The Taste of Hope Contest

The Taste of Hope Contest is now closed, and a winner has been chosen with the help of a Random Number Generator. Congratulations to Karen Halsted! Karen has been contacted, and will receive the sensory prizes described below.

Thank you to all who participated! This contest was loads of fun for me. I enjoyed reading all of your creative entries–even the ones that made me hungry. And you know what? I think Olivia and Jazz Moon would have approved of all of this cross-wired creativity, too. Well, at least Olivia.

Happy Reading, everyone, and thank you again.

– Therese


Moon Sisters was released on March 4th, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate here than to have a great contest! But what sort of contest is worthy of The Moon Sisters?

The story of The Moon Sisters wouldn’t have occurred at all if, one night, Olivia Moon hadn’t dreamed that she’d seen a will-o’-the-wisp light over a bogland, and that it tasted like hope. The taste of hope filled her with joy and helped her to shed what had seemed an overwhelming sadness, and so she clung to it and set out to find a will-o’-the-wisp for real.

Not everyone can taste hope, but a synesthete might. Synesthesia is a condition whereby a person’s sensory areas are uniquely wired, so that they might smell sights or taste ideas or see sound.

Though not many of us can taste hope in reality, we can still imagine it.


What would hope taste like for you?

Share your imaginings here and be entered to win a sensory gift package worthy of The Moon Sisters:

KIS OILS. This gift pack of six oils includes the following scents: peppermint, lavender, sweet orange, tea tree, lemongrass, and eucalyptus. These are 100% pure essential oils, therapeutic grade.


COLORFUL MOLESKINE DATEBOOKS. Some of us, like Olivia, can see a calendar in our minds–a personal and constant visual of months and days and years. The rest of us need a real calendar to keep things straight. Olivia would approve of this, though: color-coded moleskine date books to get you through 2014 without any confusion.

colorful moleskine planners

CHOCOLATE. According to Olivia, a clear blue sky always smells of warm chocolate and adrenaline, and I suppose we’ll have to take her word for it. Winner will receive a selection of chocolate, chosen just for you by Therese. Milk or dark, your choice.

THE MOON SISTERS One winner will receive a signed, personalized hard cover edition of The Moon Sisters from Therese’s personal stash.


Hungry for a win? Leave your comment here to officially enter the contest. A winner will be chosen at random on March 25th.

What would hope taste like to you?

Or, if you’d rather tackle another sense:

What would hope look like?

What would it smell like?

What would it sound like?

Good luck!

p.s. Help us spread the word about this contest, and your entry will count multiple times. Just come back and leave another comment indicating you’ve shared and linking to that share. One extra entry per share.

p.p.s. You can also gain an extra entry by signing up for Therese’s newsletter HERE. (Newsletter subscribers will receive some exclusive content for The Moon Sisters, first access to contests, and more.) Just be sure to loop back to announce you’ve become a subscriber for your extra shot at the gold chocolate.

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