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Guest Post: Testing the Effectiveness of Your Scenes by Rice Om

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Guest Post, Writing | 0 comments

Guest Post: Testing the Effectiveness of Your Scenes by Rice Om

Testing the Effectiveness of Your Scenes by Rice Om   I’m a firm believer that everything begins and ends with a scene. I love scenes. I re-read, re-play, re-trace, and re-watch them often. One powerful scene can illuminate an entire piece of work.   That’s why I’ve compiled some of the best scene tips and tricks I’ve come across in books, panels, classes and lectures into this one list. Feel free to bookmark this page when you’re scene testing. And may your journeys all have phenomenal scenes!   Scene 101   Scenes are...

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Cover Reveal: Totally Wasted by C. Elizabeth Vescio

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Writing | 0 comments

Cover Reveal: Totally Wasted by C. Elizabeth Vescio

I’m delighted to share this cover reveal with you today! Why? Because Cara is one of the most fantastic authors around. She was even part of this blog at one point as an indie author, so it’s been so much fun to watch her career (and bookshelf) grow! The covers of her new adult Wasted series have always been gorgeous and this one is no exception! Here is the cover for TOTALLY WASTED by C. Elizabeth Vescio. Scroll down for the big reveal! — — — — — — — — — It’s gorgeous,...

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Cover Reveal: WONDERLAND by Robert McKay + Giveaway!!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Contests, Reading | 2 comments

Cover Reveal: WONDERLAND by Robert McKay + Giveaway!!

YOU GUYS ARE IN FOR A TREAT! I’m extremely excited to share the cover for Wonderland with you! Wonderland is a retelling of the classic Alice in Wonderland story, with a scifi twist, just in time for the 150th anniversary of the original tale. This book is the first in the Intergalactic Fairy Tales series by Robert McKay. It will be available on August 20th, but you can win your copy early by entering the giveaway in this post! Also in this post is a link to get a free sample of Wonderland so you can whet your appetite while you wait to...

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Freebie Friday: Camp NaNoWrimo July 2015 Calendars

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Freebie Friday, NaNoWriMo | 0 comments

Freebie Friday: Camp NaNoWrimo July 2015 Calendars

I love Camp NaNoWriMo calendars. Usually a ton of people make calendars and share them for NaNoWriMo. They are usually super pretty and most importantly have the word count goals to keep you writing and on track to finish an entire novel in ONE month. For some reason or another, I haven’t really seen any for the July 2015 Camp NaNoWriMo session so I made some to share with you. That’s right, they’re free!     Camp NaNoWriMo Freebie Calendars   There are three options to choose from with three different quotes. Just select the...

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Happy July & Camp NaNoWriMo Freebies!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Freebie Friday, NaNoWriMo | 1 comment

Happy July & Camp NaNoWriMo Freebies!

Happy July everyone! I’m back. I say that because though I never officially went away, I’ve been just awful about posting lately. For that, I’m sorry. I can’t believe it’s July already! I feel like so much has happened in my life and on top of that, I’m trying to write ALL THE BOOKS. Seriously. In fact, last month alone, myself and new writing partner Brian LeTendre wrote a novel called HARROWED. It’s a young adult horror book (think 80’s slasher) and it’s becoming a book THIS September (9/22/15 to be exact)! I couldn’t be more excited about...

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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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