A Pizza My Heart Cover Reveal!

I am VERY excited to help reveal the cover for A PIZZA MY HEART, aka the #Pizzathology, aka the anthology that I have a short story in!

 

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It’s got my name on it! Isn’t that so cool?! (I may or may not have squealed when it popped into my inbox. LOL)

Our cover designer, Haley Crosby, did a wonderful job, and I love it!

 

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Book Name: A Pizza My Heart: An Anthology

Book Genre: YA fiction anthology

Book release date: November 12, 2016 (National Pizza with the Works except Anchovies Day)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30119563-a- pizza-my- heart

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Gooey cheese and warm pepperoni, with a side of kissing and murder.

A Pizza My Heart is a quirky and fun anthology that crosses all genres. Fifteen extraordinary authors have united to tell stories of mystery, mayhem, romance, danger, deceit…and pizza.

Sometimes spicy, sometimes cheesy, but always delicious, A Pizza My Heart invites you to explore life, happiness, and the pursuit of pizza.

 

Stories Include:

A Slice of Adventure by Maria Carvalho

Between Slices by Andy Grieser

Fresh, Hot, and Deadly by Rena Olsen

KissingDancingPizzaMURDER by Darci Cole

Kneadful Things by Jenna Lehne

Love Pizza No. 9 by Vanessa Rodriguez

Madame Miraval’s Pizza Place by Kelly deVos

Password Is… by Jolene Haley

Pizza by Emily Simon

Pizza Buddy by Brian LeTendre

Pizzamergency by Brett Jonas

Survival Pizza by Rebecca Waddell

The Last Stop at the End of the World by Jamie Adams

The Pizza Guy by Jessi Shakarian

Where There’s Pizza by Jasmine Brown

 

 

About the Publisher:

Established in 2014, Hocus Pocus & Co. loves to bring unique voices and stories to fruition.

Cover Design by Haley Crosby

Join the book buzz using hashtag #Pizzathology

I’m Getting Published!

I honestly can’t say it without squealing. I’m getting a short story published in an anthology!

The anthology is called A Pizza My Heart, and it’s an anthology (or collection) of young adult stories all about pizza. Mine has baby goats and kissing and pizza (of course) and it’s super cute (in my oh-so-humble opinion).

The anthology comes out on November 12th, and in the beginning, it will only be available digitally. If it sells well enough, we will (hopefully) get to do a print run, which would be super amazing! We don’t have a cover yet, but here’s the blurb and other information:

 

Book Name: A Pizza My Heart: An Anthology

Book Genre: YA fiction anthology

Book release date: November 12, 2016 (National Pizza with the Works except Anchovies Day)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30119563-a- pizza-my- heart

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Gooey cheese and warm pepperoni, with a side of kissing and murder.

A Pizza My Heart is a quirky and fun anthology that crosses all genres. Fifteen extraordinary authors have united to tell stories of mystery, mayhem, romance, danger, deceit…and pizza.

Sometimes spicy, sometimes cheesy, but always delicious, A Pizza My Heart invites you to explore life, happiness, and the pursuit of pizza.

 

Stories Include:

A Slice of Adventure by Maria Carvalho

Between Slices by Andy Grieser

Fresh, Hot, and Deadly by Rena Olsen

KissingDancingPizzaMURDER by Darci Cole

Kneadful Things by Jenna Lehne

Love Pizza No. 9 by Vanessa Rodriguez

Madame Miraval’s Pizza Place by Kelly deVos

Password Is… by Jolene Haley

Pizza by Emily Simon

Pizza Buddy by Brian LeTendre

Pizzamergency by Brett Jonas

Survival Pizza by Rebecca Waddell

The Last Stop at the End of the World by Jamie Adams

The Pizza Guy by Jessi Shakarian

Where There’s Pizza by Jasmine Brown

 

About the Publisher:

Established in 2014, Hocus Pocus & Co. loves to bring unique voices and stories to fruition.

Forthcoming Cover Design by Haley Crosby

Join the book buzz using hashtag #Pizzathology

 

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A Pizza My Heart (Hocus Pocus Co, 2016)

Title: A Pizza My Heart
Published by: Hocus Pocus Co
Release Date: 2016
Contributors: Brett Jonas, Jolene Haley, Maria Carvalho, Andy Grieser, Rena Olsen, Darci Cole, Jenna Lehne, Vanessa Rodriguez, Kelly deVos, Emily Simon, Brian LeTendre, Rebecca Waddell, Jamie Adams, Jessi Shakarian, Jasmine Brown

Gooey cheese and warm pepperoni, with a side of kissing and murder.

A Pizza My Heart is a quirky and fun anthology that crosses all genres. Fifteen extraordinary authors have united to tell stories of mystery, mayhem, romance, danger, deceit…and pizza.

Sometimes spicy, sometimes cheesy, but always delicious, A Pizza My Heart invites you to explore life, happiness, and the pursuit of pizza.

Stories Include:
A Slice of Adventure by Maria Carvalho

Between Slices by Andy Grieser

Fresh, Hot, and Deadly by Rena Olsen

KissingDancingPizzaMURDER by Darci Cole

Kneadful Things by Jenna Lehne

Love Pizza No. 9 by Vanessa Rodriguez

Madame Miraval’s Pizza Place by Kelly deVos

Password Is… by Jolene Haley

Pizza by Emily Simon

Pizza Buddy by Brian LeTendre

Pizzamergency by Brett Jonas

Survival Pizza by Rebecca Waddell

The Last Stop at the End of the World by Jamie Adams

The Pizza Guy by Jessi Shakarian

Where There’s Pizza by Jasmine Brown

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Seeds of Discovery

12715259Quinn Robbins’ life was everything she thought a teenager’s should be. She has good friends, a family that she loves, good grades, and an after-school job she enjoys. And, she’s just been asked out by Zander Cunningham, a popular football player and great guy. But one day when driving home after picking up her little sister from the baby-sitter’s, she nearly hits a boy who, after running blindly into the street, mysteriously disappears.

The mystery only deepens as she figures out who the boy is; William Rose, a reclusive, awkward boy from school who always has his nose in a pile of books.

As she becomes more aware of his behavior it becomes more obvious how out of the ordinary William is and how hard he deliberately tries to blend into the background. This only intrigues her more and she finds herself working to find out more about him, and exactly where he keeps disappearing to.

On a whim one night she follows him and suddenly finds herself in a new world. One where William is a prince, literally, and she is treated like a princess. She also discovers that she is stuck; the gate back to her own world isn’t always open.

Quinn finds herself smack in the middle of a modern-day fairy tale, on a course that will change her life forever.

I’d been dying to read this series ever since I’d first heard about them – and then Breeana needed a beta reader. I signed up as quickly as possible, and I entered this wonderful world that has easily become one of my favorites. Puttroff is a master at her art, building a world so rich, with characters so complex, that I hate thinking about the fact that they’re not real people. Oh – and when people ask what book character I would marry, I pick Will from this series. William Rose is my idea of a Prince Charming.

Getting That Writing Itch Again

A few weeks ago, I finished writing the first draft of Elaru. I’d written Estermead in 108 days and then started Elaru the very next day.

After almost 240 days of writing every single day in a row, I had two completed first drafts.

And I was done. The need to write was gone. All I wanted to do was sleep for several weeks.

But instead, in the past few weeks, I kept myself busy with (mostly) writing related things. I’ve edited Estermead into a slightly – very slightly – better second draft. I’ve beta read four books and signed up for three more. (More on that in another blog post.) I’ve done creative writing homework. I even read a book for fun! (Only one so far… but it’s progress.)

But now I’m starting to get the itch to write again. I want to sit at my keyboard and pound out the words. I want to create new characters and bring them to life. I want to explore a new world.

I’ve got an NA Contemporary idea that’s been bothering me for a while. Both NA and Contemporary would be new for me – but I’m thinking that Hanover may be the project I tackle next. We’ll see. Nano is coming and while I’m not sure I’m going to attempt the full 50k, I’d love to get a bunch of this book nailed down quickly.

I’m glad to have the itch back. I missed it.

What do you do when the writing itch disappears? And are you doing Nano?

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.

-George Orwell

Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.

William S. Burroughs

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. I wish someone had told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work dissapoints you. A lot of people never get past that phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in the phase, you gotta know that it’s normal and the most important thin you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you finish one piece. It’s only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take a while. It’s normal to take a while. You just gotta fight your way through.

-Ira Glass