The Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt is ON!

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Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt! My name is Amy Nichols and I’m your host this leg of the hunt.

AmyNichols_square_smA little about me:

– I’m the author of YA science fiction Duplexity novels, Now That You’re Here and While You Were Gone, published by Knopf.
– The Duplexity books are available now in a cool, two-in-one flip book!
– I have a ukulele named Gertie. She makes me happy.

Somewhere on this hunt, I’ve hidden playlists for both books of the Duplexity series, Now That You’re Here and While You Were Gone. When you find them, I hope you jam out. But before you go looking, 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, April 3!

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 April 3, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

And now…the fun part!
I am so excited to be hosting…

Liz Braswell

About Liz:

After the sort of introverted childhood you would expect from a writer, Liz earned a degree in Egyptology at Brown University and then promptly spent the next ten years producing video games. Finally she caved into fate and wrote Snow and Rx under the name Tracy Lynn, followed by The Nine Lives of Chloe King series under her real name, because by then the assassins hunting her were all dead. She also has short stories in Geektastic and Who Done It and a new series of reimagined fairy tales coming out, starting with A Whole New World—a retelling of Aladdin.

She lives in Brooklyn with a husband, two children, a cat, a part-time dog, three fish and five coffee trees she insists will start producing beans any day. You can email her at me@lizbraswell.com or tweet @LizBraswell or, uh, tumble her here: http://lizbraswell.tumblr.com

 

The book Elizabeth is showcasing on the Spring 2016 hunt is…

ONCE UPON A DREAM: A TWISTED TALE

 

1484707257_216f9About the book:

What if the sleeping beauty never woke up?

It should be simple–a dragon defeated, a slumbering princess in a castle, a prince poised to wake her. But when the prince falls asleep as his lips touch the fair maiden’s, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.

 

And now, a word from Liz regarding her bonus content:

Below are the songs I listened to a lot while writing Once Upon a Dream…    They inspired the misty, strange world Maleficent imprisoned Aurora Rose in, and the occasionally deadly, sometimes friendly creatures who inhabited it…

(Aurora Rose’s own playlist would have been longer—much longer; see the chapter “Sing to Me, O Muse”—but included too much lute, in my opinion).

  • “Once Upon a Dream” – Mary Costa, Bill Shirley (written by Jack Lawrence, Sammy Fain, Samuel Feinberg)
  • “Once Upon a Dream” – Lana del Rey
  • “Grande Valse Villageoise” (Sleeping Beauty Waltz) – Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky
  • “Shake it Out” – Florence and the Machine
  • “Red Over White” – Siouxsie and the Banshees (note: note on Spotify, super indie)
  • “The Mother We Share” – Chvrches (note: ‘explicit.’)
  • “Is There a Ghost” – Band of Horses
  • “Heads Will Roll” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • “The Red Shoes” – Kate Bush
  • “The Mummer’s Dance” – Loreena McKennitt

(Here is the Spotify link.)


So many great songs by a bunch of my favorite artists (and my favorite composer!) on that playlist! I could listen to each of those songs, like, 3 (that’s right, THREE) times in a row. Thanks for sharing, Liz! Did you enjoy her playlist, too? Let her know in the comments below.

Purchase your copy of ONCE UPON A DREAM: A TWISTED TALE today:

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Writer in Residence – Glendale Library

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Bfile000980869751eginning March 1 and running through May, I will be the Writer in Residence for the Glendale Library. This means I’ll be doing a portion of my writing work at the library (main branch), be available to anyone with questions about writing, and be giving workshops on writing and publishing.

How cool is that?

Other authors, including Bill Konigsberg, Tom Leveen, Janni Lee Simner, Betty Webb, and Susan Pohlman, will also be writers in residence at other libraries around the state of Arizona. Be sure to check their websites and social media for info.

The Glendale Main Library is located at 5959 W. Brown St., Glendale, AZ 85302.

Check the library calendar for hours and event listings. I’ll also be posting workshop info on the events page at my website, www.amyknichols.com.

Have questions about writing? Want to chat about writing and publishing? Come see me at the library!

 

 

The Duplexity series paperback is the coolest book EVER.

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Maybe I’m biased, but when a box of the Duplexity series paperbacks arrived at my house…

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…and they did this?

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I just about died. Because that is THE COOLEST THING EVER!!

Two books set in two parallel universes.

Read the first book. Flip it over. Read the second.

Genius.

Want to get your hands on a copy? Well you’re in luck.

The Duplexity series paperback goes on sale

Tuesday, February 2.

Pre-order your copy today!

Curious to know more about the series? Visit my website, and check out the trailers.

Thank you, 2015.

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Dear 2015,

You were amazing. In so many ways.

Since this time last year, I’ve gone from unpublished to published author of two books. Now That You’re Here hit the shelves in December 2014. While You Were Gone was published just eight months later, in August 2015. In the lead-up to the first release and straight through to the second, I spent A LOT of time promoting the books online and in person at various events.

Some of the book promo highlights included:

  • The Holiday Party at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, CA
  • Tucson Festival of Books
  • YAllapalooza at Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ
  • Westercon in San Diego, CA
  • San Diego Comicon
  • Phoenix Comicon
  • The Schrodinger Sessions at the Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland
  • Tucson Comic-Con
  • A bunch of library events across Arizona

2015, you not only taught me the ins and outs of being a published author, you brought me a crash course in Quantum Physics. I mean, how cool is that?!

Best of all, you brought an amazing trip to London, which not only had my husband and I reminiscing about our previous adventures in the UK, but also jumpstarted my creativity, dropping new stories into my head.

Here are a few pics:

Being the fangirl I am, I can’t help but think of the fun celeb encounters I had this year: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hiddleston, Guillermo del Toro, Jessica Chasten, Greg Grunberg, Ciaran Hinds, Leo Bill, and of course, Benedict Cumberbatch.

I met The Doctor. And got to see Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet. Fourth row! *gasp*

And don’t even get me started on all the amazing authors I got to meet and hang out with this year.

2015, you were full of love and friendship and laughter. Yes, you had your sad times, your exhausting times, your difficulties. Some of those I’m still processing. Others I’m ready to leave behind and move on from. But I can’t look back on 2015 and not be filled with gratitude.

What will 2016 bring? Here’s what I know so far:

Hopefully there will be some cons in there. Fingers crossed for San Diego and Phoenix.

I’m also looking to migrate this blog over to my main website (www.amyknichols.com). I’ve avoided doing this for the sake of this post, which has made such a difference in so many people’s lives, and I don’t want it to become difficult to find. So the migration might not be right away. I have to make sure it’ll be seamless and I don’t lose people following that post. But I’ll let you all know when it happens.

Keep your eye out for some new creative ventures here and around the web. Aside from novels, I’m looking to get into some other…media…stuff. Vague, I know…

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Now That You’re Here and While You Were Gone

As always, my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported me this year by reading my books and telling others about them. So much of this business is word of mouth. I can’t tell you how amazing it has been to hear from those of you who wrote and told me how much you enjoyed the books. Thank you! And a special thanks to the librarians and booksellers out there. You totally rock.

For those who haven’t read the novels yet, I hope you’ll give them a go! You can purchase the hardback versions, of course, and the paperback — which is in a really cool, two-in-one, flip book layout–will hit shelves February 2! Pre-order your copy today!

Wishing you a joyful and blessed 2016! May this be the year your dreams come true.

Love,
Amy

 

The Fall 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt is ON!

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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.

AmyNichols_square_smA little about me:

– 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.

And now…the fun part!
I am so excited to be hosting…

Ty Drago

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About Ty:

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

About the book:

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

[Sorry! Bonus content is removed at the end of the scavenger hunt. Go get your copy of Ty’s book so you can read the whole thing. Purchase links are below.]

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:

Amazon
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Ready to continue the hunt?