Tuesday, July 16, 2013



College life is a breath of fresh air for 20 year old Ellie Baylor, a painfully shy but beautiful art major. She has her canvas and charcoal and that's more than enough. Her choice to go to school far from home and the watchful eye of her strict parents seems like the perfect thing for smooth sailing into an easy life. 

But when River Daniels, a charming artist with eyes the color of hot chocolate, asks her to join him in a project for class, Ellie may get more than just an A. 

She might find out how to live.

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Move over, Phoenix, a NEW River has my heart!

First of all, C&HC was a very quick read, and I liked that about it. I'm becoming a huge fan of dual POV and I think that each MC was given their own voice in this book which can be very hard to do.

For the most part, I loved C&HC. I loved River from Day One. His slightly awkward persona was relatable and lovable, and I couldn't get enough of him! Honestly, I think I could really get into a spin-off in just River's POV. He was my favorite part of this book. The author's physical descriptions of him were so well done, and I love a hot body with a brain and--bonus!--he has a passion for art. It appeals to the creative in me, and the fact that I can be shallow at times (thus, my love for his body. I'm not even sorry.) Who, me? Shallow? Nevah!

I loved the transformation of the main characters, especially Ellie. Watching her grow, though frustrating at times, was a wonderful part of this journey.

Which brings me to my next thought . . . I had mixed feelings while reading C&HC--for the first half of the book, only--because I had some small issues with Ellie's behavior and her back and forth, hot and cold treatment of River. (Maybe because I liked him so much and wanted her to get with the program?)

Like Ellie, I'm at times brave and at times insecure, and most of the time a hot mess, and I really wanted to connect with her . . . I wish I had just a tiny bit more. BUT, I've never really been shy--my insecurities rear their ugly heads in a loud-mouthed, overly-confident and opinionated sort of way--so it could just be that I was unable to connect with Ellie fully because of how different she and I are. And frankly, my small issues with Ellie's behavior did not create any detachment from the story. Well, maybe a little, but I still fully invested in the relationships between Ellie and River, Ellie and her friends . . . even Ellie and her parents (ugh, what nightmares they were!) But I have to admit that had I been a bit more capable of connecting to Ellie, I would have probably been even more invested than I was. With that said, not every reader will connect with every character. It happens.

All in all, C&HC was an enjoyable read, complete with laughter, tears, and sexy times (yes, you read that correctly, SEXY TIMES). It is a great contemporary new adult read, and a fantastic debut.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

#PitchMAS Twitter Pitch HELP (Another honing workshop)

The blog pitches have been submitted, the window has closed, and Tamara and I are busy selecting our TOP 50 pitches! 
*When we finally come to an agreement--easier said than done--these TOP 50 will be posted on the  #PitchMAS blog!) 

There have been some AMAZING pitches! But, if you don't make it to the TOP 50, and even if you do, this is only the FIRST half of #PitchMAS in JULY! 

On Friday, 7/12/13, we will begin our Twitter pitch party! ANYONE can participate! It doesn't matter if you've made our TOP 50 blog pitches (or not), or even if you submitted a blog pitch (or not). We urge EVERYONE to participate in the Twitter pitch party as well because we've been known to attract a few ninja agents and editors in the past! 
*The ONLY stipulation is that your pitch must be for a completed manuscript only. Also, please keep your Twitter pitching to no more than two times per hour, per manuscript.

I'm assuming you participated in our awesome pitch-honing workshop HERE, and received a ton of feedback from our experts and your fellow participants. You did do that, right? RIGHT?

BUT, I know that we can still question ourselves like crazy--we're writers, duh--so if you'd like a bit more help/feedback on your 140-character or less TWITTER PITCH, I'm opening my personal blog for this purpose. 

Twitter pitches MUST include the hashtag, #PitchMAS, or agents/editors won't see the tweet. 

Please post your pitch in the comments below! 

(PS. You may never actually ADORE your Twitter pitch, but we do want you to at least like it. A little.)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

You can own EVER for only $0.99! JULY E-BOOK BLOWOUT SALE! 7/8/2013 to 7/14/2013

During the Curiosity Quills Press July Blowout sale, all of our e-book catalogue will be reduced to just $0.99! 

Check out the titles below, and make sure to grab a copy of EVER for your e-reader during the week of 7/8/13-7/14/13! 

Here's a list of the books on sale during the month of July! 

Plus, you can find them linked on Amazon HERE.

Week 1: Sci-Fi & Fantasy 7/1/2013 - 7/7/2013 Scrapbook of My Revolution Amy Spitzley
Shadow of a Dead Star Michael Shean
Redeye Michael Shean
Bones Wires Michael Shean
Sanity Vacuum Thea Gregory
Theocracide James Wymore
The Zona Nathan Yocum
The God Particle Rod Kierkegaard, Jr.
Paradise Earth    Anthony Mathenia

Week 2: Paranormal/Romance     7/8/2013 to 7/14/2013

Colour Wielders Dawna Raver
Cappuccino Heaven Michelle Wright 
Lost Michelle Wright
Zarconian Island Aja Hannah
Ever Jessa Russo
18 Things Jamie Ayres
Fade A.K. Morgen
Broken Forest     Eliza Tilton
Worlds Burn Through Vickie Keire
Shadowed Ground Vickie Keire
The Gathering Darkness     Lisa Collicutt
Wilde's Fire Krystal Wade
Wilde's Army Krystal Wade
Legasea Krystalyn Drown
Week 3: Urban Fantasy 7/15/2013 to 7/21/2013
Sweet Dreams are Made of Teeth Richard Roberts
Wild Children Richard Roberts
Quite Contrary Richard Roberts
Real Vampires Don't Sparkle       Amy Fecteua
Buried Gerilyn Marin
The Devil You Know K.H. Koehler
Danger in Cat World Nina Post
The Department of Magic Rod Kierkegaard, Jr. 
The Stein and Candle Detective Agency: Vol 1 Michael Panush
The Stein and Candle Detective Agency: Vol 2 Michael Panush
The Stein and Candle Detective Agency: Vol 3 Michael Panush

Week 4: Humor & Horror 7/22/2013 to 7/28/2013
Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish  Andrew Buckley
Once Upon a Changeling V.J. Chambers
The Last Condo Board the Apocalypse Nina Post
The Last Donut Shop of the Apocalypse Nina Post
One Ghost Per Serving Nina Post
The Green Man and Other Short Stories Rand Lee
The Prince of Earth Mike Robinson
The Green-Eyed Monster Mike Robinson
The Space Whiskey Death Chronicles Wiliam Vitka
Blow Up The Roses Randy Attwood
Family Cursemas Rod Kierkegaard, Jr. 

Week 5: Historical 7/29/2013 to 8/4/2013
Nefertiti's Heart A.W. Exley
KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh Katie Teller
The Charge Sharon Bayliss
Automatic Woman Nathan Yocum
Echo's of Dark and Light Chris Shanley-Dillman
Murder in Whitechapel Aiden James & Michelle Wright
Dinosaur Jazz Michael Panush
Dinosaur Dust Michael Panush
El Mosaico: Scarred Souls Michael Panush
El Mosaico: The Road to Hellfire Michael Panush

Monday, July 1, 2013

SPECIAL ONE DAY AUCTION! Literary Agent Jordy Albert #fundsforfeaky

WOOHOO! What a special treat! I have ONE more auction item to offer you guys! This auction will be open for exactly 24 hours.

From 6:35am PST today (July 1st), till 6:43am PST tomorrow (July 2nd)!

get those bids in!!!


Highest bidder will receive a first 10 pages critique from literary agent Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Lit Agency

Bidding starts at $10.00
Auction Begins: Monday, July 1st @ 6:35 am
Auction Closes: Tuesday, July 2nd @ 6:35 am

Please leave bid amount and email address in this format: 

emailaddress [at] provider [dot] com

Payments will be collected via Paypal after auction closes. 

E-book auctions are open INTERNATIONALLY.
Paperback auctions are open to the US and CANADA only, UNLESS NOTED in the particular auction. 
Critiques are open INTERNATIONALLY. 
EVERY auction item has a starting bid of $10.00.
Please ONLY bid in $5.00 dollar increments. 

Payments will be acceptable via Paypal ONLY.

If you have questions, PLEASE ASK.