TTT: Beach Reads


It’s Beach Reads week for Top Ten Tuesday!! We’re so excited that the weather’s been warmer and the days will become longer. For this fun topic, we’ve each decided to list 5 books we’d like to read at the beach.  Melissa’s excited she’ll be getting a head start when she goes away to Puerto Rico this weekend.


Lauren’s Picks

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Past Perfect by Leila Sales


Melissa’s Picks

Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

The Squareroot of Summer by Harriett Reuter Hapgood


Kelly’s Picks

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir


What will be in your beach bag this summer?



Musings of Jessica Spotswood



Tackling Writers’ Block
by Jessica Spotswood


The more books I write, the more I love revising. That magical click when I get feedback that helps me unravel a plot snarl? That amazing puzzle piece that snaps into place when I figure out a character’s motivation? The new world-building details I can add to help a reader feel more centered in the time and place of my story? I love that.

But drafting – drafting has become harder, because the ideal book in my head and the messy, imperfect words on the screen feel so far apart. I only feel what’s lacking.

I’m working on my second contemporary novel for Sourcebooks now. Sometimes I get into the zone and my outspoken, opinionated heroine runs away with the story. But sometimes…sometimes I get stuck.

And when I get stuck, the first thing I do is determine which type of writers’ block I have. For me, there are three varieties:

Writers’ Block #1: I feel like I can’t.

Explanation #1: Sometimes I just feel…stuck. I don’t wanna write. It’s hard. Writing is my career and my dream, bur that doesn’t mean that I always feel like doing it. I’ve never been an absolutely every day writer. However, the more I write, the easier it is to stay connected to my characters and my story. When I take long breaks away from it, there’s always a resistance to coming back to it, even if part of me desperately misses it.

Explanation #2: As someone who struggles with anxiety and depression, this happens kind of a lot. A big project like writing a whole novel by X date can feel overwhelming.

Solution # 1: Breaking it down into manageable goals helps. Instead of “I’ll write 2000 words today,” make it “I’ll write 500 words today.” Instead of “I’ll write a new chapter,” make it “I’ll write a scene between Character A and Character B.” Once I accomplish that tiny goal, I almost always feel more empowered to continue on.

Solution #2: In addition to tiny goals, it’s really just: butt in chair.  Sometimes the act of showing up – just opening the document – is the hardest part! Jotting down notes on the upcoming scene, or handwriting some dialogue, can also make the blank screen less intimidating.


Writers’ Block #2I’m being a perfectionist and I’m afraid I suck.

Explanation: I want everything I write to be perfect – preferably right away, in the first draft. That is not how it works. That is never how it works.

Solution: Stop editing as I go. I can perfect the voice and layer in more descriptions later, once I know if the bones are right. Set a timer (or use an app like Forest or Freedom) to block the internet and just write. Do a word sprint on twitter with friends. (This doesn’t always work for me, because I get competitive and feel even worse if I write 500 words in half an hour and my friends write twice or thrice that.) In extreme situations, I have been known to use Write or Die in kamikaze mode, which starts erasing words if I stop typing for more than a few seconds. It’s highly motivational!


Writers’ Block #3: I’ve made a wrong turn.

Explanation: Sometimes I think I know where the story’s going. Sometimes I’m right; sometimes I’m not and by clinging to my outline, I’m closing myself off from other possible choices. My favorite thing about drafting is when the characters take over and surprise me with their choices. If I’m not allowing that, I get stuck.

Solution: Go back to the last time I felt really energized and excited about the story, then have the characters make a different choice. Usually, the problem is that I’m trying to force something for the sake of plot or my outline and that choice is contrived; it’s not really what the character would say or do.


What about you? Do you ever get stuck? What’s your favorite method for getting out of it?


About Jessica

Jessica Spotswood is the author of the contemporary novel WILD SWANS and the historical fantasy trilogy The Cahill Witch Chronicles. She’s also the editor of the feminist historical anthology A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS. Jess grew up in a tiny, one-stoplight town in Pennsylvania, where she could be found swimming, playing clarinet, memorizing lines for the school play, or—most often—with her nose in a book. Now she lives in Washington, DC, where she can be found working as a children’s library associate for the DC Public Library, seeing theatre with her playwright husband, or—most often—with her nose in a book. Some things never change.

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Wild Swans

The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past…

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A Tyranny of Petticoats

From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines.

Criss-cross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They’re making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.

With stories by:
J. Anderson Coats, Andrea Cremer, Y. S. Lee, Katherine Longshore, Marie Lu
Kekla Magoon, Marissa Meyer, Saundra Mitchell, Beth Revis, Caroline Tung Richmond
Lindsay Smith, Jessica Spotswood, Robin Talley, Leslye Walton, Elizabeth Wein

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Many thanks to Jessica for being such an awesome author and providing future writers with such wonderful advice on how push past the metal block. We truly appreciate your time and effort put into telling your story.

As always, a huge thank you to all publishing/writing professionals who have, will be, and are participating in this feature. Thank you for helping our future writers.

We hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week, and a safe and happy weekend!


Spend May with Audrey + GIVEAWAY

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The novel introduces readers to 14-year-old Audrey Turner, a teen in the throes of a severe social anxiety disorder after a bullying incident at school, and following her journey to rediscovering herself and her happiness. Receiving much critical acclaim from reviewers and fans, the book was hailed as “heartfelt,” “engaging,” and “relatable.”

Finding Audrey

Audrey spends most of her days hiding behind her dark sunglasses and in the safety of her own home, surrounded by her lovable but chaotic family. Interaction with non–family members has been almost impossible to master since the incident at school.

But then one day Linus arrives at her house. A friend of her brother’s, Linus makes an instant connection with Audrey and starts to chip away at her exterior, exposing the girl underneath—the girl Audrey herself has been searching for. What results is a tender love story that begins as a friendship and continues in the local Starbucks, where Audrey begins to heal the wounds that have threatened to hold her captive.

Filled with poignancy and laugh-out-loud moments, FINDING AUDREY gives readers a character they can relate to and a family to embrace. Kinsella’s story tackles serious topics with humor and heart and creates the next YA couple to root for in Audrey and Linus.

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Praise for Finding Audrey

A Publishers Weekly Summer 2015 Best YA Book

One of USA Today’s “25 Hottest Books of Summer”

A Kirkus Reviews 2015 Best Teen Book

“The Shopaholic scribe accurately weaves teenage insecurities with humor in her heartwarming YA debut.”—US Weekly

“An outstanding tragicomedy that gently explores mental illness, the lasting effects of bullying, and the power of friends and loving family to help in the healing.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred

“Sophie Kinsella’s YA debut is an insightful and deft handling of teen mental illness.” —Shelf Awareness, starred

“Kinsella’s knack for humor and sensitivity shine in a story that should easily expand her already substantial fan base.” —Publishers Weekly

“With her trademark wit and sass, Kinsella sensitively broaches the complexities of young adult mental health.” —Booklist

Kinsella Jacket Photo credit John SwannellAbout Sophie Kinsella

Sophie is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series and the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, and Wedding Night. Confessions of a Shopaholic was turned into a Hollywood movie. She lives in England.


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“Celebrate May with FINDING AUDREY!”

May 1: Bookhounds YA
May 2: The Reading Date
May 3: The Fandom
May 4: Here’s To Happy Endings
May 5: Love is Not a Triangle
May 6: Undeniably {Book} Nerdy
May 7: Novel Ink

May 8: Electively Paige
May 9: Into the Hall of Books
May 10: Eclectic Bookworms
May 11: Wall to Wall Books
May 12: Winterhaven Books
May 13: Once Upon A Twilight
May 14: A Midwife Life  

May 15: Book Syrup
May 16: Across the Words
May 17: Slow Reader’s Blog
May 18: Books Buying Beauty
May 19: In Wonderland
May 20: Fangirlish
May 21: YA Interrobang

May 22: Stories for Coffee
May 23: A Midsummer Night’s Read
May 24: Lost in Literature
May 25: Live, Love, Read
May 26: Bookish Lifestyle
May 27: Art Books Coffee

May 28: Luxury Reading
May 29: Peace Love Books
May 30: Swooney Boys Podcast
May 31: Fiction Fare



Waiting on Wednesday: My Lady Jane



Title: My Lady Jane

Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Page Count: 512

Release Date: June 7th, 2016


For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.


About the Authors:


Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly series with HarperTeen: UNEARTHLY, HALLOWED, RADIANT (an enovella) and BOUNDLESS. Currently she lives in southern California with her husband and two small children. She teaches courses in creative writing at Pepperdine University. Her latest book, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, was released in February 2015. Her next novel, MY LADY JANE, (cowritten with Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows) will hit shelves on June 7, 2016.


I write Young Adult novels. I eat cinnamon bears. I love me some Diet Coke.

My debut book EVERNEATH (the first in a trilogy) comes out Winter 2012 with Balzer and Bray (Harper Collins).

I’m represented by Michael Bourret at Dystel and Goderich Literary Management.



Jodi Meadows

I like books. Reading them, writing, and admiring them as my bookshelves begin to bow.

I command a ferret army. Are YOU ready for the revolution?

Yes, I will accept your friend request.

Please do not send private message to ask for a review copy of my book. Because I receive so many requests, I have a blanket “no” policy.

I’m also not very good about checking my GR messages, so interview requests and other things tend to get neglected. If you really want me to respond, the best way is through email. All my contact information is on my website.

Why are my ratings either five stars or none? I give five stars to books I’m enthusiastic about and think everyone should read. A lack of stars doesn’t mean I didn’t like the book, merely that my feelings are a little more complicated and I prefer not to get into it here.


Ten Books We Feel Differently About


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we’re talking about books we feel differently about since time has passed.  All the books/series we’ve chosen we realized we don’t love them as much as we used to or lost interest part way through.


Kelly’s Pick


Lauren’s Picks


Melissa’s Picks

Except for Sinner!

I haven’t read Unforgiven though

Minus Goddess Legacy


What books do you feel differently about now that time has passed? Any of the books we listed?



Musings of Lori Goldstein + GIVEAWAY!!



Are you a plotter or a pantser and how has this helped in your writing process?
By Lori Goldstein

I am a dedicated plotter. I outline anywhere from three to six weeks before writing, and my outline for Becoming Jinn was eighty pages and the one for the sequel, Circle of Jinn, which released just two days ago (!), was about seventy. The outline for my current YA in-progress contemporary is fifty pages. While things still change, I need to have a blueprint to rely on as I’m writing. I know where I need to go. When I don’t, I find myself much more easily distracted as I stare into space thinking “what now?” If I wrote without an outline, it’d take me years to accomplish fact…it did.

When I wrote my first manuscript, in addition to not having a clue what I was doing, I didn’t plan a thing. I figured the story would just “come to me.” And it did, over three long, grueling years during which I rewrote the novel from start to finish probably eight times because I had no idea you needed to do more than have two people just chatting with each other. 😉

That book was my education in writing. Combined with some great craft books and a course in novel planning, I changed gears before writing Becoming Jinn. My planning process includes the actual plot of course but also character profiles, setting exercises, and more. I went into the writing of Becoming Jinn knowing so much about the world, which allowed me to write it fast (three months after six weeks of plotting). I consider that long outline essentially a very short draft of the book. My first draft is more like a second draft. It’s the only way I’ll write from now on. I know it doesn’t work for everyone (though I think there are elements that every writer can and should adopt), but it’s a good fit for me.



The sequel to BECOMING JINN, which VOYA Magazine named one of the Best Science, Fiction, Fantasy or Horror of 2015 in a starred review, releases on May 17, 2016.

Advance praise for CIRCLE OF JINN from Booklist says “book two takes a sharp turn into high fantasy . . . Romance and wish granting take a backseat to friendship, political intrigue, and Azra’s maturation and ongoing discovery of her heritage. Fans of the first book should be satisfied by this conclusion.”

Preorder or buy a new copy of CIRCLE OF JINN by May 27, 2016, and you’ll automatically become a genie* yourself!

Every preorder, including signed preorders from Lori’s local indie, Porter Square Books (both books available for signed orders), will be mailed a signed bookmark, signed bookplate, and metallic bracelet tattoos.

But wait, there’s more! You’ll also be entered into the grand giveaway to win one of the exact shiny silver bangles featured on the cover of both Becoming Jinn and Circle of Jinn.


* Swag includes temporary bracelet tattoos; the power to become a Jinn must already be inside you.

About Lori

Lori Goldstein was born into an Italian-Irish family and raised in a small town on the New Jersey shore. A former journalist, she currently lives and writes outside of Boston. BECOMING JINN is her first novel. The sequel, Circle of Jinn, is out now! (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan).

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Becoming Jinn

Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!

Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.

To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.

Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.

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Circle of Jinn

Being Jinn is Azra’s new reality. As she grants wishes under the watchful eye of the Afrit council, she remains torn between her two worlds—human and Jinn. Soon, secrets spill. Zars are broken. Humans become pawns. And rumors of an uprising become real as the Afrit’s reach extends beyond the underground world of Janna.

Straddling the line becomes impossible. Aware of her unique abilities, Azra must not just face but embrace her destiny. But when the role she must play and those she must protect expand to include a circle of Jinn greater than her own, Azra will be forced to risk everything. A risk that means there’s everything to lose, and at the same time, everything to gain—for herself and her entire Jinn race.

In this dramatic sequel to Becoming Jinn, Azra’s story comes to a heartfelt and thrilling conclusion.

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Thank you so much to Lori for being such a wonderful author and a gracious guest. We truly appreciate your time and effort put into telling your story and helping future writers.

As always, a huge thank you to all publishing/writing professionals who have, will be, and are participating in this feature. The words you post on this blog have a larger effect than any of you could imagine. Thank you for helping our future writers.

We hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week, and a safe and happy weekend



Waiting on Wednesday: The Marked Girl


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!


Title: The Marked Girl (Marked Girl, #1)

Author: Lindsey Klingele

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Page Count: 400

Release Date: June 7th, 2016


Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Los Angeles)…

When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day L.A. via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task…


About the Author:


Lindsey Klingele grew up in Western Michigan, where she read every book she could get her hands on. She eventually moved to Los Angeles (the real land of make believe) and worked as a writers’ assistant for TV shows such as THE LYING GAME and TWISTED. She still loves living in LA, especially since it’s home to great television shows, truly excellent cheeseburgers, and her pitbull, Bighead.



Ten Books We Picked up on a Whim


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about books we’ve picked up on a whim.  This was a bit harder than we thought because now a days it’s all about what’s the latest hype on Twitter plus the creation of Goodreads. Most of these books we picked up we just found them on the shelves either at the library, Borders, or Barnes and Noble.

As always Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


Kelly’s Books

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton


Lauren’s Books

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Selection by Keira Cass

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


Melissa’s Books

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

What books have you picked up on a whim? Leave your comments down below!


Musings of Rebecca Podos


Advice from an Agent
by Rebecca Podos

As with everything else in publishing, there’s no one path to finding your agent. You might connect through a pitch contest, or at a conference, or through standard querying. They might be the very first person to look at your book and fall in insta-love, or they might be the fiftieth agent you’ve submitted to, the one who finally gets it. So my biggest advice, speaking as an author, is to keep going. Keep trying. If you’re always stopping to measure yourself against the successes of others, you’ll never find out what’s ahead for you.

That said, speaking as a literary agent, there’s work you can do ahead of time to give your book the best chance possible.

1. Be aware of the industry!

Must you follow every agent on Twitter, stalk every imprint on Instagram, and subscribe to ever single journal/bulletin/blog? No. That way madness lies. But understanding the basics will help you understand your novel’s place within the publishing industry. Before you query, figure out exactly what age-range you’re writing for, and in what genre, and who else is writing it. If you’re writing a Middle Grade LGBTQ sci-fi, know which books are currently sitting on the MG LGBTQ sci-fi shelf, and read as many of them as you can get your hands on. Be prepared to have a conversation about where your book fits on that shelf, because if you can’t envision it, an agent or editor will have a hard time doing so.

2. Do your research!

When you’re confident that you understand your book, do as much research as is necessary to find the best and most likely agents for it. I can’t tell you how many queries I’ve gotten for adult noir cop thrillers, or women’s commercial fiction, or erotic high fantasy novels. Noble genres, all, but because I state clearly in my agency bio that I don’t represent them, and because my entire list is MG and YA, those emails are deleted immediately. And sure, that wastes a few seconds of my time, but if you’re an author querying the wrong agents for your project, you’re wasting not only your own time, but valuable energy. Now, you’re waiting for a response or an offer from an agent who was never going to rep your novel in the first place. Poke around websites and social media and MSWL to figure out who’s really looking for a book like yours, even beyond the genre and the age-range. (Also figure out how to send it—most agents will have clear submission guidelines on their websites, and it can be a red flag when they’re not followed.)

3. Lead with a strong query!

A query isn’t just a summary of a novel. It’s your chance to tell a compelling story in 3-5 paragraphs. There are so many resources for writing a query letter that will convince an agent to read the first page, and then the rest of the sample, and then (fingers crossed) the full. But here’s what I look for:

a. Give me the basics—your genre, age-range, word count, and if possible, interesting and current comp titles. Remember how hard you worked to learn where your book fits on the shelf? This is where you get to show off.

b. Instead of summarizing every little thing that happens in the book, communicate who the main character is, what conflict they’re facing, and what the stakes are (What does your character want most? What will happen if they succeed, and what will happen if they fail?) If you can achieve that, and do it with language and atmosphere and style that convinces me you know how to tell a story, I’m going to read on.

c. Don’t make your bio into an apology. I would love to know if you’ve been published, if you’ve pursued a degree in creative writing, if you’re a member of a critique group or an organization like NESCWBI, if your work as a clown directly inspired your clown-centric YA horror. But if none of that applies to you, it’s okay. I won’t judge you or dismiss your query out of hand. You don’t need to write a long paragraph apologizing for being unpublished, because we all have to start somewhere. Tell me briefly who you are, and then let the work speak for itself as I read your fabulous debut novel!

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About Rebecca

THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES (Balzer + Bray) is Rebecca Podos’ debut novel. A graduate of the Writing, Literature and Publishing program at Emerson College, her fiction has been published in journals like Glimmer Train, Paper Darts, and Smokelong Quarterly. Past awards include the Helman Award for Short Fiction, the David Dornstein Memorial Creative Writing Prize for Young Adult Writers, and the Hillerman- McGarrity Scholarship for Creative Writing. By day, she works as a YA and MG agent at the Rees Literary Agency in Boston.

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The Mystery of Hollow Places

The Mystery Of Hollow Places

All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It’s the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist, she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when Imogene was a baby, a woman who was always possessed by a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as “troubled waters.”

Now Imogene is seventeen, and her father, a famous author of medical mysteries, has struck out in the middle of the night and hasn’t come back. Neither Imogene’s stepmother nor the police know where he could’ve gone, but Imogene is convinced he’s looking for her mother. And she decides it’s up to her to put to use the skills she’s gleaned from a lifetime of reading her father’s books to track down a woman she’s only known in stories in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she’s carried with her for her entire life.

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A huge thank you to Rebecca Podos for this wonderful post. As a fellow agent, I know that this advice is priceless for all of us as we navigate the publishing industry in the best way we can. I’m sure your advice will be put to good use!

Another thank you to all of the participants of Musings, past, present, and future. Your advice and stories are more appreciated that you will ever know!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!



Waiting on Wednesday: Outrun the Moon



Title: Outrun the Moon

Author: Stacey Lee

Genre: YA, Historical Fiction

Page Count: 400

Release Date: May 24th, 2016


San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the ‘bossy’ cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?


About the Author:


Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She plays classical piano, raises children, and writes YA fiction.