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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, winner of the talent show The Spotlight, to the lineup. Devon Sinclair is the singer of Sinister Riot, and he’s Abby’s best friend. She’s in love with him, but fears she’ll lose him if she makes the first move. Devon knows adding Eli to the band is a mistake, and he’s right. Eli’s interested in more than just making an album. He wants to take control of the band, and he wants to get to know Abby better. A lot better. When tensions between Devon and Eli threaten to destroy Sinister Riot, Abby must act on her true feelings or lose everything she’s ever wanted.   Add to Goodreads Buy on Amazon  Whether you’re looking for a fantastic Valentine’s day read or a fun, new adult romance to get your hands on, look no further! You wont be disappointed. Happy...

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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 with their crush. They could be investigating a strange noise. Or maybe they’re studying together. Or perhaps he or she is a carpenter fixing something in their bedroom. Or maybe getting that particular person in a bedroom was their intention all along… However they end up there, think and explore how your main character feels. Imagine how their heart races when they realize that they have someone they desire in a bedroom, very close to a bed. Does their heart race? Do they feel like they’re going to throw up? Do they remember a bad experience? Do they remember a good experience? Do they find an excuse to leave or do they just go for it?   I love this prompt because you can learn a lot of back story and psyche from exploring this. I’d love to hear how it goes! Post your thoughts, writing, or a link to it in the comments below. I’d love to read it.  ...

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The Dark Carnival: An Anthology of Horror Reaches #1!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Horror, Pen and Muse news, The Dark Carnival, Writing | 3 comments

The Dark Carnival: An Anthology of Horror Reaches #1!

A wonderful thing happened today. A wonderful, amazing, totally rockin’ thing… Let me give you a few hints… It involves clowns, things that eat people, and pure evil It involves ghosts and possessions It’s not something that should be read alone in the dark… That’s right! The Dark Carnival: An Anthology of Horror became #1 on Amazon today in it’s category. We’ve been watching for weeks as it sat at #2, waiting patiently behind works like H.P. Lovecraft. And today we surpassed H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King to make #1! Woohoo! Here it is in all of its glory!     I feel so honored to be a part of this anthology and to have been able to work with such talented authors and illustrators. I’m humbled beyond belief. I feel especially excited because this is the first published work that Pen and Muse Press has ever put out and it’s a best seller! Woohoo! Here are the current working for the Dark Carnival (which look pretty darn good)! #1in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Anthologies & Literature Collections > Horror #2in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Anthologies #8in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Anthologies Well-deserved thanks goes to… With that said, we just want to thank every last one of you who made this possible. Special shout out to Kristen Jett, Jessi Shakarian, and Meghan Schuler for their special behind the scenes work. An additional thank you is due to our fantastic contributors: Kristen Strassel, Meghan Schuler, Claire C. Riley, J. Elizabeth Hill, Jessi Esparza, Debra Kristi, Ryan Bartlett, Michelle Ceasar Davis, Brian LeTendre, Ken Mooney, Eli Constant, Mari Wells, Lucas Hargis, Kat Daemon, T.A. Brock, Calyn Morgan, Emily McKeon, Gregory Carrico, Kristin Hanson, Nicole R. Taylor, C. Elizabeth Vescio, Brian W. Taylor, Kate Michael, Ezekiel Conrad, Jamie Adams, Bobby Solomons, Mark Matthews, Jamie Corrigan, Kristin Rivers, Kristen Jett, Sheila Hall, Suzy G, Kim Culpepper, Ruth Shedwick, J.C. Michael, Wulf Francu Godgluck, Ashly Nagrant, Amy Trueblood, Vanessa Henderson, Tawney Bland, Julie Hutchings and Stevan Knapp. Without all of you this wouldn’t be possible! And a thank you to you! Thank you to everyone who participated in reading the Dark Carnival showcase, encouraged our authors and illustrators, anyone who has followed this blog or tweeted us, and thank you to every single person who has bought a copy. You rock!   Get a Copy Today (Or Add it to Goodreads!) Here are the bazzillion places you can get a copy depending on the country you live in or where you prefer to shop!   Add it to your Goodreads! Smashwords Amazon USA Amazon IN Amazon UK Amazon DE Amazon FR Amazon ES Amazon IT Amazon JP Amazon BR Amazon CA Amazon MX Amazon AU   Did I mention that any money earned from these sales are going to charity? So what are you waiting for? It’s less than a coffee. It’s less than most packs of gum!   Congratulations again to all of our hard working authors, editors, and cover designer Cara!   Much love and creeptastic...

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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 Price—young, handsome, charming, a world-traveler—who is presumed dead after an explosion. Authorities find only a bloodied jacket, ID’d as Charlie’s. At the funeral, two teens who are perfect strangers, Lena Whitney and Aubrey Boroughs, make another shocking discovery: they have both been dating Charlie, both think Charlie loved them and them alone, and there is a lot they didn’t know about their boyfriend. Over the next week, a mind-bending trip unfolds: first in London—then in Mumbai, Kerala, and Bangkok, the girls go in search of Charlie. Is he still alive? What did their love for him even mean? The truth is out there, but soon it becomes clear that the girls are harboring secrets of their own. No one knows whom to trust in this thrilling tale of suspense and deception.   Add this to your Goodreads About Anne Heltzel Anne Heltzel was born in Warren, Ohio. A Notre Dame graduate, she moved to NYC in 2006 to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. In New York, she found lots of like-minded, creative types. It was home. It was a natural transition, then, to her first job in book publishing and later to a division of Penguin Group, where she was a fiction editor until September, 2012 (with a short sabbatical in 2009). Anne lived in India from September 2009-December 2010. She hopes to return as soon and as often as possible. In Bombay she acquired her dog, Mochi, who came back with her to Brooklyn. His name means “cobbler” in Hindi, but it also refers to a gelatinous type of Japanese rice cake, generally filled with ice cream. Anne now lives and writes in Paris. Okay, I’ve never read anything from Anne Heltzel but this sounds F-ING AMAZING. Like, the moment I discovered this book I grabbed my laptop and locked myself in my room so that I could blog about it. No joke. What do you think? Will you be reading it? Does anyone want to help me break into Houghton Mifflin Harcourt so that we can read this before June 2015?...

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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 Talisman by Kim Culpepper   Book Genre: Urban Fantasy Book release date: 05/21/2014  The Blood Talisman book blurb: Alex Jacobs gets bitten by a werewolf, and that’s only the beginning of his problems. When his wife is kidnapped and turned into someone he doesn’t recognize anymore, he not only struggles with letting her go but, also with saving her life. Selene is a powerful witch that not only teaches Alex the ways of the wolf but, also teaches him about restraint and purpose. Her shy innocence quickly attracts him to her and he struggles with being torn between two women. Their feelings for each other are constantly put to the test as a battle for the blood talisman, the key to immortality, is fought for power to some and a way to live forever for others. It is quickly learned that immortality comes at a price to all of humanity.   The Blood Talisman Exclusive Excerpt  Ember grabbed Alex by the neck, lifting him off his feet. The bones within him started to break and his blood scorched angrily through him. She threw him down just as he finished changing into the wolf. He could smell the blood from the man lying on the floor, hear his heart slowly beating. He was very near death. Ember stood back and watched in enjoyment as he devoured the attendant.   About Kim Culpepper Kim Culpepper is a horror lover! She is the author of The Blood Talisman, several short stories, and also runs Dark Child Create, a company the designs custom book covers. Her work has been published in Sanitarium Magazine, The Opening Line Literary Zine, and more. Kim is a native of Colombus, Mississippi where she lives with her wonderful husband, two beautiful kids, and two mischievous cats.  Most of her writing is based in the south because she enjoys writing characters with accents and the South has plenty of people to inspire that. Kim on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kculpepper1 Kim’s Blog: http://www.kjculpepper.net/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kim.culpepper.3 Kim on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7957042.Kim_Culpepper   Join the book buzz using hashtag #BloodTalisman Giveaway Win a copy of The Blood Talisman! There are three super easy ways to enter! Check them out! a Rafflecopter...

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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 via Goodreads: A Kingdom at War . . .   Elora, the young princess of the Dark Faeries, plans to overthrow her tyrannical mother, the Dark Queen, and bring equality to faeriekind. All she has to do is convince her mother’s loathed enemy, the Bright Queen, to join her cause. But the Bright Queen demands an offering first: a human boy who is a “young leader of men.”   A Dark Princess In Disguise . . .   To steal a mortal, Elora must become a mortal—at least, by all appearances. And infiltrating a high school is surprisingly easy. When Elora meets Taylor, the seventeen-year-old who’s plotting to overthrow a ruthless bully, she thinks she’s found her offering . . . until she starts to fall in love. Muse KJ’s Thoughts Ever read a book and know, just know, you can’t write a review to properly praise it? This is one of those books. The tale is told in both the voices of Elora, a young Faerie princess, and Taylor, a mere mortal boy. The two meet by chance. Is he the sacrifice she’s been asked to find? Is she what can finally pull him from his guilt and grief? The voice is authentic, honest, and elegant. I couldn’t help but do what I would have deemed impossible previously – comparing her gift of words to Margaret Atwood’s. It takes great talent to be able to weave more than just plot into a well crafted story, but this something Chelsea Pitcher pulls off as smoothly as Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Perhaps even more so, when you realize this isn’t done is the easier format of a dystopia, but instead an urban fantasy. This is a story with the ability to truly affect you, in addition to it being an entertaining and enjoyable read. Equality doesn’t work if it’s only for some people. I know I’ll be back later to write a more thorough review, because (at least for me) this is one of those rare gems that you can think about for ages and still come up with new ideas. This is easily one of my favorite books of 2014 – and will be one of my most gifted books this holiday season. The Healing Power of Queer YA When I was sixteen, I fell in love with a girl. Four and a half years later, it ended. And for some time after, I didn’t even want to look at a book about two girls falling in love, let alone read one. It wasn’t that I was swearing off girls forever (how would one even do such a thing? And why?) I was just heartbroken, and I didn’t want to return to where I’d been. Not yet. Then time went by. First weeks, then months, then years. And during this time, I still read books. I read lots of books! I just didn’t read books about two girls in love. I didn’t even read books about two boys in love. I didn’t want to read about the hardships surrounding coming out, the searching for a sense of identity,...

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