Friday, August 15, 2014

THE ULTIMATE CATCH blog tour

I'm so happy to be organizing Constance Phillips' Blog Tour for The Ultimate Catch! Check out the stops below, stop by, and enter the giveaway!

If you'd like to review the book or sign up for the tour, you can still do so here.


August 15 - Margay Leah Justice - Promo
August 15 - The Reading Addict - Excerpt
August 16 - Jane N. Blake - Review & Excerpt
August 18 - I Can't Help Where My Mind Goes - Review & Guest Post
August 19 - Deal Sharing Aunt - Excerpt
August 20 - In The Pages of a Good Book - Promo
August 21 - Jody A. Kessler - Excerpt
August 22 - Read, Write, Repeat - Interview
August 25, 2014 - Margo's Red Light Fiction District - Guest Post
August 26 - Reese's Reviews - Promo
August 27 - Okay? okay. - Review & Interview
August 28 - Lindsey Loucks - Guest Post
August 29 - Chantel Rhondeau - Excerpt
August 30 - Cover Reveals - Excerpt
September 1 - Written Love - Excerpt
September 2 - Fiction Dreams - Promo
September 4 - Hines and Bigham's Literary Tryst - Excerpt
September 5 - Maer Wilson - Promo
September 5 - The Phantom Paragrapher - Review
September 8 - Amber Daulton - Excerpt
September 8 - Short and Sassy Book Blurbs - Excerpt & Review
September 8 -  Romance Junkies - Review & Interview
September 9 - WiLoveBooks - Excerpt
September 10 - Books & Bells - Guest Post
September 12 - Ana Blaze - Guest Post

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Pitch Wars Mentor Videos!

This year, some of the mentors got in front of a video camera to talk more about what they're looking for in a mentee. Since I (am supposed to) vlog every week, I did my own video! I also answered a few questions I received on twitter and, at the end, give you the secret to Pitch Wars success!!


Check out the other Pitch Wars mentor videos and interviews!

Here's a chat with the Middle Grade mentors:


Here's the first of two chats with YA and NA mentors:



More to come later!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fake #pitchwars Advice

If you're looking for my Pitch Wars bio and wishlist, go here.

Basically, if you see me tweeting #pitchwars advice, maybe don't take me seriously?

Saturday, August 2, 2014

I'll be your champion #pitchwars

It is that time of year again! If you don't know anything about Pitch Wars, start here!


This is my third year as a Pitch Wars mentor and undomesticated equines could not remove me (super-duper bonus points if you get that reference) from this competition! Let me tell you a little bit about myself and what I'm looking for...



My name is Sarah Nicolas (duh) but I also write adult romance under the name Aria Kane. I'm in the publicity department at Entangled Publishing, but started out there with a few years of reading slush for the publisher. My YA debut, Dragons are People, Too will be out early in 2015. I also blog at YAtopia and video blog at the YA Rebels. I'm represented by Rebecca Podos at the Rees Literary Agency.

I'm a whedonite, a whovian, and am still convinced I'm going to marry Leonardo (the Ninja Turtle). I play a lot of wallyball and my day job is planning events for a public library. My social media links are in the sidebar to your right if you want to find me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or other places.




This year, I am a mentor for both YA and NA.

What do I like?
  • science fiction
  • fantasy
  • urban fantasy/paranormal
  • magical realism
  • contemporary, but only with a strong hook
  • lgbt
  • multicultural & foreign settings
  • strong voice
  • subversion of cultural norms, especially gender norms
  • supernatural creatures that we haven't seen much of
  • EDIT: hey, guys, when I say I like sci-fi and fantasy, that means everything. So if your question is "are you interested in [any sff sub-genre besides hardcore horror]?" - the answer is yes.



What don't I like?
  • on-screen rape, no exceptions
  • historical (EDIT: straight up historical. historical with some sort of SFF element is golden. For example, I'm reading RIFT by Andrea Cremer right now and am loving it)
  • hard-core horror
  • NA plotlines no different from all the others out there

Why should you choose me to be your mentor?




As a publicist for YA and NA books, I study the market every day. As a former editorial assistant, I have editorial experience and will push your book to the next level.


My former mentees have gotten agents and book deals after my mentorship and it's not because I take it easy on them! If you want a mentor who is going to take on your project, tweak a few sentences and tell you it's perfect, I'm not the girl for you! But if you want to have a true partnership where we make something beautiful together...



If you have questions, I'm very open to answering them for you so please leave them below. I will not, however, answer specific questions about whether or not I'd be interested in your specific book as I don't think it's fair.

Check out the other mentors' bios and wishlists:

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

You will never know everything, you need to know everything and 6 other things I know about writing

Hey everyone! Thursday was my monthly date at the YAtopia blog and I wrote a post called "8 Things I Know About Being a Writer." Yes, there are GIFs. ;-)

So I just wanted to encourage y'all to go check it out.

“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”
― Neil Gaiman

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cover Reveal: THE SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERIMENT by Cole Gibsen @colegibsen

I'm so happy to help reveal the cover for The Social Media Experiment by my lovely friend Cole Gibsen! It's coming out September 2, 2014!


On the surface, seventeen-year-old Reagan Fray appears to have everything. She's popular, Ivy League–bound, and her parents are rich enough to buy her whatever she wants. Behind the scenes, Reagan is a girl with an anxiety disorder struggling to hold the fraying threads of her life together. It takes work to stay on top, and when that fails, Reagan's learned from her politician mother that a little social espionage never hurts. That is, until the day Reagan finds all of her texts and private messages printed out and taped to every locker in her high school.

Finding herself ostracized from her friends and on the receiving end of the bullying she used to dish out, Reagan won't settle into her new role as social pariah without a fight. Determined to get back in with her friends and reclaim her social status before her mother finds out and sends her to boarding school, Reagan has no choice but to team up with outcast Nolan Letner.

But the closer Reagan gets to Nolan, the more she realizes all of her actions have consequences, and her future might be the biggest casualty of all.

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About the Author

At seventeen, Cole found herself homeless with only a beat-up Volkswagen Jetta and a bag of Goodwill clothing to her name. The only things that got her through the nights she spent parked in truck stops and cornfields were the stacks of books she checked out from the library along with her trusty flashlight. Because of the reprieve these books gave her from her troubles, Cole vowed to become a writer so she could provide the same escape to readers who needed a break the reality of their own lives.

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Book Birthday: BECAUSE I'M DISPOSABLE by Rosie Somers @prosyrosie


Because I’m Disposable is a YA contemporary by Rosie Somers, out now!


Sixteen-year-old Callista Tanner was in the bathroom slitting her wrists the night her father took a fatal plunge down the stairs. People around her think she attempted suicide because she found him dead -- or worse, because she had a guilty conscience. Few know the truth; Michael Tanner had been beating her for years.

The freedom that should have come with her father's death becomes a cage of rumors and self-doubt. Callie seeks escape in the most destructive ways, bringing her emotional scars to the surface for the world to see.

One bright spot exists in Callie's dark world.

Lincoln Devaux refuses to let Callie sink fully into the depths of her own depression, stepping into her life when she needs someone the most. She tries to push him away, but Link is determined to save Callie from herself. Even when she doesn't think she's worth saving.

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About the Author

Rosie Somers is a YA author who lives in Florida, soaking up the year-round sunshine. She can often be found in her favorite spot on her favorite beach, nose-deep in a good book.

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