Monday, October 6, 2014

Secret Life: Resurrection and Contest! :D

Hey Secret Lifers! How have you guys been? It's been a long summer and we're super pleased to be coming back to you in the fall!

Some quick stuff before we get into the meat of this: we're now going to be posting on Mondays and Thursdays! You'll get all our secret writer happenings, what we're reading, tips and tricks from the publishing world, or just cool literary stuff we think you'll enjoy coming at you twice weekly. We've also got a super cool Instagram contest waiting for you at the end of this post! :D

So what've we been up to this summer (and kind of early fall)? Kick back, put on some music, and let us bring you up to speed on our shenanigans and oh man, SO MANY BOOKS:

Farrah has been enjoying her summer while working on a contemporary YA. She was able to attend her first SCBWI in LA and is excited to share more fun writing secrets with you. Her favorite reads this summer were Silver Linings Playbook, 13 Reasons Why, and Isla and the Happily Ever After.

Stefanie's spent most of the hiatus trying to make herself believe that she actually had a real live book hitting shelves this year (FALLS THE SHADOW is available now!), but she still doesn't quite believe it. She's also been hard at work preparing new manuscripts for submission, and-- oh yeah! Also with growing a tiny human life :) Baby Gaither will be making her debut in early December, and both Stef and her husband are thrilled (and terrified) to welcome their new baby overlord.

Leah went to the Romantic Times conference this summer in New Orleans, where she met up with fellow Secret Lifer Alex! She also signed with awesome agent Jenny Bent earlier this year. Leah's next book is ROMANCING THE NERD, the companion novel to THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD, coming at you soon from Entangled Teen!

Andrea's debut OF SCARS AND STARDUST hits shelves soon (this week!) and we're super pumped to get to celebrate her release week with her. She's hard at work on her next manuscript (ladypower! magical realism! how awesome does this sound??), and if you're in Michigan you be might able to catch her at a signing.

Alex spent her summer studying to pass her PhD preliminary exams, which sounds lame but worked out pretty okay because now she's an official PhD candidate at her grad school! She's in queryland, working as a freelance editor, wrote a manuscript about magical girls in milky pen, and is currently writing the book of her heart (which is surprisingly even more terrifying than 60k in gel pen).

Heather's debut THE GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME released earlier this August! Sadly, Heather won't be returning to the Secret Life this fall, but we're wishing her all the best as GATEWAY and its sequel take off!

Secret Life Instagram Contest! 

To celebrate our comeback and how much we appreciate you guys for sticking with us, we're having an instagram contest. :D The Secret Life has always been about sharing our writing journeys with you guys and we're thrilled to have the chance to keep doing that. It's also been a blast getting to connect with each other and cheer as our friends' books are published.

So, for this contest, take a picture of any Secret Lifer's (past or present) book in the wild! Bonus points if it's more than one of our books chilling together! (Because book friends are best friends.) Follow and tag our instagram account @secretlifeofwriters in your photo and use #secretlifeofwriters to show off your pics!

Prizes will include a copy of each of our fall 2014 releases (GATEWAY, FALLS THE SHADOW, and OF SCARS AND STARDUST) or a full manuscript critique from Alex-- winner's choice!

The contest ends Oct. 23, so get out there!

And thanks again for sticking with us. We're excited to be back and we can't wait to share more of our secrets with you. <3

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