Friday, April 22, 2011

My full iClue Contest

My iClue week is coming to an end. Here are both my full mysteries with three clues each. At the end is the link to the iClue site to enter your answers. Thanks for playing! And thanks again to Paperback Dolls, Good Choice Reading and The Reading Room for hosting me this week.

A little about my mysteries:

I love pop culture and love to include pop culture references in my books. But ... sometimes it can date a book or possibly end up tragically. For example, if today I wrote something specifically about Charlie Sheen, in two years it could read funny or not so funny, or just plain odd. So instead I'd mention an actor who got fired from a popular sitcom because he had some issues with drugs and prostitutes. That's vague enough that in two years it could be relevant to a completely different scandalous actor.

I also love music, but to me musical taste is so personal. I might love the song Raise Your Glass by Pink, but you might hate it and by extension think my character is lame for liking it. Still, music is such a huge part of teen lives that I can't leave it out. And that's what these mysteries are about. 

Mystery #1

This is an excerpt from BETRAYAL, the second Haunting Emma book. She’s heading to the Knell for the first time with Bennett. Along the way she sees the ghost of a dead celebrity. Your job is to figure out what celebrity she sees.


Bennett led me down the cobble-stoned street, past narrow brownstones with ornate wrought-iron fences and ancient trees growing between the sidewalks. 

“So, is this whole block ghostkeepers?” I said.

“Yeah, mostly people involved with the Knell.”

As dusk crept over the rooftops, I watched a boy who looked like Nicholas climb a streetlamp, light a long match, and fiddle with the glass. The lamp lit instantly—but from electricity, not his flame. 

“I don't get it,” I said. “They’re not like the ghosts in Echo Point.” Or even the ones I remembered from my childhood, before my parents had my ability suppressed. “It's like they don't know they're dead.”

“Maybe it’s the street,” he said. “Or the Knell, or how many ghostkeepers live here. No one's really sure why, but they almost forget they're ghosts.”

We passed a small private park where a few old guys played chess at tables under the street lamps. A younger ghost moved a rook, eccentrically dressed and familiar.

I stopped and stared. “Is that...?”

“The actor?” A movie star who’d recently died of an overdose. “Yeah.”

“Have you asked if it was suicide or an accident?”

He looked at me. “No.”

“Oh, right.” He couldn't communicate with them and I felt like a jerk for bringing it up.

So do you know the answer? Who is the actor? If you do, go here and enter to win the iPod Touch. If you need a little help, here are three clues to help you figure it out.

1.     Australia
2.     The Taming of the Shrew
3.     Chocolate toffee candy bar

Mystery #2

This is a first-time-ever-seen excerpt from SURRENDER the third and final Haunting Emma book that will be published in December. In it Emma is listening to a song Bennett has downloaded to her iPhone. Read the passage and see if you can figure out who the artist is and what song she's singing.


I didn’t go to school the next day. Simon never would’ve let me get away with that, but the Sterns either didn’t care or were stuck in the mire of their own depression. How would I know? I never even left my room.

Natalie and Lukas both knocked. I’d learned my lesson, though, and shoved my chair under the handle, so Natalie couldn’t barge in. I heard her trying to talk Lukas into smashing in, but he refused. Either he didn’t want to get in trouble with the Sterns, or he understood I just wanted to be alone. It was more of a guy reaction to a problem. I’d noticed girls often liked to cry and relive every moment of distress with a friend. I wasn’t that kind of girl.

Instead I listened to Bennett’s songs over and over. I kept my laptop in bed in with me, so I could look up the lyrics online and memorize them. One of the songs was about how life had no music ‘before you.’ That’s how I felt, like all the music and color had gone out of the world. Sometimes a song could really hit you, even if it was from an artist who usually sang about her lady parts.

So do you know the answer? Who is the artist and what is the song? If you do, go here and enter to win the iPod Touch. Here are three clues if you’re having trouble.

1.     Milkshake
2.     Solo or group singing without instrumental sound
3.     Flesh Tone

Good luck and thanks for playing! 


Monday, April 18, 2011


I’m excited to say it’s my turn for iClue! I’ve got two mysteries going, both involve excerpts from Haunting Emma novels. Good Choice Reading is hosting mystery number 1 and Paperback Dolls is hosting mystery number 2. You are allowed to answer twice, once for each mystery. That gives you two more chances to win the iPod Touch.

Go here for mystery 1.
Go here for mystery 2.

In case you have no idea what iClue is or how any of this works:

Six young adult authors got together and decided to have an epic contest in which we’d give away tons of books and ultimately an iPod Touch.

If you want to win the iPod, you need to solve the mysteries that each author is presenting and enter your answers here.

Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of the amazing Across the Universe gave us the first mystery. Go read it and enter to win the iTouch here.

Then the fantastic Kimberly Derting, author of the fabulous Body Finder series gave us her mystery. Go read it and enter to win the iTouch here.

Now it’s my turn, then there will be three more mysteries and three more chances to win the iTouch from Adele Griffin, Lisa & Laura Roecker, and Mandy Hubbard.

So, that’s it. Super-cool mini-mysteries from some of your favorite YA authors and a chance to win an iTouch.

But wait … that’s not all. You can also win six books, one from each author by helping us spread the word about iClue. To do that go here.

Many of the spectacular, wonderfully supportive book bloggers who are hosting our mysteries are giving away books as well. And we are sponsored by the wonderful new book site The Reading Room, who will have the 3rd clue for both my mysteries.

I hope you enjoy my mini-mysteries and get to win something!

XO Lee

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Winner of the Final $25 iTunes card!

And the winner is ... Patty! Chosen by She just happened to the be the last person to ask a question.

Patty email me your address to LeeXNichols at gmail and my publisher will send you the gift card. Link on my website if you need it.

As for the rest of you, are you playing iClue? New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis started her mystery yesterday. I loved Beth's book Across the Universe. Her mystery is an original story about an "offscreen" character from the book. To read it and enter the contest for books and an iTouch click here:

For more info about iClue check out the post below this.

Friday, April 1, 2011


Do You

  • 6 Authors
  • 6 Mysteries
  • 6 Chances to Win an iTouch
Six authors were talking one day and realized that even though their books
ran the gamut from sci fi to romance, contemporary to ghostly, they all had
one thing in common: a really good mystery. These authors--Lisa & Laura RoeckerMandy HubbardAdele GriffinKimberly DertingLee Nichols & Beth Revis decided they wanted
to give their readers a little more mystery...and if they solved that mystery, there
needs to be a great prize, no?

The authors are working with The
Reading Room
(a book review site) and a slew of amazing book bloggers to
bring you an exciting new contest that will be running over the next 6 weeks. For
each mystery you solve, you get another entry into the contest. The grand prize is an
iTouch loaded with 6 AMAZING eBooks from the participating authors.

Here's how it works:
  • Starting on April 4th a new author will be featured on the iClue Site each
  • The author will post their mystery on the site on Monday.
  • On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we will post links to The Reading Room
    and two book bloggers who will be posting a special clue to help you solve the
  • Once you've solved the mystery you send us the correct solution using a form on
    the website.
  • If you enter the correct solution you get one entry into the contest.
  • Solve all 6 mysteries you get 6 entries to win the iTouch.
iClue launches next week (April 4th) with my mystery, featuring some of the
characters from ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. Solve the mystery, get the password, and
you'll get an entry to win an iPod Touch! So make sure you check back next week for

Meanwhile...we want to make sure to get the word out on this exciting month-
long event! And that's where you come, and six autographed books...

Help us spread the word, and you'll be entered for a prize to win six autographed
books, one from each of us! There are lots of ways to enter!

You can tweet! 

You can blog!
(If you past the html code under the banner into your blog, it will automatically
show up, all linked directly to the contest. If you put it into the post, be sure you're
on the "edit html" tab of Blogger.)


You can spread the word however you like! And for every way you spread
the word, we're going to enter you in a contest for a grand prize pack of all six of our
books, signed! And don't forget to come back to the actual event for your chance to
solve fun mysteries and win an iPod Touch!! (And yes--before you ask, the contest IS
open internationally--both prizes!)