The Jakkattu Vector

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Welcome to another Novel Publicity tour! We’re so excited for the release of The Jakkattu Vector by P.K. Tyler that we wanted to celebrate with a great giveaway featuring a Kindle Fire, one of a kind Jakkattu Vector bookmark and a special book bundle from the author herself!

A quick interview with the author:

You’re the head of marketing for Novel Publicity, a business woman, and an award winning author. What does a typical day work day look like for you?

P.K.: A lot like this: https://media.giphy.com/media/DpB9NBjny7jF1pd0yt2/giphy.gif

How do you find balance between working life, your family and everything else?

P.K.: Have a forgiving spouse?  I don’t do everything, I can’t. It’s just not possible.  Thank god for a man who loves to cook and clean!  My kids are getting older now so they need less of my focus and more of my driving skills, so I do a lot of reading in the car waiting for them.  I don’t know how to organize it, I kind of just do it.  I’m really walking talking chaos so I’m the wrong person to give advice on this.  

Have any tips for those of us that work from home?

P.K.: I’d say the most important thing is to accept that you can’t do it all and not only is that okay, it’s normal and good.

An Excerpt: The Feral

IT STARTED TO RAIN AS they walked, but Norwood kept an impossible pace. Julip slipped and fell more than once, but he just kept going. She guessed he was right to hurry; they had to get back before nightfall so they didn’t get caught. Ma would be furious as it was, what with them gone missing for so much of the day.

The sky darkened despite it still being midday, and clouds rolled in behind them. Back home it would be a mess. Rain put everyone in a sour mood. The sea was too volatile to risk going out when it stormed, and while the rainwater was clean and safe, the ocean steeped in chemicals that could peel a person’s skin before too long. Their father had burning water scars up and down his arms and speckled across his face from working as a jellyfisher for so long. By comparison to other men who worked the sea, he had remained pretty intact.

The Cotillion was probably having a great time. Rain meant clean air and fresh water, for a little while at least. Sometimes if the rain came at the same time as a toxstorm, it would bring the fumes down to Earth, keeping everyone inside for days, sometimes weeks. The last time that happened, Julip had been nine and was forced to stay in her parents’ dwell with no one but her brother for nineteen straight days. The damage the fumes caused still marred the walls of the bedroom they shared.

The siblings had complained, begged to be allowed outside, but nothing they said or did would convince the adults to let them go. Only her father ventured out to pick up a daily ration of food and water from the Center-of-It-All. He would bundle up, covered from head to toe in fabric and plastic. Even his head was wrapped in one of her mother’s scarves, and his eyes hid behind goggles he’d made out of extra window plastic.

Thirteen people died during that storm, and two more were blinded. For months after, there was a rash of stillbirths on the reservation. The Daughters all agreed that the fumes had come down and poisoned the babes. It’d been five years since the last bad toxstorm whipped through Greenland, so one was due to come soon. Julip loved the cool rain as it soaked through her scarf. She uncovered her head and felt the water trickle down her face and saturate her hair. Parents would take the littlest kids on the rez outside, strip them, and scrub them red. Clean rain meant a real washing, not a quick, timed wipe-down with the gray water from the sinks.

Norwood pulled a canteen from his trouser pocket and caught drips of water from the oversized leaves surrounding them. The trees weren’t much taller than him, but the forest canopy closed in as they walked. Soon they walked on dry earth, and the only remaining evidence of the rain was the heaviness of her hair and the sound of water dripping on leaves high above.

“I’ve never been deep in the Wilds,” she said.

“Ya’ve never been shallow in the Wilds.”

“True, but there ain’t even words for this back home. It smells different, dirty, but my nose ain’t pained by it.”

“‘Cause it’s real. This dirt is from the Earth, not the toxes.”

“Why do we have so much tox on the rez if this is right here?”

“I dunno, but I reckon it’s ‘cause we’re human. People made the toxes. In some way, I guess it’s only right we live in ‘em.”

A howl rose from deep in the forest, and Julip yelped and bent down, trying to blend in, hide in the underbrush. Her legs wanted to give out, but she squeezed her eyes shut and demanded her body not betray her

About the Book

tjv-ebook-coverThey came as saviors to a deteriorating Earth…

Julip Thorne questions whether there is more to life beyond the barren dirt, acidic seas, and toxstorms her people work and die in. Living in poverty on the withering Greenland Human Reservation, she wonders if the alien Mezna goddesses are truly as holy as the temple preaches. Julip begins to dig deeper into the history of the planet and her leaders’ rise to power. But nothing can prepare her for the atrocities she uncovers. 

Meanwhile, Jakkattu prisoner Sabaal suffers constant torture and heinous medical experiments as her Mezna-priest captors seek to unlock the key to her genetic makeup. Escaping from captivity, she finds herself suddenly alone on the hostile alien planet of Earth. To survive, she’s forced to work with the same Mezna-human hybrids she’s loathed her entire life, but the more they work together, the more they realize that their enemy isthe same.When humans and Mezna collide, will Sabaal turn out to be thegenetic vector the Mezna have been searching for all along, or will she spark the flame that setsa revolution ablaze?

About the Author

pavartiktylerP.K. Tyler is the author of Speculative Fiction and other Genre Bending novels. She’s also published works as Pavarti K. Tyler and had projects appear on the USA TODAY Bestseller’s List.“Tyler is essentially the indie scene’s Margaret Atwood; she incorporates sci-fi elements into her novels, which deal with topics such as spirituality, gender, sexuality and power dynamics.” – IndieReader
Pav attended Smith College and graduated with a degree in Theatre. She lived in New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off-Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in thefinance industry for several international law firms. Now located in Baltimore Maryland, she liveswith her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not penning science fiction books and other speculative fiction novels, she twists her mind by writing horror and erotica.You can follow PK Tyler on Facebook, Twitter, and sign up for her newsletter, or visit her website here.

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This Elf Wants Book Money!

textgram_1480364551Does your elf love books? Well, guess what! Some of my favorite author-friends have banded together to giveaway a $175 e-gift card to Barnes & Noble.

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Would you like to find out more about the authors behind this giveaway? Jingle on over to their websites:

Jennifer Bardsley
Jennifer DiGiovani
Melanie McFarlane
Suzanne VanRooyen
Dorothy Dreyer
Shaila Patel
Melanie McFarlane
Suzanne VanRooyen
Liza Wiemer
Nicole Conway
Jennifer Anne Davis
Jennifer M. Eaton
Julie Reece

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1. Promotion Description: The ‘$175 Barnes & Noble Giftcard’ (“Sweepstakes”) begins on 11/28/2016 at 07:00 AM (Pacific Time (US & Canada)) and ends on 12/13/2016 at 08:00 AM (Pacific Time (US & Canada)) (the “Promotion Period”). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Jennifer Bardsley (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes.
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3. Winner Selection: The winner of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. The random drawing will be conducted by 48 hours by Sponsor or its designated representatives, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible Entries received. Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information on or about 48 hours after the random drawing. Potential winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 48 hours of notification. Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. The potential prize winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability, and a Publicity Release (collectively “the Prize Claim Documents”). No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.
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Halloween Trick or Treat Blog Hunt

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Tricks can be fun, but TREATS are way better. And this contest gives you a chance to win a ton of treats in the form of signed books, ebooks, candy, book swag and more from 13 authors!! We know…it’s kind of SPOOK-TACULAR! 

So WHAT WILL YOU WIN??

A creepy-awesome black canvas tote bag with a cool skull on the cover, filled with each of the books noted below as well as bookmarks and other great book swag. You will also win all of the treats that the author’s list on their pages PLUS a bunch of other candy treats all in a black plastic cauldron. You’ll even get the cute little plastic skulls shown in the prize photo.


LIST OF PARTICIPATING AUTHORS and their AWESOME BOOKS!
 

Amy McNulty – NOBODY’S GODDESS (advanced paperback)
Kiran Oliver – DAYBREAK RISING (ebook)
Dorothy Dreyer – SCARE ME TO SLEEP (Kindle ebook)
Jodie Andrefski – THE SOCIETY (signed paperback)
Julia Ember – UNICORN TRACKS (paperback)
Julie Reece – THE ARTISANS (signed paperback)
Nina Rossing – FJORD BLUE (signed paperback)
Pat Edsen – BEYOND YOUR TOUCH
Pintip Dunn – FORGET TOMORROW (signed paperback)
S.A.Larsen – MOTLEY EDUCATION (signed paperback)
Suzanne van Rooyen – OBSCURA BURNING (Releases 11/10 ebook)
Vanessa Barneveld – THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE (Kindle ebook)
Vicki Weavil – FACSIMILE (signed paperback)


SO HOW DO YOU SNAG THE LOOT?

It’s simple, and you don’t even have to dress up and walk in the cold, door to door, to get the goodies. Visit each of the THIRTEEN participating author websites. You will find the name of the candy/treat they are giving away, as well as what BOOK they are offering as part of the PRIZE PACK!  Be sure to write down the name of the treat, you’ll need it later. Each author will provide a link to another author website on the hunt. (We are making it nice and easy so you don’t get lost in the dark) =)

Have fun reading all about the books each author is giving away in the prize pack, plus any other tricks and treats the authors may have in store for you.

When you have collected the names of all 13 author “TREATS”, head on over to complete the Trick or Treat Hunt Page Google Forms doc  and enter the correct treat next to the corresponding author name. 

The contest runs from Friday October 28th, 2016 through Midnight, October 31st, 2016 (EST)
Winner will be announced November 1st.
Contest is US only. Thank you for your understanding.

For my part of the hunt, I am giving away an ebook copy of the brand new

OBSCURA BURNING!

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There’ll also be some candy to go along with it, a trick or treat classic, a HERSHEY’S BAR!

To continue on the hunt, be sure to head on over to
Amy Mcnulty’s blog!

But before you head out, don’t forget to write down the name of my treat, and  enter to win via the rafflecopter below. Feel free to leave a comment telling me YOUR favorite Halloween read for an additional entry too. Remember, you can tweet daily about the contest for another chance to win. Happy hunting, and good luck!! Thanks for stopping by!

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A Rafflecopter Giveaway!

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Click on a Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win $220 to spend on books!

Fourteen YA authors, including myself, are sponsoring this giveaway for your chance to win a $220 Amazon e-gift card to restock your bookshelves this fall.

Participating authors include:

Melanie McFarlane

Suzanne VanRooyen

Dorothy Dryer

J. Keller Ford

Joshua David Bellin

Jullie Reece

Nicole Conway

Stephanie Scott

Amy McNulty

Tobie Easton

Elisa Dane

Jennifer Anne Davis

Jennifer M. Eaton

Jennifer Bardsley

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#ReadProud Reading Challenge

June is #PrideMonth and to celebrate, my writing friend Julia Ember is hosting a #ReadProud Challenge. The goal is work through your LGBT+ TBR list!

This is a 4-week challenge. Each week will have 2 categories. You can participate on two levels:

(1) GOLD:  Read two books per week, one from each category, totalling 8. 

(2) SILVER: Read one book from one category a week, totalling 4. 

Successful completers of the challenge will be entered in a prize draw:

GOLD: $100 Amazon Gift Card (or B&N/Waterstones if preferred!)

SILVER: $50 Amazon Gift Card (or B&N/Waterstones if preferred!)

 

Rules:

1) You must read in the weekly categories to be eligible. However, you do not have to read the suggested books. You may find your own reads in the relevant categories.

2) You must post your reviews on GoodReads and at least one retailer website. You shoud link these in the comments on this post. These reviews can be negative or positive.

3) These reads must be new reviews. This means you can’t recycle old reviews or old Arc reviews. You need to post the review in the relevant week.

4) Post in the ORIGINAL comments OVER HERE to introduce yourself and your blog/twitter handle!

Here is a badge to put on your blogs if you plan to blog the event!

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WEEK 1 — May 29-June 5

Category A:  TRANS YA  ** fiction or non-fictional 

Suggested Titles: 

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

FREAKBOY by Kirstin Elizabeth Clark (lyric)

BEING EMILY by Rachel Gold

THE ART OF BEING NORMAL by Lisa Williamson

LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING by Francesca Lia Block

PARROTFISH by Ellen Wittlinger

THE OTHER ME by Me! 🙂

CATEGORY B: GAY CONTEMPORARY, NA or ADULT.

Suggested Titles: 

FOXES by Suki Fleet

INTO THIS RIVER I DROWN by TJ Klune

CUT AND RUN by Abigail Roux

 

WEEK 2 — June 5-12 

Category A:  LESBIAN SPECULATIVE

Suggested Reading:

THE BETTER TO KISS YOU WITH by Michelle Osgood

UNICORN TRACKS by Julia Ember (meeee!)

THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US by Emily Skrutskie

DISSENSION by Stacey Berg

THE RAVEN AND THE REINDEER by T. Kingfisher

THE RENEGADE by Amy Dunne

THE SECOND MANGO by Shira Glassman

 

Category B:  LGBTQ Middle Grade or Younger

Suggested Titles: 

GEORGE by Alex Gino

RED: A CRAYON’S STORY by Michael Hall

AND TANGO MAKES THREE by Justin Richardson

HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES by Leslea Newman

ONE MAN GUY by Michael Barakiva

 

WEEK 3 — June 12-19 

Category A:  AUTHORS OF COLOUR

Suggested Titles: 

SHADOWSHAPER by Daniel Jose Older

All books by Malinda Lo

All books by Alaya Dawn Johnson

All books by Octavia Butler

All books by Nalo Hopkinson

All books by Stephanie Kuehn

All books by Nnedi Okorafor

 

Category B:  LESBIAN CONTEMPORARY 

Suggested Titles: 

ANNIE ON MY MIND by Nancy Garden

LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Robin Talley

CAREFULLY EVERYWHERE DESCENDING by LD Bedford

EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour

AN UNSTILL LIFE by Kate Larkindale

 

WEEK 4 — June 19-26

Category A:  GAY YA

Suggested Titles: 

WE ARE THE ANTS by Shawn David Hutchinson

JERKBAIT by Mia Seigert

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

DAGGER by Steven dos Santos

BOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan

THE RAVEN BOYS series by Maggie Stiefvater

Category B: WILDCARD 

Surprise me. Surprise us all. As long as it’s LGBTQIA. I’d LOVE people to bring forward some terrific Asexual, Bisexual and Non-binary books!

 

Extra Suggested titles:

DUST by Elizabeth Bear

ANCILLARY series by Ann Leckie

NONE OF THE ABOVE by I.W. Gregorio

MIDDLESEX by Jeffrey Eugenides

THE ADORNED by John Tristan

PROXY by Alex London

CODA by Emma Trevayne

LOST SOULS and DRAWING BLOOD by Poppy Z. Brite

GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith

WITCH EYES by Scott Tracey

SCARDUST by Me! 🙂

 

And don’t forget that Harmony Ink Press has a bunch of LGBT+ YA titles for you to choose from if you’re looking for more great reads!

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April WIPmarathon Check-in

I can’t believe it’s check-in time again! This year is just evaporating! I know it seems like I’m saying that everything month, but seriously – we’re almost half way done with 2016! 0_o

This month was mostly about edits again, but I am absolutely thrilled to have completed the proofread on Obscura Burning *phew* While I do love that story and the characters, I will be extremely glad if I never have to read that book again.

When I wasn’t pushing to meet editing deadlines, I was working on revisions for the fantasy novel and I am even more thrilled to report that those are nearing completion!

Also, I’ve seen the new cover for Obscura Burning and it is stunning!! Cannot wait to share it 🙂

Writing Issues This Month:

 

None really. The edits required for Obscura Burning went fairly quickly and the revisions of the fantasy are going pretty well too. I realized that by changing the characterization and a lot of the points leading up to the climax, that the Main Event of the story no longer worked so I’ve basically rewritten the entire last quarter of the book.

Things I learned this month:

1. A lot of little changes along the way can add up to some pretty substantial changes by the end.

2. Changes in a character’s personality and development absolutely affect the plot! Can’t force an old plot on fresh characters.

3. I adore writing fantasy! It is so much fun getting to craft an entire world from scratch, letting my imagination run wild and giving the characters and storyline freedom to evolve organically.

4. I abhor writing fantasy! It is so damn difficult crafting an entire world from scratch, making it believable, taking into account history, politics, economics, religion, and more!

What distracted me this month while writing:

The day job as usual, as well as the fact that my husband has been country hopping with his new job so I’ve been alone quite a bit. I think that’s actually helped me to stay focused though and get a lot done.

Goal for next month:

Finish revisions on the fantasy and get that out to beta readers asap.

Last 200 words: I really want to share words, but we’re deep in spoiler territory so once again I’ll have to pass…

That’s it for April, how did you do?

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New Adult Scavenger Hunt!

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Welcome to New Adult Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was inspired as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the TEAM BLUE!

Team Blue S2016If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the NA Scavenger Hunt page.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by DATE, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

I’m hosting Stacey Mosteller.

Stacey is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author of Second Chances, Shadows of the Past (co-authored with H.M. Ward), the Nashville Nights series, and the Nashville U series coming soon from Swoon Romance.

She is also a wife, mother, writer and self-professed bookwhore – not necessarily in that order! As the mother of three growing boys, her Kindle has become her temporary escape from the insanity of boys, dogs and her husband. Stacey can usually be found curled up with her iPad when she’s supposed to be writing or creating endless playlists on Spotify!

As a transplanted Yankee currently living in NC, she fantasizes about living in NYC and has an unhealthy addiction to Starbucks, Dr. Pepper, and reading every book she can get her hands on. Hunky heroes with control issues and strong heroines who stand up to them are her weakness. She loves to talk books – not just her own – with anyone, so send her a message!


SCAVENGER HUNT EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FROM STACEY MOSTELLER

Looking for Trouble

Dream Cast

Clay, 22, Finance major, senior at Nashville U. Bossy, cocky, jerk, single, playboy Kat, 19, Elementary Ed major, Sophomore at Nashville U. Shy, Uptight, Sheltered, allergic to fun
Max, 20, Football Player, Sophomore at Nashville U. Clueless, horndog, friend with no benefits Scarlett, 19, Music Ed Major, Sophomore at Nashville U, outgoing, punk rock type

Looking for Trouble, the first book in the Nashville U series, releases July 2016!

If I was asked to rate Clay Mitchell on the cocky jerk scale, well, let’s just say on a scale of 1-10? Clay’s a 14. He’s been making me miserable since the first time I set eyes on him back in high school. Since I’m in love with his brother Max, I kinda have to put up with him. But, now that we’re in college, everything’s changing. Max isn’t the friend he’s always been, and Clay keeps stepping in – even when I don’t know I need him. Scarlett thinks I should give him a chance, but how can I fall in love with my previous tormentor? Then again, he has changed this year. He’s still cocky and a jerk, but he’s also sweet, caring … and let’s not forget sexy.

Continue the Hunt! Find the next lucky number by heading over here and don’t forget to enter below for a chance to win a giftcard for a $10 GC from either Amazon or The Book Depository!

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Nobody’s Lady by Amy McNulty Blog Tour!

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For the first time in a thousand years, the men in Noll’s village possess the freedom to love whom they will. In order to give each man the chance to fully explore his feelings, the lord of the village decrees all marriages null and void until both spouses declare their love for one another and their desire to wed again. What many women think will be a simple matter becomes a source of village-wide tension as most men decide to leave their families and responsibilities behind.

Rejected by the lord and ashamed of her part in the village’s history, Noll withdraws from her family and lives life as an independent woodcarver. This changes when her sister accuses her of hiding her former husband Jurij from her—and when Jurij eventually does ask to move in. Determined not to make the same mistakes, Noll decides to support her male friends through their new emotional experiences, but she’s soon caught up in a darker plot than she ever dared imagine possible from the men she thought she knew so well. And the lord for whom she still has feelings may be hiding the most frightening truth of them all.
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WHAT I’VE LEARNED FROM THE MANUSCRIPTS I’VE SHELVED

by Amy McNulty

If you talk to most any author, they’re likely to tell you that the first book you read with their name on it wasn’t the first manuscript they ever wrote. They’ll probably even have a few manuscripts between published books that never saw the light of day for various reasons. My experience is a little different in that I don’t have any completed manuscripts I’m shelving permanently at the moment—I’m a hybrid author, and I believe that there are ways to get your work that agents and editors might not have connected with out there (like Wattpad and self-publishing) because there will be readers who enjoy your stories. However, I do have several unfinished manuscripts I consider shelved for the foreseeable future.

One was way too long and full of pointless scenes and I wasn’t even halfway to the end. That was my first attempt at writing a novel, and I took the best parts from it and included them in Nobody’s Goddess. The second manuscript I shelved was my first (and so far only) attempt at writing a MG novel. I felt inspired and had this wacky idea and found it fun to write for about 10,000 words before I got stuck. My third shelved manuscript was a YA suspense I wrote 50,000 words of before I realized the magic elements I was weaving into the contemporary setting weren’t working out and I had no idea how to finish the story. I wrote an entire outline for my fourth shelved manuscript, a YA/NA historical fiction, but I wrote less than a chapter of it because I just wasn’t feeling the new (to me) genre despite having that initial idea. For my fifth shelved manuscript, I wrote a few chapters that I really loved, but I couldn’t finish an outline and lost interest. My sixth shelved manuscript was actually my attempt to rewrite that YA suspense (the third shelved manuscript) over from chapter one with new characters and no magic but a similar concept. This time, even with an outline, I got stuck at 58,000 words and wasn’t feeling the passion I needed to figure it all out.

That’s a lot of false starts. I partially blame the “shiny new idea” other authors talk about. When you’re in the middle of one project and you’re committed to finishing, you all of a sudden get an awesome idea for a new project, but an idea is just the very start. That’s different from having the entire thing plotted and carrying it through to the end, which is where all the hard work comes in. I know from experience I can lose passion for a project even toward the end. However, although I hope to get back to most of those projects someday, even if I don’t, I don’t consider the time I spent on them a waste.

Even if those words never see the light of day, they helped me stretch my writing muscles and practice writing dialogue and narration and painting scenes. I discovered what it was about the projects that attracted me to the ideas in the first place and how that compares to the passion I felt for the projects I have finished. I learned that it’s okay to fail and that I can still succeed again afterward. (Between shelved projects, I successfully finished six manuscripts.) Not every project may work out, but every project sparked something in me that reminded me why I love writing and creating new worlds. I’ll continue carrying that lesson with me whenever it feels like I’ll never finish another manuscript so I’ll feel encouraged to keep writing.

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Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently writes professionally about everything from business marketing to anime. In her down time, you can find her crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.

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New Adult Scavenger Hunt!

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Hello Everyone! Hope you are excited as I am, because we have less than two weeks until the Spring 2016 New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins!

Here are the Spring 2016 #NewASH teams:

TEAM BLUE

Team Blue S2016

TEAM RED

Team Red S2016

TEAM PURPLE

Team Purple S2016

I hope you all are as excited as I am! The New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins at Noon Eastern Time on

Thursday, April 28th and runs through Sunday, May 1st. Be sure to visit https://newadultscavengerhunt.com/ for more information and the prize listings.

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March WIPMarathon Check-in

This month flew by – I can’t believe we’re a quarter through this year already 0_o

This month was all about edits. I have done little to no actual ‘writing’ since I’ve been working almost exclusively on revising THREE different books!

Writing Issues This Month:

When it rains it pours and this month was a monsoon of edits! Firstly, I was revising book 1: I Heart Robot. The reason being that I Heart Robot is no longer being published by Month9Books so I wanted to give it a thorough going-over before sending it out to hopefully find a new home.

Then I received an R&R letter for book 2: the fantasy novel. Since I’m basically switching this book from YA to adult, the revisions for this one are substantial and as soon as I was done with I Heart Robot, I jumped into those. That didn’t last long because I then received the edits for book 3: Obscura Burning. Due for release in November, the turn around time on edits of OB are pretty quick so I’ve been editing like a boss the past few days and success! I finished edits on this about 5 minutes ago 🙂

Things I learned this month:

1. Writing it rewriting – this never gets any less true. Thankfully, I love the editing and revision process just as much now as I always have 🙂

2. Things definitely do come in threes!

3. Editing is writing too. Just because it doesn’t technically involve creating fresh words, doesn’t mean it still isn’t a creative process. I often find even greater catharsis during the editing process than I did in the writing process.

4. Daredevil is the devil! The series robbed me of almost 13 hours of editing time, but I don’t regret a single minute spent with Matt Murdock!

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What distracted me this month while writing:

Daredevil – but analyzing that show and what makes it so addictive and why I love it so much counts as a writing exercise, especially in helping me to better understand heroes vs antiheroes vs villains.

Goal for next month:

Work on the revisions of the fantasy novel. I would love to finish them by the end of April but because of how much work is involved and how badly I want to do these revisions well, I’m not going to rush it.

Last 200 words: Again, nothing to share this month 🙁

That’s it for March, how did you do?

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