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Giveaway? Yes! Summer Reads with Swoon Romance Celebration #YAread #romance @chapterxchapter @swoonromance

 

Hello Readers!

Summer is almost over but there’s still time to snuggle up with some romantic summer reads!

Celebrate the last drop of summer with these summer reads from Swoon Romance.

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

 

Pretend to be from Spain? Act like she can barely speak English? Sure, why not? It wouldn’t be the first time Gabby Vega had agreed to a challenge from her best friend, Kenzie. Besides, it’s only for a week of vacation with Kenzie’s cousins. Gabby will prove to Kenzie she can keep up the fake identity for the whole trip—that she’s not a quitter.

There’s just one major surprise. Noah Jernigan is also staying with Kenzie’s cousins. Noah, the boy she fell in love with at drama camp last summer and the boy she had to dump when it was over. The boy who knows who she really is.

Noah can’t believe it when Gabby appears at the Bryson’s vacation home in the New Mexico mountains. He hasn’t seen her in a year. It practically took that long just to get over her. And now she’s Gabriela from Spain? All he wants is to get as far away as he can. Or maybe the exact opposite. Stick as close to her as possible and find out what the heck happened last summer. And definitely get some payback.

Now Gabby has to keep Noah at arm’s length as she pretends to be Gabriela. She doesn’t want to answer his questions or rehash last summer. Because one thing is clear—the more time she spends with Noah, the more she’s in danger of falling for him all over again.

About Last Summer by Patricia B. Tighe
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Romance

Available for Purchase:
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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

“This book is ADORABLE!”Brookie Cowles, Author

“Cute story with engaging writing!”Shala, Goodreads

 

The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in West Texas with her husband and dog. She eats way too much pizza, drinks way too much coffee, and watches way too much NFL football. On the bright side, she also reads and writes teen fiction. She promises to include as much romance, angst, and adventure as possible in her books.

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Seventeen-year-old Autumn Teslow arrives at her father’s job fair knowing she’ll never measure up to the perfect image of daddy’s little girl—her twin sister.

Wearing anger management issues like a second skin won’t help Autumn win her dad’s approval for the big trip she’s been planning—or meet his condition that she successfully complete a summer internship for college.

Autumn’s cool unravels when her sister lectures against disappointing the family again. And when a young, bearded guy steps through the crowd to settle the growing argument between siblings, Autumn lashes out, dubbing him a “Duck Dynasty wannabe.”

At Nineteen, Caden Behr is clueless as to why his man parts are threatened by the fearsome girl before him. He’d only come to find an intern for his recreational equipment company, not break up a girl-fight between two sisters.

Unfortunately, the only candidate left is the girl who just told him off. Without her, he’ll never prove to his CEO mother that he’s ready for more responsibility.

Autumn and Caden agree that if they can keep from killing one another, they can use one another to get what they want and then never have to see each other again. Which is what they want.

Until it isn’t.

Because despite her best efforts to scare him off, and his fading desire to push her into the lake, they’re beginning to enjoy the time they spend together. But pride is a hard habit to break. And if neither will admit their changing feelings, they could lose a whole lot more than one summer.

One Summer with Autumn
by Julie Reece
Publisher: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Romance

Available for Purchase:
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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

“it’s a story of discovering a new you”Moriah, A Leisure Moment

“light and fluffy, hilariously up my alley”Hadassah, Haddie’s Haven

 

 

As a child, Julie’s summers were about horseback riding and fishing, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all. She struggled with multiple learning disabilities, and spent much of her time gazing out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) she fought dyslexia for her right to read and won.

Afterward, she invented stories where powerful heroines kicked bad-guy butt to win the hearts charismatic heroes. And then she wrote one down…

Writing ever since, Julie weaves southern gothic, contemporary, fantasy, and young adult romances. She enjoys sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. Her writing is proof a dream and some hard work can overcome any obstacle.

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School is out and Lucy is ready for the perfect summer: lazy days at the pool, invitations to the most exclusive parties, and romantic dates with her hot new boyfriend. That is, until she lands in trouble one too many times and her parents issue the ultimate punishment: a summer job. Suddenly, the summer can’t end fast enough.

To make matters worse, the job is painting houses with Justin, the most popular, egotistical guy in school. Spending all summer with Justin might be other girls’ dreams, but definitely not Lucy’s. After all, Justin is cocky, annoying, and a jerk. So what if he’s the most beautiful jerk Lucy’s ever seen? Or that his grin makes her forget she’s mad at the world? Or that maybe, just maybe, there’s more to Justin than Lucy realizes. Only one thing is certain: it won’t be the summer she wanted, but it might be exactly the one she needs.

Effortless With You (Effortless With You #1) by Lizzy Charles
Publication Date: 2013
Publisher: Swoon Romance

Available for Purchase:

Amazon

 

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

“I most definitely recommend checking out”Ellen, Always YA at Heart

“It was refreshing and I adored it”Crystal, Bookiemoji

Lizzy Charles writes young adult contemporary romance. She’s a tea fanatic, guacamole expert, and sushi lover. When she’s fixing lunches, dressing kids, or wiping pizza sauce off sticky hands, she escapes to La La Land and imagines all sorts of little love stories. Lizzy loves her daily dose of fitness and is also a RN so she can triage any symptom you send her way. Her best friend from high school is also her husband. Oh and she has a little pup named Professor Lupin who is pretty much the glue to the whole writing operation.

 

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Fantasy Panel: Southern YA Authors #Raleigh #FantasyWriters @ErinMFitch @quailridgebooks @Month9Books @LeighStatham @shaila_writes @rrsmythe

Hey Guys!

Fantasy is alive and well in the South. The awesome @quailridgebooks   will host a panel of regional fantasy authors, writing for children and YA audiences. Join us on Saturday, July 15, at 6:30 pm for a look at recent or upcoming releases and to talk about what makes great fantasy. Ya’ll know Southern Gothic is my favorite!

Aspiring writers, bring us your questions!

 

North Hills 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road RaleighNC 27609

Featuring speakers:

You can find more info about the authors on the Quail Ridge Books website here:

**** Pssst ….  if you’re headed for Raleigh SuperCon that weekend, our booth is No 533.

Can’t wait to see you there!


Heck yes I want to win the All-new Fire HD 8 Tablet and $50 Amazon AND 24 eBooks! #YA

We love our readers!

 

And because we do, Waiting on Books (a group of very cool authors) is offering a fabulous rafflecopter contest

where you can win a “hot as fire” prize bundle!

 

JUNE 15TH-JULY 1
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PLUS A $50.00 AMAZON GIFT CARD! (Sorry US only)

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Participating Authors:

Vicki L. Weavil
Pintip Dunn

Julie Reece
Suzanne van Rooyen
Pat Esden
Jessica Gunn

Cameron Grey
Amy McNulty
Shaila Patel
Erin Beaty
S. A. Larsen
Jennifer Welker

Lucy D. Briand
Erin M Fitch
Katie Hanna
Sarah Ahiers
Dorothy Dreyer

Books:

BREAKING CHARACTER and SAY NO TO THE BRO by Gena/Finn
CROWN OF ICE & SCEPTER OF FIRE by Vicki L. Weavil
FORGET TOMORROW by Pintip Dunn
OBSCURA BURNING
REACH FOR YOU
Atlas Link Series (Gyre, Driftwood, Landlocked), and Hunter Circles (Hunter and Hunted)
Ballad of the Beanstalk, Fall Far from the Tree and Nobody’s Goddess by Amy McNulty

THE TRAITOR’S KISS by Erin Beaty
MOTLEY EDUCATION (a MG fantasy-adventure) by S.A. Larsen
THE WISHING HEART by Jennifer Welker
ONE SUMMER WITH AUTUMN by Julie Reece
MAGNETIC SHIFT (Paperback )

SOULMATED by Shaila Patel
OF THE TREES by E.M. Fitch
CHAMELEON (The Domino Project #1) by K.T. Hanna
THIEF’S CUNNING  by Sarah Ahiers
ENTANGLED SOULS by Dorothy Dreyer

 

 

 

 


Writer to writer, some of my favorite advice from great authors on art and craft.

Hey Guys!

Some of the best writing advice I’ve ever heard has come from authors, given for the sole purpose of encouraging others who write. That’s me, and if you put your thoughts to paper—whether you’re published or not—it’s you, too. But I think the advice can be applied outside that arena.

Below are a few quotes as part of series I’m starting on encouraging myself and other artists NOT. TO. QUIT. in pursuing our collective, creative dreams. For me, its writing. For you, it might be dancing or singing, or acting, or fine art, or maybe even mathematically proving the ABC Conjecture theory, (don’t ask) because that would be beautiful, too.

The writers (below) aren’t necessarily in my top twenty favorite author pile, though some are. The point is that those of us who create are family. And those in your family can sometimes say things that inspire, motivate, aid and comfort you.  Yeah, that’s me pretending that Stephen King cares if I finish my book or not. Whatever. Maybe he does—or maybe only as long as I lay off adverb-packed sentences …

I guess what I’m saying is that like-minded people bond over the all the intricacies of a shared passion. I respect the authors on this page. They love the written word, as do I, and have expressed similar feelings about writing. How do I know? Because their words resonate with me and many like me. Us. The family.

I thought I’d share some writerly wisdom that I’ve found particularly helpful or inspiring in my own endeavors.

I hope you enjoy!

 

 

“The trouble with a lot of people who try to write is they intellectualize about it. That comes after. The intellect is given to us by God to test things once they’re done, not to worry about things ahead of time. What can we writers learn from lizards, from birds? In quickness is truth. The faster you blurt, the more swiftly you write, the more honest you are. In hesitation is thought. In delay comes the effort for a style, instead of leaping upon truth which is the only style worth dead-falling or tiger-trapping.” ~ Ray Bradberry

Now, I don’t know about you, but I can definitely spend too much time over-thinking a first draft. This quote gives me permission to write quickly and not worry about how much is drivel. If I get my entire book written, I can go back and edit later, ad nauseaum. But the book will be written instead of this partially formed, half-done thing wasting away in it’s Word-doc-test tube. You know?

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“I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing. Dumbo got airborne with the help of a magic feather; you may feel the urge to grasp a passive verb or one of those nasty adverbs for the same reason. Just remember before you do that Dumbo didn’t need the feather; the magic was in him.” ~ Stephen King

 

I love this quote. I don’t typically think of myself as a fearful person, but when I step back for an objective look, I’m a kitten in a room full of big dogs when it comes to writing. Some days, I write a chapter or two and then lean back, arms folded over my chest, and decide the room is no longer big enough to hold my genius. Then, the next morning, I sit down at my computer and re-read those pages only to lift my head and scream at the ceiling, “I suck! Eat worms and die, crappy author!” Eloquent, I know. The beauty of King’s quote it to admit we’re all afraid of something. So? So, get over it. You can do it, and so can I. We are, all of us, magic.

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“Even if it isn’t the piece of work that finds an audience, it will teach you things you could have learned no other way.
And just because it didn’t find an audience, that doesn’t mean it’s bad work. Writers should find joy in the fact that they’ve even finished a story. The discipline involved in finishing a piece of creative work is something on which you can truly pride yourself. You’ll have turned yourself from somebody who’s ‘thinking of’, who ‘might’, who’s ‘trying’, into someone who DID.” ~ J.K. Rowling

 

Thanks, J.K. Thank you for reminding us that failure is often viewed as unacceptable, because it is wrongly associated with a final, permanent outcome. The truth is that most of us rarely have one shot at our goal. So what if it takes three tries or a hundred? It doesn’t matter if it takes us one year or ten. Did you hear me? It doesn’t matter.  Failure has it’s own kind of beauty. We grow and improve with every attempt. Failure means we had the courage to try. Failure is learning, and most importantly, failing at something doesn’t make us failures as human beings. In fact, the opposite is true. We tend to admire and respect any person who pursues their dream, despite the obstacles, and does not quit. Why does it take us so long to learn that?

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“Anybody can have ideas–the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.” ~ Mark Twain

 

Be comfortable with yourself. *Sigh* To accept yourself as you are and for who you truly are can be a long and difficult road. There’s so much freedom in understanding your true identity, not the one the world gave you when you were a kid. You know, the day your teacher told you that you were smart or dumb, when the kid standing in the lunch line behind you said you were pretty or ugly, or when your soccer coach said that you were athletic or should take up knitting—and you wore that label for the rest of your life. Reject the lie, my friends. And if you thought the kids that were told they were pretty or athletic had it easier than the ones who were told they were ugly or needed to knit, (and what’s so bad about knitting anyway?) you’d be wrong. Not if ‘pretty’ is the only value you think you have. Not if  ‘smart’ is a life long pressure to live up to. And if those labels prove false or fleeting, what is a person left with then? Listen to me, none of us are ONE thing, humans are wonderful in their differences. Too complex to be boxed. Find out who you are, be brave enough to like yourself,  and then bless the world by being you! 

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“Some day, there will be a story you will want to tell for no better reason than because it matters to you more than any other. You’ll give up this business of delivering what everybody tells you to do. You’ll stop looking over your shoulder to make sure you’re keeping everybody happy, and you’ll simply write what’s real and true. Honest writing always makes people nervous, and they’ll think of all kinds of ways to make your life hell. One day a long time from now you’ll cease to care anymore whom you please or what anybody has to say about you. That’s when you’ll finally produce the work you’re capable of.” ~ J.D. Salinger

 

 

I stinking love J.D. for the quotes he left us!!! < Why yes, there is a shocking overuse of exclamation points here. Your art is a gift to you, that you in turn, may choose to share with others. It’s the best type of re-gifting, unlike the elf-covered flannel pajamas you got from that new girl at work’s white elephant Christmas party. I’m not saying that creating something new is a laugh a minute. I am saying that if you find yourself more blue and slightly unhappy than not, there’s something else going on. Dig around inside that head of yours and figure out what. Creating can be acutely frustrating, but should also bring you amazing joy and satisfaction. If  it doesn’t, why do it?

The other thing J.D. says to me, is basically, don’t be a pansy. Write (or dance or play your music …) with honesty. Don’t apologize. Don’t worry about trends, what “works”, sells, is marketable, or popular. Don’t try to please others, not that you’ll purposely try to shock or offend anyone either, seriously. I just mean be truthful about your art. People can always choose not to read, watch, or listen to what you create … that’s the beauty of freedom and making decisions for yourself, isn’t it? But if what comes out of you has never been done before, if it’s shocking or different, so be it. Don’t compromise. Your work will suffer.

To me, the advice means dare to write the books I’m meant to write. The ones I could talk myself out of writing if I worry too much about overreaching, pleasing everybody (which can’t be done), conveying a message beyond my ability to express, being too ambitious.

These writers invite us to ditch our fears and try. Fail. Succeed. What do those words even mean? You’ll have to decide that for yourself. Then take the plunge and create. I’m going to make something new.

I invite you to do the same.

Julie

 

 

 


Cover reveal: FRAGMENTS OF DARKNESS

Hey guys!

I’m thrilled to help reveal the cover for the brand new anthology FRAGMENT OF DARKNESS coming this fall!

 

 

Fragments of Darkness: An Anthology of Thrilling Stories

Release date: September 13, 2017

 

Blurb:

From between the cracks of imagination, among the splinters of the unknown, and upon the winds of mystery, lurk the Fragments of Darkness.

With legends of killer mermaids to tales of Civil War era ghosts, ten passionate story-tellers come together to bring you yarns of fantasy, paranormal, and chills and thrills that will entertain, intrigue, and enchant young adult and new adult readers.

 

Sounds amazing, right?

There are so many amazing authors included in this book.

Take a look …

 

 

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34103708-fragments-of-darkness

Contributors

Lisa M. Basso — Heart and Bone

C.L. Campbell — Reckoner

Dorothy Dreyer — Under the Surface

Pat Esden — Black as a Dark Moon, Scarlet as Sumac

E.M. Fitch — Between Shadows

R.A. Gates — The Collector

Jessica Gunn — The Ghost

Debra Jess — Blood & Armor

Melanie McFarlane — The Transgressions of Faithe Eileen

Daphne René — Story of the Unknown Soldier

 

 

 


Excited! Blog Tour: OF THE TREES by @ErinMFitch #YAlit @Month9Books

 

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Welcome in! I’m so excited to be a part of this blog tour for the amazing E.M. Fitch and her new book! I’ve got more tour stop dates, an excerpt and special giveaway here, so don’t forget to scroll down and enter the contest near the bottom of the post!

 

Now to get on with it. Have you seen this cool and freaky cover yet?

I love the vibe!

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Title: OF THE TREES

Author: E.M. Fitch

Pub. Date: February 28, 2017

Publisher: Month9Books

Format: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 345

Where to get it:

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play Books | Indiebound

 

Watch the author’s  video about her book here:

Blurb:

Cassie and Laney fancy themselves amateur ghost hunters. When a carnival comes to town, Cassie embraces the chance to try something new.

Carnival workers watch the girls with a collective gaze that ignites in Laney a dark and dangerous fascination, leaving Cassie unnerved.

It’s not just their age or the unsettling way they stare. There is something in the shifting of their skin and the way their features seem to change in the shadows.

Cassie can’s shake this sickening feeling that there’s more to the carnival than meets the eye.

When townspeople suddenly start dying and bloody warnings appear around town, Cassie is lured into a nightmare where trees whisper and strange, shape-shifting men haunt the backwoods she once hunted for ghosts with her best friend.

Then Laney goes missing, and only Cassie can get her back. But the creatures of the trees aren’t simply going to hand Laney over to Cassie without getting something in return.

 

Here’s more about the author … 

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E.M. Fitch is an author who loves scary stories, chocolate, and tall trees. When not dreaming up new ways to torture characters, she is usually corralling her four children or thinking of ways to tire them out so she can get an hour of peace at night. She lives in Connecticut, surrounded by chaos, which she manages (somewhat successfully) with her husband, Marc.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Giveaway!

1 winner will receive a $25 Fandango Gift Card, US Only.

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Excerpt:

Cassie’s boots crunched on the gravel, the grating noise cutting through the faint undertone of laughter and squeals that were just up ahead. Her imagination always went into overdrive during these isolated, dark moments. She knew it, and sometimes the little movements everyone saw out of the corner of their eyes took on a life of their own. So she ignored it, not wanting to give life to the fear.

Laney was different. She’d run into the shadows and flush out the monsters, which would, of course, invariably turn out to be a rabbit, or bird, or the errant flash of light cast from someone’s wristwatch. It was always explainable. Even knowing that, Cassie wasn’t one to tempt fate. She preferred to let sleeping monsters lie.

“Have a light?”

Cassie jumped, not really expecting a voice from the dark. From between two cars, a shadow solidified. A boy stepped forward, his jeans smeared with grease and his dark hood up over his head and hanging down past his brow. She could just make out the sandy hair that hovered over the piercing, blue eyes. He stared at her as he stepped closer, his gaze sharp in the darkness.

Or was it a man? Now that he drew nearer, the lines of boyhood seemed to melt. His face was older, drawn. There were creases in the folds of his skin that she hadn’t noticed at first. Somehow, it seemed like he was wearing a cheap Halloween mask, something rubber made to emulate human skin, and suddenly she was terrified, a feeling of danger rising up from her core.

“No, sorry,” she stammered, stepping back.

He stepped with her.

She jumped again when a car horn blared and turned to see her father still parked there, his outline peering at her through the dark. A chuckle echoed from the shadows, and Cassie shivered, even in the unseasonable warmth.

“Got to go, sorry,” she said. The man stared, his head tilting slightly as he regarded her. He didn’t speak, and yet Cassie got the strange impression he was trying to communicate with her anyway.

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Creepy right? The sort of creepy that’s right up my YA thriller/horror alley. I can’t wait to start reading this one, ya’ll.

Hope you enjoy and thanks so much for stopping by! 

 

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By the way … if you want to follow more of the tour, all the dates are listed below!

Week One:

2/27/2017- Lisa’s Loves(Books of Course)– Interview

2/27/2017- Never Too Many To Read– Review

2/27/2017- Julie Reece– Excerpt

 

2/28/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Guest Post

2/28/2017- Book Review Becca– Review

 

3/1/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

3/1/2017- Omg Books and More Books– Review

 

3/2/2017- Always & Forever Fangirling– Excerpt

3/2/2017- Bookaholic Banter– Review

 

3/3/2017- Rockin’ Book Reviews– Guest Post

3/3/2017- Quantum– Review

 

Week Two:

3/6/2017- LILbooKlovers– Interview

3/6/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Review

 

3/7/2017- The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange– Excerpt

3/7/2017- Book Lovers Life– Review

 

3/8/2017- Hidden Worlds Books– Guest Post

3/8/2017- Book-Keeping– Review

 

3/9/2017- Bibliobibuli YA– Interview

3/9/2017- StephanieCassidyBlog– Review

 

3/10/2017- So Few Books– Interview

3/10/2017- I am not a bookworm!– Review

 

 

 


Teen writer? Can’t wait to meet you at Teen Author Boot Camp. Early-bird pricing ends 1/31 #yalit #YAwriters

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Teen Author Boot Camp is a day-long teen writers conference held every spring at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah.

Nearly a thousand aspiring teen writers come together with bestselling authors to amp up their skills.

The next conference will be held on March 25, 2017.

Registration includes lunch, an afternoon snack, a TABC drawstring backpack, a TABC t-shirt, and a conference program. Teens are also encouraged to enter the First Chapter Contest where their work is judged by industry professionals for the chance to win a commemorative plaque as well as a cash prize.

 

Note: Early-bird pricing ends January 31st.
This is the last day to save big on registration for Teen Author Boot Camp.

Prices jump $20 on February 1st at 12:00 am.

REGISTER NOW!

View our most up-to-date conference schedule: 

http://teenauthorbootcamp.com/1385-2/

Learn more about the amazing authors coming as Drill Sergeants to this year’s conference:

http://teenauthorbootcamp.com/drillsergeants/
And don’t forget to enter the First Chapter Contest! Deadline for submissions is February 25th. (You must be registered to enter.)

http://teenauthorbootcamp.com/contest/?mc_cid=cb73f60ab9&mc_eid=c37ad0c95c

Hey teachers: 

http://teenauthorbootcamp.com/teachers/

FAQ

http://teenauthorbootcamp.com/frequently-asked-questions/

 

Hope to see you there!