Wishing you all Happy Holidays! Here’s to a fabulous 2017.
Wishing you all Happy Holidays! Here’s to a fabulous 2017.
Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the Gold Team–but there is also a rainbow of other teams, all for a chance to win a whole different set of books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.
I’m writing this YASH post on the eve of the scavenger hunt, and I can hear a barred owl vocalizing to another owl in that iconic who-cooks-for you call. Owls always amaze me, and somehow when I hear them in the fall, they make me think of people I miss and people I’ve lost. I’m not sure why, but the sound of owls calling comforts me when I’m grieving. In Kristi’s YASH content, she talks about her own personal experience communicating with people from the other side and how it helps her own grieving process.
Inspiration for Countdown Café: A Tale from the Other Side
By Kristi Helvig
I’ve spoken before about the initial inspiration for my short story, Countdown Café, from the speculative fiction anthology TICK TOCK: 7 Tales of Time. It came from stumbling upon a coffee shop across the street from my subdivision that I’d driven by for years, years, before realizing it was there. I found it one day by accident, and wondered how I could have possibly missed a place that was literally across the street. Being a sci-fi and fantasy author, and a huge Twilight Zone fan, I thought it would make for a cool story to focus on a shop that only existed at certain times—for certain people.
What I haven’t really discussed at length is the other element of the story which addresses the connection we have to our loved ones on the other side. Maybe it’s partly that I’m a clinical psychologist, or maybe it’s that I’m open with people about my own experiences, but I can’t tell you the number of people who have told me their accounts of communication with deceased loved ones—including pets. Numerous friends, acquaintances, family and clients who have started out by saying to me, “I’ve never told anyone this story before because it sounds crazy, but…”
I’ve had experiences with ‘the other side’ since I was a little girl, but it has always been a comfort rather than something to be feared. One of the more recent experiences was when I was with my mother several weeks before she died. She was in her bed and I sat next to her, knowing it would be the last time I would see her in this lifetime.
I suddenly felt the presence of my deceased grandmother, my mom’s mother, in the room with us, and it was such a warm and loving energy.
I turned to my mom and said, “Mom, grandma is here.”
My mom, who was so weak at that point, said, “I know. She’s been communicating with me.”
I tried, and failed, to fight back tears and nodded. “I think she’s waiting for you whenever you’re ready. We love you so much, but it’s okay to go. We’ll be okay.”
My mom then told me my dad was not ready and she was worried that he wouldn’t be okay. I had a long, tearful talk with my dad that night, and told him that she was holding on for him, and she needed him to tell her it was okay to go. He admitted he had been telling her not to go, and agreed to talk to her. Shortly after he told her he would be okay, my mother died with him at her side. She has visited me several times since her death, sometimes with messages, but more often, I just feel her presence, especially around my children.
I’ve found that along with inevitable sadness for those left behind, there is also grace and beauty in death, and I wanted to explore that in a story. There have been so many real-life stories about the uncanny closeness of twins, so Countdown Café explores the aftermath of grief when one twin loses the other.
I hope you enjoy it, as well as the other stories by my amazing fellow authors in the TICK TOCK anthology. We feel so lucky to have received the awards and acclaim we have for this anthology. Also, we can soon reveal the awesomely creepy Turkish version of the Tick Tock cover so check www.wickedinkbooks.com for details on that, as well as news on our next anthology coming in Spring 2017. I’m also giving away a signed copy of TICK TOCK at my stop on the blog, so make sure to enter at www.kristihelvig.com/blog.
Thank you, Kristi, for that amazing story! And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Kristi Helvig, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number corresponds to the number of goats I own: 10. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the gold team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
I’m also giving away two special prizes. One for the person who can answer the question mentioned on my exclusive content, which you’ll find somewhere on your YASH travels. The other prize will be chosen from the comments. Here is the question I’d like you to answer: what is your Harry Potter patronus and what is your house? Mine is the Siberian cat and I am in Hufflepuff.
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I’m incredibly pleased and proud to announce my latest deal for my third book, a contemporary YA novel called GIRLS ON THE VERGE. Those of you who have read my other books, ORCHID and FOLLY, know that I am first and foremost a feminist writer and that the theme of girl power runs through the veins of my stories. So guess what? GIRLS ON THE VERGE is no different.
Here is the announcement from Publisher’s Weekly
Christian Trimmer at Simon & Schuster has bought world English rights to Girls on the Verge, a YA novel by Sharon Biggs Waller. When 17-year-old Camille discovers she can’t obtain an abortion anywhere near her small hometown, she sets off for a Planned Parenthood clinic in the next state. Accompanied by Annabelle, the one-time star of her high school who has wound up stocking shelves, Camille embarks on a road trip of self-discovery in this coming-of-age story pitched as Going Bovinemeets Thelma and Louise. Publication is set for spring 2018; John M. Cusick of Folio Jr. / Folio Literary Management brokered the deal.
The story of girls and their autonomy over their own bodies and their own fertility is an important one for me to tell and I am pleased and proud to have the chance to tell it. It’s not often that I get to write a story like GIRLS ON THE VERGE that is very close to my own life story.
But no worries, I haven’t abandoned my first love—historical fiction. Lots more of those to come!
Summer is cracking on and the farm is looking amazing. With my husband home for the summer I have extra time on my hands for writing and embroidering and goofing around with the goats. It’s pretty heavenly! (I included some pics below, but if you follow me on Instagram you’ll see tons of farm pics there. Click on the link in my blog header and you’ll go to my page.)
I also had some wonderful news about ORCHID this week. The Junior Library Guild has chosen ORCHID as one of their selections. The JLG is a curator for libraries and they are very picky about the books they choose. It’s a dream to be included and I’m so pleased and proud. Also, the Great Summer Reads for Youngsters round-up has been running in several newspapers across the country, and ORCHID has been included in all of them.
I’m also waiting eagerly to announce the sale of my third book, which will be coming soon! I can tell you it will be released summer of 2018 and it’s being published through Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. Until then…watch this space!
How is your summer going? Would love to hear what you are up to!
I’m pleased and proud to be included in Barnes & Noble’s first B-Fest Teen Book Festival! I will be at the Valparaiso, Indiana Barnes & Noble this Saturday, June 11th, from 1 to 3. I’ll be on a panel with other writers and I’ll be doing book signings. I hope you can make it. I think it’s going to be lots of fun. Festivities start Friday at 7 PM. For more information check out the link here: B-Fest.
A big thanks to Tori Avey for including me on her blog today. Tori is an amazing writer and blogger and all-around talent, and it’s such an honor to be featured. Also, beautiful pics of the book. Have a look! Tori’s Bookshelf
Here’s what I know about book tours: they are equal parts fun and tiring. I’m coming to the end of my book tour for THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID—just a few more left this month and in June—and I’ve enjoyed every single one. I’ve loved meeting readers, students, and other young adult writers. But now I’m looking forward to a spring and summer on the farm working in our brand new vegetable garden and greenhouse (which is in pieces right now, but will be up and running by July), watching my baby goats grow up, and working on my embroidery. I’m also going to be working on two books at once, which should prove challenging because one is contemporary and the other historical fiction. So we will see how that goes. In the meantime below are a few pics from my tour, in no particular order.
In the coming weeks I’ll be posting some photos and videos that pertain to ORCHID, so keep checking back.
Oh, and just fyi, I’ve been keeping a low-profile on social media because I’ve been so busy this spring, and I don’t see that ending soon, so if you want to get in touch please go to the contact me page and fill out the form. I love to hear from readers and I answer every e-mail so don’t hesitate to write. Also, I’m still offering signed bookplates, so drop me a note if you’d like one.
If you are anywhere near the LaGrange, Illinois area on Friday, May 20th at 7 CST, join me and my fabulous friend Christa Desir at Anderson’s bookshop! We will be chatting about our books, signing our books, and…drumroll….I will be providing some neato snacks (read: French macarons), handmade by me. So come on out. Have some fun, chat with us, hang out. It will be great. Anderson’s Bookshop.
CHRISTA DESIR & SHARON BIGGS WALLER
FRIDAY, MAY 20TH AT 7:00 PM
ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP LA GRANGE
26 S. LA GRANGE RD, LA GRANGE
YA fans, we have a double fun event with both Christa Desir and Sharon Biggs Waller, authors of Love Blind (Desir) and The Forbidden Orchid (Waller). Extra special? It’s Desir’s launch event! Help celebrate with other YA readers tonight.
This in-store event is free and open to the public. To join the signing line, please purchase the author’s latest book, Love Blind (Christa Desir) or The Forbidden Orchid (Sharon Biggs Waller) from Anderson’s. To purchase your book, please stop into or call the Anderson’s La Grange location at (708) 582-6353.
Friday, May 20, 2016 – 7:00pm
Anderson’s Bookshop La Grange
26 S. La Grange Rd.
La Grange, IL 60525
The Spring YASH is now complete! I had so much fun participating, and I hope you did too! I chose two winners for my swag giveaway: Perceptive Madness and Debi! Please contact me at email@example.com with your address. And anyone who commented and would like a signed bookplate or postcard (let me know which one) please drop me your email too. This offer is open until Monday April 4th at midnight.
Sharon : )
Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours! So…somewhere on this hunt I’ve hidden my playlist for THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID and the link to music on Spotify.
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are nine contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the TEAL TEAM–but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a silver team, a green team, a blue team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books! If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden the clue to my favorite number in my blog post, it’s in red. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the TEAL TEAM, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!). Remember, enter the contest to win a ton of books by me and all of the authors on my team. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Teal Team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by APRIL 3rd, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
And now…let me introduce you to the fabulous Adi Rule!
Today, I am honored to host the amazing Adi Rule for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Adi is the author of THE HIDDEN TWIN and STRANGE SWEET SONG (St. Martin’s Press). She studied music as an undergrad and earned her MFA at the beautiful Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in New Hampshire with three cats who hate each other. Find out more by checking out Adi’s website www.adirule.com or find the author’s book here Adi Rule, IndieBound.
THE HIDDEN TWIN—a girl with no name, a mythological Redwing, has been a secret her whole life while her twin sister Jey lives free as a human. But when Jey is kidnapped, Redwing must emerge, attracting the attention of underground rebels, a thousand year old cult, and the son of the Empress. Now she must prove herself more than a monster if she is to save both her sister and her city.
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