Thursday, October 1, 2015


Hello and Welcome to the Fall 2015 Scavenger Hunt!

I am Trisha Leaver, your hostess for this leg of the event

About me:

I have soft spot for stray animals.
I love the smell of rain.
I can't stand the feel of sand between my toes.
I am an Outlander fanatic!
My absolute favorite musical artist is Peter Gabriel.

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!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of TEAM RED--but there is also a Blue, Gold, Green, Orange, Teal, Purple, & 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.


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 fillout 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 16 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 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Lauren Saft

Today, I am hosting Lauren Saft on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Lauren  holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor's from Tufts University. She's worked in publishing, TV, education, child care, retail, journalism, and food service, all the while closely studying the habits and compulsions of teenage girls. She currently works as a TV producer in Philadelphia where she lives with her cat and boyfriend. Her work has been published in Five Quarterly, Rap Up Magazine, and One time, she met the Olsen twins. Those Girls, which was released from Poppy this June, is her debut novel. Her second book, tentatively titled "What It Looks Like," will be out sometime circa Spring '17.

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

           THOSE GIRLS 
Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica are those girls: They're the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them--and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band--without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend and a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved--literally, figuratively, physically...she's not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever or tears them apart for good?

   Exclusive Content

Here's a sneak peek at her upcoming title: 
What It Looks Like (working title) preview (pg 6-7
What fused Harley and I as best friends was our mutual love of Andy Warhol and all things abstract art and disco-chic and 70’s pop culture, and hatred of everything else. We hated school, we hated our families, the girls at school, most boys, most music, most TV, the internet. Hating everything is what made us love each other. I always say there should be a dating website that matches you based on what you hate rather than what you like. I don’t really care if I like The Velvet Underground and you like Kendrick Lamar, or if I like pizza and you like tacos, but I could never be with anyone who didn’t hate Twilight or people who walk too slow.
Our relatively serious obsession with Andy Warhol, The Factory, and the underground arts scene of New York in the late 70’s started as a purely an aesthetic infatuation. Leather pants and fur coats, cigarettes, collar bones, white eye shadow, and Studio 54. That was really all it was at the beginning, we just thought they looked cool. But the more we started listening to Lou Reed and reading about Joe Dallesandro and Candy Darling, the more intrigued we became by the whole lifestyle, and the message behind the art. All these people just abandoned the rules, lived and worked together in The Factory to create art and be free. Half of the art they made wasn’t even good, but that was exactly the point. They were creating; it didn’t matter what; it didn’t matter what anyone else thought or what the end result was, it was them and it was liberty, and their priority was nothing but forward movement—making, being, saying things that no one had seen or heard before.
Harley was particularly attracted to the sexual fluidity of the period—the fact that boys could be with boys could be with girls and they were all together and there were no labels or rules or couples, just free attraction. Harley would talk about this in the abstract, and how he yearned for a world “with fluid labels,” so I never really pushed the issue that I was pretty sure that Harley was gay, because gay seemed like a kind of label he scorned. Harley lauded Andy’s lack of boundaries, so as his best friend, I did not feel that I should be one to bind him by asking if he was a homosexual.
I started walking south to Harley’s. I crossed South Street, smelled the pizza, and the flammable t-shirts, and freshly pierced middle-schoolers. I walked into South Philly, through the quaint old Italian Market, street vendors selling almost rotten vegetables, lace curtains and ceramic Jesuses every window, then down over to the black neighborhoods where entire families spend Saturdays on their front stoops and put kiddie pools on the sidewalk, all the way to the spicy film and deep hoisin smell that seeped through the Vietnamese neighborhood where Harley lived (despite being not at all Vietnamese). 

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Lauren Saft, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 7. 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!

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author: Page Morgan

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