Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A New Adult Paranormal Read Not to be Missed!

The sequel to one of my most anticipated reads of the year has just released! Stone of Destiny (The Danaan Trilogy Book 2) by Laura Howard. It is a New Adult Paranormal Romance that if it's anything like it's predecessor, is going to be fantastic!

Allison thought it was crazy enough when she found out her father, Liam, wasn't entirely human. But now she has to join his magical allies to unravel his former mistress's plans. Aoife wants to keep Allison's parents apart forever.

Despite Allison's efforts to keep Ethan, the only guy she's ever cared about, out of this supernatural mess, fate keeps throwing him back into the mix.

Will Allison be able to find the amulet that holds the enchantment Aoife placed on Liam and destroy it? Are Ethan' s feelings for Allison strong enough to endure the magic of the Tuatha De Danaan?

Don't forget to check out The Forgotten Ones, Book One in The Danaan Trilogy!

About Laura:

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#WritersRoad Chat: Choosing the Right Agent

Last night we had a fantastic chat on the #WritersRoad on Twitter and I thought I'd share some of the highlights with you. Here you go:

Pitching to the right agent is just as important as having your pitch perfect. #WritersRoad

You need to personalize your pitches. It not only shows that you did your research, but that you want that agent for a reason. #WritersRoad

If you receive an offer of rep, don't hesitate to contact agent's clients as well for recommendations. #writersroad

Remember that you are one among many. Stand out, be nice & leave ur nerves at home. #writersroad

Things to note: Big agents are great, but understand that they have a large client base which often means less one on one time. #WritersRoad

@HeatherMcCorkle What if nobody wants your genre right now? Passé? #writersroad

If ur shooting for multiple genres, research what agents would fit all. But research is key. #writersroad

@peach83352 That happens. Don't forget, you have options. Just because agents don't want it doesn't mean readers don't. #WritersRoad

Pitching in person isn't too different from querying, except that you need to engage the person you're pitching to. #WritersRoad

For those of you gearing up to pitch, what are you most nervous about? What are you struggling with? #WritersRoad

Remember, agents are always looking ahead, at what WILL BE hot, not what is. That's why what IS, is harder to sell/pitch. #WritersRoad

@teetate Filling the empty space. I prefer short pitch times. #writersroad

Make eye contact when pitching in person, try to relax, breathe, and let your passion for your story come through. #WritersRoad

Before pitching decide: Do you want an agent that is editorial, developmental, or hands off? Important things to know. #WritersRoad

@HeatherMcCorkle And dressing professionally with a touch of style can't hurt either, right? #WritersRoad

Try as much as possible to remember: It's business. It's not personal. Easy to say, hard to do, I know. #writersroad

@Tina_Moss That said, got any good questions you like to ask? #WritersRoad

@HeatherMcCorkle Depends on who you're pitching. Editors: How many editing passes are typical? What's average turnaround time? #writersroad

For agents: What's preferred communication with clients? Do you recommend edits before going on sub? If so, how many passes? #writersroad

More agent ?: How does your sub process work? Short batches or all at once? May I recommend pubs or editors for sub list? #writersroad

@HeatherMcCorkle Depends on who you're pitching. Editors: How many editing passes are typical? What's average turnaround time? #writersroad

When pitching in person: Always leave time for discussion. Don't make your pitch so long it takes up the entire 10 minutes. #WritersRoad

For agent/editor: What is your ideal client relationship? What expectations do you have from/for your authors? #writersroad

For agent/editor: What is your ideal client relationship? What expectations do you have from/for your authors? #writersroad

I'm good with questions. It's just remembering them in the moment. Did I mention note cards? :) #writersroad

@HeatherMcCorkle Keep it short and fill it with hooks, just like you'd do if you were querying in writing. #WritersRoad

@Nightveil @HeatherMcCorkle Sometimes writers are not so good with personal interaction. Basics: Breathe. That really helps. #WritersRoad

Good point by @Tina_Moss. When pitching in person: Wear good deodorant, and chew mints before your pitch! #WritersRoad

You're nervous to pitch your thing. Don't forget to shower beforehand. #Sweatisnotourfriend #WritersRoad

@HeatherMcCorkle LOL! Sum up: ask questions, don't be stinky, and don't be an arse. #writersroad

And guys, shave or at least maintain that thing you call a "beard". You don't want to look like this:… #WritersRoad

Remember, many NY Times bestsellers received dozens, even a hundred or more no's before landing their agent. Don't give up! #WritersRoad

Practice your in person pitches in front of the mirror, to friends, family, just don't lose your passion when pitching. #WritersRoad

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Review: The Wolf Siren

This is a paranormal romance of a very different, and delicious, flavor. While I love werewolf stories, I must admit, there are so many out there that they begin to blend into one another, many sounding the same after a while. This is NOT one of those. This novel is special, brilliantly unique in many ways both for romance and paranormal. I have not read the first novel in the series, but it isn't necessary. This one stands on it's own. However, it was so good that I'm going to go back and read the first one.

The romance develops in a slow, believable pace between Lilly and Kane, and with good reason considering she has just been freed from years of captivity. Lilly is an emotionally damaged person that Kane has no intention of taking advantage of, or falling in love with. This tenderness and the careful way the author develops the relationship between the two of them was so refreshing that it made the end result that much sweeter. If you are a fan of paranormal romance then you absolutely must read this novel!

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Disclaimer: A copy was provided by the publisher to me through NetGalley for an honest review. This review is not compromised or influenced by that fact in any way. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Perfecting Your Pitch

The perfect pitch is just as important as the perfect first sentence, paragraph, or chapter. Without the right pitch, your manuscript could sail off into the outfield despite how brilliant it might be. Effectively communicating what your book is about, and why it's brilliant, is the key to getting an agent or editor interested enough to read beyond the query, or ask for pages after the pitch session.

In a query letter, you should almost always start with a sentence that says the genre, word length, and why the manuscript is right for that agent/editor (this second part shows you did your research on them and helps personalize it). Some like to put this at the end but the majority of agents that I've talked to, worked with, or read their blogs like this at the beginning.  The next part is the one-sentence hook. This is basically a summary of your book in one sentence. This does not mean you need to cram it all into a long run on sentence, the opposite in fact. It needs to be under 35 words or so (Twitter length is a good rule of thumb), highlight what is most interesting about your novel, and make them want more.

Following that are two to three short paragraphs highlighting the remaining elements in your novel that are interesting/important. Please remember, this isn't a grocery list, make it flow and read interesting. Think of the voice of your book and try to capture that a bit when you write this part.

Sum it up with a short sentence thanking them for their time and giving them multiple ways to contact you. Want to try those pitches out? Tonight on the #WritersRoad chat at 6:00pm PT on Twitter (via Tweetdeck is easiest) we're chatting all about it. Come join us!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Vampire Novel That is Not to be Missed

Love vampires and YA novels? Then you are in for a treat! One of my good friends, and fellow Indelibles, has a fantastic new book coming out~well, more than one in fact! The first book in the second season of Blood and Snow is entitled VAMPIRE LIES. RaShelle is releasing the volumes a little differently this time. Instead of 12 smaller volumes and a bunch of short stories like Season 1, there will be at least three full length novels.

You can pre-order book 1 by clicking HERE.

In Season 2 there will still be plenty of Snow White and her true love, but the story will be told from Jasmine's point of view.

Here's this summary: 

Genre: YA Fractured Fairytale
Blood and Snow Season 2
Book 1 ~ Vampire Lies

*** Eyes like violet sapphires. Wings of smoldering fire. Consume your true love's blood. Become the Eternal Vampire. ***

Once upon a time there lived a vampire with wings and the genie who loved her...

Born of the seven magics, Jasmine is different in every way, including the obnoxious wings on her back courtesy of the original Vampires. She wants to be normal, to be a regular teenaged girl.

When a gorgeous dark-haired boy named Laeddin shows up and promises to sneak her away from all her problems and hide her in the human world, she agrees.

But an evil lurks in her nightmares, a man with red eyes. It doesn’t take long for Jasmine to realize that no matter how far she tries to run from who she is, he’s only a dream away. He wants her. He needs her. He acts as though he loves her.

It’s becoming harder and harder to tell the difference between the path that’ll lead to her happily ever after, and the path that’ll lead to her destruction as well as all magic.
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