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Review: Untamed by Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Reading, Romance | 0 comments

Review: Untamed by Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green

I was delighted when I caught wind of The Brothers  Wilde series from Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green. What is The Brothers Wilde series? It’s a collection of four different stories, told through episodic novellas, kind of similar to watching an episode of your favorite show on television. In fact, Jinsey did an excellent blog post about the series that explains more here. But the quick and dirty of it is that there are several Wilde children that we get to meet. In fact, here’s the list (pictures courtesy of Jinsey Reese and...

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How do you have a rocking author blog tour?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Marketing and Branding, Writing | 0 comments

How do you have a rocking author blog tour?

You wrote a book. You’re ready to promote your book. But, how do you make your promotions rise above the rest? How do you shine in a crowd? One easy answer: a fun blog tour!   How to Plan a Rockin’ Blog Tour   Think specifics. What makes your book unique? How can you showcase this? How can you pique interest into your characters or settings before we even read the book? One suggestion we used for Jamie Grey’s ULTRAVIOLET CATASTROPHE was a look into the main character’s backpack. She’s a high school...

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Waiting on Wednesday: Wasteland by C. Elizabeth Vescio

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Cara Elizabeth, Reading, Waiting on Wednesday | 1 comment

Waiting on Wednesday: Wasteland by C. Elizabeth Vescio

I love the Wasted series by C. Elizabeth Vescio. So imagine my delight when she told me she was releasing a compilation book of beginnings. Finally, readers can see a glimpse into the past of the best, brightest, and most dangerous of Osiris agents. I loved the book series so much that I was even able to help pick the tagline of Wasteland, which is, “Survival Not Guaranteed.” It’s perfect! Wasteland follows the release of Elegantly Wasted (book #1) and Uncontrollably Wasted (book #2). Check out Wasteland!   About...

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Meet Your MC: Becoming BFFS With Your Main Character

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Writing | 1 comment

Meet Your MC: Becoming BFFS With Your Main Character

I was having a chat with a friend the other night who was a little too friendly with the author’s main nemesis: writer’s block. After a few moments I realized writer’s block wasn’t the real issue. The real issue was that his characters were playing coy – and why wouldn’t they? You wouldn’t tell your lifestory to someone you just met, would you? No? Why would you expect your characters to?   So, how do you get up close and personal with the voice for your story?   Give them a face. If you...

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Freebie Friday: Camp NaNoWriMo

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Writing | 1 comment

Freebie Friday: Camp NaNoWriMo

A few days ago Muse KJ did a post about Camp NaNoWriMo. She explained why you should NaNo and how it can help you with future writing. What is Camp NaNoWriMo? It’s just like regular NaNoWriMo (where you try to write a whole novel in a month), but it’s not in November. There are two sessions. I’m actually participating in the April session, with a brand new idea about a roadtrip. In case you want to add me, you can find me here. There are some awesome NaNoWriMo freebies out there, so I wanted to share some of them with you in...

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Editor’s Rx Grand Opening + Giveaway!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

Editor’s Rx Grand Opening + Giveaway!

Muse Jessi has been a part of a freelance editorial services, and Editor’s Rx is open for business! They offer critiquing services for writers who want to go traditional, self, and/or indie publishing. To celebrate this occasion, they’re giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and a free Submissions package edit! Which means: Query Synopsis And the first 10 pages of your manuscript to be critiqued! The rafflecopter link is available here. Sign up and check it...

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Ask the Muses: Our Advice for Self Publishing / Indie Publishing

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Faith McKay, Jen Meyers, Leigh Ann Kopans, Map to Self Publishing, Publishing, Rebekah Crane, Writing | 0 comments

Ask the Muses: Our Advice for Self Publishing / Indie Publishing

Ever wish you could get the advice of several authors at once? We’re making it easier for you with our Ask the Muses feature. Have a question for the muses? Send it in through our contact info, ask on our Facebook page, or tweet it with the tag #AskTheMuses!   What is the number one tip you’d give to someone considering self-publishing/ indie-publishing?   Do what you want to do, and figure out what that is. Remind yourself of your goal everyday. If offered a list of achievements, like NYT bestseller stardom, of course...

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Camp Nanowrimo

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in NaNoWriMo, Writing | 0 comments

Camp Nanowrimo

Camp Nano wri what? So, you love Nanowrimo but want to do it in the Spring? You’re in luck! We (or at least Muse KJ + Book Muse Riki) have our bags packed to head off to camp – Camp Nanowrimo! Camp Nano is more relaxed than the November round of Nanowrimo. Think of it as your virtual writing retreat. You get paired up with cabin mates that fit your age or interests for encouragement. My own cabin is filled with mostly twenty something year olds writing a variety of genres.  Choose your own word count. Choose whether you’re...

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Double Birthday: Night Moves + Kristen Strassel

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in New Adult, Paranormal / Supernatural, Reading, Romance, Writing | 1 comment

Double Birthday: Night Moves + Kristen Strassel

Today’s a very special day here at Pen and Muse. Why? It’s a double birthday. You heard us. A double birthday. Not only is it the birthday of our lovely Publicity Muse Kristen Strassel, but it’s also the birthday of NIGHT MOVES, the follow up to her sex, blood and rock n’roll debut.     Happy Birthday Night Moves! About Night Moves (if you know, vampire rock gods aren’t enough info for you):   We bonded in darkness, over darkness. Melanie Vaughn’s job ruined everything. Her social life, nonexistent. Her...

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Writer & Illustrator Showcase: Spring Fling!

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Spring Fling, Writing | 0 comments

Writer & Illustrator Showcase: Spring Fling!

Last year, Pen & Muse held our first writing showcases ever with the Dark Carnival and 12 Days of Christmas! These showcases were spectacular and we had more participants than we could ever imagine. You guys are incredibly talented and we miss reading and looking at the fantastic things you create. The answer? Easy! It’s time to do another showcase for writers and illustrators. The one is for Spring and will be held in May! Spring Fling Writer & Illustrator Showcase Details This season’s theme is spring fling –...

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