Monday, April 2, 2018

BETTY BITES BACK anthology - Call for Authors!

In our first call for authors we received so many great submissions, we were really blown away! That being said, we'd like to have more diversity in our anthology so this call out is for #ownvoices authors, POC authors, and differently abled authors.


 
Betty Bites Back: Horror Stories for Young Feminists
 
You may have heard about our previous short story collection, AMONG THE SHADOWS, and our successful kickstarter campaign.
 
We loved working with our amazing authors; Gretchen McNeil Griffin, Justina Ireland, Phoebe North, Geoffrey Girard, Lydia Kang, Rachel Lewis, Joelle Charbonneau, Kelly Fiore (Kelly Ann Edgeington Stultz), Lenore Appelhans Eisenhour, and Beth G Revis.
 
Well, we're at it again! Mindy McGinnis, Kate Karyus Quinn, and I are putting together another collection of short stories. This time the theme is dark and feminist...and we're sending out a call for submissions. *Please note that subject matter should be 16+, though there is no restriction on the age of the protagonist.*
 
1) Must feature a female (or female-identifying) character.
  

2) All lengths welcome! Stories should be copied into the body of the email. Include a short bio with previous works and submission word count. If you are interested in submitting a novella (more than 15,000 words) please include a short summary as well.
 

3) Submit to BettyBitesBackSub@gmail.com Subject line should include Title and Author Names. Submission Deadline Friday May 11th, 2018.
 

4) We are reserving spots for previously unpublished authors. Instead of a bio, just note that you're previously unpublished.
 
THE FINE PRINT: This is an unpaid collection and will be funded by a kickstarter campaign. Authors retain all the rights to their stories. Five author copies will be provided to each contributor, as well as other promotional materials, such as bookmarks and postcards. As with AMONG THE SHADOWS, BETTY BITES BACK will be priced for maximum exposure. We want to move copies! All profits will be put back into advertising. Please check out our previous short story collection AMONG THE SHADOWS. We would be happy to provide you with a complimentary ebook copy!
 
Questions? Feel free to comment below and Mindy, Kate, or I will answer!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Cancer Update – To Boob or Not to Boob


[In this post I will talk about my boobs, curse, and mention/show photos of gross medical things. You have been warned. J ]

 

After all my surgeries and treatments last year, I decided that I wouldn’t get reconstruction. I had great reasons. In one year I’d had five surgeries, and didn’t want any more. I’m not a super vain person, so I didn’t think I’d care about having boobs. I also didn’t want to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on something that is seen as cosmetic. I mean, who needs boobs anyway?
 

But after six months of weighing the pros and cons, I’ve come to the decision. I WANT BOOBS!

What changed my mind? Let’s take it point by point. 

VANITY – There is a cold cap device that you can wear during Chemo that helps you keep your hair. It costs hundreds of dollars to rent. My first thought was, who cares? I just don’t want to die. Why would anyone waste their money? Well, let me tell you, when you’re bald and underweight and basically look like the crypt keeper, it’s not really about being vain. It’s about feeling like yourself.  I had the same reservations about reconstruction. Could I live without boobs? Yeah. Sure. Of course I could. But I decided that it would be a huge step toward feeling like myself again.
[Here's a picture of one of the crappier moments...but I got through it!]

 

[Here is me looking super confused on how to ring a bell after completion of my chemotherapy!]


 

SURGERY – Sigh. So many fucking surgeries. I have a ga-billion doctors and now I can add two plastic surgeons to the mix. For the reconstruction, I will have a major initial surgery in which they remove the skin and fat from my stomach and make a boob out of it. Gross, right? Oh, but it gets better. Since I don’t really have a nice big tummy, they will then have to suck the fat out of other bits of me and seed the fat cells into my new boob. I’ll have to do this at least three times. So why bother? As my awesome surgeon told me, I’m young. I can take it. I might have 50 or so years left. I shouldn't let fear of surgeries make the decision for me.

 


MONEY – Having cancer not only sucks, but it’s super expensive. I had so many people donate money to me the first time around, it made a huge difference. Reconstruction is no different. The estimate for the surgery is between forty to fifty thousand. I’m lucky to have insurance and they’ll pay for most of it, but my out of pocket costs will still be in the thousands…not to mention down time. So once again I am going to beg for money. I started a campaign on GoFundMe and if you can donate anything at all, I will be immensely grateful. You can also brag that you helped buy me boobs.

I wanted a fundraiser gauge that was a boob but I couldn’t find one! Anyone know how I can get one...or a pink ribbon will do, I suppose.
And even if you can't offer financial support (believe me, I get it) feel free to post about your journey. Survivor stories are always welcome!
 

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

THE FADE Cover Reveal

Want to see the cover for my upcoming YA paranormal,
THE FADE?
 
Of course you do!
Head over to YA Books Central to check it out
and enter to win a signed arc!
 
More on THE FADE coming soon!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

THE FADE Announcement

Here's the PW announcement for my next YA novel!

Children's:
Young Adult 
Demitria Lunetta's THE FADE, about a 16-year-old girl who must discover who murdered the girls haunting her house before she's next, to Wendy Loggia at Delacorte, for publication in December 2018, by Maura Kye-Casella at Don Congdon Associates (World English).
 
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More on THE FADE soon!!!
 
 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Year End Giveaway!

Looking over my shelves I've found several books that I'd meant to giveaway before I got sick, several more books that I'd promised to pass on after I'd read them, and a bunch that I love so much I want to share them with others.
 
So here it is...my END OF THE YEAR (MOSTLY) YA RANDOM BIG ASS GIVEAWAY! Here they all are!
 
 
28936314   30237061  Given to the Sea (Given Duet, #1)  Given to the Earth (Given Duet, #2)
 
25902198  Sip  A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire, #2)  28250851
 
The Flame Never Dies (The Stars Never Rise, #2)  26067633  33123849  Shadow Run (Kaitan Chronicles, #1)
 
ALSO, you get to choose one of my books!
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Cancer Update: One Year Later and Still Kicking!



One year ago I was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. You can find my original post here. If you get riled by f-bombs...probably don't read it. Actually, just stop reading this post too. I might throw a few in later. I like to keep my options open.

So, It’s been a while since I posted one of these cancer updates because, well, if there’s anything else to focus on besides cancer, I chose to focus on that! J

What has happened cancer-wise in this past year? Well, let’s see… diagnosis, surgery, chemo, being bald, a nasty infection, hospitalization, more surgery, radiation (which caused, what I like to call “localized zombie skin”), and even more surgery. Not that any sane person would think otherwise, but having cancer fucking sucks.

Last week I had my year check-in MRI, and everything came back clear!
 
Now, what does this mean for me? Well, I still have a lifetime of check-ups, medication, and that nagging worry at the back of my mind that my cancer is back. Also I can’t say, “I have cancer!” when I don’t want to do something, or to guilt my husband into doing dishes. But…upside…

 
I NO LONGER HAVE CANCER!!!!

I know I often babble on about the awesome YA community, but everyone has been so supportive, it’s hard not to. My family, my friends, even acquaintances of acquaintances were all amazing.

 So that’s what’s up with me…and fingers crossed this is the last cancer update from me. Ever.