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?

26 August 2017

HOW TO DISAPPEAR is... appearing now in a bookstore near you!

Four thumbs up from booksellers
at Hockessin Book Shelf!
HOW TO DISAPPEAR is officially out in the world, and I couldn't be happier with how it's been received so far! 

First, the book launch party was a success, despite the weather trying to ruin everything. We had planned to have the event at a mostly-outdoor location, and those plans were dashed at the very last minute when rain decided to stick around longer than expected. So, we scrambled to send out change of location notice, put up signs, and headed back back to the fabulous Hockessin Book Shelf. Thankfully, people still came! Here are some photos to prove it!

Here I am with Maggie Thrash, author of HONOR GIRL and the
STRANGE TRUTH series. Maggie hosted my Instagram story
for the evening, and did her "being generally awesome" thing.

My son, Sebastian (left), performed some sweet tunes with his friend Max.

People! Waiting for me to sign their books! AHHHH!

I signed for two hours straight! I forgot the names of people I've known for years! 
Love these people. Launch party photos by Nico Carver.

Then it was off to Bethany Beach Books the following evening, where I was a roadside attraction. Hahahaha. Thankfully I had company of the lovely Amanda, aka "Bookish Hollow," a YA book blogger. It was fun to chat with people strolling the main drag, a block from the boardwalk. I signed lots of books that night, to people who bought them on the spot and as well as some additional stock for the store... so if you're in the area and want a signed copy, they've got 'em!

I met some lovely teens. And many other... interesting people.

With my sidekick for the evening, the lovely Amanda Warren.

With my beautiful, 13-year-old daughter Anna (center) and her friend Annie.

And readers posted some lovely reviews. Here are a couple of excerpts, with links to the full posts:

"One of my top 5 YA books of 2017 and a mandatory read for parents, teachers and administrators, this story of social anxiety, depression and the lure of social media to replace real life is frighteningly real." – Kate Olson, The Loud Librarian Lady

"I laughed, I cried, I swooned, but I also found myself relating to so many of the things Vicky did and felt... I only have praise for this lovely story of a girl, who while trying to escape herself, she finds herself." – Kiersten Kozbial, We Live and Breathe Books

I also stopped by the Barnes & Noble store on Concord Pike in Wilmington, and they asked me to sign their stock. So of course, I took photos:

More news to come soon! Please check my events page to see where I'll be next. I just added an event for San Francisco in September! 

08 August 2017

Two Giveaways to Celebrate HOW TO DISAPPEAR... featuring OwlCrate, plus six of my favorite authors!

How to Disappear comes out on Tuesday, August 15th! To celebrate, I'm hosting not one, but TWO giveaways. 
(The Pre-Order Giveaway)

If you pre-order How to Disappear by August 14th, send your proof of purchase to HowToDisappearPreorders@gmail.com, and you'll be entered for a chance to win an OwlCrate box, a $100 gift certificate to the bookstore of your choice, plus swag. (And EVERYBODY wins the swag... a set of bookmarks and a signed bookplate.) See details here. Open internationally!

(The Gratitude Giveaway)

On the back cover of How to Disappear, you will find blurbs by six of my favorite authors. They are talented writers and some of the loveliest people  I have ever met. I just adore them all. 

I'm so grateful for their kind words, and I can't begin to thank them except to tell everyone I know how much I love THEIR books. So, to celebrate my own book's launch, I'm going to celebrate their books as well with a BONUS GIVEAWAY! 

Enter the Rafflecopter below to win YOUR CHOICE of their books. (And if you want a different one of their titles than the one featured here, I'm cool with that. I will order and mail ANY book by any of these authors to the winner of this giveaway.)


a Rafflecopter giveaway


10 July 2017

HOW TO DISAPPEAR Pre-Order Giveaway! Open Internationally!

To celebrate the upcoming release of How to Disappear on August 15, I'm hosting a pre-order giveaway with some fun and fabulous prizes. Everyone who pre-orders is eligible to win, and EVERYONE WINS SOMETHING. 

Pre-Order How to Disappear by August 14 and you will:

1) WIN a set of five bookmarks featuring some of my favorite quotes from How to
as well as a bookplate personalized (to you) and signed by the author (that's me). You'll receive one set of bookmarks for every copy of How to Disappear you purchase, so go ahead and order extras for your friends, family, neighbors, teachers, random people on the street... I won't stop you. BOOKMARKS FOR EVERYONE!

2) Receive one entry for every pre-order in a special drawing for an August OwlCrate subscription box! If you are not familiar with OwlCrate, visit them here. I don't know which book will be featured in their August box, but I know it'll be fabulous and accompanied by other fabulous goodies. That's the way they roll. (Thank you OwlCrate for being awesome and offering up this amazing prize to one lucky winner!)

3) Receive one entry per pre-order in $100 bookstore gift card giveaway! The winner can choose ANY BOOKSTORE or ANY ONLINE BOOK RETAILER from which I can purchase a gift certificate via phone or internet. 

Here's how it works... 

First, you go to your favorite bookseller and pre-order a copy of How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat (me again), by midnight eastern standard time on August 14. It can be a hard copy or electronic version. Just make sure it's the right book. This one:

And here are some places where you can order it:


Anywhere Books are Sold! 

(If you're planning to attend my book launch party on August 15, 6-8 p.m., at Woodside Farm Creamery in Hockessin, Del., you can pre-order a copy to pick up there. Just email the Hockessin Book Shelf and ask them to reserve a copy for you to purchase at the event. You can forward their email response as your proof of purchase. And, I'll see you there and sign your book!)


Email your proof of purchase to:


This can be a photograph of your receipt, a screen shot of order confirmation, an email confirmation of the pre-order from your local bookstore. Also include your mailing address so I can send your swag right away! (Everyone wins bookmarks and a bookplate.)

And you're done! 
Thank you so much. 

More special prizes will be announced in the final week of the pre-order campaign, so stay tuned! 

28 June 2017

HOW TO DISAPPEAR Launch Party and Other Events!

Eeep! I can't believe the release of How to Disappear is less than two months away. In publishing, you wait and wait and wait and then... BAM! The big day is suddenly here and OMG I'M NOT READYYYYY! 


To avoid spending the entire month of August in a constant state of Kermit-flail, I'm making event plans and doing my best to get everything in order so I can be the picture of calm. 

Okay, maybe not THAT picture of calm. 

So, without further ado... here are upcoming events for How to Disappear! I will also post these on my events page, and add to them as additional events are scheduled. I really, REALLY hope you can come!

Hosted by the Hockessin Book Shelf
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
6-8:00 p.m.
Woodside Farm Creamery
1310 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin DE 19707

Book signing at the beach!
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Bethany Beach Books
99 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE 19930

The Delaware Center for the Book will be featuring How to Disappear this year. I'll be appearing at their booth, signing books, and giving out bookmarks. Come say hi!
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

I'll be appearing as part of a day full of author events and activities for teen readers!
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Barnes & Noble Christiana Mall
340 Stanton Christiana Rd., Newark, DE 19702

“Whose Book is it Anyway?” panel and book signing
Saturday, September 24
2 Noon
Baltimore Inner Harbor

"A Conversation with Authors of Teen Fiction"
Join six writers of fiction for teens for a lively, interactive panel discussion about their inspirations, writing process, and the value of stories in the modern world. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program. This panel is co-sponsored by Baltimore County Public Library and the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society for Book Writers and Illustrators. RSVP here.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
2-4:00 p.m.
Catonsville Library
1100 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228

I'm honored to be serving as honorary chair and featured author for this year's event!
Saturday, November 4, 2017
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hockessin PAL Center
7259 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707

So, you'll come to one of these events, won't you? 


13 June 2017

A Starred Review from School Library Journal!

I'm completely over the moon over this starred review from School Library Journal! You can read the full review here.

30 May 2017

Twitter ARC Giveaway for Teens Only!

If you're a teen reader, writer, blogger, bookstagrammer, booktuber... and you're on Twitter, this giveaway is for you! Ends tonight at midnight.

12 May 2017

ARC giveaway of HOW TO DISAPPEAR plus paperback of Maggie Thrash's HONOR GIRL

Hi! Just a quick note to say... if you're on Instagram, and want a chance to win an advance reader copy of HOW TO DISAPPEAR, I'm hosting a giveaway on Instagram! You can also win a newly-published paperback copy of Maggie Thrash's HONOR GIRL. Go here to enter.

Here's Maggie with the ARC you can win! (This is the actual copy she read,
so it is gently used and infused with bonus Maggie Thrash cooties magic touch.

Maggie is offering a copy of her graphic memoir, HONOR GIRL, for the giveaway.
It just came out in paperback! (Also, it is awesome and you should read it immediately.)

11 April 2017

Thank you, YA Scavenger Hunters! Also more chances to win an ARC of HOW TO DISAPPEAR (or pre-order!)

Just a quick note to thank everyone who participated in the YA Scavenger Hunt. All of the winners have been notified! If you did not win this time around, please stay tuned for more giveaways coming in the weeks and months ahead:

  • Next up I'll be doing an ARC giveaway on Goodreads. If you want to be notified, add How to Disappear to your to-read list. 
  • Follow me @sharonhussroat and @vicurious (the main character in How to Disappear) on Instagram! I'll be giving away an ARC or two there as well.
  • And if you sign up for my newsletter, you'll get updates on other giveaways and including ones exclusively for newsletter subscribers. 
Of course, if you know you're going to want your own copy (of course you will!) of How to Disappear and you'd like to buy it at a really low price, you can pre-order on Amazon or Barnes & Noble right now for around $12 (regularly $17.99)! 

04 April 2017

YA Scavenger Hunt – Enter to win by April 9!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was 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! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize—one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon, Pacific Standard Time, on April 9th!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are five contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am on the GOLD TEAM, featuring all these books...

...but there are also red, blue, purple, and pink teams each offering a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've hidden my favorite number. (Okay, it's not exactly hidden. You will find it in bold red.) Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold team, and then add them up.

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 total 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 April 9, 2017, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


I am hosting JENNIFER BARDSLEY, author of Genesis Girl and Damaged Goods, and host of the popular Facebook page, "The YA Gal." She lives with her family in Edmonds, Washington. 

You can check out her website here or find more about her book here! 

And OMG look at her gorgeous book...  

DAMAGED GOODS by Jennifer Bardsley

Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend named Seth and the loving support of her foster father, Cal. She's finally escaped the abusive control of her birth father, Barbelo Nemo, and her tortured childhood at Tabula Rasa School.
  But the scars of Blanca's Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the FBI start asking questions. Blanca feels abandoned by Seth who is hunting for Lilith, Blanca's only blood relative. The Defectos, a support group of Vestal-Rejects, offer Blanca comfort instead.
     While the Vestal order crumbles, Chinese rivals called the Guardians rise to power and wrest control of important Tabula Rasa contacts. Now Blanca's life is in peril once more, and this time, Blanca struggles to recognize friend from foe.

Now, the moment you've been waiting for... 


Blanca’s Secret Instagram Account
As fans of GENESIS GIRL already know, Blanca spent the first eighteen years of her life never being on the Internet. But in DAMAGED GOODS, Blanca flexes her digital muscles. Here’s a look at what Blanca might put on her Instagram account:
My top secret vacation begins today! #PrivateIsland #Offthegrid
I spent the afternoon gluing bookplates. #BookNerd
Still speaks to my soul. #Ihaveissues

Whenever I see the Tabula Rasa motto I get chills.
#Finally Free #Defecto

If you're intrigued (I am!) and want a chance to win a copy of Jennifer's book (along with mine and 18 other amazing YA titles), keep hunting! But first, you need to know that my favorite number is 22. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Gold Team and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


I'm also offering a second signed ARC (advanced reader copy) of HOW TO DISAPPEAR and a hardcover copy of my first novel, BETWEEN THE NOTES. Open internationally! Enter the Rafflecopter below, then continue the YA Scavenger hunt!

Now, it's time for you to...


To keep going on your quest, you need to head over to Amber Duell's blog. 

Good luck!!