Friday, May 30, 2014

#FierceReadsTour Re-Cap and GIVEAWAY!

Recently I was honored to moderate the DC leg of the #FierceReads tour! 


Authors Marie Rutkoski, Anna Banks, Katie Finn and Lindsay Smith were all present and accounted for.

Some things you should know:

Anna Banks would rather be a narwhal than a Siren or Mermaid. Why? Because they're the Unicorns of the sea!


Marie Rutkoski let us in on some secrets for book two of the Winner's Curse trilogy! What was the dish? That readers would hear more from Aryn in the coming book!

Lindsay Smith parted with a Sekret of her own, in honor of her debut novel, that she believed she would be a musician while growing up and was trained to do so! Also, she speaks Russian and complimented Anna on her hair in the Mother-tongue. 

Anna dished on her next project- a contemporary standalone, a modern take on Bonnie & Clyde. 

The thing that Marie loves most about her cover is the R- which looks like a musical instrument.

Originally, the paranormal elements of Sekret were down-played and only in revising did Lindsay bring those plot points to life.


And Katie Finn and Morgan Matson have never been seen in the same room together. Kind of like myself and Wonder Woman…

As a thank you to all their lovely readers Macmillan is giving away a set of hardback novels from the tour. 


As a thank you to all my lovely readers I am giving away a gift bag of swaggity-swag. Swaggy. Swag-on, SWA- okay, I'll stop. AND my ARC of Sekret, which has been signed by Lindsay Smith.

Enter the giveaway here and if you're interested in learning what these authors think of the publishing process, querying and being on book tour keep reading!

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Right before the event I got to sneak an interview with the four brilliant women of the Fierce Reads Tour! 

GC: A LOT OF HOPEFUL WRITERS QUERY AROUND THIS TIME, WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO THEM?


LS: Get a feel for what authors they work I and what stories work for them, you want an agent to rep your career.

KF: Get your favorite books and read the acknowledgements...AND READ GUIDELINES CAREFULLY!

MR: Google! My first MG book had an element of darkness, so I Googled for Lemony-Snickett-Agent and found Charlotte, who ended up representing me.

AB: Leave your potential agent saying WHOA! Raise a question at the end- make them say "I have to know what happens!"

GC: WHAT'S SURPRISED YOU MOST ABOUT THE INDUSTRY?

KF: I was surprised by what a community there is, people who write on the adult side don't feel the same.

MR: The first time I was surprised I was in Anderson's Bookshop and someone with whom I had worked at a library was there and asked for an ARC. I was wide-eyed, WHAT IS AN ARC?!

AB: I was surprised by how many committees and subcommittees the book must go through to be published.

LS: That there's a lot about writing and publishing that is not about writing.

GC: WHAT IS A BOOK TOUR LIKE?


AB: I love it. I think it's awesome to go around and meet fans. This time I made myself sick I was so excited! I love book tour, it's everything you'd think it would be, though a bit exhausting.

KF: You spend so much time in front of your computer and it's no longer theoretical on tour. This is a great group to tour with.


Thank you to Macmillan, Mary van Akin, the lovely authors who let me quiz them, YADC for attending, and Hooray for Books! for hosting. 

And while you're here, check out my Books To Good Homes page and adopt some homeless ARCs!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Empower: Fight Like a Girl COVER REVEAL


Praise for Empower: Fight Like A Girl

"Even non-girls will feel empowered by these stories about ordinary, flawed characters finding their own strengths. Highly entertaining and original."

- Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Chase and King City, whose mother lost her hearing to lupus.

Women of TV have united against lupus! Presenting Empower: Fight Like A Girl, a special collection of short stories by top women writers from some of your favorite shows, including: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Family Guy, Person of Interest, Grimm, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Law & Order: SVU, Star Trek: Voyager, Eureka, Twisted, The 100, Malcolm in the Middle, Millennium, Being Human, The Shield, Castle, Chuck, Gilmore Girls, and Game of Thrones. In this anthology, you'll discover supernatural thrillers, crime mysteries, horror, comedies, and more.

Authors contributing stories to this volume include:


  • Amy Berg
  • Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
  • Akela Cooper
  • Liz Edwards
  • Jane Espenson
  • Shalisha Francis & Nadine Knight
  • Lisa Klink
  • Pang-Ni Landrum
  • Lauren LeFranc
  • Kam Miller
  • Jess Pineda
  • Jennifer Quintenz
  • Lisa Randolph
  • Kay Reindl
  • Kira Snyder
  • Jeane Wong


  • All proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Lupus Foundation of America to help solve the cruel mystery of lupus.

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