My Pitch Wars Wishlist & Bio

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Welcome to Pitch Wars!!!!

I am so excited to be participating in Pitch Wars again, this time as a mentor! In 2013, I decided to throw my finished manuscript into the PW fray and hold my breath, not expecting much to happen. Lo and behold, my manuscript was chosen. Whoa!  Seriously, life changing! I worked hard, listened to what my amazing mentor (Lady Lioness) had to teach me, and I entered the agent round with a polished, beautiful story that caught the eye of Louise Fury, who is now my agent!

That is my hope for you! If you choose me as your mentor, I will take the publishing knowledge I’ve gained in the last three years and pass it along to you. Pitch Wars (and publishing in general) isn’t for the faint of heart. If your desire is to be a published author, to share your stories with others, then be prepared to work hard, make sacrifices, be open minded and ready to learn. I want to help you take the files on your computer and hopefully start them on the path toward a bookstore shelf!

All About Me…

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All of the Pitch Wars mentors are FANTASTIC, but I hope this mini bio will lead you to choose ME!!!

As you read above, I’m a Pitch Wars alum. I’ve been where you are. I know what you’re feeling right now: excited, nervous, scared, OMG-what-am-I-getting-myself-into. No worries, I’ve got your back, we’ll get through this together!

Besides my Pitch Wars experience, I’ve published three new adult contemporary romance novels with Grand Central Publishing’s Forever Yours imprint and have two more in the works. I’m familiar with the extensive editing process that is required to prepare a manuscript for publication.

Along with my writing career, I am a middle school science and Spanish teacher, and have a degree in teaching language arts and music. This fall, I will begin my sixteenth year of teaching (Holy cow, where did the time go?!). I enjoy teaching, I love the kids! I love reading out loud to my students, sharing great stories, and fostering a lifelong passion for books!

Outside of school and publishing, I’m a wife and mother. I have two beautiful daughters (thirteen and nine years old). Teen Darling is a gold medal winning Special Olympics gymnast and Lil Darling is a fierce middle defender on her select soccer team. My family keeps me hopping! In my free time (Yeah, right! What’s that?), I love to read, play my piano to destress, have an incurable addiction to Starbucks and chocolate, catch Pokémon when they swoop into my house, binge-watch OutlanderArrow, and The Walking Dead, and occasionally, I may sleep…but not often!

So, that’s me, in a nutshell. If you have other questions, you can find me on social media, or leave a comment on this post.

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 What I’m looking for in a YA or NA manuscript…

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My grabby hands will be all over CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE. It’s my favorite genre! I want a love story that makes my heart skip a beat, gives me that wonderful pinchy feeling in my chest, and extra points if you bring me to tears.

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Bring on the sexual tension, well developed characters and plots, and sex (although, I’ll pass on erotica and BDSM)!

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Some of my favorite CRs are:

YA: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Just One Day by Gayle Forman, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski, Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

NA: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, Faking It by Cora Carmack, Written on My Heart by Cole Gibsen, Rule by Jay Crownover, Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

FANTASY. I love a good fantasy! Whisk me away to your well developed world, send me on an epic quest, mix it all up with a heart-thumping romance, and I’m yours! Although, I will pass on high fantasy manuscripts, think Tolkien or George R.R. Martin.

My fav YA fantasies:

Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Fire by Kristin Cashore, Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Above all else, I’m looking for a manuscript that gives me ALL THE FEELS! Contemporary, fantasy, historical, paranormal, magical realism, they’re all great. Make me fall in love with your characters and your world!

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The only genres that will get a hard pass from me are sci-fi and horror. There are so many fantastic sci-fi and horror mentors, but I am not one.

Do you have a manuscript that will give me all the feels? I WANT IT!!! What are you waiting for? Sub to me, now!

What I Expect from a Mentee…

My mentee MUST be prepared to kill darlings, flip scenes, and rewrite. Basically, you will need to take an ax to your work and chip away at the rock in order to reveal the diamond inside. Be prepared for constructive criticism, it’s the only way your story will improve. If you aren’t comfortable with constructive criticism, then this contest isn’t for you.  Be sure the manuscript you’re subbing is complete and polished to the best of your ability. Remember, I’m a teacher, there are differences between their, there, and they’re.  ;)

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What I will do for my Mentee…

Having been through Pitch Wars, I know how grueling the process can be, but it’s so rewarding! I will help you with big-picture issues, typos and grammar problems, we’ll make sure your dialogue flows, your voice is strong, characters are believable, and your story is well paced. We’re a team and we’ll get your story whipped into shape for the agent round, Oliver Queen style!

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Well, that about sums everything up. I’m the mentor for you, right?! I’m so excited to see what kinds of awesome flood my inbox on August 3rd! Good luck, Pitch Wars Hopefuls, and don’t forget to jot down the scavenger hunt letter below (I think you can figure out my special letter *wink wink*)!

You and  i1  will make a great team!

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New Adult Scavenger Hunt!!!

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YOU’VE FOUND A TEAM PURPLE  AUTHOR!

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***MEET AMANDA GIASSON AND JULIE B. CAMPBELL, AUTHORS OF

LOVE AT FIRST PLIGHT***

Website-author-Julie-B-Campbell-and-Amanda-Giasson-photoThe Perspective book series was written by two authors: Amanda Giasson and Julie B. Campbell.

After having met by chance in the lineup at their university bookstore on their first day of classes, Amanda and Julie became fast friends. They credit their survival of many of their 3-hour long lectures to their ability to escape to the world of Qarradune.

The truth is that Megan and Irys were born of note-passing in the form of creative writing. While neither author condones this behavior in-class, as it likely does nothing for a student’s grades, it did happen to work out, in their case. It also helped to define the unique writing style shared by the authors in the creation of the story.

The two authors have been steadily working on the Perspective book series, ever since.

Find Amanda, Julie, and Perspective Books on Social Media:

Website Facebook Twitter  | Goodreads | YouTube

***LOVE AT FIRST PLIGHT***
 

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There is more than one perspective to every story. On Qarradune, it takes two points of view to make sense of the world. What you know depends on whose story you are following.

Megan: My life went from ordinary to extraordinary in the blink of an eye. I didn’t know where I was or how I got there. I didn’t know if I would ever see my home or the people that I loved, again. All I did know was that I had to save her.

Irys: Beaten, unwashed, and starving, I was alone, imprisoned, and enslaved. I didn’t want to die, but I was ready. At least, I thought I was. A new friend entered my life and tipped the world over. My beautiful bubble had burst, but the reality that came next was astounding.

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Love at First Plight is the debut novel of Amanda Giasson and Julie B. Campbell, and is also the first volume in the Perspective book series.

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***EXCLUSIVE CONTENT***

Amanda and Julie are sharing an exclusive video for LOVE AT FIRST PLIGHT!

 

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Thanks for sharing that awesome video, ladies!  Don’t forget to write down the lucky number 7 for your chance to win ALL of Team Purple’s awesome New Adult books!

Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on Team Purple and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

***CONTINUE THE HUNT***

To continue on the hunt, check out Stacey Kade’s site HERE!

If you’re lost in the hunt and need to find a way out, click on the New Adult Scavenger Hunt banner at the top of the page, it will take you to the NewASH site.

WITHOUT BORDERS Book Birthday!!

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WITHOUT BORDERS

BY AMANDA HEGER

Happy book birthday to WITHOUT BORDERS and Amanda Heger! I am so excited to celebrate Amanda’s debut today!

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For Annie London, a month in a Central American rainforest means handing out mosquito nets, giving medical aid, and teaching children about the birds and the bees. With any luck, it will also land her application in the “accepted” pile at a top tier medical school. But as soon as she steps off the plane, Annie realizes her bug spray, feeble Spanish, and medical supplies won’t help her deal with her new feelings for Felipe—her best friend’s older brother, who’s much hotter than she remembers, and who also happens to be the doctor in charge of the trip.

Gawking “volun-tourists” may keep his family’s medical clinic afloat, but Dr. Felipe Gutierrez doesn’t have to like them. Or the way they make snap judgments about his practice and the people he cares for. But when his old crush, Annie, shows up to volunteer, her killer curves and kind smile fan the embers of a flame Felipe didn’t realize he’d been carrying. A flame that makes him question all his preconceived notions.

As ideas and cultures clash, Annie and Felipe must decide how far outside their comfort zones they are willing to go—both for their work and for one another.

Buy Links:     Amazon B & N Google Play | iTunes | Kobo

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I caught up with Amanda in Las Vegas at the RT Booklovers Convention! You know the saying, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…well, everything except the answers to the interview I conducted with Amanda while we had a late dinner at the Shake Shack at the New York New York Hotel.:)  From Zac Efron’s abs to the butts of the world, click the link below to see the interview!

An Interview with Up and Coming Romance Star, Amanda Heger! 

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My Five-Star Review of WITHOUT BORDERS: 

WITHOUT BORDERS was on my Most Anticipated Books of 2016 list and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Amanda Heger’s debut is a gift to readers: a unique voice, compelling story, and a budding romance set against the backdrop of the Central American jungle.

Annie London is a smart, flawed young woman, trying her best to get into a good med school, despite some poor MCAT scores. In an attempt to pad her med school resume, she embarks on a month long medical brigade traveling through Nicaragua.

During the trip, Annie is tasked with passing out mosquito nets and teaching a sex ed course. Armed with a giant plantain and a condom, Annie tries to overcome the language barrier and teach the villages she travels through how to practice safe sex. But, for Annie, that’s easier said than done, considering she completely threw herself at the doctor in charge of leading the brigade. Strike one against getting that med school recommendation. Can anything else go wrong for Annie? Yes! Poor girl!

Enter Doctor Felipe. He’s hot. He’s brooding. And he’s great with kids–oh my ovaries! With each page, Ms. Heger ratchets up the sexual tension between Annie and Felipe and it’s steamier than the Nicaraguan jungle! Stolen kisses and quiet touches lead to the perfect “Awwww!” ending!

Amanda Heger is an incredibly talented writer. In Annie and Felipe, she’s created characters that are alive and real; their character arcs are fabulous. I loved watching both of them grow and learn, and build a relationship with each other. WITHOUT BORDERS is unique, unlike so many New Adult romances on the market. I highly recommend Amanda Heger’s debut, WITHOUT BORDERS. Get lost in the jungles of Nicaragua with Annie and Felipe, and they’ll leave you with a serious case of Wanderlove!

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Amanda Heger is a writer, attorney, and bookworm. She lives in the Midwest with three unruly rescue dogs and a husband who encourages her delusions of grandeur.

Her debut romance, Without Borders, is forthcoming from Diversion Books. The story was inspired by the summer Amanda spent in rural Nicaragua, eating gallo pinto, speaking mangled Spanish, and showing high school students how to slide condoms onto over-sized plantains.

Her stories are represented by Jessica Watterson of the Dijkstra Literary Agency.

Connect with Amanda!
Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads 

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!!! Want to win an ebook copy of WITHOUT BORDERS? To enter, click here: Win an ebook of WITHOUT BORDERS!

Writers For Hope Auction

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I am honored to be a part of the Writers for Hope auction again this year! I thank Kelly Johnson for putting together this fabulous event to help raise money for the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN).

Don’t wait too long to bid! The auction is only open for 24 hours, so get your bids in today, and help raise money for a great cause!

Do you have a finished first chapter? How about a query letter? Would you like me to give you some feedback on each of them?

Click to bid on item #43: First Chapter and Query Letter Critique

Do you like autographed books and swag?

Click to bid on item #79: ACROSS THE DISTANCE & CAN’T GO BACK

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Click to bid on item #80: THE TURNING POINT

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Help a Special Coach Realize Her Dream!

Coach Melanie Needs Your Vote!

Every week, Coach Melanie helps my daughter realize her dreams! Coach Melanie is my daughter’s Special Olympics gymnastic coach. Teen Darling has competed in the Illinois State Special Olympics Gymnastics meet for three years and her success is due in part to the love, guidance, and patience of her fabulous coaches, Coach Melanie being one of them.

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Because of Coach Melanie, Teen Darling is fearless on the uneven bars, vaults like a pro, gains confidence each time she performs her floor routine, and tackles the balance beam with grace and elegance. Gymnastics has given my daughter confidence!

But now, Coach Melanie needs our help to realize her dream–performing on a Broadway stage! Please take a few moments and vote for Melanie Kozak, so she can make it to Broadway!

Watch Coach Melanie on YouTube:

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Vote for Melanie Kozak Here:

http://www.daddylonglegsmusical.com/vote/

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Teen Darling thanks you for helping Coach Melanie! Your vote will help Coach Melanie realize her Broadway dreams!

Marie’s Monday Minute

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It’s Another Manic Monday.

Take a bookish pause and unwind for a minute.

Hey, friends! Sit back, put your feet up, and take a few deep breaths. Mondays are rough. Thanks for spending a minute with me today!

My Favorite Quote of the Week:

“Griffin’s eyes traversed the plains of my marred skin like a roadmap. Each whitish slash across my chest represented a ruin—something that once had been beautiful, but crumbled to pieces in the wake of disaster. Though ruins, they still retained their majesty—a whisper of their foregone beauty still lingered within. My ruin of a body spoke of a time wrought with sadness, helplessness, and destruction, but I prayed Griffin would find some remnant of beauty.”

~Jillian,  Across the Distance by Marie Meyer

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My Jam of the Week:

“You Don’t Know My Heart” Rachel Platten

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My Read of the Week:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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In the Works:

Putting the finishing touches on an outline about a spirited pharmacy student and a rising rock star. Oh, the chemistry between these two! Combustible!:)

My minute is up. Thanks for taking a break with me! See you back here next Monday!

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Marie’s Monday Minute

Marie's Monday Minute

It’s Another Manic Monday.

Take a bookish pause and unwind for a minute.

Hey, friends! Sit back, put your feet up, and take a few deep breaths. Mondays are rough. Thanks for spending a minute with me today!

My Favorite Quote of the Week:

“Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.” ~Warren, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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My Jam of the Week:

“Maybe Someday” by Griffin Peterson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S9zo4BcXJM

My Read of the Week:

Without Borders by Amanda Heger

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In the Works:

Just finished a chapter from my sexy cop’s POV. He’s fun to write!😉

My minute is up. Thanks for taking a break with me! See you back here next Monday!

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Marie’s Monday Minute

Marie's Monday Minute

It’s Another Manic Monday.

Take a bookish pause and unwind for a minute.

Hey, friends! Sit back, put your feet up, and take a few deep breaths. Mondays are rough. Thanks for spending a minute with me today!

My Favorite Quote of the Week:

“I wasted six years of my life with the wrong person. I’ll be damned if I spend the rest of my life without the right one.” ~Lucas, The Turning Point

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My Jam of the Week:

“Superman” by Rachel Platten

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR6Pi0OIbqc

My Read of the Week:

Man of Honor by Diana Gardin*

*I’m lucky enough to get to ready this fab book well before it’s pub day, so there’s no cover…yet! But you can add it to your Goodreads TBR!

In the Works:

A sexy, brooding musician. Need I say more.😉

My minute is up. Thanks for taking a break with me! See you back here next Monday!

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Marie’s Monday Minute

Marie's Monday Minute

It’s Another Manic Monday.

Take a bookish pause and unwind for a minute.

Hey, friends! Sit back, put your feet up, and take a few deep breaths. Mondays are rough. Thanks for spending a minute  with me today!

My Favorite Quote of the Week:

“Don’t let the fear of getting your heart broken stop you from loving. It’s the best thing you can ever do.” ~Gran, from UNTIL WE BREAK by Jamie Howard

Until we break

My Jam of the Week:

“Stand by You” by Rachel Platten

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwB9EMpW8eY

My Read of the Week:

The Witches: Salem 1692  by Stacy Schiff

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In the Works:

Working on a secret project with a sexy cop hero!😉

My minute is up. Thanks for taking a break with me! See you back here next Monday!

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THE TURNING POINT Release Day!!!

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THE TURNING POINT Is Out!

I am so excited to share my third novel with all of you, Sophia and Lucas were so much fun to write and I hope you enjoy reading their love story! 

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Add The Turning Point to your Goodreads TBR!

Purchase The Turning Point Today!

Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon Ca |

Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Google Play | Kobo 

The Turning Point Blurb:

It’s funny how a piece of paper can change your life-a diploma, a ticket . . . a plain, white envelope

For as long as I could remember, I was the girl with the plan. Good college, good medical school, good career. I would save lives instead of standing by helplessly, watching while they slipped away.

That was before my father called for the first time in fifteen years to tell me about the terminal illness stealing his life-an illness that might be stealing mine, too. It was before he gave me the name of a doctor and a plane ticket to Italy. Before I flew across an ocean. Before I realized how brilliantly bright life could be. Before I met Lucas.

He’s everything I’ve always wanted, and the timing couldn’t be worse. I can’t do this to him-he deserves so much better. My head tells me I can’t afford to fall in love with Lucas, but my heart won’t listen. Lucas is fearless about the future, while I’m not even sure I have one. There’s only one way to know what’s ahead and it’s waiting for me at home inside a plain, white envelope.

All I have to do, is open it . . .

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What’s a book birthday without presents?!

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Congratulations to Marie Landry, winner of this prize pack! 

Autographed Copy of THE TURNING POINT

THE TURNING POINT Tote bag

Italian Horn Keychain (just like Lucas’s in the book!)

2016 Italy Desk Calendar

Thanks for celebrating with me, loves! Enjoy THE TURNING POINT!

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