Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt!


Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive TWENTY-FIVE signed books, one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM--but there is also a red team for a chance to win a whole different set of twenty-five signed books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 6, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


SCAVENGER HUNT POST


 I'm hosting the gorgeous and talented Lynne Matson!

Lynne is a former attorney who thinks writing books for teens is much more fun. Her debut novel, NIL, a YA thriller with a SF twist, was published by Macmillan/Henry Holt on March 4, 2014.
When she's not writing or reading, you'll find her hanging out with her husband and their 4 boys, usually at the beach. Cookies are her kryptonite, especially thin mints.


Mmmm! Thin mints! I could eat at least 68 of them! You can find out more about Lynne on her website!

You can buy NIL here



On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days--to escape, or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field. Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.


Doesn't it sound fantastic??? I can't wait to read it! 

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT


This is an extra scene from Thad's POV!


Chapter 38.5
Thad
Day 293, Mid-Morning

“Thad.” Rives’s voice was low. “The Shack was hit again last night while we were taking care of that girl. And this time, no chance it’s an animal.” Rives paused. “The metal knives are gone. All of them.”

The metal knives are gone. All of them.


Despair, fury, and frustration shot through me in equal parts. I’d had Watch set up on the Shack; I’d been ready. So how did the knives walk? Either we had a traitor inside the City—a crafty one, one possibly with an accomplice. Or, we had Raiders outside the City. Raiders that had grown dangerously bold, breaching the City limits to take the one thing we couldn’t replace. Part weapon, part tool, the rough metal knives were made by someone before us, knives I honestly couldn’t figure out how were even here at all. But they were here, and we needed them like a parched man needs water. And now they were gone.
 

Nil never made anything easy.
 

Rives was looking at me expectantly.
 

“Get Jason,” I told Rives through clenched teeth. “Have him search the huts, starting with Bart’s. Then meet me at the Shack. If the knives are still here, we’ll find them.”
 

I turned to Charley. Her thoughtful expression told me she’d overheard at least part of today’s bad news.
 

“Charley, it seems our knives grew legs last night. I’m going to start at the Shack and search a grid from there.”
 

She frowned. “You think someone hid them close by?”
 

“I’m hoping,” I said. “It’s our best bet. If it’s one of us, I doubt they’d stash them in their hut, but then again, someone might just be that stupid. And if it’s not one of us, we’re screwed, unless the thieves dropped one in their rush to get away.”
 

Charley nodded. “What can I do?”
 

What can you do? I closed my eyes. Run, find a gate, and get the hell off this nightmare of an island. If I couldn’t keep the knives secure and the City intact, how did I have a fighting chance to keep Charley safe?
 

“Pay attention, C,” Rives said quietly. I hadn’t realized he was still beside me. “Keep your eyes and ears open, watching and listening for anything that strikes you as being out of place. For anything that feels off.” Rives broke into an easy grin. “And by ‘off’ I mean more off than than normal, which by Nil’s standards, is already seriously whacked since technically we’re standing on an island that doesn’t exist.”

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Lynne Matson, and more! Add up all the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


CONTINUE THE HUNT

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53 comments:

  1. That's a very difficult question to answer, because I love so many books. I just finished The Fault in Our Stars by John Green tonight, and it completely wrecked me. If I have to choose, I'll go with Anne of Green Gables, because it brings back fond memories of my childhood, as well as being delightful. :) My favorite book from adulthood has to be The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, and no matter how many times I read it, I still don't think I full grasp it. I absorb it differently each time.

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    1. fully . . . sorry. That's what happens when I'm up at 4 AM. My proof-reading skills are lousy.

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  2. Hmmm... I have to go with The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery. I've loved it for ages. I have a special edition from a museum in France that I cherish deeply. Thanks for hosting the giveaway and being a part of YASH! (:

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  3. It is impossible for me to answer that question. I have far too many. Harry Potter, Vampire Academy, Winger, Gallagher Girls... Thank you both for being part of this year's YASH!

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  4. My favorite book is Touch of Frost, or Alice in Zombieland.

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  5. ahh so hard! I don't know D: I love all of them

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  6. That's way to difficult! But right now I'm reading If I should Die by Amy Plum and I love her books so far! :)

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  7. If I HAVE to choose, I'd say either The Monstrumologist series or The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I have a lot of favorites, though, and I'm always looking for more.

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  8. probably have to be the mortal instruments series! cant wait to read the emblem of eternity series its been on my list for a while

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  9. I'm in love with Colleen Houck's Tiger series but a close second would be vampire academy series

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  10. It changes all the time but right now probably These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

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  11. To many to name one of my favorites is Sweet Evil.

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  12. My favorite book is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Major love!
    -Jules

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  13. There's just no way I could pick one single favorite book. Eeeeek! Harry Potter is a favorite series... as is Wheel of Time... eesh!

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  14. Why do authors ask that question to their readers? HELLO!!!! We are readers for a reason: we LIVE to read!! It's liking asking a mother of 2 or more which child is their favorite. But I have to say there are some that have left more of an imprint than others. NAd they are "Seer and the Sword" by Victoria Hanley and The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper

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  15. That is such a head question!! I love Divergent, City of Bones, Tiger's Curse, and oh man I could go on forever! Thanks for participating in the hunt though!;)

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  16. pride and prejudice

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  17. I would have to pick a book from different points in my life. There are just too many! So, I'll tell you the book that got me into REALLY reading (I always read) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. Until I had read that, I just didn't know you could do that in books. Be that awesome, that is!

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  18. This is like asking who your favorite child is. Unfair. But…the book I always seem to go back to would be a toss up between Persuasion by Jane Austen or The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

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  19. Such a difficult question! It's a tie between Harry Potter & POA, Embrace by Jess Shirvington and Anne of Greene Gables :)

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  20. I can't pick just one but one of my favorite series is A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.

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  21. My favorite book is the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver

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  22. It would be the BDB series or Lover Awakened by JR Ward... =)

    Thank you!!!

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  23. My current favorite book is Fangirl by Rainbow Powell

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  24. At the moment my favorite book is Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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  25. I love Northanger Alibi its a modern Jane Austin book and its hilarious!

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  26. I think that for now my favourite book is Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern :)

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  27. Hm. This is a difficult question! I guess one of my favorites would be Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  28. Sooo hard to pick but The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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  29. I think my favorite book is usually whatever book I am currently reading. I just love to read and I love almost everything I read!

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  30. My favorite book..ahh...I can't choose! Probably Oh.My.Gods. by TLC

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  31. My favourite book is way to hard to choose! The closest I can get is my favourite series- the Tortall books by Tamora Pierce.

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  32. I can't say just one. It'd either be the Tortall series by Tamora Pierce or the Tiger's Curse saga by Coleen Houck.

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  33. It's so hard to choose only one book, but I will try. I think 'Airman' by Eoin COlfer as it's, well... it's beautifully written and so sad, yet sweet and lovable. Or maybe it's The Emperor of Nihon-Ja' by John Flannagen (Rnager's Apprentice) 'cos its got all of the charectors from previous adventures... Sorry. I just simply do not know!

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  34. Hmm, as I have answered this question a dozens of time I do not feel like it's a hard one.
    I would say The Fault In Our Stars by John Green ^^

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  35. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan!

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  36. Thanks for the extra giveaway! My favorite book is Eragon by Christopher Paolini.

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  37. Currently my favourate book is The Sound by Sarah Alderson but it changes every time I read a good book!

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  38. Searching for David's Heart by Cherie Bennett

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  39. My current favorite is The Making of Nebraska Brown by Louise Caiola

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  40. I dont have "a" favorite book... I have many favorite books! But my recent favorite is Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep!

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  41. I really liked Me Before You.

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  42. I have several favorite books, so one of them is Fateful by Claudia Gray. :)
    -Cindy C.

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  43. I would have to say City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I just love the detail she uses.

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  44. The Harry Potter series! Thanks for participating in YASH! :D

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  45. So many!! Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter is one of my favorite series though

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  46. I do not have one favorite book but I have favorite book series. One of them is Harry Potter but there is many more like the Dark-Hunter Series, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series,Merry Gentry Series.

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  47. iron fey series by julie kagawa

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  48. Favorite... I can't choose! HP, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen, the classic Black Beauty are a few of my faves :)

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  49. There are too many!! Some are The Hunger Games Series, The Host by Stephenie Meyer and Looking At The Stars by Jo Cotterill!! :)

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  50. The last Harry Potter book! :D

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  51. my fav book is The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

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