Welcome to my leg of the 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! On 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 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 120 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are FOUR contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the Red Team–but there is also a gold team, a purple team, and a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of 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.
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red 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 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today I am hosting Elizabeth Langston on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt.
Elizabeth Langston is an award-winning author of two YA magical realism romance series. She lives in North Carolina (USA), halfway between the beaches and the mountains, along with two twenty-something daughters, one old husband, and too many computers to count. When she’s not writing software or stories, she’s traveling to distant places or baking something she probably shouldn’t eat. Elizabeth also writes YA contemporary romance as Julia Day.
What she needs is a miracle. What she gets is a genie with rules…
Lacey Linden has gotten good at hiding the truth of her life—a depressed mom, a crumbling house, and bills too big to pay. In school, she’s a girl with a ready smile and good grades, but at night, Lacey spends her time dreaming up ways to save her family. On a get-cash-quick trip to the flea market, Lacey stumbles over a music box that seemingly begs her to take it home. She does, only to find that it’s inhabited by a gorgeous “genie.” He offers her a month of wishes, one per day, but there’s a catch. Each wish must be humanly possible.
Grant belongs to a league of supernatural beings, dedicated to serving humans in need. After two years of fulfilling conventional wishes, he’s one assignment away from promotion to a new job with more challenging cases. His month with Lacey is exactly what he expects and nothing like he imagines. Lacey and Grant soon discover that the hardest task of all might be saying goodbye.
I don’t create a playlist for a book while I’m writing it. I prefer to wait until the book is done, and I can think back through the characters and how their stories unfolded. For my exclusive content, I’ve created this playlist of songs that remind me of the heroine, Lacey, and the relationships that change her in I Wish.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole : At the beginning of the book, Lacey feels exhausted, scared, and isolated (not unlike many of us are experiencing around the world today). This is a song I would prescribe for her so she can remember not to give up hope.
“Rather Be” by Clean Bandit : Lacey adores her 8-year-old brother, and he adores her back. Unfortunately (in her opinion) he plays soccer, which she doesn’t adore. But even though the costs for him to play are straining the family budget, she shows up at every game–his biggest fan.
“Reasons I Drink” by Alanis Morrisette : Crystal, mother to Lacey and Henry, has fallen into a period of deep sadness and depression. Her inability to function forces Lacey to be the adult and to miss out on the best parts of her senior year. Crystal knows it’s not fair to her daughter, but she can’t simply think her way out of depression. (Although Crystal is not an alcoholic,) “Reasons I Drink” nails the pain and despair of her mental illness.
It’s Nice to Have a Friend by Taylor Swift : Lacey no longer has the time to spare for friends. But the new girl at the high school, Kimberley, is too persistent to accept the word no. It’s Nice to Have a Friend is a sweet song to describe how much Lacey needs her new friend.
The Bones by Maren Morris : Lacey and Eli have gone to the same high school for years, and they’ve always been friendly. But now that he’s her brother’s soccer coach, they’re bonding over vintage Mustangs and Shakespearean sonnets and Henry.
“Break In” by Halestorm: When Grant (the “genie”) arrives, he’s shocked by how desperately Lacey and her family need their month of wishes. He begins the book a bit overly focused on rules, so it takes time for him to relax–and for her to trust. But eventually, they’re ready to let each other break in.
Silent Night by Pentatonix : On the book’s cover is a music box. Since the book ends on Christmas Day, “Silent Night” is the song that plays when the music box is opened. Here’s one of my favorite versions.
Let It Be by The Beatles : While life isn’t perfect for Lacey by the end of the story, she completely believes that it will get better. With all that’s happening right now in the world, I’m going to end the playlist the way it began…with a song about hope.
You can also fine Elizabeth on Twitter and Facebook
Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books, including one from me. Check out my host’s post over at R.J. Garcia! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is
Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author: Katie Delahanty!
I am hosting my own giveaway for an extra chance to win stuff! I will be giving away another chance to snap up a copy of the Marrow Charm ebook AND a $10 e-gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble .
A Free Entry option is available to enter in each day the giveaway is live. Open today, March 31st to April 6th 12 AM EST.a Rafflecopter giveaway