Tag Archives: Young Adult Fiction

Meet the Author: Carmela Martino

April offers two chances to meet Carmela Martino, the author of the award-winning novel, Playing by Heart!

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Carmela will be presenting her popular Turning Life into Fiction workshop at the Fremont Library in Mundelein, IL on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 7-8:30 pm. The workshop is free but registration is required. See: https://fremont.libnet.info/event/1650785

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At 1:30 pm Saturday, April 27, Carmela will be participating in an author panel at the Wheaton, Il Library Author Fest, a fun event for writers and readers of all ages. Details at http://wheatonlibrary.org/events/2019-04-27-130000-2019-04-27-160000/local-author-fest

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Our One-Day Only Submission Day Is

June 1st! From 9:00 a.m. EST to 9:00 p.m. EST, you can submit your young adult, middle grade, Amish romance, children’s book, or historical romance novel without an agent! Make sure you read our submission guidelines first, though!

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We’re excited about opening up to outside submissions once again and look forward to reading what you’ve been writing!

The International Mission Force Series Bundle

Our next book bundle is three of of the best in Christian fiction—Books 1-3 of the International Mission Force Series which includes Czechmate, BoliviaKnight, and KenyaQuest, three tales of international intrigue, love, and faith. Available April 10, 2019!

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5-Star Review for Forsaken by Gina Detwiler

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Grace Fortune knows that her boyfriend is dead and she watched him die, but then she continues to hear his voice. Is she going nuts or did he really die? How about the boy who walks and acts like him, the boy who seems connected with the homeless man that Grace suspects to be her father? Grace has many questions about Jared Lorn’s death and as she and her friends begin to investigate, they are plunged into a world filled with mystery and darkness — Silo City. Grace is caught up in a web of conspiracy involving her mother, the boyfriend who died, and a rock star called Lester Crow. It’s a world where nothing is as it seems and where darkness lurks at every turn. When her life is in the gravest danger, Grace finds revelations that are mind-blowing.

Forsaken is the second book in the Forlorn Series by Gina Detwiler, an interesting paranormal tale with dark themes and romance. Gina Detwiler is a great writer with a gift for plot and character. Her characters are real and she does an impeccable job in exploring their hearts. The author allows readers to feel the conflict in the characters. The prose is highly descriptive, and while it offers vivid images of the setting to readers, it gives a clear view of characterization and the action taking place. For instance, when Grace talks about Ollie, she describes him as “a tuba player for the school orchestra. He’s kind of shaped like a tuba, rounded and flaring in all the wrong places, with a mop of shaggy hair that sticks up every which way, like he’s been recently electrocuted.” The prose itself is enjoyable, the writing deft and balanced. Forsaken is a great story for readers who love emotionally rich stories with quick action and a powerful conflict. A gripping tale that features supernatural powers colliding with each other.

Two Authors Speaking At Upcoming One-Day Conference

Two of our authors, Susan Miura, who wrote Healer, and Carmela Martino, who wrote Playing by Heart, will be speaking at the ACFW Chicago Write-to-Success one-day conference on November 3, and both authors will offer their books for sale afterward.

Susan’s talk will cover how to talk to editors and agents which will include preparing for, conducting, and following-up an in-person pitch while Carmela will share techniques for creating composite characters, researching setting details, and mining memories for story ideas.

For full details, including times and other guest speakers, go to the ACFW Chicago site.