It’s Pitch Day at Musetracks Agent Shop!

May 17, 2013

Stop!

I’ll post the pitches that made it through in the morning, and of course, the winners in our giveaway!

Thanks for coming today everyone!

Welcome, welcome, welcome!

I’ll post the word go around 10:00am EST May 18th. I have to go into work today, so I’ll try to stay on top of the day as best I can without getting fired! Actually, I have a pretty cool boss. 🙂

As always, please read the rules carefully under the A/E Tab above. I really don’t like deleting pitches. Every single pitch I receive is a potential Best Seller, and I can’t tell you how exciting it is for us at Musetracks to hear that one of our pitch shops connected an author with an agent or editor. (We’ve had a sale success story recently. I promise to share as soon as I’m allowed.)

SHhhhhh

(Love cheezburger.com)

NOW –

Please welcome one of Becky’s authors, Jeannie Moon!

She’s here with her novel, THE TEMPORARY WIFE.

Check out this cover…

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It releases on May 21st.

Here’s the blurb:

It was an offer she couldn’t refuse…from a
man she couldn’t resist. 

Kindergarten teacher Megan Rossi is devoted to being a mother to her best friend’s five-year-old daughter, Molly. When the
child was orphaned, Meg became the little girl’s legally named guardian—over the objections of Molly’s wealthy grandparents, the Campbells. Now the Campbells are petitioning for custody, and Meg is faced with a long and expensive legal battle. The last thing she expects is for her former high school boyfriend—and the Campbells’ estranged son—to offer a solution: marriage.

Billionaire software developer Jason Campbell knows his parents don’t have Molly’s best interests at heart—it’s all about control for them. There is one way he can ensure that his sister’s last wishes are honored. He will offer Meg the protection of his name and lawyers
until the custody arrangement has been finalized , then he’ll secure his niece’s future with a very generous divorce settlement. Jason’s considered all the scenarios, except one—that the sparks that once flew between he and Meg might reignite a burning passion. And that his confirmed bachelor heart might just melt away from the heat…

Here’s what readers are saying:

“Jeannie Moon writes a sweet, sexy escape.”
~New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis

“Debut author Jeannie Moon immerses readers
in an emotionally engaging and sexy story of lost love and new beginnings.”
~New
York Times
 bestselling
author JoAnn Ross

“A truly sweet romance between two people offered a
second chance at true love.  Not to be missed!” ~Jane Porter, national
bestselling author

You can find Jeannie http://jeanniemoon.com/ and http://jeanniemoon.com/temporary/

A must read for any self-respecting TBR pile. 🙂

And guess what? We have prizes as usual.

1. Jeannie is giving away a an ecopy of her book to one lucky person who comments.

2. I’m giving away an ARC of STAY, my Aug release from Samhain.

3. The TOP PITCH SLOT!

All you have to do is comment for a chance to win.

Becky will be here Sunday to check out the thirty pitches that made it through, and I’ll email as soon as I hear from her. Good luck to everyone pitching, and a huge thanks to Becky for agreeing to ‘shop’ with us.

As always, if you want updates for Agent/Editor Shop dates and attending industry professionals, join our newsletter group for A/E Shop here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EditorAgentShop/

Happy pitching!

On a personal note, I’m going to be a Grammy! (At least my four children waited until I hit forty – which I did this year!) And we just found out, she’s a girl!

We surprised my daughter by showing up at her high school, she’s a senior btw, and shocking her with the news that her niece was a niece, this was her reaction when her big brother told her that her niece would have her name as a middle name…

Kass and Reece

In October, we’ll welcome Adele Kassidi Demmons into our family. The proud Auntie Kassidi couldn’t control the tears… 🙂 Life just gets better and better.

~Candi


Another awesome guest agent for pitch day! Becky Vinter!

April 29, 2013

Wow! Where did April go? Since I’m posting on a monday instead of Sat or Sun, I guess I’m really behind. Ruh Ro Raggy.

Between work, kids and plugging away at my next novel, this month has almost disappeared, and I have no idea what I accomplished… Doh.

Anyway! I have good news! LOTS of good news.

I’m going to be a GRANDMOTHER! EEEEEEP! I’m only forty! But, with kids at 21, 17, 12, and 9, I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later.

baby feet   Soooooooooooooooooooo excited!

AND – I’m going to be a GREAT AUNT too! Holy smokes! What a year 2013 is turning out to be!

AND – I’ll have a new book out in a month, and STAY will be releasing from Samhain on August 6th!

AND – I’m doing a month long blog tour to promote Agent/Editor Shop at Musetracks! If you’d like to host me, contact me at dancillaw @ yahoo dot com.

AND – Pitch day at Musetracks is MAY 18th. We have the awesome Becky Vinter with Fine Print Literary as our guest agent! Get ready to pitch, and if you haven’t, join our Yahoo group for updates so you won’t miss out on any of our upcoming Agent/Editor Shops!

Here’s the link:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EditorAgentShop/

Happy reading and writing everyone.

~Candi


Agent Shop welcomes Lit Agent Mollie Glick in March!

March 2, 2013

I’ve been on editing hell deadline for my August release STAY, the first in the Changing Tides series from Samhain!

I have to say… I LOVE THIS NOVEL!

Check out this cover! EEEEEEP!

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If you’ve already seen it, sorry. I’m just so in love with it. BWG

ANYWAY!

Pitch day for Agent Shop this month will be March 16th.

We have the awesome Mollie Glick coming as our guest agent.

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You can learn more about Mollie HERE

Hope this finds everyone happy, healthy and writing.

Best~

Candi


Is it Sunday already…?

December 9, 2012

I’m not sure it’s entirely sane to go an entire day, attending my son’s handbells concert, selling X-mas trees with scouts, running from here to there and everywhere in between, to finally sit down and realize it’s Sunday…

Where did the time go and what’s up with my lack of wordcount?

Once again, this weekend was not my friend. Total words written? 2128. Ugh. But I guess progress is progress.

So I couldn’t practice what I usually preach, which is write no matter what. I guess we all fall into the holiday craziness sometimes. Oh well. I’ll plan to make it up this week. Here’s to HOPE! Anyone care to share their wordcount. I’d love to hear from you all. Did you smoke me? Did you match me? Did your wordcount make mine look stellar? 🙂

I did have an awesome e-mail this weekend though. So pardon me while I gush…

I got the okay to share my official title for STAY, the first in The Changing Tides series from Samhain coming Aug. 6, 2013!

Check it out!

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I haz a pretty! 🙂

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. And don’t forget, this weekend Rhonda Penders with The Wild Rose Press will be our guest editor! Get those pitches ready for Saturday.


Pitch to an agent… Wait, we’ve added editors too! by Candi Wall

October 21, 2012

I’m seriously late!

I had every intention of having this post up this morning. I planned to be up before everyone else and get this sucker up and running for my Sunday morning slot. That was before I overslept, found out I needed to help my son move into his new place, realized I’d neglected my laundry, needed to do some grocery shopping (what? nobody wants peanut butter, ham and pickles for lunch?), and ended up building models with both my boys until 9:30 at night.

That’s my life. Hope you still love me.

Anyway, I have news! First, I’m happy to announce that I signed with Samhain for another novel. This one is titled STAY and the plan is to write a series about the brothers we meet in this first novel. Stay tuned….

Second, we’ve undergone some construction…

And IT’S OFFICIAL.

We have now introduced editors to our ‘Agent Shop’ pitch days. That’s why that handy-dandy tab at the top now reads Agent/Editor Shop.

SQUEEEE!

That’s right. That means you’ll have opportunities to pitch to agents and editors. WOOT!

While I still have several invitations out with both editors and agents, the response thus far has been very positive – as you can see from the bar at the right.

I’ll keep updating the sidebar as I receive confirmations, but we have a stellar lineup thus far.

I’ve updated the rules/directions as well, (THE BIGGEST BEING PITCH DAY IS NOW ON SATURDAYS) so make sure you check out the Agent/Editor Shop tab above, spread the word and get ready.

Happy writing!

Candi


STAY almost at 400 votes!!!!

September 26, 2009

In celebration of ‘STAY’ at #1 (for now) and it’s continued climb to the top, I’m posting the first ‘chapter’ TextNovel style, in the hopes that you’ll be hooked enough to stop by TextNovel and read on. Of course voting would be great as well >grin< but certainly not required.

I love comments as well. The good, the bad, and the ugly!

So here it is, the first ‘bite sized’ chapter of my contemporary romance, ‘STAY’:

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Sitka, Alaska 2007

“You know protocol, Burke. Stay in the damn boat.”

“That man’s going to drown, Captain. To hell with protocol!” Coast Guard Lieutenant Abby Burke screamed to be heard over the helicopter hovering above their small rescue boat. “Requesting permission to dive, Captain?”

“Denied.” Rain coursed over Sam Jordan’s hardened features. He held tight to the safety handle as the swells smashed into the raft with relentless force. “Stay on.”

Abby turned back. She squinted through the stinging spray of icy water at the man less than thirty feet away. His panicked face, pale and wide-eyed, dropped below the surface of the turbulent water. Lightening illuminated the sky, framing his desperate features in sharp contrast. Each violent wave took him further out of reach, longer to resurface. Hypothermia would sap his strength. It wouldn’t be long.

“How long till the other rescue boat is clear?”

Sam signaled the helicopter to back down. “Soon.”

Christ. Soon wasn’t going to be good enough. The other boat was far enough off to negate the need to wait another minute. Unnecessary caution would end the fisherman’s life.

She threw a life ring into the water.

The man’s arms pushed through the violent torrents of rain and sea, reaching for the source of solace with desperate exhaustion. Impotence crushed her chest.

“You’re almost there,” she yelled. Then he went under.

She stood, scanning the water’s mercurial surface with her flashlight, the strain against her shoulders from the tight survival suit more pronounced, mimicking her tension. “He’s not coming up, sir.”

“Damn it, Burke. Don’t -” Wind whipped violently against the boat, whisking his command away.

“I need permission, sir.” The man in the water still hadn’t resurfaced.

Sam shook his head, the set of his sharp eyes held no tolerance. “Denied.”

His answer followed her over the side of the boat. An icy crush of water enveloped her, freezing the breath in her lungs. Deep black replaced the meager light from above and she closed her eyes to center herself, the shock of the frigid water sharpening her senses. She knew this ocean, knew its bitter temperatures. She’d ridden the variegated currents whipped up by numerous storms and trained for every improbable scenario.

She’d jumped in – against orders. Now it was time to prove she’d made the right decision.

Her eyes opened and she streaked toward the surface, willing her limbs to follow orders. Breaking the surface, she followed the line of the life ring. The man drifted along the swells, a lifeless blob, tossed and turned at the storm’s bidding. Her heart drummed and she fought the strength of the water to reach his side.

The life ring clutched in the crook of his arm did little to keep his face above the water and she struggled to roll him over to his back. She glanced back at her boat. Sam yelled, his eyes wide as he pointed in her direction.

She nodded and looped the life ring around the sailor. “You’ll be okay now.”

Lethargy slowed the man’s response, his nod almost imperceptible. Giving Sam the thumbs up to haul the man in, she allowed a quick smile. One more life saved. Nothing could compare.

Salty spray crossed her lips, stinging her eyes as she glanced around. Like an ominous warning, a wall of water built before her. The sheer height of the swell blocked the lights from the low flying helicopter. From behind, loud enough to muffle the roar of the wind, a chilling groan rumbled through the water. She gave the sailor a hard push toward the rescue boat and turned.

The damaged fishing vessel had given its last grasp at remaining afloat. Its bow swung up into the air, bobbing on the waves as scattered lights from the lower deck slowly disappeared beneath the water. Splintering fiberglass accompanied mesmeric arcs of electrical units as they cracked and sizzled to eerie silence. Huge plumes of air billowed up in a cauldron like foam from the ship’s abdomen, spewing debris yards out in every direction. The long metal arms of the fishing vessel, used to haul in the days catch, swung wide in a broad sweep, like wings unfurling from a morphed butterfly to crash down into the ocean.

Mesmerized by the deadly dance, Abby jerked back too late, crying out when one of the metal arms crashed down on her legs. A sharp pain ripped through her right leg. The agony increased until the sickening sensation of bone being snapped churned through her stomach. Pain and disbelief engulfed her conscious in a dizzy miasma. Immune to her lethargic struggle, the ocean sucked her beneath its turbulent depths.

She tumbled in meaningless motion. The massive weight of the metal beam dragging her lower. Lights from the boats above sparkled in faint patches over the water. Agonizing pain coursed from her leg into her thigh and for once, she was happy with the numbing cold of the ocean’s embrace.

Strange, the peaceful silence just below the disaster above.

A life saved – water filled her lungs in a deep prickling ache – a life lost.

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Want more? Want to vote, comment, maybe read more stories?

Go to:  www.textnovel.com

Thanks to everyone who’s voted so far.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow to find out who our visiting agent will be!

Have a great day!


BLOG TOUR – STOP 2

September 21, 2009

Sex without romance…
is like a cookie without milk…
that Ahh…Sensation is Missing

Monica Burns’ brilliant tagline. And a huge shout out for Monica’s EPPIE win with MIRAGE!

Join me there today at:

Monica & Her Muse

for my second stop on the Textnovel blog tour.

‘Got IMPACT?’ …in your writing that is?

Stop by an find out.

I’ve got a fun little challenge for you.

 

Candi Wall