01 October 2015

YA Scavenger Hunt! (And bonus giveaway)

UPDATED Oct. 4th, 3 pm EST: The YA Scavenger Hunt is officially over, but my bonus giveaway continues until midnight! Scroll down to enter to win a signed copy of Between the Notes plus a set of temporary tattoos inspired by the book!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers access to exclusive material from their favorite authors and a chance to win some awesome prizes! Each participating author offers a clue (a favorite number) along the way. Add them up and you can enter to win our prize—one signed book from each author 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 learn about the hunt. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all. I am a part of the BLUE TEAM, but there are also red, gold, green, orange, teal, purple, and pink teams, each with 20 authors and a chance to win a whole different set of signed books.



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 Sunday, October 4, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

SCAVENGER HUNT POST


Woo hoo! Let the hunt begin!

Today, I am delighted to host Megan Crewe. Like many authors, Megan finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives with her husband, son, and three cats in Toronto, Canada (and does on occasion say "eh"), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and she can't look at the night sky without speculating about who else might be out there.

You can visit her website to learn more, and buy A SKY UNBROKEN here

Her book:


The rebels have been disbanded, their plans in ruins. Captured by the Enforcers, Skylar and a small group of Earthlings find themselves herded into the Kemyates' living museum: basically, a human zoo. Skylar's companions are bewildered, terrified, and ignorant of their true situation, and Skylar is afraid to tell them more. Their lives hang on the Kemyates' whim. Those Skylar trusted most have betrayed her. Any move she makes could result in the extinction of her people... but giving in means giving up any hope of regaining their freedom.

Returned home, Win has kept his life only by playing along with the story his former leader has spun to protect the rebels from sanction, but he can't stand knowing Skylar is imprisoned or watching his fellow Kemyates swallow the Council's lies about Earth. Win resolves to bring the truth to the Kemyate public and see the Earthlings finally freed... though to do so he'll have to set aside caution and openly challenge those who rule his world.

But neither Skylar nor Win are prepared when they uncover an even deeper conspiracy of betrayals and deceit--one that could push the uncertain future they're fighting for completely out of reach.


EXCLUSIVE CONTENT


Megan has offered the following excerpt from A SKY UNBROKEN, which comes out October 13. In this scene, Skylar has been imprisoned without any knowledge of what's happening in the outside world. When a stealthily conveyed message tells her to expect a visit, she has no idea who will meet her.

Excerpt:
I walk to the clothes rack and back again. And then the shutter drops on the window. An electric light gleams on overhead as a low hum sounds from behind the counter. I spin around.
For a second I can only stare at the figure ducking through the space that’s opened in the wall, my heart thumping. Win draws himself upright, brushing his jagged black hair from his deep blue eyes, which soften in relief when they meet mine. His mouth curves into that wondrously familiar crooked smile.
“You got our message,” he says with his usual British lilt, and my vision goes watery. Hes alive and unharmed and here.
I don't think about moving, it just happens. I'm standing there staring, and then as he skirts the edge of the counter I’m rushing to meet him. His arms pull me in as I wrap mine around him. I press my head against his shoulder, absorbing the warm realness of his body against mine. My throats choked up. I didnt realize how alone I felt even with my parents and Angela, until this moment when I don't anymore.
Id wonder if I should be embarrassed by the way Im clinging to him, but he’s holding on to me just as tightly. He swallows audibly. “I'm sorry it took me so long,” he says, and I almost laugh. It’s a miracle he’s here at all. 

So intriguing! Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Megan Crewe, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 22


CONTINUE THE HUNT

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


BUT WAIT! Enter my BONUS GIVEAWAY before you go! 

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As part of my giveaway, I've asked readers to name their favorite bookstore. What's yours?

86 comments:

  1. the only one with english book in my country " waterstones"

    thank you a lot for this hunt ( i was suprised to see your favourite number in pink while you are in blue team^^)

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  2. The Waterstones at Picadilly Circus in London :3

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  3. Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix, Arizona

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  4. Harts and Minds Bookstore in York, PA.

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  5. Sadly there aren't any independent bookstores in my town, but I love Thalia (a big chain in my country).

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  6. Amazon probably anymore. I haven't found any independent ones after my move so far ;3

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  7. My favourite book store is the little one we have n out town, it is so friendly and full of great books... I just can't afford them all.

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  8. Either Chaucers in Santa Barbara or Powells in Oregon (you know, the one that takes up a WHOLE CITY BLOCK)

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  9. My favorite bookstore is Barnes and Noble.

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  10. This is embarrassing, but I use Amazon.

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  11. I play in band (Alto sax!) and I'm on a hut for books with a music theme.

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  12. Barnes and Noble and Books a Million!!

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  13. We don't have any bookstores in my country so I just buy my books at Amazon.

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  14. Fully Booked. It carries the most books I want.

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  15. My absolute favorite store growing up was B. Daltons but since that went out of business I find myself wandering Barnes and Noble for new books.

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  16. My favorite bookstore is Half Priced Books. I love it :)

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  17. My favorite is Antartica, they have the most beautiful bookstore in my country!

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  18. My favorite bookstore is Barnes and Noble specifically at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore.

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  19. Yay!!! I love YASH time of the year!!!!

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  20. Yay!!! I love YASH time of the year!!!! I do love any book store but I love Barnes and Noble immensely!!!

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  21. Probably Amazon, hate to say...

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  22. Chapters because we don't really have any other ones where I am. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. I love Chapters/Indigo :D Canucks for the win :P

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  24. Strand book stall in my city is the best

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  25. There's a gorgeous independent bookshop in the town where my in-laws live - it's definitely my favourite!

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    1. I'd love to know which one it is! Some of my favorite bookstores are ones I've discovered while traveling or visiting friends and family.

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  26. I've only visited one bookstore (B&N) abroad, so I'm going with Livraria Cultura at Avenida Paulista, in São Paulo, here in Brazil :)
    (I hope intl entries are ok for the extra giveaway!)

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    1. Yes, international entries are okay. And I love to hear about bookstores in distant places!

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  27. Half price books because they are cheap. Though sometimes I wonder how many bathroom readers I have on my bookshelf.

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  28. This is a tricky question, because I'm not really a fan of the bookstores that are available for me (I live in Sweden and to be honest, swedish books kiiiiind of sucks... shhh, don't tell anybody I said that...). But the few times I've been abroad I've completly fallen in love with some Barnes & Noble stores! They have a great variety of books!

    Thank you for this giveaway, have a great weekend! :)

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  29. I have to say Barnes and Noble because they always have what I want when I want it!!

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  30. I love Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, IL even though now I'm at school in Des Moines and my family just moved to San Francisco. I don't think I'll ever find a better bookstore.

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  31. Okay, so I have a lot of favorite bookstores. A lot. But my favorite so far would have to be Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon. It's amazing, if you haven't been, please try to check it out at some point, it's breathtaking and feels very welcoming and magical. I also like the Raven Used Bookstore in Cambridge in Boston, it's tiny and cramped and feels like a secret society of bookworms and people with indie glasses :)

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  32. FullyBooked! They have most of the books I love.

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  33. Books a million ��

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  34. The King's English in SLC, UT!!! I don't get to go there often because I don't live close at all, but it's such an amazing place! If you get a chance to go, DO IT, the smell alone is worth it lol

    Melissa H.

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  35. Haven't really been to a bunch of bookstores, but I would have to say Barnes and Noble

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  36. So many books and so little time. Library of Congress---now imagine if they were all works of fiction/sci-fi/romance???

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  37. Water stones here in the UK.

    MEGAN @ reading away the days

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  38. my fave is Better World Books! They donate 1 book for every book purchase! You get your books at the same time you get to help other people.

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  39. Amazon & The Book Depository

    Betul E.

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  40. Just any bookstore where I can find my next good read!

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  41. Amazon, as I have access 24/7 and can indulge my every whim when I desire!

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  42. Fully Booked, because they have a great selections of books and graphic novels. :)

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  43. Barnes and Nobles - so many many many books in different genres :)

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  44. Oh I don't really have a favorit, I kind of love them all. But there's a bookstore in Stockholm (which I live quite close to) that's combine with a café, so it's really cosy. Me and my friend usually go there to grab a coffee togheter and... I don't know I just really like it :)

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  45. Barnes & Noble in Hollister, CA! :)

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  46. Pfff... Not Hollister, Gilroy *facepalm*

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  47. The Book Depositary :)

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  48. My favorite local bookstore -- Fully Booked <3 Other than that, The Book Depository & Book Outlet! I love the sales at Book Outlet <3

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  49. My favorite bookstore is The Bookbar in Denver. It has books and wine.

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  50. I just moved but I found this really cute bookstore called Rainbow Books, and you can never go wrong with Barnes and Noble!

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  51. the works, its a discount store so you can rifle through all the books and find treasure

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  52. My local Dymocks here in Brisbane, Australia is my fave. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Baggins
    aka Kim Waters

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  53. Amazon? :-P I adore my Kindle. And, living in an apartment complex/knowing I'll probably move somewhere else eventually, I do *not* want to tote around tons of books.

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  54. i don't go to bookstores very often cause they make me all envious and stuff cause i can't afford the books but honestly any sort of small cozy bookstore with couches is great

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  55. My favourite bookstore in Chapters!
    Thanks for the extra giveaway!!!

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  56. National Book Store! Hahahha mainly because it's the nearest but FullyBooked (back home) has a better collection.

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  57. Fully Booked. I'm from the Philippines! <3

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  58. I like Half Price Books and Powell's!!

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  59. I have three favorite bookstores: Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Goodwill.

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  60. it's gotta be Amazon - I do most of my reading on my old school Kindle DX. Plus they sell my book there :)

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  61. I would literally live in Waterstones if I could :)

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  62. Fav physical bookstore is the Moravian Book Shop in historic Bethlehem, PA. It has a claim on being the oldest in continuous operation in the world. (Crazy, right?)
    Online... yeah, it's Amazon.

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  63. I absolutely love Barnes and Noble and Powell's (which is only in Oregon)

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  64. My local indie bookstore called Snowbound Books.

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  65. I like Amazon and Barnes & Nobles. Borders was my fave, but they closed down. :'(

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  66. My library is where I buy the most lovely used books. Monday is Library Day.

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  67. Definitely Chapters... Ok... cough cough... It's the only bookstore I know of in my area... But it always has the books I need, whether I go in store or order them online. :)

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