Sign Up For The More Than Exes Book Blitz!

More Than Exes comes out later this month! I'm super excited for you all to read Kyle's story. If you would like to be part of the book blitz during the release week, you can sign up here!

The novella will be on Netgalley later this month to request, or if you're a book blogger who would like a copy to review when it's ready please email me at

I have some exciting teasers and excerpts coming soon, but you'll have to wait a little longer for those, sorry! Until then, you can preorder the ebook at these sites:

More Than Music On Sale - This Week Only!

More Than Music is on sale this week only for $0.99 in honor of the new season of The Voice! If you haven't picked the book up yet now is the perfect time. It also features a sneak peek of Kyle's novella, More Than Exes!

Here's where you can grab it on sale:

After this week the price will go up to $3.99, so grab it now while you can. There won't be another sale for the rest of the year!

More Than Exes Cover Reveal

Today I'm super excited to reveal the cover of MORE THAN EXES, a prequel novella to MORE THAN MUSIC. It will be out October 28th for only $0.99!

Keyboardist Kyle Cross may look like a bad boy with his tattoos and piercings, but he’s really the good guy who’s always stuck fixing his band’s problems and never gets the girl. His band is competing in a college Battle of the Bands, but when their bassist doesn't show, Kyle must track her down with the help of the person he least expects: his ex-girlfriend Alexis Monroe.

Kyle hasn’t seen Alexis since she dumped him in high school, and she’s dropped her preppy image for fiery red hair and a bold new attitude to match. With only hours before his band goes on stage, Kyle has to be a little bad if he wants to win both the Battle and the girl he's never gotten over. But when their old problems resurface, the good guy might just get his heart broken all over again.

I love it! My cover designer Najla Qamber and my photographer Lindee Robinson did an amazing job again. The cover matches up with the MORE THAN MUSIC cover, and I love how the models for Kyle and Jared even look like they could be brothers. Alexis is spot on with her red hair and the way she draws Kyle in for a kiss. And of course, the keyboards are perfect for Kyle.

Here's the full paperback cover! Isn't it lovely?

Here are a few more tidbits about MORE THAN EXES: The novella is entirely from Kyle's point of view, and it takes place over one night at the Battle of the Bands that Maddie mentions at the beginning of MORE THAN MUSIC. Jared is in the novella a lot, and you'll learn more about the two brothers' backstories. And of course, Maddie makes an appearance too!

You can preorder the ebook of MORE THAN EXES on Amazon, Barnes & NobleiTunes, and Kobo now, or you can add it to Goodreads! You can also sign up for my newsletter to be notified when it comes out.

Let me know what you think of the cover!

Pitch Wars 2014 - Pick Me As Your Mentor!

I am so excited to be a Pitch Wars mentor for the third time! This year I’m looking for both Young Adult and New Adult books. (Note: I am NOT mentoring Adult.)

Genres I’m particularly interested in:
-Contemporary Romance
-Science Fiction & Fantasy
-Mystery & Thriller

I would especially love to see books with ANY of the following:
-High concept premises
-Diverse, disabled, or LGBTQ characters
-Romance that makes me swoon (and yes, steamy scenes are fine!)
-Strong friendships or family relationships
-Unusual settings or time periods
-Anything that makes me laugh
-Something that turns YA/NA tropes upside down
-Characters who are skilled at or passionate about something (music, gymnastics, baking, molecular biology – whatever!)

I am NOT the best mentor for:
-Paranormal or Urban Fantasy
-Dystopian or Post-apocalyptic
-Dark contemporary (except mystery/thriller)
-Novels in verse
-Literary novels
-Fairy tale retellings
-Vampires, zombies, were-anythings, angels/demons, mermaids, or fairies
-Anything involving rape, sexual abuse, or animal abuse/death

Why you should pick me:

This is my third time mentoring Pitch Wars and BOTH of my former mentees have gone on to get agents. Also, this year I was a coach for The Writer’s Voice and my team won with the most requests – and some of those authors have already signed with agents, too. You can check out my 2012 and 2013 Pitch Wars teams, along with my Writer’s Voice 2014 team, if you’d like to see what kind of entries I've picked before. Many of my team members have become friends and CPs with each other, and I make it a point to check in every so often with my former Pitch Wars mentees and alternates. Team Briggs is for life!

My 2012 mentee Stephanie & me
In the last few years I’ve been on many different sides of the publishing world. My New Adult romance MORE THAN MUSIC came out in June and the prequel novella MORE THAN EXES will be out soon. I also write YA sci-fi and I’m represented by Kate Testerman of KT Literary. I interned for literary agent Jill Corcoran for over a year, interned for Entangled Publishing, and worked as an editor for Curiosity Quills Press. I can get your work in the best shape possible and can give you advice about the many different publishing paths available right now - and help you figure out which one might be best for you.

My dogs helping me proof my book
When I’m not working on my books, I mentor at-risk teens in writing and volunteer with a dog adoption group. I’m a huge geek who’s been to Comic-Con seven times and even cosplayed for a few of those. Music is my other passion and I have three guitars, though I don’t practice as often as I should. My husband is from England and has a sexy accent, rides a motorcycle, and makes chain mail in his spare time. We live in Los Angeles with five fluffy rescue dogs.

In my Katniss (book version) costume
You can find out more by checking me out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Tumblr.


Please only apply for me if you are open to honest, constructive criticism and are willing to work hard on revisions. If you think your book is ready to be published as-is, I am not the mentor for you.

Also, if I have critiqued for you before (in a contest or otherwise), please do not apply for me – I like to work with new people for Pitch Wars to give as many people a chance as possible.

Look around my website, and if you think I'm the right coach for you, send me an application on August 18. Please visit Brenda's site for more info on the participating agents and all the submission guidelines. Good luck!


I'm currently working hard on MORE THAN EXES, the prequel novella to MORE THAN MUSIC about Jared's brother Kyle. I hope to have more information available soon, including a full description and a release date. For now I can say that it's set at the Battle of the Bands about a month before the start of MORE THAN MUSIC, and it's the story of Kyle reconnecting with his high school sweetheart Alexis. Jared and Maddie will both make appearances in it, of course!

I'm preparing to reveal the cover for MORE THAN EXES soon. If you want to see it first all you have to do is sign up for my newsletter!

Tomorrow I'm heading off to Comic-Con, my favorite event of the entire year, and I hope to see some of you there. I'll be at most of the book panels and will be accompanied by a tall guy in a chainmail hoodie, so please say hello! I'll have pretty bookmarks to give away! Or if you're not going you can follow me on Twitter, where I'll be posting updates and photos throughout the con.