Worldbuilding: A #DVpit Blog Hop Roundtable Discussion: Part Three

Hi Everyone, Tis the final post for the #DVpit Worldbuilding Roundtable. (View part one/intro post. View Part Two: Rules, Structure, and Detail). In case you missed our first part, this is a Worldbuilding Roundtable Discussion with Kait Feldmann at Arthur A. Levine Books, Stephanie Stein at HarperCollins Children’s Books, Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary… Read more »

Worldbuilding: A #DVpit Blog Hop Roundtable Discussion: Part Two

For Part One go here. Hi everyone! We’re back for Part 2! In case you missed our first part, this is a Worldbuilding Roundtable Discussion with Kait Feldmann at Arthur A. Levine Books, Stephanie Stein at HarperCollins Children’s Books, Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services, and Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret as… Read more »

Worldbuilding: A #DVpit Blog Hop Roundtable Discussion: Part One

Introduction by Patrice Caldwell      Patrice Caldwell Hi all, I am so incredibly excited to be hosting the kickoff to the #DVpit blog hop! Thank you, Beth for trusting me to begin, thank you readers and visitors, and many many thanks to the participants! This is a worldbuilding roundtable featuring: Editors: Kait Feldmann at Arthur A. Levine Books and Stephanie… Read more »

Publishing Insider #1 – Jennifer Johnson-Blalock of Liza Dawson Associates

Good Afternoon, Readers 😀 Today I’m starting a new series: Publishing Insider!! It was inspired by my realtalk post on getting your foot in the (publishing industry) door: Sharing a post I wrote, based on advice I just gave, to recent grads seeking that elusive "first job in publishing." — Patrice Caldwell (@whimsicallyours) June 1,… Read more »

Review: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (+ a Giveaway!)

“Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic.”–Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives. Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid… Read more »

Pitch Wars Mentor Wish List 2016

Hey Readers 🙂 Or should I say Pitch Wars Warriors *grins* If you’re here, it’s likely to view my wishlist (mwahahaha) but first, a little about me: I love Once Upon A Time, although as with all the shows I watch, I’m severely behind I participated in Pitch Wars in 2014. I was one of Marieke… Read more »

To Recent Grads Seeking a Job in Publishing

Hey, recent grad 🙂 How ya doin? Stressed? High off graduation endorphins? Missing the people who’ve been by your side for the past 4 years? Excited at what the world of adulthood offers? All of the above. Yes, likely that. Well, while I’m here (In bed. Sick. Not at what is my first post-grad, full-time… Read more »

Writing the books I never got to read #DontGiveUp

A lot of times writers are asked why they write, or–as Daniel Jose Older put it at Kweli’s Children’s Writers of Color Conference yesterday–why they came into the game. I’ve said it before, but it rings truer now: I came into the game to write the books I never got to read. And if not to… Read more »

THE DARKEST CORNERS by Kara Thomas (<333)

My Review Owl Rating: I want to preface this review with saying this is THE book I’ve been looking forward to reading for the past year/since the author, Kara Thomas, hinted at it via a tweet (I believe the tweet compared it to Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places, which I was reading (& loving) at the… Read more »

RIP Alan Rickman #RaiseYourWands

As we all now know, Alan Rickman has passed away. To say a light is gone from this world is an understatement. And although I didn’t know him in the way his friends and family did. I like to think I knew him well enough. For those of us of the Harry Potter generation, Alan… Read more »

  • #NaNoWriMo Begins/My November #YABBootcamp Goals!

    Yep, that’s me! As I mentioned yesterday, I’m particpating in NaNoWriMo this year with the intention of finally winning. I write books pretty fast it’s just that for some reason or another writing a book in one month, particularly November, never seems to work out for me. I wasn’t sure I was going to do… Read more »

  • October Wrap-Up (New Books, Adventures, and Getting Organized)

    Hello Readers! Better yet, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! October has been such a wild/crazy/rough/exhausting blur of a month, so while I can’t say I’m sad to see it go I’m not thrilled either as a lot of great things happened. For instance… I bought & read some amazing books (epic poem in the case of Paradise Lost):*… Read more »

  • Interview with Mary Elizabeth Summer, Author of TRUST ME, I’M LYING

    Good Morning, Readers! Today I have the talented Mary Elizabeth Summer to talk about her debut YA novel, Trust Me, I’m Lying (October 14, 2014 from Delacorte Press)! But first, here’s a bit about the book: Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s… Read more »

  • #FallWritingBootcamp Update!! (& some writing resources)

      Good morning!! All of you look particularly beautiful today. What can I say, I’m in a great mood. I’ve finally beat *most* of the sickness I’ve had for the past week and a half, so now I can go back to important things like tweeting, blogging, reading, and, oh yeah, catching up on homework… Read more »

  • 2014 Debut Author Bash: Rachel Searles (Guest Post + Giveaway)

    Hi Y’all! Welcome to my stop on the 2014 Debut Author Bash!!! I’m super excited to be hosting Rachel Searles, author of The Lost Planet (such an amazing MG adventure). And, because I LOVE book recommendations, Rachel has been so kind to share with us some of her favorite MG reads. First, here’s the drool-worthy… Read more »

  • Why You (& Every Writer You Know) Should Attend WriteOnCon

    I’ll go ahead and admit it. The title of this post is a bit misleading. Technically WriteOnCon is only for writers of Paperback books through New Adult, but, regardless of the category you write in, you can learn a lot by attending. What’s WriteOnCon? You don’t know?? Haha joking. It’s only the coolest online (FREE!)… Read more »

  • 17 FIRST KISSES by Rachael Allen

    Blurb No matter how many boys Claire kisses, she can’t seem to find a decent boyfriend. Someone who wouldn’t rather date her gorgeous best friend, Megan. Someone who won’t freak out when he learns about the tragedy her family still hasn’t recovered from. Someone whose kisses can carry her away from her backwoods town for… Read more »

  • Rejuvenating Your Creativity — Why It’s Okay to Take a Break

    As of today, I’m taking a break from writing. Not from blogging, or academic writing (when classes start I’ll be doing more than enough of that), but from working on my stories.* As writers, especially when we “get serious” about writing and realize it’s not just a hobby, I think we feel like we have to… Read more »

  • Book Gush: POINTE by Brandy Colbert

    Blurb Theo is better now. She’s eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abductor. Donovan isn’t talking about what… Read more »

  • Guest Post: Brandy Colbert (Author of POINTE) on the Books You (& Everyone You Know) Need to Read

    Good Afternoon, Readers! Today I have uber talented Brandy Colbert over to talk about four books she really wants you to read… take it away, Brandy! My Book Recommendations for You by Brandy Colbert I read a lot, but at the same time, I consider myself quite a slow reader. Sometimes it’s just life pulling… Read more »