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November 7, 2015

Road Trip



I'm looking forward to joining these wonderful authors on Friday 11/13 and Sunday 11/15 at the Charleston Public Library

But a few stops along the way as we head south:  The lovely Martina Boone and I will be at Park Road Books on Monday, November 9th at 6:30 PM  and at The Book Shelf on Tuesday, November 10th at 4 PM, chatting and signing.

We hope you can join us!
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Published on November 07, 2015 17:53

October 10, 2015

Additional YA Scavenger Hunt winners

(This was posted on yash.rocks, but not here, so RECTIFYING that now!)


Thank you all who entered the additional giveaway of LARK RISING paperbacks and swag.  Three winners were chosen, so congratulations to:

Sahar A. (CANADA)
Lisa O. (IRELAND)
Lisa M. (Kansas, USA)

I hope you enjoy!

To those who did not win this time, I will soon be offering a giveaway of LARK RISING and one for SILVER EVE on Goodreads, so stay tuned!

Many thanks for your interest and for participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt!



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Published on October 10, 2015 05:18

October 1, 2015

YA Scavenger Hunt, October 1 - 4 2015

Welcome to the 11th YA Scavenger Hunt! 
About meI use different handwriting styles depending on my mood.I come from a line of highwaymen (and one philandering earl).My animal totem is the wolf.

now...
YOU ARE CURRENTLY HUNTING ON TEAM ORANGE!
First, a few rules.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE RULESDirections:  Below you'll notice that I've secretly hidden my favorite number.  Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM ORANGE, and them add them up (you may use a calculator!)

(HINT: THE SECRET NUMBER IS HIGHLIGHTED IN ORANGE!)
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.

The hunt is 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 Sunday, October 4th at noon Pacific Time.  Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

There are EIGHT contest going on simultaneously and you can enter one or all!  Along with the ORANGE TEAM, there are also BLUE, GOLD, GREEN, PINK, PURPLE, RED and TEAL teams! Check out each for a chance to win eight different sets of signed books!

For more information about the hunt, see links to the participating authors, and the full list of prizes, visit the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Now that all the technical info is out of the way, let me introduce you to the author I am hosting on this hunt:

meetKELLY HASHWAY!

Kelly full admits to being one of the most accident-prone people on the planet, but that didn't stop her from jumping out of an airplane at ten thousand feet one Halloween.  Maybe it was growing up reading RL Stine's FEAR STREET books that instilled a love of all things scary and a desire to live in a world filled with supernatural creatures, but she spends her days writing speculative fiction for young adults, middle graders, and young children.  Kelly's also a sucker for first love, which is why she writes YA and NA romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake.  When she's not writing, Kelly works as an editor and also as Mom, which she believes is a job title that deserves to be capitalized.  She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency
Sandra here: She jumped out of a plane at 10,000 feet?EEK. The most I could bear is 7--yes--seven feet.


The book Kelly is showcasing in the YA Scavenger Hunt is

THE DARKNESS WITHIN
Sandra here--is this not a gorgeous cover? I want this mask!

After dying of cancer at seventeen and being brought back to life by an evil witch who turned her into a monster, Samantha Thompson thinks she's finally gotten past all the tragedy in her life.  Now she's part of a coven of good witches who are helping her and her boyfriend, Ethan Anderson, learning to use the powers they received from other witches.  Aside from the fact that Sam and Ethan are still in hiding from their old lives--the ones they had before Sam was brought back to life--things couldn't be better.  Sam and Ethan are inseparable.  What could go wrong?Magic.Ethan's magic comes from a witch who'd turned as evil as possible, and though his coven thought he'd be fine, the more he uses his magic, the stranger he starts acting.  The magic inside him is changing who he is.  One minute he's Sam's sweet, perfect Ethan, and the next, he's a complete stranger  Even with all her witchy power, Sam is helpless against the magic corrupting Ethan.  Can Sam find out what's wrong with him before she loses him to dark magic forever?

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EXCLUSIVE CONTENT!an alternate scene from THE DARKNESS WITHIN told from Ethan’s POV:
“Whoa.” Shannon gripped the steering wheel, obviously trying to fight the spell she’d put on the car. “I know this place.” She couldn’t sound more freaked out if she tried.
“What’s wrong? Where are we?” Sam asked beside me. She craned her neck to see through the windows, but it was too dark to make out much of anything.
“I’ve been here, or I’ve at least seen it.” Shannon shook her head. “I’m not sure which, but I have a really bad feeling.”
Considering how we were all almost killed by that green snakelike thing back at the park, she was probably right.
“We’ve all seen this,” Dylan said, pressing his nose against his window. “Part of it, at least. These are the woods we saw in the image at the merry-go-round.”
I sighed. We were almost there. Almost to the one witch who could take this dark magic out of my body. The feeling of my skin crawling would finally go away, and I could be around Sam again without having to worry that I’d hurt her. I squeezed her hand. “Hopefully, this will all be over soon.”
She smiled and nodded, but it looked forced. She was still worried, and Shannon freaking out in the front seat wasn’t helping.
“Knock it off!” Dylan grabbed Shannon’s wrists and yanked her hands from the steering wheel. The car veered off the road and onto the grass. Everyone screamed, but all I could think was that I was going to kill Dylan and Shannon if this spell wrecked my Mazda.
“Undo the spell! Undo the spell!” I yelled, gripping the seat as I pictured what the tree up ahead of us would do to my car.
“Shannon!” Sam yelled.
Dylan started mumbling a spell as the car hit something and became airborne. Damn it! Dylan’s head slammed into the passenger door, and he slumped in his seat.
“Dylan!” Sam reached for him, but stopped and grabbed my hand. “Follow my lead.” Doing magic was the last thing I wanted with how out of control I’ve been, and Sam must have been worried about it too, because she just froze.
“Say what you want the car to do,” I told her. “The spell doesn’t have to be pretty to be effective.”
A few seconds passed before Sam said, “Stop the car. Go no far.”
The spell was awful, but I started chanting it right along with her. The magic started to swirl inside me, rising and filling me with that sense of dread I got every time—right before it consumed me. It was happening again, and I couldn’t control it.
The green energy continued to spread up through my chest and into my head, finally resting behind my eyes. Everything I saw was through a green haze. Itwas in control again, seeing what I saw. And right then, that was a tree directly in front of my car. Luckily, Sam was strong enough to finish the spell and the car swerved slightly, coming to rest only inches from the tree.
While the others breathed for the first time in several minutes, I sat frozen, unable to control my own body. I was powerless against the dark magic inside me.
“Ethan?” Sam said, but her voice was like a whisper. I was cut off from what was happening, forced to watch it. I knew what the dark magic was doing. I could feel it pulling toward the tree.
Someone yelled to get out of the car, but the voices all ran together. Sam stared at me. “Ethan, look at me. Please. Focus. Fight this.” She touched my cheek, but I couldn’t actually feel anything. Nothing but the green magic, which was wrapping itself around Sam’s hand in mine, keeping her at my side. This thing wanted blood. Sam’s blood.
I struggled to fight it, no longer able to focus on the voices around me, but my magic wasn’t mine anymore. Then I felt another magic try to creep over me. It had to be Shannon casting a spell on me. It had no effect, though. I was vaguely aware of the others leaving the car. Sam grabbed my arm and tugged me toward the door, but I barely moved. My focus was still locked on the tree as the darkness inside me tried to pull it down on us.
“This isn’t happening!” Finally, Sam’s voice broke through as she pulled herself onto my lap and blocked my view of the tree. “Ethan! Look at me! Look at me!”
“Sam, get out! The tree is coming down!” Shannon screamed, but Sam wouldn’t move. It was like she was as trapped as I was.

I screamed inside my head as the tree fell and the sound of crunching metal filled my ears.

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Yum! Here's how you can get more:
Add THE DARKNESS WITHIN to your reading list on Goodreads

Get your hands on the awesome THE DARKNESS WITHIN HERE!

Visit Kelly and see all of her terrific works at her website  

Before you head on to the next YASH author remember to write down my favorite number!  And, one more thing: below you can enter an extra giveaway! Three winners will receive a signed paperback of the Guardians of Tarnec series Book 1, LARK RISING along with a bookmark and lark tattoo.



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Thank you so much for visiting my website and participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt!  Are you ready to move on to the next author on ORANGE TEAM?  Excellent! It's the lovely MARTINA BOONE! Just click below:
LINK TO NEXT SITE
Bye everyone!  Good luck!
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Published on October 01, 2015 10:00

September 28, 2015

The Fall '15 YA Scavenger Hunt Coming Soon!

Hopefully you've reserved plenty of time for this one because we have EIGHT YASH teams this October! That means more prizes, news, and fun for all readers!

Take a look  (I am on Team ORANGE):










These books are all so beautiful!

Now: what is the YA Scavenger Hunt? A bi-annual event 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 :)  There are eight contests running simultaneously, and you can enter one or all of them.  The contest runs from October 1 thru October 4.  Check out the YA Scavenger Hunt website for more details.  See you back here on the 1st!
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Published on September 28, 2015 18:43

September 25, 2015

The Silver Eve Blog Tour and Giveaways

So, the SILVER EVE blog tour comes to a close today, but there are still two days left to enter for the giveaways, which you can see below.  Books, tattoos, bookmarks, amulet necklaces and a Rain fragrance... so, pretty nifty.
Here is the tour--Silver Eve
You can link to any of the wonderful blogs, check out a review, an interview, an excerpt, even a playlist (though I will be posting the playlist here later).  Anyway, enjoy!  Tomorrow I go all ORANGE TEAM for the YASH scavenger hunt. And on 9/30 I'll be joining the YA Series Insiders Facebook party. So more giveaways to come. :)




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Published on September 25, 2015 12:23

August 28, 2015

Not exactly a post, but thought I'd share a link to ...



Not exactly a post, but thought I'd share a link to Love At First Page where I have some thoughts about SILVER EVE and a first-two-books-in-the-series giveaway!

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Published on August 28, 2015 08:37

May 4, 2015

Children's Book Week Giveaway

This is Children's Book Week's 96th year celebrating children, children's books and the joy of reading.

I'll be joining authors MarcyKate Connolly and Cindy Rodriguez on Saturday, May 9th at Books on the Square in Providence, RI from 3:00-4:00.  We have a scavenger hunt planned along with reading from our works, answering questions and signing books.  We'd love to see you there!

In appreciation of this week's celebration we're hosting a giveaway. One winner will receive a signed hardcover of each of our debuts:

MONSTROUSWhere Frankenstein meets the Brothers Grimm...




WHEN REASON BREAKSIn which 13 Reasons Why meets the poetry of  Emily Dickinson...


LARK RISINGWhere the weapon of courage is the ability to endure


The giveaway runs from May 4th - May 10th. Enter to win! Tweet for an extra chance! 
Happy Spring!


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Published on May 04, 2015 00:00

April 23, 2015

ARC Giveaway for SILVER EVE

Hi everyone!

Just pointing you to the Goodreads giveaway that's running for the next week.  Enter to win one of two signed ARCs of Guardians of Tarnec Book 2, SILVER EVE.



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Goodreads Book Giveaway Silver Eve by Sandra Waugh Silver Eve by Sandra Waugh Giveaway ends April 30, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to Win
Next up, two author friends and I will be doing a giveaway to celebrate Children's Book Week, so do check back!


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Published on April 23, 2015 04:05

March 13, 2015

NYC Teen Author Fest

Looking forward to this week of YA authors gathering to share words and insight!

Check it out here:  http://nyctaf.com

Here's what I'm doing:

Heading to PS 126 on Thursday March, 19th to participate in THE BIG READ along with authors Tim Decker, Lisa Amowitz, Maria Andreu, Martina Boone, Sarah Rees Brennan and Selene Castrovilla

Discussing "Creating Strong Characters" on Saturday, March 21st from 4:10-5:00 at 42nd Street NYPL's Bartos Forum

Signing books on Sunday, March 22nd from 3:30-4:00 at Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th St.

And then just generally lurking in the back at all the other symposiums and events...  :)
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Published on March 13, 2015 09:45

January 1, 2015

Lark Rising's unused prologue (and a givewaway)

This is the prologue that I removed from LARK RISING long before it sold.  It's quite short, but those of you who've read the book will understand exactly, and those of you who haven't...  well, here's the fun part:  I am giving away a New Year's gift of a signed copy of LARK and this wonderfully vine-y ear cuff:

I will pick the winner on Twelfth Night (January 6th).

How to enter?  Follow me on Twitter.  (For those of you who already follow me, just retweet and I'll know you want to be included!)  I'll gather the names and (randomly of course!) select one.

Happy New Year!  May it be filled with wonderful things.





No explosion. No shattering of walls; no blinding light. No clash of sword and last gasp of strength. This was but a touch of wine to lips—
And the queen fell.
Screams began then, shuddering sounds of horror and despair.  A hall full of people now frantically swarming—noise and color muddling into a mass, converging to aid, to assist, to share the burden of tragedy—all of them… all but two.
He was frozen with shock, hardly breathing, eyes searching the empty place at the table. And she—she was there still, briefly.  The stranger he’d invited. No longer sitting as she had moments ago in sweet-faced pretense, but standing just back a little in the shadows where the candlelight ceased. She was smiling at him.  Strange—he’d thought her smile exquisite. Now it gleamed and widened in display of sickening emptiness and chasm-like depth.  Thief that she was, she melted into the dark, though the smile hung gaping black long after she disappeared, mocking his pathetic heartbreak, this terrible mistake.  And he stared, unable to move, to help, to stop the inevitable.  Even when the king returned to the hall with sober step and drawn face to say, “The amulets are taken. The Balance is disturbed.” Even when those remaining lifted tear-stained faces to murmur then in a single, hopeful chant, “The Guardians, the Guardians, the Guardians…” he could not move.

He had damned them all.
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Published on January 01, 2015 05:30