Tuesday, March 29, 2016

YA Scavenger Hunt -- It's ON!

Greetings, Internearthlings! It's a special day here on the blog, in that I will not be posting pictures of my cat, and instead will be participating in the YA Scavenger HuntHere's what you need to know.
1. I am Team Teal.

2. You're going to have to do math. There is a secret number on this page that you need to find. Don't take 700 years to find it, either, because the hunt only runs until Sunday, 4/3. If you take 700 years to find the secret number, you will have totally missed the hunt. And you will be dead. And the only thing you will have accomplished in your 700-year lifespan is finding the secret number. Then humanity will weep 700 tears for your sad legacy.

Once you find the secret number on this page, you add it to the other secret numbers on the other Team Teal pages, and you come up with a Grand Total, and then you enter that Grand Total in the contest here. Then, if you added correctly, your entry has a chance to be drawn for the super ultimate grand prize, which is a book from everybody on Team Teal. There are other teams, too, so, you know. You can enter their contests, too.

3. I am totally posting a picture of my cat. Sorry.


4. Here are the 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 4/3/16 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered. Reminder, the entry form is here.

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Sarah is the author of My Best Everything, a love story steeped in moonshine. She has a MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her family in San Diego, California.

Visit her online at sarahtomp.com, and pick up My Best Everything here!

(Fun fact: Sarah and I share an alma mater! Shout out to VCFA and high fives all around!)

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Lulu Mendez is desperate to leave her small Virginia hometown in search of a better future. So, when her father loses her college tuition money, she and her friends cook up a scheme to make and sell moonshine using a still “borrowed” from the junkyard where she works. Looking for a guide into this secret world of illegal sales and dangerous rivalries, they turn to Mason, a boy with a troubled past and the skills to go with it. 


My Best Everything is Lulu’s letter to Mason—but is it an apology, a love letter, or a good-bye?

MY BEST EVERYTHING PLAYLIST


Music is a crucial part of My Best Everything. During the same summer when Lulu’s world gets turned upside down and mixed up with making and selling moonshine, her best friend, Roni, is faced with a life-changing opportunity too; when she joins a band. 
When talking about the first time she watches Roni sing, Lulu says, “I don’t know notes or octaves or the difference between sharp and flat, but I know music makes everything more. If you’re happy, music might make you ecstatic. Simple sad turns into heartbroken. And longing… well, that’s what I was feeling that day. Impatient, uncertain, deep-down yearning…”
And, later, reminding Mason about their first dance together, “There’s something about country music that encourages stepping in close, no matter the tempo. As the notes and rhythms wrapped around us, I tuned myself to you. Your arm was something to hold on to. As easy as rolling along the river, we flowed away from everyone else. With our eyes locked on each other, I could hardly breathe. Breathing is overrated.”


There were so many songs that helped set the mood for this love story steeped in moonshine. Way too many to include them all! Today I’m sharing a few key songs and the reasons they’re exactly right for this book’s soundtrack. 
  • MINE WOULD BE YOU ~ Blake Shelton
    • If I could only pick one song, this would be the one. I think the lyrics sum up the love story of Lulu and Mason, perfectly. 
    • “My best day ever/My finest hour, my wildest dream come true / Mine would be you / What’s the greatest chapter in your book / Are there pages where it hurts to look? / What’s the one regret you can’t work through? / You got it, baby, mine would be you.”
  • WOULD YOU GO WITH ME? ~ Josh Turner
    • Josh Turner’s voice is how I imagine Grungie, the lead singer for Lullaby Breaker, sounds. Thunder-rumble, toe-curling deep. 
  • KISS ME ~ Sixpence None the Richer
    • I love the hypnotic and dreamy mood of being out in the dark night under the stars and moon. Plus, Lulu waits a long time for Mason to finally kiss her. 
  • LOOKS LIKE LOVE ~ NeedToBreathe
    • Two reasons for including this song: It’s all about being afraid of love and not being able to say those three words—that’s Lulu, most definitely. But also, seeing this band play helped form my vision of Roni’s band.
  • MOONSHINE ~ Sara Haze
    • The title, obviously, but, also, these lines specifically: “Grab a mason jar of fireflies to be our light/Look in my eyes, you’ve got the moon, I’ve got the shine.”
  • BRIGHT ~ Echosmith
    • This song captures that magical floaty feeling of being young and in love in the summertime, when all that matters in the whole wide universe is that special person next to you.
  • HOME ~ Phillip Phillips
    • I love the idea that we can make home anywhere, especially if we’re with the right person. And this line is one that Lulu needs to hear: “If you get lost, you can always be found.”
Good luck on the YA Scavenger Hunt! When you stop by my blog, where I’m hosting the fabulous Lynne Matson, be sure to enter to win a copy of My Best Everything and an iTunes gift card—so you can make your own playlist!



Thanks, Sarah!

And hey YASHunters, if you want to stay up to date on my cats, my writing, and all the terrible photos I take with my ancient phone, find me here or on:


Now, hunters, keep going. Did you find the secret, 3-digit number? That begins with a seven and ends with a zero? And has a zero in the middle? Did you write it 700 times on your notebook so you wouldn't forget it? Excellent. You're one step closer to finding all the numbers for Team Teal, adding them together, and entering the giveaway.

Your next stop is chez Alexandra Sirowy, who is hosting Patricia B. Tighe!

Click this fierce hunting leopard to continue!