Thursday, October 2, 2014

YA Scavenger Hunt, TEAM BLUE!



Hi! I'm Lydia. Nice to meet you, if we haven't yet! I'm a doctor and YA author who wrote CONTROL, which came out in December from Dial Books/Penguin:

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and the sequel, which arrives from Kathy Dawson Books (Penguin) March 24, 2015!

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About CONTROL:
When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.


About CATALYST:
Aack! I could tell you but then it would spoil your reading of CONTROL! But I can tell you that Zelia has to leave Neia to find her loved ones...and ends up in place far more dangerous than she left!

Okay, so I'll be posting EXCLUSIVE CONTENT for Control somewhere within the Blue Team Scavenger hunt, and giving away a big prize below. Yay! I hope you feel lucky, like my lucky number FOUR. Cross your fingers you'll win! 

Got questions about how the Scavenger Hunt works? Click here! 

I'm so happy to be hosting the lovely Lori M. Lee, whose book GATES OF THREAD AND STONE just came out in August from Skyscape! 

About Lori: Besides being a young adult author, Lori has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and a friendly pitbull. 


In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: 
keep silent, keep still, keep safe.


And now, the exclusive content! This is a bonus, deleted scene 
from GATES OF THREAD AND STONE. Drumroll please...

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“Remember: don’t hold back.”
“Are you sure about this?” Avan asked for the fourth time. I gave him an irritated look as I scratched the toe of my boot over the floor of the great hall, creating streaks in the dust.
“I’m not going to get better if you go easy,” I said. We weren’t speaking very loudly, but the hall was large and mostly empty, and our voices echoed up into the rafters, disturbing the cobwebs.
“You should at least let this heal up a bit first.” Avan’s knuckles brushed over the bruise that discolored my jaw.
“Focus,” I snapped. Before he could argue further, I swung my fist.
He blocked with his arm, continuing only to defend himself as I pushed him back. I wasn’t strong enough to overpower him, so I had to be fast. My sore muscles and various other bruises ached, but Irra’s words rang through my head.
Prove to me how much you want this.
I would.
“Hit me,” I demanded, attacking harder. I ducked low and then threw out my hands to block Avan’s knee from striking my chin. The force of the blow jolted me back. I stumbled. Avan reached out to steady me, but I knocked his hands away.
Frowning, he pushed his fingers through his hair and shifted his weight on his feet. “I feel like a jerk hitting you. How does G-10 do this?”
I shook out my arms. “G-10 doesn’t underestimate me.”
Avan’s face grew tight. I had a second of warning in the way his body tensed and then my mind leaped for the threads. His elbow stopped inches from my cheek. Good thing my powers were faster than my physical reflexes. I sucked in a deep breath, smelling the must of wood rot and the stale air of a room that had likely never been used. Then I released the threads.
Avan’s forearm met my crossed wrists with a jarring smack. He smirked. “That’s cheating.”
“You caught me off guard,” I said, immediately blocking his next hit to my stomach. I kept my arms close, watching his body language, anticipating his strikes.
“You won’t be able to use your powers in the arena.”
“Oh, now you’re taking this seriously.”
His leg knocked me off balance, but I gripped his shirt and twisted, dragging him down with me. We hit the floor, pain shooting through my shoulder and hip. Teeth clenched, I wrestled to push Avan onto his back, grappling with his longer limbs and digging my elbows into his ribs. But without the advantage of my speed, I couldn’t match his strength.
A moment later, he’d captured my wrists and pinned me down with little more than the force of his weight. I glared at the amused tilt of his mouth and tried to wiggle free, but he held me fast. We were pressed chest to chest and thigh to thigh. Every breath rocked through both of us. It took only a beat for the hot rush of my indignation at being so easily defeated to transform into something altogether different. I swallowed.
Avan had gone still, a curious intensity in the way he looked down at me. Weak light from the lanterns that hung overhead cast a faint glow around his hair, but left most of his face in shadow. My heart hammered against my ribs. I wanted very much to ask him what he was thinking.
Before I could speak, his weight lifted from me. He stood, regaining his feet in one smooth motion. I pushed up onto my elbows, staring at his feet and feeling awkward and self-conscious.
“We can try again after dinner,” I said, not yet ready to give up. Learning how to fight properly was more important than this brief moment of embarrassment, no matter that my burning face was trying to convince me otherwise. Avan held out his hand, and I gratefully took it.
“Later then?” he said, helping me up.
I met his eyes. There was a question there, and I couldn’t help wondering if it had anything to do with our sparring.
I nodded anyway. “Later."


***

Buy Gates of Thread and Stone HERE!

Enter to win a signed hardcover of CONTROL plus a luxe swag pack, including onyx necklace, bookmarks, buttons, stickers, and mirror!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Where to go next? Hop on over to see Jennifer Armentrout for the next step in the Scavenger Hunt. Good luck, Scavengers!

129 comments:

Jordan White said...

Gates of Thread and Stone…that excerpt. Sounds amazing and I love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway and participating. :)

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Hazel J. said...

Thank you for hosting the giveaway! -Tori

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Jenn Christensen said...

I am really enjoying the scavenger hunt! Thank you for being a part of it

KCecce said...

Loving this scavenger hunt. Thanks for the giveaway!

Brittany Piazza said...

I love the YA Scavenger Hunt.. I get to see so many authors that I didn't know about

Kiara Crystal said...

I so want to read this!

Zitmarie Mestre © said...

Love to read this!! I love YA Scavenger hunt.

Jess Kidding said...

I love YASH! This is my first time, and I'm so excited and it's so fun! Thanks for participating AND hosting an additional giveaway!

_Sandra_ said...

Love, love, love YASH! Sooo fun!
Thanks for a giveaway! :)

Kimberly Woodall said...

Thank you for contest. I have read GATES OF THREAD AND STONE and it is really good/

thenerdyjournalist said...

I loved Control! And I'm super exited for Catalyst!

Gates of Thread and Stone sounds very exciting. I'm definitely adding it to my TBR.

Anna said...

Ah!! My TBR is growing so much from this hunt!!

Thais Pampado said...

I'm loving to get to know so many amazing books and authors! Thanks for the giveaway.

Natalie (Never Trust a Duck) said...

And yet another book to add to my B&N cart XD Thank you for the giveaway :D

sarah said...

Thanks for participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt! I can't wait to read Control:)

Yun-A said...

Both Control and Gates of Thread and Stone sound great! I think it's cool that you're a Korean-American author. Thank you for doing YASH!

Yun-A said...

Both Control and Gates of Thread and Stone sound great! I think it's cool that you're a Korean-American author. Thank you for doing YASH!

Jay said...

I love that cover :D
Thanks for the contest.

Van Pham said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

VanillaOrchids said...

I'll definitely have to check out Gates of Thread and Stone. Beautiful cover too!

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Control!

Rachelle S. said...

That cover is beautiful! I wanna read it so badly!

Lauren Greer said...

Ah, I NEED a signed copy of Control! I loved it oh so much and I wish March would hurry up so I can find out what happens next.

acrossthewords.com said...

this is fantastic -- thank you!

Agnès Renié said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

forsan said...

Thanks for all the great info and the giveaway.

D Strait said...

Thank you for the giveaway! :D

Gaby Pendragon said...

Loved the excerpt! Sounds pretty cool!!

Dreams said...

Thank you for hosting an additional giveaway!

Bella Silver said...

Hi :) your book looks great :)

bibliophileprincess said...

#DOONLOVE #TEAMBLUELOVE
#YASH rocks!!

Kyla said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway and I hope this is open internationally! Also, thanks for being part of the Fall 2014 #YASH! :D

Nicole Heart said...

Thanks so much for having a giveaway. Your books look great!

pahel said...

Thanks for the giveaway! ^_^

Carmel said...

Thank you for joining YASH and for the awesome giveaway you have! I have been joining ever since! I am excited every hunt especially in meeting new authors. Much love! x
Carmel @ http://carmelandkyla.blogspot.com/

Danielin said...

Thanks for the cool giveaway. I'd like to read your bookS!

arnie arce said...

thanks for the chance to win the giveaway!
<3

Jenn said...

All of the books I've seen so far on the hunt sound so great, I can't wait to read them all.

Maggie Richardson said...

Thanks for the giveaway! :)

miki said...

if your giveaway is open to international i would love top be entered
thank you for participating in this hunt

Ava Jae said...

I love the YA Scavenger Hunt! Thanks so much for hosting an extra giveaway! :)

Ashley White said...

Can't wait to read all these books!

anonymous said...

Looking forward to Control and Catalyst!!!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Melissa M.
(I can't get it to stop posting as "anonymous"!)

Kaniesha said...

This scene is so cool, I want to check out the book nowww. Too bad it's deleted from the book :( (But what's left must be even better!)

Thanks for the giveaway :)

Nicole said...

Thank you so much for being a part of YASH. I've had so much fun!

Maud Grefte said...

Thanks for the bonus giveaway! :D

Liliana said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

pandalovesyou said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Tessi said...

Thanks so much for being part of the YASH! I really can't wait to Catalyst because seriously, Control was AMAZING ♥

Emma A. said...

Thank you for participating and making this even more fun!

Kira Budge said...

I <3 your work Lydia!

Jen S said...

Thanks for being part of the hunt

Nichol Brown said...

I'm love the Hunt--such a great concept! Thanks for participating!!

Beth Kait said...

<3 <3 THANK YOU! I can't wait to read your books.

erinlee20 said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

Tiffany said...

Thank you for being a part of YASH! I'm so excited to start reading all the books I have found!!

Emz Chang said...

I can't wait to read Catalyst. March is way to far away!

Kim Waters said...

Thanks for taking part in YASH and for the bonus giveaway! It's been awesome. :-D

Merisha Abbott said...

thanks for being part of the YASH! Adding the books to my TBR!

Shalena @ Writer Quirk said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I've heard great things about Control!

Nicole Metivier said...

Everything sounds so good!

zeeeebs said...

So much fun!

Stacie @ A Wonderland of Reading said...

Thank you for the giveaway! I've been wanting to read your book for a while now.

Michelle Lee said...

Thank you for this amazing giveaway! I've been looking forward to read Control! :)

A Fairytale Ending :) said...

Thanks for being a part of the Hunt! So many new books to add to my TBR pile now :)

Sue Holmes said...

Thank you for the giveaway :) You don't specify if it's international - hoping! Loving the scavenger hunt :)

bibliophileprincess said...

Thanks for sharing! If you find myself repeating my relies it's because I'm doing what has to be done to help my chances of scoring some extra swag!! Thanks for understanding.

#DOONLOVE

Eli Yanti said...

thanks for the giveaway :)

Alyssa H. said...

Thanks for hosting! CONTROL sounds great, and so does GATES OF THREAD AND STONE.

Brian Gould said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Von P. said...

Wow, Control has a new cover and looks better that the original. Thanks for joining the YASH!

Abby (Enthralling Reads) said...

thank you for the giveaway! your books are interesting! :D yash is definitely fun!!

Janna Jinahon said...

Thank you for the giveaway!

Alessandra P. said...

Thanks so much for the chance!!!

Melissa Robles said...

Thanks for the bonus giveaway and for the YASH. <3 Can't wait to read all of your books!

Winona Norberg said...

Thank you for hosting! And I am here to spread some #doonlove

Lynanne Carroll said...

Gates of Thread and Stone sounds phenomenal! I recognized it from a book blast I did a while back, but man...after reading an excerpt I really want to read the whole thing!!

Also...Control is SO. COOL. *ahem*

Thanks for participating in the YASH and for having a stellar bonus giveaway!

Lauren said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I am discovering so many amazing books today, that's always my favorite part about YASH!

Lis said...

thanks for the chance! loved your stop!

Michaela Mills said...

Thank you so much for participating in #YASH! It's so great getting to learn more about these books and authors!

AJG said...

Thank you for the giveaway! :D

Lea Krnjeta said...

So happy you were a part of YASH this year. Have a great weekend :)

Hope Tweeddale said...

Thank you so much for this giveaway and for being apart of YASH!! And I know this is really random, but I think you're really pretty and I think when you think that about a person, it doesn't hurt to tell them :P Thanks again(:

Isabel C said...

I love the excerpt!

readwritelove28.com said...

Thanks for hosting the giveaway! I loved the post!

Jaguar Hero! said...

Control sounds awesome. :) As does The Gates of Thread and Stone!

bOOKS :)))

Erin said...

Thanks so much for the extra giveaway!

Lori Whetstone said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Kelly Helen said...

Hellloooo, hope you're enjoying the hunt! I know I am...

Bryce Davis said...

These books sound so awesome! I can't wait to read them :).

Camii Ailen said...

Thank you!

Larissa Domnikov said...

Thanks for hosting an extra giveaway! :)

Denise April Cayetano said...

Thank you! I'm having so much fun in YASH.

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Talysa said...

It's so fun to meet so many new authors and to learn about their books! Woot! Thanks for doing a giveaway, I can't wait!

sarah said...

Thanks for participating in YASH! I can't wait to read both Control and Gates of Thread and Stone they seem like awesome books:)

Diana Grace said...

Thank you very much!! This is awesome <3

Melanie Kornacki said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway! And for being part of YASH!

Arlene said...

Thanks for the extra giveaway and for participating in the YASH!

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SeeingDouble InNeverland said...

Morgan ~ drewblythe2004@yahoo.com
Thank you for the awesome giveaway!!! I am dying for this book, I have wanted it for awhile!!!

Tina said...

This is definitely one of the cooler giveaways! Thank you!

Minny said...

Thank you for this giveaway! :)

-Cindy C.

Precious said...

Aww, I love the sound of this book. It's so high fantasy for me. I will look for this the next time I visit the bookstore. <3

Thanks for the giveaway!

Kellani Arnold said...

Thank you for participating in YASH

Carina Olsen said...

Thank you so so much for this giveaway. <3 I would LOVE to win :D Control sounds amazing. <3

Skitty said...

Both your and Lori's books sound awesome, added them to my "check these out" list. :) Thank you for the giveaway!

Justine Bowman said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

Jamie Cristobal said...

I am so excited for YASH!I plan to read so many books!!

Fangirling Misses said...

#YASH is amazingg!! :D

Renae said...

Love finding so many 'new to me' authors on the YASH!

iLuvReadingTooMuch said...

Gates of Thread and Stone has been on my TBR for a while and that excerpt makes me want to read it more! Thanks for the giveaway :D

Rabiah (name on Rafflecopter)

SeeingDouble InNeverland said...

Fallon Vaughn ~ joefallon1@yahoo.com

Authoer Amy Parker has been bragging about how great Control is. I already have had it on my TBR for a long time but now I want it like yesterday ;)

Cassie said...

Thanks so much for the bonus giveaway!

reader guzman said...

I love this book control its amazing

Sherry Knack said...

Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt!

jaydream said...

I love the scavenger hunt, it defiantly brightened my b-day :)

1110 Cg said...

Love this!
#DOONLOVE

Beth Ervin said...

Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in #YASH!

Breenah A said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! YASH has been awesome for this first-timer!

ChancieJ22 said...

Thank you for the giveaway! Control sounds awesome!

Caitlin said...

YASH has been so fun! So many great books!

Grace Thompson said...

Thank you for hosting this awesome giveaway.

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