Thursday, August 27, 2015

Find me at Dragon*Con!



Guys, I am so incredibly thrilled to be an "Attending Professional" at DragonCon this year in Atlanta (September 4-7)! I loved DragonCon since my first visit and practically squealed when I was invited this year! 

For more info, including ticket information, you can visit www.dragoncon.org. Here are my scheduled appearances, but I'll be around all weekend so let me know if you're going!

Saturday, 2:30 p.m. - Lost Girl Fan Panel - Westing Chastain ED

Saturday, 4 p.m. - Reading - Hyatt Marietta (oh god, somebody please come to this)

Sunday, 10 a.m. - Haven Fan Panel - Marriott M301-M302

Sunday, 4 p.m. - Cover Flipped - Marriott A707

Sunday, 5:30 p.m. - Giving Voice to the Other: Young Adult UF - Westin Chastain ED





Saturday, August 15, 2015

WIN A CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM THE #PITCHWARS MENTORS


Some of the Pitch Wars mentors, including me, are hosting a chapter-critique Rafflecopter Giveaway! Anyone can enter. It will run until August 31, 2015! 

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



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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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Book Birthday: SWEET MADNESS by Trisha Leaver @tleaver and Lindsay Currie @lindsayncurrie

Today we’re celebrating the release of the Sweet Madness ebook by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie. Sweet Madness is a retelling of the infamous Borden Murders told from the POV of Lizzie’s Irish maid, Bridget Sullivan.

Seventeen-year-old Bridget Sullivan is alone in Fall River, a city that sees Irish immigrants as nothing more than a drunken drain on society. To make matters worse, she's taken employment with the city’s most peculiar and gossip-laden family—the Bordens. But Bridget can’t afford to be picky—the pay surpasses any other job Bridget could ever secure and she desperately needs the money to buy her little sister, Cara, passage to the states. It doesn’t hurt that the job location is also close to her beau, Liam. As she enters the disturbing inner workings of the Borden household, Bridget clings to these advantages.

However, what seemed like a straightforward situation soon turns into one that is untenable. Of course Bridget has heard the gossip around town about the Bordens, but what she encounters is far more unsettling. The erratic, paranoid behavior of Mr. Borden, the fearful silence of his wife, and worse still...the nightly whisperings Bridget hears that seem to come from the walls themselves.

When Bridget makes a horrifying discovery in the home, all that she thought she knew about the Bordens is called into question...including if Lizzie is dangerous. And the choice she must make about Lizzie’s character could mean Bridget’s life or death.

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What Readers Are Saying

“This thrilling novel will keep readers on their toes until the last page. Fans of historical fiction and horror will thoroughly enjoy this book.” —VOYA Magazine

“The portrait of the claustrophobic, creepy Borden household and its denizens, Lizzie especially, is grippingly vivid.” -Kirkus

“Engaging historical novel that gives readers another glimpse into the infamous Lizzie Borden.” -YA Book Central

“Dark, creepy and overall fantastically moody; SWEET MADNESS remains firmly entrenched in the Hitchcock side of horror.” -Fangirlish


About the Authors

Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather disobedient black lab. She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She writes Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Psychological Horror and Science Fiction and is published with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press.

Trisha is a member of the SCBWI, The Cape Cod Writers Center, and the YA Scream Queens—a group of nine female authors who are deathly serious about their horror.

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Lindsay Currie lives in Chicago, Illinois with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids and a 160 pound lap dog named Sam. She's fond of tea, chocolate and things that go bump in the night.

An author of young adult and middle grade fiction, Lindsay is published with Flux/Llewellyn, Merit Press and Spencer Hill Contemporary.

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Giveaway

To celebrate the ebook release, the authors are giving away a very special swag pack: A custom, exclusive bookmark, an exclusive image of the Borden house taken by photographer Frank C. Grace, and signed bookmarks.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Sarah Nicolas #pitchwars Mentor Bio & Wishlist

This is my fourth year mentoring Pitch Wars and I'm so excited to be back! (If you don't know what Pitch Wars is, it's a mentoring/pitch contest combo for MG, YA, NA, and Adult fiction authors looking for a literary agent. Click for more info)

Let's get down to business...


First order of business: My mentee "won" last year in the YA category - i.e, she got the most requests. Most of my mentees & alternates have either gotten an agent or a book deal.

Okay, now that we have the whole "reigning champion" thing out of the way :-), I'll tell you a bit about myself.

I write YA as Sarah Nicolas (Dragons are People, Too came out in April) and adult romance as Aria Kane. I'm represented by Rebecca Podos at the Rees Literary Agency. I'm only considering YA manuscripts this year. I have worked as a Publicity Director for Entangled Publishing and in the editorial department of two small publishers. I used to read slush for Liz Pelletier and Prophecy Girl was the first book I ever "pulled out of the slush" and championed.

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, Instagram, or other places.

I'm interested in pretty much any YA genre except hardcore horror. (Honestly, I mean it; I love all genres in YA, so if you're wondering if I want to see xyz genre, the answer is yes.) My tastes tend to fall towards spec-fic of any kind, but I'm also very interested in contemporary or historical with a strong hook.

I'm especially interested in the following elements: lgbt (especially the b), multicultural, foreign settings, subversion of cultural norms (especially gender norms), mystery, supernatural creatures I haven't seen a lot of, conwomen, unique and/or rich settings. A strong voice is of utmost importance and I adore smart, witty writing. Make me love a villain, and I will love your book. If you have a genre-bender like my 2013 mentee Amped, bring it on. If you have a strong, complicated sister/sister relationship, gimme!

There are a few things that are a big no-no for me: hardcore horror, on-screen rape (no exceptions). If your book centers around sexual assault, your book is not for me.

If you're looking for someone to be your BFF and tell you how great you are all the time, I'm not your girl. I despise false flattery and anyone who knows me will tell you: If I give you a compliment, I really mean it. If you're looking for someone to challenge you to make your book better in every way and to help you write the best damn pitch & query letter your book has ever hoped for, that's more my style.

So if you have an awesome YA ready to go, submit to me on August 17th! In the meantime, read some of my query secrets and get your game face on!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Dragons are People, Too is here!!

Yay!! The day is finally here! Dragons is finally here!

Never judge a dragon
by her human cover...

Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she’s a normal teen—not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president’s son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend—and secret crush—the über-hot Bulisani Mathe.

Then a junior operative breaks Rule Number One by changing into his dragon form in public—on Kitty’s watch—and suddenly, the world knows. About dragons. About the Draconic Intelligence Command (DIC) Kitty works for. About Kitty herself.

Now the government is hunting down and incarcerating dragons to stop a public panic, and a new shape-shifting enemy has kidnapped the president’s son. Kitty and Bulisani are the last free dragons, wanted by both their allies and their enemies. If they can’t rescue the president’s son and liberate their fellow dragons before getting caught themselves, dragons might never live free again.

Read the first chapter and get more info at Entangled Teen's homepage! Follow along with the blog tour for excerpts, reviews, and an awesome giveaway!

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About the Author

Sarah is a 30-something YA author who currently lives in Orlando, FL. She believes that some boys are worth trusting, all girls have power, and dragons are people too.

She's a proud member of the Gator Nation and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, but has switched careers entirely. She now works as an Event Coordinator for a County Library. She also blogs at YAtopia.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO Cover Reveal!

*holds in squeeing to best of my ability* GUYS! It's time! It's real! It's the time to reveal the cover for Dragons are People, Too, a young adult contemporary fantasy by Sarah Nicolas (ME!), releasing April 28th from Entangled Teen. Read all the way through and scroll to the bottom for a giveaway.


Never judge a dragon
by her human cover...

Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she’s a normal teen—not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president’s son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend—and secret crush—the über-hot Bulisani Mathe.

Then a junior operative breaks Rule Number One by changing into his dragon form in public—on Kitty’s watch—and suddenly, the world knows. About dragons. About the Draconic Intelligence Command (DIC) Kitty works for. About Kitty herself.

Now the government is hunting down and incarcerating dragons to stop a public panic, and a new shape-shifting enemy has kidnapped the president’s son. Kitty and Bulisani are the last free dragons, wanted by both their allies and their enemies. If they can’t rescue the president’s son and liberate their fellow dragons before getting caught themselves, dragons might never live free again.

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About the Author

Sarah is a 30-something YA author who currently lives in Orlando with a 60-lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua. She believes that some boys are worth trusting, all girls have power, and dragons are people too.

She’s a proud member of the Gator Nation and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, but has switched careers entirely. She now works as an Event Coordinator for a County Library and as a freelance book publicist and author’s assistant.

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Giveaway

Since I couldn't have written any of this book without coffee, I'm giving away a $10 Starbucks Gift Card! (Open anywhere Starbucks Gift Cards can be used)

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dragons Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas

Dragons Are People, Too

by Sarah Nicolas

Giveaway ends April 27, 2015.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Top Ten Favorite TV Heroines

I'm on the YAtopia blog today talking about my Top Ten Favorite TV Heroines!

Who's number 1? Or is it who are number 1? This is confusing....




Check it out here.