Query Kombat Judge Post: Simple(ish) Tricks to Make Any Style of Writing Better

In the days leading up to Query Kombat, I’ll be featuring guest posts from the judges on a variety of writing topics, from ways to polish your writing to common openings. Check back and follow me on Twitter to stay updated. Today’s post is from Elizabeth Roderick. Simple(ish) Tricks to Make Any Style of Writing […]

Query Kombat Free Pass Giveaway!

CONGRATULATIONS TO LINDSEY DANIS, WINNER OF MY FREE PASS GIVEAWAY! Query Kombat begins soon! Each year, I raffle off one entry into the first round. The free pass winner is guaranteed to be featured on my blog for Round 1 only, and to get feedback from about a dozen judges (possibly more).* Winning a free pass […]

Query Kombat 2017: Fight For Your Dreams

Bloggers Laura, Michael, and Michelle are back again to bring you the fifth annual Query Kombat tournament. Contest Mission: To showcase the work of diverse and talented novelists, while providing a learning environment that unites the writing community through knowledge, kindness, and a little friendly kompetition. The Basics Query Kombat will host 64 kombatants in […]

DADDY’S BEST FRIEND cover reveal!

I’ve always been a huge fan of Brighton Walsh. Today, I’m excited to be able to help reveal the smokin’ hot new cover for the first book Brighton is putting out with Ellis Leigh as London Hale. This book looks awesome, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. She’s temptation personified  Nathan […]

A #PitchWars Guide to Interacting with Mentors, Part 1

Pitchwars is one of the most exciting contests of the year, both for mentors and prospective mentees. It’s a huge contest, and everyone wants to be a part of it. In this three part blog series, I’m going to take a look at ways that you can benefit from the contest through your interactions with […]


Today I have the pleasure of hosting the cover reveal for KD Proctor’s MEET ME UNDER THE STARS, to be released by BookFish Books on July 19, 2017. I was extremely fortunate to have met KD last year while mentoring Sun vs. Snow. I got a sneak peek at the opening of this book, and […]

Query Kombat 2017 is coming!

It’s coming…. The Battle Begins p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 24.0px Verdana; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 24.0px Verdana; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 29.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Can your query survive? Query Kombat Tournament Calendar:  Submission Window: May 17th – 19thFirst round revealed: May 26th Round 1: June […]

Review: The Heartbeat Hypothesis

I was so excited to get an advance copy of this book for review. It seems like it’s been ages since I plucked Lindsey’s book out of the slush to feature her in the New Agent query contest. Her writing pulled me in instantly then, and it kept my interest completely now. Read on for […]

Five Things Preparing for my Debut Taught Me

My debut novel, AMERICA’S NEXT REALITY STAR, was published a couple of weeks ago. There’s so much excitement that goes into the days before the release, but there’s also a lot of work involved.  The past year has been a bit of a whirlwind for me. After all the time I spent looking for an […]


Today, I’m excited to announce the release of WILD CARD UNDERCOVER by friend and fellow #17Scribes member Kari Lemor! I was fortunate enough to allowed to read an advance copy of this book, and I tore through it. Meg and Chris’s relationship was so much fun. Check out this fun new romantic suspense novel, then […]

America’s Next Reality Star Release Tour!

I can’t even begin to express how excited I am to be writing this post. I first started writing AMERICA’S NEXT REALITY STAR in October 2013. And now, after months of querying, losing one agent, finding another, and even more months of submission, I’m thrilled to be sharing this story with the world. This has […]

REVIEW: Single Malt by Layla Reyne

I’m excited to be part of the blog tour for SINGLE MALT by the amazing Layla Rayne. I was fortunate enough to get to read an advance copy of the book, and I’ve known Layla for years. I was so excited when I’d heard that agents Irish and Whiskey were going to have a three […]