Monday, November 28, 2016

Cover Reveal! Guardian Of Secrets by Brenda Drake



The sequel to Brenda Drake's amazing book Thief Of Lies, A Library Jumper Novel, is coming out soon! EEEP! If you haven't checked out her first book, find it here.

 I love this author and this series so I'm super excited!
The cover of the first book was beautiful and the second does not disappoint! 



Let's take a look, shall we!

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But first, a little suspense!

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Are you ready yet? ;)

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Ahh! It's beautiful, right? The cliche is that we shouldn't judge books by their cover but we SO DO. And this one passes in my eyes, how about yours? I'd totally read this-- and will!

Here's some more about the book and Brenda, the lovely amazing author!


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.







Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. 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).



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sequel to Machinations releases today!! Check out COUNTERPART by Hayley Stone!



The high-intensity sci-fi thriller series that began with Machinations continues as reincarnated insurgent Rhona Long faces off against the one enemy she can’t outwit: her own clone.

The machines believed their extermination of the human race would be over as quickly as it began. They were wrong. As the war against extinction intensifies, people are beginning to gain the upper hand.

Commander Rhona Long understands survival better than most. Killed in combat, she was brought back to life using her DNA, and she’s forged a new, even more powerful identity. Now the leader of the resistance, she’s determined to ensure the machines are shut down for good.

But victory is elusive. The machines have a new technology designed to overcome humanity’s most advanced weaponry. Despite Rhona’s peacekeeping efforts, former nations are feuding over resources as old power struggles resurface. Worse, someone inside the resistance is sabotaging the human cause—someone who, from all appearances, seems to be Rhona . . . or her exact replica.

Praise for Machinations:

"A tension-filled story of loss, loyalty, and forgiveness, with abundant Terminator-style shoot-em-up scenes and a snarky, kickass female warrior. I inhaled it!”
Jennifer Foehner Wells, bestselling author of Fluency

“This violent, bloody, romantic tale is full of awesome mechanical foes and authentic characters you love or hate, like real people . . . The nuances of the title promise more than meets the eye, and the prose delivers.”
- Perihelion

“An SF techno-thriller with heart and soul.”
Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver

Machinations is an action-packed SF thriller loaded with fantastic characters and gut-wrenching emotional twists. [. . .] The prose is stunning, the action is non-stop.”
Linnea Sinclair, RITA Award-winning author of Gabriel’s Ghost

Machinations is a thrilling fusion of action and heartbreak, with quick pacing, rich characters, and a one-of-a-kind story. A great debut.”
G.T. Almasi, author of Blades of Winter

Purchase your copy of Counterpart today!


And don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR




Hayley Stone has lived her entire life in sunny California, where the weather is usually perfect and nothing as exciting as a robot apocalypse ever happens. When not reading or writing, she freelances as a graphic designer, falls in love with videogame characters, and analyzes buildings for velociraptor entry points. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in German from California State University, Sacramento. Counterpart is her second novel, and a choice for Amazon’s Best Sci-fi and Fantasy Books of the Month for October.




Monday, July 18, 2016

2016 Pitch Wars Wish List


                                


What’s better than one mentor? Easy, two. And what’s better than two mentors? Two red headed mentors! That’s right, for the first time in Pitchwars history, Stacey Trombley & Rebecca Sky have teamed up, and are looking for the third member of Team Gingersnaps (no baking required).

Wondering if you’re the men (or woman) to our tee, the gin to our ger?

Here’s what we’re looking for:

We want your Fantasy, & we want your Contemporary, & we want it to be…
UNIQUE!
DARK!
VOICE-ALICIOUS!
(yes, this is a thing)

Unique: We love big concepts, new ideas. Something we haven’t seen before, or if we have seen it, show us a new take. Basically send us something that excites us.

Dark: We love antiheros, conflicted characters, deep angst. Show us the wounded, the broken, the redeemable! But please don’t depress us, we need to know there’s hope under all that dark.
Stacey’s favorite YA contemporary: The Hate List by Jennifer Brown.
Rebecca’s favorite YA Fantasy: The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo.

Voice-alicious: We want voice, emotions, we want to connect with your hero from the first page. We’ll be looking at style, tone, atmosphere. We want to feel compassion, empathy, comradery, as we read your work.

Stacey’s favorite YA author’s voice: Jennifer Neilson (The False Prince)
Rebecca’s favorite YA author’s voice: Laini Taylor (Lips Touch Three Times)



Bonus points for diversity! We would LOOOOOVE an #Ownvoices book!


Here’s what we don’t want: We don’t want tired clichés, forced writing, purple prose!
Here’s what we have to offer:
Rebecca is a writer, keynote speaker, presenter, social media chat host, and in her spare time she serializes stories online.

Stacey is a published author, a young mom, a book coach, and she’s got another book on the way with Entangled Publishing.

We love to help talented writers make it to the next step! When we pick you, we BELIEVE in you. You’ll get coaches and friends…and less exciting, you’ll get a whole lot of homework. So be prepared to WORK, because we can guarantee we will be working hard for you.


Are you a unique voice? Do you have a strong hook? Are you willing to roll up your sleeves and get to work? If so, we want you!

Not sold yet? Here’s the real reason you should pick us.

If you’re looking for a mentor(s) who will help you through this contest and then disappear from your life forever, we’re not your girls. We’re pouring our blood, sweat and tears into your MS, (okay not blood, why do people say that? It’s creepy!), and we want to see it through to the end. The End for us is whatever your dream is—landing an agent, a publishing deal, media rights sales! There’s a ton of creative ways to share your work nowadays, and we’re all about getting your work out there. We’re no agent, those are invaluable! But sometimes it's nice to have a writer friend, or two, in your corner.

Common issues we’ll be looking to strengthen if you’re our mentee:
-Plot/structure issues/holes
-Hooking the reader from the start
-Pacing
-Natural Dialog
-Character development (We’re both incredibly character driven--foxhounds on the hunt for character development holes. We will find those suckers!)
-Voice
-Building conflict and making the most of every plot twist
-We'll point out some basic writing problems like crutch words and showing versus telling and places that just need work in general (we all have lazy spots we just miss during edits)


Looking for the scavenger letter? Head on over to Rebecca Sky’s website www.RebeccaSky.com you’ll find it there (look on the News/Events page)!


Some of Stacey’s favorite writers:
Jennifer Brown (Hate List), Abigail Haas (Dangerous Girls), Jennifer Neilson (False Prince), Kristin Cashore (Gracling), Maggie Stiefvater (Scorpio Races) Kiersten White (Paranormalcy, Mind Games)

Some of Rebecca’s favorite writers:
Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables), James Thurber (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Douglas Adams (The Hitch Hiker’s guide to the Galaxy), Lanani Taylor (Lips Touch Three Times), Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus), Neil Gaiman (Neverwhere), Suszanne Collins (Hunger Games).


!Check out our books!



And check out the other lovely 2016 YA mentors!




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