Meet Team Italy!

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Hello Readers!

It’s been a while, a loooong while. I am excited to be back in the blogging game and to bring you the introduction of my team for #FicFest TEAM ITALY.

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When someone mentions Italy, it no doubt conjures images of beautiful canals, ancient monuments, and bountiful food. And, if you’re like me, it makes you think of Russel Crowe in a short gladiator skirt.

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Italy is most known for its wine, which comes from volcanic sediment rich earth. It holds nearly 20,000 grape varieties in twenty regions, the most popular areas being the island of Sicily and Sardinia.

The culture is so rich in Italy, it’s hard to choose just one thing to talk about. One of my favorite places is Venice. The appeal of the city lay in the twisting canals and gondolas that navigate the waterways. With its combination of Gothic and Byzantine architecture, it is truly a sight to behold before it disappears completely! Fun Fact: Venice has the most nicknames out of any other city in Italy. These include: The City of Masks, The City of Water, The City of Bridges, and The Queen of the Adriatic. If those don’t sound like Mortal Instrument titles in the making, I don’t know what does!

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If those facts about Italy weren’t enough entertainment, how about you meet Team Italy and find out what we are looking for from you!

Team Mentor: Ashley Hearn

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Ashley Hearn is a writer of Southern Gothic fiction for young adults, a television producer, and an intern for Entangled Pub. She is an addictive coffee drinker, a Gilmore Girls fanatic, and a proud Gryffindor. When she ferrets away enough gas money, she can be found scouring the Georgia and South Carolina Sea Islands for ruined plantations, folk magic, and a fresh story. Her writing is represented by Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis Literary.
You can follow here at: @AshleyHearn on Twitter or on her website

Wishlist:

“I’m looking for high concept, big hook manuscripts. I love anything gothic and creepy with setting that feels like a character. Bonus points if it takes place in the South. Unique fantasy with a truly original magic system will always win me over, as well as diversity that’s integral to the characters and plot. If you have the next HALF BAD or THE RAVEN BOYS, I’m your girl. I’m also on the lookout for cute, contemporary romances, especially if it has a sports angle.”

Team Mentor: Jessica Calla

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Jessica Calla is a lawyer by day, romance writer by night. Her favorite time is the kids’ bedtime, when she’s free to open the laptop, battle with the blinking cursor, and pour out the contents of her heart. Jessica is a member of Romance Writers of America, involved in the Contemporary, Young Adult, and New Jersey Chapters, and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She recently became the oldest intern ever at BookFish Books working in Marketing and Submissions Besides reading and writing, Jessica enjoys movies, coffee, and chocolate and considers herself addicted to Diet Coke and Netflix (in a good way). Her next project, a New Adult Romance series, kicks off in May 2016 with the release of She Laughs in Pink, followed by She Runs Away in November 2016. Jessica lives in central New Jersey with her husband, two sons, and her dog.

You can follow her at: @jess_calla , her website, or Facebook

“I prefer contemporary romance YA. Pretty much anything goes as far as M/F, M/M, f/f.”

Team Leader: Jessica Rubinkowski

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Jessica Rubinkowski is writer of dark YA, with particular interest in fantasy, horror, and mystery. Sometimes all at the same time. She grew up on a horse farm in Central Illinois. There, she spent her time creating make-believe games with plot points and forcing her sisters to act it out. She is obsessed with Lord of the Rings, Avatar: Last Airbender, and Harry Potter. Jessica currently lives in the Midwest with her family.She is represented by Penny Moore of FinePrint Literary Management.

You can follow her on Twitter, or check out her Pinterest boards, or her Tumblr.

Wishlist:

“I love anything deliciously dark and creepy, especially in fantasy! Expansive and immersive worlds and characters you have to follow to the end are two of my favorite things in fantasy. Anything with a killer voice will automatically catch my eye. I am always up for a good horror that will keep me up all night with a light on or a mystery I can’t figure out until the end. I will be on the look out for all things diverse in these genres with a special eye out for #ownvoices participants!”

We look forward to your submissions!!

Meet My Character Blog Hop-The Heartsmith

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Hello forgotten blog and readers!

My life went upside down after having a baby in May, but let’s be honest, I wasn’t great at keeping a blog before that. However, my friend and CP EM Castellen has tagged me in an interesting blog hop where you introduce your main character. Essentially, you answer seven questions about your main character so everyone can get to know them. I’m so excited to participate and I think Eve may be excited to get a peek at my new Work In Progress, The Heartsmith.

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1) What is the name of your character? Is she a fictional person or a historic person?

Her name is Alessa, short for Alessandra, Necromov. She is most definitely fictional and runs about the glorious industrialized world of Ager City.

2) When and where is the story set?

THE HEARTSMITH is set in the fictional world of Callindum, where nature and city are constantly at war. The time period Callindum is based around is the Industrial Revolution in America, around 1870. I always found the turmoil around the Industrial Revolution very interesting and really wanted to create a fantasy world in a state of flux, where magic and industry were at odds.

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3) What should we know about your character?

Alessa is a Heart Harvester. Ager City is plagued by creatures called Snatchers which steal hearts, so their entire economy is based around the buying and selling of hearts. Alessa harvests hearts from corpses, as most Harvesters do, but hers are considered the best in the city. That’s because she possesses the ability to bring the dead back to life and steal their hearts while blood is still pumping through it. Her renown for having the freshest hearts landed her the position of being the King’s primary supplier. The business has made her hard, calculating, and a bit bitter, but there is a part of her that still clings to the dream of living a normal life.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?

The hearts Alessa delivers to the King start to fail, sustaining him for only a couple days at the time. He believes her powers have weakened and banishes her to the Forest where people still have magic. Alessa’s mother is originally from the forest, but she’s never seen more nature than a blade of grass. She has to find a way to strengthen her magic or her father will die. Unfortunately for her, the people of the Forest have no time to help her save the King…mostly because they want him dead.

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5) What is the personal goal of the character?

Alessa has spent most of her life killing Snatchers because they butchered her mother. She’s determined to kill every Snatcher in Callindum, even if that means leaving behind everyone who cares for her and taking advantage of those who trust her. When she uncovers the fact the Snatchers and King are tied, and killing him will end the life of every Snatcher as well, she’s dead set on assassinating the king.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

For now, it’s called THE HEARTSMITH, but its a title subject to change. I’m not completely certain it fits the story. You can read a blurb about it in the “Books” section of my blog here.

7) When can we expect the book to be published?

I’m not sure! It’s still a work in progress, but I have hopes for it 🙂

And now I tag Rachel O’Laughlin whose third book in her awesome Senengard series, Rise of Orion, is coming out in December!

Write on!

Jess

*none of the pictures belong to me, if anyone knows who to give credit to, please let me know so I can tag them!

The Curse of Doubt

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Hello Readers!

It’s time for some real talk. As writers, we have a lot of doubts. A LOT. Sometimes they decide to burst out of us in a wave of ugly tears, snot, and puffy eyes.

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I’ve seen a lot of people excited about the new year, but also a lot of people who’s hope is waning. Let me tell you, I get that. It’s hard to keep on believing that you can do this, that you will make it. Maybe it seems like people you know are getting agents left and right, and you’re just sitting there. Or maybe, you just think everything you write is terrible. Doubt has a way of wiggling its nasty self into your brain and never.shutting.up. until you start to believe it’s true. I’m hear to tell you to stop.

No seriously. Stop.

Then realize, most of the time, you are your biggest enemy. You are the one putting those thoughts into your head. You can do this, you already have! People who are signing with agents now were in your same shoes a year ago and you can bet your sweet buttered biscuit they didn’t ever think an agent would be interested in their manuscript. Almost every writer goes through your exact same doubts and the reason they are where they are today is because they didn’t give up. And you shouldn’t either.

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There ARE people who want to read your novels, and I’m one of them. So just remember:

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and 2.)  you can do it

Keep Writing!

Jess

P.S If you feel down, feel free to contact me! I’m always available to boost some esteem 🙂