Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 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!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. I am a part of the RED TEAM.
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.
When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true…
Note from Jessica: Little known fun fact about my latest release, A WEEK OF MONDAYS: it had four prologues. Yes, FOUR. And none of them (not a single one) made it into the final book. For some reason I was like bent set on writing a prologue for this book. I felt like a book about a girl who magically relives the same horrible Monday over and over again, should have some kind of preface. An introduction to the madness, if you will. So I kept trying and trying to get it right. I sent my editor prologue after prologue and finally she just said, “Why does the book even need a prologue?” And as I smoothed my ruffled feathers and prepared to explain to her in an even, measured tone exactly why this book would be completely useless without a prologue, I quickly realized she was right. The book didn’t need a prologue. It could just start on that fateful first Monday, with that fateful first text message.
And yet those poor failed prologues still exist. Now, it seems, for no other reason then to have fun bonus content to share on fun YA Scavenger Hunts. So here you go. My favorite of the four failed prologues to A WEEK OF MONDAYS. Enjoy!
Everyone knows that Mondays are the armpit of the week. This is not a radical new idea. It’s pretty much common knowledge. Mondays are like the dentist appointment that everyone has to suffer through but no one enjoys. And if anyone tries to tell you that they actually like Mondays—or dentist appointments, for that matter—then you should just run the other way. Because this person is either a compulsive liar or mentally unstable. And who needs that in their life?
There’s a reason so many famous songs are written about Mondays. Not Tuesdays. Not Thursdays. Not even an occasional love ballad to a Saturday. Nope. it’s all about the Mondays.
In the eighties, the Bangles called it a “Manic Monday.”
In the seventies, the Boomtown Rats declared quite plainly, “I Don’t Like Mondays.”
But I think the Mamas and the Papas said it best in their famous 1966 song, “Monday Monday.”
“Monday, Monday. Can’t trust that day.”
And you know, I really should have listened. I should have heeded Big Mama Cass’s sage advice. Never, under any circumstances should you ever trust a Monday. Just like you should never trust a cheerleader when she promises there are no nuts in her bake sale cookies. (But I’ll get to that later.)
But I didn’t listen. I didn’t heed this advice.
So, alas, there I was on that fateful Monday morning in mid September. I was naïve. I was idealistic. I awoke feeling…hopeful, of all things.
I was an idiot.
In my defense, though, even the Mamas and Papas song starts off fairly optimistic.
“Monday, Monday. So good to me.
Monday morning, it was all I hoped it would be.”
Of course, then the song—and the day—pretty much takes a turn for the worst. Just as mine did.
Sorry, Bangles. But your Manic Monday has nothing on mine.
In fact, my manic Monday makes yours look like a blissful Saturday in the park.
Oh, Monday, Monday. You most definitely can’t trust that day.
And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 11. 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!