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Friday Five Contest!...(updated)

ETA #2: Because I still don't have the second winner, I'm going to point out a couple of things and allow everyone who has already guessed another chance, if you want it. A) All the hints for the book (which is part of debut2009) are in one clue (or one of the numbers. I didn't spread out the hints over all the Friday Five, iow. B) I didn't use any words from the title in the hints. C) I already have a Debs' winner (who's probably worried now that her mind could follow mine) and one of the non-Debs' winners...so only non-Debs can still play. (Why do I get the feeling that next week will be way too easy once you all see how I did this?)

Yay!! Okay, this might be a long post, so I'll put the explanation first, and then the actual 'five' under a cut.

Every Friday until I can't take it any more find more books to give away, I'm going to try and have this contest. Here are the rules:

1. There are two parts to the contest -- the first part is open to anyone in North America (sorry I don't have enough pennies to send books overseas, btw). The second part is only for the members of debut2009.

2. The first two to get part one correct (in the comments) and the first one to get part two correct (in the comments or PMs) win one choice of a book (I'll post the books each week).

3. Part One: One of my Friday Five holds hints about one of the books you'll find at debut2009. The hints will not give words from the titles; they will not give a summary of the story. They will refer to key words in the story/summary. They will possibly refer to the author, the cover, or the title. Every person gets one guess -- so even if it's a wild one, make it a good one ;)

4. Part Two: Because the Debs will probably recognize (we hope) the books much more quickly, their task is to find all the hints in the clue. I will tell you every week how many deliberate hints I put in place -- and the first Deb to find and list those hints will win. (If you notice that Part One hasn't been figured out yet, PM me, okay?)

5. Clear as mud? This week will definitely be the trial week -- but with your help, I'll work out the kinks ;) Okay, so here are the books you can win:
BONES OF FAERIE, by Janni Lee Simner (YA, post-apocalyptic urban fantasy); THE FARWALKER'S QUEST, by Joni Sensel (MG fantasy, not urban); PRINCESS FOREVER, by Meg Cabot (YA Cabot, hehe); THE ABC'S OF KISSING BOYS, by Tina Ferraro (YA contemporary); TELL ME WHO, by Jessica Wollman (MG contemporary)

1. DH went skiing yesterday and said the snow was knee to thigh deep -- and all powder. Out here (and probably other places in the Rockies), we call this 'champagne powder'. It poofs around your head and body as you move through it...I haven't skied in it, but I enjoyed it in the driveway Tuesday morning, hehe.

2. His excitement about skiing reminds me of all the outdoor activities I love. During the winter, I used to like to travel around and take pictures of tree trunks (seriously). There's something about a still forest of white trunks in the snow...hm.

3. Of course, there's always camping. I’d say I’ve been drawn to forests since I was a child, like many of you. My daughter likes to find things I like – purple flowers, columbines, nasturtiums? Actually, she’ll call every flower she finds by the same title. Flowers are her friends, like her dolls and animals, who get the exciting names of Dolly, Bear, and Horse. Perhaps it’s time I give her more creative ideas, eh? She has begun branching out, like Bonnie Bunny...she’s obviously hit the stage we call ‘alliterative’.

4. When I was in high school (and college), I also tried my hand at rafting a few times. Surprisingly, even though I'm not at all big on water (and possible drowning), I like to raft (well, I used to). I've been down serious rapids before -- which I learned are called 'Class Five'. I think I like 'Class Four' the best, though. They're not as dangerous, but they're just as fun.

5. Lastly, I love hiking and trail running. There's something about the peace that comes when I'm on the trail. I can shut out everything else, and it's just me and the world around me...I miss that!

Okay, there you have it :) Debs, there are four deliberate hints. See if you can find them all...look deep! Be creative! I'll give more hints if no one has found them by later today :)

ETA: We have a Debs' winner -- I'll announce who and how she did it once the other winners are here. I'm screening comments now (duh --thanks for the tip, Rebecca!), so only I and you (individually) will see your comment. Btw, one person has gotten the correct book (for Part One); and as I mentioned, we have a Part Two winner). I might have made it too hard (hehe) -- but I have a feeling next week will be easier, now that you know my twisted (and confusing) mind.



( 31 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 30th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Hey, this is fun! I'll take a stab - The Farwalker's Quest.
Jan. 30th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
The Forest of Hands and Trees???
Jan. 30th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Ooops! I meant The Forest of Hands and TEETH!
Jan. 30th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Oo, does #2 refer to The Forest of Hands & Teeth?
Jan. 30th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Edited at 2009-01-30 03:52 pm (UTC)
Jan. 30th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
I'm really bad at this. But I'll take a 'stab'

Carrie Ryan's, "In the Forest of Hands and Teeth"
Jan. 30th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
I'm going to guess "Paris Pan Takes the Dare"
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Jan. 30th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, yes, I missed that. The contest-fu is strong in you.
Jan. 30th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
LOL Not really, I was torn between two and I think I guessed the wrong one!

Jan. 30th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing Fortune's Folly - since your daughter is becoming "alliterative"!
Jan. 30th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Hey Robin, this is great fun, but you may want to screen the comments to these entries. Otherwise the earlier commenters end up inadvertently giving hints to anybody who comments later on!

If you haven't screened comments before, just go back and edit your post to "screen comments", and then add a note to the end of your post letting people know that only they and you will be able to see whatever guesses they make.
Jan. 30th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
I agree. And this is hard! Although, I admit I don't follow the Debs as much as I would like.
Jan. 30th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing Flash Burnout by L. K. Madigan, since you talked about photography and different classes of rapids, and Blake has a photo class assignment.

If I could guess again, I'd say The Forests of Hands and Teeth, since you said "forest", but that seems too easy and a lot of other people guessed it.

This is *really* hard since I'm not sure just how vague and/or clever your hints are....
Jan. 30th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
It'll be easier next week (because you'll see how I did it this week):) It's the teacher thing (heh) -- my own way of making clues...I'm going to add to the post now :)
Jan. 30th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Someday...I am going to write a book. It is going to be called, ATTENTION TO DETAIL. Doh. Would you believe I accidentally picked ARC I wanted, before making a guess?

I thought not .
Jan. 30th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Tee-hee -- now you need to make your guess :)
Jan. 30th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks, lol...Fortune's Folly be that guess :0)
Jan. 30th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Nope, that's not it ;) I definitely made this too hard...but as I said, next week will probably be too easy (all my secrets revealed, heh).
Jan. 30th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Okay, sorry. I got confused there in how the whole thing worked. *bleh*
Jan. 30th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
That's all right -- try again :)
Jan. 30th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
Eyes Like Stars is second guess...?
Jan. 30th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Nope -- definitely try next week (once you see how my strange mind works) :)
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Jan. 30th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
That's definitely logical...but still not it. There are four hints in the clue, not just one :)
Jan. 30th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
I find "purple flowers" in #4 suspicious. WINGS by Aprilynne Pike has purplish flower petals on the cover, and Aprilynne's website definitely features purple flowers.

Sort of a wild guess... my other guess was SHRINKING VIOLET because a violet is a purple flower, but you said no words from the title.

The alliterative bit doesn't really make sense, though... a LOT of the titles have alliteration in them.
Jan. 30th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Yep, you have to put all the hints together -- one book fits all of them ;) Aren't you glad you didn't have me as a teacher???
Jan. 30th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Okay - this is my second chance guess... You are so Undead to Me. Reason has to do with #1, and knee to thigh (book cover) and "around your head and body" the skull on the ground and the girl is only her body (no head)... so there's my convoluted (cold-induced) thinking! :^D
Jan. 31st, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Nope, not it :)
Jan. 30th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
I'm sure my guess isn't right, my brain has hit it's sinus headache wall...but I'm going with...The Brilliant Fall Of Gianna Z. Hope you have a nice weekend. This was fun and hard...and next week I hope my brain can show up and participate. :)
Jan. 31st, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Well, I hope it's not quite as hard next week :) I was worried I wouldn't have three winners this time.
Jan. 31st, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Okay, probably I'm wrong, and probably you already have a winner, but so what? I'm guessing anyway.

The only one that makes sense to me is PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE. So that's my guess, be it ever so wrong and possibly too late.

I love winning books! And even thinking for a moment that I might win books os good, too. Thanks!
Jan. 31st, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Yay, our second winner! :) E-mail me at reprehn at comcast dot net with your top two choices for books :)
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