Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cover Reveal: Grace Alone

For those who rode with sixteen-year-old Grace on her first adventure in Grace and the Guiltless, you can find out where she's going next in this second installment. If you haven't read the first book, you can still enjoy this one, where Grace intends to stop a train robbery and single-handedly capture two ruthless criminals--the Andersen twins. But everything doesn't go as planned, and Grace soon finds herself in deeper trouble than she imagined.


New YA series set in the Wild West…

After her family is slaughtered by outlaws, sixteen-year-old Grace Milton goes on a vendetta to capture the gang who did it. But once she meets a rugged range rider, she’s torn between revenge and love.

Erin Johnson grew up watching classic western movies with her father, which fueled her lifelong love of horseback riding. She's always dreamed of being a fierce-talking cowgirl, but writing about one seemed like the next best thing. She loves traveling, painting, riding motorcycles, and teaching, and lives in North Carolina. 

Grace Alone, the second book in the WANTED series, by Erin Johnson will be out May 8 in the UK. It can be ordered through Amazon US.


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Friday, March 14, 2014

Have You Been Cyberstalked or Cyberbullied?

Cyber Self Defense book coverExcited to share our latest cover...

We wrote this book mainly for teens and twenty-somethings. It's filled with real-life stories and lots of tips on staying safe online.

Here's the blurb:

Are you in danger of being cyberstalked? Have you been cyberbullied? Outwit your cyberattacker with these clever strategies from former cyberstalking victim, Alexis Moore. As the founder of Survivors in Action, Moore explains how to identify potential cyberattackers and how to recover from a cybercrime if you’ve been attacked. Her indispensible book can help you remain secure and safe in today’s dangerous digital world and take back control of your life.

 ISBN: 978-1-4930-0569-7
Release Date: October 7, 2014
 Globe Pequot/Lyons Press

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cover Reveal for Shattered Veil

Today's the day to get a sneak peek at the cover for Tracy Banghart's upcoming book, Shattered Veil.

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When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become?
War has come to Atalanta, infecting its quiet villages and lush woodlands, igniting whispered worries in its glittering capitol. All across the dominion, young men are being Selected for Military and sent to the front lines…and eighteen-year-old Aris Haan’s childhood sweetheart is one of them.
Pyralis Nekkos, Atalanta’s leader, has kept the truth from his people, that their dominion will fall…and much sooner than anyone could guess.
Galena Vadim, his reluctant ally, wishes she could forget their shared past...until her future seems to depend on it.
And for the boy she loves, Aris, a talented wingjet pilot, will give up everything - her home, her name, even her face...only to become the key to her dominion's survival.

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Other books by Tracy Banghart:

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Cover Reveal and Exciting Giveaway

Woo-hoo! This is the cover reveal of the YA paranormal BY BLOOD by Tracy E. Banghart. To celebrate, Tracy's giving away a bunch of swag. To participate in a Rafflecopter giveaway, just click on the link. Here's the list of awesome prizes:


Giveaway Prize Pack #1 (US only)

Signed paperback copy of By Blood by Tracy E. Banghart
Plus (all hardcover):
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Jane by April Lindner
By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Slide by Jill Hathaway
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Giveaway Prize Pack #2 (Intl)

Signed paperback copy of By Blood + $50 Amazon Gift Card


For 17-year-old Emma Wong, spending a summer in England should be a dream come true. Gorgeous scenery? Check. Lots of hot guys with accents? Yes, please.

Throw in an estranged mom, annoying new stepdad, and drooling baby half-brother, and it’s a disaster even her favorite cherry red leather jacket can’t fix. Even worse, there’s (hot) live-in research assistant Josh to contend with. The only thing more embarrassing than drunk-kissing him hours after they meet? Knowing he’ll be witness to her family’s dysfunction all. summer. long.

But when Emma meets a mysterious girl who happens to be a Druid, her vacation suddenly promises to be far more intriguing than she anticipated. Powerful rituals, new friends, an intoxicating sense of freedom...and Simon, the sexy foreign stranger she was hoping for. It’s all a perfect distraction from dirty diapers and awkward family dinners.

Trouble is, intriguing doesn’t often mean simple. And Emma is about to discover just how not simple her life really is.

By Blood is a novel about the ways that blood can bind us to others – or tear us apart.

About Tracy:

Tracy E. Banghart is a cheesy movie–loving, fantasy football–playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began “practicing” her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She loves visiting the international friends she met while pursuing her MA in Publishing and spends a portion of every summer at her family’s cabin in Canada, where she finds inspiration and lots of time to relax on the dock. She lives with her husband, son, two lazy dogs and one ornery cat. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is on a mission to bake the perfect cupcake.
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Saturday, June 15, 2013

So excited to see that Susan Gabriel's wonderful, lyrical coming-of-age novel, The Secret Sense of Wildflower, is now available as an audio book.

I'm posting Susan's announcement here, along with some super reviews for the print book, including a Kirkus Reviews’  Best Books.

So here's Susan's exciting news:

Do you enjoy HEARING a great story? I know I do – it’s the original form of receiving stories, after all, from our parents, teachers and even our cavemen and women ancestors. Stories are how we connect.

So I’m very excited to announce that the audio book of The Secret Sense of Wildflower is finally ready to download to your computer or MP3 devices!
What I enjoyed most about the process was literally breathing life into the characters and falling in love with them once again.

Readers write

“The Secret Sense of Wildflower is a historical fiction novel that plays on themes of perseverance, kinship, grief, and the remarkable strength of Louisa May “Wildflower” . . . I am a true lover of historical fiction and I would recommend this novel for any reader looking for an inspiring, intense, and deeply thoughtful story. The Secret Sense of Wildflower is indeed a book that deserves recognition for its beautifully crafted prose, well written characters, and expertly descriptive landscapes.” — Samantha J. Moore, OneTitle Reviews

“Probably one of the best surprises this year almost slipped by me…It turned out to be one of my favorite reads this year… This is a story of family, loyalty, forgiveness and love…This is the type of book that I crave to read. It’s beautifully written in lyrical prose that I found myself slowing down to re-read. It has such a deep familial core, yet also has a darkness that makes you keep reading.. All of the characters are so true to the era and Appalachian culture and are all very believable. It is a true Southern tale. There are both great relationships and some very difficult ones that add even more layers to this story… What I really like is that Wildflower is telling the story from her own perspective. It brings such an innocent honesty that grabs your heart and doesn’t let go. I’m a sucker for a story told through a child’s eye and Ms. Gabriel interprets this protagonist beautifully. Though it has some disturbing moments, the story, as a whole, is wonderful and shouldn’t be missed. This is definitely a story that will stay with me for a long while and recommend it highly.”  - Lisa Evans, Southern Girl Reads

“…this story will move you as it twists and turns and eventually connects the dots left behind whilst developing into a work more than worth the read.  Yes…it’s THAT good… I found the story completely enveloping.  You laughed when the characters laughed, grieved when they grieved and sought happier places when the ugliness of the world presented itself front and center.  In some ways it reminded me of the infamous To Kill A Mockingbird; perhaps because of the young narrator and the strong voice with which she was blessed, perhaps because of the time and setting used, or perhaps simply because it was that striking of a work.  Whatever the reason, it left its mark on me and for that I can only extend my thanks to the author with sincerity from the bottom of my heart…a masterpiece; plain, simple, and resilient like the flowers the young lead is named for.Gina Reba, Insatiable Readers

Erin Beard reviewed the book at Quixotic Magpie. ”I was pretty blown away by how good this book is. I didn’t read it with any expectations, hadn’t heard anything about it really, so when I read it, I realized from page one that it is a well written, powerful book.”

“The story is told from the point of view of Wildflower, which really makes the story even more powerful. I thought the author did a great job of capturing Wildflower. In some ways, she’s wise beyond her years, which makes her incredibly strong and resilient. In other ways, she is still very much a 14 year old girl. At that age, it’s easy to think that you’re really invincible and this is exactly what gets Wildflower into trouble, but her strength and resilience is what helps her find her way back . . . Bottom line: A great story about a strong character!” Meg, A Bookish Affair

The Secret Sense of Wildflower received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews 

Named to 
Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2012!

“In this novel, life turns toward a dark horizon for a precocious adolescent grieving for her father in 1941 Tennessee.
“It’s difficult to harbor secrets in a rural mountain town of maybe 80 souls, especially when adult siblings live within spitting distance of the family home. Most of the townsmen work at the sawmill, and most of the young women have been harassed at one time or another by creepy Johnny Monroe. But Louisa May McAllister, nicknamed Wildflower, knows that revealing her frequent forays to the cemetery, where she talks to her beloved late father, would only rile her embittered mother. She also knows to hide her “secret sense,” as it would evoke scorn from all save eccentric Aunt Sadie, who shares her tomboy niece’s gift.

“Those secrets come at a cost when, on one of her graveyard visits, Louisa May ignores her premonition of danger. The consequences—somewhat expected yet still horrific—are buffered by the visions into which the 13-year-old escapes. Sharp-witted, strong, curious and distrustful of authority figures not living up to her standards—including God—Louisa May immerses us in her world with astute observations and wonderfully turned phrases, with nary a cliché to be found. She could be an adolescent Scout Finch, had Scout’s father died unexpectedly and her life taken a bad turn. 

“Though her story is full of pathos and loss, her sorrow is genuine and refreshingly free of self-pity. She accepts that she and her mother are “like vinegar and soda, always reacting,” that her best friend has grown distant, and that despite the preacher’s condemnation, a young suicide victim should be sent “to the head of heaven’s line.” Her connection to the land—a presence as vividly portrayed as any character—makes her compassionate but tough; she’s as willing to see trees as angels as she is to join her brothers-in-law in seeking revenge. By necessity, Louisa May grows up quickly, but by her secret sense, she also understands forgiveness. A quietly powerful story, at times harrowing but ultimately a joy to read.”

The worlds of family, friendship, mourning, courage and love are explored in this moving, often humorous, novel about healing and hope. A character-driven novel reminiscent of the work of Reynolds Price in its ability to create a truly original Southern voice, The Secret Sense of Wildflower is certain to be embraced by fans of Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees) and Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird).
And for those of you who prefer a printed book, you can get your autographed copy here.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Reading Book for Ethopian Students

Gimbi, Ethiopia
Photo by Janeen Talbott
I'm so excited about several recent projects. As many of you know, I spent my early years in Africa, so I'm thrilled to have an opportunity to work on two Africa-related projects.
Gimbi, Ethiopia
Photo by Janeen Talbott
The first one is an English reading book for students in Ethiopia. I finished final edits today and received jpgs of two watercolor illustrations.

The artist is an instructor at Addis Ababa University. Wish I could share the art, but I don't want to run into any copyright issues, so instead I'm sharing photos of the setting, courtesy of Peace Corps volunteer, Neen Talbott, who helped me throughout the project.

I couldn't have done this project without her. She sent pictures, answered questions, confirmed details, read first and final drafts, and shared the final work with others in her town of Gimbi** to be sure they liked it.
Gimbi, Ethiopia
Photo by Janeen Talbott
It was great working with Neen, but the best part was discovering that she's also a wonderful writer and a kindred spirit. To read more about her and the project we worked on together, you can go to my blog.
Gimbi, Ethiopia
Photo by Janeen Talbott
Here's the final cover:


Oh, and stay tuned for more about my next Africa-related project. It's definitely awe-inspiring.

**Interesting fact about Gimbi for all you Harry Potter fans: As you know, there's a quidditch team called the Gimbi Giant-Slayers. But the people in Gimbi don't read Harry Potter or realize their town is mentioned in 450+ million books around the world.

Friday, April 26, 2013

No Rest For The Wicked

I did it.  This morning I sent my completed novel to my agent.  It feels incredibly liberating to get the book off my desk, and onto hers.  Yay!  Champagne and chocolate all around!

And then...we wait.

There's a lot of waiting in a writer's life.  Waiting for your agent to read the book, waiting to hear back from editors.  And if we should be so blessed to receive an offer, it can take days or weeks to actually seal the deal, and then months after that to get the actual contract, and even more months to get your first advance check.

So what do you do while you're waiting?

There is no rest for the wicked...aka, the writer.  You start writing again, right away.

This was a hard lesson that I learned with my first novel.  After it went out on submission, I procrastinated starting anything new.  My reasoning was that soon I'd be under contract and have to do edits and what was the point of starting anything new only to return to the first novel?  Well, that novel didn't sell.  And I wasted about six months...six months that I could've used to write a good portion of a new book.

When WINTER FALLS went out on submission, I was determined not to make this mistake again.  I threw myself into the Artist's Way program (a 12-step, 3-month creative recovery program) and took two online writing intensives back-to-back (Fearless Writer, which I highly recommend).  It kept me creatively active during the long months that WINTER FALLS was on submission.  About four months into this, I had the idea for the book I just sent to my agent, and started to dig deep into work on it, and get really excited about it.  A few weeks later, WINTER FALLS sold.

That's not a coincidence, I don't think.  It was only after my energy was directed into a new project that the old project sold.

There's so much that's out of our control in this business - whether editors will like our book, or if the market's right for it, or if readers will respond - that it's vital that we control what is in our power.  That starts with where we put our energy.  Do we put it into waiting around to hear back from agents and editors?  Or do we pour our energy into the next book?  Having done both, I can tell you that the latter is much more fun.

What's my next book?  I have no idea.  The world is my oyster.  It can be anything I want it to be.  And THAT feels incredibly liberating, too.  

Nicole Maggi writes YA - paranormal, historical, and beyond.  Her debut novel WINTER FALLS will be released in 2014 from Medallion Press.  She's represented by the fabulous Irene Goodman of The Irene Goodman Literary Agency, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris, their daughter Emilia (after the Shakespeare character), and two cats Sawyer & Hurley (after the LOST characters - yeah, she's a geek).  Check out her website and follow her on Twitter!