Light as a Feather – Scavenger Hunt!

Light as a Feather

Greetings and Happy Halloween season!
LAAF_CVRTo celebrate the release of Light as a Feather on October 9th (coming soon to a bookstore near you) and the original Hulu series based on the book, I’m running a very special way for you win a copy of the book and 1 month of Hulu!*

The Scavenger Hunt
To enter for your chance to win a hardcover copy of Simon Teen’s published version of Light as a Feather and a $25 gift card to Hulu so that you can watch Season 1 of the show,* find a participating bookstore from the list below. At the store, ask at the counter for your Light as a Feather clue. Take a picture of the front of your tarot card clue and share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #LightAsAFeatherBook in your post. Like this:

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That’s it! There is no purchase necessary! Every Friday between now and Halloween (October 31) I’ll randomly draw a winner from the total entries on Instagram and Twitter to give away a hardcover and a $25 gift card to Hulu. Then, on Halloween, I’ll draw the grand prize winner, who will receive a $25 gift card to Hulu and a $100 gift certificate to spend at the bookstore where you found your clue!

Other Ways to Enter
If there isn’t a participating bookstore or library near you, email me and let me know!
You can also enter for a chance to win by sharing a photo of yourself holding a copy of Light as a Feather and tagging it the same way as you would a clue: #LightAsAFeatherBook on Instagram or Twitter.

Prize Dates
Winners of a hardcover book and $25 gift card will be drawn and announced on:

  • Friday October 5, 2018
  • Friday October 12, 2018 (Hulu series premiere)
  • Friday October 19, 2018
  • Friday October 26, 2018

The grand prize winner will be drawn and announced on Wednesday, October 31!

Where to Find Clues
If you’re a bookstore or library that would like to participate in giving away clues, please email me!

This list is constantly expanding, so check back often to see if a location near you is participating!

California
Mysterious Galaxy
5943 Balboa Ave #100
San Diego, CA 92111
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Hicklebee’s Books
1378 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125
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Colorado
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
Map

Illinois
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
123 W Jefferson Ave
Naperville, IL 60540
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Anderson’s Bookshop Downers Grove
5112 Main St
Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Anderson’s Bookshop LaGrange
26 South La Grange Road
La Grange, IL 60525
Map

Michigan
Bookbug
Oakland Dr.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
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Nebraska
Indigo Bridge Books & Café
701 P St #102
Lincoln, NE 68508
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New Jersey
word Bookstore
179 Maplewood Ave.
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Map

New York
Queens Public Library (Ozone Park)
128-16 Rockaway Blvd
South Ozone Park, NY 11420
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Kew & Willow Books
8163 Lefferts Blvd
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
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Ohio
Learned Owl Books
204 N Main St
Hudson, OH 44236
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Texas
Keller Public Library
640 Johnson Rd.
Keller, TX 76248

Washington
Queen Anne Book Company
1811 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
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King’s Books
218 St Helens Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402
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*Gift cards for Hulu subscriptions may only be redeemable within the United States. If you’re a winner and reside in another country, we’ll work out a prize of equal value.

Don’t forget, you can pre-order a copy of Light as a Feather now or ask for it at your local bookstore! Happy scavenging, and a giant THANK YOU to the stores and libraries who are participating!

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Light as a Feather – Publication Announcement

Light as a Feather, Writing, YA Fiction

I am SUPER EXCITED to share that the entire Light as a Feather series is being published by Simon Teen! It has been a fun walk down memory lane revisiting the original manuscripts with my awesome editor, Jessi Smith, to introduce new twists and turns to surprise you. To answer a question that I’ve been asked a few times on Wattpad by readers who first read the series on that platform, the original drafts will remain on Wattpad, and the new books will be a mix of old and new as a treat for anyone who loves the world of McKenna, Trey, Violet and Willow and can’t get enough!

Book #1 will be released on October 9, just three days before the Hulu original series Light as a Feather inspired by the book debuts on October 12! The book will be available in hardcover (!), paperback, and e-book and is <a href="http://“>available for pre-order now!

And – as an awesome way to thank all of my readers for their support – on October 1 I’ll be announcing a contest in the spirit of Halloween!

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Léger comme une plume… – tome 3

Light as a Feather, YA Fiction

 

At last, the third book in the Weeping Willow trilogy is available in France! I absolutely LOVE the cover art that Hachette Romans produced for this translated series, and I think our translator, Marie Furthner, did an awesome job. 
In this final installment of McKenna’s quest to save Mischa’s life and end the curse that Violet Simmons has put on the kids in her town, she and Trey set out on a cross-country adventure. As they travel to California, they encounter new enemies who want to take advantage of McKenna’s paranormal talents, unravel dark secrets that have ensnared their town for eighteen years, and determine a way to outsmart the Simmons family once and for all –
– But victory over Violet comes at a high price.

Check it out here!

Maintenant, en français!

Light as a Feather, YA Fiction

Léger comme... &amp;

Imagine the surprise and delight of my high school French teacher to learn that Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board is now available as a YA novel in France! Published by Hachette Romans and translated by the lovely and wise Marie Furthner, “Léger comme une plume” can now be enjoyed by francophone fans of paranormal fiction! 

Available now on Amazon France – and I’m guessing Babelio is like a Goodreads.com, but for French reading audiences? I’d never seen this cover before, but I kind of love it!

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If you live in France and would like to review the book, veuillez visiter: https://www.babelio.com/livres/Aarsen-Leger-comme-une-plume/956191

 

Listen closely…

Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, YA Fiction

So, recently Hachette Audio and Wattpad partnered to make one of my big dreams as an author come TRUE! Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board is now available as an audiobook! If reading a scary book isn’t quite scary enough for you, now you can listen to narrator Vanessa DeSilvio weave the terrifying tale of the curse Violet unleashes on her unassuming town while you’re laying in your bed at night. In the dark. Alone.

I am so thrilled with how this turned out, I can’t stop raving! Vanessa’s voice sounds to me just like McKenna Brady’s would. It’s the strangest thing in the world to have what’s been inside my head for the last few years suddenly pouring out of a speaker.

ENJOY!

Click to preview on Bandcamp!

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Lovett

Lovett

It’s been a while since I regularly updated my blog, and that’s only because I’m usually writing fiction, instead. But here are a few random thoughts about Lovett, the story I’ve been posting to Wattpad about a boy band with a very dark secret.

1) the inspiration for Alisdair is a male model named Edward Wilding, who you can follow on Instagram (you’re welcome). And of course, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that at least 5% of Alisdair’s personality is Harry Styles.

Edward Wilding

Edward Wilding

2) If you haven’t already guessed what Lovett’s secret is, here’s a clue:  the history of the surname Lovett is a variation on the word louvet, the Anglo-French word for “young wolf.”

3) If you’re still unsure of what happens to the boys of Lovett at night, here’s an even bigger clue, from The Cramps:

Initiation: written for The Gallows

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I’ve been so insanely busy since moving to LA that I didn’t have time to post anything to my blog about Initiation Night, the short story I wrote in support of The Gallows over the summer!

It was a total thrill to be involved in the film’s marketing campaign because The Gallows is exactly the kind of horror movie I love: gritty, realistic, and almost impossible to watch because you know scary sh*t’s going to happen every other second.

When asked if I’d be interested in writing a scary story in support of the movie, I immediately knew I wanted to borrow a few details from the film. A small town, a local legend, and kids creeping around a building at night: check, check, check. I combined those elements from a custom in my own hometown of high school seniors initiating freshmen at a seedy carnival on Labor Day Weekend, and worked with a very cool filmmaker in my own hometown, Lloyd Emmons, to shoot some trailers to accompany the story.

Since my professional background is in digital marketing, I think Wattpad’s approach to allowing brands to engage with readers is brilliant. First, it allows authors to introduce their readers to brands’ content within a context of a more welcomed, social “share” than a forced advertisement. Authors can then build their readers’ appetites for the branded experience (whether it’s a movie or TV show, etc.) in such a way that makes their readers genuinely curious about the product being advertised. Quite a few kids posted comments on Initiation Night asking if my story was the same as The Gallows and were intrigued that the stories were related – enough to express interest in seeing the movie on opening weekend.

Wattpad has put together a case study on the campaign here:

http://blog.wattpad.com/2015/12/01/brand-stories-spotlight-the-gallows/

LA update: the cure for homesickness

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Since arriving in Los Angeles in November, I’ve had several heart pangs over missing the sidewalk bustle in Boerum Hill every morning, my beloved deli guy, Peter (below after winning $20 off me when I bet against Germany during the World Cup), snow, and being able to meander around at two A.M. without being the only person awake and addressing life stuff at that hour.

Waiting for the F train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The world-famous Peter at the Dreams Gourmet Deli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m still not really into the swing of LA life yet, but I’m trying to comfort myself with reassurances that day by day, NY loses the charm that made me fall in love with it in the first place. Today, I read that Yonah Schimmel’s Knishery is probably going to close.  Back in my youth (when rabble-rousing and drinking in Ludlow Street until 4AM at the now-defunct Max Fix was called “wilding”), this was The Place to fill one’s belly for less than $5 with a broccoli knish that weighed as much as a brick and an egg cream to wash it down. This was a dinner that fueled many penny-pinching party animals’ crazy nights, contributing in no small part to the legacy of the neighborhood by probably saving many of us from alcohol poisoning. If this rumor is true, farewell, Yonah Schimmel’s Knishery. May ye rest in peace alongside Bereket.

And for anyone who thinks that city treasures like this one can reinvent themselves successfully, they can’t. They can’t, a million times, I insist. The new Max Fish seems like it’s just a bunch of Look at This Fucking Hipster set to the tune of this: Ninjasonik’s Picture Party. (sidenote: This ain’t Misshapes, y’all are messed up might just be the most NYC-correct song lyric of the last 15 years).

Things that are no longer in NYC for me to miss

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The last time I moved away from NYC (before moving back, two years later) these were things I dearly missed during my time in LA:

1) Original Ray’s pizza on 6th Ave & 11th (now gone)

2) Late night dinner/early breakfast at Yaffa Cafe (now gone)

3) Brunch at Grange Hall (now long gone)

4) Movies at the Angelika (hasn’t been renovated since I was in college, bathrooms are intolerable)

5) Bendix Diner (now gone in both locations)

6) Drinkin’ at Motor City Lodge, Luna Lounge, Max Fish (all three… gone)

7) Seeing shows at the Mercury Lounge (now totally douche-ified)

8) Watching the sun rise from my rooftop in the East Village (can’t afford the East Village anymore)

9) Chilling at the Scratcher (still there, but Scottish Mark is famous now and Karl Geary is off doing Breaking Bad types of things)

10) Seeing NYC classics like Vincent Gallo and Moby strolling around (long gone)