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! 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 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 72 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are eight contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the REDTEAM--but there is also 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 hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red 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 9TH, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
Today, I am hosting Yvonne Ventressca on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
About Yvonne Ventresca
Ventresca’s latest young adult novel, the psychological
thriller Black Flowers, White Lies was listed at the top of BuzzFeed’s
new must-read YA books: 23 YA Books That, Without a Doubt,
You’ll Want to Read This Fall. Her debut YA
novel about a deadly bird flu outbreak, Pandemic,
won a 2015 Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and
Illustrators. Yvonne’s other works include the short story “The Art of
Remaining Bitter,” which was selected for the anthology, THE MYSTERIES OF DEATH
AND LIFE (Dancing Lemur Press, 2017), as well as two nonfiction books. To learn
more about Yvonne, visit her website at YvonneVentresca.com
or connect with her here:
Her father died before she was born, but Ella Benton knows
they have a mysterious connection. When an eerie handprint appears on her
mirror, she wonders if Dad’s warning her of danger as he did once before. Could
her new too-good-to-be-true boyfriend be responsible? Or the grieving building
superintendent? As the unexplained events become more frequent and more
sinister, Ella becomes terrified about who—or what—might harm her.Soon the evidence points to Ella
herself. What if, like her father, she’s suffering from a breakdown? Ella
desperately needs to find answers, no matter how disturbing the truth might be.
Exclusive Black Flowers, White Lies content:
In honor of the YA Scavenger Hunt, here are some fun facts
about Black Flowers, White Lies,
gathered together for the first time:
1. The original title for Black Flowers, White Lies was In the Dark, but when Yvonne and her
editor realized there were several other book by that title, they decided to
change it. The new title inspired the cover design.
2. Near the end of the book, Ella
meets Gavin at Sybil’s Cave. The real 1841 murder of Mary Rogers by that
location inspired Edgar Allan Poe’s 1842 story, “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt.”
3. Yvonne started writing this novel
in 2006, but despite many revisions, the plot didn’t quite work. She wrote and
sold Pandemic, her debut YA novel,
before completely rewriting the story that would become Black Flowers, White Lies.
4. The novel includes several Hoboken
ghosts from Arthur’s Tavern, The Brass Rail, and Stevens Institute of
Technology. The ghost story set in the PATH station that Gavin tells Ella is actually
based on a story from NYC’s Grand Central Station.
5. Like Ella, Yvonne once had her
Tarot cards read by a blind man. He predicted that she would write about
sports, which hasn’t come true . . . yet. The cards mentioned in Ella’s reading
are loosely based on the Strength and the Moon cards.
Excerpt from Chapter One:
approach Dad’s tombstone with trepidation, then breathe a sigh of relief. No
mysterious flowers wilt at his grave as I had feared. Last August, someone left
fresh orange lilies for him throughout the month. I never figured out who.
Then, in September, the flowers stopped appearing as suddenly as they started.
I always wondered, with an odd mixture of anxiety and hope, if I would run into
the other mourner— someone else who honored my father. But I never did.
the ritual of navigating the same cemetery rows, visiting Thomas Darren Benton,
and putting a small rock on his headstone calms me. Now, the heat is relentless
and sweat trickles down my back as I search for the perfect pebble. It needs to
be a nice, roundish one. Despite the lilies left last summer, Dad wasn’t a
bouquet kind of guy.
I know this even
though I never met him. He died before I was born, so I have no memories of
him, only stories from Mom that I’ve heard so many times it feels like I was
actually there. I see him beam during his graduation from veterinary school and
feel his hand pat Mom’s pregnant belly. I hear him pick my name from the baby
book: Ariella, meaning lion, although Mom insists they nickname me Ella. I
smell the damp on his clothes from the night he rescued Oscar the kitten from
a storm drain and brought him home to stay. These recollections have been
cobbled together into my own version of Dad for the last fifteen years.
the sky is gray and foreboding, but the occasional burst of wind does nothing
to cool me. I finally find just the right rock nestled in a patch of grass and
rub off the dirt with my fingers. My friend Jana taught me the tradition of
leaving a stone as a way to mark my visits with something more permanent, more
enduring than flowers.
the only person who comes to his grave somewhat regularly, other than last
summer’s unknown mourner. I don’t think Mom’s been here since her engagement to
Stanley, a non-reading, self-absorbed, stubby man. With the wedding only days
away, Stanley’s settled into our apartment, but each awkward conversation we
have leaves me yearning for the father who painted my room a cheerful yellow,
who created a mini-library of animal books to read to his future daughter.
I hesitate before
Beloved Husband and Father, rolling the pebble between my fingers, then place
it in line with the last one, making it the eighth in a row. I let my hand
linger against the cool granite. Next week is Dad’s birthday, August 8. That
number has been lucky for me since I was eight years old, when I could have
died, but because of Dad’s warning, I didn’t.
air gusts, whipping strands of hair across my face and scattering the pebbles
to the ground. My skin prickles at the eerie timing before I realize that the
wind has been stormy on and off throughout the day. Still, it spooks me because
nothing has disturbed my markers in months. Until now. It’s almost like Dad is
giving me another sign.
And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 5. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the RED 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,T.A. Maclagan!
We're excited to announce that C.J.'s short story will appear in WELCOME HOME: AN ANTHOLOGY ON LOVE AND ADOPTION, edited by Eric Smith, releasing September 5th, 2017 from Flux.
About the Book:
Welcome Home collects a number of adoption-themed fictional short stories, and brings them together in one anthology from a diverse range of celebrated Young Adult authors. The all-star roster includes Edgar-award winner Mindy McGinnis, New York Times best-selling authors C.J. Redwine (The Shadow Queen) and William Ritter (Jackaby), and acclaimed YA authors across all genres, like Adi Alsaid, Lauren Gibaldi, Sangu Mandanna, Karen Akins, and many more.
For all of you who love finding new reads, I have just the thing for you. The YA Scavenger Hunt is coming. If you’ve never heard of it, the hunt runs twice a year in the spring and in the fall. During the hunt we showcase new and upcoming YA releases, give out tons of prizes, and release special bonus material. Sound interesting?
This spring we will have one hundred authors split into five teams of twenty. Each team is assigned a color. The blog hop begins April 4th and runs through Sunday, April 9th. It’s easy to play. All you have to do is head directly over to the YASH website. There you’ll find a list of all the authors participating as well as an answer sheet you can print off to gather the info you’re hunting for and to keep track of any bonus contests you may have entered.
Are you ready to see all the books featured this season? Here they are!
Which teams are you most excited about? Are you #TeamRed? #TeamPurple? Let me know in the comments.
Today we're excited to announce that New York Time's bestselling author C.J. Redwine will be bringing her readers two more books in her popular Ravenspire series: a series of dark epic fantasy stand alone novels inspired by fairy tales.
Here's what critics are saying about the Ravenspire series, which currently includes THE SHADOW QUEEN and THE WISH GRANTER: “Satisfying fare for fantasy fans.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A welcome feminist revision of the classic fairy tale.” (School Library Journal)
“A gripping additon to the retelling genre.” (Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles)
“Filled with complex characters, imaginative and horrible consequences, and sharp twists (Booklist)
“An action-packed retelling of “Snow White”...Great fun” (School Library Journal)
“A fully imagined fairy tale landscape.” (Publishers Weekly)
We're excited to have more books in the series! Here's a copy of the deal announcement made today in Publisher's Lunch:
NYT bestselling author C.J. Redwine's books 3 & 4 in the Ravenspire series, the first of which centers on a determined prince who must fight in a gladiator-style competition to unseat the imposter who's taken his place and is pitched as inspired by The Prince and the Pauper; the second, scheduled for Winter 2019, draws from the Cinderella fairy tale, with a heroine who takes over her father's role as the queen's alchemist and discovers a conspiracy that requires her to save the life of the prince she despises, to Kristin Daly Rens at Balzer & Bray, in a two-book deal, for publication in Winter 2018 & Winter 2019, by Holly Root at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency (NA).