Hi All,

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 shazwriter@me.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 : )


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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.



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!

Team Teal

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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I’m so thrilled to be taking part in the Spring 2016 Young Adult Scavenger Hunt.  The “hunt” is a puzzle where you add up numbers.  You visit the website of each team author, write down all the secret numbers, total them, and submit the answer to be entered for the grand prize. There are 9 grand prizes being offered, one for each team (I’m on the teal team). You can participate in and enter the contests for all 9 teams or you can just pick one.  But here is the neato thing: each web post has special content for the hunt and even individual giveaways.  So you’ll get to discover something new about your favorite books and authors.  This all begins on Tuesday, March 29th.   More information and signup forms here: YASH.ROCKS.  It’s free, and it’s open to international hunters!  Go Team Teal!

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Here is something neato. My friend Sofi brought my attention to the feminist YA fiction list that the NY Public Library put together. There are so many books on this list that I’ve read or want to read. I’m honored to be included!

Here is the link if you’d like to see the entire list: New York Public Library’s Feminist YA Fiction List

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If you missed the online book launch with Cat Winters, Meg Medina, Jessica Spotswood and me, here is the video!



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Hi Everyone! Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and Rachel of Fiktshun are kindly hosting a book tour for THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID.  It works like this: the tour runs from Feb 29th to March 4th, and then again on March 7th to the 11th.  Each day will have one stop at an assigned blog where you’ll read a review, a guest post by me, or an interview. There is also an end of tour giveaway for a signed copy of THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID and A MAD, WICKED FOLLY, plus some neato swag (US Only).

Here is the link to see the tour stops: Rock Star Blog Tour

The tour runs from February 29th-March 4th & March 7th-11th, and will have one stop per day and will consist of reviews, guest posts, and interviews!

There is also a tour-wide giveaway for a signed copy of THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID & A MAD WICKED FOLLY and swag, US Only! So be sure to stop by any or all of the stops for a chance to win.

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Hi all,

Please join me, Meg Medina, Jessica Spotswood, and Cat Winters for an epic YA historical novel release party.  All four of us are releasing books on March 8th, so in honor of this auspicious occasion we are hosting a Google Hangouts On Air party on Sunday, March 6 from 8 to 9 EST.  Come join us, listen to us gab and answer your questions.  To win all four copies of the books below, signed for you, retweet/tweet #BadassHistory or ask a question using the hashtag #BadassHistory.  We will choose one winner from each group.  Click here: Badass History Party, and click yes to RSVP.  We can’t wait to see you there.  And please ask a question and tweet #BadassHistory to win!


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I will be kicking off THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID book tour this Saturday at Anderson’s Bookshops Children’s Literature Breakfast at Bobak’s Signature Events in Woodville, Illinois.  And here is the cool part…wait for it!  Anderson’s will have advanced sales copies of ORCHID, the only copies for sale in the entire USA!  Plus the venue is amazing, the breakfast is awesome, there are tons of writers, and it’s a lot of fun.  Anderson’s throws some wonderful shindigs.

If you can’t make it, never fear.  You can order your very own autographed copy of THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID, which will wing its way to you on March 8th.  Click here for the order info: Order an autographed copy of THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID.

And remember, you can always, always request a signed bookplate and some swag.  Drop me an email through my contact me page and I’ll pop it in the mail for you.  And I would love a picture!  I’ll share it on social media, etc.

I will be announcing some more events coming up.  Lots going on!


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Come one, come all!  I’m having a book launch event at my local Barnes & Noble in Valparaiso, Indiana for THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID, and I would love to see you there!  The event is on Saturday March 12th from 2 to 4.  I’ll be signing books and giving out swag plus doing a reading at 2:30.


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Hi all!  Just a reminder that my release date was changed from today to March 8th.  It has to do with scheduling printing, sales, etc.  However, because the advanced reader copies have the old date  many people rightly thought it was today.  I’m so sorry about that!  To make up for it I’d love to send you a signed bookplate and some other swag.  I’ll also put your name in the hat to win the gaiwan.  Send me your name and address through my contact me form.

While I have you, here are some confirmed appearance dates:

Anderson’s Children’s Breakfast on February 20th from 8 to 12 with an autograph party following.  I will have early release copies of THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID at the breakfast.  These are the only early releases available, so if you’re anywhere near Chicago you want to come!  Lots of other really fab authors will be there.  Also the breakfast is so good!  After March 8th, Anderson’s, as my indie bookstore, will be my official bookstore for autographed copies.  You can order one no matter where you are.  I’ll have info about this later.

Google Hangout with Cat Winters and Jessica Spotswood.  We’re doing a virtual book signing and giveaway.  March 6th, 8 PM EST.  More info later!

Barnes & Noble Valparaiso, Indiana book release event on March 12th from 2 to 4.

Books of Wonder NYC Teen Author Festival No-Foolin’ Mega-Signing on March 20th 1-4

Chicago YA Lit Fest on April 23rd hosted by Book Cellar in Chicago.  More info later!


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