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As part of my blog tour to celebrate the release of LOSING FAITH, I'm thrilled to welcome my FAB agent to the blog today, Michelle Humphrey. Michelle has recently moved to ICM Talent, and you'll find her latest contact info below. Michelle answered a few quick questions for me, and has graciously offered up a fabulous prize to go with this interview. Read on!!!

DJ: Welcome, Michelle! Can you tell me what first drew you to the manuscript of LOSING FAITH? 

MH: Everything was there for me: the characters, the plot, the writing. The opening pages unfold two very real characters in the sisters, Brie and Faith; there is  a great tension between them, and I wanted to keep reading... it  was a manuscript I couldn't put down. I also love how the story stays in the realistic realm and -- as we enter the world of the cult  --  has an unexpected, almost-paranormal vibe. It's smart and page-turning!

DJ: LOSING FAITH is YA Contemporary. Where do you see the market right now for this genre?

MH: Economy aside, YA is selling well right now, and I think contemporary is especially hot (supernatural and otherwise)-- especially with such authors as Carrie Jones, Lauren Kate, Sarah Dessen, and Maggie Stiefvater. And it will be exciting to see what happens with the genre as ebooks become more popular.

DJ: Are you accepting queries right now, and if so, what are you looking for specifically and how can writers contact you? 

MH: Yes, I'm accepting queries, and am looking for middle grade and YA (historical, contemporary, literary, paranormal) and women's fiction. Please feel free to send a query and first chapter (as a word document or pasted into the email) to mhumphrey(at)icmtalent(dot)com. Thanks!

Thank you so much for being here, Michelle!

As I mentioned above, Michelle has offered up a fabulous prize for our blog readers today - a ten-page critique! All you have to do to enter is post your logline (a one or two line hooky description of your novel) in the comments. Three of my awesome critique partners (who I owe greatly for my book hitting the shelves this week) will be judging which ones hook them the most, and one lucky winner will receive a ten-page critique!

This contest will be open until the end of my blog tour on September 14th, so get busy and work on your loglines!!!

And if you are not interested in the critique, please still feel free to comment here for an entry for my Grand Prize Book Packs!


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Sep. 2nd, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
"Normal was never something Jaxon intended to leave behind, but he's the latest mistake of a werewolf pack that didn't want a new member, and they aren't about to let him go home again."

Thanks for the opportunity!
Sep. 2nd, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Log line
Kate Williams heads to St. Louis after the death of her family, hoping to find a new start. There she hears a story of her lost love and journeys into the wilderness to try a find the love she had thought was gone forever. Instead she ends up finding herself.

Thaks for the opportunity!

Sep. 2nd, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
Wonderful interview! So good to know there are such great agents out there looking for new writers. Good luck, Denise!
Sep. 2nd, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Superheroes Need Love Too!
Karen James just wants to be normal, she certainly isn't looking for love with someone special like her. Soon she will learn just how steamy it can get when fire and water mix.
Sep. 2nd, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Colin’s gum bubble sucks him in and spits him out into a waterball war. With an escaped aguaphrump named Fred, Smart Mouth the Ant-in-Command and annoying little Egbert, Colin develops self-esteem and learns to laugh at himself while stopping the war.

Sep. 2nd, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Great opportunity! Thanks!

Title: Where The Stones Speak
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

When a female warrior on The Isle of Virgins discovers she has the gift of prophecy, she must undertake a perilous journey to find her sacred circle of stones and proclaim her prophetic truths to the multitudes before a corrupt Roman king and a vengeful demon can silence her, the ancient world’s last free sibyl.
Sep. 2nd, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the opportunity; great post!
Clare sat alone; sifting through her sketchy memories. Gravitationally drawn to the crying souls that wait just beyond the cemeteries gates.

Sep. 2nd, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
I always love it when an agent says contemporary YA is hot! (Yes, I write contemp YA, lol.)

Here's my hooky-thing:

"When her gift becomes a curse, 17-year-old empath Simone Gilmore must choose between self-preservation and self-sacrifice. Either way, there's a heavy price to be paid."

Sep. 2nd, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your book and thanks for the contest. Let me know if you'd like to add another blog to your blog tour. I'd be happy to host you.

Here's my entry for the contest:

When garden gnome look-alike aliens declare war on Earth for turning their kind into stone for yard decorations, a geeky 11-year-old and his thumb-sucking sister must clear up the galaxy-sized misunderstanding before their home is destroyed.

Sep. 3rd, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Thank you for the offer - unfortunately I have the blog tour already planned out and set up, but I'd be happy to do an interview or something for your blog sometime after! Just let me know if you're interested.
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Sep. 2nd, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Great opportunity!

When Emmy Grant is informed it is her destiny to die to save others, her first reaction is no one would be cruel enough to choose that fate for a seventeen-year-old girl before she can finish her senior year of high school.

Thanks for the opportunity!!
Sep. 2nd, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Genre: MG

When twelve-year-old Bobbi Allen decided she needed a vacation, she was willing to do anything to get it – lying, stealing, sneaking, and even dragging her best friend into grave danger.

Rena @ renamoodyblue@yahoo.com
Sep. 2nd, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the book release! I'll have to polish up my hook. =)
Sep. 2nd, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
Query: Ruby Red, Peculiar Magic. MG Fantasy
Fifteen-year-old Ruby is a poor Irish girl living in Alabama who is bullied continuously by her classmates, and it only gets worse when she unknowingly uses magic to retaliate. After her mom announces the family is moving to Ireland, Ruby is ready for a fresh start thinking she is leaving her problems behind, she was wrong. Thank you,
Tammy Archambeau
Sep. 2nd, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Lovely interview. I'm excited for LOSING FAITH, but my TBR pile is so hiiiiiiiiiiiigh. Boo.

MERCY, YA magical realism
A girl who can rewind time struggles to define herself after the loss of her twin sister. What good is magic if it can’t bring back the dead?

Thanks for the contest opportunity. What a generous prize!

Jess Tudor (jessica @ jessicatudor.com)
Sep. 2nd, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)

When searching for her missing sister a trans-human teen encounters a brutal city beneath the streets, and discovers that the freedom to choose sometimes means having no choice at all.

Sep. 2nd, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
The Kids Don't Stand a Chance
An estranged reality TV family (a la Jon & Kate Plus 8) is thrust back into the limelight years after cancellation when a sex tape is leaked involving its most high-profile--and underage--sibling.

Sep. 2nd, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm in. Mine's a YA speculative thriller called Game Show: Face Your Fear

Four teens must face their worst nightmares in the ultimate game show: Face Your Fear, or be sent to Processing and become an alien’s dinner.

Sep. 2nd, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
Awesome contest!

Alicia lied to get into one of the most prestigious creative arts schools in the nation,but her friends don't know. Now she has to decide if revealing her deceit is worth losing their friendship.

Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for a great contest and congrats on your book!!
Title: Parallel Earth
MG Adventure with Sci Fi

A brother and sister are transported to a parallel dimension and hunted by aliens who need their remarkable human bone cells for survival.


rebekah.kritsch at yahoo.com
Sharon Hart Addy
Sep. 2nd, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
When the boots in Great Aunt Catherine's hall closet disappear while Kat's looking at them, Kat thinks she's imagining things, but then the girl she saw in the garden isn't there, even though Kat sure she saw her. What's happening and why does Dad get so upset when she asks him about it? Sharon Hart Addy
Sep. 2nd, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Good luck to Denise and Michelle with this great new book!
Sep. 3rd, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
My sister is certainly excited by all the current contemporary YA titles! Every time I see her she has a new stack to read...

"All her life Jessie's lived in Desolate City, home of the Everbots. Lately visions of a field of gold beckons to her, but in a world where gray is the standard color, how could she know something as brilliant as gold?"
Sep. 3rd, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
"18 year-old Mandy finds out the people she should love and trust the most, mother and boyfriend, are aliens who want her to become the next leader on their planet."

(I'm not sure if I'm a follower or not. I tried...)
Sep. 3rd, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
Sitting alone in his jail cell, Kenny Panteria, plans a future with Greer, hoping and wondering if she can forgive him for the hit and run that killed her mother.

Sep. 3rd, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
Log Line Contest Entry
Congrats on the book--it's already on my to-read list! And thank you for this awesome contest opportunity!

- Liz

Title: Less Than One Pound
YA Contemporary
Estimated Word Count 75,000

Death by ballroom dancing would be an embarrassing way to go, but sixteen-year-old Sydney Ames is desperate for a chance to feel normal after an undiagnosed heart condition nearly took her life, and what her new friends don't know won't hurt them--right?
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