THUNDERSTRUCK by Brenda Drake … release day & giveaway!
Sep11

THUNDERSTRUCK by Brenda Drake … release day & giveaway!

Entangled Teen – Crave Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks Add it to Goodreads http://www.brenda-drake.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/EDITThunderstruckTeaserTrailerOutNow.mp4 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 Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. She lives in New Mexico, and when she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment). Instagram: @brendadrakeauthor Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrendaLeeDrake Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7012713.Brenda_Drake I’m giving away a prize pack to celebrate THUNDERSTRUCK’S release. Here’s  what’s in the pack … $25 Amazon Gift Card Wonder Woman Pop! doll & Wonder Woman socks – Represents the costume Stevie wears for her Comic vlog Thor Lanyard Thor necklaces with the hammer, raven, and wolf featured in Thunderstruck *Paperback of Thunderstruck not included Swag pack is open to US addresses only. If there is an international winner, said winner will receive the $25 Amazon gift card only and we’ll pull a name from our US entries to receive only the swag pack. Enter the giveaway … a Rafflecopter...

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Pitch Wars 2017 … The Mentors’ Picks!!
Aug24

Pitch Wars 2017 … The Mentors’ Picks!!

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

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THUNDERSTRUCK by Brenda Drake … cover reveal!
Aug21

THUNDERSTRUCK by Brenda Drake … cover reveal!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Meet the Pitch Wars 2017 Agents! (Part 2)
Aug01

Meet the Pitch Wars 2017 Agents! (Part 2)

We have an amazing lineup of agents participating in Pitch Wars 2017! On November 1st , the Pitch Wars Agent Showcase will go live for all the mentees, chosen by mentors on August 24th. We will post three separate posts by age category (MG, YA, NA/A), listing the mentees’ pitch and the first words of their manuscript (pitch words + first page words = 300 words). The agents will search from November 1-7 through the posts, find their favorites, and request them. November 1 – 7: Agent Showcase November 1: Adult and New Adult entries November 2: MG entries November 3: YA entries November 7: Last day of Agent Showcase For those of you new to Pitch Wars, check out “Pitch Wars 2017 … all the details!”. And come back July 19th to find your perfect mentor at the Mentor Blog Hop, running July 19-August 2! PLEASE NOTE: This is the list of agents participating in the Agent Showcase in November. They are not mentors. So check out the agents below and see what they’re looking for most in a manuscript. They’re listed in alphabetical order by the agency they work for. This post includes  A-J, and Part 2 includes K-Z. So here they are . . . the second half of our Pitch Wars 2017 agents!   Janklow & Nesbit Associates Brooks Sherman Website | Twitter Represents: MG, YA, A After graduating from Vassar College with a B.A. in Drama, Brooks Sherman worked for several years in the entertainment industry (in both New York and Los Angeles) before joining the Peace Corps and spending two years stationed in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Upon returning to the United States, he set his sights on the publishing industry, starting in 2011 as an assistant at FinePrint Literary Management and working his way up to literary agent, moving to the Bent Agency in 2014, and joining Janklow & Nesbit in 2017. Brooks’s clients include #1 New York Times-bestselling and award-winning authors. For children’s books, he is on the lookout for middle-grade fiction of all genres (especially fantasy and contemporary), young adult fiction of all genres except paranormal romance, and character-driven picture books with an emphasis on humor. His interest in adult fiction runs the gamut from literary to speculative (particularly fantasy, horror, and psychological thriller). For nonfiction, he is seeking projects in the areas of humor, pop culture, politics, and narrative nonfiction. Across all categories, Brooks seeks projects that balance strong voice with gripping plot. Ones that make him laugh earn extra points! He is particularly drawn to stories that elevate marginalized voices and where contemporary social issues are either prominently centered or woven into the worldbuilding; he prefers nuanced narratives over “issue books,” in which characters confront such issues over...

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Meet the Pitch Wars 2017 Agents! (Part 1)
Aug01

Meet the Pitch Wars 2017 Agents! (Part 1)

  We have an amazing lineup of agents participating in Pitch Wars 2017! On November 1st , the Pitch Wars Agent Showcase will go live for all the mentees, chosen by mentors on August 24th. We will post three separate posts by age category (MG, YA, NA/A), listing the mentees’ pitch and the first words of their manuscript (pitch words + first page words = 300 words). The agents will search from November 1-7 through the posts, find their favorites, and request them. November 1 – 7: Agent Showcase November 1: Adult and New Adult entries November 2: MG entries November 3: YA entries November 7: Last day of Agent Showcase For those of you new to Pitch Wars, check out “Pitch Wars 2017 … all the details!”. And come back July 19th to find your perfect mentor at the Mentor Blog Hop, running July 19-August 2! PLEASE NOTE: This is the list of agents participating in the Agent Showcase in November. They are not mentors. So check out the agents below and see what they’re looking for most in a manuscript. They’re listed in alphabetical order by the agency they work for. This post includes  A-J, and Part 2 includes K-Z. So here they are . . . the first half of our Pitch Wars 2017 agents!   Adams Literary Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Tracy Adams Represent:  MG, YA Tracey Adams co-founded Adams Literary in 2004, after nearly a decade with literary agencies Writers House and McIntosh & Otis, where she was the head of the children’s department. Prior to becoming an agent, she worked in the marketing and editorial departments of Greenwillow Books and Margaret K. McElderry Books. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Tracey speaks frequently about her profession and the children’s book industry at conferences across the country. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Association of Author Representatives (AAR), and a founding member of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) chapter in Charlotte, NC. In her spare time, Tracey enjoys traveling, playing tennis, cheering for the Carolina Panthers, and test-marketing children’s books with her two daughters. Josh Adams Josh Adams, together with his wife Tracey, runs Adams Literary. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia Business School—where he studied finance and accounting, and was awarded the Abe Shuchman Memorial Award in Marketing—Josh spent more than a decade in publishing and media before bringing his editorial and business backgrounds together as a literary agent. A media management specialist, he led teams of creative and business professionals in developing the editorial strategy and positioning of several national publications, and directed the marketing and brand strategy of many well-known...

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A Pitch Wars 2016 Success Interview with Carrie Ann DiRisio and her mentor, Rebecca Yarros
Aug01

A Pitch Wars 2016 Success Interview with Carrie Ann DiRisio and her mentor, Rebecca Yarros

  Our favorite part of hosting pitch contests around here is hearing about successes. Today we celebrate Carrie Ann DiRisio and her Pitch Wars mentor Rebecca Yarros! Carrie Ann recently signed with Melissa Edwards of Stonesong Literary Agency, and she already landed a book deal with Sky Pony Press. So please join me in congratulating Carrie Ann and Rebecca as they share with us their awesome Pitch Wars success story. Carrie Ann, what was it about Rebecca that made you choose to send them a Pitch Wars application? Rebecca’s honesty, sincerity, and dedication to her craft really impressed me. Plus, not only does she write swoonworthy heroes, she has great taste in music! Rebecca, what was it about Carrie Ann’s BROODING YA HERO that hooked you? Carrie’s voice hooked me from the start. Within the first page, I knew she was going to be my pick. The concept was great, of course, and I really felt that in just those few pages, Carrie gave her heroine the feel and depth of such a real person, a girl I’d love to be friends with. Carrie Ann, tell us about the revision process for Pitch Wars? It was awesome and intense. I worked harder and faster in those edits than ever before. Rebecca helped me hone my voice and taught me a ton about plot structure. I’m still learning when I re-read her notes or recall those late night talks! Rebecca, tell us about your experience mentoring Carrie Ann. Carrie definitely had a vision for how she wanted her manuscript. It was fun to see her passion and commitment to her work! We had tons of late night skype calls (with wine of course), and she never ceased to amaze me with her dedication to her story and craft. Carrie Ann, after Pitch Wars, you signed with Melissa Edwards of Stonesong Literary Agency. Please, tell us about “The Call.” We love all the details about the offer, how they contacted you, how you responded, celebrations, emotions . . . How long did you have to wait and how did you distract yourself? Anything! We love hearing about all of it. After Pitch Wars, I queried Melissa Edwards of Stonesong Literary Agency. I knew we were going to be a great fit, because she has an honesty and a focus to her that, I, as someone who works in business in my day job, really appreciated. Also, I will always consider san pellegrino limonata to be my lucky drink, cause that was what I was nervously sipping when she called! I celebrated by going out to my favorite diner with friends, where we ate mac&cheese and I babbled incoherently. After her agent experience,...

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A Pitch Wars 2016 Success Interview with Sarah Van Goethem and her mentor, Jenni L. Walsh
Aug01

A Pitch Wars 2016 Success Interview with Sarah Van Goethem and her mentor, Jenni L. Walsh

Our favorite part of hosting pitch contests around here is hearing about successes. Today we celebrate Sarah Van Goethem and her Pitch Wars mentor Jenni L. Walsh! Sarah recently signed with Dorian Maffie of Kimberly Cameron and Associates, and we’re so over-the-moon excited for her. So please join me in congratulating Sarah and Jenni as they share with us their awesome Pitch Wars success story.   Sarah, what was it about Jenni that made you choose to send her a Pitch Wars application? The minute I read Jenni’s wish list I knew my MS was a great fit as she listed that she was most drawn to historical and fantasy. As well, her own book, BECOMING BONNIE is set in the late 1920’s and mine is a time travel to the mid 1930’s. I thought she would have fabulous advice and have a great grasp on the era. Plus, I did mention her book right? Who doesn’t love a high-concept like that? Who wouldn’t choose to submit to Jenni? Jenni, what was it about Sarah’s manuscript that hooked you? First, it was the concept: THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE meets THE NOTEBOOK. I knew I had to read it, but I had my fingers so, so crossed the execution would live up to the hype I created in my mind. It did. Sarah is an extraordinary writer. Now, this is a bit of a unique success story because the MS Sarah and I worked on together during Pitch Wars wasn’t the one to get her an agent (even though she got an astounding 18 requests during the Agent Round); it was the MS that followed. But, I remember telling Sarah, “This industry can be wonky, but your talent will get you an agent, whether it’s this book (referring to our Pitch Wars MS) or the next.” I knew it was simply a matter of timing. Sarah, tell us about the revision process for Pitch Wars? Jenni initially sent me an edit letter that encompassed plot details, things to watch for (filter words), areas to cut, and what to expand on. I will say here, that I was entirely new at this. Unlike some people who had a handful of ms’s under their belt, this was my first one. And I had no idea how to edit or do it well. Jenni sent the ms back with more ideas, and I knew I would have to work harder. Eventually we got to line edits. Jenni, tell us about your experience mentoring Sarah. Like I said, Sarah’s an extraordinary writer. She strings words together with a beautiful cadence that sucks ya into the pages. That sound writing ability is definitely...

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Pitch Wars 2017: Young Adult/New Adult Mentor Spotlights (Part 6)
Jul31

Pitch Wars 2017: Young Adult/New Adult Mentor Spotlights (Part 6)

We’re so grateful for our Pitch Wars mentors! They give so much to help other authors succeed, and we couldn’t have Pitch Wars without them. So please help me in thanking the mentors for all they do via twitter, the comments, or on the Pitchwars Proboards. Pitch Wars 2017 YOUNG ADULT Mentors   Co-Mentors Sonia Hartl & Annette Christie Sonia Hartl Website | Twitter Sonia Hartl is a YA writer rep’d by Rebecca Podos of Rees Literary Agency and has been published in The Writers Post Journal, Boston Literary Magazine, and the anthology Bearing North. Annette Christie Website | Twitter Annette Christie has worked as a playwright, actor, and grant writer for various theatre companies in Canada and the U.S. Most recently, she’s contributed articles to various online publications. She is currently working on her debut YA novel and is represented by Jess Dallow of Brower Literary Management.   Co-Mentors Stephanie Scott & Erica M. Chapman   Stephanie Scott Website | Twitter Stephanie Scott writes Young Adult stories about characters who put their passions first. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and its online YA chapter YARWA, and a current writing mentor in online pitch contests. She enjoys dance fitness and cat memes, and Pinterest is driving her broke. Her debut ALTERATIONS about a fashion-obsessed loner who reinvents herself is a 2017 finalist for the Romance Writers of America Best First Book RITA® award. ALTERATIONS by Stephanie Scott Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they’d think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn’t know that all the plans she’s made for them are just dreams, and that she’s the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family. When Amelia’s abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can’t imagine leaving Miami–and Ethan–for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan’s awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app. As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he...

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Pitch Wars 2017: Young Adult Mentor Spotlights (Part 5)
Jul31

Pitch Wars 2017: Young Adult Mentor Spotlights (Part 5)

We’re so grateful for our Pitch Wars mentors! They give so much to help other authors succeed, and we couldn’t have Pitch Wars without them. So please help me in thanking the mentors for all they do via twitter, the comments, or on the Pitchwars Proboards. Pitch Wars 2017 YOUNG ADULT Mentors   Naomi Hughes Website | Editing Website | Twitter Naomi Hughes has been a freelance editor for a little over three years, as well as occasionally serving as an Assistant Editor over at Entangled Publishing. She’s also a YA/MG writer herself and loves to hide sneaky fandom references (Doctor Who! Pacific Rim! Sherlock!) in her quirky speculative fiction stories. She lives in the rural South with her husband, daughter, and a border collie named after a character from Avatar: The Last Airbender. You can follow her on Twitter at @NaomiLHughes.   Natalka Burian Website | Twitter Natalka Burian received an MA from Columbia University where she studied Eastern European literature with an emphasis on the work of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. She is the co-owner of two bars, ELSA and RAMONA, and CITY OF DAUGHTERS a line of specialty cocktail goods. She grew up on a farm in Maryland, and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. Welcome to the Slipstream is her first novel. She is represented by Kate Johnson at Wolf Literary Services. Welcome to the Slipstream by Natalka Burian Amazon Seventeen-year-old Van and her peripatetic lifestyle-loving mom move to Las Vegas. Van’s mother, Sofia, has been hired to helm the Silver Saddle, a crumbling casino off the strip. In Vegas, Van makes new friends, and is even invited to join an all girl, Sleater-Kinney-style band. Van–and the Silver Saddle–are left in the lurch when the brilliant but unstable Sofia disappears on a vision quest. Van buys a bus ticket, setting off into the desert to track Sofia down and bring her home.     Natasha Neagle Website | Twitter Natasha Neagle is the YA author of the upcoming YA Fantasy, THE BODY PARADOX (’18 Entangled Teen) who runs on Starbucks and believes the best way to hear music is live. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, two kids, and zoo of animals.   Natasha Razi Disability in Kidlit | Twitter It’s been half a year since Natasha Razi has stayed in the same country for longer than three weeks, so who knows where she is at the time you’re reading this. Probably somewhere with less vegetables than she wants there to be. When her health cooperates, she works as an environmental consultant. She spends the rest of her time writing fantasy novels, playing Broadway songs on endless repeat, and staying up way past her bedtime.   Nikki Roberti Twitter | Website Nikki...

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STEADFAST by Michelle Hauck . . . Cover Reveal and Celebration of a Writer’s Spirit!
Jul31

STEADFAST by Michelle Hauck . . . Cover Reveal and Celebration of a Writer’s Spirit!

It all starts, of course, with getting hit with the writing bug. You have an idea for a story. You bravely sit down and write it. You learn that you don’t know how to write quite yet and you begin to gather experience plucked from other writers farther down the road.  A manuscript or four later your craft has improved enough to land an agent. Your brilliant story goes out to the scary land of editors and may or may not sell. But you persist. You write other stories if the first one fails. And eventually you make your first sale for, say, three books. Now you are faced with the scary fact that you need to write your first sequel and carry on a story line. You get the wonderful news that the characters you adore will live on. At the same time, you are full of anxiety that a sequel is a daunting thing and you’ve never tried one before. Bravely you forge forward and write a sequel that meets your editor’s approval.  A new first appears now that you conquered the other challenge. You now have to write the ending book of a series. You have to take all the characters and all the obstacles you created and bring them to, not just an end, but a highly exciting end. Once again you doubt your talent and ability. You plunge forward nonetheless. And you succeed. Cover reveals. Release days. Publishers Marketplace announcements. All those days are great days, but they are blips on the actual journey. The true test is the challenge you meet everyday to go out and do what scares you because you might fail– and see yourself instead succeed.  So a cover reveal is not so much a celebration of art as it is a celebration of spirit. Another test passed. Another doubt proved groundless. A forging forward on the journey of you, whether you are a writer or something else.  Proof I climb this mountain in the form of a third cover for my Birth of Saints series. Thank you for being a witness and may you climb your mountains.   Do what scares you my friends and face those challenges.   Against an angry god whose only desire is to wipe out all life, what hope is there to survive?The army from the north has left a trail of burned and captured cities. In trying to stop them, Claire and Ramiro unleashed the northern god, Dal, but now they face two monstrosities and no amount of honor or hope can stop the killing as Dal grows in power. Searching for a miracle, Claire finds...

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