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Join REVIMO Now!- January’s the Month to Revise Your Picture Book Manuscripts

16 Sep


Picture book writers, I wanted to bring your attention to Meg Miller’s, a fellow 12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge member, new challenge for January 2014. Her words follow exactly:


ReviMo – Revise More Picture Books Week

January 12-18, 2014

Got picture book drafts piled up collecting dust? Have critiques for your story, but haven’t done a darn thing to improve it? Maybe haven’t even read the critiques? Need a jump start to revise?

For 7 days, you will be encouraged to REVISE those picture book manuscripts. There will be blogs and vlogs encouraging you to take out that poopy first (second, third, fifteenth) draft and
breathe new life into it. Some days the revisions will flow, other days
you will struggle, but overall you will feel SO accomplished.

 I hope you will join us!

Each day you revise a story you can check-in for chances to win FABULOUS prizes!!

A picture book critique from the Simone Kaplan

Making Picture Book Magic Class with Susanna Leonard Hill

A chance to submit to Hummingbird Literary

A critique from Miranda Paul  (PB or first two chapters [up to 15 pages] of MG or YA)

Critique of a query letter from Miranda Paul

Signed book and swag from Ame Dyckman

A picture book critique from Margo Dill, Editor 911 (1000 word max.)More PRIZES To Be Announced

More info coming so check back!

Please join us if you can! :0)

Cover Reveal and Exclusive Excerpt of HEART SEARCH: FOUND, Book 2 by Carlie M A Cullen

29 Jun

Goodie, goodie, goodie! We’re at the start of the launch of Carlie M A Cullen’s HEART SEARCH: FOUND, and I couldn’t be more delighted.

Heart Search: Found is the sequel to, you might have guessed, Heart Search: Lost, which came out in October of last year. If you have not read it yet, please do. I highly recommend it.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE….without further ado, I proudly present the cover of HEART SEARCH: FOUND!

Cover Blurb-

One bite started it all . . .

Another mysterious disappearance sparks a frightening chain of events for Remy and her family. Events foretold come to pass, and more strange and alarming occurrences assail her life. Where can she turn?

Coven politics continue to threaten Joshua’s existence, but an even bigger menace looms . . .

And Remy’s life hangs in the balance – can Joshua save her?

Fate still toys with mortals and immortals alike, as hearts torn apart by darkness confront perils which could lead to their doom.

Exclusive Teaser!

Farrell was oblivious to the effect of his actions as he lost all sense of reason. He leapt over the sofa, grabbed Joshua’s neck and threw him into the fireplace on the other side of the room. Puffs of dust erupted from the marble surround as one of the hearth stones cracked. Joshua had little time to recover before Farrell launched himself and landed with both feet on Joshua’s spine.

A loud snap bounced off the walls and Jasna cried out in horror. Farrell was not swayed by the commotion, not even when Erika wailed in distress, calling his name. He pressed his advantage; grabbing Joshua’s hair, he began to repeatedly slam his head into the marble slabs of the hearth. What Farrell underestimated was Joshua’s powers of recovery. He was so blinded by his rage, Joshua was easily able to unseat him; he bucked his body, twisted around and using both hands, shoved against Farrell’s chest as hard as he could.

Farrell landed in the centre of the room on his backside, winded but unhurt. By the time he’d got to his feet, Joshua was upright and facing him. They began to circle around, each foot carefully placed – it would have looked like a graceful choreographed dance were it not for the snarls ripped from the men’s throats – their eyes never leaving the others’.

Joshua, using his considerable talents, knew they were being observed from another room and was careful not to strike back at his nemesis. As the circling continued an idea occurred to him; he grinned at Farrell, took two steps back then vanished. The look of confusion on Farrell’s face amused Joshua and he couldn’t resist a chuckle.

Farrell howled his frustration then let rip. “Show yourself, coward! You know you can’t beat me so you resort to tricks? What sort of immortal are you? You think this makes you look more of a man than me? Show yourself and take your punishment – you know you deserve it. You need to learn who’s boss around here, neophyte. SHOW YOURSELF!” he thundered the last.

“Ha!” Joshua whispered in Farrell’s ear, derisively. Farrell spun round lashing out with his fists, but found nothing. His head whipped back and forth looking for any sign of his opponent, little realising Joshua was lounging casually on the sofa behind him, a slightly smug expression on his face.

Farrell turned in a slow circle and finally spotted him. The expression on Joshua’s face coupled with the little trick he’d just pulled added a detonator to the explosives. With an animalistic roar he launched toward Joshua . . .

Now I really can’t wait for HEART SEARCH:FOUND!


About the Author-

Carlie M A Cullen was born in London. She grew up in Hertfordshire where she first discovered her love of books and writing. She has been an administrator and marketer all her working life and was also a professional teacher of Ballroom and Latin American dancing until recently.

She has always written in some form or another, but Heart Search: Lost is her first novel. This was launched 8th October 2012 through Myrddin Publishing Group and book two, Heart Search: Found, is due out early July 2013. She writes mainly in the Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genres for YA, New Adult and Adult.

Carlie is also a professional editor.

Carlie also holds the reins of a writing group called Writebulb. Their first anthology, The Other Way Is Essex, was published September 2012 under Myrddin Publishing Group. Their second anthology is in editing.

Carlie currently lives in Essex, UK with her daughter.

Contact Carlie



Just click on the book cover to get your copy of Heart Search: Lost and The Other Way is Essex:

Heart Search, Carlie M A Cullen

Indulge yourself with other exclusive teasers at these fine ladies’ blogs:

Sherry Fundin

Maria V A Johnson

Joy Keeney

Deborah Jay

Hurry up and launch the book, Carlie. I’m champing at the bit! Woops, I’m getting ahead of myself…it wouldn’t be a book launch if we didn’t whet your appetites a bit…

Stay tuned for the book trailer for HEART SEARCH: FOUND!

Prompt #7 – Sensory Sunday – 100 Days of Summer

2 Jun

Prompt #7: Sit outside for five minutes and listen to the world outside your doors.  After a five minutes, write down everything you observed.  It can be a list, scribbled notes, a story, or a poem.  Just let the world speak to you.

I popped my head out the front door to quiet down my barking basset hounds. After they hushed, the silence crept in with a bang.

Dawn hosted a cacophony of birds, warming up their vocal chords in preparation for the day. No one was flying yet, but our winged neighbors were certainly awake and welcoming the new day. A rooster was at his post and sounding out his wake up call in the distance. I imagine this particular fellow to be an older gent because he’s usually a bit late and his cock-a-doodle-doos are wobbly and crusty-sounding.

The clouds are a flannel grey, with one small tease of sky that tells me it will probably be overcast today-  good. Soft moos waft in on a breeze from the farm down the street. The breeze leaves a cool touch on my skin; hopefully, it will last and my pet goats will remain as comfortable as they are now.

The Guinea Hens have started to arrive for breakfast.

Update on NaPiBoWriWee

9 May

Hi folks,

For my first National Picture Book Writing Week, hosted by Paula Yoo, I didn’t do too bad. I started a picture book that I’m going to work into a fun chapter book, completed another 4 very rough, picture book drafts, and wrote a children’s poem for a magazine contest. Woot, woot!

I’m proud of myself, but all these months of non-stop writing has found me down for the count with a terrible head cold. I figured it would happen sooner or later, but there’s something about being light-headed on antihistamines that finds me writing with abandon. Sure, when I’m better, the stories will probably become liner for my bird cage, but it’s the ideas that are coming fast and furious that I’m thrilled about! It seems as if the daily deadlines have turned on a faucet in my mind.

Okay, just wanted to post a little quicky to let y’all know that I’ll be back in the saddle again soon.

Thanks for popping in.

Oh, have you seen the book trailer for LUCCI- The No Smoochie Poochie yet? Check it out; I’d love to hear what you think about it. :0)

Glutton for Punishment – #NaPiBoWriWee

1 May

Hi Folks,

I know, I know, I must be a glutton for punishment. Just when I thought I might catch a break after #Blogflash2013, #AprilPrompts and NaPoWriMo, something came up that I just could not miss…National Picture Book Writing Week!

This is the fifth year that author and TV/movie screenwriter, Paula Yoo, has hosted this event, which she created to inspire picture book writers to stop procrastinating and write your stories.

This will be my first time joining, and the plan is to write a picture book draft each day for a week. I’ve got a cabinet full of sticky note ideas and I’m going to try to bring some of them to life this week.

5-1-2013-idea cabinet-napibowriwee

It’s still early, so I wanted to post this for any of my picture book writer friends who might want to participate. Just comment on Paula’s blog to join. Then check in for daily blog posts for a chance to win books. There’s also a Facebook support group you can join.

Okay, so y’all know what I’ll be doing this week…


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