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

PRE-ORDER NOW!








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


Friday, May 22, 2015

READ OR WRITE ANYWHERE!







Summer is about to begin! 

For me, summer is when I really get to read and write. But for you, if you're a student, you might be sick of it. I'm hoping this campaign will change that!

I’ve teamed up with the YA Chicks and many participating authors on a global campaign to encourage readers, writers, students, and teachers to share pictures all of the places—both ordinary and extraordinary—where they are reading and writing. This is open to all readers/writers of both middle grade and young adult books!

You can also take part in...
A MONSTER GIVEAWAY! 
I’ll be giving away a signed copy of my debut novel NO PLACE TO FALL!

And there’s more! Every author participating in this campaign is giving away books, critiques, swag and/or Skype visits.

So are you ready?

Drum roll….


Can you guess where I am?
Clue #1 - I am not at a furry convention though that is a legit furry practitioner.
Clue #2 - I'm in a southern state with a northern name.
Clue #3 - The author of the book I'm reading lives in this state, about an hour                 southwest from this town.
Clue #4 - The town has a two word name. Both words are types of trees.
Clue #5 - Though there are lots of trees here, the town is famous for its                         gemstone mines.

Once you’ve figured out where I’m reading, head over to the YA Chicks site and:
*  Officially enter the giveaway by inputting each author’s name and your guesses about our locations. Every author location you guess correctly increases your chances to win.  
*  For even more chances, post a picture of yourself reading or writing on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag). 

For writer prize packs:
*  Post pictures of yourself writing in a fun location on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere. Then follow the directions on the Rafflecopter giveaway to let us know you did it.
*  For even more chances, gather your writer friends together and post a group shot with the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag). And hey, since you're already together, why not host a write-a-thon?

For teacher prize packs:
*  Post pictures of your class reading or writing on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag).
*  Then let us know you did it when you enter the Rafflecopter. If you don't have a Twitter or Instagram, you can email your picture directly with the picture pasted directly into the email (no attachments--we won't open them) AND the subject, “Read or Write Anywhere.”
*  You can also check out the YA Chicks Read or Write Anywhere lesson plan, available on their site

Now, what are you waiting for? Get out there and READ OR WRITE ANYWHERE!

#ReadOrWriteAnywhere