Book Giveaway & Author’s Note!


You? Your daughter? Your best friend whose birthday is coming up? Your long lost cousin in Brazil? Your sister who is driving you crazy during lockdown?


Fantastic! You’re in the right spot! The SP is partnering with YA Author Kara Swanson to do a GIVEAWAY for her upcoming book, DUST!

*Intriguing summary below!*

The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale.

Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real–since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire’s desperate search points to London… and a boy who shouldn’t exist.

Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins.

The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan–and herself.


Who is your favorite Peter Pan character? Comment & share –here on this post OR on your social media, use the hashtag, #SPDustgiveaway and you will be entered twice!

We will monitor this post on Twitter, Instagram, and here.

Winners announced FRIDAY on an IG live with Kara! Good luck!

Here’s a link to the beginning of the Dust Blog Tour/Treasure Hunt if you want more free stuff!

Note: The Spinning Pen is not part of the blog hop.


Nova asked me to share a piece of writing advice with you all, so here goes:

Learn to build the tenacity and endurance to write even when it’s hard. Build a solid foundation both as an author, and as a person.

Very often, writing will not be easy. But the important things rarely are.

The important things usually take time, they take endurance, they take you rolling up your sleeves, sitting in the chair, and just doing the work. It’s not flashy and it’s not always fun…but it matters. Oh, it matters. Because our work is not defined by the easy moments. The mountaintop moments. The times when the words just flow from our fingertips and the worlds you’ve crafted dance before your eyes. No. Our journeys are oftentimes defined by the moments you keep on, the moments you don’t give up, the moments you wrestle and you fight and you push through, even when you are exhausted. Without that endurance, you wouldn’t have those mountaintop moments. You have to fight through the climb, first.

So, that’s my advice.

If you learn that endurance now, it will serve you in the future when you are on deadline and the world has collapsed around you but you still need to write this novel. You still need to draw from the deepest places of your creative well and sometimes use broken, bleeding fingers to craft a story. And I’ve found that oftentimes when I write that story, even if it’s difficult, those novels have a rawness to them that I would never have had otherwise. Sometimes the stories that are hardest to tell can be the most powerful to read.

Thank you so much,



DUST is available for preorder HERE **We support supporting authors!

Connect with KARA: Website, Twitter, Instagram

Nova, signing off.

Nova writes Young Adult Fiction, fantasy, science-fi, and contemporary. She is the author of Calculated, The Never Vows, and The Watchman (The Watersphere Saga.)

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