Apr 15, 2013


Terra Blog Tour: Scavenger Hunt & GIVEAWAY

Wooooooooooooooh! I am so excited! I've been waiting for this day since I found out I'd be on the tour a few weeks ago, and I can't believe it's finally here!

In case you didn't notice, I think the idea for this tour is absolutely brilliant. Nice job Laura and Gretchen! I LOVE scavenger hunts. They're so much fun, and a much more interesting way of engaging possible readers who may not know too much about the book. So on that note....

A broken and desolate Earth. A young girl struggling to survive. A lost boy with a powerful secret.

A discovery that will change everything.

In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth's population, humanity is split in two: The rich and powerful live in skycities that float overhead, while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet. Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodon is a terrestrial--a denizen of the barren groundworld--who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra's world is turned upside down.

Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam--a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own, and with him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything--a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.

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Hello there! My name is Gretchen Powell. I am 24 years old, half-Chinese, and the owner of two adorable miniature schnauzers. I am an occasional drinker of classy wines, and I wrote a book. 

By day, I work for a government contractor in our nation’s capital. By night, I binge on episodes of Doctor Who and sleep fitfully. Sometime in the mid-afternoon, I write another blog called Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! about weight loss, food, fitness, and my life. 

Some of my favorite things include polka dots, Harry Potter, pretty much any TV show that airs on Thursday nights (yep, I'm talking Vampire Diaries #notashamed), and playing the ukulele.

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The Scavenger Hunt

In Terra's world, resources are scarce and many people make their living as "scavs," hunting for scraps to turn in on Collection Day in exchange for credits. For this tour, YOU are a scav, and there are scraps all over the blogosphere for you to find! On each participating blog, there will be one of 9 possible questions. Answer the question to receive a keyword that will get you an extra entry in the awesome giveaway!

And now, drum roll please, here's the excerpt!

The Excerpt

"Technically, the universities up top are open to anyone, citizens of the groundworld and skycities alike. At least that’s what the commercials say. Of course, the kids up there don’t have acid rain that prevents regular attendance, and their teachers actually like being assigned to them. Here in Sixteen, kids with test scores high enough and wallets deep enough to qualify for entrance are pretty much nonexistent. We don’t have access to the technology or the resources that the skydwellers have, so achieving those scores takes a particular kind of brilliance. And even when kids do make the grade, the cost is what really keeps us out.

Emery was a special case because he managed to land himself one of the exclusive Skyline Scholarships that are reserved for terrestrials who score highly on their tertiary examinations. Most years, nobody from Sixteen even bothers applying. Our chances are already low and the disappointment just isn’t worth the effort. Most years, no scholarships are awarded at all.

So why is Emery back here doing scavenging work? I think briefly, though my curiosity is soon eclipsed by one glowing thought: Mica. He’s already passed his secondary examinations, an achievement most kids don’t hit until they’re much older. Under the right circumstances, and with the right resources, he might actually have the smarts to make it up top. Our circumstances have never been right, though—not until now."

The Giveaway

One lucky scav will win a Terra prize pack! Get a signed copy of Terra, along with three exclusive (and gorgeous!) bookmarks, as well as a delicate silver watch--just like Terra's!--all packed up inside a scav bag of your very own! US only.

An additional five (FIVE!) winners will get a digital copy of Terra in the format of their choice. International.

Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on Rafflecopter and Grand Finale posts as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry and Prism Book Tours and sponsored by Gretchen Powell. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Don't forget to get all of the other answers to the collection questions that you can find here! More are added as the tour goes on!

The Tour

April 1st

Colorimetry - Introduction
I Am a Reader, Not a Writer - Excerpt on Eye Color, Collection 2
fuonlyknew - Excerpt on Scavenging, Collection 3

April 2nd

Pause Time - Review

April 3rd

Jessie's Book PlaceExcerpt on Rain, Collection 4
The Reading Diaries - Review & Excerpt on Shopping, Collection 5

April 4th

Mel's Shelves - Review

April 5th

Lovin' Los Libros - Review

April 7th

Total Book Geek - Excerpt on Brown Eyes, Collection 1

April 8th

The Quiet Concert - Review

April 9th

LDS & Lovin' It - Review

April 10th

Colorimetry - Excerpt on Rations, Collection 6

April 11th

Gretchen's Birthday Party!!
Passion & Life - Excerpt on Jobs, Collection 7

April 12th

Living a Goddess Life - Review

April 14th

Living a Goddess Life - Blueberry Lemon Preserves

April 15th

Marked by Books - Excerpt on Education, Collection 8

April 16th

My Seryniti - Review

April 17th

Bookworm Lisa - Review
Mortality Bites - Excerpt on Groundworld Job, Collection 9

April 18th

The Broke Book BankInterview w/ Gretchen on Underground, Collection 10

April 19th

Grand Finale Blast!!

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