, a nonlinear timeline, some epistolary sections, fast pacing, diverse characters, and above all, very strong writing. This included both some absolutely stunning images and something I hadn’t even known I wanted—a snarky voice with oodles of laugh-out-loud lines to lighten the very serious overall tone of the novel. Kosoko, tell us about the revision process for Pitch Wars? My process with Kip was a bit of a whirlwind. I work in politics, so it was a VERY busy time for me. We did big picture edits first, discussed a lot before I buckled down and started working. Then, I sent Kip chapter-by-chapter edits, which she approved or didn’t. I would then go back and revise the chapters again and then I put them in a “completed” folder. Once everything was done I compiled it and we did 3 read throughs. We were done about 2 weeks before the deadline, and then spent the rest of the time working on the pitch. Kip, tell us about your experience mentoring Kosoko. Working with Kosoko was amazing because I could tell from my first interactions with him how ready he was for the serious work of Pitch Wars. But on top of that, because our visions for the book very much lined up, I was confident that he could use my feedback to turn his already strong project into something even better. He dove right in to his revisions and delivered everything on time in spite of the fact that his life was chock-full at the moment. Nothing beats the combination of talent...

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FORGOTTEN by Pitch Wars mentor, Kristin Smith … release day & giveaway!
Apr18

FORGOTTEN by Pitch Wars mentor, Kristin Smith … release day & giveaway!

ForgottenKristin Smith(The Deception Game #2)Published by: Clean Teen PublishingPublication date: April 18th 2017Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult 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. Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo Grab book 1 for only 99¢! Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo — EXCERPT: Zane parks his Aria on the lake side of the dam, and we both climb out. “Bring back memories?” Zane asks with a wry grin. “How you thought I was trying to kill myself? Again?” I laugh. “I don’t know why you thought I was so suicidal.” Zane shrugs. “Maybe I didn’t. Maybe I just wanted an excuse to rescue you.” My heart trips over itself. “Zane,” I say softly, “you can’t keep saying things like that.” He moves around the side of the car. “Why not?” When he takes my hand in his, the warmth of his fingers heats up my whole body. “This isn’t a good idea,” I mutter, but I make no move to extract my hand from his. He looks down at me, then at our entwined fingers. “But what if it is? What if it’s the best idea in the whole damn world?” “Because—because you’re engaged. To someone else.” “But I don’t want to be,” he says, his voice low. He takes a step closer until he’s so close that I could wrap my arm around his back if I wanted to. “Zane,” I warn, but the warning gets caught in my throat. He’s giving me that look. The same one he gave me before he kissed me that first time on the couch in his house. “What?” he whispers. “Please, don’t—” But...

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DADDY’S BEST FRIEND by London Hale … cover reveal & giveaway!
Apr17

DADDY’S BEST FRIEND by London Hale … cover reveal & giveaway!

  Publishing on May 2, 2017, Daddy’s Best Friend is the debut title for author London Hale. The book is the first in the Temperance Falls series and launches a world of naughty fantasies and taboo romances set on a small island in one of the Great Lakes. London Hale is the combined pen name of authors Ellis Leigh and, Pitch Wars mentor, Brighton Walsh. Between them, they’ve published more than thirty books in the contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense genres. Both authors are available for interviews, questions, and random wackiness. About the book … Preorder your copy today! Amazon | Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon AU Add it to Goodreads She’s temptation personified Nathan had always been more than just my dad’s friend. I never thought he’d see me as an adult, especially not after avoiding me for so long. But one hug, one moment feeling every inch of him against me, shattered that illusion. Consequences no longer mattered—I was eighteen, and I was willing to risk everything for my shot with him. He’s not going to resist anymore I never should’ve seen Eve as more than my best friend’s daughter. As a cop, I knew it was wrong. It was my job to protect her from guys like me. Chasing her could cost me my career—not to mention the only family I’d ever known—but I couldn’t hold back another second. One taste, and I wanted her. To hell with the fallout.   About London Hale … Website | Twitter | Goodreads London Hale is the combined pen name of writing besties Ellis Leigh and Brighton Walsh. Between them, they’ve published more than thirty books in the contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense genres. Ellis is a USA Today bestselling author who loves coffee, thinks green Skittles are the best, and prefers to stay in every weekend. Brighton is multi-published with Berkley, St. Martin’s Press, and Carina Press. She hates coffee, thinks green Skittles are the work of the devil, and has never heard of a party she didn’t want to attend. Don’t ask how they became such good friends or work so well together—they still haven’t figured it out themselves. Other places to connect … Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/londonhale0048/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLondonHale/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorlondonhale/ Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bundtandgrind/ Newsletter: http://www.londonhale.com/gazette   Giveaway Information *Giveaway goes live Sunday, April 16th at 11:59pm EST and ends Tuesday, April 18th at 12:01am EST. We’re offering a $25 Amazon gift card for your readers and followers! Entries are quick and easy, with no requirement for newsletter opt-ins. The giveaway link is: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/22b294fa7/...

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A Pitch Wars Success Story with Tobey Forney and her mentor Laura Heffernan
Apr14

A Pitch Wars Success Story with Tobey Forney and her mentor Laura Heffernan

  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 Tobey Forney and her mentor, Laura Heffernan. Tobey signed with Liz Parker of Inkwell Management Literary Agency after Pitch Wars 2016, and we couldn’t be happier for her! Please, help me in congratulating Tobey and Laura on their Pitch Wars Success! Tobey, what was it about Laura that made you choose to send her a Pitch Wars application? I knew I wanted to submit to Laura immediately when I read her bio. Her energy and enthusiasm for writing, editing, and the Oxford comma jumped off the page. When I Twitter-stalked her, I found that she was very open, funny, and loves chocolate, so I knew we’d get along. We both love women’s fiction and time-travel books, and we’re fellow Mensans. It was meant to be. Laura, what was it about Tobey’s 101 NORTH that hooked you? The writing is so haunting and beautiful. I couldn’t stop reading. The entry actually came in fairly early in the submissions period, and I kept saying, “Well, I really want to pick something light and funny to work with… I’ll just read a few more pages.” Finally, I had to accept that I wasn’t going to be able to pay any attention to my other submissions until I finished 101 NORTH, and I devoured the manuscript in a couple of hours. Tobey, tell us about the revision process for Pitch Wars? I was a Ninja-mentee, not officially announced until late October. Laura was incredibly supportive and helpful, and sent a long list of edits that I was eager to get to work on. I worked under the radar, trying to follow the same schedule as the other mentees. I kept up the pace for a while, but inevitably life intervened, and I wasn’t where I wanted to be when I got word that I would be participating in the agent round – excitement and panic set in simultaneously. I sent Laura my manuscript in chunks, working around the clock to incorporate her comments as I went along. I was changing tense and POV in one of the rounds, as well as story edits, so it was a huge challenge to get it all done without going cross-eyed. Laura was fantastic, always so quick to respond to my questions and giving me great advice on polishing my prose and my pitch. I thought I was the world’s biggest pedant, but Laura taught me a thing or two. She opened my eyes to things in my manuscript I knew were bad but...

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CHEESUS WAS HERE by Pitch Wars mentor, J.C Davis … new release!
Apr13

CHEESUS WAS HERE by Pitch Wars mentor, J.C Davis … new release!

About Cheesus Was Here … Nothing ever happens in tiny Clemency, Texas, until the day a gas clerk finds the image of Baby Jesus inside a Babybel cheese wheel. When more crazy miracles turn up, Clemency turns into a full blown media circus. While everyone else seems ready to accept that God has a dairy fetish, 16-year-old Delaney Delgado hasn’t believed in miracles since her kid sister died. Del’s determined to prove this whole thing is one big hoax and nothing and no one is going to convince her otherwise. Sure her best friend, Gabe, is a pastor’s kid and on the side of the angels, but even Gabe has to admit things look a bit fishy. When Del finds proof the miracles are fake, however, she has to decide whether to disgrace her town and risk losing Gabe’s friendship or support a lie that mocks the miracle her family prayed for and never received. Buy your copy today! Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Powell’s | Books-A-Million About the author … As a child, J.C. Davis spent her days inventing secret worlds and finding forgotten places. Busy reading her way through the local library, she never imagined writing books of her own until one day, all grown up, she fell in love with a children’s book and decided to rediscover a few of those secret worlds she’d invented. Ms. Davis’s first book is locked in a drawer guarded by attack trolls. Her second, CHEESUS WAS HERE, will be released in Spring 2017 by Sky Pony Press. A programmer by day, Ms. Davis lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, two kids and a pair of hedgehogs with nerdy names. Ms. Davis is an amateur photographer, runs a Harry Potter meet-up group, and is an unrepentant book addict. Ms. Davis is represented by Mandy Hubbard of the Emerald City Literary Agency. Website | Twitter...

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THE ISLAND DECEPTION by Pitch Wars mentor, Dan Koboldt … new release!
Apr12

THE ISLAND DECEPTION by Pitch Wars mentor, Dan Koboldt … new release!

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! After leaving us all hanging at the end of THE ROGUE RETRIEVAL, Dan Kobolt’s second novel in the Gateways to Alissia series, THE ISLAND DECEPTION is now available for your SFF reading pleasure. Here’s all the info and buy links on Dan’s newest book. Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Harper Voyager Release Date: April 11, 2017   What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. But what happens after you step through a portal to another world, well… For stage magician Quinn Bradley, he thought his time in Alissia was over. He’d done his job for the mysterious company CASE Global Enterprises, and now his name is finally on the marquee of one of the biggest Vegas casinos. And yet, for all the accolades, he definitely feels something is missing. He can create the most amazing illusions on Earth, but he’s also tasted true power. Real magic. He misses it. Luckily–or not–CASE Global is not done with him, and they want him to go back. The first time, he was tasked with finding a missing researcher. Now, though, he has another task: Help take Richard Holt down. It’s impossible to be in Vegas and not be a gambler. And while Quinn might not like his odds–a wyvern nearly ate him the last time he was in Alissia–if he plays his cards right, he might be able to aid his friends. He also might learn how to use real magic himself. Learn More About The Island Deception Buy It Now: HarperCollins | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | B&N | All  e-book formats also available here About Dan Koboldt Website | Twitter | Mailing List | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads Dan Koboldt is a genetics researcher and fantasy/science fiction author from the Midwest. He works for the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he and his colleagues use next-generation DNA sequencing technologies to uncover the genetic basis of pediatric diseases. He has co-authored more than 70 publications in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and other scientific journals. Dan is also an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Every fall, he disappears into the woods to pursue whitetail deer and turkey with bow and arrow. He lives with his wife and three children in Ohio, where the deer take their revenge by eating all of the plants in his...

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THESE SIMPLE SCARS by Pitch Wars mentor, Emma Wicker … cover reveal!
Apr11

THESE SIMPLE SCARS by Pitch Wars mentor, Emma Wicker … cover reveal!

These Simple Scars Emma Wicker Publication date: May 8th 2017 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance Sometimes, the worst scars are the ones that can’t be seen… After fleeing her abusive father, Faith’s goal is to find a job and earn enough to finally be able to live in safety. When she ends up stranded in the sleepy town of Silver, Georgia, it’s not long before she meets sexy mechanic Garrett. His willingness to help her one minute then dismiss her the next, leave Faith confused by this guarded and irresistible man. Although Garrett has left the military, the war returned home with him. An attraction to the new girl in town takes him by surprise, but if he’s to keep his scars hidden, Faith is no-go. His heart tells him to trust, but his mind is determined to get the better of him. As the pair deal with their wounds, tragedy threatens to rip them apart. Supported by new friends, Garrett and Faith wrestle with their pasts and an unexpected love they fear won’t last. Add to Goodreads / Pre-order Pre-order for only 99¢!  ...

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Pitch Wars Road Show … join us at the RT Booklovers Convention in Atlanta!
Apr10

Pitch Wars Road Show … join us at the RT Booklovers Convention in Atlanta!

Going to the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in Atlanta? Come meet many of our mentors at the Pitch Wars Road Show on May 3 from 11AM to 1:15PM in the Piedmont room. Bring your short pitch and the mentors will help you hone your pitch before presenting to industry professionals. Don’t know what Pitch Wars is? Check out this page for more information. Pitch Wars has garnered over 200 successful agent matches and many have landed book deals since 2012. Our mentors are amazing! We’ll be going over short pitches, queries, winning first pages, and synopses lead by Jennifer Blackwood, Elizabeth Briggs, Jen Malone, and Pintip Dunn. Don’t want pitch help? Everyone is welcome to come and watch and enter for a chance to win the mentors’ books and gift baskets/bags! What will we be doing during the event? Learn the key ingredients for a perfect pitch and more. You’ll team up with a mentor for a quick critique. We hope to get to everyone, but with not knowing how many will attend, we may be limited. We’ll be handing out critique coupons so arrive early to snag one. If we finish early, we’ll try to get to everyone. Win books, swag, and other prizes! What do you need to bring? A short pitch, notebook, & pen. Pitch types to bring (you don’t have to bring all of them): Conference pitch Elevator pitch 35-word pitch Twitter pitch The meat of your query (mini-synopsis pitch) The mentor can only help you with one pitch and it will be a verbal critique, so you’ll need to take notes. Our team … Brenda Drake, host Heather Cashman, MC (moderator) Monica M. Hoffman, co-host Jennifer Blackwood Elly Blake Elizabeth Briggs Erica M. Chapman Pintip Dunn Molly Lee Jen Malone Mary Ann Marlowe Sarah Nicolas (AKA: Aria Kane) Heather Van Fleet Amy Reichert Stephanie Scott Kristin Wright Rebecca Yarros Ashley Hearn Cole Gibsen Tomi Adeyemi Cat Scully Linsey Miller C.B. Catalano CM McCoy Melissa Marino Kristin Smith      ...

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Query or First Page Workshops . . . Sign Up Now!
Apr10

Query or First Page Workshops . . . Sign Up Now!

Enter ONE of the Rafflecopters below for the chance to have a free query or first page critique! During May, June, and July, Pitch Wars mentors will be helping you shine up your query or first page. They will be posted after being critiqued on the blog, so please–only enter if you’re willing to have everyone see it. We have 80 query spots and 80 first page spots. Please choose only one and enter your information. This is for all genres in the middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult categories of fiction. Your manuscript does not have to be complete to enter. Winners will be announced April 17th and will receive an email, so be ready to submit your sample for critique immediately. a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter...

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