Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Giveaway Winners Announced!

Well over a month ago, I officially opened up my freelancing business for fictional edits and freelance coaching! To celebrate, I had a big ol' giveaway and over 30 entries were received! So thank you to everyone that participated, retweeted my posts, and encouraged me to undertake this journey. My editing time is full up through mid December, but if you're still considering hiring me, please don't hesitate to reach out via email and snag a spot of my future time. (For details, see the link above.)

BUT enough of my marketing ploys, let's get to the fun part! The WINNERS are....

*Drum Roll*

  Query Helper Critique #1
Saratu Buhari

Query Helper Critique #2
Nicole Zoltack

Query Helper Critique #3
Shari Schwarz

A Post-NANO Rough Draft Critique and Skype Brainstorming Session
Rob Slater

A $10 Amazon Gift Card
Alison Downs 
Winners, look for an email from me tomorrow!
Everyone else, THANK YOU so much for supporting me.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Post-Release Blog Tour for WINELL ROAD: BENEATH THE SURFACE by Kate Foster


When my friend and fellow YAtopia contributor Kate released her book WINELL ROAD: BENEATH THE SURFACE back in April, she didn't embark on a great deal of promotion because of a lot of 'things'. So, to make up for that and to kick off the festivities for her favorite time of year - Christmas! - she's taken Winell Road on a little tour, hoping to spread the word and introduce lots of new young readers to what she believes is a great big dollop of sci-fi fun and adventure. I've read some of her work and know that this story is one every middle grader will enjoy! Here's a little info... 

 Winell Road cover 2 
Twelve-year old Jack Mills lives at 5 Winell Road and probably has the world's weirdest neighbors. Like freakishly weird. And to top it off, he lives with Mum: nosy, interfering, a hideous cook, and Dad: unsuccessful inventor of the Camera Belt and Self-Closing Window. All in all, it's a boring, embarrassing, dead-end place to live. So when Jack arrives home from school one day, a close shave with a UFO is the last thing he expects. But the fact it doesn't abduct him, and that no one else, not even Mum, sees the gigantic flying saucer hovering over the street, adds a whole new layer of strange. Soon after, an alien encounter threatens Jack’s life and he becomes embroiled in a galaxy-saving mission. With the assistance of his new neighbor, frighteningly tall Roxy Fox, he discovers Winell Road is hiding secrets—secrets Jack might wish he'd never uncovered.

If you're still not sure whether this book is right for your young reader (or you!), here's a couple of reviews...

'Winell Road: Beneath the Surface is a fast-paced middle-grade adventure story with the feel of Men in Black. Jack is a smart, resourceful boy with more abilities than he’s ever dreamed off, and he finds out that the world is a far stranger place than he imagined. The action is non-stop and will keep readers riveted.' ~Examiner.com

'This book will work wonderfully read aloud in class. There are enough cliff-hanger chapter endings to keep them begging for more. It will also promote discussion about making snap judgments while providing plenty of scope for related art projects.' ~Buzz Words Magazine 

Go to Goodreads to see a few more. 

About Kate
rsnow pics 001Kate is an Englishwoman on the Gold Coast in Australia. A middle grade writer, freelance editor, the editorial director at Lakewater Press and all around lover of the written word, she is ruled by her three sons, husband and spoodle pup. Not one to have a quiet day, she spends her free time mentoring new writers in contests like Nest Pitch and Pitch Wars, judging writing contests and helping out at Writers Activation on the Gold Coast. Other than that, she likes laying in bed or by the pool with a book! If you would like to stalk Kate you can follow her on Twitter or visit her blog, where you can also find out about her editorial services.   

It would make a great stocking filler for children. BUT, if you're feeling particularly lucky, she's giving away three signed copies just in time for Christmas! Yippee! Click here to enter!

If you don't win, then the book is available all over the virtual world. Amazon UK Amazon Booktopia Jet Black Publishing  


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cover Reveal - FIVE: Out of the Ashes by Holli Anderson

If you haven't checked out the FIVE series by Holli Anderson, now might be the time to grab the first two books and add #3 to your to-read list (there's even a handy Goodreads button below!). Today, I'm showing off the cover for FIVE: Out of the Ashes which releases November 30th through Curiosity Quills Press. Go ahead and drool as you scroll down and read the description. I won't judge! Be sure and connect with the author through social media and leave a comment on what you love about the new cover! (I'm digging the ethereal glow around the arc!)

Their last battle ended with death and despair, but they have no time to mourn. One of their own has been taken and the Quinae Praesidia set out to find and rescue her. In this third and last installment of the FIVE series, the FIVE discover new powers, make a desperate run through the Netherworld, land on an island paradise . . . and find that Brone, always a step ahead of them, is becoming more powerful than ever.

Previous books in the series:

Author Bio:
Holli Anderson has a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing--which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury and vomit scenes to her books. She discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her. She enjoys reading any book she gets her hands on, but has a particular love for anything fantasy.
Along with her husband, Steve, and their four sons, she lives in Grantsville, Utah--the same small town in which she grew up.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

How Do You Accomplish World Building?

Happy second National Novel Writing Month day! (If you're participating). I'm typing away with a really big goal this year: 75k-80k, completing my YA fantasy manuscript. That's somewhere around 3300 words a day, so I'm icing my wrists a lot. This post will be short.

I spent hours researching my craft in October, reading blog posts on character, tension, plotting, outlining, symbolism... you name it, I put eyes on it. One thing I noticed is how many different ways people world build. Some say only write what you need, others map it out. Still some fill out long questionaires, others snitch swabs and bits of real world places and call it good.

Me? I'm a memory builder. I picked a place I loved from several family trips and expanded on it. The images and sensory details give my world just enough atmosphere to know where my characters go in the outline and lets them figure out the rest.

How about you? Where do you get world building ideas, inspiration, or go about creating them?