Friday, June 1, 2012

17 Exciting June 1st 5 Pages Workshop Announcement & SURRENDER Giveaway

Exciting June First Five Pages Workshop Announcement

This month's workshop will open for submissions starting at noon tomorrow. We will have Elana Johnson and Angela Ackerman as guest mentors this month. Angela is part of the amazing Bookshelf Muse blog team, and one of the authors of the indespensible writer's companion book The Emotion Thesaurus. Elana is the author of Possession and the new sequel coming out next week: SURRENDER. Please click here for entry parameters and requirements--and be sure to follow ALL the guidelines.

This Week's Giveaway: Surrender by Elana Johnson

Enter by midnight on 6/7/12 for a chance to win. Just comment to win. US and Canadian entries only!


by Elana Johnson

Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque....

Last Week's Giveaway Winner is Lisa Gibson

Struggle with how to show, not tell a character’s feelings? Need help creating fresh body language that does come off as stale or cliché?

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression is a writer’s best friend, helping to navigate the difficult terrain of showing character emotion. Through an easy-to-use list format, this brainstorming tool explores seventy-five emotions and provides a large selection of body language, internal sensations, actions and thoughts associated with each. More information on this resource can be found on our Goodreads page.

This book is available in both Print and Digital formats through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the iBookstore, and Smashwords. Or, download the PDF straight from our blog (sidebar).

Buzz from Amazon:

"A writer's must have in the writers tool box. Highly recommended for all genres of fiction! This is a book you'll use over and over and over again" ~Author Janet Gurtler I'm Not Her, If I Tell, Who I Kissed (Sourcebooks Fire)

"The best 5 bucks a writer could spend. I could see the emotions in playing out in my head, but lacked the words. Just skimming the book, I can and will take my writing from 'Good' to 'Amazing.'" - Jon W. Turner "Raquel"

"The Emotion Thesaurus breaks new ground by providing alternatives to body language cues, thoughts and visceral reactions. Unlike a word thesaurus that we open at a specific page to find alternatives for a word, this book can be read in its entirety not just to derive inspiration, but also to improve your storehouse of `emotion descriptions.'" ~Sanjay Deshmukh


  1. Congrats for winning last week, Lisa!

    Am I the only person to think that Surrender's cover closely resembles the one for Matched?

  2. Yay, Elana. Go go go on Surrender.The Emotion Thesaurus is a brillant idea.


  3. You have no bloody clue how excited I am for Surrender. I just cannot wait!!!

  4. Congrats to Lisa on her win :)

    I already have my copy of Surrender & it is FABULOUS!!! Whoever wins will love it!

  5. Awesome that Elana and Angela are guest mentors. I'm not entering the giveaway because I have an ARC. I loved Surrender. Elana did a fantastic job with Raine, Gunner, and showing something totally new in book 2.

  6. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I would love to read this book.

  7. I've already pre-ordered Surrender and I own the thesaurus in hardcopy. I LOVE IT!!!! :D

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  9. I can't wait to read Surrender. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  10. I cannot wait to read Surrender! I loved Possession and have been anticipating what comes next for what feels like forever! :)

  11. I have been dying to read more since I finished Possession. Cannot wait to get Surrender. Thank you for the chance at winning!
    Shellie @ Creative Reads
    email - deviantzangel at gmail dot com

  12. I would love to read this... Thank you for the giveaway and the chance.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  13. thanks for the givaway :)

  14. Yay for Surrender ! Would love to have a chance to read this over the summer!

  15. I just recently got my hands on Possession (finally!) and have been holding off on reading it until I get my hands on Surrender so I can read them both together. I'm so anxious! Thank you for the opportunity :)



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