Natasha Raulerson

Query Critique Giveaway


A lot of awesome things are upcoming including Michelle Hauck’s Query Kombat, Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars, Tiffany Hofmann’s Ficfest and more!

I’ve mentioned before that I’m extremely limited in what I can do for contests this year, especially Pitch Wars because the tot in my tummy is expected to come mid-contest. That doesn’t mean that I can’t help out in other ways though. Through out the season I’ll be doing several giveaways to help you guys out. I wish I could help everyone, but I’ve got a lot on plate and have to manage my time as best I can.

Right now everyone should be polishing their queries, pitches, and first chapters to prepare to submit all the awesome. I’ve been there. It’s hard. They say it’s not worth doing if it’s easy, but sometimes you just want to print your query and tack it to a voodoo doll as if somehow that will cause it the pain it’s caused you.

The struggle is real.

That being said, my first giveaway will be TWO query critiques. How do you enter may you ask? Well you just have to sign up for my NEWSLETTER between now and Monday, April 25th, 8am EST. That’s it. Monday afternoon I will randomly draw TWO names for a query critique. I will email the winners and we’ll rock and roll!

But just FYI, signing up for the newsletter is a good way to find out about news and upcoming giveaways as well.

Good luck to all!

winners chosen and emailed! congrats to Kelly and paula!


Beyond What Is Given by Rebecca Yarros: Cover Reveal

BWiG_500Rebecca Yarros
New Adult
Entangled: Embrace Publishing
Release Date: September 29, 2015



Lt. Grayson Masters is focused on graduating the Apache helicopter course, and the last thing he needs is his gorgeous new roommate Samantha Fitzgerald distracting him. While her smart mouth and free spirit are irresistibly irritating, he can’t deny their off-the-charts chemistry, no matter how hard he tries.

Having just been expelled from college, Sam has no business digging for Grayson’s secrets while she’s hiding her own, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to tear down his walls. Each barrier she busts through drops one of her own, though, and she’s not prepared for the truth: another woman laid claim to Grayson’s heart long ago.

Falling in love is something neither Grayson nor Sam can afford, and when that line is crossed and secrets are exposed, they’ll learn that sometimes it’s the answered prayers that will put you through hell.





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Rebecca Yarros Bio

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She’s a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years, and they’re currently stationed in Upstate NY with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog, but she would always rather be home in Colorado.


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CAPTIVE – A Giveaway & Q&A With Author Brighton Walsh


I had the pleasure of meeting author and fantastic all around person, Brighton Walsh, last year during Pitchwars. She came on Whiskey, Wine, & Writing to talk about her mentor status, what she was looking for in a mentee, and of course how she landed her awesome agent. Her New Adult novel CAGED IN WINTER was published by Penguin in late 2014. Today we’re doing an interview and giveaway for her newest book full of win CAPTIVE!

Captive-by-Brighton-Walsh200x300He’s the most dangerous man she’s ever met…and she’s falling in love with him.

Madison Frost is desperate to escape her life. Daughter of a prominent businessman, she has everything a girl could ask for. Except for a family who’s present in her life, and anyone to talk to outside the four walls of the prison she calls home. Madison dreams of one day leaving her life behind. She never thought being kidnapped is how it would happen.

Now she’s being held captive by a man who’s as frightening as he is sinfully gorgeous. Enormous, muscular, and filled with secrets, the man they call Ghost is an enigmatic mercenary, and Madison is trapped with him. She doesn’t know who hired him or why, but the more time she spends at his mercy, the more she realizes he’s not what he seems. Beneath his rough exterior lies an unexpected gentleness and a heart as broken and battered as her own.

But as Madison lets down her walls, Ghost holds tight to his, hiding secrets that could destroy everything.


Natasha of the Blog: Hey Brighton, thanks so much for chatting with me. Why don’t we start by telling people a bit about who you are, what you do, and the awesome stuff you write.

Brighton the Scribe: Heyyyy! Thanks for having me! Let’s see. I’m a full-time writer, full-time mom, full-time wife, and full-time crazy person. I write adult and new adult books, and the things I can guarantee they’ll be full of is swoons and sex. (What more do you need, amirite?)

Natasha of the Blog: A multitalented woman, you were originally a photographer, so how did you mingle your way into the world of writing?

Brighton the Scribe: It’s actually not that big of a leap between the two. In photography, I did a photojournalistic approach, which meant I captured moments. Stories. In writing, I just put those stories down with words instead of images. I wrote long before I started in photography, though. But between life and kids, writing (and reading for that matter) took a back seat. About six years ago, I finally got pulled back in.

Natasha of the Blog: All right, let’s jump into CAPTIVE! Give us the juicy info, the delicious details, the concept behind the creative!

Brighton the Scribe: CAPTIVE is about a sheltered college student who’s kidnapped and held captive by an intense and secretive man. While in seclusion, they begin to fall in love. The concept actually came from my editor who sent me a hook very similar to what I just described. She loved my writing style in CAGED IN WINTER and wanted me to write this concept. I said okay.

Natasha of the Blog: If you could choose one character in CAPTIVE besides the protagonist that you would make a story for, who would it be and why?

Brighton the Scribe: Riley. Which I’m totally doing in EXPOSED. I just really loved his character. He was such a contradiction to Ghost in his demeanor. I wanted to know what his story was all about.

Natasha of the Blog: When is CAPTIVE set to release?

Brighton the Scribe: It comes out on March 24th!

Natasha of the Blog: I, personally, can’t wait to read it! I read CAGED IN WINTER in six hours. Four in one day and then ya know—I had responsibilities, so I finished it the next day. TESSA EVER AFTER is the next book in that universe—another one I can’t wait to read. Can you give us a little info about that?

Brighton the Scribe: TESSA EVER AFTER was so much fun to write, and I think the readers of CAGED IN WINTER will enjoy the tale of Tessa and Jason. It’s quite a bit lighter than CiW was, but there are still issues each of them needs to work through. Oh, and Jason is super dirty. And swoony. (sex and swoons!)

Natasha of the Blog: Awesome sauce! So for the New Adult Writer out there looking for an agent, do you have any advice on what to do or not to do?

Brighton the Scribe: NA is hard to break into now, from what I’ve heard. But I think no matter what category or genre you write in, excellent writing, a strong plot, compelling characters, and persistence will always be the magic combination. It doesn’t hurt to have a good attitude, too. Positive things happen to positive people.

Natasha of the Blog: You have been most awesome for doing this interview! Now, I know some readers are anxious to get going with that giveaway.

But first, a little bit about the awesome Brighton!

Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in Brightona different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.

Her debut novel, Caged in Winter, is available now from Berkley/Penguin. She is represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary Agency.


Here’s the details peeps:

A HARD COPY will be available to US entrants only. We love everyone from everywhere and if you can make the post office bring down their price so international shipping isn’t such a crime more people would win in countries outside of the one where the author resides.

If an INTERNATIONAL entrant wins, it will have to be an ecopy. Cause ya know, no evil shipping rates.

So, how do you win a copy of CAPTIVE? An excellent question! Follow Brighton @WriteasRain_ and myself @Raulersonwrites on twitter. Enter the rafflecopter giveaway and I’ll choose a winner on Monday, March 30th 2015 and forward the information to Brighton. She’ll take it from there!

Author S.A. Hunt Interview and Giveaway

Hey Nerds and Nerdettes!

Today we have an interview and giveaway with author S.A. Hunt, creator of the OUTLAW KING series–A Scifi Western filled with awesome. I’ve known Sam for a while, and not only is he a fantastic writer with wonderful ways of weaving together a story, but he’s also a great guy over all who loves interacting with fans.

He’s also graciously giving away five box set digital copies of the first and second books in the series, and one digital copy of the newest book TEN THOUSAND DEVILS.

After coming home from a stint in Afghanistan, veteran Ross Brigham learns that his father has passed away. Dearly departed Dad was a famous fantasy novelist, and the 300 fans that show up for the funeral demand that Ross finish E. R. Brigham’s long-running magnum opus.

Ross and two of the author’s devotees investigate his untimely death and discover that he might have been murdered…and the time-bending gunslingers of Dad’s steampunk novels might be real.

As they try to acclimate to the arid deserts of the author’s fantasy world, the three damaged heroes become pawns in a war for humanity’s survival. The Muses have grown tired of immortality and now incite atrocities on Earth, trying to lure down a leviathan from the stars. Can Ross and his new friends stop the scheming satyrs before both worlds are eaten?

Inspired by such old-school fantasy classics as Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, and Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.

Pressed on all sides by a seemingly omnipotent being called the Rhetor and chased by desperados, the protagonists of The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree are led across the desert to confront their mysterious antagonist by the Outlaw King himself, the wizened gunslinger Normand Kaliburn.When one of their own is captured and taken beyond the Wildlands to the heart of the Antargata K-Setra, our heroes will learn the true origins of Ed Brigham’s fantasy world… and that incredible revelation will shatter everything they thought they knew about the secret world of Destin.

The fellowship is fractured again when Ross and two others slip through the veil and return to Earth, where they must stop a Silen planning to instigate a school shooting at Blackfield University.

Meanwhile, back on Destin, Noreen fights to survive as Normand’s past comes across the ocean to haunt them. In the distant Wildlands of K-Set, Sawyer must contend with the almighty Glass God Obelus and embrace his true calling as a gunslinger.


Hey Sam!

Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. You’re pretty awesome about interacting with your fans, so hopefully this interview will let them know a little bit more about you.

We should probably start there.

Q1. When not writing, publishing, and talking to fans, what is it you tend to do? Any eclectic hobbies to share with the world?

S.A. Hunt:  Other than art, I play videogames and read books. During the summer, I do a lot of bike-riding and sometimes hiking. I’d be a swim-freak if I had a place I could go swimming at!

I used to make wood art by using a magnifying glass to focus the sun into a laser-point and burn lines into pieces of wood. It’s just difficult enough to be satisfying, just easy enough to be meditative, and it gets you out of the house and into the sun. Just don’t stare at the focal point unless you want to ruin your eyes. The smoke smells nice too.

Currently my favorite video games are Shovel Knight and Kentucky Route Zero. Kentucky Route Zero is a damn phenomenal game–it’s like a contemporary portal fantasy that’s a cross between A Wrinkle in Time, Twin Peaks, and Welcome to Night Vale. The loneliness and creeping displacement is tempered by a feeling of home generated by the soulful bluegrass soundtrack, creating a Weird Americana experience I can only say you have to experience for yourself. The story is amazing and the graphics are beautiful.

Shovel Knight just makes me want to punch children and break shit.

Q2. You also were in the service for a while. Thanks so much for your service to our country. Did any of your experiences with the military transfer over to your novels?

S.A.Hunt: Not really from the military per se, but while I was enlisted I went to Afghanistan and that did a lot to inform Outlaw King. The world in my fantasy gunslinger series has introduced a lot of Middle-Eastern flair to the spaghetti-western leitmotif–I like to call it my “falafel-western”.

Afghanistan is a deeply, deeply different place from America. I wanted to capture that same feeling of geographic displacement and culture shock and use it to inform my novel’s transition from Earth to the fantasy world of Destin, to throw both reader and protagonist off their game.

Q3. Besides your protagonist, who is your favorite character in the books?

S.A.Hunt: Probably either Deon Walter, or Memne. Walter is such a badass, and he’s also gay. There are some incredible and extremely competent top-tier soldiers in the U.S. Army that are gay, and I wanted to pay a little tribute to that–and open a few eyes–by putting a similar soldier in my series. It’s not much on my part, but they deserve some kind of representation, I think.

Memne, I’m just in love with. Personality-wise, she’s developed from this sly little minx and a bit character into a warm, feeling, brave, caring woman, as well as an integral part of the Outlaw King crew. I can’t imagine her not being a main character now.

Q4. Tell us a little bit about your writing process. Are you a pantser? A plotter? Do edit as you go or complete a draft and then edit? How does it all flow for you?

S.A. Hunt: Almost totally a pantser. I’ve tried to do outlines, but once I start writing it always deviates. Always. Either a character does what they want to do and I have to follow (usually because they’ve developed into their own personality enough to lead the story on their own) or because I have a much better idea for an element or a scene than the direction the outline was going.

It reminds me of this time I had to drive to Newport News, Virginia, for some Army training. I took my wife with me because I wanted to spend time with her before I went overseas. We were driving north into the state and one route went way the fuck up north, went through Richmond, and then cut east at a sharp right angle toward Newport News.

Confused as to why the GPS would make me drive all the way there and make the trip twice as long, I went northeast along what I thought was a shortcut, totally removing Richmond. We were driving along, minding our own business, when we rounded a curve and found ourselves in a line of traffic. At the front end of the line was a lakeshore.

“Take ferry,” said the GPS.

My wife was livid, but I enjoyed myself. A very personable seagull stood on the railing and watched us in our car the entire way across.

I’m not sure exactly how that pertains to plotting and pantsing other than that I’ve usually had more (and better) adventures going off the beaten path. Like when I got back from mid-tour leave and I couldn’t get a plane out of Kandahar back to my duty station in Arena. I ended up having to basically hitchhike back to work, hitching rides on various planes, MaxxPros, and helicopters, and it took a week on top of the month I burned trying to get out of Fort Hood and the two weeks I spent in Ali Al Salem, Kuwait, trying to get a plane.

I wouldn’t give it up for anything, though. I saw and did some unforgettable things going the long way around, including getting caught in my first sandstorm. Now I welcome the long way around with open arms.

As for editing, I edit as I go but I do another couple of edits after the draft is done. Before I start writing for the day, I read and edit what I did the day before to re-familiarize myself with the book, and often times in the evening I’ll crack open the manuscript and give it a little tweaking.

Q5. Do you have plans for another series once this one is complete? If so, give us the details, man!

S.A. Hunt: I absolutely do. I’m planning on writing the original The Fiddle and the Fire series that Ed Brigham wrote in The Outlaw King. It’ll have differences, though, to mix it up for the people that read TOK and already know how the larger plot points went.

I’m also working on a horror novel called Malus Domestica, about a young witch-hunter in smalltown America and her fight to rid the country of darkness, one soul-sucking hag-beast at a time.

Q6. If you could have one author read your book, who would it be, and why?

S.A. Hunt: Stephen King, of course! He inspired The Outlaw King, with his Dark Tower series, and basically planted the seed of my writing career. I’d give anything to see him crack open the first book. I bet he’d love Ten Thousand Devils!

Q7. You also do art work. You created the covers for your books. Do you offer this service to others as well? Cause I gotta tell ya, Whirlwinds cover is SWEET!

S.A. Hunt: Thank you! I used to do covers for indies, but I had to retire–I got tired of being terrified to open my email. You can see some of the covers I’ve done here.

>Is there anything you want to say to your fans while we have their undivided attention?

S.A. Hunt: I love you, Outlaw Army, every one of you, with all of my heart. Thank you for taking a chance on me and reading my work. You mean the world to me and you have changed my life. I hope I get to keep writing books for you for a very long time.

All right, Sam. Let’s wrap this up. Finish it off with whatever you may want to add. You know they want to get to the giveaway!

S.A. Hunt: Don’t let the world push you down–do what makes you happy. The heart wants what it wants, and you should follow it (unless you’re, like, a cannibal or a mugger or some shit). Make your dreams happen, because there ain’t no regret like the regret you can’t go back and fix.

I’d like to thank S.A. Hunt for taking the time to do this interview! It’s been amazing.



SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAS. A. Hunt enjoys painting the dynamics of relationships and the human experience on the canvas of the weird and the dark. He lives in a run-down shack in the woods in Summerville, GA, where he makes music with spoons. Find out more at


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Holy Crap It’s 2015 & Five Page Critique Giveaway

Now that the new year is here, it’s time to move forward. The past is great, and I always learn so much there, but moving forward, at least in my opinion, is the only way to live. Believe me, I learned that the hard way.

I start classes again on Monday. That vacation just flew by! Not that I mind really. I prefer to be multitasking and learning. My writing got a great boost over the vacation though. Those last few weeks leading up to grad put a damper on them, but hey, Fiona and I are having a great time exploring her story. She’s a wild one, I’ll tell ya what!

So, here are my goals for this year. I say goals because, well, it’s a continuation of what I’ve already achieved. Not a resolution.

1.) Continue in my pursuits to publish REDEMPTION.

2.) Finish VALKYRIE (no not the actual title, but what I’m calling it till I figure out what I’m…well calling it.)

Planning on having a mini me this year.

3.) Have a little tot with the hubs. Yeah, we’re planning on starting our family this year! (I know..a mini me running around? Yeah that’s a little scary. 😀 )

4.) Getting my tattoo done on Thursday, so ya know, that’s pretty much happening soon. Pics will come after.

5.) Get my Critique Service going. Oh! Right! I need to mention that.

I’ve started a critique and editorial service, the details of which can be found HERE. I’m actually doing a free promo right now. Leave a comment on THIS blog post or on my FACEBOOK post about it, and I will pick one random winner to get a free five page critique by me.

I’ve done plenty of editing, critiquing, and beta reading. My degree is geared toward English and Creative Writing, so I figured while I’m in school a great job would be to do what I love. Read and edit. I like this idea.  Hopefully, others do as well.

So, if you’re looking for a full or partial manuscript critique, feel free to fill out the form and let me know. We’ll talk and see if I’m the right editor for you.

I’m looking forward to the next leg in my writing journey.  I’ve met so many wonderful people in the last year and hope to meet more.







Fractured Immortal by E.L. Wicker – Release and Giveaway


NewReleaseThe first in a new series aimed at New Adults, Fractured Immortal is the tale of Ilia Rose, a vampire and a tortured soul and Nathaniel Dayton, a vampire with secrets that will force them together. For a chance to win a digital copy of Fractured Immortal see the end of this post.

After a terrifying vampire attack in 1810, Ilia Rose spends the next two centuries hunting Sol, the man responsible for turning her and her friends into vampires.When Ilia discovers he’s run to the one place she’s running from, she’s forced to face her most painful memories back in her hometown, Bearwood.

There, Ilia finds herself face to face with Nathaniel, an insanely hot vampire, and despite the evidence he’s working for her enemy, Ilia can’t fight her attraction to him, especially when he seems to show up whenever she needs him most.

But Nathaniel is keeping secrets and as they begin to unravel, instead of running away from him, Ilia finds herself falling for him. When his last secret is revealed Ilia’s past comes together in a way she never imagined and she’s left with only one option: trust Nathaniel to help her kill Sol, or risk relinquishing her new found strength thus causing catastrophic and devastating consequences for her and everyone she loves.

Ilia begins a gut-wrenching battle to save her life and the lives of her friends, a battle which not everyone will survive.

A vampire tale like none other, love, pain, devastation and revenge, all weave together to create the first in a dark and unmissable new adult series.

Due to sexual content, this book is intended for readers age 18+

waldo2E.L. Wicker lives in England with her husband and two children. A connoisseur of not having the foggiest about anything and an intrepid dreamer, writing became the obvious choice. After ditching a pursuit of a professional career in psychology, E.L. Wicker chose to immerse herself in her own little world where bullying characters vie for attention, demanding she put them on a page. So she did.

Connect with E.L. Wicker on her Blog or Facebook or Twitter.


giveawayEnter here to win a digital copy of Fractured Immortal. Open to everyone and running from 21st December 2014 to 7th January 2015