YA Scavenger Hunt – Fall 2014 Edition!

scavenger huntWelcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck 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 signed 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 72 hours! Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt.

There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the ORANGE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, a blue team, a red team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed 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 YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the ORANGE TEAM, 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, October 6, 2014, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Helene Dunbar on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Helene Dunbar is the author of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS (Flux, 2014) and WHAT REMAINS (Flux, 2015). Over the years, she’s worked as a h_dunbartheatre critic, journalist, and marketing manager, and has written on topics as diverse as Irish music, court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter and exists on a steady diet of reader’s tears.

Find out more information by checking out Helene’s website or find more about her books here!


Check out this special sneak peek from Helene’s upcoming release, WHAT REMAINS. It’s a snippet from the hero, Cal Ryan’s point of view:

What Remains

Spencer collects most of the candles and puts them in the middle of the room. There’s one bunch he’s left in the corner and I stare at them, trying to figure out what makes them different until I realize they’re those little LED candles that won’t burn out. They’ll stay lit all night long.

It isn’t as if I’m afraid of the dark. It’s more the things that hide in the dark that get to me. I mean, I’m sixteen, I know there are no monsters under the bed. But there’s other stuff that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up and my stomach clench: Ghosts, aliens, predators, muggers, all those parts of our brains that we don’t use and don’t know why we have, things that can’t be explained by science or by reason. It’s the not knowing that makes me feel like a silly kid who needs his mommy to leave on the light. And I hate that I’m like that, but I am and my best friends know it.

Spencer motions for us to gather our sleeping bags around the real candles, the ones that will burn out in the middle of the night, but that also might share some of their warmth with us first.

“Come on Liz,” he says, pulling her over and rubbing his hand up and down her goose-bumped arms. “You’re freezing. You’re like the walking dead.” They unzip their bags and then zip the two together into one giant one and huddle under it.

This is what happens when you’re three best friends. Two are always together and one is always on the outside. Not that I want to be in there with them. And not that it’s a bad thing. Spencer and I jog together and Lizzie most decidedly doesn’t exercise for exercise’s sake. Or she and I bum around art museums and I listen to her tell me why people like paintings made up of tiny dots or the tragic stories about the painter’s lives. So when they huddle up together, I don’t feel left out. Not really. This is just what happens.

Or what happened.

Now that I know they’ve had sex, everything feels different. I don’t want it to matter, but it does. Not just because I feel like they’re forming a club I’m not invited to join, but because Spencer should have known better and I’m not really sure how to call him on it.

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Lea Nolan, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 9. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the ORANGE TEAM and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


Before you go, don’t forget to enter my extra Rafflecopter giveaway for a $10 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble gift card, winner’s choice. This is open to international!


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Dawn Metcalf! You can visit her site here!

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