Thursday, December 1, 2011

YA scavenger hunt!

~ The Scavenger Hunt is over! Thanks for playing! ~

Ninjas! This. Is. EPIC.

We've got authors you might not have heard of, books you might not have read and prizes, prizes galore!

But come on. You didn't really think it would be free-and-easy, did you? Well, okay. It IS free. But you're gonna have to work for it. Oh yes you are. But you're a ninja ~ you're not afraid of a little work. So let's get to it!

As an extra bonus we’ve put together a puzzle with one keyword found on each website. Complete it and you will be eligible for a fantastic GRAND PRIZE which will include signed editions of books, signed bookmarks, jewelry, and many more exclusive gifts with at least one gift from EVERY AUTHOR!

Directions: Search for the 37 keywords—one on each Scavenger Hunt website—that are highlighted in RED. When you are finished, go here to the puzzle form, where you will find a list of scrambled keywords. List your keywords in the same order as the scrambled ones—from #1 - #37—and paste that list into the entry form.

Rules: To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed puzzle form before noon on Dec 4th Pacific Time. All the keywords must be included and you must include your full name and address. Entries sent in without name and address will not be considered! The contest is international.

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Thank you all so much for visiting my site! I hope you're enjoying the tour and that you win, win, win! Then again, we're all winners with awesome treasures at every stop, right? :D And there's a rare glimpse into BECOME somewhere out there. See if you can find it!

Today I have the privilege of hosting the awesome Amy Plum!

Amy grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before venturing further afield to Chicago, Paris, London and New York. An art historian by training, she finally traded a tiny apartment in Brooklyn for a rambling farmhouse in a village of 1300 people in the French countryside. She lives there with her French husband, two young children and big red dog Ella, and spends her time writing in a tiny ancient stone house in her garden.

About Amy's book, DIE FOR ME . . .

When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life—and memories—behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant—an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

Amy's website is beautiful. And doesn't DIE FOR ME look, well, to die for? Can't wait to read it!
Visit Amy at her website by clicking here.

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And look what I have for you! A never-before-seen deleted scene!

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There were a several big changes that were made between the first draft of DIE FOR ME and the final result. This is one of the BIGGIES, which I have never revealed before.

In this draft, when Kate finds Vincent dead she faints. And then something happens that I call “The Possessed Hugging Scene.” (Which my editor mercifully found too weird and suggested that I change.) During the scene, Vincent’s volant spirit possesses Jules in order to comfort Kate. Here is how it went:

I have only a vague memory of the next few hours, because though I was semi-conscious, I couldn’t see anything. Either my eyes were shut too tightly or I had blacked out, I honestly don’t know.
I felt someone, a male someone, scoop me up in his arms and prop me up into a sitting position. My head lolled backwards. My body had no strength. Holding me steady with strong hands, he settled himself behind me, wrapping his arms around me so that my head rested gently back against his chest.
It was Vincent. Even though the world was pitch black, I could sense that it was him. But how? I had just seen him lying lifeless on his bed.
My bewildered mind grasped for an explanation, but I was too tired to think. If this was just a dream, I didn’t care. I let go and faded into the boy wrapped around me, letting him carry the burden of my fear and confusion. Everything dropped away, and I was floating a few feet above the floor, responsible for nothing but my own breathing. In and out. Softly. Shallowly. I felt my chest move minutely with each breath, and I was at peace.
I felt him lean forward and touch his face to my own, his rough, warm skin rubbing against my cheek’s porcelain chill. And his lips brushed my cheekbone and my body was filled with a fire that ignited every inch of my shock-frozen spirit. I was instantly submerged into a deep, dreamless sleep.

AND THEN...a few chapters later during the Revenant Revelation, Vincent is still volant, so the revenants have to explain what they are to Kate without him:

Charlotte looked at me and said, “You know how I explained that while we’re dormant, our bodies are dead but our minds are alive? Well, during that time our consciousness is kind of…detached from our bodies. We can travel. We can talk to each other.”
 “So it wasn’t a dream,” I said, feeling warmth flood to my face. “I thought I felt Vincent…” I began to blush, “I thought I felt his arms around me earlier tonight.”
“Impossible,” interrupted Gaspard. “Physical interaction between the revenant mind and the human body is quite out of the question.” He stood up and began nervously smoothing down his clothes with his hands.
“Then how…” I looked at Jules and noticed he had turned beet red, and was staring intently at the floor.
“Must have been a dream, Katie-Lou,” Ambrose said, smirking as he clapped me on the shoulder before turning and pacing away. “Time to hit the gym,” he said as he walked through the doorway.

Since Jules feels what Vincent does for Kate during the Possessed Hugging Scene, I used that as the reason he develops an instant soft-spot for Kate. But besides the fact that a possessed hug is bit stalker-creepy, my editor made the very good point that maybe Jules could crush on Kate purely because of who she is. And I agreed!

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And since it's Christmastime, I have a special treat for you.

You could win a special Christmas Gift Pack:
Personalized, autographed copy of BECOME
a hand-knotted celtic heart bracelet to keep the Shadows at bay
a BECOME keychain
and a never-before-seen BECOME-inspired necklace. They are so new, even I haven't seen the finished product! I should get it in the mail today and will post a pic as soon as I can!

To enter, be a follower of this blog and click on the purple CONTACT ME button (vertical button on the left side of browseer window)and join my mailing list. You will be among the first to learn of upcoming releases and book news, AND have a chance to win my Christmas Gift Pack. 

Ready to go to the next website on the Scavenger Hunt?

Click HERE!


  1. So we just got the special edition with bonus material and deleted scenes? Cool!

  2. All sorts of awesome here today! Die for Me is on my wish list and TBR list. And I SOOOOOO want to win your Christmas package! :-)

  3. Your Christmas package sounds really cool! So many authors I like are participating in the hunt, I feel a little overwhelmed!

  4. I am following your blog and added myself to the mailing list... do we comment to tell you for a chance at your Christmas package (awesome!)? If so.. here's my comment. :-D

  5. Wow, awesome little giveaway you have going on here. Not sure if I was supposed to leave a comment or no in order to be entered...but here I am leaving a comment just in case! :-) On my way to sign up for your newsletter and follow you! :-) Thanks for the chance to win! The prize sounds awesome!

  6. this christmas package is a real dream, thanks you for this opportunity ( i hope international)

    follow blog, adde email suscription

    thanks you

  7. Awesome giveaway! Thanks so much for joining in on the hunt! I am a follower and an email subscriber!

  8. love this hunt! thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I just say something about this on Elana's blog. This is a hopp'n giveaway already. Awesome! :)

  10. Awesome giveaway!!

    I follow you blog and i joined your mailing list.

  11. I'm just lovin' this scavenger hunt! xD

    Followed your blog, and the mailing list~ and pressed that lovely purple contact me' button. ;D

  12. Great giveaway! Thanks for joining the Scavenger Hunt! I am following your blog and joined your email list. Happy reading, everyone!

  13. Thanks a million for the giveaway love!! hehehe very excited!!;)) Great blog as well!! bella;)

  14. I maybe going crazy over this giveaway but I cannot locate the purple contact me button to enter this contest - I did everything else and twittered as well. So.... Pick me?

  15. Thanks so much...follower Amanda Romano and by email!

    I LOVE the ninjas (:

  16. This giveaway is awesome. Thanks so much! Your book looks great!

    I followed your blog and subscribed to your mailing list!


  17. Thanks for the giveaway! I followed and subscribed by the feedburner since I couldn't find the purple contact me button.


  18. OMG! I freakin' LOVE your ninja theme!!! <3<3<3

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Subscribed and followed your blog already! Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Die For Me was probably one of my favorite YA reads this year!! I followed the blog and subscribed to the emails. Awesome giveaway!

  21. Very amazing giveaway! I signed up for both.

  22. Amazing giveaway !! I am following your blog and added myself to your mailing list :)

  23. I am loving this scavenger hunt! I am a new follower of your blog, as well as someone you can "Contact." I am looking forward to reading your writing.

  24. I am glad you had Amy Plum. I loved Die For Me.

  25. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!! :) Can't wait to read your book! It looks soo good!

  26. Thanks for the opportunity to win the Christmas Gift Pack.
    new follower and join mailing list.

  27. Followed. Added to mailing list. Cannot find purple contact me button. Hope I did enough for the Christmas package.

  28. Great contest! I am a GFC follower and joined your mailing list. Thanks and happy hunting to all!

    sonyacullen at gmail dot com

  29. Thank you for hosting your own individual contest! =)
    Happy Holidays and have a safe and great weekend!!

    GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads

  30. Thanks for your giveaway! Would love to win. :)

    GFC: Zareen T
    Also joined your mailing list.

  31. I am following your blog and added myself to the mailing list.. thanks!

  32. Thank you for the fun! I have signed up to follow with email sub, I hope that was correct LOL regardless, looking forward to following :)

  33. This is great! I both followed the site and signed up for the mailing list, so I'm good for two points (if that's how you're doing it). Thanks for the great prize, and can't wait to read your book!

  34. Thank you so much! I'm following the blog and I've sent a message to be added to your mailing list.


  35. when is the winner of the Christmas giveaway announced? :)

  36. when will the winner of the Christmas gift pack be announced? :)

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