I’m so excited to be part of the YA Scavenger Hunt. Unfortunately, as anyone who knows me can attest I’m a nightmare at reading fine print. In fact, if it isn’t surrounded by pretty shiny stars with an arrow or two pointing to it, there is a good chance I’m going to miss it. Which is my way of saying that you might need to bear with me while I make sure that I include everything that needs to be included. UPDATE – yes, I have so far made two mistakes. I am adorable like that!
Phew, so now that I’ve finished grovelling and apologizing (grovelizing?) let’s get on with the show!
First up, I have to let you know that I’m part of Team Blue! Look, I even have a pretty picture to prove it!
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 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!
For the hunt I am hosting P.J. Hoover and her book, Solstice, along with 555 fun facts about the book. Okay, there aren’t really 555 fun facts about the book but there are 5 and that is pretty close, right?
After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer, P. J. Hoover started writing books for kids and teens. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik’s cubes, and watching Star Trek. Her middle grade novel, Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life (Starscape/Macmillan, September 2014), tells the story of a young immortal King Tut, who’s been stuck in middle school for over 3,000 years and must defeat an ancient enemy with the help of a dorky kid from school, a mysterious Egyptian princess, and a one-eyed cat. Her first novel for teens, Solstice (Tor Teen/Macmillan, June 2013), takes place in a global warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own.
Piper’s world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.
Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.
And because P.J. is caring and sharing, she’s even included a special message and some extra content for you, which might or might include one ferocious dog and a mention of Star Wars! Love it!
DEPICTING MYTH IN SOLSTICE
Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the dystopian/mythology YA novel, Solstice (Tor Teen/Macmillan, June 2013), and I’m going to share with you guys five real-life pictures that depict the mythology scenes in Solstice (because pictures make everything better!).
1) The Jar
Piper gets a mysterious present delivers to her house near the beginning of the story. When she opens it, everything around her begins to change.
My dog, Cissy, provided the inspiration for Cerberus, the fierce, three-headed dog who guards the Underworld.
3) The River Lethe
The River Lethe was inspired by the Red River which separates Oklahoma from Texas.
4) Shayne’s gardens
Shayne has a garden he tends in the Underworld, and in the garden is a waterfall. Cascades Falls near Virginia Tech (where I went to college) inspired the scene.
5) Dual suns
The Underworld is much like our world, but it has two suns. There is no picture with two suns I love so much as this one from Star Wars.
Just for the record, every book could do with a good Star Trek or Star Wars nod.
And now, the next stop on the hunt is over with Mary Elizabeth Summer!