Thursday, October 2, 2014

It's the YA Scavenger Hunt!


Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! I'm Sarah Fine, the author of OF METAL AND WISHES:



If you're new to the game, go here for instructions on how to hunt--and WIN. And, after you've gotten your info and read the fabulous exclusive content I've got below, please stay and enter to win a KINDLE PAPERWHITE loaded up with some of my other work--all the books and novellas in the Guards of the Shadowlands series!


 THE 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 GOLD TEAM--but there is also a red team, a blue team, an orange team, a green 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 OCTOBER 5TH, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

SCAVENGER HUNT POST

I am so excited today to be hosting Rachel Carter, author of FIND ME WHERE THE WATER ENDS, book three in the So Close to You series. You can get your own copy of Find Me Where the Water Ends right hereRachel grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont. 
VERMONT, you guys. I'm pretty sure they get at least 26 feet of snow a year up there. 


EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Lydia has been trained into a person she might have once feared: focused, fierce, deadly. Although she never wanted the life of a Montauk Project recruit, the Project has captured someone she loves-someone she'll do anything to save.

Then Lydia glimpses a world in which the Montauk Project never existed. The Project has taken so much from Lydia already, but she knows that she will sacrifice everything to make her vision of a world without the Project a reality.

Publishers Weekly said that "readers will be hooked" by Rachel Carter's plot-twisting So Close to You series. The conspiracy theories, romance, and compelling "what if?" questions build to a satisfying series end, making Find Me Where the Water Ends the perfect fit for the teen fans of light science fiction like The Time Traveler's Wife.




In a very, very early draft of Find Me Where the Water Ends, Lydia and Wes trained together before they went on their mission to 2049. This is a deleted scene from that alternative storyline, where Lydia and Wes spar for the first time.

“Seventeen, you’ll fight Eleven.”
            I feel my body jerk. “Excuse me?”
            “You two haven’t fought yet; since he’s physically stronger than you and better trained we’ve been waiting until we thought you were ready. But we don’t have the luxury of waiting anymore.” Twenty-two states this in the clinical, matter-of-fact way she has of speaking, but I don’t miss her use of the word we. As if they are one unit. As if they are facing down an enemy together.
            “Fine.” I narrow my eyes at Wes. “I’m ready.”
            “You’re not, but we don’t have time left to wait,” Twenty-two says calmly. “Let’s get this over with.”
I glare at her, searching for patience.
            But then Wes is there, right in front of me. He keeps his eyes on mine as he starts to circle. I spin with him. He moves his body with complete control, complete ease. His arms are loose against his side and as much as I fight it, I can’t help but remember how they felt curled around me that night we slept wrapped together on an old, run-down couch in Tag’s East Village squat. The couch smelled like mildew, and springs were poking into my side through the holes in the worn fabric. But it was the night we decided to run away to the 1920s together, a time where the Montauk Project couldn’t find us, and it was the best night of sleep I’ve ever had.
            Now the person I thought I would spend the rest of my life with is getting ready to throw me to the ground. Wes is staring at my face, but I keep my eyes glued to his body, to the way he shifts his weight back and forth. From watching him fight Twenty-two and Tim, I know that he relies on his speed and agility over strength. If I have any hope of beating him, I need to anticipate what he’s going to do before he does it.
            Unfortunately, I’ve never been good at predicting Wes’ next moves. He feints to the right, and I shift with him, ready to block, but then he quickly comes at me from the left, his arms closing around mine. I twist out of his hold, and use the momentum to aim a side snap kick at his face. But he easily blocks it, and again closes his arms around me. He is trying to restrain, not attack, I realize. This was not the way he fought Tim or Twenty-two.          
            Fine. If he’s not going to take me as a threat, then I’m busting out the Krav Maga. I grab the hand that’s wrapped around my stomach and use it as leverage to swing my body to the left, hard enough to break Wes’ hold and twist myself around and onto his back. I lock my legs around his waist, and put him into a chokehold. Our heads are close together, and for the first time in nine months I can smell him. Pine needles, the forest, a heavy rain. It is achingly familiar. I have no idea how he smells like that when we’re all using the same soap, but I suck in my breath anyway. Wes hears it and freezes. We stay locked like that, me hanging on him, his head tilting back against mine. Our mouths are inches apart. If he turned his head…but then his hands come up and grab my calves. I tense, gripping his neck harder. He suddenly drops to his knees, and uses the force of the movement to flip me over his head. I close my eyes at the sensation of flying through the air, but then feel his hand hard against my back. Instead of slamming into the mat, I’m eased down onto it.
            “He’s holding back,” I hear Tim say. And he’s right, Wes is holding back, though I can’t imagine why. If he didn’t want to hurt me, then he wouldn’t have betrayed me in the first place.
            I spare a glance to the side of the mat. Tim is watching us closely, Twenty-two is frowning at Wes, her eyebrows raised, like she’s surprised, or maybe realizing something for the first time.
            Wes twists around, so quickly that I do not have time to get up, and then he’s there, on top of me. His legs are straddling mine, his hands pinning my arms down onto the mat. I stare up at him, breathing hard. We lock eyes. His are dark, so dark they look black in this harsh gym light. His lashes are long, almost girlishly so, but the bump in the bridge of his nose prevents him from looking too pretty. He is staring at me just as intensely, scanning my face, my green eyes, my too-full lips. I can’t read his expression, though it reminds me of how he used to look at me, open, searching, as if I’m some kind of mystery he’s trying to solve. He is breathing heavily, I realize, and our panting chests are moving in unison, almost touching over and over.
            “Aren’t you going to fight?” I hear whispered. “Are you just going to let him win like that?” It is Tim’s voice, though it could have been coming from inside of me.
No. I’m not going to let him win. I’m not going to be vulnerable like this again. I heave my body to the side, trying to shove Wes off of me. But he clings, his grip on my hands getting tighter. I manage to turn to my front, but now he is just sitting on my back, my arms twisted above my head. I can barely move, though still I fight against him, trying to gain leverage, to push him off of me. He leans down. “You’re done,” he says into my ear. “It’s over.”
“No.” I grunt the word, and struggle harder. Sweat beads at my temples, dripping down onto the mat below me. There is a ringing in my ears that’s getting louder, but I refuse to give up.
Wes moves my arms up farther, and bends down. He is practically lying on top of me. “Be still,” he whispers.
His voice just makes me want to fight more. I pull at the hands holding me down. “Be still,” he repeats, his voice a growl. “Lydia.” He breathes the word into my hair. “Be. Still.”
It is my name that does it. I have not heard it in so long, and suddenly my body is like water, the tension flowing out of me in a stream. I am motionless under Wes. He feels me surrender, I know he does, but he still doesn’t move, his body pressing mine into the mat. “Lydia,” I hear him whisper again, or maybe I just imagine it; the word is so soft I can’t even feel his breath against my neck.
“Seventeen, are you okay?” I cannot lift my head, but I see Tim’s bare feet move into my eye-line. His voice grows colder. “Get off of her, it’s over.”
Wes hesitates, then slowly gets up. I breathe easier as soon as his weight is off me, though the air in the gym suddenly feels colder. I roll into a sitting position and wipe the sweat from my eyes. Wes has his back to me and I see the sharp rise and fall of his shoulders as he takes a deep breath.



WHEW. Intense, right?? Thank you, Rachel! Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Rachel Carter, and more! To enter, remember that my favorite number is 26. 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--TERI HARMAN! But here's a treat for you before you go--enter to win a Kindle Paperwhite:


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86 comments:

  1. I've done the hunt once before, but I can't remember when. It was lots of fun!

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  2. This is my first time! So many of the authors I adore were on the list so I couldn't pass it up. Thank you so much for participating and the extra giveaway!

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  3. It's my first time and I actually really enjoy it! It's so much fun! :D

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  4. New to the hunt and having so much fun :)

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  5. I love YASH. I participated for the first time this last April and loved it, and I found a bunch of great books that way. This year is looking like it could be even better!

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  6. So excited to do the YA SCAVENGER HUNT!!

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  7. I am a veteran hunter. Love it so much!!! This year many authors and great books.

    Thank you for the great giveaway!
    Raffle name: Artemis Giote

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway! This is my first hunt! :)

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  9. I hunted last year, Its so much fun! Thank you...! :)

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  10. I'm definitely a veteran, been following the hunt ever since it's second round. Thanks for doing YASH!

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  11. I've done the hunt twice now! Love it!

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  12. This is my second hunt,it's fun and really awesome!
    Thank you for the great giveaway :)

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  13. I started with this years spring hunt. I love it and will definitely have this as a MUST DO every year!!!

    Melissa M. (I can't get it to stop posting as "anonymous"!)

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  14. Hmm in between! I've been seeing it for many years but only take part in a few :) thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!

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  15. I think the hunt is great and im new to it. Just heard about it this week (:

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  16. I'm new and its fun! Hope I win something :)

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  17. I have been hunting for a few years now. Hoping to win one of the prizes this season!

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  18. This is my first hunt and it's a blast :D

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  19. I am new to the hunt and it's been really fun! :D

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  20. I've hunted of and on since the beginning, but I'm glad to be back this year! It's so much fun! I love all the wonderful bonus content available. Thanks!

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  21. It is such a wonderful chance for us bookworms to win & be acquainted with new books!

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  22. I'm a veteran Hunter. I love learning about new authors and books, and what known authors are releasing now. It's always a lot of fun! :-)

    bookishbaggins(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I'm a veteran hunter. I have been joining since YASH started! Back then, there were only few teams. Now, there are a lot! (YAAAAY for more books!) Thanks for the awesome giveaway you have! Much love! x

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  24. I am a new hunter! :)
    rafflecopter name Karin Shaim

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  25. Loving YA Scavenger Hunt! Second time to join :)

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  26. Ive done it since it started! Love the hunt :)

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  27. i've joined this giveaway bf and this is the 4 times and i really love it and have win a great book from great author, really appreciate it especially with their kind heart and great book and because this event i have know so many author :)

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  28. This is my first hunt and it's been really fun so far :)

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  29. This is my first time and it's a blast!

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  30. I'm a veteran and I love it! Always look forward to the YASH!

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  31. I'm a new hunter and I'm having so much fun!! Thanks for this chance! ;-)

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  32. This is my third time participating and I'm loving it! :D

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  33. This is my first time participating and it's great!

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  34. This is my third year,I love it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. This is my second YA Scavenger Hunt,and I always have a lot of fun visiting the different authors and posts.

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  36. This is my first hunt, but I love it :D

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  37. i just stumbled upon this today, this is really cool!

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  38. I love this hunt. I have done it for the past three years and am like a kid in a candy store as soon as it starts.

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  39. I love YASH! I've been participated for a while now and it is fun every time!

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  40. This is my first time playing YASH and I LOVE IT! Even though I am already having a lot of fun, I would love it way more if I won something out of it :)

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  41. I love the YASH! This is my 4th one. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. New to the hunt and LOVING it!! Having so much fun and discovering SOOO many awesome books and authors!!

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  43. Good old veteran! Love every minute of it :D <3

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  44. I'm a veteran. Been here from the start. It's the reason I have a twitter, wordpress and several other accounts! LOL. I remember when it was only 2 teams and it was letters we had to find and then take those letters to decode a special sentence, and if the sentence you entered was wrong your entry didn't count!!

    #DOONLOVE #YASH #TEAMGOLDLOVE

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  45. Loving the Hunt this is my first time.

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  46. I'm new and it is Amazing. I want to thank all the authors for doing this.

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  47. I went on the hunt for the first time last spring.

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  48. I'm a veteran and I love YASH ever since it was first launched!

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  49. Veteran from beginning. Love YASH such great authors!

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  50. I'm a veteran! This year is CRAZY with so many teams! A lot of books makes me happy :)

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  51. I've been hunting for several years, I can't believe how many teams and authors there are this year...holy crap this is awesome...it better not get so big I don't have enough time to do them all though - that would be sad.

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  52. New to the hunt! Still trying to get used to it all! It is fun though! It takes care of my boredom! :P

    #doonlove

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  53. I've been hunting for 2 years I think. I love the Scavenger Hunt so much

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  54. New to the hunt! It's awesome so far :D

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  55. I've been hunting for multiple years now!

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  56. i've been doing for a couple of years now. hoping it's my year to win.

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  57. I love it! I've known about it before but this is the first time I'm doing the hunt!
    Thank you for the awesome giveaway. :)

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  58. I am so incredibly distraught that I didn't know about YASH before but also incredibly happy because this is so great!

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  59. I love participating in the YASH alongside my friends and hoping one of us wins!

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  60. I'm a veteran hunter and I love the YASH for all of the great bonus content! I always find great new authors and books to read.

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  62. I'm new to the hunt! It's so great to find new books to read!

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  63. I love the YASH! This is my third time participating! :)

    -Cindy C

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  64. I am a veteran hunter and I love finding all these new books to read every time. XD

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  65. This is my third year hunting! I literally put my entire college workload on hold for this weekend, and I am not complaining. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  66. I'm a veteran, but I love adding things to my TBR list.

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  67. Im a veteran hunter, I love all the bonus content!

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  68. I'm a veteran, been in this for maybe 3 years now?
    Have yet to win anything but it's still all really fun and exciting to find so many good books!

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  69. I love the YA scanvenger hunt I've been coming ever since it first started!!

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  70. I am loving the YASH, I think it's so cool. This is my first time playing and I have found a ton of new authors and books I didn't know about. I will definitely be participating every time from now one. So fun!!

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  71. Love #YASH! This is my second time now :)
    –B

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  72. I've done the #YASH a few times. Hopefully I'll win something this go-round! lol

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  73. I am new to the hunt. I wasn't even going to do it but an author friend posted it and I was like okay I'll try it. I didn't understand it when I first looked into it. But now I'm like... gosh I feel dumb, lol. Thank you for being a part of the hunt!

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  74. I love the scavenger hunt. This is my second time participating. It is so much fun to see all of the bonus content and find authors that I didn't already know about.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  75. I'm new to the hunt and its supper fun! I'm learning new things about all the authors, and I see many of the authors like the number 7.

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  76. I'm a veteran hunter! Been here since the beginning! Love it every year and excited about all the new authors I see and their books! My TBR keeps growing, lol!

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  77. This is the second time I've done the hunt. My twin sister and I discovered this last year and this is something we'll share for a long time, no doubt!

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