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Thursday, October 03, 2013

YA SCAVENGER HUNT & SOLSTICE GIVEAWAY!


Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the dystopian/mythology YA novel, SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), and I'm crazy excited to host this stop for the YA Scavenger Hunt! 

(and p.s. I'm so excited that I'm giving away a second copy of SOLSTICE below, so make sure to check it out!)

Hi! Thanks for visiting!

This tri-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 THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM--but there is also a blue team and a gold team for a chance to win two other sets 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 homepage.

*** SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE ***

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my secret number. Collect the secret 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 October 6th, 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 RACHEL CARTER on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Hi, Rachel!

RACHEL'S BIO: Rachel Carter is a writer, a reader, and a lover of all things pop culture. She grew up in the woods of Vermont, and recently graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close To You series from HarperTeen.

You can find out a ton more about Rachel on her website!

And if her book sounds like something right up your alley (which of course it does), you can buy it here!

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EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE (HarperTeen, July 2, 2013)




About THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE:

These are the things of which Lydia is now certain:

The Montauk Project has been experimenting with time travel for years.

The Project's subjects are ""recruits"" from across time, recruits like Wes, Lydia's ally, friend, and love.

The Project is now responsible for the disappearance of two members of her family.

The conspiracy theorists were right about the Montauk Project all along. In this sequel to So Close to You, they're coming for Lydia next...



The exclusive content here is awesome! 
IT'S THE FIRST CHAPTER OF BOOK 3 IN THE SERIES! 
You can't ask for anything better than that! Enjoy :)

CHAPTER 1


The dress is laid out on the bed, so dark red it looks black in the muted light of the hotel room. I run my hand down the fabric and it parts like water, the silk gliding across my skin, the deep color swallowing the paleness of my fingertips.
I take off the robe I’ve been wearing and lay it over the back of an overstuffed chair. Though the room is empty, I cover my nakedness with my hands, keeping my body angled toward the door. I am waiting for the knock, waiting for it to open at any moment.
I pick up the dress and quickly pull it over my head. It molds itself to my body, sweeping against the low heels of my sandals. It is a simple column, with a cut that reminds me of old Hollywood movies, where the women had smoky voices and everyone talked too fast.
The knock still doesn’t come. I turn on another light next to the bed and the thick fringe from the lampshade sweeps across my hand. This one has a tinted bulb, which turns the room a garish pink, making the shadows deeper and staining the white floral wallpaper with slashes of red.
There is a mirror across from the bed, framed in gold and silver, ornate twists and circles that make me dizzy when I catch them from the corner of my eye. I stare at my reflection, barely recognizing the face that looks back at me. My old bangs grew out months ago, and my red hair falls in heavy waves around my shoulders. My cheekbones were always high, but now they are even more pronounced, making hollow grooves above my jawline. I dab a light gloss over my lips, ignoring the flatness in my eyes and the new muscles that curve along my arms and shoulders.
I’m not supposed to wear a lot of makeup, they said. No one in this time period does, and blending in is the most important part of being in an era that’s not your own. I take care to only use a small swipe of mascara, a touch of blush, and though I run an ivory comb through my hair, I leave it down, skimming where the edge of the silk hits my lower back.
I step away and examine my reflection, still detached, as though it is a stranger’s face and body that I am somehow controlling. The color should look wrong against my skin, but the red brings out the lighter strands in my hair and the sheath hugs my frame, making me seem curvier than I am these days.
It has been nine months since I faced General Walker in that bare gray cell, hidden so many feet below the ground. He told me I could walk away from my old life, join the Montauk Project and start traveling through time as part of a secret government organization, or I could die. It wasn’t much of a choice, and so here I am, standing in this lavish hotel room, waiting for my contact on my first mission.
I have not met the rest of the team yet. I don’t even know who they are, and the anticipation is crawling over me, like an itch I can’t quite reach in the middle of my back. I pick at the fabric of the dress, pinching the silk between my fingers and then smoothing the wrinkles out again. I’m surprised at how nervous I am; I thought they had stripped all my feelings from me, that those endless months of training—not speaking to anyone but my commanding officers, not seeing my family or friends—had made me numb in a way that was permanent, in a way that would make me unable to feel anything ever again.
But there it is inside of me, curled in a ball, tucked low in the pit of my stomach—fear. Tonight I have to kill a man, and I don’t know if I can.
The knock on the door is so loud it makes me jerk, and the comb falls from my hand to bounce against the glossy tiled floor. I take a deep breath, pushing my shoulders back, lifting my chin. I am a skilled recruit for the Project, just like whoever is standing on the other side of that door. They don’t have to know that this is my first mission. They don’t have to know that I’m afraid.
I cross the room quickly, the silk whipping around my legs. The wooden door is cool to the touch, and I lay my cheek against it, listening. “Who is it?” I call out.
The voice that answers is muffled. It sounds deep, but I can’t quite tell through the thickness of the door. “It’s Michael. Let me in. The fund-raiser is starting soon and the champagne will get warm.”
It’s my contact. He’s using the code, even mentioning his alias. I slide back the old-fashioned lock and swing the door open.
There is a phrase I am supposed to say back so that he’ll know who I am. “Darling, the champagne is on ice, don’t—”
But the final words die in my throat.
Standing in front of me, dressed in a slim black tuxedo, is the boy who left me crumbled on the cold floor of a cell after betraying me to General Walker and telling me he never loved me. Wes.
The boy who broke my heart.


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And 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, you need to know that my secret number is 6. Add up all the secret numbers of the authors on the red 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!


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DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING
SOLSTICE!


“Solstice is one red-hot read—it intrigues, sizzles, and satisfies.” —Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times bestselling author
 
In celebration of the Scavenger Hunt, I'm offering up a second copy of SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013) here (US only).

It's easy to win! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck, and may all your reading be enjoyable!

About SOLSTICE:

Piper's world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom. 

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.

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And one more time...


CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author!







56 comments:

Jordan White said...

PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING! :)

Amie said...

I love to see the leaves change color.

KiKiD said...

I LOVE the smell of Cinnamon in the fall, strange but true.

And also love that I can wear jeans and sweaters again ;)

Jaguar Hero! said...

My favorite part about fall is the weather change. Sometimes it's warm, sometimes it's not. It's lovely. :)

Isabel C said...

My favorite thing about fall is the pumpkin everything and all the pretty leaves!

armywife2310 said...

My favourite thing about fall is the lovely smell of pumpkins. I LOVE my pumpkin spice candles!

Katherine Adams said...

My favorite fall things are the changing of the leaf colors as well as the corn mazes. And the chance to make a fun carved pumpkin

Leigha Varrielle said...

You rock! Thanks!!

Sarah said...

My favorite thing about fall is probably all the stuff going on: fall fests, Halloween, NaNoWriMo, my birthday, and at the very end, the holidays.

Faith McLaughlin said...

I love sweaters and pumpkin desserts! :)

Liliana said...

I LOVE Halloween! And, well, just the season in general. And my b-day is also in the Fall ;)

pandalovesyou said...

I love the crisp weather, the annual craft show, the leaves turning, decorating, and roasted pumpkin seeds!

Holly Remsing said...

I LOVE APPLE SEASON!!! Also, the leaves changing color is so beautiful <3

Sarah Kalaitzidis said...

I love fall because all the bugs are going into hiding an the leaves on the tree's change colors which are pretty

Ivie Isler said...

I love the leaves changing and Halloween. Plus my birthday isinthe fall too!

Jennifer Lancaster said...

My favorite thing about fall is the cooler weather and of course Halloween.

Stacie Cruz said...

My favorite thing about Fall is the cool crisp weather! I love the leaves falling and having nice warm drinks. Thank you for the giveaways!

jademshaw said...

I moved from Southern CA to WA state last week, and so far my favorite part about experiencing a (REAL) seasonal change is the beauty of changing leaves, and wearing my favorite rain boots.<3

jademshaw said...

I moved from Southern CA to WA state last week, and so far my favorite part about experiencing a (REAL) seasonal change is the beauty of changing leaves, and wearing my favorite rain boots.<3

sarah said...

Living in Florida i don't really have the changing fall colors as when I lived up north, but I love that it starts to get less hot and humid outside which makes walking outside more pleasant.

becca fowler said...

I love the beautiful sight of the leaves changing color and all the yummy fall food!!

Mary H said...

As Jordin said, I love all the pumpkin food! Cake, scones, drinks, pie, all that good stuff!

Britney Gulbrandsen said...

PUMPKIN! Pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie...yum!

And the weather!

Vicki Orians said...

My favorite thing about fall...wearing hoodies!

Brittany said...

My two favorite things about fall are pumpkin flavored everything and scarf time!!

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said...

I love the slightly cooler weather right before it becomes either too cold or too hot to be winter. Also...cute clothes!

SisterAmanda said...

Oh so many things to choose from as fall is my favorite season! the leaves, the colors, the wind, scarfs, hot coco, pumpkins, and holidays with all the family gatherings!

Delena salvatore said...

I love Pumpkins!!!! and Halloween :)

Nicole Stine said...

I love the leaves changing color!

GeGePet said...

The bugs go away! We have all these really annoying tiny black bugs that bite and I'm ready for them to disappear! -Jeanne

Ashley Jellison said...

Fall:
the cooler air, the leaves, Halloween, the decorations, the colors, corn mazes, bonfires, Sweater Weather, and pumpkin smell EVERYWHERE

Shauna Buck said...

pumpkin spice lattes!

cristina said...

Halloween!!

Paola said...

PUMPKIN!!!

Kassiah Faul said...

I think my favorite thing about fall is Football :)

-Kassiah from Swoony Boys Podcast
http://www.swoonyboyspodcast.com

Merisha Abbott said...

the smell of apple pie and the color of fall leaves

bibliophileprincess said...

Hot chocolate, bon fires. I would say changing of the seasons, but I live in SE Georgia so we have humid/hot and mild. It doesn't get below 60 degrees in winter, so we still get to "go" to the beach even in January!! But I also love the fragrances that comes out: apple cinnamon, pumpkin spice (pumpkin flavor anything (except coffee), really. That's the BEST part of fall!!), and going to the fair!

Micheila LaRae said...

Pumpkin! I love everything pumpkin in the fall. I love the smell of pumpkin spice. I love the flavor of pumpkin. I love the color of pumpkin. Pumpkin is definitely my favorite thing about fall.
Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Arlene said...

Love the cooler weather and warm fall clothes!

Shay L. said...

All the colors of leaves...

Nishka Dhawan said...

dried leaves :)

Brandy Byrnes said...

I love driving through the mountains and watching the leaves on the trees change and apple cider.

The Fox Family said...

My favorite thing about the fall (this year) would have to be my new "favorite-things" ... Stephen's Caramel Apple Cider! Surprised? If you have tasted it, you wouldn't be. Wrapping up in a blanket, reading a good book and sipping this hot drink of wonderfulness ... just heavenly! : )

Another Book Nerd said...

My favorite thing about fall is the leaves changing colors <3 :)

Lori M. Lee said...

I love the cool weather. The heat dissipates, and the air is crisp. It's not cold enough yet for winter coats, but it's not hot enough anymore for all the summer bugs :P

Jessie said...

I can't wait to read this book! I'm glad I found you through YASH!

Lynanne Carroll said...

I love the nostalgia it brings ^_^

Stephanie K said...

My favorite thing about fall is being able to turn off the air conditioner and open up my windows.

Thanks for the giveaway!

slkbridge <@> gmail com

Minny said...

My favorite thing about fall is the warm weather. :) - Cindy C.

Ryan Snyder said...

I love love love the cooler weather we get here in Alabama. Plus, Halloween is my all time favorite holiday ever!

Kimberly Bea said...

What don't I love about fall? Halloween is my favorite holiday, my birthday is in September, and fall always seems like the season of new beginnings for me. Also, I always love the fall fashions and colors. Thanks for the great giveaway!

deasuluna said...

All my favorite apple and pumpkin treats are available again and also my birthday's in October! :)

Kaitlin Snider said...

My birthday's in October and I really like the weather--not too hot, not too cold. :)

Nauma said...

I love the changing colors and new sweaters for fall! =)

Kassie and Peter said...

Favorite thing about fall is hot chocolate! Yum! Thanks for this giveaway!

Kassie and Peter said...

Favorite thing about fall is hot chocolate! Yum! Thanks for this giveaway!