RT Con: 2017 Romantic Times Convention Atlanta!

In one week I’ll be part of the festivities at the HUGE book convention RTCon aka The Romantic Times Convention in Atlanta! If you’ll be there, make sure to say hello. I’ll be part of these two events plus a workshop for writers called Pitch Wars Road Show where we help aspiring authors craft their book pitches.

 

I’m part of the YA Spooky Slumber Party (even though my name isn’t on the list). Lots of prizes and games and a chance for readers and authors to hang out … in PJs! 

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Facebook Author Easter Hop

 

Facebook Author Easter Hop

Welcome to the Easter Facebook Hop!

With tons of prizes from over 100 authors and bloggers, including Amazon gift cards, it’s a great way to spend your Easter Weekend!

Plus a chance to win an ebook copy of ALTERATIONS!

Meet new authors and discover awesome book blogs.

Most of all: have fun!

The master Facebook page list is below the cut:

Continue reading Facebook Author Easter Hop

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Insecure Writer’s Support Group: All About Blogs

Insecure Writers Support Group

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is intended to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
 
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting! More information and a list of participating blogs are here at the IWSG website.

April 5 Question:

Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?

I first learned about this community of writers from the A to Z blog challenge around 5 years ago. I’d been a blogger for ages (LiveJournal represent!) but was new to connecting with writers. The challenge is to post every day in April with the A to Z prompts: April 1 = A, April 2 = B, etc. and to pick a theme. I did TV shows, women writers, and something else I’m already forgetting. I found it fun but a lot of work to create the posts.

I have not done A to Z since I’ve been published, and while I love this writing community, I focus my marketing efforts to reader spaces rather than to writers. I connect with readers on Instagram and some on twitter. Beyond that, Facebook groups and targeted advertising. I’m still new at this, so if you’re looking for marketing tips, I’ll have to refer you on to where I get my info. Ask in the comments!

So long story short, I stick with the IWSG community for the monthly blog post (like this) and the Facebook group, but as far as marketing, networking, publicity specifically for my book, not so much.

Since I have your attention….

Fun stuff announced recently:

  • WELCOME HOME  Young Adult anthology cover reveal! YA Books Central revealed the cover for the short story collection I’m a part of, all fictional stories involving adoption. Releases September 5, 2017 and there will be a book tour!

Welcome Home Anthology Cover

Add WELCOME HOME on Goodreads.

  • Romance Writers of America RITA® Finalists revealed … and I’m one of them! I could barely believe the news myself and asked the board member who called me if she was sure I was on the list (she was sure). My YA romance ALTERATIONS is up for Best First Book. The big awards she-bang happens this July in Orlando (Disney!)
RWA RITA 2017 Best First Book Nominations

RWA RITA 2017 Best First Book Nominations

  • The Sweethearts of YA group blog. A group of six YA authors are banding together to offer fun posts and prizes.

Sweethearts of YA

 

Let’s talk blogs! How do you like using your blog to connect?

Who are you most interested in connecting with?

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Sweethearts of YA Group Blog

Sweethearts of YA

I’m excited to announce I’m part of a new group blog of young adult authors: Sweethearts of YA! A blog for readers who love the kind of books we write.

The six of us Sweethearts – Linda, Robin, Karole, Erin, Stephanie, and Darcy – write novels that have very different characters, in all kinds of settings, with a variety of “spice” levels, but our books have one thing in common: They all celebrate the magic of love and happily ever after.

Sweethearts of YA Authors

We’ll post every Thursday, with a mix of group posts, individual posts, guest author posts, and … contests! Yes, every month (the fourth Thursday of the month, to be exact), we’ll post a contest with chances to win fun prizes, including our books, swag, gift cards, and more. Be sure to fill out the “Subscribe” box on the home page so you don’t miss a thing.

Stop by and check out the site. We’re also on twitter @SweetheartsofYA and a little birdy tells me soon to be on Instagram. 

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Romance Writers RITA Nomination!

Hello! What happy Friday to a happy week!

I found out Tuesday that my debut ALTERATIONS is nominated for the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award for Best First Book! These are books across all categories of romance, but funny enough, four of the six nominees in this category are young adult books! (And hot tip: the past two years, a YA book won the Best First Book category!)

RWA RITA 2017 Best First Book Nominations

RWA RITA 2017 Best First Book Nominations

The way the nominations are handled, members of the RWA board actually call the nominees on the phone. They make it known ahead of time when the Call Day is, and since I entered the contest, of course I knew which day. But still, even as my cell phone rang beside me at work with a California number, I assumed it was a junk call. After all, the home RWA office is in Texas! As soon as I heard author HelenKay Dimon announce her name, my heart started pounding. When she told me I was a finalist for Best First Book, I very maturely responded “Shut uuuuuhhp” and then asked her if she was sure my name belonged on the list.

No, I really did ask her that. Imposter Syndrome is real, folks! There are so many great books that never win awards or make bestseller lists. It’s the luck of the draw. I’m feeling fortunate and lucky and very grateful.

I’ve already sent off five more copies of ALTERATIONS for the final round of judging. I’m preparing for the RWA conference in Orlando this July, and even made a Pinterest board for pretty dress inspirations for the awards. My main character Amelia would be proud!

See the full list of nominees here.

Enjoy your weekend everyone. I’ll be posting here Monday with more news on the author front!

ALTERATIONS cookie basket

ALTERATIONS cookie basket! From my critique partners!

 

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Facebook Hop

St. Patrick's Day Facebook Hop!

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you’ve got Irish roots like me, or none at all, stop by the St. Patrick’s Day Facebook Hop. Over 100 authors and book bloggers are offering prizes: books, gift cards, and more. Plus a grand prizes of an Amazon Kindle and Amazon gift cards.

Here’s the link to my Facebook post where I’m giving away a copy of my YA romance ALTERATIONS! Go ahead and Like my author Facebook page if you haven’t already. I always post updates on my books plus deals and other bookish things.

The hop runs from Friday, March 13th at 12pm EST until Sunday, March 19th at 12pm EST. Easy entries. Meet some new authors! Discover some awesome blogs. Most of all…have fun!

The St. Patrick’s Day Hop starts here:

http://lovekissedbooks.com/2017/03/15/join-the-st-patricks-day-hop/

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New Giveaways for March!

You can always trust me to share some giveaways. Who doesn’t love free? Here are two giveaways going on in March related to my book or young adult books:

Contemporary Young Adult Books Giveaway! Go to this link here to enter. (Open Internationally!)

Love drama and romance set in the real world? Then this contemporary YA giveaway is just what you need! We’re offering a book pack featuring these fantastic new or upcoming books: Ann Brashares’s The Whole Thing Together (pre-order), Sarah Dessen’s Once and For All (pre-order), Abbi Gline’s After the Game (pre-order), Ellen Hopkins’s The You I’ve Never Known, and Kasie West’s By Your Side. Open worldwide!

Young Adult books giveaways contemporary YA

This giveaway is sponsored by YA authors Lisa Brown Roberts (The Replacement Crush), Ann Hunter (To Bottle Lightning), Stephanie Scott (Alterations), Liz Czukas (Throwing My Life Away), and Rachel Bateman (99 Days of Laney MacGuire). By entering you’ll also be signed up to hear book news from each of them.

Sponsoring Authors

 

But wait, there’s more!

Win a super cute spring scarf by stopping over at author C.M. McCoy’s blog. Plus, you can see how the first page of ALTERATIONS changed from draft to final published copy!s

Alterations themed scarf giveaway

 

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Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Reworking An Old Story

Insecure Writer's Support Group

 

Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a monthly blog hop where writers share their insecurities support each other. Easy as that!

Check out the IWSG Facebook Group and the list of participating blogs.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

My second attempt at National Novel Writing Month in 2012 was a story with too many ideas and no real focus. A classic Nano disaster! But hey, I learned more about myself as a writer, what I wanted to write, and what I didn’t. (For the record: if you want to write sweet and funny young adult books, maybe don’t try writing a psychological thriller. I blame Gone Girl.)

Gone Girl: Hello, Amy. Who are you?

My manuscript didn’t know its identity either.

I decided to take one of those too-many ideas from my messy Nano draft and turn it into a short story. Guess what? That story will be published in a young adult anthology later this year! Woohoo!

You could say it worked out, but I have to be honest here. It was really hard to take chunks of that old manuscript and turn into something new. After taking several chapters worth of content and revising it into its own complete 4,000 word story, my critique partners and two rounds of editing from the publisher morphed the prose further. I doubt much, if anything, was left from that original draft other than the character’s names.

So, was it worth it to even try to take the existing manuscript and form it into a new story? It was essentially completely rewritten. Then again, it’s hard to edit a blank page, right? The existing characters and setting and premise still exist, but different words tell their story.

My advice to anyone trying to do this is to not stress to hard about keeping the original content. Take your ideas, your characters, maybe your setting, and then go ahead and rewrite.

Happy March everyone! What goals do you have for the month? 

 

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Valentine's Facebook Hop

 

Valentine's Author Facebook Hop

Welcome to the Valentine’s Day Author and Blogger Facebook Hop!

Hosted by Steamy Book Bargains

Hop around to author Facebook pages to win prizes from over 90 authors and bloggers, including Amazon gift cards, it’s a great way to spend your Valentine’s Day Weekend!

Meet some new authors! Discover awesome blogs.

Most of all…have fun!

Here is my author Facebook page to get started:

Stephanie Scott Author

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GUARDIAN OF SECRETS Release Day!

Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake | Release Day Launch | JenHalliganPR.com

I’m so excited to celebrate the release of Brenda Drake’s GUARDIAN OF SECRETS (Library Jumpers #2), today! Check out the teaser excerpt, and be sure to enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below!

GUARDIAN OF SECRETSGuardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake | JenHalliganPR.com (Library Jumpers #2) by Brenda Drake Publisher: Entangled Teen Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens. Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it. And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him Dzex,dz since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia. Maybe. If she survives.

Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1):

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2):

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

 

Be sure to add GUARDIAN OF SECRETS to your Goodreads to-read list,
and grab your copy today!

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Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment). Look for her upcoming novels, Thunderstruck, Seeking Fate (Fated Series #3), and Assassin of Truths (Library Jumpers #3) coming soon from Entangled Teen.

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