Sunday, February 21, 2016

Cover Reveal for GEORGIA PEACHES AND OTHER FORBIDDEN FRUIT! Plus a giveaway!

The kind folks at YABooks Central have revealed the cover of my fall book! Plus it's the first ever ARC giveaway for the novel (once the ARCs arrive).

So go forth! Check it out! Tell me what you think!

COVER REVEAL IS HERE!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Happy Birthday No Place To Fall!


It’s been an entire year since the release of No Place To Fall, an entire year of being an author as well as a writer. It seems like a time to reflect and look back on the accomplishments, joys, and sorrows of such a tremendous accomplishment, but it’s hard to do.

About five weeks after the release of No Place To Fall, my partner of twenty years was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer that had advanced into her liver in a big way. Six weeks later, she was gone. That’s a story in itself, but it's enough for you to know that it's been hard.

The first many months I reeled—buried under a weight and fog like none I’ve ever experienced in my relatively charmed and privileged life. Truth be told, I’m still reeling, though I hide it pretty well under a veneer of keeping busy.

I’m trying to channel much of this into a book, but writing is hard. I’ve done well with finishing up the two projects that were already in the works, but new words….difficult. I’m trying to trust that it’s my grief inhabiting all the creative spaces and eventually I’ll find it again, but, I’m glad I still have the day job just in case.

But let’s move out of the oh, poor, sad Jro story and into some bright spots from the first year of authordom, shall we?

·      My launch party was amazing and Raven was there and oh, so proud.
·      People telling me they love my words is surreal. Still.
·      I got to go to Graceland, because I was on book tour.
·      Book tour, what the what? Whose life is this?
·      I’ve been invited to two book clubs – enough about me let’s talk about me some more!
·      Every bookstore I go in, I look for No Place To Fall, then offer to sign it! So fun.
·      I did two book festivals, at one I had a conversation with Ron Rash, at another I met Diana Gabaldon.
·      I’ve met amazing bloggers and readers and fellow YA authors.
·      Even through my grief, I still feel pretty great about being a published author, it is a seriously cool thing and has been a bright spot in a dismal year.

So, as a thank you, if you leave a blog comment, or regram my Instagram post, or retweet or tweet about No Place To Fall’s birthday anytime before midnight tonight, you’ll be entered once for each (be sure and tag me so I know!), into a drawing for one of five pre-orders (technically not really, as I have to wait for the release date) for Will’s Story: A No Place To Fall Novella. (for Kindle or Nook) coming April 5, 2016.

This 80 page short follows some of the same timeline as No Place To Fall, but we get to see the events through Will McKinney’s eyes. To me, Will is a pretty decent guy and I wanted him to have a chance to explain his early actions in the novel, and we also look a little deeper at his relationship with his family. If you want to pre-order it yourself, it's available for Kindle HERE and for nook HERE.

Also, keep your eyes and ears tuned in for this winter, when I should have a cover to reveal for my next book, Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, which is scheduled to release on November 15, 2016.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to have a bit more content in the weeks and months ahead. And hug the people you love, then hug them again.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

MASSIVE PITCHWARS CRITIQUE GIVEAWAY!!!!!



Some of the Pitch Wars mentors, including me, are hosting a chapter-critique Rafflecopter Giveaway! Anyone can enter. It starts at midnight tonight and will run until September 4, 2015! 

Here’s the list of mentors that will participate giving a chapter critique:


Brenda Drake, author of TOUCHING FATE and THIEF OF LIES.
Mónica B. Wagner, author of FROSH: FIRST BLUSH.
Kate Brauning, author of HOW WE FALL.
Emily Martin, author of THE YEAR WE FELL APART.
N.K. Traver, author of DUPLICITY.
Helene Dunbar, author of WHAT REMAINS.
Joy McCullough-Carranza, who’s supporting Laura’s Shovan book, THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY.
J.A. Souders, author of RENEGADE~REVELATIONS~REBELLION         
Kelly Siskind, author of CHASING CRAZY.
Trisha Leaver, author of THE SECRETS WE KEEP.
Michelle Hauck, author of GRUDGING: BIRTH OF SAINTS and KINDAR'S CURE.
K.T. Hannah, author of CHAMELEON.
Lee Gjertsen Malone, author of THE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITH'S.
Sarah Nicolas, author of DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO.
Stacey Trombley, author or NAKED

Here’s how this giveaway will work: you’ll get a free entry just for stopping by and signing in, and if you want to increase your chances, you can support the mentors by buying their books or pre-ordering them. If you want to increase your odds to get a critique from a particular mentor, you can go and buy/preorder said mentor’s book by following the links above. You can buy more than one book, and up your chances in more than one giveaway, too! You might even win a chapter critique by more than one mentor.

 
WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM BRENDA DRAKE
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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM MÓNICA BUSTAMANTE WAGNER
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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM KATE BRAUNING

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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM EMILY MARTIN

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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM N.K. TRAVER
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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM HELENE DUNBAR
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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM JOY McCULLOUGH-CARRANZA
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 WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM J.A. SOUDERS
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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM ELIZABETH BRIGGS
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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM KELLY SISKIND
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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM TRISHA LEAVER

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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM JAYE ROBIN BROWN

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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM MICHELLE HAUCK

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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM K.T HANNA

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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM STACEY GRAHAM

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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM LEE GJERTSEN MALONE

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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM SARAH NICOLAS

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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM BRIGHTON WALSH

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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM STACEY TROMBLEY

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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM KATE KARYUS QUINN 

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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM JAMI NORD

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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM LISA MAXWELL
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WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM TAMARA MATAYA
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Monday, August 3, 2015

PitchWars, Baby!

This is it. Round three of mentoring Pitchwars — Young Adult category.


I love this contest so much. Each year, I've read incredible stories, made incredible friends, and seen incredible things happen for writers. So, first off, GO YOU! It's scary to put yourself out here like this. But like they say, you can't win the lottery if you don't play the lottery. And you baby, you just bought your ticket if you entered Pitchwars!!!



My wishlist this year is kind of simple. I want to be lifted up, swept off my feet, and transported. I want my heart to feel warm and my spirit happy at the end of the novel.
Not to be too personal, but I've had some loss this year and though I do like serious books and heavy books and books that make me cry, it's NOT what I'm looking for this year. Well, a crying scene or two or three is okay, but I don't want a HEAVY sort of book.

So, the big question, genres. Here's the deal. I write contemporary and am working on a sci-fi for fun. I love reading sci-fi and historical and adventure and magical realism and contemporary in equal measure. I like some fantasy but it's not the genre I gravitate toward in my reading and I prefer when modern worlds are mixed in (like Laini Taylor or Cassandra Claire). But I'm not going to say "only send me this" because I don't want to miss out on the book and writer that are right for me to mentor.

Here's what will get me to sit up and turn pages:

  1. Great dialogue 
  2. Deep characterization and self-actualized characters.  
  3. Rich, visual worlds (and yes this is possible in contemporary)
  4. Lesbians. Yep. But also any swoony love story of any sexual preference
  5. Smart funny, quick wit, irreverance 
  6. Things I personally love-- horses, dogs, the art world, quirky settings, off-the-beaten path locations, unusual journeys, the South, out-of-the-box characters, music, food, politics, religious issues, environmental issues.
  7. A great story!
What I don't want this year.
  1. Sad or heavy (a sad subplot is fine but no dead family members or cancer themes)
  2. Hard Sc-Fi - my taste runs more toward Beth Revis and Alexandra Duncan's type of sci-fi.
  3. Fantasy with unpronounceable names or plots that gravitate around war or elementals or stitching time or fairies.
  4. Time travel, Steampunk, Straight thrillers or mysteries (ok within a scifi or historical framework)
  5. Rape, Suicide, Addiction, etc.
  6. All white, straight casts of characters.
  7. Oppressed women.
Some of my favorite books from the last couple of years that made my "5 star - Hug The Book" shelf: The Elegance of the Hedgehog (adult), Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, I'll Give You The Sun, Salvage, Far From You, Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe, Tell The Wolves I'm Home (adult), All The Truth That's In Me, The Night Circus, Ask The Passengers. There are many, many more that I love, but these were incredible to me - smart, gorgeous, and engaging.

Some of my favorite TV shows, because wow there is some good stuff out there and I love to talk about them, are: The Wire, Justified, Game of Thrones, Sense8, Firefly, and, of course, Orange is the New Black. But, I've never watched The Bachelor and I haven't had real TV in over 15 years. Just Netflix.

So, why pick me? I have worked with two different editors, two different agents, a major publishing house, and have a published novel, a soon-to-be released novella, and another to-be-published novel in the works. A resource for what it's like on this side of the fence is an invaluable thing when you first sign with an agent and start to navigate publishing waters.

I will be your biggest cheerleader. Seriously. Feel free to reach out to my former mentees and alternates. My 2013 mentee signed with her PW manuscript and is out on sub currently after a major revision (and I think we came in 2nd in Pitchwars with requests!). My 2013 1st alternate signed with her 2014 PW manuscript (which I read, but didn't mentor) after multiple offers. My 2014 crew have not yet found their perfect agents but I do think they feel happy with their PitchWars experience - seriously contact any of them: @nina_writes @saille @aprilcrosebooks @krisrey19 @chelseyblair

As for my mentoring style - I'll do an overall read to make big picture suggestions and point out any writerly generalization type things and send you on your editing journey. Then, time permitting, I will do as much of a line edit as I can. I will be honest with you about my time and availability as I'll be working on a revision of my own as PW is happening. And I expect the same from you - open, great, kick butt mentor/mentee communication!  In return, I expect you to have an open mind, a willingness to work hard, and the kind of "can't knock me down" attitude that is, what I think, is the critical component to success in publishing. And of course, we'll get that pitch and query super shiny.

Feel free to tweet me questions or ask them here, if you have them. Really looking forward to getting to know you all!

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

COVER REVEAL TIME FOR MY LONGTIME CRITIQUE PARTNER, PAT ESDEN, & HER NOVEL, A HOLD ON ME!!!

I am so excited to be posting this. You all know those readers. The ones who've read your early words, your later words, your late night musings, your angsty e-mails. My friend, Patty, has been that for me. She's helped me grow as a writer and never shirked away from hard truths. 

So it goes without saying that I'm absolutely THRILLED to share this moment with her! Cover Reveal! For her debut new adult novel, A HOLD ON ME!!! BE SURE AND READ THE BLURB BELOW, HIT YOUR PRE-ORDER LINKS, AND CHECK OUT THE CONTEST LISTED!!!

(HOT? Right?)


A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart Book #1) by Pat Esden
Kensington Books
Release date: March 2016

She never wanted to return.
He wants nothing more than for her to leave.
But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.

Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It’s a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue—until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine—and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie’s mother died in a suspicious accident.

Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he’s a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self. Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support—Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can’t even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie’s own longings—and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she’ll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy…


Click here to add A HOLD ON ME on Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25621428-a-hold-on-me

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PAT ESDEN would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits. The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont home writing stories about brave, smart women and the men who capture their hearts. An antique-dealing florist by trade, she’s also a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.

GIVEAWAY!

Check out the fantastic giveaway on Pat’s Facebook page. Chances to win an Alex and Ani Path Of Life Heart Charm Bangle, or Amazon gift certificates.  Easy to enter! https://www.facebook.com/PatEsdenAuthor