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Happy Monday Everyone! Today I've got a fantastic guest post by debut author Heidi Helig to help celebrate the release of her YA time travel THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE that releases next month. I love time travel stories and Heidi's sounds awesome.

Here's a blurb from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times - although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix's father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix's existence rather dangerously in question...

Nix has grown used to her father's obsession, but only because she's convinced it can't work. But then a map falls into her father's lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it's that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.

Now here's Heidi!
Release Day minus 10 Years

Start working on a book.
Release Day minus 2 Years
Scrap that book, it’s terrible.
Start another book.
Release Day minus 1+ Year
IMPORTANT: Have your agent sell that book you sent to them.
Release Day minus 1 year
Get on twitter. Make friends. Talk about your book so everyone knows to be excited.
Release Day minus 11 months
Remind everyone about your book.
Gently correct people who thought that it was already out.
Realize that maybe a year in advance was too early to tell everyone about your book.
Release Day minus 10 months
Constantly refresh your Goodreads page and smile gratefully at the family members who signed up for
Goodreads just to five star your book.
Wonder who gave it one star when there aren’t even ARCs out yet.
Was it your jealous cousin Jack? The one who said congratulations but in a really fake way?
I bet it was Jack.
Release Day minus 6 Months
Reveal your cover. Accept all the accolades even though you had literally nothing to do with it.
Release Day minus 5 Months
Read three dozen “How To Market Your Book” articles.
Spend too much on book swag.
Spend even more on mailing out your bookswag.
Get off Twitter so you stop being tempted to do giveaways.
Release Day minus 4 Months
Get back on Twitter only to discover ARCs are out in the world and now people can tweet you their reviews—both the good and the bad.
Release Day minus 3 Months
Get back off Twitter.
Release Day minus 2 Months
Plan your parties! Buy your outfits! Schedule blog posts! Do more giveaways! Forget to eat! Stop sleeping! Regret your choices!
Release Day minus 1 month
Pet your finished copy.
Find a typo in your finished copy.
Release Day
Release Day + 1 Day
Open a new word document.
You can find Heidi at:

Heidi and I are sharing in the cost of an e-book of THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE for one lucky winner. To enter, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follower button if you're not a follower) and leave a comment through February 20th. If your e-mail is not on your Google Profile, you must leave it in the comments to enter the contest.

If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, let me know this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. This is an international giveaway.

Here's what's coming up:
On Monday I have an interview with debut author Janet Taylor and a giveaway of her YA time travel INTO THE DIM.

The Monday after that I have a guest post by debut author Kim Savage and a giveaway of her YA thriller AFTER THE WOODS.

Wednesday that week I have a guest post by Kimberley Griffith Little and a giveaway of BANISHED or another book in this series.

The following Monday I have a guest post by debut author Melanie Conklin and her agent Peter Knapp and a giveaway of her MG contemporary COUNTING TIME.

Hope to see you on Monday!


S.A. Larsenッ said...

I love the blurb, especially the part about '...their crew of time refugees.' Sounds so interesting. Congratulations to Heidi!

Kristin Lenz said...

This was a fun post. Congrats, Heidi!

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations, Heidi! That is a spectacular cover. So clever! I love time traveling books. Thanks for the fun post. I laughed out loud!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Find a typo in your finished copy - LOL! Welcome to the reality of book publishing. It happens.

Congrats to Heidi.

Laura Rueckert said...

This book sounds amazing! I'd love to read it. I tweeted about it too. :)
laura (dot) rueckert (at) onlinehome (dot) de

Unknown said...

I got hooked at the mention time travel and pirate. It sounds really good. Thanks for the feature! :)
PS: Don't count me in the giveaway.

K. L. Hallam said...

Count me in! Sounds wonderful and I've heard many great things about this book.

Unknown said...

Awwww, this was such a fun post. I can't wait to read this book. *_*

Bish Denham said...

I agree with C. M. fun post. The idea that Nix's father would maroon her somewhere in time just isn't right. Would love to read this to find out what she does!

Bish Denham said...

I agree with C. M. fun post. The idea that Nix's father would maroon her somewhere in time just isn't right. Would love to read this to find out what she does!

Donna K. Weaver said...

What a wonderful premise. The stakes are awesome but her dad sounds like a jerk.

Donna K. Weaver said...

What a wonderful premise. The stakes are awesome but her dad sounds like a jerk.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That was hilarious! I wonder if she ever plotted Jack's secret demise?

cleemckenzie said...

That dad needs some comeuppance. Loved the picture of the smiling girl with the cat. Very sweet.

Suzanne Warr said...

Congrats to Heidi on her book debut! That Release Day count down made me laugh and laugh--thanks for that. :)

Sounds like a super fun book, which I'm adding to be To Read pile!

Suzanne Warr said...

Congrats to Heidi on her book debut! That Release Day count down made me laugh and laugh--thanks for that. :)

Sounds like a super fun book, which I'm adding to be To Read pile!

Jessica Lawson said...

Ha! Fun post :) Congratulations on the book~ I've been hearing fabulous buzz about it everywhere!

S.P. Bowers said...

Great timeline. :) I'll have to remember this. Love the 2 years mark.

kiwi_chick_2882 said...

This really intrigues me and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy. Thanks for the excerpt

Liz Brooks said...

I've been looking forward to this book for a long time, and I can't wait to get my hands on it. The idea is so interesting, and I've heard so many good things about it. Also, I can't really resist a cover like that.

I loved this post. But oh my goodness, finding a typo in your published novel must be super embarrassing/annoying. :(

Thanks for the giveaway! :)

mshatch said...

What a unique story idea! This sounds like a book I'd love!

Greg Pattridge said...

I enjoyed the honest appraisal portrayed in Heidi's countdown. Good luck with your book. The story line is certainly intriguing but don't enter me in the drawing as my TBR pile is at an all time high.

lifeofacrazygirl said...

I was searching for a giveaway of this graet sounding book but nobody was doin it internationaly. But now that I found one I can go happy and smiling to bed. :) Thanks for a great giveaway and a even better book!! Love you!

Maranda Hymes said...

I've heard a lot about this book over the last few months! I can't wait to finally read it. :)

Karen Lange said...

It's nice to meet Heidi! This book sounds like an interesting read. Enjoyed the post. Had to laugh at the comment about 1 star cousin Jack. I think I may have one of those cousins too. :)

Appreciate you sharing the post, Natalie. I'll pass on the giveaway this time around. Enjoy the week!

Rosi said...

OMG, this book sounds incredible. I am trying so hard not to acquire anything else, but please do throw my name in the hat for this one. It sounds just too good. Thanks for the post. Very fun.

Anonymous said...

I love the cover and the description is very appealing. Congrats to Heidi. I'm a follower and I'd love to read this.

Penny said...

Great post! The cover is very cool. Thanks for the giveaway!

Mary Preston said...

A fun post thank you. I do enjoy time travel stories.


WendyMcLeodMacKnight said...

Congrats Heidi! I have my copy on pre-order and I can't wait to read it! I am soooo stealing your timeline for my own guidance ( I can see where I've already screwed up a bit)

Stephanie said...

This book sounds like a fantastic adventure. I LOVED the publishing timeline- made me laugh as I am just in the beginning phases myself. I think Heidi needs to name the antagonist in her new WIP Jack, and kill him off;)

Kirsti Call said...

I can't wait to read this book!

Morgyn said...

Too freaking cute & true. Esp. the part about open a new word doc! Tweeted: https://twitter.com/MorgynStar/status/697067208862785536

I Write for Apples said...

This is great, Heidi. lol :)

Unknown said...

This book sounds so good!

Danielle H. said...

I love time travel books and this one is so filled with history! I loved the timeline for a book in this interview--hilarious! I posted on tumblr: http://yesreaderwriterpoetmusician.tumblr.com/post/138997774132/literary-rambles-heidi-heilig-guest-post-and-the

Can't wait for your next posts Natalie!! Thank you very much!

Rhi said...

great blurb. sounds like a nice book. Time travel is one of my favorite genres.

i follow via GFC (Rachel B) and my email is vipersweb@gmail.com

Kayla :) said...

Time travel!! I love the idea. Except her dad sounds terrible. I want to abandon HIM in some time that can never be reached again. Thanks for the great giveaway!

kayla3194 at gmail dot com

DMS said...

What a fun and unique post! This sounds like an interesting book. I have always been curious about time travel. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. I Google +d it and tweeted. :)

Anonymous said...

Someone should totally just stab cousin Jack.

I'm excited to read your book! :D

Patchi said...

Now I know why I've heard so much about this book, it's been on my TBR long before it was out. Such an awesome premise! Can't wait to read it :)

Crystal Collier said...

I have a few more things I'd insert into that timeline, but that's having been through the publishing process a couple times. The book sounds fabulous! Can't wait to read it.

M Pax said...

Ooo. I like time travel. Congrats to Heidi!

And Happy Wednesday to you, Natalie.

Unknown said...

I love the premise! I think it would make a great TV series. Heidi is so adorable -- I love all the funny things she mentioned in her time-line. Wishing her much success!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

The Girl from Everywhere sounds terrific. What an original plot problem! I loved the timeline, too. Great humor!

Emily R. King said...

I adore a good time travel, and this one promises to deliver. Can't wait to read!

Emily R. King said...

I adore a good time travel, and this one promises to deliver. Can't wait to read!

Natasha said...

Sounds like a great read!!
Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Wendy said...

Great interview and thanks for the giveaway! My email is on Blogger.

ArtemisG said...

Great post!!!! Very very interesting story, thank you for the chance!!!!

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/artdem83/status/699224640598732800

artgiote at gmail dot com

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I would love a copy of this book! Enter me, please!
It's on my TBR regardless.

Holly Letson said...

Loved reading Heidi's timeline.


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