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
Map

Hicklebee’s Books
1378 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125
Map

Colorado
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
Map

Illinois
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
123 W Jefferson Ave
Naperville, IL 60540
Map

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
Map

Nebraska
Indigo Bridge Books & Café
701 P St #102
Lincoln, NE 68508
Map

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
Map

Kew & Willow Books
8163 Lefferts Blvd
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Map

Ohio
Learned Owl Books
204 N Main St
Hudson, OH 44236
Map

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

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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

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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!

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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…

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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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Breaking hearts, enchanting minds

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Every author likes to imagine her reader reaching the last page of a book and wondering how life will possibly go on now that the story has ended.

Or, at least, that’s one of my favorite fantasies (mine, truthfully, are more elaborate, involving tears, negotiations with God, and a slow descent into madness). When I reached the last page of The Goldfinch, I stared at my Kindle for a good half hour wondering how on earth I could continue on with affairs not knowing what becomes of Boris.  This is not a new phenomenon. As a teenage I cried for an entire weekend at the end of Tiger Eyes.

My fantasy has sort of become a reality, because I hurriedly posted the last chapter of the interim sequel to Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board that I’ve been writing for the Wattpad community on Sunday, and madness ensued.

Here, for your enjoyment, are some of the comments.

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A New Cover, and Tips for Writing for YA

Light as a Feather, Writing, YA Fiction

My paranormal romance for teens, Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, was published just about a year ago, and to switch things up, we changed the cover last week. I think readers approve, because it’s suddenly #1 on the Amazon free teen paranormal romance and Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000030_00036]horror lists. Exciting!

Here are a few things that I’ve noticed from readers’ comments that I never would have guessed as a novice YA writer. Use them to either avoid pitfalls, or capitalize on what I’ve learned!

1) if the prose of your book contains the words “one” and “direction,” whether you were intentionally trying to reference the boy band or not, female readers will find those two words together and freak out instantly.

2) if you develop a cute, emo teen boy love interest, threatening his life or killing him off will provoke a greater reaction from your readers than anything else that might happen in your story, including having your heroine die, commit terrible sins, or experience dire hardship (John Greene co-signs this point, with Augustus as evidence).

3) teen girls actually really like feisty, strong-willed female characters. In writing this book, I didn’t think too much about the sharp-witted, pint-sized character Mischa, but because she’s the most outspoken character in the book, she’s by far the readers’ favorite. There’s an abundance of wishy-washy female characters in YA, and this generation of teen readers doesn’t identify with them.

4) Female readers will discover and invent references to pop culture influences in their own lives whether you want them to or not. There’s no need to load your book up with mentions of Austin Mahone, the Beebs, Harry Styles, or whatever style sneakers kids happen to be wearing today. Mahone fans will find context in your work even if you try to avoid it. How can you possibly memorize every single lyric? You can’t. You don’t have to, your readers have already done it.

A Christmas chance to win stuff.

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If you love Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, here’s your chance to WIN this holiday season!

The junior class at Weeping Willow High School is playing a game of Secret Santa.* If you’d like to play, leave a comment on Facebook, and I’ll assign you the SECRET student from Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board for whom you have to get a holiday gift. You don’t REALLY have to buy a gift, just pick something out online that costs less than $50, and post the gift you’ve chosen in the comments on the contest post on Facebook (if you want to post a picture, Facebook is easier than here). You can mention the gift by name, post a link to it online, or post a picture. With your post, mention the name of the student you were assigned, and why you thought the gift was perfect for them.

From all of the entries received, ONE lucky winner from in between Wattpad and Facebook will be chosen at random and win:

1) a new pair of Sleepover Cotton Pajamas from Victoria’s Secret

2) a selection of TEN holiday nail polishes by Formula X for Sephora

TWO runners up will be chosen at random and win 3 bottles of Formula X each.

Formula X for Sephora

Winners will be chosen on January 1, 2014.

Let’s get this holiday party started!!

For Facebook entries: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Light-as-a-Feather-Stiff-as-a-Board/475835895814438

*If you’re unfamiliar with this game, it’s when everyone puts their name on a piece of paper into a box (or a Santa hat!) and draws one. You’re the “secret Santa” for the person whose name you’ve drawn, and on Christmas, you give them a special gift based on their personality. Usually there’s a cash limit on the prizes so that people don’t go too wild with spending.

** If you live outside the USA & Canada and are chosen as a winner, we may have to substitute your prize as it might not be possible to ship nail polish and we don’t want you to have to pay duties on your prize.

Last chance for a free Kindle copy…

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This is it, guys. I mean it this time. For real and realsies.

Today’s the last day you can get a free copy of Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board for Kindle. It doesn’t matter what country you live in, as long as your country has Amazon. What are you waiting for?

 

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McKenna Brady thinks her junior year of high school is going to be the best ever when she’s welcomed into the elite group of popular girls at Weeping Willow High School led by blond, gorgeous Olivia Richmond. Prior to junior year, McKenna was known in her small town as the girl whose twin sister died in a tragic house fire, and she’s overjoyed at the prospect of redefining her identity. She has a date to the Homecoming dance with Olivia’s handsome older brother, and a good chance of being elected to student council. For the first time since McKenna’s parents divorced, things are looking up.
But everything changes the night of Olivia’s Sweet Sixteen sleepover birthday party. Violet, the shy, mysterious new girl in town, suggests that the girls play a scary game called Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, during which Violet makes up elaborate stories about the future ways in which beautiful Olivia, brassy Candace, and athletic Mischa will die. The game unsettles McKenna because she’s already escaped death once in her life, but she doesn’t want to ruin her friends’ fun. It’s only a game, she reminds herself.
But it doesn’t seem like a harmless game a week later when Olivia dies unexpectedly in a violent car crash, exactly as Violet predicted. And something begins haunting McKenna’s bedroom at night, leaving her clues that all seem to point to Violet. McKenna enlists the help of her cute next-door neighbor Trey in finding out exactly what kind of curse Violet has put on all of the popular girls in the junior class. As Violet rises to popularity and seemingly steps into the life Olivia left unfinished, McKenna and Trey know they only have a limited amount of time to bring an end to Violet’s game before more lives are lost.
Readers of this book can follow @VioletSimmonsWW on Twitter to continue the story, hear about what’s going on in Weeping Willow, and learn about contests.
For readers ages 13+.