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 signed 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 SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the ORANGE TEAM — but there is also a red team, a gold team, a blue team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set 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.
HOW TO HUNT
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the orange 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 Sunday,October 5 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today, I am thrilled to be hosting A. LYNDEN ROLLAND on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Of Breakable Things is her first novel, but she’s a talented and prolific author, and I imagine it won’t be long before she’s writing book number 4!
A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. She spent much of her childhood compiling dramatic stories of tragic characters in a notebook she still keeps. As a former English teacher, she enjoys visiting classrooms to discuss reading, writing and publishing. When she isn’t writing or chasing her two young children around town, she moonlights as a writing tutor and gymnastics instructor. Of Breakable Things is her first novel.
About Of Breakable Things:
Alex Ash was born broken. Living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is like living on death row, but she is willing to fight for her frail life as long as it includes the boy next door. Chase Lasalle has always held the pieces of her together, but when he dies tragically Alex’s fate becomes a blessing in disguise.
Faced with a choice, she finds herself in a peculiar world where rooms can absorb emotions and secrets are buried six feet under. Among limitless minds, envious spirits, and soulless banshees, Alex hardly rests in peace.
Are you ready to read a deleted scene from Of Breakable Things? Take it away, A. Lynden Rolland!
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FROM A. LYNDEN ROLLAND
Some of my favorite scenes are the flashbacks to Alex and Chase’s childhood together. From the moment they were born, they were inseparable, and their relationship/friendship is so enviable and beautiful. Chase is the youngest of four brothers, and he insists that Alex tags along during their adventures. In this scene, they are about eleven years old.
With vascular EDS, Alex can break a bone by walking, so she’s forbidden to play sports or do other activities that could injure her. This scene is a piece of a deleted snow storm chapter when Chase sneaks Alex to the sledding hill. That night, she wakes up in Chase’s basement, but she knows something is wrong with her shoulder, and she’s going to be in trouble.
Exclusive deleted scene:
The air was so still when Alex opened her eyes. Why did the world always seem so much more peaceful when it snowed? She could barely see her hand in front of her face, but she smelled the heat of electronics and the lingering waft of pepperoni hot pockets. She must have fallen asleep in the Lasalle’s basement. The sound of resonating boy snores confirmed her whereabouts.
She sat up and winced in pain for two reasons. For one, there was a game controller lodged under her lower back, and two, the shoulder she’d used to tackle Jonas felt like it had been smashed by a steamroller.
She used her good arm to feel through the blackness, hearing her teeth chatter. Finally she found the corner of the wall and felt her way to the laundry room door. She flicked on the light, and in the pile of clean laundry, she found one of Chase’s sweatshirts. She held the throbbing arm bent at her side and tried to pull the sweatshirt over her head, one-handed.
“What are you doing?”
She turned quickly. “Nothing.”
Chase blinked and squinted in the bright light. “Are you alright?”
“I’m cold,” Alex said quietly. “And uncomfortable.”
“You can go sleep in my bed.” He ran his hand through his disheveled hair.
“I’m not sleeping up there by myself.”
“I’ll go with you.”
If Chase’s mom found them together in his room in the morning, it would be Alex’s last sleepover.
“That’s okay. With this sweatshirt, I’ll be fine.” But she made no motion to move.
Chase crossed his arms and leaned against the doorway. “Why are you only wearing half of it?”
“I don’t know.”
He gestured for her to move closer. “Let me see.”
She bit her lip.
“Let me see,” he repeated.
She squirmed out of the sweatshirt so it was only hanging from her neck.
“I can’t see under your tee shirt.” He twirled his finger. “Spin around. Arms up.”
She raised her good arm, and he slowly slid her elbow through the shirt. The feel of his fingers on her skin made her heart flutter.
“Can you lift the other one?”
She tried to do it quickly like ripping off a Band-Aid, but she yelped in pain.
“Jesus, Alex. Hold still,” he commanded.
She was glad she had her back to him so he couldn’t see the tears running down her cheeks. She felt his fingers glide up her back to lift the shirt so he could peek under.
“Don’t move.” He lifted her shirt higher. “Holy crap.”
“Is it bad?”
He didn’t answer.
“I think it’s out of its socket or something.” He gently lowered her shirt again.
“We’re going to have to tell your mom about sledding, aren’t we?”
“I think that’s the least of your worries right now. Come on.” He wrapped his arm around her back and guided her up the steps. “My mom is going to have a fit.”
Alex grudgingly followed him up the steps, climbing a stairway to her doom.
Many of these scenes hit the chopping block because Of Breakable Things was so long. (The first version was over 800 pages!!) I’m glad this one is getting the chance to see the light of day.
Thank you for sharing that deleted scene!
And thanks to YOU for joining us on the #YASH. Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Tamara Ireland Stone, and more! To enter, you need to know my favorite number (in case you missed it, it’s 4!) Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the orange team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
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