Cover Reveal – Vicki L. Weavil’s Mirror of Immortality Trilogy

I’m so excited to help with the cover reveal of Vicki L. Weavil’s Mirror of Immortality Trilogy today!

Look at these gorgeous covers!!

Title: Crown of Ice
Author: Vicki L. Weavil
Release Date: May 9, 2017
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

Snow Queen Thyra Winther is immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.

Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal.

A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles.

Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s love, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could prove her ultimate undoing.

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Cover designed by Deranged Doctor Design

Title: Scepter of Fire
Author: Vicki L. Weavil
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

She’s the ugly duckling in a family of swans. But Varna Lund is determined to live a life that matters.

Ridiculed by the young men of her village, Varna vows she’ll become the finest healer in the land. The skills she’s learned from her ancient mentor prove vital when she encounters Erik Stahl, a young soldier who deserted the battlefield to carry an injured friend to safety. Aided by her sister Gerda, she cares for the soldiers in secret.

When betrayal catapults the four young people into life on the run, Varna encounters her former mentor—now revealed as the sorcerer, Sten Rask. Seeking an enchanted mirror that offers unlimited power, Rask appears determined to seduce Varna to his side.

To protect their country, Varna and her companions form an alliance with a former Snow Queen, a scholar, and an enchantress. But when Rask tempts her with beauty and power, Varna’s heart becomes a battlefield. Caught between loyalty to her companions and a man whose kisses ignite a fire on her lips, Varna must choose—embrace her own desires, or fight for a society that’s always spurned her.

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About the Author:

Vicki L. Weavil turned her early obsession with reading into a career as a librarian. After obtaining a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Virginia, she continued her education by receiving a Masters in Library Science and a M.A. in Liberal Studies. She is currently the Library Director for a performing and visual arts university.

An avid reader who appreciates good writing in all genres, Vicki has been known to read seven books in as many days. When not writing or reading, she likes to spend her time watching films, listening to music, gardening, or traveling. Vicki, who writes in other genres under the pennames V. E. Lemp and Victoria Gilbert, is represented by Frances Black of Literary Counsel, NY, NY. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and some very spoiled cats.

Visit Vicki online at, or on Twitter at @VickiLWeavil or Facebook at @VickiLWeavil.


Stolen Ink ARC Giveaway!

I’m super excited to be running this giveaway for Holly Evans! She’s been kind enough to give away an ebook ARC of her book Stolen Ink!

What’s Stolen Ink?

A gay tattoo magician, (who should probably stop cursing the gods quite so much), must work with an LGBT cast to stop a tattoo thief before more people are killed. – Urban Fantasy.

Stolen Ink (Ink Born 1) blurb.

I’m Dacian, a tattoo magician, and my life went from my biggest concern being finding a pretty guy to fall into bed with at the end of the week to everything falling apart around me.

There are two problems in my life.

Number one – I’m an ink magician, the thing of myths. A lot of very powerful people would love to get their hands on me, and I have no intention of letting that happen.

Number two – A tattoo thief came to my city, and the magical community has decided that I’m the guy to stop them.

Somehow, I have to catch the thief without letting my secret out of the bag, and that’s even harder than it sounds.

— and look at this GORGEOUS cover you guys!

So, how do you win? Use the widget below!

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Be sure to follow Holly Evans on Twitter, and check out her other books on Amazon and Goodreads!

March Critique Giveaway


1 winner: Chapter Critique (up to 25 pages)

1 winner: A query + synopsis critique

1 winner: A query critique


While you’re here — maybe you should also sign up for email updates about my book — The Next Girl to Die 😉

Note: To be eligible to win, you must follow me on Twitter at the time of the drawing. Winners will be able to select their prize in the order they are drawn. Critiques CAN be gifted to other writers if you do not need the critique.

Good luck! And may the odds be ever in your favor.


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Dea Answers Your Query Questions!

When is it okay to start querying a new project? Do you need to wait for all the stragglers to come back with rejections or can I simply wait out the typical 6-8 week window and move on?

In my opinion, if you decide it’s time to shift gears and query another project, you should look at that strategically. Ideally, when sending your queries out, you aren’t querying EVERY agent at once. Likely you’re sending out small batches of queries. (If you aren’t sending out small batches of queries, please reconsider. Sending out large batches won’t allow you to change your query, or adjust your work easily based on feedback).

So, if you are sending out these small batches of queries — I would send to the agents that you haven’t queried in the longest period of time, then move down your list from there.

BIG NOTE HERE, I am not an agent. This is my thought based on my own querying experience (and what I’ve seen some agents mention in interviews). I think it’s safe to query a new project to agents you’ve already queried if you’ve given at least 6 weeks in between projects. You don’t need everyone to say no to your previous project before moving on. (There will be some agents who will never reply)

Some agents may have given interviews where they specifically say how often is too often to query new projects — so if you’re really concerned, I’d look at agent interviews for details.

Have a question about querying, writing, or how much I love Godzilla, that you want me to answer on my blog? DM your questions to me on twitter!


To celebrate reaching 1500 followers on my @deapoirierbooks Twitter account, I’m giving away a copy of one of my favorite books, and two critiques!


1 winner: A copy of Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

1 winner: A query + synopsis critique

1 winner: A query critique

Note: To be eligible to win, you must follow me on Twitter at the time of the drawing. For the book prize, the shipping for the prize is available to the US only. Winners will be able to select their prize in the order they are drawn. Critiques CAN be gifted to other writers if you do not need the critique.

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Legendary Anthology

Are you looking for an awesome anthology to pick up? Well, you’re in luck!

Urban legends. We’ve all heard them, we’ve all told them. They fill the role that fairy tales once held—morality tales meant to frighten us into sticking with the herd, obeying society’s rules, and not taking any chances. In most urban legends, once someone transgresses, we know things won’t end well for them.


But what if the bright spark of romance also common to these stories refuses to be snuffed out? What if it bursts into a love that fights for its chance to burn? Can love triumph over evil? Forgive any trespass? Heal any wound?


Set off into a dark wood with a young love that won’t go quietly into the night. Bait a vengeful ghost to find family, and love. Ride along with a hitchhiker who won’t vanish for long. Learn to love a touch that is not human. Find passion beneath the scars. Dive into five tales that speak to the heart of myth and find love that is nothing short of legend.


Featuring new stories by Sara Dobie Bauer, Wendy Sparrow, T. R. North, Aisling Phillips, and Michael Leonberger.

You can visit the official page here.

Buy it on Amazon here!

Find Legendary on Goodreads.


Also — be sure to check out the launch party on Facebook tonight at 5pm EST!

Book Review – Blackbird Summer by Em Shotwell

It’s been a few months since I read Em Shotwell’s Blackbird Summer — and this book has stuck with me. I’ve been trying to find time to write this review (so sorry it’s taken so long). I heard about this book from my amazing critique partner, Elesha Teskey, but my TBR pile has been MILES deep for a while. I finally was able to carve out some time to read this book — and let me tell you — I am SO HAPPY I did.

Blackbird Summer is — well — Small town meets xmen. That’s what hooked me about it. I LOVE books about small towns (that’s actually what I’m writing right now, yay!)

So now to the nitty gritty. It’s rare — really rare — that a book makes me emotional. I think the last time a book made me cry was when Sirius died. But this book got me. There are so many emotional twists and turns, but in the best possible way.

Blackbird Summer focuses on a family of outcasts in a small rural town in Mississippi. (Who doesn’t love a good family of outcasts, right?)  I immediately got a sense of this family, and grew to love them. The way Em wrote this book, you feel like you’re folded into this family, it becomes a part of you. I knew these characters, I could see my own family in them, and though it’s a large family in the book — all of the characters were so distinct, I had no problem telling them apart.

The main character, Tallulah doesn’t want to follow the path her family has laid out for her — namely, working at a produce stand and having more gifted babies from an arranged marriage. Tallulah meets an outsider, and the ‘shipping gets real. A tragic loss shakes the family, and brings the tension between the family and the town to a head.

There’s a great balance of romance and action that pulls you through the book. I didn’t want to put it down (but you know, life). If you’re looking for characters you’re going to love ‘shipping, this book is for you. I NEEDED these characters to be together like I needed air. There’s a good balance of tension, romance, and suspense — the only thing I really wanted was a bit more heat.

When I finished this book, I was so sad that I had to leave these characters. I can’t wait for a sequel — or literally anything else I can get my hands on that’s in this world.

If you love small towns, romance, and mystery sprinkled with a little bit of magical realism then what are you waiting for? BUY THIS BOOK.

Query and Synopsis Critique Giveaway

Instead of continuing to giveaway critiques based off of social media follower counts, instead I’m going to try and do monthly critique giveaways.

So… the January giveaway starts NOW!

For this giveaway, you have a chance to win a Query + Synopsis critique (up to 10 pages for the synopsis). I’m also giving away a query critique. The first winner that rafflecopter selects will be able to choose which prize they want.

To enter and win, you must currently follow me on Twitter. If you aren’t a twitter follower when the prizes are picked, you will not be eligible to win.

You do not have to claim your prize the day I announce the winner. If your query isn’t ready yet, you can save the critique for when you need it — OR you can give the critique to a friend.


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I have a book coming out!

So, if you follow me on Twitter, then you’ve probably already heard the news. If you don’t follow me on twitter… What? WHY NOT? (You should, there’s Godzilla, cookies, and stuff.)



That feels so weird to say. But it’s true!

Dea Poirier’s debut THE NEXT GIRL TO DIE, a romantic thriller in which a detective is forced to deal with her haunted past as she hunts a ritualistic serial killer that has the same MO as the one who killed her sister 10 years ago, to Alexandra Sehulster at SMP Swerve, for publication Fall 2017 by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency. (World English)

Translation: Taryn Fagerness Agency

I am so excited to be a SMP Swerve author! Thank you so much to my amazing agent, Laura Bradford, for making this happen!

Query Critique Giveaway!

To help you all get your queries ready for the New Year, I’ll be doing a few query critique giveaways!

What do you have to do to enter? Simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Note: To enter and win, you must currently follow me on Twitter. If you aren’t a twitter follower when the prizes are picked, you will not be eligible to win.

If you don’t win this time, don’t worry. I’ll giveaway more query critiques in the future. Keep following me on twitter, or join my email list for updates!

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