October 2012 Archive

I’m Back…But Not Really (Plus a Dragon)

I’m not really back from my blogging break, I still have about 9k to write in my WIP and I’m hoping to do it before NaNo starts. I’d love to have my editing shoes on during NaNo so I can edit while you all write!

I’m popping in for two reasons, the first is that the lovely Cat Scully will be guest-posting in the coming week and it’s going to be a recipe post! (Yum!) I’m so excited. The girl is a cooking genius. Be sure you stop by.

Second, is to say I’m sorry for not posting the winner from the birthday giveaway! Random.org chose Talynn Lynn! (Your birthday memory was also pretty hilarious 🙂 Shoot me an email to get your copy of The Night Circus!

And third, is to pass along this month’s theme (and next months for you NaNo-ers): Killing the Doubt-Monster

(Yes those are laser guns. Us writers are fierce.)

If you’re about to start NaNo, keep in mind that yes, it may be hard, but also yes, you can do it!! This past month has been full of writers-block for me, but I keep remembering that yes, I can finish this WIP in a month! (Umm…only 3 days left before my month ends, haha!)

I’m still over on Twitter, checking out people’s blogs through links you shoot my way.


GUTGAA Pitch Contest Winners & Other News

Hello Gutgaans! I have the pleasure of announcing the winners of the pitch contest this morning:

Pitch A “War and Me
Pitch B “And Jakob Flew the Fiend Away
Pitch I “Ideal High
Pitch T “A.K.A. Killer
Pitch U “Fractured Myths

Congratulations everyone! And everybody else, congratulations for making it into the contest and putting your work out there!

In other news, be sure to stop by the post from yesterday to win a copy of the Night Circus and celebrate my birthday 🙂

And in other, other news, I’m going to be taking a quick break from the blogging world. I’ve started a new WIP and am hoping to get the first draft written over the next month. I think I’ve exhausted myself between critting, gutgaa, querying, and blogging, so to focus and get myself back on track, I’m going to eliminate blogging- at least for a few weeks. BUT I will still be on Twitter, so come hang out with me there 🙂

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been tagged in a few meme’s, all of which I have LOVED reading and been so happy that I was tagged (yay!). Hopefully after this quick break, I can re-post those memes, but in the meantime, thanks for the tag!

Happy Birthday!

Today is my birthday, my quarter-century birthday to be exact and that is cause for celebration!

Have some cake!

Peanut butter frosting. Yum. Thanks for the recipe, Cat 🙂

In celebration of this awesome day, I’m going to giveaway a copy of the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It’s amazing. So amazing, that after I finished listening to it (audiobook!) I went out and bought a hard copy version and a copy for my Kindle and a copy for my family to pass around. I never buy books, so this was pretty momentous. (If you don’t believe how much I loved this book, go check out my audiobook review of it here).

So, how does one win the Night Circus, you ask? All you have to do is tell me your favorite birthday memory in the comments section below. That’s it 🙂 I’ll pick a winner next week using random.org and please be sure to leave your email so I have a way to contact you if you win!

Have a wonderful day guys!


p.s. Oct. 4th is a pretty awesome day, not only because it’s my birthday, but because it’s my parents anniversary! Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad! =D

p.p.s. And be sure to send birthday wishes to my birthday-buddy, Rebecca Enzor 😉

GUTGAA Small Press- YA Contemporary & Historical Fiction

Guys, I’m beyond excited to be a part of the small press contest for GUTGAA (Gearing Up To Get An Agent blog-hop hosted by the awe-inspiring Deana Barnhart)! I can’t say enough about the courage it takes to put your work out there, but what you’ll learn over the next week will be well worth the effort, even if you don’t move on to the next round. I posted the other week (after the ups and downs of my own GUTGAA experience and #PitMad) the ride is worth it.

Good luck everyone!

I’m hoping to make my way through all of the pitches this round, but if anyone is needing/wanting extra help with their pitches, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Keep an eye out for the following judge names as they make their rounds on the pitches!
Jammy Dodgers

A Few Details
As luck would have it, the submissions did not break evenly into YA/MG/NA groups. To make the ratios fair for each category, the pitches chosen off each blog will have different amounts. The breakup will be:

-YA Other-9  chosen (Hosted on Deana’s blog)
-Adult-8 chosen (Hosted on Tara Tyler’s blog)
-YA Contemporary & Historical Fiction-5 chosen (Hosted here!)
-NA/MG-3 chosen (Hosted on Ink in the Book’s blog)
**If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section below.

-If there are tie breakers, other judges in the competition will come in and break the ties
-Winners will be announced no later than Friday
-The top 25 will be posted on Deana’s blog for the final round next Monday

If you are on Twitter, use the hashtag #GUTGAA to join in on the conversation. Hopefully, I will be able to tweet out progress on my blog throughout the week, follow me at @julianalbrandt


Check back Thursday for a special giveaway because Thursday is MY BIRTHDAY! My quarter-century birthday to be exact and it’s deserving of an extra special giveaway. The giveaway will be easy (I’m a fan of easy contests). The winner will get a copy of my very favorite book: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. So COME BACK THURSDAY and help celebrate my birthday with me 🙂

Pitch W- The Spark

YA Contemporary


When you’re sixteen, wishing for a life filled with adventure and romance, like the kind found on the inky
pages of fantasy fiction, makes living in a small town almost bearable. When your name is Neeve and you’re tall, gawky and feel awkward in your own skin, an escape into books feels like your only hope.

After mysterious Rhythe arrives in town looking for you, followed by your favorite author who penned the novel Under Clouded Sky and intriguingexchange student Elan, you think just for an instant maybe you’re living in a dream.

The love and danger unfolding in your suddenly very drama-filled life point to the truth that perhaps your the novel isn’t a work of fiction after all. Maybe the Celestial Pantheon, the secret society revealed in the book’s pages is real, Rhythe’s interest in you is sinister and you and Elan have to save the world from power hungry House of Cruxis, led by Rhythe, who threaten to cause a supernova.

You quickly realize getting what you wished for comes with a price and the perils of adventure are more than you bargained for. If you fail it means the end of love, the end of the world, the end of existence, but if you succeed the fantasy can live on.

First 150 Words:

The phone rang, pulling me from a particularly juicy chapter. I emerged from the insulating cocoon of fantasy fiction and answered dreamily.

“Good morning,” said Lily, my chipper best friend. The sliver of light seeping in through the dusty window did little to invite my enthusiasm. She got right to the point. “So last night while you were tucked in with three hundred and fifty pages of inky fantasy, I was at a party on the riverbank.” I wondered when did she get a pass to go to parties. We were the nerds.

Her voice bounced back to me, “We were hanging around the fire and a black sports car came flying down the dirt road. It came to a sudden stop and this wicked hot guy, who I’d never seen before, got out,” she paused for effect, “he asked if any of us knew Neeve Hawkins.” Never mind the party, who’d be looking for me and why?