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July 14, 2015

I've been doing a ton of reading this summer which has been wonderful and relaxing. I had a reading slump a while back and since then, I've vowed to read more. Here are some awesome recs I'd love to share with you!

My favorite read of the year so far?

Circus Mirandus. I absolutely loved this book. It was sad, sweet, magical and hopeful. If you're looking for a good MG book, check this one out. You won't be disappointed.


Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy was such a sweet read too. Magical and fun about a girl who thinks she's rather ordinary, but finds out she's not even close. A retelling of the Snow Queen. A fun MG that anyone will enjoy.

 Now, on the YA side of things, Stolen Songbird has been my favorite read this year so far. Such a good book full of romance, magic and trolls!

What have YOU been reading?




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Published on July 14, 2015 08:11 • 98 views

June 3, 2015

Sitting here with a massive cold/cough today and wasn't sure what to do with myself. So, I thought a blog post was in order.

I've been reading so many books lately and I've been loving it! I'm a HUGE Middle Grade fan and here are some awesome ones I've finished in the past few weeks.

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon


This book was so much fun! I loved the main character, Molly. She was adorable and loved being "bad". I hope there's a sequel. I really enjoyed the writing, the characters and the story. So fun.

Doll Bones by Holly Black

I'm probably the last person in the writing world to read this. I heard so much hype that I bought it at the Scholastic book fair at my kids school. It didn't disappoint! I thought it was fantastic and creepy. Loved the main characters, and the mystery was spooky and well done. Great read!

Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little
This book was totally not what I was expecting. SUPER creepy mystery, SUPER creepy doll. Yes, another doll! But it was wonderfully written and the protagonist was awesome. I love Kimberley's books. But seriously. This one was creepier than most... :)


What have you been reading? Any good recs for the summer?

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Published on June 03, 2015 13:27 • 25 views

May 26, 2015

I'm participating in this wonderful cause. Please take a second to read through this. It's an amazing thing these people are doing, getting children out of dangerous and life destroying situations. Let's help out and donate. Any little bit will help. And if you donate $20.00, you'll get a free book from a participating author. SUCH a great thing. Spread the word!



Where authors unite to raise funds for Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), a nonprofit that organizes undercover operations to free many of the 2 million children being trafficked as sex slaves around the world.

Participating authors are donating their books in exchange for donations
Donate $20 to receive a free book from a participating author (book prizes selected at random).Donors of $40 or more will receive two free books, a series, or a bundle (selected at random as well). 
Nearly 200 books have been donated by generous authors to help raise funds for this great cause--see the list of participating authors/books below!

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Published on May 26, 2015 09:59 • 21 views

May 23, 2015

So much has happened in the past few weeks, it's kind of hard to wrap my head around it all.

First thing, I attended the LDStorymakers Conference. It was AMAZING. I loved every second of it, especially because I was with my tribe. Writers are the best, ya'll. Check it out, especially if you live in Utah. I promise, it's worth every penny.

I had the pleasure of being on the committee this year. So, at the end of the conference,  the fabulous new Chair: Jenny Proctor called me as Co-Chair for next year. I'm excited, nervous, freaking out a bit, and humbled that she would ask me to take on such a huge responsibility.

Bring it on 2016!

My next piece of news is my awesome amazing agent sold my next book! Here's the official announcement:


From Publishers Marketplace: Children's: Young Adult
Set in the LOVE, LUCAS world, Chantele Sedgwick's SWITCHING GEARS, about a teen who throws herself into mountain biking to try to deal with her lost love, her mother's devastating diagnosis, and life's general messiness, to Nicole Frail at Sky Pony Press, in a nice deal, for publication in Fall 2016, by Nicole Resciniti at The Seymour Agency (World).

I'm thrilled to be working with my awesome editor, Nicole Frail again! She is so great and encouraging and I can't wait to get started on edits and things.

The last piece of news, is my awesome friend Jolene Perry re-designed my website for me and made it look so fab. I love it and she's amazing at what she does.

Here's to good news, writer friends and a hopefully awesome holiday weekend!

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Published on May 23, 2015 10:24 • 26 views

April 18, 2015

Winner 1 is Stephanie Jarvey!
You can choose an awesome book necklace up to $12.95 from Tiny Book Town Etsy Shop! I'm in LOVE with their stuff. SO cute! Check them out HERE. A $10 Amazon Gift Card, and a LOVE, LUCAS swag pack and a notebook like the one Lucas left for Oakley.

Winner 2: Lindsey Beech!
A Tiny Book Town book necklace up to $10.95. Again, check them out HERE. And a LOVE, LUCAS swag pack with a notebook like the one that Lucas left for Oakley.

Winner 3: Sam Kozbial!
A LOVE, LUCAS swag pack with a notebook like the one Lucas left for Oakley.

Congrats you guys! If you could shoot me an e-mail and Stephanie and Lindsey if you could let me know which necklace you'd like I'll get your prizes sent out ASAP! :) chantelesedgwick@hotmail.com
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Published on April 18, 2015 08:09 • 18 views

April 3, 2015

So, Love, Lucas releases in a month. I'm freaking out. Excited and nervous and seriously...freaking out. Haha. So, I wanted to talk about Pre-Orders for a minute. A book with a good amount of pre-orders help launch it out of the gate with good numbers that really help the publisher, bookstores and of course, the author and book! So, if you're planning on buying Love, Lucas, consider pre-ordering from your favorite bookstore and it will ship the day it releases. Or in some cases...before it releases! You can order it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, Books a Million and if you're coming to my launch party on May 9th at the King's English Bookshop, you can order from them as well! 
To say a HUGE thank you for those who pre-order Love, Lucas, I have some fun prizes you can enter to win!

There are three prizes, so THREE winners! Woo hoo!

Prize 1: You can choose an awesome book necklace up to $12.95 from Tiny Book Town Etsy Shop! I'm in LOVE with their stuff. SO cute! Check them out HERE. A $10 Amazon Gift Card, and a LOVE, LUCAS swag pack and a notebook like the one Lucas left for Oakley.

Prize 2. A Tiny Book Town book necklace up to $10.95. Again, check them out HERE. And a LOVE, LUCAS swag pack with a notebook like the one that Lucas left for Oakley.

Prize 3. A LOVE, LUCAS swag pack with a notebook like the one Lucas left for Oakley.

It's easy to enter! Pre-order Love, Lucas on Amazon, The King's English, etc. and take a screenshot proving you did it, email it me at chantelesedgwick@hotmail.com, and enter the giveaway on the Rafflecopter below. You can even earn extra entries by spreading the word to your friends on Facebook or Twitter. *Contest only open to residents in the US. I'll do an international one soon. :)


If you've already pre-ordered, go ahead and enter now! Email me if you have any questions or problems.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Please consider ordering your copy from The King's English bookstore and let them know you'll be at the party on May 9th. Not only does this support a great independent, local bookstore, it also ensures you have your copy for me to sign!

Thank you so much to everyone for your support. It truly means the world to me.


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Published on April 03, 2015 07:00 • 74 views

March 31, 2015

My Fairy Tale covers got a make-over! I'm so pleased with how they turned out. A HUGE shout-out to Allie Brennan for her amazing and beautiful work. My books will be available on Amazon again in the next few weeks. I'll keep you updated! :D




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Published on March 31, 2015 08:21 • 28 views

March 4, 2015

I was on a panel on querying about a month ago at The Life, Universe and Everything Symposium and thought I'd share some thoughts on it. Hopefully it can help someone. I'll do it in a few different parts so I don't have a post that's super long. :)

So, querying. How do I know I'm ready to start?

Let's talk about the WHEN:

1-Finish your book: VERY IMPORTANT. Do not query unless you have a finished book to send to an agent. A query is like a job interview. If you query an agent with half of a book, or an idea, then you've made a very bad first impression. Agents want books. They want it finished, polished and as perfect as you can get it. You don't want to mess up a chance at getting an agent by not having a finished book.

2-Edit and Revise: Your first draft is just that. A first draft. It's not polished, it's not even close to being perfect, even if you think it is. Please, please revise and edit and go over it to make it the best you can get it.

3-Critique Partners/Beta Readers: Get yourself some awesome critique partners and beta readers. Critique partners go over your book carefully, pointing out plot holes, etc. They will also catch all the dumb little mistakes you've made in your book. Because everyone makes them. :) Beta readers will look at the bigger picture and let you know what's working vs what needs to be changed about the plot, characters, etc. I like to have my critique partners read my book first. Then I do a round of revisions and send it to some trusted beta readers. The readers then tell me what else is not working or what is and I revise accordingly if I agree.

*To find critique partners, get involved in the writing community. Go to conferences, join writing organizations. It's hard to put yourself out there, but so many writers are going through the same thing you are. There are a lot of us that are introverts and that's okay. Get out of your comfort zone and make some new friends. You never know how they'll impact your life for the better until much later. I've met so many wonderful people which have become some of my closest friends.

4-Revise again: Once your get all of your revisions based on readers done, go through it again and make sure the story flows well.

5-Go through it again and make it shine: When your plot is nice and shiny, go through and look for repetitive words, little mistakes, make sure your sentences are nice and tight, etc.

You know, there's never a time when you'll feel like you're ready to query. If you've gone over it a million times, edited the crap out of it, revised it several times, had beta readers and revised according to their suggestions and just can't stand to look at it anymore, take a look at it once more, and put on your brave face. It's SO hard to let your book of your hands and send it to agents. So hard. But if you want this, you can do it. And it will be worth it. Stay tuned for more on querying. :)
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Published on March 04, 2015 08:19 • 16 views

January 29, 2015

Hello my friends! I've been reading a lot lately and wanted to share some of my finds! :)

To Read: Woven by David Powers King and Michael Jensen

So, I just got this beauty in the mail! Seriously, the cover is gorgeous. I've been staring at it all day. Can't wait to dive in and a HUGE congrats to David and Michael! I've been following their writing journey for years now and I'm thrilled for their success.


Reading Now: Keeper of the Lost Cities: Exile by Shannon Messenger

It's taken me forever to read this one, but I absolutely loved Keeper of the Lost Cities and I'm in love with this one already. I'm sure I've mentioned that Middle Grade is my favorite genre to read. I love it. And have you seen the new cover for the fourth book to this series? TO DIE! It's BEAUTIFUL!
You may want to head over to Shannon's blog to check it out. :)



Finished Reading: Son of War, Daughter of Chaos by Janette Rallison

I've been a huge fan of Janette Rallison's books for years. So, when I heard she had a new book, I was all over that. And I'm just going to say it. I loved it! It was so different from other books I've read lately, and I seriously loved everything about it. The characters, the storyline, everything! I'm really really hoping for a sequel, and lately, I don't say that very often. Anyway, check it out on Amazon ASAP! :)


What have you been reading lately?
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Published on January 29, 2015 15:29 • 35 views

January 6, 2015

Hello my awesome bloggy friends! I'm so excited to share the cover of LOVE, LUCAS with you all! 







I love it. I love the hoodie, the surfboard behind Oakley, her long hair, the waves and sky. Love it. I can't wait to share Oakley's story with you. :) LOVE, LUCAS releases on 5/5/15 and is available for pre-order on Amazon right now! Thanks for hanging with me, even though I haven't been blogging much. I love you guys!

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Published on January 06, 2015 11:27 • 10 views