Tuesday, April 4, 2017

YA Scavenger Hunt

Dear Alison and friends, 

It's that time of year again! Time for the 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 SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PINK TEAM--but there is also a red team, a gold team, a purple team, and a blue 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.


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the PINK 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 9, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I'm hosting ERIC LINDSTROM for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Eric Lindstrom has written two YA novels: NOT IF I SEE YOU FIRST and A TRAGIC KIND OF WONDERFUL. He has also raised children, which led to becoming first a school volunteer, then a substitute teacher, then a part time kindergarten teacher, then getting a credential to teach elementary school, and most importantly the discovery that Young Adult books are awesome. It’s pretty much all he ever reads, and now writes, in his house near the beach on the west coast, with his wife and, yes, cats

Find out more information about Eric by checking out his website or find more about Eric's books here!

You can also find him at all these groovy places...

Drum roll for A Tragic Kind of Wonderful...

For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to conceal her diagnosis by keeping everyone at arm’s length. But when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium. As the walls of Mel’s compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst—that no one will accept her if they discover what she’s been hiding. But would her friends really abandon her if they learned the truth? More importantly, can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?

In A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, Mel Hannigan has bipolar disorder and sometimes experiences bouts of dysphoric mania. It's a mental mixed state where a person feels powerful mania and depression at the same time. Mel describes it as "a dark, gloomy, anxious kind of energy" like "being excited and miserable at the same time." In these moments, when in deep distress and also revved up, she loses her ability to think rationally and takes off. The one place she finds peace is on the Golden Gate Bridge, but not just anywhere on the span. There's a particular spot that holds special meaning for her. The image below shows the coastal trail she takes through the Presidio to reach the bridge; to see the exact spot where she goes, click anywhere on the image to go there...

Wow! Thanks Eric for some really interesting information. I love maps! Readers, don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Kim Briggs, the rest of the PINK TEAM and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 15. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the PINK TEAM and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Here's some more grooviness. I'm also running a Rafflecopter giveaway. Enter for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card. 

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

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