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 RED TEAM–but there is also an orange team, a gold team, a green team, a teal 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 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 April 9, 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 Joy Preble on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Part thriller, part fairy tale, part murder mystery, IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS is acclaimed author Joy Preble’s seventh YA novel. Called “a modern Tuck Everlasting with a thriller twist” by Kirkus Review, it’s a story of accidental immortality, star-crossed romance, and a forever-seventeen-year-old girl named Emma who won’t give up the search for the boy she loves.
IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS is a story of accidental immortality (with a few crucial loopholes) and its aftermath on two teens who want many things, but mostly to love each other. IWALT also has many other layers—mystery, thriller, a bit of noir with a forever-seventeen year old girl figuring out how to stop a series of murders and bring down two slimy con men who think they can get away with anything. But at its core, IWALT is about a girl named Emma and boy named Charlie, who fall in love, get trapped forever at seventeen, and then lose each other… for a hundred years.
I’ve been thinking about a playlist for IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS forever. (pun intended) There are a lot of songs about love and a lot of songs about time and what I wanted for this YASH feature was to find the ones that hit just the right emotional notes for the novel. Turns out that meant four different versions of one of them, each one with a slightly different feel. I love that, by the way! Hearing how a different artist’s interpretation and nuance and inflection completely changes how you hear something! Of course I know there are some who will argue that Dylan will always do it best, but the versions from Parenthood (which I just finished watching, having come late to all six seasons and then getting obsessed about this family drama) are also heart-wrenching for me, especially the finale version, which I weep through almost every time.
One of the most interesting and challenging things about writing IWALT was writing Emma’s character (and to a lesser degree, Charlie’s) in ways that reflect how she changes subtly—and in some cases not so subtly—over the span of those hundred years. She goes from innocent and stubborn and old-fashioned to jaded and world-weary, even as she tells the reader over and over that she is the same, that she sees the same face in the mirror every day. But like the nuanced changed in Forever Young, you know when you read (I hope) that Emma isn’t the same at all, except that she is forever a girl who won’t give up hope, even when she feels like probably she should.
And then I figured I needed to throw in a few other songs for you guys, and yes, they’re mostly oldies, but I think they fit so well. Cindy Lauper’s Time After Time, which I see as an Emma song; Foreigner’s anthem rock fave, Feels Like the First Time, which is definitely a Charlie song; the classic Time in Bottle by Jim Croce, which kind of speaks for itself about love and time; and Live Forever by Band Perry, which is not my favorite Band Perry song because it feels off-brand for them, but which does feel like jaded, world-weary Emma to me.
Enjoy the IWALT PLAYLIST.
And then read IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS, coming out in paperback on April 18th from Soho Press/Random House!!
Here’s to love and forever!
Forever Young – Bob Dylan
Forever Young – Rod Stewart
Forever Young – Parenthood Finale Version
Forever Young – Parenthood, Original Version
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
Feels Like the First Time – Foreigner
Time in A Bottle – Jim Croce
Live Forever – Band Perry
And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Joy Preble, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 11. 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, Jennifer Brody!
And before you leave, be sure to enter my ADDITIONAL GIVEAWAY! I’m giving away two copies of THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER! Open internationally!