Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SEEK and What a Find!

Exciting changes are happening at Leap Books! 

We recently updated our middle grade line's name from FROLIC to SEEK because we noticed our books' protagonists don't do a lot of frolicking--but they certainly seek out adventure and answers.

The first book in the SEEK line is WHEN SPARROWS FALL by Diana Blackstone. A powerful debut for Diana, WHEN SPARROWS FALL follows Susanna Stutzman as she solves a mystery that pits her conscience against her community.

To add to the excitement of the new line name, and the launch of a new SEEK book, we at Team Leap are also excited to announce our brand new Acquisitions Editor for the SEEK line: Kelly Hashway!

Kelly Hashway has been carefully editing books for Leap for more than a year and has been an invaluable member of our freelance staff. So it was a tremendous stroke of luck that we could bring her aboard to play a larger role.

Kelly holds a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching language arts for seven years, she became a full-time writer and freelance editor. Her editorial experience includes editing picture books and novels for three book publishers, proofreading educational documents for two school districts, and offering both developmental and copy edits for her own list of clients. She’s had over one hundred short stories published in a variety of venues and has  two young adult series published, another on the way, and many other projects in the works!

Kelly takes over all acquisitions for the SEEK line immediately and we've heard a rumor that she's about ready to open the doors briefly to unagented submissions! Watch our site here for more details and follow Kelly on Facebook.com/kellyhashway or Twitter.com/kellyhashway and Twitter.com/Leapbks to keep up-to-date on submission calls.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Fright Before Christmas Anthology Official Author Roster

We have finalized our impressive list of authors to be featured in our middle grade horror anthology project, FRIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. This collection of 13 tales, from 13 different authors, will knock the stockings off your fireplace this Christmas season. FRIGHT is set to launch in November. Be sure to watch for the cover reveal soon!

And so we give you the FRIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS anthology author roster (authors listed in no particular order):

Richard Ankers

Richard is a former authonomy.com gold medalist. He has featured in Third Flatiron Publishing’s ‘The Time It Happened’ anthology and also in The New Accelerator digital imprint. Richard lives for writing and his love of the great outdoors.

Jackie Horsfall

Jackie Horsfall is the author of 20 books and hundreds of short stories and articles. She lives deep in the woods of upstate New York, awaiting a Bigfoot sighting.

Boyd Reynolds

Boyd Reynolds is a freelance writer and educator living in Vancouver, Canada. He has published short stories for children, teenagers and adults. His other published works include newspaper articles, educational non-fiction pieces and pop culture commentary. Boyd holds a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature and enjoys all things scary.

Lea Storry

Lea Storry (her real name) is a writer who owns a memoir writing business. She loves creating fiction too and has a kids’ book out about a raven learning to fly. Besides being a writer, Lea’s a pilot and a traveller who lives with her husband in Alberta, Canada.

Ally Mathews

Ally lives in Texas with her husband, three kids, four dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and assorted reptiles. She used to be a children’s librarian, but now spends her time writing middle grade and young adult books, and is particularly fond of fairy tale retellings.

Laura Pauling

Laura Pauling writes about spies, murder, and mystery. She’s the author of the young adult Circle of Spies Series, the Prom Impossible Series, and the Holly Hart Cozy Mysteries for adults. She writes to entertain…and work in her jammies and slippers.

Ty Drago

Ty Drago is the author of several published novels, including the critically acclaimed YA series, THE UNDERTAKERS, which has been adapted for a feature film.  His short fiction and articles have appeared in numerous magazines, e-zines, and anthologies, including WRITERS DIGEST.  He and his wife Helene live in New Jersey.

Jessica Bayliss

Jessica Bayliss's love for reading goes all the way back to the 6th grade book bin, and it's never faded. She writes across genres and age groups, but Jessica's dearest dream is to dazzle the hearts of young readers.

Judith Graves

Judith Graves loves tragic romance, werewolves, vampires, magic and all things a bit creepy. A firm believer that teen fiction can be action-packed, snarky and yet hit all the right emotional notes, Judith writes stories with attitude. She lives in northern Alberta and when she’s not writing, she works in a school library.

Andrea Stanet

A freelance writer from upstate New York, Andrea Stanet has been published online and in print since the late 90s. While she typically writes contemporary and urban fantasy, her reading interests span all genres. Other published middle grade work includes “Nelita and the Shadow” in the anthology Wild Cards.

Patrick Hueller

Patrick Hueller is the author of several scary YA and middle grade books, including Wolf High, The Wish, and (under the pen name Paul Hoblin) Foul.

Dax Varley

Dax Varley writes the kinds of stories and books she wishes were around when she was a kid. She’s the author of Sleepy Hollow, Return to Sleepy Hollow, Bleed, and Nightmare House. Dax enjoys reading and writing horror and loves all the eerie bumps in the night.

Medeia Sharif

Medeia Sharif was born in New York City and now lives in Miami. She received her master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. Published through various presses, she writes middle grade and young adult short stories and novels. In addition to being a writer, she’s a public school teacher.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Mad-As-A-Hatter Anniversary Weekend Price on BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBIT

For this weekend only, Leap Books is placing the Kindle version of BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBIT at a price of only $0.99 to celebrate the July 4th boat ride that started it all! 

And then, that low price will be, like that date, history.

150 years ago Macmillan first published ALICE and to think her birth started during a boat ride on July 4th just a few years before that! An icon in our culture ever since, ALICE has staying power! Don’t believe us? Visit our Facebook page and see how many mad (and glorious) events are going on this year in celebration—here AND across the pond!

And why should you pick up our anthology of Alice-inspired short stories (other than the fact we were the first one on the scene thanks to Laurie J. Edwards)?

Because our anthology features 13 of the best and brightest voices in fiction today—some established and some fresh—and all eager to pull you down the rabbit hole and into the world of their Alice and her Wonderland. And, for the July 4th weekend only (starting now!) we are offering works by Charlotte Bennardo, C. Lee McKenzie, David Turnbull, Christine Norris, Jacqueline Horsfall, Medeia Sharif, Laura Lascarso, Tom Luke, Jessica Bayliss, Crystal Schubert, Holly Odell, Jennifer Moore, and Liam Hogan at only ninety-nine cents! All together!

Mad pricing that you dare not be late for!

So Leap down the rabbit hole and enjoy whole new worlds populated by brave girls conquering their own Wonderlands!