Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cover Love- Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar

I just received this book in the mail and was blown away by its cover. Check out Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar.

Jacket illustration by  Kate Forrester

Wow! the colors are so vivid and eye catching. I immediately picked it up and wanted to read the jacket flap. You can tell it is multi-cultural, but there are so many different elements on the cover that it awakens your imagination. You see the Taj Mahal, open palms, an Indian flag, even a Hindu Bindi dot. The characters are drawn in native garb and the vibrant use of flowers and feathers that surround everything highlights the uniqueness of the art. Great cover art!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Get to know the Publishing Director of Shadow Mountain Publishing- Chris Schoebinger

Welcome to Inside the Publishing World Wednesday. Today I am highlighting Chris Schoebinger, the Publishing Director of Shadow Mountain. I had the opportunity to meet him at the 2017 ANWA Conference in Arizona.

Who is he? He is the man who discovered and launched New York Times best-selling authors as well as award-winning authors such as Brandon Mull, Jason F. Wright, Obert Skye, Tyler Whitesides and Ally Condie. In addition, he manages the new faith-based, Christian imprint Ensign Peak.

What is Shadow Mountain looking for?
Their sweet spot is children's middle-grade fantasy, but they are also looking for seasonal picture books, some inspirational fiction, and works that will grow their proper romance line (promotes virtue in romance). They are also looking for more non-fiction.

His advice for pitching to him- “If you’ve got it. Flaunt it. Tell me if you are a children’s librarian, have a large social media following, or belong to a writing group. Authors are a big part of the marketing campaign.”

But watch out, don't exaggerate. He says he might just check up.

Other pitching advice, "Go to publishers market place and see what is about to be published and how they describe it." 

He told us, "The faster that you can get me to the point that I can get interested, the better." So don't beat around the bush. Paint a great picture of your work.

He strongly stressed the fact that your work needs to be critiqued by others before being sent in to query. Also, do not ignore the submission guidelines when you are ready to submit.

You can find him on twitter at @PUBGUY
Submission information HERE.

Monday, October 16, 2017

MG Giveaway! Truth or Dare by Barbara Dee

*Don't Forget to Enter the YA Giveaway!*

Welcome to Middle-Grade Monday! Today I am doing a giveaway for Barbara Dee's Truth or Dare. To enter, fill out the rafflecopter form at the bottom. If you don't see it, click 'read more'.

Blurb- A few white lies during a simple game of truth or dare spin out of control and make life very complicated for Lia in this brand-new novel from Barbara Dee.

When Lia returns after a summer with her eccentric aunt, it feels like everything has changed within her group of five friends. Everyone just seems more…dramatic. And after playing a game of Truth or Dare, Lia discovers how those divides are growing wider, and tells a few white lies about what really happened over the summer in order to “keep up.” But is “keeping up” with her BFFs really worth it?


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cover Love- Make Lemonade

There is something about this cover that made me pick it up at the library. It is not your typical cover with an artist's rendering, but instead is simple and bare. I tried to find credits for the cover design artist, but nothing was listed on the copyright page or back flap. I'm guessing it is a photograph mixed in with the cover design, but I don't know.

Either way, the juicy lemon with a drop of liquid spilling off its rind totally invokes thirst to me. I actually licked my lips and then realized what I'd done, lol. I was immediately curious to see what the book was about, there were so many possibilities. Turns out it is about making the good out of any situation. Totally fits. What do you think of the cover?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NaNoWriMo Time!

For Inside the Publishing World Wednesday I am going to focus on National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. It happens every November and is a great way to kick yourself into gear.

Right now is the time to sign-up. If you wait until the last minute, sometimes the site crashes.

I guess I'd better explain what it is first, lol. NaNoWriMo is thirty days of butt-in-chair writing mayhem. "On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30."

Yep, 50,000 words! Yahoo! And it is doable. I've done it at least three times, the other few I was working on a middle grade and didn't need a full 50,000 word count.

From the press release-
Join​ ​the​ ​League​ ​of​ ​Extraordinary​ ​Writers
“NaNoWriMo ignites people’s superheroic creative powers every year by empowering them to
write their stories. It takes courage, grit, resilience—and wild imaginative leaps—to write 50,000
words of a novel in a month. Our stories save us from villainous forces that we encounter every
day. Our stories determine the future of our world,” says Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of

Last year, NaNoWriMo welcomed 384,126 participants, in 646 different regions, on six
continents. Of these, more than 34,000 met the goal of writing 50,000 words in a month.
This year, participants will be inspired by weekly “pep talks” penned by published authors,
including Roxane Gay, Kevin Kwan, Julie Murphy, and Grant Faulkner. NaNoWriMo will also
provide participants access to mentorship from authors including Emily X. R. Pan, Mur Lafferty,
and Jasmine Guillory.

Wanna write along side thousands of writers, including me? Join up now!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Impyrium by Henry H. Neff

*Current Giveaway*

I've got a great book for Middle-Grade Monday! Impyrium by Henry H. Neff.

The Story-
Welcome to Impyrium, the world that remains after a great cataclysm happened on Earth. For over three thousand years, the Faeregine dynasty has ruled Impyrium. Now, twelve year-old Hazel, the youngest of royal triplets, is set to inherit the power of her ancient family. Enter servant boy, Hobs. A young man who has been recruited by The Fellowship, a rebel group opposed to the Faeregine's and all magical families of the upper class.

Hob's works his way into Hazel's life, becoming her friend and tutor, only to realize that she is not the evil that he has been told about. Hazel believes in her friend Hob's and trusts him with her life. Together, they confront the lies and conspiracies that confront the world of Impyrium. However, Hob's is bond to The Fellowship by dark magic, and in the final confrontation he might have no control. Who will win the day?

My Thoughts-
Loved it! Beware though, this is a hefty read of almost 600 pages. I gobbled it down :) From the get go I was drawn into this magical world that remained from what was left of our own world. The book starts out with the discovery of the ancient city of Vancouver and then expands into a royal dynasty that has existed for thousands of years. The old world is unknown, thought to be a myth by most.

Hazel is an albino and carries Old Magic within her. She is thought to be the rebirth of an ancient queen, The Reaper, a power hungry sorceress who razed the world, but also kept it safe from demons.  The Fellowship believe that they must kill Hazel to prevent another tyrant. Here in  lies our twisty plot and  amped up tension. The reader falls in love with Hazel, the protected princess whose eyes are slowly opened to the injustice around her. We know what is coming, betrayal, but we just have to wait to see how it plays out.

The author weaves a magical world full of history into Hazel's background, and Hob's, as her tutor, teaches her all about the outside world. There are plots to unfoil, people to reveal, and royalty to betray. It is just a great big bunch of fun to read. I loved the characters, each one with their own deep stories and desires. But most of all, I loved Hazel, the girl who holds her own and creates her own destiny. I'm giving this one 5 stars!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis- Review and Giveaway!

I've got a giveaway to go with today's YA Friday review, and not just the book, but some swag too!
Without further ado, I give you Everything Must Go- A Novel by Jenny Fran Davis. To enter the giveaway fill in the rafflecopter form below. If you don't see it, click 'read more'.

The Story-
The book begins when Flora is in tenth grade and meets student teacher, Elijah Huck. She falls head over heels in love with him and poses in pictures for his blog, Miss Tulip. Her fashion forte makes the blog a success and soon she is flaunting her vintage style before New York.

She takes the ultimate step, when, before the end of her sophomore year, she requests a transfer to the next school he'll be teaching at, Quare Academy. Quare is a hippie, feminist school that focuses on basic living and ultra liberal ideals.

Too bad Elijah decides at the last minute not to teach there! Now, Flora is stuck in hippie land with her Upper East Side fashion sense and beauty routines. With promises that he'll come at Christmas, Flora stays at the school and tries to fit in, but things are far from easy. When he does finally show-up, it changes everything, and Flora most find out who she really is and learn what life is truly about.

My Thoughts-