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Brenda Drake’s THIEF OF LIES excerpt!!

posted by on Dec 17, 2015 | 0 comments

Brenda Drake’s THIEF OF LIES excerpt!!

  Hi Everyone! I’m so excited to share an excerpt from Brenda Drake’s THIEF OF LIES! Brenda is one of my favorite people in the world and a fantastic author. I can’t wait to read this one again!! Here’s a little about the book then feast your eyes on the awesome excerpt! ENJOY ;o) Title: Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers, #1) Release date:  1/5/16 Author: Brenda Drake   About the book: Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound. Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.   Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Library-Jumpers-Brenda-Drake/dp/1633752216 B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/library-jumpers-brenda-drake/1121817874 iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/thief-of-lies/id1000566034 Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/thief-of-lies Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Library-Jumpers-Brenda-Drake/dp/1633752216 Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/Library-Jumpers-Brenda-Drake/dp/1633752216 Powell’s: http://www.powells.com/book/thief-of-lies-9781633752214/72-1 Books-a-Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Thief-Lies/Brenda-Drake/9781633752214 The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Thief-Lies-Brenda-Drake/9781633752214 Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/46127498 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17669243-library-jumpers?ac=1   Author Bio Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).     Website: http://www.brenda-drake.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/brendadrake Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brenda-Drake/171424269657164 Excerpt: I pressed the screen, and it went dark. “How do we know he’s not being forced to say this?” “The password, May Agnes guide you,” Lei replied. “She’s the patron saint of Asile.” Agnes? That was the silver woman’s name that formed from my globe. Did the saints have something to do with the...

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My Book Deal Journey Told Through Disney GIFs!

posted by on Oct 11, 2015 | 22 comments

My Book Deal Journey Told Through Disney GIFs!

Hi Everyone! I hope you’re having a great weekend so far. You may have guessed by the flying pig over there (and the title to this blog post) that I have a book deal!! The manuscript of my heart, TEACH ME TO FORGET, is going to be published! I’m thrilled to say I will be joining the awesome group of talented authors at Merit Press! I’m also SO SO excited to work with the amazing editor-in-chief there, Jacquelyn Mitchard, as well. For those of you who don’t know what TMTF is about, here’s a quick blurb. Ellery’s bought the gun, made arrangements for her funeral, and even picked the day. A Wednesday. Everything has fallen in to place. Now all she has to do is die. When her plans go awry and the gun she was going to kill herself with breaks, she does the one thing she has control over–return it and get a new one. After tormenting the crusty customer service associate by trying to return the gun with the wrong receipt, Ellery gets caught by the security guard who also happens to be someone she knows–the annoyingly perfect Colter Sawyer from her English class. Colter quickly uncovers her secret and is determined to change her mind. After confessing his guilt over his brother’s suicide, he promises not to tell her secret. Ellery tries to fight her attraction to him as the shadows of her past cling tight around her, but when she’s faced with another tragedy, she must decide whether her love for one boy is more important than a lifetime of pain. You can now add TEACH ME TO FORGET on Goodreads! I now have a FB page too. Wow. Authoring is weird. My journey to this book deal is kinda long so rather than tell you about it, I’m going to show you through Disney GIFs because that’s more fun ;o) I started to write my first book in 2007 after reading Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series (LOVED it). I had no idea what I was doing and to say I was a noob was an understatement. I discovered Nathan Bransford’s blog and started to learn more about publishing. There was so much out there I felt like I was entering a new hidden world. I joined twitter, participated in NaNoWriMo, and made some great friends. I queried my first book.      Then I got “the call.” And it finally happened. I had...

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Cover Reveal: HYBRID by KT Hanna!

posted by on Oct 8, 2015 | 0 comments

Cover Reveal: HYBRID by KT Hanna!

I’m SO SO excited to share the cover reveal for a good friend. KT Hanna! HYBRID is coming soon!! Hybrid is finally almost ready for release. S.P. McConnell worked magic again here. Hybrid (The Domino Project #2) is the sequel to Chameleon. It’s set in the wasteland of earth after a meteor shower causes ecological disaster, damages the atmosphere, and gives the gift of an alien parasite to the world. Book two furthers Sai, Bastian, and Dom’s journey in their fight to live free from GNW imposed rules. The goodreads blurb is as follows: As Sai recovers from her life-threatening injuries, she struggles to piece together her damaged relationship with Dom. He fights the parasite within, suddenly freed from the interference of the other Dominos in his head. Inside Central, Bastian’s Shine dosing has become a dangerous dance. Enhanced security protocols and endless meetings have him on a tightrope, with little room to move without revealing himself. When the GNW release the Damascus to begin their systemic hunt of the Exiled, the noose closes around the rebels and their allies. If they can’t disable the threat, the Exiled won’t be the Damascus’ only agenda Without further ado – here’s a teaser of the cover by the amazingly talented S.P. McConnell. Go see the full cover at YA Interrobang! Isn’t it GORGEOUS!?!?! Sit back and bask in this for a moment. It’s available for pre-order for $3.99 and will be available on November 10th, 2015! It will also be available in print via CreateSpace, Amazon, but best of all, the local indie store is being really supportive and already has it available for pre-order in print there! Watermark Books   Haven’t read Chameleon? There’s still time to catch up! Get it HERE! About the Author KT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds. Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you. When she’s not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, interns for a NYC Agency, and chases her daughter, husband, corgi, and cat. No, she doesn’t sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky. Note: Still searching for her Tardis Celebration! To celebrate, we’re giving away a copy of books 1 & 2! With...

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Twitter Analytics – It’s Not As Boring As It Sounds, Promise!

posted by on Sep 4, 2015 | 6 comments

Twitter Analytics – It’s Not As Boring As It Sounds, Promise!

Hi Everyone! I hope you’re having a great week. It’s been #PitchWars country for me this week and will be for a while which is awesome! I love this time of year, and Brenda and I are SO SO excited to work with our new mentee, the incredibly talented, Jenny Chou! ALSO my mentee from last year, Whitney Taylor announced her book deal today too!! YAY! Exciting times around these parts. So onto the fun part. Numbers! YAY! What? No, stay with me, it’s cool, I promise! So I was dinking around twitter last year and I discovered something pretty cool (you may have discovered it too!). But for those who don’t know, I’m sharing the love. Let me preface this by saying that I have grown to love metrics. What are metrics some of you may ask? They are the specific measurements that show what the heck you’re doing. It is your story in numbers. So in my day job I work A LOT with metrics. If you’re in a corporate day job, I’m going to take a bet and say you do too. So what does this have to do with writing, Erica? Well, I’ll tell you. Twitter has YOUR metrics. See the photo below? If you head over to your profile and click on the word ANALYTICS you too can enjoy the awesome. If for some reason you don’t have the ANALYTICS option on your profile go to analytics.twitter.com and login with your twitter credentials. Once you click, you’ll be able to see your twitter metrics. COOL, RIGHT? Even better, you can start to measure your twitter value and see averages of how many followers you get a month, your best tweets, how many RTs etc. So how does this help me, Erica? You can see what people like about your tweets! This is your direct line to your followers. If you know your followers you can ensure what you’re tweeting is actually relevant. If you’re a writer who wants to be published then you should be looking at yourself as a brand. Your brand has value! I pasted a few examples of my twitter analytics below if you’re curious. If you’re really brave you can export your data into excel and manipulate it yourself, but I wouldn’t recommend that. A bit overwhelming… and why do that when twitter does it for you! You can find the examples below if you click on the “Tweets” tab under the Analytics...

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Cover Reveal: TOUCHING FATE by Brenda Drake!

posted by on Aug 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Cover Reveal: TOUCHING FATE by Brenda Drake!

Hi Everyone!! I’m thrilled to be able to share the cover of my amazing BFF Brenda Drake’s TOUCHING FATE coming from Entangled Teen Crave! I’m so excited for her because she has two books coming out in less than 6 months and no one deserves it more than she does. So… let’s get to it, shall we?   … HERE WE GO!!! … Don’t you LOVE it!! YAY! Touching Fate by Brenda Drake  Release Date: 10/13/15 Entangled Teen: Crave Summary from Goodreads: Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a veryunscientific gift—with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate. Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday—and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him. Aster doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help–or that he’s about to die. But worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves. About the Author Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at schooluntil her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of hereccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was onlyfitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward thefantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).   Author Links:...

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