Mar 26, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway!: Beyond the Stars – Other Ways to Wish by Sherrie Petersen


Publication date: March 17, 2014

Genre: Middle Grade Sci-Fi/Fantasy

About the Book:

Marten doesn't believe in the power of wishes. None of his have ever come true. His parents ignore him, his little brother is a pain and his family is talking about moving to Texas. Not cool. So when he makes an impulsive wish during a meteor shower, he doesn't expect it to make any difference.
Until his annoying brother disappears.

With the present uncertain and his brother’s future in limbo, Marten finds himself stuck in his past. And if he runs out of time, even wishes might not be enough to save the ones he loves.

Beyond the Stars – Other Ways to Wish 
by Sherrie Petersen

Ever make a wish as you’re blowing out candles? Or as you throw some coins into a fountain? In WISH YOU WEREN’T, Marten makes a wish on a star for his brother to disappear. But stars aren’t the only things people use to make wishes. Here are a few other wish “tokens,” some you might not have heard of:

·                     Eyelashes: Make a wish as you blow it from your fingertip.
·                     Dandelions: Those puffs of white spread wishes everywhere when you blow on them as you make your wish. Like candles on a cake, all the seeds need to blow away for the wish to come true.
·                     Tunnels: As a child I would close my eyes, touch a screw and make a wish as we drove through tunnels. It’s harder to do as an adult (I don’t recommend closing your eyes while you drive!) but I still encourage my kids to do this one.
·                     Wishbones: The bigger the bird, the stronger the wish. Whoever has the larger piece after it’s pulled apart has their wish granted.
·                     Books: If you drop a book, step on it with one foot and make a wish. But be sure to pick it up with the opposite hand or the wish won’t come true.

What do you use to make your wishes? Have any of them have come true?

“If you’re looking for the same old formula middle grade fantasy, this isn’t it. Wish You Weren’t is magically real. You wouldn’t be surprised if you met Marten in “real” life, but what he encounters in this story is pure magic.” ~VALERIE HOBBS, award-winning author of Wolf, Sheep and Minnie McClary Speaks Her Mind

“Wish You Weren’t is a sweet story about the blessings of family contained within the rip-roaring roller coaster of time travel. It is a page turner that kids are going to love!” ~KATIE D. ANDERSON, bestselling author of Kiss & Makeup

“I love all the science details mixed with fantasy in Wish You Weren’t — just the kinds of flights-of-science-fancy I wish I had as child!” ~SUSAN KAYE QUINN, bestselling author of the Mindjack Trilogy, Faery Swap and Third Daughter

“Fun and accessible, rich with realism and heart, this magical adventure reminds us of the things truly worth wishing for.” ~CASEY McCORMICK, literary agent intern and blogger at Literary Rambles

About the Author
 Sherrie Petersen still believes in magic and she loves to write (and read!) stories that take her on fantastic adventures. In addition to writing middle grade novels, Sherrie moonlights as a graphic designer, substitute teacher, freelance writer, school newspaper advisor, yearbook advisor and mother of two children. She spends her free time watching movies, driving kids around and baking cookies. Or eating them.

WISH YOU WEREN’T is her debut novel.

Find the Author
Twitter: @SherriePetersen