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 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! Also, check out my Exclusive Bonus Giveaway at the bottom of my post.
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 RED TEAM–but there is also a orange team, a gold team, a green team, a blue team, and a purple team for a chance to win a whole different set of 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 red 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 Sunday October 9th 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 Chanda Stafford on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Chanda Stafford was born and raised in northern Michigan. It’s the kind of place where you have to put chains on your tires for nine months out of the year and when people ask you where you live, you hold your hand up like a mitten and point.
When she became tired of the snow, she moved to Arizona and fell in love with the mountains. Eventually, Michigan called her home again and she moved back, although she still misses the mountains, the warm temperatures, and the amazing people she met along the way.
To keep busy, Chanda teaches high school English, rescues animals, sells vintage and antique treasures, and writes books. She has three books out: First and Imposter (books one and two of the Live Once trilogy), and Burning Bright.
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT About First (Live Once Trilogy Book 1):
Seventeen-year-old Mira works on a farm in the ruins of Texas, along with all of the other descendants of the defeated rebels. Though she’s given her heart to Tanner, their lives are not their own.
When Socrates, a powerful First, chooses Mira as his Second, she is thrust into the bewildering world of the rich and influential. Will, a servant assigned to assist her, whispers of rebellion, love, and of a darker fate than she’s ever imagined.
With time running out, Mira must decide whether to run to the boy she left behind, to the boy who wants her to live, or to the man who wants her dead.
“Do you think she’s strong enough?” I cup the small screen and watch the slight, dark haired girl crouched alongside a stream. She plucks a rock from the ground and chucks it into the slowly moving water.
“She’ll have to be.” My son, Adam, leans against the wall, his arms folded in front of his chest. “You chose her, remember?”
I nod, for a second seeing Mira the way she was the day she became my Second. She put on a brave face, even though she was so nervous. Still, that undercurrent of defiance was there. That’ll come in handy.
“She has no idea what’s about to happen,” I murmur.
Adam chuckles. “None of us did. Even right up until they strapped us to the table, none of us knew. Sure, we were told about the procedure, the doctors even explained it in great detail, but none of us were ever really prepared.” He shrugs and pushes himself away from the wall. “How can you be?”
“Right.” I set the screen on the table beside me and swing my legs over the side of the bed. A young man, dark haired and moving with the stealth of a hunter, joins Mira beside the water. “Do you think I’m making the right decision?”
Adam shrugs. “Who cares? You’re Socrates, one of the most famous men in the world. You can do whatever you want.”
I wave away his remark. “If I only had more time to teach her, more time to show her what is to be required of her, then maybe she’d understand.”
Adam stalks from the bed to the window overlooking a lifeless landing strip. “She knows what she’s supposed to do. That’s all that matters.”
I lever myself off the bed, old bones creaking and pain cascading down my spine. On the screen, Mira leans closer to the boy, Will. I can’t hear what they’re saying, but I don’t need to. I can see the affection she has for him, and he for her. Forming attachments can be dangerous in our world. Everyone has an agenda.
Adam joins me to stare at the video screen. “I’m glad you picked Mira. The girl’s got chutzpah, even if she doesn’t know it yet. There’s a lot at stake, and everything has to happen just right or it’s all go to hell.”
Something in his voice makes me glance away from the screen to study my son. Adam has my nose, a little too long and with a bump in the middle, and my blue eyes. He has his mother’s smile, thank God, and everything else that’s good and kind and decent. Anything bad, of course, is all me. “I don’t know. You could have done it.”
Adam shakes his head. A lock of dark brown hair drifts in front of his eyes and he brushes it away. “No. I couldn’t. What you’re doing, what Mira’s going to do, is too much for me. I couldn’t handle it.”
I pick up the screen and touch the girl’s image. “If she’s half the Second you were, then I don’t have anything to worry about.”
The younger version of me smiles sadly. “You always knew how to bring out the best in us.”
I open my mouth to ask him what he means, but I can’t. He‘s already fading away.
Ghosts are like that.
HERE’S MY SECRET NUMBER:
And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Chanda Stafford, and more! To enter, you should know that my book The 13th Continuum contains my favorite number in the title. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
EXCLUSIVE BONUS GIVEAWAY
Win A Signed Copy of My Award-Wining Book
The 13th Continuum! Win a signed paperback copy of my award-winning debut The 13th Continuum plus awesome swag (US Winner) or ebook copy (International Winner). I’m giving away 5 copies. Praise for The 13th Continuum:
“Non-stop excitement and strong world-building combine to make The 13th Continuum a fantastic read for science fiction and dystopian fans alike. The story sucked me in from the very beginning, and had me pulling for Myra and Aero to break free from their very different, but equally oppressive governments. Eagerly awaiting the next in this series!” ―Rysa Walker, author of The Chronos Files
“I tore through Jennifer Brody’s The 13th Continuum at light speed. This fresh, fast-paced novel featuring a post-doom Earth will hook readers with its likable characters and thrilling stakes. But it’s the book’s action and hope for a better future that will keep readers turning the page and leave eager for the next installment.” ―Mindee Arnett, critically acclaimed author of Avalon and the Arkwell Academy series
“A fascinating premise and compulsively readable debut. It totally sucked me in.” – Robin Talley, author of Lies We Tell Ourselves
“The 13th Continuum manages to be smart, surprising, and a good time, all at once. That’s hard magic to pull off, but Jennifer Brody makes it seem easy. Swift and surprising, this novel is such a confident debut. Here’s to many more.” – Victor LaValle, author of New York Times Notable Book of the Year, The Devil in Silver
“This gripping read is recommended not only for advanced teen readers, but for adults who enjoy solid sci-fi dystopian settings.” – Donovan’s Bookshelf
“This debut is an exciting and well-built read.” – Booklist
“Brody writes an intelligent narrative that is entertaining as it is introspective about the human race, its fate and where we might end up.”-Roanoke Times
“Fans clamoring for a new dystopian science fiction series may appreciate this latest addition to the genre.” – School Library Journal
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