Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cover Reveal (and Giveaway): Eternal (Winterhaven #3) by Kristi Cook

BCM is proud to be a part of the cover reveal for a book much anticipated by all of us. Eternal (Winterhaven #3) by Kristi Cook is the final book in this trilogy, and I for one cannot wait to read it. All of the book covers are gorgeous, each one even just a bit more than the last.

We are also part of the giveaway for one signed paperback copy of Haven (Winterhaven #1) and a Mirage (#2) Scrabble tile necklace. So make sure to fill out the form at the end of the post for your chance to win!

And without further ado:

Eternal by Kristi Cook


THERE’S NO HIDING FROM DESTINY…

In the final book of the Winterhaven trilogy, Violet McKenna and her friends find themselves right in the middle of a vampire war. The stakes have been raised, the danger unavoidable now. As the Warriors’ senior year draws to a close, not everyone makes it out alive. Who will be left standing at the end of it all? Will Aidan be a part of Violet’s future, or is he just a specter of the past?






About The Author


YA author Kristi Cook is a transplanted southern gal who lives in New York City with her husband and two kids. Her YA debut, HAVEN, was released in Feb. 2011 by Simon Pulse.

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Silver-White by Shawn Underhill

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
~ Robert Frost

*Evie’s family has been holding out on her …

Big time.

On an unexpected visit to her grandparents’ house in New Hampshire’s secluded North Woods, the sixteen-year-old literally runs into the truth of the long-hidden family secrets, and finds herself thrust without warning into the clandestine world of the Great North Pack—a wild and exhilarating world of rugged beauty, heart-pounding adventures, and long nights running under a sea of stars … but as she’s set to discover, a world also fraught with potential dangers lurking in the shadows.


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 "Simply put, this book was amazing. I've read more fantasy novels than than I can count, but this one is certainly one of the best. The heroine isn't some wishy-washy pansy that screams at everything, and the focus of the story isn't on some unbelievably beautiful teenage girl who suddenly becomes the biggest, baddest member of her species falling in love with some big, bad, sexy member of her newfound species. It's about a girl becoming something she never knew existed, finding her place within the pack family she values more than ever before, and an age-old feud that threatens everything she loves." ~Morgan


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday! Waiting on Wednesday a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. 
This week we are anxiously awaiting:
 
Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)
by Cassandra Clare
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Hardcover: 592 pages
 
From Goodreads:  Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.
 
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I know this book falls on many people's TBR list. And has made an appearance on numerous WoW's. But I have to add it to my list as well. 
Although I do like the first three books in The Mortal Instruments series, I absolutely adore The Infernal Devices. I like the stories better. I like the characters better. I even like the love triangle, and I am so over those. And my favorite Shadowhunter can be found in this series: Jem. Jem is so high on my book boyfriend list, he might even fall in the top three. And after reading Clockwork Prince (my review can be found HERE), I started craving this book as soon as I closed the back cover. 
 
 
What do you think? Is this book on your TBR list? What is on your WoW list for this week? Leave us a comment.
 
Happy Reading!    

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Review: Nailed by Jennifer Laurens

Nailed by Jennifer Laurens
Published: November 2008
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Genre: YA

The Story: One girl. Two guys. Who says three's a crowd? When Mandy takes an unusual summer job-in construction-she has to prove she's just one of the guys. But she gets more than she bargains for being the only girl on the job. The mixture of hot guys, sunscreen, raw wood and testosterone proves to be an elixir she can't protect her heart from. Brooding Boston and flirty AJ find themselves looking at Mandy as more than just a girl who holds a hammer. Mandy soon finds herself not only lost in a whirlwind of a male-dominated world, but also the center of an inadvertently "constructed" love triangle. Mandy must choose between two guys who want her heart. But what's a girl to do when she wants them both?

My Review: This book may be “old” but it was new to me!  I had won the book, and read it.  So, YMCA anyone?  This book is so cute.  When Mandy descides to show up in shorts and a tank, she finds out that she can’t have it her way.  The two guys that she gets caught in the triangle with, both treat her as the boss' daughter (which she is) and as any other guy on the job.  Mandy does push herself, and proves that she belongs there just as much as they do.  Oh, and which guy does she pick?  Go grab the book and find out!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Torched by Andrea Lynn Colt

Torched
by Andrea Lynn Colt
published September 10, 2012

Goodreads/Author website/Amazon/Barnes & Noble/First chapter sample/Second chapter



From Goodreads

Rose Whitfield's senior year just went up in smoke. Instead of having a blast with her best friend, her cheerleading squad, and her boyfriend Ryan, she's framed for arson. Popularity and criminal records don't mix, apparently.

Luckily, Rose knows who's framing her: Paxton Callaway. Paxton and Rose have spent years locked in a war of practical jokes. This time he's gone too far. Rose sets out to prove her innocence, win Ryan back, and take Paxton down hard. 

Not necessarily in that order.


My Review:  

This book is one of the best books that I had never heard of before.  I have been in a reading slump with everything I picked up being somewhat of a let down.  When this book showed up for review I grabbed it.  It looked both interesting and different than what I had been reading.  I am so glad that I did, let's just say that the slump is over.

This well written book takes place in the world of high school.  It has a bit of a Mean Girls (the movie) feel to it.  We are taken into the world of Rose, who starts the book at the top of the high school social pyramid.  After being framed for arson she loses her boyfriend, her best friend and her social status all in an instant.  She also loses her future since getting into the college of her dreams is going to be impossible with a criminal record.  Forced to take a hard look at her life and choices, Rose is shocked to discover that maybe what happened is a bit of Karma.  Left with seemingly no one on her side she is surprised to find who ends up supporting her.

My favorite aspect of this book is how well all of the characters and many relationships are crafted.  If any of you have read my reviews before, you know I am a sucker for well written characters.  In this book every character is realistic throughout the story.  The teen years are a time when we all tend to be at least somewhat egocentric.  We view our actions and everyone around us with this filter.  It is great to be in Rose's head as her view point is expanded and she begins to see how her actions have affected others.  I also detected a subliminal message that I am not sure was intentional by the author but I loved never the less.  That message is that there is a double standard about what males and females can get away with and how the same behavior is reacted to differently.  The years of back and forth pranks between Rose and her nemesis Paxton have inadvertently hit some innocent bystanders.  Because Paxton is a (now) very attractive and popular male his mistakes have been more easily forgiven than those by an attractive, popular female.  I am glad that the contradictory reactions were at least lightly touched upon.  

All of the characters are flawed and genuine.  Each struggles to some degree with self-involvement or the inability to see things through another's eyes.  Whether a character is a victim or perpetrator, everyone is fleshed out in shades of grey which ground this story in authenticity, even when the events border on extreme.  While Rose's eyes are opened and she begins to grow as a person she still makes mistakes and we watch her struggle not to regress into her former selfish behavior.  She grapples with her distant relationship with her parents along with the changing dynamics in her other relationships.  I appreciated that there are no miraculous changes or easy answers.  Sometimes people disappoint you and will continue to do so no matter how much you try to address it.  Some mistakes are not easily forgiven no matter how bad you feel.

The pacing of this story is fantastic.  This story grabs you so that you can't put it down.  Between the mystery of who really started the fire, the conflict Rose feels about her ex-boyfriend, ex-bestfriend and the confusion regarding new and renewed people in her life we are left anxiously hanging onto the edge of our seats, just like Rose.  There are many twists and turns to this story and even though you might have suspicions, you won't be able to guess everywhere this story will go.

I could seriously talk on and on about Torched but then this review would devolve into a book discussion rather than a review.  Let me just say that I highly recommend this book.  I am definitely going to keep and eye on this author.  She is really talented and I hope you will at least check out the links at the top to the first two chapters.  If you read this book and enjoy it as much as I have help me spread the word.



Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bookmark Blitz: Destiny Unveiled by Laura DeLuca


Blurb:

Gabriella and Darron thought their magickal battle was over when they defeated the evil warlock, Richard. When her Aunt Donna seeks Gabriella's help in rescuing her catatonic daughter from the Dark Coven, Gabriella discovers that her cousin holds a power within her that would be catastrophic in the hands of the evil witches. Gabriella's coven sets out on a journey that may be their last. Along the way, they meet new allies, face devastating treachery, and battle not only the Dark Coven, but the darkness within themselves. When Gabriella finally comes face to face with the cousin she never knew existed, her true destiny is unveiled, and the fate of the mortal world is in her hands.

Excerpt:

After collecting the offering from his followers, the leader returned to the center of the circle and the waiting initiate. With one quick motion, he sliced open his own palm. He held his hand over the cup, letting his blood drip slowly into the chalice, until the wound miraculously healed before Darron's startled eyes. When the chalice was full, he carried it to the eager initiate who took the cup firmly into his hands and tilted it towards his lips.

"As this blood makes you one with our flesh, so your soul follows to become one with the darkness," the English voice intoned.

As the initiate drained the last of the liquid in the chalice, his hood fell away, revealing a blonde ponytail pulled back over a pale white face, made even paler by the outline of bright red blood around his lips. Darron watched in stunned, horrified silence as his own face turned to meet his gaze. Eyes turned as black as coals stared back at Darron with a grim smile of satisfaction.

"Rise Darron," the leader commanded. And as he spoke, he lifted the hood from his head. "Rise brother of the Dark Coven."


Author Bio:

Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years. Her current works include Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan and Player.



Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Impossibility of Tomorrow (Incarnation #2) by Avery Williams





Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday! Waiting on Wednesday a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

This week, we are waiting on:

The Impossibility of Tomorrow (Incantation #2)
by Avery Williams
Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Hardcover: 384 pages

From Goodreads: The immortal Seraphina is forced to face the darkness of her past—and risk losing the love of her life—in this second novel in the Incarnation series.

Seraphina has been living for centuries, thanks to a special method of alchemy, but only recently has she really felt alive. She’s finally broken free from her controlling boyfriend, Cyrus, and after years of swapping bodies to preserve her immortality, is happily settled into a life worth sticking with. Because in this life, she has Noah.

But Noah might not be as trustworthy as he seems. After he delivers an ominous message that could only come from Cyrus, Sera is worried that her new friends and family will find out her secret. And as her suspicions extend beyond Noah, Sera is forced to wonder about her new friends as well: Could her old coven be disguising themselves right under her nose?

Will Sera have to move to another body—and take another life—or can she find a way to keep what she’s got, forever?


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I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Alchemy of Forever.  And after the way it ended, I have been waiting to find out what is going to happen next. Unfortunately, I still have a little bit of a wait. But they do say, all good things come to those who wait, right? RIGHT?! 
And isn't that cover gorgeous?

You can read my review of The Alchemy of Forever HERE.

So what do you think? Is this something you are waiting on? Leave a comment with your thoughts on this book, or what is on your WoW for today.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) 
by Jamie McGuire
published by Atria Books
August 14, 2012
432 Pages
Ages 17 +

Author website / Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads: INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.


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I have been hearing a lot of great things about this book. I have even heard some people find similarities between it and the 50 Shades (which is by no means even close to a YA book). Or at least the two books used in the same sentence. Now, I haven't made it past the first 50 Shades book, but I don't think this book is anything like it. For one, it is extremely well written. 

Maybe it is the co-dependency aspect? There were, at times, in this book, that Travis became really creepy to me when it came to that. But I do think that is the point. He is this extremely hot guy who feels nothing for no one, uses people for his own means/pleasure and now finds himself feeling something very deeply for someone else, and he just doesn't want to let her go. To the point of obsessiveness. But she is so totally in love with him that it didn't faze her. Even when they found themselves apart, they were still technically together. 

And there were a lot of weird things thrown in, like gambling, Vegas, mobsters and underground college fighting circles. But it is written in a way that makes it all fall in place. Although, a bunch of college kids just jetting off to Vegas for a weekend, makes you wonder where they get their funds. Well, at least you know where two of them get them, at least. Some of it anyway. 

Was this book perfect? No. Were there flaws? Yes. Does it matter? Not one bit. 

Beautiful Disaster is the perfect title for this book. 

I got emotional many times throughout the book, happy, sad, crying, angry, every facet of emotions I could go through. And I could not put this book down. It is the first book in a long time that I read so quickly, to the point of putting off things that needed done so I could get it finished. And even now I still find myself thinking about it. I want to go back to certain parts of the book and reread them. This book has implanted itself into my brain, and will most likely be there for a while to come. 
This is definitely a must read.

 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Author Spotlight: Jennifer L. Armentrout


Welcome to our third installment of BCM Author Spotlight! Every month we'll select an author to feature for our BCM Spotlight, so be sure to stop by each Sunday to learn more about the authors we've chosen. With book bloggers constantly creating wonderful and exciting new memes, we'd like to thank the lovely ladies at Page Turners Blog and Portrait of a Book for the inspiration behind our BCM Author Spotlight.

And now, an interview with Jennifer L Armentrout.  I haven't read her Lux series, which is why I only asked a few questions about the Covenant series, though the Lux series are on my TBR!

BCM: Tell us a little about Half Blood (well, the whole series) and how you came to write this story.

JLA: The Covenant Series is rooted in Greek Mythology, especially the tales of the "demigods" and the "apollyon." I started writing the series in late 2007 and I really wanted to create a strong female heroine, who might not always make the right decisions, but could face the consequences of her actions. It started with the idea of the demigod and spun out from there. It's all about choices, action, love, and ultimately, the power of fate and love.

BCM:  How long did you know that you were going to be a writer?

JLA: As cliché as it sounds, I've always wanted to be a writer, but it wasn't something I took seriously until 2007.
BCM:  What prompted you to write the in-between novellas - Daimon and Elixer?
JLA: Half-Blood kicks off with a bang and Alex in a lot of trouble. You learn about what happened to her that led to the showdown in the warehouse in Georgia, but I wanted to actually show the readers everything and I think it gives them a better understanding of Alex. And Elixir bridges Deity and Apollyon together, and being from Aiden's POV, you get to see a different side to the story.

BCM:  How are your characters most like you? How do you differ?

JLA:  At first I didn't think I was anything like the characters, but a lot of readers who have met me in person, says I remind them of Alex in the sense we have the same kind of 'snarky' responses to thing.

BCM: What is the scariest thing about being a writer?

JLA: Letting the book go out into the world. Once it's published, you can't change anything and it's no longer your book. It's the reader's book and you can only hope they enjoy it. That can be kind of scary, because reading is all about perception, and you really don't know what people are going to think.

USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

Find Jennifer on the web:

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Excerpt: BOUNDLESS by Cynthia Hand Blog Tour


Welcome to the BOUNDLESS by Cynthia Hand blog tour, hosted by MundieMoms! Check out THIS PAGE to follow along with the rest of the tour. You won't want to miss it! Stay tuned next week for our review of BOUNDLESS. As fans of this amazing series, we are so thrilled to be a part of the tour and hope you enjoy the excerpt below, but first here's a little about BOUNDLESS:

***About the Book***

Published by: Harper Teen
To Be Released on: January 22nd, 2013
Series: Unearthly #3
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfil her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.
In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all -quoted from Goodreads
 

You can find Cynthia online: her Blog | Twitter | Facebook | HarperTeen | GoodReads
 
Reading Teen shared their review of BOUNDLESS today. You can read that HERE and be sure to check out the next stop on the tour HERE. There are some great giveaways happening on this tour, so make sure you don't miss any stops. Good luck!


***Excerpt***


He holds up his hand. "I know that you are a modern, liberated, independent women. I respect that, and I understand that you are capable of paying for your own meal, but I will still be paying for the movie, and then for dinner, and what else. Okay?"

"But-"

"And even though I'm paying, it doesn't mean that I expect anything from you. I want to treat you tonight, and that's all."


Friday, January 18, 2013

RECLAIMED by Sarah Guillory Cover Reveal

I can't tell you how excited we are to be sharing the GORGEOUS cover or author Sarah Guillory's debut: RECLAIMED. 

We know you can't wait to see the cover, but first let's learn a little about the author: 



***About Sarah Guillory***


I am a reader.  I love words and worlds and characters and, I will admit, that perfectly placed semi-colon.  I love it when a sentence is so beautiful that I have to stop and re-read it several times because it is a nugget of truth written in a way I’d never thought before but is somehow the exact shade of right.  I love characters who become real and worlds more vivid than my own.  I love books, and I am a reader.

Which is also why I’m a writer and an English teacher.  I teach sophomore English at a public high school, and sometimes I get very excited that they pay me to fan girl over books and authors and watch as one of my students falls in love with the written word – either for the first time or all over again with a new genre or author.  I also sponsor the book club at our school, which means that once a month I get to sit around and discuss books (mostly YA) with teens.  I really do love my job.

I live in Louisiana with my adorable husband and equally adorable but ridiculously spoiled bloodhound.  I run marathons in order to stay at least partially sane.  I love fall and football and rain.  And books.  Have I mentioned that I am ridiculously addicted to books?

You can find Sarah online:

 

***About RECLAIMED***

Jenna Oliver doesn’t have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two.  
 
All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother.  She's determined she'll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers—one that isn't tainted by her family's past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets.
Ian McAlister doesn't want to start over; he wants to remember.
Ian can’t recall a single thing from the last three months—and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle.
The secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget.
  
Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he’s supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can’t resist Jenna—which is the trigger that makes Ian's memory return.
Jenna, Ian & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you. 

***The Cover***


Isn't it GORGEOUS???? Leave comments and tell us what you think!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

WriteOnCon 2013 Pitch Fest



Yay! It's time for WriteOnCong again! As a writer myself, I can't tell you how excited I am that BCM is an official WriteOnCon 2013 Pitch Fest Blogger. We'll be participating in a few ways to help writers perfect their pitches and can't wait to get things rolling. So be sure to stop back here in February to learn what makes us pick up a book. You won't want to miss it! 


Are you an author and want to share your pitches? Read below to find out how. Good luck!!!



We here at WriteOnCon have decided that we sleep too much. To rectify that, we're organizing a mid-winter "Luck 'O the Irish" pitch-fest, where agents, book bloggers, and authors will team up to read and vote for the best pitches of 2013.

You read that right! A pitch-fest! At WriteOnCon!

But you won't need a pot 'o gold--or a lucky leprechaun--to participate, because our goal is to make sure you're well prepared. After all, we have bonafide literary agents coming to this thing! Yes, they will be reading the pitches, and yes, they are looking to sign clients. It could be you!

Not a writer? WE STILL NEED YOU! We're recruiting book bloggers and readers to spread the word and to vote for their favorites. Advocate for the books you want to see published--contact us at writeoncon@gmail.com to become an official WOC 2013 Pitch-Fest Blogger. You'll even get a special button. Ooooo. Shiny buttons.

The details:
--Pitch-fest runs from March 18-22. Authors, book bloggers, readers, and our fabulous literary agents will be voting on the pitches. The favorites in each category will win prizes, including some great agent feedback or membership in the official WriteOnCon mentorship program!

--There will only be a limited number of pitches accepted. That number is unknown at this time, because it depends on how many agents attend. We're still recruiting agents and will let you know the final numbers as soon as we do! Pitches will be selected randomly, so it doesn’t matter what time zone you live in.

--The agents have selected their top three genres, and pitches will ONLY be accepted in those genres. Again, all genres are unknown at this time as we're still finalizing agents, but don't worry. We will make announcements about genres and numbers as things solidify (sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss a thing!). At this time, we are only focusing on the children's market, so you can know now that this pitch-fest will focus only on middle grade and young adult genres.

--We're announcing this now, before all details are finalized, because we're running a "perfect your pitch" workshop in February. This will take place in the WriteOnCon forums, and will work much the same as the query critique boards do during the annual WOC. You will post your pitch, and your peers will critique it. We will have posts from industry professionals on writing pitches and genre classification.

We're doing this for a good reason. We want your pitch to be as perfect as possible once the submission window hits in March. We will only be accepting your entry for the pitch-fest one time. We will not change your genre or edit your pitch after it has been submitted. This workshop during February is the time for you to fine-tune your pitch and get feedback about which genre your novel really belongs in.

--Only one pitch per person. Put forth your best work.

--Pitches should be for polished and query-ready novels only. That means if you haven't finished your novel yet, you shouldn't pitch. Still revising? Don't pitch. The agents attending are looking for material, and when they request, you want to be ready to send out your novel. We're announcing early to give you time to finish!


Dates to know:
February 18-March 10 - Forum peer pitch critiques (Carolin has the forum boards built! Check them out HERE)
March 11-13 - Submission of final pitches (this will be done through a Google form, NOT in the forum--details to come!)
March 14-17 - We build the boards in the forum (they will be hidden until March 18)
March 18-22 - Voting and commenting by literary agents, mentor authors, and book bloggers

We can't wait to see you at the Luck o' the Irish Pitch-Fest! Watch the WOC newsletter and site for more updates as we get closer to liftoff. Yeah, that was totally a mixed metaphor.

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