YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold (about the cursed daughter of King Midas who has deadly gold powers and faces pirates and thieves on her quest to retrieve her father’s stolen gold) and Tiger Queen (about a desert princess who has to fight in an arena against suitors to win her right to rule).

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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! On 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 120 hours!

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Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are FOUR contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM –but there is also a blue team, a gold team, and a purple team, check them out 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 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 October 6th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Exclusive Content!

As part of the YA Scavenger Hunt, I am hosting Marieke Nijkamp on my website! Marieke Nijkamp is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, geek. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends and Before I Let Go (Sourcebooks Fire), editor of the YA anthology Unbroken (FSG) and writer of The Oracle Code (DC Ink).

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Bonus Content from Marieke:

I always said I wouldn’t write medieval historical fiction. As a medievalist, the very thought terrified me, because if my graduate degree had taught me anything, it was how much I didn’t know. The European middle ages were such a vibrant, wonderful era, and I didn’t think I could ever do it justice.

I never intended to write stories about my hometowns either, for much the same reason.

Then a story happened. A story about dragons and magic and love. A story that’s a love letter to a city that holds part of my heart. A story that’s mostly entirely historical (with a few small liberties).

I wrote The Day The Dragon Came for my UNBROKEN: 13 STORIES STARRING DISABLED TEENS, an anthology that means the absolute world to me. (It just celebrated its first birthday, so if you haven’t read it yet, pick it up and spread the word!)

Since the anthology came out, I had the chance to go back to the city where the story takes place, for the first time in years. So I figured I’d share a few pictures, so you can get some glimpses of the Ghent Alix and Delfin would have known (give or take some 642 years).

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“Ghent was the biggest city of the Low Countries, but it clearly meant to be bigger still. Buildings were crammed onto every inch of the hills. Spires and towers peeked over the walls. Even from a distance, Delfin would have sword he heard the sound of construction, smelled the wood and stone.”

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“With a hobble in her step, Alix moved along the warehouses at the Grass Quay, along the Leie and the crowded docks, along the winding streets, until she reached the tanners’ guild house at the corner of the market square.”

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“He walked the street that wound its way down to the towers of Saint Jan and Saint Niklaas, because he knew what he would find right between the two towers: a third. After almost seventy years, the Belfry was nearly finished.”

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“She walked until the sun set behind the towers, and bats took to the sky. Until she found a spot of darkness underneath the bridge that connected the inner city with the castle grounds.”

Of course, I wish I had pictures of the magic spells referenced in the story too. Those are somewhat ahistorical. Which is to say, I smudged the dates a bit there—the spells were actually found near Ghent about half a century after the dragon came—but I can assure you, they are quite real. I read them.

And the dragon? Well, it’s still perched on the Belfry, where it watches and guards the city as it has for the past 650 years.

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(It even breathes fire. On occasion.)

 

 

About UNBROKEN:

Warrior. Actor. Friend. Heroine. Traveler. Sister. Magician. Lover. Biker.

In this stunning anthology, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp teams up with fellow disabled authors to create a collection of fictional stories that dispense with the tired, broken stereotypes–and reclaim narratives and identities.

By weaving together tales of interstellar war, an enchanted carnival, or a dating debacle, Unbroken celebrates the varied experiences of disabled teens, including teens of color and of diverse genders and orientations, without obscuring the realities of their disabilities. At turns hilarious and heart-stopping, these short stories share a common thread—one that has bent over time, but will never break.

(Cover artist: Lauren Nassef)

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0374306508

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unbroken-marieke-nijkamp/1127457457?ean=9780374306502#/

Indie: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780374306502

Website: http://www.mariekenijkamp.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariekeyn

 

Thanks for visiting!

To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 16. 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!

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @annsulliva.

CONTINUE THE HUNT

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TIGER QUEEN is out today!

I’m so excited to share that TIGER QUEEN, my new young adult fantasy novel is out in the world today. You can buy a copy anywhere books are sold!

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About Tiger Queen:

In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an ancient law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, winning also means fulfilling a promise to her late mother that she would protect her people, who are struggling through windstorms and drought. The situation is worsened by the gang of Desert Boys that frequently raids the city wells, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is a choice between two doors: behind one lies freedom, and behind the other is a tiger.

But when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In desperation, she turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. What Kateri discovers twists her world—and her heart—upside down. Her future is now behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which releases the tiger.

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I’d love for you to post pictures of your copy on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Instagram: www.instagram.com/annsulliva

Twitter: https://twitter.com/annsulliva

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnnieSullivan/

 

Preorder Prizes for TIGER QUEEN

So excited to announce that when you preorder my new YA book, TIGER QUEEN, about a warrior princess who fights suitors in an arena to win her right to rule, you get:

-Exclusive Enamel Pin

-Signed Bookplate

-Creature Guide

-Digital Poster

Email your name, mailing address, and proof of purchase to tigerqueenbook@gmail.com before September 10th to claim your prizes!!! Open internationally!

Preorder from you favorite independent bookstore or from these sites:

Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0310768772

Barnes & Noble
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tiger-queen-annie-sullivan/1129853416

Books-A-Million
https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Tiger-Queen/Annie-Sullivan/9780310768777?id=7470522328825

 IndieBound
https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780310768777

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About TIGER QUEEN:

From Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold, comes Tiger Queen, a sweeping YA fantasy adventure that tells the story of a fierce desert princess battling to save her kingdom. Fans of Rebel of the Sandsand Meagan Spooner will devour this retelling of Frank Stockton’s famous short story, “The Lady, or the Tiger?”

In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an ancient law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, winning also means fulfilling a promise to her late mother that she would protect her people, who are struggling through windstorms and drought. The situation is worsened by the gang of Desert Boys that frequently raids the city wells, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is a choice between two doors: behind one lies freedom, and behind the other is a tiger.

But when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In desperation, she turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. What Kateri discovers twists her world—and her heart—upside down. Her future is now behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which releases the tiger.

Win a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card from Ch21Con!

Enter to win a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card from Ch21Con–a great conference for young writers! Bit first, learn all about the conference!

Can you tell us a little about Ch21Con?

Ch21Con is the sister conference to Chapter One Young Writers Conference, which developed in 2012. Basically, a group of young writers met on Scholastic’s Write It forums (I was one of them) and we decided we wanted to meet up, but instead of just hanging out, we decided to put together a small conference specifically geared for young writers. Fast forward six years, and the conference grew by a lot, and we grew up as well, which meant we had outgrown the target age of the conference. So, we decided to start a second conference geared to twenty-something writers. Both conferences are run entirely by writers who are in the target age range, and have an array of awesome speakers: authors who got published young, publishing professionals, experts in different aspects of the book industry. The conference is an excellent opportunity to meet other young writers in a safe, low-pressure environment (I can attest that it’s super easy to make friends there, even if you are generally awkward) and to learn firsthand about the publishing industry and the world of writing as a 20-something. It’s accessible to young/beginning writers, but the conference also takes its attendees seriously, giving real advice and expecting serious commitment to writing. And we also have AMAZING book giveaways and swag. If you can’t make it to the in-person conference, don’t worry! We’ve got a free live-stream of our panel and super cool online events throughout the year.

 

Is there anything different at the conference this year from years past?

We always have different speakers who host different panels and workshops, making every year a little bit different. This year we’ve got the amazing Joan He, author of DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE; Riley Redgate, author of FINAL DRAFT; and publishing professional Gretchen Fredericksen. We’ve also got an awesome keynote speaker whose identity will be announced soon. This is also our second year having the two separate conferences, both Chapter One and Chapter Twenty-One. Last year went great, so we’re hoping this year solidifies the awesomeness of Chapter Twenty-One Con.

 

Why do you think it’s so important for young writers to have their own conference to attend?

I think young writers are in serious need of community, much like all young artists. When you’re a young writer, you feel like the Young Baby among other writers, but like the Weirdo Book Nerd among other young people. It’s also difficult to find writing advice and resources geared specifically towards young writers, that isn’t necessarily condescending or inaccessible. Young writers want to know about things like querying, book publicity, and agents just as much as adult authors do, but they also need to know things like how to balance writing time with schoolwork. Both teenagers and twenty-somethings are in a period of life when they’re figuring out their identities, and when you’re a writer, a big part of that is your creative work. Writing can be lonely, but you don’t have to be alone to be a writer, and I think it’s important for young people to know that and to have others who support them in their writing journey.

What’s your favorite thing about the Ch21Con?

Ooh, that’s a tough one. I love the speakers literally every single year- I learn so much from them and I’m so inspired. Every lunch break at every conference has had me sitting with other attendees, all of whom have pulled out our notebooks or laptops, and are saying to each other, “I just got super inspired by that speaker! I have to write some stuff down!” It’s a great feeling to be around other people my age who also have just heard this amazing person spout wisdom and also get this same “I love writing” reaction to it. That’s the best part about the in-person conference. There’s a similar feeling during the monthly Twitter chats, when the community gets together and discusses different aspects of writing life. The connection with other writers is definitely the best thing.

Are you a writer too? How long have you been writing? Have you always found it easy?

Yeah, I’m a writer (although not published- yet!). I’ve been writing since I learned the alphabet, pretty much; I have old journals full of terribly spelled stories about my stuffed animals and imaginary friends. I would not say I find writing “easy” because writing inevitably includes editing, which is super difficult for me. However, writing stories has always come pretty naturally to me. I remember getting mad at other kids in elementary school because they didn’t get that writing stories is so easy! I now understand that different people have different skills.

What’s your best writing tip?

My best writing tip is to first of all not get obsessed with following any particular tip, because everyone has their own method. However besides that, I would warn writers that editing requires rewriting- more than once. You can’t just go in and fix sentences. You will have to open a new document and rewrite the thing. Which is good if you like drafting, because it means you get to draft again, but this time in a more structured way.

 

What are some of your favorite books of all time?

I’m a big fan of Harry Potter, of course, which is close to my heart no matter what J.K. Rowling says on Twitter. I also love everything Neil Gaiman writes, especially his Sandman books. Other books I love the most: the Six of Crows series, The Hate U Give, Spinning Silver, The Sisters of the Winter Wood, and American Panda, which was written by last year’s keynote speaker, Gloria Chao.

What YA books are you most looking forward to in the near future?

I still have to read DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE, by our 2019 speaker Joan He! I waited too long to get it from the library and it was checked out. LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME just released and I’m hearing great things, so that’s on my TBR as well. Most of the books I was excited for have come out in the last couple of months, so I need to go check out upcoming releases so I can get excited again.

Chapter One Young Writers Conference (Ages 11-20)

Chapter Twenty-One Conference (Ages 21-29)

And, of course, you can follow the rest of the Ch1Con & Ch21Con 2019 Blog Tour at: www.chapteroneconference.org or www.chapter21conference.org.

 

Enter to win a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble at the link below:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/50b1bee438/?

Tiger Queen Sneak Peek: Chapter 1

Surprise! Read the first chapter of TIGER QUEEN right now!!! Just click the link below. And don’t forget to preorder your copy (see links at the bottom) to make sure you find out what happens next!

Tiger Queen Chapter 1 Sneak Peek

**Stay tuned for an AMAZING preorder incentive being announced soon**

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About Tiger Queen:

From Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold, comes Tiger Queen, a sweeping YA fantasy adventure that tells the story of a fierce desert princess battling to save her kingdom. Fans of Rebel of the Sands and Meagan Spooner will devour this retelling of Frank Stockton’s famous short story, “The Lady, or the Tiger?”

In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an ancient law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, winning also means fulfilling a promise to her late mother that she would protect her people, who are struggling through windstorms and drought. The situation is worsened by the gang of Desert Boys that frequently raids the city wells, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is a choice between two doors: behind one lies freedom, and behind the other is a tiger.

But when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In desperation, she turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. What Kateri discovers twists her world—and her heart—upside down. Her future is now behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which releases the tiger.

Preorder now:

Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0310768772

Barnes & Noble
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tiger-queen-annie-sullivan/1129853416

Books-A-Million
https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Tiger-Queen/Annie-Sullivan/9780310768777?id=7470522328825

 IndieBound
https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780310768777

YA Scavenger Hunt: Win TONS of books

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold (about the cursed daughter of King Midas who has deadly gold powers and faces pirates and thieves on her quest to retrieve her father’s stolen gold) and the forthcoming Tiger Queen (about a desert princess who has to fight in an arena against suitors to win her right to rule).

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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! On 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 120 hours!

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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 RED TEAM –but there is also a blue team, a gold team, a green team, and a purple team, 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 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 April 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Exclusive Content!

 

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As part of the YA Scavenger Hunt, I am hosting Marsha Black on my website! Marsha is a mother of 2, avid reader, and a lover of anything and everything paranormal/supernatural. She enjoys reading, watching TV, and hanging out with her kids. She hopes that through her written books, readers can escape from reality, as many books did that for her. She writes clean YA/NA, with some toe-dipping in other genres. She loves reading reviews and interacting with new readers/fans, so don’t be afraid to befriend and/or get in touch with her.

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!

First Chapter Sneak Peek! 

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About The Triplet’s Curse:

When the moon is full
High above the Earth
Three daughters shall be born
On their 16th birthday, their destiny will begin
One daughter born to endure pain and heartache before being reborn

Destiny awakens in the Hospital, after knocking at deaths door, struggles with everything that happened to her and has happened to her family. Never expecting turning 16 would be so life changing, nothing will deter her from doing what must be done. Fate has additional plans for Destiny and Blake.

Blake has a chip on his shoulder the size of Mount Everest and rejects what fate has in store for him where Destiny’s concerned. Wanting to get the prophecy over with and get on with his life, a life away from the Scylanthica’s control, he tries to keep everyone at arm’s length.

Throughout their time training and fate’s pull on them, they must learn to work together and accept one another in order for Destiny to come into her full ability. If she doesn’t, and isn’t able to learn to control it…will she be able to defeat the evil she is to fight? Or will she doom humanity, letting evil take over the world?

Bonus Material:

The door bangs open to Destiny’s room, startling Hope and me. Heart racing, I glance at the doorway and catch sight of Mom and Dad with murderous looks on their faces. I gulp loudly, knowing that we are in so much trouble.

Their features soften slightly at the sight of Destiny once again in a hospital bed before their glares are drawn back to Hope and me. We shoot one another a sidelong glance and let out a sigh in preparation of their disapproval.

“What were you girls thinking?!” Dad grounds out.

I open my mouth to answer, but shut it quickly at the glare Mom shoots me.

“What happened to keeping us in the loop in the going-on with this curse thing you all are part of? We don’t find out about any of this until we wind up back here at the hospital with one of you girls back in its rooms!” Mom cries out, voice wavering as emotions overwhelm her.

As mom sobs, Hope and I stand in silence.

“Well? Do you girls have anything to say for yourselves?” Dad questions us in a tight voice as he tries to comfort Mom.

“Geez, could an injured girl get some quiet to rest and recover over here?” Destiny lightly teases, gauging the mood of all the room’s occupants.

Mom walks quickly over to the bed and hovers around Destiny looking her over for any injuries that might’ve been missed.

“We’ve really got to stop meeting this way,” Mom teases, voice still thick with worry.

“Mom, we won. I beat the evil I had to go up against, so any pain I’m going through now is worth it,” Destiny advises, pride coating her voice even as a grimace if pain seethes out between her teeth as she moves her injured shoulder.

“Get some rest honey, your father, sisters, and I will be out in the waiting room, so we can talk without disturbing you,” Mom advises while shooting us a stern look and emphasizing the word talk.

We quietly walk out of the room; heads bowed as we make our way to the waiting room, allowing our parent’s free rein to scold us. Now, I don’t really blame them, after all seeing your children in the hospital will make any parent unreasonable. Adding a topping to that whopper of not keeping the parental units informed of the goings on with the curse, and we’re doomed to be lectured at a minimum.

“Spill it,” Dad orders as soon as Hope and I are seated.

Seeing exhaustion weigh heavily on my sister, I pull up my big girl panties and try to explain.

“Well, in all honesty, I suppose we just forgot to keep you informed,” I advise.

“You just forgot to keep us informed?” Mom repeats, voice rising with each word.

“It wasn’t just you guys; even the guy’s dads were kept out of the loop for most of it,” I quickly say, hoping that if they know they weren’t left out of much where the adults were concerned, it might help to buffer their feelings.

“Excuse me?!” Mom and Dad both yell.

“Um…” I break off and look towards Hope for help. With a sigh and shake of her head, she stands and walks up to our parents, wrapping them both in a hug.

Seeing this action silence our parents, and realizing how much I actually would like the physical comfort of a hug, I stand to do the same. As my arms’ wrap around the group, I take in a big sigh, breathing in the floral scent of Mom’s perfume, and the slightly musky scent that Dad wears. Tears fill my eyes as I’m once again hit by the realization that things could’ve gone so very wrong, and that with my battle coming up, they still might.

Mom and Dad pull away, taking a seat as they let out a shaky breath before saying, “Catch us up on everything.”

“Actually…the guys and their dads are on their way here. Can we hold off on the explanations until they get here, so we only have to go over it once?” I request in my best ‘I’m a good girl’ tone.

I hold back a grin at Hope’s sigh of exasperation as my parents give me one of their ‘I know what you’re doing’ looks, even as they nod in agreement of my request.

“Goody. Now that that’s squared away, I’m gonna catch some zzz’s. Wake me when they guys get here,” I squirm into a chair getting as comfortable as possible and wave my parents and sibling away. I hear Hope mumbling to herself; I’m sure to complain about the way I’m acting, even as I hear their footsteps move away from me. I didn’t really expect my parents to get up and walk off, but I appreciate it, nonetheless. There’s no way I can get any sleep as worry over my task overwhelms me. How in the world did Hope and Destiny stay sane during all of this?!

Before I know it, I’m being shaken. I grip the arm rests of the chair I fell asleep in as the overwhelming urge of falling out of it sends panic throughout my body. As the shaking slows and then stops, I take in some deep breaths, trying to calm myself.

“Sorry, sis,” Hope says in a less than apologetic tone.

My heart rate slows and my breathing becomes less rapid, giving me the time to realize Hope, and I aren’t alone. Embarrassment pinkens my cheeks, making my voice come out shyly as I ask how Destiny is doing.

“Destiny is doing much better and the doctors are getting her release paperwork ready,” Dad answers.

“Good, I’m glad she’s coming home soon,” I admit.

My mom looks around at us all, Hope, me, dad, Bryce, Blake, Mr. Straynor and Mr.Rances. I watch as a small smile tilts her lips and am curious as to what’s going through her mind. Seeing me notice her reaction, she surprises me even more by shooting me a wink. My jaw drops, what the what now?!

“Everyone. I just want to thank you all, for all you’ve done for my girls. Without you, we’d probably have lost one if not all the girls. I’d be inconsolable if we had to spend our time in the morgue, rather than the hospital, mourning our daughters,” she takes a deep breath as emotions fight their way through her speech.

My dad grasps mom’s hand in encouragement as he continues from where she left off.

“We would like for you all to join us for dinner tonight. Our treat, just please be at our house by 6:30 pm. We’d like to get to know you all better, especially since our daughters and your sons apparently will have a future together, whether I think they’re too young for that or not.”

“We would love to join your family for dinner, and I agree that it would be nice to get to know one another. It’ll be good to keep tabs on the things going on, as well as the fact that we’re basically family now,” Mr. Straynor agrees.

“Hey, what am I?! Chopped liver?! I don’t have a guy yet,” I pout, lower lip out; arms crossed as I sulk.

Laughter erupts all around me, and I gasp in offense, before realizing how ridiculous I sounded. If everything goes as guessed, my trainer will be my destined as well.

The Straynors and Rances head out while mom and dad head back to Destiny’s room. I let out a weary sigh as I think about when and who will be doing my training, and if my defensive ability ever kicks in. Worse though, is the thought that my decisions will be what determines if we survive…What if I make the wrong choices?

 

 

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Marsha Black, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 16. 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! https://sharonbiggswaller.com/blog/

YA Valentine’s Day Reads

Love can happen in unexpected places and ways. So in honor of St. Valentine’s Day, here are some young adult fantasy reads that have unexpected romances or romances that happen in unique ways!

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  • Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

This book is told from 3 points of view—the princess who ran away from her wedding, the prince who goes after her, and the assassin sent to kill her. However, the story is told so masterfully that when the princess is interacting with the prince and assassin, you don’t know which is which! You’ll be on the edge of your seat!

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A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan
  • A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

In this retelling about the cursed daughter of King Midas, don’t trust anyone. You never know who’s hiding secrets and who might think the girl with the ability to turn things to gold might be worth her own weight in gold.

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  • Caraval/Legendary by Stephanie Garber

These two books will also keep you guessing as to who our heroines might end up with. Who can you trust? Whose relationship is real? Who’s telling the truth? Garber will lead you into the world of Caraval and delight your senses as you try to figure out the answers to all those questions.

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  • Doon by Lorie Lagdon and Carey Corp

This YA retelling of Brigadoon has some swoon worthy princes from Scotland, but things get complicated when you’re leaping through time. Pick up this series to see who ends up with their prince!

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  • Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

This is an oldy but a goodie. This Cinderella retelling talks about what happens after the ball. Everyone expects Cinderella to stay in love with the prince she just met…but what if love takes an unexpected turn?

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In this Mulan-inspired retelling, Mariko is supposed to be married off for political gain, but things turn awry on the way there. Will love find a way to survive?

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  • The Selection

What if love were a competition similar to The Bachelor? What if you only entered because you wanted the money that came with winning? What if you found love once you arrived?

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  • Matched by Allie Condie

What if the government picked who you loved? What if your match was revealed during a big ceremony? What if you saw someone else’s face for a split-second when your match was revealed?

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  • Sky in the Deep

Sometimes love doesn’t come from those you expect. In this Viking-inspired tale, you might turn to your enemies to survive. And you might find that they aren’t truly your enemies at all.

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  • Sea Witch

You’ll feel as if you’ve been put under a spell reading this twisted reimaging of The Little Mermaid myth. Hold on to your fins as you see who falls in love with whom.

 

Who is your favorite young adult couple? Share in the comments!

 

 

 

Preorder Tiger Queen and see the cover!

We’ve just revealed the cover for Tiger Queen, my new young adult novel about a desert princess who fights in an arena against suitors in order to win her right to rule!

But now you can also preorder it! Preorders really help authors by showing the publisher there is interest in the book!

PREORDER right now!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0310768772
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tiger-queen-ann…/1129853416
IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780310768777

Save those preorder receipts! I’ll be announcing my preorder giveaway prizes soon!

Now, without further ado, here’s the cover!

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About the book:

From Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold, comes Tiger Queen, a sweeping YA adventure that tells the story of a fierce desert princess as she fights to save her kingdom. Fans of Rebel of the Sands and Meagan Spooner will devour this retelling of Frank Stockton’s famous short story “The Lady, or the Tiger?”.

In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an old law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena against twelve suitors to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, losing is not an option because in order to fulfil her promise to her late mother, she must win to keep her crown and lead her people. The situation outside the palace is uneasy. The harsh desert is unforgiving, water is scarce, and Kateri’s people are thirsty. To make matters worse, the gang of thieving Desert Boys, the same group that killed Kateri’s mother and her new baby, frequently raids the city wells and steals water, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is the choice between two doors. Behind one door lies freedom and behind the other is a tiger.

The people of Achra are growing restless and distrustful of the monarchy, and when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In her desperation, Kateri turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. Her future now, too, is behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which will release the tiger.

Vote for A TOUCH OF GOLD in Epic Read’s Book Shimmy Awards

I’m so honored that A Touch of Gold has been nominated in not one…but TWO categories for Epic Read’s Book Shimmy awards. A Touch of Gold is nominated in Best Cover and Best Retelling. And you can help it win by voting today!

Visit: https://www.epicreads.com/blog/2018-book-shimmy-awards-semi-finals/

Vote for A Touch of Gold in Best Cover and Best Retelling (although do note that you have to vote in a minimum of 5 categories, so pick a few others to vote in!) And that’s it!

I truly appreciate all your votes! And stay tuned for more info about Tiger Queen, which is coming out next year!

YA Scavenger Hunt: Win Tons of YA Books

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!

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, which is very fitting–but there is also a red team, a blue team, an orange team, a red 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.

And don’t forget to scroll down and enter to win a SIGNED copy of A Touch of Gold right here on this page! A Touch of Gold follows the seventeen-year-old cursed daughter of King Midas who faces pirates and betrayers on her quest to retrieve her father’s stolen gold!

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A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan
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 7th 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 Sara Fujimura on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Sara Fujimura is a young adult author, creative writing teacher, and literacy advocate. Sara has been fascinated by the Spanish Flu since her college epidemiology class days. After writing magazine articles about the 1918 pandemic, she incubated a germ of a story idea for Breathe for over a decade. Sara is also the award-winning author of TANABATA WISH, a contemporary YA set in Japan.
Find out more information by checking out Sara here:
Buy the book here: http://bit.ly/2018YASHBreathe
Visit Sara’s website here: www.sarafujimura.com
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Sara’s Playlist for BREATHE

I wish I could imbed songs in chapters for you, but for now, here are the Top 5 Songs (plus a bonus, because I’m extra) from BREATHE. Though there are also a few period-appropriate songs listed in the book, these five contemporary songs were an integral part of my creative process.

Rewrite the Stars              Zac Efron & Zendaya [The Greatest Showman]

Mercy                                  Shawn Mendes

The Motions                      Matthew West

Say                                       John Mayer

Brave                                   Sara Bareilles

Bonus: Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John. Though it’s more about tennis player (and Elton John’s good friend) Billie Jean King and less about the actual city of Philadelphia, I love it anyway. It makes me chair dance every time it comes on. Which is awkward when I’m writing at Starbucks.

On Spotify? You can use this link to go directly to the playlist: http://bit.ly/YASHF18Breathe

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More from Sara:

In today’s post, we’re going behind the scenes of BREATHE: Kit’s 21st Birthday Party. Like many sisters, Virginia (17) and Kit (21) have a push-and-pull relationship. There are days when they fight like cats and dogs and other days when they are each other’s closest confidants and allies. In Chapter 20, the dominoes on some soon-to-be life-altering events start falling for both of the sisters. No spoilers, but here is the birthday cake scene from BREATHE, starting with Kit’s beau, Grayson.

September 28, 1918

“I would like to propose a toast,” Grayson’s smooth voice carries around the room. “To a courageous young woman who brings life and purpose to everything she does. You inspire me and motivate me and occasionally exasperate me.” Grayson pauses as the room chuckles. “I look forward to witnessing your adventures in this new chapter of your life. To Katherine.”

“To Katherine.” Everyone lifts his or her punch cup, though some much higher than others.

Kit looks at me, and both of our eyes fill with tears. I have to look away. After a round of “For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow,” everyone receives a slice of spice cake—which is dry and has only a tiny smear of icing on top. Marco raises a questioning eyebrow at the sad example of birthday cake. Two bites in, I contemplate dumping mine into the potted plant in the corner.

“Angelina would have made a much better cake.” I abandon my plate—and Marco does the same—on a side table and slink away.

Marco leans into me and whispers, “Come to Little Italy. I will take you to Falcone’s for the best cannoli in—“

“All of Philadelphia?” I tease.

“Of course.”

The small ensemble Mama hired resumes their performance of “Smiles” by the Joseph C. Smith’s Orchestra. Grayson whisks Kit to the center of the room for an elegant but spirited—and completely scandalous by Mrs. Vaughn’s standards—foxtrot. I sigh. I have never seen my sister look so beautiful.

Let’s break down this scene a little bit.

  • First of all, notice that there isn’t any champagne mentioned though the upper crust Jackson family could have easily afforded it. The Prohibition Amendment wouldn’t go into effect in the United States until January 1920, but the wheels were firmly in motion. Mrs. Jackson, like many concerned society matrons of the day, was already a member of the National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and all forms of alcohol were banned from her home. Not all Americans were on board with this though. Italian-American Marco says in an earlier chapter, “We [Italians] have been drinking vino for centuries. We aren’t about to stop now.” And he’s right. The Italian-American Mafia would go on to make huge profits bootlegging alcohol during Prohibition.
  • Notice that they don’t sing the traditional “Happy Birthday to You” song. The tune existed in 1918, but the lyrics didn’t appear in any songbooks until 1922. Instead, they would have sung another popular congratulatory song that had its roots in 1700s France, but spread around the world, “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.” A firm supporter of the suffrage movement and Kit’s part in it, Grayson DOESN’T change “fellow” to “person” or “lassie” like some do to neutralize or feminize the song. Instead, he uses fellow’s alternate meaning of being a colleague and an equal in some endeavor.
  • “Smiles” by the Joseph C. Smith’s Orchestra is a real song. You can listen to it here: https://youtu.be/bjlISfhD-eU.
  • There has always been a generation gap when it comes to dancing. Your grandma may have rolled her eyes as you did “The Whip” and “Nae Nae.” My great-grandmother was appalled when she found my mom and her BFF practicing “The Twist” in her kitchen in the early 1960s. So it is probably that super conservative ladies like Mrs. Vaughn would have looked down their noses at Kit and Grayson doing a foxtrot. Want to see what a foxtrot looks like? You can see this archival footage from the early 1920s: https://youtu.be/tyOWM6S1ITA Hey, it’s not like Kit and Grayson were doing “The Grizzly Bear” or a “Bunny Hug” or a…gasp…tango.

There you go. Like most historical fiction authors, I did a ton of research to help me weave all the authenticating details into BREATHE. Do you like a lot of facts mixed in with your fiction? If so, I hope you’ll check out my blog at https://saraffujimura.wixsite.com/blog for more behind-the-scenes looks at my 1918 YA historical romance novel.

Sources:

http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/prohibition/roots-of-prohibition/

https://www.wctu.org/home.html

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/traditional/for-hes-a-jolly-good-fellow

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/traditional/happy-birthday

https://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/06/11/413522281/dirty-dancing-in-the-early-1900s



And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Annie Sullivan…and enter below for a separate contest for a SIGNED copy of A Touch of Gold! To enter YASH contest, you need to know that my favorite number is 16. 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!
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