URQ Poster3What do pirates, explorers and children have in common?  They all love treasure hunts!

THE ULTIMATE READING QUEST  will end on April 20, at midnight. This is your chance to explore new books and authors, and to take home free prizes and books. Plus, one lucky winner, will  WIN THE GRAND PRIZE


To enter your name for this SPECIAL TREASURE you must prove yourself worthy by collecting the 49 letters of a secret message!  Just by reading this post you already have two of the letters (A and B).


Find the rest within the Quest, writing them down as you go. When you have all 49, unscramble them to decode the secret message. Enter the exact words of the message in the Mystery Prize Rafflecopter right here:

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As you’re searching for the letters, be sure to leave a comment for each and every  author. Not only will you get to chat with the amazing Quest authors, but each comment will earn you extra entries in the general QUEST PRIZE GIVEAWAY that includes OODLES OF FREE BOOKS FROM PARTICIPATING AUTHORS!   

What are you waiting for? Click this button to start collecting the rest of the letters. Then return to the start and enter to






The ULTIMATE READING QUEST STARTS HERE! Click on this button to join the Ultimate Reading Quest. Find authors who write the kind of books you like!


Today I am excited to launch the Ultimate Reading SPRING QUEST for middle graders and beyond!  Why? Because this is the reason that I write for young people.  Our youth are the leaders of tomorrow and our hope for the future, so they need to read great stories!  And that’s why I write!   Stories that will shape their lives and help them through tough times. Stories that will introduce them to  characters with whom they can connect, cry, laugh, and shout out their indignation at injustices in their world. I believe that a great story can be an escape, a safe haven and a learning experience all at once.  Young people deserve literature that will engage, inspire and inform them as well as it entertains them.  That’s why I write for young people. Because the stories of today will inspire the leaders of tomorrow.

I am on a personal quest to give my students and yours only the very best to read! That’s why I wrote the Jewel of Peru and the sequel will be coming soon.  I want The Quest series to take my readers on an unbelievable journey and have them experience stories that they will remember for the rest of their lives.  The Jewel of Peru is a magical adventure through time, taking young Captain Christopher and his loyal crew of orphaned stowaways on a perilous quest in search of Christopher’s missing parents.

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“Jewel was an enthralling story from start to finish.  Once I started this book, I did not want to put it down.  Sharon did a fantastic job of creating a unique story that left me wanting more. I haven’t read another book like it, and that is what I loved about it.”–Kristina Snyder, Quiethouse Copy Editing

“This book has sparked my daughter to enjoy reading as she is on her fourth read of it! As a reader, it is a great read and keeps you wanting more at the end of each chapter! A difficult book to put down!”–Tammy Reiling

I know that the other authors involved in THE ULTIMATE READING QUEST feel the same way as I do.  By joining this QUEST you will find many excellent authors whose stories  are filled with adventure, intrigue, danger, mystery, laugh out loud humour, imaginative worlds, and facts about our past, present and future. These stories are indeed a TREASURE that will fill your minds and hopefully, inspire you to keep seeking!   Seek your next Ultimate Read by finding authors who write in a style that you prefer. Just click the gold bar above or below and it will take you one step closer to a whole treasure store of Ultimate reads!  Don’t forget to come back here to  leave a comment to say which author most intrigued and what you  liked about the QUEST. Then enter the contest for a $10 Amazon gift card and a surprise “gift” from a participating author!

Enjoy the QUEST!

Sharon Skretting


The ULTIMATE READING QUEST STARTS HERE! Click on this button to join the Ultimate Reading Quest. Find authors who write the kind of books you like!

The Clean Indie Reads Fall Sale


It’s that time of year when we start to think about the long winter ahead and planning to cozy up with the good book!  That’s why we’re throwing the Clean Indie Reads Fall Sale! You can get started shopping at the CLEAN INDIE READS FALL SALE  but before you go shopping, let’s have some fun blog hopping! Keep reading…

To celebrate the ongoing sale, the authors at CLEAN INDIE READS have created a blog hop that answers the question: Do the changing seasons influence your writing and/or choice of books to read?

My answer is … You bet!  In the fall I like fantasy… something I can curl up with and let my mind go into another world.  A world that doesn’t remind me that impending snow and cold are coming! Yes, that’s right, I’m Canadian.

In the winter, I am curled up by my fireplace enjoying a cozy mystery or  an historical fiction or two.  Something with a Christmas flavour—about love, kinship and good will toward others and it must have a happy ending.

Spring is a time of hope, renewal and anticipation so with my spidy senses tingling, I get itching for suspense. Something edgier to keep me on the edge of my seat and turning the pages. It has to be a page turner.

Lazy summer days lead me to seek the more humorous side of life.  I want a book that gives me a full out belly laugh!  A smile with my morning coffee. What more could I ask for?

One thing is for sure. No matter what your taste in reading, some great reading material to suit any mood can be found at the Clean Indie Reads Fall Sale! Stock up , fill your Kindle or ipad and you will have reading material ready for any season!

When I’m not busy in the classroom, teaching or cozied up with a good book, I’m writing myself!  I’m excited to have my debut novel: The Jewel of Peru featured in the  Clean Indie Fall Sale. Please look for it and get it until October 11th, for 99¢.

Get it until Oct.11th for 99¢

Click here to get the New Release of The Jewel of Peru for only 99¢

The Jewel is a fantasy middle grade fiction that is filled with danger, intrigue and non-stop page-turners.  After his father’s ship is found abandoned at sea, Christopher makes and unexpected discovery on board—The Ultimate Treasure Chest! Inside is a message that beckons him to set sail after the treasure and his parents. When a savage pirate and a corrupt businessman join forces to steal the treasure for themselves, the gang gets caught up in pirate chases, time travel, and an underground network of spies. Will Christopher find the Jewel and his parents or will all be lost forever? I invite you to read the reviews at: , see the trailer and more at my author page at :

The Fall Sale is  a great place to get dozens of clean reads for a great price. For those of you who have kindly stopped by this blogpost, go to my facebook page and like it during the Clean Indie reads sale for a fabulous chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card that you can use to buy more books or whatever you wish!  The contest is open to anyone, anywhere that contests are legal.  Please note the disclaimer below. To enter, please like my Facebook QuestTeaching Page at:  and leave a comment on the page saying that you found me while shopping at the Clean Indie Reads Fall Sale.  While you’re at it, please let me know how you found out about the Clean Indie Reads Sale AND tell us if the season change your reading habits!  Then post your email so that if you are the lucky winner, I can gift you the card! (or if you don’t want to publicly post it, just private message me on facebook or hit the contact [gold envelope] at the top of this website to let me know that you liked the page) The contest will be open until the end of the sale on October 11, and a winner will be announced on October 13.

 Before you go, leave a comment and connect with me here, too. I would love to hear from you and answer any questions.  Then keep on hopping to get to know more fabulous indie authors on this Blog Hop. Please join the discussion on the following blogs, and you might win a prize or two! You can find the Hop schedule here:


Happy Hopping!  I hope you FALL into your next great read!

* Disclaimer: Comment by 11:59:59 PM Central time on October 10, 2014 for your chance to win. Please leave your email address with your comment. Winners will be contacted by the blog owner by October 13, 2014. Only one entry per ISP address. The contest is open to international readers unless stated by the blog owner. No purchase necessary to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. The giveaway is the sole responsibility of the blogger. Clean Indie Reads is in no way responsible for providing prizes during this blog hop. Void where prohibited