THIEF OF LIES by Brenda Drake


Title: Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers, #1)

Release date:  1/5/16

Author: Brenda Drake

Thief CoverAbout the book:

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.


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I pressed the screen, and it went dark. “How do we know he’s not being forced to say this?”

“The password, May Agnes guide you,” Lei replied. “She’s the patron saint of Asile.”

 Agnes? That was the silver woman’s name that formed from my globe. Did the saints have something to do with the Chiavi?

I faced Ricardo. “How did you know I was here?”

“The werehounds tracked your scent from a shirt Katy…excuse me, your nana…gave us.”

“Can your pack help us save Couve?” Arik asked him.

“They will, but Gia must go with me.” He noticed the protest forming on my lips. “Merlin said no exceptions. I’m to get you to the shelter.”

From the corridor came yells, scuffles, and the continual wail of the warning siren.

“I can’t go with you,” I said. “I have to fight with them.”

“She can’t fight with us,” Lei said, glancing at the door. “She almost killed Kale.”

I turned to Sinead. “You know what I can do.”

Sinead gave me a pity smile. “Yes, but you have no control over it. Let Ricardo take you to your father and friends.”

I thought of Kale lying motionless, near death, and I hated that she was right. As much as I wanted to stay, I might be more hindrance than help. I caved. “Okay,” I said, defeated. Lei flew out of the room with the Laniars on her heels.

Sinead hugged me, then rushed after them. Arik moved over to me and cupped my face gently in his hands. His eyes held the intensity that always drew me to him.

I swallowed my breath in anticipation. All the sounds around us went silent.

He bent and lightly brushed my lips with a kiss. His lips were soft and oh, so tender. Butterflies swooped and curled inside me, and it felt like the ground disappeared from beneath my feet. He pulled back a little and said, “Regardless of the fact that you’re a royal pain in the arse, I fancy you. Listen to Ricardo and don’t do anything rash.”

He gave me another kiss and rushed out the door. My heart twisted in my chest as he disappeared. I touched my mouth and exhaled. He liked me. It was against the laws, but he told me he fancied me. Maybe we had no future, but we had now.

“What a sweet display,” Ricardo said, dragging me out of my haze. “I’m not one for rules or laws, but I’d be careful there. The punishment would be much worse for him than you.”

“Why?” I stared at the door as if I’d see Arik there.

“He’s a leader. He knows better.” Ricardo headed to the window. “Are you ready to fly?”

“Did you say fly?”

Author Bio

Brenda Drake Author Photo3Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Whiskey, Wine, & Writing – Grand Reveal Game Winners

Sorry it took so long for me to get this up!  We want to thank everyone mentors/viewers who made The Pitchwars Grand Reveal episode of Whiskey, Wine, & Writing a fantastic show.

All right, now onto the good stuff! The winners of the games and their prizes!

Joseph Miller: Query & 1st Page Critique by Natasha Raulerson

Kaitlyn Caul: Verb Hair Care Kit/Mock Book Cover by Diane Pinguicha

Rebecca Mowrey: Ebook – Division Zero by Matthew Cox

EL Wicker: Ask a Teen Critique at Jodie Andrefski’s blog/Ebook – Death of a Waterfall by Kara Leigh Miller

Anne Lipton – Critique by Tiffany Rosenthal

Michelle Beahm – Three Chapter Critique by Jenny Ferguson/Ebook – Caller 107 by Matthew Cox

Colleen Halverson – Ebook – Virtual Immortality – Matthew Cox

Katie Doyle – Ebook – Aurora Island Resort Series – Kara Leigh Miller

Zurrie Cortez – Brenda Query

Rena Olson – Guest Blog Spot with Karen Johnston

TR Daily – Query & Ten Page Critique by Stark Contrast Editing & Nikki Roberti

(PS: We will be getting the ebooks to the winners ASAP)



I would also like to thank EVERYONE who donated a prize! It was so much more than we expected and could ask for. You are all fabulous!

 Special Thanks

Kelly Devos – @KellyDevosAuthor

Diana Pinguicha – @Pinguicha

Jodie Andrefski – @2000_Words

Erin Feldman – @Fayeelle

Nikki Roberti – @Nikki_Roberti

Stark Contrast Editing – @StarkEditing

Kara Leigh Miller – @KaraLeighMille1

Matthew Cox – @MSCox_Fiction

Karen Johnston – @KEMJohnston

Jenny Ferguson – @JennyLeeSD

#Pitchwars Superlatives

First and foremost I’d like to thank Nikki Roberti for putting this list together. She’s been a fantastic social media guru, and we were lucky enough to have her as a guest host. Which means we also got the LIVE reaction of a mentee! Nikki is truly awesome and so deserving of her mentee spot! Congrats!

Okay, now that I’m done gushing.




Most Likely to Succeed:

Most Likely to succeed: EVERYONE! You wrote a book and put it out there. Keep writing! #PitchWars superlatives
Funniest/most entertaining Tweeter
Ramon Ballard @Raballard


Funniest Tweeter: @RaBallard. Thanks for the entertaining positivity! #PitchWars superlatives


Most likely to Don a Mask and Fight Crime

Michael Mammay @MichaelMammay


Most likely to Don a Mask and Fight Crime: @MichaelMammay #PitchWars superlatives


Best Procrastibaker
Emily Herring Dunn @Newfangled_wife

Best Procrastibaker: @Newfangled_wife #PitchWars superlatives


Most Fabulous
Tiffany Rosenthal @TRosAuthor & Dakota Shain Byrd @ShainByrd


Most Fabulous: Tied with @TrosAuthor & @ShainByrd #PitchWars superlatives

Most Hardworking
Natasha Raulerson @ThirtyNerdy


Most Hardworking: @ThirtyNerdy #PitchWars superlatives

Best Talk Show Hosts
Tiffany Rosenthal @TRosAuthor & Natasha Raulerson @ThirtyNerdy


Best Talks Show Hosts: @TrosAuthor & @ThirtyNerdy #PitchWars superlatives


Most Supportive/positive

Jenny Ferguson @JennyLeeSD & Jessica Bloczynski @jabloczynski & Mel Stephenson @PaintandWords &  Tiffany Dailey


Most Supportive/Positive Tweets: @JennyLeeSD @Jabloczynski @PaintAndWords @Pinguicha @TR_Dailey  #PitchWars superlatives


Most Artistic

Diana Pinguicha @Pinguicha


Most Artistic: @Pinguicha #PitchWars superlatives


Most Appreciative Tweeter
SM Rose @SMr0se Kate Foster Kendra Young, Laura Brown


Most Appreciative Tweeter: @SMr0se @KendraLYoung @AuthorLBrown @Winellroad  #PitchWars superlatives


E.G. Moore @EGMooreWriter (best favoriter)  and Vanessa E. @VanessaEPeay


Friendliest Tweeter: @EGMooreWriter & @VanessaEPeay #PitchWars superlatives


Most encouraging of drinking alcohol:
Dana Collins @XDanaCollins  & Natasha Raulerson @ThirtyNerdy


Most Encouraging of drinking alcohol: @XDanaCollins & @ThirtyNerdy #PitchWars superlatives

Spunkiest Tweeter
Spunkiest Tweeter: Emily Herring Dunn @Newfangled_wife #PitchWars superlatives


Best Gifs/memes
M.A. Nicholson @Maryannicholson.

Participant w/ Best GIFs/Memes: MaryAnNicholson #PitchWars superlatives


Best Favoriter on Twitter
EG Moore


Best Favoriter on Twitter: @EGMooreWriter #PitchWars superlatives
Prettiest Tiara
Heather Truett @mmerubies

Prettiest Tiara: @mmerubies #PitchWars superlatives
Best sly hints by mentor

Dannie Morin @Dannie_Morin and Brighton Walsh @WriteAsRain_ and Whitney Fletcher @cb_whitney

Mentors w/ Best Hints: @Dannie_Morin @WriteAsRain_ & @CB_Whitney #PitchWars superlatives


Best Manuscript Licker
Brighton Walsh @WriteAsRain_


Best Manuscript Licker: @WriteAsRain_ #PitchWars superlatives


Most Encouraging Tweets

Naomi Hughes @NaomiLHughes and Joy McCullough @JMCWrites and Erica M. Chapman @ericmchapman


Most Encouraging Mentor Tweets: @NaomiLHughes @JMCWrites @EricaMChapman #PitchWars superlatives

Most Optimistic Mentor
Veronica Bartles @vbartles for #EgoClub


Most Optimistic Mentor: @VBartles #PitchWars superlatives #EgoClub

Most Adorable Accent
Fiona McLaren @BookOmnivore


Most Adorable Accent: @BookOmnivore #PitchWars superlatives

Best tweets about hipster coffee houses in Seattle

Rachel Lynn Solomon @Rlynn_Solomon

Best tweets about hipster coffee houses in Seattle: @RLynn_Solomon #PitchWars superlatives


Best Viking Beard
Brooks Benjamin @BrooksBenjamin


Best Viking Beard: @BrooksBenjamin #PitchWars superlatives

Most Diabolical

Lauren Spieller @LaurenSpieller


Most Diabolical: @Laurenspieller #PitchWars superlatives

Best Mentor From Down Under Mentor
Sharon Johnston @S_M_Johnston


Best Mentor From Down Under: @S_M_Johnston #pitchwars superlatives


Most Enthusiastic Mentor Tweeter
Rae Chang @RaeAChang


Most Enthusiastic Mentor: @RaeAChang #PitchWars superlatives


Most active tweeter with six kids
Rebecca Yarros @RebeccaYarros


Most Active Tweeter w/ 6 kids: @RebeccaYarros #PitchWars superlatives


Cutest Couple:
Jennifer Blackwood @Jen_blackwood and Brighton Walsh @WriteAsRain_
Veronica Bartles @vbartles and Rebecca Yarros @RebeccaYarros


Cutest Couple: @Jen_Blackwood with @WriteAsRain AND @Vbartles with @RebeccaYarros #PitchWars superlatives


Cutest Frenemies (most popcorn-worthy conflict)

Charlie Holmberg & Dan Koboldt


Cutest Frenemy Couple w/ Most Popcorn-Worthy Conflict:  @DanKoboldt & Charlie N. Holmberg #PitchWars superlatives


Nerdiest Mentor:
Dan Koboldt

Nerdiest Mentor (in Best Possible Way): @DanKoboldt #PitchWars superlatives

Mentors with Best Gifs/Memes
C_M_Franklin & Natasha Neagle & S_M_Johnston


Mentors with Best Gifs/Memes: @C_M_Franklin & S_M_Johnston & @andreasomberg #PitchWars superlatives

Biggest Advocate for diversity
Marieke Nijkamp @mariekeyen & @Jessie Devine


Biggest Advocates for Diversity: @Mariekeyen & @JessieDevine #PitchWars superlatives

Best Contest Organizer
Brenda Drake @BrendaDrake

Best Contest Organizer: @BrendaDrake #PitchWars superlatives

Welcome To The New and Improved Thirty, Nerdy, Fabulous!

When I joined #Pitchwars I never imagined the exposure I’d gain. Not only have I learned so much, but I’ve met fantastic authors and apparently, have a new live show called Whiskey, Wine, and Writing with my awesome CP Tiffany Rosenthal.

Most days I ask myself:

Because, holy crap! I’m doing author interviews, meeting fantastic people, and my writing is improving along the way. It all started as an impromptu chat because Tiff and I were freaking out over #Pitchwars. Now we’ve eight episodes with some AMAZING interviews! My blog and twitter are blowing up and I’m so humbled and undeserving!

I seriously, do not know what to do with myself some days, and feel like I’ve been swept up in a cyclone.


It’s been one hell of a ride though!

And I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything!

So, a HUGE thank you to Brenda Drake for her awesome competition. There’s definitely more than one way to win.

Another MASSIVE thanks to Tiffany Rosenthal for being the best CP ever and coming up with such wacky ideas!

With everything going on, all the changes, and the awesome overload, I decided to revamp the site for a prettier feel, and easier navigation!

I’m clearly on a Dean kick today, but come on, can you blame me? Wait! Blame @2000_words – AKA the awesome Jodie Andrefksi for my sudden SPN cravings.


Eh hem.


I hope you enjoy the site, the show, the random thoughts, and if I’m very lucky, my crazy won’t chase you away.



Pimp My Bio: #Pitchwars Mentee

Hello all you awesome authors, mentors, mentees, agents, writers, lovers, haters, nerds, nerdettes, dudes, ladies, and everyone else in between. This is my official unofficial Pitch Wars Mentee Bio! That’s right, this writer chick is putting it all out there. Gonna submit that novel to #Pitchwars and hopefully get a fantabulous mentor to help me with it.

But a message to all of you! Mentors, Agents, Potential Mentee’s, whether you are picked or not you are:

And I just realized that gif is from the episode where Dean eats the Turducken and gets high from the Leviathans goop.

Which brings me to my next point. I am 100% NERD.

This particular ‘I Am Groot’ translates into ‘Thirty, Nerdy, Fabulous.’

I enjoy all things comics, (Marvel, not a fan of DC), Scyfy network (Defiance, Lost Girl, Bitten, Faceoff), online RP games (Wildstar, and forum RP), and one of my all time favorite shows is Supernatural.

I am married to one hella of a hunka hot husband–and we have two dogs, both of whom like to help me read in one way or another.

Storm, my dachshund, trying to face-meld for optimum closeness while I read. (Yes, that’s a Chilly Willy the Penguin shirt)

And Crowley, King of the Demon Dogs (Supernatural Ref) who was highly sad when I stopped reading aloud to him from Jim Butcher’s Cold Days.

Storm is a ten year old Dachshund with attitude. She’s a little snausage who loves to be in my lap. Her hobbies include, kicking me in bed, compulsive licking, and adorable looks.

Crowley is a rescue a little over two years old. Believe it or not, he’s an American Akita, with the most adorable eyes you’ve ever seen. Hobbies include, running circles on the bed, biting a particularly irritating place on his back, and putting new ‘nose art’ on the sliding glass door as he people watches.

They are the best pups a girl could ask for.




All right, down to the nitty gritty. What do I read? I love all things Urban Fantasy. From Kelly Armstrong, to Jim Butcher, to Carrie Vaughn. However, UF isn’t the only thing I read. I’m an avid lover of most genres. I love lit fic, classics, short stories, weird, strange, and pretty much just about anything I can get my hands on. However, I don’t like books so engrossed in technical writing I feel like I’m reading a thesis paper. I prefer voice, compelling story, and just pure awesomeness to a book that has every other word being something so intellectual and rare I’m constantly looking it up.

And I probably just made myself sound dumb or lazy, but I’m not, honest. I just wanna enjoy books and not feel like it’s homework.


Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Well, my entry for #Pitchwars is tentatively entitled Blood Moon. An ADULT Urban Fantasy. It makes mentors a bit slim picking, but hey, that doesn’t deter me. It’s dark, gritty, and yeah, there’s some pretty gory scenes. I’m not one of those fade to black kind of chicks when it comes to violence and sex if a book calls for it.

However, crazy jump here, my WIP is tentatively entitled Redemption which is an entirely different genre. The exact genre is unknown. I’ve been told Women’s Fiction, Romantic Thriller, eh, since it’s out of my comfort zone, not really sure.

The bottom line is, as a writer, I want to learn, grow, and the truth is, if I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, I can’t fix it. So, I’m not afraid for someone to rip up a chapter and be all like, “Ha, no. That’s just…”

I have pretty thick skin. I grew up with brothers and my family definitely isn’t politically correct when we sit around the dinner table. It’s always been said how it is. No sugar coating.

It started with Dean Winchester. Let’s end it with Dean Winchester.

Thank you to Brenda Drake, all the mentors, agents, writers, and everyone who is participating and making this a fantastic experience. Whether I’m chosen or not, the things I’m learning from the community on twitter, people I’ve met in the writing world, and the advice that I’m granted through fantastic blogs has helped me to become a better writer. I’m much closer than I was yesterday, and chosen or not, I’ll keep moving forward. So, thank you all for doing this.  It’s going to be one hell of a ride!

PS: Before I go. I just want to share.