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Scavenger Hunt Blog Hop

 

To celebrate the release of Heather Marie’s The Gateway Through Which They Came, we’re having a scavenger hunt blog hop.

It’s easy to join in the fun !! Each of the Scavenger Hunt hosts will post an architectural letter (to keep with The Gateway theme) somewhere hidden in their post about Heather Marie’s new book.

Collect all eight letters and unscramble the word used in The Gateway Through Which They Came.

Each site will have a rafflecopter portal for you to enter the winning answer once you’ve collected all the letters.

The Scavenger Hunt runs from Wednesday, August 27th to Wednesday, September 10th.

One winner will be chosen from all entrants to win a paperback copy of The Gateway Through Which They Came signed by Heather Marie.

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Pitchwars – ALL THE CREEPY MG!

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I’m kinda nervous and truly excited to be a part of PitchWars this year. These types of contests are amazing.

I’ve never been very good at pimping myself, but here goes:

My #PitchWars Basics:

I’m KT Hanna and I’m mentoring MIDDLE GRADE. I’ll be looking for the following:

  • Fantasy (all subgenres)
  • Science Fiction (all subgenres)
  • Horror and adventure are fine as long as there’s some supernatural/magical element
  • Please note: The darker, creepier, weirder – the better
  • Exceptional writing that gives me chills (Writing will always trump – Wow me)

However – I’m not your girl for contemporary or realistic fiction

Now for the details, and don’t forget to visit the other mentors. The link list is at the end of this post :D

My reading taste:

Buffybook

I like strange things – that is, different stories. Ones I haven’t heard or read a thousand times. Something bold, something new, nothing borrowed. Something frightening. Something that shouldn’t – couldn’t possibly exist – but oh how we secretly wish it did.

Creepy

I want to have a hard time sleeping, whether I’m scared or just mulling over the book I just binged because it made me think that much. Give me something fresh and cheeky, with sass and sarcasm, but please make sure it has a heavy dose of grit.

angelJenny1

I’m not a light and fluffy person, but I do like humour – the darker the better – and never forget that I want to fall in love with your characters. Don’t confuse this with romance, it needs to be seamless, a natural part of the story’s progression. However, I am perfectly fine with strong friendships (especially because this will be MG)

DarkHumourWillow1

Examples of books I love (NOTE: I’ve not just listed MGs because I wanted to give a better overall picture of the type of mood I’m looking for)

  • Coraline – Neil Gaiman
  • Ranger’s Apprentice – John Flanagan
  • Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
  • Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
  • Young Wizards – Diane Duane
  • The School of Good and Evil – Soman Chainani
  • Most of Stephen King’s earlier stuff
  • Add Dean Koontz and Clive Barker to that list
  • Vicious – V.E. Schwab
  • Blood Magic – Tessa Gratton
  • Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

Why you should pick me

I adore the weird and wonderful things of the world. If I fall in love with your manuscript you I will do everything in my power to help you make it the best you possibly can.


Explode

Well, and I have an Australian accent ;)

What you can expect from me as a mentor

My crit style is thorough and honest. I won’t mollycoddle you. I’ll pick apart your prose with just as much enthusiasm as I gush over the good elements. 

Every critique I give comes with a caveat: that it is my opinion – and it is your book. And where I can, I will always offer suggestions as to possible solutions for the problems I see. But I am NOT a copy editor. Sorry.

Sound satisfactory? Excellent

buffywillow1

Last but not least -

A little bit about me:

I’m an Australian expat, living currently in Kansas USA, although I have lived and worked in Germany too. My husband whisked me away after meeting me in Everquest 2 (an online MMORPG), and married me in 2007. We currently have a beautiful toddler girl, two corgis, and a very laid back kitty. Yes, you read that right, I traded Australia for Kansas.

buffyshock1

That’s true love right there.

I’m a binge writer, reader, and editor with a penchant for TV series such as Buffy, Supernatural, and Sleepy Hollow etc. Every story I write or love has dark elements. Hence all of the above.

I tweet too much, procrastinate a lot, and love a good gif party.

Scared

Why yes, I am a writer.

So that’s pretty much me

If you’re still here, and you think you have the MS for me?

Pop over to Brenda Drake’s Blog and check out how you choose me as one of your potential mentors.

I’m on Twitter as @KTHanna and remember to send me all the weird, creepy, and fantastical MG you have! I can’t wait to see it!

ExciteBuffy

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PitchWars – I WANT YOU!

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I’ve never been very good at pimping myself, but here goes

My #PitchWars Basics:

I’m KT Hanna and I’m mentoring MIDDLE GRADE and will be looking for the following:

  • Fantasy (all subgenres)
  • Science Fiction (all subgenres)
  • Horror and adventure are fine as long as there’s some supernatural/magical element
  • Please note: The darker, creepier, weirder – the better

However - I’m not your girl for contemporary or realistic fiction

Now for the details

My reading taste:

Buffybook

I like strange things – that is, different stories. Ones I haven’t heard or read a thousand times. Something bold, something new, nothing borrowed. Something frightening. Something that shouldn’t – couldn’t possibly exist – but oh how we secretly wish it did.

Creepy

I want to have a hard time sleeping, whether I’m scared or just mulling over the book I just binged because it made me think that much. Give me something fresh and cheeky, with sass and sarcasm, but please make sure it has a heavy dose of grit.

angelJenny1

I’m not a light and fluffy person, but I do like humour – the darker the better – and never forget that I want to fall in love with your characters. Don’t confuse this with romance, it needs to be seamless, a natural part of the story’s progression. However, I am perfectly fine with strong friendships (especially because this will be MG)

DarkHumourWillow1

Examples of books I love (NOTE: I’ve not just listed MGs because I wanted to give a better overall picture of the type of mood I’m looking for)

  • Coraline – Neil Gaiman
  • Ranger’s Apprentice – John Flanagan
  • Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
  • Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
  • Young Wizards – Diane Duane
  • The School of Good and Evil – Soman Chainani
  • Most of Stephen King’s earlier stuff
  • Add Dean Koontz and Clive Barker to that list
  • Vicious – V.E. Schwab
  • Blood Magic – Tessa Gratton
  • Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

Why you should pick me

I adore the weird and wonderful things of the world. If I fall in love with your manuscript you I will do everything in my power to help you make it the best you possibly can.


Explode

Well, and I have an Australian accent ;)

What you can expect from me as a mentor

My crit style is thorough and honest. I won’t mollycoddle you. I’ll pick apart your prose with just as much enthusiasm as I gush over the good elements. 

Every critique I give comes with a caveat: that it is my opinion – and it is your book. And where I can, I will always offer suggestions as to possible solutions for the problems I see. But I am NOT a copy editor. Sorry.

Sound satisfactory? Excellent

buffywillow1

Last but not least -

A little bit about me:

I’m an Australian expat, living currently in Kansas USA, although I have lived and worked in Germany too. My husband whisked me away after meeting me in Everquest 2 (an online MMORPG), and married me in 2007. We currently have a beautiful toddler girl, two corgis, and a very laid back kitty. Yes, you read that right, I traded Australia for Kansas.

buffyshock1

That’s true love right there.

I’m a binge writer, reader, and editor with a penchant for TV series such as Buffy, Supernatural, and Sleepy Hollow etc. Every story I write or love has dark elements. Hence all of the above.

I tweet too much, procrastinate a lot, and love a good gif party.

Scared

Why yes, I am a writer.

So that’s pretty much me

If you’re still here, and you think you have the MS for me?

Pop over to Brenda Drake’s Blog and check out how you choose me as one of your potential mentors.

I’m on Twitter as @KTHanna and remember to send me all the weird, creepy, and fantastical MG you have! I can’t wait to see it!

ExciteBuffy

Blog Hop Linky to go HERE :D

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The End of June is Nigh

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Nigh is a rather pretty word, don’t you think? I do, so really, everything else is irrelevant lol

Anyway – so the end of June is approaching, and I’m really excited because I’ve had a pretty good month. Got a lot done, have come up with a couple of great plotbunnies (which means I now have even more to do, but still), and I’m excited.

  1. Compile Edit Notes for Done!
  2. Edit D – DONE!
  3. Send D to Bree – DONE and very, very nervous lol
  4. Start in on drafting my Blog series – Just starting it, but that qualifies as DONE!
  5. Plot out secret project – First round done!
  6. Cheer on my fellow #Writemotivationers and others – Been doing
  7. Keep up with Social Media – Think I did this
  8. Keep up the Lore4 Work! – I NEED MORE TIME

So I think the month has gone fairly well. I have to be careful about taking on too much. What with secret project, my innate need to draft and edit at least three books in a year, multiple crit partners & projects, having a toddler, a work from home job – and then everything else. I keep spreading myself far too thin. Sadly, there is only so much time in the days and my bloody Tardis won’t come home.

Overall though, I’m happy with June. July will be better.

How has your month been?

If you need a bit of cheering on feel free to head over to the #Writemotivation sign up.

Here’s to a fantastic July for everyone!

Cover Reveal – DRAWN TO YOU by Angi Black

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I’m so excited to have the cover reveal for DRAWN TO YOU by Angi Black on my blog today.

DRAWN TO YOU comes out August 19th 2014 anywhere and everywhere ebooks are sold.

Here’s a little bit about it:

College life is a breath of fresh air for 20 year old Ellie Baylor, a painfully shy but beautiful art major. She has her canvas and charcoal and that’s more than enough. Her choice to go to school far from home and the watchful eye of her strict parents seems like the perfect thing for smooth sailing into an easy life. But when River Daniels, a charming artist with eyes the color of hot chocolate, asks her to join him in a project for class, Ellie may get more than just an A. She might find out how to live.

Here’s a little bit about Angi:

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Angi Black is a dancer, a singer, a pirate, a poet. One of those is a lie. She writes New Adult and Adult and owns her own editing business, Wise Owl Words. She also teaches dance and theater all while baking treats and greening up the world around her. She loves music and donuts. She’s Team Damon and her muse is Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Gene Kelley. Whedonite. Coffee. Ambassador of Awesome. Bourbon. Beatles. Zeppelin. Mraz. Queen of useless trivial knowledge. Betty White is her spirit animal. Her patronus is a chorus of back-up dancers singing Don’t Rain on my Parade. Angi blogs at The Writer Diaries, All The Write Notes, and Indie Ignites. She even has a fancy website.

You can find her in all these places:
Website
Facebook
Twitter

And here is her GORGEOUS Cover!!!!

Drawn To You Ebook Cover

June is almost gone

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2014 is not being my year. I’m resigned to 2015 being much better, and so, I’m making 2014 my preparation year for 2015

Sound like a plan? I THINK IT DOES

So – then it comes to what I’ve been up to this month. My parents left on June 6th. It’s always a little heartbreaking when they go. I miss them even before we get to the airport. But that’s life living over 8k miles away, and there’s always Skype. Speaking of which, Kami now recognizes them on the computer. It was absolutely adorable.

Now to the writing and the writing todo list.

  1. Compile Edit Notes for D – DONE
  2. Edit D – in the process of
  3. Send D to Bree – obviously can’t do before 2 is done
  4. Start in on drafting my Blog series – yeah so… I WILL START
  5. Plot out secret project – in the process of
  6. Cheer on my fellow #Writemotivationers and others – trying really hard to be active on the hashtag
  7. Keep up with Social Media – I believe I’m succeeding at this
  8. Keep up the Lore4 Work! – just re-kickstarted this

As you can probably see, I’m having quite a good month. Let’s see if I can round up and finish it off in style.

I have a few awesome things on the blog this month. One of them is a guest post by the co-authors of CREED. And next week I have a HUGE surprise I’m excited to share.

There’s a book coming out I’m absolutely excited for too! And I hope to post about it as well. If I can get my act together.

Anyhu – How is June looking for everyone else?

Oh – HAPPY FRIDAY 13th WITH A FULL MOON :D

 

 

June is almost gone

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Originally published at K.T. Hanna - The Scribble Muse. You can comment here or there.

2014 is not being my year. I’m resigned to 2015 being much better, and so, I’m making 2014 my preparation year for 2015

Sound like a plan? I THINK IT DOES

So – then it comes to what I’ve been up to this month. My parents left on June 6th. It’s always a little heartbreaking when they go. I miss them even before we get to the airport. But that’s life living over 8k miles away, and there’s always Skype. Speaking of which, Kami now recognizes them on the computer. It was absolutely adorable.

Now to the writing and the writing todo list.

  1. Compile Edit Notes for D – DONE
  2. Edit D – in the process of
  3. Send D to Bree – obviously can’t do before 2 is done
  4. Start in on drafting my Blog series – yeah so… I WILL START
  5. Plot out secret project – in the process of
  6. Cheer on my fellow #Writemotivationers and others – trying really hard to be active on the hashtag
  7. Keep up with Social Media – I believe I’m succeeding at this
  8. Keep up the Lore4 Work! – just re-kickstarted this

As you can probably see, I’m having quite a good month. Let’s see if I can round up and finish it off in style.

I have a few awesome things on the blog this month. One of them is a guest post by the co-authors of CREED. And next week I have a HUGE surprise I’m excited to share.

There’s a book coming out I’m absolutely excited for too! And I hope to post about it as well. If I can get my act together.

Anyhu – How is June looking for everyone else?

Oh – HAPPY FRIDAY 13th WITH A FULL MOON :D

 

 

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I’m so excited to have the co-authors of CREED guest post on my blog today. Without further ado, here’s Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie with some amazing news!

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With the release date of CREED rapidly approaching, Lindsay and I have been fielding questions about what our co-authored voice sounds like,  how psychologically twisted our collective mind is, and do I need to read all of your co-authored pieces with the lights on?

Rather than simply answer those questions, we thought we’d take it one step further and actually show you! We toyed with writing a prequel-type novella to set the stage for CREED, but you know us…why write a novella to CREED when you can give them an entirely different book to enjoy!

After much discussion with our agents and an enthusiastic ‘go for it’ from our publisher, we have decided to utilize Wattpad to give the world a sneak peek at what they can expect from our co-authored voice. So here it is, a new, psychologically twisted, co-authored YA Thriller.


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“The darkness would’ve scared me years ago, but not anymore—if you couldn’t see it, then you didn’t know it was there to be afraid of.”

~Jake Holloway, SILO

 

Starting today, we will be sharing a chapter a week of our co-authored book, SILO, on Wattpad for the world to enjoy, hate, question our sanity, run screaming from… The last chapter of the book will drop the week of November 8th, the same week CREED releases!

So, go forth and be appropriately frightened as you realize just what our twisted minds of capable of.  Spread the word, leave a comment on Wattpad or simply enjoy the book in the dark confines of your own home.

 

Link to SILO on Wattpad:

 

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Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent dog.  Her co-authored, YA Psychological Horror drops November 8, 2014 from FLUX.  Her solo YA Contemporary, THE SECRETS WE KEEP, releases April, 28th 2015 from FSG/ Macmillan

www.trishaleaver.com
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Lindsay lives in Chicago, Illinois with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids and one adorable, but irreverent Bullmastiff named Sam. She graduated from Knox College in the heart of the Midwest and has been writing for as long as she can remember.

 

Today, Lindsay is an author, as well as a freelance editor for young adult, new adult and middle grade fiction.  She is a proud member of SCBWI, The YA Scream Queens and OneFourKidLit.

     

 www.lindsaycurrie.com
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Bloghop – My Writing Process

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I’ve been tagged. I’m it. I’m so bad at doing things like these usually, but I’m making a concerted effort to rectify that.

Brenda Drake tagged me to do this, and so, here I am – about to tag others.

But first, I’ll answer some questions

What am I working on?

I actualy have a couple of irons in the fire. I’m editing a YA Historical Horror to send to my agent at the end of the month. And then there’s this secret project I’m working on with a co-author – SECRET. It’s a very different genre and type of story for me, soooo that’s all I’ll say about that.

And then I have a couple of stewing plotbunnies that require intermittent stirring.

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How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Because it came from my brain? I tend to come up with weirdly creepy twists to story ideas (or so I’m told), and veer off on a tangent of odd. I truly like to imagine things I’ve not seen done before, or turn the tropes on their heads, or even neglect the tropes all together. With fairly far reaching genres under my belt, it really depends on what I feel at the time. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, urban fantasy, thriller etc You name it, at some stage I come up with an idea for it.

I think it differs because I’m different. Each writer is. That’s how it works and even given the same premise to work from, I’m quite certain different writers would turn out completely different stories. Kinda like a corgi in a Skyrim box.

Kira in a Skyrim Box!

Kira in a Skyrim Box!

 

 

Why do I write what I write?

I write everything from MG, through YA, to Adult. My inspiration and settings dictate what category I write, just as they do genre. I write what I write because that’s how I think. I see a word, and it triggers a whole concept that I then expand on. Sometimes it’s a song, other times it can be a story of someone’s past.

I write what I write because to not do so would be to do an injustice to myself. Some people have mentioned that some things I write can’t be categorized – where would they sit on a shelf? And that doesn’t matter to me. I write the stories I want to read. It’s okay if only a few people end up reading them, because when it really gets down to it – I want to tell the stories in my head, not try to conform them to some standard.

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How does my writing process work?

This is a loaded question for me. My writing process is huge and very binge like.

Short version? I get an idea and let it stew. Then I brainstorm certain elements, during which I usually come up with several snippets that pop into my head. After this I outline the basic story to make sure it works, then I develop my characters, settings, and things. Once this is done, I expand the plot in detail, define my antagonist and their motivations. All of this finishes off with research on places/things etc with links I can easily reference and an approximately 2-3k chapter by chapter outline of how the book progresses.

Never the how though, only ever the what. This way my characters can still take some of the reins. This whole plotting and planning stage can take a few to several weeks.

After all this is done, I sit down and draft in 20 minute intervals at:00 and :30 after the hour so I have two lots of ten minute breaks for coffee or twitter or anything. At the end of this writing I have a nice first draft of around 60-80k words.

TADAAAAA

My editing process is for another day.

 

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And now I’m going to tag some victims friends :D

 

Leigh Caroline

Leigh Caroline is a phone monkey for a non-profit by day, sneaking words between calls. Though some claim she also sneaks extra hours into her day, she just really hates being bored. She interns under her real name for a brilliant agent, and daydreams about sitting on both sides of the desk at once.

She’s all sorts of awesome. An amazing writer and content editor – and my longest standing CP. How she’s put up with me for almost a decade I have no idea.

 

Heather Rebel

Writer, reader, RN, and mom (to 2 beautiful Iggy girls). True born Rebel and proud of it. Rep’d by @mollykh

Another of my immensely patient crit partners.

 

Kathleen S. Allen

Computer game writer. YA author. Educator. Edits things. Bio: http://www.pinterest.com/kathleea/short-bio-about-kathleen/   Tumblr blog is here: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/kathleea 

May – the busiest month yet

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My parents are visiting from Australia.

While this sounds awesome, and don’t get me wrong, it is – it’s also exhausting. Why, you might ask – and I would answer that we’ve arranged so many different activities and trips, that I’m going to need another vacation after they leave.

Anyway – as you can imagine I’ve not got a lot done writing wise. But that’s okay.

  1. Take mom and dad on an awesome vacation – ONE down, more to go
  2. Do a couple of blog posts – ONE so far … I WILL do another
  3. Bite nails while waiting for feedback on D – Three feedbacks down, three to go
  4. Keep up with Social Media as much as possible while parents are here – I think I’m doing okay on this
  5. Cheer everyone on! – MUST DO THIS MORE

I’m waiting with baited breath for more feedback on D. What I have so far makes me itch to start edits, but I need to wait for the rest of my feedback so I can compile it and then work on applying them, tightening the prose, adding some more sensory details and creepiness, and then send it off to Bree!

Over the next couple of months I’ll have some cool things on my blog in regards to book releases and promo for friends, so I’m really looking forward to that too.

I also have a few things in the works that I’m really excited about – more on those if they eventuate.

How is your May going so far?

 

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