YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2018

YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2018

***Winners have been chosen!  Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the hunt.  Feel free to enjoy the bonus content below whenever you wish.***

Red Team

Hey there!  I’m Christina June!

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I wrote EVERYWHERE YOU WANT TO BE

and IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE.

Nice to see you!

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Inspired by the classic Red Riding Hood, Everywhere You Want To Be proves not all paths are meant to be followed.

 

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A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, It Started With Goodbye shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules.

 

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 until October 7!

 

(PS – all the way at the bottom is a special giveaway just from me, so make sure you read everything.)

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 the RED TEAM–but there is also an orange team, a gold team, a green team,  a blue team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

 

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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 hidden 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 7 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Today, I am hosting Yvonne Ventresca on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

 

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When You Lie to a Writer: A True Story and (Partial) Inspiration for Black Flowers, White Lies

By Yvonne Ventresca

When I was in college, I had a long on-and-off relationship with a guy I’ll call SH*. During one of our many break-ups, I briefly dated Liam. It was nothing serious and ended amicably a few weeks later. Eventually, SH and I reconciled for the gazillionth time. He was visiting my dorm room when I left for a few minutes. When I returned, SH looked perturbed.

“Your phone rang while you were down the hall,” he said. “I hope you don’t mind, but I answered it.”

I did mind, actually, but as I often did, I kept quiet to avoid another argument.

“It was Liam,” SH said.

“Are you sure?” I couldn’t keep the surprise out of my voice. Liam and I didn’t stay in touch other than “hey” when we occasionally passed each other on campus.

SH nodded. “Does he call often?” His tone was neutral—no jealously, just an informational question.

“Never,” I explained. “I think he’s dating Jada now. We don’t stay in touch.”

SH nodded. “I told him to call back later.”

Liam never called back that day, and I promptly forgot about it until I got ready for bed. For the past few weeks, someone had been calling me late at night, then hanging up when I answered. (FYI — This was an old-fashioned telephone that plugs into the wall, not a cell phone.) I had gotten into the habit of turning the ringer off each evening so I wouldn’t get woken up. Already sleepy, I went to switch the ringer.

Except it was already off.

I sat up in bed, jolted awake. Because if the ringer had been off all day, how had SH answered the phone when Liam called? It dawned on me slowly that there was no out-of-the-blue phone call. It had all been a setup to gauge my reaction to the idea of Liam calling, to catch me off guard in a conversation about our relationship.

I had been totally manipulated.

In Black Flowers, White Lies, Ella never discovers a phone ringer turned off. But there’s a bigger truth woven through this work of fiction: sometimes the people we trust are not worthy. And in Ella’s case, sometimes they can even be dangerous.

*Names have been changed.

Bio:

Yvonne Ventresca is an award-winning young adult author who frequently explores themes of trust, deception, and betrayal in her novels. Her latest YA psychological thriller, BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES (Sky Pony Press, 2016) won a National IPPY Gold Medal for YA fiction and is now available in paperback. Her debut novel, PANDEMIC, won a Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Yvonne’s other published work includes two nonfiction books and several short stories selected for anthologies. She loves a good ghost story, and as a third-degree black belt, she studies Isshinryu karate in a haunted dojo. You can learn more about her books at YvonneVentresca.com, where she also features resources for teen writers, or connect with her here: 

Facebook | Twitter | Blog | Instagram | Pinterest |Goodreads

 YV

About Black Flowers, White Lies:

LIES CAN COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU.

Her father died before she was born, but Ella Benton knows they have a connection that transcends the grave. Since her mother disapproves, she keeps her visits to the cemetery where he’s buried secret. But when Ella learns that her mother may have lied about how Dad died sixteen years ago, it’s clear she’s not the only one with secrets. New facts point to his death in a psychiatric hospital, not a car accident as Mom always claimed.

When a handprint much like the one Ella left on her father’s tombstone mysteriously appears on the bathroom mirror, she wonders if Dad is warning her of danger, as he did once before, or if someone’s playing unsettling tricks on her. But as the unexplained events become more frequent and more sinister, she finds herself terrified about who—or what—might harm her.

Soon the evidence points to someone new: Ella herself. What if, like Dad, she’s suffering from a mental breakdown? In this second novel from award-winning author Yvonne Ventresca, Ella desperately needs to find answers—no matter how disturbing the truth might be.

To buy Black Flowers, White Lies: Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | AmazonUK | BAM

 

 

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Yvonne, and more!
To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 19

Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

 

Andddddd before you go, leave a comment below for a chance to win an ARC of my 2019 book NO PLACE LIKE HERE – US only please.  Winner will be chosen October 10.

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From Christina June, author of It Started with Goodbye and Everywhere You Want to Be, comes No Place Like Here, a modern twist on Hansel and Gretel. Ashlyn Zanotti has big plans for the summer. She’s just spent a year at boarding school and can’t wait to get home. But when Ashlyn’s father is arrested for tax evasion and her mother enters a rehab facility for “exhaustion,” her life is turned upside down.

The cherry on top? Ashlyn’s father sends her to work with a cousin she doesn’t even know at a rustic team-building retreat center in the middle of nowhere. A self-proclaimed “indoor girl,” not even Ash’s habit of leaving breadcrumb quotes—inspirational sayings she scribbles everywhere—can help her cope.

With a dangerously careless camp manager doling out grunt work, an overbearing father trying to control her even from prison, and more than a little boy drama to struggle with, the summer is full of challenges. And Ashlyn must make the toughest decision of her life: keep quiet and follow her dad’s marching orders, or find the courage to finally stand up to her father to have any hope of finding her way back home.

Enter to win

 

 

Thanks for joining me – happy hunting!

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

Austin Aslan

 

Preordering EVERYWHERE YOU WANT TO BE

Preordering EVERYWHERE YOU WANT TO BE

One of the best gifts you can give yourself is a book preorder.  Buy it now and on release day, you can pick it up at the store or the nice delivery person hands it to you at your home or workplace.  Minimal effort for maximum reward.

 

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EVERYWHERE YOU WANT TO BE can be yours on May 1, 2018 if you preorder it from one of these amazing bookstores or retailers.  If you don’t see your local indie listed, give them a shout and have them order it for you.  You’ll have made a great purchase, supported a local business, and gotten an author more exposure.  Plus, if you hang onto your receipt, I’ve got an extra prequel scene to send you–stay tuned for more on that.  Wins all around.

I would also be incredibly grateful if you wanted to recommend EYWTB to your local library.  Most systems have a process for asking books to be purchased for their collection, so check your library’s website.  Here’s the info you may need:

  • Everywhere You Want To Be by Christina June
  • Publisher: Blink; Gld edition (May 1, 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 0310763339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310763338

Ready to preorder?  Here are some places that would love to hear from you–

Indies I love (feel free to recommend yours and I’ll add to the list):

One More Page Books

Hooray 4 Books

Scrawl Books

Fountain Bookstore

Anderson’s Bookshop

Trident Booksellers

Little Shop of Stories

Spellbound Children’s Bookshop

Park Road Books

Fiction Addiction

Quail Ridge Books

 

Other buying options:

IndieBound

Barnes & Noble

Book Depository

Amazon

ITunes

Kobo

Google

 

My little author heart is grateful!

YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2017 #YASH #TeamBlue

YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2017 #YASH #TeamBlue

Thanks so much everyone who stopped by!  YASH is over for now and winners have been chosen–see you next time!

Hey there!  I’m Christina June and I wrote IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE – nice to see you!
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Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client).

When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela/fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules. 

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!

 

(PS – all the way at the bottom is a special giveaway just from me, so make sure you read everything.)

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 the BLUE TEAM–but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a green team, a teal team, a blue team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

YASH Blue Fall 2017

 

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 hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue 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 8 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Today, I am hosting Jennifer Honeybourn on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

 

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Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. 
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!
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Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a nursing home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up, and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend and life ruiner.

So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England-themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score for once and for all—by getting him fired.

But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to get the boy.

 

 

Take it away Jennifer!

Fancasting Wesley James Ruined My Life

 

When I read a book, I always think about who I would want to see play the main characters in a movie adaptation. I have an eight year old daughter and in our house the TV is often turned to the Disney Channel, so it’s probably not a huge surprise that, in my head, the characters in the YA books I read often look exactly like Disney Channel stars.

 

When it comes to my own novel, WESLEY JAMES RUINED MY LIFE, I’ve always pictured Quinn as Dove Cameron, the adorable star of The Descendants and Liv and Maddie. Dove not only looks like Quinn (to me), but I can totally see her pulling off Quinn’s revenge plot against Wesley.

 

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For Wesley, I imagine Ross Lynch, of Teen Beach Movie and Austin & Ally. Ross and Wesley share the same shaggy blonde hair and laid-back attitude. All Ross needs is a pirate costume and he’d become the picture-perfect Wesley.

 

 

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So what are some of your favorite fancasts? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below. And head over to @Honeybourn to enter to win a signed copy of WESLEY JAMES RUINED MY LIFE.

 

 

 

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Jennifer Honeybourn, and more!
To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is number-7-graphic

Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue 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!

Patty Blount

 

Andddddd before you go, leave a comment below for a chance to win an ARC of my 2018 book EVERYWHERE YOU WANT TO BE – US only please.  Winner will be chosen October 9.

 

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From author Christina June comes Everywhere You Want to Be, a modern tale inspired by the classic Red Riding Hood story.

 

Matilda Castillo has always followed the rules, but when she gets injured senior year, she’s sure her dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer have slipped away. So when Tilly gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the summer with a New York dance troupe, nothing can stop her from saying yes–not her mother, not her fears of the big city, and not the commitment she made to Georgetown. Tilly’s mother allows her to go on two conditions: one, Tilly will regularly visit her abuela in New Jersey, and two, after the summer, she’ll give up dancing and go off to college.

 

Armed with her red vintage sunglasses and her pros and cons lists, Tilly strikes out, determined to turn a summer job into a career–and figure out how to break it to her mother later. Along the way she meets new friends … and new enemies. Tilly isn’t the only one desperate to dance, and fellow troupe member Sabrina Wolfrik intends to succeed at any cost. But despite dodging sabotage and blackmail attempts from Sabrina, Tilly can’t help but fall in love with the city, especially since Paolo, a handsome musician from her past, is also calling New York home for the summer.

 

As the weeks wind down and the competition with Sabrina heats up, Tilly’s future is on the line. She must decide whether to follow her mother’s dream of college or leap into the unknown to pursue her own dreams.

 

Thanks for joining me – happy hunting!

Applying to College? I’ll Critique Your Essay.

Applying to College? I’ll Critique Your Essay.

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Are you a high school senior working on a your Common App essay?  Got a university-specific essay you want a fresh set of eyes on?  Sometimes authors like to offer query help for authors looking for agents, which I do on occasion, and I thought I’d pay it forward with college apps as well.  How am I qualified to do this?  I’ve been a high school counselor for 11 years and have read hundreds of essays.

Here’s the deal:

  1. You must be a high school senior graduating in 2018.
  2.  You must have a completed draft of an essay to share – doesn’t have to be polished, but it does need to be finished.
  3.  Essays should be in Google doc format and ready for my comments.
  4. I’ll take the first 10 responders via this post.  Just leave a comment and I’ll give you the green light when I’m ready for you to send.  Do not send until you’ve heard from me.
  5. I’ll turn them around within a week.

Sound good?  Feel free to share with any senior who might be interested.  Happy writing!

My Preorder Chapter is Ready!

My Preorder Chapter is Ready!

Hello friends!

Just a quick note to let you know that Blink has been busy sending out my preorder bonus chapter for anyone who has emailed them a receipt for IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE.  It doesn’t matter which retailer you purchase from, as long as you send the receipt, they’ll send you the bonus chapter.

You can send your receipt to: ISWGBook@harpercollins.com

The bonus chapter features a funny (well, I think so) episode in the life of Tatum and her best friend, Ashlyn, before the worst summer ever recorded.  It includes the Homecoming Dance (kind of) and Chipotle.

I hope you’ll consider preordering and sending in your receipt!  Thank you!

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2016 Wrap-Up

2016 Wrap-Up

Well, we’ve made it to the end of 2016.

Maybe not quite in the same shape as when we started the year, but if you’re reading this, you’ve survived.

As we put 2016 to bed, I thought I’d share some of the things that were good in my world this year.

1.  I sold a second book!  It was a dream come true to see one book become real, but to be given the chance to do it again is overwhelming.
2.  I went to Las Vegas for the first time and celebrated 10 years of marriage.
3.  I retreated with some inspiring authors in the fall.

4.  I gave my first professional (not writing related) conference presentation.
5.  I held my words in my hands–it’s almost a real book!

I was also very entertained by the following books:

1.  Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
2.  My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
3.  Great Small Things by Jodi Picoult
4.  Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
5.  Exit, Pursued By A Bear by E.K. Johnston
6.  Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood
7.  Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
8.  Frannie & Tru by Karen Hattrup
9.  Liars And Losers Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath
10.  Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

2017 debuts to look forward to (these are the ones I’ve been privileged to read already):

1.  Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman
2.  It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Suguira
3.  The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
4.  The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
5.  After The Fall by Kate Hart
6.  How To Break A Boy by Laurie Devore
7.  In 27 Days by Alison Gervais
8.  Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
9.  The Girl With The Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

I’ll share more 2017 debuts as I make my way through them.

Favorite movies this year:  Moana, Ghostbusters, Sing Street, Love & Friendship, The Edge of Seventeen, How To Be Single, and Rogue One.

Things to look forward to in 2017:

1.  I feel like this goes without saying, but May 9, 2017 is going to be a pretty momentous day.  My debut novel IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE will officially be published and available for public consumption.
2.  My launch party will be May 13, 2017 at One More Page in Arlington, VA–I’d love to see you there!
3.  I’m signing copies of my ARC at the American Library Association’ Midwinter Conference AND I’m on a panel with some fabulous authors.

4.  I’m appearing at YABBAFest in Warrenton, VA in October.
5.  I’ve got a few more signings/readings ideas in the works, so stay tuned.

Whether you’re celebrating this time of year or not, I hope you’re ushering in the new year with loved ones and doing something that brings you joy.

Interested in preordering my book?  Here’s all the info.  AND!  There’s a bonus chapter in it for you.

Feel like asking your library to add my book to their collection?  Here’s how.

This post was originally sent to my newsletter subscribers.  Miss a previous newsletter?  Catch up HERE.

Library Preorders!

Library Preorders!

 

I’m humbling requesting  you to consider asking your local public library, or perhaps your school library, if they would think about adding IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE to their collection.  Not everyone can afford to buy all the books they want to read, so in a way, this is a gift for them too.  Libraries are such important community resources and librarians are super heroes for getting the right books in the hands of readers who will cherish them.

So, how do you do it?

  1.  Access your library’s website.  OR stop by in person.
  2. Locate how to suggest a title.  It may say “purchase request,” “books on order,” “suggest a title,” or something similar.  You may find a form online, you may be asked to call the library, or you might have to fill out a form in person.

 

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Here’s what it looks like for my local library

3.  Use the following information to make your request:

It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

Paperback –

  • Series: Blink
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Blink (May 9, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310758661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310758662

E-book –

  • Publisher: Blink (May 9, 2017)
  • Publication Date: May 9, 2017
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HAKH5LY

And that’s it!  If there’s enough interest, hopefully this baby will be coming to a library near you next year.

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Thank you!