Welcome to a blog stop on the YA DASH! If you love YA thrillers, you can visit the 14 participating author websites for a chance to win a prize pack of 16 suspenseful novels, including an e-ARC of Black Flowers, Whites Lies. You can be one of the very first readers of my new novel before it comes out in October!
I'm also offering my own prize (custom Black Flower notecards) using the rafflecopter below. This is separate from the grand prize.
Here's how to play: Visit the 14 authors and look for their answer to the featured question. Tally the answers, counting how many authors chose A, B, C, D, E, or F as their answer. The most popular answer will "unlock" the rafflecopter on the YA DASH site and enter you into the drawing for the prize pack. (Please note, only those entering the correct answer will be eligible to receive the prize.)
Her father died before she was born, but Ella Benton knows they have a special connection. Now, evidence points to his death in a psychiatric hospital, not a car accident as Mom claimed. When strange, supernatural signs appear, Ella wonders if Dad’s trying to tell her something, or if someone’s playing unsettling tricks. As the unexplained events become sinister, she finds herself terrified about who--or what--might harm her. Then the evidence points to Ella herself. What if, like Dad, she’s suffering a mental breakdown? Ella desperately needs to find answers--no matter how disturbing the truth might be.
And now, the answer to the YA DASH question: What's your favorite way to kill a character? As the author of Pandemic (my debut novel), I'd like to say contagious disease. But since that wasn't one of the choices, I'll go with B, poison.
Be sure to visit the next YA DASH participating author: Paula Stokes, author of Vicarious. Happy Dashing!
I'm taking part in the Celebrate the Small Things blog hop this week. One small thing I'm celebrating is getting my daughter safely back to college and all set up in her dorm room for her sophomore year. We miss her already!
I also want to share a Friday Five this week. Here are five interesting blog posts and articles I read recently.
How to Stop Being Scared of Everything by Tim Lawrence. An interesting look at fear and five experiments to try.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Book Sales (But Were Afraid to Ask) by Lincoln Michel. An in-depth article explaining things like BookScan, earning out advances, and print runs, backed by data and statistics.
Internal Dialogue: The Greatest Tool for Gaining Reader Confidence by Elizabeth Sims. How authors can use internal dialogue and some mistakes to avoid.
On White Fragility by Justine Larbalestier. The white author of Liar discusses writing from a POC's point of view.
80s Music Greats: Where Are They Now? I would argue that John Waite (of Bad English and The Babys fame) is hardly a one hit wonder, but this is still a fun slideshow.
What are you celebrating this week?
Congratulations to Charlotte Bennardo on her upcoming middle grade novel, Evolution Revolution: Simple Machines, illustrated by Cathy Daniels. I'm happy to help her reveal the beautiful cover. As a bonus, Charlotte is sharing five ways the cover relates to the story.
About the Evolution Revolution: Simple Machines Cover
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