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Post Title:  YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to Spring 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-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! On 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 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 120 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GREEN TEAM--but there is also a red team, a gold team, a blue team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of 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 page.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Hint...it may be in my team color. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the green 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 8th at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

 

Today, I am hosting Jennifer Brody on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Say hello to Jennifer! 

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Want to know more about my friend, Jennifer? Read ahead: 

Jennifer Brody is the award-winning author of The 13th Continuum. Her book sold in a 3-book deal and is being packaged into a feature film. Return of the Continuums and The United Continuums complete this epic trilogy. She is a graduate of Harvard University, a creative writing instructor at the Writing Pad, and a volunteer mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation. She founded and runs BookPod, a social media group for authors. She lives and writes in LA.

Want to know more about Jennifer? 

Check out her website

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author's book here!

 

 

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[In the epic conclusion to the award-winning Continuum Trilogy, Aero leads a group insurgents from the Second Continuum to overthrow his rival, Supreme General Vinick, and unite his space colony’s military forces while Seeker takes on a secret mission back to her home colony to reinforce Earth's defenses and protect the First Continuum against an even greater threat. Meanwhile, Myra’s nightmares have become a reality as the Dark Thing hurtles toward Earth with designs on eradicating the planet’s fledgling populace. The only thing standing in the way are the three Carriers and those who would join them to fight against a second coming of the Doom.

Sounds exciting, huh? How about a super exclusive deleted scene?

THE UNITED CONTINUUMS (BOOK 3, THE CONTINUUM TRILOGY)

SPECIAL BONUS DELETED SCENE

Myra raced to the control room, following Noah’s summons. Supercomputers could be demanding about starting on time, but it was fear that put speed into her pace. Her brother and friends were being held captive by Supreme General Vinick on his space vessel. She hadn’t received an update since last night before she fell in to a restless nightmare-ridden sleep. The Dark Thing had chased her along the snowy beach with his shadowy tendrils. She woke up screaming and gasping for breath to Noah’s voice.

“Carriers, please report to the control room.”

Tinker and Kaleb please be safe, she thought with another jolt of fear spurring her on. She wound her way through the underground warren of the First Continuum—tunnels carved into solid rock leading to chambers stuffed full of cryocapsules preserving life from before the Doom. Her eyes grazed over them as she darted into the passage that lead to the control room.

“Any updates from the Second Continuum?” Myra asked when she burst into the room, hating how fear made her voice waver. The Beacon on her wrist flashed faster and brighter in synch with her racing heart. Her eyes fell on Professor Divinus—or rather, his projection—at the long table. “My brother? Kaleb? Are they still being held captive in the barracks?”

She scanned the monitors for the security feed images, but didn’t see them.

Divinus shook his head. “My dear, we don’t know. Noah lost the feed late last night while their ship was orbiting over our position. Their security scans discovered Noah’s spyware and forced us out of their network. We only have access to external images of their ship now.”

Right on cue, Noah projected a three-dimensional image of their sleek vessel with a silvery sheen and a spindly bridge that jutted from the front. “They’re still orbiting Earth, and luckily their solar sails remain dormant,” Divinus went on. “That’s a good sign that they aren’t planning to leave our vicinity and continue on Stern’s Quest. Look over here, see these smaller transports? They’ve been swarming around the mothership in complex patterns. And they’re armed.”

Myra squinted at the acrobatic ships. “By the Oracle, what’re they doing?”

“Preparing for war,” Aero said, marching into the room. His eyes fixed on the projection. “Those smaller ships are running combat flight drills. I’ll bet the simulators are in operation around the clock and the Foundry is working at maximum capacity to produce more Falchions.”

“War?” Myra said. “That means … they’re planning to fight back against the Fourth Continuum? That sounds promising. Maybe they have a chance to defeat Drakken?”

“I’m afraid not,” Aero said with obvious regret. “We have an army trained with Falchions, but they were always intended to be a peacekeeping force. Our first leader—General Milton Wright—created the Falchions partially to prevent another Doom. They are deadly, elegant weapons. But they are not capable of inflicting destruction on a mass scale like Drakken’s nuclear arsenal. We also have blasters, and they can kill. But again, not on a mass scale.”

“Then why prepare for war?” Myra said, her eyes following the smaller combat ships swarming on the projection. “If they know they’ll lose? Why would Vinick do that?”

Aero thought for a moment. “By now, the Majors should have detected the Fourth Continuum in their vicinity. That explains why Vinick pulled back into a defensive position and withdrew his troops from our doorstep. I’m guessing these drills are for show—a bluff to frighten Commander Drakken and keep him from attacking them. Sabre-rattling.”

Myra took this in. “Vinick is hoping they’ll target us instead, isn’t he?”

“Yes, that’s my best guess,” Aero agreed. “He’s hoping that Drakken will blast open our door, so then he can sweep in and scavenge whatever’s left.”

“If there’s anything left . . . ” Myra added.

“True, it’s pretty bleak. Vinick knows he can’t win an open battle in space, but maybe there’s another option . . . ” Aero studied the projection of the Second Continuum’s ship. “Well . . . I don’t know if Vinick will think of it, but it just might work . . . ”

Divinus raised his eyebrows. “Captain Wright, what is it?”

“Well, like I explained earlier, the Second Continuum can’t defeat the Fourth Continuum in a head-on space battle. They’ll simply be outgunned.”

Aero pointed to the warheads jutting out of the Fourth Continuum’s mothership. “These nukes will blast them to smithereens. But if the Second Continuum could somehow draw them into a ground war on Earth’s surface, forcing Drakken to deploy his army, then they might stand a chance. Making them fight hand-to-hand on open terrain would even the odds.”

“Interesting,” Divinus said. “You think it could work?”

“Maybe . . . but Drakken still has a whole army at his disposal. The Second Continuum would also have to figure out a way to erect a shield to block the mothership from firing on the battlefield remotely. But I think there’s a chance it could work.”

“Will Vinick think of it?” Myra asked.

Aero shook his head. “From what I’ve observed, he’s not very skilled in the subtleties of strategy. Plus, Drakken isn’t moving against them right now. He’s focused on us down here in the First Continuum—Vinick doesn’t have what he wants.”

Myra felt a jolt of fear. “The Doom.”
 

 

 

That was pretty cool, right? Makes you want to order that book right now! I'm going to make it easy for you. Buy it here

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And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Jennifer Brody, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is... 18! Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the green team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

 

Also, as an extra treat, I'm offering my own giveaway of The Secrets We Bury. 

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Enter here:

CONTINUE THE HUNT

 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author!

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Leave a comment below so I know you visited! And happy hunting!

 

 

Where do you read? Wanna know my (imagined) perfect reading space?

One of the best things about being a writer is that I get to make things up. Pretty cool, right? 

When I'm spending time in my head Imagining the type of world in which my character lives, every detail from the house to the bedroom  to the mementos in the room matter. 

You want to know a secret? I don't only fantasize about building worlds for my characters, I also do it for myself.

Yup! Summers in Florida are brutal, so by August, when I'm totally over it, I fantasize about moving up north. Every single year. I'll go online, pick a place to live, look at houses for sale, check out jobs and schools, and, of course, book stores. You know the important things. 

And then I started thinking, not just about houses and rooms, but also about spaces. The perfect kind of spaces, you know? The ones that are specific. Planned. Designed. Reading spaces, in particular. 

I was a reader well before I was a writer. Reading was my first and has been my most trusted boyfriend (don't tell the hubs! Lol)

So if I was going to design a reading space, I wanted to do it right. But I was having the hardest time choosing just one type of space. And seriously, why sweat that kind of decision? The way I see it, if I can have anything I like (which I can since it's my dream), I'm going high-end. And I'm also not limiting myself to just ONE reading space. Nope. And suddenly that felt sort of brilliant. Why not design a perfect reading space specifically suited to the book you are currently reading.  

So...if I'm reading an emotionally loaded book about a high school junior who is the survivor of a sister suicide pact, I'm going to need a soft, soft, chair, and a very pretty lamp. All of the pieces should reflect the sensibilities of my main character, Allie, who is an artist. 

Here' s a little taste of my The Sister Pact reading room design: 

 

Now... when I want to get in John Strickland's head, I'm going to need strong and architecturally appealing pieces. So for my The Homecoming reading space, see below: 

 

This next reading space has me REALLY excited. Why you ask? Well, I'll tell you. My newest book will be released in March 2018. The pre-order links are already up on all the sites. Yay! So now I'm visualizing a reading space for The Secrets We Bury and I think it will have to have a vintage inspired piece like this.  

Designing specific spaces for each of my characters has been so fun, because it allows me to bring them to life in new and different ways. I'm in love with this idea. Going forward, I'm going to have to plan a reading space for each new book! 

It's also giving me a  GREAT idea! What if you all sent me your pictures of your ideal reading corners? Maybe you already have one set up? Maybe you are in the process of remodeling a room and this post will spur you on to set aside a little piece of it for dedicated reading? I hope so.

 Or maybe you are so far from having anything more than a bus ride or a hard chair to read on, but read, you will. No problem. Nothing wrong with dreaming! I mean, your space doesn't have to match my admittedly high-end fantasy above. You do you. Expensive. Cheap. Totally incredibly, not even in the realm of possibility? That's what fantasizing is all about!

But all of this talking about books has me wanting to curl up and start .....you know.... 

So, kindly comment below and then let yourselves out and shhhh. ....because I #amreading. 

 

Writer's Block or Butt-on Couch?

There are times that it’s hard to write. Sometimes those times are days. Sometimes weeks. Months. God, I hope they never become years. I don’t consider this writer’s block. I think it’s just recuperation and rebuilding. Each work takes heart. Takes soul. Takes guts.

And with each piece of work we try to dig deeper.

So I give myself a break.

At writing conferences and all over social media I see the mantra butt-in-chair. Butt. In. Chair. And I know that this is the way to get writing done. I get that. But sometimes it’s too much to contemplate writing what we write. How we write it. Even the humorous ones take grit if we do it correctly. Properly.

So if you see me on Facebook or Twitter talking about the fifth Netflix binge. The seventh viewing of Harry Potter movies, the pure unadulterated joy of not creating, give me a nod of acknowlegement and understand that I’m just refueling.

#writingisabadboyfriend because he wants it all. But even He understands that after bleeding out we may need bedrest and popcorn and movie transfusions. Maybe even Sour Patch Kids and Twizzlers, too. There’s plenty of time to eat healthy, live healthy and be productive. Give me this bout of butt-on-couch bliss.

So I can return to the page renewed.

It’s who I am.

It’s what I do.

It’s how I live.

So. Be. It. 

Fall 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt Stop!

 

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-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!

                      Hello, I am Stacie Ramey, your hostess for this leg of the hunt.

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are six contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all

 

I am part of the Gold Team...Yay Team Gold! 

But there is also a RED, BLUE, GREEN, ORANGE, and PURPLE team for a chance to win a whole different set of 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 page.

 SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the GOLD team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). And here’s a big hint. My favorite number will be in GOLD so it's easy to find. 

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 October 9th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Now that we’ve dealt with the details, let’s get this hunt started!

 

SCAVENGER HUNT POST

I am so excited to be hosting Margo Kelly on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Margo and I have only ‘met’ virtually. First on a group blog and now here. The book world is a small world afterall! 

Here’s some cool info about my friend, Margo:

Margo Kelly is an award winning author who resides in Idaho. Her debut novel, WHO R U REALLY? Was published in 2014, and her second novel, UNLOCKED released October 1, 2016.

Now let’s find out about the book UNLOCKED: 

17-year-old Hannah is losing her grip on reality, which is affecting not only her but her friends and family too. She wrecked the car when bugs crawled over her hands, but were the creepy things even real? Now someone is moving Hannah’s possessions around in her room, or is she imagining that also? Why does she feel like she isn’t in control of her brain anymore? Hannah is terrified she’s headed for a horrible llife in and out of the mental institution, just like her dad.

When her friends bail, Hannah is left floundering. Her boyfriend, Manny, doesn’t believe her wild stories, and new girl, Chelsea, is practically replacing her at school. Only artsy outsider and self-proclaimed occult expert, Plug, agrees to help Hannah discover the truth, but even he can’t help Hannah reclaim her mind from whatever is taking over. She’ll have to do that on her own, especially if she wants to save her friends, her mom, and herself.

Sounds great, right? Here's how to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads. 

And here is how to buy it on Amazon

Or on Barnes and Noble

Or at Indie Bound

If you want to find out more about Margo Kelly you can visit her website

So are you ready for the exclusive material? Finally? Well this next part is from Margo Kelly herself....

Oh ... guess what? You get an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the rough draft covers for UNLOCKED! As an author, I had very little input on the cover for UNLOCKED. However, I did get to see a couple of early drafts before it was finalized. And frankly, I was truly blessed to have Frank Rivera from F+W Media design such a fabulous, spooky, and captivating cover. I am in love with it! The image is based on the opening of the story when the characters attend the local fair. If you look closely, you’ll notice darker shadows that loom in the sky. The shadows and the events that took place at the fair have lingering consequences throughout the story. Also, the actual book jacket is thicker than most, and it’s textured. So even the “feel” of the jacket is a bit creepy (in my humble opinion). What do you think of cover? Do you like spooky stories?

(Stacie here)I don't know about you, but I loves me some spooky stories and this one sounds amazing!

so let's take a peek at the cover evolution from first attempt to finish product, shall we? 

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Isn't the cover wonderful? 

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Margo Kelly, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is ....36 Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Gold Team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT

I hope you had fun on this part of the hunt. And I want to thank you for visiting my website! While you’re here don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt.  5 lucky winners will win a copy of my first book, THE SISTER PACT, Good luck everyone and happy hunting! 

 

 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out author SELENE CASTROVILLA's blog.  

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YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2016!

It’s coming!

The hunt begins on Oct 4th and ends Oct 9th

It’s the YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2016!

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Now that the authors have signed up to participate in this exciting event, we’ve put them into teams of 20 by color. There are six teams total this round!

Check out the teams below to see which teams your favorite authors will be on and what their featured book will be.

And this year for the first time, we’ve created a Goodreads list of all the featured books. Head on over and vote for your favorite teams!

It’s getting close folks!

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