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Welcome to the Fall 2016 edition of the YA Scavenger Hunt! Hope you’re enjoying visiting all the sites, and best of luck winning some free books.
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I’m A. E. Decker, the author of the Moonfall Mayhem series, which relate the merry misadventures of Ascot Abberdorf and her 4 companions.
Today, I’m hosting Maria Alexander, the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the adult novel, Mr. Wicker.
Maria’s been writing and publishing dark short stories and poetry for many years. Her breakout YA novel, Snowed, is coming to shred Christmas stockings on November 2, 2016 from Raw Dog Screaming Press. When she’s not writing, she’s a real-life samurai-in-training. She lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats, her adorable new husband, and a purse called Trog.
And now, as a special treat for participants in the YA Scavenger Hunt, Maria has given me a deleted scene to post on my site. Here is your special bonus material!
In Snowed, Charity’s family is fostering the mysterious runaway teen, Aidan. When Charity and Aidan fall in love, they have to keep their relationship secret because they’re afraid that Charity’s parents will freak out. Their emails play a surprise role in the story. Here are two that don’t appear in the book. Enjoy!
My Dearest Charity, I know you don’t believe those who sent the death threats will carry them out, but I don’t think you know how evil people can be. I once saw my father kill someone. It was the worst day of my life. I’ve often wondered how he could do such a thing, but I found on the Internet something about the Stanford Prison Experiments. You should read about these if you haven’t already. They showed how easily human nature turns depraved. So, please please please tell your parents about the threats. You’re incredibly brave and strong, but courage can’t protect you from everything. You have amazing parents, and our teachers are mostly good people. They can help. Please? For me, if not yourself? Your true love, Aidan Dear Aidan, Everything you’ve told me about your dad scares me, but this is the worst! No wonder you believe these threats. Honestly, I think these guys are too scared to do anything. What they really want is for me to feel bad and hurt myself, and that ain’t gonna happen. I do feel badly for Keiko, but I know it’s not my fault. So no more worrying, okay? You mean everything to me and I hate seeing you upset. I’m more worried about my brother’s threat, actually. He’s been too quiet. He would never hurt me, of course, but sometimes I wonder. Yours always, Charity
Aren’t we lucky we don’t have to wait until December to get Snowed in? Thank you, Maria!
Ready to continue the hunt? Click http://michaeljbowler.com/ya-scavenger-hunt/ to visit Michael J. Bowler, author of Spinner.
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