Ciao, World! Jacob Devlin here, your host for this leg of the Fall 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt!
Some quick fun facts about your host:
- Pottermore thinks my Patronus is a marsh harrier.
- My first “full-length” writing endeavor was a notebook full of X-Men fan fiction in 2nd grade.
- I have a suspicion that my blood type is Dr. Pepper.
But enough about me, let’s talk about you! You are currently hunting on TEAM ORANGE for the YA Scavenger Hunt.
If you’re looking for my exclusive bonus content, you’ll have to go a little deeper down the rabbit hole…
Deep within this blog tour, I’ve hidden bios, fan castings, and a playlist for each major character of my debut novel, THE CARVER. But, if you’re smooth and Lady Fortune likes you, you might even stumble on an exclusive piece of the cover from my upcoming second novel, THE UNSEEN! But first, spend some time with the fantastic author I’m hosting today.
Here are the rules.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE RULES
DIRECTIONS: Buried within this blog post, I’ve hidden a number that I’m rather fond of. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM ORANGE, and then add ’em up! Don’t worry, you can use a calculator!
HINT: THE SECRET NUMBER IS HIGHLIGHTED IN ORANGE!
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 9, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast. This contest will only be online until noon PST on October 9th!
There are many contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the ORANGE TEAM but there are others you can hunt for as well! Check out each team for a chance to win several different sets 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.
Hokay. Now that all the rules are out of the way, let me introduce you to our author. Drumroll, please, for the wonderfully talented…
(Note from Jacob: Get a look at that awesome, cover! Something tells me that girl in the water is hiding a world of secrets. Quick question: how many beads can you see on that cover? Like, 25? 26?)
About THE TELLING:
Lana used to know what was real.
That was before, when her life was small and quiet. Her golden stepbrother, Ben, was alive. She could only dream about bonfiring with the populars. Their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.
Then came after.
After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: LOVE, BLOOD, and MURDER.
Four characters are participating – and at first they weren’t exactly thrilled to be distracted from all their beach bonfiring and trying to stay alive on Gant Island. But then I explained it was for Halloween YASH and they all said they were game for a little fun (except Carolynn, who gave a jaded eye roll and said, This better be epic).
So they’ll each introduce themselves to you and then share four secrets – three will be truths and one will be a lie.
Hi! My name’s Lana – Lana McBrook – and I’m a seventeen-year-old quiet turned gutsy girl, the protagonist of THE TELLING, and I’ve lived on our seemingly-idyllic island in the Puget Sound my whole life.
1. Since I witnessed my step-brother’s mysterious murder two months ago, I’ve been trying to leave my small life of before in the past, to live with nerve and mischief, to bonfire and hang with the populars, and to move on from grief. There’s no getting over losing Ben. 2. I’ve had a crush on Josh Parker since he showed up to pre-school in red corduroy pants and after waiting an eternity, he’s finally noticing me. 3. You won’t be sure if I’m the hero or villain of this story, until the very end – maybe not even then. 4. I’m hiding something, just not what you may expect.
Hey, guys! I’m Josh Parker, about to be a senior at Gant Island High School, son of the best two moms anyone could have, and awesome best friend to Duncan, Carolynn, Becca, and Rusty.
1. Our classmates have called my friends and me the core since I can remember, and I really wish they’d look past that popular kid trope and see how similar we are to everyone else: nervous about belonging, trying to figure out who we are, and just hoping for an invite to a Friday night party. 2. I must have had my head up my butt not to notice how brave, funny, and interesting Lana McBrook was until this summer. 3. We found Maggie Lewis’s body at Swisher Spring this summer and I know more than I let on about how she ended up dead. 4. I’ve come face to face with a killer and didn’t know it.
What’s up, I’m Carolynn Winters, best friend to Becca, ice-queen-to-be-feared, boss, ex-competitive swimmer, and over it.
1. I’ve been crushing on one of my guy friends for ages and I’m about to make the first move. 2. Lana’s mom and my mom were close as sisters growing up, and I’ve always secretly wished Lana and I had been close like that, except life happened, and instead we were enemies until this summer. 3. I would move heaven and earth to protect the people I care about – like seriously, do not get in this tiger’s way. 4. Someone I love does not survive this story.
Hi, ho, hey, I’m Ben McBrook, Lana’s step-brother, former high school golden boy, who moved with my mom to Gant Island when I was eleven. Some call me intense and opinionated, but I don’t think it’s crazy to care about shit. And you should know that Gant Island’s privilege and elitism makes me sick.
1. When Lana and I were little, I used to tell dark fairytales where Lana and I were always the warrior-heroes busting up the villains. I wish I could be more like my fictional-self. 2. I’ve been keeping a lot of secrets and I never intended for Lana to pay the price for them. 3. Lana will always be and has always been the hero of my imagination. 4. I’m dead for most of this story.
For more about THE TELLING or my first young adult thriller, THE CREEPING, you can check out my website, Tweet me, find me on Instagram, and add my books on Goodreads.
Have a happy spooky October!
(Jacob here again. I love three truths and a lie. Thanks so much to Alexandra for hanging out with us today!)
You can now add THE TELLING to your TBR list on Goodreads!
To enter, you need to write down my favorite number, find all the other numbers on TEAM ORANGE, add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
Thank you so much for visiting my website! While you’re here don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt. Win a signed copy of THE CARVER, a Peter Pan Christmas ornament, or an awesome Thomas Kinkade Pinocchio “magic” coffee mug. Free stuff, yeah!
Be sure to check out Mary Crockett’s giveaway as well.
I’ve deemed it a pleasure to host this part of YASH! Stay and chat a bit while you’re here. Comment and tell me about your favorite amusement park attraction… it can be a Disneyland ride, a food at your local fair, a carnival game you actually won… the sky’s the limit!
Then, when you’re ready for your next stop, buckle up and zoom on over to visit Gabrielle Pendergast!