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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt, Spring 2017!




Welcome to the fall 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 a few days! 



First, let's go over introductions and the hunt rules. 

I'm A.G. Howard, author of the Splintered Series, an Alice in Wonderland retelling, and RoseBlood, a modern-day Phantom of the Opera spinoff.

In a moment, I'll introduce you to Claire Lazebnik, the YA author I'm hosting today, and tell you all about her new contemporary novel!




Claire and I are a part of the PINK TEAM--but there are also RED, BLUE, GOLD, & PURPLE teams - each with 20 authors, for a chance to win a whole different set of books! If you get off track, you can visit the Unstuck page where a list of all the authors are linked up by team for your convenience. Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are five contests going on simultaneously (plus some fabulous personal giveaways), and you can enter one or all!


SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the pink 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 April 9th at noon Pacific time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.



MEET MY GUEST AUTHOR

Today, I'm hosting Claire Lazebnik for the YA Scavenger Hunt! 


Claire is the author of five novels for adults and five YA novels, including Epic Fail and Things I Should Have Known. With Lynn Kern Koegel, PhD, she co-wrote the non-fiction books Overcoming Autism and Growing Up on the Spectrum. She has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Self Magazine, among many other publications, and contributed a monologue to the anthology play Motherhood Out Loud

Find out more information about Claire by checking out her website or go here for book ordering info. 



ABOUT CLAIRE'S BOOK


Things I Should Have Known is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe Mitchell is on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan seems like the perfect match, so it's unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people.


Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan are soon spending lots of time together and Chloe is hopeful her plan will work, until she realizes just how much she doesn't know, both about Ivy and about herself.


And now for Claire's exclusive bonus material for Things I Should Have Known:


Ivy, Chloe, David and Ethan Write Haikus

Claire LaZebnik:

If you’ve read Things I Should Have Known, you know that the two sets of siblings spend a lot of time together. Even though this scene never took place in the book, it certainly could have.

Maybe it’s Chloe’s idea to write haikus on a lazy rainy afternoon when they’ve all already watched a movie and no one wants to leave the house. She would hope that the strict line and syllable structure would appeal to Ivy and Ethan, who both have autism and like things to be clear and literal.

So maybe they’re all sitting around with pads of paper and pencils and Chloe says, “You have five minutes to write a haiku. They’re usually about nature, but they don’t have to be. Three lines, the first with five syllables, the second with seven syllables, and the third with five syllables. Okay? We’ll write and then we’ll read them out loud.”

Ethan would probably complain that it’s a stupid idea, and David would probably tell him he’s being rude to Chloe, and then agree that it’s stupid, and Ivy would worry that hers wouldn’t be any good. But eventually they’d settle down and write their haikus, and then they’d read them  out loud.

And I think they’d end up something like this:
  
Chloe’s Haiku:
The house closes in
Just as I’m planning to leave.
Embrace or prison?


David’s Haiku:
You’re supposed to use
Five/seven/five syllables?
Screw that.


Ethan’s Haiku:
I think that Marvel
Makes a lot of good movies.
Logan was the best.


Ivy’s Haiku:
It’s raining out now.
I hear the water fall down.
But it’s dry in here.


Chloe’s Second Haiku (directed at David):
Just try to write one
Without breaking all the rules.
It wouldn’t kill you.


David’s Second Haiku (directed at Chloe):
Conform? No, thank you.
Only sheep count syllables.
I’m my own person.

And then Ethan would probably say, “This is boring,” and Ivy would say, “Let’s watch TV,” and that would be the end of haiku writing.

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Haha. Thanks Claire! These characters have amazing chemistry. :) 

Remember, you can buy Things I Should Have Known here, and if you'd like to follow the author online, she's on twitter.



GIVEAWAY DEETS

GIVEAWAY #1 (INTL):  Enter the official hunt contest for a chance to win books by myself, Claire Lazebnik, and a ton of other authors on the pink team, pictured below:



To enter the above giveaway, you need to know that my favorite number is 7. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the pink team and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize! Remember to fill out the form here. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.


GIVEAWAY #2 (INTL): My own bonus giveaway pack contains these RoseBlood / Phantom-themed prizes:


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To enter my bonus giveaway, follow the instructions on the rafflecopter below. 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

CONTINUE THE HUNT


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

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Also, thanks to Colleen Houck for hosting me today. Be sure to check out my post on her blog for a first-time online peek at Christine DaaΓ©'s secret journal entries from the B&N exclusive edition of RoseBlood

66 comments:

  1. This is probably the best giveaway I've seen. Phantom of the Opera is my favorite movie and Broadway musical and I've been looking forward to reading this novel since I heard about it. Thanks for the chance and Happy Scavenger Hunt!

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  2. One of my favorite retellings would have to be the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (Greek Mythology), Heroes of Olympus series (Roman Mythology), Sun and Moon Ice and Snow, East (Both Beauty and the Beast Retellings), Esther Friesner's Princesses of Myths series (!!!), Princess of Glass, Prom and Prejudice, Epic Fail (another pride and prejudice retelling), and Scarlet (Robin Hood). Sorry that was a lot haha.

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  3. I love Wicked, ACOTAR/ ACOMAF, Heartless, Dorothy Must Die, among other. I love retellings! Splintered is on my TBR shelf calling my name :)

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  4. My current favorite retelling is Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer. I know I have others, but that's one that I just finished and I'm in love with it! So good, a Sleeping Beauty retelling, and I haven't read many (or any!) of those yet :-)

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  5. Splintered all the way! One of my most favorite retellings is definitely that series!!! I waited for each book to come out ... bought them on their release day ... and read them immediately! They were amazing! Thanks for taking part in this. It's so much fun!!!

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  6. My favorite retelling is the A Court of Thorns and Roses series!

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  7. My favorite retelling is The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale!

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  8. I enjoy Aladdin retelling. For Disney remakes I really loved Tangled.

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  9. Your version of Alice in Wonderland is definitely my favorite retelling. I do also like some Beauty and the Beast retellings.

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  10. My favorite retellings are Alice in Wonderland retellings! I have a little section on my shelf dedicated to Alice in Wonderland retellings:) I have yet to read Splintered yet, but its on my TBR list.

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  11. Retellings: I like Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau.

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  12. I like The Lunar Chronicles, Rosamund Hodge's Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound, and Bethany Griffin's Masque of the Red Death and Dance of the Red Death.

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  13. My favorite retellings are The Lunar Chronicles. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  14. Aside from all of your YA books of course, I also love Legend series and The Lunar Chronicles. Thanks for the chance!

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  15. I really liked The Madman's Daughter series! I had heard of Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde but The Island of Dr. Moreau was new to me!

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  16. The Lunar Chronicles are the most recent retellings that I have read and they really work!

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  17. Spelled and the Lunar Chronicles are two of my favourite retellings!

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  18. Sadly i don't have a favourite retelling πŸ™

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  19. I love Katy Regnery's retellings. My favorite is Don't Speak, which is a retelling of The Little Mermaid.

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  20. Another great story on the Pink Team!

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  21. OMFG, going to hunt immediately! :D

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  22. And my favorite retellings: The Lunar Chronicles and ACOTAR.

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  23. I love fairy tale retellings especially sleeping beauty or beauty and the beast retellings. Thanks for the opportunity and for being part of the hunt!

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  24. My favorite retellings are the Lunar Chronicles.

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  25. The Once Upon a Time series is a really good group of retellings. I just wish they would've published more!

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  26. I loved 'The Lunar Chronicles' and 'Cruel Beauty', but my favourite is 'The Wrath & the Dawn'.

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  27. I love the Lunar Chronicles saga that retell not just one but the four characters Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White in a futuristic and original way.

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  28. Alice in wonderland and snow white retellings are a couple of my favs! Thanks so much for the chance at this awesome prize!

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  29. I loved cruel beauty, but for the most part I will read any versions Beauty and the Beast and East of the Sun West of the Moon that I can get my hands on. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. My favourite fariry tale retelling is the little know retelling of a Native american legend. The Rough Faced Girl, it's a book that's a little older, but i've adored it since i was a child.

    Although I love the Lunar Chronicles too, and I'm stoked about reading your book. Bought the exclusive B/N edition, and it looks gorgeous on my shelf! (actually, i'll be getting you to sign it at bookcon ;ater this year)

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  31. The last retelling I've read and loved was The Shadow Queen (Snow White retelling) by CJ Redwine.

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  32. The Lunar Chronicles and A Court of Thorns and Roses are some of my favourites!

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  33. My fave retelling is Beastly by Alex Flinn.

    Also i love that you hosted Claire Lazebnik

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  34. The Lunar Chronicles and Hunted! 😍

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  35. I really enjoyed Beauty of the Beast, a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I also loved Heartless.

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  36. Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, and almost all of the books in the "Once Upon a Time" fairy tale retellings series. :)

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  37. Wicked, Unhooked, and Wintersong! <3 <3

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  38. I'm into any fairy tale retelling!

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  39. Most of the books in Alex Flinn's fairytale series! They are great :D
    ~Vickie

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  40. I love The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale!

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  41. I really love The Lunar Chronicles, The Darkest Part of the Forest, and Gail Carson Levine's books!

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  42. You can never go wrong with good old Beauty and the Beast, but I'd love to see more retellings of Swan Lake!

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  43. My favourite would probably be Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce -a retelling of Red Riding Hood :)

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  44. I like Cruel Beauty, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast!

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  45. I loved the different fairy tale retellings in the Lunar Chronicles! Also the Arabian Nights retelling the Wrath and the Dawn.

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  46. I like different retellings of little red riding hood.

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  47. I like the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder & Ella, The Wrath and the Dawn, and Stitching Snow, to name a few...

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  48. I like many retellings, but I think indie-wise, Princess of Tyrone is good, and Winter Falls was amazing! And then of course there's this one really good Alice retelling...by this cool author...
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    @TeacherofYA

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  49. My favorite retelling is Beauty by McKinley. I also like the new Beauyt and the Beast retelling--Hunted.

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  50. Well, I might be biased, but definitely your Splintered series! ;)

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  51. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer are some of my favorites. So are both The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (they're incredible mythological retellings). I like Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter too, even though it's a bit strange. (I still miss Erg and all her mischievousness.)

    Too many retellings have yet to leave my TBR list--like Heartless by Marissa Meyer, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, Hunted by Meagan Spooner, The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine, Stars by Colleen Oakes, and your book, obviously. (And that's just a few of them. I've really got to pick up the pace with my reading.)

    I can't wait for others to publish like Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer. Just a few more days...

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  52. I love Splintered, of course! I also love pretty much any Beauty and the Beast retelling. And I also love the 1001/ Aladdin retellings. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  53. My favorite retellings are of Cinderella and Alice and Wonderland.

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  54. I like Beastly by Alex Flinn and Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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  55. I am not just saying this because it is you but I LOVED Splintered!!! I met you at the Vegas Valley Book Festival and you were so fun I really wanted to like Splintered and....you did not disappoint! It will go down as one of my favorites! I NEED to get Roseblood! Seems soooo good! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  56. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and Beastly by Alex Flinn.
    Thank you for the chance!

    Raffle name: Artemis Giote

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  57. My favourite is Disney's Rapunzel and the new live action Beauty and the Beast.

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  58. I love retellings of Cinderella the best! There are so many of them, too!

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  59. Beastly and Ella Enchanted are such favorites. Also Clueless! I want a Clueless for every Jane Austen novel, please and thanks. Thanks for doing a bonus giveaway!

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  60. My favorite retelling is of Beauty and the Beast, especially the live action movie that came out this year because I love the way Emma Watson portrayed Belle as this strong and independent woman who didn't care what others thought of her.

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  61. My favorite retelling is Snow White.

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  62. ACOTAR is my favorite retelling (Of Beauty and the Beast). Also Ella Enchanted (Cinderella)

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  63. ACOTAR is my favorite retelling (Of Beauty and the Beast). Also Ella Enchanted (Cinderella)

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