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Introducing: The Haunted House Writer & Illustrator Showcase – Sign up Now!

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in The Dark Carnival, The Haunted House, Writing | 1 comment

Introducing: The Haunted House Writer & Illustrator Showcase – Sign up Now!

Last year Pen & Muse kicked off our first ever writer and illustrator showcase, called The Dark Carnival. It was a HUGE hit and we were honored to have almost 100 different authors and illustrators participate. In case you want to reminisce or read the horror stories from last year, you can find them here. They are exquisite, if I do say so myself. In fact, we’re also publishing many of those illustrations and stories in an anthology this October. You can already add it on Goodreads! It’s that time again folks! Though...

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The Anti-heroine: What Makes This Girl Tick? by Jasmine Denton

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

The Anti-heroine: What Makes This Girl Tick? by Jasmine Denton

We’ve all heard of the antihero. That guy with the right motives who does all the wrong things. But, there’s a less popular but just as awesome counterpart—the anti-heroine. An anti-heroine is a female protagonist who isn’t what you would typically call a ‘good person’, and yet, you wouldn’t label them a villain, either. You love to hate them and desperately want to see them change their ways and find happiness. In this post, I hope to give you some examples and explain why they work, why we love this character even though they’ve...

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The Muses Read: Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Paranormal / Supernatural, Romance, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Young Adult | 0 comments

The Muses Read: Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones

Greek mythology. It’s kinda my thing. In fact, I know more about Greek mythology than the average reader would – which always makes me simultaneously excited to read takes on the old myths, and incredibly nervous to. You know what’s also my thing? Gorgeous covers. They’re basically the tall, dark, and handsome of KJland. Cannot refuse them.   Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones Blurb: She has a destiny so great that even the gods fear her. Constant hallucinations and the frequent conversations with the...

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Writing a Trilogy by Andrew Klavan (author of Mindwar)

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Reading, Writing, Young Adult | 0 comments

Writing a Trilogy by Andrew Klavan (author of Mindwar)

MindWar is the first book in a trilogy, the first MindWar story of three about Rick Dial and his friend Molly, and his two MindWar friends Favian and Mariel. And the fact is, I’ve written very few continuing characters in my life, very few characters who star in more than one book. I’m the sort of person who doesn’t even like to take the same walk twice, so it can be difficult for me to stick with one character or even one set of characters over a series of books. But it’s not just that that makes it difficult. It’s also the way I think about...

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Review: The Fever by Megan Abbott

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Reading | 1 comment

Review: The Fever by Megan Abbott

Sometimes you just need a book that’s going to creep you out and make you want to leave the lights on at night. I’ve been on a horror kick lately and while there’s no lack of adult horror novels, I was eager to find some young adult that fit the bill. You can imagine my joy when I found out that Megan Abbott had written another wonderful novel that had been aptly described as spooky. About The Fever   Living with her schoolteacher father Tom and her brother Eli, Deenie Nash is a pretty typical teenage girl. For the most part her...

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Inspiration Tuesdays: The Worst Thing You Write

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

Inspiration Tuesdays: The Worst Thing You Write

I love this phrase. I’m not aware that it has any particular origin but I can tell you that it has a very accurate message. In fact, I couldn’t resist it for today’s Inspiration Tuesday. There are two different kind of writers out there. The ones that talk about writing and the ones that actually write. This quote is for the writers that write. This quote is for any writer who has ever felt like their words weren’t good enough. It’s for any writer with a dream of being published. It’s for the writers that...

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My Favorite Editing Trick by Amanda Shofner

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

My Favorite Editing Trick by Amanda Shofner

Admitting defeat is my favorite editing trick. Well, maybe “favorite” isn’t the right word, because no one likes to admit defeat. Let’s call it the most powerful editing trick. And before you get worried, no, I don’t mean giving up on your entire project forever. As I get deeper into edits — and this is true for many in the editing process — phrases like, “I need to…” and “I should really…” appear with more frequency. “I need to get this finished ASAP.” “I should really be further ahead.” I throw my head back and wail, “Whyyyyy is...

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The Muses Read: Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Reading, Romance, Young Adult | 0 comments

The Muses Read: Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

  We all are entirely aware of how I feel about dystopias, right? I’m pretty sure we should by now. Therefore, we all know that when I get the opportunity to get my grabby hands on an interesting dystopia, I’m all in.   Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch Blurb:  Perfection comes at a price. As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect,...

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Teaser Thursday: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Reading, Young Adult | 0 comments

Teaser Thursday: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

When I was in Las Vegas last weekend for ALA, I went book crazy. If you’ve ever been to ALA, you know that if you want them, you can leave with a ton of free books. While I love reading ARCs of books yet to be seen by the masses, I can never help myself. When I enter a book store I MUST leave with a book. So naturally when I arrived at Barnes and Noble for the Fierce Reads tour, I found myself eyeballing the cover of SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson.  Look at this gorgeousness. Just look at it!   Shout out to Lucy...

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Wednesday Musings: Inspiration from Anton Chekhov

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

Wednesday Musings: Inspiration from Anton Chekhov

For a while we’ve done posts like Monday Blues Away where we share a writing quote or writing prompt with our readers. I came across a quote that SO perfectly fits a writer’s job that I had to share it, regardless of what day it was. Do you guys know Anton Chekhov? He was a doctor and a writer, and lived from 1860 – 1904. He’s the one that’s credited with saying, “Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress” throughout his whole literary career. Sounds just like what I say! Work during...

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