Friday, February 15, 2019

Kingdom Cold- YA Author Interview with Brittni Chenelle

The Book-
Attempted murder, that's how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte's engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.
When her kingdom's attacked, Charlotte's parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom's future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart? One must fall.

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The Author-

 1. She lives in South Korea. It's true. She does most of her updates in the morning or at night to account for the time difference. She also infuses most of her novels with her observations about Korean culture.

 2. She's a Type 1 Diabetic. She uses an insulin pump for survival and refers to her diabetes as "Beetie" which is what inspired her children's book "Life with Beetie". When she wants something from her parents she tells them, "My Beetie hurts." It's a trick that has never failed her.

 3. She doesn't really BELIEVE in fiction. Despite all the; Dragons, Elves, and Magic present in her novel "Involuted the Tale of the Red Ribbon Tree", Brittni INSISTS that it's a true story.

 4. She's OBSESSED with dark chocolate. She made me put that in and would also like me to inform you (on an unrelated note) that her birthday is in May.

 5. Sorry guys, she's married. If you ask her, she'll tell you her husband saved her life but everytime someone asks "how?" she gives a different reason. I've overheard her give about 4 different reasons, but I bet she has more. He must be an amazing guy.

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The Interview-
1. Tell me about your book in your own words.
Kingdom Cold is a fast-paced pseudo-medieval romance story about love and loss. It doesn't linger on back story or elaborate descriptions of the landscape and instead focuses on the intense moments that force Young Adults to transition to adulthood. Despite a classic plot, there are twists and turns that will have you yelling at your book and an ending that will sit with you long after you've put this book back on the shelf.

2. How do you think your book will relate to kids in today’s world?
I feel like kids and teens don't get enough credit for how much they can handle. Adults are always telling them they're wrong or they don't know about the "real world" and Princess Charlotte starts the same way. She's able to prove her parents wrong and hold everything together as the hero she is.

3. Is there a message you wish to convey with this book? So many. I think the message will be different depending on your age when you read it. Some say it's about how your first impression isn't always correct. Others say it's about overcoming grief and loss. Some will say that it's about becoming the best version of yourself to overcome obstacles you never thought you could.

4. Tell me about your writing process.
I'm extremely obsessive when writing the first draft of a book. I feel like I don't relax or come back to reality until the first draft is finished. I'm much happier when in the editing process. Writing books is about overcoming your self-doubt long enough to finish the project. Having a good support system can help any writer overcome this.

5. What advice would you give to up and coming authors?
Do your research. The information is out there, it's telling you how to do it well. Take the extra time, follow the steps, and do it the right way.

Thank you Brittni!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Book Publisher- Chronicle Books For Children- Open to Submissions

I've got another book publisher for you today, Chronicle Books for Children.

Who they are?
"Chronicle Books publishes an eclectic mixture of traditional and innovative children's books. We are looking for projects that have a unique bent—be it in subject matter, writing style, or illustrative technique—and that will lend our list a distinctive flair. We are interested in fiction and nonfiction books for children of all ages, as well as board books, decks, activity kits, and other unusual or "novelty" formats."

How to Submit-

General Guidelines-
Chronicle Books prefers to receive children's book submissions on paper. No compact discs, flashdrives, etc, will be reviewed.
No materials submitted will be returned.
If we are interested in your submission, you can expect to hear from us within six months after we receive your submission. Chronicle Books will not respond to an unsolicited submission unless interested in publishing it.
If your proposal is a simultaneous submission, please indicate this in your cover letter.
Please include your email address with your submission.

What to Include in Your Proposal-
Books for younger children may be submitted in their entirety without querying first. Projects for older children should be submitted by query letter, synopsis, and three sample chapters.
Since we aren't able to return any submissions, please do not send original art or anything you don't want to part with. Anything from photocopies to tear sheets will do.

Please remember not to harass editors via social media. Names are given so that you can research the types of books they publish.

Melissa Manlove, Editor (I spotlighted her HERE on 6/17)

Naomi Kirsten, Senior Editor
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Monday, February 11, 2019

Foiled- Middle Grade Author Interview and Giveaway with Carey Fessler

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Middle Grade Monday Time! How about a book from way across the ocean? Let's check out Foiled by  Carey Fessler. It's the first in a series of adventure books.

The Book-
Two best friends.
A Top Secret incident.
A souvenir.
A wild cross-state adventure.

It’s 1947 on a U.S. Army base near Roswell, New Mexico, and eleven-year-old Kate’s friend and neighbor, Billy, shows her a secret. A CIA agent arrives at Billy’s house, to recover the Top Secret items, and threatens the family, warning them to never talk about the incident—ever! Special Agent Falco informs them of their sudden reassignment to Germany. Billy, not wanting to move to Germany or return his treasures, begs Kate for help. Feisty and fiercely loyal, she agrees to hide him.

Thus begins a most unusual road trip in which the two friends use their wits, their knowledge of the terrain and geography around the base, and sheer determination to evade capture. Kate must also reach her grandfather, more than two hundred miles away, and warn him of a dangerous threat … to anyone involved.

Their race has begun, and there’s no turning back

The Author-
Jeff AKA Carey Fessler
I grew up in a military family and moved around more often than a gypsy. My favorite smell is green, favorite flavor is mist, and favorite day of the week is Funday. I wonder if fish wish they could wink and trees wish they could walk. I think it’s bizarre that your belly button harbors more bacteria than there are birds in Borneo. I believe biographies are boring and think it’s fun to speak in silly-sounding sentences with wacky words that start with the same letters. I live in the city of rain and thunder in the land Down Under, which is home to koalas, kangaroos, and kookaburras—a kingfisher. Finally, I believe in exercising your imagination and secretly staying up past your bedtime.

The Interview-

1. Tell me about your book in your own words.
Foiled is a Middle Grade pacey, page-turning novel set in 1947, featuring the famed Roswell UFO crash incident near Roswell, New Mexico.

 The title Foiled has three meanings:

1.     Foil: noun- referring to the ‘magic foil’ (piece of thin metal sheet) in the story, which is a piece of alien technology from the crash site of a UFO. On the front cover, you can spot the girl holding it in her hand. ;)

2.     Foil: noun- The two MCs contrast each other and so emphasize and enhance the qualities of the other.

3.     Foil: verb- prevent (antagonists) from succeeding.

2. Tell me about living in Australia and how it might encourage or affect your writing?
 I grew up in the States—mostly in New Mexico—as an Air Force brat and presently live in the city of rain and thunder in the Land Down—Melbourne, Australia. Living in Oz over the last several years inspired me to write my latest body of works—an MG sea-island Adventure trilogy: Shanghaied, Shipwrecked, and Sea Raiders that is set in the “Top End” of the country—Darwin, Australia.

3. Why a pen name?
I use the pen name Carey Fessler to honor the two people who encouraged me to read as a kid—my grandparents: My G’ma’s maiden name is Carey and my G’pa’s last name is Fessler … Carey Fessler worked perfectly.

4. What were your favorite kid books as a child or teen?
As a kid, I liked the mystery series by Jerry West, The Happy Hollisters, and loved the many Adventure series by Enid Blyton like The Adventurous Four, and also anything by Jules Verne like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, whose work heavily influenced steampunk. As a teen I shifted to Action novels like Ice Station Zebra by Alistar MacLean as well as WWII submarines novels like Run Silent Run Deep by CDR Edward Beach.

5. Why would kids love to read your books?
Kids from ages 9 to 99 would love to read my books because of the pacey, pages turning writing style, the cheeky humor and dialogue, as well as the action and suspense. But more importantly, readers will become emotionally invested with the engaging and endearing characters. When young readers care about a character(s) it helps teach them empathy. Foiled also gives the female reader a sense of empowerment, knowing she can make a difference in her world.

 Adults are constantly telling children what they can and can’t do. I set out to write a story about a gutsy eleven year old stumbling over endless physical and mental pits, picking herself up, and pushing herself on to discover for herself what she can do. I also wanted to ask, “Would an eleven-year-old stop at the established limits set by the grown-up world to save her friend and family, or would she break those limits?”

I’m hoping to turn kids onto reading by sparking their imagination. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is intelligence having fun.”

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Friday, February 8, 2019

The Sidewalk's Regrets- YA Author Interview with Kate Larkindale

Today I am taking a look at a new YA release from Evernight Teen, The Sidewalk's Regrets by Kate Larkindale.

The Book-
(blurb) Seventeen-year-old Sacha McLeod isn’t looking for someone to rock her world. She just needs a new violin string to replace the one she broke while practicing her audition piece. But when she hears the boy in the music store play guitar, the energy, violence and unpredictability of the music thrills her and she falls hard for Dylan and his wild, inventive sound.

As their attraction heats up, Sacha finds herself spending less time with her violin and more time with this exciting guy who makes her feel things she’s never imagined. Her plans for her violin-virtuoso future - and her self-confidence – are shattered when she screws up the audition for a prestigious summer music program. Failure isn’t something she’s had to face before, so when Dylan asks her to spend her vacation with him in the city, she lies to her parents, pretends she won a place in the summer school, and secretly moves in with Dylan. She’s expecting romance, music and passion, but when she finds herself playing second fiddle to Dylan’s newly acquired drug habit, she realizes despite what the songs say, sometimes love isn’t all you need.

Desperate to understand what’s competing with her for Dylan’s affections, she joins his band and does drugs with him -- just once. But once become twice, three times, and more. As the band's popularity grows, so do the pressures and her drug use escalates. If Sacha can’t figure out how to leave the band, and Dylan, she’ll lose herself and her own music forever.

The Author-
Kate Larkindale (love the author pic!)
Having spent a lifetime travelling the globe, Kate Larkindale settled in Wellington, New Zealand fifteen years ago.  A film marketing executive and mother to two sons, she’s surprised she finds any time to write, but doesn’t sleep much.  As a result, she can usually be found hanging out by the nearest espresso machine.
She is the author of contemporary YA novels The Sidewalk’s Regrets, An Unstill Life and Stumped along with several others that no one is allowed to see. Yet. She has also written one very bad historical romance, which will likely never see the light of day. She is working on several more YA novels that may or may not ever be finished.

Her short stories have appeared in Halfway Down The Stairs, A Fly in Amber, Daily Flash Anthology, The Barrier Islands Review, Everyday Fiction, Death Rattle, Drastic Measures, Cutlass & Musket and Residential Aliens, among others.

Find her blog HERE

The Interview-
1. Tell me about your book in your own words.

It’s a very personal story, based on what I’ve observed happening to far too many bands and musicians I’ve cared about over the years. It’s alarming how many of the same mistakes people make…

It’s about a talented violinist, Sacha, whose world is completely rocked when she meets Dylan, the guitarist in a rock band.  When her plans for her future don’t pan out exactly as she saw them unfolding, she throws everything into loving Dylan – sharing everything she has, including her music.  In return, he shares his newly acquired drug habit.  As things start spiralling out of control, Sacha discovers that despite what all the songs say, sometimes love isn’t all you need.

 2. Is there a message you wish to convey with this book?

You know, while I was writing it, I didn’t think I was trying to convey any kind of message.  It was only later, once I was going through the editing process that I realized how many messages I’d thrown in there.  There’s one about addiction, and how anything can become additive if you let it – a feeling, a person, an activity.  And then there’s one about not letting someone you care about become your sole focus.  Just because you love someone, doesn’t mean you have to become them or even be with them all the time.  You can still be your own person with your own dreams and talents and ideas.  And finally, there’s the hardest one for anyone to learn: sometimes you can’t stay with someone even when you do love them.  Sometimes love can be destructive or stifling or holding you back from being what you are meant to be.  Recognising when a relationship can’t continue is difficult, and leaving someone you love deeply even more difficult, but sometimes it’s the only way to survive.

 3. Tell me about your writing process.

 I’ve written 14 novels now, and the process has been slightly different for each of them as I’ve discovered things that work for me and things that don’t.  Basically I’m what they call a ‘pantser’, in that I don’t outline before I start writing.  I often don’t even start writing at the beginning of the book.  Usually I have one scene that’s desperate to be written, so I write that and see where it takes me.  I usually also have a pretty good idea of an ending, so I write that too, so I have somewhere to aim for.  And then I fill in the rest.  It’s not a process that will work for everyone, but I don’t think there is any ‘right’ way to write a novel.

 4. What advice would you give to up and coming authors?

 Just write.  Don’t think about publishing while you write.  Just write the book you want to read and enjoy it.  You can worry about the rest when you’re done.  And by done I mean written, revised, revised again, critiqued, revised, beta-read, revised and polished.  Writing a first draft is just the first step, but it’s the most important one.  So get your butt into that chair and write.

Thanks Kate!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Charlesbridge Publishing- Open to submissions

Don't forget to enter the YA giveaway for The Wilted Flower District

Welcome to Inside the Publishing World Wednesday! I had a heck of a time finding a publisher open to submissions, I started at the A's, but the ones I found said not accepting, or only by agent. Wow, it's getting harder out there to submit, but I found one at C- Charlesbridge Publishing!

Who are they?
"Charlesbridge publishes high-quality books for children, with a goal of creating lifelong readers and lifelong learners. Our books encourage reading and discovery in the classroom, library, and home. We believe that books for children should offer accurate information, promote a positive worldview, and embrace a child's innate sense of wonder and fun. To this end, we continually strive to seek new voices, new visions, and new directions in children's literature."

"CharlesbridgeTEEN features storytelling that presents new ideas and an evolving world. Our carefully curated stories give voice to unforgettable characters with unique perspectives. We publish books that inspire teens to cheer or sigh, laugh or reflect, reread or share with a friend, and ultimately, pick up another book. Our mission—to make reading irresistible!"

What they accept?
Picture books, chapter books, middle grade and Young Adult.
Fiction and NonFiction

If you’re an Author...
Please send your complete manuscript with a cover letter to the address below. Please do not include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Due to the high volume of submissions, we respond only to manuscripts of interest to us. All other manuscripts will be recycled.

Submissions Editor
85 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472

We are now accepting young-adult novels, which may be sent via email to If sending by regular mail, please mark the envelope YA NOVEL ENCLOSED.

What to Send-

Please submit only one manuscript at a time.
Manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced. Illustrations are not necessary.
Please include your name, address, and contact information on the first page of your manuscript and in your cover letter. Be sure to list any previously published work or relevant writing experience.
For picture books and books under 30 manuscript pages, please send a complete manuscript.
For fiction books longer than 30 manuscript pages, please send a detailed plot synopsis, a chapter outline, and three chapters of text.
For nonfiction books longer than 30 manuscript pages, please send a detailed proposal, a chapter outline, and 1–3 chapters of text.
We are not actively seeking alphabet books, coloring books, activity books, or novelty books.
Please make a copy of your manuscript, as we cannot be responsible for submissions lost in the mail. Manuscripts will not be returned.
Please send submissions (with the exception of young-adult novels) via regular postal mail. We do not accept submissions by email or on a computer disk.
Please do not include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of your manuscript. We respond only to manuscripts of interest to us; all other manuscripts will be recycled.

I had to search the internet, but I came across a few of the editors that work at Charlesbridge. It is always good to see what types of books a publisher represents to see if yours fits their style. DO NOT harass them on twitter or LinkedIn. Just get a sense of who they are and what they like to represent.

M.Perez Exec editor at Charlesbridge.

Karen Boss associate editor at Charlesbridge

Yolanda Scott Associate Publisher and Editorial Director at Charlesbridge.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Biography of Carter G. Woodson, Father of Black History Month

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Carter Reads the Newspaper
by Deborah Hopkinson
illustrated by Don Tate
Peachtree Publishers

As Black History month opens, I have a great selection to share! This first-ever picture book biography of Carter G. Woodson emphasizes the importance of pursuing curiosity and encouraging a hunger for knowledge of stories and histories that have not been told.

Each year, we celebrate the lives of Martin Luther
King Jr., Harriet Tubman, and many other famous
African Americans. Yet there are many African
Americans throughout history who have made great
contributions we know nothing about. This is the
story of one man, Carter G. Woodson, and his
commitment to learning, truth, and the creation of
Black History Month.

Carter G. Woodson was born to two formerly enslaved people ten years after the end of the Civil War. Though his father could not read, he believed in being an informed citizen. So Carter read the newspaper to him every day. When he was still a teenager, Carter went to work in the coal mines. There he met a man named Oliver Jones, and Oliver did something important: he asked Carter not only to read to him and the other miners, but also research and find more information on the subjects that interested them. “My interest in penetrating the past of my people was deepened,” Carter wrote. His journey would take him many more years, traveling around the world and transforming the way people thought about history.

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Carter eventually went back to high school and
then to college and graduate school. He was the
first and only Black American whose parents
had been enslaved to receive a doctorate in
history. Is it hard being the first to achieve
something? Can you achieve something that
your parents and grandparents were unable to
do? What do you want to do or be that your
family has not been able to do?

• One of Carter’s professors said that Black
people had no history. Carter disagreed. Why
would the professor believe this? Is it possible
for a person or people to have no history? How
would you go about proving you had a history?
What is racism? Do you think racism had
anything to do with the professor’s beliefs?

• In 1926, Carter established Negro History Week,
which eventually became Black History Month.
He chose the week of Frederick Douglass’s and
Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. Why did Carter
choose to honor these two men in this way? If
Carter were alive today do you think he would
choose the same men to honor, or would he
choose others? What two people from your own
heritage would you choose to honor and why?

• Why do we celebrate Black History Month
today? Why is it important to have a Black
History Month? What is an ethnic group?
Should all ethnic groups have a month?

• Carter fought for a history that was based on
truth, a history that included all people. If the
history is not based on truth, can it be history? If
it does not include all people, can it be history?
Why is it important that history includes all

• “Carter G. Woodson didn’t just study history.
He changed it.” How can a person change
history when history is the past? What can you
do to change history today? Are you going to

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Friday, February 1, 2019


MARTIN NIEWOOD lives just outside of Philadelphia where he is a full-time writer. He
attended Johnson &Wales University before moving to Los Angeles to work in the talent industry. An avid sports fan, Niewood loves all Philadelphia teams but especially the Eagles. His writing partner is his dog, Mattie.

Niewood’s debut novel Forgotten Violets was released in 2017.

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The Q&A

Q: What is The Wilted Flower District is all about?

 The Wilted Flower District is the story of Violet Noone who at sixteen is thrown into a world of deception and betrayal when her sister, Ophelia, missing and presumed dead for the last four years, suddenly reenters her life. The story takes place in a fantastical world of the Domain also known as the afterlife. Ophelia’s reappearance sends Violet down a rabbit hole causing her to question everything in her life. The book is a fun mystery in an unusual setting that will hopefully force readers to question things about their lives and may provide some unexpected answers.

Q: This is the second book in your Forgotten Violets series. How do the books relate and can they be read as standalones or do you need to go in order?

 The books are connected through the Noone family with Forgotten Violets being seen through Meadow Noone’s eyes and the sequel, The Wilted Flower District, experienced through the point of view of her daughter, Violet. With that said because of the gap in time between the first and second book it allows the reader to experience each book as a stand alone with a light connection attaching the two books together. There is no need to read the books in order as the reader will completely understand the events of both novels, regardless of the order in which they are read.

Q: Your books provide a “non-traditional view of the afterlife.” What does that mean, and what can readers expect?

 I think that when people ponder about the universe and the afterlife they have a cemented image of what happens after you die. One of the great things about The Wilted Flower District is that it causes the reader to question those beliefs and gives you a fantastical world where anything is possible. Let’s face it, the only thing that any of us really know about death and an afterlife is that eventually we all have to face it and face it alone. Of course, not everyone believes in the hereafter but many take comfort in the existence of another dimension, which I call the Domain that allows our spirits to continue to grow after death. In The Wilted Flower District, I tried to create a world in which the protagonist, Violet, is able to face challenges that allow her to confront her shortcomings and develop her strengths.

Q: What relevance does The Wilted Flower District have to teens today?  

 I think that the beauty of The Wilted Flower District is that it allows the reader to focus on the important things in life. The Domain is a world filled with negativity and adversity that mirrors our own while simultaneously offering the hope that regardless of what happens in life, you need to keep moving forward. Many of Violet’s challenges are shared by teens today. Although most teens don’t encounter siblings that they believed to be dead or be stand accused of horrific murders, all teens do face situations in which their core beliefs are challenged and they feel misjudged by adults. Like Violet, teens are apt to keep secrets from their parents and experience feelings of exclusion when she unravels her brother’s lies. The teen years can be very confusing but somehow like Violet, we survive the angst and insecurities and emerge, hopefully, as better people.

Q: What inspired you to write The Wilted Flower District in first person? 

 I thought the best way to experience the massive and unusual world of the Domain and specifically the city of Fairhaven where the story takes place was through Violet’s eyes. I believed that the audience would develop a deeper connection with Violet if they could experience the crazy and mysterious events through Violet rather than from an omniscient third person point of view. Since this is a mystery, I wanted to limit what the reader knew to what Violet knew or thought that she knew.

Q: Although you stayed in first person, why did you change from Meadow’s to Violet’s point of view?

 After I had written Forgotten Violets, my initial thought was to continue with Meadow’s journey in the Domain. However, when I sat down and started thinking about it Fairhaven had modernized into a very different world and in order for the story to work in this new city, there had to be a large time gap in my story. By then, Meadow would have been too old to serve as the protagonist in a YA novel, so I decided to tell the story through the eyes of her daughter, Violet. For the Forgotten Violet series, this also allowed me to expand my worldview and for future books to delve into the mystery of Meadow’s disappearance.

Q: What do you want the reader to take away from this story?

 The thing that I want readers, especially teens, to take away from this story is to believe in yourself because we each shape our own reality and control our own destinies. Today’s world is filled with hate and negativity but I believe that Violet can show people that if you remain positive and believe in yourself you can accomplish whatever you can dream. There is no denying that indifference and greed permeate our world but each of us has the power to transform our environment positively with determination and kindness.

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