HOLE IN THE MIDDLE now available to preorder

Kendra Fortmeyer’s HOLE IN THE MIDDLE is now available for pre-order for its July 6th release date (2017)!

HAVE YOU EVER FELT LIKE A PART OF YOU IS MISSING?

Morgan’s sick of living with her secret. She was born with a hole in her middle: a perfectly smooth, sealed fist-sized chunk of nothing where a stomach ought to be. After seventeen years of hiding behind lumpy sweaters and a smart mouth, she’s fed up. But when she bares all, the fallout is more than she bargained for.

A few photos snowball into a media frenzy, and suddenly Morgan’s desperate to get back to her own strange version of normal. But between the hospital visits, the internet celebrity, and a disintegrating relationship with her best (and only) friend, normal is slipping farther and farther away. Then a new doctor appears with a boy who may be both Morgan’s cure and her destiny. What happens when you meet the person who is – literally – your perfect match? Is being ‘whole’ really all it’s cracked up to be?

HOLE IN THE MIDDLE explores the hard truths of being a young adult in a world obsessed with body image, instant fame and unlikely love stories.

 

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HOLE IN THE MIDDLE now available to preorder

Re: Writing Degrees and Writing Retreats @KTBryski

KT Bryski addresses a contentious question in the writing community:

Do writers need writing degrees?

Or, if you want to be more generous, do writing degrees help make a writer?

The short answer to the first question is “No.” We don’t need writing degrees to became great writers. So then, what DO writers need to improve their craft, and how do college classes factor into this?

KT Bryski has a MFA in Creative writing. Read her thoughts on her blog, here: Degrees and Kinds: On Writers and English Majors

I have a BA in Psychology with a Spanish minor, so I have my own opinions about colleges and degrees. Overall, I enjoyed college and can’t quite bring myself to say that I wouldn’t go if I had to do it all over again. What I never liked, though, was the number of classes required that didn’t relate to my degree–I consider that bloat.

I think the point here is that you have to learn by doing and by interacting with and learning from other people. College classes can be both, because I sure remember writing short stories and critiquing in Creative Writing class. Writing retreats can be both. (KT Byski also posted about how much she got out of the Smoky Writers Retreat). Then there’s writers and critique groups.

The question, then, is not what a hypothetical writer needs to improve their craft, but what YOU need to grow as a writer.

There’s so much out there!

-Michelle Ristuccia

Update: HOLE IN THE MIDDLE cover and release date!

Kendra Fortmeyer’s Hole in the Middle now has a cover and release date, so go add it on Goodreads!

She also has new original fiction in Lightspeed and Apex, and a reprint of “Asymmetry” in PodCastle coming this spring.

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Update: HOLE IN THE MIDDLE cover and release date!

Giveaway and Review of The Truth About Cats and Wolves by @AletheaKontis

Enter the giveaway for Alethea Kontis’ The Truth About Cats and Wolves on Goodreads before Feb 28th!  Follow Alethea Kontis on patreon for updates like this one.
Michelle Ristuccia reviews The Truth About Cats and Wolves on her blog, as well as Once Upon a Kiss: 17 Romantic Faerie Tales, a fairytale anthology in which “Glass Mountain” by Alethea Kontis appears.
Michelle says, “These two new releases by Alethea Kontis will entertain and nurture the romantic in you. What better way to weather these trying times? And as per usual with Ms. Kontis, the stories have a delightful depth to them, blasting through tropes even in the context of a fairy tale.”

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Review: The Truth About Cats and Wolves by @AletheaKontis plus Once Upon a Kiss

A Point of Stillness

K T Bryski’s  “Her Hands Like Ice” appeared in Bracken Magazine last week. Go read it!

Her latest blog post, A Point of Stillness, includes a review of 51gbmcmnoll-_sx342_bo1204203200_Still Writing: the Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro.

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A Point of Stillness

Guest Post: A Natural Antidepressant

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YA Fantasy author Christine McDonnell guest posts on KTBryski’s blog about mental health and art. Christine writes:

 

 

I started a campaign called #FearlessChaos that accompany the release of “Account of Anxiety” (the story following Blaine,). For each download AND review that I receive between now and February 14th 2017, I have a pool of money out of my own pocket that I will be donating to an organization called Freedom From Fear, a non-profit to help with awareness and help for mental-health. I felt this cause not only mixed well with my struggles, but coincides with Blaine’s struggles as well. If this campaign does well, I may do something similar for all the stories in The Chaos Accounts.

-Christine

 


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Guest Post: A Natural Antidepressant

Abigail Hilton Moves to Patreon

Like many writers, Abigail Hilton has moved her content entirely to Patreon, so if you were following her blog you need to follow her on Patreon. She will no longer release podcasts on her blog.

The great news is that Patreon allows artists to give their followers free content as well as the extra content you can get if you are able to support Abigail Hilton. So, go to https://www.patreon.com/abigailhilton and click the follow button on the left to get access to her once-a-month free podcasts. Download the Patreon app to get a podcatcher-like experience.

You can also follow her new releases by subscribing to her mailing list. Here’s a direct link to the signup form.

The newest Jager Thunder excerpt is here – http://www.abigailhilton.com/sneak-peek/

Abigail Hilton also has a lot of great paid content. See her Patreon page for more details!