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
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.