Welcome to the Winter 2012 YA Scavenger Hunt! This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck
as a way for readers to get exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors… and a chance to win some awesome prizes! In this hunt, you not only have access to exclusive content from each author, you also get clues at each stop for the scavenger hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive signed books from authors 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 TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or both! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there is also a Blue Team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, including links to all the participating authors and a full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: Look for my favorite number “hidden” somewhere below in red. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red team, and then add them up. This number is your secret code to win the grand prize!
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 December 2, 2012, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
Today, I am pleased to be hosting Nancy Holder on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m thrilled because Nancy has written novels and episode guides for some of my favorite series, like Smallville and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Here’s more about her and her work, in her own words:
Hey Guys! This is Nancy Holder!
Isn’t this YA Scavenger Hunt the best way to kick off the winter holidays? The fabulous E.C. Myers is hosting me!
I’m the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Saga, co-written with Debbie Viguie. Debbie and I have written three young adult dark fantasy series together. I also write novels and episode guidebooks based on different TV shows and “universes,” including Teen Wolf, Angel, Hellboy, Hulk, Smallville, and my new book, Buffy: The Making of a Slayer. I also write and edit comic books and graphic novels, and I teach at the University of Southern Maine (even though I live in San Diego.) I also write urban fantasy for the GothicScapes imprint. My new young adult novel, Hot Blooded, will come out in December. Come visit me on my website www.nancyholder.com.
This is the prize I am offering for the Hunt:
BUFFY: THE MAKING OF A SLAYER Book Description: Celebrating the 15th anniversary of Joss Whedon’s
Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, this lavishly produced book is the first authorized, fully illustrated retrospective of the hit show. Offering in-depth commentary on the making of the series, the book explores the characters and mythology of the
Buffy universe and follows the evolution of all seven seasons. Die-hard Whedon fans will also find insider information on his involvement in other projects, including
Firefly, and more. Housed in a foil-stamped slipcase, this volume features more than 120 images, including rare behind-the-scenes photos, sketches, props, and memorabilia from the Twentieth Century Fox archives, along with stills from the most pivotal on-screen moments. Tucked in the inside cover of the case is an envelope holding “Slayer Lore: Texts and Magicks for the Battle.” These 13 removable pieces are replicas of the ancient spells and prophecies the characters used on-screen to defeat vampires, demons, and other monsters, making this the ultimate treasure-trove for every Buffy fan.
I’ve been doing a lot of writing about werewolves. First up, I just completed work on Buffy: The Making of a Slayer, which will be available on December 11th. On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Oz, a werewolf, was played by Seth Green. Seth is one of the co-creators of Robot Chicken, and he’s been in zillions of movies. Oz is doing okay in the human world as a werewolf until he meets Veruca, a female werewolf who urges him not only to cheat on his girlfriend, but then Veruca tries to kill her.
Second, I wrote On Fire, a novel set in universe of the Teen Wolf show on MTV. Teen Wolf has been on for two seasons and has been renewed for a third. I love it so much—it completely sucks you in. Everyone on the show has secrets to keep and people to protect. I’m hosting a #TEENWOLFREWATCH on Monday nights at 10 PM EST and you’re welcome to join us. We all cue up the show and watch together. I’m on Twitter @nancyholder if you’d like details. I run contests and hand out prizes and copies of the book.
Third, Debbie Viguié and I are working on the Wolf Springs Chronicles. Unleashed was the first book in the trilogy, and Hot Blooded will be available in December 2012. In this series, we created our own werewolf mythology, which is slightly different from our werewolf lore in the Wicked Saga. Katelyn, our protagonist, has met a werewolf who claims to have been turned into a werewolf through magic, not a bite. Katelyn wonders what the difference is—turning into a wolf seems pretty magical to her (though not always in a good way!)
When I think “Hunt,” I think two things: Bambi, and werewolves! I’ve written a poem to celebrate my favorite shapeshifter:
by Nancy Holder
The snow is hushed; the dark night’s cry
cloaks his wings as my angel flies by.The wolf is cursed; the gleam in his eye
Speaks of his desire for one such as I.
The luminous moon my angel enthralls
The numinous world to my guardian calls.The wound is deep
The change is hard.
Protector and guide, you let down your guard.I am changed and my heart has bled
For the life and home that I have fled.But in the snow, as the pack gives chase,
The Wolf god Fenris bestows his grace.The wound was deep.
The change was hard.
Not needing an angel, the forest…I guard.
I look forward to seeing you on the Scavenger Hunt post that I am hosting on my website!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, E.C. Myers, and more! Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have the secret to life, the universe, and everything–which in this case is probably going to be a much bigger number than 42.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed meeting Nancy Holder and reading her bonus poem. Keep an eye out in the rest of the hunt, and you’ll find an exclusive alternate chapter from my new book, Quantum Coin
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! BONUS GIVEAWAY
I’m also pleased to offer an additional giveaway of a Kindle or Nook eBook of either Fair Coin or Quantum Coin–winner’s choice! I’ve been experimenting with digital signatures as well, so the winner will receive a signed eBook, probably the first one I offer to anyone. You don’t even need a Kindle or Nook: There are apps for phones and tablets and programs for PC and Mac that will allow you to read eBooks without a dedicated device. To enter, just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below.
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