Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Headhunters Race, Survival Questions, and A Giveaway!


The lovely Kimberly Afe is here today in celebration of the release of her YA novel, The Headhunters Race. Doesn't that cover just make you want to read it?! And if the cover doesn't(what's wrong w/you?!) then the blurb surely will:

Sixteen-year-old Avene was sentenced to prison at thirteen for a crime she didn't commit. Now she has a chance to win her freedom back – if she enters the Headhunters Race. Second prize isn't so bad either, an upgrade to the Leisure Prison if you make it to the finish line. To win either prize, Avene and the other prisoners must navigate one hundred and fifty miles of dense forest, desert, and worst of all, cannibal territory.

With a mechanical collar timed to strangle the prisoners if they're not back in nine days, Avene allies herself with seventeen-year-old McCoy, another prisoner that insists on helping her at every turn and a boy she's trying hard not to fall for. Together they battle nature, other prisoners, and the timed death collars to win the coveted prize. But when Avene is tested with one deadly conflict after another, she realizes there is more at stake than winning her freedom – first she has to survive.

 
 What can I say, Kimberly? You had me at cannibals! =) So with the nature of this novel being about survival, I composed a list of questions for Kimberly to answer.

1. You're stranded and famished. You have the dinner options of a) grubworms b) raw snake c) bird eggs d) berries Naw, I'm not gonna be that nice... So which do you choose?  Well, darn. I've never tried any of these but berries, and of course, I would have picked those. I'm definitely not doing raw snake, although I've heard it tastes like chicken and I like chicken.  I think I'll play it safe and go with "bird eggs" and hopefully that means there are actual *eggs* inside and not birds. :) 

2. Would you rather be stranded and have to go into survival mode with a brawny, can-knock-down-trees-by-himself sort of guy, or a brainiac, can-think-his-way-out-of-tough-situations sort of guy? And lemme boil that down for you- stranded with Brawn or Brains? =)  Okay, you got me here!  What girl doesn't want both. :)  Okay, let me think. Hmmm, can I have both? Okay, fine. I'll go with brains. OMGosh, no!! I changed my mind - Brawn! Because I've got brains. hee hee.

3. Would you rather have to try and survive in the lonely wilds of The Rocky Moutains, the rain forests of South America, or the sandy beach of a deserted island in the Pacific?  I'll go with The Rocky Mountains - I figure I'll have more of a chance there than with poisonous, slithery creatures and sharks. :)

4. What skill would you rather have? a) the ability to make a fire with two sticks or  b) the ability to make snares to trap wildlife? I would love to learn how to make a snare, but on the other hand, I'm always cold so a fire might come in handy. **Sneaks in two answers** hee hee. :)
   
5. It's very cold and it's raining. You see a cave, but as the trees surrounding it are marked by fresh claw marks, you're afraid it could be the den of bears, wolves, cougars, ogres. Do you risk death by exposure to the elements or death by fang and claw? Oh, man. **shivering** ummmm, hmmm, OMGosh, okay - yes! I'm freezing so I'll chance it!  **Steps inside, looks around** "It looks alrig—"

Oh, no! That did not end well for Kimberly... *sad face* Anyone care to guess what got her? =) And b/c I care about you all, and I don't want you to ever end up with no resources in a cold forest, I'm giving away a survival kit to one lucky commenter. It's so small it can fit in your pocket! The giveaway will be open from 1/7- 1/12, with the winner announced on 1/13.

Image courtesy of SURVIVALKITSUSA on Etsy

There's also a Rafflecopter giveaway going on for 2 prize packages containing an ecopy of THR and the SAS Survival Handbook, and 1 prize package of an ecopy of THR and a $25 Amazon gift card. Make sure and enter to give yourself a chance to win these cool prizes! 

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Kimberly is the mother of two awesome kids, wife of the nicest man in the world, and her dog's best friend. She works by day and writes middle grade and young adult science fiction and fantasy novels in her spare time. She lives with her family in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

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55 comments:

  1. Answers: Bird eggs/brawn when stranded/sandy beach/two sticks for fire/
    I've made a fire and that'll probably keep the wildlife away, so I think I'll give the cave a miss.
    I think Kimberly came across a Yeti party in the cave!
    Have a great 2014

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    1. Then I'm going to make sure to steer clear of Yeti parties from now on. =) Have a great 2014 as well!

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  2. I wouldn't mind eating snake. It'd have to be cooked though. Having a reputation for eating raw meat isn't a good thing for a romance writer.

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  3. Oh dear what choices! What about if I learn how to make the fire with sticks and then cook the snake or scramble the eggs? Sorry, cheating you say ...

    Great cover :)

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    1. Alright, Suzanne! Can I be stranded w/you? :)

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  4. snake, brainiac, Rockies, fire, cave. I have taken many wilderness trips in my life, so the choices do not seem too horrible to me. Good luck, Kimberly.

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    1. Are there, like, real bathrooms on these wilderness trips? If not, I'll just cozy up in a chair and...read about it. ;)

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  5. Uh, you had me at cannibals, too. :) Definitely adding to my to-read list!

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  6. That was great! Love the creativity. Just saw this book on another blog… It looks like a nail-biter

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    1. I know! I'm dying to find out what happens w/the cannibals. Ugh! Even the word is horrible!

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  7. *emerges from the cave with a bear skin covering entire body* I showed that bear!! Hee hee.

    Thank you so much everyone for your well wishes! And thanks so much to Leandra for hosting me and offering such a cool prize! It was a lot of fun answering your questions. :)

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    1. You survived!! Shew! I did not want to be responsible for you having a one-book career, lol! :) And you're welcome, I love doing it!

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  8. This was such a fun interview/quiz! Love seeing all these posts on The Headhunters Race~ it's such a great read!

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  9. Great interview! And I LOVE your quote of the week, on your sidebar. Good stuff! :D

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    1. I actually have a pencil pouch that I bought at B&N w/this quote on it- which is where I got it. :)

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  10. Awww man, I shouldn't have been eating when I opened this post. ;)

    This book sounds so amazing. Congrats to Kimberly.

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    1. Thx! I've been slowly dreaming up questions for yours. =D

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  12. Thank you so much, Jess, Cortney, Medeia, and Kimberly!

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  13. What a fresh interview style - it was so entertaining! The questions were as funny as the answers. Great job both of you, and I'm wishing Kimberly much success with her book! It sounds so exciting!

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  14. Congrats, Kimberly! It sounds like a really cool concept. And I thought the interview was great :)

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  15. Sounds like a ton of fun...but luxury prison? *chuckles*

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    1. I hope I never have to visit a prison- luxury or otherwise!

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  16. No seriously, this thing is on my kindle, waiting for me--so what the heck am I doing here? Oh yeah, hi Leandra! How's it going? Nice blog you have here. *running for kindle*

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    1. Ha, ha, love it, Crystal! Run like the wind!

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  17. Oh wow, this sounds really interesting!

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  18. Thank you Lexa, Liz, Amy, Crystal, and Rachel! And Wahoo, Crystal, I hope you enjoy it! :)

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  19. Okay, definitely the most fun interview I've read in a long time! The book looks amazing too--thanks for introducing it to me!! :)

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  20. not only do I love the butterfly and skull on the cover but the book sounds amazing! Fantastic interview!

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  21. Thanks so much, Meradeth and Tammy!

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  22. That was such a fun interview! I love that Kimberly chose brawn because she has brains. ;)

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  23. Those were fantastic questions and great answers. Love it!

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  24. I've been seeing this around the web. Looks like it'll appeal to HG fans!

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  25. Leandra...I just mention that DL Hammons should blog BLITZ you, and discovered that you're not on the Blitzing team. I thought I'd send you a link to his blog. He sends out an e-mail once a week or so, and all the member's blitz the unsuspecting blogger. It's a great way to drive new traffic to your blog if you're interested...http://dlcruisingaltitude.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'd seen those buttons and wondered what it was. Fun! I'm game. :)

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  26. Looks like a fabulous book! Must read!

    I would totally eat grubworms along with the gummy bears I have in my pockets. <3

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    1. I'd take gummy bears w/ lint on them any day over grubworms, lol!

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  27. Smart choice on the eggs, I think....as long as they're eggs, as the author says. After I got sick a few months ago and couldn't concentrate on very much, I went through a Survivor-watching binge and all the exotic food eating challenges gross me out! I would NOT be able to eat a grub worm.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. Me neither! I have way too vivid memories of using them for bait when I went fishing w/my grandpa. They have such an awful musty smell...

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