Sunday, August 24, 2014

Coastal Magic Convention Spotlight: Christina Farley w/ giveaway!

I'm a featured blogger for Coastal Magic Convention, so today I'm featuring one of the CMC authors for an interview spotlight! If you're interested in paranormal bookish con in Florida in February, make sure to read more about the Con at the bottom of this post!

Also, stay tuned to the end of this post for a super cool giveaway!

Christina Farley is the author of the Gilded series and was born and raised in upstate New York. As a child, she loved to explore, which later inspired her to jump on a plane and travel the world. She taught at international schools in Asia for ten years, eight of which were in the mysterious and beautiful city of Seoul, Korea that became the setting of Gilded and Silvern. Currently she lives in Clermont, FL with her husband and two sons—that is until the travel itch whisks her off to a new unknown. For more details, check out her website at Christina holds a master’s degree in education and has taught for eighteen years. She is represented by Jeff Ourvan of Jennifer Lyons Literary.

Sarah: What is your favorite thing about going to events like Coastal Magic Convention?

CF: I love attending events like Coastal Magic because they're my chance to connect with my readers. I also have a blast meeting other authors and hearing out their books and worlds that they have created. Coastal Magic is a smaller convention so it has a great friendly atmosphere for attendees to learn and connect with the books that they love.

Sarah: Do you have any weird writing habits?

CF: Other than eating lots of chocolate and coffee? Not really. But last year I was working two jobs plus writing so I had to write whenever I had a free moment. I was always writing in the car either during my kids’ soccer practice or on our way to an event or vacation. I also have been known to write in my closet when I am in need a quiet place to write.

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

CF: I would say I’m most like my main character Jae Hwa Lee. She’s got a lot of spunk and has a strong personality. But there are also aspects about her that I wish I had. Like to speak out about what I think as she does. To not be afraid to take risks, even if they are the wrong choice. And of course, I definitely wish I was as good in tae kwon do as she is.

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

CF: I believe that in some capacity we are all writers with a story to tell and characters to share with others. The crux of being a successful writer is to never lose sight of the love for the story.

For me, it’s so rewarding to put the story from my imagination onto paper and then sharing it with others. I recommend for those writers who wish to get published is to learn the craft, read as much as possible, and listen to advice you are given from those established in the field.

But the most important advice would be to write because you love it.

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

CF: I have a couple of projects underway, but nothing set in stone. Book #3 of the Gilded Series is now with my agent as well as another proposal. And I’ve started writing another YA series that fans of the Gilded series would enjoy. So lots of exciting possibilities along with crossing fingers and toes!

About Gilded

A Korean god. An ancient curse. Can she escape becoming GILDED?

A girl with a black belt and a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows discovers an ancient Korean god has been kidnapping the first-born daughters of her family for generations. And she’s next.

Sixteen-year-old Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt, a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows, and a chip on her shoulder the size of Korea itself. When her widowed dad uproots her to Seoul from her home in L.A., Jae thinks her biggest challenges will be fitting in to a new school and dealing with her dismissive Korean grandfather. Then she discovers that a Korean demi-god has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. And she's next.

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | BAM | Indiebound | Book Depository

Check out the sequel, Silvern, due out September 23: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | BAM | Indiebound | Book Depository

About Coastal Magic Convention

Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015

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Friday, August 15, 2014


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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