YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes!
Welcome to the Tokyo Heist stop on the YAmazing Race!
You're on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes, a blog hop featuring over 50 debut authors of young adult and middle grade fiction. There are prize packs galore, featuring ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies), gift certificates, swag, and more! This contest is run by the Apocalypsies, a group of young adult, middle grade and picture book authors with debut books coming out in 2012. If you haven’t yet been to the Apocalypsies website and you want to run the race, please click here to start from the beginning and read the complete contest rules.
Now on to the race! Here's a snapshot of Tokyo Heist. You'll need this information for the quiz ahead.
TOKYO HEIST, by Diana Renn
Sixteen-year-old Violet loves reading manga and wearing scarves made from kimono fabric, so she’s thrilled that her father’s new painting commission means a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns into a dangerous treasure hunt.
Her father’s client, the wealthy Yamada family, is the victim of a high-profile art robbery. Someone has stolen van Gogh sketches from the Yamadas’ Seattle mansion, and is holding them hostage until the Yamadas can produce the corresponding van Gogh painting.
The problem is that nobody knows where this painting is hidden, and until they find it, all of their lives are in danger. Violet’s search for the missing van Gogh takes her from the Seattle Art Museum, to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo, to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery deepens, Violet’s not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to find the painting and the criminals—before it’s too late.
Got all that? Store it away for the quiz! And remember, you must complete ALL FIVE quizzes to be eligible for a prize pack.
Wait -- before you go – a bonus contest! Would you like to win an ARC of Tokyo Heist? This contest runs from 1/16 - 1/23, at the same dates/times as the YAmazing Race. There are two easy ways to enter:
1. "Like" my Facebook page and leave a comment mentioning the YAmazing Race on the wall.
2. Leave a comment on this blog post, sharing something you like about Japan or something that intrigues you about Japan.
Each thing you do gets your name entered once in the drawing. You can do one or both tasks. (Limit two entries per person).
OK, ready to move on? Proceed to the next stop on the YAmazing Race, the website of Jenny Lundquist.
(Oh, and when you're done racing, swing by my group mystery blog, Sleuths Spies & Alibis, where we're giving away a signed ARC from bestselling mystery/suspense novelist Peter Abrahams. That contest runs all week too. But don't go there now -- run to the next race stop! Ganbatte!)