YA Scavenger Hunt

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I'm Suzanne Lazear, I write the Aether Chronicles series, which is about steampunk faeries. Welcome, have a cupcake. You can start the hunt here or you can go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage to find out more or if you're stuck. I'm part of the BLUE TEAM--but there are other teams, all with lots of prizes to win.

Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up.Hint: the secret number is highlighted RED. 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. 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 April 5, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

And now on to the author I'm hosting today:


 William Campbell Powell



William Campbell Powell lives in a small Buckinghamshire village in England with his wife, Avis, his two teenage sons, more books than you can shake a stick at, and a collection of bass guitars. By day he is a Software Development Manager and by night he writes YA and Science Fiction. Expiration Day is his first novel, which was published by Tor Teen in April 2014. 

Expiration Day 



 Nobody can have kids. Well, almost nobody. And nobody knows why. It's just something that's happened. Some said that it was all the radio waves and microwaves messing up our DNA. Others said it was the gigahertz radiation from all the computers doing it. Global warming and pollution got blamed, of course. And there were some really weird theories, too. There was one scientist who claimed that every generation lost a certain amount of information from the gene pool, so we'd just reached the point where we no longer had enough information left in our genes to build a fully working human. So I'm a real rarity. A real girl. All the other kids in the world are just robots. Realistic robots - not clunkers like Soames - but like Julia Ellis, a near-perfect copy of a human child. Good enough to fool the maternal instinct. Good enough to stop the riots. Even good enough to play with sometimes.

Intro 

 Hello, Book Hunters! Expiration Day isn't an action novel. Sorry. On the other hand, it does have serious levels of Rock'n'Roll and a dramatic court scene. Tania isn't an athletic heroine, either, preferring to play bass with her band, or else to curl up in the big reading chair in the spare room, reading a treasured book. But I did wonder what would happen if she ended up in physical danger. After all, the world of 2049 isn't a nice place, though she's living in one of the more civilised spots. It's definitely not all sweetness beyond her village, though, and in England there are many places that the rule of law doesn't reach. These are the Red Zones, and in the earlier drafts of the novel, back when it was still called 'A Child Alone', I had Tania visit a Red Zone twice. The first time she made contact with an 'underground' organisation, that she hoped might give her refuge. That scene got re-worked quite a bit, moving from London to Oxford in the process, and re-surfaced here , where you'll find other bonus content. This second scene is unique to the YA Scavenger Hunt, and fits around that court scene, where Tania sees that the case is going against her, and decides to flee. She contacts the 'underground' and arranges to meet the woman she knows as Marla ...

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The hunt is over, bonus content has been deleted.

To be blunt, the scene didn't fit. Oh, it's Tania's voice, and to that extent it represents Expiration Day, but Tania fails to escape and is forced to follow the path of the courts. Ultimately the scene didn't advance the plot, other than to close a door. So it got cut. Still, if you're intrigued in any way by what you read here, you can find Expiration Day in hardback online or at your local independent bookstore. If you don't mind waiting a couple of weeks, Tor Teen is publishing Expiration Day in paperback on April 14, 2015. I'll also be running my own giveaway of Expiration Day at http://williamcampbellpowell.com to celebrate its upcoming release in paperback on April 14th.

 ~William


Thank you so much for visiting me. There's a special short story from the Aether Chronicles world hidden someplace. (Hit hint, it's about love, and it's not about Noli and V.) The books in my Aether Chronicle's series -- INNOCENT DARKNESS, CHARMED VENGEANCE, and FRAGILE DESTINY are all available from Flux. Please enter my bonus contest where I have 6 prizes up for grabs.

All done? Time to move on to Kady Cross. Don't forget to bring her a cupcake.

88 comments:

Katrina @ Bookish Things said...

My favorite thing is the awesome weather. My least favorite is that my body hates the allergies it brings on.

Tegen Reeder said...

My favourite thing about spring is that it is the time of year that the world has the most colour. It's vibrant and varied. It's like the world itself is making a statement. (Sorry that sounded really cheesy but oh well ��)

Alizabeth Baughman said...

My favorite thing about spring is the fresh and amazing feeling it brings. I feel like I can take a deep breath and begin anew. :)

NSchu said...

My least favorite thing is mosquitos

Sussu said...

Spring is the time where I get plenty of Vitamin D and one well-deserved week vacation :)

Jenna Kilgore said...

My favorite thing about spring is hearing the bugs chirp outside at night.

Paige Bradish said...

The best thing about spring for me is the weather. Its normally a mix between cold and warm. Also, the pond in my back yard fills in in the spring and we get ducks. I love it!

sarah said...

Some of my favorite things about spring is the weather, flowers blooming and my sister's birthday:)

(sarah s in rafflecopter)

Gavin Chua said...

Insects

Pranavi said...
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Pranavi said...

My least fave thing would certainly be insects.

Katherine Adams said...

Allergies :(

Sabrina Simpson said...

My favorite thing is the smell!! :)

Megan said...

I love the weather! :)

insha iqbal said...

My favorite thing about spring is the "newness" of everything :) I love to look at all of the new flowers and see everything come back to life after winter. My least favorite part of spring would have to be the allergies. And my birthday's in spring too, so I can just die of sneezing on my birthday. Thanks Mother Nature!

Rachel G said...

Not having to wear heavy winter coats anymore is so great but my least favourite is definitely having to stay inside studying for exams :(

karin said...

my least favorite thing are the mosquitos and my favorite thing is the smell in the air

Dominique said...

I Can't wait to check out all these awesome books!!!!

Jessica Kilgore said...

My favorite thing about Spring is the rain.

Maggie Richardson said...

Love: The weather
Dislike: Allergies

Danielle H. said...

When the world turns all the colors of the rainbow!

Ayanami Faerudo said...

Warmer weather but still has a nip to it.

Ashley Martinez said...

My favorite thing is the warmer weather

Nichole Elizabeth said...

I love the warmer weather, but I hate the thunderstorms...

Lauren said...

My most favorite is the rain, I love rain!!! My least favorite is allergies :/

Jaime said...

I love the smells of spring: fresh grass and earth, warm sunshine... :) so nice

~i personally dislike ladybugs a lot XD but i'm glad someone enjoys them~

Shannon said...

My favourite thing about Spring is the weather and getting to wear brighter colours.

Autumn said...

My favorite thing about Spring is the weather! It is a whole lot cooler or at least it has a nice breeze to it. Oh and flowers, lots and lots of flowers and the smell of fresh cut grass lol.

alicia marie said...

My favorite things are all the blooming flowers and warm weather. My least favorite is all the pollen :P

Sarah Hall said...

My favorite thing is the colors that come with spring, whether it be the flowers, clothes, etc. Least favorite would have to be allergies. oh, and pesky bugs. ugh.

Melissa Paschal said...

No more snow, the start of warmer weather, flowers in bloom…. love it all!

Tia Dalley said...

My favorite thing about Spring is all of the flowers blooming. My least favorite thing about spring is all of the rain.

themissphyrelibrary said...

I love being outdoors with my family. Spring means cookouts and long nights by the fire-pit with my awesome family!
My least favorite thing is bugs.....I don't like bugs! I am severely allergic to mosquito bites...as in I've almost died because of them!

Thank you for the giveaway and for participating in YASH!!!
Melissa H.

julie said...

My least favorite thing about Spring is the pollen/allergies. My favorite thing is the beauty of all the flowers as they bloom

Ashley @ Bookaholics Anonymous said...

the weather.

Snow Flaka said...

I love the warm weather, how the air just seems to cling to your skin without seriously being heavy - like in summer. The air is crisp and clear - and moist too, which I love, because I have very sensitive dry skin that can be a pain to maintain during the winter. My least favorite thing about spring is that the temperatures jump from hot to suddenly bitter cold in a matter of hours, and its pretty irritating to constantly have to adjust to it. And the potholes from the frost wedging caused by spring free-thaw processes.

Eva Rushton said...

I love how the plants work their way out of the ground year after year.

Michka said...

My favorite thing about spring is watching all the flowers bloom.

My least favorite thing about spring is all the flowers blooming and sharing their pollen with my poor allergic sinuses. LOL

Katy Isodo said...

Thanks so much for the hunt and the giveaway - having a blast!

Deanna said...

I love that weather starts getting warm again (especially after all the snow we just had) but I hate that with that awesome weather comes tornado threats too. :( Thanks for the giveaway!

Cassie Sparks said...

My favorite thing about spring is its not cold anymore!

Amy said...
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Amy said...

i like being able to get outdoors after the winter, but I am not a fan of allergies.

Kellani Arnold said...

I like the restless feeling people have in spring. As a student, it's so nice to feel the energy in the room.

Emily Ross said...

My most favorite thing about Spring is that I can really enjoy the dog park with my pup in the sunshine. My least favorite thing about Spring is, no matter how much I love the green grass growing--I absolutely despise having to mow it!

Kaci said...

The breeze. I love that nice, not to cold, not to hot breeze that comes with spring.

Tiffany said...

When the trees start to blossom:)

Katie Thomas said...

My least favorite thing is the bugs.

Barb Gordon said...

THE SUNSHINE. BLUE SKIES, BEAUTIFUL SUN. NOT TOO HOT, NOT TOO COLD. :)

The Fox Family said...

My favorite thing about Spring is the weather is perfect! It the leave-your-windows-open kind of days. Here in Vegas we don't have too many of those because it gets pretty hot pretty fast! However, Spring also brings along with it allergies! And ... yes ... I do have many of those. Still, I will suffer through the stuffiness, sneezing and itchy eyes for the amazing weather!!!

Justine Bowman said...

I love Baby animals... Specifically kittens. I hate rainy season

kma3010 said...

My least favorite thing about spring is all the pollen! My favorite thing is more time outside(even if I have to deal with the pollen).

Anglik Djilah said...

my favorite thing is th egreen.. hence my favorite color.. But I have how hot it gets here!!! T.T

anicalewis said...

Given the winter we've had, my favorite thing about spring right now is that the snow is melting! I hadn't seen grass in months!

karen chappell said...

Thanks for sharing! This is so much fun!

Chelsea Cosmark said...

My favorite thing is watching all of the colors coming back.
My least favorite thing is all of the bugs (especially mosquitoes!) coming back.

Bookaholics said...

My favorite thing is the warm weather my least favorite is the pollen it makes me sneeze a lot.
~Emma G

Kara x said...

One word, finals.

Jenn said...

My most favorite thing about spring is that it's getting warmer.

Gracie said...

Least favorite thing about spring - stink bugs! Most favorite thing about spring - warm sunshine. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kassiah Faul said...

Great post! My favorite thing about Spring is the weather. It used to be soccer, though :) Thanks for participating in the YASH! xo

Nicole Langreck said...

Thanks for being a part of YASH this year. It's always so much fun!

Alizah said...

Favorite thing about spring is the not-scary-snow roads. Least favorite thing is the allergies I always get. Don't forget to bring her a cupcake :) ...You're fantastic!

Alizah said...

Favorite thing about spring is the not-scary-snow roads. Least favorite thing is the allergies I always get. Don't forget to bring her a cupcake :) ...You're fantastic!

Nicole Johnson said...

My favorite thing about spring is that it is no longer winter. No more snowstorms or freezing temperatures.

Caitlin said...

I love Spring weather, when it's not too hot or cold (Most of the time). I also love when all the flowers come back, daffodils and tulips and all those colorful pretties.

OutKastLandon said...

What is your least favorite thing about spring?
Allergies

Lauren J

Monica Rebollar said...

I hate allergies!! There's so much pollen going around it makes me itchy! But I love the breezes here in Texas!! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Breenah A said...

My favorite thing about spring is that I finally don't have to warm up my car and put on fifty layers of clothing before leaving the house.

Mandy K said...

I love that spring is the only time we get dry heat in FL. The temperature is like a cooler summer day, without the thick layer of humidity in the air. It's perfection.

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Olivia said...

I love the weather-- especially the smell of spring rain <3

Vicky Icky said...

I love the flowers that blossom mid-way through spring. In my neighborhood, there are rose bushes that bloom into beautiful big red roses and I love the sight of that!!

Rachel Hoyt said...

Least is probably the lead in to summer! I live in the deep south, so we don't have too much of a spring. It goes from mild to hot all too quickly. :)

My favorite is definitely just everything coming alive. So many colors! :D

Paola B said...

I love the weather, hate the allergies!

Delia Chavez said...

Insects

Jessica Piazza said...

I love that the snow melts, flowers begin to bloom, and I can take my two young daughters for walks around our neighborhood and to the park! :D

Charlotte said...

I love the sunshine and the beginning of warm weather, and flowers growing!
My least favourite part would be the rain, even though I know that's how all the beautiful plants grow.

harrybrake said...

Thanks for contributing to events like this to keep literacy on the fast track!

magicseal said...

The flowers, and butterflies

Alysha Parent said...

My least favorite part of the spring is all of the rain but of course without it I wouldn't get my favorite part which is all the beautiful flowers!! Thank you for participating in the hunt and for the additional chance to win!

Written Melodies said...

I love the gentle breezes...the pollen not so much.

smiles said...

My least favorite things make up a huge list. But they mostly apply to back where I grew up. I *hate* the Asian beetles that look like ladybugs. Every spring, they swarm into the house. If they land on me, I itch like crazy. Plus, they bite. Killing them (if I could catch and release, I would, but see the point about itching for why not) releases the worst smell you could imagine. They were awful. I also am not a fan of the temperatures starting to warm up - warmer weather makes me feel worse when my pain problems kick in. And, allergy season.

What I do like? Seeing all the pretty blooming. We had a weeping cherry tree and a dogwood right outside the front door, and they're both gorgeous. Here in Seattle, it means tulips are springing up all over the city. And, it means the return of sunshine, so I feel more energized, which is fantastic. But my perfect day is sun, 50s, and a breeze :D

forsan said...

Least favorite thing is that Spring means my birthday is nearly a year away. Though when my birthday comes, I hate feeling older.

Katherina said...

There's not much to like about spring for me (allergies, mosquitoes, bleh) but I do like the warmer weather and clear skies :)

Valerie said...

the return of LIGHT! and growing things. not such a fan of tornado season, though.

Camilla Leonard said...

The sun coming back! But I live in So Cal, so I don't really like how hot it is sometimes :(

Yun-A said...

I like how it gets warmer. But spring also means allergies. :(

H Lynnea said...

My favourite thing about spring is the lovely rainshowers we get, because they mean the snow is melting and the crops are starting to grow!