Author: Holly Schindler

Blog Tour: Spark [Guest Post & Giveaway]

Posted May 27, 2016 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Guest Post / 3 Comments

Blog Tour: Spark [Guest Post & Giveaway]

Blog Tour: Spark [Guest Post & Giveaway]Spark by Holly Schindler
Published by HarperTeen on May 17th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Magical Realism, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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The local Avery Theater was just a run-down building to Quin—until her mother told her the tragic love story of Nick and Emma that played out on the theater’s stage all those years ago. Quin is convinced it’s the perfect story to rewrite for her drama class, but when she goes searching for more information, she makes a startling discovery—the Avery is rapidly regaining its former splendor and setting the stage for her classmates Dylan and Cass to relive Nick and Emma’s romance. Quin can see the spark between them, but it’s up to her to make sure her friends—and the Avery—can both be saved this time around.

Guest Post

Favorite Theaters – Inspiration for The Avery in SPARK

When I was a teen, I was a bit like Cass in SPARK—I loved all things vintage. I wore vintage clothes, loved old books and classic movies. I also loved watching my favorite classic movies in old theaters—munching on popcorn and old-school candies (Good & Plentys, Kits, etc.) from concession stands.

This is a glimpse of my favorite old theater—The Princess in nearby Aurora, Missouri. I’m sorry to say the Princess no longer exists as a movie theater. But I loved driving to Aurora, where my family or friends and I would eat at a restaurant on the town square that had once been a bank (the vault was being used as a microbrewery) and catch the latest flick at the Princess. In fact, this photo was taken the same day I got my master’s degree—I wanted to celebrate at my favorite old theater.

The Princess had been open since the ‘40s, and still had its original fixtures inside—same old sconces on the walls, same seats…they even served old-school popcorn with real butter in those red and white cardboard boxes. The Princess felt different from the cineplexes in my hometown—probably because of its history. Back when the Princess opened, going to the movies was a real experience—women dressed up in hats, gloves, and heels. Men were in suits and ties. Remember, this was before TV hit our homes—it was the only time anyone got to see a story on a screen. It’s a bit hard to imagine now, when screens follow us everywhere—are constantly in our own back pockets.

While I loved The Princess dearly, I also grew up surrounded by vintage theaters where road show companies and local performers put on plays and musicals. They were all in my mind’s eye as I came up with the fictionalized Avery Theater…I’ve put together a small video to give you a better idea of what I had in mind—the video also concludes with a challenge to young writers to get out a do a local color video of their own. (It also makes a great classroom assignment, for those of you who teach)

About the Author

spark author holly schindlerHolly Schindler’s work has received starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly, has won silver and gold medals in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and the IPPY Awards, respectively, has been featured on Booklist’s Best First Novels for Youth and School Library Journal’s What’s Hot in YA, and has been a PW Pick of the Week. She is owned by a Pekingese named Jake, and can be found working on her next book in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri. She can also be found at hollyschindler.com.

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Harper Summer 2016 Tour!

Posted February 27, 2016 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 7 Comments

Harper Summer 2016 Tour!

by Holly Schindler
Published by HarperTeen Genres: Contemporary
Welcome to my leg of the Harper Teen Summer 2016 Tour! This is such a wonderful experience and I am so glad that I was able to be a part of this! The tour is being held by the wonderful Hannah @ The Irish Banana! This is day 23 of 50! There are 50 books being showcased and TONS of ways that you can win PRIZES! In this post alone, there are 4… YES, FOUR GIVEAWAYS! Without further adieu here is the book I am spotlighting! 🙂
Title: Spark
Author: Holly Schindler
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304
Published By: HarperTeen on May 17, 2016
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Holly Schindler brings the magic of the theater to life in this tale of family ties, fate, love, and one girl’s quest to rewrite history.
The local Avery Theater was just a run-down building to Quin—until her mother told her the tragic love story of Nick and Emma that played out on the theater’s stage all those years ago. Quin is convinced it’s the perfect story to rewrite for her drama class, but when she goes searching for more information, she makes a startling discovery—the Avery is rapidly regaining its former splendor and setting the stage for her classmates Dylan and Cass to relive Nick and Emma’s romance. Quin can see the spark between them, but it’s up to her to make sure her friends—and the Avery—can both be saved this time around.
(Goodreads)
Are you ready for all the EPIC prizes we have?!
#1 – A Harper Teen Summer 2016 Catalog prizepack of 45 books*.
*Titles not included: The Crown by Kiera Cass, Escape from Asylum by Madeline Roux, Sing by Vivi Greene, The Countdown by Kimberly Derting, & United As One by Pittacus Lore
In addition to the one massive prize winner, we will also have 4 winners who will be able to select 3 titles they want from the Summer 2016 Catalog.
US Only
 
#2 – 5 Finished Copies from the Harper Teen Winter 2016 Catalog
5 books are: Front Lines by Michael Grant, Revenge & the Wild by Michelle Modesto, The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks, Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin, & The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig 
US Only 
 
How to enter:
Collect the daily word from each blog stop during the Harper Summer 2016 Tour (a total of 50). Once you’ve collected them all, email the complete saying to: HarperTeenTour@gmail.com
 
Today’s code word is: Whether
 
Prize Rules:
  1. Winner must have a valid US mailing address to receive the prize
  2. Winner must be over 13
  3. Only one (1) entry per person for Prize #2 – duplicates will be deleted.
  4. Only a completed phrase will be accepted as an entry – do not email each word/phrase daily. Wait until you have the complete saying and then email in.
  5. All email submissions must be received by 11:59 PM EST 3/31/2016.
  6. Winners will be selected 4/1/2016 and will have 48 hours to claim their prize before another is selected.
  7. Participating blogs and bloggers are not responsible for unsent, damaged, and/or stolen prizes offered by the publisher.
#3 – Leap Year Giveaway – 4 of the most anticipated ARCs from Summer 2016
Books are: My Lady Jane, Ivory & Bone, The Crown’s Game and This Savage Song
US Only
 
How to enter:
This giveaway will only run on February 29, 2016. The rafflecopter form will work for 24 hours and a winner will be chosen on March 1, 2016.
#4 – PreOrder Giveaway
2 Winners will win a PREORDER of SPARK and 1 PREORDER of their choice of ANY finished copy of a title featured on the tour! 
Open INT as long as The Book Depository ships to you!
Lastly, don’t forget about our amazing Facebook Author Chats where you will have chances to win more prizes and books! The first one was so much fun and lots of goodies were available! The SECOND chat will be 3/16/16 at 8 pm EST!

RSVP TODAY
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