Tiger Queen Sneak Peek: Chapter 1

Surprise! Read the first chapter of TIGER QUEEN right now!!! Just click the link below. And don’t forget to preorder your copy (see links at the bottom) to make sure you find out what happens next!

Tiger Queen Chapter 1 Sneak Peek

**Stay tuned for an AMAZING preorder incentive being announced soon**

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About Tiger Queen:

From Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold, comes Tiger Queen, a sweeping YA fantasy adventure that tells the story of a fierce desert princess battling to save her kingdom. Fans of Rebel of the Sands and Meagan Spooner will devour this retelling of Frank Stockton’s famous short story, “The Lady, or the Tiger?”

In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an ancient law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, winning also means fulfilling a promise to her late mother that she would protect her people, who are struggling through windstorms and drought. The situation is worsened by the gang of Desert Boys that frequently raids the city wells, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is a choice between two doors: behind one lies freedom, and behind the other is a tiger.

But when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In desperation, she turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. What Kateri discovers twists her world—and her heart—upside down. Her future is now behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which releases the tiger.

Preorder now:

Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0310768772

Barnes & Noble
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tiger-queen-annie-sullivan/1129853416

Books-A-Million
https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Tiger-Queen/Annie-Sullivan/9780310768777?id=7470522328825

 IndieBound
https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780310768777

YA Scavenger Hunt: Win TONS of books

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold (about the cursed daughter of King Midas who has deadly gold powers and faces pirates and thieves on her quest to retrieve her father’s stolen gold) and the forthcoming Tiger Queen (about a desert princess who has to fight in an arena against suitors to win her right to rule).

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This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!

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Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM –but there is also a blue team, a gold team, a green team, and a purple team, team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

 

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Exclusive Content!

 

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As part of the YA Scavenger Hunt, I am hosting Marsha Black on my website! Marsha is a mother of 2, avid reader, and a lover of anything and everything paranormal/supernatural. She enjoys reading, watching TV, and hanging out with her kids. She hopes that through her written books, readers can escape from reality, as many books did that for her. She writes clean YA/NA, with some toe-dipping in other genres. She loves reading reviews and interacting with new readers/fans, so don’t be afraid to befriend and/or get in touch with her.

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!

First Chapter Sneak Peek! 

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About The Triplet’s Curse:

When the moon is full
High above the Earth
Three daughters shall be born
On their 16th birthday, their destiny will begin
One daughter born to endure pain and heartache before being reborn

Destiny awakens in the Hospital, after knocking at deaths door, struggles with everything that happened to her and has happened to her family. Never expecting turning 16 would be so life changing, nothing will deter her from doing what must be done. Fate has additional plans for Destiny and Blake.

Blake has a chip on his shoulder the size of Mount Everest and rejects what fate has in store for him where Destiny’s concerned. Wanting to get the prophecy over with and get on with his life, a life away from the Scylanthica’s control, he tries to keep everyone at arm’s length.

Throughout their time training and fate’s pull on them, they must learn to work together and accept one another in order for Destiny to come into her full ability. If she doesn’t, and isn’t able to learn to control it…will she be able to defeat the evil she is to fight? Or will she doom humanity, letting evil take over the world?

Bonus Material:

The door bangs open to Destiny’s room, startling Hope and me. Heart racing, I glance at the doorway and catch sight of Mom and Dad with murderous looks on their faces. I gulp loudly, knowing that we are in so much trouble.

Their features soften slightly at the sight of Destiny once again in a hospital bed before their glares are drawn back to Hope and me. We shoot one another a sidelong glance and let out a sigh in preparation of their disapproval.

“What were you girls thinking?!” Dad grounds out.

I open my mouth to answer, but shut it quickly at the glare Mom shoots me.

“What happened to keeping us in the loop in the going-on with this curse thing you all are part of? We don’t find out about any of this until we wind up back here at the hospital with one of you girls back in its rooms!” Mom cries out, voice wavering as emotions overwhelm her.

As mom sobs, Hope and I stand in silence.

“Well? Do you girls have anything to say for yourselves?” Dad questions us in a tight voice as he tries to comfort Mom.

“Geez, could an injured girl get some quiet to rest and recover over here?” Destiny lightly teases, gauging the mood of all the room’s occupants.

Mom walks quickly over to the bed and hovers around Destiny looking her over for any injuries that might’ve been missed.

“We’ve really got to stop meeting this way,” Mom teases, voice still thick with worry.

“Mom, we won. I beat the evil I had to go up against, so any pain I’m going through now is worth it,” Destiny advises, pride coating her voice even as a grimace if pain seethes out between her teeth as she moves her injured shoulder.

“Get some rest honey, your father, sisters, and I will be out in the waiting room, so we can talk without disturbing you,” Mom advises while shooting us a stern look and emphasizing the word talk.

We quietly walk out of the room; heads bowed as we make our way to the waiting room, allowing our parent’s free rein to scold us. Now, I don’t really blame them, after all seeing your children in the hospital will make any parent unreasonable. Adding a topping to that whopper of not keeping the parental units informed of the goings on with the curse, and we’re doomed to be lectured at a minimum.

“Spill it,” Dad orders as soon as Hope and I are seated.

Seeing exhaustion weigh heavily on my sister, I pull up my big girl panties and try to explain.

“Well, in all honesty, I suppose we just forgot to keep you informed,” I advise.

“You just forgot to keep us informed?” Mom repeats, voice rising with each word.

“It wasn’t just you guys; even the guy’s dads were kept out of the loop for most of it,” I quickly say, hoping that if they know they weren’t left out of much where the adults were concerned, it might help to buffer their feelings.

“Excuse me?!” Mom and Dad both yell.

“Um…” I break off and look towards Hope for help. With a sigh and shake of her head, she stands and walks up to our parents, wrapping them both in a hug.

Seeing this action silence our parents, and realizing how much I actually would like the physical comfort of a hug, I stand to do the same. As my arms’ wrap around the group, I take in a big sigh, breathing in the floral scent of Mom’s perfume, and the slightly musky scent that Dad wears. Tears fill my eyes as I’m once again hit by the realization that things could’ve gone so very wrong, and that with my battle coming up, they still might.

Mom and Dad pull away, taking a seat as they let out a shaky breath before saying, “Catch us up on everything.”

“Actually…the guys and their dads are on their way here. Can we hold off on the explanations until they get here, so we only have to go over it once?” I request in my best ‘I’m a good girl’ tone.

I hold back a grin at Hope’s sigh of exasperation as my parents give me one of their ‘I know what you’re doing’ looks, even as they nod in agreement of my request.

“Goody. Now that that’s squared away, I’m gonna catch some zzz’s. Wake me when they guys get here,” I squirm into a chair getting as comfortable as possible and wave my parents and sibling away. I hear Hope mumbling to herself; I’m sure to complain about the way I’m acting, even as I hear their footsteps move away from me. I didn’t really expect my parents to get up and walk off, but I appreciate it, nonetheless. There’s no way I can get any sleep as worry over my task overwhelms me. How in the world did Hope and Destiny stay sane during all of this?!

Before I know it, I’m being shaken. I grip the arm rests of the chair I fell asleep in as the overwhelming urge of falling out of it sends panic throughout my body. As the shaking slows and then stops, I take in some deep breaths, trying to calm myself.

“Sorry, sis,” Hope says in a less than apologetic tone.

My heart rate slows and my breathing becomes less rapid, giving me the time to realize Hope, and I aren’t alone. Embarrassment pinkens my cheeks, making my voice come out shyly as I ask how Destiny is doing.

“Destiny is doing much better and the doctors are getting her release paperwork ready,” Dad answers.

“Good, I’m glad she’s coming home soon,” I admit.

My mom looks around at us all, Hope, me, dad, Bryce, Blake, Mr. Straynor and Mr.Rances. I watch as a small smile tilts her lips and am curious as to what’s going through her mind. Seeing me notice her reaction, she surprises me even more by shooting me a wink. My jaw drops, what the what now?!

“Everyone. I just want to thank you all, for all you’ve done for my girls. Without you, we’d probably have lost one if not all the girls. I’d be inconsolable if we had to spend our time in the morgue, rather than the hospital, mourning our daughters,” she takes a deep breath as emotions fight their way through her speech.

My dad grasps mom’s hand in encouragement as he continues from where she left off.

“We would like for you all to join us for dinner tonight. Our treat, just please be at our house by 6:30 pm. We’d like to get to know you all better, especially since our daughters and your sons apparently will have a future together, whether I think they’re too young for that or not.”

“We would love to join your family for dinner, and I agree that it would be nice to get to know one another. It’ll be good to keep tabs on the things going on, as well as the fact that we’re basically family now,” Mr. Straynor agrees.

“Hey, what am I?! Chopped liver?! I don’t have a guy yet,” I pout, lower lip out; arms crossed as I sulk.

Laughter erupts all around me, and I gasp in offense, before realizing how ridiculous I sounded. If everything goes as guessed, my trainer will be my destined as well.

The Straynors and Rances head out while mom and dad head back to Destiny’s room. I let out a weary sigh as I think about when and who will be doing my training, and if my defensive ability ever kicks in. Worse though, is the thought that my decisions will be what determines if we survive…What if I make the wrong choices?

 

 

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Marsha Black, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 16. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! https://sharonbiggswaller.com/blog/

YA Valentine’s Day Reads

Love can happen in unexpected places and ways. So in honor of St. Valentine’s Day, here are some young adult fantasy reads that have unexpected romances or romances that happen in unique ways!

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  • Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

This book is told from 3 points of view—the princess who ran away from her wedding, the prince who goes after her, and the assassin sent to kill her. However, the story is told so masterfully that when the princess is interacting with the prince and assassin, you don’t know which is which! You’ll be on the edge of your seat!

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  • A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

In this retelling about the cursed daughter of King Midas, don’t trust anyone. You never know who’s hiding secrets and who might think the girl with the ability to turn things to gold might be worth her own weight in gold.

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  • Caraval/Legendary by Stephanie Garber

These two books will also keep you guessing as to who our heroines might end up with. Who can you trust? Whose relationship is real? Who’s telling the truth? Garber will lead you into the world of Caraval and delight your senses as you try to figure out the answers to all those questions.

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  • Doon by Lorie Lagdon and Carey Corp

This YA retelling of Brigadoon has some swoon worthy princes from Scotland, but things get complicated when you’re leaping through time. Pick up this series to see who ends up with their prince!

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  • Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

This is an oldy but a goodie. This Cinderella retelling talks about what happens after the ball. Everyone expects Cinderella to stay in love with the prince she just met…but what if love takes an unexpected turn?

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In this Mulan-inspired retelling, Mariko is supposed to be married off for political gain, but things turn awry on the way there. Will love find a way to survive?

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  • The Selection

What if love were a competition similar to The Bachelor? What if you only entered because you wanted the money that came with winning? What if you found love once you arrived?

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  • Matched by Allie Condie

What if the government picked who you loved? What if your match was revealed during a big ceremony? What if you saw someone else’s face for a split-second when your match was revealed?

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  • Sky in the Deep

Sometimes love doesn’t come from those you expect. In this Viking-inspired tale, you might turn to your enemies to survive. And you might find that they aren’t truly your enemies at all.

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  • Sea Witch

You’ll feel as if you’ve been put under a spell reading this twisted reimaging of The Little Mermaid myth. Hold on to your fins as you see who falls in love with whom.

 

Who is your favorite young adult couple? Share in the comments!

 

 

 

Preorder Tiger Queen and see the cover!

We’ve just revealed the cover for Tiger Queen, my new young adult novel about a desert princess who fights in an arena against suitors in order to win her right to rule!

But now you can also preorder it! Preorders really help authors by showing the publisher there is interest in the book!

PREORDER right now!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0310768772
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tiger-queen-ann…/1129853416
IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780310768777

Save those preorder receipts! I’ll be announcing my preorder giveaway prizes soon!

Now, without further ado, here’s the cover!

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About the book:

From Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold, comes Tiger Queen, a sweeping YA adventure that tells the story of a fierce desert princess as she fights to save her kingdom. Fans of Rebel of the Sands and Meagan Spooner will devour this retelling of Frank Stockton’s famous short story “The Lady, or the Tiger?”.

In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an old law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena against twelve suitors to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, losing is not an option because in order to fulfil her promise to her late mother, she must win to keep her crown and lead her people. The situation outside the palace is uneasy. The harsh desert is unforgiving, water is scarce, and Kateri’s people are thirsty. To make matters worse, the gang of thieving Desert Boys, the same group that killed Kateri’s mother and her new baby, frequently raids the city wells and steals water, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is the choice between two doors. Behind one door lies freedom and behind the other is a tiger.

The people of Achra are growing restless and distrustful of the monarchy, and when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In her desperation, Kateri turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. Her future now, too, is behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which will release the tiger.

Vote for A TOUCH OF GOLD in Epic Read’s Book Shimmy Awards

I’m so honored that A Touch of Gold has been nominated in not one…but TWO categories for Epic Read’s Book Shimmy awards. A Touch of Gold is nominated in Best Cover and Best Retelling. And you can help it win by voting today!

Visit: https://www.epicreads.com/blog/2018-book-shimmy-awards-semi-finals/

Vote for A Touch of Gold in Best Cover and Best Retelling (although do note that you have to vote in a minimum of 5 categories, so pick a few others to vote in!) And that’s it!

I truly appreciate all your votes! And stay tuned for more info about Tiger Queen, which is coming out next year!

YA Scavenger Hunt: Win Tons of YA Books

YA Scavenger Hunt
Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM, which is very fitting–but there is also a red team, a blue team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

And don’t forget to scroll down and enter to win a SIGNED copy of A Touch of Gold right here on this page! A Touch of Gold follows the seventeen-year-old cursed daughter of King Midas who faces pirates and betrayers on her quest to retrieve her father’s stolen gold!

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A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 7th at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
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Today, I am hosting Sara Fujimura on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Sara Fujimura is a young adult author, creative writing teacher, and literacy advocate. Sara has been fascinated by the Spanish Flu since her college epidemiology class days. After writing magazine articles about the 1918 pandemic, she incubated a germ of a story idea for Breathe for over a decade. Sara is also the award-winning author of TANABATA WISH, a contemporary YA set in Japan.
Find out more information by checking out Sara here:
Buy the book here: http://bit.ly/2018YASHBreathe
Visit Sara’s website here: www.sarafujimura.com
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Sara’s Playlist for BREATHE

I wish I could imbed songs in chapters for you, but for now, here are the Top 5 Songs (plus a bonus, because I’m extra) from BREATHE. Though there are also a few period-appropriate songs listed in the book, these five contemporary songs were an integral part of my creative process.

Rewrite the Stars              Zac Efron & Zendaya [The Greatest Showman]

Mercy                                  Shawn Mendes

The Motions                      Matthew West

Say                                       John Mayer

Brave                                   Sara Bareilles

Bonus: Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John. Though it’s more about tennis player (and Elton John’s good friend) Billie Jean King and less about the actual city of Philadelphia, I love it anyway. It makes me chair dance every time it comes on. Which is awkward when I’m writing at Starbucks.

On Spotify? You can use this link to go directly to the playlist: http://bit.ly/YASHF18Breathe

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More from Sara:

In today’s post, we’re going behind the scenes of BREATHE: Kit’s 21st Birthday Party. Like many sisters, Virginia (17) and Kit (21) have a push-and-pull relationship. There are days when they fight like cats and dogs and other days when they are each other’s closest confidants and allies. In Chapter 20, the dominoes on some soon-to-be life-altering events start falling for both of the sisters. No spoilers, but here is the birthday cake scene from BREATHE, starting with Kit’s beau, Grayson.

September 28, 1918

“I would like to propose a toast,” Grayson’s smooth voice carries around the room. “To a courageous young woman who brings life and purpose to everything she does. You inspire me and motivate me and occasionally exasperate me.” Grayson pauses as the room chuckles. “I look forward to witnessing your adventures in this new chapter of your life. To Katherine.”

“To Katherine.” Everyone lifts his or her punch cup, though some much higher than others.

Kit looks at me, and both of our eyes fill with tears. I have to look away. After a round of “For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow,” everyone receives a slice of spice cake—which is dry and has only a tiny smear of icing on top. Marco raises a questioning eyebrow at the sad example of birthday cake. Two bites in, I contemplate dumping mine into the potted plant in the corner.

“Angelina would have made a much better cake.” I abandon my plate—and Marco does the same—on a side table and slink away.

Marco leans into me and whispers, “Come to Little Italy. I will take you to Falcone’s for the best cannoli in—“

“All of Philadelphia?” I tease.

“Of course.”

The small ensemble Mama hired resumes their performance of “Smiles” by the Joseph C. Smith’s Orchestra. Grayson whisks Kit to the center of the room for an elegant but spirited—and completely scandalous by Mrs. Vaughn’s standards—foxtrot. I sigh. I have never seen my sister look so beautiful.

Let’s break down this scene a little bit.

  • First of all, notice that there isn’t any champagne mentioned though the upper crust Jackson family could have easily afforded it. The Prohibition Amendment wouldn’t go into effect in the United States until January 1920, but the wheels were firmly in motion. Mrs. Jackson, like many concerned society matrons of the day, was already a member of the National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and all forms of alcohol were banned from her home. Not all Americans were on board with this though. Italian-American Marco says in an earlier chapter, “We [Italians] have been drinking vino for centuries. We aren’t about to stop now.” And he’s right. The Italian-American Mafia would go on to make huge profits bootlegging alcohol during Prohibition.
  • Notice that they don’t sing the traditional “Happy Birthday to You” song. The tune existed in 1918, but the lyrics didn’t appear in any songbooks until 1922. Instead, they would have sung another popular congratulatory song that had its roots in 1700s France, but spread around the world, “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.” A firm supporter of the suffrage movement and Kit’s part in it, Grayson DOESN’T change “fellow” to “person” or “lassie” like some do to neutralize or feminize the song. Instead, he uses fellow’s alternate meaning of being a colleague and an equal in some endeavor.
  • “Smiles” by the Joseph C. Smith’s Orchestra is a real song. You can listen to it here: https://youtu.be/bjlISfhD-eU.
  • There has always been a generation gap when it comes to dancing. Your grandma may have rolled her eyes as you did “The Whip” and “Nae Nae.” My great-grandmother was appalled when she found my mom and her BFF practicing “The Twist” in her kitchen in the early 1960s. So it is probably that super conservative ladies like Mrs. Vaughn would have looked down their noses at Kit and Grayson doing a foxtrot. Want to see what a foxtrot looks like? You can see this archival footage from the early 1920s: https://youtu.be/tyOWM6S1ITA Hey, it’s not like Kit and Grayson were doing “The Grizzly Bear” or a “Bunny Hug” or a…gasp…tango.

There you go. Like most historical fiction authors, I did a ton of research to help me weave all the authenticating details into BREATHE. Do you like a lot of facts mixed in with your fiction? If so, I hope you’ll check out my blog at https://saraffujimura.wixsite.com/blog for more behind-the-scenes looks at my 1918 YA historical romance novel.

Sources:

http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/prohibition/roots-of-prohibition/

https://www.wctu.org/home.html

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/traditional/for-hes-a-jolly-good-fellow

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/traditional/happy-birthday

https://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/06/11/413522281/dirty-dancing-in-the-early-1900s



And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Annie Sullivan…and enter below for a separate contest for a SIGNED copy of A Touch of Gold! To enter YASH contest, you need to know that my favorite number is 16. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the gold team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
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Annie’s 2018 Pitch Wars Wishlist

A little bit about me

My name is Annie Sullivan, and this is my first year mentoring Pitch Wars—and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve mentored writers in a variety of other contests though, and I love helping writers improve their work while staying true to their vision of the book. I think of mentees as so much more than that. They become friends, and I try to stay with them—encouraging them and offering advice—long after the contest is over.

I write Young Adult fantasy/fairytale retellings, and my debut novel A TOUCH OF GOLD (HareperCollins/Blink) comes out August 14th…which is today if you’re reading this the day the blogs go live! AHHHH!!!! It’s the story of the cursed daughter of King Midas who faces off against pirates, betrayers, and thieves on her quest to retrieve her father’s stolen gold. You can add it on Goodreads and purchase it on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, or at your favorite independent bookstore. You don’t get bonus points for tweeting about it/sharing it on social media, but it’s a great way to show you’re a good literary citizen 😉

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My work is represented by Christa Heschke at McIntosh & Otis. I’ve been with Christa my whole career, although it’s not unusual for authors to switch agents. But I’ll say that she rejected me the first time I queried her but then offered to represent me when I submitted my next manuscript to her. That just goes to show that you never know what’s going to happen in this business!

Outside of being an author, I work in the marketing department of a technology publisher. I love fairytales, the Oxford comma, everything Jane Austen, and traveling. My wanderlust has taken me to every continent, where I’ve walked on the Great Wall of China, found four-leaf clovers in Ireland, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, and cage dived with great white sharks in South Africa.

My mentoring style

I want to be your cheerleader 100%, but I’m also going to make you work! Having gone through rounds of edits with both agents and editors, I’ve been exposed to a whole new level of editing. I want to help you get your manuscript in the best possible condition. I’ll start off with a major edit letter and some in-manuscript notes soon after my mentor has been selected. I work very quickly and want to give you as much time as possible to complete your edits. Then, we’ll do another smaller round before the agent round to tie up any lose ends and look for grammatical mistakes. But since I do proofreading in my day job, I’ve got you covered there!

I want this to be a collaborative process where we work together toward your vision of the book. I want you to feel free to ask me questions any time. There’s no stupid question. I want my mentor to feel free to bounce ideas off me. Maybe we need to hop on the phone (or just do it through email) to talk about a tricky scene or plot twist. That’s what I’m here for.

I love working with plot. I can plot in my sleep. But I also know the importance of having characters who stand out on the page. If you’re my mentor, we’re going to look at it all and make sure everything shines—I’m talking everything from a powerful first line to prose that draws the reader in!

I’ll also help you with your query letter and synopsis. I’ve written and helped so many writers write these, that I’m a pro at this! We’ll rework it several times to make sure it tells the story it needs to.

I’m also here to answer any questions my mentee has about the publishing industry. I’ve been in it for a while now, so I know a thing or two.

What I’m looking for

This year, I’m looking for Young Adult Fantasy, Fairytale Retellings, and some Sci-fi…and maybe even some Westerns. I love high-fantasy, low fantasy, fairytales I have and haven’t seen retold, and sci-fi that takes me on a fun adventure to new worlds. My debut is like a Disney movie on steroids, and I love books having to do with princesses and curses and enchanted forests!

If you’ve got a NEW take on a fairytale, I want to see it. If you’ve got an epic adventure where a strong female character (or a character who learns her strength through the course of the story) saves the day, I want to see it. If you’ve got a science fiction space opera where our heroes save their world, I want to see it. If you’ve got swashbuckling pirates going on an adventure, I want to see it!

I like PG-13 romance, cool plot twists, characters who have witty dialogue, strong villains who challenge the protagonists, fun side characters and sidekicks, and a couple I can root for (and who may or may not have been ripped apart by fate…or who are on opposite sides to begin with…or who are forced to team up with each other against their will…or who were once close and have now drifted apart.) I want to feel like I’m in your setting and that the rules of the world are consistent—especially when it comes to magic.

Overall, I’m a firm believer that character and plot can be fixed, but I need a spark of a great idea behind them to catch my attention—something that makes me stop and say, “That’s a cool idea/premise.”

An incomplete list of some my favorite books right now:

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Any book by Meg Cabot

Starflight by Melissa Landers

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Defy by Sara B. Larson

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Austenland by Shannon Hale

Not the best fit for me:

Because you have a limited number of mentor slots and there are so many fantastic mentors to choose from, here’s a list of what I’m not looking for this year:

  • Nothing too dark or depressing. Sure you’re characters can get into trouble, but I really love a happy ending.
  • No King Midas retellings. I love fairytales, but my debut novel is a King Midas retelling, and it would just feel weird working on someone else’s. Also, keep in mind that I’m also working on several different fairytale retellings at the moment, so I’m really looking for new takes–and if yours is too similar to something I’m currently writing, I won’t request it out of respect for both of us!
  • Nothing over PG-13 romance wise.
  • I’m not a big fan of swear words/cussing. The occasional one is fine, but if the manuscript is full of it, then it’s probably not for me.
  • Anything contemporary—unless it’s a retelling set in a contemporary world or an instance where someone time travels away from the world to a fantasy world. I’ll look at those!
  • No bigotry

Good luck! I look forward to your submissions! And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram to learn more about me and my work:

Twitter: @annsulliva

Instagram:@annsulliva

Check out the other mentors’ wishlists via the main site:

https://pitchwars.org/pitch-wars-2018-mentor-blog-hop/

Or by clicking here:
2018 Young Adult Mentors

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A Touch of Gold Available Now!

I can’t believe this day is finally here! A Touch of Gold, my young adult book about the cursed daughter of King Midas, is finally available in stores starting Tuesday, August 14th…although I’ve heard it’s already on shelves in most Barnes & Nobles!

It’s taken 8 years from when I started writing the book to reach this point. So many people helped me along the way, and I can’t thank them enough. This truly is a dream come true.

In hopes of continuing that dream, I have a few favors to ask.

First week sales are really important not just because they help me make bestseller lists but because they effect my rank on Amazon, and a lot of smaller booksellers look at Amazon rankings to decide if they want to carry the book. There are lots of ways you can help with my sales ranking. The first and best way is to buy the book!

  • You can order the book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookstore.
  • You can also call your local bookstore and ask if they’ll be carrying A Touch of Gold.
  • You can also request your local library branch carry A Touch of Gold.

 

The next best thing you can do is to review the book on:

You may have to wait until Tuesday to review it on Amazon, but that is the platform where reviews are most needed because once an author reaches 50 reviews, certain algorithms kick in to help boost the book’s visibility on the site. You also don’t even have to have read the book or have bought it from Amazon to leave a review. Something simple like, “It’s a great book,” counts!

Additionally, just getting the word out there about the book will help tremendously too.

  • You can tell any teachers that you know. Ask them to buy a copy for their school library or ask them to tell their students about it.
  • You can continue to spread the news on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

 

Studies show it takes someone seeing something 8 times before they’ll stop and actually investigate what the product is.

Thank you again for following me on this journey. I couldn’t have done it without you, and with your continued support, I hope to share many more books with you in the future!

Happy reading!

 

 

Prizes for Preordering A TOUCH OF GOLD!

Prizes for preordering! Ways to get signed/personalized copies! Giveaways! And more!

A TOUCH OF GOLD, a young adult fantasy novel about the cursed daughter of King Midas who faces pirates, betrayers, and thieves on her quest to retrieve her father’s stolen gold, releases in just over a month! Have you preordered your copy yet?

Preorder at any of these sites or at your favorite independent bookstore!

 

Why should you preorder?

Preordering helps my publisher know that you’re excited about the book and helps convince them to buy more books from me. Also, preorders all get counted during the book’s first week on sale, meaning authors have a better chance of making things like The New York Times bestseller list if they get a lot of presales.

The two single most important things you can do to help an author are to preorder the book and to spread the word on Facebook and social media sites.

 

Want to preorder a SIGNED copy of A Touch of Gold?

Are you interested in getting a signed/personalized copy of A Touch of Gold but can’t make it to my launch party? I’ve partnered with Kids Ink bookstore so you can get signed copies of my book. All you have to do is call them at 317-255-2598 to place your order, and they’ll ship it to you!

 

Prizes for preordering A Touch of Gold

In the coming days, I’m going to be publicizing my preorder incentive—that means anyone who preorders will get some really cool prizes when they send in their proof of purchase. Make sure you’re following me on the below social media sites to find out how to claim these amazing prizes! These prizes will only be for people who preorder, so don’t wait!

 

Near Indianapolis?

If you want to come to book event of the year (in my opinion), then come to Barnes & Noble River Crossing on August 17th at 7pm for my book launch party. There will be prizes, fun activities, and a book themed cake that you won’t want to miss!

Details here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/touch-of-gold-release-party-tickets-46200875061?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTQ0Mjk3NjkvYW5uaWVzdWxsaXZhbjE2NjFAZ21haWwuY29tLzA%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=attend

 

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My Favorite Fairytale Blog Hop Contest

Welcome to the 2018 Fairy-tale Blog Hop. Thirteen fabulous fairy-tale authors have gotten together to talk about their favorite fairy tales. Follow the links at the bottom of each blog post to hop to the next author’s website. Collect our favorite numbers to total up at the end and enter to win a print collection of our books! (There are several anthologies, debuts, and even an ARC for a BLINK YA book you can’t buy in stores yet!)

Hi! I’m Annie Sullivan, author of A TOUCH OF GOLD—a young adult retelling about the cursed daughter of King Midas—and as the author of fairytale retellings, it’s so hard to pick a favorite. But there’s one I come back to time and time again—and it’s just about the only one I’ve never thought of writing a retelling of because it’s practically untouchable in my mind. That fairytale is Beauty and the Beast.

While I know some people have some issues with Beauty and the Beast (hello, Stockholm Syndrome), I’ve always loved the character of Belle and the idea behind loving the person inside.

I related to Belle because she was a reader first and foremost. Growing up, I devoured books, and I just felt like Belle and I could’ve talked for hours about what we were reading—not to mention that I’ve always wanted to know what book she was reading where we meet Prince Charming but don’t discover that it’s him ‘til chapter three. (And, yes, I’m now singing that song in my head…but no, the number three is NOT my favorite.)

I also love that Belle is strong, independent, okay with being different, loves her family (even enough to basically sacrifice herself for them), and holds true to her inner convictions. Belle is able to see what others are not. She wanted adventure in the great wide somewhere, and she found it.

She brought us along on that adventure to an enchanted castle in the woods, a beautiful library (swoon!), and a host of characters who I’d be happy to be friends with.

Belle is the strong, adventurous, and loving princess that I would strive to be if, you know, I actually became a princess…which I’ve been dreaming of happening for like 16 years straight. (Yes, that’s my favorite number!)

 

Your next stop on the fairy-tale blog hop is: http://www.leadoue.com/blog

If you’ve already been to all 13 stops and collected everyone’s favorite number, then go enter to win the grand prize: http://shonnaslayton.com/fairy-tale-blog-hop/

The contest runs from Friday, June 22 to Friday, June 29.

But while you’re here, discover why you’ll want to follow the daughter of King Midas when her story, A TOUCH OF GOLD, hits shelves on August 14th!

Touch of Gold Final Cover Image

King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.

Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.

Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?

From author Annie Sullivan comes A Touch of Gold, the untold story of the daughter King Midas turned to gold, perfect for fans of Cinder and The Wrath and the Dawn.

You can preorder now:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Touch-Gold-Annie-Sullivan/dp/0310766354/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-touch-of-gold-annie-sullivan/1127456128#/

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780310766353

 

Or…stay in touch with me here:

Instagram: @annsulliva

Twitter: @annsulliva

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnnieSullivan/

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/book/show/36575823-a-touch-of-gold