YA Scavenger Hunt

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 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!

Red Team

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all for a chance to win a whole different set of books! I am a part of the Red Team–but there is also a a blue team and a purple team.

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.

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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, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
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Today, I am hosting Brenda Drake on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Brenda Drake is the New York Times bestselling author of the Library Jumpers series, the Fated series, THUNDERSTRUCK, and ANALIESE RISING and the founder of Pitch Wars and #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
 
Find out more information by checking out the Brenda’s website or find more about the author’s book here! She’s also on instagram, facebook, and twitter @brendadrake.
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When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list.

But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.
Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.

Bonus Content

 The Gods and Goddesses in ANALIESE RISING by Brenda Drake

Mythologies have always intrigued me, and writing a story filled with them was a blast. There are several gods and goddesses from the many mythologies around the world in Analiese Rising. It was fun writing a modern spin to their personalities. To keep this post short, I’ll only talk about ten of my favorites. Though, all of them are. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t have made it into the book. So here they are, ten of the gods and goddesses from Analiese Rising.

  1. Sidapa comes from Philippine mythology. He’s the god of death. In the novel, he doesn’t have his power anymore. He’s in love with the Bulan and sees him only during the full moon when the other god can come down to earth. He loves make up and fashion and has all the arrogance to go with his impeccable style.
  2. Oyá is from African She’s an Orisha of winds, lightning, and violent storms, death, and rebirth. She’s a kick butt goddess, and she makes a grand entrance into the story.
  3. Lugh comes from the Irish mythology. He’s a trickster god. There’s hardly nothing he can’t do. He has so many powers and magical items. I decided to explore his more trickster side, which was tons of fun to create.
  4. Thor aka Bjorn—do I need to tell you about him? Okay, I will anyway. He’s the hammer-wielding Norse god who can control lightning and thunder. In my novel, he goes by one of his many aliases, Bjorn.
  5. Inanna, the ancient Mesopotamian goddess associated with love, beauty, war, and political power, keeps Ares on his toes. She’s a powerful goddess and doesn’t let others walk over her. She poses as an owner of a matching making company.
  6. Horus is a sky god in ancient Egyptian mythology. He’s associated with the falcon. Analiese first runs into him as her Uber driver.
  7. Ares is the Greek god of war. He’s arrogant and an instigator. Of course he is.
  8. Bastet, the Egyptian goddess of protection, used to be worshipped as a lion form before becoming a cat. She’s been involved with Analiese’s family for centuries.
  9. Pazuzu is the Babylonian demon god. He’s the demon that possessed the little girl in The Omen. I have to say it creeped me out writing him. He dresses in a trench coat, is unkempt, and looks menacing, as all demons do. Or do they?
  10. Janus is the Roman god of beginnings, transitions, doorways and passages, endings, and time. In the novel,he protects the entrance into a creepy catacomb filled with skeletons used as art that Analiese and Marek must enter to search for a clue left behind by Marek’s grandfather.

And there we have it, ten of my favorite gods and goddesses from Analiese Rising. Who are your favorites from the mythologies around the world?

Thanks for a great post, Brenda. You know I’m a huge fan of mythology myself, and I’m pretty partial to Persephone. 😉
Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me,  Brenda Drake, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 2. 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!

CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! Don’t forget to 
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Bonus Giveaway
As a thank you for visiting my blog and participating in YASH, I’m offering an additional giveaway. Comment below with the book you’re currently reading for an opportunity to win an e-copy of your choice for any book I’ve written.
 
 

YA Scavenger Hunt

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 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!

Team

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the Gold Team–but there is also a red team, a blue team, an orange team, and an indie 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.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the Gold 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 October 6th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
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Today, I am hosting Constance Roberts on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Constance Roberts is a retired flight attendant who turned in her wings to stay at home with her adventurous daughter and to write. She and her husband live in St. Louis, Missouri where they spend the weekends playing board games with friends. If she’s not reading a book, she’s probably taking a picture of it. You can find her book photography on Instagram as @imagery.in.pages
 
Find out more information by checking out the Constance’s website or find more about the author’s book here!

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WHAT IF PINOCCHIO WAS A GIRL?
Just before senior year, Penny’s car was struck by a drunk driver. Her body was beyond repair, but her mind was saved by a powerful benefactor attempting to blur the moral lines between medical science and technology.
Penny now lives as an Automa alongside others whose consciousnesses were uploaded into elite cyborgs. Together they work and perform at the prestigious Monstro Theater in Amsterdam. Though she is forbidden to leave the theater for ten years, Penny is granted every luxury her heart desires. Any skill or information she wishes can be downloaded in seconds – except the precious memories of her life before.
Despite longing for knowledge of her past, Penny makes the most of her confinement with her new companions. After an outsider exposes the truth, Penny realizes she’s been strung up in a web of lies. She wants to trust what she feels she’s known all along, but doing so would force her to face an impossible choice.When the truth catches up, it doesn’t let go without a fight.
STRUNG is a standalone novel in the Twisted Fairy Tales series. Amazon Link | Goodreads Link

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Music is a big part of Penny’s story. She is an Automa, which means her consciousness lives inside a high-tech robot. She looks just like you and me, but she lacks senses such as smell and taste. She lives along side other Automas who work as performers in Monstro Theater. Many of the songs on this playlist are actually mentioned in the book, as songs they have performed to or happen to be playing during a scene. Just for fun, I’ve listed a few below.

 

Build The Robots by Dr. Steel – This is the first song on the playlist because, well, it’s a fun song about Robots. Dr. Steel is an artist from the early 2000’s who incorporated steampunk sounds into his music and this song just fit as an opener for the story.

Lampshades On Fire by Modest Mouse – Penny and her dance troupe are rehearsing this number in the first scene of the book. In the performance they are dancing around an airship, about to embark on a new world.

Bury A Friend by Billie Eilish – I love this song because with it’s sharp sounds and whispered lyrics it really illustrates Penny’s struggle with figuring out who she is (since she can’t remember) and where she fits in this new body and new life.

Telephone by Lady Gaga – Penny and her best Automa friend, Cleo, kill this song on karaoke.
 
Tessellate by Alt-J – This song is very much the “mood” for the love story in STRUNG. I won’t say much else so I don’t give anything away.
Click on THIS LINK to hear more and check out the STRUNG Playlist on Spotify
Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Constance Roberts, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 2. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the gold team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! Don’t forget to 
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Bonus Giveaway
As a thank you for visiting my blog and participating in YASH, I’m offering an additional giveaway. Comment below with the book you’re currently reading for an opportunity to win an audiocopy of my very first novel, Persephone!