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! 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. 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!).
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 8, 2018, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
THE HUNT IS ON!
Today, I am hosting Michele Bacon on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Michele writes novel-length fiction for young adults and children. Her first novel, Life Before, published in 2016. When Michele’s not writing, she enjoys skiing, playing tabletop games, hanging out in nature, and traveling. She’s visited all 50 states and dozens of countries, always eager to hear people’s stories and immerse herself in other cultures. She loves coming home to Seattle, where she lives with her partner and three children.
Find out more about Michele by checking out her website
or find more info on her book here
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FOR ANTIPODES
Erin Cerise, an ambitious American teen, is forced to study abroad in New Zealand to improve her Ivy League prospects. Erin finds that when life turns her world upside down and she’s far from home, every move takes her closer to where she came from.
Sounds intriguing, huh? And here’s a BONUS! Below is the old Chapter One of Antipodes. Michele first wrote the manuscript in first person, and told it chronologically. However, seeing New Zealand first through Erin’s ambitious, entitled eyes made the country seem horrid. Michele dropped a lot of symphony details, and Erin’s love of her car. But I’m sure you’ll enjoy this taste of Erin’s voice:
Twenty-two hours after my life started falling apart, and about eight hours before the final blow, I was speeding away from Chicago with the world’s most annoying oboe prodigy by my side.
“Hey, Erin?” Robin chirped. “Is it true that you can’t swim next year?”
The girl knew everything. Robin was huge, like 6-foot-2, and all legs. Pushing her seat all the way back until she practically crushed my cello case on the back seat, she still looked cramped. She was an overeager, awkward freshman, immature enough to vandalize her own oboe case with stickers, but talented enough to score first chair in the Chicago Youth Symphony on her first try. I wasn’t kidding about the prodigy thing, so she probably wasn’t even trying.
“Because I heard you can’t swim next year, but I wanted to ask you directly.”
I liked her better when she slept during the drive and I could pretend to be alone.
She stared at my cheeks, so I focused on the road. “I don’t know yet.”
“Well I heard that two twins and their sister all swim fly, and that they’re all better than you are, and that you’re off the team. Is it true? That would suck for you.”
“No one knows anything yet,” I said, but I had my suspicions. The big announcement at our special swim team meeting last night was that the Quigleys were going to carry us to States. Vivian, Hillary, and Claudia Quigley–three championship swimmers–had transferred from Los Angeles. Every one of us already knew who they were, because every one of them had raced at nationals. One of them–the blonde twin–had done really well at the last Olympic trials. And now, they were at my school. In my pool. On my team.
“Well I heard it from my brother, who is dating your assistant coach’s daughter,” Robin said. “And he said she said you coach feels like he has a chance to take a bunch of girls to State now. So I feel like it’s pretty likely true.”
I gripped my steering wheel, preparing for the five-minute slowdown my map app promised. “Robin. I really need to focus on the traffic and can’t really engage in conjecture at this juncture.”
It wasn’t really conjecture anymore. If I wasn’t swimming next year–If I wasn’t captaining the swim team for my senior year–I had a huge gaping hole in my college applications. Not to mention my calendar and my social life.
LOVED IT! I would definitely give the deleted scene 5 Stars!
And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Michele Bacon, and more! To enter, you need to have deduced my favorite number (Remember, I’m on the GREEN Team). Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the green team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, make sure to check out the next author, Shonna Slayton
And in the spirit of Green, make sure to enter the Giveaway for a copy of The Culling (The Torch Keeper Book One) in all its Green Glory! Just leave a comment and visit my Facebook page for your chance to WIN! U.S. Winners will receive a SIGNED copy!
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