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!
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.
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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.”
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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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