Welcome to the awesomesauce book circus that is the YA Scavenger Hunt! For those new to the fun-fest that is YASH, this tri-annual event was first organized by the fabulous Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to bonus material from their favorite authors … and a chance to win some awesome prizes!
So for those of you who don’t know me, I’m the author of several books, including the #1 Amazon best-seller BLOODSPELL; The AQUARATHI Series from Harlequin Teen - WATERFELL, OCEANBORN, and SEAMONSTER; as well as THE ALMOST GIRL, THE FALLEN PRINCE, and the Spring 2014 Kids’ Indie Next Pick ALPHA GODDESS from Sky Pony Press.
If you came here looking for my bonus material, my playlist from THE FALLEN PRINCE, you’ll have to keep hunting!
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 signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday April 3rd!
Check out the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are NINE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM–but there are also BLUE, RED, GREEN, ORANGE, TEAL, PURPLE, SILVER, & PINK teams (each with 20 authors) for a chance to win a whole different set of signed 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, OR IF YOU ARE STUCK, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: In my post, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number in GOLD somewhere. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on each team, and then add them up.
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 3RD, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
ARE YOU GUYS READY?!?!
I am super-thrilled to be hosting the lovely LORI M. LEE for this leg of the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Lori is the author of Gates of Thread and Stone and The Infinite. She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and a friendly pitbull.
About GATES OF THREAD AND STONE:
“In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.”
In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.
Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.
Find out more information about this exciting book by checking out Lori’s website!
This is the original opening of Gates of Thread and Stone, back when it was equal parts fantasy and science fiction:
Death lived in a high-rise penthouse at the center of the South District. I could see it from anywhere in the city, and it cut the skyline like a blade. Death—she probably had a real name—was Governor Ninu’s right hand and his personal executioner. Or, at least, that’s what the rumors said. I didn’t really care if they were true so long as it wasn’t me on the chopping block.
The governor’s executioner living in the most impressive building in the city wasn’t the only reason the South District unsettled me. It was just too weird here. Even though I never went any farther than the barracks along the inner wall, the vadverts were large enough that the images flickered clearly at every street corner. At least half of them were promotions for the upcoming Tournament.
We called the South District the White Court because the buildings were pristine. It made me wonder if the residents were afraid of dirt. It was just as well. We’d have to call it the mostly-white court.
The strap of my messenger bag dug into my shoulder, and I hoisted it up as I reached the South Gate. The White Court was separated from the rest of the city by twenty-foot walls, and only people with the right permissions could pass through. As a carrier for the District Mail Center, I had access during work hours.
“See you tomorrow, Kai.” The Watchman on duty waved me through. I crossed into the North District, and the spot beneath the crease of my elbow twinged as the scanpoint read my I-chip. Every entry point and intersection in the city was fitted with a scanpoint, a virtual map of citizens’ personal information and daily schedules.
Once through the gate, the tension left my shoulders. The North District—fondly nicknamed the Alley by some and not-so-fondly called Purgatory by others—was nothing like the White Court. Not a single building stood that wasn’t less than fifty years old. These were plain stone and brick buildings, ugly and brown and comforting in their uniformity. What glass there was either clung to the windows or shattered on the sidewalks.
There were few vadverts here—no point advertising to people with no credits. The vadverts they did project either featured half-naked men or women for the businesses down at the docks, or they were government-sponsored crap about what an awesome city Ninurta was. Really smart companion advertising there. Who were they trying to kid?
But, hey, as long as they left me and my brother Reev alone, I didn’t much care what Governor Ninu did.
A shoulder bumped mine on the sidewalk. I didn’t bother checking my pockets. They were empty. But sometimes I left little notes in them I thought might amuse a pickpocket: “If you’re looking for lint, I’m your girl,” or “Try me again tomorrow. I forgot my diamonds at home.”
Well, they amused me anyway.
Man, if I ever visit Ninurta, I will know to keep my THIRTEEN diamonds in the bank.
Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Lori M. Lee, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is hidden somewhere in this post (hint: scroll up two lines – it’s in gold and it starts with THIR and ends with TEEN). Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the gold team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
While you’re here with me, be sure to enter the TWO personal contests I’m hosting below for a chance to WIN A LAPTOP as part of THE FALLEN PRINCE RELEASE (US only) as well as a signed set of books just for YASH (International)!
Contest 1: PLAY THE TAG INITIATIVE AND ENTER TO WIN A LAPTOP – CLICK TO LEARN MORE
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Contest 2: ENTER TO WIN A SIGNED PAPERBACK SET OF THE CRUENTUS CURSE SERIES PLUS ANTIQUE SILVER TRIQUETRA CHARMS AND SWAG (International) a Rafflecopter giveaway
CONTINUE THE HUNT
If you’re ready to move on, click HERE to head over to the next author in the hunt: SARVENAZ TASH! Good luck!!