NO PLACE LIKE HOME by Dee Romito … release day!
Sep19

NO PLACE LIKE HOME by Dee Romito … release day!

Available now! Amazon * B&N * Simon & Schuster IndieBound * My local indie- Monkey See, Monkey Do About the book … Kenzie Rhines doesn’t have a home—she has too many. Her dad’s job keeps them flying around the country, which means “home” is whatever fancy hotel they’re currently staying in and “school” takes place 30,000 feet in the air. And since it’s just the two of them, she has no choice but to be his travel partner. Kenzie loves the constant adventures, but she wouldn’t mind planting her feet in one place for longer than two seconds, having her own bed, and maybe even finding a best friend she can talk to. When Kenzie’s dad surprises her with the news that they’ll be in Las Vegas for an extended business trip, she’s thrilled he wants to enroll her in a local middle school while they’re there. And even though it’s the longest she’s been in one place in years, Kenzie knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s on the move yet again. So, for the first time in her life, she decides to take some risks: why not let the cutest boy in school know she’s got a bit of a crush on him, give it a shot and audition for the school musical–The Wizard of Oz (her all-time favorite movie), and run for VP of her class? Thanks to her plan, Kenzie discovers a courage she didn’t know she had—and finally feels like she belongs somewhere. But when things start to get complicated, Kenzie discovers that she’ll have to face the consequences of everything she’s done since her arrival–and that maybe home isn’t necessarily a place on a map, but where your heart is. About the author … 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.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, and find her on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and...

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THUNDERSTRUCK by Brenda Drake … win this swag pack & read the first chapter!
Sep06

THUNDERSTRUCK by Brenda Drake … win this swag pack & read the first chapter!

I’m so excited for the release of THUNDERSTRUCK on September 11! If you’ve pre-ordered a copy or planning to pre-order it, sign up for a chance to win the above swag pack. The pack includes Wonder Woman socks, a Thor lanyard, and a necklace with Thor’s hammer flanked by a raven and a wolf. The hammer, wolf, and raven all appear in the novel and Stevie Moon dressed up as Wonder Woman for her comic vlog. The socks are adorable and I so had to buy an extra pair for myself. You enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter below. Also, I wanted to share the first chapter of THUNDERSTRUCK today. I hope you enjoy it. 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   First Chapter … einn Many have scribed about Midgard’s sun, yet none had captured the true feeling of its kiss against skin or its blinding touch to the eyes. Bright sunlight blinked through the orange, red, and brown leaves clinging to the nearly bare trees. Einar leaned against the door of his silver Prelude. At the end of each school day, he waited there to catch a glimpse of her. He had tried to talk to her several times, but failed horribly. As though he weren’t the son of a powerful god. The smell of exhaust fumes and autumn’s decay filled his nostrils. The air on Midgard wasn’t as sweet as back home. Nor...

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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 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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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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Pitch Wars 2017 Submission Window … is now closed!
Aug01

Pitch Wars 2017 Submission Window … is now closed!

Surprise! We’re opening the submission window early! It will remain open until the original closing of August 6 at 10PM EDT (New York time). For those unfamiliar with Pitch Wars, it’s a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine. The mentor also critiques his/her writer’s pitch 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 for a little over two months to get them ready for the agent round. Writers can pick up to four (4) mentors to submit to. Want to have two bonus entries? Go to this page here and find out how you can submit to six (6) mentors instead of four. Last year we had over fifty mentees sign with agents and several of those resulted in book deals. This is our sixth year and Pitch Wars has reached almost 250 successes to date. We’re excited to see what happens in 2017. We hope to have many more successes this year! For a list of our mentors go here, for submission guidelines go here, and for a list of our agents this year, go here and here. And make sure to enter the scavenger hunt for a chance to win a mentorship with a chance to enter the agent showcase in November. Only those who enter Pitch Wars can participate in the scavenger hunt. After all the mentors make their mentee picks, we’re holding a drawing and picking three lucky writers to go through the mentoring process. 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. More information on this post here. You have until August 23 at 10AM Eastern time to solve the puzzle and submit your entry. If you have any difficulties with this form, or if there’s a technical glitch, or if the site blows up, don’t panic! Just use the form under the Contact Me page/label at the top of the blog and let us know the issue. About your queries: It should have all parts of the query, as if you were sending to an agent. “Dear Mentor” works for the salutation and make sure to include your bio (if you have one) and category/genre/word count. About your first chapters: Upload the first chapter of your manuscript no matter how long it is. You can include short prologues (5 pages or less) or send the prologues later if the mentor asks for a full manuscript. If you don’t have chapters in...

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Help support Pitch Wars … donate and receive extra entries into the contest!
Aug01

Help support Pitch Wars … donate and receive extra entries into the contest!

Donate today! (You don’t need a Paypal account to donate. Just go to the bottom and you can use a credit card.) Over the past six years, Pitch Wars has changed many lives. Countless authors have been matched with agents and even gone on to book deals and successful careers. We’re approaching 250 successes this year!! But most importantly, Pitch Wars has grown the writing community to connect author with author, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie as we go through all stages of revision and publishing. Behind the scenes, it takes a lot of work to coordinate the event each year. And as it continues to grow, so do the responsibilities required to make Pitch Wars possible. Like last year,  we will be accepting donations to go toward the administrative costs associated with running Pitch Wars. Everyone who enters Pitch Wars can submit four (4) free applications to the mentors of their choice. Those who donate $20 or more will receive two additional applications.* To claim your extra mentor applications, please keep your emailed receipt from Paypal as proof when uploading your entry during the submission window on August 2. All amounts are greatly appreciated. If you’re not entering Pitch Wars this year and the contest has benefited you in the past, please consider donating. Please note: Mentors volunteer their time and do not get any of the donations. Donations are for administration costs. If you’d like to support the mentors, please consider buying their books. *Please note: Pitch Wars is a contest where mentors choose mentees based on the entrants’ skills and is not based on chance. If mentors love an entry but don’t feel they’re quite the right fit, they might pass it on to another mentor. As Pitch Wars continues to grow and evolve, so will our processes each year to make sure the contest runs as smoothly as possible for all of you–because that is what Pitch Wars is all about. We are here to support our fellow authors at every stage of the process through mentoring, workshops, and community. Thank you for your continued support and involvement in Pitch Wars. We look forward to another successful season this year and for many more to come.   (You don’t need a Paypal account to donate. Just go to the bottom and you can use a credit card.) Save Save...

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