Cover Reveal!! Pintip Dunn’s Before Tomorrow

I am so excited to share with you the cover reveal for BEFORE TOMORROW by Pintip Dunn, a FORGET TOMORROW novella from Logan’s POV!

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Title: Before Tomorrow

Publisher: Entangled TEEN

Release Date: Oct. 31, 2016

In a world where all seventeen-year-olds receive a memory from their future selves, Logan Russell’s vision is exactly as he expects—and exactly not. He sees himself achieving his greatest wish of becoming a gold-star swimmer, but strangely enough, the vision also shows him locking eyes with a girl from his past, Callie Stone, and experiencing an overwhelming sense of love and belonging.

Logan’s not sure what the memory means, but soon enough, he learns that his old friend Callie is in trouble. She’s received an atypical memory, one where she commits a crime in the future. According to the law, she must be imprisoned, even though she’s done nothing wrong. Now, Logan must decide if he’ll give up his future as a gold-star swimmer and rescue the literal girl of his dreams. All he’ll have to do is defy Fate.

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Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL.
Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include THE DARKEST LIE and the forthcoming REMEMBER YESTERDAY. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com.

 

 

MY PERFECT MISTAKE by KELLY SISKIND: Cover reveal and giveaway!

I’m so excited to be sharing the cover of Kelly Siskind’s MY PERFECT MISTAKE today! Check out the beautiful cover below, read a sneak peek, and enter to win!

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About MY PERFECT MISTAKE

What happens in Aspen is definitely not staying in Aspen . . .

A girls’ trip to Aspen was exactly what Shay needed to forget about her toxic ex-boyfriend. She’s got her girls, pristine slopes for skiing, and hot guys everywhere. Of course, her epic self-rediscovery goes completely to hell when a wild (and deliciously hot) skier knocks Shay on her ass . . . and war is declared.

Kolton doesn’t know what it is about Shay that makes him lose it. Not just his cool—although she does have an unholy gift for that—but his restraint. When anger gives way to explosive chemistry, they’re both shaken with the intensity of it. But somewhere between lust and hate, Kolton and Shay realize they could have something real . . . if they don’t kill each other first.

MY PERFECT MISTAKE releases April 5, 2016 – add it to your Goodreads list here!

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Excerpt

He tosses me my anti-sexy helmet. “We should take another run before we head down.”

I catch it and shake my head, unsure I heard him right. “Sorry, we? Shouldn’t you be skiing with your buddies? It’s bad enough you hijacked my lunch and I have to sit at a table with you again tonight. Now you want to ski together? Thanks but no thanks.”

He lifts his arms over his head and stretches from side to side. A sliver of skin peeks out below his jacket. “The guys called it quits early. Worried you can’t keep up?”

As fucking if. The dude’s obviously egging me on, but he snaps my self-control. Everything between us is action, reaction. Spark and flame. What’s his deal, anyway? Why sit with me and ski with me when we’re worse than cats and dogs? If he thinks firing me up means he’s getting a replay of last night, he’s mistaken. Still, I need to beat his ass on the slopes. “Fine. I’ll take that run. It’s about time I put you in your place. But let’s be clear. We can have lunch and ski together, but there will be no sex.” A teen walking by stops midstride and doubles over in a fit of giggles.

“I didn’t catch that.” Kolton leans forward and cups a hand around his helmeted ear. “Do you mind speaking up?”

What a total douche.

“Everyone is wise until he speaks,” I mumble, recalling my granddad’s words.

Kolton straightens, a question passing across his face. “Are you Irish? My granddad used to say that all the time. Along with, ‘Shut your mouth and eat your dinner.’”

I laugh, abrupt and maniacal, the sharp sound catching me off guard. The energy shifts between us, like the first time I understood my Spanish teacher—the foreign becoming familiar. I frown, unsure I want Kolton to feel familiar. “Yeah, I am. The first curse I learned was feckin’ arse, and I’d kind of like to use it now.”

He smiles to himself, as though we’re friends who would sit and talk and laugh about our shared upbringing. Ruffled, I cram my helmet on, get geared up, and try to stomp out of the lodge all look out, buddy, but with the boots and Martian head, it’s a fail.

Skis on and goggles down, we race to the lift. He arrives first, making like he’s been waiting forever with a dramatic yawn. I roll my eyes and push past him. The lift line is empty, so it’s just him and me on the four-person chair.

“Mind not doing that?” he says partway up as I swing my skis.

The chair sways in response, and I rock my legs harder. “This?”

His olive skin grays. “Yeah. That.” He leans his elbows on the safety bar and closes his eyes.

If he pukes, I’ll likely toss my cookies, too. When my brother got food poisoning from China House’s all-you-can-eat buffet, it wasn’t pretty. I hadn’t eaten a thing there, but the second he threw up, I proceeded to reenact that pie eating scene from Stand by Me: projectile vomit, solid stream, fire hydrant force.

I still my skis and stop bouncing.

We pass one supporting tower, then another, before he opens his eyes.

“You regretting that lunch?” I ask, smirking.

He flexes his hands, and the poles dangling from his wrists knock around. “No. I’m regretting getting on this chair with you.”

Such a charmer.

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About Kelly Siskind

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.

She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—Gummy Bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

She is represented by Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy Literary Group.

2015 Golden Heart® Finalist

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From Idea to Publication: An Interview with author Ryan Dalton

 

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Ryan Dalton’s book, The Year of Lightning, is set to be released on January 12, 2016 with Jelly Fish Press. I love a good time travel story, so when I was asked if I would be willing to do an interview, I didn’t hesitate. I love to hear about how authors come up with their ideas, their writing process, and their journey to publishing.

  1. Ryan, tell us about yourself.

My name is Ryan and I am Batman. I’m also a lifelong geek, as you can probably tell by my opening statement. While writing is my first love, I also pursue other creative activities. I like to cook. I’m a musician, having spent a few years taking stage vocal training. I’m trying (and currently failing) to teach myself how to beatbox. I love Monty Python, comic books, driving fast, good scotch, traveling, and making people laugh.

  1. What inspired you to write The Year of Lightning? Is it the first novel you’ve written?

It all started with a random scene that popped into my head. I pictured walking by an abandoned house with no doors, and then seeing a face staring at me through the window. It felt so creepy and brought up so many interesting questions. I kept asking why the person was there, what they were doing and why, what impact it might have on the town. As I answered the questions for myself, THE YEAR OF LIGHTNING slowly took shape.

  1. What’s your writing process like? Are you a pantser or a plotter?

Definitely a plotter. Not that I plan 100% of everything–I do leave some things to be created in the moment, and I give myself lots of unstructured brainstorming time–but overall, I write much more confidently with a road map. So I write an early, rough outline with all the concepts and major beats. Then I follow with a physical outline–a timeline made of sticky notes on my office wall. Then I write a detailed outline for blocks of upcoming chapters. I tend to write twisty plots with big casts of characters, and the only way to do them justice (for me, anyway) is to plan ahead.

  1. From idea to completion, how long did it take you to complete the manuscript? Did you workshop or take classes? Did you use an editor or critique partners to help you get your manuscript query ready?

It took me about two years to finish The Year of Lightning. During that time I went through about six drafts, and I definitely had the help of some awesome critique partners. No writer is an island, and no book is a one-person show. It takes a village to get it where it needs to be. Good crit partners are one of a writer’s most valuable tools for improving their work. I find it especially useful to partner with writers in a wide variety of genres. A contemporary writer will probably give different feedback than a sci-fi writer, and the perspective can help reveal things you might not have noticed otherwise. I haven’t taken writing classes in a long time, but I’m certainly open to them.

  1. Tell us about your query process for The Year of Lightning? How many agents or editors did you query? Tell us about your journey from querying to “The Call”.

I’m not sure of the exact number, but queried quite a few agents and editors. A frustrating part was that most of the rejections were positive. I received plenty of manuscript requests and good feedback, so I knew the quality of the work wasn’t a problem. The most common response I received was, “Your work is good, but it doesn’t fit our list.” That gave a certain sense of validation, but it also made the rejections sting a little more.

So when I got the call from Jolly Fish Press, it was transcendent. Not only did they love my book and believe in it enough to want to publish it, but they also wanted to publish the two sequels I had planned. Ever since, they’ve been a wonderful partner in publication and have taught me so much about being an author. It’s been a great experience.

  1. What advice would you give writers who are in the query process?

The query process is a test of endurance. I tried to view it as the industry making sure I had what it took to be a professional author. I also realized something very important. A certain agent or editor may be at the top of your wish list, but if they don’t absolutely love your work and feel like they have to represent you, they’re not the right partner. Publication is a slow process with lots of hills and valleys, and you want to a partner that’s as committed to your success as you are. So respect your own work enough to wait for the right partner. I know that when you’re in the query trenches, hearing the word “wait” again is enough to make you want to scream. But do it. You’ll be glad you did.

  1. Tell us about The Year of Lightning.

The book has been described as “Monster House meets Back to the Future.” It has time travel, mystery, rogue lightning storms, creepy houses, shadowy villains, lots of fun stuff. You may even notice a few subtle nods to some of my favorite sci-fi stories. It’s the first of a trilogy, and I’m hard at work on the sequels as we speak. So when you get to the end, fear not, there’s lots more to come!

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*Links*

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrbfBF5jFHA

Website: www.RyanDaltonWrites.com

FB: www.facebook.com/ryandaltonwrites

Twitter: @iRyanDalton

IG: @RyanDalton

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24660093-the-year-of-lightning?from_search=true&search_version=service

Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781631630507

Changing Hands Bookstore: http://www.changinghands.com/book/9781631630507

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore: http://www.mystgalaxy.com/book/9781631630507

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Year-Lightning-Time-Shift-Trilogy/dp/1631630504/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449259464&sr=8-1&keywords=the+year+of+lightning

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-year-of-lightning-ryan-dalton/1121750191?ean=9781631630507

 

 

*Praise for The Year of Lightning*

 

“A rousing mix of science and fantasy that will thrill young and old alike! Dalton blends wit and emotion and adventure seamlessly in a tale that keeps your pulse pounding.” –author Ryne Douglas Pearson (Knowing, Simple Simon, Cloudburst)

“Exciting plot, smart characters, and engaging prose: Dalton’s writing jolts straight to your heart.” –Ellie Ann (The Silver Sickle), New York Times bestseller

“With cheeky winks to classic time travel and a mind-bending central mystery, The Year of Lightning moves at a pace that lives up to its title and will keep your pulse pounding to the last page.” –Karen Akins, author of the LOOP series

#Pitchwars Success Interview

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As many of you may (0r may not) know, I have signed with the incomparable Stacey Donaghy with Donaghy Literary Group. That’s right, I have a literary agent!!

Brenda Drake posted a #Pitchwars Success Interview with me and Kelly Siskind, my fab mentor.

Check it out here!

Author Interview – Mary Kubica – “The Good Girl”

Okay. So many of you have wondered about the querying process. I started querying a few short weeks ago, and already I’ve had some people ask, “J.R., do you have a book deal yet?”

“Um. No.”

For some, from query to publication can take years.

I came across this interview with Mary Kubica. She’s the author of the best seller, “The Good Girl”. I think her story really illustrates how long the process can be (never mind frustrating and discouraging).

“The Good Girl” almost didn’t make it to publication. Today, it’s a best seller. If you haven’t already read “The Good Girl”, I highly recommend it.

Back in February I started the query process for a literary agent to represent my efforts to have one or both of my novels published.  As a newbie to this process, I had no idea what to expect.  What I’ve experienced, though has been a roller coaster of good and bad…though mostly good.  Not good enough to land an agent yet, but good overall.

Through this process, I’ve wondered about the query process of several published authors.  I’m blessed to count a few of them as friends (or at least friendly acquaintances), so I started asking questions.  One of them told me that she studied literary agents and elected to query only two.  The first responded quickly with a definite no and her second query came back positive.  She’s now a bestselling author of her first novel, and working on her second.

Another author-aquaintance queried countless agents without a single positive response.  Not one…

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“Bricks” by John Davidson

In an effort to support other writers, I am happy to host a Book Blitz organized by YA Bound Book Tours. Below is an excerpt from “Bricks” by John Davidson and at the bottom of the post there is a Rafflecopter Giveaway. Thanks for checking it out.

Bricks

by John Davidson

Release Date: 02/03/15

Anaiah Press

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Sixteen-year old Cori Reigns learns that not all tornadoes take you to magical places. Some take your house, your school, and life as you knew it. Struggling to put the pieces of her life back together, Cori learns to rebuild what the storm destroyed by trusting family she didn’t know she had and helping friends she never appreciated.

 

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I honed my lines to a sharp point. What I would say, how she would respond, from as many different angles as I could think of. I was prepared—no matter what the script threw at me. What I didn’t count on was the toxic mix of a bubbling stomach and four cups of French Roast because everything went south when they walked in thirty minutes later.

“Stop protecting me!” I shouted, covering my mouth as I blew my first line. Mom froze. Dad sighed and pushed past her to close the door.

She manufactured a smile and cocked her head to one side. “We were only doing what we thought was best. You’ve been through a lot. I just didn’t want you to be force fed a lot of scary images.”

I cleared my throat. “Sorry. I didn’t mean to shout I just need you to understand that I—” She held up both hands and motioned for me to slow down. I took a couple of deep breaths. “I know you think you’re helping me, but my whole world is out of whack right now. Cutting me off from my friends and any news isn’t helping. I can’t act like it never happened. Our house isn’t fine. My car isn’t okay. My school and my friends are—I don’t even know how they are because I’ve been sequestered away like someone in the witness protection program.” I clenched my fists to combat the effects of the caffeine. “I want to go home. Tomorrow. I want to see Slim and Leo. If we can’t be home, I want to be closer than an hour away.”

In the background, I heard Dad sigh again as he pushed his hair from his eyes. “She has the right to know, Emily.”

“Henri!” Mom shouted with his words still hanging in the air. “This isn’t the time. We talked about this.”

“No, you talked and made me listen. But this isn’t about me. She deserves to know.”

The room was dimly lit, but Mom’s eyes burned like lasers on my dad’s forehead. I’m surprised his head didn’t explode or melt. Even more surprising, he matched her glare and one-upped her. “If you don’t tell her, I will.”

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Married to my bride for twenty-four years, I have an amazing son and a wonderful daughter.

Born and raised in central Oklahoma, I work in education, first as a teacher now in technology curriculum. I write. I read. And in the summer I make snow cones.

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A Tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

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In light of the recent shootings in Canada, Australia, and Pakistan, I am left feeling solemn this Holiday Season.

Many of us are busy preparing to receive friends and family over the Holidays. We shop, we bake, we clean, we tie fancy ribbons upon dozens of boxes, filled with things that we are told to want. Our children dream of shiny toys and stockings filled with surprises.

Unfortunately, for some, the greatest surprise this year is the unexpected loss of a loved one. The seat of a father, mother, or child, left empty at the table. The whiff of a person’s life, floating on the remnants of their cologne, still clinging to the fabric of their families lives. There is little solace when a loved one is stolen. There is no justification.

 

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Cpl. Nathan Cirillo on sentry duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was slain while guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa on October 22, 2014. He was shot twice in the back while holding an unloaded firearm. An extreme act of cowardice by a lone gunman.

I am an eleventh-generation Canadian. Prior to Michael Zehaf-Bibeau‘s assault on Parliament Hill, I definitely took the security and peace that Canada offers for granted. I naïvely felt that no one would ever attack us ­– after all, we’re Canadian, eh? The United States’ meek and unobtrusive cousin. We tow the line, mostly unnoticed in our politics. I mean, we’re talking about a country whose citizens are known for apologizing when bumped or pushed. There’s no reason to attack us. How horribly wrong I was. Wrong, that we are exempt from terrorism. Wrong, that there is no reason to attack us. Hate will always find a ‘reason’ to propagate – no matter how deranged. This is tragically exemplified in the nonsensical acts that took place in Sydney (the routine act of having a quiet morning coffee, shattered with violence) and in Pakistan (the unfathomable massacre of over 130 innocent children).

Zehaf-Bibeau had his ‘reasons’ and acted on them. He found a reason to terrorize the innocent, to murder a father, a son, a brother; a Canadian soldier who guards the memory of the Unknown Soldier, and now we will protect his.

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Nathan Cirillo’s son, Marcus, at his father’s funeral.

 

I am not a poet, but I offer this tribute to Cpl. Cirillo, whose birthday is on December 23rd. He would have been 25.

 

The Tomb of the Known Soldier

 

I am a boy who became a man

I guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

I am a man who fathered a son

I guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

I sacrifice my life for my child, to guide him as he grows

I guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

I sacrifice my life for my country, to keep it strong and free

I guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

I protect the memory of the fallen

I guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

I represent peace and am attacked by hate

I guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

I lose my life for my sacrifice

I lay upon the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

I have become the Soldier That Is Known

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Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season filled with peace, love, and joy. May you find yourselves with those you hold dear.