11 April 2017

Thank you, YA Scavenger Hunters! Also more chances to win an ARC of HOW TO DISAPPEAR (or pre-order!)

Just a quick note to thank everyone who participated in the YA Scavenger Hunt. All of the winners have been notified! If you did not win this time around, please stay tuned for more giveaways coming in the weeks and months ahead:

  • Next up I'll be doing an ARC giveaway on Goodreads. If you want to be notified, add How to Disappear to your to-read list. 
  • Follow me @sharonhussroat and @vicurious (the main character in How to Disappear) on Instagram! I'll be giving away an ARC or two there as well.
  • And if you sign up for my newsletter, you'll get updates on other giveaways and including ones exclusively for newsletter subscribers. 
Of course, if you know you're going to want your own copy (of course you will!) of How to Disappear and you'd like to buy it at a really low price, you can pre-order on Amazon or Barnes & Noble right now for around $12 (regularly $17.99)! 

04 April 2017

YA Scavenger Hunt – Enter to win by April 9!

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 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 until noon, Pacific Standard Time, on April 9th!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are five contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am on the GOLD TEAM, featuring all these books...

...but there are also red, blue, purple, and pink teams each offering 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 my favorite number. (Okay, it's not exactly hidden. You will find it in bold red.) Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold team, and then add them up.

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 total 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 9, 2017, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


I am hosting JENNIFER BARDSLEY, author of Genesis Girl and Damaged Goods, and host of the popular Facebook page, "The YA Gal." She lives with her family in Edmonds, Washington. 

You can check out her website here or find more about her book here! 

And OMG look at her gorgeous book...  

DAMAGED GOODS by Jennifer Bardsley

Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend named Seth and the loving support of her foster father, Cal. She's finally escaped the abusive control of her birth father, Barbelo Nemo, and her tortured childhood at Tabula Rasa School.
  But the scars of Blanca's Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the FBI start asking questions. Blanca feels abandoned by Seth who is hunting for Lilith, Blanca's only blood relative. The Defectos, a support group of Vestal-Rejects, offer Blanca comfort instead.
     While the Vestal order crumbles, Chinese rivals called the Guardians rise to power and wrest control of important Tabula Rasa contacts. Now Blanca's life is in peril once more, and this time, Blanca struggles to recognize friend from foe.

Now, the moment you've been waiting for... 


Blanca’s Secret Instagram Account
As fans of GENESIS GIRL already know, Blanca spent the first eighteen years of her life never being on the Internet. But in DAMAGED GOODS, Blanca flexes her digital muscles. Here’s a look at what Blanca might put on her Instagram account:
My top secret vacation begins today! #PrivateIsland #Offthegrid
I spent the afternoon gluing bookplates. #BookNerd
Still speaks to my soul. #Ihaveissues

Whenever I see the Tabula Rasa motto I get chills.
#Finally Free #Defecto

If you're intrigued (I am!) and want a chance to win a copy of Jennifer's book (along with mine and 18 other amazing YA titles), keep hunting! But first, you need to know that my favorite number is 22. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Gold Team and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


I'm also offering a second signed ARC (advanced reader copy) of HOW TO DISAPPEAR and a hardcover copy of my first novel, BETWEEN THE NOTES. Open internationally! Enter the Rafflecopter below, then continue the YA Scavenger hunt!

Now, it's time for you to...


To keep going on your quest, you need to head over to Amber Duell's blog. 

Good luck!!

29 March 2017

All the Pretty Author Blurbs...

It's always a bit scary when a new book makes its way out into the world and readers lay their eyes on it for the first time. Even more stressful is the moment when another author reads it. 😬 Multiply that times six, and you'll have a sense of the anxiety I was feeling when the manuscript of HOW TO DISAPPEAR was sent off to six of my favorite YA authors in hopes that they might like it enough to offer a blurb. Yikes!

One by one—much to my relief—they came back with the loveliest responses imaginable. Here they are, presented in a rainbow of colors that 1) are a nod to Instagram, which plays an important role in the story; and 2) reflect the heart-bursting joy I felt upon receiving these!

You can preorder HOW TO DISAPPEAR here and here and here and here, add it to Goodreads here and—if you really want to get crazy—you can vote for it on Goodreads lists here and here

I'll be participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt, April 4-9, which will give you two chances to win an advance reader copy of HOW TO DISAPPEAR. Don't miss it! You can also follow the Instagram account for @vicurious, the main character of this novel, where you can get to know her a bit and also find out about other giveaways and book news. 

28 March 2017

YASH (the YA Scavenger Hunt) is coming, April 4-9! I'm on Team Gold, which is clearly the best. I hope you win all these books!

If you want a chance to win a boatload of books and also read some fun, exclusive YA content... mark your calendar for the spring YA Scavenger Hunt (YASH), April 4-9! I'll be on the Gold Team with all of these amazing books:

The spring event will feature five teams of twenty authors each—a total of 100 young adult novels. You can see the other teams and the featured books here. To enter to win ALL THE BOOKS (including an advance reader copy of How to Disappear), all you have to do is visit the blog of any participating author and start the blog hop to collect the clues. I'll be posting directions here at noon Pacific time (3 p.m. Eastern) along with a glimpse at one of the featured books and its author, PLUS, my own giveaway of an additional How to Disappear ARC. You can also visit the YASH website for more information on how to participate!

See you April 4-9! 

14 February 2017

HOW TO DISAPPEAR Blurb Reveal and ARC Giveaway

Pop over to Pop! Goes the Reader to see some of the author blurbs for How to Disappear. You can also enter a giveaway to win an advance reader copy! 

24 January 2017

South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees

I was delighted to learn that Between the Notes has been nominated for the 2017-18 South Carolina Young Adult Book Awards, which are presented by the South Carolina Association of School Libraries.

And in such fine company, too. Thank you, SCASL!

19 December 2016

Festival of Words brings diverse authors and ideas to Delaware, February 16, 2017

Look what's coming to Delaware! I'm so excited to be co-chairing this event, and I'll also be presenting one of the break-out sessions. (I'll talk to teachers and librarians about bringing authors to their classrooms.) If you're in Delaware or nearby and want to participate, visit the website to learn more and sign up to receive emails regarding registration and event updates here.