Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Win a Writing Critique (50 pages)

Calling all writers:)
Want a chance to win a 50 page critique of your manuscript? Ru at And then she was like blah blah blah (love the name) is hosting a drawing! Enter by this Friday at noon. The manuscript can be polished or unpolished, finished or incomplete. What a cool opportunity for aspiring authors. Click here for your chance to win. Good luck.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

In My Mailbox (#18)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren where bloggers can share the books they've received over the week (for review, from the library, bought, traded for, etc.).

For review from NetGalley:
The second in a truly action packed zombie series where true love overcomes death.

Won from Goodreads:
Girl from Campus News crew investigating a secret society at school.
Checked out from the library:
Kid abused by dad who is a judge. Leaves home, worried for his mom's safety. His ex has a secret.

Injured football star's ex-girlfriend goes missing, makes national news. He decides to find her.
A is in a different body every day. He never stays in the same one. But then he falls in love with one boy's girlfriend and must figure out how to stay his current body.
What's in your mailbox this week?


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Gearing Up to Get an Agent: Meet and Greet

Deana Barnhart

The first week for GUTGAA is upon us! If you an aspiring author who wants a critique partner, a chance to polish your pitch, or a chance to get picked up by an agent, the month of September is Gearing Up to Get an Agent over at The Meet and Greet post is first on the agenda, so here's mine!

I'm a fifth year high school English teacher (don't worry, I don't tend to correct people's grammar unless it's a formal occasion). I live in Oklahoma (and no, we don't live in teepees or ride horses to work) and wish the Thunder could have won the NBA finals against the Heat. But life goes on.

I have an awesome husband who coaches lacrosse. My favorite color is purple, and I'm a military brat, proud Air Force daughter, Navy sister, and Navy daughter-in-law. My favorite place to live was Okinawa, Japan. If I'm not writing, I'm reading YA or blogging.

Here are a few more things about me:

-Where do you write?
I write in my computer room/spare bedroom on the desktop computer. There's nice light from the window there.

-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
A mini-fridge that I used to have in college. Now it's our soda fridge:)

-Favorite time to write?
Mid-afternoon, sometimes all the way until 3 AM.
-Drink of choice while writing?, maybe I should pick a new drink.

-When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
Writing is the only thing I do that doesn't require music to complete. If I'm cleaning, exercising, getting ready in the morning, I HAVE to have music.

-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
My latest completed manuscript came from a dream. My most recent unfinished manuscript was actually inspired by a really cool friend's stories about her hilarious roommates and their shenanigans when trying to make ends meet.

-What's your most valuable writing tip?
Take out extra words. Don't use two words for something you can express with one.
I'd love to hop to your blog and read your answers, so leave me a comment!