Friday, November 29, 2013

Coastal Magic Secret Santa Contest!

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays, my lovely reader friends!! Now that Thanksgiving has passed (and while we're all trying to fit back into our clothes after yesterday's dinner) it's time to start passing out presents!!! Ok, maybe not ALL the presents, but how about some virtual "Secret Santa" presents to our favorite characters in the urban fantasy and paranormal romance world, and some very real convention registrations for two of YOU!!

That's right. One blog hop commenter will win free registration to the 2014 Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, Florida, in February. A second winner will win registration to the 2015 event!! This is a weekend full of fun panels, meet & greets and face time with some of your favorite authors in the UF/PNR genre. Over 50 authors will be featured, and you'll be surrounded by fellow book lovers.

A few of the participating blog hosts are Featured Bloggers for the Coastal Magic Convention, and a few are Featured Authors. Be sure to ask them questions or leave them comments about the con if you're curious about it, or if you're planning to attend. They'll be thrilled to hear from you!! To find a list of confirmed Featured Authors and other information about Coastal Magic, be sure to check out the website.

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In addition to the two overall, grand prize winners... some of the blogs will be featuring individual prizes, so keep an eye out for those as you're checking out the other stops on the hop!! Here's how to enter:

1 - The ENTIRE urban fantasy and paranormal romance world is yours to choose from. Imagine every name in a giant Santa hat... whose name do YOU pick?? List that person's name, what book they're from, and what gift you would give them in the comments section of this blog.
2 - Click on the Rafflecopter link and complete the entry tasks you'd like to participate in. The ONLY mandatory entry is your "secret santa" comment, but there are a few other ways to get extra entries. (just a few, I promise :-) )
3 - Visit other blogs on the list between today and December 6th to play again!

So... easy peasy, right?!? I'm excited to see who each of you chooses!!!

GOOD LUCK, everyone!! Let the season of giving begin!!

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Coastal Magic Con Spotlight: Ciara Knight


Coastal Magic Con is an awesome weekend celebrating paranormal romance and urban fantasy in Daytona in February! Today, I'm featuring one of the featured guests, MR Merrick.

Ciara Knight writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with her young adult speculative fiction books. Her most recent Amazon best-seller, Escapement, book I of The Neuamrian Chronicles, released to acclaimed reviews securing a Night Owl Top Pick and five stars from InD’Tale Magazine.

Her first love, besides her family, reading and writing, is travel. She’s backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.

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Sarah: Do you have any weird writing habits?

I do my best writing after a morning work out, coffee and some quiet time on my back porch.

Sarah: Name three books you think everyone should read.

A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (Yes, it's been made into a movie now)  :)

Sarah: Which one of your characters has the most of you in him/her?

Raeth, for sure.  I had challenges when I was young and fought hard to overcome them. Writing about Raeth in Weighted, the prequel to The Neumarian Chronicles, I tapped into that self-conscious child that was teased for a speech impediment. I think that's why I've received so much email about her. Sometimes when an author bleeds on paper it produces the most heart wrenching moments to a reader.

Sarah: If you could only give aspiring writers one piece of advice, what would it be?

Enjoy the journey and try not to take things too seriously. I've seen too many writers melt over a bad review or a rejection. Learn from it and focus on the next challenge ahead.

Sarah: What's next for you? What are you working on now?

I'm working on the final installment of The Neumarian Chronicles, writing my next young adult series about a dragon shifter and I'm also releasing four contemporary romance novels based on a Tennessee small town in Sweet Water County. Book I, Winter in Sweet Water County will be out in January, followed by Spring in Sweet Water County, Summer in Sweet Water County and Fall in Sweet Water County. The next year will have a holiday theme.

Sarah: Thanks for stopping by today! 

Do you love urban fantasy and paranormal books? Check out Coastal Magic Con!  

Haunting memories.
Terrifying dreams.
Crippling lies.

Trapped in a world of deception, my sanity rests with the love of Ryder Arteres and our renegade friends. Six months of scouring the ocean floor in a rebel ship fleeing our homeland, delivers us to a possible alliance with the opportunistic European Council. Our only hope is to utilize our forbidden gifts to free our people from slavery, proving our worth. But when a trusted ally turns traitor and a new breed of the queen’s weaponry is revealed, I’m forced to face the terror of my past to save our crumbling future.


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Pitch Wars - my wishlist!

Update: Click here for Submission info!

It's almost that time of year again! No, not Christmas... PITCH WARS TIME!!



And, once again, I'm a mentor! (For more info about what, exactly, Pitch Wars is, read Brenda's post here) Submissions begin December 2nd.

Before I go into my bio and wishlist, I just want to point out that the author I mentored last year got a TON of requests on her entry and got an agent as a direct result of Pitch Wars. Just sayin'. ;)


My Bio

My credentials: I spent over a year and a half reading YA manuscripts for Liz Pelletier of Entangled Publishing, moved up to Associate Publicity Director of Entangled Teen, and currently work as Publicity Director at Entangled Embrace (our New Adult line). I also worked as Editorial Assistant at Entranced Publishing. I also blog at YAtopia, video blog at YA Rebels, and have three published (adult) books under the pen name Aria Kane.

My wishlist: I'm reading both Young Adult and New Adult submissions.

For YA: I love anything in any speculative fiction sub-genre: high fantasy, contemporary fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk, cyberpunk, anything-punk, magical realism, etc. I'll take a look at contemporary stories too, as long as they have a strong hook. Historical and horror are not for me. Voice is very important. If you have a magical realism with a strong voice or a gender-swapped retelling, I'll fight the other mentors for you Blake Shelton vs Adam Levine style!

For NA: Something different. I'd love to get more Spec-Fic NA out in the world! If it's a contemporary romance of the friends-to-lovers or enemies-to-lovers variety, it better have a unique twist that sets it apart. I'm itching for an NA with a heroine working her first professional job. I'm more open to contemporary in NA than in YA, but am still not interested in historical or horror.

UPDATES: 
  1. no rape/sexual abuse. I'm sure it's wonderfully done, but it's not right for me. 
  2. YES! I want LGBT :-)

Agents

Here is the wonderful list of agents participating this year! (More are being added, stay up to date at Brenda Drake's blog)

Stefanie Lieberman - Janklow & Nesbit Associates
Louise FuryBent Agency
Suzie TownsendNew Leaf Literary
Nicole Resciniti - The Seymour Agency
John M. CusickThe Greenhouse Agency
Sarah LaPollaBradford Literary Agency
Victoria Marini - Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency
Jessica Sinsheimer - Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Pamvan Hylckama Vlieg - Foreword Literary
Quinlan Lee - Adams Literary
Jen UddenDonald Maass Literary Agency
Emily KeyesForeward Literary
Brianne JohnsonWriters House
Carly Watters P.S. Literary
Lana Popovic and Natasha Alexis - Zachary Shuster Harmsworth
Molly JaffaFolio Literary Management
Evan Gregorgy - Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency

Check out all the other mentors, read their wishlists, and start making your submissions-list! Best of luck to you!

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Cover Reveal: PLAYING PRETEND by Juliana Haygert

Playing Pretend
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Release date: March 2014
Cover: Berto Designs


Summary from Goodreads:
As the Governor’s daughter, Charlotte McClain is an expert in playing pretend. High society, the men her mother shoves in her direction and a Pre-Law major are all a part of her perfect pretense. But when she pretends to be a nobody during Spring Break, she meets someone who rocks her world.


Mason Rowell knows heartbreak and Spring Break don’t mesh well, so he allows the mysterious Charlotte to seduce him. What should have been a fling, results in something deeper. After Spring Break has long since passed, he moves to Washington to pursue his graduate degree, but what he never expected to find living among the rich and pompous, was the girl who gave him the strength to change and the desire to start anew.

When the guy Charlotte can’t forget goes from a sensual memory to temptation in the flesh, her facade is put to the test. If she surrenders to his charms, she risks ruining her mother’s perfect career and master plan. Playing pretend is what Charlotte does best, but how long can she pretend she doesn't love the man who made her proud of her true self?


About the Author:

New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Coastal Magic Con Spotlight: CA Kunz


Coastal Magic Con is an awesome weekend celebrating paranormal romance and urban fantasy in Daytona in February! Today, I'm featuring one of the Con's guests, CA Kunz.

Carol and Adam Kunz make up the mom and son author duo, C.A. Kunz. They thoroughly enjoy writing about things that go bump in the night and action-packed dystopian romances while drinking massive amounts of English breakfast tea and Starbucks coffee. This author pair currently reside forty-five minutes away from each other in the sunny state of Florida.

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Sarah: You attended Coastal Magic Con's first incarnation, Olde City New Blood last year. What brought you back?

Carol and Adam – Definitely the people. The authors, bloggers, and readers were all so much fun to chat with and meet. Even though it was the first year of the con, it didn’t seem to have too many hiccups (that we were aware of), and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Sarah: Do you have any weird writing habits?

Carol - I like to write in the evening, and I don’t like listening to music while writing because it distracts me. I don’t think that’s weird, or maybe it is?

Adam – I also find that I’m most productive at night when I write, but unlike my mom, I love to listen to music while writing. Another thing I do is put a TV show that I’ve seen a million times, but won’t necessarily pay attention to (Buffy, Angel, Charmed, etc.), on in the background while I work on a novel. What can I say? I love my Netflix, hahaha!  

Sarah: Name three books you think everyone should read.

Carol – 1) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
             2) Diary of Anne Frank
             3) Dracula

Adam – 1) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Well, the whole series to be honest)
             2) The Fault in Our Stars
             3) The Giver

Sarah: Which one of your characters has the most of you in him/her?

Carol - Cat Colvin from the Childe Series.

Adam – I’m not sure there really is a character like me in any of our stories. I usually get inspiration for our characters through interactions with others. There are a ton of characters that I connect with, but I wouldn’t say that any of them have a lot of me in them.

Sarah: If you could only give aspiring writers one piece of advice, what would it be?

Carol - Don’t wait until you’re my age to start writing. Oh, and when you do start, make sure you write your little butt off.

Adam – My advice would simply be this: if you have an idea that you’re passionate about, write it down. Oh, and never worry too much about your first draft, because almost every first draft kind of stinks. The important part is getting your ideas out of your head and onto paper.

Sarah: What's next for you? What are you working on now?

Carol - Just finished my first standalone NA romantic comedy, Lucky Number Four, and now I’m going back to our third book in The Childe Series, Wicked Darlings.

Adam – I’m currently working on the second novel in my NA romantic suspense series Seasons of Deception entitled, Two Little Lies. Once I finish that, I plan to join in with Mom on writing Wicked Darlings.


Sarah: Thanks for stopping by today! 

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Cat Colvin
Average teenager?
Or something else entirely?

Cat Colvin is pretty much your typical run-of-the-mill teenager. Sure, she's taller than most girls, has a mane of fiery red hair that's impossible to tame, is left-handed, and her eyes are two different colors, but that's where the differences end . . . unless you include the minor detail of her slow transformation into a Childe.

High school can definitely be challenging, and for Cat it's no different. This is especially true when she's faced with the daunting task of trying to hide her budding Childe traits as they begin to reveal themselves at the most inopportune times. To make matters worse, her family is oddly dead set against Ryan, the boy she grows to like. But everyone has their secrets: is Ryan really what he seems to be, and what is Cat's family not telling her?

The Childe is the first book in this coming-of-age fantasy series which follows Cat's life through the twists and turns toward finding out whom and what she really is. Come and take the plunge with Cat into a world filled with mystery, biting humor, and the paranormal.

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