Thursday, May 23, 2013

Curiosity Quills Package

The awesome people at Curiosity Quills have offered:

A FULL manuscript critique by the  ACQUISITIONS dept

Their FULL catalog in e-book format

up to 2 physical books--winner's choice

Simone Elkeles 15 Page Critique And Wild Card ARC

Available in U.S. & Canada Only
Simone Elkles author of the international best selling Perfect Chemistry Trilogy has offered a 15 page critique and an ARC of her book Wild Cards that will not otherwise be available until October!!

After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

Autographed Copy of Crushed Seraphim AND a Crystal Bracelet


When Seraph Emma is maimed and tossed from Heaven by a rogue angel who's taken charge, she fears she'll never be allowed to return. Tasked with the impossible job of showing the self-loathing (and not even human!) Jason his worth, Emma is sure she's doomed to fail.

Meanwhile, having wormed his way into Heaven, the corrupt Everett has trapped God in Hell and has designs on unleashing evil everywhere. Fortunately, if there's one thing Emma can't do (in addition to minding her language), it's give up. Determined to save Jason and get back to Heaven-even if it means going to Hell-Emma's plan is simple yet impossible: trick the Devil to save God.

What she doesn't count on is the devotion and, well, humanity she finds in Jason; the spirit, hidden compassion, and raw sex appeal within the Devil; and the vulnerability of her own heart. With the help of two unlikely allies, she'll wage the battle for Heaven. But will Emma be sidetracked by a new sort of heaven along the way?

What's truly more dangerous? 

Falling from Heaven, or falling in love?

Autographed Copy of Counting Backwards

Available in the U.S. only.

Laura Lascarso  has offered an autographed copy of Counting Backwards, 2012 gold medal winner of the Florida Books Award.

Sunny Meadows is anything but the easy way out, and Taylor has to fight hard just to cling to her sanity as she battles her parents, her therapist, and a group of particularly nasty fellow patients, the Latina Queens. But even as Taylor struggles to hold on to her stubborn former self, she finds herself relenting as she lets in two unlikely friends–Margo, a former child star and arsonist, and AJ, a mysterious boy who doesn’t speak. Sunny Meadows goes against everything Taylor stands for. But is it the only place that can save her?

Autographed Copy of 17 & Gone

Available in the U.S. & Canada Only
 Nova Ren Suma has offered an autographed copy of 17 & Gone.

Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And… is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.

With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautiful, visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost.

Autographed Copy of Xander's Chance

Best selling indie author Lizzy Ford has offered an autographed copy of Xander's Chance.

As the single-most powerful vampire on the planet, Xander is the ultimate bored predator with too much time on his hands. He manipulates the minds of immortals for fun and bullies around the Gods, while guarding the secret source of his power, a crystal that can wipe out the planet. But beneath the surface, he’s a shrewd creature who learned the brutal lesson of why there must be a balance between good and evil. An unwilling protector of the playthings known as humans, he knows when and where to use his power – and never to let anyone close enough to betray him. It’s easy to do, since he has the power to read the minds of everyone around him.

Except for one: Jessi, an innocent looking woman with an unusual talent who shows up unexpectedly in his life. Her sudden appearance is too convenient to be coincidence or chance. Xander determines quickly that she was sent by someone, but he can’t read her mind to discover why.

Jessi’s secret – and Xander’s – have the power to forever change the human world. Intrigued by a new sort of challenge, Xander won’t know how much danger he’s in, until he’s placed his fate in the hands of a woman whose betrayal will cost either his heart or his life.

Autographed Copy of Fade

Available in the U.S. only.

AK Morgan has offered an autographed copy of Fade.

What do you do when you realize nothing in your life is what you’ve believed it to be?

When Arionna Jacobs loses her mother in a tragic accident, her world is turned upside down. She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father. Dace Matthews, a teaching assistant at her new college, is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him.

When they meet, everything they thought they knew about life unravels. Dace has intimate access to Arionna’s mind, and something deep within her fights to rise to the surface. They don't understand what's happening to them or why, and they're running out of time to sort out the strange occurrences around them.

Their meeting sets an ancient Norse prophesy of destruction in motion, and what destiny has in store for them is bigger than either could have ever imagined. Unless they learn to trust themselves and one another, they may never resolve the mystery surrounding who they are to one another, and what that means for the world.

Autographed Copy of The Magic Wakes

If winner is outside of the U.S. or Canada, this is available as ebook only.

Charity Bradford has offered an autographed copy of The Magic Wakes, or if the winner is outside the U.S./Canada an ebook of The Magic Wakes.

Since childhood, scientist Talia Zaryn has been haunted by recurring dreams, visions of an alien attack on her planet Sendek. Each time it ends abruptly with Talia’s death in the capital city Joharadin, a city that she has spent her life desperately avoiding. Talia keeps these dreams a secret, hoping they are nothing more than childish nightmares. But when she is unexpectedly transferred to Joharadin she is convinced that the conflict, and her own death, is at hand.

As Talia’s nightmares occur with increasing frequency, they reveal the imminent invasion of a half-dragon, half-human race called Dragumon, bent on the annihilation of her world.

In Sendek, magic is dead and science rules, forcing Talia to keep another secret, one that could cost her everything if it were known. Now, in order to save her planet, Talia must awaken the powers within her and rely at last on the magic that is her true inheritance.

Autographed Copy of Touch of Death

If winner is outside of the U.S. or Canada, this is available as ebook only.

Kelly Hashway has offered an autographed copy of Touch of Death or if the winner is outside the U.S./Canada an ebook of Touch of Death.

Jodi Marshall isn’t sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know.

After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendents of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins.

Jodi’s deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind before she hurts the people she loves. As if that isn’t difficult enough, Jodi discovers she’s the chosen one who has to save the rest of her kind from perishing at the hands of Hades. If she can’t figure out how to control her power, history will repeat itself, and her race will become extinct.

Autographed Copy of Frankie's Perfect Home & Just Breeze

Available in the U.S. only.

Beverly Stowe McClure has offered autographed copies of Frankie's Perfect Home and Just Breeze.

Frankie Armadillo has too many brothers. His burrow is too crowded, so he sets off in search of the perfect home, just for him. But every place he likes is already occupied, sometimes by fierce looking creatures. Will Frankie find the perfect home? Suggested age for readers: 4-8

Awesome Package (Critiques Plus Books Plus Goodies)

Available in the U.S./Canada Only
The people at The Writer Diaries have offered:

-guest post spot on The Writer Diaries
-query, synopsis, and first 25 pg critique by multiple TWD members
-writer gloves, hand-knitted in any color
-signed paperback of Shymers, Cheating Death & The Day Zombies Ruined My Perfectly Boring Life by Writer Diaries member Jen Naumann

Query Or First Chapter Critique Plus a Monotype based off the Cover of Broken Forst

Available in the U.S./Canada Only
Eliza Tilton is author of Broken Forest published by Curiosity Quills. She has offered a first chapter or query critique with a monotype print based off the cover of her book Broken Forest. This will make an interesting piece for a book lover!

First Chapter Critique Plus Autographed Copy of Hope In Patience

Available in the U.S. only.

Beth Fehlbaum has offered a first chapter critique with a copy of Hope in Patience. Beth is the author of the forthcoming Big Fat Disaster (TBA); Courage in Patience (Kunati Books, 2008); and Hope in Patience (WestSide Books, 2010). Hope in Patience was named a 2011 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Truth in Patience, which rounds out The Patience Trilogy, is as yet unpublished.

Fifteen-year-old Ashley Asher has spent half of her life living in fear. Her stepfather sexually abused her for years, but her mother didn't believe her. After Child Protective Services finally removes Ashley from their home, she goes to live with the father she barely remembers. Her new life in Patience, Texas, is much better. She's in therapy to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; she's getting used to living with her father, stepmother, and stepbrother; and she's made some friends at her new high school. But Ashley is so traumatized by her past that she sometimes scratches herself until she bleeds. When her stepfather is finally put on trial for hurting her, she learns that truth and justice don't always go together. Will Ashley adjust to a better life? YA readers will be caught up in the heart-pounding story of a damaged girl trying to heal herself.

Query & 30 Page Critique Plus Autographed Copy of The Charge

Sharon Bayliss has offered a query and 30 page critique plus an autographed copy of The Charge. Sharon Bayliss is a science fiction and fantasy author. Her debut novel, The Charge, will be released on 3/2/13 by Curiosity Quills Press.  The Charge was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

A solid cast of well-developed characters, including a “super-tall” royal Texan family, stars in this thrill ride of a novel teetering between sci-fi adventure and alternate historical epic. Set in a time after the fall of the evil Texas Empire at the hands of the United States government, average Joe Warren King discovers that his geeky loner little brother has been kidnapped, and his mother inexplicably urges him to flee to Canada. Instead, Warren travels to California, a former Texas Empire territory, where he comically tries his hand at sleuthing to track down his genius brother, Isaac, who seems to have been actively testing their DNA for a mysterious “blue chromosome.” Warren soon learns that the people who abducted his brother are after him too, and it is all tied to the blue chromosome and his sudden realization that his body is giving off a powerful electrical charge that he can’t explain. At a measured pace, the engrossing history of this parallel world is revealed, along with the politics and legends that accompany the now extinct royal Texan Wildes family -- a beautiful, physically homogenous, and abnormally tall clan believed to have preternatural abilities, and perhaps a connection to Warren himself. Easily shifting between characters’ perspectives, and relentless in its action, well-placed humor, and suspense, this manuscript is a delight.

25 Page Critique

Jordy Albert of the Book Albert Agency has offered a 25 page critique. Jordy has a B.A. in English and an M.A. She's looking for romance and YA with romantic elements. She's open to GLBT. Jordy also works as a freelance editor and PR director. This is a great way to see what an agent thinks about your opening pages.

First Chapter Critique (Indie Best Seller)

Indie best seller, Susan Kaye Quinn has offered a first chapter critique. Susan is author of The Mindjack Trilogy as well as the best selling serial collection The Debt Collector. Susan is also an engineer.

25 Page Critique

Catherine Stine has offered a 25 page critique. Catherine is author of The Refugees, Fireseed One and the soon to arrive Ruby's Fire. She is also teaches writing workshops and classes in the NYC area and for professional writing conferences.

Full Manuscript Critique

Beth Fred has offered a full manuscript critique. Beth is represented by Kathleen Rushall. She's the author of the clean romance series, The Marlowe Girls. Beth teaches writing classes for chapters of RWA and organizations like Savvy Authors. She has a B.A. in English and is a MFA candidate at WCSU.

3 Chapter Critique

Charity Bradford has offered a 3 chapter critique. She is author of The Magic Wakes. The Magic Wakes was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel competition. She blogs books at on her blog and writing advice at The Unicorn Bell.

50 Page Critique

Sharon Mayhew is a member of SCBWI, an alumnus of the Highlight Foundation, and a former teacher. She has offered a 50 page critique. She's well known in the blogger community and ready to help you!

First Chapter Critique

Kelly Loy Gilbert has offered a first chapter critique. She is represented by Wolf Literary Services and her  book City on A Hill will be released by Disney-Hyperion in 2014.

First Chapter Critique

Jen McConnell is both the author of fiction and non-fiction with two books coming out in 2014. She has written YA and adult. This well rounded writer has offered a first chapter critique, and it seems like whatever you're working on, she's got it covered ;).

50 page critique

Lynne Matson has offered a 50 page critique. Lynne is represented by Jennifer Unter and her debut novel NIL will arrive in the winter of 2014. 

25 Page Critique Plus Skype Session

Jessie Harrell author of Destined has offered a 25 page critique with a skype session to answer any questions. Jessie is a brilliant writer with a love for re-tellings, a knowledge of Greek mythology, and she's an appellate attorney too.

2 Full Manuscript Critiques

Jenn Nguyen, a writer represented by Gina Panettieri at Talcott Notch Literary Agency and her critique partner Ashley Maker, avid reader and blogger, have teamed up to offer a pair of full critiques. Two for the price of one so to  speak.

Submission Packet Critique (Agent Critique)

Sarah Nego has offered a submission packet critique. This includes the query, 1-2 page synopsis and the first ten pages. Sarah is an agent apprentice at Corvisier Literary Agency. She's also a writer, and I believe her critique of my opening pages helped me get my agent.

Query Critique

Pk Hrezo has offered a query critique. Pk is an amazing writer represented by Jordy Albert of the Booker Alerbert Agency and also a member of the YALitChat submission mailbox. 

Query Plus 25 Page Critique (Editor Critique)

Mandy Schoen, senior editor for month9books and editor of Swoon Romance, has offered a query critique plus twenty-five page critique. This is a great way to get input from an editor on how well your query and those all important opening pages are doing.

Query Critique (Agent Critique)

Kathleen Rushall from Marsal Lyons Literary Agency has offered a query critique. Kathleen represents picture books through YA and is open to NA. She doesn't represent adult. She's an amazing agent with a masters in children's literature.

Ad Space on "I'm A Reader, Not A Writer"

Kathy from I'm A Reader, Not A Writer has offered a one week ad space of 300x250 or a month ad space of  160x600. If you're a YA or clean romance writer, this is one of the most well trafficed blogs out there. It's a good way to gain exposure for your book. Kathy runs a family friendly blog, so this is open to "family friendly" genres ONLY.

Query Clinic

Fantasy Author Sean Cummings has offered a query clinic via skype and email. He's the author of Poltergeeks and the soon to be released Student Bodies. He also has an awesome website and can tell you a thing or two about writing a query. So if you're struggling to catch an agent or editor's attention, this is for you.

One Hour Marketing Consultation or One Hour Indie Publishing Consultation

The well known indie author S.R. Johannes  has offered either a one hour indie publishing consultation or a one hour marketing consultation. If you're an author in need of marketing advice or looking to self publish, this is for you. S.R. Johannes can tell you how to be successful.  She's received the following honors:
 2012 IndieReader Discovery Winner for Young Adult
2012 U.S. Book News - Book Award Fiction - YA Finalist
2012 Georgia Author of the Year  - YA Nominee
2012 - The Kindle Book Review Award for Best Book (YA) - YA FInalist
Award-winning author of Amazon bestselling Untraceable & Uncontrollable - available in paperback & ebook at all major booksellers. Unstoppable (5/13)

Parajunkee Cover Design ($350 value)

You might not know her name is Rachel, but who doesn't know Parajunkee, host of Follow Friday? And she's offered a cover design for some lucky author. This is a $350 value, and Rachel's designs are beautiful. This does not include stock photo. Stock photography usually costs $10 or more.

Interior Book Formatting

Alicia Kat Vancil from KatGirl Studio has offered an interior book formatting. This can be used for an ebook or print book. It's the winner's choice. Kat usually charges $50/hour for this service.

Super Promo Book Trailer ($499 value)

Kim from Blazing Trailers has offered a Super promo package. Kim has made over 400 trailers. She's very experienced and very talented.
Super Promo Package
Give your book the best possible send off. Super Promo combines still images with live video for a true movie-trailer effect. This package includes a 2 minute spot, 20 royalty-free still images, 3 live videos from our standard library, music, standard sound effects and animated titles and backgrounds. Authors may provide additional artwork. See samples.

Blog Tour

Shane from Itching For Books has offered a 25 stop blog tour. Shane's blog tours are always a lot of fun, and she's worked with some very successful books. You can find a list of books she has toured here. Shane needs two months lead time to schedule a tour.

Bidding Starts at 2 p.m. CST

Bidding will start at 2 p.m. CST. I've scheduled all the items to post at this time, but I'll be near my computer to publish manually in the event blogger takes a brain dump today. So all that's left to do is spread the word. All bids start at $10. Bidding will close @ 2 p.m. Tuesday May 28. And winners will be contacted via email.

Winning bid donations will be made directly to the Red Cross. The donors will be cc'd on the winners' emails, and winners will be expected to forward the donation receipt to their donor within 48 hours of being notified.The donor will then provide the service/product won. If someone hasn't claimed their item in 48 hours, I will send one reminder before choosing another winner.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Auction for OK

I'm looking to put together an auction for OK. If you can donate a product or service please leave the details in the comments section. If you need to give me your email address and don't want to leave that in the comments, feel free to email it to me as well. But keeping things in the comment section will help me keep up. I started this at 9 a.m. and in the last five hours the support has been amazing.

At this point, I'm planning to keep donations for auction items open until 6 p.m. Wed and then start the auction on Thursday. This may change but I'll keep you updated.