Friday, September 23, 2016

EPA SCBWI Fall Philly Registration is LIVE!!!

Dear Alison,

I cannot tell a lie. I am recycling a post from Eastern PA SCBWI's Easternpennpoints. Well, I guess I'm not recycling--what's that buzz word we used all summer? That's right, repurposing! I'm repurposing the blog post I wrote and for good reason because....


FALL PHILLY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
And it’s better than ever.

Yes, we've got an all-star line-up of PA authors and acquiring agents at this year’s Fall Philly.
October 23, 2016
9am – 4pm
Warwick Hotel at Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Adam Lehrhaupt (I Will Not Eat You), Elizabeth Kann (Pinkalicious), Becky Birtha (Lucky Beans), Diana Rodriguez Wallach (Anastasia Phoenix), Jennifer Hansen Rolli (Just One More), as well as your hosts, Kim Briggs and Alison Green Myers, will entertain you with five craft focused sessions throughout the day.

And… Sign up for one-to-one pitch sessions with acquiring agents. Adriana Dominguez (Full Circle Literary), Linda Camacho (Prospect Agency), Beth Phelan (The Bent Agency), Kelly Peterson (Corvisiero Literary), Jordy Albert (The Booker Albert Agency), Danielle Burby (HSG Agency), Melissa Edwards (Stonesong Agency), Charlie Olsen (Inkwell Management), and Sean McCarthy (The Sean McCarthy Literary Agency), Christa Heschke (McIntosh and Otis Agency), Carrie Howland (Empire Literary) will be in attendance with limited meetings open to you.
Registration: $99 for SCBWI members, $139 for non-members
Ten minute pitch sessions: $25
Pitches open to registered conferees only.
You are limited to five pitches at the event.
****Please note: Spots are filling FAST.

SIGN UP TODAY ON OUR EASTERN PA SCBWI'S WEBSITE

Fall Philly will be a BLAST, a blast I tell you, so of course I would repurpose my post, but this Fall Philly Advertisement is new....

By the way, you did an amazing job on that flyer! 
Alison, there's one more reason I repurposed the blog post, because...

I HAVE EXCITING MEMBER NEWS

Yep, one of our members has done it again!! Lauren LeBlanc won SCBWI's WIP award for her chapter book submission: How to be a Bad Guy by Dallas Bottomley
Fed up with his friends’ obsession with superheroes, 8-year-old Dallas decides to become a villain instead. But when he discovers he would rather stand up for the underdog, he must redefine what villainy means to him.
Here's the official SCBWI WIP ANNOUNCEMENT. Let's give a round of applause for Lauren and wish her a ginormous amount of luck for the next round of her journey.

So Alison, I think we've learned some valuable lessons: Fall Philly is an event you don't want to miss, Lauren LeBlanc is awesome, and repurposing is responsible blogging! 


Sharing the writing love one letter at a time,
Kim

Monday, September 19, 2016

Plot Holes? Just dig around.

Dear Kim,

Another great session with agent-extraordinaire, Carrie Howland is in the books! (Literally.)
Did you love the radial plotting exercise as much as I did?



Mapping out Killer: A Love Story from the explosive climax outward gave me so much to think about. Adding to all of the AH-HAHs from my trusty plot map, I had an equally jaw dropping moment recently when Meg dug around my story and uncovered a major hole.


That's me.
And Ernesto.
And Meg.
We spent some time digging in the sand, but way more muscle was given to digging around our stories.

Meg was on residency at the Foundation. (I talk about the honor here.) Our group met daily to share pages we'd worked on during the retreat. Meg took home (well, to her cabin) several pages a night to review for us. One night she discovered the biggest hole in my manuscript. Like GRAND CANYON hole. Like, HOW-IN-THE-WORLD-COULD-I-MISS-THIS-HOLE, hole.


Since the retreat I've been working on filling in and smoothing out my story. I can't thank Meg enough for her help. The rewrite makes me love Addi and Miles and Brandon even more.

(It should be noted that Addi and Miles and Brandon are not real people, like those in the picture above. Addi, Miles, and Brandon are imaginary people that take up residence in my brain and occupy my latest story. Which would sound insane to most, but I know you get me.)

Kim, Sometimes we are so close to our own stories. Those imaginary people become our very real work each day. We fill each page with sentences and each sentence with carefully sifted out words. We sift the sand. We build the book, grain by grain. It is up close and personal work.

Thankfully I had someone from a distance take a look. Meg helped me dig in and find the missing pieces. Now the story is stronger. It is what I meant to write all along.

I've included the new opening here. Can't wait for you to read the entire rewrite.




Onward with our shovels.
Keep digging.
Love,
A

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Cover Reveal: Overcast by M.S. Kaye


Dear Alison,


Guess what?!?! I've got some more Inkspell Publishing
news from M.S. Kaye. Echo Through the Mist, Book 2 of the Taken Series releases today.  She's revealing the cover for Overcast, the Prequel of the Taken Series, and I've got my hands on Endless as the Rain: The Taken Series: Book 1 which I can't wait to read.

So here goes, 

Echo Through the Mist
Book 2 of the Taken Series


New Release!

Can Adriane handle Stein’s connection to her past and the truth of his motivations?
As Alec and Adriane investigate the reason his father’s old organized crime competitor returned to the city, Adriane eventually realizes Alec is hiding something from her. Will his continued secrecy threaten their relationship? Will the truth of Stein’s motivations rip Adriane away from Alec?
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Add to your to-read on Goodreads.
Excerpt:
“He didn’t know any exact plans,” Vincent said, “but it’s been decided you have only one real weakness.”
Alec waited.
Vincent’s gaze flickered to me.
Alec’s body tightened until every muscle in his back, chest, and arms rippled. His hand squeezed mine a little too tightly, but I kept holding on. He tremored like a volcano about to erupt.
“Alec, baby,” I murmured.
He closed his eyes and clenched his jaw. Vincent centered himself in the doorway, and the others flanked him.
“Alec,” I said.
“Fuck.” Even his voice shook with rage.
I pulled my hand loose and wrapped my arms around him, holding myself to his chest. “Baby,” I whispered.
He continued to tremble.
I’d never seen him this bad before. My hands shook, but I pressed them to his back to steady them. “Please, Alec.”
He wrapped his arms around me, but his body didn’t relax like it usually did.
My heart hammered against my ribs. I squeezed him more tightly, but my contact wasn’t working this time.
Then I realized he wasn’t just angry; he was holding himself back. Trying desperately not to murder Stein.
“I’m here,” I said. “Stay with me.”
He wrapped his arms farther around me as if I were a buoy in the ocean.
“I need you.” My voice shook. “Please, baby.”
His voice barely made sound. “Tell me again.”
“I need you. You can’t leave me.” I squeezed tighter and stood on my toes to press my cheek to his. “I need you right here. With me.”
He pressed his face into my neck, arms so tightly around me his fingers wrapped around my sides.
“I love you,” I whispered in his ear. “I love you. I need you.”
Quiet.

Overcast
Prequel of the Taken Series
Cover reveal!



Alec Kaden is the son of organized crime. But that’s not what causes him to be cold, and anger to crawl up his spine. He trusts his father’s judgment—his mother’s death in childbirth was his fault. Only one person can calm the monster inside him, but he will not allow her to know him, to see through him and find the darkness lurking behind his detachment. Will he forever remain her invisible protector?
Will be released 11/15/16 by Inkspell Publishing
Preorder here:   Amazon   |   iBooks   |   Kobo

Endless as the Rain
Book 1 of the Taken Series




For Adriane Graham, the real question comes down to this: “Am I Alec Kaden’s guest…Or his prisoner?”
If she’s a guest in the Kaden mansion, then it means Alec has freed himself from his family ties to organized crime. It means he’s telling the truth when he says he’s protecting Adriane from dangerous men and they can shake off the shackles of haunted pasts.
…But…
If Adriane Graham is Alec Kaden’s prisoner, it means his tenderness is simply a ruse to keep her under control; his kindness is just poisoned hypocrisy. It means Alec is a cruel liar, and that somehow, by some desperate way, she’s got to get out of this charming man’s well-guarded house before it’s too late.
Is she Alec’s treasured guest? Or merely a pretty bird, trapped in his gilded cage? The troubling questions pour like fountains…flowing…
Endless as the Rain.
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Add to your to-read on Goodreads.



About the Author:
M.S. Kaye has several awards and published books under her black belt. A transplant from Ohio, she resides with her husband Corey in Jacksonville, Florida, where she tries not to melt in the sun. Find suspense and the unusual at www.BooksByMSK.com.
To receive news on upcoming releases, sign up for email updates on her website.

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There's a whole lotta awesome going on in these books. I'm in LOVE with M.S. Kaye!

Sharing the writer love one letter at a time,
Kim

Friday, September 9, 2016

Cover Reveal: Starr Fall, Book One of the Young Adult Romance Series by Kim Briggs

Dear Alison,

Today's the day. Today's the day. Today's the day for STARR FALL's cover reveal. 

I can't believe I FINALLY get to share this GORGEOUS cover with the world and guess what?!?! The BUY links are live so anyone and EVERYONE can PRE-ORDER their copy of STARR FALL.

Dive into STARR FALL's cover.


Breathtaking, right? Awe-inspiring? Most definitely. Spark your interest? I hope so!!

Starr Fall
Book One of the Starr Fall Series
By Kim Briggs
Release date: November 4, 2016
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-939590-94-7


Pre-Order Buy Links: 

About the Book:
On the run from the Organization, Starr never planned on falling in love.

Starr Bishop’s the complete package. A perfect smile, brains to match, and a winning attitude. Boys want to date her and girls want to be her. She’s the type of girl you want to hate, if only she wasn’t so damn likable. But don’t worry, she’s not interested in your boyfriend. Boys are one complication she can live without.
When the Organization decides she’s not only the model student but the ideal assassin, Starr’ll need a lot more than high test scores and extracurricular involvement to get herself out of that commitment.
Dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood is the last person she’d expect—or even want— to come to her rescue. From opposite ends of Webster Highs social hierarchy, their lives collide in one electrifying moment. Christian isnt the Goth loner he pretends to be, hes a part Cherokee, All-American boy who wants to be a hero, Starrs hero. Christian makes Starr forget that the Organization is after her, but nothing will stop the Organization from collecting their top recruit.
By the way, the spot for junior class president just became available.

Starr Fall by Kim Briggs Book Excerpt
I glance up just before plowing into a tall, muscular frame. As our bodies collide, time stops for one brief moment. Strong arms pull me into his black Ramones t-shirt. He shifts his body under mine, drawing me in closer to his chest. His heart races against my cheek; it matches the sprint of my own.
In a tight embrace, we fall as if someone hit slow motion and we drop frame by frame without ever hitting the bottom. Nothing exists in the entire universe except for our plunging bodies pressed against each other. When we finally hit the hard tile floor, he takes most of the impact because I’m cocooned in his arms. Something tightens just below my belly button—a nervous kind of flip-floppy feeling, and I finally understand what Sami and Jody always talk about.
“You,” he murmurs. I gaze into Christian’s black lined eyes with newfound shyness. I never noticed just how blue his eyes are. A blue so deep and pure and clear I’m tempted to swim in them for hours, but the catcalls “Get a room” and rowdy laughter remind me we’re in the middle of the cafeteria with our food deprived classmates, and we’re fresh bait. A burn creeps into my cheeks.
He pushes himself up beside me. Whatever emotion was in his eyes a moment ago vanishes as quickly as it appeared. Two sharp, unforgiving vertical lines form between his eyebrows. Without even a grunt of acknowledgement, he stalks away. I stare after his black t-shirt, wondering what just happened and did he feel it too?
“Starr, are you okay?” someone asks, but I’m lost in my own world. “Starr, are you okay?” A hand grips my shoulder.
If there was any electricity coursing through my veins, it’s gone now.
I shake my head to clear it before turning to Frank. “Yeah..., yeah, I’m fine.”
I think.

That's what you call a teaser...What do you think? Do you love it as much as I do? Preorder your copy of STARR FALL. Like now, or you can read the rest of the post and then order. 

About the Author (Oh wait, that's me, but let's hear, I mean read about me anyway...)


Kim once smashed into a tree while skiing. The accident led to a concussion, a cracked sternum, temporary notoriety as a sixth grader returned from the dead, and the realization that fictionalized accounts are way more interesting than just slipping on the ice.

An unhealthy obsession with conspiracy theories combined with a love of travel and happily ever afters led Kim to write her YA novel, Starr Fall, where a secret organization decides Starr Bishop would make the ideal assassin. While in hiding, Starr meets dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood. Cue the swoon worthy music. But it’s not all happily ever afters for Kim, her NA novel, And Then He, explores the dark and scary corners of the human psyche. Following a night of innocent flirting with a handsome stranger, Tiffani finds herself in the midst of a nightmare she can’t escape. And Then He is available now through Amazon and other major book retailers. Starr Fall will debut November 2016 with Inkspell Publishing.

When she’s not doing something writerly, Kim can be found jumping into snow drifts with her three kids, husband, and dog. She’s careful to avoid trees.



Giveaway Details
To celebrate STARR FALL's cover release, I want to give away some swag. Let’s look at the cover again because I LOVVVVEEEEE it soooooo much!!


One lucky winner will receive a bag of STARR FALL swag including bookmarks, all the fixings for s’mores (once you read the book, you’ll know why), and this…



See that little metal tag? It says “Me to We.” Cool huh? You know what else is cool, the purchase of the bracelet bought one month of clean water to a child in a community overseas. Starr’s all about water and making an impact. I am too, and I can’t wait to give this bracelet to one lucky recipient. All you need to do is pre-order Starr Fall, then email a copy of the proof of purchase (a screenshot works) to KimBriggsAuthor @ gmail.com (Don’t forget to remove the spaces;) 

Winner will be announced on my Website Monday, October 3, 2016.

Alison, that's the way you kick off a kickass cover of a kickass book with a kickass heroine. I can't wait to share STARR FALL with EVERYONE!! So spread the word, share the links, pre-order STARR FALL and dive into STARR FALL, Book One.


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Sharing the writer love one letter at a time,
Kim