Friday, 7 August 2015

Touching Fate by Brenda Drake!

Listen up people!!!!!

The lady herself - the one who provides the writing community with so much support and love - Miss Brenda Drake has a gorgeous cover reveal for her fabulous book, Touching Fate. It would be a CRIME not to pre-order this when you can.

Check it out!!!!

Touching Fate
Release Date: 10/13/15
Entangled Teen: Crave

Summary from Goodreads:
Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn't. Aster discovers she has a veryunscientific gift—with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person's fate.

Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday—and Reese's is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death...only to find the one person who can save him.

Aster doesn't know that the hot Dutch guy she's just met needs her help–or that he’s about to die.

But worst of all…she doesn't know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.

About the Author
Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at schooluntil her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of hereccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was onlyfitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward thefantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores,and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

You know those times where an absolutely stunning sounding book comes around and you just can't WAIT to read it? Well, be prepared to read one helluva book! It has possibly the best title EVER:
 Seriously, that is all kinds of cool.

First off, go check it out on Goodreads. Seriously, I'll wait until you get back. Okay, did you go? Great.  

Right...I know, I know. Get to the good stuff already! Well, you asked for it! Here is the cover reveal for Monica's most epic book!

Okay seriously, you need to read this. Look how awesome it is!

During welcome week at Hillson University, the FROSH will hit the fan. Type-A aspiring journalist Ellie plans to take freshman year by storm. But hell-bent on breaking a huge on-campus scandal, she risks becoming one herself—and getting the mysterious, heart-melting QB in serious trouble.

Grant, star quarterback and charismatic chick-magnet, is hiding a life-altering secret. The last thing he needs is an overeager (absolutely adorable) journalist asking questions. He’s got a reputation to protect.

High-society legacy student Devon is ready to catch the football hottie of her dreams. If the tabloids feature her with the “it” boy on her arm, her tainted past will be buried—or so she thinks.

Charlie, pre-med, is done being the sweet and funny geek that girls like Devon ignore. But if he tries to impress her with a new edgy, spontaneous attitude, will his heart end up in the emergency room?

FROSH intertwines the stories of Ellie, Grant, Devon, and Charlie in Mónica B. Wagner’s sexy NA debut series, about falling in love and falling apart.

And a little about the talented lady herself!

Mónica was born in a Peruvian city by a snow-capped volcano. Growing up, books were her constant companion as she traveled with her family to places like India (where she became a vegetarian), Thailand (where she *almost* met Leonardo di Caprio), France (where she pretended to learn French), and countless other places that inspired her to write. Now, Mónica lives in Chile with her husband, three boys, eleven hens, and stray dog.

If you haven't already go to Goodreads and keep track of this amazing book....and the second you can pre-order it too! You won't regret it! Don't like the FROSH hit the fan!

Monday, 3 August 2015

Mentor wish list blog hop!


It’s Pitch Wars time and I couldn’t be more excited! Well, actually, WE couldn’t be. Yup, you heard me right...there are two of us this year!

So, who is my illustrious partner in crime?

It’s none other than the AH-MAZING Dionne McCulloch (who, I have to tell you, is not only one creative and talented dynamo, but so darn funny and pretty to boot!). You’ll find our bios at the bottom of the page so go check out all the awesomeness that Dionne brings to the table.

Okay, onto the wish list: we had a super good chat about what we’re looking for, and we’ve come up with some vital ingredients. First off though, let us clarify our category:

MG (Middle Grade)

If you’re not an MG author then thank you very much for stopping by, but you should pop on over to the YA/NA/Adult blogs (and best of luck from our team!).

Still here? Then you write Middle Grade. Super. One thing to point out right at the start:

  • We are looking for a writer who has been thoughtful and careful about their craft. We’re looking for work that you feel is almost ready to submit to agents but needs that final nudge. No first drafts, no mss that you know in your heart are in bad shape but you just want a mentor to fix it, and no unfinished manuscripts. We want the very best you can offer...and then we’re going to show you how to make that baby shine!

Genres we’re interested in:

  • Adventure - Imaginative, fun, extraordinary, quirky and fresh adventure stories that fill you with curiosity and wonder. It’ll get brownie points if it’s sailing, jungles or any other outdoorsy pursuit! We don’t even mind a bit of fantasy!
  • Humor – Laugh until your sides hurt, kooky, quirky humor that stands the test of time (ala Roald Dahl, David Walliams, Andy Stanton, Laura Dockrill…).
  • Nature themes – jungles, woods, mountains, on the sea, on the North Pole, the Serengeti, the souks of Morocco, Antarctica…take us somewhere adventurous!
  • Science themes – NOT science fiction. Anything quirky, innovate and new in common science. Sprinkle it in and make us want to explore.

Okay, so those are the broad strokes. So, what do we NOT want?

  • Issue books.
  • Dark books.
  • Books where one/both of the parents have died and this propels the plot.
  • We LOVE diversity but not as the only topic of the book.
  • Heavy narratives.
  • Serious books with a maudlin overtone.
  • Snarky, whiney, depressed or otherwise moody characters.

What we will love you for:

  • Characters full of wonder and curiosity.
  • A fresh, unique tone. A character who has a ton of personality and a great sense of humor.
  • Outlandish ideas made plausible.
  • Tight word count combined with a light hand.
  • If you know Neil Gaiman (or are Neil Gaiman) then this will be a HUGE advantage. ;-)

Right, onto the bios (which will have some hints and tips about our individual likes too):


I’m a YA author, book and script editor who started out producing and writing for television, and am now writing my second novel while paying the bills editing books and film/TV scripts. Prior to TV I was a travel writer, played in a band in LA, and was an intern for President Clinton. I also grew up in India, Costa Rica, Spain and Texas and now live in England. I’ve traveled throughout Europe and Africa, pausing to live in South Africa where I met Nelson Mandela! So… I LOVE an adventure.
And that’s what I’m looking for in our PitchWars mentee… someone with a sense of adventure that bleeds into their writing. Curiosity, playfulness, humor and a stoncking good adventure tale, I’d like the kind of book that you just CANNOT put down until you reach the back cover.


I’m a freelance ghost writer and script writer – working on a feature length animation right now, so SQUEE! I’ve published over 300 different articles/short stories/DVD narrations/etc, and a lot of children’s books for a children’s charity that provides educational materials for 3rd world countries. I interned with two literary agencies (and that was a BIG learning curve) and I also work doing content and copy writing for a marketing firm.

Unlike Super Woman, I have not met Nelson Mandela or Bill Clinton. I have, however, tried stunt riding, swam under a waterfall, taken 7 horses through Europe and been under the Cheese Cutter bridge…oh and I speak reaaaaally bad Greek ;-).

I am very partial to anything reminiscent of Indiana Jones for kids. I’d be intrigued by something like Artemis Fowl for girls. I’d die over a “choose your own adventure” and I’m a sucker for really quirky structure. Fantasy is A.OK for me!

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