YA Scavenger Hunt (winter edition)

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!
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 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 Angel, 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:

 

Winter Wolf
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!

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CONTINUE THE HUNT
To continue in the hunt, you need to check out the next author!
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
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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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54 Responses to “YA Scavenger Hunt (winter edition)”


  • I would love to go to Spain in the year 1469 and be able to attend Isabel and Ferdinand’s wedding. That story is so intriguing and I’d love to be a part of it!

  • I would visit New York in the 1920s! I want to be part of the Prohibition era, wear a flapper dress and literally enjoy what seems to be a very glamorous ambiance.

  • 1920’s would be my first stop. Just an interesting set of years! :)

  • I’d love to travel back to the Victorian Era, I love all the gorgeous dresses back then. :)

  • New York state in the 1820’s for religious purposes!

  • If I could time travel, I’d want to visit the year I die.

    Thank you for the giveaway

  • Maybe the early 1800’s Jane Austen time. They seemed so proper and social.

  • I would love to travel back to the regency era. I find all the king and lords to be interesting.

  • Hmm… such a hard decision. I would love to go to the Middles Ages, but then I also think it would be interesting to go to the future. Or even back to the beginning of time. :)

  • I would go to 1920, Paris meet F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein.

  • That’s difficult but I think I like one of the other posts choice… of the year of my death. I think it would be interesting to see when and how I died

  • Stephanie Carrico

    Wow!! Hard question.. too many possibilities…
    I am huge DR WHO fan…I want a TARDIS..and the Doctor…then I could go anywhere and everywhere..

  • I would travel to the year 1980, because that’s when my mum was as old (young) as I am now :)

  • I’d love to go to Medieval Europe.

  • I think around 2000 I know it is not that long ago but my grandparents were still alive and my mom. I could see them again.

  • I think I would like to travel back to Ancient Egypt. I have been obsessed with Egypt ever since I was a kid. I have been lucky enough to go visit, but I would have loved to see it in its prime!

  • 1995 because it was the last year I had with my pawpaw.

  • If I could travel back in time, I would travel back to 1969 to see the original moon landing live. :)

  • That is a tough question! As a huge history buff I could easily think of a few dozen times/places I would love to visit. While thinking about it I happened to glance up a few comments to Tara’s post about her pawpaw. I immediately knew when I would return to. I would go back to earlier this year to try to save the life of someone very missed. More than that is tmi and personal.

  • I’d love to go back to ancient rome and greece. To watch a William Shakespear play while he was alive, to watch the moonlanding live. Soo many possibilities.

  • I am a huge Buffy fan-this book looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway. If I could time travel I’d go back in time to visit people I miss, like my Grandad and my Nanny, just to enjoy being with them again.

  • oooooh, I’m not sure! Probably back in the ccastle-ages so I can see them!

  • The Jane Austen era, 1800’s, they look so respectful and romantic, I’ll just love it

  • I would love to go to France in 1800, right after the French Revolution! I love the Revolution era, but I don’t think I’d want to be smack dab in the middle of it.

  • I would go back to the 1960’s to meet Abraham Lincoln and listen to him talk for days. I always wanted to hear his voice!

  • Hi! Wow that’s a hard question! I would love to visit the Victorian era, I absolutely would love to go to the 1930s, that was one of my favorite time eras. I also love the 50s (:

  • I would probably go back to 2001 (at least indoor plumbing is available) and try to notify and stop the terrorist attacks. I would try to save thousands of lives (civilians and our army/marine/airforce/etc fighters)

  • Regency era would be fun.
    With all their prim and properness as well as the dancing!

  • I’d definitely travel to the past, not sure when, perhaps the beginning of colonial America. I think it would be fascinating to see the beginnings of a new nation

  • Hannah McCormick

    I would travell to the ancient egyptian or roman times as they are my favourate period in history.

  • Probably the Victorian era…I’ve just read too many books taking place at this time! :)

  • i shall read this book :D

  • This is a tough question I would either go to the Victorian era because I am obsessed with it or to see the Hanging Gardens of Babylon not sure about the year.

  • After reading my super sweet sixteenth century by rachel harris, I would love to go to Florenze, into the Renaissance Firenze!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • The Victorian Era. I love love love the dresses!

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway!!

  • Katherina Barney

    If I could got back in time I would visit the Ewardian Era. It’s the epitome of Aristocracy and for some reason I just LOVE that period!

  • How could you not want to go see dinosaurs?

  • VampiricCharmsRunnerService@yahoo.com
    I would travel to Scotland or Ireland during the 1100’s or earlier than that.

  • I’d go to france after the french revolution.

  • If I could travel in time, I would visit Scotland December 13, 1643 … Why? Honestly I have no idea I just really want to.

  • If I could travel back in time I would want to visit sometime in the early 1900s. A new century and a time when chivalry wasn’t dead and the beginnings of technology were being dreamed up and created.

  • Ooh…good question. i would love to go back into medievil times, but with conditions, I’d like to be in a family with money and privileges!! haha!!

  • I would travel back to the 1900s because that sounds like fun

  • I would travel back to the 1950’s so I could hear the early era of rock and roll music

  • If I were to time travel…I guess I would go to the time of Leonardo Divenchi. I like painters and all the best ones was from that area! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  • I’d have to say New York 1890s. I love the dresses and just the beauty of the homes and the lifestyles of the rich.

  • I would love to go to the time of Christ and see how everything really went down. Stories tend to lose their accuracy when they are handed down through the generations.

  • I want to visit the 60s to see what it was like back then

  • I’m cutting it down to the wire, but I commented!

  • Katherine Beaulieu

    If I could travel through time I would visit the year 2100 because I’d like to be able to say I lived through 3 centuries:P

  • I wouls want to go back to the Jurassic Period because I would love to see the dinos even is I would ineviatably get eaten. I mean that would just be awesome. Also the first bird were appearing! I would be so COOL!!

  • I am a hugeeee Book Druggie. Books to me, are like an addiction, a drug, but the great healthy kind ;)

  • Thank you for all of these terrific responses, everyone. It’s fascinating to find out where and when other people would want to visit. Me, I would want to check out the 1950s, and I would also want to go to see some of my favorite films on their opening days :)

    I will select a winner in the next few days!

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