Jill here! Welcome to the 2013 Summer Scavenger Hunt!
This hunt has 32 stops and runs 5/17 to 5/19/13. If you make the loop, reading unique content from 31 different authors, and fill out the Rafflecopter form at Stop #32, you’ll be in the running for an iPad Mini (loaded with all our books), or one of two runner-up prizes—all 31 of our new releases in paperback.
Some authors are offering additional prizes, so be sure to read each post thoroughly to be in the running for everything that’s available. The contest is open internationally too!
If you’ve JUST discovered the hunt, I recommend you start at Stop #1, found at LisaBergren.com. But you can also begin here, and keep rolling. Just be aware that if you win, you need to email Lisa Bergren (within 24 hours) the COMPLETED phrase in the correct order (which you construct by gathering clues at each stop). If Lisa doesn’t hear back from you with the correct phrase within the time limit, she will move on to the next winner that Rafflecopter draws.
Ready? Here we go…
I’m excited to host Patricia Hickman today. I’ve not read her books, so I’m discovering her along with many of you. I’ve got to say, I’m intrigued. Her books sound powerful and gripping. I’ve heard that she writes “beautiful” and “captivating” stories and that she has a “lyrical voice.” Doesn’t that make you want to get a hold on one of her books right now? She’s also a pastor’s wife, so that tells me that she understands a lot of things about life.
Here is her official bio:
Patricia Hickman is the best-selling author of The Pirate Queen and 17 other books. Her works receive consistently good reviews from national reviewers like Publishers’ Weekly. If upmarket fiction can be branded, her stories attempt to possess the dreams of southern culture—“our village secrets, our passion for idioms, our spiritual passages, and our companionable pilgrimages.”
Today, Patricia is sharing about her new book Tiny Dancer, and what she shares gave me chills. I so want to read this book now and see how she put her visit to the Outer Banks to the page. Learn more at http://patriciahickman.com. Or you can find her on Facebook or Twitter @patriciahickman.
What would you do if you knew that crossing through a forbidden backyard garden might open the door to a mysterious but exciting new world? However, once you cross over, you risk alienating your family from you. Fifteen-year-old Flannery Curry is an Irish step dancer coming of age in the highly charged 60s in Bitterwood Park, North Carolina. One pivotal summer brings her to such a crossroads.
Flannery’s story, while fraught with survivor’s guilt and forbidden friendships with a family her stepmother hates, is also interwoven with her romantic crush on the boy who taught her all of her dance moves, Billy Thornton. Billy is Flannery’s forever crush. However, she is fifteen and Billy is eighteen and an upperclassman graduating high school. He’s never seemed to notice Flannery’s infatuation with him, although her nosy best friend Claudia figures it out. No spoilers, but when Flannery and Claudia catch up with Billy and his older friends at an Outer Banks clam bake, Flannery takes her infatuation a step too far.
My husband and I traveled to the Outer Banks for my research. But since Tiny Dancer is set in the 60s, I had to find out about the history of Outer Banks’ life during that decade. It was all I hoped it would be. Along the strand, a famed bandstand and dance hall that was highly popular and drew in many famous headliners, created a backdrop for music, clambakes, and a place where Flannery and her friends might gather.
Before writing Tiny Dancer, I had been kicking around a coming-of-age story with a theme of survivor’s guilt. One afternoon, my husband and I were attending an Irish festival. We had taken our children every year to expose them to clans and my family’s colorful ancestry. (We’re from the Clan of Muir) While a team of Irish step dancers performed, a young girl poised front and center did a turn that was perfect, except when she came around she was sobbing. All eyes fastened on the tiny dancer who obviously did not want to be there. There, in that emotional and rather painful moment, rose the missing piece of my story. I grabbed my writing journal and outlined my next novel, Tiny Dancer. (Note to emerging writers: Never leave home without a compact writing journal! You never know when your next story will tell you what it’s about.)
I hope you are encouraged by Flannery Curry’s journey toward a mysterious yearning to belong and also entertained by what has been a labor of love written just for you, my reader.
Tiny Dancer releases mid-June and is my 18th book and 17th novel.
Jill here again. Thanks for visiting my blog, Patricia! I can’t wait to read your book. Just looking at the cover reminds me of the dancer you saw, who was crying. I’m totally hooked.
Patricia Hickman’s new release, Tiny Dancer, is a powerful coming-of-age story about a forbidden friendship and an impossible romance. It will be available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble on June 25th. Learn more on Patricia’s website by clicking here. Or check out the book on Goodreads by clicking here. Also, since you can’t pre-order this wonderful book yet, please follow Patricia’s Facebook page to get an update of when the book will be available. Click on the image below to “like” her page.
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If you know teenagers who love to read, or if you like reading books like The Hunger Games or Divergent, here’s a contest for you! I’m giving away twenty copies of my book Captives (To learn more about Captives, click here). Enter on the Rafflecopter form below. International entries are welcome!
Good luck in both the scavenger hunt and in my bonus contest! And as always, look under Contests and Freebies to see what other giveaways you might be able to enter on my website.