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Maddison Michaels: THE DEVILISH DUKE

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Maddison Michaels’ debut novel, THE DEVILISH DUKE, is the very first book she actually finished writing—so it holds a special place in her heart. Beyond being prolific—she has a second book coming out later this year—Maddison’s got a unique perspective: She’s also a police officer who lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

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Laura Heffernan: REALITY WEDDING

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Fellow Pitch Wars mentor Laura Heffernan and I first met at the Romance Writers’ of America conference this past summer, when we sat next to each other at lunch and debated the relative merits of various desserts. We chatted a little bit about our books, and I remember being so curious about hers—a series inspired by a friend of hers who was on a reality TV show.

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Renaissance Man Charlie Lovett: THE LOST BOOK OF THE GRAIL & More

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I had the privilege of meeting multitalented Renaissance man Charlie Lovett when my first novel came out, at the Bookmarks literary festival in Winston-Salem, NC. Since then, we’ve reconnected at Bookmarks’ fabulous new independent bookstore—where I had my very first reading for THE DREAM KEEPER’S DAUGHTER—as well as on Charlie’s podcast, The Writers’ Studio.

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Margarita Montimore: ASLEEP FROM DAY

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When I read the blurb of ASLEEP FROM DAY, I was struck by some of the similarities between Margarita Montimore’s novel and my first book, THE MEMORY THIEF. Like one of my main characters in TMT, Margarita’s protagonist, Astrid, was hit by a car and woke up in the hospital, missing a crucial set of memories.

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Meet Jessica Bayliss: BROKEN CHORDS, Palm Beach Peril and More

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I’ve benefited in so many amazing ways from being a part of the Pitch Wars community…and one of them has been the chance to meet my incredible critique partner, Jessica Bayliss. She’s got so many exciting projects going on right now, including the release of her very first YA novella and the fact that she just sat on her first authors’ panel with none other than the legendary R.L. Stine. So, of course, I invited her on the blog to share the love.

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A Bird’s-Eye View of Blue Crow Publishing

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Lauren Faulkenberry and Katie Rose Guest Pryal are authors and also the founders of Blue Crow Publishing, LLC, an independent press founded in 2016 with headquarters in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Full disclosure—Katie and I were in the same writing seminar for an entire semester in college, yet somehow didn’t formally meet until many years later, at Wildacres Retreat in the North Carolina mountains.

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Becca Syme: Helping Fellow Authors Write Better, Faster

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I’m not calling anybody out here, but there were—ahem!—five years between the publication of my first novel, THE MEMORY THIEF, and my second one, THE DREAM KEEPER’S DAUGHTER. In between, I wrote another book. I loved the storyline and my crazy, flawed characters—but alas, the plot didn’t quite coalesce, and so after over a year of writing and revisions, I had to scrap it and start a new project.