You’re visiting part of the GOLD TEAM!
Hello, Hello! I’m your hostess for this stop, and I’d like to introduce myself to you.
I’m Elle Beaumont, YA & NA author. I enjoy writing fantasy, supernatural, retellings, and science fiction.
I’m the author of Game of Bezique, which is a Parisian circus novella. If I can put a fun spin on a story, chances are I will do it!
I’m also known for my love of coffee mugs, lipstick, and backdrops on my live broadcasts! 😉 I co-host a live broadcast show with author K.M. Robinson and Amber R. Duell, and it’s called Young Adult Edition. We discuss everything YA & Bookish on the show. Not just about books, but everything inside of the industry ranging from crafters, tutorials, interviews with authors, and we always bring the latest and greatest releases to you!
I’m also holding 2 giveaways! 1 is part of YASH and 1 is separate.
Cirque de vol Mystique is an anthology, it contains 7 stories by 7 authors. All ranging from retelling, fantasy, supernatural, and horror! This is the book I’m giving away during YASH!
And for my personal giveaway, here is Bezique! Keep scrolling and you’ll see the link! You can win a signed paperback copy [Plus a bonus ebook!]
Are you a book reviewer? I might have a group you’d love!
And you’ll get access to YA books before anyone else does!
You came to the GOLD TEAM to hunt.
But, if you’re looking for my content, you will have to search around a bit longer. It’s not here, it’s on one of my teammate’s blogs!
But before you click away—you’re going to want to meet the author I’m hosting!
Are you a little confused? Well, here are some rules that might clarify some things for you… Take out your map, take out your pen and paper, because the fun is going to start.
Scavenger Hunt Puzzle Rules:
DIRECTIONS: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM GOLD, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)
HINT: THE SECRET NUMBER IS HIGHLIGHTED IN GOLD!
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 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6TH, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast. This contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, October 8th!
There are SEVEN contests going on simultaneously as well as a bonus contest and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM but there is also a BLUE TEAM, PURPLE TEAM & RED TEAM! Check out each team for a chance to win SIX different sets of signed 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.
Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I’ll introduce the author I am hosting on this hunt.
Sarah Negovetich knows you don’t know how to pronounce her name and she’s okay with that.
Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty; it’s accurate if not exactly motivational. We should come up with a better cliché.
If you prefer stories with equal amounts of kissing and adventure, Sarah writes NA books under the name Sarah Nego.
Sarah divides her time between writing books that her husband won’t read and performing on stage at BE Theatre. Her goal in life is to never grow up.
Big thanks to the talented Elle for hosting me today. I’m so excited to share some fun info about my fantasy novel, A SONG OF SUMMER LOST. This book was outside of my normal writing style, but sometimes an idea gets inside your head and you can’t move on until you’ve poured it out on to paper. That’s definitely what happened with this modern twist on the mythology of Celtic Fae, AKA the Tuatha de Danann.
Below are just a few of the images that I kept pinned to my inspiration board while writing this story.
1. Riders of the Sidhe by John Duncan is one of the most well-known depictions of the Tuatha de Danann, otherwise known as the Sidhe. It’s believed that the Tuatha arrived in ancient Ireland in a cloud of smoke to battle the Fomorians, an evil entity trying to take over the island. The Tuatha are well documented in Celtic lore so I was able to weave lots of details from their stories into one of my own. Doing the research for this book was a fascinating rabbit hole.
2. The Celtic Tree of Life is a powerful symbol within the Celtic culture and I pulled that into the story as well. I also borrowed heavily from names of documented Tuatha de Danann and popular Celtic names. I also incorporated Gaelic phrases into the conversation for my characters to keep the story grounded in the rich culture.
3. The royal cities of the Tuatha were eventually lost to humans and many believed the powerful race of magical beings moved underground where they remain to this day. I took a twist on the mythology and created a world within a bubble, hidden in plain sight of our own modern world. Even hidden from human eye, the Tuatha of my world are very aware of what humans have become and most of them want nothing to do with us.
4. The Tuatha de Danann had many powerful kings AND queens (smart people). In A Song of Summer Lost, we meet Caolainn, the queen-to-be of the Summer Court. The problem is that Caolainn ‘s mother was the strongest queen in recent history, but Caolainn has almost no magic of her own. She has less than zero desire to be the next monarch, but sometimes growing up means learning you can’t always get what you want.
5. Music plays a huge role in A Song of Summer Lost. I mean, it’s kinda right there in the title. Caolainn has a strong affinity for playing the piano and eventually is allowed to study at a performing arts school for humans. Playing music is the only time she actually feels connected to the magic she should have. While writing this book I listened to a lot of The Piano Guys (https://open.spotify.com/artist/0jW6R8CVyVohuUJVcuweDI) and Gaelic Women (https://open.spotify.com/artist/2oRYsUUJEORrxVyqNzOmPe
Don’t forget that Sarah’s favorite number is 4 [FOUR]. Write it down, and find all the other numbers on TEAM GOLD, add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
May I have your attention, please?! Before you go… I have an opportunity for ONE lucky winner! A signed paperback copy of Bezique and an ebook of Royal’s Vow [The Hunter #2!]
Now, may I have your attention once again—please watch your step as your exiting the blog! Your next destination is the fantastic Candace Robinson! Show her some love, but while I still have you here—tell me—who is your favorite bookish villain of all time?