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13 In My Own Words: Willa Blair
In My Own Words: Crystal Cattabriga
In My Own Words: Joanne Lessner
LOVE NEVER DIES EASY He leaned in, his incredibly blue lips just inches from mine now. “When I kiss you, it will be the kiss, not just a kiss.” A xombie spends his time quietly alone in the attic, longing to feel alive again. It's only after he meets Francesca that his music box heart begins to beat. He saves her from the gang that tries to hurt her, but not long after, he falls for her. Strangely, she has an attraction for this anthropomorphic boy with the clock-work heart, too. But she knows their love won't be forever, the way Johnny has intended for it to. She's human, and well...he's not. He gives her his heart. And she breaks it. She breaks him. And now he wants it back. He wants her heart. Rae Hachton is the author of the Gothic Romance Fantasy series Pretty in Black. The first three books in the series are available now. She loves to combine reality with fantasy, and is a sucker for dark fairytales. Her Forthcoming Standalone title, Frankie’s Monster gives a new take on the Zombie genre, and is a dark fairytale for the Mature YA audience. You can find out more about this book, as well as her other titles on her Blog or on Goodreads.
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Here we go! Another year and another Issue of BookPinning: The Magazine. This year the team and I are going to make the website and magazine even better. We’ve added a shopping guide that highlights great items for your reading nook or writer’s office called “Study Guide.” We’ve added our classic cartoons inspired by writers and book lovers just like you. And we’ve continued to feature great authors and industry folks and their advice and publishing stories. We think 2013 is going to be best yet! Cheers! Sincerely, Kimberly S. Lin Founder and Creative Director
"My Brother's Keeper is a well-woven tapestry of exciting characters you'll remember always"
William Fylbrigge has been accused of sorcery -足-足 a cause that is near and dear to his heart, as he knows first hand the real reasons for the burnings and the tortures of the very people he has sworn to protect as their new Earl of Sutherland. But will those people now come to his side in his time of need? A graphic artist by trade, Lorrieann Russell turned to writing and has been thrilling readers with her stories of William Fylbrigge. A New Hampshire native and resi-足 dent, her next release, In the Wake of Ashes, is sched-足 uled for release in May 2013. lorrieannrussell.wordpress.com
Contributors PT McHugh didnâ€™t start out as a storyteller. He was, however, born into a family of that encouraged imagination. He became a fan of history in school and then went to college to become a construction engineer, to build a world of straight lines, angles, and equations. He was just as surprised as everyone else when he realized that he believed in magic, and might just know the secret of how to jump through time. Since then, heâ€™s been researching the possibility and learning everything he can about history. Just in case the opportunity arises. PT was born and raised in New Hampshire and currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, two daughters, and a dog named Bob, daring to dream of alternate worlds and cheering for his beloved New England Patriots. Award Winning Author Crystal Cattabriga is a wife, mother, sister, aunt, niece, grandaughter, and a friend to those who know her. She has been writing since Jan 2011 and released her first book called Shattered Into Pieces in July 2011 which is a Non-Fiction book based on her life. Crystal writes Y/A Christian Fiction and Y/A Christian Romance Fiction. She released her second book called Saving Bobby on Nov 2011 and the first two books in her God Blessed the Broken Road Series in 2012. Currently she is working on Torn Souls which is set to release in Oct 2012, the third and final installment of GBTBR series and the sequel to Saving Bobby called In His Honor set to release in Febuary 2013.
Willa Blair is the best-selling, award-winning author of Highland Healer, her debut novel and the first in a series set in the 16th century Highlands, when the old ways, and old talents, still shaped events. She always wished she had several psi talents, such as reading her husband's mind, cleaning house by simply thinking about it, and flying. But alas, no. So she endows her characters with special talents and lives vicariously through them. She loves reading and writing romance novels set in the past, present and future.
Joanne Sydney Lessner is the author of PANDORA'S BOTTLE, a novel inspired by the true story of the world's most expensive bottle of wine (Flint Mine Press, 2010), which Paperback Dolls named one of the top five books of 2010. THE TEMPORARY DETECTIVE (Dulcet Press, April 2012) introduces Isobel Spice, aspiring actress and resourceful office temp turned amateur sleuth. No stranger to the theatrical world, Joanne enjoys an active performing career, and with her husband, composer/conductor Joshua Rosenblum, has co-authored several musicals, including the cult hit FERMAT'S LAST TANGO and EINSTEIN'S DREAMS, based on the celebrated novel by Alan Lightman. Her play, CRITICAL MASS, received its Off Broadway premiere in October 2010 as the winner of the 2009 Heiress Productions Playwriting Competition.
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REGARDING NEGATIVE REVIEWS by: pt mchugh
Hello fellow writers! My name’s Patrick, I have a book coming out in February (gasp), and I’ve been invited by the good folks at BookPinning to come over and talk to you guys about reviews. Since I’m about to go through it myself, and I’ve had ‘the talk’ with my publisher about how to handle them, I said sure, why not? I’d be glad to share! So here we go. If you’re a writer, and you’re anything like me, you’ve worked for months – if not years – on your finished product. You might not think it’s perfect, but you know darn well that it’s pretty good, and people who think otherwise aren’t necessarily welcome in your corner. Let’s be honest, though. Unless you plan to live under a rock and regulate your audience to only friends and family, sooner or later you’re going to be confronted with the inevitable: a critical review. And no matter what you say to your family, friends, or yourself, it’s going to sting. But it doesn’t have to be the end of everything. It doesn’t have to ruin your day, your month, or your year. If you handle it the right way – and everyone’s going to have their own version of that – it can be nothing more than a tiny hiccup in your everyday email reading. The first and most important thing is people to see, 9 Bookpinning.com
that your book is no longer a labor of love. As soon as it’s out there for other it’s part of that blunt industry called publishing. And now, instead of an emotional thing, it’s a business. Your business. Your career. Any review – no matter how negative – is, in the end, trying to help you further your career. Distance the emotional part of your brain and connect with your inner “Vulcan.” Although it won’t be easy, try to glean the helpful things from any review. Don’t waste your energy trying to defend yourself. The critic is giving their honest opinion; they’re not out to get you (although it may feel that way), but they are giving feedback on the book. Try to think of them as a secret friend, who’s just trying to help, and read it carefully – is there something valuable there? An idea you hadn’t noticed before? Advice in disguise? Try to look for those things, and then get on with your day. Another tactic you can employ is to have someone you trust read the review first. If you have an editor or publisher who’s worth their salt, they’ll read it for you, pass on the positives, and present the
negative comments as learning opportunities. If you want to read it yourself – or you do so by accident! – make sure you’re prepared first. Find that internal switch inside you that keeps you calm and clear headed. Take a deep breath, try to smile, and plow through it. Imagine the reviewer smiling at you through the entire
1 STAR AMAZON REVIEWS I hope no one has seen this.
what do they know?! they wouldn’t know a good book if it...
My career is OVER! IRRATIONAL PANIC I suppose it’s not so bad...
review. It’s awfully hard to get mad at someone if you think they’re talking to you as a friend. After you’ve read it, don’t dwell on the negative. Turn it into a positive and give yourself a treat for dealing with it (a cup of coffee, a nice lunch, or a new car … depending on how bad the review was). And then take another deep breath and look at your surroundings. You survived, the sun is still going to rise, the moon will set, and the world is still spinning. Life moves on, and so should you. The best advice I can give is this: your hard work shouldn’t be diminished, no matter what anyone says. Take pride and pleasure in what you achieved, and don’t let detractors taint how you feel about your finished product. Remember, there are a lot of people out there who didn’t like Harry Potter and thought the Hunger Games was a badly phrased cookbook. Even Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye received negative reviews in their day. Not everyone is going to love what you wrote, but that’s not an indictment on you personally. If you can accept that before you get started, those reviews aren’t going to sting nearly as much as they could have.
COFFEE TALK WITH CRYSTAL CATTABRIGA
Q: Please share your own personal publishing journey.
Q: What do you find is the best part of being an author?
CC: My journey started in 2010 after closing the door to a life that left me heart broken. I decided to write a book in order to find closure. In 2011 a friend who had just published her first book guided me along the way on how to publish mine.
CC: I find that being my own boss is a plus compared to working a 8-5 job. I also find it rewarding when family, friends, or fans write to tell me that my books inspired them.
Q: What was your inspiration for writing Torn Souls ? CC: Torn Souls has always been apart of my life even before I decided to write books. Although, I never knew exactly how the story would unfold, I did know it needed to be told. When I was a kid growing up my parents instilled great values in me. Mostly to always respect others and pay it forward in life. I never really paid much attention to the world around me until November 12, 1998 when Matthew Shepard had lost his life. Ever since that day and every year after I've held him in my heart along with other kids who have died from being bullied because they were different. Q: What do you find is the most challenging part of being an author? CC: Finding time between family life and writing. Family is the most important thing to me besides God, so I try to put them first.
Q: What is one thing that you have done that brought you more readers? CC: Book signing have worked in reaching more readers. Q: What's one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you? CC: I never promise someone something unless I know I can keep my promise. Q: Is there anything new that you are working on for 2013? CC: I'm working on a few books set to release in 2013 called: - Once in a Lifetime, a Sweet serendipity Novel - Saving Bobby sequel called In His Honor - God Blessed the Broken Road Book 3 - The Untold Story of My Love
COFFEE TALK WITH WILLA BLAIR
Q: Please share your own personal publishing journey. WB: Like many authors, I think I was born a writer, though I didn't always write. Getting from blank page to publication was a process that evolved over a decade of writing, wanting to write, feeling guilty about not writing, and being to tired to care. Life has a habit of getting in the way, but then I retired from my day job and focused on finishing a book. I had started several novels and was doing what everyone does. I polished the first 3 chapters. And polished. And polished some more. Eventually I was able to focus on one book and finish the first draft, something I recommend every aspiring author do. There's something about completing a book that was a revelation to me. It's a milestone, a rite of passage, and it carries great significance. You know there will be revisions and more revisions before you dare show it to anyone else, but you've achieved what so many others only aspire to. Having completed a manuscript gave me the confidence, after lots of editing, to enter those highly polished first few chapters in contests. When Highland Healer finaled and then won the Washington Romance Writers Marlene contest in the Paranormal category (as working title Warrior), that was the
signal to me that maybe I really could become an author. I was ready to pitch it to agents and editors. Getting an offer from an editor was breathtaking, and a little scary. The fantasy of being a published author suddenly got real. I think everyone is surprised - and a bit taken aback - when your dreams come true. But there's always another dream out there. I've since become a bestselling author on Kindle with this book, and I hope to sell more books and keep growing as an author. Other milestones that knock your socks off - seeing your cover for the first time, seeing your book on sale and on someone's Kindle, and actually holding that print book in your hands. Q: What was your inspiration for writing Highland Healer? WB: My imagination is very visual. I saw the opening scene and tried to capture it in words. At first I didn't know where or when it was taking place, but I quickly settled on the Highlands of Scotland. Then I had to pin down the time period, which meant doing a lot of research. There's not much in the historical record about the highlands, which is both good and bad. Bad because there isn't a lot of historical context. Good because an author has a lot of freedom to imagine and create. Where I can find and use them, the events of the time period give my stories context and richness of detail. But ultimately, I'm writing fiction,
so I invent what I need to for each story. Q: What do you find is the most challenging part of being an author? WB: Getting back to writing after publishing a book is tough - at least it is has been for me with my debut book. Promotion is time- and energyconsuming. And I'll admit to being mesmerized by my Kindle ratings as they bounced up and down in Amazon's bestseller lists since Highland Healer's early release to Kindle KDP Select in October. As of its official release date this month, Highland Healer is available in both print and e-formats from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and my publisher, The Wild Rose Press. So I'm busy doing more promo. It's been a challenge to get my focus back onto the next book, but I am making the time to write. Q: What do you find is the best part of being an author? WB: My readers! Hearing how much they like my book will never get old. I really appreciate that they take the time and trouble to review my book, comment on Facebook and Goodreads, and tell their friends. All of that is incredibly important to every author. Readers can do a lot to help a book get noticed. Q: What is one thing that you have done that brought you more readers?
WB: Amazon Kindle KDP Select. My brilliant publisher put Highland Healer into that program 90 days before its official release date and the response has been huge. Readers downloaded an unbelievable number of free books. Some writers can't accept the idea of lost sales, but I look at it this way: some (many?) of the people who downloaded my book would not have bought it. Now that they have it, if/when they read it, if they like it, they'll look for more of my books. They'll tell their friends. That's exactly what an author wants to happen. Following the free days, my publisher is keeping the momentum going by listing Highland Healer below its regular Kindle price until its official release date on 4 January. It's clear from the Amazon rankings that readers are telling their friends, because it's a bestseller. I'm so grateful to my readers and my publisher for my debut book's success. Q: Is there anything new that you are working on for 2013? WB: Absolutely! The second book in the series, which I call Highland Seer, is with my editor and I hope to have a 2013 release date for it. I'm still writing the third book in the series, Highland Troth, as well as guest-blogging, keeping my website current, and outlining more Highland Talents series books, a contemporary that will probably be a romantic suspense, and a science fiction romance series.
COFFEE TALK WITH JOANNE LESSNER Q: Please share your own personal publishing journey. JL: I was working with an agent when I wrote Pandora’s Bottle, and although she really believed in the book, she wasn’t having any luck placing it. We were getting really dumb responses like, “Oenophiles are more interested in non-fiction” and “Nobody will buy a book with a middle-aged male protagonist.” Then one day, I got a call from my cousin, Debbie Lessner-Gioquindo. Debbie blogs as the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess, and she had helped me with my research by introducing me to several local vineyard owners. She called out of the blue and said, “I found a publisher for your book.” And I thought, “Yeah, right.” But she had! Bob Bedford and Linda Pierro publish Hudson Valley Wine Magazine, and through their niche imprint, Flint Mine Press, had put out several books. It turned out to be a perfect match. Linda designed that fantastic cover, and Bob’s knowledge of wine allowed me to add depth and detail that I wouldn’t have had access to otherwise. My experience also demonstrates the importance of just getting it out there. Somehow—I’m still not sure how—Pandora’s Bottle caught the attention of ICM and they now represent me. Q: What was your inspiration for writing Pandora’s Bottle? JL: It’s based on an actual event that took place at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York in 1989. My husband
Josh and I write musicals together, and after our first had its Off Broadway premiere, we were casting about for an idea for our next one. Josh said, “Do you remember reading about the waiter who dropped a bottle of wine dating from the French Revolution, and everyone threw themselves on the floor to lick it up off the carpet?” I said, “No, but that’s hilarious!” I drafted an outline for the show, but it never felt natural as a musical, so I shelved it. Eight years later, I was looking for a new book idea and I had a bona fide Eureka! moment at one in the morning. I hopped out of bed and wrote the auction scene that opens the book. Q: What do you find is the most challenging part of being an author? JL: Getting started writing each day. Even when you have a pretty good idea where you’re going, just settling down to do it can be a real challenge. There are a hundred distractions. Sometimes I find myself writing my first sentence and then feeling like I should get the rest of the day off. But once I get going, it’s like channeling. Q: What do you find is the best part of being an author? JL: It’s pretty great to be able to hold up a book and say, “I wrote that.” And I love hearing from readers who enjoy my work. That never gets old.
Q: What is one thing that you have done that brought you more readers? JL: Selling and signing my book at food and wine festivals. I’ve connected with a lot of new readers that way, and the best part is that it’s an in person connection. Q: What's one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you? JL: Even though I’m not a gay male dancer, the character I identify most with is Tripp. His musings about show business, his sixth sense about whether or not he’s been cast in a role, and his discovery that success only comes when you let go of your attachment to the results…those are all very personal from my years as a professional singer and actor. Q: Is there anything new that you are working on for 2013?
JL: Lots! I’m getting ready to publish the second installment of my Isobel Spice detective series, Bad Publicity. I published the first book, The Temporary Detective, under my own imprint, Dulcet Press, and it’s proven pretty popular. I’m percolating the third book in the series, but first I want to finish another novel that’s in progress. And then Josh and I have been commissioned by the Signature Theater in Arlington, Virginia to write a show for them. We’re almost done turning the Wilkie Collins novella The Haunted Hotel into a gleefully gothic chamber musical. So 2013 is shaping up to be a pretty big writing year. I guess I’d better figure out how to get past that first sentence! 17 Bookpinning.com
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Behind the Beaufiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity By: Katherine Boo Non-Fiction NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR %<7KH1HZ<RUN7LPHV7KH:DVKLQJWRQ3RVW27KH 2SUDK0DJD]LQH86$7RGD\1HZ<RUN1HZVGD\ NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY 3HRSOH6ODWH7KH(FRQRPLVW)LQDQFLDO7LPHV 1HZVZHHN)RUHLJQ3ROLF\7KH6HDWWOH7LPHV6W /RXLV3RVW'LVSDWFK7KH3ODLQ'HDOHU.DQVDV&LW\ 6WDU3XEOLVKHUV:HHNO\ From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities. In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewilderhuman. Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter—Annawadi’s “most-everything girl”—will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.” But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi.
Falling Kingdoms By: Morgan Rhodes Teen Fantasy
In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power--brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined: Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct. Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished--and finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making. Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past--and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield. Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword... The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
Burning Man By: Alan Russell Thriller LAPD cop Michael Gideon and his police dog partner Sirius became reluctant celebrities after capturing a notorious serial killer in the midst of an inferno. For their heroism, they were chosen to head up the newly formed Special Cases Unit. Now the duo tackles out-of-the- ordinary cases, anything deemed unusual or bizarre even by Hollyweird standards. When a teenager is found crucified in a city park, Gideon and Sirius are handed the bizarre case. Confronting the gruesome tableau and having to work the case worsens Detective Gideon’s PTSD, a condition he has tried to hide from others. Gideon’s burns may have healed, but the fire haunts him still...in more ways than one. Eerily prescient since that terrible night of the fire, Gideon has unusual insights into the crimes he investigates, a skill he and Sirius must learn to trust as much as they do each other if they are to solve —and survive—this case.
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