November 30, 2012

The Summer I Became a Nerd - Cover Reveal

Double Friday post zomg! :D

A lovely author friend, Leah Rae Miller, unveiled her cover today for The Summer I Became a Nerd, and here it is!


On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become... and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

This book sounds ADORABLE. Being a geek myself who has cosplayed numerous times at anime conventions, I can't wait to read this book and meet Maddie and Logan :)

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About the Author

Born and raised in northern Louisiana, Leah Rae Miller still lives there on a windy hill with her husband and kids. She loves comic books, lava lamps, fuzzy socks, and Cherry Coke. She spends most of her days reading things she likes and writing things she hopes other people will like.

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In the weeks leading up to The Summer I Became a Nerd's release on May 7, 2013, there will be a Marked-to-Read contest on Goodreads. Watch Leah’s site for details on how to enter.

Let Leah know what you think of her cover in the comments :)

Have a great weekend, guys! ♥

November 28, 2012

WoW: FALLING KINGDOMS by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Book blurb (from goodreads):
In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword...

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

Available December 11, 2012

I'm curious how the plot will divvy up time between these four characters, hopefully giving us enough of each to really get an idea of who they are. Plus, that cover totally screams high fantasy. Love it.

Happy Wednesday, guys ♥

November 26, 2012

Pitch Wars: Mentor Bio


Hi guys! This post is for those planning to participate in Pitch Wars. If you're not sure what Pitch Wars is, click here for more details!

Submissions start today (11/26)! The cut off time to get your applications (query & first five pages of manuscript) in is 8PM EST on December 5. Submission details below!

About Me: I write YA fiction in whatever genre strikes my fancy, whether that's science fiction or contemporary. But my heart ultimately belongs to fantasy and all its permutations. I'm a content editor for a small publisher, and I'm represented by the fab Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary.

I'm open to mentoring Young Adult manuscripts in the following genres:

♥ Fantasy (from urban to epic)
♥ Science Fiction
♥ Dystopian
♥ Steampunk
♥ Cyberpunk
♥ Horror
♥ Gothic
♥ LGBT (in combination with any genre)

I love everything from dark and disturbing to light and fluffy. Give me a strong plot, compelling characters, and high emotion. Make me care, and I'll love you forever.

I like to give a balanced critique of what works for me and what doesn't in regards to world building, characterization, and plot. While my feedback is never unnecessarily mean, be aware that I am very honest. We can discuss beforehand exactly what sort of feedback you're looking for :)

SUBMISSION DETAILS

Send your applications to brendadrakecontests@gmail.com. Writers can apply for up to 3 coaches. The coaches' categories are set. Coaches can only consider the categories they've signed up for. Writers cannot apply for a coach that is not in their category.

For additional information about this contest, go HERE.

  This is open to finished manuscripts only.

  You may only enter one manuscript.

  Only the genres requested by each coach will be considered for the contest.

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November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!


May your day be filled with family, fun, and food!



♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

November 21, 2012

WoW: THE FRIDAY SOCIETY by Adrienne Kress

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

Book blurb (from goodreads):
An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all.

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

Available December 6, 2012

This sounds like loads of fun. Plus, I love me some steampunk. I'm curious as to why these women are all assistants to powerful men, as opposed to being their own bosses, and I'm also a little wary of potential Asian stereotypes, but I'm willing to go into this book with an open mind. Hopefully it'll surprise and delight me :)

Happy Wednesday, guys ♥

November 19, 2012

Cover Reveal: AVOW by Chelsea Fine



AVOW
The FINAL installment in the Archers of Avalon series by Chelsea Fine

SYNOPSIS

Scarlet remembers. Everything. Her past lives, Tristan, Gabriel, Nate: she remembers it all--including how to get to the Fountain of Youth. But time is running out.

Heather and Gabriel have been kidnapped by Raven, while the curse that has plagued Scarlet and Tristan for centuries has shifted, putting the star-crossed lovers in more danger than ever before. Water from the Fountain of Youth is the only thing that can save Scarlet and her loved ones. But the water comes at a price.

With lives--and hearts--at stake, Scarlet leads her friends on a dangerous journey to the Fountain of Youth. Where eternal life is possible, but death is certain.


Available December 11th, 2012!

Don't miss the first two books in the Archers of Avalon series!

ANEW (book one)
Kindle    Nook
AWRY (book two)
Kindle    Nook

Looks awesome! ♥

November 14, 2012

Coming Soon: Pitch Wars!


We're extremely excited to announce an upcoming event where agented authors, industry interns, and editors team up with aspiring writers to shine up their manuscripts and pitches to present to some awesome agents.

Here's the deets...

November 7, 2012

WoW: TAKEN by Erin Bowman

Taken by Erin Bowman

Book blurb (from goodreads):
There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends...and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

Available April 16, 2013

First thing that caught my attention was that the narrator is a boy. I love male narrators! Second thing is the premise, because it sounds awesomely mysterious. I'm already intrigued. The fab cover doesn't hurt either :)

Also, why is this book not coming out until April? *dramatic flop*

Happy Wednesday, guys ♥

November 5, 2012

Taking Time on Things That Matter (To You)

A few months ago, my sister and I were in the bathroom putting on make-up as sisters sometimes do. I was about to shade in my eyebrows, and a semblance of the following conversation happened:

Sister: Oh! I've finally found the perfect way to do eyebrows. I'll show you.
Me: Okay...
Sister: Take your brush and shade the wing then fade out the front and fill in with liner and smooth out with comb and fill in again and--
Me: OMG WTH IT'S JUST MY EYEBROW WHY ARE THERE SO MANY STEPS?
Sister: *while laughing* Yes, but then your eyebrows look like this. *gestures to her own which, admittedly, are fab*
Me: But I don't CARE. I'm going back to my one-step eyebrow shading.

So I did. But my sister has always liked what she could do with make-up so she didn't mind spending the extra time to perfect her eyebrows.

And it got me thinking about how we all spend a little more time on the things that matter to us, even though others might think it strange or a waste of time.

My sister is also a photographer (and a dang good one), and she spends hours upon hours reading up on the latest techniques, lenses,and equipment. She's always practicing her skills or imagining her frames, and she stays up late scrutinizing every shot to make sure her clients are happy. And she does all this because that's what she's passionate about.

What I'm passionate about is my writing. I spend ages trying to find the right words for a single sentence, or hours rewriting a paragraph because it just doesn't sound right. For people who don't care so much about writing, this would be crazy to them. And, yeah, I guess it kind of is. But this is what matters to me, so I'm willing to take my time.

So no matter what your passions, if it's something that really, truly matters to you, take the time to learn it and perfect it and ENJOY it.

Happy Monday! ♥

 

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