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Cover Reveal: Touching Fate by Brenda Drake

Today I am so freaking excited to be sharing with you the cover for Brenda Drake’s newest novel, Touching Fate. For those of you who don’t know Brenda, she’s the mastermind behind Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness. I have absolutely no idea where she gets the time to run both of these contests, write, and be the most wonderful support to writers ever. Because of her, I’ve made writer friends and gotten recognized for my writing. Congratulations, Brenda! HAPPY COVER REVEAL DAY!!!


Touching Fate

by Brenda Drake

Release Date: 10/13/15

Entangled Teen: Crave

Summary from Goodreads:

Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift—with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate.

Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday—and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.

Aster doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help–or that he’s about to die.

But worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.

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About the Author


Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school until her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores,and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Pitch Madness 2014

Okay y’all, it’s time for Pitch Madness: Clue Edition!

Brenda Drake, contest ninja of the writing/blogging world, puts this crazy contest together 2x per year–one which I am throwing myself into with a full body slam. In order to prepare for this, I’ve been writing and rewriting my 250 word pitch trying to get it perfect. Well, if not perfect at least better.


If you’re looking to perfect a 35 word pitch, there are a few good ways to do this:

1.  CPs- These are the best way to figure out correct wording of a pitch. They are also great to b@&%$ to about trying to get a pitch written. And how you want to throw your computer out the window in the process.

2.  Blogs- There are a lot of writing blogs out there that post about writing a good pitch. Read through them. Find examples. A few good ones are: Nathan Bransford and Rachelle Gardner.

3.  Writers- Writers give back to the writing community all the time. When contests like Pitch Madness are announced, there are often authors who volunteer their time to critique your pitch. This time around, author Fiona McLauren has offered up her services to those brave enough to post their pitches.

Some may ask why even bother entering a contest.


Well, I have learned soooo much from entering contests. I’ve received feedback from agents and authors, plus met 3 of my CPs, gotten requests for material, etc. I can’t even begin to tell you about the amazing writers I’ve met and continued to talk to.

Even with contests, and for those who don’t make it through the slush reading, writers can still query agents. Contests aren’t the be-all-end-all of the writing world, so please keep this in mind as you enter Pitch Madness. And to those of you with itchy fingers poised above the send button, shine your pitch to perfection. I wish you the best of luck!


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