Saturday, July 9, 2016

Pimpmybio Pitchwars 2016

Hello, my name is Jacqueline, my friends call me Jackie.

I am going to be submitting Young Adult, Urban Fantasy (Time Travel).

And my Twitter handle is @JacquelineBach

I have literally been looking forward to Pitchwars since last year's mentee reveal ended, and I wasn't in. The goal became fix up the book, and get in for 2016. This year, I'm more confident that I’m finally in the homestretch. After seven long years (seven is supposed to be a lucky number right?), a masters program, and round after round of edits, I think it's soon going to be time to let this baby fly on its own...

Why This Book: 

My mentee bio last year talked mostly about why I wrote my book (you can read that here if you have any interest). The short version? My best friend and I worked on characters/stories/scenes every day for seven years. When she unexpectedly passed from an asthma attack, I continued to write with our characters to keep her alive. My entry is where all of that took me. I have other stories/novels in the works, but this is the one that I *have* to find a way to get published someday, somehow, because THIS is how I am going to honor her memory. Okay, now that that’s out of the way.

To answer the question, yes, I am submitting the same novel as last year. But I’ve had an entire year to reflect and work up a new shiny version. Thanks to some amazing beta readers who gave valuable feedback (including my amazing Critique Partner, Casie, who I met through Pitchwars last year -- seriously guys, if this is your first year, make connections, make friends. Chosen or not, the people you meet in the trenches are awesome, and they will last).




What I Would Love in a Mentor: 

I'm hoping for a fresh set of eyes from someone who has been where I am. 
Someone who knows absolutely nothing about these characters and the world they’re in. 


I want someone who can help me smooth out the remaining kinks. 


I need a harsh cheerleader. 
like love (constructive) criticism and I take it well. I don't think it's possible to go through workshops in the JHU writing program and not learn how to take criticism on your work.


Where I need help

I have a couple of scenes I know need to be punched up, but I'm too inside my head to figure it out on my own. I also need help solidifying the ending (I have two possibilities). This book designed to be a trilogy, but I’m well aware that if you can’t sell book one on its own, there won’t be a two or three, so I need these to be solid.

About Me:

Alright, so now I'll talk about myself, I guess. Mer. 
Horses? Yeah, that sums it up. Okay, just kidding. I have do a pony, more on her in a bit.


GENERAL

I live in Maryland, I also frequently go to our other home at the Jersey Shore.

If you like animals, then I think we will hit it off! I spend most of my non-work/non-writing time on the farm, mucking stalls, playing with/training my horse, and relaxing as I do strenuous farm work :P I'm an animal lover, a vegetarian, and let’s face it, animals tend to be better than people. I also have a dog. I am pretty much a five year old girl at heart - I love Disney princesses and pink and sparkles and rainbows and all things cute and cuddly.....I guess this offsets the very dark things I write....



And while we're at it...

THE PONY
Sooooo, Sierra.... She is pretty much my child...I am in love with her. Owning a horse is one of the most rewarding yet trying experiences, and I would never ever trade it for anything. I learn so much from her, and I hope she learns from me. She's also adorable, the center of many of my tweets, and she has a huge personality.....




SCHOOL:
I have lots of degrees. I have a BA in English (minor in Theatre), I then went back to school and got an AA in Studio Art, and most recently got an MA in Writing Fiction.

WORK: 
I am the Director of Operations for a property management company. I spend my days managing employees and problem solving whilst making sales calls and helping customers. I do a little bit of everything.

HOBBIES:
Like I mentioned before, horses. And duh, writing. I have a stack of oil painted still life canvases in my basement from my art years. I've been a member of a jump rope team, a swim team, and a symphony. I take *lots* of pictures. I've done several photoshoots in the last year for people with their horses, as well as general photos for friends and family.

BOOKS: I love the Harry Potter books, and I totally dressed up and went to the midnight movie premieres. My favorite book growing up was From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. My most recent favorite YA read is Looking for AlaskaI'm currently reading City of Bones.



TV: My favorite show of all time is probably How I Met Your Mother. No joke, I still watch this show almost every night before bed. The Office is also really good. LOST, however, is the best show ever made, fyi, The O.C. was also really good, so was House. A few of my current shows are Veep, Once Upon A Time, Quantico, Pretty Little Liars...I'll add more here as I think of them. 



MOVIES: I like comedies and happy feel-good movies.... in our world today, if I'm going to invest two hours in front of the TV, I want to feel happy when I walk away: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Zoolander, Mean Girls, Step Brothers, 50 First Dates, basically anything cute that will make me laugh out loud. I also like Titanic and Inception :P

MUSIC: Older things. The Beatles. Stones. Aerosmith. QUEEN. I also love the All American Rejects (I've met Tyson Ritter four times!), Taylor Swift, Gavin Degraw, and Keith Urban. My favorite songs of the moment is Uptown Funk and this video makes me so happy:



If you want to know something else, let me know in the comments and I will add it up here :)

GOOD LUCK ALL OTHER MENTEE HOPEFULS!! IN OR NOT, THIS IS WORTH EVERY MOMENT!

Annnnnnd........
For all intents and purposes, my bio ends....

HERE.

view the blog hop here: 
Pimp My Bio Mentees


Sierra says thank you for reading.




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EXTRAS......

And I've been debating about talking about the book or not, so for anyone who wants to hear about that as well, I'll end with some info about that....

So the book itself: it’s YA, the title is currently THE SANDS, but I’m always open to changing that. That was actually a stand-in title for my thesis (I used Part I as my MA Thesis at Johns Hopkins). It’s about a half brother and sister (Tim and Daisy) whose father is murdered when they are ages two and three. Fifteen years later, they find the means for time travel (magical sands), and they decide to go back in time to kill their father’s murderer. Anyone who knows these teens would laugh at that idea -- they’re both responsible teens that make good life choices, what makes them think they could commit murder? Little do they know that going back in time and spending time around their parents’ circle in 2005 will change everything. The story involves magic but the heart of it is really character relationships. So, while it would be considered “Urban Fantasy” or "Contemporary Fantasy" since there are things like underwater battle scenes, and magic sand that will give you powers like time travel, healing, or invisibility, there’s a lot more focus on family drama, grief, crushes, insecurities, and other more real-life teen stuff you would find in a contemporary YA.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Derby Day!

Hi everyone! I know I've been neglecting this blog quite a bit lately, and for that I apologize. My current focus has been on The Process Project (which you can visit here: The Process Project) and on an all new project that I'm hoping to launch *very soon*! What I'll say about the new project is it combines my two favorite things....writing and horses! I will keep you guys updated! Until then, enjoy Derby Day and keep writing!

Friday, February 19, 2016

So excited, Michelle's book is finally out! My review!

My friend, Michelle Madow, released a new YA Urban Fantasy book back at the end of January. I'm so proud of her for all the hard work she puts into not only writing her books, but marketing, and connecting with her fans. If you're looking to self publish, Michelle is definitely a great role model, as she also found success with her first series, Remembrance, which is now FREE FOREVER on Amazon Kindle!!! You should DEFINITELY hop over there and get your copies today! And then download the first book in her new series while you're at it!

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows

My all-time favorite book series is Harry Potter, and I have always loved Greek Mythology, so I was so excited when I saw that this book combined mythology and witches. While this book is told from one girl’s (Nicole), point of view, though there are really five main characters in my eyes: Blake, Danielle, Kate, and Chris. These five are a group of kids that wouldn’t likely be friends at school, but a magical incident that happens one night on a school field trip bonds them together. Together these five are one super-hero team, The Elementals. The main action of the book is a scavenger hunt, which is a neat way to build this world of magic. This first book really helps to lay the groundwork for what I hope is a super fun series to come.

My favorite character in this series is Blake because he feels really well developed through his actions and the things he says to Nicole. He’s her forbidden love interest. Blake and Danielle are going out (even though Blake keeps saying he’s going to break up with her!), but he says he’s drawn to Nicole, just as Nicole is to him. Nicole knows nothing can happen, because she is not the kind of girl who is going to be a party to cheating – well, that, and she doesn’t want bad blood, especially amongst their group who may very well be destined to save the world together. Though I’m hoping there is more to their relationship that will play out in the next couple of books!

What I like about this book is the magic is based in mythology and it’s not really heavy high fantasy, which I tend to get lost in – this is based in our world. It takes place in a regular suburban town in New England, and makes it feel like you could almost have this secret world of magical people in your high school too. I know that people say this is like Percy Jackson, but I’ve never read those books before. If you loved Talia Vance’s BANDIA books, then I think you will like ELEMENTALS. Both are based in mythology (Greek vs Irish), and take place in a regular high school. Also, it made me think about Hercules and there was definitely a moment when I nostalgically started singing “The Gospel Truth” from Disney’s Hercules in my head ;)

If you’re looking for a fast paced urban fantasy book that has to do with prophecies, Greek Gods, witches and magic, then this is the book for you! Looking forward to April to see what's in store for book two!

Purchase your copy today!

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Please also check out some of my interviews with her here....!!

The Process Project: Michelle Madow
Interview with Michelle Madow from 2014

Also check out my Diamonds in the Rough Release Party Pics!

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Visit Michelle online: www.michellemadow.com, and be sure to subscribe to her newsletter and follow her on Amazon for instant updates on her books!

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

HOORAY! Spartagus has a new book out -- The Wolves of Dynamo


I am so proud of and excited for my friend, Gareth Young, aka Spartagus. He has just released a new book! 

THE WOLVES OF DYNAMO


Check out all the details below!


THE WOLVES OF DYNAMO
By Gareth S. Young

Thirteen-year-old Eileen MacCormick has always called Dynamo City home. Its bustling streets, imposing Cathedral, and enveloping forest fascinate her, giving her solace after the death of her father. But after moving closer to the forest she finds so comforting, she discovers that it hides a dark, magical world.

Eileen's life changes irrevocably when she crosses paths with a murderer who is terrorizing the city. Heartsick, she finds herself drawn back to the forest where an enclave of mysterious wolves reveal themselves to her. Eileen is shocked to learn she can communicate with the wolves and outraged when the ancient animals demand she lure the murderer to the forest.

How can these creatures ask this of her? How can a thirteen-year-old possibly catch a killer?

Bewildered by her role in this new magical world, and by the wolves' extraordinary request, Eileen must battle her sorrow and find courage as she begins the most dangerous and incredible adventure of her life.



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Gareth S. Young

Gareth S. Young was born and raised in Scotland, but has now lived for more than 15 years in the American Midwest. This has played havoc with his accent. In 2010, he published his first full length story, a mystery/suspense novel called Monsters In April 2013, his short story "The Orange-headed Serpent" was published in the Orange Karen Anthology. 2015 will see the release of Dynamo City: The Wolves of Dynamo, part one of an audacious YA urban fantasy series. Other upcoming works include Persephone, the much anticipated follow up to Monsters and part two of the Dynamo City saga.

And follow SpartaGus on the web!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Our Friend Pippa Jay's Release Day is here!

Pippa Jay  is one of our lovely Process Project interviewees, and today is her release day for book two!! Check out all of the information below!

Check out her interview here: Pippa Jay's Writing Process

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A seductive tyrant. A lost hero. And a galaxy about to fall...

It’s been a year in paradise for Keir and Quin, but now the idyll is over. After Quin falls sick, they return to the hidden sanctuary of Lyagnius, and what she learns there will not only change their lives, but set them on a journey that could separate them forever.

When Keir falls victim to a ruthless Nercaandi Empress bent on conquering the galaxy with her cybernetic army, it will take all Quin’s diminishing powers and the help of her son to find him. But what waits for her aboard the tyrant’s ship will test her strength and the limits of their love, and put everything she cares about at risk. Including Keir.

With the galaxy itself about to fall, will she be able to save him?

Book Two of the Redemption series and part of the Travellers Universe.

Please add it to your Goodreads shelf HERE, or sign up HERE for my no-spam newsletter for special previews on cover reveals, new releases, the latest giveaways and discounts, and upcoming news. Or click Follow on my Amazon author page.


Buy Keir's Fall at these links below!!

Print to follow. Visit the webpage at http://www.pippajay.co.uk/#!keirs-fall-redemption-2/c1ju0

Book One - Keir - is available for just 99 cents/Euros/pence until the end of December. http://www.pippajay.co.uk/#!keir/c187d


More about Pippa Jay!

After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 22 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the 2015 EPIC eBook awards, the 2015 RWA LERA Rebecca (2nd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.


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