RECKLESS HEARTS, by Heather van Fleet

SO happy to share a belated Release Day with Heather. I’ve read this book and love it! See below for my review*

 

RECKLESS HEARTS:

Between boot camp and two TOD’s in Iraq, my buddies Max, Gavin and me have been through some serious hell. So the last thing I ever expected was to find the biggest challenge of my life back home.

My girlfriend died. I couldn’t even attend her funeral, let alone tell her goodbye or that I’m sorry I wasn’t there like I should’ve been.

But she left me a gift. The best and scariest one I could’ve ever asked for. One I didn’t think I could handle…until the day I saw her tiny blues looking up at me in that airport. Chloe.

Now here I am, raising my baby girl—with the help of my two best friends. Things couldn’t be better. Until she walked into my life.

All I wanted was a nanny. Someone to take care of my girl when I couldn’t. What I didn’t count on was Addison, the brown-eyed temptress with a body of sin, and everything I didn’t need, but suddenly wanted.

Buy Links:

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Links:

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About Heather:

Heather Van Fleet is stay-at-home-mom turned book boyfriend connoisseur. She’s a wife to her high school sweetheart, a mom to three little girls, and in her spare time you can find her with her head buried in her Kindle, guzzling down copious amounts of coffee.

Heather graduated from Black Hawk College in 2003 with an associate degree and has been working in the publishing industry for over five years. She is represented by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary.

 

My Review:

I absolutely love the premise of RECKLESS HEARTS. I’ve waited eagerly for this book, and Heather Van Fleet delivered. And then some. Wow.

Take three hot bachelors (former Marines who’ve done tours in Afghanistan), toss in a charming baby, add a funny main character who can’t keep her eyes—or attention—off one of the hot guys, and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect romance.

One of the best parts of this book is the well-executed, distinctly different dual povs. When we were in Collin’s head, we knew it, both by his dialogue and internal. And I ached for Addison, hoping she’d find her happily-ever-after.

Pros: off-the-charts chemistry, hot alpha Marines with gruff exteriors that hide soft hearts, an independent, assertive main character who doesn’t take s**t from anyone, including the man she’s falling for, a sweet baby who twists everyone around her tiny finger, and a well-written romance.

Cons: Okay, so there are none.

Run, don’t walk, to pick up your copy of RECKLESS HEARTS. I can’t wait for the next installment in this excellent series!

 

 

 

Release Day Launch for Brenda Drake’s GUARDIAN OF SECRETS (Library Jumpers #2)

I’m honored to share Brenda’s Release Day Launch for Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2).

ABOUT GUARDIAN OF SECRETS (LIBRARY JUMPERS #2):

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

Excerpt:

She did a U-turn and drove off. I sprinted to the area where I spotted the lightning. A shadowed figure sat on a white bench near the water. Another flash of light kissed the sky and illuminated Nick.

Since discovering he was a wizard, Nick struggled with his new magic. And he was careless. Anyone could spot him out here. How would he explain it to someone who was human and not from the Mystik realm? I couldn’t imagine how it felt to have that much power. Unlike him, I was a Sentinel. I had little magic and relied on my battle training to best wizards and other-world creatures. He only needed to shock or electrocute his adversaries.

“What exactly are you doing?” I asked, approaching.

He almost fell off the bench. “Shit, Gia. Don’t sneak up on a person like that.”

“Seriously, Nick? What are you doing? Someone might see you, and then we’d be discovered.”

“Just leave me alone.”

“I’m not going to just leave you alone.” I sat down on the bench beside him. A light breeze swept loose strands of my hair across my face. The briny smell of the ocean filled my nose. “Talk to me. You’re my best friend, Nick. I’m here for you.”

He formed an electric charge on his palm. I created my pink globe and tossed it on his hand, snuffing out the charge.

He made another electric ball and I cast another globe at it.

“Quit doing that.”

“You stop it.”

“I get it. Your globe is badass. It can counter magic and shield people, but it makes you weak. I can do this all night and wear you out.”

“You’re not nice.”

He buried his face in his hands. The knuckles on his right one were torn, with blood coagulating around the wounds. “I don’t know what’s happening to me. I can’t stop myself. I know I’m being mean to Deidre, to my parents…to everyone.”

“You haven’t been that mean to me, yet. That has to say something. I’m the most annoying one of the bunch.”

He snorted. “Did you just snort?”

“No.” He looked startled. “It was a sneeze.”

“I think you snorted.”

His face brightened. “I know what you’re trying to do. And it’s working.”

“I’m not trying to do anything. That was a full-on snort.” I wrapped my arm over his back and watched the water lap against the retaining wall in front of us. “I know you can’t see a therapist for this, ’cause what would you say? That you just found out you’re the son of the most evil wizard of the Mystik world and the curers recently released your magic?”

He gave me a half smile. “Yeah, that might not go over too well.”

“Or maybe you could. They’d think you were delusional, and you’d score some drugs.”

“Drugs make me nauseous.”

He stared at his hands, and I stared at the water, searching for the right words to say. “This has to be tough for you. I get it. I’ve been there. It’ll take time to adjust. How about I be your counselor? Anytime you feel anxious or angry, you call me and we’ll punch some bags or whatever. It always helps me to relax. Plus, my services are cheap.”

“Violence would make you relax.” He was pleased with his retort and laughed, which was followed by another snort.

Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1):

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Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2):

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ABOUT BRENDA DRAKE:

Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment). Look for her upcoming novels, Thunderstruck, Seeking Fate (Fated Series #3), and Assassin of Truths (Library Jumpers #3) coming soon from Entangled Teen.

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Launch Day Blitz: HOOKED ON TROUBLE, by Kelly Siskind

HOOKED ON TROUBLE by Kelly Siskind (January 10, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $3.99; Over the Top Book 3)

I’m honored to be a part of the Launch Day Blitz for my friend, Kelly Siskind’s book. Check out the fabulous cover!

Reality bites.  Hard.

The last time Raven did “real” was sixteen months ago, when she spent one unforgettable night with the tattooed, impossible sexy Nico, and then he disappeared the next day.  Since then, she’s kept her guard up and her feelings to herself.  She doesn’t have time for relationship drama when she’s busy searching for her long lost sister.

Nico hasn’t stopped thinking about Raven—her sultry curves, inked skin, or the fact that he ditched her after their night together.  Now that they’re living in the same city, he knows this is his chance to make things right.  What better way to prove to Raven he’s for real than helping her find her sister?  But when the lines between right and wrong start to blur, putting his job on the line, Nico has to decide if the risk is worth the ultimate reward.

Here’s an excerpt. I can’t wait to pick up my copy of this book!

His large hand presses against my knee under the table. “Can we talk?”

Jesus, his touch. It’s the first time I’ve felt the weight of his palm on me since Aspen. It’s heavy. Huge. Callused. Instinctually I shift forward, my body no longer mine to command. He doesn’t move his hand. Just his thumb. It presses harder, dragging downward. I grip my armrests to keep from sliding to the floor. He stares at me, waiting for my answer.

Yes. No. Maybe. I choose silence.

The way our lives are entrenched with our friends, I’ll have to spend time with him, and I can’t keep pretending I can block him out. Moving here was about starting fresh, which means letting go of this grudge. But talking about Aspen could stir up more feelings, the same way the experience spurred my need to find Rose. If we talk about our time in the hot tub, it could unhinge me further.

Our waiter arrives to take our order, and Nico’s thumb moves again, a tiny brush, his skin against mine, sending a pulse between my thighs. My sanity plummets. I shout, “Chicken,” like a lunatic as I push away from the table.

Nico’s hand slides from my knee, but his eyes don’t waver. I feel his gaze on my back as I hurry to the bathroom. The second I get inside, I close the door and lean against it, thankful it’s not a public room with several stalls. I take a few deep breaths.

How can that bit of contact turn me inside out? The smallest touch?

Memories of his other touches flip through my mind, snippets of skin and ink, flashes of ecstasy.

My back arching.

His fingers exploring.

The curve of his inked shoulder.

His huge hands.

The sheer size of him.

We might not have had sex, and the details may be fuzzy, but there’s no doubt it was the hottest night I’ve ever had. What isn’t fuzzy is the time I spent with him in the hot tub prior, and how he took advantage of my vulnerability.

Goddamn Nico. And Goddamn Aspen.

 

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About the Author:

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly Siskind moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario, Canada.  When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.

She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—Gummy Bears heal all.  She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

www.kellysiskind.com

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COVER REVEAL for Brenda Drake’s GUARDIAN OF SECRETS

I’m thrilled to share Brenda Drake’s cover reveal for GUARDIAN OF SECRETS!

Here’s a little teaser for the book:

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

AND, the beautiful cover:

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Let us know what you think of the cover for Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2) by Brenda Drake which releases February 7, 2017!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN & YA Interrobang!

Brenda Drake’s thoughts on the cover:

I had an idea of what I wanted the cover of Guardian of Secrets to look like the entire time I was writing the story. I was delighted (I might have screamed) when the cover showed up in my email and it was EXACTLY what I’d imagined. I love that it’s blue since part of the setting of the book takes place in a cold climate. I’m thrilled the couple is on it, too. They resemble the characters I’ve created in my mind perfectly. The cover is so beautiful, and I’m beyond excited to share it with everyone!

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Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2) by Brenda Drake today!

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Interview with Michelle Hauck, author of the BIRTH OF SAINTS Series

I’m honored to be featuring Michelle Hauck on my website today. As many of you know, she’s the author of the BIRTH OF SAINTS Series. Her first book, GRUDGING, was published 12/15, and FAITHFUL will come out on November 15, 2016. I can’t wait to read the next installment in this fantastic series.

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a mother of two college students, and I work with special needs kids in an elementary school. Passionate Chicago Cubs fan for decades. Addicted reader. I also host many online contests dedicated to matching writers with literary agents. I love to chat on social media. Come say hi on twitter. You can find me at @Michelle4Laughs.

What inspired you to write the BIRTH OF SAINTS Series?

My usual answer is to say all the ideas came from the lyrics of one song. But even before I heard the song, I had a general idea that I wanted to write something that wasn’t set in an English or American-based world. Those are the traditional settings for epic fantasy, but I wanted to stretch myself. Somehow the word “sand” from that song led to a desert setting, plus the fact that I had taken a recent vacation in Tucson, Arizona. All their amazing scenery inspired me and the book became a Spanish-inspired world under siege.

Once I had the world, I had to give it life. I think the grandest epic fantasy go beyond merely creating characters to the culture behind them that makes them tick. Like a lot of my writing, the big picture in Birth of Saints focuses on a clash of cultures and how the different political and religious beliefs come into conflict. I make sure to weave in not only the conflict, but the complexities that cause the characters to respond as they do. That is the fun part of making up worlds!

I know you’ve finished book 2, FAITHFUL. How are plans for book 3 coming along? Any hints you can share with your readers about book 2 or 3?

I think I can safely say that Faithful has the same kind of fast-paced ending as Grudging. There are new tests and new twists, along with new characters. You’ll get to see a little more about the Women of the Song in Faithful and even more in the untitled third book, including Claire’s grandmother. I’m also working on scenes that show the background of how the Northerners came to leave their homeland from the point of view of Santabe as she becomes a major player. You’ll have to read it to find out more.

Once this series is finished, what are your plans for future books, or have you thought that far ahead?

Thanks for asking. I’d started a rewrite of my first ever manuscript—the one that had no conflict, was full of head jumping, and told instead of showed—over a year ago. I worked on it again last summer and got all the way to the big finale when I had to work on book 3 for Birth of Saints. I plan to finish that rewrite first thing. I also have another manuscript with my agent at the moment and hopefully that will go out to editors in the next few months. Then there are several ideas knocking around in my head. It will be exciting to write about a whole new world during the summer of 2017.

Thank you, Michelle. I wish you all the best with FAITHFUL’s release.

About Michelle:

Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Two papillons help balance out the teenage drama. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.

She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat and Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow.

Her epic fantasy, Kindar’s Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, is published by The Elephant’s Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer’s Double Edge. She’s repped by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary.

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Here’s the cover for FAITHFUL:

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Following Grudging–and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall–religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints series!

A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.

Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?

On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.

What they find instead is an old woman.

But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.

A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.

Win a copy of FAITHFUL! 2 winners will be chosen; US only (sorry).

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/7/2016- Books,Dreams,Life– Interview

11/8/2016- Bibliobibuli YA– Review

11/9/2016- Book in the Bag Interview

11/10/2016- History from a Woman’s Perspective– Review

11/11/2016- Marty Mayberry– Guest Post

Week Two:

11/14/2016- Book for Thought– Review

11/15/2016- Curling Up With A Good Book– Guest Post

11/16/2016- Always Me– Review

11/17/2016- Dazzled by Books– Interview

11/18/2016- The Autumn Bookshelf– Review

 

 

Cover Reveal for FAITHFUL, Birth of Saints, Book 2, by Michelle Hauck

I’m so excited to be a part of my friend’s cover reveal!

Today Michelle Hauck and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for FAITHFUL, book two in the Birth of Saints series which releases November 15, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover!

 

On to the reveal!

 

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Title: FAITHFUL (Birth of Saints #2)

Author: Michelle Hauck

Pub. Date: November 15, 2016

Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse

Formats: eBook

ISBN: 9780062447173

Find it: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Goodreads

 

Following Grudging–and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall–religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints series!

 

A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.

Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?

On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.

What they find instead is an old woman.

But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.

A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.

 

Exclusive Excerpt!

Not for the first time, Claire reconsidered her decision to stay when Ramiro had asked her. She’d lingered out of curiosity—and truthfully because it felt good to be needed—but they didn’t need her now with the Northern army defeated. She could return to the swamp and away from so many people. Despite her hopes of friends and community, she felt awkward here. Reason said she’d get used to their ways, but being around so many folk made her want to hide. Everything pressed down. The walls of the tent shrunk, pinning her in, and smothering her. It became hard to breathe.

She reached for a fresh strip of cloth, only to have her hand shake. She snatched the material and began to roll it, trying to shut out everything else, including her own doubts.

Before she could find a semblance of peace, though, someone shouted. Ladies screamed. Claire looked over her shoulder at the noise. A brown-bearded man in a poncho and a floppy hat ran in her direction. “My family is dead, because of the evacuations. Because of you.”

Claire gasped. He seemed to be talking to Beatriz, then his gaze found Claire.

“Witch!” His outstretched hand suddenly held a long butcher knife. “Witch! Stay away from us! Murderer! Abomination! Die!”

Fronilde dropped to the ground, but Claire couldn’t move. Surprise robbed her brain of a Song to stop him. Even the words of the Hornet Tune, which she knew as well as her name, deserted her. The man closed as everyone scrambled out of his way. Then Beatriz sprang from her chair to stand over Claire, holding up her hand. The tall, black-lace mantilla atop her head waved like a flag. “Stop.”

Something about the authority in the First Wife’s voice—or maybe her simple resistance instead of cringing or scrambling away—brought the man up short, making him pause for a moment. Just the moment the bodyguard needed to crush the lunatic to the floor and overpower him, wrestling free the knife. More guards came running from outside.

Breath rushed back in Claire’s lungs. Beatriz sniffed and touched a spot on her chest over her heart and then her forehead and stomach areas. “Imbecile. He didn’t know who he was dealing with.”

WOW. I can’t wait to read what happens next!

 

About Michelle:

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Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Two papillons help balance out the teenage drama. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack. She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat and Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow. Her epic fantasy, Kindar’s Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, is published by The Elephant’s Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer’s Double Edge. She’s repped by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary.
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2 winners will receive a signed of GRUDGING, US Only.

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PITCHWARS ’16 Wish List

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Hi! Thanks for stopping by. I’m Marty Mayberry, and I’m repped by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Agency. I write YA novels in just about every genre, including romance, sci-fi, and fantasy. I also write adult contemporary romance and historical fantasy.

This is my second year with PitchWars.

Last year, I mentored Laura Creedle & Becky Dean to PitchWars success.

Becky received 6 requests in the agent round and went on to sign with Christine Witthohn of Book Cents.

Laura received 18 requests in the agent round and got nine offers of rep. She signed with Jim McCarthy, and her book sold shortly after going on sub to Houghton Miffin.

24 requests through PitchWars!!

Can I take credit for their success? Hard to say. My mentees put innumerable hours and a lifetime of sweat and tears into their manuscripts. But I believe I gave their novels that edge they needed.

What I can take credit for is picking entries agents wanted in PW ’15.

I’m determined to do it again this year.

 

What am I looking for in a potential mentee?

Someone willing to work hard and fast. Becky & Laura spoiled me with their enthusiasm and dedication.

What will I offer the author I choose?

My strengths include: enhancing character development, setting, and deep pov. I’m great at coming up with creative ways to fix show vs tell & filtering. I’m a lean writer, which means I can point out ways to tighten/lower word count (as needed) without losing voice, beauty, or story.

I savor writing that speaks to me. I’ll help a mentee enhance their voice and make it shine.

My critique style (in my opinion) is kind but honest. If you’re looking for a mentor who will be brutal with you, I’m not the right pick. My goal is to be constructive and completely honest, but phrase suggestions in a way that make you eager to dig in and work on your MS, not torch it. 🙂

What I’ll give my mentee:

In ’15, I critiqued each mentee’s manuscript three times during the two month editing period. We worked on their queries and synopses, and did multiple passes to hone their pitches for the agent round to best represent their books while maintaining voice. I was privileged to share in their excitement about offers.

Now, we’re friends who chat about our ongoing publishing journeys and share new writing.

Here’s the deal:

Since I’m willing to take time from my personal life/put my writing on hold to work with a mentee, I expect the same effort from you.

I don’t expect you to ignore your personal obligations. I work full time as a nurse and have three children, a house, an elderly dad who keeps breaking limbs and needs help, etc. Believe me, I get it. Life’s important. I’m flexible. But I expect you to put 100% into this project, because I’ll do the same.

I won’t ask you to do anything I’m not willing to do myself.

What am I looking for?

 

Young Adult

 

I want VOICE & an EXCITING HOOK

Show vs tell, filtering, typos, & grammar can be fixed.

But a voice that pulls me in & won’t let go until I reach THE END?

THIS is what I want to find in my inbox

 

I prefer first person pov (past or present), but I’m open to close third.

 

I’m looking for (in no particular order): YA sci-fi, speculative fiction, something exciting in fantasy, romance, retellings, all varieties of contemporary, time travel, thriller/suspense, gothic, & horror.

I’d love to find a funny, contemporary YA about dating rules or break-ups.

Or a creepy book about ghosts, witches or haunted houses.

Or a softer sci-fi that takes me to another world (space opera?).

Or something unexpected.

Surprise me.

Unsure if we’re a fit?

Ask me about your MS on Twitter (@marty_mayberry).

I’m not your best choice for:

graphic rape (it can be eluded to/part of someone’s past), abusive parents, murdered children or pets (unless it’s vital to the plotline), paranormal (unless it’s new & different), or memoirs.

 

Diversity reflects life—SEND ME your diverse entries!

 

Examples of my critique style: http://www.brenda-drake.com/2016/06/day-5-part-2-june-setting-workshop-pitch-wars-mentor-marty-mayberry/

http://www.brenda-drake.com/2016/05/day-9-part-2-mays-voice-workshop-pitch-wars-mentor-marty-mayberry/

Quotes from my ’15 mentees:

Marty Mayberry has amazing editorial instincts. She knew just what I needed to do to turn my pretty good novel into a marketable novel. I don’t think I’d be here without her. Laura Creedle

Her entry from ’15 PitchWars: http://PW Laura

Marty is great at helping identify what’s not working in a manuscript, but what I loved best, was she then worked with me to figure out how to fix it. She had insightful suggestions, but ultimately supported my vision for the story. She’s great at suggesting possibilities and helping brainstorm ways to address the problems. She also gave me some great tips in general, not just on my Pitch Wars book, that I’ll keep using in future stories, too.  Becky Dean

Becky’s entry from ’15 PW: http://PW Becky

YA Books I’ve loved (off the top of my head): Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater, The Winner’s Trilogy, Marie Rutkoski, The Star-Touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi, The Selection Series, Kiera Cass, Into the Dim, Janet B. Taylor, Under a Painted Sky, Stacey Lee, Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea, Morgan Callan Rogers, Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card, Thief of Lies, Brenda Drake, Future Shock, Elizabeth Briggs, Wool, Hugh Howey (?YA), HP & everything ever written by Stephen King (enough said).

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Plus books by Sarah J. Maas, Lauren Oliver, Stephanie Perkins, Beth Revis, James Dashner, Rainbow Rowell, Rick Yancey, Jennifer Armentrout, Veronica Rossi, E. Lockhart, Leigh Bardugo, Rysa Walker, Maureen Johnson, Robin Hobb, Amie Kaufman, Elizabeth Peters, among others. I could fill 15+ pages with the names of authors I love.

Submit to me, & let’s get started!

Random facts about me: I love Earl Grey tea and iced coffee (decaf French vanilla). I *shhh* prefer Dunkin’ Donuts over Starbucks. Islesboro, Maine (pictured at the top of my page) is one of my favorite places in the world. I’d love to live in Costa Rica. I could visit Disneyland once a month and never get bored. I’m an older mentor; my kids are grown, which means not much bothers me. I’ve moved beyond moody & have infinite patience. I love to travel and was an exchange student in Braunschweig, Germany for six months. I’m addicted to Smarties and peanut butter M&Ms. I write a large part of my books on paper then put my notes into the doc & flesh them out. This is how I wrote an 84K book in 29 days. My Fitbit goal is 14,000 steps/day. Vegetables are my favorite food group. And cheese. I wish I could lose 20#. I don’t like heights, although I’ve ziplined 3 times (with my eyes closed LOL). I’m a tequila snob. I prefer red wine over white. I love archaeology & exploring ancient ruins. To me, a fun day is mining black tourmaline in So. Paris, Maine. If I could live close to the ocean, my life would be complete.

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Cover Reveal For Sharon Johnston’s SHATTERED

I’m one of the lucky few who got to read this book in advance. WOW. This is SO GOOD! Anyway. I’m honored to part of Sharon’s cover reveal. Check it out!

Shattered: An Open Heart Novel Book 2

SHATTERED digital

Book Blurb:

Mishca needs to save her sisters, but only Ryder can save her.

The truth about Mishca’s past shattered her heart. She deals with the pain by focusing on a new mission: saving her newfound family from their creator. With her sisters scheduled for termination, Mishca and her friends set out on a journey up the North Queensland Coast to save them before someone else dies.

Ryder understands the need driving Mischa. It’s in her DNA. But he’s not giving up on the chance they can still be together. She’s the only one to have seen him levitate. The only one to watch the sparks dance across his skin. The only one he trusts enough to know what is in his heart. And now, he might be the only one who can stop Mishca from losing her humanity.

Driven apart by secrets, will they come together in time?

Book Excerpt:

My hands grip the steering wheel so tight my knuckles resemble mini snow capped mountains. I could drive under the truck 200 metres ahead in the opposite lane and end it all. It would be so easy. Accelerate; yank the wheel, and then nothingness. The scenario plays through my mind so vividly I actually wince.

Suck it up, soldier. This pity party is over.

I shake my head as though that will make the intrusive thoughts dissipate. The best thing might be to think of nothing at all. Thinking about the fact people want to kill my sisters, thinking about how I stuffed everything with Ryder, thinking about Isobel and how I’m her incarnate, thinking about Colin… Ah crap, now I’m thinking about Colin.

I want to travel back in time and bitch-slap past-me for believing that Imogene’s love for Colin was my own. Part of me is furious with my original for passing on her insanely passionate feelings for my former university professor. The other part of me is furious with Colin for not realising that I was his soul mate’s duplicate. Being a clone sucks ass. 

 

Release: September/October 2016

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Like the sound of SHATTERED, but haven’t read An Open Heart Novel Book 1:DIVIDED yet? City Owl Press has lots of purchase options on their website.

Giveaway: Sharon is giving away three handmade bookmarks that all feature purple to match the cover and a heart for the book series. See the Rafflecopter for details on how to enter.

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About the Author

Sharon

Sharon is an author and public relations professional from Mackay in Australia. She writes across Young Adult, New Adult and Adult categories in a variety of genres. Her novel Divided is published with City Owl Press.

Sharon is also a regular mentor for the pitch contest Pitch Wars. When she’s not writing or working in PR, Sharon is gaming with her hottie hubby and kids, binging on Netflix, or playing with her fur babies.

Find her on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

THE DARKEST LIE Release Blitz

THE DARKEST LIE is out in the world, and I’m proud to share Pintip’s release

 

ABOUT THE DARKEST LIE

 

“The mother I knew would never do those things.

But maybe I never knew her after all.”

Clothes, jokes, coded messages…Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student, and CeCe’s been the subject of whispers and taunts ever since. Now, at the start of her high school senior year, between dealing with her grieving, distracted father, and the social nightmare that has become her life, CeCe just wants to fly under the radar. Instead, she’s volunteering at the school’s crisis hotline—the same place her mother worked.

As she counsels troubled strangers, CeCe’s lingering suspicions about her mom’s death surface. With the help of Sam, a new student and newspaper intern, she starts to piece together fragmented clues that point to a twisted secret at the heart of her community. Soon, finding the truth isn’t just a matter of restoring her mother’s reputation, it’s about saving lives—including CeCe’s own…

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THE DARKEST LIE: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

ABOUT PINTIP DUNN:

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Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,”

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, is a finalist in the Best First Book category of RWA’s RITA® contest. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

Review of THE DEBT, by Tyler King

I read THE DEBT, and I’m gutted. I want MORE!

What an excellent book. I opened it with the intention of just getting started, only to find myself finishing it at 1:30 in the morning. It was THAT good.

Told from a single pov (bold move on the author’s part that truly paid off), THE DEBT is a NA love story between Josh and Hadley. They met as children in foster care, where they tried to protect each other, but were unable to. Each was adopted and raised by caring adults, but the scars they picked up in their childhood carried forward into their adult lives. These scars influence how they interact not just with the world, but with each other. Only by overcoming the past can they have a future together.

Josh was truly damaged by his experience. He lashes out, most often at Hadley. If this book had been from Hadley’s pov, I’m not sure I could’ve finished it, because he treats her horribly at times. But being in Josh’s head helped me understand why he acts this way. Even more, we know he loves her.

I don’t generally enjoy books where the LI has anger management issues, because I feel that behavior like that is ingrained in a person. But, Josh has reasons for his behavior, and while he reacts with anger, we’re with him, so we get it. We understand. And we’re rewarded by being with him as he works through his issues both in counseling and in his interactions with Hadley. By the end, Josh has overcome his past and learned better ways to handle his stress.

Pros: Excellent writing, deep pov (loved this guy and his thought processes), true caring between the characters, steamy sex scenes, HEA, fully-developed secondary characters.

Cons: I can’t think of any at this point.

I’m eager to see what this author writes next.

Thank you, Tyler King, NetGalley, & Forever Yours/Hachette for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Debt

Hadley saved my life . . . and I ruined hers

Hadley’s my best friend. We share a house, our friends, a life. She knows all my secrets . . . except one. My desperate need for her is inked on my body, it’s the best I can do. But Hadley needs to hear the words . . .

Growing up as foster kids, Hadley made me feel whole-sane. And what did I do? I destroyed our chance to be together. I ran out on Hadley when I should have stayed, and something broke between us. Now I’ll do anything to fix it.

I’ll never leave her again. I won’t ever let her feel afraid again. But the more I try to protect her from my pain, the more I just make things worse. I’m terrified that if I tell her everything, she’ll never forgive me. I’m even more terrified that it may be too late to make her mine. I have to try to give her what she needs . . . it’s a debt I’m determined to repay.