Thursday, June 20, 2019

Pitch for the Win -- OUR AMAZING AUTHORS

Announcing our eight participating authors! Each author will choose a favorite entry; winners will get a public critique of their first pages.

Here they are, in all their glory:


Sarah Ahiers is the author of ASSASSIN’S HEART and THIEF’S CUNNING (HarperTeen, 2016, 2017) Both books were finalists for the Minnesota Book Award, and have received starred and glowing reviews from Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, and Kirkus. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. Her thesis was a study of monsters and monstrous characters in middle grade and young adult fantasy fiction. Sarah lives in Minnesota with her dogs and a house full of critters. She has a collection of steampunk hats and when she’s not writing she fills her time with good games, good food, good friends, and good family.



Erin Beaty was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, which means she can't drive a tractor, but she won't eat veggies that come from a can. She graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in rocket science and somehow always ended up writing her study group's lab reports. After serving in the fleet as a weapons officer and a leadership instructor, it still amazes her when other people want to hear the stories that come out of her head. She is the author of the Traitor's Circle Trilogy (The Traitor's Kiss, The Traitor's Ruin, The Traitor's Kingdom).

She and her husband have five children, two cats, and a vegetable garden and live wherever the navy tells them to go.

Visit her web site at


Nancy Bilyeau is the author of 'The Blue,' a historical thriller set in the 18th century art and porcelain world, praised by Town & Country as a "Best Book of 2019." She has also written the Joanna Stafford trilogy, set in Tudor England, published by Simon & Schuster. Her next novel is 'Dreamland,' taking place in Gilded Age New York City.

For more information, go to

Sales link for The Blue: HERE


A long-time resident of Ottawa, Canada, Holly has been working in STEM publishing. She graduated with an English degree from the University of Ottawa. Her debut novel, 5 TO 1, was released in May 2015 from Knopf Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House). 




Adam Heine lives in Thailand, where he and his wife raise an enormous family of foster kids who have nowhere to go. He trains these kids to be thinkers, gamers, and supervillains. A few insist on being good at sports and stuff—he tries not to hinder them.

He is also a professional writer, game designer, editor, and all-around word mercenary. He is the author of Izanami’s Choice as well as stories found in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Paizo's Pathfinder Tales, and the Tomorrow's Cthulhu anthology. He was also the design lead for Torment: Tides of Numenera and is writing for other games he can’t tell you about. He desperately tries to pretend he has spare time in which to play video games and catch up on Netflix.

SALES LINKS:   Amazon     Barnes and Noble     Indiebound
Broken Eye Books (direct from publisher)


Baker of brownies and tormenter of characters, Alice Loweecey celebrates the day she jumped the wall with as much enthusiasm as her birthday. She grew up watching Hammer horror films and Scooby-Doo mysteries, which explains a whole lot. When she's not creating trouble for her sleuth Giulia Driscoll or inspiring nightmares as her alter-ego Kate Morgan, she can be found growing vegetables in her garden and water lilies in her koi pond. 

Alice's latest: BETTER THAN NUN 

Kate's latest two: STAKING CINDERELLA 
                            DEMONS FOR TEA


Rosaria grew up in rural North Carolina, where she climbed trees, read Harry Potter fanfiction, and taught herself Latin. She studied political theory at Princeton and lives in Chicago with her husband and cat. Her debut young adult fantasy novel, FIREBORNE, will be released by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in October 2019.


Peter Adam Salomon’s debut novel, HENRY FRANKS, was published by Flux in 2012. His second novel, ALL THOSE BROKEN ANGELS, published by Flux in 2014, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in Young Adult fiction. Both novels have been named a ‘Book All Young Georgians Should Read’ by The Georgia Center for The Book.

He founded both National Dark Poetry Day (Oct. 7) and the annual international Horror Poetry Showcase for the Horror Writers Association.

His short fiction has appeared in the Demonic Visions series among other anthologies, and he was the featured author for Gothic Blue Book III: The Graveyard Edition. He was also selected as one of the Gentlemen of Horror for 2014.

His poem ‘Electricity and Language and Me’ appeared on BBC Radio 6 performed by The Radiophonic Workshop. Eldritch Press published his first collection of poetry, PseudoPsalms: Prophets (nominated for the Elgin Award), and his second and third poetry collections, PseudoPsalms: Saints v. Sinners and PseudoPsalms: Sodom (nominated for the Elgin Award), were published by Bizarro Pulp Press. In addition, he was the Editor for the first books of poetry released by the Horror Writers Association: Horror Poetry Showcase Volumes I and II.

He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Horror Writers Association, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, the Science Fiction Poetry Association, the International Thriller Writers, and The Authors Guild.

You still have a few days to work on your 75-word pitch! GO HERE to read the full submission guidelines. Submissions will open at noon EDT this coming Monday.


  1. Wow- all this talent in one spot! And all so generous with their time and expertise- thank you, one and all! But I do have a question. It just dawned on me that the MS I finished entirely rewriting last month is one I've been working on for years (like 14?) and entered in a previous contest under a different title maybe 8 or 10 years ago. Maybe more- how long have you been doing this? ;) I had to sideline everything to concentrate on getting well; the original MS was basically to teach myself to read and write again and I didn't want to lose the story line the illness gave me (when one is given lemons, make lemonade. When one is given mold hallucinations, write a novel!) Rereading it, it totally sucked. No way was it ready for anyone to read, much less publication! But being me, I had to have a goal, even if it was to write a sucky novel while healing. :) So while it's the same premise, it's an entirely different novel. But I did technically use it before, so if you rule no, I completely understand. It's up to you, and I'll enjoy the contest either way.

    1. Oh, honey, you can totally use it. It's been WAY long. And, like you said, it's a totally different novel! I had those rules in place back when I was doing almost-constant contests, and I had to make sure that the same excerpts didn't keep recycling. Not so much of a problem anymore!

      By all means, enter. And I'm glad you're doing better!

  2. Thank you so much! I didn't want to be a hog, so I thought I'd better ask. Now it's up to the bot!

    I want to add that even though I'm a writer, I cannot find the words to express what your blog has meant to me for all these years. It's been a lifeline, giving me hope, joy, and lots of laughs. I've enjoyed helping others (if my remarks actually help) and honing my craft, and I love watching other writers succeed. You created a positive, loving community, of which you should be proud!

    And we are proud of you! I can't wait to read your exciting new novel!!! And I so have a picture idea for it!!!

    1. DJ, I can't express how much your words mean to me. (Words of affirmation is my Love Language, which makes it even...bigger.)

      Thank you so much. And yes, trust that your remarks have helped others. Sometimes we never see the fruit of what we've offered, but rest assured it's there.

      I also might be squeeing internally because you have a picture idea... :)