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." https://t.co/vOZb7YYqRO — 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 »

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  • Book Gush: THE FIRE WISH by Amber Lough

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  • New Tumblr!

    I have a new, fun tumblr for THE DAUPHINE FILES. I’m really trying to dig into the world and I love how tumblr allows me to do that. Also since a lot of my favorite fandoms inspired some of my characters/part of the world, there’s a lot of The Vampire Diaries, Originals, Supernatural, Buffy, American… Read more »