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 PURPLE TEAM–but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a green team, a teal team, a blue team, and a pink 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 purple team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
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 Sunday, October 8th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Eden’s had a long academic rivalry with Ash Gupta, a guy who seems to have everything going exactly as he wants. He’s admired by their classmates and making the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. Eden knows that Ash only sees she is an obstacle– the girl from the wrong side of the tracks who stands in his path to being valedictorian.
Eden’s perfect GPA should be enough to get her a free ride to college — and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is another argument with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks. . .
When they end up working together on a class project, Eden discovers that they have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream — but what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?
Here are the main cast members from The Possibility of Somewhere—and why I chose their names.
Ash – In high school, my daughter attended a magnet school, and one of her best friends was Indian-American. So I asked them to pick the perfect name for a gorgeous Indian-American guy, and they chose Ash.
Eden – Eden is the name of a small town in a beautiful part of North Carolina. I somehow knew that the heroine’s bio mom would want to name her children after places—so the heroine became Eden, and her brother is Boone (a college town in the NC mountains.)
Mundy – Eden’s best friend is Mundy, which is short for Rosamund. Mundy’s mother picked the name from the heroine of The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini. I’ve never read the book, so I have no idea how I came up with that.
Marnie – One of my favorite fictional mothers is Marmee from Little Women. I changed the name a little, and Eden’s amazing stepmother became Marnie. Eden tells Mundy that the name “Marnie” is a cross between “Mommy” and “Marlene.” That was a surprise to me!
Kurt and Marta – I was half-watching The Sound of Music when I started writing the two kids that Eden babysits. So, they’re named after the movie’s Von Trapp children.
Raj – I have a day job as a software engineer, and my first developer/mentor was Raj. He invited me to his wedding celebration, and I invited him to mine. He’s just a great man, so I wanted to honor him in this small way.
Peyton – Eden and Ash compete for the same college scholarship, The Peyton. I named the scholarship after Peyton Manning.
Norah and Charlie – For any book or series that I write, there will always be two characters with the names Norah and Charlie. The reason is bittersweet. It’s a memorial to two adorable children that we lost too soon. Charlie was my nephew, who died when he was 4. Norah was a dear friend’s daughter. She passed away at age 6. We have not forgotten.
And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Julia, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 11. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the purple 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, J. C. Welker! Click here to continue the journey!
Also, PS: I’ll be releasing an anthology later this month and a special hardcover edition of the YA Fantasy, The Rite of Wands, with bonus content, in November–so be sure to check back here for more info on that.