pimpmybio · PitchWars

BOOST MY BIO 2019

HEY, PITCHWARS.

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How ya doin? Whether this is your first time, 5th time, or generally perusing for nothing but entertainment, welcome to this corner of fluff at the edge of the internet.

THERE WILL BE GIFS. Apologies to your internet.

I’ve written a total of 5 books, including this one. My first love was adult fantasy, but I was a mentee in 2017 with my YA fantasy. I’ve since moved back to Adult with this new coastal, historical, whimsical fantasy novel that I’m excited to share with you.

I hope you have fun reading the bio! It took many dedicated hours of procrastination 🙂

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“The one day residents of Ashtide feared was the day the lights stopped working.”

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the night circus x moulin rouge x stranger things

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Slowly succumbing to the malevolent ‘Hollow’, singer Castra’s 1st worldwide tour is in jeopardy.

As she falls for the new fire juggler whose folk magic could stop her decline, Castra must face the darkness threatening to consume her, or be the end of everything she’s fighting to save.

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THIS HERE IS CASTRA BYRNE!
a 22 year old guarded dreamer with an affinity for singing and hitting you in the Feels.
has lots of history with Ashtide, her coastal town, where she’s performed for the last 10 years in order to rebuild it because of a mistake she made that ended up destroying half of it

she’s kept herself to herself, not letting many people in, until…..

 

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JOEL LASSITER ENTERS!
a 22 year old fire-master and “wizenfolk”, from a small farming town miles away from anywhere.
why yes, he’s adorable. and yes, he has le magique
he talks to plants, sees the best in people, and generally has people’s best interests at heart.
he bonds easily with Castra, since everyone seems to say she’s an outsider and lo… so’s he!

 

 

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this 23 year old astronomer believes in science and the art of being honest.
she’s often seen with a scroll or two under her arms, wears am-A-zing suits, and is the only true friend Castra has.
smartest person in the room
continues the work her father started until he was killed 10 years ago, the same Night Castra made her mistake
but they’d have been fine if it wasn’t for….

 

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THIS GOOD-LOOKING DISASTER, GODFREY WESS
the 25 year old head of  Ashtide’s security in the biggest case of irony since alanis morrissette
he’s a somber, impulsive jobsworth who, like Castra, has a lot of guilt over the big disaster 10 years ago
mainly cause it was really his fault
but he’s never admitted it
bastard

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THEN THERE’S THIS ENIGMATIC PROFESSOR,  HESTON
a 40-something genius who makes questionable choices
if you thought Polari was honest, here’s this sharp, unrepentant truth speaker.
researching the Hollow that’s plagued Ashtide
knows how to play a Long Game
actually misunderstood, but hey… aint they all

And then we have THE HOLLOW  – an entity nobody but Castra’s ever seen – a residual stamp of dark magic that comes to feast when Night falls every 12 years, lasting a whole week.tenor (9)

Everyone in Ashtisde before Night Falls:

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And, since I know people (and I) love this stuff:

Castra: Slytherdor, October Scorpio
Joel: Hufflepuff, March Pisces
Polari: Ravenclaw, August Leo/Virgo cusp
Godfrey: Gryffindor, January Capricorn
Heston: Slytherclaw,  May Taurus

So if you’re a fan of:

  • MAGIC!
  • SLOW BURN ROMANCES!
  • THEATRES!
  • ANCIENT, UNSTOPPABLE ENTITIES THAT CONSUUUME
  • VARIETY CIRCUSES!
  • LOCAL FOLKLORE
  • PRETTY, COASTAL TOWNS
  • NEVER-ENDING DAYLIGHT
  • SUPERSTITIONS
  • SO. MANY. EMOTIONS!!

AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FEEL:

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WHILE VISITING A COASTAL TOWN OF ETERNAL LIGHTImage result for illuminations gif

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AND A CINNAMON-ROLL, ROMANTIC FIRE JUGGLERImage result for moulin rouge gifDOING HIS BEST WITH MAGIC TO HEAL HERImage result for fire dancer gif

ALL WHILE TRYING TO SAVE PEOPLE FROM THE MALEVOLENT HOLLOW

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About the Author:
I’m a 30-something Brit composed mostly of tea and gin. When I’m not writing, I’m reading tarot cards, collecting crystals, doing something witchy or looking up any spooky stories the internet can throw at me. Raised in the theater (not literally, a wasted opportunity from the parents imo) I’ve drawn from my experience behind the curtain and living in a variety-show focused, coastal town to make “Castra” as grounded in truth as it can be.

 

pimpmybio · PitchWars

Pitch Wars 2017 – #Pimpmybio Time!

OMG IT’S PITCH WARS. IT’S PIMPMYBIO. GATHER ROUND! Pull up a pew, grab some cake, settle in.

I’m so excited to be entering Pitch Wars again this year. It’ll be my 3rd time (third time lucky?) and with a new MS!

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This time it’s YA fantasy of the epic kind.  Fantasy has always been a great love of mine, and I started this story after I subbed to PW last year. I needed a distraction and this was the perfect fit to be taken away from science fiction.

It’s an absolute pleasure to introduce

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A CAPTURED PRINCE. A GIRL OUT FOR REVENGE. A BARGEMAN WITH A SECRET.

SWORDS. MAGIC. ROMANCE. KICKASS WOMEN.

A HORSE CALLED ‘MOTHER’.

All wrapped up in an epic YA fantasy.

um… did I mention kickass women?

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… I think I’m addicted to women weilding swords, NGL.

WHAT IS IT?!

When Prince Anzel’s magic is needed to avoid war, he risks losing his throne – and his life – to save another’s.

Prince Anzel, his ‘kidnapper’ Shanna and Drew, his steward, join their magic to remove a tyrant threatening war across their kingdoms and beyond – but it’s not the war-mongerer they should be worried about.

A bigger threat threads through the lands, taking over piece by piece, and it knows exactly what sort of powerful legacy the teens carry. It will stop at nothing to claim them for itself and re-take a throne where magic once reigned.

Following 3 POV’s it’s GRISHA meets ACOWAR & TEARLING.

Far off places

Daring sword fights

Magic spells

A prince in disguise!

Basically – Belle’s favourite book

WHO’S WHO?

When you want to give words of support yet can't...Thank you, Ma & Pa Yelchin for raising a beautiful person. Thank you, Anton, for everything❤️:

maybe the assassin will kill tori and this is Eoin mourning her? or maybe the Assassin will kill Eoin's father, the Haffinian king? granted, i'm not sure who Eoin's father is yet..

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ANZEL
17, Dria, Prince
GAY
– In love with his aide, Matei, which his mother highly disapproves of.
– Has the ability to foresee individuals’ future when he’s asleep, he calls these episodes ‘inklings’.
– Total diplomat, Prince of the People, treats nature fairly. Has a knack with animals.
– Looks like a cinnamon roll. Actual cinnamon roll.
HOGWARTS HOUSE: A very sneaky Gryffindor

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SHANNA
17, Zamar, Dancer
PAN
– Struck a deal with a troupe to ‘borrow’ Anzel, so he could tell Councillors the fate of her people. In return they’d help her get rid of the tyrant ruling Zamar.
– Suffers from Endometriosis.
– Has the ability to control others, though she uses it sparingly or not at all.
– Grew up far too fast but has a sweet / sarcastic sense of humour and is fierce in love.
– Looks like she could kill you. Could actually kill you.
HOGWARTS HOUSE: Complete Slytherin

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His peace comes with knowing the battle was not in vain, for his purpose came from love:

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DREW
18, Gull, Bargeman & Steward
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– Running from his past in Gull, he owes a huge debt to ferryman and former keeper Gropsinger, who wants his head.
– Sought asylum in Dria,  honoured for inside information and saving Drian lives by being appointed a steward to Anzel.
– Brave in the face of adversity, loyal to an absolute fault and quick thinking.
– Looks like he could kill you. Actual cinnamon roll.
HOGWARTS HOUSE: Hufflepuff (though some CP’s swear Gryffindor, so Huffledor)

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ODÁLI
13, Aguasi, does odd-jobs at her aunt’s place
– Lives with her aunt, who runs a safe haven in a neutral territory for people with magic
– Street-savvy and incredibly observant – probably the smartest of the lot.
– Mostly on this trip for shits n giggles
– Older than her years yet still idealistic, and loves to ride fast
– Looks like a cinnamon roll. Could actually kill you.
HOGWARTS HOUSE: Gryffindor

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SLYTHERIN INFPSHE/HER
I quote LOTR a lot – Bake cakes – Proud Cat Mum – Shipper of Many Ships

Oh yeah, me.

I’m Jade. I’m 29, living in the middle of England. I’m a tarot reader, a witchy pagan, and I volunteer writing a newsletter & publicity for the Cats’ Protection charity. I’m also an academic note taker for students with disabilities at a local University.

Last year I was an unofficial mentee with my YA sci fi. This is my third completed MS, I have another two (YA fantasy) I’m finishing off hopefully within the next year, and while my previous Sci FI YA had a few full and partial requests from agents through the months, I’m still waiting for ‘the one’.

I believe (from CP feedback) I’m best at dialogue, characterization, action scenes and – to my surprise – romance.

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My lists! In no particular order….

FAVOURITE AUTHORS / CREATORS

Neil Gaiman – Leigh Bardugo – Jane Austen – Susan Dennard – V.E Schwab – Peter Jackson – Rainbow Rowell – Laini Taylor – Ashley Poston – Maggie Stiefvater – Emma Thompson – Joanna Lumley – Sarah J Maas – Becky Chambers –  J.R.R Tolkien – J.J Abrams

FAVOURITE BOOKS

Six of Crows – Sense & Sensibility – The Raven Cycle – Neverwhere – Vicious – ACOMAF – American Gods – Cracked – Geekerella – Order of the Phoenix – This Savage Song – Queen of the Tearling – Lord of the Rings – Brokeback Mountain – Fangirl – One Of Us Is Lying – A Gathering of Shadows

FAVOURITE FILMS

Lord of the Rings – Donnie Darko – Moulin Rouge! – Back To The Future – Wonder Woman  – Some Like It Hot – Kingsman –  Sense & Sensibility – Beauty & The Beast (original) – Rocky Horror Picture Show – Captain America: First Avenger – Life of Brian – Practical Magic – District 9 – Addams Family 

FAVOURITE TV

Doctor Who – Supernatural – Prison Break – OINTB – Twelve Monkeys – Sherlock (1&2) – Jessica Jones – Dexter – The Blacklist – Firefly – Buffy TVS – Stranger Things – Person of Interest – The Killing (Danish version)

I’m dedicated, hard working, enthusiastic. Sure, I get crisis of confidence sometimes, I don’t know any writer who doesn’t, but  I usually crash through it to the other side with optimism, ready to write more words or kill my darlings.

I welcome – no NEED – edits, comments, and suggestions. The only way you can make your baby shine is by listening.

THANKS FOR READING! Look at the other gorgeous #PIMPMYBIO posts  at Lana Patinson’s hub HERE