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How to Make, Meet, and Exceed Your 2015 Writing Goals

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Tip Thursday, Writing | 1 comment

How to Make, Meet, and Exceed Your 2015 Writing Goals

Writing goals are important. They give you something to work for. They allow you as a writer to have a measurable for when you’re seriously slacking off. Writing goals enable you to have an end-goal in sight. You can dream big dreams but if you set goals you can actually achieve them! After all, I’m a firm believer that all goals are attainable (even the Hogwarts Acceptance letter that seems to have been lost in the mail). 2015 is right around the corner and you know what that means? A fresh start! It doesn’t matter if you didn’t...

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Up & Coming Author Stars To Watch Out For, Part I

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Publishing, Writing | 5 comments

Up & Coming Author Stars To Watch Out For, Part I

You know when you talk to another writer and either 1) They have the best ideas and writing style ever or 2) They have insane drive or maybe they have both and you just know that they will make all of their dreams come true? That’s what I want to celebrate. I’ve hand chosen several of my absolute favorite writers to showcase here. Some of them already have books out and some of their releases will be coming in 2015. Shine up my crystal ball and call my Miss Jolo because I’m predicting nothing but success for these babes....

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Waiting on Wednesday: Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Reading, Waiting on Wednesday, Young Adult | 0 comments

Waiting on Wednesday: Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel

I’m always on the lookout for new, interesting reads. Just last year I read a book that I fell absolutely in love with called Forget Me by K.A. Harrington. After I read it I had a complete book hangover because 1) It was phenomenal and 2) There really wasn’t another book out like it. So imagine my glee when I came across a fantastic list of young adult books out in 2015. It was there that I discovered Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel.   In Paris, family and friends gather to mourn the tragic passing of Charlie...

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The Blood Talisman Book Tour Kick-Off!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Paranormal / Supernatural, Pen and Muse news | 2 comments

The Blood Talisman Book Tour Kick-Off!

We met author Kim Culpepper on the wonderful world of Twitter, but shortly after we started reading her writing and she even contributed to some of our writing showcases, like the Dark Carnival! We love Kim and think she’s amazing, which is why Pen & Muse was super thrilled when Kim hired us to run a blog tour for The Blood Talisman, an urban fantasy that came out this year. We’re kicking off the tour today with a sweet exclusive excerpt, a little about the book, and where you can find it. Check it out!   The Blood...

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How to Catch Up If You’re Behind on NaNoWriMo

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in NaNoWriMo | 1 comment

How to Catch Up If You’re Behind on NaNoWriMo

I find myself in an interesting position. It’s almost the end of November and I’m not yet at my word count. In fact, I’m about 10,000 words under where I should be for NaNoWriMo. I could chalk it up to the Dark Carnival releasing. Or perhaps my Grandmother falling ill, which has been really hard but she’s a fighter and has always been a strong woman. Or my crazy busy work schedule now that it’s considered the end of the year and I’m working over 60 hours a week. The old writer me would probably pat myself on the back and say, “Hey...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Pen and Muse news | 1 comment

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I can’t even believe that it’s November. Seriously, where did the year go?! This is the first year that I’ve had to put on Thanksgiving myself, with the turkey, mashed potatoes, and the whole shabang. Also, my mother can only eat gluten-free items and minimal dairy, so it’s been a challenge…a good one! Honestly I’ve had a blast getting everything together and experimenting with recipes. According to my calculations, I only have one hour left for my turkey to finish. Here’s...

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A Darker Past by Jus Accardo Blog Tour

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

A Darker Past by Jus Accardo Blog Tour

Let me start out by saying this. I love Jus Accardo. I think she’s a fantastic writer. I’ve read her Denazen series, Touch, Toxic, Untouched, Tremble, and I’ve read a few of her other books like The Darker Agency and Rules of Survival. Each ones of them is dripping with suspense, excellent writing, and hilarious and witty dialogue. I’m positive that I could write a giant post about how incredible I think Jus is as a writer, but today I’m here to talk about her latest book, A Darker Past.A Darker Past is actually...

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After NaNoWriMo: Revision Tips

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

After NaNoWriMo: Revision Tips

NanoWriMo is a beast. Even though it’s early November and you’re not done with that beast yet, it’s still important to be thinking ahead about what to do with your manuscript when you’re done. Whether you want to slap your writing up on your blog, submit it to publishers,or self-publish it on Amazon, one thing is certain: you will need to revise your manuscript and you will need to edit your manuscript first. Now, I think of edits and revisions as two separate things. Editing to me is more of a line by line basis,...

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The Healing Power of Queer YA by Chelsea Pitcher (Plus a Giveaway!)

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Paranormal / Supernatural, Reading, Writing, Young Adult | 1 comment

The Healing Power of Queer YA by Chelsea Pitcher (Plus a Giveaway!)

Today’s post begins with two statements: 1. You want to read this book. 2. You should enter this giveaway pronto.   Alright – I’ll give you a third. If you haven’t read Chelsea Pitcher, you are truly missing out. You may recall we reviewed her debut novel THE S-WORD last year. If you’re not much of a contemporary fan, today will rock your socks off.   The Last Changeling by Chelsea Pitcher   Series: Faerie Revolutions #1 Release date: November 8th 2014 Publisher: Flux Purchase: Amazon    Synopsis...

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The Fashion Police: What Matters In Writing (And A Giveaway)

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Reading, Writing | 1 comment

The Fashion Police: What Matters In Writing (And A Giveaway)

The Fashion Police: What Matters In Writing I’ve heard critics complain that authors of Young Adult and New Adult books drone on and on about what each and every character is wearing. These critics cut down our books as mindless dribble that wastes words on telling readers that the character has on a blue shirt. I disagree with those know-it-all haters who make these claims. In the world of YA and NA, fashion choices can be important in the story. Admittedly, there are times that the mention of what the character has on offers nothing but a...

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