Friday, May 1, 2015

“The Writer’s Voice” is a multi-blog, multi-agent contest hosted by Brenda Drake, Mónica Bustamante Wagner, Elizabeth Briggs, and Krista Van Dolzer. We’re basing it on NBC’s singing reality show The Voice, so the four of us will serve as coaches and select projects for our teams based on their queries and first pages.

I'm guest coaching on Brenda Drake's Team!

Here’s the timeline:

May 20- 
Everybody enters the Rafflecopter lottery 

May 21- 
The lottery winners sign up on the widget 

May 21 - June 4- We select our team members from “The Writer’s Voice” Blogfest

June 4-18- We coach our team members, helping them polish their entries

June 19- We post our team members’ entries on our blogs

June 23-Agents vote for their favorites

Submissions:


To enter, your manuscript must meet two conditions: First, it must be COMPLETE, POLISHED, AND READY TO QUERY, and second, it must be in one of the following genres:


MG fiction (all genres)
YA fiction (all genres)
NA fiction (all genres except erotica)
Adult genre fiction (excluding erotica)
Adult literary fiction (including women’s fiction but excluding erotica)
Adult commercial fiction (including women’s fiction but excluding erotica)


In other words, we’re accepting pretty much everything this year:)

To determine who gets to participate in the blogfest, we’ll hold a single-entry Rafflecopter lottery on Wednesday, May 20. The lottery will remain open for 12 hours, from 9:00 a.m. EDT to 9:00 p.m. EDT, at which point the Rafflecopter will select 200 random winners. Those winners will then sign up for the blogfest on one of Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets the next day, May 21. Once you sign up on the widget, you’ll post YOUR QUERY and THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript on your blog.

In summary, you must follow these three steps to enter:

1. Enter the Rafflecopter lottery on May 20 during the submission window listed above.
2. Sign up on the widget on May 21 if you win the lottery.
3. Post your query and the first 250 words of your manuscript on your blog.

Selections:

We’re building our teams via “The Writer’s Voice” Blogfest, so YOU MUST HAVE A BLOG TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST. We don’t care if you’ve had it for five years or five minutes; we just want to be able to fight over you in public:)

We coaches will review the entries and leave a comment on your post that says something like, “I want you!” If more than one of us wants you on her team, you’ll have to pick which coach you want to work with.

Coaching:

We’ll select our 8 team members by June 4, then spend the next two weeks helping them put a final polish on their entries. You won’t have to take all of our suggestions, of course; we just want to help you make your entry the best that it can be before the agents get a look at it.

Voting:

On June 19, we’ll post our team members’ queries and first pages on our blogs so that the agents can review them. Here are the awesome agents who’ll be voting on your entries:

Caitie Flum of Liza Dawson Associates
Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary + Media
Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management
Lauren MacLeod of The Strothman Agency
Sara Megibow and Renee Nyen of kt literary
Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency
Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger, Inc.
Courtney Stevenson of Pippin Properties
Caryn Wiseman of Andrea Brown Literary Agency

The agents will vote for their favorites on June 23. Each vote will count as a partial or full request depending on how many votes the entry receives. If an entry receives 1 or 2 votes, those votes will count as partial requests. If an entry receives 3 or more votes, those votes will count as full requests.

Voting will stay open until 9:00 a.m. EDT on June 24, at which point we’ll determine which coach’s team received the most votes. That coach will win bragging rights for time immemorial, and everyone who received requests will be able to submit their materials to all the agents who voted for them. These votes represent serious interest in your project, so PLEASE DON’T ACCEPT AN OFFER OF REPRESENTATION BEFORE GIVING “THE WRITER’S VOICE” AGENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A COMPETING OFFER.

So get those queries and first pages polished up, then meet us back here on Wednesday, May 20, between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. EDT. We can’t wait to read your entries! (And of course, if you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments

Sunday, April 19, 2015

AIRBORNE- First Snippet

AIRBORNE- First Snippet
BOOK 2 of THE APOLLO ACADEMY
Please note that this text has yet to be edited. 

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After donning the full body simulator suit, Aurora slid the holographic lenses over her face and initiated the Fight For Life program. There were no rules. Aurora's only goal was not to crash and die. The computer would throw any and every emergency at her and shed have to cope somehow.
A second later, Aurora stood on the ramp of an airport surrounded by a multitude of aircraft. The virtual hangar was dark and dim as she thought about what she wanted to fly. Something to keep her mind occupied for sure.
The spacecraft lit neon green when she made her selection.
As she walked down the long entryway to the cockpit, a banner hanging from the ceiling caught her eye. It read, Get In, Sit Down, Shut Up, and Hold On; the sarcastic checklist every astronaut knew by heart.  She thought to herself yeah, thats no shit. 
The simulated door automatically opened for her as she approached and once through, she turned the door handle clockwise and listened for the distinct sound she knew so well. Clink, psssstttt, ahhhhhh.
As she climbed into the pilots seat she immediately started running the first two memory items on her real checklist and turned the battery master switch on, immediately followed by the avionics master switch.  The cockpit whirred to life and a series of cooling fans turned on followed by the familiar beeps of the various systems coming on line.  Step two down.  While she waited, she reached over her shoulders and then between her legs to connect the four-point harness. Just like Sky had taught her to.  Step three . . . done.
It was Step 4 she had the hardest time with . . . shut up.  After all, she had a checklist to run and might as well say it out loud so she could hear herself think. 
1)    Checklist item ………………………………………….. On.
2)    Checklist item ………………………………………….. Armed.
3)    Checklist item ………………………………………….. Engaged.
4)    Checklist item ………………………………………….. Complete.
5)    Checklist item ………………………………………….. On.
As the main engine ignited the simulator shook so violently that it felt just like the real thing.  Stars, she thought . . . I guess this is the hold on part.  She cleared the launch tower and felt the control surfaces of the aircraft give feedback in her control stick. Nosing the aircraft over, the g-forces from the acceleration eased off of her.  A welcome but temporary relief.
BOOM.  She didnt hear it but she felt the vibration in the wing spar as she accelerated through Mach one, the speed of sound.  The side of her mouth tilted upward in a grin of badassery. 
IGNITION BOOSTER CUTOFF.  She reached up and flicked both switches to the off position and waited for the shaking to stop.  Nothing.  Still shaking. She looked at the engine instrumentation crew alert system, or as pilots had dubbed it, the EICAS display.  She was right. The instruments indicated the ignition booster cut off had occurred. And the turbine inlet temperature was right where it should be without the ten thousand gallons of rocket fuel being dumped into them. 
Thats weird.  The shaking continued.  No caution lights, nothing . . . what kind of training failure could this be?  Then suddenly she heard a loud pop and everything went black.  There were no more screens, no more aircraft sounds, no more . . . the shaking continued.  It took her a few seconds to realize the simulator had completely shut down and she was back in the real world.
Aurora removed her glasses.
When the entire room seemed to move, she realized her entire body shook.
The vibrations felt too real.
This wasnt apart of her simulation.
The entire Titon Technologies building trembled.

ADD AIRBORNE TO GOODREADS! OCTOBER 2015
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Monday, February 23, 2015

The Apollo Academy Release Day Blitz and Giveaway


Title: THE APOLLO ACADEMY
Author: Kimberly P. Chase
Category: New Adult Science Fiction
Release Date: February 22, 2015
Links: GoodReads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and KOBO.


Synopsis:
Take off with this dynamic, thrill-seeking, sexy New Adult Science Fiction series debut. Welcome to the exclusive Apollo Academy, where Aurora is about to discover that achieving her dream is only the first step towards her future.

As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. But all she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-infested life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the exclusive Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting.

Flying is everything she ever dreamed, her best friend also got into the Academy, and the paparazzi is banned from campus. Everything would be perfect, but for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.

The most important education doesn’t happen in the classroom…

Watch the Book Trailer!

Early Praise:
"I am obsessed with this book! Suspenseful, sexy, and just a great read!" - Cora Carmack, New York Times Bestselling author of LOSING IT.

“Exquisite worldbuilding, thrilling suspense, and a sexy flight instructor! Chase’s exciting debut novel is one you don’t want to miss.” - K.A.Tucker, Author of Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie

"Chase’s first in a four-part series is fast-paced, thrilling and wildly imaginative. Though it takes place more than 100 years in the future, the author makes the world feel contemporary, and it’s a breeze to follow — unlike heavier sci-fi. Aurora is unforgettable and a great role model for new adult fans because she is the epitome of strength. The sexy pilots add just enough spice to this space saga." -RT BOOK REVIEWS, 4.5 stars!


About the Author:
Kimberly P. Chase holds a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, which basically means she's kind of a geek and loves flying airplanes. Naturally, her books tend to include aviation, hot flight instructors, aviator glasses, and—let's not forget—kissing! When Kimberly's not writing or reading, she's hanging out with her husband, five-year-old son, and two dogs in Charleston, SC.

Exclusive Excerpt:


Whoop, whoop. ‘Thrust warning, loss of main engine one.’ Whoop, whoop.
The shrill warning bell caused the hair on the back of Aurora’s neck to stand on end. She thrust the throttles on the remaining two engines full forward. She knew Sky stood behind her simulation panel, probably smiling as she struggled to recover from the engine failure he’d just caused with the flick of a switch.
He'd been overseeing everyone’s progress and of course decided now to come over, waiting until she was at an extremely critical altitude before creating this failure for her to handle.
Whoop, whoop. ‘Stall imminent.’ Whoop, whoop.
Aurora knew she was approaching the aircraft’s stall speed, but the loss of a single engine made it extremely difficult to control the overly large shuttle. Her yoke shook, another warning that a stall was close.
Aurora had to resist the urge to pull the nose of the aircraft up.
"Aurora, you’re going to stall if you don’t increase your airspeed," he whispered right next to her ear. She jumped, accidentally pressing her foot down on the rudder pedal. She still felt his breath on her cheek. Sky’s constant hissing in her ear was more distracting than being yelled at. 
“Shit!" She didn’t even have a chance to alter the course of events because she was at too low of an altitude to recover from the spin she'd just entered.
‘Terrain, terrain.’ Whoop, whoopPull up, pull up.’ 
She wasn’t going to make it. It was like her last simulation flight all over again.
The screen cracked and blacked out when the shuttle hit the ground, killing everyone on board. This was followed by flashing red lights and a loud siren that alerted her and everyone else around her of the failure.
She slammed her finger down on the automatic warning system. The red warning lights swarmed around her, making her cringe in on herself. She already knew she had messed up; she didn’t need the incessant light show. If Sky hadn’t scared her half to death, she wouldn’t have stomped down on the rudder so hard at such a low speed. Okay, so maybe scared wasn’t the right word, but his breath on her face definitely distracted her. 
"Damn it, Sky!" she said taking her frustration out on the one who was really responsible for her crash.
Now sitting down beside her, his large frame towered over her. He whispered in her ear, "Tell me why you crashed."
He was still too close. "Oh, I don’t know, maybe because you scared me half to death by hissing at me." She touched her ear. "Who does that? It made me stomp down on the rudder."
Sky grinned, showing off his dimples. "Are you saying you were distracted by my very presence?" He had the audacity to wiggle his eyebrows suggestively.
Heat ran to Aurora’s face, but instead of backing down like she normally would, she decided to wipe that grin off of his face. She'd had it with everyone treating her differently. It might not have been the best idea, but she flirtatiously leaned toward Sky anyway. His eyes widened in surprise. 
Now that he was distracted, she discreetly pulled a piece of gum from her bag on the seat next to her. "Here, maybe next time your breath won’t cause so much trouble."
His mouth opened in shock, and Aurora took the opportunity to place the gum into his mouth. The instant she did it, she felt horrible. What was wrong with her? That was the most immature thing she’d ever done.
Sky calmly shut his mouth and popped a bubble, but the grin on his face was definitely gone. 
Oh stars, he was going to make her regret that . . .


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