Fall 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt
Welcome to the fall 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt!
I'm Sarah Beth Durst, your host for this leg of the hunt. I'm the author of nine fantasy novels for children, teens, and adults, including CONJURED, VESSEL, and ICE. My next YA novel, CHASING POWER, is coming out in a week and a half (!!!) from Bloomsbury, and my next middle-grade novel, THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM, is coming out in fall 2015 from HMH/Clarion Books.
Other facts about me:
- I have ridiculously curly hair that once trapped a yellow-jacket and has been known to swallow bobby pins whole.
- I don't have a pet dragon but wish I did. Ditto magic wand, unicorn, or any superpower (other than hair that won't straighten even when completely soaked).
- If I could have any power (and assuming that I couldn't choose to cure diseases or feed everyone in the world), I'd want telekinesis.
- I'm afraid of skunks and Frisbees.
- My favorite number (which you need to know to win this scavenger hunt!) is the answer to life, the universe, and everything.
I'm thrilled to be participating in the hunt this year!
The YA Scavenger Hunt is a biannual event started by author Colleen Houck. This fall, 125 YA authors are participating (including yours truly). On this hunt, you will have access to exclusive bonus material from each of the participating authors, plus every author will also include their favorite number. (If you missed the hint above, mine is 42 and has been every since I read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy at a highly impressionable age.) Add up all the secret numbers, and you can enter for the grand prize: one signed book from each author in a team. But play fast: this contest will only be online for 72 hours!
You can start right here on this blog post, or you can go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt, including links to all the authors participating. (There's also a handy "How to Hunt" page.) This year, there are six contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all. I am a part of the Gold Team.
You can also win individual giveaways on some legs of the hunt, including this one! Scroll down to enter to win a signed copy of CHASING POWER.
SCAVENGER HUNT RULES
Directions: Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold team, and then add them up.
Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, 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, Oct 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT AUTHOR
Today I am hosting Susanne Winnacker for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Welcome, Susanne! Happy to have you here! *shares chocolate-covered raisins*
Susanne Winnacker studied law before she became a full-time writer. She lives with her husband, two dogs and two bunnies in Germany. She loves coffee (in every shape and form), traveling and animals. When she isn't writing, you can usually find her in the kitchen, experimenting with new vegan dishes.
ABOUT DEFECTOR (VARIANT SERIES) BY SUSANNE WINNACKER
But the air is tense at FEA headquarters. An agent has disappeared, and rogue variant organization Abel’s Army is likely the culprit.
When Tessa is summoned for her second mission, she is unexpectedly launched into a massive conspiracy. Her best friend Holly is kidnapped and Tessa knows it was meant to be her. But who is after her? And more importantly, why?
When the FEA's efforts to rescue Holly don’t yield any results, Tessa takes matters into her own hands. Desperate to save her friend and uncover the mystery behind Abel’s Army, Tessa launches her own investigation—but nothing could prepare her for what she finds. Everyone in her life is harboring secrets: Alec, her estranged mother, even the father she never knew.
The truth will take her out on the road and out of her comfort zone, with danger lurking everywhere. Summoning all of her courage and strength, Tessa must decide who can be trusted and what is worth fighting for -- even if it means going against the life she thought she wanted. Her final decision will leave readers breathless.
For more information, visit Susanne's website or blog. And you can learn more about DEFECTOR here.
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FROM SUSANNE WINNACKER
Susanne's bonus material is a deleted scene from DEFECTOR. Click here to read! (Spoiler alert: This scene gives away major plot points from IMPOSTER.)
In addition to participating in the Scavenger Hunt, I am also offering an extra giveaway. (Note that you do not need to participate in the hunt to enter this giveaway. It's open to both hunters and non-hunters.) If you'd like to win a signed hardcover copy of CHASING POWER, please enter below:
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CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Rebekah L. Purdy.
And when you've finished visiting all the Gold Team authors, add up all our favorite numbers (again, mine is 42) to find the secret code to enter for the grand prize.