Ready. Set. Write 2014!! Goal Setting Time :)


YABbootcamp is over, but that doesn’t mean the writing parties are and writing community is done coming together. It’s time for Ready. Set. Write!  

What’s Ready. Set. WRITE!? It’s a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin Funk, and Katy Upperman. Today’s the goal-setting post to kick it off. Join in! You know you want to 🙂

Drumroll, please…

My goal(s) for this week/the summer as a whole is:

This week: 

Continue progress on my super secret MS. The MS will only be unveiled after I reach 20,000 words. It’s a little push to do more writing and less talking about writing/what I’m writing.

The summer:

  • Complete Super Secret MS. (yay!!)
  • Query THE DAUPHINE FILES (cue nail bitting). I’m really nervous for this because it’s technically an Urban Fantasy (though with more of a noir & mystery leaning).
  • Read all the books in my room (15 books, maybe?)
  • Revise ALEX DE VEGA AND PANDORA’S BOX –> I received some amazing feedback from agents…now to apply it.
  • Celebrate the release of my first Spencer Hill Contemporary client, Dahlia Adler’s YA Debut, BEHIND THE SCENES 🙂
  • Have fun!

I have a lot of goals but I think with a lot of persistence and not stressing, I can reach them. Gotta set ’em high, right?

What are your goals? How is your summer going??

Have a great week!

Whimsically Yours,



Calling All LA (the state) Bloggers!

Hello Readers! Do you know any bloggers in LA? Are you one yourself? Please see the below message 🙂


Sarah Guillory, the author of RECLAIMED, is have her launch party/book signing at a Books-A-Million in Baton Rouge, LA this Saturday, October 19th at 5pm!

Spencer Hill Contemporary would really love it if a local blogger could cover the event.

What would you receive?

Only the most beautiful copy of RECLAIMED to get signed by Sarah Guillory, in person!

If you’re interested or know of anyone who might be please contact Sarah’s publicist, Cindy Thomas, at cthomas(at)spencerhillcontemporary(dot)com (with the appropriate symbols instead)!

Thanks & We hope you can make it to the event!

Whimsically Yours,


Happy Book Birthday: RECLAIMED by Sarah Guillory!!

16045763Paperback, 296 pages
Expected publication: October 15th 2013 by Spencer Hill Contemporary
ISBN: 1937053881 (ISBN13: 9781937053888)
Edition language: English

Book Blurb:

Jenna Oliver doesn’t have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two.
All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. She’s determined she’ll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers—one that isn’t tainted by her family’s past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets.

Ian McAlister doesn’t want to start over; he wants to remember.

Ian can’t recall a single thing from the last three months—and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle.

The secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget.

Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he’s supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can’t resist Jenna—which is the trigger that makes Ian’s memory return.

Jenna, Ian, & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you.

Buy Links:

Add RECLAIMED to your Goodreads shelf.

About the Author
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Sarah Guillory is a YA author. In addition, she teaches sophomore English and loves that they pay her to fan girl over books and authors and to watch her students fall in love with the written word. Sarah lives in Louisiana with her husband and ridiculously spoiled bloodhound. RECLAIMED is her debut novel.

Author Links:

Goodreads | Website | Blog | Twitter | Tumblr


In honor of Teen Read Week, Sarah Guillory is donating several copies of RECLAIMED to school libraries.  She’s also having a huge giveaway that includes a $100 giftcard to the bookstore of your choosing and a 30 minute Skype chat with you or the classroom of your choosing. Stop by her blog to learn more!

Also, on Friday, October 18th, at 5:00 PM EST, we will begin the 24-hour RECLAIMED read-along. This is the time for everyone to be reading, tweeting, and reacting to RECLAIMED.  No Spoilers, please, just good reading fun!   Sarah will also be doing a live online chat on Monday, October 21st, at 9:00 EST so tweet your spoiler-free questions using the hashtags #RECLAIMED and #askGuillory. To learn more about these wonderful events, stop by Sarah’s blog!


Hi Y’all!

As many of you know I’m a marketing intern for Spencer Hill Press/Contemporary!!!  Currently, I’m working on two blog tours (that are running now!).  Those are the tours for Sarah Guillory’s RECLAIMED (October 15th!), and Mary Gray’s THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM (October 22nd)!

For RECLAIMED, today is the last day to sign up to be a part of the release-day blitz which will take place on Tuesday, October 15th.  We’re going to be tweeting, etc…in celebration of Sarah Guillory’s debut from Spencer Hill Contemporary (an imprint of Spencer Hill Press).  For THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM, author Mary Gray is graciously giving away 2 books.  1 signed copy (U.S. only) and 1 non-signed copy (open to all!).  See below for further information 🙂


Spencer Hill Contemporary is hosting a release-day book blitz for Sarah Guillory’s YA debut RECLAIMED!  Sign-up using the above form, I will be emailing blitz information tomorrow morning!  You don’t need to have a blog, twitter or FB alone works.


Mary Gray is giving out one signed copy of her debut YA novel THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM, and one non-signed copy.  For the signed copy, you must live within the United States.  The non-signed copy is open to anyone who wishes to enter 🙂  

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Also, don’t forget to stop by Portrait of a Book for guest post by author Sarah Guillory for RECLAIMED’s Blog Tour and The YA Sisterhood for a review of THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM for its blog tour!

Whimsically Yours,


5 Days Left to Enter the DAMSEL DISTRESSED Cover Contest!


As some of you may know, the wonderful Kelsey Macke is hosting a contest to find the cover of her upcoming book, DAMSEL DISTRESSED (SHC, October 2014).  I think it’s such a cool and innovative idea, and I really hope she gets tons of entries.  Below is a letter from Kelsey she asked me to share.  Enjoy!


Hey everyone!

Kelsey Macke
My name is Kelsey Macke and I want to thank you all so much for your amazing support for the DAMSEL DISTRESSED Cover Design Contest!

We have already received some gorgeous entries, and we can’t wait for you all to VOTE on your favorites very soon!

But before we don’t want to miss out on any other creations, so I wanted to reach out and let you know that there are still FIVE days left to create an entry to submit!

As you know, the winner will be paid the design commission, and the 10 semi-finalists will win prizes as well, but I have to be honest. The part of the contest that makes me jump up and down like a crazy person is the fact that one of you will be creating a piece of art that speaks right alongside my own. That collaboration is an incredible and beautiful gift, and I am so grateful to each one of you.

That and the fact that my book needs a face.

Please, help my book find its FACE! ^_^

For all the info you need about the contest, how to enter, and even details about the storyline, characters, and design aesthetic, visit

And if you are interested in sharing about the contest over the next five days, I’ve also got a special giveaway going JUST for you!

All my gratitude and love,
Kelsey Macke

Whimsically Yours,