Hey guys!!!! Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt – a fancy-dancy chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! Especially BOOKS!!!!!!! PILES of them. Okay, so 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 begins today at 12pm (Pacific Time) and ends Sunday, Oct 4th at noon (Pacific Time)! You can go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt if needed. And there are multiple contests going on simultaneously — you can enter one or all! I’m a part of the PURPLE TEAM – but hunt down the other colors for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
- Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed a favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the purple team, and then add them up! Easy-peasy. ;0)
- 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 Oct 4, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Oky-doky, let’s do this thing. ;0)
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
Today, I am hosting Gina Ciocca for the YA Scavenger Hunt! She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English before relocating from Connecticut to Georgia, where she lives with her family. You can find Gina online at writersblog-gina.blogspot.com. LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE is her debut novel, which you can purchase from Amazon or your local bookstore! “The summer before freshman year, Kelsey and David became inseparable best friends—until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke and everything around her crumbled, including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey’s parents decide to move away, she can’t wait to start over and leave the past behind. But David’s not quite ready to be left. Now it’s senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David’s family moves to town. Old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey’s second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never let him go. And maybe she never wants to…”
And here’s her EXCLUSIVE CONTENT!!!
Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt! Thank you for hosting me, Mary. Settings that feel alive and real have always been an important part of my writing process. In LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE, the setting is especially important because the contrast between two towns featured in the story – in Connecticut and Rhode Island, respectively – represent the person Kelsey becomes at different points in her life. So, for my bonus material, I thought I’d share some photos of the very real places that inspired portions of LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE. **And** because I love pictures, and seeing what inspires other people, there’s a bonus giveaway available on my blog for anyone willing to share the locations that fuel their creativity, or are just your favorite places to be. Happy hunting! Kelsey grew up in Norwood, CT – a place that doesn’t hold the best memories for her. Here’s a pic of her house (which just so happens to be the house I lived in during high school) and how she describes her town:
It wasn’t that Norwood was known for being poor on the whole. But the deeper into you got, the more obvious it became that someone had forgotten to post a No Bottom Feeders Allowed sign. Beautiful houses on generous plots of land eventually gave way to narrowing, woodsy roads; shrinking, unkempt properties; and houses that could fit inside the master suites of the ones you’d driven past five minutes ago. That was the part we lived in. This is the Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island. Kelsey and David meet in Rhode Island while visiting relatives over summer vacation, and the Cliff Walk ends up being a spot where they share some special moments:
That’s when I felt hands slide around either side of my face. Then a split second of soft, delicious heat against my mouth. I gasped. I didn’t even realize the candy had been pulled from between my teeth until I blinked my eyes into focus and saw David, laughing victoriously as he rolled my candy around in his mouth. “Did you kiss me?” “That wasn’t a kiss. If I kissed you, you’d know it.” This sunset over the Newport marina is what Kelsey and Ryan are looking at when Kelsey promises herself that she’s not going to let her past with David come between her and Ryan:
I swallowed down the sourness that rose in my throat as Ryan pulled aside into a little patch of concrete that jutted out between two restaurants, where we could lean against the fence and look out at the silhouettes of the docked boats. He leaned in and kissed me, and it was like having some of the poison from my toxic week drained out of my body. I decided I’d never let David, or anyone else, get under my skin again. Last but not least, this is a photo of what I call “David’s Field.” At his house in CT, David lives next door to a big, empty lot. He and Kelsey share their first kiss there, and the field I see in my head is this one, which I used to pass by each week on my way to the grocery store:
Every image I’d tried to suppress for the past year found a way to break through the dam that night. I saw the delicate white and purple flowers in the empty field near the house David had shared with his father. The way he’d pick them and them in my hair when I wasn’t looking, because he knew I was petrified that bugs would crawl out and nest in my scalp. The photo I took of him, beaming after he’d pitched a perfect game. Then the images became more distorted and nightmarish.
EEP!! THANK YOU, GINA!!!! And thanks, preciouses, for reading!!! Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Gina Ciocca, and more! And just fyi – if you ever meet Wolverine (my hubs) you should mention the number 227. Ahem.
CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Kathryn Holmes!!! http://www.kathrynholmes.com/blog
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