The Call to Search Everywhen

Teardrop Moons Weekend Teaser

Hi, everyone! It’s been a while since I posted, so I thought I’d share something fun. Here’s an excerpt from my latest work in progress, Teardrop Moons. If you’re familiar with the characters in The Call to Search Everywhen and The Song of Everywhen series, you’ll recognize this guy.

This is still a rough draft, but I’d love to read what you think in the comments below. 🙂

Still on his knees, Valcas smoothed his hands across the sand, wondering whether he’d found himself in a strange sort of nowhere.

Grains of rainbow glass had seemed to absorb all of the impact of his arrival. They formed a carpet of beauty that vaguely reminded him of the flowers covering the surface of Edgar.

The vast emptiness suggested he was not at the bottom of a world, but at its top. That, he could feel as a World Builder.

He rose from his grounding position and studied the horizon, marveling at how there was no line where the sand met the sky. His dark boots crunched through the sand.

“There is no sky,” he murmured. “No horizon.”

He considered whether he’d need to travel again to get beneath this ceiling of a world, to get inside.

The crunching of sand increased in volume and frequency as he ran in an attempt to gain momentum for traveling. This time, while forming a search for the space below him.

He ran until he was swallowed by white light.

“Impossible,” he said, waiting for the sprays of sand to clear.

He’d barely moved at all.

Bewildered, but not discouraged, he tried again. And, again. Until, finally, his foot landed in a soft pocket of sand.

Valcas roared with frustration as he fell into the world he’d tried so hard to enter.

His body made contact with the world’s springy, spongy bottom, causing him to bounce twice before stopping. Wiping grains of sand from his face, he caught his breath, and opened his eyes.

A filled-in world spread out before him. A city of pathways and buildings, molded of the same multi-colored grains. Several pyramids stood at a distance, sparkling beneath a sky that shone white and gold.

The sight would have dazzled someone not wearing dark shades.

He pulled himself from the sandpit he’d fallen into, and looked above. The hole he’d fallen through was growing back together. Wrapping and stretching until it healed like a wound.

“Silvie?” he called out. “What have you gotten yourself into this time?”

Read more about Valcas Hall’s travel talents on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, and more!

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Read Ivory of Aboreal, Chapter 3 on #Wattpad!

With Darker Stars (The Song of Everywhen, #1) in beta readers’ hands and Torch (Lantern, #3) undergoing copy edits, I’ve decided to continue with Ivory’s story. This novella is set in the worlds of both The Call to Search Everywhen and The Song of Everywhen.

Chapter 3 of Ivory of Aboreal is finally up on Wattpad. For those new to the story, here are the links to the first few chapters. Enjoy!

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

 

The Call to Search Everywhen is a Literary Classics FINALIST!

My time travel books are competing for a Literary Classics award in the YA series category. This book awards competition focuses on children’s and young adult literature, and I am so happy to be included in it.

Final results to be announced July 1! View all the finalists here.

Book birthday box set giveaway!

the-call-to-search-everywhen-birthdayThe Call to Search Everywhen box set released one year ago today! Celebrate the award-winning series with me. Enter for a chance at one of twenty-five ebook copies at LibraryThing.

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Since its release, the series box set has hit the following lists!

Nook Top 50
#1 Bestselling Kids Nook Books
#1 Amazon Best Seller in Teen & YA Time Travel eBooks
#1 Amazon Best Seller in Teen Science Fiction & Fantasy Time Travel
#1 Amazon Hot New Release in Teen & YA Time Travel Fiction
#2 iBooks US Bestseller List – Science Fiction

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Praise for individual books in the series:

TRAVEL GLASSES
2016 IAN Outstanding Young Adult
2016 New York Book Festival Young Adult Runner-Up

2016 Readers’ Favorite YA Mystery Honorable Mention

“The concept is very imaginative and well-defined….In spite of the sci-fi fantasy theme, the notion of love and trust in Travel Glasses made quite an impression on me.” Readers’ Favorite, Lit Amri

“This was a refreshing deviation from the plug any date into a time travel machine and push a button approach of time travel seen in so many other novels.” YA Love Magazine

INSIGHT KINDLING
2016 IAN Outstanding Young Adult
2016 Readers’ Favorite YA Adventure Bronze Winner

“Book Two does not disappoint. This is another enjoyable read from Desalls.” –Readers’ Favorite, Lit Amri

“Featuring solid prose and an entertaining premise, this book will appeal to fans of the series.”The BookLife Prize in Fiction
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Signed copies of Travel Glasses, Insight Kindling, and Time for the Lost at Eastridge Barnes & Noble—Limited Supply!

books-and-swagI had so much fun signing books with South Bay Writers at the Eastridge Mall Barnes & Noble. The bookstore is in east San Jose, not far from the convention center that held the first Silicon Valley Comic Con. They have a limited number of signed copies of all three of my series books.

If they run out, let one of the store representatives know. I’m happy to visit the store and sign more.

We’re 25,000 words closer to reaching Darker Stars!

nano-25k-badgeLast night, I hit the 25,000-word halfway point for my NaNoWriMo novel, Darker Stars (The Song of Everywhen, #1). Now that I have a better idea of how the story’s taking shape, I redrafted my blurb. What do you think?

Travel talents have evolved far past what the Time and Space Travel Agency imagined, leaving it unable to keep travelers under their control. Silvie Hall is a descendant of Chascadia, Aboreal, and an ancient Earth. The Remnant Transporter talent flows through her blood, giving her the ability to transport silhouettes from different times and places to help heal lost loved ones. But will it be enough to stop the darker talents that threaten her legacy and her home?

Darker Stars is the first book in a new series set in the worlds of the YA time travel adventure, The Call to Search Everywhen. Get ready for the next generation!

First day of NaNoWriMo!

nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_participant I’m stepping into new territory this year with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I’ll be working on Darker Stars (The Song of Everywhen, #1), the first book in a new series set in the worlds of The Call to Search Everywhen.

I’ve never written a NaNo novel before and am looking forward to the rush of completing a work larger than a novella in 30 days.

Here’s the cover I cobbled together for the event, along with my motivational journal:

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I’m sure the final cover will be much better. 😉

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Tell me about your project in the comments below. Go on the NaNo journey with me at http://nanowrimo.org/participants/chess-desalls/. You can also view my progress toward completing the 50,000 words under my blog badges.

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Travel Glasses is 99¢ for a limited time!

Book award celebrations continue. Travel Glasses is my debut novel that released two years ago, but I didn’t enter it in book award contests until this year. Here’s a recap of results:

  • IAN Outstanding Young Adult Winner (tied Insight Kindling)
  • New York Book Festival, Young Adult Runner-Up
  • Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention in YA Mystery
  • Summer Indie Book Awards Nominee (peer nominated)

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If you haven’t read Calla and Valcas’ story, now’s the chance to begin the series for 99 cents!

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