YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2016

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2016! 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!

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 GOLD TEAM–but there is also a red team, a BLUE team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie team 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 gold 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 4/3/16, 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 Deidre Riordan Hall on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Deirdre Riordan Hall is the author of young adult, including the Amazon bestseller, SUGAR, the recent release PEARL and several new adult titles in the Follow your Bliss series. When she’s not writing, she’s probably surfing or in pursuit of magic or both. She also has a healthy case of wanderlust, loves salsa, guacamole, and tortillas, and dreams about learning to play piano.
 
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

 

As seventeen-year-old Pearl Jaeger emerges from a gritty childhood, her uncle sends her to a prestigious prep school with the promise of a second chance. But haunted by her memories and reckless with grief when her mother overdoses, she turns to partying with the burnouts, including shy and sweet Grant. All too soon, she’s spiraling out of control on the heels of her late mother. But between friendships that turn into sisterhoods, the salvation of art, and Grant showing her what it is to trust and forgive, Pearl must close the door on her past or lose love, along with her future.
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Pearl Journal 1
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Pearl Journal 3

 

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Deidre, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 16. 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!

CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Jessica Brody!

Book News: Announcing ROSEMARKED!

I’m so glad to be able to share!

From Publisher’s Marketplace:

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The book is currently slated to come out January 2018.

I’m soooo excited about this book, guys. And I’ve been having a blast researching it, from archery and stick fighting lessons to conversations about memory loss with my old classmate at MIT. And I can’t wait to share it with you.

Now I just need to, uh, finish writing it 😛

Complete Creative Writing Workshop Bundle Now Available (Save over 20%)

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My entire Story Writing Workshop is now up on Teachers Pay Teachers!  There are seven lessons total. You can also get the complete bundle for a 22% discount.

CHECK OUT THE SERIES AND DOWNLOAD THE FIRST LESSON FREE!

Lesson One: Introduction to Storytelling (Free download)
Lesson Two: Freewriting and Idea Generation
Lesson Three: Building Strong Characters
Lesson Four: Plot
Lesson Five: Setting and Description
Lesson Six: Revision
Lesson Seven: Book Cover Design

Description and Setting Lesson Now Available

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We’re on a roll!  My lesson plans for Description and Setting are now available on Teachers Pay Teachers.

How do writers bring an entire world to life through simple words?  In this lesson, students learn the secrets of precise and descriptive prose, and how to filter a description through a character’s point of view.  Then they’ll go on to explore their story’s setting and how it affects their characters and plots

Plot lesson now available

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The fourth installment of my Creative Writing Workshop is up on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Lesson four is about plot. What drives a plot and keeps the reader engaged? Students will learn basic plot structure, from inciting incident to climax, as well as tips for organizing everything in between. Then, they’ll draw plot charts for their own stories.

Third Creative Writing Lesson Plan Up

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And the third lesson plan from my Story Writing Workshop is now available at Teachers Pay Teachers.

Lesson three is about characterization. Students learn the tips and tricks that make a well rounded character.  Through brainstorming exercises, mock interviews, and character autobiographies, students develop their main character’s life experience and personality. Then after they’ve nailed down their protagonist, students explore how supporting characters complement and challenge the protagonist.  Finally, students learn about the ways  which characters grow and change throughout a story.

Check out the rest of the series as well:

Lesson One: Introduction to Storytelling

Lesson Two: Freewriting and Idea Generation (The writing prompts in this lesson are also available separately as Out-of-the-Box Creative Writing Prompts.)

Lesson Three: Building Strong Characters

Lesson Seven: Book Cover Design

Second Creative Writing Lesson Plan Is Up

This past July, I ran a week long creative writing camp for middle and high school students.  After the camp, I revised my materials and expanded on them for other teachers to use.

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Lesson 2: Freewriting and Idea Generation is now available on Teachers Pay Teachers. It’s all about figuring out what to write. Sometimes the muse is ready to meet us, but other times we have to go look for her. This lesson leads students through eleven writing prompts. After they complete the exercise, they pick their favorite idea and develop it into a rough synopsis.

This lesson can be used as a standalone creativity exercise. Alternatively, students can take the synopsis they write here and refine it with the help of later installments of this series.

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The creative writing prompts in this lesson are also available on their own as Out-of-the-box Creative Writing Prompts, without the lecture material.

Free Lesson Plans From My Summer Creative Writing Camp

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This past July, I ran a week long creative writing camp for middle and high school students. We had a ton of fun, and the students wrote some great stories! After the camp, I revised my materials and expanded on them for other teachers to use.

Lesson one, introduction to storytelling, is now available for free download at Teachers Pay Teachers.  It’s a bird’s eye view of storytelling. Why do we tell stories in the first place? What makes a good story? How do you become a better writer? The lesson uses several well known stories to discuss plot, character, and writing, with the goal of encouraging students to start thinking about stories in a more analytical and intentional way.

Six more lessons to come…

How I Came to Write Midnight Thief

Midnight Thief is Tome Society’s November book of the month, and I made an introductory video for their blog.  In it, I talk about how I came to write Midnight Thief, as well as some of the influences behind it. (It’s also the first video on my youtube channel, and I still haven’t figured out how video editing works. I feel old…)

YA Scavenger Hunt

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 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!

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 BLUE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie team 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 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 October 4th, 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  on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Eve Silver lives with her gamer husband and sons, sometimes in Canada, but often in worlds she dreams up. She loves kayaking and sunshine, dogs and desserts, and books, lots and lots of books.  Eve’s teen trilogy The Game—Rush, Push, and Crash—is available now. Eve also writes books for adults.
 
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT
 

Fans of the 5th Wave series will devour the pulse-pounding conclusion to The Game trilogy by bestselling author Eve Silver, about teens pulled in and out of an alternate reality where battling aliens is more than a game—it’s life and death.

As her dad and best friend lie dying in the hospital, Miki is almost certain the Committee is trying to sabotage her life. The Game is glitching. The missions are more frequent, the alien Drau more deadly, and whatever has been tracking her thoughts more intrusive. The only thing holding Miki together is her boyfriend, Jackson, but somehow telling him how much she needs—and loves—him feels like the most terrifying challenge of all.

Can Miki and Jackson make it through the final mission alive and win the Game before the walls between their alien-fighting nightmares and the real world come crashing down? Or will the world and everyone Miki loves disappear forever?

Crash is the fiercely satisfying conclusion to a trilogy Pittacus Lore, New York Times bestselling author of the I Am Number Four series, raves is packed with “thrilling action and addictive romance—a mind-bending rush of a read!”

And here’s the bonus content.  You’ll want to read this NINE times!
Jackson’s point of view:  First Kiss
We’re alone, the Committee gone, the massive, echoing coliseum rising all around us, shadowy and dim. Miki stares at me. I know she has a million questions she wants to ask and I know that every answer will push her farther and farther away from me until she’s just a speck in the distance that I’ll never be able to reach no matter how hard I try. Because once she knows the truth, the whole truth, once she knows what I’ve done, she won’t want me to close that distance.
I don’t let myself feel guilty. That isn’t my style. I’ve been in the Game for five endless years, watched my team change again and again as cons turned red and kids died. Those cons turned red because I wasn’t good enough. Fast enough. Smart enough. I was team leader. I was supposed to keep them safe. And every kid that died was a gouge in my soul. At least, that’s the way I felt in the beginning. Somewhere along the way, I stopped letting myself feel it—the guilt. Until now. Until Miki.
I want to tell her I’m sorry. I want to take her hand and run as far and as fast as we can, run away somewhere that the truth won’t find us. But that’s an impossible dream, so I instead I take what small gift I can grab with both hands, something to hold on to when the way she looks at me turns from hot coals to ice. I have these moments with her now, and they’ll all I’ll ever have. So I steer the nightmare because that’s all that’s left to me.
“I need to do this. Just once,” I say. “Just once.”
“Do what?” Her voice is soft and I can hear the uncertainty. She senses my mood. She knows something’s off.
I close the distance between us. She tips her head back, holding my gaze as I slip the covered elastic from her ponytail so her dark hair slides down over her shoulders. I take my time running my fingers through the sleek, soft strands. Then I lean in and let me nose trace a line up the side of her neck, breathing in the scent of her skin, her hair. We’re so close I can’t tell where my heartbeat ends and hers begins.
I tighten my arm around the small of her back.
I kissed her once before, on the inside of her wrist. I told myself it would be enough, it would have to be enough.
I was kidding myself.
My mouth meets hers, soft lips, a gasp of air pulled from me into her, a sizzle of electricity that slams through me with the speed of a racing train.
Always one to meet a challenge head on, Miki rises up on her toes, grabs hanks of my hair and kisses me back. She is everything I dreamed of and more. Soft and sweet and tough and strong. She is everything to me.
And I’m going to lose her. 

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Eve silver, and more! Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue 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, Austin Aslan!

 

 
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