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Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday, August 3, 2015

#PitchWars Mentor Bio Blog Hop: A/NA Fantasy



I'm so excited to participate in Pitch Wars again! And, like last year, I'll be mentoring new adult and adult fantasy submissions.


What am I looking for?

  • Romantic fantasy
  • Paranormal romance
  • Epic/high fantasy
  • Dark fantasy
  • Historical fantasy
  • Urban fantasy
  • Unique dystopian
  • Magical realism
  • Space opera

Romance and thinking vastly outside the box gets you bonus points.

I am NOT a good match for Tolkien-esque stories, paranormal crime-fighting, or hard science fiction. I'm also not a good fit for manuscripts with erotic scenes* or excessive violence.**

About Me:

I'm a writer (obviously), a Trekkie, a mom, and a Mormon. I have an unhealthy obsession with eyeglasses. I'm a traditionally published author currently with 47North, which is the speculative fiction imprint of Amazon Publishing. I'm the author of The Paper Magician series and Followed by Frost, the latter of which releases September 22nd. I also wrote "Salt and Water," which debuted in last year's My Bloody Valentine anthology. I'm agented by Marlene Stringer.

Why submit to me? (AKA that awkward part of this post where I have to talk about how great I am.):

I'm an Amazon- and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. I actually have a degree in editing. I'm super good with semicolons. I'm also internationally published and don't have a day job, which means I answer emails pretty quickly. ;)

I got my agent through old-fashioned cold-querying. I'm good with queries and know what works and what doesn't.

Still not sure if I'm the mentor for you? Here are some of my favorite books so you can get a feel for what I like (some of these are YA, but you get the jist):
  • Anything by Brandon Sanderson
  • Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
  • Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  • I Am NOT a Serial Killer by Dan Wells
  • The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Howl's Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones
  • Blackdog by K. V. Johansen
  • Soul of Smoke by Caitlyn McFarland


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*Don't get me wrong, I like sex just like the next romance-reading gal. But if it gets steamier than The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (N. K. Jemesin), then I'm not a good match for the story.

**AKA I don't read Stephen King. ;) (Despite his being a genius)


Friday, July 24, 2015

Followed by Frost Available for Review Request on NetGalley

Great news! Followed by Frost is now available for review request on NetGalley, so if you want to read the book early (and for free), sign up for NetGalley! :)

Seventeen-year-old Smitha's wealth, status, and beauty make her the envy of her town—until she rejects a strange man’s marriage proposal and disastrous consequences follow. Smitha becomes cursed, and frost begins to encompass everything she touches. Banished to the hills, hunted by villagers, and chilled to the very core of her soul, she finds companionship with Death, who longs to coax her into his isolated world. But Smitha's desire for life proves stronger than despair, and a newfound purpose gives her hope. Will regrets over the past and an unexpected desire for a man she cannot touch be enough to warm Smitha’s heart, or will Death forever still it?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Auction to Save an Author's Home

Hi friends,

This week a bunch of the #PitchWars mentors have donated a bunch of great prizes to a charity auction for Veronica Bartles, whose home has been damaged horrendously by a broken pipe and subsequent mold, and the insurance company refuses to help out. You can learn more about the house and the auction on Brenda Drake's website.

One of the SEVENTY-SEVEN items up for auction is the complete, signed paperback trilogy of The Paper Magician series. If that doesn't float your boat, then I'm sure some of the other items will, so please check it out!

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Master Magician Made the WSJ Bestseller List!

Amazing news!! The Master Magician made the Wall Street Journal's bestseller list!

This is AMAZING, and I am SO GRATEFUL to everyone who purchased a copy to make this happen. Dreams are coming true, baby!

You can see the list here.

Thank you! :D 

Friday, June 5, 2015

THE MASTER MAGICIAN is Published!

Oh yeah.

THE MASTER MAGICIAN RELEASED ON TUESDAY.



How did I forget to mention this??? This is the final book of the trilogy!* And guys, I am floored by the number of preorders this thing got. Thank you thank you thank you for all the support you've lent me during this exciting journey! I truly feel so so blessed. I LOVE EVERYONE.

Also! The prologue and first chapter of Followed by Frost (releasing 9/22/15) is in the back of this book. ;)

Hurray for bad lighting and no makeup!


Want to see The Master Magician for yourself? You can buy the book/ebook/audiobook here.

Want to start from the beginning? Check out The Paper Magician.











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*I'm considering it a "soft end" because there are maybes floating about.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cover Reveal! Followed by Frost, New YA-Crossover Standalone

I am so excited to reveal the cover for Followed by Frost, my YA-crossover standalone that will be releasing from 47North on September 22nd. This is my favorite of all the books I've written; I'm so happy to see it on the road to print!

What's the book about? Here you go:

Seventeen-year-old Smitha has the wealth, status, and beauty that make her the envy of her town—until she rejects a strange man’s marriage proposal and disastrous consequences follow. Smitha becomes cursed, and frost begins to encompass everything she touches. Banished to the hills, hunted by villagers, and chilled to the very core of her soul, she finds companionship with Death, who longs to coax her into his isolated world. But Smitha’s desire for life proves stronger than despair, and a newfound purpose gives her renewed hope. Will regrets over the past and an unexpected desire for a man she cannot touch be enough to warm Smitha’s heart, or will Death forever still it?

And now, the cover!

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So, what do you think? :D

Followed by Frost is releasing in paperback, ebook, and audiobook. You can preorder the novel from Amazon here or from Barnes and Noble here, or add it to your Goodreads list.

Also, the prologue for Followed by Frost will be printed in the back of The Master Magician, which releases June 2nd!