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Jill Diamond and Jen Rofé Guest Post and Lou Lou and Pea and the Mural Mystery Giveaway



Happy Monday Everyone! And a Happy, Happy Halloween! Hope You Have a Fantastic and Spooky Holiday!

Followers News

Crystal Collier's new YA time travel TIMELESS is being released. Here's a blurb: Alexia races
against her own clock, and the birth of her child, to stop the Soulless from existing. And here's a few links:  Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook

Today I'm thrilled to have debut author Jill Diamond and her agent Jen Rofé here to share about Jill's MG mystery LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE MURAL MYSTERY.

Here's a blurb from Goodreads:

Meet LOU LOU BOMBAY and PEACOCK PEARL!
1. Pea is proper, Lou Lou is not!
2. Lou Lou loves gardening, Pea prefers art.
3. But neither can turn down an adventure...

On Friday afternoons, the girls get together in Lou Lou's backyard garden for their PSPP (post-school pre-parents) tea parties. They chat about the school week, discuss Pea's latest fashions, and plot the weekend's activities.

But all plans go out the window when a series of small crimes crop up around El Corazón, their quirky neighborhood, right before the Día de los Muertos procession. First, Pea's cousin's quinceañera dress is tragically ruined. Then Lou Lou's beloved camellia bush, Pinky, suffers a serious blow. When clues start to appear in the painted murals around their community, these best friends must join forces - both floral expertise and artistic genius - to solve the mysteries.

Debut author Jill Diamond weaves a delightful romp, full of colorful characters and gentle intrigue, while artist Lesley Vamos punctuates the story with black-and-white illustrations throughout. Backmatter includes crafting activities and a glossary of Spanish terms!

Here's Jill and Jen!

Author Jill Diamond and her agent, Jen Rofé (Andrea Brown Literary Agency), talk characters, generally, and, more specifically, Lou Lou Bombay and Peacock (Pea) Pearl, the two main characters from Jill’s book, LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE MURAL MYSTERY!

Jill: I’m sure that many authors see some part of themselves reflected in their main character.  Certainly, writing a personally relatable main character makes it easier to find that character’s voice. But as authors, we’re usually exploring differences, too. If we weren’t, we’d be writing a memoir as opposed to a novel! MURAL MYSTERY has two main characters, which was fun because it gave me more space to write relatable qualities and explore differences.

Jen: I love reading books about characters who are different from me because it allows me to exist
through a story that is not my own. But I do connect differently with stories when I can relate to the characters. I could relate to Lou Lou and Pea, and I like these girls. They are two reasons that I love your book.

Jill: Let’s talk specifics about the two girls. Both Lou Lou and Pea love adventure and intrigue. I definitely do, too! That’s why I wrote a mystery, and why some of my favorite movies are spy films and I adore reading mysteries. Right now, I’m rereading The Westing Game. Like Lou Lou and Pea, I also enjoy puzzles and riddles! What about you, Jen?

Jen: I love trying to solve mysteries and figure out puzzles and plans. Especially surprises – if I know a surprise is in the works for me, part of the enjoyment is trying to figure out what it is. I absolutely would have been out there trying to solve the mural mystery with Lou Lou and Pea. Also, when it comes to stories – like books and movies – I especially enjoy being wrong in my guess at a mystery’s solution. It means I was truly surprised. The resolution of MURAL MYSTERY was a total surprise for me, which made it a fun read!  

Jill: Another quality that the girls share, and that I admire is their bravery. I’m not a wimp, but I think they might be braver than I am! I have to hold a pillow when I watch scary movies so I can duck behind it when things get intense.

Jen: I am also a scaredy cat, and I’m conflict averse. However, I’m not always a rule follower, and I
do have a rebellious side – a tempered rebellious side. For instance, one of my “rebellions” is opening doors that maybe I shouldn’t open? In college, I interned at Disney Studios, and during my lunch break, I would walk around the grounds and open random doors. I ended up on interesting sets that way! Also, I once opened an unmarked door while walking around Venice, Italy, and I discovered a spectacular church.

Jill: Both Lou Lou and Pea are very creative and passionate about different things. For Lou Lou it’s horticulture and Pea likes art and fashion. I’m right there with Pea on fashion, although I wear less blue and more black. But I don’t share Pea’s talent for visual art. I can barely draw a stick figure. I’m also not a skilled gardener like Lou Lou, but I’m passionate about other things – writing for example!

Jen: I generally don’t have a green thumb, but Lou Lou would be impressed by my recent success with orchids. I’m no fashionista, like Pea, and it’s something I admire about her. I’d love for Pea to be my stylist. I admire the girls’ focused passions, and I wish that I were as focused as they are. I suppose I’m more of a hobbyist. My big passion is my work!

Jill: Lou Lou and Pea have an incredibly strong friendship that is important to both of them. I didn’t intentionally focus on friendship as a theme when I wrote MURAL MYSTERY but, since friendship is so important to me personally, it came through naturally in the book. Growing up, I had very close friends, and I remain close to many of them today. As an only child, I always saw my friends as an extension of my family.

Jen: I enjoy the relationship Lou Lou and Pea have. Something I appreciate about the girls is that they embrace their differences and learn from them. Lou Lou and Pea are so supportive of each other and they make each other stronger.

Jill: Speaking of the girls’ differences, I thought we could do a fun quiz! It’s in the form of a matrix similar to the Mural Mystery Matrix that Lou Lou and Pea make in the book. So without further ado…

ARE YOU MORE LIKE LOU LOU OR PEA?

LOU LOU
Jill
Jen
PEA
Jill
Jen
Talented horticulturalist
0
0
Loves art and fashion
1
1
Impulsive and spontaneous
0
1
Cautious and sensible
1
0
Messy
1
1
Neat
0
0
Acts on emotion
1
1
Acts on reason
1
1
Loves red
1
1
Loves blue
1
0
Doesn’t always follow rules
1
1
Prefers to follow rules
1
0
Sassy
1
1
Proper
0
0
TOTAL
5
6

5
2

Jen: Looks like I’m a “Lou Lou!”

Jill: And I’m both a “Lou Lou” and a “Pea.” Hooray!

Visit Jill at www.jilldiamondbooks.com or on Twitter: @jillinboots

Links to purchase LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE MURAL MYSTERY:

Jill has generously offered a copy of LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE MURAL MYSTERY for a giveaway.  To enter, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and leave a comment through November 12th.  If your e-mail is not on your Google Profile, you must leave it in the comments to enter the contest.


If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. You must be 13 years old or older to enter. This is an international giveaway.

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday was started by Shannon Messenger. You can find the participating blogs on her blog.

Here's what's coming up:

Next Monday I have a guest post by debut author Monika Shroeder and a giveaway of her MG contemporary BE LIGHT LIKE A BIRD.

The Monday after that I have an interview with debut author Jenny Moyer and a giveaway of her YA science fiction FLASHFALL.

Tuesday that week I'll be participating in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop.

Then I'm starting my holiday slowdown. I'll be visiting you but not posting as much.

On Monday, December 5th I'll be back with a guest post by MG Jenny Lundquist and a giveaway of her new MG THE CHARMING LIFE OF IZZY MALONE and a 10 page manuscript critique. Jenny is a fantastic middle grade author who nails her characters' voices, so this is a great opportunity for someone. 

Hope to see you on Monday!



MAYA ROCK GUEST POST AND QUERY CRITIQUE GIVEAWAY

Happy Monday Everyone! I have a treat for your today. Freelance editor Maya Rock is here with a guest post on what to look for your freelance editor contract. Maya has been a freelance editor running Rock Editorial Services for six years and was formerly a literary agent at Writers House. Before we get to her guest post, I have some follower news to share.

FOLLOWER NEWS



Bish Denham has a new book that releases, THE BOWL AND THE STONE. Here's a blurb: Sam
and her best friend, Nick, with imaginations as big as the world, have the whole island of St. John, in the U. S. Virgin Islands, as their playground. But when a man disappears like a vapor right in front of them, they must confront a scary new reality as carefree summer games turn into eerie hauntings. And here are a few links:

Twitter: @BishDenham
 Available now at:

Now here's Maya!

SIX TERMS YOU SHOULD NAIL DOWN BEFORE MOVING FORWARD WITH A FREELANCE EDITOR

Hiring a freelance editor is a step many take before pursuing an agent, publisher, and sometimes even while in the midst of fulfilling a book contract. If you’ve decided to hire a freelance editor, here are some terms to nail down before you begin working together. Getting these terms straight will ensure that your work together proceeds smoothly. Please note that many freelance editors do not use formal agreements but are still legally bound by what they put in writing over email.

1.   RATE: Before you move forward with hiring a freelance editor, you should know how much the entire project is going to cost. Once you know the rate, you might want to determine whether this rate is in line with what others in the field are offering and, of course, make sure it fits into your own budget.

2.   PAYMENT: How does the freelance editor want to get paid?  PayPal, check, and credit card are all possible options.  What’s the payout? Half up-front, half on-delivery? Sixty percent up-front, forty percent on-delivery? All on-delivery? All on-agreement? Does the freelance editor have a certain timeframe that they want to be paid in? For example, I give authors seven days to send the payment after delivery.

3.   DELIVERABLES: It’s important to have clarity on what the deliverables—what the freelance editor will be returning to you—are.  If you’ve signed up for an editorial letter, you should know the approximate length of the letter and have a good idea what topics are being addressed. If you’re getting a line edit, you might want to ask how many comments you should expect on each page. A good way to get an idea of what you’ll receive is by getting a sample edit before committing to working with the editor on a full project

4.   FORMAT: Make sure that you know what format the freelance editor wants to receive your material in.  As a Word file? A single attachment?  Do they have guidelines for how the file is formatted? It’s traditional in the publishing industry to have double-spacing, one-inch margins, and pagination, and it’s likely your editor will want your manuscript formatted like this, too--but it won’t hurt to make sure.

5.   DUE DATE: When is the editor going to get back to you? Not all freelance editors give precise due dates. If your editor doesn’t give a due date, will he or she tell you what month or week they’ll come back to you by? Without a clear timeline, you run the risk of having the project drag on. Granted in traditional book publishing, hard and fast deadlines are not that common, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case in freelance editing.

6.   FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS: Does your freelance editor have a policy for handling follow-up questions? Can you speak on the phone, or will the freelance editor only answer emailed questions? If the phone, for how long? If your freelance editor does email follow-ups, how long can the emails be? How long will he or she accept follow-up questions for? After all, if you come back two months after the freelance editor has read your manuscript, he or she might have forgotten too much to be effective.

GIVEAWAY:  I’m giving away a twenty-minute over the phone query letter critique!

LINKS: Here’s where you can find out more information about my services—www.maya-rock.com/book-editing-services

Maya is generously offering a 20 minute over the phone query letter critique. To enter, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and leave a comment through November 5th.  If your e-mail is not on your Google Profile, you must leave it in the comments to enter the contest. Just let me know in the comments if you do not need a query critique too.

If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. You must be 13 years old or older to enter. This is an international giveaway.

Here's what's coming up:

Next Monday I have debut author Jill Diamond and her agent Jennifer Rolfe here with a guest post and giveaway of Jill's MG mystery LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE MURAL MYSTERY.

The following Monday I have a guest post by debut author Monika Shroeder and a giveaway of her MG contemporary BE LIGHT LIKE A BIRD.

The Monday after that I have an interview with debut author Jenny Moyer and a giveaway of her YA science fiction FLASHFALL.

Tuesday that week I'll be participating in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop.

Hope to see you on Monday!


SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY HOP


Happy Friday Everyone! I’m thrilled to be part of the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop sponsored by Book Hounds. And there are so many great books being released right now.

Don’t see a book you like? You can win a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card instead. I hope you'll all enter to win a book or gift card for yourself or as a gift for someone.

So here are your choices. I found these all on Epic Reads' AugustSeptember, and October Most Anticipated Lists, and you can find descriptions of these books there.

 


 


 


  




If you haven't found a book you want, you can win a $10 Amazon Gift Card.


To enter, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and leave a comment through October 31st telling me the book you want to win or if you want to win the Gift Card instead. If your e-mail is not on your Google Profile, you must leave it in the comments to enter the contest.

If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. You must be 13 or older to enter. International entries are welcome as long as The Book Depository ships to you for free.

Here's what's coming up:

On Monday Maya Rock, who provides editorial services, will be doing a guest post with a query critique giveaway.

The Monday after that I have debut author Jill Diamond and her agent Jennifer Rolfe here with a guest post and giveaway of Jill's MG mystery LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE MURAL MYSTERY.

The following Monday I have a guest post by debut author Monika Shroeder and a giveaway of her MG contemporary BE LIGHT LIKE A BIRD.

The Monday after that I have an interview with debut author Jenny Moyer and a giveaway of her YA science fiction FLASHFALL.

Hope to see you on Monday!

Here are all the other blogs participating in this fantastic blog hop: