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Query Muse and Turn the Page

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Contests, Publishing, Query, Writing | 2 comments

Query Muse and Turn the Page

When Kristen and I originally started Pen & Muse, our goal is (and has always been) to help writers. It’s that simple. Which is why I spend hours out of my week to write helpful blog posts, contacting guest posters and more. I want to help you. I want you to succeed. Earlier this week I wrote a Peptalk called Don’t Give Up. Check it out if you’re a writer or if you’re someone who has ever considered giving up on a dream. I know I have. With that peptalk in mind, I’ve been wanting to roll out two FREE author services for a while and I...

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Peptalk: Don’t Give Up

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Monday Blues Away, Writing | 0 comments

Peptalk: Don’t Give Up

Don’t give up. The best is yet to come. Recently, I fell off my mighty horse into the doldrums of writerly despair. Though I do my best to make sure it doesn’t happen, and I ALWAYS get back on that horse, it happens to the best of us. The fact of the matter is that every single published author out there, was once a hopeful writer wondering if one day they would get published. Yes, that means Dickens, Stine, Koontz, Rice, and every single other big name out there was once like you. Here’s the difference between...

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Review: Losing It: A Collection of VCards

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Reading, Young Adult | 0 comments

Review: Losing It: A Collection of VCards

I admit, I was shocked and excited when I heard about Losing It: A Collection of VCards. In my opinion, it seems like sex in YA literature is still taboo and in my personal opinion, it shouldn’t be. I think that YA has the capability to be smart, interesting, deep, serious, funny, and everything in between. To act like sex, or drugs, or disorders, or smiles, or mischief, or FILL IN THE BLANK doesn’t happen in teens is severely underestimating today’s youth. Which is why I was so thrilled to hear that someone was brave enough...

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Will You Be Our Valentine?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Pen and Muse news | 0 comments

Will You Be Our Valentine?

Happy Valentine’s day friends! Whether you plan on romancing the person of your dreams or whether you’ll be eating ice cream from a carton while watching Supernatural re-runs (my vote is for the latter) we hope you have a very happy Valentine’s day! And if you don’t have any other plans, will you be our Valentine?   P.s. Here’s a link to my favorite Supernatural Valentine Tumblr and to some last minute Valentine party books and printables in case you want to throw something...

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10 Word Love Story Winner!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Contests, Romance, Writing | 0 comments

10 Word Love Story Winner!

Last week we ran a contest. For the contest, we challenged our readers to write a love story that was only ten words long. It’s not as easy as you think! Here was our example: Now, this one I liked because it could be interpreted as creepy or romantic or possibly somewhere in between. A HUGE thank you to everyone who commented their stories, tweeted up their stories, and emailed their 10 word love stories. I promise that I read each and every one of them. One in particular stuck out and made me laugh, which is why I chose her as the...

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Tip Thursday: How To Add Your Book To Goodreads

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in How To, Publishing, Tip Thursday | 0 comments

Tip Thursday: How To Add Your Book To Goodreads

Most of you know that I’m a huge Goodreads fan. I think their free services to authors and readers are invaluable. Not to mention how awesome I think it is to have a digital library with bookshelves, my want-to-read books marked, etc. According to Goodreads it is a “free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in...

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Museprompt: Your MC and Illness

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Writing, Writing Prompt | 0 comments

Museprompt: Your MC and Illness

This week has been a hard week for me. My dog (child) Raynor was super sick all of a sudden last week. That’s why it was super quiet on this front. I wont go into the details but let’s just say that in a matter of an hour he lost a ton of blood and fluids and we rushed him off to the doggy hospital. He was there until late last week on an IV and a ton of medications and the doctors were working tirelessly to care for him and see what could be done to help him. Thank goodness the prognosis is that he’s showing improvement every day and...

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Happy Book Birthday Kristen Strassel

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in New Adult, Romance, Writing | 1 comment

Happy Book Birthday Kristen Strassel

Happy Book Birthday to one of our dearest friends and one of the most talented authors we know! Kristen Strassel, author of a gazillion awesome books and blogger at Deadly Ever After has a new book out today called TOO MANY REASONS. Besides the amazingly gorgeous book cover, the story premise is amazing. Here are the details.   Abby Gauthier is close to getting everything she’s worked so hard for. The band she manages, Sinister Riot, has been offered a major record contract. But it comes with a catch: the band must add Eli Jamison,...

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10 Word Love Story Contest

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Writing | 4 comments

10 Word Love Story Contest

Valentine’s day is right around the corner (February 14th to be precise). I’m always looking for new and fun ways to celebrate love and valentines! Which is how I thought up the 10 Word Love Story Contest. Oh, and before I go into a deep explanation of the contest I figured I should mention that if you’re looking for a few romantic writing prompts as well, you can find them under Museprompts on our site. Like this Kiss of a Lover prompt right here! What is the 10 Word Love Story Contest? Have you guys heard of 6 W0rd Horror...

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Museprompt: Your Main Character, Their Crush, and a Bedroom

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Writing, Writing Prompt, Young Adult | 0 comments

Museprompt: Your Main Character, Their Crush, and a Bedroom

Some of my favorite scenes in any books are the ones that are oozing with sexual tension. Maybe the main character finally has a minute alone with her crush. Maybe two people share their first kiss. Maybe there’s an interrupted moment between two characters that you really want to see end up together. I hope you’ve had your coffee because today will be all about sexual tension. You’re welcome. Museprompt: Your main character, their crush, and a bedroom. Write a scene where your main character finds themselves in a bedroom...

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