Welcome to New Adult Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was inspired 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 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 96 hours!
Go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the TEAM BLUE but there is also a TEAM PURPLE for a chance to win a whole different set of 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 New Adult Scavenger Hunt page.
***THE SCAVENGER HUNT***
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my lucky book number. Collect the lucky book numbers of all the authors on TEAM BLUE 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, April 30th at noon Eastern Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
LET THE HUNT BEGIN!
Jessica Gunn is a New Adult author and avid science-fiction and fantasy fan. Her favorite stories are those that transport the reader to other, more exciting worlds. When not working or writing, she can be found binge-watching Firefly and Stargate, or feeding her fascination of the ancient world’s many mysteries. Jessica also holds a degree in Anthropology.
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***GYRE: Atlas Link Series Book One***
When myth and reality collide…
Chelsea didn’t try to teleport. She was busy headlining her rock band’s show when it happened. But after accidentally teleporting onto classified Navy vessel SeaSatellite5, all she’s rocking is the boat.
Trevor couldn’t believe Chelsea teleported onboard. The same girl who’d given him a brief lifeline to sanity three months ago literally fell from the sky, under a mile of ocean, directly to him. But Trevor’s happiness at seeing her is cut short by a century-long family grudge. Chelsea is Atlantean, which would be totally fine if Trevor’s family weren’t Lemurian, the enemies of Atlantis. But Trevor wants no part of his family’s war. The only thing he wants is Chelsea, Atlantean or not.
But when SeaSatellite5 uncovers Atlantean ruins, placing the entire crew in the crosshairs of an ancient war, Trevor will have to come clean about his heritage to Chelsea and the US Navy. There are those who want the Atlantean artifacts inside the ruins, and only Trevor knows the relics for what they really are: Link Pieces, tools used by the ancient civilizations for their time-travel war.
With lies and shifting alliances abound, Chelsea and Trevor must think fast to save SeaSatellite5. If they don’t, the Lemurians will do whatever necessary to seize the artifacts and Atlantis will be destroyed forever.
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For this spring’s New Adult Scavenger Hunt, I wanted to share why I picked Atlantis and Lemuria as my lost civilizations for my Atlas Link Series 😀
When I sat down to write GYRE, it was initially based on a scene idea between characters (Chelsea and Josh, for the record!), not any of the world-building mythology involved. Though, since I was very little, I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of Atlantis, that there’s this missing continent somewhere, filled with undisturbed artifacts. A whole civilization waiting for their story to be told. And then I discovered the rumors about Lemuria, a sister-myth to Atlantis.
I decided to draw on these two ideas, Atlantis and Lemuria, when creating the world GYRE’s characters were to live in, wondering where these two lost civilizations might have gone, and why. And then how I might use their stories—or not—in my own world-building. Of course, there’s also time-travel involved. Whovian for life, right here.
Atlantis is probably the most well-known out of these two myths/stories/rumors, depending on your point of view. Atlantis is the fictional island featured in Plato’s Timaeus and Critias, presented as an allegory on the “hubris of nations” (Wikipedia). In Plato’s story, Athens and Atlantis are at odds and after various events, Atlantis falls out of the god’s favor and is destroyed in a day and night of unimaginable destruction. That’s the basic story, anyway. Atlantis was supposed to have existed “beyond the Pillars of Hercules” (outside the Mediterranean Sea), which, as some believe, places it in the Atlantic Ocean. Specifically, the Sargasso Sea, which is why I placed the outpost site there in GYRE.
Throughout history, especially within pseudoscience, Atlantis theories have exploded. It’s also played a huge role in not only fiction across the ages, but current and ongoing pop culture. More and more “evidence” is being collected, hypotheses explored. And although, ultimately, Atlantis will never be found because it was just a story and nothing more, there will always be that nagging feeling in the back of humanity’s head that we’re just missing one key detail. And that one day we will find it.
Lemuria, on the other hand, offers less evidence for its case. Supposedly, Lemuria is a lost continent in the Pacific Ocean that once existed thousands of years ago but sunk or was otherwise destroyed by geologic shifts. I’ve seen a few different ideas as to the origin of source information on Lemuria, ranging from it being a land-mass with land-bridges that explain the presence of lemur fossils in multiple areas, to pretty much anything you can think of.
In each case, Atlantis and Lemuria, there seemed to be plenty of intrigue and “mythology” to draw from and build upon. So, I went about it, adding in time-travel and art pieces, finding just one of many ways to explain, if only to myself, what might have happened to Atlantis and Lemuria.
Of course, the Atlas Link Series doesn’t just talk about these two civilizations. I drew upon mythology from another “lost” civilization… that was recently found by an expedition team! But you’ll have to read LANDLOCKED for information on that South American tale.
I’m giving away an e-book set of GYRE, LANDLOCKED, and the novella that takes place between them, DRIFTWOOD, to one lucky winner! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below 🙂