The Call to Search Everywhen

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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Wrapped in the Past—Audio Edition!

wrappedpast-desalls-audioWrapped in the Past, the tie-in novella to The Call to Search Everywhen, is now available as an audiobook. Janine Haynes brings Shirlyn Hall and her family to life in this adventure to the past.

Listen to a sample and download the book from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. (The ebook edition is FREE! If it doesn’t show up as free in your country, please click on “Tell us about a lower price” on Amazon.)

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Book 4 has a title!

The next book in my time travel series has a name: DARKER STARS (The Call to Search Everywhen, #4)

I haven’t set a release date for book 4 yet, but the the audio edition of Wrapped in the Past will be available before then. I expect the second tie-in novella, Ivory of Aboreal, to release either before or around the same time as Darker Stars. I hope you’re as excited as I am. My mind is already bubbling with cover concepts.

 

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The Call to Search Everywhen blog tour and launch party!

We’re celebrating the release of Time for the Lost and the box set of the YA time travel series, The Call to Search Everywhen, with a blog tour and a Facebook party! Join the party for bookish games and giveaways. Keep reading for an except from the latest book in the series, Time for the Lost.3D BOX Vertical The Call to Search Everywhen

Read Calla and Valcas’ full story in this collection of the first three books in The Call to Search Everywhen! More than 600 pages of YA time travel adventure inside the following full-length novels:

In TRAVEL GLASSES, Calla Winston falls into a world of worlds after meeting Valcas, a time traveler who traverses time and space with a pair of altered sunglasses. He offers his further protection in exchange for a promise. After learning that his search for her was no mere coincidence, she tracks down the inventor of the Travel Glasses in hopes of discovering more about Valcas’ past and motivations. With Valcas hot on her trail, Calla hopes to find what she’s looking for before he catches up.

In INSIGHT KINDLING, Calla faces charges against her for changing the past. Despite the risk of becoming lost, she accepts a dangerous travel mission that may help her find her father. She teams up with a group of talented travelers and discovers that she has a special travel talent of her own. But will that be enough to protect her and her teammates before they complete their mission?

TIME FOR THE LOST completes the story line of the first three books in the series. The travel team reunites for a mission they never saw coming: a journey to a world caught between life and death, and hidden within the deepest recesses of time. Ivory rediscovers a friend and Ray learns the meaning behind his tattoo. But the connections they make between travelers and the lost may twist the core of the Time and Space Travel Agency inside out.

Excerpt from Time for the Lost

TFTL Cover RevealCarefully, I climbed the clock, placing my feet on the times of other worlds, in order to see more along the top. Fragile materials supported my weight as if I weighed nothing—were nothing—but a breath of air in time and space. I climbed on, grabbing timepieces with my hands and pulling myself upward along the tower.

The skin on the back of my neck prickled when I reached the topmost third of the tower. An hourglass sat perched on the tower’s tapered tip, like a golden star crowning one of Earth’s Christmas trees. The top half of the glass was mostly full. Both halves rested on a crescent moon-shaped base. The hourglass hung balanced, lightly swinging back and forth, ready to flip over when empty.

I made my way back down the tower, wondering whether time ever ends, whether it could be eternal—how a system of worlds with World Builders could possibly have an end. My brain ached as I tried to make sense of it all, wondering where to begin searching for Calla.

My attention turned to something bright and painful: a miniature White Tower, representing the world my parents created, the timeline of which reset when I was born.

The White Tower replica had no clock hands. There were no digital measures of time, no sand trickling from the top of a glass. But I knew how the time was recorded and what time it was at the tower, based on the brightness of its glow. Like the sky which backlit the clock tower, the White Tower was a dazzling white. From what I’d learned as a child, the more brightly it glowed, the later its time and the closer to its end.

I tightened my grip and groaned. “Why does every search lead back to the White Tower? Have I traveled here to the Clock Tower only to be faced with it again?” I descended a few more steps toward the base of the tower. “Is there no way to escape the past—to leave it behind me?”

“You don’t appear to be biding time, friend.”

I nearly fell from the tower. I glanced beneath me to see who’d spoken.

The man who looked up at me was thin, with a nose as straight and long as his gangly limbs. He regarded me with eyes of purple ice. His hair, white like snow, was bound in a loose tail. Friend indeed.

I exhaled, relieved. Everything about him radiated Aborealian descent.

I jumped the last few feet from the Clock Tower and signaled to him, the way I would have greeted anyone in my mother’s home country, Aboreal.

His amethyst eyes met mine as he drew his lip into a thin line. He signaled back, and then frowned. “I disclaimed Aboreal long ago, but I respect the gesture.”

“You’re from my mother’s homeland,” I said. “I just wanted to be sure.”

The former Aborealian nodded and held out his hand.

“Valcas Hall,” I said, clasping it.

He grinned. “You can call me Nick.”

I squinted. Aborealians had no last names, so I hadn’t expected one. Aborealian citizens were simply individuals of Aboreal. But the man’s first name didn’t fit the metric. Nick didn’t have the same significance to it as Ivory and Sable, shades of white and black. He should have had a name that reflected his wintry hair. Nick meant nothing in Aborealian.

I opened my mouth to say something.

“I’ve renamed,” he said. “When I denounced Aboreal, I changed my first name and adopted a surname of sorts.”

“Which is?”

“Time,” he said. “I’m now Nick, no longer of Aboreal, but of Time.”

Nick of Time. Was this guy serious? If he noticed my cringe at the horrible pun, he didn’t show it.

“What brings you to this part of the worlds, friend?”

“A search.” I looked around, disturbed. “How did you get here?”

“I’m the keeper of the Clock Tower. Welcome to my home.”

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chessChess Desalls is the author of the YA time travel series, The Call to Search Everywhen. She’s a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly classics and young adult fiction. Her nonfiction writing has led to academic and industry publications. She’s also a contributing editor for her local writing club’s monthly newsletter. The California Writers Club, South Bay branch, has awarded two of Chess’ stories first place for best short fiction. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.

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