Thursday, 29 August 2013

Pitch Madness - Why US?

Why do you want Team Awesome for Pitch Madness?

In short, our team hosts helped gain publishing contracts for our amazing team of writers last time around!  Is there a better reason than that?

BookOmnivore (aka Fiona) and Sharon Johnson work tirelessly to help writers retain their voice, polish their work, and snag those elusive publishing deals.  Whatever it takes, day or night, you'll find these two ladies working endlessly to help you achieve your dreams.

And who better than a team co-host who found her agent through Pitch Madness itself (that'll be Fiona!).  YA Topian Fiona snagged her agent by entering this wonderful contest last year and honing her pitch, polishing her query, and learning the game from the inside out.  So why not join TeamAwesome and see your book gain the same success?

And if you need more reason than that...check out Sharon Johnson on .  Find out more about the Hostess With the Mostest and why she's going to help your pitch shine brighter than the sun!

And a little tip...last year Fiona actually helped critique 30 of her favorite writers from Pitch Madness with their first chapters, queries and more!

So why not join us?  Step over to the Dark Side.  Whatever it takes, we're going to make sure you push forward with your writing and step closer to your dreams.  Come know you want to!!!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013


Well, we've been lucky enough here at the YA Bookcase to be involved in the cover reveal of the amazing YA Romance novel by Lizzy Charles, EFFORTLESS WITH YOU.  And now it's time to let you in on what all of the fuss is about!

So, what's it all about, Alfie?

Effortless With You

Title: Effortless With You

Author: Lizzy Charles

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Effortless With You Book Blurb:

School is out and Lucy is ready for the perfect summer: lazy days at the pool, invitations to the most exclusive parties, and romantic dates with her hot new boyfriend. That is, until she lands in trouble one too many times and her parents issue the ultimate punishment: a summer job. Suddenly, the summer can't end fast enough.

To make matters worse, the job is painting houses with Justin, the most popular, egotistical guy in school. Spending all summer with Justin might be other girls' dreams, but definitely not Lucy's. After all, Justin is cocky, annoying, and a jerk. So what if he's the most beautiful jerk Lucy's ever seen? Or that his grin makes her forget she’s mad at the world? Or that maybe, just maybe, there's more to Justin than Lucy realizes. Only one thing is certain: it won’t be the summer she wanted, but it might be exactly the one she needs.

About Lizzy Charles

When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. Black tea keeps her constant and she loves guacamole. She married her high school sweet heart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.

Now onto the nitty gritty...the review!!

Okay, let me preface this by saying I AM NOT A ROMANCE READER.  In fact, I couldn't be further from a romance reader if I tried.  I'm the creepy, dark writer who likes to dig into the dark side of life and see what crawls out.  So, be sure that when I say I LOVED Effortless With You, it's not a genre bias from someone who likes things all pink and fluffy.  So, did I love it?

You can be damned sure I did!!!

Lizzy Charles creates characters so honest, real and touching that you can't help but be swept up into the lives they lead.  And no, they are not all light, pink and fluffy.  In fact, they are filled with angst, misunderstanding and misdirected anger.  The main character Lucy isn't just some loved up teen.  In fact, she a three-dimensional young woman who has issues of her own and is navigating them the best way she knows how.  I really connected with her character, as she's just doing what we all do...fighting to understand life and what it really means.

I know a lot of people really swooned over Justin (and rightly so, as he's a super antagonist), but Lucy stole the show for me.  I can officially say this is the only romance book I've ever read that has made me realize that there is a lot more to this genre than just sunshine and butterflies.

I take my hat off to Lizzy Charles.  Go read this book.  Whether you love romance or loathe it, this book has the potential to really get you wrapped up in its world.  I, for one, cannot wait for Lizzy next triumphant novel!

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Friday, 2 August 2013

Awakenings Blog Tour!

HAPPY AUGUST everyone!  And don't we have a thrilling way to start...being part of J.E. Shannon's blog tour and getting a preview sneak peek of the book itself!

Title: Awakenings

Author: J. E. Shannon

Publisher: Entranced Publishing

Genre: YA paranormal romance

Release Date: July 29th 2013


Evie Shepard awakens to a nightmare. She's been buried alive and has no idea how or why. As she struggles to remember what happened, she begins to notice changes -- heightened senses, as well as increased speed, agility, and strength. And her heart no longer beats. She soon makes a disturbing discovery: she wasn't buried alive; she was murdered. Somehow, she has come back...and she wants revenge.

And what you've all been waiting for...the excerpt!

Lightning strikes the ground, leaving behind a thick, black scorch mark. Within seconds, it strikes a second time, pausing briefly before giving a third earth-shattering blow. I don’t see the actual bolts — all I see is a flash of light, followed by my sister and me running, out of breath and terrified. Another flash, and we are huddled together in a rusted, abandoned car. Another burst of light, and the car door screeches open and we are being ripped away from each other by unfamiliar hands. It’s with that final memory that I open my eyes. As soon as I do, something grainy flows into them, so I shut them again.

I can’t see, I can’t hear; but I can feel that I’m lying on cold earth. The longer I’m awake, the more I become aware of an unbelievable pressure on my chest. Slowly, I realize that it’s not just my chest — my face and body also feel as if I’m being crushed. Oily nausea roils through me, but I clench my teeth to stop myself from panicking. Where am I? I try to move my hands and find they’re pinned to my side. I try to open my eyes again and instantly get something in them. I flex my fingers, and the grittiness that slips through them makes me aware of the awful truth — I have been buried alive.

I let out a shriek, but have to close my mouth as dirt begins to slip past my lips. Struggling frantically, I feel the earth move under my hands. I realize I can’t be buried very deep, or the pressure of the dirt would surely have suffocated me by now. I’m astounded it hasn’t already, though I have no way of knowing how long I’ve been underground. I force myself to be still, to stop and think about what I have to do. I need to be very careful getting out, making sure not to cause a cave-in and possibly crush myself. I need to remember to breathe shallowly or I will run out of oxy— And that’s when I realize that I’m not breathing. Not at all.

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To celebrate her new release, JE Shannon is giving away a Kindle with an ecopy of Awakenings (US only). One runner-up will win an ecopy of Awakenings (open internationally). You can enter here:

About the Author:

J. E. Shannon currently lives in Florida, but is a Missouri native. She spends most of her time reading, writing, and taking care of her small child and two crazy dogs. Visit her at

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