2013 Holiday Writing Contest: We have a winner!

Karey White’s fittingly-titled “The Christmas Contest” was the winning submission in our 2013 Holiday Writing Contest. The book will be published in October 2013.

White, who will receive a $500 advance for her winning submission, is the author of 2011’s “Gifted” and 2012’s “For What It’s Worth,” both of which are available in book stores and on Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.

Congratulations, Karey!

Look for our 2014 Holiday Writing Contest announcement later this year!


Bits of Advice

This is a guest post by Mandi Ellsworth.Mandi is a wife, mother, reader, jogger, and writer, among other things. Her debut novel, “Uneasy Fortunes” comes out June 12th. You can connect with her at her blog.

We are all a conglomeration of what we hear or see or feel and my own thoughts on the writing process are that: bits and pieces of advice I’ve gathered from other sources and put to use.

Shannon Hale, the end all be all when it comes to writing, says she has never gotten writer’s block. When she’s not feeling it, she just keeps writing anyway. It may be rubbish but she’ll just keep writing rubbish until it starts to flow a little better. There will be lots of revisions to change the rubbish into something great, so she doesn’t sweat about making it perfect at the beginning. It helps to keep that in mind. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It can be bettered later.

An author should write what they like to read. If you like to read cheesy romances (guilty), or Young Adult fantasy (guilty again), then that’s what you should write. After all, if you don’t like it, chances are, the reader won’t either.

If you don’t like to read, then maybe you should re-think your choice of hobby.

Reading is a big deal for a writer. It’s hard not to take what you read and use it in your own style. For example, after reading a Georgette Heyer novel, I write like a 19th century Brit for days. Getting used to the way published authors use punctuation, sentence structure, and word choice is the best way to integrate those things into your own story-making.

We’ve all heard the old adage to write what you know. While writing “Uneasy Fortunes” I had a friend that showed me much about what it’s like to live with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. She visited me daily and talked about her life and it was her story, as much as my grandmother’s, that urged me to tell the story the way I did.

I can’t remember where I heard this last bit of advice, a blog I’m sure, but it has made a world of difference in my writing. Take a few weeks and change up the time you write and the location. Maybe wake up early for a week and see how that effects the way you write. Then try it right after breakfast, or during a lunch break, or while wearing earbuds with music blasting and the kids are running amok. Then change the location of where you write. Through this process, I learned I write best when I: wake before everyone else in the house, sit in a hard chair, do not allow myself to do anything until I have finished my allotted writing time (not even the dirty dishes that tease me from the corner of my eye, or the email that would be so easy to click to). You might be surprised by what works for you.

Mostly, and most importantly, learn to love the process. It will reward you with unexpected joys.

BEA 2012

It is that time of year again: Book Expo America 2012! For those of you attending in New York we would love for you to stop by our booth #3480. If just stopping by to see all the awesome books that we will be offering this summer and fall isn’t enough enticement for you, maybe this will help:

Wendy Paul will be signing 101 Gourmet Cake Bitesat our booth June 5 @ 2:30-3:30p and June 6 @ 11-12p ANDCatherine Lanigan will besigning The Golden Flute: The Adventures of Lillie and ZaneJune 6 @ 2:30-3:30p

First 25 people in line at each signing will receive a free copy of the book being signed.

The Golden Flute: The Adventures of Lilli and Zane by Catherine Lanigan, YA fantasy and magic, Adventure books











For those of you not attending BEA, but instead will be staying in your comfy armchair, you can still enter to win a copy of Catherine Lanigan’s The Golden Flute over at the weekly giveaway on our Facebook page. Or head on over to the giveaways page at Armchair BEA to find out how to win a copy of Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla Kelly and Demons by Heather Frost.

We also will be on twitter following along with the action as much as we can.

Good luck and have fun reading!

Summer Giveaway Hop

Welcome to our stop on the Summer Giveaway Hop! First off a great big thank you to Kathy over atI am a Reader, Not a Writerand Cindy Thomas.


Now, for the fun stuff. We are offering an ARC copy of My Loving Vigil Keepingby Carla Kelly and an ARC copy of Demonsby Heather Frost.


Della’s giving up all the comforts of bustling Salt Lake City to teach school in a rural coal mining camp. Little does she know, she may soon be giving up her heart as well. But when tragedy strikes in the Scofield Mine, Della’s life is changed forever. Based on true events, this thrilling new romance from award-winning and bestselling author Carla Kelly is a must-read!



Kate’s life is far from normal. She can see auras, her boyfriend is immortal, and her powers make her a target. But now that the Demon Lord is hunting her, things are about to go from dangerous to truly deadly. Packed with action, mind-blowing plot twists, and characters you can’t get enough of, this is a fast-paced, heart-pounding read from cover to cover.

To enter to win either of these books, please fill out the rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!


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Blog Tour: The Kindling

The Kindlingis the 1st book in Braden Bell’s Middle School Magic series. It chronicles the adventure of thirteen-year-old Connor Dell as he battle the forces of darkness with his newly discovered powers. This is a great Middle Grade read that can be enjoyed by all ages.If you are interested in joining the blog tour, please leave a comment with the date you’d like to post or contact me viaemail.

The book is currently available onNetGalley.

The Kindling, Braden Bell - Juvenile/Fiction/Fantasy

Here is a brief description of the book:

All thirteen-year-old Connor Dell wants to do is pass pre-algebra, play lacrosse, and possibly kiss Melanie Stephens, but when a run-in with the school bully ignites strange powers inside him, Connor’s normal teenage life goes up in flames. Now he’ll need his new powers to defeat the Darkness that’s coming for him. Fast-paced and original, this book’s guaranteed to keep you guessing!

Meet the Author:

Braden Bell grew up in Farmington, Utah and graduated from Davis High School. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theatre from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in educational theatre from New York University. He and his wife live with their five children on a quiet, wooded lot outside of Nashville, Tennessee, where he teaches theatre and music at a private middle school. An experienced performer, Braden enjoys singing, acting, reading, gardening, and long walks with the dog. You can learn more about Braden’s writing at www.bradenbell.com.


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