ABOUT THE HUNT: If you’ve never done this before, the scavenger hunt runs like a giant blog circle, one connecting to the next, introducing you to new YA authors and books along the way. There are tons of prizes including a grand prize for each team: a signed book from each author in that group! For more information and hunt updates, sign up for news on the #YASH website. Get cracking, book sleuths. There’s a whole new world out there. You have three days!
T.A.’s blog is here. Between the 22 of us, she’s an AMAZING author. T.A. is a Kansas girl by birth but now lives all the way down in Wellington, New Zealand (!!!!) with her husband, son, and four pampered cats. she has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a Ph.D. in anthropology, and once studied poison dart frogs in the rainforests of Costa Rica and howler monkeys in Panama. Then she felt the call to pursue something more imaginative and discovered a passion for creative writing. She’s a smart one, is what I’m saying, folks. And who doesn’t want to live in the real Middle Earth?
T.A. has graciously given you two mood boards from her books. I’ll let her explain:
During the release of My Name is Milena Rokva, the sequel to They Call Me Alexandra Gastone, I ran a mood board contest and wanted to share two of my favorite entries! These both beautifully capture the essence of the novel, and I love the fan casting!
When your life is a lie, how do you know what’s real?
Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation.
She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash.
Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine organization from her true homeland of Olissa. There, Milena learned everything she needed to infiltrate the life of CIA analyst Albert Gastone, Alexandra’s grandfather, and the ranks of America’s top intelligence agency.
For seven years, “Alexandra” has been on standby and life’s been good. Grandpa Albert loves her, and her strategically chosen boyfriend, Grant, is amazing.
But things are about to change. Perun no longer needs her at the CIA in five years’ time. They need her active now.
Between her cover as a high-school girl—juggling a homecoming dance, history reports, and an increasingly suspicious boyfriend—and her mission in this high-stakes spy game, the boundaries of her two lives are beginning to blur.
Will she stay true to the country she barely remembers, or has her loyalty shattered along with her identity?