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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. 




Week Two Arc Giveaway—What Are You Afraid Of?

In WAITING FOR UNICORNS, Talia discovers she has a lot of fears—moving to new places, polar bears, the dark, losing people she cares about—but mostly she is afraid of what she can't control. 

"'Everyone is afraid of what they are unable to control,' Mom had told me. 'All fears can eventually be traced back to that'. It made sense, what she said. But it didn't make me feel any better." 


Question #2) Do you have a fear that holds you back from new things? What would it take to leave that fear behind?

Leave your response in the comments for a chance to win one of three ARCs! Winners will be announced Monday Nov 3. 


Week One ARC Giveaway Winners

Week one giveaway started with the following question:
Have you ever had to make a move (physical or otherwise) to a place you didn't want to go, or a place you knew nothing about?   
Your answers were fantastic! Isn't it nice to know this idea of leaving 'home' is a universal one? We all have a place (literal or figurative) that feels safe and familiar, and the thought of leaving it is difficult, and at times frightening. And yet, sometimes life finally begins, or begins again, when we leave the familiar behind. 
Thanks for participating! Here's the three winners for week one:

1) Theresa Sullivan
2) Jolene Ludeman
3) Alisa Alcott 

Please email me your mailing addresses, at beth(at)writingwordbyword(dot)com, so I can get your copy of WAITING FOR UNICORNS on it's way to your doorstep.

Week two giveaway will be posted shortly for another chance to win one of three ARCs! 


Counting Down . . . Time for Giveaways!

So, I promised a little more activity here at WritingWordByWord, and you may consider this the start of it! 

January 22, 2015 (three months away!), WAITING FOR UNICORNS will skip into your nearest bookstore and cautiously slide onto a shelf. But until then, I thought it might be appropriate to send a few copies out into the world. Are you interested in reading one? Cuz I have a few I'd like to give away!
Here's the scoop:
Every week from now until Jan 22, I'll be posting a question in relation to the book (and no, you don't need to have read the book in order to answer!) Like any good storyteller, simply answer the question from your own experience and leave your answer in the comments section. At the end of the week I'll give away three signed galley copies of the book to those who participated. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Here we go!

Question #1)

WAITING FOR UNICORNS opens with the protagonist of the story, Talia McQuin, moving away from home for the summer. It's not a move she wants to make, even for a short period of time. Have you ever had to make a move (physical or otherwise) to a place you didn't want to go, or a place you knew nothing about?

* You have until Sunday, Oct 26 to answer and be entered for a chance to win one of three signed copies of Waiting For Unicorns!

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