FORGET TOMORROW by Pintip Dunn & THIEF OF LIES by Brenda Drake on sale for only $1.99 each!
May01

FORGET TOMORROW by Pintip Dunn & THIEF OF LIES by Brenda Drake on sale for only $1.99 each!

  Grab an eBook copy of FORGET TOMORROW by Pintip Dunn and THIEF OF LIES by Brenda Drake for only $1.99. Available from all online retailters from May 1 through May 14. #WeLovePurpleAndGreen and how our covers look great together! Here are the buy links … Kobo Amazon Barnes and Noble Apple iBooks™       Kobo Amazon Barnes and Noble Apple iBooks™...

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CASK STRENGTH by Pitch Wars mentor, Layla Reyne … release day!
May01

CASK STRENGTH by Pitch Wars mentor, Layla Reyne … release day!

Cask Strength – On Sale now!      “Reyne’s suspense scenes are energetic and snappy, reminiscent of the best thriller TV shows.” —Romantic Times Book Reviews Title – Cask Strength Author – Layla Reyne Publisher – Carina Press: http://bit.ly/2o2Gm6l Release date – May 1, 2017 ISBN or ASIN – ISBN: 9781488024399, ASIN: B01N36SYWC About the book … Professionally, the FBI team of Aidan “Irish” Talley and Jameson “Whiskey” Walker is as good as it gets, closing cases faster than any team at the Bureau. Personally, it’s a different story. Aidan’s feelings for Jamie scare the hell out of him: he won’t risk losing another love no matter how heart-tripping the intimacy between them. And loss is a grim reality with the terrorist Renaud still on their trail, leaving a pile of bodies in his wake. Going undercover on a new case gets them out of town and off the killer’s radar. They’re assigned to investigate an identity theft ring involving a college basketball team in Jamie’s home state, where Jamie’s past makes him perfect for the role of coach. But returning to the court brings more than old memories. As secrets and shocking betrayals abound, none may be more dangerous than the one Jamie’s been keeping: a secret about the death of Aidan’s husband that could blow his partner’s world apart and destroy forever the fragile bonds of trust and love building between them. About the author … Layla Reyne Adrenaline-Fueled Romance Web ~ Twitter ~ Facebook 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist, Layla Reyne, was raised in North Carolina and now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline-fueled suspense and heart pounding romance. When she’s not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of their smushed-face, leftover-loving dogs. Layla is a member of Romance Writers of America and its Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Kiss of Death, and Rainbow Romance Writers chapters. She is represented by Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary...

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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 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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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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Enter to win 45 + YA Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels and More!
Apr04

Enter to win 45 + YA Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels and More!

  Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you. I’ve teamed up with more than 45 fantastic young adult science fiction & fantasy authors to give away a huge collection of novels to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a Kindle Fire to the Grand Prize winner! You can win my novel GUARDIAN OF SECRETS,  plus books from authors like Pitch Wars mentors, Pintip Dunn and Tobie Easton. Enter the giveaway by clicking here: bit.ly/ya-scifi-fantasy Good luck, and...

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