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Book Spotlight: The Last Hope in Hopetown by Maria Tureaud

My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Last Hope in Hopetown is a fang-tastically, spooky debut that flips the script on our perceptions of vampires. In a world where vampires have come into the light and joined society, they are no longer the blood-thirsty villains but have jobs and own homes and raise children. That’s…

Book Spotlight: Earth to Dad by Krista Van Dolzer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars Earth to Dad is a beautiful, moving story about an 11-year-old boy, Jameson, set in a future where the Earth is moving closer to the sun after a meteor brushes past Jupiter, creating a bad chain reaction. Now things are dangerously heating up on the Earth’s surface and the…

#MoodPitch Fall 2022

The second-ever #MoodPitch, a Twitter-based pitch contest, was on November 3rd, and it seemed even more successful and popular than the first. According to @moodpitchers’ tweets, it trended #1 for 6 hours and had around 45K tweets. Yes, 45,000. That’s some good participation! What was different this time? Well, sure, the sheer number of moodboards…

#PitchMe 2022

#PitchMe is a unique type of Twitter pitch contest created by author Krista Van Dolzer with the help of author Tara Shiroff. It involves four weeks of mentoring, opportunities to connect with other writers in your genre, and a pitch fest which will be reviewed by a group of agents and even editors. For the…

What is a Wishgiver or Aranea?

When I first started writing Maira and the Rainbow City (the working title for my upper middle grade fantasy), I knew I wanted my wish-giving creature to have some interesting qualities. Qualities which would affect how Maira experiences the world after she becomes one. In this fantasy world, the wish-giving creatures are called wishgivers or…

Marvelous Middle Grade

I have an ongoing debate with myself about which books I love reading more: middle grade or young adult. Because even though I adore young adult, middle grade books win me over again and again. Middle grade books tend to be primarily written for kids ages 8 to 12 but as with any genre, there…

#MoodPitch: The Most Beautiful Pitch Session Ever

It’s been a few weeks since the first-ever #MoodPitch, and I’m still thinking fondly about all the amazing moodboards and aesthetics which made the Twitter feed beautiful that day. I think this was the most creative and enjoyable pitch event I’ve experienced because we got to think beyond the words. We got to share what…

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