Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! 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 the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 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 BLUE TEAM–but there is also a gold team, a green team, an orange team, a pink team, a red team, and a purple 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.

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
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 October 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Michele Bacon on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Michele Bacon’s work focuses on families, friends, and the complicated relationships therein. When she’s not writing, Michele loves skiing, playing tabletop games, traveling, and *dreaming* of travel. She’s visited all 50 states and dozens of countries, always eager to hear people’s stories and immerse herself in other cultures. Wherever she goes, Michele enjoys helping young writers find their voices. And she loves coming home to Seattle, where she lives with her partner and three young children.
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here! You can also find her on Twitter (@michelebacon) and Instagram (@writermichelebacon).
Erin Cerise, an ambitious American teen, is forced to study abroad in New Zealand to improve her Ivy League prospects. Erin finds that when life turns her world upside down and she’s far from home, every move takes her closer to where she came from.
If you’re interested in grabbing your own copy of Antipodes, just click here!
Now for an intro from Michele Bacon & deleted scene!

In my second novel,Antipodes, Erin Cerise is forced to study abroad in New Zealand to augment her flagging Ivy League prospects. In early drafts, however, Erin chose to study abroad as a means of escaping her public embarrassment and the end of an unhealthy relationship.

This scene shows Erin adeptly manipulating her busy, wealthy parents. While no longer germane to the plot, her character still shines through.


Foreign Exchange required a lot of paperwork. I rearranged the pamphlets and applications on the kitchen table one final time as my parents pulled into the driveway. I had completed everything including the excruciating student visa application. All they needed to do was sign a waiver.

Dad checked the mail while Mom clambered up the back steps. The tone of her greeting suggested I wait until she had changed her clothes.

“Hey, Erin,” Dad said. “Are those college applications?”

“Something better. After considerable thought, I have decided to become a foreign exchange student. That is all the paperwork and applications required.”

“This is way out of left field.”

After an entire day of forms and plans, I was prepared to deliver my planned remarks. “I told Mom about this weeks ago,” I lied.

“Claire,” he yelled in the general direction of the stairs.

“I’ll be down. In a minute.” Mom’s shouts came from just above our head.

I could almost see Dad’s lawyer wheels spinning as he perused my application.

I said, “I have an appointment for Dr. Tan to complete the required medical exam Saturday after orchestra.”

Mom sauntered in and poked through the fridge. “What did you eat, Erin?”

“Leftover lasagna. Third shelf.”

Dad said, “Claire, Erin wants to go to New Zealand?”

Her eyes suggested disappointment before she stuck her head back into the fridge. “I thought we would go to Paris or Barcelona. Doesn’t it take a whole day to get to New Zealand? I can’t say I’m excited about spending half our trip on a plane.”

She thinks I’m talking about my birthday present—the trip for the two of us to go anywhere in the world.

Dad scooped up the papers and held the bouquet toward her. “Erin wants to go to New Zealand for school.”

My mother had this way of laughing—throwing back her head in a guffaw half the neighborhood could hear—which always made me feel like I had said something stupid. “They don’t have Ivies in New Zealand. They have sheep.”

Careful not to cross my arms or slouch, I projected the perfect neutral façade. “As an exchange student. I want to go for next semester.”

“This is way out of left field,” she said.

Dad said, “That’s what I said.”

Mom hated to be wrong. She would never admit to making a bad decision. I could scarcely count all the times I slid an unpopular idea under her nose when she was deep in thought or her own paperwork. That’s how I got to spend spring break in Cabo. This was just one step further. I could push it just one more tiny step.

I lied again: “I told you about this weeks ago. You said, ‘what about swimming,’ so I dropped it. But when I got kicked off of varsity last week, I asked again and you said, ‘uhn huh.’ So I did all this work, filled out all this paperwork, and now I need you to sign it.”

I had her. “Mom? Don’t you remember this?” My eyes said Mom, haven’t you been paying attention to your only child?

Usually when this happened, she would remember me popping into her study or ringing her at work, and she often retrofitted the permission to that conversation, remembering what I had asked only after I had done it. This time, she was racking her brain about whether she had ever heard the words foreign exchange or New Zealand out of my mouth.

My mother did not like to be wrong, and she really did not appreciate someone expecting her to change her opinion or set aside her decisions.

The microwave spun her lasagna, ticking down the seconds until the room was quiet again and she had to answer for herself. We stood in defiant silence until the bell indicated time was up.

She said, “Well, then, it’s finally time for a proper conversation about this.”

Going through the motions was a lot easier once I knew I had won. I had fabricated her approval, so she wanted to be on my side.

“We need to discuss this,” Dad said, but he did not usher me out of the kitchen.

Theirs was a practiced debate 20 years in the making. Dad, the dissenter, was on his back foot the whole way, a fact Mom attributed to his mourning my grandfather’s death.

That hurt so much I had to point the conversation elsewhere. “You know, Cornell has that note about lopsided candidates with unusual personal experiences. How many people do you think spend a semester abroad? Let alone abroad on an island in the Pacific Ocean.”

“Lopsided candidates,” Mom said, her eyes shining. “We were shooting for well rounded, but you could be a very unique candidate who is both.”

She pulled my application toward her. I’d won.


And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Michele Bacon, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 46. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue 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, Tiana Smith!

I’m giving away an eARC (mobi or ePub) of Dream Keeper!
If you’re interested, click on this Rafflecopter link to enter!



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