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Cover reveal for LABYRINTH SOCIETY: THE VERSAILLES VENDETTA by Angie Kelly!

I am so pleased to be a part of the cover reveal for Angie Kelly’s forthcoming book from Astraea Press,

LABYRINTH SOCIETY: THE VERSAILLES VENDETTA!

Look at this cool cover!

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And doesn’t the book sound awesome? Check it out:

When 12 year-old Mia Cornell is sent to live at the Tarpley Estate, her ninth foster home, she has no idea what she’s in for. Having a kind but mysterious foster mother and three quirky foster sisters is all well and good. Discovering that her new family is a secret society—they use a portal in their garden labyrinth to travel the globe seeking lost art, artifacts, and OSOs (objects of supernatural origin)—is something else entirely.

Mia barely has time to wrap her head around the truth when the Society’s latest job, tracking down Marie Antoinette’s necklace, goes sideways. Mia and her new siblings—Tomi, the historian; Devon, the hacker; and Lily, the muscle—must use their wits, plus a few cool OSOs filched from the Society’s vault, to stay a step ahead of a sinister enemy from their foster mother’s past. But just how far back does Mrs. Tarpley’s past go? And will Mia stand by her new family or cut and run when they need her the most?

Coming May 27th from Astraea Press!

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AngieKellyBks

Blog: http://angiekelly.tumblr.com/

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/angiekellybks/labyrinth-society/

Author Biography:

Angie Kelly is the pseudonym of a former member of the Labyrinth Society. When she’s not writing about her adventures, or reading about other people’s adventures, she’s busy traveling the world and indulging her inner twelve year-old. Although she was last sighted lurking around the British Museum after hours, her current whereabouts are unknown.

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IT IS ALIVE! Happy Book Birthday . . . to ME!

My book is now available to purchase and love and make silly faces at and take out on a date. Well, maybe not those latter ones. But please join virtual hands with me and jump up and down and look crazy, because that’s all I’ve been doing today!

Here’s my blurb, cover, and BUY links!! Enjoy!

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Tall and lanky, Genie Lowry is only noticed at academic awards assemblies—until the day she turns 17 1/2, when her body changes from Kate-Hudson-flat to Katy-Perry-curvy—and she finds out she’s a real, live genie. Suddenly, every guy at school is paying attention to her, including Pete Dillon, her never-in-a-million-years crush.

But to gain her full powers and keep her new body, Genie has to find a master, and she’s not sure if Pete’s Master (or Mr.) Right. With help from her dead mother’s interactive diary and an imposing mentor with questionable motives, Genie uncovers the family history and genie rules she never knew. She grapples with her new powers and searches for the perfect master as she tries to make her own wishes come true.

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IT’S HERE! MY THREE WISHES COVER REVEAL! (can’t help but shout)

IT'S HERE! MY THREE WISHES COVER REVEAL! (can't help but shout)

Soooo pretty! Thanks to Astraea Press and Cora Graphics for making my words come to life! THREE WISHES will debut April 15, and will be available for purchase on the Astraea Press website, Amazon, and BarnesandNoble.com

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April 1, 2014 · 6:02 am

Self-promotion Must Include My Own Blog!

ImageHey, peeps–it’s me, the blogger/writer who has had every intent to blog on a weekly basis.

We all know what road is paved with good intentions . . .

The truth is, it’s just over THREE WEEKS until THREE WISHES is born, published by Astraea Press, on April 15!* And I’ve been super-busy (on top of my non-writerly life needs) trying to set up interviews, reviews, and cover reveals. (Speaking of which, I have my cover and it is SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!!! But you won’t get to see it until April Not-So-Fool’s Day.) But the tetrahedron** picture here is a tiny hint of a tiny part of the cover.

And everything always happens at once, right?

Some work opportunities I’ve been looking for have all come through, like, this week. My nephew was just born (he’s huuuuge–and gorgeous). I started training for another half-marathon. My DD was sick all week. And my critique partners (wow, do I love those ladies) helped me figure out a huge plot issue in my WIP. So, you know, a few things keeping my from my dear bloggy-blog.

But I’ll definitely be posting as it gets closer to my publication date. And please stay tuned April 1 for my cover reveal!

*Ooh. Gotta remember to do those taxes, too. It seems so insignificant now, compared to my very first book’s birthday. (Ignore that, IRS.)

**Tetrahedron = three-sided pyramid. The number three is significant, if you hadn’t guessed by the title of the book.

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#WhatsUpWednesday? NaNoWriMo, Silly

The to-do list is a tiny bit shorter today. Last night I completed my “pre-editing” revisions to get my manuscript ready for publication. It looks like April 15 is the release date for THREE WISHES! Yay!*

And I’m tackling NaNoWriMo like it’s my fourth job.**

Monday was CRAZY and I only put in a couple hundred words into the new book, working title A POX ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES. But otherwise I’m getting in about 1700 words per day, which keeps me on track to “win” for the third year in a row. Oh, NaNo, how I love you and your butt-kicking ways.

It’s really not ready for prime-time, but I’ll post the first 150 words here, just to tease you.

“Ready, Mr. Secretary?”

My father nodded at his aide and gave him a thumbs-up. “Born ready, Sam.” He let out his trademark guffaw, beaming as he descended the marble stairs to the ballroom below, proud of his custom-made designer tuxedo and Italian shoes. Music boomed from the speakers hidden around the room while lights glistened off the women’s fancy dress gowns.

For my dad, these political events never got old. For me, they never were fun to begin with. I inhaled deeply. Yup, smelled like money. Sighing, I followed my father down the steps, holding on to the curved brass railing for moral support. An elbow landed square in my ribs. “Smile, P.E.” Dad commanded. My lips curved upward and I stood up straighter. I knew how to make appearances count, too. In a world like ours, sometimes your appearance is all that you have.

Best of all, I’m listening to the Smiths as I type along. Puts me in the right mood for writing. A bit morose and navel-gazing-y***, just like my YA characters.

*Just realized that’s Tax Day. Boo. But Book Birthday will cheer me up!

**Yes, I have three (paid, PT) jobs (on top of mother, volunteer gigs, yadda yadda–oh, and I’ve started substitute teaching, too, so I guess that’s #4. Whatevs!). Don’t even ask what my schedule looks like.

***That is so a word! Check the OED.

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Michelle Johnson (@MJsRetweet): So good, she gets her own blog post

A few months ago I posted about how I was able to land an internship with a literary agent. That agent is Michelle Johnson, of Inklings Literary Agency.

I’m still pinching myself as to how I got so lucky to work with Michelle. Reading some of the manuscripts she has requested and reporting my impressions has been an incredible education for me. Like you’ve heard everywhere, critiquing others’ work really does make you a better writer.

But more importantly, Michelle has been generous with her advice to me. When I could have gone wrong with some less-appealing offers and requests, Michelle shared her knowledge of the industry. When I got my contract from Astraea Press, she reviewed it and put her final stamp of approval before I signed. I got to talk to her and email back and forth, and realized that an agent like Michelle is what every writer needs. So when I thanked my critique partners, beta readers, publisher, etc. earlier this week, I could have put Michelle at the top of that list–but I saved her for her own post.

I’m so glad I’ve gotten to intern for her. Thanks, Michelle! And now I have to finish my latest report for her.

Oh, FYI, she’s closed to submissions right now (collective groan, I know, I know) but when she opens up, GO FOR IT!

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. . . And That’s How I Found My Publisher

So many authors don’t get their first manuscripts published. This time last year I had a dream and a finished-but-unpolished book that I called THREE WISHES. No knowledge of the publishing world–but no expectations, either.

I buckled down and got most of the heavy editing done on my first manuscript before starting my second (last November’s NaNoWriMo, still in rough format, BTW). I got some more beta-reader feedback on THREE WISHES and did some more polishing. Then, in early January, I called it DONE.*

I was ready to start to query agents. I had done Research.** Miraculously, the very first agent I queried requested a full manuscript. (That doesn’t usually happen.)

I queried more. I got rejected a lot. I got some requests for a partial or a full manuscript, won a few contests, felt pretty good about it all. I acquired two amazing critique partners along the way who encouraged me and told me how much they loved what I had written.

But I didn’t have any agents saying the same!

Now, I’m a practical person. I don’t enjoy rejection, but I roll with it pretty well. And when the agent route didn’t seem to be working out, I started looking at alternatives.

And I was delighted to learn all about the world of small presses.

The negative is that there are a lot of less-than-good (I won’t say bad) small presses out there. Some have a reputation for not paying their authors, or putting out lousy books, etc. etc.

And, um, a lot of the “good” ones publish erotica. Now, I’m no prude, and I think erotica has its place (far away from my home), but I wanted to be able to have my mother-in-law look for my book online and not have to worry about her stumbling upon something shocking.

When I discovered Astraea Press, and, better yet, saw that they were taking pitches as part of the Savvy Authors Summer Symposium, I jumped right in. Astraea is all about publishing “clean” fiction that is appropriate for your Grandma Betty. Their covers are beautiful, their books are interesting, and they have a great reputation all over the internet.

When Stephanie Taylor, Astraea’s owner, requested my full manuscript, I was thrilled.

When she emailed shortly afterward to say that she LOVED (yes! in caps!) my book and wanted to publish it, I jumped around the room like a kangaroo on caffeine.

Now it’s official. The contract’s signed and I’m on board to be published by Astraea Press! Stay tuned to learn my publishing date. I’m so proud to be a part of such an amazing group, and I’m so thankful to Stephanie and to Savvy Authors, as well as my wonderfully patient and supportive beta readers and critique partners.

*I don’t mean I changed the name of the book. C’mon.

**Looking back now, there’s no such thing as too much research.

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