Tuesday, March 29, 2016

YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2016!!

It's that time of year again!! When we all go crazy for a few days, trying to win piles of awesome books! This year, I'm also doing my own personal giveaway, so make sure to read all the way to the VERY BOTTOM of the post for your chance to win a signed copy of ENDURE!! (The final book in the DEFY trilogy!) 

(You can win this!! Make sure to go all the way to the bottom!)

Welcome to 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 signed 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 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. This year I'm on: 

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the Blue 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 Sunday April 3rd, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Here's a little trivia for you - my all time FAVORITE number has always been 21!!!

Today I am hosting:
Vicki Weavil and her book:

(Cool cover, huh??)





Purchase Links:

Amazon | B&N

Here's some more about the book:

Facsimile (Facsimile #1)
by Vicki L. Weavil
Publication Date:  March 8, 2015
Publisher:  Month9Books

For a ticket to Earth, seventeen-year-old Anna-Maria “Ann” Solano is willing to jettison her birth planet, best friend, and the boy who loves her. Especially since all she’s required to do is escort Dace Keeling, a young naturalist, through the wilderness of the partially terraformed planet Eco. Ann‘s determination to escape the limitations of her small, frontier colony never falters, until Dace’s expeditions uncover three secrets. One offers riches, one shatters Ann’s perceptions of
herself, and one reveals that the humans stranded on Eco are not its only inhabitants.

Ann’s willing to sacrifice friendship and love for a new life on Earth. But when an entire species is placed in jeopardy by her actions, she must make a choice – fulfill the dream that’s always sustained her, or save the planet she’s never considered home.

**WHOA!!! That sounds so good, doesn't it??***

Here's a little bit more about Vicki:

Vicki L. Weavil is represented by Fran Black of Literary Counsel. Her Young Adult Fantasy, CROWN OF ICE – Book One in the Snow Queen Saga-- was published by Month9Books in 2014. Two companion books to CROWN OF ICE -- SCEPTER OF FIRE and ORB OF LIGHT -- will be published in fall 2016 and in 2017.
Her YA SciFi -- FACSIMILE – was published by Month9Books in March 2016. A sequel, DERIVATION, will release in 2017. A new YA Fantasy, THE DIAMOND THIMBLE, will be published by Month9Books in 2018.
She also writes adult SciFi.

Author Links:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads |

And here is her bonus content!!

An Interview with Anna-Maria “Ann” Solano from FACSIMILE



How old are you, Anna-Maria – or is it Ann?

I prefer “Ann.” I am seventeen-and-a-half, almost as old as my parents when they got married. But I have no intention of marrying so young, even if there isn’t much else to do on Eco.

 So what’s your life like?

Okay, you ready for this? Basically, I am a nobody on a nowhere world. My dad’s parents, who were originally from Peru on Earth, were contracted to terraform my birth planet, Eco. But the company that recruited, educated, and trained them went bankrupt and stranded them on Eco. Yeah, we have enough infrastructure to scratch out a subsistence living in our little frontier colony, but we don’t have any spaceships, so we can’t leave.  We also can’t earn enough credits to pay any passing spacecraft to take us on as passengers. This means we’re stuck on Eco, with no real future.  All we can do is follow in our grandparents’ and parents’ footsteps and live our simple lives.

Do you have a lifelong dream or aspiration?

Sure – to get off this dead-end planet and travel to Earth. Once I’m there, I believe a world of opportunities will open up for me. My grandparents claim Earth is too segregated into the “haves” and “have nots” for that to happen, but they haven’t been back in so long, I think they’re mistaken.

Can you share one vivid memory from your childhood?

I remember when I was little, there was one time my parents seemed really “in sync.” I’d found an unusual stone, with a perfect circle carved through the middle. I sat nestled between my parents and said I’d found something “alien,” but my dad – who’s an engineer – and my mom – who’s a geologist – explained how wind, sand, and time had simply worn away the center of the stone.  It was one of the few times I felt like we were a real family.  (My parents don’t get along very well most of the time).


What’s your favorite thing to eat?
Anything different from the stuff we grow in our hydroponic greenhouses. I am a vegetarian, though, because raising animals for food wastes too many resources, so I never got used to eating meat. We do have chickens (for eggs) and goats (for their milk, which we also use to make cheese). 

I guess my most prized treat is the rare chocolate bar we acquire by bartering our fresh produce with passing space traders.

Do you have any siblings?

No, but I have a best friend. Her name is Emie, and we’re probably closer than most sisters, actually. She’s really, really, smart – a genius at working with computers and anything digital. She’s apprenticed to our communication and data expert.

What’s your town or city like?

There isn’t anything remotely like a city or town on Eco – just our settlement. Our living quarters were built from the spacecraft used to transport my grandparents and the other terraformers to Eco. (Which is why we don’t have any space ships now). Our settlement is basically ramshackle metal-siding buildings surrounded by a simple fence. We have living quarters – which are small, so extended families live together – a kitchen and group dining space, a meeting/recreation hall, two hydroponic greenhouses, some workshops, garage space for our big machinery (mostly broken now), a dairy, a building that houses a couple of labs and our com room, and some domes that cover our animal pens. That’s about it. We do have windmills that help provide electricity, along with our solar collectors. I mean, we can get along, but we are basically living in a frontier settlement. No luxuries, and not that much to do, outside of daily chores.

Do you go to school or do you have a job?

Both. I am apprenticed to my grandmother, who’s a botanist.  She manages our hydroponic greenhouses. (We really depend on the produce grown in the greenhouses because you can’t grow anything in Eco’s thin soil). I also take classes over the ‘sphere and study any holographic discs we can get in trade from passing spacers.

What do you do for fun?

Mostly the younger people play immersive holographic videogames. The entire colony watches a lot of movies, too, because my other grandmother (mom’s mom, who died before I was born) brought along digital copies of every film she could lay her hands on – even really old, 2D stuff.

I also like to ride my solar-powered electric bike out across Eco’s rather barren landscape. Sometimes I stop and search for these purple crystals that I trade to spacers for stuff.  The crystals look like amethysts. They aren’t, but don’t tell the spacers that!

Do you have a boyfriend?

Well, uhm… Yes, sort of.  There aren’t very many people my age on Eco, so I don’t have many choices.  There’s Raiden Lin, of course. We hang out sometimes, and we kiss, but … I want more options, so I’m going to wait until I can get to Earth to commit to someone. (Even though Raid is really, really, hot, and smart, and his kisses can make me swoon, I need to meet other people before I dive into anything too serious!)

Okay, Ann. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, and good luck to you!

Thank you. Nice to talk to someone different. Now I gotta run. I hear a trading ship will be landing on Eco soon.  I hope this ship – the Augusta Ada – will offer me a chance to trade my purple crystals for something new and fun.  I mean, you can always hope for a change, right?!

Thank you for sharing with us Vicki!!

To continue the hunt make sure to visit Leah Bobet's site by clicking HERE!!

And now for my personal giveaway! Just for stopping by, you have the chance to win a signed copy of ENDURE. Just do as many options as you want and good luck! :-)

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