Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Jen Greyson's New Book Lightning Rider Releases May 30th!

Review Request - New Adult / Fantasy From the Publisher of 50 Shades of Grey
Heiress to a time-traveling dynasty, Evy Rivera is finally claiming her birthright as a lightning rider. Problem is, she’s forced to learn alongside Constantine, a prickly, obstinate Roman warrior who constantly challenges her to be the woman he sees in her.
Thrown back into ancient Spain, Evy must rely on guts and instinct to wield her lightning as a weapon and outsmart Ilif, her quasi-mentor who believes time traveling should be left to the Rivera men.
During her training, Evy and Constantine battle the push-pull of their explosive relationship, aware the 2,000-year span between their lives is an unavoidable hurdle.
Caught between a centuries-old battle rife with secrets, Evy must learn whom to trust before she risks everything and the wrong history repeats itself. When the heritage her parents have suppressed mingles with the past, Evy hopes to find answers . . .
Is she rewriting the right history? And who is she becoming?

I would be honored to have you review this on your site.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.


Release Date May 30, 2013

eBook or Paperback

Available now on NetGalley
or via email

P.S. If your reviewing calendar is full, please let me know if you would be willing to host an author interview on your amazing blog or host a stop on the blog tour ~ Jen

I adore this cover, also Jen is one of my critique partners, and I can attest that this book is filled with plot twisting excitement! I am so excited for her!!

Writers - just a reminder that I still have my $5 query critique special going. Sign up on the sidebar or click the contact me button if you want to know more.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

$5 Query Edits!

Last week I gave away three free query reviews and my contest was so successful, I decided to offer $5 query critiques. I've set up a PayPal button on my side bar for either a query, a 50 page manuscript content edit or a full content edit.

If you have any questions, please comment or send me an e-mail (click on the "contact me" button at the left).

Have a wonderful day, and WRITE ON!


Monday, February 18, 2013

Query Critique Winners Announced

The winners of my query critique contest have been announced! Congratulations to:

April Emerson
Becky Harwell

This was so much fun, I think I'll do another giveaway like this when I have something else to celebrate! Thanks to all who entered, and good luck to everyone who's out there trying to get their work published. It's a long hard road, but one full of excitement and new friends.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Free Query Critique--There's Still Time To Enter!

The query critique contest ends on February 18th. Due to the fantastic number of contestants, I'm going to PICK THREE WINNERS! Don't forget to follow my blog and click the top button as entered. That gets the most points. Scroll down to enter or click the link:

Good luck everyone!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Woot! Tyrean Martinson's Release Party--Champion in the Darkness

A huge congratulations to Tyrean Martinson and her new book CHAMPION IN THE DARKNESS, a YA Christian Fantasy:

About the book:
Clara is younger than most trainees, but she is ready to hold a Sword Master's blade. While visions and ancient prophecies stand in her way, they also offer a destiny unlike any other. Clara is aided by a haunted mentor, Stelia, whose knowledge of their enemy Kalidess is both a bane and a blessing. As evil threatens their land, Clara and Stelia must find the strength to overcome the darkness.
Champion in the Darkness is the first book in the Champion Trilogy.
About the Author:
Tyrean Martinson lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest, encouraged by her multi-talented husband and daughters. She likes to write, read, teach, ski, bicycle, walk, and sometimes she likes to sing and dance in the rain.

Using her degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English, Tyrean homeschools her two daughters and teaches writing and literature classes at a homeschool co-op.

Tyrean has been published in e-zines like Every Day Poets, Every Day Fiction and Mindflights, and a few print anthologies like The Best of Every Day Poets and Sunday Snaps: The Stories. Champion in the Darkness is her first book, but she plans to write many more.

Champion in the Darkness can be found at these links:

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Free Query Critique Contest

I believe writers need to celebrate everything good. And though I'm still in the querying process for my current WIP, so far I have received eleven requests for materials. I sent out about fifty queries, which makes it a 20% favorable response rate, and in this world of rejections, that's freaking awesome (pardon my feather fluffing). I remember attending a class on writing queries at a League of Utah Writers conference, where the presenter described her query process. She sent out 180 queries, received 18 responses and got one offer. She writes fantastic query letters, and has helped many writers with theirs.

Though I am still waiting, I want to give back to the writing community. So many people have helped me on this road. It's time for me to help others.

Do you have a query you want to polish? Do you need an extra set of eyes? Follow the steps of the contest and enter the drawing for a free query letter critique!

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Here's a sample of my query for my historical romance, Captured by the Pirate Laird--the one that got me those requests:

Wed by proxy to a baron old enough to be her grandfather, Lady Anne trudges up the gangway of a galleon that will deliver her into the arms of a tyrant. Crestfallen, she believes her disastrous life cannot get worse—until she awakes to the blasts of cannon fire.

Facing certain death, Anne trembles in her stateroom while swords clash and the chilling screams of battle rage on the deck above. When a grizzly Highlander kicks in her door, she prays for a swift end.

But Laird Calum MacLeod has a reason for plundering the ship—and it’s not a stunning English lass. With no other choice, he takes Anne to his crumbling keep on the isle of Raasay and sends a letter of ransom to her husband. In time, Anne grows to understand MacLeod’s plight and finds it increasingly difficult to resist Calum’s unsettling charm—until the baron sends a reply agreeing to terms.

Ripped from passion that will be forever seared into their souls, Anne and Calum fight to find forgiveness and risk everything for love.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Jack Templar: Monster Hunter -- New and Exciting Middle Grade Book!

Jack Templar: Monster Hunter

Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack's fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it's great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend "T-Rex" from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he's the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he's destined to be in the family business. Second, that there's a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits...until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.

As if that weren't enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the "One?" Why do the monsters want him dead so badly? Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.

Author Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus grew up in Cyprus, Greece, and Saudi Arabia where there was a distinct lack of television. He quickly found books were the gateway to incredible adventures, fascinating characters and unbelievable discoveries. Now, with five children of his own (all who watch too much television, in his opinion), he has enjoyed revisiting his old books and reliving those adventures all over again.

Twitter: @JTMonsterHunter

Kirkus Reviews
"Gunhus brings young readers a monster-filled romp to read at their own risk. In the first few pages, Jack, the storyteller and main character, warns readers not to read about these real-world monsters that would seem to only exist in fiction. The tone is set--sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek and likable; rooting for Jack is easy...Gunhus masterfully introduces fully realized characters with whom readers can connect almost instantly. The pacing is quick but not rushed, and events seamlessly progress, complete with action, cliff-hangers and surprise reveals. "

Amazon Reviews
Watch out Percy Jackson here comes Jack Templar
Move over Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, there's a new kid in town - Jack Templar, and he will take you on a wonderful adventure of good vs evil, with friends and enemies at every turn. The twists and turns keep the reader on a roller coaster of entertainment in the way of JK Rowling and Rick Riordan. - Penny Brein

Fast paced adventure through and through
Written for middle school aged students, this book is action-packed from the beginning and will hold the attention of young readers. Not only that, as an adult reader, it was hard to put down, so parents will enjoy it as an easy read. -bluejellybean

Kids will love it!
Not only will kids love it, adults will too! I don't want to give the plot away but this is a book worth reading. This book is creatively written drawing in the reader to be a participant in the story. There is lots of action with enough blood and guts to be interesting without being gross. Girls will like it too with the strong female role models and the hint of romance. Even though this is a children's book, I couldn't put it down. I will definitely be adding this to my classroom library. I am looking forward to reading the book in this series and sharing it with my students. Awesome book! -pixiep


Yeah, you read it right. I’m a monster hunter.  Back before I actually became one, I would have thought that sounded totally awesome. And don’t get me wrong, in a lot of ways it is.  But most of the time, I’m either running for my life or hiding in the shadows, praying the monster chasing me doesn’t pick up my scent. And I’m almost always scared to death. In a few pages, I think you’ll see why.
But there are a few things I need to warn you about before I tell you my story.
            First, this isn’t a cartoon. These are bloodthirsty creatures who will stop at nothing to kill. They are scary. Very scary. Second, the only way to stop them is to kill them first…and that gets gross and messy. Third, this is all real.
            You think I’m kidding, don’t you? I can almost see you smirking as you read this. But this isn’t a joke. Monsters are real and the story I’m about to tell you really happened. If you’d rather walk through life believing that monsters are only found in books or on the movie screen, then you should shut this book right now and go do something else.
            I give you these warnings because the story I’m about to tell you isn’t for everyone. Not everyone can handle it. The blood. The gore. The monsters.
            This life was thrust onto me. I had no choice but to take up a sword and fight. But you can still walk away and pretend this dark world doesn’t exist. Or you can walk through the door that I’m about to open and find out the truth about the world around you.
            But I warn you (and this is a big warning), if you read this book, if you learn about the monsters that roam among us and the hunters who fight them, if you decide to learn the truth, then you will become fair game for the monsters to chase.
            Make sure you understand what I’m saying.
            If you read this book, you will be part of this world and the monsters will come after you too. You will start to see things that no other humans can see. The shadows will move when you walk near them. The creatures of the night will seek you out, testing the doors and windows of your house, looking for a way in.
            And, at some point, they will find you, just like they found me, and you will be forced to defend yourself.
            So, think carefully before you turn the page, because once you do, there’s no turning back.
            Once a monster hunter, always a monster hunter.
            See you on the other side.
            If you’re brave enough.

Friday, February 1, 2013

A Pathway to Publication by Ryan Hunter

I asked talented author, Ryan Hunter to join my blog today and tell us about her road to publication. Ryan has been both traditionally published and self published, but I believe her story of overcoming self-doubt strikes a chord with us all:

Ryan's Pathway to Publication:

When I started writing, I felt alone. There were no networking groups online, no support groups where I lived. I had no one to call and talk to when I felt weak or overcome with doubt. It was like I had this secret addiction and I couldn’t tell anyone about it, because … what if I was no good?

So, I wrote in private. I hid my finished work, scared of what people would think if they knew I not only talked to myself but recorded the communications on my hard-drive. I had self-doubt and fear and a stark lack of knowledge concerning anything to do with plotting or characterization.

My plots fell flat, my characters weren’t real and yet I pushed myself and even ventured outside of my comfort zone long enough to order a couple of books on writing. I prayed they arrived in an unmarked, brown box so nobody would know what I’d become involved in. Because if they knew, they’d ask what I was writing, if I was published, if they could see it … the list went on, reasons to be terrified.

I finally gained enough courage to “come out of the closet” and admit I was a writer. I sought help from a bestselling brother-in-law and instead of asking me if I was crazy, he actually encouraged me to pursue my addiction. He’s helped me nonstop, critiquing my work, recommending self-help writing books and most importantly, helping me be able to say with confidence, “My name is Ryan Hunter, and I’m a writer.”

That confidence changed everything about my habit. I started to attend writing conferences, great therapy for a newly proclaimed writer. I even stood up and read my opening page in front of one class, the effort making me shake so badly I spilled water all over everyone else’s first pages .… The experience taught me great things like: it’s easier to just let the world know what you’re doing than to let nerves make you look like a fool.

That’s when I entered my first writing contest through Writer’s Digest, earning honorable mention on a short story I later turned into a novel and published as Robyn Heirtzler.

I went on to publish two novels under that name and two more as Ryan Hunter. The first two were through traditional publishing because that’s the way things were done. Ebooks weren’t around yet, seriously, I’d just barely gotten my first email account. But things changed: the publishing industry, electronics and my name. I decided to take the challenge and the responsibility of self-publishing my next two books (in a completely different genre than my first two, one reason for my pen name).

It’s more work with publicity and the whole reinvention process so people realize I’m still me, but I don’t think I’d change it. I’ve had a good response to my work and look forward to creating the next two books in the One United trilogy, the follow-ups to inDIVISIBLE.

Bio & Links:
Ryan Hunter is the author of inDIVISIBLE, a dystopian that’s being hailed as a modern-day 1984; and Premeditated, a YA suspense. She’s a wife and mother of five. She’s an avid runner, blogger and baker.
Twitter: @ryanhunter45

Awesome, Ryan! Thank you for sharing your story!