GIVEAWAY WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED!
WOW!!! 500 Posts!!! This milestone has me at a total loss for words, which is quite funny for a writer. I’m not big on reminiscing, but I think in this case I must…
When I first started blogging, I never imagined I’d still be committed to it three years later. Sure, I thought I’d add a post here and there. Share something inspirational every once in a while, but then an amazing thing happened-people started reading and commenting. Those first followers meant a lot because it validated what I was trying to share in those posts: my struggles with writing my first book, my fears about it not being good enough, and, of course, the worry that agents would laugh at my work and they probably did (my first query was THE WORST!) But by sharing those ups and downs, I knew I could humanize the process of publishing. Show that you can get knocked down and get back up again-even after endless rejections.
I’ve been through it all, and shared it in my posts, not because I wanted people to feel sorry for me, but because I wanted writers to understand how difficult the process can be. I also wanted to show that with perseverance and hard work you can grab your dream!
Again, I can’t truly express how grateful I am that I can share my thoughts with you several times a week. I promise that as long as you keep reading and commenting, I will continue to post helpful insight and advice from authors and agents, as well as my own personal stories. In many ways I feel like we are all traveling this long road to success together and by sharing our triumphs and pitfalls we all become resilient and much, much stronger.
To say thank you for your years of support, I’ve got an amazing giveaway to celebrate 500 POSTS!
Here are the goodies you have a chance to win…
A critique of your first five pages from one of these amazing literary agents (all featured in my First Five Frenzy series):
Patricia Nelson (Marsal Lyon Literary)
Kirsten Carleton (The Prospect Agency)
Eric Smith (P.S. Literary)
Jessica Watterson (The Dijkstra Agency)
Rebecca Podos (Rees Literary Agency)
A query critique from one of these authors (all featured in my W.O.W. series):
Jen Malone (YOU’RE INVITED)
Stacey Lee (UNDER A PAINTED SKY)
Stephanie Garber (HEARTS MADE OF BLACK)
Ashley Herring Blake (SUFFER LOVE)
Gina Ciocca (LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE)
Melanie Conklin (COUNTING THYME)
One of these books from an author who has been featured on this blog:
Lia Riley – BEST WORST MISTAKE (e-book copy)
Smoke jumper Wilder Kane once reveled in the rush from putting out dangerous wildfires. But after a tragic accident, he’s cut himself off from the world, refusing to leave his isolated cabin. When a headstrong beauty bursts in, Wilder finds himself craving the fire she ignites in him, but letting anyone near his darkness would be a mistake.
After her Hollywood life went up in smoke, Quinn Higsby decided to leave Tinseltown behind and return to Brightwater to care for her ailing father. She spends her days in a small bookstore, until her peaceful existence is up-ended by a fascinating but damaged man. Quinn is determined not to be scared off by Wilder, not once she’s experienced the heat of his passions.
But when an arsonist targets the community and Wilder is accused, he must confront the ghosts of his past. Will his desire for Quinn burn him up or will he be able to tame the wildness inside and rekindle a hope for their future?
A.J. Pine – ONE LIFE (e-book copy)
Every time life throws Zoe Adler a curve ball, she changes her appearance. Freshmen year—after almost following in her mother’s alcoholic footsteps—she said good-bye to her blonde, girl-next-door image and opted for jet black hair and piercings galore. After her brother Wyatt’s death, she escapes to the city to teach a summer art program for kids. Her black hair goes blue, and she finds solace in the arms of a longtime friend, in his heart, and in his bed—but her guilt makes her unable to accept the love he wants to give.
Spock might be the guy to save Zoe. But when she learns the truth about his past, the edge she’s teetered on since losing Wyatt drops out from under her. The girl who kept it together for everyone finally falls apart. Now Zoe must choose between drowning in guilt about Wyatt or asking for help. But even if she gets the help she needs, Spock may not be waiting for her when she’s ready to let love in.
Heidi Schulz – (HOOK’S REVENGE – signed paperback copy!)
Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather, on the other hand, intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. When she’s sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb’s Finishing School for Young Ladies, Jocelyn’s hopes of following in her father’s fearsome footsteps are lost in a heap of dance lessons, white gloves, and way too much pink.
So when Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn’t hesitate-here at last is the adventure she has been waiting for. But Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she’d bargained for. As if attempting to defeat the Neverland’s most fearsome beast isn’t enough to deal with, she’s tasked with captaining a crew of woefully untrained pirates, outwitting cannibals wild for English cuisine, and rescuing her best friend from a certain pack of lost children, not to mention that pesky Peter Pan who keeps barging in uninvited.
The crocodile’s clock is always ticking in Heidi Schulz’s debut novel, a story told by an irascible narrator who is both dazzlingly witty and sharp as a sword. Will Jocelyn find the courage to beat the incessant monster before time runs out?
Sara Raasch – ICE LIKE FIRE
Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?
Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?
As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world
Julie Murphy -DUMPLIN’
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.
With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.
Mary Elizabeth Summer – TRUST ME, I’M TROUBLE
Staying out of trouble isn’t possible for Julep Dupree. She has managed not to get kicked out of her private school, even though everyone knows she’s responsible for taking down a human-trafficking mob boss—and getting St. Agatha’s golden-boy Tyler killed in the process. Running cons holds her guilty conscience at bay, but unfortunately, someone wants Julep to pay for her mistakes . . . with her life.
Against her better judgment, Julep takes a shady case that requires her to infiltrate a secretive organization that her long-gone mother and the enigmatic blue fairy may be connected to. Her best friend, Sam, isn’t around to stop her, and Dani, her one true confidante, happens to be a nineteen-year-old mob enforcer whose moral compass is as questionable as Julep’s. But there’s not much time to worry about right and wrong—or to save your falling heart—when there’s a contract on your head.
Murders, heists, secrets and lies, hit men and hidden identities . . . If Julep doesn’t watch her back, it’s her funeral. No lie
And last but not least, two of my favorite books from authors I admire:
The newly illustrated HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE (It is gorgeous!!!)
CARRY ON – The latest from Rainbow Rowell
Here are the giveaway details:
Entry window is open now and will stay open until Wednesday, November 4 at 5 p.m. (EST). To enter, please leave your name in the comments along with either an email or twitter handle. If you are not a writer (thus not interested in the critiques), please note that in your comments. Only one entry per person. Giveaway is for U.S. residents only.
Again, many thanks for your love and support over these last years. It means A LOT to me!