#14Debuts Day 10: Bethany Crandell and Summer on the Short Bus

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Welcome to #14Debuts! Today I’m featuring:

Bethany Crandell and Summer on the Short Bus

Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Publisher: Running Press Kids
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Cricket Montgomery has been thrown under the short bus. Shipped off to a summer camp by her father, Cricket is forced to play babysitter to a bunch of whiny kids—or so she thinks. When she realizes this camp is actually for teens with special needs, Cricket doubts she has what it takes to endure twenty-four hours, let alone two weeks.
Thanks to her dangerously cute co-counselor, Quinn, there may be a slim chance for survival. However, between the campers’ unpredictability and disregard for personal space, Cricket’s limits get pushed. She will have to decide if suffering through her own handicapped hell is worth a summer romance—and losing her sanity.

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Reading this book was awesome, and I have loved working with Bethany over the past few months. #SHORTBUSSERSFOREVER

Interview with Bethany Crandell

1)      Describe SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS in five words. 

I can do it in four: Irreverent. Honest. Funny. Heartwarming.

2)      What inspired you to write SUMMER? 

I’m not sure that this would qualify as true “inspiration”, but I have a special needs daughter (she’s 8), and am often perplexed by the responses people give when seeing us together. It varies between admiration, pity, confusion, disgust, delight and sometimes…nothing at all. I thought it would be fun/interesting to dive into that seldom-discussed world of disabled kids and how the world really views them and their families.

3)      Do you see yourself in any of your characters? 

Oh yes! There’s a lot of me in the main character, Cricket. She sees life through black and white lenses. I think I have a few more hues than she does, but I’m pretty cut & dry. Besides Cricket, I think parts of me are infused in every character—and I think readers will feel the same way about themselves. I think that’s why the characters work so well in this book. They’re all relatable.

4)      Do you have a cycle you usually go through when you write? 

I don’t have a “real” first draft. I tend to edit as I go—which means it takes me longer to complete a book, but I’ve come to learn that’s just the way I roll so I’ve stopped fighting it.

5) Which character do you feel you’re closest to? 

Cricket. The m/c. Why? From an outsider’s perspective, she isn’t worried what the world thinks about her. But the truth is she’s a big softy who feels everything and definitely does care what people think.

6) What has the publishing process been like for you? 

This has been a pretty incredible ride so far. Thankfully, I have a lot of writer pals who have been through the process before me so I wasn’t completely clueless as to what to expect. Still, everybody’s journey is unique and mine has definitely been that.  Is there anything that stuck out to you or surprised you? The waiting. I thought I’d mastered the art of patience while agent-hunting, then again while on submission. But…no. From start to finish, the entire publishing process is an exercise in patience—ironically, I’ve never met a writer who has an abundance of that.

7) What do you think readers will enjoy most about SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS? 

I think it’s relatability will surprise people. The m/c is unlikeable at first. She may say and do things that some people find offensive, but I would venture to say that most people, if they are honest, will see a lot of them in her. Besides that, I think people will get a good laugh out of this book. And in the end, that’s all I really hoped to achieve.

8) Anything special you could tell us about SUMMER or any upcoming books you’re writing?  

I can tell you that the original title (like…way back when) was The Short Bus Follies. My original thought was to have the entire story be about a talent show for disabled kids. Obviously it evolved since then.

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Bethany and her husband Terry live in San Diego with their two daughters and a chocolate Labrador who has no consideration for personal space. She writes Young Adult novels because the feelings that come with life’s ‘first’ times are too good not to relive again and again. Bethany eats too much guacamole, thrives on tear-inducing laughter, and is still waiting for Jake Ryan to show up at her door.

#14Debuts Day 9: Joshua David Bellin and Survival Colony 9

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Welcome to #14Debuts! Today I’m featuring:

Survival Colony 9 by Joshua David Bellin

Publication Date: September 23rd, 2014
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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In a futuristic landscape ravaged by war, a colony’s hopes for survival hinge on one teenage boy in this fast-paced, action-packed story.

Querry Genn is in trouble. He can’t remember anything before the last six months. And Querry needs to remember. Otherwise he is dead weight to the other members of Survival Colony 9, one of the groups formed after a brutal war ravaged the earth. And now the Skaldi have come to scavenge what is left of humanity. No one knows what the Skaldi are, or why they are here, just that they impersonate humans, taking their form before shedding the corpse like a skin.

Desperate to prove himself after the accident that stole his memory, Querry is both protected and tormented by the colony’s authoritarian commander, his father. The only person he can talk to is the beautiful Korah, but even with her, he can’t shake the feeling that something is desperately wrong. Whatever is going on, Querry is at the center of it, for a secret in his past not only makes him a target of the Skaldi’s wrath, but the key to the colony’s future.

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I loved to read this book, and the concept was extremely engaging the entire time I was reading it. I can’t wait to see it out in it’s final form, but until then looking at the ARC is awesome. You can win a signed ARC of your own below!

Guest Post — Joshua David Bellin: Keeping it Real

If you write any kind of speculative fiction–sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, horror–one of the most important things to work on is world-building. It’s also one of the most fun things to do. Who wouldn’t enjoy dreaming up a brand new world?

But at the same time, as a writer of YA science fiction, I can say without embarrassment that world-building is really hard. For mere mortals, creating a consistent alternate reality, one with rules that make sense and don’t change to suit the moment, is a huge challenge. It’s tempting, I’ve found, to get caught up in the plot and to tweak the world to fit the events, rather than making sure the events operate within the constraints of the world.

But I’ve also learned that one of the best ways to strengthen world-building is to focus on the parts of the invented world that aren’t imaginary–the parts of the world that arise from the real.

I first learned this lesson when I was sixteen. I’d written my very first fantasy novel, a Tolkienesque epic titled To Alter the Past. It had monsters, warriors, wizards, plus a main character from our own world who’s magically transported to the fantasy realm. I showed it to a family friend who worked for a New York publisher, and (being sixteen) I was sure my writing career was about to take off.

Turns out I wasn’t quite ready. My reader was very encouraging, but he also pointed out a great number of areas in which I still needed to develop my craft.

One of those areas was world-building. The flaws in my invented world were many and obvious, but one small comment really stood out to me. In the novel’s opening chapter, my narrator entered a room “too dark for the eyes to penetrate.” Yet a few sentences later, I had the narrator describe what the room looked like.

As my reader noted, in the real world–or even in this particular fantasy world–humans can’t see in the dark. I’d been too wrapped up in the idea of a pitch-dark room, which I thought was really cool and mysterious, to think about the reality of it. More generally, I’d been too impressed by the amazing things I’d invented, the warriors and monsters and wizards, to think about the things I hadn’t invented, like the human visual apparatus. I either needed to explain how my narrator’s eyes had adjusted, or I needed to make some light source appear. Otherwise, I needed to have him stumble around blindly until he found a way out.

That was a great lesson for me. It’s something that’s guided me ever since, and that I tried to put into practice in my first published novel, the YA science-fiction adventure Survival Colony Nine. A lot of incredible things happen in this book–a whole civilization swept away by war, a monstrous race that descends on the few survivors, a narrator whose memory has been wiped clean–but I tried to make sure the incredible was grounded in the everyday. In the details of what people eat. And how they sleep. And what they fear.

Good world-building isn’t only about imagining fantastic places and peoples. It’s about getting the little things right, making sure characters behave in recognizable ways, providing plausible explanations for anything that deviates from the reader’s experience. It’s about something as simple as the way our irises react to darkness and light.

Keeping it real means knowing our own world as well as the one you’ve invented. Because if you get the facts right about the world we all share, your reader’s going to be a lot more willing to follow you into the unknown.

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Joshua David Bellin has been writing novels since he was eight years old (though the first few were admittedly very short). He taught college for twenty years, wrote a bunch of books for college students, then decided to return to writing fiction. His debut, Survival Colony Nine, will be published on September 23, 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books.

Summer On the Short Bus Spotlight

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Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell

Genre: YA Contemporary

I loved this book. Everything about it is so non-PC and it is truly one of the most powerful YA contemporaries I’ve read this year. You can read my full review here!

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Cricket Montgomery has been thrown under the short bus. Shipped off to a summer camp by her father, she is forced to play babysitter to a bunch of whiny kids—or so she thinks. When she realizes this is actually a camp for teens with special needs, Cricket doubts she has what it takes to endure twenty-four hours, let alone two weeks.

Thanks to her dangerously cute co-counselor, Quinn, there may be a slim chance for survival. However, between the campers’ unpredictability and disregard for personal space, Cricket’s limits get pushed. She will have to decide if suffering through her own handicapped hell is worth a summer romance–and losing her sanity.

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Praise for Summer on the Short Bus

“Crandell creates a wonderful and relatable protagonist with Cricket but even better than that, she surrounds her with equally relatable, flawed, and real characters…This book is an absolute winner!” – Feathered Quill Book Reviews

“A novel oozing with heart and humanity.” – Ken Baker, E! News correspondent and author of Fangirl and How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love

“A hilarious and heartwarming ride.” – Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, author of How My Summer Went Up in Flames and Famous Last Words

About the Author

bethanygiveawayBethany lives in San Diego with her husband, two kiddos (one of whom is differently-abled), and a chocolate lab who has no regard for personal space. She believes that prayer solves problems and that Jake Ryan is going to show up at her door any minute now…. She is represented by Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Literary Services.

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#14Debuts Day 8: Mary Elizabeth Summer and Trust Me, I’m Lying

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Welcome to #14Debuts! Today I’m featuring:

Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

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I seriously love this cover. It reminds me a lot of the cover for Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, but shinier and cooler. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this (October, come sooner!) and ever since I finished the latest Ally Carter Heist Society book, I’ve been meaning to find a great new theft series. Really looking forward to Trust Me, I’m Lying’s release!

Mary Elizabeth Summer: Julep’s Top Ten Disguise Techniques

All right, rookies. So you want to be a master of disguise? It’s not that hard really. With a little practice and some grifter luck, you too can swindle your way into any venue you choose. Here are my top ten tips for hiding in plain sight.

1. Accessorize.

Clothes are all well and good, but accessories make the con man. If a pair of cheap glasses is good enough for Superman, they’re good enough for you. You’d be surprised how many people think glasses are a body part. Take them off, and no matter how good the sketch artist, you can walk right past any canvassing police officer. Wigs are good, too. Just keep it simple. Too long, too colorful, and too crazy are too easy to peg as fake.

2. Change your gestures/posture/movement.

Body language is an instant tell. But it can also be a complete camouflage. Experiment with slouch, style of movement, gestures you don’t normally use. Practice in front of a mirror before trying it on a mark. But with a little imagination, you can turn into a shy, scuttling office assistant, or a douchey frat boy, or a celebutante strutting down Hollywood Boulevard.

3. Never go in the front door.

The best disguises are the ones that never get tested. Most castles are best defended at the front gates. Sneaking in through a servant’s entrance is the better choice when relying on a disguise to get you through.

4. Don’t ditch the discards.

Costume changes are a given in this profession. They can either be planned or spontaneous, but in either case, promise me you won’t ditch your disguises unless it is absolutely necessary for a clean getaway. Too many movies show would-be burglars tossing perfectly good coveralls into fireplaces, and then getting caught in their hot masquerade outfits, when they could easily have used their discarded jumpsuits to help them slip out again.

5. Low-tech is best.

For certain kinds of cons, it may be tempting to try and play an expert. But no amount of armchair research is going to see you through the scrutiny of a real expert. And trust me, it’s one of Murphy’s immutable laws that the moment you try to sound like an ornithologist, an actual ornithologist will unexpectedly show up to trump you. Keep your disguises to what you can safely fake expertise in—like mops and buckets.

6. Stick to your strengths.

Are you small of stature? Play roles younger than you. Are you bald, built, and look like a grizzled cop? Pretend to be a WWF wrestler. Use your genetics to your benefit. This isn’t Broadway. This is blending in.

7. Forgery is your friend.

I can’t tell you how many times a fake ID has gotten me out of a pinch. Not just a driver’s license. Fake security badge, fake nametag, fake student ID. An hour or two of research and elbow grease ahead of time will get you 80% more credibility.

8. Plan for disaster.

Always have a plan B. And a plan C, a plan D, and a plan E. If you’re any good at grifting, plan A usually works fine. But when it doesn’t, you don’t want to be caught with your pants down. Or at least not without a robe you can slip into tucked behind the bathroom door.

9. Find the nearest closet.

If worse comes to worst and you’re forced to improvise, get thee to the nearest closet. You can almost always find a stand-in disguise, even if it’s just an old sheet you can use as a toga or a ghost costume.

10.Own It.

Confidence is nine-tenths of the law. Never hesitate. The second you hesitate, you lose your grip on your mark. No matter what happens, keep spinning the con. A way out will eventually present itself, even if it looks suspiciously like a closet.

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Mary Elizabeth Summer contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about unruly teenagers with criminal leanings. She has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is “you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce.” She lives in Portland Oregon with her wife, their daughter, and their evil overlor—er, cat. Mary Elizabeth is represented by the incomparable Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency. TRUST ME, I’M LYING is her debut novel.

#14Debuts Day 7: Liz Czukas and Ask Again Later

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Welcome to the first day of #14Debuts, all about great 2014 YA debuts and their amazing authors! Today I’m featuring:

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

Publication Date: March 11, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen

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Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all…

 

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I’ve been in a contemporary kick lately, and with releases like Jenny Han and Liz Czukas coming out, this is turning out to be a great year to polish up on my contemporary! Read below to find out 10 things you probably didn’t know about Liz Czukas.

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Liz Czukas

1) I get motion sick so easily that I can’t even watch my husband and son play Minecraft.
2) I used to be a bit of a perfectionist, so the first time I got a word wrong on my spelling pre-test in second grade, I threw up.
3) To celebrate my first book being published, I custom-designed a pair of pink Converse All-Stars with Ask Again Later embroidered on the side.
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4) I have studied Spanish, French, and Italian, but they’re all similar enough that I get them mixed up in my head and can’t actually speak any of them well enough to communicate.
5) Before becoming a full-time writer, I was a labor & delivery nurse.
6) Once, I took a flight from Paris to Rome, but flew into a small airport with no customs, so I never got my passport stamped.  It was a bit of a problem when I showed up in Amsterdam a few days later.
7) Ever since I read The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, I spend an inappropriate amount of time assessing new surroundings for how I would make them zombie proof, and planning who I would want in my shelter after the zombie apocalypse.  Seriously.
8) I saw Jurassic Park seven times in the theater.  Do me a favor and don’t try to figure out how old I must be from that.
9) In college, I thought I might want to be Indiana Jones, so I have dual degrees in anthropology and history with a minor in classics.  (Spoiler Alert: I am not, in fact, Indiana Jones.)
10) In addition to writing YA, I also write New Adult.  My first NA book, PIECES OF ME, is coming out from Ballantine under my pen name Ellie Cahill in 2015.
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Liz Czukas is a freelance writer (on sometimes sad or boring topics), and also writes books for young adults (which are rarely sad and full of kissing). Before that, she was a nurse and she still kind of misses starting IVs.She lives outside Milwaukee, WI with her husband, son and the world’s loudest cat. She types too loud (according to her husband), spends too much time on the Internet, and can’t get enough of disaster movies. There is *always* a song stuck in her head, and she once won a hula-hoop contest.

 

#14Debuts Day 6: Danielle L. Jensen and Stolen Songbird

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Welcome to the first day of #14Debuts, all about great 2014 YA debuts and their amazing authors! Stay tuned for guest posts, interview, dream casts and some great giveaways. Today I’m featuring:

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Publisher: Strange Chemistry

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For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy…

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.

As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.

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I have always loved fantasy of any and every kind. It is (dare I say it?) my favorite genre. (Fantasy-action-adventure the most, but that’s beside the point). When I heard about Stolen Songbird, I was beyond excited for it. I received an ARC copy and LOVED it. You can read my review here and enter to win a signed copy and SS swag below!

Guest Post — Danielle L. Jensen: The Course of True Love (And Publication) Never Did Run Smooth…

We’ve all heard stories about authors who wrote a book, sent out a couple of queries, got picked up by a major agent, and signed a huge publishing deal (after an auction) within a week of going on submission. We’ve also heard stories of authors who have twenty finished manuscripts in their electronic desk drawer, but never a book deal have they found.

My story falls somewhere in the middle.

I’m going to skip the particulars of why I started writing and those early struggles, and jump right to the point of having my first finished manuscript that I was convinced was ready for publication (spoiler alert: I was wrong).  I sent my first query letter out on April 1, 2009 for an adult epic fantasy novel, and WOOP! had my first partial request a couple days later.

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I was quite convinced that this was it, but two weeks later I got a form rejection. You can imagine how well I took it. HOWEVER, I kept sending out query letters, revised the manuscript, wrote the sequel to the novel, went to the Backspace conference, etc. But I had pretty much zero luck. So I started working on another book, this time a YA post-apocalyptic novel. I had lots and lots of full requests for this novel based on queries and pitch contests, but every one of those agents rejected it. All for different reasons. While I was going through that process, I started working on a YA fantasy novel about trolls. This would have been in 2010. It took me until the fall of 2011 to finish drafting and polishing the novel before I deemed it ready. I then sent a bunch of queries out into the world.

All were rejected.

So I went back to revising, and while I was doing that, I entered MSFV’s Baker’s Dozen contest. Low and behold, my little manuscript was aggressively bid on and won by my now-agent, Tamar Rydzinski. She read the manuscript within the week, then sent me an email saying that she really liked it, but that there were a bunch of things that she thought needed to be changed. She invited me to make the revisions and resubmit in the future. This was December of 2011.

University, life, lack of creativity, and my ego muddied the writing waters for me in the first part of 2012, and I didn’t get back to her with a revised manuscript until that summer. It was around that time that I really began questioning whether publication was ever going to happen to me – it was without a doubt the lowest moment of my writing career. BUT, in August of 2012, I got THE CALL offering me representation. A week later, I was signed. Then began the revisions…

FIVE months and SEVEN rounds of revisions later, STOLEN SONGBIRD (under a different title) went out on submission in January 2013. It sold to my wonderful editor, Amanda Rutter of Strange Chemistry, in March 2013. A few months later, I learned that it would be published April 1, 2014. Which you may have noticed is exactly five years after I sent out my first query letter.

April 1 has come and gone, and I’d like to thank everyone for helping me welcome STOLEN SONGBIRD into the world.

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Danielle was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated in 2003 from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance. But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous; and in 2010, it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University and to pursue publication. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.

#14Debuts Day 5: Melissa Petreshock and Fire of Stars and Dragons

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Welcome to the second day of #14Debuts! Today I’m featuring:

Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa Petreshock

Publication Date: April 29th, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance

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Following the death of her uncle, twenty-one-year-old CAITRIONA HAYDEN finds herself in the midst of a trio of quintessential alpha male suitors in 22nd century sovereign America where human females should be seen and not heard.

Theo Pendragon claims her as his ward, ordained to guard her through to a long-awaited destiny unbeknownst to Cait, but finds more than he expected when passion ignites within the dragon for the first time. Always drawn to the pursuit of knowledge rather than the heat of desire, powerful demigod Dante cannot deny everything his future holds in Caitriona. America’s monarch, ancient vampire Corrin, has no interest in the frivolity of love, yet marrying Cait could be the answer to his continued survival.

Soon, Cait goes from studying for college exams to choosing a husband knowing the consequences are eternal, the love undying, and the bond timeless.

 

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I’ve been needing a good NA read recently, and this sounds like just the thing. As a lover of fantasy in all it’s forms, I’m really looking forward to seeing what Melissa has cooked up.

Video — Melissa Petreshock: Top Ten Playlist

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Melissa A. Petreshock is a full-time writer and member of the Romance Writers of America with past experience in the medical and educational fields, though she has primarily devoted her adult life to raising a family. Born and raised in Kentucky, Melissa spent a number of years in Massachusetts, living outside Boston and in Springfield before returning to her home state where she now resides on a small farm. She enjoys quiet married life and the silliness of her three children, indulging hobbies of music, Zumba, and a minor television addiction in what little free time she finds. Melissa’s interests include causes demanding social change such as mental health awareness and teen suicide prevention. FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS is her debut NA Fantasy Romance novel.