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Beth Hautala is author of Waiting For Unicorns, and The Ostrich And Other Lost Things. She lives with her husband and four children in northern Minnesota where she strives to write stories that tie heart and imagination together. 

 

 

Thursday
Jan152015

One last giveaway


Today, January 15, 2015, marks the one-week countdown to book birthday! Seven days left, friends! And by way of celebrating, I'm giving away one last ARC (Advanced Reader Copy). After this (on Jan 22nd), you'll be able to find hardcover copies of Waiting For Unicorns wherever books are sold!

Here's the scoop:
Leave me a comment below with your name and the title of the last really good book you read. I'll choose a name and post the winner on Wednesday, January 21! On your mark . . . get set . . . LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN! 

Friday
Dec052014

Launch Party!!!

So, I have a book coming out in about a month and a half!
And there's going to be a party!
And you're invited!
(Really. You reading this right now. I want to see your face!)
I'll be there with this book. —But like, the real one. Hardcover. And they will finally be available for you to take home.



Place: Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, MN 

Jan, 23, 2015 

Time: 6:30pm

I'll be signing books and talking about Waiting For Unicorns. More details will follow so stay tuned!

 

Sunday
Nov302014

Week Seven ARC Giveaway—Noticing

I've found lately that technology is making it very easy to go through life distracted. Some days I must actively force myself to set my phone aside, close my computer, and look around. Or conversely, take a breath from the chaos of family life, step outside, and look around. As a writer, noticing is very important. So I work to practice it. Whenever I am just sitting, waiting for something (grocery line, doctor appointment, at the stoplight, etc) I look around and try to 'write' the place in my head as though I were writing a letter to a friend who had never been to, nor could imagine the place I was currently occupying. It's a good practice, and it makes me an active participant in my own life.
So, do you notice?


Question #7)
What is one thing you have noticed because you were actively paying attention that you otherwise would have missed or missed out on? Or, have you ever missed something that you wish you could go back and notice more fully?


Leave your response in the comments for a chance to win one of three ARCs of WAITING FOR UNICORNS. Winners will be announced Monday Dec 8th.