YA Scavenger Hunt: Fall 2014 Edition
UPDATE 10/6/14 – THIS HUNT IS OVER
Welcome to the Fall 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt! 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 one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! (THE BLUE 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 six 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, an orange team, a gold team, a green team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of 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 Author List.
If you get stuck or need help, you can check out the How to Hunt page.
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 October 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Welcome, Martina Boone!
Today, I am hosting Martina Boone on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them.
She’s the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all things YA Series.
From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.
You can follow Martina on her website, blog, tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, twitter, and YouTube.
Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
Hardcover, 10/28/14 ISBN: 1481411225
Three plantations. Two gifts. One ancient curse.
All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.
Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who somehow seems to know what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.
“Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” — #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout
Barnes & Noble
Pre-Order Giveaways Going on Now at www.CompulsionToRead.com.
This bonus material is the first of the letters that Barrie’s mother, Lula, wrote to her over the course of her life and never gave to her. Barrie has yet to discover these letters exist.
You are two years old today. I stood by your crib when the clock struck midnight, just watching you sleep the way I do sometimes, the way I used to watch the Fire Carrier setting fire to the river every night from my balcony. I wonder if that’s part of the gift, too, the instinct to stay up at night to watch him perform his ceremony. Do I feel it from clear across the country, do you think? Is that why I can never sleep?
I wonder how you will grow up without all that. No Fire Carrier, no oak-lined drive and plantation house, no maze or fountain or river. No shadowy knee-high pests that make life at Watson’s Landing a hell and a delight, hiding your things, tripping people, getting back at Daddy constantly because they hate him. Oh, how they hate him! And I take satisfaction in that these days, hoping they are heaping misery on him by the bucketful so that he feels some of the pain I feel.
Will you have the migraines, too, and if so, how soon? Maybe they won’t come before I die. I hope not, but I have no idea how the gift really works.
That ignorance seems so strange to admit. But so many things seem strange. How will I ever explain them all to you, and tell you what my choices have done to ruin your life?
I’ve written to Daddy more times than I can count begging to come home, or at least to let you go home. I’ve written to Pru, too, and even though I know by now Daddy won’t give her the letters, I can’t keep from continuing to send them. You’ll understand as you get older. It’s a double pull, the binding to Watson’s Landing and the draw of blood. We aren’t meant to leave the place. Three hundred years of magic binds us there. Duty binds us there. I learned that lesson too late, and now you will pay the price for it.
The world is a much darker place than you can possibly imagine, my sweet baby girl. But the ugliest monsters are the human ones. Always remember that.
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Thanks for stopping by my blog, Martina! Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me (Jessica), and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 11. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
Continue the Hunt
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author on Danielle Paige’s blog.