Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Wishing you and your family the very best this holiday season!

Here's to presents under the tree, a feast on the table, and family beside you! May you be blessed with love, health, happiness and lots of books! ;)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

PURGATORY REIGN by LM Preston: Extended Excerpt

For Writer Wednesday, I'm celebrating this week's PURGATORY REIGN blog tour from YA author, LM Preston. Fortunate enough to have read this as a beta reader, I can tell you that it absolutely rocks! Check out the extended excerpt and discover a bit more about the author, LM Preston.

Something evil this way comes, unfortunately for it, 
Peter Saints is waiting.

Seventeen-year-old Peter Saints' life stinks. But things are about to get much worse. First, his parents are murdered in front of him. Then another victim dies in his arms.

Visions plague Peter with warnings that something wants him for a sinister cause. It desires the one thing that Peter refuses to give - 
his blood.

On the run with Angel, a scruffy kid, Peter starts to unravel the mystery. It's the one secret the heavens sought to hide from the world. Unfortunately, when Peter finds the answer he hopes that will save the girl he loves, he opens the door to a great evil that happens to be salivating to meet him.

Title: Purgatory Reign
Series: Purgatory Reign, Book 1
Release: ebook (March 2013) Print (May 2013)
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, SciFi
ISBN: 978-0-9850251-3-7
EBook: 978-0-985-0251-4-4

Extended Excerpt:

Peter took a moment to catch his breath. “I left. I left the grounds. But something’s bad has happened. Sh-she…Hanna died!” He coughed and his eyes watered. “Because of me! My fault. It was my fault. You gotta help her! I always screw up. Always. Please…”

Pastor Finn put his hands on Peter’s shoulders and shook him. “Why’d you leave? I told you never to leave here. You’ll put us all in danger. Yourself in danger. I didn’t save your butt for you to screw this up, boy.” He yanked Peter by the shirt and down the stairs. Then dragged him, practically running, all the way to the cellar stairs where he pointed at the small door where Peter had escaped. “Sixteen years old and you think you are man enough to make it out there?” he grumbled. “This is where you got out?” He sighed. “You don’t understand.”

“It’s my fault! Did you hear me? I killed someone! You gotta help her.” Peter jerked out of his grasp and grabbed Pastor Finn’s shirt, facing off with him. For once in a long while, he stared down the man eye to eye. He straightened up to his full height. The older man’s gray crew cut and piercing blue eyes were filled with fear. Peter’s hand loosened in shock that it was the first time he remembered that Pastor Finn looked afraid.

“I can’t help the dead.” He pushed Peter’s hands away from him. “But I have to help you. Come with me.” Peter watched him, confused. His teeth clenched at Pastor Finn’s betrayal. “I thought you were different. I have to go back. Bury her, like she deserves.” Peter stumbled backwards.

LM Preston
LM. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her first published novel, Explorer X - Alpha was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.

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How do you like the extended excerpt of Purgatory Reign? Ready to read more?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pitch Wars: Team Ninja

The day has arrived! 12-12-12 marks the announcement 
of the teams for Pitch Wars! Woot! 
With the final number of 43 pitches in the inbox, let me say that I am both honored and humbled by this experience. It was SO difficult to narrow it down to only three. Every single one of you that pitched is amazing. I hope the feedback helps, and PLEASE do not hesitate to contact me. I will be stalking watching your writing careers and waving the ninja stars in support. Now forward and let the Pitch Wars commence!

Big welcome to Team Ninja!

Top Ninja Mentee:
Usman Malik's Thriller:

If you any reason Usman cannot fulfill his duties on team ninja, 
we have two star alternates ready in the wings...

Ninja Alternates:

Jason Nelson's Urban Fantasy
Kris Mehigan's Contemporary Suspense

Thank you to everyone who subbed in Pitch Wars. If you didn't enter this year, be sure to have your query and MS ready for the next awesome contest from Brenda Drake. Please cheer on the teams as we prepare for battle in the Agent Round this January!

Keep note of the #PitchWars chat on Twitter, because the mentors have a great surprise for everyone and we hope you'll join in the fun!

How did you like this years Pitch Wars? Will you stop by for the Agent Rounds in January? What do you think the mentors' secret project is?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Pitch Wars: The Agents!

Are you ready for this? We have 16 incredible agents vying for our Pitch Wars team manuscripts. We're so excited to see what pitches they fall in love with, and what teams will win the coveted Pitch Wars Most Requested Manuscript title. 

And, in no particular order, here are the agents...

Louise is seeking teen Sci-Fi and Young Adult horror.  She's also on the hunt for deep, dark contemporary YA and select Middle Grade fiction with a literary feel--it must be realistic and thought provoking and the characters must be authentic and original. Louise loves horror and romance, especially Regency and Victorian.

Jessica Sinsheimer
Twitter: @jsinsheim 

Jessica is seeking Literary, Women's, Middle Grade, and Young Adult Fiction.

Twitter: @Natalie_Lakosil 

Natalie is looking for commercial fiction, with an emphasis in children’s literature (from picture book-teen), romance (contemporary, paranormal and historical), and upmarket women’s fiction. Specific likes include historical, multi-cultural, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, and middle grade with heart. 

Twitter: @BookaliciousPam

Pam represents young adult and middle grade children’s book authors, and adult romance authors. 

Twitter: @bluedragonfly81 

Jordy is on the look out for Romance (contemporary, historical/Regency, and paranormal). YA contemporary/historical or dystopian, sci-fi/fantasy with romance elements. She's also open to YA GLBT within those genres. She'd love to see unique, well-developed plots featuring time travel, competitions, or travel.

Twitter: @andreasomberg 

Andrea's looking for the following categories: Fiction; literary, commercial, womens fiction, romance, thrillers, mystery, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, middle grade.

Jennifer Mishler
Twitter: @literarycounsel 

Jennifer is seeking Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Contemporary, Young Adult Literary, and Young Adult Historical. 

Suzie represents adult and children's fiction. In adult, she's specifically looking for romance (historical and paranormal), and fantasy (urban fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, epic fantasy). In Childrens' she loves YA (all subgenres) and is dying to find great Middle Grade projects (especially something akin to the recent movie SUPER 8).

Victoria Marini

Victoria is looking for literary fiction, commercial fiction, pop-culture non-fiction, and young adult. She is very interested in acquiring engaging Literary fiction and mysteries / suspense, commercial women's fiction (romantic suspense, sci-fi, fantasy), and Young Adult (contemporary, sci-fi/fantasy, thriller and horror ).

Kerry is looking for Young Adult and Middle-Grade fiction, both commercial and literary. She tends to shy away from werewolves, zombies, faeries, and the like, but she’ll read anything with a fresh voice and compelling characters. She is particularly keen on contemporary YA, quirky MG, books with a strong cinematic element.  

Drea is currently seeking: fiction, memoir, crime, non-fiction and YA. Her roster consists of British, American, and Canadian clients. International talent is welcome. 

Katie Shea

Katie specializes in fiction and memoir, especially women’s fiction and commercial-scale literary fiction, and realistic YA.  She is most interested in coming-of-age stories and stories of unique relationships.

 Elise Capron

Elise is interested in serious character-driven literary fiction, well-written narrative nonfiction, and short story collections. (Note: She is not interested in Fantasy, young-adult/middle-grade, picture books, romance, and sci-fi.) She aims to work with writers who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience.

Jodell is interested in YA, MG (especially funny) , fiction and nonfiction, book proposals, and picture books. She will also coach writers wanting to self publish.  She simply loves a well-paced story that moves her between joy and tears.

Brittany and Michelle are teaming up to look for Adult, YA, and MG manuscripts. 

 Michelle Johnson
Michelle’s published one novel, The Footloose Killer, and edited several others for publishing houses and private clients. She also is a Script/Story consultant on an independent film in Halifax, NS, Canada, and enjoys working closely with writers to help them develop their voice and craft.

Brittany Howard

When reading, Brittany  loves to be introduced to new and interesting people and places. She looks for strong voice, good storytelling, and fascinating relationships between characters—romantic or otherwise. More than anything, she loves when a book surprises her.

There's just one more day to get your applications in for Pitch Wars. Make sure to check out this post here to get all the details.

Saturday, December 1, 2012


Today, I'm celebrating the official release of the charity anthology from Compass Press, WINTER WONDERS, the perfect book for cold evenings. My story, THE OPERA HOUSE, will be featured along with brilliant tales from some incredible authors.
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All of the profits go directly to Literacy Inc, an organization that teaches teens the importance of reading and offers them a chance to win a free college education. Help others learn to read by giving the perfect gift filled with winter themed stories from all genres. Recommended for ages teen and up.

As a treat for release day, I'm offering this quick snippet of the opening from THE OPERA HOUSE and a chance to win an eBook copy for your eReader.
     The opera house stands empty. The patrons fled to the comfort of warm homes after the final curtain. The winter eve chills the air, too cold for senseless lingering and idle chatter. A hush settles over the road thick as a blanket. Not a single creature stirs. I stare at the stone theater steps, reminiscing about a long ago similar evening, but the wind howling down the vacant street beckons me onward. I have a date to keep. If I hurry, I may see her again.

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What is your Winter Wonder? Happy Holidays!