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One For Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn

One For Sorrow BookPublisher: Clarion Books
Sold By: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: July 18, 2018

Okay, I’ll admit the cover drew me to this story! But look at it, soooo spooky! ONE FOR SORROW is set during World War I and the influenza epidemic of 1918, this story unravels the tale of childhood school days gone wrong. Annie is eager to make friends at her new school, but Elsie claims her as her own bestie, refusing to allow Annie to connect with other girls. After Elsie passes from influenza, her ghost returns to torment Annie for befriending others and to make sure Annie is isolated and disliked as much as she had been when alive.

While this was an easy read, Elsie didn’t become a ghost until halfway into the story. This was delayed longer than I’d anticipated, making some of the bullying redundant in order to get to the good stuff–a scary ghost! And even though the historical setting enriched the story, I felt cheated with the lack of generational terms. But make no mistake, author Mary Downing Hahn creates a realistic story of how easy it is to get swept into bullying when a child just wants to be liked. She also paints a cruel tale of how difficult it is to get out of a this horrible situation. So, if you’re looking for a darker read, this is for you!

Mary Downing Hahn

Mary Downing Hahn, a former children’s librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories, including Wait Till Helen Comes, which is being adapted for film. An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland, with her cat, Oscar.

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Against the ominous backdrop of the influenza epidemic of 1918, Annie, a new girl at school, is claimed as best friend by Elsie, a classmate who is a tattletale, a liar, and a thief. Soon Annie makes other friends and finds herself joining them in teasing and tormenting Elsie. Elsie dies from influenza, but then she returns to reclaim Annie’s friendship and punish all the girls who bullied her. Young readers who revel in spooky stories will relish this chilling tale of a girl haunted by a vengeful ghost.

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And check out these additional reviews:

“Hahn’s story is characteristically steeped in eerie atmosphere, and the novel’s blend of historical drama, the supernatural, and the intricacies of adolescent friendship is a gripping combination.” —PW

“Hahn is a veteran author who clearly knows her apples about writing ghost stories, as this, her latest inventive page-turner, evidences… Shivers aplenty, but also genuine emotion that will invite empathy.” — Booklist

“Another historical and chilling success.” —Kirkus

“Another solid addition to Hahn’s oeuvre, this would also make a spine-chilling pair with Cohen’s The Doll’s Eye.” —Bulletin

Author Links: Website | Facebook

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#ShoreIndie Contest

#ShoreIndie Contest

Thinking about self publishing your manuscript? Have you noticed the contest buzz for #ShoreIndie on twitter? It’s a contest supporting emerging indie authors! Oh yes, you heard me write…I mean right. This new 2017 contest helps by providing quality editing services and book marketing resources, creating a Twitter-based learning community for established as well as emerging indie and hybrid authors, and connecting with existing online communities that share their mission of supporting the development of writing craft as well as the technical and business skill and knowledge needed for a successful indie author career. (Phew! That’s a mouth full.)

GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE (est. value: over $3,465 USD):

  • Up to 100K words of copy editing on one manuscript by Laura Dennison at Book Light Editorial
  • Cover design and interior design/formatting for ebook and print by CardboardMonet
  • A graphic design package of five promo images and cover design consultation by USA Today bestselling author and former graphic designer and marketing director Elise Kova
  • Mentorship from USA Today bestselling indie author Rebecca Syme in the form of two video chats and some email availability
  • One month of New Author Marketing Counsel with Cynthia T. Luna
  • A one-month listing on NetGalley, donated by Weapenry
  • A copy of Write! distraction-free word processing software
  • How to Market a Book (3rd ed., ebook) by Joanna Penn
  • Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook (ebook) by Helen Sedwick
  • Supercharge your Kindle Sales (ebook) by Nick Stephenson

RUNNER UP PRIZE PACKAGE (est. value: over $1,780 USD):

  • Up to 100K words of copy editing on one manuscript by Tayna Jarvik
  • Cover design by one of Reedsy’s professional cover designers
  • A graphic design package including FB & Twitter headers and two promo post graphics by Balance Less Author Assistant Services
  • Mentorship from indie author Scott Burtness in the form of three 1-hour voice or video chats
  • A copy of Write! distraction-free word processing software
  • How to Market a Book (3rd ed., ebook) by Joanna Penn
  • Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook (ebook) by Helen Sedwick
  • Supercharge your Kindle Sales (ebook) by Nick Stephenson

ADDITIONAL GIVEAWAYS:

  • 6 authors will win half an hour of marketing brainstorming with Cynthia T. Luna
  • 5 writers will win a copy of Write! distraction-free word processing software
  • 5 lucky winners will receive How to Market a Book (3rd ed., ebook) by Joanna Penn
  • 5 indie authors will win Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook (ebook) by Helen Sedwick
  • 5 ShoreIndie community members will win Supercharge your Kindle Sales (ebook) by Nick Stephenson
  • We’re also ecstatic to be running giveaways of books written by each of our Featured Authors and our Judges!

 

Submissions begin on June 3rd (9am EST) and end on June 5th (9am EST), 2017. Don’t forget to check out their additional savings to all the ShoreIndie community on Write! software and services from Reedsy. Please note, this is for previously unpublished novels AND novellas (YA, NA, and Adult). As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst

Blogger and author of MG/YA fiction

Query Critique from Agent Lauren Spieller of TriadaUS Literary Agency

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Literary Rambles has an excellent Q&A post with Agent Lauren Spieller of TriadaUS Literary Agency. In addition, Lauren is offering a free critique of one query letter. She is interested in picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels. In order to enter, follow and comment on the Literary Rambles interview post by May 13, 2017. If you mention the contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in your comment and you’ll get an extra entry!

Lauren joined TriadaUS in July 2016, having worked in children’s scouting and as a freelance editor. Her focus has been on building her client list, so she spends most of her time reading submissions, meeting with editors, and pitching projects! In fact, her first sale was finally announced earlier this month—a YA Fantasy entitled The Weight of Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth, which sold at auction to Harper Teen and has already been picked up by publishers in France and the UK.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

The Manuscript Academy First Pages

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Wanting feedback on your first page from a professional? The Manuscript Academy might be the answer! The Academy has a podcast where an agent or editor picks a submitted first page and talks for ten minutes about the selected page on air. And most importantly, it’s free!

So how do you submit your first page for a chance for the free feedback? Send it to Academy@ManuscriptWishList.com as a Word document with “First pages podcast” in the subject line. The expert of the week will choose his or her favorite to discuss.

This week on the First Pages Podcast, they speak with Kelly Van Sant, agent at D4EO Literary. All episodes of The Manuscript Academy podcast are free for everyone, and available on iTunes and Soundcloud.

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Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin Pre-order & Review

Jelly Bean Summer

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Release Date: May 2, 2017

Oh man, Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin took me back to my youth of wanting to escape unpleasant realities and to feel a sense of doing something worthwhile. And like Joyce Anne, I spent many nights staring at the starry sky. Heck, I still do! And even though the story takes place during the time of the Vietnam War, kids today can still relate to soldiers, some family or friends, going MIA because of our current international wars.

Now let me tell you, this isn’t a war story. Oh no, it’s about making unlikely friendships and getting past mutual sorrows. But most importantly, it’s about finding a purpose and to know you made a difference in someone’s life. This book made me laugh. Oh, and this book made me cry. But never did I stop cheering for Joyce Anne to continue with her funny flying saucer mission. Yep, I said flying saucer. Truly, I dare you to pick up Jelly Bean Summer to find out what I mean!

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Jelly Bean Summer (Back)

Joyce is desperate to get out of the room she shares with her older sister. All she wants is some peace and quiet, not the kind of quiet that fills the space left by her missing brother. It’s the kind where you can breath deep and see the stars.

So she moves to the roof. Up there it’s nothing but blue sky. Blue sky and…another roof dweller? Joyce soon discovers she’s not the only one who’s been driven to rooftop living. With the help of a pair of binoculars, a sketch pad, and a pen, Joyce makes an unexpected friend and sets in motion a summer she’ll never forget.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joyce Magnin

Joyce Magnin is the author of the popular and quirky Bright’s Pond novels. She is a frequent conference speaker and writing instructor. When she’s not writing or reading Joyce enjoys baseball, needle arts, video games and cream soda but not elevators—especially glass ones. She listens to many kinds of music, shamelessly confesses to enjoying American Idol, has never eaten a scallop or sky dived. Joyce has three children, Rebekah, Emily and Adam and three grandsons, Lemuel, Cedar and Soren and one son-in-law, Joshua. Joyce lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania with her son, Adam and their crazy cat, Mango, where she cares for an eighty-year-old onion plant.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

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Winning Writers is sponsoring the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest , which ends April 1, 2017. This contest seeks today’s best humorous poems. There isn’t a fee to enter, and even better, it’s for published or unpublished work! That’s right, even if the authors works was already published, it’s still eligible.

The judges will award a first prize of $1,000 and a second prize of $250. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online. To enter, submit a funny poem of no more than 250 lines. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Scholastic’s Graphix Novel Contest

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The deadline is fast approaching for Scholastic’s Graphix Imprint contest. Up to FIVE talented debut graphic novelists will win the chance to be published by Scholastic’s Graphix imprint. The editors involved in selecting submissions have a focus on creator-driven graphic novels appropriate for children and teens that bring exceptional art, rich content and strong storytelling to realistic fiction, memoir, fantasy and beyond.

Winners will receive an offer to publish their work with Scholastic and a $15,000 advance! Be sure to check out the complete guidelines before entering. And take note, graphic novelists need to hurry because the deadline is April 1, 2017. (I’m not a-foolin’!)

As always, good luck!

P.D, Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grants Worth $8000 via The Loft

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If you have lived in Minnesota for at least one year, this contest is for you! The Loft has opened entries for the Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grants. Up to five grants of $8,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year. Writers who have published no more than two books in any genre are eligible to apply. (So YAY, previously published authors CAN apply!) Using the online submission system, submit 15 to 20 pages of poetry or 20 to 30 pages of prose, an artist proposal, a brief bio, and a résumé by March 31, 2017. There is no entry fee. Be sure to visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren

 

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Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren is available for preorder and will be released by Bloomsbury Children’s Books USA on April 4, 2017. And yay, I received an ARC for my honest opinion. First, check out the cover! Who doesn’t like a strong female character holding a bow-and-arrow? My mind instantly went to the success of Katniss Everdeen. And when I learned that this young female character named Valor intentionally got herself thrown into prison, I was like “What? Who does that?” and HAD to read the story to see how she conducted herself within the prison walls.

Ruth Lauren wove a great tale of deception that kept me guessing. The story is fast-paced with a character full of courage. Valor vows to break her sister out of Demidova’s prison where no one has escaped in centuries! Oh yeah, I should mention her sister’s serving a life sentence for stealing from the royal family. I frequently cringed when Valor talked to another prisoner, worried she’d be exposed for her plans to escape. Punishment within Demidova’s prison were beyond harsh, often ending in a prisoner’s death. And oh my goodness, Ruth painted such a wintry picture of the prison, I stayed bundled in my quilt while reading. Seriously, this is a great read that’ll leave you rooting for Valor and her sister to escape Demidova! (And hoping she’ll wallop a few heads on her way.)

Ruth Lauren

Ruth Lauren lives in a Victorian house in the West Midlands in England with her partner and a lot of children and cats. She likes chocolate, walking in the woods, cheese, orchids, going to the movies, and reading as many books as she can. She’s been a teacher and worked in lots of different offices, but she likes writing best. Prisoner of Ice and Snow is her debut novel. Find her at www.ruthlauren.com  or on Twitter at @Ruth__Lauren

Pre-Order Now! Amazon , Bloomsbury , Kobo , BN , Google Play , Target , BAM! , Goodreads

HAPPY READING!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA Fiction

James Patterson Masterclass and Co-Author Competition

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With New York Times Bestselling author James Patterson‘s net worth at $700 million, who wouldn’t want to take a MasterClass with him? There will be 22 video lessons and exercises for $90. Super afforadable peeps! Even better, he’s choosing someone from the class to co-author a book with him!

Say what?

Yeppers, you heard right. James Patterson will choose someone to write a novel with him. During the competition, each stage is designed to help you craft and pitch a novel. And the prizes are:

  • 10 Semi-Finalists: Ten students will win $1000 based on book hook and sample chapter.
  • 3 Finalists: Three students from the ten semi-finalists will be chosen to submit outlines for their books and will win $2500.
  • 1 Grand Prize Winner: Opportunity to co-author a book with James Patterson. In addition, $5000.

If you’re interested, get your words polished. The deadline for the competition is March 1, 2017!

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.