Giveaways by Author Accelerator!
Aug24

Giveaways by Author Accelerator!

We’re excited to offer some amazing editorial prizes from the fabulous people at Author Accelerator. Three writers who entered Pitch Wars and weren’t chosen by a mentor will win a full manuscript evaluation. Manuscript evaluations give writers a comprehensive summary of the strengths and weaknesses of their story and a 15-point checklist of the major elements of their complete manuscript. A $399 value. And one lucky writer who entered Pitch Wars and wasn’t chosen by a mentor will receive a full manuscript edit. Manuscript edits give writers a full developmental edit on their manuscripts, with on-the-page feedback and a comprehensive summary strengths/weaknesses. A $1500 value. What do you have to do for a chance to win? Simply enter the Rafflecopter below! Check out Author Accelerator for more information about their services … Author Accelerator Website Thank you for the giveaway Pitch Wars mentor, Jennie Nash! Private book coach: jennienash.com Chief Creative Officer: authoraccelerator.com   Enter the Rafflecopter now! a Rafflecopter...

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Pitch Wars 2016 Submission Window … is now closed!
Aug02

Pitch Wars 2016 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 your listening pleasure while you’re filling out your forms, Sarah Farnam wrote and performed a song for Pitch Wars. It so amazing, so check it out here: 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 fifty-five mentees sign with agents and several of those resulted in book deals. That’s not counting all the successes from Pitch Wars 2012, 2013, and 2014. Pitch Wars has reached over 200 successes. It’s our fifth year, and we our excited to see what happens. 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. 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 we announce the mentors’ picks 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...

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Pitch Wars Submission Window is coming … and we’re giving away editing prizes!
Aug02

Pitch Wars Submission Window is coming … and we’re giving away editing prizes!

  To help with our donation campaign for Pitch Wars, some of our mentors who have editing and other services are offering prizes for our giveaway. Everyone who enters Pitch Wars, will get an entry into the drawing. If you donate to Pitch Wars, you’ll receive two extra entries into the drawing. 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. Details on this post here. Your donations will help move Pitch Wars to a new exiting site on pitchwars.org. The site will focus on community and craft, and of course, our big contest in August. There will be so many amazing things on this new site, I can’t wait to share all the details with you. We’ll launch it in 2017! And look for upcoming information about Pitch Wars writing retreats coming soon! Go check out the wonderful services offered by our Pitch Wars mentor professionals on their sites. And here are the mentors’ items that will be in the drawing. Enter by August 24th at 5pm EDT, and winners will be announced in a post on August 26th!     Chimera Editing From Jami Nord: a Big Picture critique. And a $30 off a Big Picture critique for anyone entering Pitch Wars. From Rebecca Sky (website): A brand consultation and logo package.   Raulerson Editorial From Natasha Raulerson: A query and first three chapter critique of a YA, NA, or Adult manuscript edit.   From Freelance Editor (website),  Joy McCullough: A query and three chapters of MG or YA manuscript edit.   Wild Things Editing From Kim Graff: A query, 1-to-2 page synopsis, and first 2,500 words edit. From Amy Trueblood: A query, 1-to-2 page synopsis, and first 2,500 words edit. From Megan Lally: A query, 1-to-2 page synopsis, and first 2,500 words edit …   From Cat Scully with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy US: A query, synopsis, and three chapters edit.   Jen Malone edits From Jen Malone: A query and first 20 pages of manuscript edit.   Kate Foster Professional Editing Services From Kate Foster: A three chapter edit.   Copper Lantern Studio Editorial Services From Kit Frick: A query letter and synopsis critique.   Author Accelerator From Jenny Nash: A query and first chapter critique.   From Dionne McCulloch with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy US : A line edit of first 3 chapters of manuscript.   From Freelance Editor (website) and Entangled Publishing intern, Ashley Hearn: A query, synopsis, and first chapter critique.     Labelle’s Editorial Services From Lynnette Labelle: A mini manuscript evaluation report based off the first 100...

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Pitch Wars: Know Your Writing Terms by Jamie Stewart
Aug01

Pitch Wars: Know Your Writing Terms by Jamie Stewart

  Jamie Stewart was locked inside a little nutmeg jar until this morning. After she got out she composed a musical played solely on the triangle. She performed 36 consecutive sold out shows across the country. She can name all eleven bones in the human body. You can find out more about Jamie on her website: https://xojamiestewart.wordpress.com Twitter: @xoJamieStewart     Pitch Wars: Know Your Writing Terms by Jamie Stewart Confused about a term a mentor or fellow Pitch Warrior said? Check out our list for the answer! If this is your first time in Pitch Wars and you’re totally lost, have no fear! I’m here today to decode some of our most popular writing lingo and help you navigate your way through the contest (and all your future writing endeavors!) When I first learned about Pitch Wars from a friend of mine, I was super excited to get involved. I had a finished manuscript. I’d done some serious writing before. And I wanted to be published. Big time. So I jumped in. What I quickly learned was how strong this community of writers is. I wasn’t even nervous; Pitch Wars welcomed me with open arms. But, while I watched the live chats and parsed the mentor blogs, I came across some things that confused me. If you’re at all like me and at least one writing term so far has had you scratching your head, take a look at my list. I’ve compiled and defined a boatload of jargon to help you get involved in the conversation. Here are some of our most common (and most questioned) terms: HEA (Stands for: Happily Ever After) In Romance, most stories end with two characters riding off into the metaphorical sunset with each other. HFN (Stands for: Happily For Now/Happy For Now) When Romance stories do not end in sunshine and rainbows, the two main characters have to at least be content for the time being. CP (Stands for: Critique Partner(s)) These are the people who rip your story apart to give you feedback on it (and we absolutely love them for it!). MS/MSS (Stands for: Manuscript) This is your story. Your book. The collection of words on pages you eventually want to see bound together and in readers’ hands. MC (Stands for: Main Character) Harry Potter. Katniss Everdeen. Tris Prior. Who your story is about. WC (Stands for: Word Count) This is literally how many words (from Once upon a time to The end) are in your manuscript. ARC (Stands for: Advanced Reader’s Copy) Before a book hits stores, sometimes authors and publishers will print early promotional copies to give...

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Pitch Wars 2016 Mentor Blog Hop
Jul19

Pitch Wars 2016 Mentor Blog Hop

Welcome to the mentors’ wishlist blog hop! From today until submission day, use the linky 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 3-9. Want to find out about the fabulous agents joining us this year? Go to this post and this post to find out. Need instructions? Go to this post here. Want to donate to support Pitch Wars and get two extra application? Go to this post here. Pitch Wars Live! Some our Pitch Wars mentors will be chatting live with with the wonderful Nikky Roberti starting July 19 with the final one on August 2. 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 during the chats to ask questions for the mentors. Here’s the schedule: All shows will start at 8PM EDT. July 20 – YA Mentors July 21 – MG Mentors July 22 – Adult/NA Mentors July 25 – YA Mentors July 26 – MG Mentors July 27 – YA Mentors July 28 – Adult/NA Mentors July 29 – YA Mentors August 1 – A Mix … All about the Slush August 2 – A Mix … Submission Eve Party, & All about the Slush Surprise!! It’s the first ever Mentor Blog Hop Scavenger Hunt! We’re so excited to announce 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 to get their manuscripts and pitches in great shape with the help of his or her mentor, we’ll make room for them...

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Pitch Wars 2016 … all the details!
Jul17

Pitch Wars 2016 … all the details!

We’re so excited for our fifth Pitch Wars! 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 critiques on how to make the manuscript shine. The mentor also critiques his/her writer’s pitch and query letter to get it ready for the agent round. Those entering Pitch Wars submit applications (query plus first chapter of manuscript) to their chosen mentors. The mentors then read all their applications and choose the writer they want to mentor for two months to get them ready for the agent round. Writers can pick up to four mentors to send an application to. How will you decide what mentors to submit to? Participate in our Mentor Wishlist Blog Hop starting July 20th. The mentors’ bios and wishlists will be posted to their blogs and linked from a post on my blog, and you can hop around and find the right matches for you. The hop will go on until August 3, which is submission day!! There will be a scavenger hunt during the hop with an exciting prize. You don’t want to miss it. More details will be on the blog hop main post on this blog. Visit the Twitter hashtag, #PitchWars, to get to know the mentors personally (virtually).  Mentors will be tweeting advice and answering questions on it. Check out Pitch Wars Live. Some of our mentors will be chatting live starting July 20 and ending on August 2. The chats start at 8PM EDT. Make sure to watch, ask questions on #PitchWars, and get to know the mentors. Watch the blog for more details. Read the July Mini Interviews with the mentors here on this blog posted June 27 through July 18. How do I enter? Applications (query + 1st chapter) will be sent through an easy submission form. The form will go live just after midnight (EDT – New York time) August 3 and remain open until August 6 at 10 PM (EDT – New York time). What will you need to enter in the form? Your top four (max – you don’t have to pick 4, but you are limited to 4) mentors, your email address, title of the manuscript, category and genre, your query letter (sorry no personalized queries this year), and the first chapter of your completed manuscript (Word .doc or .docx format). The sample chapter should be manuscript formatted pages (12pt, double-spaced). All of this will be fill-in-the-blank on the form. Send the full chapter no matter how long it is. But my chapter is short? That’s fine. Send up to ten...

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In New York? Check out the first US Bibliobattle in New York on July 23rd!
Jul13

In New York? Check out the first US Bibliobattle in New York on July 23rd!

Battlers Wanted! Kinokuniya Will Host the First US Bibliobattle in New York on July 23rd At Kinokuniya Bookstore 1073 Avenue of the Americas (Between 40th & 41st Streets, Across from Bryant Park) Subways B, D, F, M & 7; 42nd Street Bryant Park Exit Saturday, July 23rd at 3 PM Admission Free Bibliobattle is a social book review game which was developed in the Graduate School of Informatics at Kyoto University in Japan. Bibliobattle is built around love for books and reviewing your favorites. ‘Battlers’ choose and bring along a favorite book. They have five minutes to present, read excerpts from, describe and basically express their love and appreciation for a book they’ve read. Battle themes can apply and the theme for July 23rd will be ‘Young Adult’. After each presentation (strictly five minutes in length) the audience can ask questions for two to three minutes. Then the next battler goes. Anyone can participate but the ‘battlers’ will be limited to five per session due to time constraints. At the end the audience, including the battlers (but excluding their own book) choose the book ‘they would be most interested in reading’ after hearing the presentations. The game is supportive and presentations themselves are not critiqued. We still need battlers for July 23rd. Please apply with your book choice to f1-nym@kinokuniya.com or contact the store at (212) 869-1700. Of course, it is free to attend and anyone can be part of the audience. links: http://en.bibliobattle.jp/, http://en.bibliobattle.jp/rule-of-bibliobattle    ...

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REMEMBER YESTERDAY by Pitch Wars Mentor, Pintip Dunn … cover reveal!
Jul11

REMEMBER YESTERDAY by Pitch Wars Mentor, Pintip Dunn … cover reveal!

  I’m so excited to share the cover reveal for Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn with you today! I loved LOVED the first book in the series, Forget Tomorrow, and can’t wait to read this one! You can check out the gorgeous cover below! This cover reveal is brought to you by YaReads Blog Tours and YA Interrobang!     Book Title: Remember Yesterday (Forget Tomorrow, #2) Author: Pintip Dunn Release Date: October 4, 2016 Genre: YA Sci-Fi 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 ten years ago, the scientists kidnapped and experimented on her, leading to severe ramifications for her sister, Callie. She’d much rather break into their labs and sabotage their research—starting with Tanner Callahan, budding scientist and the boy she loathes most at school. The past isn’t what she assumed, though—and neither is Tanner. He’s not the arrogant jerk she thought he was. And his research opens the door to the possibility that Jessa can rectify a fatal mistake made ten years earlier. She’ll do anything to change the past and save her sister—even if it means teaming up with the enemy she swore to defeat. Goodreads Book Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26091228-remember-yesterday Amazon Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Remember-Yesterday-Forget-Tomorrow-Pintip-ebook/dp/B0166RX44O Barnes & Noble Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/remember-yesterday-pintip-dunn/1122749494?ean=9781633754942 iBooks Buy Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/remember-yesterday/id1046514286?ign-mpt=uo%3D8 Kobo Buy Link: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/remember-yesterday-1 Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Remember-Yesterday-Forget-Tomorrow-Pintip-ebook/dp/B0166RX44O Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Remember-Yesterday-Forget-Tomorrow-Pintip-ebook/dp/B0166RX44O Entangled Publishing: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/remember-yesterday/ Forget Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow, #1) Book Synopsis: 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 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 the hellish prison. 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.   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24804505-forget-tomorrow Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Forget-Tomorrow-Pintip-Dunn/dp/1633752380 Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forget-tomorrow-pintip-dunn/1121154538?ean=9781633752382 iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/forget-tomorrow/id1003220432?ign-mpt=uo%3D8 Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/forget-tomorrow Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Forget-Tomorrow-Pintip-Dunn/dp/1633752380 Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Forget-Tomorrow-Pintip-Dunn/dp/1633752380 Powell’s Books: http://www.powells.com/book/forget-tomorrow-9781633752382 Books-A-Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Forget-Tomorrow/Pintip-Dunn/9781633752382 The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Forget-Tomorrow-Pintip-Dunn/9781633752382 Entangled: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/forget-tomorrow/ Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an...

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A giveaway to help support Pitch Wars … with editing prizes!
Jun24

A giveaway to help support Pitch Wars … with editing prizes!

We have some amazing giveaways! But first, check out the new logo for Pitch Wars created by Isabel Ibañez Davis. If you want to get a t-shirt or coffee mug with the logo on it, you can get it here: https://writerslifeapparel.com/collections/pitch-wars, and 30% of the profit goes to Pitch Wars. After the mentees are chosen, there will be more items added for them. So exciting! Pitch Wars is accepting donations to help with the administrative costs (see this post here) required to run the contest. 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 3. *Please note: Pitch Wars is a contest where mentors choose mentees based on the entrants’ skills and is not based on chance. To help with our donation campaign, some of our mentors who have editing and other services are offering prizes for our giveaway. Everyone who enters Pitch Wars, will get an entry into the drawing. If you donate to Pitch Wars, you’ll receive two extra entries into the drawing. 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. (You don’t need a Paypal account to donate. Just click on the donate button, go to the bottom. and you can use a credit card.)   Go check out the wonderful services offered by our Pitch Wars mentor professionals on their sites. And here are the mentors’ items that will be in the drawing after the Pitch Wars submission window closes …     Chimera Editing From Jami Nord: a Big Picture critique. And a $30 off a Big Picture critique for anyone entering Pitch Wars.   From Rebecca Sky (website): A brand consultation and logo package.   Raulerson Editorial From Natasha Raulerson: A query and first three chapter critique of a YA, NA, or Adult manuscript edit.   From Freelance Editor (website),  Joy McCullough: A query and three chapters of MG or YA manuscript edit.   Wild Things Editing From Kim Graff: A query, 1-to-2 page synopsis, and first 2,500 words edit. From Amy Trueblood: A query, 1-to-2 page synopsis, and first 2,500 words edit. From Megan Lally: A query, 1-to-2 page synopsis, and first 2,500 words edit …   From Cat Scully with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy US: A query, synopsis, and three chapters edit.   Jen Malone edits From Jen Malone: A query and...

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FORGET TOMORROW by Pitch Wars mentor, Pintip Dunn … on sale now for only $0.99!
Jun21

FORGET TOMORROW by Pitch Wars mentor, Pintip Dunn … on sale now for only $0.99!

Amazon | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo  For a limited time only, FORGET TOMORROW by Pitch Wars mentor Pintip Dunn is on sale for $0.99! If you like YA science fiction about difficult moral choices, this is the book for you! Grab this RWA RITA® nominee for Best First Book today!   Author: Pintip Dunn Title: FORGET TOMORROW Release Date: Nov. 3, 2015 Publisher: Entangled TEEN Synopsis: 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. Add to FORGET TOMORROW to your GoodReads shelf. Author bio: website  facebook  twitter  instagram Pintip Dunn 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. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis.” Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, is a finalist in the Best First Book category of RWA’s RITA® contest. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com....

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Day 14 (Part 2) of June Setting Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Rebecca Petruck
Jun20

Day 14 (Part 2) of June Setting Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Rebecca Petruck

Welcome to June’s Setting Workshop! From a Rafflecopter lottery drawing, we selected over thirty writers to participate. Each mentor has graciously critiqued a 500 word sample chosen by the writers from a place he or she felt needed help with setting. We hope that not only you’ll learn a little bit about setting that you can apply to your own writing, but that you’ll also be able to get to know some of our wonderful Pitch Wars mentors and their editing styles. We appreciate our mentors for giving up their time to do the critiques. If you have something encouraging to add, feel free to comment below. Please keep all comments tasteful. We will delete any inappropriate or hurtful ones. And now we have … Pitch Wars Mentor Rebecca Petruck Twitter | Website Rebecca is the author of the middle grade novels Steering Toward Normal (ABRAMS/Amulet, 2014) and Will Nolan Eats Bugs (ABRAMS/Amulet, Fall 2017). Steering Toward Normal is a Blue Ribbon winner as a Best Book of 2014 by the BCCB, an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce New Voices selection, as well as a Kids Indie Next List title. Vanity Fair’s Hollywood dubbed it a “book we’d like to see made into a film,” and the L.A. Times included Steering Toward Normal in its Summer Books Preview. Rebecca is a Minnesota girl, though she also has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, England, Connecticut and, currently, North Carolina. A former member of 4-H, she was also a Girl Scout, a cheerleader, and competed in MathCounts. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction, from UNC Wilmington, and is represented by Kate Testerman of kt literary.   The 500 Word Critique . . . Middle Grade Adventure [This is identified as MG adventure, yet the tone feels YA. My sense is the adventure part will happen in the snowy woods during the ski trip (and perhaps involve foiling robbers). (Jessica’s external issue) Jessica’s internal/emotional issue seems to be coping with her father’s continuing grief for his lost wife while Jessica is ready to move on. I think this could complement an adventure story because her decisions/actions/reactions will be different from her peers who have not experienced death as closely as Jessica has. She is also likely to hesitate at a key moment, thinking, “Dad can’t lose me, too.” There are two levels of Setting in every story: the literal Place, and the situational Set Up. All I know of this Place is that it’s snowy and perhaps has unpredictable and stranding squalls? I do wonder why a group of MGers are more interested in cross-country than downhill skiing. Downhill is fast and fun and...

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The Marked Son by Shea Berkley … on sale now for $0.99!
Jun20

The Marked Son by Shea Berkley … on sale now for $0.99!

Now on sale for $0.99!  Amazon Barnes & Noble About the book … Seventeen-year-old Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him, but until his mother abandoned him in the middle of Oregon with grandparents he’s never met, he had no idea what. When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents’ farm, he knows he’s seen her before…in his dreams. He’s felt her fear. Heard her insistence that only he can save her world from an evil lord who uses magic and fear to feed his greed for power. Unable to shake the unearthly pull to Kera, Dylan takes her hand. Either he’s completely insane or he’s about to have the adventure of his life, because where they’re going is full of creatures he’s only read about in horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for death… Praise for The Marked Son … “Reading Shea Berkley is like watching magic unfold before your eyes. THE MARKED SON is written with such intrigue and depth, I could not get enough of this delicious tale. I’m hopelessly lost and can hardly wait to see what jewels Berkley has in store for us next.” ~ Darynda Jones, author of First Grave on the Right Excerpt … The Beginning If I never dream again, I’ll fade away Until I’m only a breath of memories that can’t stay. Dreaming   I was eight the first time I saw the girl. Mom freaked when I told her, said I was letting a girl terrorize my dreams, but I didn’t get it. They were dreams, not nightmares. I don’t remember ever waking up afraid. Not back then. So when the dreams kept coming, year after year, each one more vivid than the last, I held onto them like a skydiver clutching his ripcord. No way would I let Mom take them away from me. It’s been years since she’s asked me about the girl, but lately Mom’s been curious. I tell her I haven’t had a dream in awhile. She eyes me like I’m lying. So what if I am? I may not remember everything about my dreams when I wake up, but I do know when I’m about to have one.  My scalp tingles, like tiny bugs zap, zap, zapping along my skin. The darkness behind my lids turns smoky. I’ve tried to pull away at that point but it’s no use. I don’t fight it now. Instead I sink into the thick air and come out the other side into a world that is nothing like the one I know… Yet, it’s familiar....

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