Fall 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt – Team Blue!

Welcome to the 11th YA Scavenger Hunt!

I’m Megan Crewe — author of YA fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction novels including the Earth & Sky trilogy, the Fallen World trilogy, and Give Up the Ghost — and I’m your host for this stop in the tour.

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!

There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a green team, a teal team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set 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.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Somewhere on this page, I’ve listed my favorite number (hint: the number is highlighted in blue). 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 April 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

The author I’m pleased to be hosting for the YA Scavenger Hunt today is… Austin Aslan!

Austin Aslan was inspired to write his young adult sci-fi survival eco-thrillers The Islands at the End of the World and The Girl at the Center of the World while living with his wife and two children on the Big Island of Hawai`i, where he earned a master’s degree in tropical conservation biology at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo. A National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, he can often be found exploring the wilds of northern Arizona in a tent on a punctured air mattress. In other lives, Austin drove ambulances way too fast, served as an ecotourism Peace Corps Volunteer in a Honduran cloud forest, and managed a variety of local, state, and federal issue campaigns. Austin loves to travel widely and photograph nature. Follow him on Twitter at @Laustinspace.

And this is his book, The Girl at the Center of the World — now that’s a striking cover! Great tagline too.

As sixteen-year-old Leilani and her family learn to live without electronics, farming the land as her ancestors did, she finds strength in her relatives, her friendships, and her strange connection to the Emerald Orchid–the force whose presence caused global devastation–but suffers regret over what she must do to survive.

An exciting and satisfying sequel that continues the thrilling ideas and adventure of THE ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD.

Oooh, that does sound thrilling! You can order the book here.

Here’s the exclusive bonus material! Readers of the Islands at the End of the World series will know that Leilani’s best friend, Tami, plays an important role in book two, The Girl at the Center of the World. We were only briefly introduced to her at the beginning of Islands, but did you know that she once made a deleted appearance at the end of Islands, also? During revisions, Austin was asked to try out a closing scene that included her, but everyone agreed that it distracted too much from the powerful ending that was coming on the next page. So, without further ado, here’s an (almost) forgotten—but interesting!—vestige of the revision process for the end of The Islands at the End of the World:

…Hilo has always been dark at night—dimly lit to assist the observatories in their endless safaris through the skies—but it was never this dark. Countless squares of candlelight seeping through kitchen windows hint that the town remains home to tens of thousands of people, but the streets seem deserted on this green, moonless night.

[[[We stop by Tami’s. “Five minutes. Not a second longer,” Dad warns.

He stays in the puttering van as I run up to the door. I knock. A flicker of light comes from the window, her mom steals a glance from behind the curtain. She gasps, and my stomach does a flip.

Tami opens the door.

We both scream.

After we pull apart, I study her. She looks thinner than ever, but otherwise same old. I wonder what I must look like to her.

“I thought I’d never see you again. How’d you get back?”

“Long story, but we’re here.”

She wipes tears from her eyes. So do I. We embrace again.

Dad honks.

“Hey,” I say, pulling away. “I gotta go. Gotta get to the house. We still haven’t seen my family. Do you know if…?”

“Oh, man. They’re gonna be so happy. Your mom’s been by here twice a week, every week, on her way to the docks, the airport, you name it.”

Relief spills over me. I feel like I could blast off.

“I’ll be back.”

Tami nods, her curls bouncing.

“You guys okay?” I ask.

“It’s really bad here. But…we’re making it.”

“Lei, gas!” Dad calls.

“I’ll come back soon!”

“Yeah. Love you, Lei.”

“Love you, too.”

I rush to the van.

In the van, I sob, and tell Dad what Tami said. He takes a moment to calm down before we pull away.]]]

We retrieve the Civic as we retrace our path through town. Dad is so relieved to have his car back, as if that’s the thing that has been pressing on his mind most these past hours. I stifle a laugh…

What a lovely glimpse into the girls’ friendship — reminds me of my best friend when we were 8 years old.

CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Livia Blackburne!

But before you go, I’m offering a bonus giveaway right here!

A lucky winner will receive a copy (in whatever format you prefer) of whichever book in the Earth & Sky trilogy you’d like, plus swag! Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Hunting!

A Sky Unbroken Online Launch Party!

Skylar’s journey will reach its end when A Sky Unbroken is released in just three weeks, so it’s time to party! (Note: The Canadian release date is Nov 10, but fellow Canucks are welcome to party early. :) )

If you’d like to help me celebrate A Sky Unbroken‘s release, you can do so on Oct 13 here on the blog (I’ll be making an official launch party post then) or on the Facebook event page (feel free to RSVP to receive updates there).

Throughout the day, the festivities will include:

-Author Q&A (ask me anything and everything about the Earth & Sky trilogy, my other books, writing in general… or anything else you wish!)

-Various giveaways

-A book “signing” room where you can request a signed bookplate and bookmark to go with your copy of A Sky Unbroken.

Then, from 8:30-9:30pm EST, I’ll be hosting a live chat for more Q&A, general discussion, and of course, more giveaways!

Hope to “see” you there! :)

Earth & Sky trilogy bookmarks

The new Earth & Sky trilogy bookmarks — featuring all three covers — have arrived! Behold the shininess:

If you’re a librarian or bookseller and you’d like some for your patrons, give me a shout in the comments or by email.

Individual readers in Canada and some other countries can request bookmarks and other swag here. And I’ll also be bringing them around to all my appearances this fall. :)

A Sky Unbroken cover reveal + giveaway!

I’ve been waiting almost two months to share the cover of A Sky Unbroken with you — so excited that I finally can! I love it on its own and even more side by side with the first two books in the trilogy. And I can also give you the back cover copy:

The rebels have been disbanded, their plans in ruins. Captured by the Enforcers, Skylar and a small group of Earthlings find themselves herded into the Kemyates’ living museum: basically, a human zoo. Skylar’s companions are bewildered, terrified, and ignorant of their true situation, and Skylar is afraid to tell them more. Their lives hang on the Kemyates’ whim. Those Skylar trusted most have betrayed her. Any move she makes could result in the extinction of her people… but giving in means giving up any hope of regaining their freedom.

Returned home, Win has kept his life only by playing along with the story his former leader has spun to protect the rebels from sanction, but he can’t stand knowing Skylar is imprisoned or watching his fellow Kemyates swallow the Council’s lies about Earth. Win resolves to bring the truth to the Kemyate public and see the Earthlings finally freed… though to do so he’ll have to set aside caution and openly challenge those who rule his world.

But neither Skylar nor Win are prepared when they uncover an even deeper conspiracy of betrayals and deceit–one that could push the uncertain future they’re fighting for completely out of reach.

Let me know what you think! And if you’d like to enter to win one of 20 copies of the book (US & Canada), head over to yesterday’s reveal post at YABooksCentral.

Now taking swag requests!

Hey readers! I get a lot of requests for bookmarks and the like, so I’ve decided to set up a swag request system that’ll allow any reader who can send a self-addressed stamped envelope to ask for (and receive!) whatever swag they desire — subject to availability, of course.

It’s very simple. Just fill out my swag request form, and send it and your SASE to the address given there. Your swag should reach you in no more than two months (probably sooner).

Please note that because I am in Canada, this offer is restricted to Canadian readers and those in countries where it is possible to purchase an international reply coupon for return postage. If you live in a country that does not offer IRCs and wish to receive book swag, email me and we may be able to find a workable option.

As always, if you are a blogger, bookseller, librarian, or other book professional and would like to request a batch of bookmarks or other swag to hand out, please email me to discuss.

Hope the swag collectors among you enjoy! 😀

The Clouded Sky online launch party begins!

Today’s the day The Clouded Sky, the second book in the Earth & Sky trilogy, ventures out into the world. Which means it’s time to celebrate!


Available in stores and online at:
Amazon ~ Chapters/Indigo ~ B&N ~ Indiebound ~ BookDepository (international)

Talk with me!

All day you can post questions or share your thoughts by commenting on this blog post, on the Facebook event page, or by tweeting with hashtag #CloudedSky. Remember, if you’re asking or talking about a key event from this book or Earth & Sky, please mark your comment with a SPOILER note so others who haven’t read yet can skip over it.

Win books!

Comment and win! I will randomly select one person who comments on this post to win your choice of The Clouded Sky or Earth & Sky in your preferred format (Canadian hardcover edition, US paperback edition, ebook, or audiobook).

Tweet and win! I will also randomly select one person who tweets about the book with #CloudedSky to win your choice of The Clouded Sky or Earth & Sky in your preferred format.

Follow the Facebook event page and win! I will be posting questions on the FB wall throughout the day which you can answer to win books, so check back regularly!

All giveaways are open to readers around the world.

Additional launch activities (today only!)

Request a signed bookplate and bookmark to put in your copy of The Clouded Sky over at the signing table.

Join the launch party live chat from 8:30-9:30pm EST, during which I’ll be giving out a few more prizes. Link to be posted here shortly beforehand!

Get inside the book!

Take a peek inside the book by reading the first chapter here or this excerpt from further in here.

Hear the music that helped inspire the story by listening to the unofficial soundtrack (scroll down past Earth & Sky‘s).

Enjoy the festivities!

Newsletter updated

I thought I’d give my blog readers a heads up that I’ve updated the format and content of my newsletter. What’s different?

-All of my book news is now consolidated to one mailing list, so subscribers will hear about any new books as well as all important developments regarding my current ones.
-I’ll be sharing recs of books, movies, music, and other fun stuff.
-With each newsletter (every 1-2 months), I’ll pick a subscriber by random number to win their choice of any of my books — winner will be announced within the newsletter.
-Each newsletter will also include a coupon code for one or more of my books.

And as always, newsletter subscribers will get extra entries in most of my regular giveaways!

Sound good? If you’re not already signed up, you can add yourself to the list using the sign-up form here.

The Clouded Sky online launch party!

The Clouded Sky will be out in the world in just two weeks, which means it’s party time!

If you’d like to help me celebrate The Clouded Sky‘s release, you can do so on May 5th here on the blog (I’ll be making an official launch party post then), on the Facebook event page (feel free to RSVP to receive updates there), and/or on Twitter using the hashtag #TheCloudedSky.

Throughout the day, the festivities will include:

-Author Q&A (ask me anything and everything about the Earth & Sky trilogy, my other books, writing in general… or anything else you wish!)

-Various giveaways

-A book “signing” room where you can request a signed bookplate and bookmark to go with your copy of The Clouded Sky.

Then, from 8:30-9:30pm EST, I’ll be hosting a live chat for more Q&A, general discussion, and of course, more giveaways!

Hope to “see” you there! :)

Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt!

Welcome to the 10th YA Scavenger Hunt!

I’m Megan Crewe, author of YA fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction novels including the Earth & Sky trilogy, the Fallen World trilogy, and Give Up the Ghost, and I’m your host for this stop in the tour.

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!

There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GREEN TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a blue team, a teal team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set 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.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Somewhere on this page, I’ve listed my favorite number (hint: the number is highlighted in green). Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the green 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 April 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

The author I’m pleased to be hosting for the YA Scavenger Hunt today is… Melissa Grey!

Melissa Grey was born and raised in New York City. She wrote her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn’t stopped writing since. After earning a degree in studio art at Yale University, she taught English in Japan, pursued a Masters in art history at University College London, then returned to New York where she currently works as a freelance journalist. Her first novel, THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT, will be published by Random House on April 28, 2015. To learn more about Melissa, visit melissa-grey.com and follow @meligrey on Twitter.

And this is her book, The Girl at Midnight — such a gorgeous cover!

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known. When a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act. Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants.

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? You can preorder the book here!

Here’s the exclusive bonus material! It’s a short piece that takes place ten years before the start of the book, when the main character Echo decides to run away from home and live in the New York Public Library’s flagship branch:

There’s a word in Latin that literally means “go with me.” Vade mecum. It refers to that one book you can’t live without. That one book that “goes with you.” For a young Echo, that book was From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. She carried her dingy, dog-eared copy with her everywhere. When she ran away from home at the age of seven, it acted as her roadmap. She found enough change in her couch cushions to get her to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where Claudia and Jamie Kincaid had found refuge. Unfortunately, the world had changed quite a bit since the 1960’s. Echo found that the Met, with its security guards and all-seeing cameras, wasn’t nearly as receptive to overnight guests as E.L. Konigsburg would have had her believe. Dejected, she walked nearly two miles down Fifth Avenue, stopping only when the cramps in her feet became too much to bear. And that was when she saw it. A beautiful old building guarded by two majestic stone lions. The New York Public Library, grand and opulent and full of the most important things in Echo’s world: books. Even as she ascended the steps leading to the front doors, Echo knew that her vade mecum hadn’t led her astray. It had led her home.

I love this, especially because I’m a huge fan of From the Mixed-Up Files — I must have read it a dozen times before I was 8 years old.

CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Skylar Dorset!

Tweet the Hunt!

But before you go, I’m offering a bonus giveaway right here!

Three lucky winners will receive a copy (in whatever format you prefer) of The Clouded Sky or (if you prefer) the first book in the trilogy, Earth & Sky, plus swag! Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Hunting!

YA Scavenger Hunt is coming!

Heard about the YA Scavenger Hunt? If not, check out the info here.

I’m going to be participating in the spring Hunt this year with The Clouded Sky, on Team Green, with these fabulous books!

The Hunt will start April 2nd, and there’ll be a sneak peak inside The Clouded Sky for you to find — along with, of course, tons of awesome books up for grabs in the giveaway. I’ll be sharing another author’s exclusive material here, and hosting a smaller giveaway of my own. So may sure you drop by. It’s going to be a blast!