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Made a new logo today! What do you guys think? Done in my special leather notebook on handmade paper, a gift from my older brother, with a Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen.


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Happy Birthday!

Five years ago today, I woke up on a bus, unable to sleep. I was chaperoning a field trip of fifth graders to Washington DC, and the kid behind me wouldn't stop kicking my seat in his sleep, robbing me of mine. So I whipped out my new iPad, fired up the pages app, with the decision that I should right something for my then-unborn child.
I sat and thought about what kind of story I would like to read to my future kid. I thought about what kind of role model I would want my daughter to have. (Sorry, Teddy, thought you were a girl at the time.) And I decided that I wanted a little girl with a big imagination who would challenge everything. And she needed something to struggle against. A city with no imagination, a city that was dull and grey, a city stuck in its ways where new ideas were frowned upon.

So I thought of a name. Gwendolyn. Gwendolyn... Gray. Like the City itself. And a title. The Marvelous Adventures of. And I tapped out those words most appropriate to a story about storie…

EERIE Release Party!

Hey imaginauts! My good friend C.M.McCoy is all set to release her new book EERIE! IT looks awesome, and I Can't wait to get my hands on it. There are a TON of giveaways going on with this release, so check below, and find it on facebook!

Book Title: EERIE Genre: NA Paranormal Romance Length: 430 pages Cover: Coming soon Link to Amazon/Goodreads: Also coming soon :-) Release Date: 15 Dec 2015 Available ARC formats: Paperback, PDF, and .mobi Synopsis: Being a ParaScience freshman is a nightmare come true
Hailey’s dreams have always been, well...vivid. As in monsters from her nightmares follow her into her waking life vivid. When her big sister goes missing, eighteen-year-old Hailey finds the only thing keeping her safe from a murderous 3,000-year old beast is an equally terrifying creature who has fallen “madly” in love with her. Competing to win her affection, the Dream Creature, Asher, lures her to the one place that offers safety—a ParaScience university in Alaska he calls home. There, sh…

The 7/7/7 Challenge

Hello imaginauts! Sorry for my absence: real-world work and grad school have kept me away. But I've been tagged in the 7/7/7 challenge by Sara Letourneau, and I'm here to accept!

The rules of the 7/7/7 Challenge are super-simple: Go to page 7 of your WIP.Scroll down to Line 7.Share the next 7 sentences in a blog post.After the excerpt, tag 7 other writers to continue the challenge.So here it is! "Every child in The City was required to attend, from the wealthy students in the nearby Central City, to the poorer ones who had to travel an hour by mono from The Outskirts. Gwendolyn lived in Mid-Town, close enough to walk, but only just.Hundreds of other children swarmed around her, jostling her as she stood unmoving against the morning tide. Each of them wore The School’s uniform: grey skirt or slacks, charcoal jacket, and a pair of shiny black shoes that clicked with each step. Gwendolyn hated those shoes. No matter how many pairs her mother made her try on, they never seemed t…

FEARLESS, by Elliott James

Hey guys! I'm super excited to introduce you to FEARLESS by Elliot James. This is a great new book, part of a great series, but it stands well on its own. Go give it a try! Scroll to the bottom for an amazon gift card giveaway!

Fearless (a stand-alone novel and #3 in the Pax Arcana series) by Elliott James
Release Date:  08/11/15 Publisher: Orbit Summary:  When your last name is Charming, rescuing virgins comes with the territory -- even when the virgin in question is a nineteen-year-old college boy. Someone, somewhere, has declared war on Kevin Kichida, and that someone has a long list of magical predators on their rolodex. The good news is that Kevin lives in a town where Ted Cahill is the new sheriff and old ally of John Charming. The attacks on Kevin seem to be a pattern, and the more John and his new team follow that thread, the deeper they find themselves in a maze of supernatural threats, family secrets, and age-old betrayals. The more John learns, the more convinced he becomes tha…

New York Writer's Digest Conference Recap

Ah, New York City. Bustling metropolis and home to the Writer's Digest Conference 2015, the third stop on my world-travelling Lilly Grant tour. 

I arrived on Friday morning and hopped an express bus from Newark Airport to Grand Central. On the way, I struck up a fascinating conversation with a woman from Israel, and made a new friend. She just happened to be reading this:
I made a new friend, and she walked away with a few chapters of my book to read on her connecting flight. Then it was on to the Roosevelt Hotel for the conference!




Oooooooooo, so excited. Day one keynote was Chuck Sambuchino and his keynote on how to write an effective query letter, followed by some furious revisions on the pitch for Gwendolyn Gray. NEED MORE CHARACTER DEVLEOPMENT. What does she want? What stands in her way of getting it? I thought I had mastered desire+obstacle=story from Lou Berney at the IU Writer's Conference, but I hadn't yet worked it into my pitch. 
Other worrying advice? Your first …