08 November 2017

Goodreads Giveaway!

Want to win a copy of How to Disappear? I'm giving away three hardcover copies on Goodreads. Open internationally. Enter by December 8! 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat

How to Disappear

by Sharon Huss Roat

Giveaway ends December 08, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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16 October 2017

Bringing Vicurious to Life (IRL!)

During the process of writing How to Disappear, I spent a lot of time on Instagram checking the same hashtags that the main character, Vicky, explores in the novel. As Vicurious, she reaches out to followers who feel #invisbile and #ignored, who have #socialanxiety and #depression and just want to be #seen. 

To connect with readers and let them know they are #notalone, I decided to bring Vicurious to life by creating a real Instagram for her. Below is a visual of a few of the Vicurious posts I’ve created so far. It took a while to find my model, make a wig and put together the costume, do some photo shoots, and then learn Photoshop well enough to create some images of Vicurious living vicariously! So, I started with some text posts, like the one which references Vicky’s “Terror List.” Then I ventured into current events to throw her into some exciting events.  

Next up… I’d love to get readers more involved in the content, providing suggestions of places and events they want Vicurious to visit, and even their own photos. I’ll also use the Vicurious account to post fan art and graphics, and hopefully become a place where people with social anxiety can find their people and make new friends. 

Visit her @vicurious on Instagram!

03 October 2017

YA Scavenger Hunt... and please also visit #PubForPR to help raise money for Puerto Rico hurricane relief!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt, a bi-annual event first organized by author Colleen Houck to connect readers and authors... and give away some awesome prizes! 

Add up the clues (each author's favorite number) and you can enter to win ALL 20 BOOKS by the authors on my team! The contest begins on Tuesday, October 3rd at noon Pacific Time and ends on Sunday, October 8th at noon PST.

There are SEVEN contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am part of the ORANGE TEAM, but there are also RED, BLUE, GREEN, GOLD, PINK, and PURPLE teams, each with 20 authors and each offering a chance to win a whole different set of books! 

Go here to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs.


Directions: Below, you'll find my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the ORANGE TEAM, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 

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.

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 Sunday, Oct. 8, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Meet Author Heather Ezell!

A Southern California native, Heather Ezell was evacuated for a fire at the age of three and subsequently grew up with an obsessive fear of wildfires. She has been chasing reprieve from California's heat ever since—from the Rocky Mountains to Interior Alaska. Heather graduated from Colorado College with a degree in English literature and creative writing, and she currently lives in the Pacific Northwest where she writes, practices amateur ballet in the forest, and obsesses over the weather.

Visit Heather's website here, and when you read about her book you're going to want to pre-order a copy (it comes out in March 2018). 


Check out Heather's upcoming book, Nothing Left to Burn!

The autumn morning after sixteen-year-old Audrey Harper loses her virginity, she wakes to a loud, persistent knocking at her front door. Waiting for her are two firemen, there to let her know that the moment she's been dreading has arrived: the enormous wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California, is now dangerously close to her idyllic gated community of Coto de Caza, and it's time to evacuate. 

Over the course of the next twenty-four hours, as Audrey wrestles with the possibility of losing her family home, she also recalls her early, easy summer days with Brooks, the charming, passionate, but troubled volunteer firefighter who enchants Audrey--and who is just as enthralled by her. But as secrets from Brooks's dark past come to light, Audrey can't help but wonder if there's danger in the pull she feels--both toward this boy, and toward the fire burning in the distance.

Heather's BONUS CONTENT is super cool... but I'll let her explain it. 

While I often say that NOTHING LEFT TO BURN is a rewrite of the novel I wrote when I was thirteen, that’s not entirely true," says Heather. "I worked from word zero countless times and completely upheaved the story in endless ways. But one small scene from my oh-so-hysterically-titled A FEAR OF TEARS did survive nearly intact!”

And here they are... the 2008 draft and the scene it ultimately became in the final version:

For a chance win Heather's book, and mine, and a whole bunch more, you need to know that my favorite number is 22. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the ORANGE TEAM and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


I'm hosting a bonus giveaway right here, right now! Enter the Rafflecopter to win signed copies of my HarperTeen novels, BETWEEN THE NOTES and HOW TO DISAPPEAR, and some bookmarks! As part of this giveaway, I'm asking participants to leave a message of kindness below for those who feel #unseen and #ignored. I am sharing some excerpts on Twitter. So, even if you don't enter the giveaway, I invite you to leave a comment of kindness!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Phew! Thanks for sticking with me through the very long post! Now it's time to...


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to hop on over to Leah and Kate Rooper's blog!

02 October 2017

#PubforPR - Help us raise money for Puerto Rico hurricane relief, Auction open through Oct. 5th

Members of the publishing community have come together to raise money for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. There are many wonderful items and services up for auction—for writers, readers, teachers and librarians—including manuscript and query critiques, writing retreats, book bundles, Skype visits and more. Visit the PubforPR website for more information!

ALL of the money raised will go directly to these two organizations:

Unidos por Puerto Rico (United for Puerto Rico) is an initiative funded by Puerto Rico’s First Lady, Beatriz Rosselló, to assist Puerto Rico in its relief efforts for the victims of hurricanes Irma and María.

ConPRmetidos is a Puerto Rican organization dedicated to developing Puerto Rican communities and industries across the globe through the assistance of Puerto Ricans abroad. They have created a relief fund to help Puerto Rico with hurricanes Irma and María.

My donation to the auction is featured in this book bundle of contemporary YA novels. Go here to bid, and thank you so much for supporting this cause.

22 September 2017

Two book festivals this weekend (Sept. 23-24)!!!

I'll be at Barnes & Noble Christiana Mall on Saturday, and Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Sunday.

Saturday's B-Fest is full of events for teens, including an author panel I'll be on at 3 p.m. AND, if you mention the Delaware Festival of Words, a portion of proceeds from your purchase will go to the festival. So please come by and help us raise funds for our 2018 event.

And on Sunday, I'll be joining a YA author panel for a fun game of "Whose Book Is It Anyway?" at the Baltimore Book Festival, on the Inner Harbor. Book signing to follow! 

13 September 2017

San Francisco, here I come!

I leave for San Francisco today, and I'll be with Jessica Taylor at Linden Tree Books on Sunday, September 17. We'd love to see you there!

07 September 2017

I went to the National Book Festival and it was awesome! Here why:

Here's a little recap of the incredible day I had at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 2. 

1) There were tons of amazing authors there. On the teen stage alone, that included Sabaa Tahir, Nicola Yoon, Melissa de la Cruz, Sandhya Menon, M.T. Anderson and Angie Thomas. Here's the crowd:

That's Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, up there
in the middle. I was in the way back. She was amazing.

2) There were two Children's stages featuring authors. I caught a little bit of A.S. King's talk about her middle grade novel Me and Marvin Gardens, which has a great message about caring for our environment. I also saw Ronald L. Smith, author of Hoodoo, The Mesmerist, and the forthcoming Marvel comic origin story, Black Panther The Young Prince. The children's stages were super cool with fun bean-bag-filled seating areas:

Hi Ron! The kids loved you!

3) When I wasn't listening to these amazing authors, I was in the Pavilion of States, where my book was chosen to represent Delaware. I appeared at my state's booth for two stints which lasted a total of five hours, and it was a blast. This area was packed (the whole festival was packed) with kids and parents and teachers and librarians, all participating in a map activity where ether go to each state to get their map stamped, and also get other fun stuff... including How to Disappear bookmarks! I have five different designs that feature quotes from the book, so it was fun to see which were the favorites. (#1-"It Feels Good to Be Seen." #2 - "You are not alone.") SO. MUCH. FUN. 

See what I mean about it being packed? That center aisle
was mobbed. With READERS! So awesome. 
These lovely teens had already read HOW TO DISAPPEAR and
stood at the corner of the booth telling everyone how great it is!
Here I am with Patty Langley of DE Division of Libraries
and her lovely niece Christina.  
I don't know this woman's name but when she read about my book at the booth,
she hurried off to buy it at the store and came back to have it signed.
She told us it was the last copy! Sold out! WOOT!
I signed lots of bookmarks, and the kids had such beautiful names,
I started writing them in my notebook. Inspiration for
future book characters! Aren't they lovely?