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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Announcing the Fall 2016 #YASH Teams

It's been a long hot summer, but guess what's just around the corner? 


The YA Scavenger Hunt starts on October 4, 2016. It's your chance to win TONS of fabulous books from some of your favorite authors! Yup. That's right.

All of the details will be posted here on October 4th at Noon (Pacific Time). Until then ... here are pictures of the Fall 2016 teams:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

More Inspirational Writing Quotes

Looking for a boost or a kick in the right direction? Here are three tips from the writing experts:

Now get off the Internet and get back to your writing project!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Book Feature: COURAGE IN PATIENCE by Beth Fehlbaum

Gritty, heart-pounding, and hopeful: Courage in Patience, Book 1 in The Patience Trilogy, is free this week only on Amazon!

Click here to get your free ebook of COURAGE IN PATIENCE from Amazon.

Courage in Patience is the fictional story of a teen girl’s recovery from childhood sexual abuse. Beth Fehlbaum wrote it as after her therapist suggested that she try writing a novel. It was only when Beth pulled herself out of her own head and tried to imagine the process of recovery through someone else’s eyes that she came “unstuck.”

Courage in Patience:
Courage to endure. 
Courage to survive.
Courage to overcome.

Tenacious 14-year-old Ashley Asher claws her way back to normalcy after enduring six years of an unimaginable Hell. Uprooted from her negligent and selfish mother, Ashley finds solace in the safety of her father's home. Building a relationship with her stepmother, she's finally able to open up and confront the past that haunts her.

With the help of her stepmom, therapist, and a group of troubled adolescents, Ashley battles her demons, struggling to find the normal teenage life she's always wanted. Can Ashley find the strength and courage to overcome the horrors of her past while fighting for the future she so deserves?

. . .

Read this interview excerpt for Beth's insights into the creation of COURAGE IN PATIENCE and the process of recovery from Childhood Sexual Abuse:

Question: You went through six years of intensive therapy to help you recover from being abused as a child. A lot of people, young adults and adults alike, find starting therapy a very frightening and uncomfortable experience. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting therapy for the first time?

Answer: The six years of therapy I went through were with a clinical psychologist whom I clicked with at the same time that circumstances in my life came together in a way that I had a strong support system in my husband and then-teenage daughters.

I had been in and out of therapy many times since my early twenties, but I never had the support system in place to withstand what I had to do in order to get well: face the truth about my stepfather sexually abusing me and my mother not protecting me. This involved breaking with my family of origin completely—basically, when I insisted on no more playing “Let’s Pretend,” it was made clear to me in a variety of ways that I had done something so wrong (in their eyes) that they wanted nothing to do with me anymore. It was very, very difficult because my mother was an amazing grandmother to my kids, and they lost her in the process.

Recovery from childhood sexual abuse is very, very difficult. My therapist compared it to a barefoot walk from Texas to Alaska and back, with all the weather along the way. I would agree with that assessment; in fact, I used that comparison in my Patience books, Courage in Patience and Hope in Patience. I strongly believe that people who have been sexually abused and are seeking to heal from it and reclaim their lives need the guidance of an experienced mental health professional. If the first therapist (or second, or third) does not seem to be helping, keep going until you find one you click with. Don’t give up, because you are worth the fight to reclaim your life.

Outside of the therapist’s office, you need a strong support system of people who are aware of what you are going through, who will be safe for you to be vulnerable, and will give you emotional shelter when you need it.

And—be prepared to be completely honest with yourself and others in your life. It’s the only way to heal and find out how strong you are.

In addition to writing Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Beth Fehlbaum is a high school English-Language Arts teacher who frequently draws on her experience as an educator to write her books. She has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading.

Beth is a featured author on the 2015-2016 Spirit of Texas Reading List- High School for the Kirkus Starred Reviewed Big Fat Disaster (Merit Press/F+W Media, March 2014) and The Patience Trilogy: Courage (1), Hope (2), and Truth (3) (Steady On Books, April 2016).

Beth is a member of the RAINN (Rape , Abuse, Incest National Network) Speakers’ Bureau. She has a following in the young adult literature world and also among survivors of sexual abuse because of her work with victims’ advocacy groups.

She has been the keynote speaker at the National Crime Victims’ Week Commemoration Ceremony at the Hall of State in Dallas, Texas and a presenter for Greater Texas Community Partners, where she addressed a group of social workers and foster children on the subject of “Hope.”

Beth is in-demand as a panelist, having presented/appeared at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference, the American Library Association’s annual conference, YALSA, and N.C.T.E./ALAN, and she is also the founder/administrator of UncommonYA, a thirty-member-strong marketing group and website for authors of edgy YA fiction. Beth is a member of The Author’s Guild.

She is a survivor of a traumatic childhood, like Ashley in The Patience Trilogy, and the day-to-day manager of an eating disorder much like Colby’s in Big Fat Disaster. These life experiences give her a unique perspective, and she writes her characters’ stories in a way meant to inspire hope.

Beth lives with her family in the woods of East Texas.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Cover Reveal for Pintip Dunn's New Novella: BEFORE TOMORROW

Here it is!

All of Pintip's covers are fantastic, and this one does NOT disappoint.

Huge congrats to Pintip for another wonderful story.


Title: Before Tomorrow
Publisher: Entangled TEEN
Release Date: Oct. 31, 2016

In a world where all seventeen-year-olds receive a memory from their future selves, Logan Russell's vision is exactly as he expects—and exactly not. He sees himself achieving his greatest wish of becoming a gold-star swimmer, but strangely enough, the vision also shows him locking eyes with a girl from his past, Callie Stone, and experiencing an overwhelming sense of love and belonging.

Logan’s not sure what the memory means, but soon enough, he learns that his old friend Callie is in trouble. She’s received an atypical memory, one where she commits a crime in the future. According to the law, she must be imprisoned, even though she's done nothing wrong. Now, Logan must decide if he'll give up his future as a gold-star swimmer and rescue the literal girl of his dreams. All he'll have to do is defy Fate.

Add BEFORE TOMORROW on Goodreads!

But what if you don't want to wait until Oct. 31?

No problem. Pre-order REMEMBER YESTERDAY, book 2 in the FORGET TOMORROW series, and register your receipt here, and you'll receive a copy of BEFORE TOMORROW to read before anyone else! Plus, U.S. residents will also get a bookplate and bookmark!

Want to learn more about FORGET TOMORROW and REMEMBER YESTERDAY? Click here.
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Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL.

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include THE DARKEST LIE and the forthcoming REMEMBER YESTERDAY. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Early Reviews for UNLOCKED

Less than three weeks until UNLOCKED releases into the world, and early reviews are starting to come in for the book!

Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? If not, Target has the hardback listed for only $12.32. That's a sweet deal! And be sure to turn in your receipt to win pre-order prizes!

School Library Journal said about UNLOCKED: 
“Kelly's premise of mixing hypnotism and the occult is promising. … The psychological elements and mystery bring the real tension. The book's final third barrels to a dramatic finale. … VERDICT An additional purchase for libraries where psychological thrillers and mysteries are popular.”

The Bookwhore Diaries Blog:
"This book shows the complexity of human behavior. It showed how one struggles with loss, with the unexplainable and with hope. Put into mind as well that these things are experienced by a teenager, whose emotional intelligence is still developing, chaos would definitely describe what she is feeling. Unlocked shows how one accepts whoever they are and letting the people who truly understand them enter their lives."

Pre-order your copy today, and then be sure to post your review online.

Happy reading. :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

#IWSG: Time to Write

The first Wednesday of the month is Insecure Writer's Support Group!


"The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a home for writers in all stages; from unpublished to bestsellers. Our goal is to offer assistance and guidance. We want to help writers overcome their insecurities, and by offering encouragement we are creating a community of support."

Join the group:  http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html 

SEPTEMBER 7TH QUESTION FOR BLOGGERS: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

For me ... the question behind the question is: How important is my writing to me today? 

If I left my writing until I "found time" - I wouldn't write. There are so many obligations and have-to-do items each day that finding extra time in a day is a nearly impossible task for me. Therefore, in order for me to accomplish my writing goals each day, I must TAKE the time. I must make writing a priority. Are my goals important enough for me to get up at 5am and write? Important enough to get up at 4:30am and write?

Many successful writers have full-time jobs in addition to their writing careers. Often times, they get up crazy early to write. And they publish books on a regular schedule. So, if you're like me and have no full-time job, but find yourself extremely busy with all of the other demands of life, we must TAKE the time to write and make it a priority. Get up early. Write first.

What about you? How do you make writing a priority in your day?

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Inspirational Writing Quotes

From @savethecat - "The plot doesn't just move ahead, it spins and intensifies as it goes." 

What's your favorite writing quote?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Book Review: BEDLAM'S DOOR by Mark Rubinstein

Bedlam's Door: True Tales of Madness and HopeBedlam's Door: True Tales of Madness and Hope by Mark Rubinstein

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A terrific book for people studying psychology and for everyone interested in mental illness and the medical world.

Mark Rubinstein, MD, is a novelist, physician, and psychiatrist. His ability to tell a story with vivid details is what makes this book great. This book reads very much like a compilation of short stories, but the difference is that each of these stories actually happened.

As the description on the back of the book reads: "Bedlam's Door depicts the challenges mental illness poses for patients, their families, health-care professionals, and our society."

Some lines from the book that really struck me include:

"If I could tear open my chest, and if you could lick my heart, it would poison you." (page 15)

"Four times as many women as men attempt suicide, yet four times as many men succeed in killing themselves." (page 25)

"I'd grown accustomed to the medley of moans, groans, shrieks, and rantings of a nighttime psychiatric ward." (page 34)

I highly recommend this book for its excellent writing and the glimpse it gives readers into the world of mental illness.

View all my reviews