YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 16
Welcome to Spring 16 YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event is designed as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to find new favorite authors and win some great prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content, you’ll get a number clue from each author for the team hunt. Add up the numbers for each individual team, and you can enter for our prizes–one lucky winner will receive ONE SIGNED BOOK from each author on the hunt team! This year there are 9 teams total you can explore and enter the giveaways for! But you have to play fast. This contest will only be open for 5 days! go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt, the rules, the other teams, and all the prizes up for grabs!
This is one of my favorite events and I love taking part, and this time I’m on #TeamRed 🙂
How to play: Each author on my #TeamRed have listed a certain number; collect the numbers of all the authors on #TeamRed and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!). 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 DATE, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Now to the good part, Madeline Dyer!
Madeline Dyer lives in the southwest of England, and has a strong love for anything dystopian, ghostly, or paranormal. She can frequently be found exploring wild places, and at least one notebook is known to follow her wherever she goes. Her debut novel, UNTAMED (Prizm Books, May 2015), examines a world in which anyone who has negative emotions is hunted down, and a culture where addiction is encouraged.
AND NOW FOR THE EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FOR UNTAMED
As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides—because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.
But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.
Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.
Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.
Inspiration Boards for Untamed
I’m a very visual person and one of the things I most look forward to when starting a new manuscript is creating my inspiration boards. I tend to work with three boards (setting, characters, and conflicts), and collect imagers for them as I plan and write the first draft.
Board #1: Setting
This is usually the first place I start when collecting images for my inspiration boards. Setting—and atmosphere—is hugely important as it grounds the characters and the plot, so it absolutely must feel real to me.
For Untamed, this meant doing a lot of research as the setting is very loosely based on the desert terrain and villages across the Niger-Nigeria border in Africa. I had great fun finding photos for inspiration, and it soon became essential to me that I included the ‘feel’ of the desert in my book as much as possible: the hot, dry sun… the thick, heavy air… the dusty ground. And that meant I really had to know the area.
Also in this inspiration board for setting is a photo of some instruments in a chemistry lab. See those vials with the coloured liquids in them? Well, in Untamed, those are augments—chemical emotions that anyone can take. I wasn’t really sure which board to put that photo on, given that it’s crucial to all three, but I opted for the setting board, as it was when I was staring at photos of harsh deserts that the idea of the augmenters really evolved. And, in the book, the augmenters really are part of the world.
I’m pretty pleased with this board and how it relates to finished version of Untamed. It captures the atmosphere and setting so well!
Board #2: Characters
Okay, so I can never find actors or actresses who actually look like my characters, so when collecting images for this purpose I tend to choose the photos based on what impact they have on me, rather than how closely they resemble my characters. With these photos, I was drawn to powerful stances and body language that conveys a lot of emotion… particularly the eyes. Eyes are so important in Untamed. And for that reason, they also pop up on my other two boards!
So, most of my photos in this board are pretty atmospheric, where the people in them convey certain emotions that are crucial to different parts of the book.
And the bison. Yep, he’s pretty important in Untamed.
(And in case you’re wondering about the gun in that photo: given that Untamed is set during a war between Untamed humans and Enhanced Ones, weapons are important, and the type of weapon a character uses says a lot about who he or she is… therefore, images of weapons are included in both the character and conflict boards.)
Board #3: Conflict
Conflict! This one is one of my favourites, but it’s nearly always the last board that I complete. After all, I only really know and understand the various conflicts my characters will face once I actually know my characters (as they drive the plot). And even then, the conflicts portrayed on this board don’t always entirely match up to all the conflicts present in the final draft, or the published book.
So, the conflicts and dangers represented on this board are:
- torture and violence
- car chases
- kidnap and imprisonment/entrapment
- surveillance and constant monitoring
- the unknown
- resisting and fighting temptation
- internal conflict
- conflicting identities
Interestingly, all of these conflicts are present in the final, published version of Untamed, but a few of them (such as addiction and torture) became more and more important, taking on more central roles in the plot, as I worked on later drafts. For that reason, I love looking back at my original inspiration board for conflict and comparing it to the finished book, noting how the conflicts and dangers have changed, developed or evolved over time.
I am also doing an additional giveaway! Two lucky winners will receive B&N gift cards and swag packs! Enter with the rafflecopter below ;P And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me and more! To enter, you need to know that I just turned 31. Add up all the numbers of the authors on #TeamRed and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
<3 always LH