Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cover Reveal: FAITHFUL by Michelle Hauck

Today Michelle Hauck and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for FAITHFUL, book two in the Birth of Saints series which releases November 15, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win a SIGNED copy of book 1 GRUDGING!

On to the reveal! 

Title: FAITHFUL (Birth of Saints #2)

Author: Michelle Hauck
Pub. Date: November 15, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Formats: eBook
ISBN: 9780062447173
Find it: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Goodreads

Following Grudging--and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall--religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck's Birth of Saints series!

A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.

Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?

On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.

What they find instead is an old woman.

But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.

A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.

Exclusive Excerpt!

Not for the first time, Claire reconsidered her decision to stay when Ramiro had asked her. She’d lingered out of curiosity—and truthfully because it felt good to be needed—but they didn’t need her now with the Northern army defeated. She could return to the swamp and away from so many people. Despite her hopes of friends and community, she felt awkward here. Reason said she’d get used to their ways, but being around so many folk made her want to hide. Everything pressed down. The walls of the tent shrunk, pinning her in, and smothering her. It became hard to breathe.
She reached for a fresh strip of cloth, only to have her hand shake. She snatched the material and began to roll it, trying to shut out everything else, including her own doubts.
Before she could find a semblance of peace, though, someone shouted. Ladies screamed. Claire looked over her shoulder at the noise. A brown-bearded man in a poncho and a floppy hat ran in her direction. “My family is dead, because of the evacuations. Because of you.”
Claire gasped. He seemed to be talking to Beatriz, then his gaze found Claire.
“Witch!” His outstretched hand suddenly held a long butcher knife. “Witch! Stay away from us! Murderer! Abomination! Die!”
Fronilde dropped to the ground, but Claire couldn’t move. Surprise robbed her brain of a Song to stop him. Even the words of the Hornet Tune, which she knew as well as her name, deserted her. The man closed as everyone scrambled out of his way. Then Beatriz sprang from her chair to stand over Claire, holding up her hand. The tall, black-lace mantilla atop her head waved like a flag. “Stop.”
Something about the authority in the First Wife’s voice—or maybe her simple resistance instead of cringing or scrambling away—brought the man up short, making him pause for a moment. Just the moment the bodyguard needed to crush the lunatic to the floor and overpower him, wrestling free the knife. More guards came running from outside.
Breath rushed back in Claire’s lungs. Beatriz sniffed and touched a spot on her chest over her heart and then her forehead and stomach areas. “Imbecile. He didn’t know who he was dealing with.”

About Michelle: 

Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Two papillons help balance out the teenage drama. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.

She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat and Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow.

Her epic fantasy, Kindar's Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, is published by The Elephant's Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer's Double Edge. She's repped by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pitch Wars Mentor Bio 2016

Woooot! PitchWars Mentor Bio Numero Foooooooooouuuuuuur! It's like Christmas Eve! Or whatever Eve people make their wishlists on. Yeah, that one.

Before we dive into this year's wishlist, for those who really like to do their homework, you can check out my lists from 2013, 2014, and 2015 respectively. (See? I even make stalking easier!)

Each year the mentors compile Top Ten Lists and the like as to why you should pick them to be your mentor. After three years mentoring, that gets to be a little...redundant.

This year I wanted to do something a little different.

If any of this is resonating with you (and I really hope it is!) you're probably wondering whether your manuscript might find a good home in my inbox. Some other stuff prospective mentees typically want to know:

  • I'm very accessible to my mentees--though most of my "work" time will be on the weekends. But the dialogue between us is a two way street and my mentee can contact me any time--there are no dumb questions in PitchWars!
  • My goal is to help you make your book the book YOU want it to be. We're working on this as a team, but I've got zero desire to take over your project. This is your book baby, not mine. 
  • My favorite reads so far this year: CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert, WE ALL LOOKED UP by Tommy Wallach, KILL THE BOY BAND by Goldy Moldavsky, EVERY EXQUISITE THING by Matthew Quick, THIEF OF LIES by Brenda Drake (shameless plug because she's a fucking rockstar, you guys!), THE ROGUE RETRIEVAL by Dan Koboldt (shameless CP plug but really, if you like SFF I'm not sure what you're waiting for). 
  • You can find out more about my mentoring style and process via the "Me" tab at the top of my blog, which links to articles and interviews I've done.

What's on my "want" and "don't want" list this year? Again, I wanted to do something a little different rather than the usual bullet points. And since apparently Excel spreadsheets "scare right brained people" (humpf!), I decided to go with a flow chart instead. Because that's like totes writerly, right?

But really here's what I'm looking for.

  • A unique story with a strong, marketable hook.
  • A main character I adore and want to champion
  • A writer looking to work hard and ready to engage in some courageous editing.
  • The skeleton of a strong plot arc. 
  • A writer who wants to work with ME!
  • A story with ALL. THE. FEELS!!!!!!!

O dear, what's this letter doing here?
Do I expect your story to be perfect? Hell no. If anyone tells you this whole thing is supposed to be ready to send off to editors before it hits an agent's inbox, they are lying liarpants. Traditional publishing is a saga of a journey with many many chapters along the way. Nobody knows that better than me. 

So if you're ready (but your manuscript's NOT quite ready) to kick ass and take names in the agent round, SEND ME ALL THE WORDS!! Or, ya know, whatever Brenda tells you to send in her instructions post.

Got questions? Comment below or hit me up on twitter (no DMs please!)