Hey, hey! E.M. Fitch here! Welcome to this year's YASH!
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 my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 102 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are seven contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the ORANGE TEAM-but there is also a red team, an gold team, a green team, a blue team, a purple team, and a pink team. You can play along with them 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: I've hidden my favorite number below. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the ORANGE team, and then add them up.
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 the end of the hunt. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today, I am hosting Rachel Lynn Solomon on my
website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Rachel Lynn Solomon is the author of the upcoming contemporary YA novel You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone (Simon Pulse, 1/2/18). A former journalist, she has worked for NPR, produced a radio show that aired in the middle of the night, and currently works in education. You can find her online at http://www.rachelsolomonbooks.com/ and on Twitter @rlynn_solomon.
Find out more information by checking out Rachel's book on Amazon!
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FROM RACHEL LYNN SOLOMON
Hi, YASH-ers!! Thank you for checking out this post. I wanted to take this opportunity to explore how music influenced my contemporary YA debut, YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE.
YMMWIG (out in January from Simon Pulse) is about twins who navigate first love, their Jewish identity, and opposite results from a genetic test that determines their fate—whether they inherited their mother’s Huntington’s disease. It's dual POV, and while one sister is a viola prodigy, music means a lot to the other, too: she and her father, a longtime Nirvana fan, bond over grunge. The book is set in Seattle, where I grew up and still live, and I swear, everyone here has had a Nirvana phase, regardless of when they were born!
I played in a band and wrote songs as a teen, and I recall feeling music so much more deeply back then than I do now. Of course, I still love it, but I don't spend hours on end listening to and even crying over songs like I did when I was sixteen. The music we listen to during adolescence really sticks with us, which explains why I can't listen to an ex-boyfriend's favorite band. Our brains must connect certain songs to the pain and joy we felt so viscerally as teens.
Here are five songs I listened to on repeat while writing YMMWIG, along with a tidbit explaining how they capture an emotion I hope comes through in the pages.
"Doll Parts" by Hole
I love Nirvana, but I love Hole too, which is somewhat of a controversial opinion in Seattle. Regardless, this song has always broken my heart. I feel it describes one of my protagonists, Adina, so well: she's someone who's confident in her body and know she's beautiful, but she starts to question whether that's all she has to offer someone. The line "someday, you will ache like I ache" cuts to my core.
"You've Really Got A Hold On Me" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
This is another song I've loved for a long time. It describes so effortlessly the feeling of loving someone you know you shouldn't -- maybe it's the wrong time or they're no good for you or you're not fully yourself when you're with them. This could describe Adina as well, who pursues a relationship with her music teacher, but it could also describe Tovah, the more logical, scientific-minded twin, who for a while stops herself from going after what she wants because of the nightmare her family is living.
"Rocks and Water" by Deb Talan
This is a gorgeous song I discovered on a Pandora station while I was revising YMMWIG, and I immediately looked up the lyrics because it evoked such a quiet, nostalgic mood. To me this song is about the twins' mother, who loses more of herself to Huntington's every day. The lines "I will be with you even then/Even when I cannot see your face anymore" are staggering when you think about a mother losing the ability to remember her daughters.
"Rainy Days and Mondays" by the Carpenters
This song feels so Seattle to me (must be the rain!) and evokes a sense of loneliness both my protagonists feel before realizing they need each other more than they ever knew.
YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE
Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon.But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive.These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!
And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Rachel Lynn Solomon, and more! Hurry, hurry! Because did you know? Friday the 13th is totally happening this year! And you're gonna want your hands on OF THE TREES, my YA Dark Fantasy, before it comes and goes!
BEFORE YOU GO!
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CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! Go check out MICHELLE ANDREANI & MINDY SCOTT!!