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!!

29 March 2017

All the Pretty Author Blurbs...

It's always a bit scary when a new book makes its way out into the world and readers lay their eyes on it for the first time. Even more stressful is the moment when another author reads it. 😬 Multiply that times six, and you'll have a sense of the anxiety I was feeling when the manuscript of HOW TO DISAPPEAR was sent off to six of my favorite YA authors in hopes that they might like it enough to offer a blurb. Yikes!

One by one—much to my relief—they came back with the loveliest responses imaginable. Here they are, presented in a rainbow of colors that 1) are a nod to Instagram, which plays an important role in the story; and 2) reflect the heart-bursting joy I felt upon receiving these!

You can preorder HOW TO DISAPPEAR here and here and here and here, add it to Goodreads here and—if you really want to get crazy—you can vote for it on Goodreads lists here and here

I'll be participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt, April 4-9, which will give you two chances to win an advance reader copy of HOW TO DISAPPEAR. Don't miss it! You can also follow the Instagram account for @vicurious, the main character of this novel, where you can get to know her a bit and also find out about other giveaways and book news.