Son Of A Pitch Returns… and so shall I

b36ce-soap-finalThe Son Of A Pitch pitching contest will have a second run starting September 5th and I’ve signed up to return as a host.  (Not sure what Son Of A Pitch is? Click here to visit Katie Teller’s website to learn more about the contest.)

There’s a theme this go round…  Heroes and Villains. Disney Heroes and Villains, to be exact.

While the story of Hercules is one of my favorite, Herc wasn’t the one who stood out when I was making my decision.

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This guy was…

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That’s right, I’m TEAM HADES. How could I not chose the good ole God of the Underworld. His sidekicks are named Pain and Panic. What better terms to describe the feelings associated with writing a query letter or receiving rejections? And who better to represent that desperate feeling that you’d almost sell your soul or travel to the ends of the earth to get your book out there?  Now, publishing is not the underworld and I’m not suggesting any correlations… but…

Son of a Pitch is designed to help you beef up your first 250 words and hone your query. Feedback will be offered from peers, authors and then publishers will get a peek at your revised work. That’s it. Easy as Pie. No soul bartering required.

Not yet, anyway.

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Check out the full details on Katie’s page and join us.

 

 

 

 

Pens and Swords by Rena Rocford

Thanks for helping me kick off my blog tour, Elsie! There’s a give away at the bottom, so be sure to scroll all the way through after reading about my book!

 

Blurb: Seventeen-year-old
Cyra Berque wants two things in life: a date with Rochan and a chance to fence
at the Olympics. But people with one hand don’t normally fence, and girls with
big thighs don’t get the boy. Knowing that she wants to make the Olympics, Cyra’s
coach sets her up with another coach, one who could take her all the way to the
top, but the new coach costs more. Feeling her dreams slipping out of reach,
Cyra agrees to tutor a ballerina with a rich father and a D minus in English.
It’s triple the pay and triple the pain. The ballerina isn’t interested in
passing classes―she wants Rochan, and she’s promised she’ll turn her D minus
into a full-fledged F if Cyra doesn’t help her win the heart of Rochan.


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About the author:   
When Rena Rocford isn’t taking over the world one book at a
time, she can be found living out her mild-mannered life, wearing out dance
shoes, raising a herd of pets, and enjoying her time with her family in
beautiful Northern California.
You can find her on her Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

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A Taste of Death and Honey by Sharon Bayliss

YEAH!!  A Taste of Death and Honey. Bayliss has assembled an amazing cast of characters and I’m looking forward to dive back into the December People Series. I downloaded a copy to my kindle and a review will be coming soon!

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Title: A Taste of Death and Honey

Author: Sharon Bayliss

Series: The December People Series

Genre: Adult Contemporary Fantasy

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Blurb:

When Samantha’s parents died, she lost everything. Her home. Her friends. Her hope. Then a life-loving spring witch at the children’s shelter fills her life with light and joy once again.

But like the springtime, Samantha’s happiness doesn’t last forever. Her friend dies violently in front of her, the victim of a mysterious killing spell. Furious and grief-stricken, Samantha resents her own weak spring magic. She doesn’t need life and renewal. She wants revenge…and death.

Homeless and alone, Samantha seeks shelter with her old friends, the Vandergraff family, and finds an unexpected ally in the powerful winter solstice witch, Evangeline. The girls’ anger and eagerness lead them to cast a killing spell before knowing the truth behind Samantha’s friend’s death or the identity of her killer.

Once the spell is cast, they can’t take it back, and they must fight to stop their own curse before it takes away everyone they love.

Pick up your copy of A Taste of Death and Honey today!

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Author website | Author Facebook  |  Author Twitter:

Author bio: As an author and social worker, Sharon has devoted her life to making the lives of real people better and the lives of fictional people much, much worse. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living in her “happily-ever-after” with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening).

 

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Cover Reveal for Victorian by Jordan Elizabeth

VICTORIAN
A young adult novel about ghosts, history, and two girls who find second chances at life.

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Thank you, Rue Volley, for this gorgeous cover!
Celeste struggles with finding her way from a dark past until she gets a summer volunteer gig at the local historical fair. Enter outrageous actors, dominating psychics, and ghosts stirred by a medium’s presence.

With the help of the psychic’s son, who isn’t at all what her dream date would look like but rather endearing all the same, Celeste uncovers secrets about the village left hidden amongst the dilapidated buildings. Searching deeper will mean opening her heart, a part of her she’s locked up tight and been petrified of freeing.
GOAT CHILDREN will be available June 24 on Amazon from CHBB.
Check out early reviews on GoodReads!

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Jordan Elizabeth is known for her odd sense of humor and her outrageous outfits. Surrounded by bookshelves, she can often be found pounding away at her keyboard – she’s known for breaking keyboards, too. Jordan’s young adult novels include ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW, COGLING, TREASURE DARKLY, BORN OF TREASURE, and GOAT CHILDREN . VICTORIAN is her second novel with CHBB. Check out her website for bonus scenes and contests.

Celeste loves to read with her grandfather. In honor of VICTORIAN, enter for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card! All winners will be notified after verification of entry at the end of this promotion. Prizes have been supplied by and the responsibility of delivery are solely that of the author and/or their representatives. Blogs are not liable for non-delivery on the part of the author. No purchase necessary.

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Cover Reveal for A Taste of Death and Honey

It’s with great pleasure I can share the cover for Book Three in The December People Series. Sharon Bayliss has crafted a masterful tale and I’m thrilled for the journey to continue with A Taste of Death and Honey.

The time has come!! I’m happy to present the cover of book three in The December People Series, A Taste of Death and Honey. I’m so thankful to Curiosity Quills Press for their amazing work. I think it’s stunning! And just the right amount of creepy. What do you think?

 

This book will grab you by the throat, challenge your mind, and turn your heart inside out. Sharon Bayliss delivers a powerful, emotional punch with her third book in the December People series.Amy Bearce, author of  The World of Aluvia Series

When Samantha’s parents died, she lost everything. Her home. Her friends. Her hope. Then a life-loving spring witch at the children’s shelter fills her life with light and joy once again.
But like the springtime, Samantha’s happiness doesn’t last forever. Her friend dies violently in front of her, the victim of a mysterious killing spell. Furious and grief-stricken, Samantha resents her own weak spring magic. She doesn’t need life and renewal. She wants revenge…and death.
Homeless and alone, Samantha seeks shelter with her old friends, the Vandergraff family, and finds an unexpected ally in the powerful winter solstice witch, Evangeline. The girls’ anger and eagerness lead them to cast a killing spell before knowing the truth behind Samantha’s friend’s death or the identity of her killer. 
Once the spell is cast, they can’t take it back, and they must fight to stop their own curse before it takes away everyone they love.
 
A Taste of Death and Honey comes out on 6/9/16!! If you’re interested in reading it early and writing a review, please sign up here. And if you’re new to the series, you can get caught up by reading Destruction (Book One) and Watch Me Burn (Book Two), both available on Amazon and Audible. 



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Review of Princess of Tyrone by Katie Hamstead

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Katie Hamstead’s Princess of Tyrone is a fun, fairy tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Hamstead morphed the age old story into a current and sassy version and then catapulted all of them into space.

While the plot of Princess of Tyrone shares some of the same elements as the original story, Hamstead’s ingenuity breathes new life and adventure into the tale with fresh takes on the assigned roles of the prince and the princess, several well-planned plot twists and a planetary setting that still embodies a sense of majesty and mystery.

Rich characters are another strong aspect of Hamstead’s story. Isolating Apolline on a perimeter planet, giving her sharp shooter skills, and crafting a humble yet spunky  attitude, creates a character that readers can both admire and root for.

Princess of Tyrone was a fun read that I would definitely recommend!

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Princess of Tyrone (Fairytale Galaxy #1) by Katie Hamstead
Release Date: March 31st 2016
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genres: Space Opera, Sci Fi/Fantasy

Summary from Goodreads:

Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone. All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable. Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms. But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever. A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess!

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Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing. After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog. She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.Author Links: Website│Goodreads│Twitter│Facebook

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my personal #sonofapitch factoids

b36ce-soap-finalI want to share a few factoids with you about this week… and well, me.

Factoid number one.

90% of the time, i did not read what other authors wrote about your query. (and of the 10% when I did,  5% was mostly incidental reading as result of scrolling and the other 5% for clarity – to see if previous comments shed light on my questions.)

Why didn’t I read what the others had said?

Two reasons. The first and main one… time. My goal was to see each one of your entries and decide whether I had any advice that might help you craft a better query or tighten your first 250. Having an additional set of eyes on your work can offer a new perspective  – and you sometimes get a few nuggets of wisdom that make a difference.

The second reason was so I wouldn’t be blinded by what others had seen. When dessert hits my table, only I can give the thumbs up or down. The person across from me may tell me the cake looks good or that they’ve had that very torte before and it tastes good. I’ll listen… but in the end, the verdict is up to me. I need to hold the bite in my mouth and let my senses decide whether there’s too much chocolate (as if) or just enough vanilla. Some of you may have received feedback from me that echoed what other authors said, while others may have received feedback that was diametrically opposed to their other critiques. But you know, that’s what makes this world so swell. We are all different. We have different tastes and hopes and expectations.  If you received conflicting feedback, consider yourself lucky – you didn’t just get a critique – you got a cross examination. Chose a side and don’t look back. It’s all an opinion game anyway.

Factoid number two

I’m good with math. No seriously. I’m not saying I’m a human calculator or anything, but I got the basics down pat.  So I want you all to understand that I have nineteen titles that made my top five list… yes, you read that correctly… nineteen. And I have 5 votes. That math doesn’t work. It just doesn’t.  Please take a moment to also realize that it took serious contemplation to get that list down to nineteen. This round of entries is chocked full of pretty words and smashing premises that I would spend weeks reading every title in the #SonofaPitch library. Therefore, I think the blame for my present predicament should land squarely on y’all’s shoulders.

Factoid number three

I’ve got a game plan for going forward. In just a bit, I’m backing away from all your words. Yes, the pretty, flowery, intriguing words you’ve  written that have haunted me for the past 2.5 days to escape. And then I’m going to come back  – hopefully without recollection. If you’ve updated your offerings, I’ll look for that but only if you’ve posted on the same site you were listed. I can’t hunt you down, well I could… but nope… I won’t.

Factoid number four

I have enjoyed every minute  (okay, mostly every minute) of this experience. I only hope my schedule allows me the same type of flexibility if I’m part of the next #SonofaPitch. Kudos and claps to Katie Teller for her role as mastermind and creator and to the authors in the #SonofaPitch gang who stopped by and shared their thoughts with you. I’m honored to have my name thrown around with theirs😉

Factoid number five

The amount of work you put into pruning  and polishing your work shows.  I have been delighted (and slightly overwhelmed) by your creativity and efforts. So… Go you #SonofaPitch ers!

Factoid number six

If Twitter and WordPress had user recognition software to verify account owners, both would have thrown up that screen for me. I’m not much of a Tweeter and or a blogger,  but in the past few days I’ve tweeted more than I have…well… ever. (It’s really not that scary. And Kathy Palm, thank you for not giving up and talking to me there …:) Apparently, new things won’t kill you.

Factoid number seven

All grammatical mistakes and typos were entirely mine. (If there are any in this post, it would be kind of you to overlook those.)

Final Factoid

It’s been my pleasure working with y’all this week and I’ll leave my door cracked. If I helped you and you’re in a tough spot again with your words, give me a yell. I’ll see what I can do.

Otherwise, great job. Thanks for stepping into the spotlight and sharing your work.

 

 

 

#SonofaPitch Contest – Week 2: My ten entries

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Today kicks off Son of a Pitch, Week 2.

This week, the entries for ten writers will be posted on my site.

Participants are asked NOT to comment on other entrants’ posts, only their own. You can bribe, coax, share, tweet, and do whatever to your entry, but you cannot comment on anyone else’s.

The participating authors will leave feedback for the entries. The other participating writers are: Ayden Morgen , Samantha Bryant , Leigh Statham , Mara Valderran, Stacey Nash , Elizabeth Roderick, and Yolanda Renée! The top twenty will be selected and posted on Friday.

Best of luck to all entered!

And here you go… :

Entry #1 – THE QUESTER

Entry #2 – THE LAST DREAMER

Entry #3 – STARBOARD

Entry #4 – THE GLASS SISTERS

Entry #5 – HUNTER

Entry #6 –  LOST IN TRANSITION

Entry #7 – SUPERNOVA FALL, SUPERNOVA FLY

Entry #8– ILLUSION

Entry #9 – THE SCHOOL

Entry #10 – CASTER’S FLAME

 

. Don’t forget to check out the entries on the other participating sites!

Ayden Morgen | Leigh Statham Yolanda Renée Samantha Dunaway Bryant

***Note to Remember: Please do not comment on other entrants’ posts, only your own. You can bribe, coax, share, tweet, and do whatever to your entry, but you cannot comment on anyone else’s.***