The Forbidden Orchid


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.



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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Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller

The Forbidden Orchid

by Sharon Biggs Waller

Giveaway ends January 16, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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And the winner is….Olivia! A signed arc of THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID will be winging its way to you in Sweden today. Emily S, Hannah B, and Meedah M will be getting swag. Thanks everyone for entering, and if you haven’t won, head over to GoodReads because I’m having a contest there for three arcs. It’s starts today and goes for a month.

Also…drumroll, if you haven’t won, shoot me your address through my contact form here Contact Me and I’ll send you something too!

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I’m so excited to share my super good news!  Publisher’s Weekly gave my latest book, THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID, a starred review!  In honor of said review, I’m giving away a signed advanced reader copy and some really neato swag. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below.

Publishing is such an up and down, rollercoaster-y type of life.  One day you get a fabulous review and the next day you get a dismal royalty statement. Sometimes you find an editor who loves working with you and sometimes you get a rejection.  If you stay in publishing long enough all of this will happen to you, no matter how fancy-pants you are.  It’s just part of the rich tapestry of the book world.  So…we celebrate the good ones and we mourn the bad ones.  So thank you Publisher’s Weekly for the awesome star.

*starred review* Publisher’s Weekly

THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID by Sharon Biggs Waller

(Viking; 978-0-451-47411-7)

Seventeen-year-old Elodie’s adventurousness and intellect outpace the constraints Victorian England places on women her age. The oldest daughter in a family of 10 women, Elodie takes on responsibility for everyone when her mother falls ill, and her perpetually absent father jeopardizes them all when he fails to retrieve a rare, expensive orchid for the man who finances his plant-hunting expeditions to China. Elodie risks everything to help her father return to China and pay off his debts by stowing away on a tea clipper with the help of a handsome young Russian named Alex. Once Elodie arrives in China, Waller (A Mad, Wicked Folly) creates a vivid portrait of the country’s landscape and history—and the restrictions women faced there, too—through Elodie’s observations and via her new friend, Ching Lan. The discordant relationship between England’s fascination with China’s many unfamiliar treasures and the Victorian desire to conquer is also front and center. Elodie and Ching Lan are feminists of their era, refusing to bend to the rules and limits placed before them. Ages 12–up. Agent: John M. Cusick, Folio Literary Management. (Mar.)



Author: Sharon Biggs Waller


Review Issue Date: November 15, 2015

Online Publish Date: November 3, 2015


Pages: 416

Price ( Hardcover ): $17.99

Publication Date: February 2, 2016

ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-451-47411-7

Category: Fiction

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Hi All,

Did you all get a chance to see the exquisite Carey Mulligan on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night? She’s plays the main character, Maude, in the film Suffragette and spoke with Stephen about suffrage and how hard women fought for the vote.  They showed a clip of Maude telling a man why they have to fight so hard, and it brought tears to my eyes.  I cannot wait to see this film, and I wish I could round up all of of you to see it with me.  Because I can’t do that, I thought I’d have a little giveaway instead.  Leave a comment for me about what you’re looking forward to seeing in the film or whatever moves you to say.  I’ll randomly choose a winner (or two) to receive a copy of A MAD, WICKED FOLLY and some swag.


I had the great fortune of meeting with my friend Helen Pankhurst (Sylvia Pankhurst’s granddaughter) when I was in England in July (she’s an extra as well as one of the expert sources) and she told me all about filming the movie and seeing her family come to life on the set.

Me and Helen Pankhurst in Pimlico, London

Helen Pankhurst and Sharon in Pimlico, London

So leave me a comment below and I’ll choose a winner on October 27th, which also happens to be my birthday!

Here’s a clip from the movie.  I def you not to cry through the entire thing!


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Hi all!  Lots of fun stuff happening this summer.  I just got back from England and I will have some neato things to post in the upcoming months.  In the meantime you can see some photos in my Instagram and Twitter feed, including one with Helen Pankhurst, granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst and such an amazing person.  It was incredible to be able to sit and chat with her about her grandmother, women’s rights, and life in general.

But…the big news is that my publisher, Viking, has given me the go-ahead to reveal the cover for my next book, THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID, which pubs in February.  My friends over at The Reading Nook very kindly did the reveal for me and they are running a giveaway.  Enter to win an ARC of ORCHID here: ORCHID cover reveal.

Isn’t it beautiful?


“I felt as though the doors to a new world were creaking open. I would set my feet on the path I had only dreamed of. I would help Papa, and I would see those orchids blooming in the forest.”

Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters growing up in a small English market town in 1861. The girls barely know their father, a plant hunter usually off adventuring through China, more myth than man. Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan reneges on his contract to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid. He will be thrown into debtors’ prison while his daughters are sent to the orphanage and the workhouse.

Elodie can’t stand by and see her family destroyed, so she persuades her father to return to China once more to try to hunt down the flower—only this time, despite everything she knows about her place in society, Elodie goes with him. She has never before left her village, but what starts as fear turns to wonder as she adapts to seafaring life aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the new sights, dangers, and romance of China. She comes to find that both the world and her place in it are so much bigger than she’d ever dreamed. But now, even if she can find the orchid, how can she ever go back to being the staid, responsible Elodie that everybody needs?

You can pre-order here:

Barnes & Noble  The Book Depository  Amazon 

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