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Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Release: Wish You Weren't by Sherrie Petersen & WIN Astronaut Ice Cream!

“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

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.
Wishing Scientifically  by Sherrie Petersen

Considering the fact that Susan is a rocket scientist (kind of like the mom in Wish You Weren’t), I thought it would be fun to talk about what some scientists have learned about the power of our wishes.

The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research program spent nearly three decades studying “the role of consciousness in the establishment of physical reality.” In simple terms, they wanted to see if our intentions have the power to change reality. (Scientific types call them “intentions” – I call them wishes!)

A 1997 paper put out by two of PEAR’s researchers, called “The Science of the Subjective,” explained how they could, in a laboratory, demonstrate that “human intention, will, volition, desire, by any name…[can affect] reality to a significant extent.” Cool stuff! You can read more about PEAR here:

But they aren’t the only ones to analyze wishing. Dr. Paul Pearsall studied more than 2,000 well-wishers and developed a 25-step guide to wishing. You can find the list in his book, Wishing Well, but I’d like to highlight a few of his points.

You come to feel as you behave. That’s powerful support for mind over matter!
What goes around comes around. It’s an old adage for a reason – it’s true.
You can change yourself, but you can’t change others. Good to remember, even when you’re not making wishes.

So next time you blow out a candle or wish on a star, keep this in mind: your wishes can become reality. And I’ve got the science to back it up!

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 her on:
Twitter: @SherriePetersen
Read the first two chapters on Wattpad:

Praise for WISH YOU WEREN’T:
“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 - yes, that's me!

“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
One lucky winner will get both the book and the ice cream!
(ebook for international winners)

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  1. Big CONGRATS to Sherrie! Her book is on my Kindle!!

  2. Thanks for having me, Susan! And for the fantastic blurb on my book :)

  3. Sounds like a fun read. Best of luck with this, Sherrie!

  4. I just received the notification that I won this "cool" prize. Thank you so much, Sherrie Petersen and Susan Kaye Quinn!