WELCOME TO THE BLOG! With over 140 interviews logged to date, I love nothing more than getting the chance to talk to authors about their books, the writing process, what they've learned navigating the publishing journey, and even picking their brains on craft-related topics (such as how to write distinct POVs and world-building tips). They've taught me so much! I hope you enjoy reading through these amazing interviews as much as I've enjoyed putting them together.

Co-Author Spotlight: Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan on My Darling, My Disaster

Today is a special day because I get to welcome co-authors, Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan to the blog! Both accomplished authors in their own right, this dynamic duo first teamed up to write the well-received historical romance, My Rogue, My Ruin (Lords of Essex #1) which released last November, and they are following it up with My Darling, My Disaster (Lords of Essex #2), available TODAY, March 27, 2017! Hi, Angie and Amalie! Congrats on My Darling, My Disaster (Lords of Essex #2) which releases today! What can you tell us about it? It’s a steamy regency romance between a Russian princess who is hiding as a lady’s maid from a murderer and an English lord who has a scandalous secret. Their

Words of Wisdom from SCBWI #DreamToDo17

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to attend the Maryland / Delaware / West Virginia regional conference for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), and it was AMAZING! In addition to the excellent break-out sessions that covered topics such as revision, social media, and small press vs. large press, I was able to meet​​ writer friends from Twitter and Pitch​​ Wars in person. And, guess what?! Those people were even more incredible than I thought they'd be! :-) Meeting real people = yeay! ​artwork by Deborah Schaumberg There were so many gems of writery wisdom (and just plain good advice!) flying around the conference—from the keynote address given by Bruce Coville

Author Spotlight: Lindsey Frydman on The Heartbeat Hypothesis

Today I'm very happy to welcome my fellow Pitch Wars 2016 mentee, and published author, Lindsey Frydman to the blog! Her debut new adult novel, The Heartbeat Hypothesis, has been called 'utterly unputdownable' and 'a brilliant tapestry of the human condition', and it's available for purchase starting tomorrow, March 20, 2017! Hi, Lindsey! Congrats on your debut. Can you tell us a little bit about The Heartbeat Hypothesis? What was the inspiration for the story? Hi! <3 The Heartbeat Hypothesis is about a girl—Audra Madison—who’s decided to recreate her heart donor’s done-it list. (A photographic journal of all the things she did before she died.) She convinces her donor’s brother to help, an

Guest Post: Author, Tamara Girardi & #KindWriters

Sending out a big hello to the writers stuck with their heads down, #amwriting and #amquerying all the manuscripts that are about to become the published books of tomorrow! Are you looking for a query critique, or a critique of your first 5 pages? Then please check out the brand-new hashtag contest hitting Twitter today: #KindWriters. #KindWriters is the brainchild of author, Tamara Girardi. Writers can use the hashtag to tweet about a random act of kindness they have committed, and in turn, they can earn a chance (or chances!) to win either a query critique or a critique of their first 5 pages. And even more than that—a small act of kindness just might change someone's day for the better. :

Author Spotlight: Rosalyn Eves Talks Blood Rose Rebellion

Today I'm so excited to have author, Rosalyn Eves, on the blog! Her debut novel, Blood Rose Rebellion, is the first book in a Young Adult historical fantasy trilogy, and it hits stores on March 28, 2017! Welcome, Rosalyn, and congrats on your debut. Can you tell us a little bit about Blood Rose Rebellion? Blood Rose Rebellion is a historical fantasy novel set in 19th century Europe on the eve of the Hungarian Revolution. It’s the story of a girl born without magic in a world where everyone else in her class has magical gifts—and how her struggle to find a place in that world uproots everything she thought she knew and thought she wanted. What was the inspiration for the story? A lot of fanta

Cover Love: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao is an East Asian fantasy re-imagining of The Evil Queen legend, and it has some of the coolest comps ever—The Wrath and the Dawn meets Snow White and the Huntsman! And if all that's not enough to get your blood pumping—check out this cover! ​ There's so much symbolism! Snakes, so often viewed as symbols of evil and treachery, are also seen as depictions of the great power of nature, and that to control a snake, is to control nature itself. Very interesting...... Add that to the apple blossom—a definite nod to Snow White and a classic symbol of female beauty and peace (while the apple itself represents immortality, temptat

Five Online Tools for Writers I Actually USE!

​​​​There's no shortage of online apps and tools geared toward writers, but here are five that I rely on. I've used ALL of these, and most of them I use on a regular basis. If they're not in your writer's toolbox already, you'll definitely want to check them out! AR BookFinder ​​ Application: Research for comp titles Where to find it: Cost: Free This is a great search tool to research the books you may want to comp to in a query. Simply go to AR BookFinder and type in the title you want to research. Not only will the website give you a short synopsis of the book, but it lists topics and subtopics, and (drum roll, please........) WORD COUNT! I don't know about you, but I f

Cover Love: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Hailed as darkly irresistible, Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody is hands down one of my most-anticipated reads of 2017! And take a look at the gorgeousness that is the newly-released cover. It's smoking! Literally! Cue additional levels of excitement!!!! What's the story? Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together t

Book Watch: March 2017

It's March and the motto around this time of year is 'in like a lion and out like a lamb', but have you seen some of the books set to release this month?! Here are a few titles that are poised to ROAR all the way through. ​​---------------- The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco ------------- Releases: March 7 The 411: Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind! What's the story: When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she's a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes T

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