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KICKSTARTER ALERT: Adventures of the Dress

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Cara Elizabeth, Waiting on Wednesday | 0 comments

KICKSTARTER ALERT: Adventures of the Dress

I love to celebrate amazing books so I wanted to tell you about The Adventures of the Dress by Cara Vescio (you probably recognize her because she was one of Pen & Muse’s Map To Self-Publishing Authors). She’s embarked on the most incredible journey to celebrate women all through adventures while wearing the SAME dress. I think I’ve mentioned this before but, I love The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It’s one of the coolest books (and movies) ever. The idea of being bonded to fellow women and empowered through a simple...

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Review: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly + Giveaway

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Reading, Young Adult | 0 comments

Review: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly + Giveaway

So, I review this book on my blog this morning, but I wanted to share the goodness with you here because hello, there’s a book giveaway where YOU can win a copy!! Two, I really loved this and wanted to share it with you. Check it out! First off, I have just read your new favorite book. Have you heard of Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly? I’ve actually never read anything from Tina Connolly before but I can assure you that now, I’ll be reading pretty much everything that shoots from this woman’s fingers. Let me give you...

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Beware the Little White Rabbit Blog Blitz

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Writing | 0 comments

Beware the Little White Rabbit Blog Blitz

First off, if you’re not familiar with Leap Books, check them out. They’re a small press run by one of my favorite authors Shannon Delany. This year is the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland this year and Leap Books is celebrating it with a trip down the rabbit hole! Here are the details. But beware! Of the Little White Rabbit!   Beware the Little White Rabbit An Alice in Wonderland inspired anthology   Coming April 14, 2015   Edited by: Shannon Delany and Judith Graves   Contributing authors: Charlotte...

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How to Win Camp NaNoWriMo This April

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in NaNoWriMo, Writing | 0 comments

How to Win Camp NaNoWriMo This April

I spent all weekend doing chores and gearing up for Easter, which is how I found myself failing miserably.     On Sunday afternoon I realized that I was only 2,000 words into my NaNoWriMo project on day 5. I should have been past 8,000 words. And just in case you’re not familiar, Camp NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month which is basically a challenge to complete a writing project (screenplay, novel, short story, epic poem, etc.) during the month of April with thousands of other writers,   What did I do when I found...

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Cover Reveal: Pulse: Deception (and Free Book!)

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in New Adult, Romance, Writing | 0 comments

Cover Reveal: Pulse: Deception (and Free Book!)

What a lucky week for us at Pen and Muse! We have had not one, but two cover reveals this week. Yesterday’s was a fantastic young adult horror novel, SWEET MADNESS by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie. Click here to check out that fantastic cover!   Today’s is somewhat of a different beast. PULSE: DECEPTION is a novella series by Arie James and Bette Colton, as the authors describe, told in sexy and dangerous installments. It’s a new adult, sexy romantic thriller that’s set in the heart of wine country. Check it out!  ...

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Cover Reveal: Sweet Madness by Lindsay Currie and Trisha Leaver

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Writing, Young Adult | 0 comments

Cover Reveal: Sweet Madness by Lindsay Currie and Trisha Leaver

Let me tell you. I have read this book. Sweet Madness is one of the BEST books that you’ll read in 2015. It’s not just for fans of young adult literature. This will speak directly to any readers who love mystery, horror, historical, young adult, new adult, and romance. So let me translate: Everyone should read this. I was entirely captivated reading SWEET MADNESS, wound up in a messy web of lies, deceit, intrigue, and suspense. It had me devouring and savoring each page until the very end. Without further ado, here’s the...

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Turn the Page #2

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Turn the Page, Writing | 4 comments

Turn the Page #2

Happy Friday! How is everyone feeling this week? I’m still sick. Tired. I have bronchitis (so much fun). Also, I’ve decided that I’m definitely doing Camp NaNoWriMo, so if you’re on the fence, join me! I wrote a post about it recently and I recorded a podcast on it with the amazing Brian LeTendre about the benefits and why you should take the leap. When it’s up and ready, I’ll let everyone know.   Welcome to another week of Turn the Page. Turn the Page is Pen & Muse’s bi-weekly segment where we help authors. I take the first...

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What is Camp NaNoWriMo?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in NaNoWriMo, Writing | 0 comments

What is Camp NaNoWriMo?

I guess before I should dive into Camp NaNoWriMo, I should tell you what NaNoWriMo is. NaNoWriMo stands for National (Na) Novel (No) Writing (Wri) Month (Mo). NaNoWriMo is in November and it’s where thousands upon thousands of people all over the world set out to accomplish something crazy…write a full 50,000 word novel in one month. I used to think a lot of things before I ever tried it myself… This can’t be done. People who try this are crazy. I couldn’t do something like that…right?   Well, as it turns out, I could, I did, and though...

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Query Muse #1

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Query, Query Muse | 7 comments

Query Muse #1

Query Muse is Muse Jolene’s bi-weekly segment where she reviews a query letter and gives feedback on how to make it better. If you wish to sign your query up, do it here! Today’s query letter is for a paranormal romance story called MY SOUL TO GIVE. Huge thank you to the author for being willing to submit her work! Here is the query letter that was sent in.   Query Dear [amazing agent], When home invaders brutally kill Celina’s husband and leave her for dead with a gunshot wound, her craving for revenge overshadows any fear. That...

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Happy #PitMad Day!

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Contests, Writing | 0 comments

Happy #PitMad Day!

  #PitMad is today. What does this mean? It means that if you are an author who is trying to get a literary agent to be traditionally published, you NEED to participate. What is #PitMad? #PitMad is a twitter pitch party that uses the hashtag #PitMad. You pitch your book in less than 140 characters (not easy, but it’s fun to be creative) and agents stop by to request manuscripts based off of their pitches. Normally, if an agent likes the pitch, they will “star” or favorite your pitch. At that point, you need to cruise over to their...

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