Happy Book Release to PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES by Pitch Wars mentor, Stacey Trombley!
Jan17

Happy Book Release to PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES by Pitch Wars mentor, Stacey Trombley!

Happy Release to PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES by Stacey Trombley! Here’s something about this awesome book …   Myra goes to Haiti with one goal: take the photograph that will win a scholarship and prove to her uber-traditional family that she has what it takes to be a photographer instead of a doctor. Her camera has always been her shield against getting too close to anyone, but she didn’t expect the hot teen translator who has an ability to see past her walls.   Elias needs his job as a translator to provide for his siblings. He can’t afford to break the rule forbidding him from socializing with a client. Except this girl Myra insists on going outside the city to capture the perfect picture, and he steps in as her guide in order to keep her safe. The deeper they travel into the country, the harder they fall for each other. Now they’re both taking risks that could cost each other their dreams.   If they get too close—it could ruin both their lives.   Grab your copy today!  http://entangledpublishing.com/index.php/pushing-the-boundaries.html About Stacey … Stacey Trombley lives in Ohio with her husband and the sweetest Rottweiler you’ll ever meet. She’s always been the weird one in the family (which is saying something since her father is a full time balloon artist) and she’s totally proud of that fact. She thinks people are fascinating and loves exploring the diversity around her. Any chance she has, she’s off doing or learning something new. She went on her first missions trip to Haiti when she was twelve-years-old, and is still dying to go back. Her “places to travel” list is almost as long as her “books to read” list. She wants to bring something new to the world through her writing, but just giving a little piece of herself is more than enough. You can find her online at www.StaceyTrombley.com and on twitter...

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Announcing Pitch Madness 2017…Candyland Edition!
Jan13

Announcing Pitch Madness 2017…Candyland Edition!

The Pitch Madness submission window will be open for 24 hours on February 24! What is Pitch Madness? It’s a contest held every March, where writers enter for a chance to win requests from the participating agents. Writers submit a 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of their completed manuscript on submission day. Then a team of readers choose the top sixty (60) entries to go onto the agent round. Though Pitch Madness has a game theme, the next contest will transition to more of a critique based contest with agents simply requesting in the comments of the entries’ posts instead of having the agents play for requests. Also, hosts will coach our team members, helping them polish their entries and first pages. We’ll have an agent introduction post up next week. The submission window will be open from 12:01 AM EST on February 24 until 11:59PM EST. You should have plenty of time to get your submissions in. There is no limit of how many entries will be accepted. Please note: All entries sent before or after the allotted times will be deleted. There will be 60 finalists moving onto the agent round. Pitch Madness will accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult completed fiction, novel length (no novellas) completed and polished manuscripts only. This time around we will not accept non-fiction. Only one entry per writer this round. What do you need to enter? A 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of your finished manuscript. If the 250th word falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of the sentence. I will post formatting instructions before the submission window opens. There will be a form on the submission post to enter your pitch into. Pitch Madness will be on six blogs and each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 10 entries. We’ll have a small team of first readers ranking the entries for the host round. All the twitter fun will be happening on the hashtag #PitchMadness!   Meet our first round readers …   Jami Nord Website | Twitter Phone monkey, former Lit Agent intern, freelance editor for @Chimera_Edits, & writer under a pen name. Bi, pagan, nerdy, & liberal. I don’t bite, promise.   Kerbie Addis Twitter Writer. Feminist. Slytherin. Bacon mage. Future librarian. Lit agent intern. Army wife. Lover of dark stories & dark lipstick. #PitchWars co-mentor. #WNDB   Mary Ann Marlowe Website | Twitter Author of SOME KIND OF MAGIC @KensingtonBooks Feb ’17 * Repped by @mike_hoogland at @DGLM * #PitchWars Mentor, Whovian, & Sassenach   Samantha Joyce Website...

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A Pitch Wars Success Story with Heather Elliott and her mentor, Charlie Holmberg!
Jan11

A Pitch Wars Success Story with Heather Elliott and her mentor, Charlie Holmberg!

Having our mentees land an agent or a publishing deal is one of the highlights of being part of Pitch Wars. We’re so excited for Heather Elliott and her mentor, Charlie N. Holmberg. Heather signed with Marlene Stringer of Stringer Literary after Pitch Wars 2016, and we couldn’t be happier for her! Please, help me in congratulating Heather and Charlie on their Pitch Wars Success. Heather, what was it about Charlie that made you choose to send her a Pitch Wars application? Her amazing accomplishments, her familiarity with some of the historical/cultural background I had in my novel, her favorite books list, and her novel Followed by Frost, which I wish I had written. Charlie, what was it about Heather’s Song of Suleiman that hooked you? It was different. It was in a historical setting you don’t usually see on the bookshelf (ancient Israel) and the premise was new and clever—using clues found in the Songs of Solomon to uncover a hidden treasure? It stood out to me right from the beginning. Heather, tell us about the revision process for Pitch Wars? Charlie sent me an edit letter the same night the contest results were announced. I took just under a month to work through it, and then she reread the MS to give me line edits. I’d already put three years of drafting, revision, feedback, and more revision into the book, so most of what we did was fine tuning. The biggest change was creating more consistency in the protagonist—something my beta readers had mentioned before, but I hadn’t known how to fix until Charlie helped me out J. Charlie was extremely easy to work with—almost every change she suggested made complete sense to me and fit with my vision of the book, which confirmed for me that we were a great match. She was also speedy and generous in her responses to other questions I had along the way about the query and publishing process. Charlie, tell us about your experience mentoring Heather. Ha ha, yeah, I sent the letter the night of because I had written it before actually having Heather confirmed as my mentee. I was ready to fight tooth and nail for her and wouldn’t take no for an answer! And I’m glad Heather thinks I’m speedy, because I actually had deadlines overlapping with Pitch Wars this year and worried I was taking too long! Heather was great to work with, though. She wasn’t afraid to ask questions if I confused her and she kept an open communication, which I love. She’s also awesome in general, so… 😉 I didn’t have to do a lot...

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Happy Release Day to LOST BOY by Pitch Wars mentor, Wendy Spinale
Dec27

Happy Release Day to LOST BOY by Pitch Wars mentor, Wendy Spinale

  “This is a magical, wondrous treat, with a conclusion that’s nothing less than epic.”    —Publishers Weekly AN ENOVELLA PREQUEL TO EVERLAND: Available now! Before Captain Hook annihilated England, before the Lost City was built underground, before Gwen stole his heart, Pete was a just boy living among the shadows. Determined to get himself and his sister out the rundown orphanage, Pete finds a solution in the seedy underbelly of London, a deadly place of scamps and thieves where survival is determined by cunning skill and bareknuckle bravery. But then one night, everything changes . . . Read more about Lost Boy Check out Everland on Tumblr! Meet Wendy BUY THE BOOK:       About the author … Wendy Spinale is a former Disneyland actress and online journalist. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her husband, three sons, and the best four-legged writing partners ever, Odie and Alex. EVERLAND is the first in a three book series with a fairytale cast in a steampunk world. Website |...

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Happy Release Day to THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE by Stacey Lee!
Dec27

Happy Release Day to THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE by Stacey Lee!

Add it on Goodreads THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE is available in Hardcover format: Indie Bound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble About the book … From critically acclaimed author Stacey Lee, an evocative novel about a teen aroma-expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to help others fall in love while protecting her own heart at all costs perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart. Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make. At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world. About the author …  Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She plays classical piano, raises children, and writes YA fiction. Website |...

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Happy Release day to EVER THE HUNTED by Pitch Wars mentor, Erin Summerill!
Dec27

Happy Release day to EVER THE HUNTED by Pitch Wars mentor, Erin Summerill!

Available for purchase now! Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads Fans of Sara J. Maas’ THRONE OF GLASS, Kristin Cashore’s GRACELING, and Susan Dennard’s TRUTHWITCH won’t want to miss this enchanting and mesmerizing novel, the first in a series. Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, a legendary bounty hunter—that is, until her father is murdered. The alleged killer is none other than Cohen Mackay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a force to be reckoned with. About the author … Twitter | Website Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot...

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Order GUARDIAN OF SECRETS and get free swag & an entry to win $50 Gift card and gifts!
Dec21

Order GUARDIAN OF SECRETS and get free swag & an entry to win $50 Gift card and gifts!

Pre-order GUARDIAN OF SECRETS before February 7, 2017 and get a signed bookmark, signed locker magnet, and autographed bookplate, plus an entry into the below pictured prize pack. Enter your information into the form below. Swag packs start mailing out February 8,  2017, and the winner of the grand prize pack will be chosen the day after release. Pre-order today! Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes Add it to Goodreads. About the book … Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens. Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it. And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia. Maybe. If she survives.   If you haven’t read the first book in the Library Jumpers series, THIEF OF LIES, a New York Times bestseller, the eBook is on sale for $.99 during the Entangled Publishing 25-days of Christmas sale going on now at all online retailers! Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes     Save Save [vfb id=’16’]...

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SECRETS OF SOUTHERN GIRLS by Haley Harrigan … cover reveal!
Dec19

SECRETS OF SOUTHERN GIRLS by Haley Harrigan … cover reveal!

SECRETS OF SOUTHERN GIRLS by Haley Harrigan Published by Sourcebooks Coming Summer 2017 Description: In this powerful, affecting debut, a young woman uncovers devastating secrets about the friend she thinks she killed.  Ten years ago, Julie Portland accidentally killed her best friend, Reba. What’s worse is she got away with it. Consumed by guilt, she left the small town of Lawrence Mill, Mississippi, and swore nothing would ever drag her back. Now, raising her daughter and struggling to make ends meet in Manhattan, Julie still can’t forget the ghost of a girl with golden hair and a dangerous secret. When August, Reba’s first love, begs Julie to come home to find the diary that Reba kept all those years ago, Julie’s past comes creeping back to haunt her. That diary could expose the shameful memories Julie has been running from, but it could also unearth the hidden truths that Reba left buried…and reveal that Julie isn’t the only one who feels responsible for Reba’s death. Add it to Goodreads! Available for pre-order: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Bio: Haley Harrigan is a Women’s Fiction author represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary. A progressive Southern belle with a deep affinity for words and an unapologetic potty mouth, Haley lives in Athens, Georgia with her teacher husband and their unreasonably adorable Yorkie. She graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in Creative Writing and PR. In addition to writing books, she has also opened a small business, baked cupcakes, and managed real estate for a living. When she’s not reading or writing, you can probably find Haley searching for fanfiction she hasn’t read yet, obsessing over all things Joss Whedon, watching college football, brunching, internet shopping, or bingeing on HGTV. She believes most problems can be solved with a notebook, a pen, and the right glass of wine. Website |...

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Holiday Post and Giveaway with Pitch Wars Mentor, Samantha Joyce
Dec19

Holiday Post and Giveaway with Pitch Wars Mentor, Samantha Joyce

2016 has been a rollercoaster of a year, but I’m going to take some time to focus on the ups instead of the downs. My debut novel, FLIRTING WITH FAME, came out in February. My second book (the stand-alone companion novel, DEALING IN DECEPTION) was released in November. I never thought I’d see a year where I would release one book, much less two. For so long, this crazy dream of being a published author seemed like an impossible achievement. But thanks to contests like Pitch Wars and the amazing writers I’ve met through it, I got to live my dream twice this year.   I loved so much of the process – seeing my cover for the first time, getting my first pass pages, finding my book on Amazon…but my absolute favorite part of the entire thing was the people I met throughout. I was lucky enough to land my dream agent. I had an editor who loved my book as much as I did. Those would have been enough. But then I learned about the amazingly supportive writing community. Other writers actually want to support you and help you out when they can. I come from a theater background, where competition is both fierce and necessary. Not many people cheer for each other when they all want the same part. But writers are a different breed all together. They want to see their peers succeed. They want to read each other’s books. They want to post ALL the good news. I feel so blessed to be a part of such a community. And I love supporting them right back. Please look through all the holiday posts and support both Brenda and all the authors here. <3 And finally, I got to connect with reviewers and readers. I don’t think there is anything like that moment a reader reaches out to tell you that your book changed things for them. When someone says, “Thank you for writing this.” all the years of sweat and hard work and tears feel validated. Those moments, in particular, are what I’ll carry with me into 2016 as I throw myself into new projects. I used to wonder if it was worth working so hard for this impossible dream, but now that I’ve caught a small glimpse of the other side, I know: IT IS. Happy Holidays, everyone! Here’s to a very good 2017! About DEALING IN DECEPTION: As an actress-for-hire, Veronica Wilde has made a living out of pretending to be other people. It’s the one thing at which she’s always excelled: taking on someone else’s personality and running with it. So...

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In Truth & Ashes and Pushing the Boundaries Cover Reveals
Dec14

In Truth & Ashes and Pushing the Boundaries Cover Reveals

Let us know what you think of the cover for In Truth & Ashes by Nicole Luiken & Pushing the Boundaries by Stacey Trombley which release on January 2, 2017 and January 16, 2017 respectively! This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN!         About In Truth & Ashes: What she can’t remember could ruin her life.   The Mirror Worlds are but dull reflections of the True World, where magic and technology blend together…   On the True World, Belinda Loring has known from childhood that she must Bond with the son of another noble First Family. Uniting the families ensures hers will hold onto its powerful position, and so she’s always pushed down the tender feelings she has for her best friend—gorgeous, steadfast Demian, who isn’t noble.   But when the ceremonial magic goes disastrously wrong, Belinda becomes a national disgrace. Scorned as Broken, she turns to Demian for help getting revenge on the man who ruined her: the radical Malachi. But the seeds of Malachi’s murderous plans lie buried in Belinda’s past, in the dark days of her kidnapping—a period of which she has no memory. And Demian may hold the key to recovering all that she’s lost—and saving the worlds.   Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of In Truth & Ashes (Otherselves, #3) by Nicole Luiken today! Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Entangled Publishing       About Pushing the Boundaries: Myra goes to Haiti with one goal: take the photograph that will win a scholarship and prove to her uber-traditional family that she has what it takes to be a photographer instead of a doctor. Her camera has always been her shield against getting too close to anyone, but she didn’t expect the hot teen translator who has an ability to see past her walls.   Elias needs his job as a translator to provide for his siblings. He can’t afford to break the rule forbidding him from socializing with a client. Except this girl Myra insists on going outside the city to capture the perfect picture, and he steps in as her guide in order to keep her safe.   The deeper they travel into the country, the harder they fall for each other. Now they’re both taking risks that could cost each other their dreams.   If they get too close—it could ruin both their lives.   Disclaimer: Caution! Reading this book will open your heart and inspire you to take risks. Only those searching for true love should proceed.   Want to read more? Pre-order...

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Holiday Post and Giveaway with Pitch Wars Mentor, Destiny Cole
Dec14

Holiday Post and Giveaway with Pitch Wars Mentor, Destiny Cole

You’ve heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child,” but you may not have realized that it also takes a village to raise a book. And I must say, I have a pretty incredible village. Through all the highs and lows that come with trying to establish a career in publishing, it takes being connected to a special group of writers to help you stay sane. My special group just so happens to be the #PitchWars class of 2014. One of the best parts about being in this community is that it doesn’t stop with CP’ing for each other or posting celebratory/angry emojis when we get good/bad news. Life sucks sometimes and that became so unfairly true for one of our own when she lost her husband to cancer this year. It was as we all walked with her through this no-words-to-explain-crap-storm that I received a whole new appreciation for the love of our group. We rally around each other, proving that our friendships are so much more than just about our careers and writing—we have become genuinely invested in each other’s lives. I am grateful beyond belief for my writing community and the way they infuse perseverance into my life. Because as writers, we need all the encouragement to keep pushing forward as we can get. Sometimes, the word perseverance gets spun with such a negative connotation. It emits images of haggard, tired people just barely staying upright as they sludge on toward their goal. But for me, the word perseverance elicits feelings of hope. You can only persevere when you’re still moving. This whole concept is a little something I’m learning and hope to continue to grab onto in 2017. To not lose hope in the face of disappointments, but to realize that each “no” is positioning you for your “yes.” I love what Pierce Brown said, which can be found in the acknowledgements of his book, Morning Star. So, this is for all you out there who are burdened with a dream or striving toward a goal that seems so far away. 2017 is our year. Every great success comes right after an even greater risk. Put yourself out there… even if the chance of rejection is greater than the chance of victory. Success is waiting, but you must be brave enough to take the first step. And because one of the best ways to get inspired is to read, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to buy the book(s) of your choice! a Rafflecopter giveaway Destiny Cole Twitter | Website | Facebook | Instagram Whether it’s fantastical worlds or creepy villains,...

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Holiday Guest Post with Pitch Wars Mentor, Cindy Baldwin
Nov28

Holiday Guest Post with Pitch Wars Mentor, Cindy Baldwin

2016 has been a year of such blessings in my writing career—connecting with new CPs, signing with an incredible agent in the springtime, getting a book deal with a dream publisher this summer, having the chance to co-mentor for Pitch Wars this fall with my dear friend and CP Amanda Rawson Hill. There’s so much to be grateful for (that book deal chief among them, of course!), but as I’ve thought about writing this post, one thing has stayed in the forefront of my mind: Even more than the agent, even more than the book deal, I’m so very grateful for the way my writing community has deepened and broadened in 2016. I’ve been surrounded by like-minded friends and acquaintances whose passion and commitment to their own writing has inspired me to new heights in my own career. I’ve had critique partners who pushed my writing to become better than I thought it could be. I’ve had friends to commiserate and laugh with me when drafting feels like pulling teeth, or when the ideas come so fast I can’t possibly write them all down. I’ve had a community to turn to when the rejections poured in and felt endless, when I was certain that I’d never be able to write anything sellable, when I felt like I was stagnating with no hope of moving on. I’ve had writing friends who have become “life friends”—the people I turn to when I’m feeling overwhelmed with parenting, the people I texted when my husband got his dream job this spring, the people who help me figure out how to balance a writing career with the rest of my life. Early in this year, I was at an all-time low point writing-wise: I’d run out of agents to query on my current project, the book of my heart. I’d gutted and rewritten that book as part of Pitch Wars 2015, and had such high hopes for it—but none of that work had been enough to catch an agent’s eye, and I was sure that nothing I’d ever write would make the cut. One night in February I walked around and around my neighborhood in the dark and the rain, debating the merits of just giving up writing once and for all. Fiction had always been such a big part of my life and my self-identity, but lately it was seeming like more pain than joy. When I got home, my phone was full of e-mails and text messages from two dear friends, both of whom were filled with love and encouragement for my writing journey. Due in no small part to the healing...

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