Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Travels: Disney World

Happy fall!

How is your autumn season going? I can't believe it's the last day of September. I've decided that after I get my editing goal done today, I'm going to pull out the Halloween decorations!

This month, after Comic Con, I went to Orlando to see two of my favorite places: Disney World and Harry Potter World. Sigh, I really wouldn't mind living therein the parks I mean (really, I've worked it out. I would live in Cinderella's castle and eat park churros and ice cream all year).

You know what I love about Disney? How flawlessly they immerse you into new worlds by targeting all five senses. How could your imagination not take off and create new stories, characters, and ideas when you're surrounded in the sights, smells, and sounds of Main Street, Tomorrowland, and Adventureland? AND Disney World has four parks to get lost in. I always make sure and jot down ideas of inspiration while we're traveling in space, jeeping through the jungle, or dancing down Main Street. I know it's cliche, but I honestly feel like a kid again. You can see the proof below.

Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. This is my best friend since elementary! We have refused to stop playing dress-up just because we're adults.  

I love the new Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. They have a new interactive Beauty and the Beast experience that completely lives up to the hype. 

Hollywood Studios with Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. So creepy and wonderful at the same time. 

A lovely, rainy day at Epcot. Let it be known that Epcot is no longer a "boring and educational" park. It has changed A LOT, and it's worth going to. 

Animal Kingdom with plenty of dinosaurs, tigers, and even a yeti from Everest. I love the adventurous theme throughout this whole park and how each section takes place in Africa, Asia, and India.

Thanks for stopping by! Do you have any trips planned for fall? 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Salt Lake Comic Con

Can we talk Salt Lake Comic Con? Guys, it was INCREDIBLEthere was so much to experience. My mind is still reeling over all the special guests, panels, and costumes I saw over the weekend.

I was excited to be on five panels throughout Comic Con. My first panel was with Brandon Mull, James Dashner, David Farland, Richard Paul Evans, and Jenni James. We spoke about our experiences writing for young adult and middle grade audiences.

My last writing panel, Woman in Writing, included Ally Condie, Jenni James, Lisa Mangum, Mette Harrison, and Laura Hickman. It was such a neat experience to be up there with these talented woman!

One of my favorite panels I was involved with was called The Happiest Creative Place on Earth: How Disney Inspired Me as an Artist. We got to talk about our favorite Disneyland rides, achievements and disappointments from Disney, and capturing magic in your own writing. It was a lot of fun--I think I'll do a little magical blog post on that later.

There were so many special guests over the weekend. Here are a just a few I got to hear from:

Stan Lee. Look at that crowd! Salt Lake Comic Con was the largest inaugural Comic Con in the United States. Go Salt Lake!

Henry Winkler. I GOT TO MEET HIM! I became completely starstruck when he asked for my name. I answered weakly, "Heather," to which he replied, "Heather, are you shy?"

Nicholas Brendon (Xander) from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. It was cool to hear him talk about his experiences working with Joss Whedon.

On Friday I had a signing at the lovely Shadow Mountain booth. I got to meet a lot of really kind fans and see some great costumes.

Speaking of costumes...check out these clever creations!

I also got to see some fan art for The Shapeshifter's Secret by the talented Anastasia!

It was such a crazy, fun convention and I'm so happy I could be a part of it. Seriously, I'm so excited that Comic Con is coming back every year!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway for Sugar Coated!

Shannen Crane Camp is releasing her newest novel, Sugar Coated! I could not put this enticing dystopian down. Camp perfectly describes a hauntingly utopian world where things just don't seem quite as sweet as they appear. I loved the characters in this book, Brynn, Ty, and especially Jonahhe's the perfect, witty sidekick. I can't wait to see what happens next in this series!

Today I'm happy to help wrap up the Sugar Coated Blog Tour and announce the amazing giveaway of twelve different books! Read about Sugar Coated and enter the giveaways below. 

An unhealthy addiction to sugar cubes, a deep-seated fear of water, and universal luxury—these are the simple things that make up 18-year-old Brynn's Utopian existence. Why, then, is her perfect life also plagued with unanswered questions?

Like every other resident of the planet Halcyon, Brynn's home provides everything she needs, money is unheard of, and life is perfect. But unlike the rest of Seaside's residents, Brynn has questions. Why can't people leave the city? Why does the ocean fill everyone with terror? Who are the Workers? Not only is Brynn curious where others are compliant, but she suffers from chronic nightmares of an angelic woman torturing her for information she doesn’t possess. But these are more than just figments of her imagination; they're memories of things that never happened. 

When Brynn meets Jonah, a brilliant, library-dwelling boy who shares her questions and her curiosity, they formulate a plan to find answers. Somewhere, the perfect veneer of Halcyon's instant gratification hides a city that only Brynn knows about—a city she and Jonah are determined to find. But will finding the city give them answers, or simply uncover the horrific truth behind the perfection?

Sugar Coated Excerpt:

           Blinding white lights flashed into life, revealing a room less cavernous and imposing than she had expected. Instead, the room with the white walls, ceilings, and floor was quite small; small enough for her to run from one end to the other without ever breaking a sweat. It took a moment for her eyes to adjust and once they did, she still couldn’t be sure of what she was seeing. There seemed to be a complete lack of color in this small room, as if it had been drained right before her arrival and was shining more brightly because of its recent purge.

           Brynn blinked her eyes a few more times, trying to clear the spots that sprang into existence when the less-than-subtle lights had ignited. Now that she had a proper hold on her surroundings, she could see the impossibility of the room. There were no windows. There were no doors. There was no way in or out. So how had she gotten there? 

           “We apologize for any inconvenience your death may cause you at this time,” said a smooth, soothing female voice over what Brynn could only describe as a loudspeaker. If the woman’s voice hadn’t been so calm and collected, it may have taken her less time to understand exactly what she was saying before the sickly sweet smell of sugar hit her nose; like cookies right out of the oven.

           This wasn’t just a room. It was a death chamber.

           “We appreciate your cooperation and would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the best thing to do in this situation is enjoy this smell, generated for your pleasure,” the voice told her, never losing that deep, rich timbre. Brynn thought that if she hadn’t been in an obviously dire situation, she would have loved nothing more than to listen to the beautiful voice and smell the sweet sugar all day long. But as it turned out, there wasn’t much time left in her day right at that moment. Listening to the woman’s instructions against her better judgment, Brynn took one deep breath, enjoying the smell of the unnaturally rich sugar before her cheek made contact with the hard white floor with a sickening thud. 

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Shannen Crane Camp was born and raised in Southern California, where she developed a love of reading, writing, and anything having to do with film. After high school, she moved to Utah to attend  Brigham Young University, where she received a degree in Media Arts and found herself a husband in fellow California native Josh Camp. The two now live in either California or Utah... they still can't decide. Shannen loves to hear from readers, so feel free to contact her at or visit her website for more information: