Fall 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt
Welcome to Fall 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt! My name is Amy Nichols and I’m your host this leg of the hunt.
– I’m the author of YA science fiction Duplexity novels, NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE and WHILE YOU WERE GONE, published by Knopf.
– When this post goes live, I’ll be in London!
– I have a ukulele named Gertie. She makes me happy.
– Benedict Cumberbatch likes my handbag.
Somewhere on this hunt, I’ve hidden a bonus scene from NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE from Warren’s POV and I can’t wait for you to read it! But before you go looking for it, you have to read on so you can check out the amazing author I’m hosting!
First, though, a little about the YA Scavenger Hunt:
On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one signed book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, October 4!
You can start right here or you can also go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage to find out all about the hunt. I am a part of the TEAM TEAL–but there seven other teams out there and if you do those hunts, too, you’ll have a chance to win seven different sets 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.
Check out all the amazing authors on Team Teal:
How to complete the hunt
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on Team Teal, 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 4, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Ty Drago does his writing just across the river from Philadelphia, where the Undertakers novels take place. In addition to The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses, The Undertakers: Queen of the Dead, The Undertakers: Secret of the Corpse Eater, and The Undertakers: Last Siege of Haven, he is the author of The Franklin Affair and Phobos, as well as short stories and articles that have appeared in numerous publications, including Writer’s Digest. He currently lives in southern New Jersey with his wife and best friend, the real Helene Drago née Boettcher. Find out more about Ty at Join the Undertakers.
The book Ty is showcasing on the Fall 2015 Hunt is…
THE UNDERTAKERS: LAST SIEGE OF HAVEN
While away on an undercover mission, undertaker Will Ritter has made an unthinkable alliance . . . with a Corpse!
The zombie prince, Robert Dillin, is an alien invader who animates and possesses the bodies of the dead, but unlike the rest of his kind, Dillin isn’t evil. In fact, he wants to help. Ritter is willing to take all the help he can get because the Queen of the Dead has learned the location of Haven, the undertakers’ secret headquarters, and she is planning a massive and deadly assault. With the last day of the Corpse War finally upon them, Will and his friends find themselves in a desperate race to close the Rift between worlds and forever kill the Corpses. But can they do it before Haven is overrun?
And now…chapter one of THE UNDERTAKERS: LAST SIEGE OF HAVEN!
Chapter 1: BACK IN SCHOOL
Oooh, that was good! I could read that, like, 1,000,006 (that’s right, ONE MILLION AND SIX) more times! Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Let Ty know in the comments below.
Purchase your copy of THE UNDERTAKERS: LAST SIEGE OF HAVEN today:
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Hey everyone! Exciting news around here. The second book of the Duplexity series, WHILE YOU WERE GONE, is officially released into the wild!
Here’s the trailer, in case you haven’t feasted your eyes on it yet:
And here’s what reviewers are saying:
“Danny and Eevee have off-the-charts chemistry. The nonromantic storylines…allow the characters to develop outside of their romance. The novel’s tense and exciting throughout…lots of fun on multiple levels.” – KIRKUS
“Nichols is clever in reimagining characters in the alternate universe, keeping readers entertained throughout. A great modern-day science fiction novel for fans of time travel or the television show Fringe… A fun great back-to-school series to introduce to students as they think about where else they could be and what their lives might be like elsewhere.” – School Library Journal
“Fans of the first book will flock to this one, but the books can easily be read in either order.” – VOYA
“Both Eevees are smart, daring, and attracted to the Danny in their universe. While science is not as prominent in this novel, the sci-fi backstory adds a thought provoking undercurrent to a sweet love story that revolves around larger societal issues.” – Booklist
Sound like something you’re wanting to read? You can get your copy at bookstores everywhere. Here are some handy links to streamline the process for you:
What’s that? You say you want to a signed copy? And you want to get it in person at a book launch party? Well, you’re in luck!
I’ll be having a book launch party this Saturday, August 8th, at 5pm at Changing Hands Phoenix, alongside my friend Austin Aslan who is celebrating the launch of his second novel, THE GIRL AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD.
Changing Hands Phoenix is located at
300 W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ, 85013
The evening will be emceed by fellow author Ryan Dalton whose book THE YEAR OF LIGHTNING will be debuting in December. We’ll also be hosting a raffle of book-related items to benefit the amazing Kids Need to Read. Come along and bring your friends to this family-friendly event! It’s going to be a lot of fun. Oh! And you can get your autographed copy of WHILE YOU WERE GONE.*
(If you can’t make the event, you can still order a signed copy from Changing Hands online or by telephone.)
Thanks for your support! Hope you enjoy the books! <3
(I should totally apologize to Joyce Carol Oates for that title.)
Hey! It’s been a crazy couple of months, which has made for a lonely little blog. But it’s been the good kind of crazy. The kind of crazy that comes with pictures to share.
July started with a bang (ha) with a trip to San Diego for Westercon! While I’ve been to more than a couple comic conventions, I’d never been to a science fiction convention, so I didn’t really know what to expect. All I can say is, wow! What a cool experience! While most of the comic conventions I’ve been to focus on the latest pop culture experiences, Westercon was a convention about ideas. The panel topics varied from climate change to colonies on Mars. It was brainy and scientific and I absolutely loved it. One of the highlights was being on panels with William F. Nolan and Larry Niven. (!!!) I also made some new author friends: Lisanne Norman, Fred Wiehe, Thomas Voorhies, and Jason V. Brock. Such a cool convention. If you get a chance to go next year (in Portland), definitely check it out.
Here are a couple of pics:
San Diego Comic-Con
Two days after Westercon ended, I turned around and headed back to San Diego for SDCC 2015.
Ahhh, SDCC. This year was magical to say the least. Not only were my books on display at the Random House booth:
But over the course of the con, I met Peter Capaldi, Guillermo del Toro, Tom Hiddleston, Greg Grunberg, and Curtis Armstrong. I also went to a bunch of NerdHQ panels, asked Zachary Levi to smolder, attended both Nerdist podcasts, played both Battlefront and Project Morpheus, and walked my feet off. It was amazing. Here are some pics:
Teen Lit Fest
The weekend after SDCC, I participated in Teen Lit Fest at the Southeast Regional Library in Gilbert, AZ. I was just one of a dozen or so authors appearing at the event. I not only got to see a few of my friends in the AZ author community there (Tom Leveen, Bill Konigsberg, Amy Dominy, Brian Augustyn, Sara Francis-Fujimura, Mark Rude), I also made friends with new authors and chatted with a bunch of teen readers. It was a really fun event, one I hope to be invited back to in the future. Here are a couple of photos:
Payson Book Festival
And this last weekend, I traveled to northern Arizona to participate in the first ever Payson Book Festival! I shared a table with my friend and fellow author, Patricia Grady Cox, and we had a great time spending the day together up in the cool Payson pines. Here’s a pic of us at work:
The Schrödinger Sessions: Science for Science Fiction Authors
This weekend I’ll be attending the Schrödinger Sessions at the Joint Quantum Institute a the University of Maryland. Holy guacamole, I’m getting a crash course in quantum mechanics! If I’m not too busy entangling my brain with quarks, I’m going to post some blog updates. We’ll see. If not, a full recap and pics when I get back.
WHILE YOU WERE GONE Book Launch!
Thanks for being on this journey with me!
I’m in the kitchen icing a cake.
This happens, like, never. I’m a notoriously bad cook. When my kids see me making dinner they cry and run away. Baking is better, but I do it so infrequently no one ever really remembers I can, including myself.
So I’m icing this cake. It’s a zucchini blueberry cake with lemon buttercream frosting. (Kinda weird, right? But also maybe yum.) My hair is a mess. So is my face. Not to mention the kitchen. In fifteen minutes a group of friends will show up at my door for book club (aka, wine club). The knife slides along the surface of the cake, forming tiny wakes of buttercream, when suddenly a voice says, “Most of the time I feel miserable and alone.”
The knife stops mid-swipe and I listen. Not with my ears, though, because the voice is in my head.
The call is coming from inside the house.
I don’t know who this character is talking to me (yet), but in my mind I can see her walking through a crowded high school hallway and in my chest I can feel what she’s feeling. It’s like I’m some kind of medium for fictional people.
I put down the knife, pick up a pen and start writing her down. The cake can wait. So can my hair and my face and the clock and my friends showing up at my door with wine. There’s a voice in my head with a story to tell.
And that’s how this writing thing works.
For me, at least.