Note: The hunt is now over. Thanks for playing!
Welcome to 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 signed 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!
There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the ORANGE TEAM–but there a whole bunch of other teams, 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, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the orange 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 October 4th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
I have the incredible honor of hosting Sarvenaz Tash, who is an awesome buddy of mine and a fellow Apocalypsie – that was our community of 2012 debut YA/MG authors. If memory serves, she was the very first person to ever do a blog interview with me, before CROAK ever even came out – and now look at us, plastered all over the YASH with multiple books under our belts like a couple a’ real swell so-and-sos. Let’s all learn some more about her, shall we?
Sarvenaz Tash was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up on Long Island, NY. She received her BFA in Film and Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. This means she got to spend most of college running around and making movies (it was a lot of fun). She has dabbled in all sorts of writing including screenwriting, copywriting, and professional tweeting. Sarvenaz currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Boy meets girl…at the most amazing concert the world has ever seen.
Michael is unsure about most things. Go to college? Enlist in the military? Break up with his girlfriend? All big question marks. He is living for the moment and all he wants is a few days at the biggest concert of the summer.
Cora lives in the town hosting the music festival. She’s volunteering in the medical tent. She’s like that, always the good girl. But there is something in the air at this concert and suddenly Cora finds herself wanting to push her own boundaries.
When Michael and Cora meet, sparks fly, hearts race, and all the things songs are written about come true. And all the while, three days of the most epic summer await them…
THE BONUS CONTENT
When I first got the idea to set a novel at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, this is the opening I ran to my computer to write. A lot changed from this page to the final draft (including the dynamics of Cora’s family), but this is the spark of Cora’s voice that started it all for me.
When I was seven, the circus came to our town. This may not seem like
anything exciting to most people. But here in Bethel, New York—in 1959—it was
about as thrilling as anything ever got. Especially to a seven-year-old.
I went, of course. The whole town did. I sat in between my parents, with my
grandma at the end of the row. At the other end of the row were the Yasgurs, behind
me were the Murphys and partially blocking my view was Eric Ansalm’s big, poofy
red hair. I knew every single person in that audience.
At the time, I thought it was the most dazzling event in the world. The
acrobats’ skirts shimmering a dozen colors underneath the hot lights. The roar of
exotic animals I’d never seen before. The smell of melting butter permeating every
part of the tent we sat in. My fingers were sticky with cotton candy and popcorn, and
I licked the sweet and salty right off of them as I watched a man in a tall hat
command the attention of everyone in the room.
It was the greatest show on earth.
What I didn’t know, what no one in that audience could possibly know, is
what awaited our sleepy little farm town just ten years down the road. When Mom
was gone, but I still lived in the big yellow house with Dad and Gram. When what I
knew best in the world was the most efficient way to pull on an udder. When I’d only
been kissed twice in my life, at two separate school dances, by Eric Ansalm—only
the second one involving even a little tongue. When I was seventeen.
Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by Sarvenaz, me, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 28. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the orange team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
OOH A GIVEAWAY
In addition to all of the fabulous prizes you can win throughout the hunt, I am giving away an extra super HELLHOLE prize pack – including a signed copy, a free audio download, and swag! To enter, fill out the form below – and get as many bonus entries as you can by following me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, this blog, signing up for my mailing list, or by leaving a comment telling me about your favorite concert memory. Good luck!
Giveaway now closed.
OOH MORE THINGS
It just so happens that I am in the midst of raising money for diabetes research, so while you’re here, consider donating to my team. If you do, in any amount, I will send you a neato scythe pendant!
And lastly, I make monsters. If you are in the market for an ugly but lovable stuffed friend, please visit my store.
CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, head over to the website of the next author: Amy McNulty!