Win a paperback of FORGET TOMORROW & REMEMBER YESTERDAY by Pintip Dunn!
Aug28

Win a paperback of FORGET TOMORROW & REMEMBER YESTERDAY by Pintip Dunn!

To celebrate the upcoming release of SEIZE TODAY by New York Times bestselling author Pintip Dunn, we’re giving away a paperback of FORGET TOMORROW and REMEMBER YESTERDAY — the first two books in the Forget Tomorrow series! All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this post. But first here’s something about all three books is this AMAZING series. Book 1 in the FORGET TOMORROW series – out now. RWA RITA® 2016 winner for Best First Book. A New York Times Bestseller! Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self. It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist. Or in Callie’s case, a criminal. In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes. But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself. Amazon |  Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo |  Book Depository Add to FORGET TOMORROW to your GoodReads shelf. Remember Yesterday Book 2 in the FORGET TOMORROW series – out now. Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries―if only she’d let TechRA study her. But after they kidnapped and experimented on her as a child, cooperating with the scientists is the last thing Jessa would do. But when she discovers the past isn’t what she assumed, Jessa must join forces with budding scientist Tanner Callahan to rectify a fatal mistake made ten years ago. She’ll do anything to change the past and save her sister―even if it means aligning with the enemy she swore to defeat. Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Book Depository Add REMEMBER YESTERDAY to your GoodReads shelf.   Seize Today Book 3 in the Forget Tomorrow series – out October 3, 2017 Preorder now! Seventeen-year-old Olivia Dresden can literally see the path to goodness in each person. Her precognition means that different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes. But forced into isolation, she can only watch...

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Pitch Wars 2017 … The Mentors’ Picks!!
Aug24

Pitch Wars 2017 … The Mentors’ Picks!!

  It’s been so fun reading your queries and chapters. The mentors have cried and laughed and shared how much they love your words. After weeks of reading and obsessing over all the fabulous entries, our amazing mentors have chosen their mentees! This year, we had some additions to the normal mentor picks. Secret mentors, including masked mentors, moved through the slush and patiently allowed all of the other mentors to heap their favorite manuscripts upon them. They were the most buried of us all! And after the mentor picks and the wild card picks (where some mentors got to choose two manuscripts!), the secret mentors got to pick a manuscript they loved. And there was an overabundance of quality words to fall for this year. Please know that mentors are not required to send feedback to those who submitted to them. Our mentors have their own books to write, mentees to mentor, jobs, and family life.  Some will have the time to send feedback and some will not. Don’t pester mentors for feedback in their emails, their sites, or on social media. If you get feedback, it’s a bonus.   The scavenger hunt winners . . . The scavenger hunt was expanded to include one pick for each age category. This was won purely based on a random drawing from about 325 people who solved the puzzle and entered. Middle Grade C.B. Catalano and Shauna Holyoak: Gaye Sanders, Author of HURRICANE HARPER Young Adult  Laurie Dennison: Adelle Yeung, Author of THE HOUSE WITH TWO FACES Adult Marty Mayberry and Léonie C. Kelsall: Elizabeth Chatsworth, Author of THE BRASS QUEEN   And stay tuned for a Rejection Party with fun and prizes!   And here are the picks … Middle Grade MENTOR MENTEE PICK MANUSCRIPT TITLE A.E. Conran Colleen Bennett Canada or Bust Alexandra Ott Sofiya Pasternack Anya Kozlova and the Dragon Allison Ziegler and Juliana Brandt Bronwyn Deaver Cave of Bells Amanda/Cindy, Kate Foster, Ashley Martin Kirk Kraft When Your Best Friend Wants to be Your Girlfriend (and other horror stories) Ashley Martin Valerie Pepper First Chair C.B. Catalano and Shauna Holyoak Peggy Sheridan Summer of Rocks and Hard Places Caela Carter Stacey Goldstein Golum Science Cindy Baldwin and Amanda Hill Remy Lai Rules for Making Cakes Erin Latimer Audra Atoche The Peculiar Predicament of Penelope Pendragon Gabrielle Byrne Greg Pattridge Bad Habits Gail Villanueva and Isabelle Adrid Nadine Johnson Me and My Drum Hannah Karena Jones Stephanie Willing West of the Sea Heidi Stallman Laura Lashley Surf Monks of New Hawai’i Heidi Stallman (Masked Mentor) Kathleen Fox Fight for the Dog Jenn Brisendine Joe McCourt The Hunter’s Heir Jenna Lehne and Tara Creel Jennifer L. Brown Lisa...

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Pitch Wars 2017 Mentor Blog Hop & Scavenger Hunt Entry!
Aug22

Pitch Wars 2017 Mentor Blog Hop & Scavenger Hunt Entry!

Welcome to the mentors’ wishlist blog hop! From today until submission day, use the linkies below to hop to all the mentors’ websites/blogs to read their bios, wishlists, and what categories and genres they want to mentor. For those unfamiliar with Pitch Wars, it’s a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine. The mentee then revises their manuscript for two months under the guidance of their mentor. The mentor also critiques his/her writer’s pitch and query letter to get it ready for the agent round. To do this, the mentors read all their applications and choose the writer they want to mentor and to get ready for the agent round on November 1-7. Want to find out about the fabulous agents joining us this year? Go to Meet the Agents Part 1 and Meet the Agents Part 2 to find out. Need instructions? Go to this post here. Want to donate to support Pitch Wars and get extra applications? Go to this post here. Surprise! We have a great new hang out for our Pitch Wars community. It’s a forum to have discussions with mentors and other writers, a place to get your worked critiqued by your peers and sometimes mentors, and a place to seek critique partners. So here’s our gift to you for being so awesome, and we hope you find this space useful. Join us today! Cheers! http://pitchwars.proboards.com/ Also, we’ll be launching the new Pitch Wars website next week! Hope you’ll join us for the fun reveal! Pitch Wars Live! Some of our Pitch Wars mentors will be chatting live with with the wonderful Nikki Roberti starting July 17 with the final one on August 1. The fun will be happening on the hashtag #PitchWars, and if you miss one, we’ll post the recorded chats here, too.  Make sure to watch and get to know the mentors. Follow the #Pitchwars hashtag during the chats to ask questions for the mentors. Here’s the schedule: Want a chance to win a mentor? Participate in the Mentor Blog Hop Scavenger Hunt! We’re so excited to bring back this special game. After all the mentors make their mentee picks, we’re holding a drawing and picking three lucky writers to go through the mentoring process. Only those who enter Pitch Wars can enter the scavenger hunt. This is a random draw. So anything goes! And anyone can win! That’s one writer each from the middle grade, young adult, and adult/new adult pool of submissions. The winning writers will go through two months of revisions. If the winners are able...

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It’s the BIG Pitch Wars Mentor Books Giveaway!
Aug21

It’s the BIG Pitch Wars Mentor Books Giveaway!

We wanted to show our appreciation to our wonderful community and our amazing mentors by giving away 15 of our mentors books. Yes, you heard that right 15 people will win a book of their choice. We love this! Not only does it give books to some of the writers in our community, it helps promote our mentors and show them how much we appreciate them. What do you need to do to be enter for a chance to win a book? It’s simple! Go to pitchwars.org and search through the bios of our mentors listed in the menu on this site, check out their books, and then come back here and enter which book you’d like to win into the Rafflecopter below. You don’t have to only choose the one listed on their bio pages, you can pick any of their books. Just follow the listed buy links to find all their books. Can I pick a pre-order book? Yes! You definitely can pick a mentor’s book that is releasing later if it’s available for pre-order. We’ll just send the book when it becomes available. What if I’m international? You can win too! You just have to make sure the book you want is available at the Book Depository. So get searching and we’ll draw winners on September 7th during #PitMad. You did know that we’ll be hosting a #PitMad Twitter Pitch Party on September 7, right? a Rafflecopter giveaway Save...

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THUNDERSTRUCK by Brenda Drake … cover reveal!
Aug21

THUNDERSTRUCK by Brenda Drake … cover reveal!

    Releasing September 11, 2017 Entangled Teen – Crave Pre-order today! Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks Will be available in print soon. Add it to Goodreads About the book … One strike will bring them together. Stevie Moon is famous…at least to the subscribers on her comic review vlog. At school, she’s as plain as the gray painted walls in the cafeteria. So when Blake, the hot new guy at school, shows an interest in her, she knows trouble when she sees it. Been there. And never doing it again. As the son of the god Thor, Blake Foster’s been given an important mission—to recover the Norse god Heimdall’s sacred and powerful horn before someone uses it to herald in the destruction of the entire universe. But while Blake is great in a fight, the battlefield that is a high school’s social scene is another matter. Blake knows his only choice is to team up with the adorable Stevie, but she’s not willing to give him even the time of day. He’ll need to woo the girl and find the horn if he hopes to win this war. Who better to tackle Stevie’s defenses than the demi-god of thunder? “Every page brims with captivating Norse mythology and deliciously creative worldbuilding.” Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author About the author … Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2), and Thunderstruck releasing September 11, 2017. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment). She’s represented by Peter Knapp at The Park Literary Group. Save Save Save Save Save Save...

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Pitch Wars: How it Works, Wild Cards, and Secret Mentors Revealed!
Aug18

Pitch Wars: How it Works, Wild Cards, and Secret Mentors Revealed!

  While you’re waiting for the results to be posted on August 24th, we’re busy reading and deliberating and drooling and crying over which manuscript to choose! It’s one of the toughest decisions ever. We see potential and merit on every page. So we’re giving some insight into what’s going on behind the scenes. How do the wars work? All mentee/manuscript picks are due by August 23rd at 5pm Eastern. Every mentor lists their top three picks. If two mentors have the same first choice, they write to the mentee that night and convince them that the mentee should choose them. The mentee has overnight to choose and must notify us by 10am the next day (Aug. 24th) which mentor they’ve chosen to work with. But a mentor can only go to war once, so they’re always willing to fight hard for that manuscript. If they don’t get chosen, they get their second choice–unless someone else who’s lost has the same second pick! But by then, we’re nearing time’s up, and so it’s a random draw. The loser of that draw gets their third choice. We’ve never had to go beyond a third choice during Pitch Wars. But I Just Can’t Decide . . . *begs for wild card* Choosing only one manuscript sometimes feels impossible, so we offer some mentors the chance to win a Wild Card. The mentors who win a wild card can choose TWO MENTEES! They are treated as equal mentees, given the same time and devotion, and will both be in the agent showcase. Wild Cards are handled behind the scenes and chosen by a drawing. And this year we want more of you lovely Pitch Wars Hopefuls to succeed. So we’ve got more mentors sifting through the slush. They’ll only get their mentee picks after all the other mentors choose, and their mentees will all be featured in the agent showcase! Welcome Our Secret Mentors . . . Elinor Sattler – Adult Twitter Elinor Sattler has a degree in Anthropology, writes urban fantasy, used to hit people with swords as a hobby until one of many injuries put a stop to it, and would rather be back in the Pacific Northwest backpacking outside of cell phone range. She also has a weakness for the Oxford comma and sentence fragments. Amy Garabedian – Adult Website | Twitter Amy Garabedian (writing fiction as A.B. Sevan) is a dog training business owner with a serious love for stories that bend the laws of nature, especially with a romantic twist. She started taking her publishing career seriously when a client bartered editing services for dog training in 2012. She...

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Pitch Wars Webinar: Writing is Rewriting!: Revision strategies to make your novel shine
Aug16

Pitch Wars Webinar: Writing is Rewriting!: Revision strategies to make your novel shine

  Pitch Wars Webinars presents . . . Writing is Rewriting!: Revision strategies to make your novel shine How do you shape a first draft into a finished novel? Learn new strategies for analyzing what you’ve written, developing a revision plan, shaping character arcs, and improving your sentence-level writing. Attendees will walk away with helpful worksheets and specific tools to break the overwhelming task of revision down into manageable pieces, start to finish. The Details… When: Wednesday, August 30 Time: 8:30 pm ET  Cost: $20 Please note: Registration is limited to the first 50 participants. [vfb id=4] (You don’t need a Paypal account to donate. Just go to the bottom and you can use a credit card.) About MK England Website | Twitter Megan K. England is an author and YA librarian living in the mountainy parts of Virginia. When she’s not writing or librarianing, Megan can be found drowning in fandom, rolling dice at the gaming table, going to conventions, climbing on things in the woods, feeding her video game addiction, or improvising truly terrible songs about her dogs. She loves Star Wars with a desperate, heedless passion. It’s best if you never speak of Sherlock Holmes in her presence. You’ll regret it. Her debut YA space opera, THE DISASTERS, will be out in Fall 2018 from HarperCollins Children’s. About Pitch Wars Webinars . . . The Pitch Wars webinar series was developed to help writers at every stage of their careers. Mentors and industry experts will host webinars focused on pitching, publishing, developing craft, and more. Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents. The mentors work with their mentees for two months before an agent round. Learn...

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BEST. NIGHT. EVER. new release!
Aug15

BEST. NIGHT. EVER. new release!

Cover illustration by James Lopez Get the book – Simon & Schuster Add it on Goodreads   BEST. NIGHT. EVER.: A Story Told from Seven Points of View by Rachele Alpine, Ronni Arno, Alison Cherry, Stephanie Faris, Jen Malone, Gail Nall, and Dee Romito Aladdin/Simon & Schuster Release date: August 15, 2017   About the book . . . Love Actually meets Adventures in Babysitting in this hilarious novel written by seven authors about seven classmates who are preparing for a crazy night at their middle school dance. Lynnfield Middle School is prepped and ready for a dance to remember, including an awesome performance from Heart Grenade, the all-girl band who recently won a Battle of the Bands contest. Seven classmates—Carmen, Genevieve, Tess, Ryan, Ellie, Ashlyn, and Jade—intend to make the most of the night…or at least the five of them who are able to attend do. The other two would sacrifice almost anything to be there. One thing’s for sure—this entire crew is in for one epic night! Rachele Alpine, Ronni Arno, Alison Cherry, Stephanie Faris, Jen Malone, Gail Nall, and Dee Romito have created a charming, hilarious, and relatable novel that’s perfect for anyone who can’t wait to dance the night away.And with each girl hiding a big secret that could threaten their entire friendship, will the list–and their BFF status–go bust? Reviews . . . This eventful middle school dance is told from seven points of view by seven different writers. Under Malone’s editorship, they pull it off with seamless chemistry and strong character building. A fun, fresh take on a classic theme. – Kirkus Readers will laugh as they learn of the misgivings, revenge, and eye-opening revelations that ensue. VERDICT Tweens interested in funny friendship drama will eat this one up. – School Library Journal About the authors . . . Rachele Alpine is the author of the middle grade novels Operation Pucker Up and You Throw Like a Girl and the young adult novels A Void the Size of the World and Canary. By day she’s a high school English teacher, by night she’s a wife and mom, and she finds any time in between to write. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio where she writes with the companionship of the world’s cutest dog and a big bag of gummy peaches.  She loves hearing from readers, and you can find her at www.rachelealpine.com. Ronni Arno is the author of the middle grade novels Ruby Reinvented, Dear Poppy, and Molly in the Middle. She lives on the coast of Maine with her husband, two daughters, and her dogs, Hazel and Mabel. When she’s not writing, Ronni stalks her kids for story ideas, kayaks, and eats chocolate…...

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THE WISHING HEART by J.C. Welker … giveaway!
Aug11

THE WISHING HEART by J.C. Welker … giveaway!

Available for Purchase: AMAZON | B&N | AMAZON CA |AMAZON UK AMAZON AU | IBOOKS |KOBO I’m so excited to share with you this amazing book by J.C. Welker and brought to by Entangled Teen. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter a giveaway for one of five ebook copies of THE WISHING HEART. About the book … Winner of the 2016 Rosemary Awards for paranormal fiction. THE WISHING HEART is a unique new f/f fantasy of an unloved girl looking for it through stories and magic. With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel’s been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her ailing heart. But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni’s vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical being in the city wants the vase for themselves. Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker. But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline’s freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel’s heart… Praise for THE WISHING HEART … “An exhilarating read about the complexities of the heart and what it means to love.”~Mia Siegert, author of JERKBAIT #1 New Release in Young Adult LGBT Issues Fiction on Amazon “Teens are going to gobble this one up!!!!”~McCall Hoyle, author of THE THINGS WITH FEATHERS “A beautifully evocative story and a romance that melts your heart.”~Shaila Patel, author of SOULMATED About the author … Website | Twitter | Facebook J.C. WELKER is an author who’s been, among other things, a fashion designer, a graphic designer, a filmmaker and a kickboxer (seriously). She’s best known for writing and producing the documentary short films focusing on homeless Iraq vets and LGBTQ+ issues in the military, which was selected by the North Texas Film Festival and featured on CURRENT TV. Her recent novel placed first in the paranormal category of the 2016 YARWA Rosemary Awards, and she continues to work towards giving a voice to stories that are needed, while facing magic and monsters along the way. Repped by Kristy Hunter at The Knight Agency. Enter the Rafflecopter to win one of five copies of THE WISHING HEART … a Rafflecopter giveaway...

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KISS ME, KILL YOU by Larissa C. Hardesty … giveaway!
Aug11

KISS ME, KILL YOU by Larissa C. Hardesty … giveaway!

Entangled Publishing Add it to your Goodreads Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo I’m thrilled to share with you this wonderful book by Larissa C. Hardesty and brought to by Crave, an Entangled Teen line. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter a giveaway for one of five ebook copies of KISS ME, KILL YOU. And now something about Kiss Me, Kill You … Emmy Duivel believes in true love: heart-stopping kisses, candlelight dinners, and a connection that lasts forever. But not the kind of kisses that land your date in the hospital. Emmy always knew she was different, but not in the supernatural sense. Not in the succubus sense. Paul Andinn had only one job: watch over Emmy and make sure she doesn’t expose the supernatural world. It should have been easy, but the moment he looked away, she kissed that boy, and everything changed. He should be more upset. But he can’t. Not when he’s falling hard for her. About the author … Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Larissa Hardesty is a Young Adult author of speculative fiction. Her debut novel, Kiss Me, Kill You, released June 2017 from Entangled Crave. Having lived a fairytale when she met her husband while on vacation at Disney World as a high school senior, all of her stories have at least a touch of romance. When she’s not writing, she can be found pursuing her passion for music as an elementary music teacher and handbell choir director. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and three children. Enter the Rafflecopter to win one of five copies of KILL ME, KILL YOU … a Rafflecopter giveaway Save Save Save...

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NEVER APART by Romily Bernard … cover reveal!!
Aug10

NEVER APART by Romily Bernard … cover reveal!!

  Let us know what you think of the cover for Never Apart by Romily Bernard, which releases October 3, 2017! This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled Teen & USA Today’s HEA Blog. About Never Apart: How many times would you die for love? What if you had to relive the same five days over and over? And what if at the end of it, your boyfriend is killed… And you have to watch. Every time. You don’t know why you’re stuck in this nightmare. But you do know that these are the rules you now live by: Wake Up. Run. Die. Repeat. Now, the only way to escape this loop is to attempt something crazy. Something dangerous. Something completely unexpected. This time…you’re not going to run. Combining heart-pounding romance and a thrilling mystery Never Apart is a stunning story you won’t soon forget. Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Never Apart by Romily Bernard today! Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Entangled Publishing About Romily Bernard: Romily Bernard graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, she’s worked as a riding instructor, cell phone salesgirl, personal assistant, groom, exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service rep. So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed. Her YA thrillers FIND ME, REMEMBER ME, LIE FOR ME, AND TRUST ME are now available. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Entangled...

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HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE by Pitch Wars Mentor, Kellye Garrett … release day!
Aug08

HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE by Pitch Wars Mentor, Kellye Garrett … release day!

  Amazon | Barnes & Noble         About the book … Hollywood Homicide (Midnight Ink, August 8, 2017) is an 85,000 word lightweight mystery novel that draws on my experiences working in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. I often encountered the various people chasing fame, be it a sprint, a marathon or a journey that never quite reaches the finish line. These are the people who populate Hollywood Homicide. If you’d like to meet them, read on. The Surprise Hit of the Season! Actress Dayna Anderson’s Deadly New Role: Homicide Detective Dayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder. All the semifamous, mega-broke actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. So after witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she pursues the fifteen grand reward. But Dayna soon finds herself doing a full-on investigation, wanting more than just money—she wants justice for the victim. She chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes, and movie premieres, loving every second of it—until someone tries to kill her. And there are no second takes in real life. Praise for Hollywood Homicide …  “[A] winning first novel and series launch . . . Garrett writes with humor and insight about the Hollywood scene. Readers will look forward to Day’s further adventures.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)  “A smart, sassy debut, introducing an appealing protagonist with amusing friends.” —Library Journal (starred review) and Debut of the Month “Veteran TV writer Garrett uses her Cold Case experience to inform her debut, which sets up more than one charming character and isn’t afraid to go cynical on all things LA.”—Kirkus Reviews “Funny, lively characters populate this new Detective by Day series . . . this will be an entertaining entry into the amateur sleuth genre.”―RT Book Reviews   About the author … Website | Twitter | Facebook Kellye Garrett spent 8 years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for the CBS drama Cold Case. People were always surprised to learn what she did for a living—probably because she seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people. A former magazine editor, Kellye holds a B.S. in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. Having moved back to her native New Jersey, she spends her mornings commuting to Manhattan for her job at a leading media company—while still happily brainstorming ways to commit murder. Her first novel, Hollywood Homicide, will be released by Midnight Ink in August 2017. It was Library Journal’s August Debut of the Month and was described as a “winning first novel and series launch” in a starred review by Publishers Weekly....

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