Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pitch Wars Blog Hop!




It's almost time for PITCH WARS!!!

Most of you have followed the link from Kate Karyus Quinn and already know what Pitch Wars is...but if you're just stumbling across this post, check out Kate's blog for a full explanation. Kate is my co-mentor, critique partner, and all around super-woman. Her books include ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE, (DONT YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME, and the recently released, BRING ON THE SHINE. This is her third year mentoring and my first year, so I'm lucky to have such an awesome co-mentor.

Our category is Young Adult!


 
 
 
So what are we looking for? For Kate's likes, stop back by her blog, but I'll give you a few insights into my favorite things to read.
 
 
Let's start with Science Fiction!
 
 
I love all Sci-fi...old school, new school, in space, on earth, post-apocalyptic, alternate history, space opera, time travel, you name it, it will probably interest me.
 
 
Fantasy
 
 
 
 
Okay, so when I say fantasy, I mean high fantasy. With elves and wizards and maybe a few dragons thrown in. Actually, there doesn't have to be any of those things. It just has to be epic! I read a lot of fantasy, and world building is key, but I also don't want to get bogged down with too much info at once (yes, the dreaded info dump.)
 
Historical Fiction
 
I love me some historical fiction. The juicier the better. British royalty is always a good bet, but I also love American historical.
 
Let's see, what else do I enjoy reading? Horror, Paranormal, Psychological Thrillers...pretty much anything with a great plot.
 
A few things I would probably skip; dystopian (not including post-apocalyptic), werewolves, vampires, angels. Publishers/agent just aren't interested in these right now, and we want you to have your best chance.
 
Oh, also, I'm not a huge fan of romance. So at the cheesy part of the movie when everyone else is saying, "Ahhhhh", I'm saying "Vomit." It's fine as part of a story but if you have a full blown YA romance, you might want to submit to another mentor because the chances I'll take it are pretty slim.
 
 
 
Really, I just want to find an MS that makes me do this...
 
 
 
A little more about me...I'm represented by the awesome Maura Kye-Casella with Don Congdon and I have a sci-fi (post-apocalyptic) duology out now with HarperTeen that includes
IN THE AFTER and IN THE END. I'm also an editor and contributing author for the YA anthology, AMONG THE SHADOWS: 13 STORIES OFDARKNESS & LIGHT. Kate also has an awesome story in the anthology, so check it out.
 
 
 
 
 
 
My next book, BAD BLOOD, is a paranormal set in Scotland, releases 3/14/17 with Delacorte Press/Random House.
 
 
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You can find me on facebook, twitter, Instagram, tumblr, and goodreads.
 

Please read all of Kate's post because she has a lot of good info on there about our critique style and how to get extra entries for a better chance of finding a mentor. Okay, by now you're probably like, show me the freaking letter already. The magic letter is....
 
 
 
 





Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BAD BLOOD Giveaway on Goodreads!




Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta

Bad Blood

by Demitria Lunetta

Giveaway ends September 12, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

BAD BLOOD Cover Reveal & Giveaway!

Ready for the BAD BLOOD cover!?
 
First, here's the summary:
 
Scotland is in my blood...

All sixteen-year-old Heather MacNair wants is to feel normal, to shed the intense paranoia she's worn all year like a scratchy sweater. Ever since her compulsion to self-harm came to light, Heather has been kept under her doctor's watchful eye. Her family thinks she's better - and there is nothing she wants more than for that to be true. She still can't believe she's allowed to spend her summer vacation as she always does: at her aunt's home in Scotland, where she has lots of happy memories. Far away from all her problems save one: she can't stop carving the Celtic knot that haunts her dreams into her skin.

Good friends and boys with Scottish accents can cure almost anything...except nightmares. Heather can't stop dreaming about two sisters from centuries ago, twins Prudence and Primrose, who somehow seem tied to her own life. Their presence lurks just beneath the surface of her consciousness, sending ripples through what should be a peaceful summer. The twins might hold the key to putting Heather's soul at rest...or they could slice her future deeper than any knife.
 
Okay, now you know you want to see the cover. Follow this link to YA Books Central and check it out. Also, enter to win a signed ARC. Woohoo!
 

Monday, May 9, 2016

BAD BLOOD has a release date!!!

Yay! BAD BLOOD has a release date! Okay, ready for it? It's.....


3/14/2017
 

Woohoo!!! More to come soon, including info on a cover reveal and ARC giveaways.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Books I Love - THE STEEP & THORNY WAY by Cat Winters

The Steep & Thorny Way


Scene: Oregon, 1923.

Dramatis personae:

Hanalee Denney, daughter of a white woman and an African American man

Hank Denney, her father—a ghost

Greta Koning, Hanalee’s mother

Clyde Konig, doctor who treated Hank Denney the night he died, now Hanalee’s stepfather

Joe Adder, teenage boy convicted of accidentally killing Hank Denney

Members of the Ku Klux Klan

Townspeople of Elston, Oregon

Question: Was Hank Denney’s death an accident…or was it murder most foul?



I loved this update of HAMLET, it was clever and heartfelt. Although the book takes place in the 1920s, it's really easy to relate to Hanalee. Half black and half white, she feels like there is no place for her in the world. The social issues, racism and bigotry, are still alive today, but this historical look helps us see how far we've come...as well as how far we have left to go. I also think Winters did an excellent job of taking what she needed from HAMLET, but not rehashing the same plot and characters. This is definitely a unique story.

Another amazing YA paranormal by Cat Winters!

Cat Winters is an award-winning author of YA and adult fiction. Her YA works include IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, and THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY. Her debut adult novel, THE UNINVITED, released in 2015, and her second book for adults, YESTERNIGHT, is coming October 4, 2016.

Winters was born and raised in Southern California, just a short drive down the freeway from Disneyland, which may explain her love of haunted mansions, bygone eras, and fantasylands. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids. Visit her online at
www.catwinters.com.

Monday, February 29, 2016

AMONG THE SHADOWS Goodreads Giveaway!



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Among The Shadows by Kate Karyus Quinn

Among The Shadows

by Kate Karyus Quinn

Giveaway ends April 08, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Children's Lit Breakfast Sat 2/20!

Children's Literature Breakfast

 This is where I'll be this Saturday. Hope to see you there!                                                 
                                                  
ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOPS’ 14th ANNUAL CHILDREN’S LITERATURE BREAKFAST
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AT WWW.ANDERSONSCHILDRENSBREAKFAST.BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM.
Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Autograph Session to follow)
Bobak's Signature Events
6440 Double Eagle Drive, Woodridge, IL 60517

This morning will feature a full breakfast, over 50 Illinois authors and illustrators, new award-winning and notable books, a book talk, continuing education hours, raffles, door prizes, giveaways, book sales and keynote speakers.

Featured Speakers:
Chris Grabenstein, Barney Saltzberg, Sara Pennypacker, Lauren Tarshis and Loren Long!!! 

For more information please call (630) 820-2802(630) 820-2802 or email angie.gaul@andersonsbookshop.net. For the most recent updates and to purchase tickets visit andersonsbookshop.com. Don't miss the Annual Illustrated Chair Raffle.  This year's Chair Raffle will have two illustrated chairs; one by Loren Long and one by Barney Saltzberg!

LAST YEAR’S EVENT SOLD OUT EARLY • PLEASE RSVP QUICKLY!

TICKETS $59 (tickets are non-refundable) Doors open at 7:30 AM for book browsing and registration. Purchase tickets online HERE - available now!  To register with a school p.o. or check, please call (630) 820-2802(630) 820-2802.

Please reserve your spot by February 17th.

 
Event date: 
Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
Event address: 
Bobak's Signature Events
6440 Double Eagle Drive
Woodridge, IL 60517