YA Scavenger Hunt – FALL 2016

scavenger huntWelcome to 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 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!

Green TeamGo 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 GREEN TEAM–but there is also a red team, a blue team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and a purple team 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 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 green 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 OCTOBER 9, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I’m hosting C. Lee McKenzie on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

C. Lee is a I’m a hybrid author who writes for both young adult and middle grade readers. During this lovely Scavenger Hunt she’ll also have a Rafflecopter Giveaway on her BLOG for an eBook of Sudden Secrets. To find out more about here, stop by her WEBSITE. She’s always got gifts for new visitors.

Now I’d like to introduce you to DOUBLE NEGATIVE, C. Lee McKenzie’s most recent book!

“My life was going, going, gone, and I hadn’t been laid yet. I couldn’t go into the slammer before that happened.” Hutch McQueen. Sixteen-year-old Hutchinson McQueen is a big time loser. Trapped in a dysfunctional family, his one thought is escape, but everything he does to get away lands him in trouble. Shackled by poor reading skills, he squeaks through classes with his talent for eavesdropping and memorizing what he hears. When he shoplifts and lands in juvenile detention, the court sentences him to a county youth program. There he meets the priest and Maggie, a retired teacher. They’re determined to set Hutch on a path leading away from trouble. Hutch is determined not to cooperate. It isn’t until he’s facing serious charges that he confronts the truth—his own bad choices are trapping him. When he’s offered the freedom he craves, all he has to do is take it.



Behind the Scenes Story of Double Negative



W#anT t# re#d #nd #nj#y # g##d st#ry? Wh#T #f y## c##ldn#t do th#t? W##ld y## b# fr#str#t#d? #ngry? S#cr#t#v#?

You could probably figure out the message, but was it easy? Did it take a while to decipher the words, and when you did, did you forget all about meaning because you were picking through it so slowly you forgot where you were going? And what about the NO PRESSURE part? Did you ignore that?

Here’s what it said:  Want to read and enjoy a good story? What if you couldn’t do that? Would you be frustrated? Angry? Secretive? Maybe act out with anger?

In 2010 I stumbled on an article that said in L.A. County 33% of the residents were illiterate or low-literate. That brought me up short. Wasn’t the inability to read an emerging nation issue? An issue in back-country regions of the U.S.? I guess not!

That article was the beginning of Double Negative. Hutch, then Fat Nyla and Maggie slowly evolved into the characters, then came Father Kerry, Moss and Meeker. All destined to play a part in a story about a kid who can’t read well enough to get through high school, but has the heart of a winner. All he needed was a pair of glasses and someone to believe in him.“My life was going, going, gone, and I hadn’t been laid yet. I couldn’t go into the slammer before that happened.” —Hutch McQueen.

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


Enter to win my separate giveaway! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! Visit J.R. Johansson’s website here. 




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59 responses to “YA Scavenger Hunt – FALL 2016”

  1. Miranda Lewis says:

    Favorite Halloween candy would have to be the Carmel apple lollipops

  2. Kirby says:

    My favorite Halloween candy would have to be peanut butter cups.

  3. Kynlee says:

    My favorite halloween candy would deffinatly be camrel apples!!! They are delicious and taste like heaven after you take your braces off

  4. Leah Heath says:

    Mt favorite candy is Laffy Taffy.

  5. Destiny Carroll says:

    Definitely candy corn!

  6. Champagne Millin says:

    My favorite Halloween candy is caramel apples, cant seem to get enough of them! especially home made!!

  7. Elisa Panjang says:

    Colorful candies!

  8. Ashley White says:

    Candy Corn!!!

  9. Theresa Snyder says:

    my fav Halloween candy right now are the caramel apple twizzlers! I can’t get enough of them!!

  10. Meagan Ashley says:

    Reese’s Pumpkins!! For some reason all holiday Reese’s taste 1165487154685 x’s better than the original candy!

  11. Kim F says:

    Hmmmmm … I’m probably one of those odd ones that LOVE Twizzlers!!! I even like black licorice! YUM!!!

  12. Stacey Kym says:

    Caramel Koalas! Yay Halloween in Australia!

  13. Rachel McKay says:

    My favorite candy is Jolly Ranchers.

  14. Where are the peanut M & Ms? Everything else is yours.

  15. Grace says:

    Heath toffee bars…they are the best!

  16. Katherine Paschal says:

    Pumpkin shaped Reeces. They are so much better than the regular cups. Thanks for the hunt 🙂

  17. bn100 says:

    Hershey bars

  18. karen chappell says:

    I like chocolate and jawbreakers

  19. Lauryn says:

    It would have to be candy corn because it’s the only time of year I get to eat it.

  20. Delia Chavez says:

    I like midnight musketeers bars.

  21. Melissa says:

    I love candy corn and reeves pumpkins!!! Love love love! Thanks for being part of the hunt!

  22. Kassie says:

    Reese’s Pumpkins are my favorite!!! YUM! So good! I want one now! Hehe Thanks so much for being a part of the YA Scavenger Hunt!

  23. Gurlay says:

    gummy worms or gummy bears

  24. Lily M. says:

    I like the caramel apples 🙂 🙂 delicious, had some the other day 🙂

  25. Katherine says:

    Any chocolate bar!

  26. Ruby Jo says:

    Any candy is my favorite candy. Especially chocolate bars, M&Ms and Skittles.

  27. Megan C says:

    There are these suckers that are apple flavored with caramel on them! I can rarely find them but when I do it’s great!

  28. Ashfa says:

    Candy corn

  29. Jessica says:

    Mini heath bars <3

  30. Jennifer Frender says:

    I love jawbreaker! You don’t see the very often anymore but they are my favorite. Followed closely by the vanilla tootsie rolls.

  31. Stephanie H. says:

    Midnight Milky Way Bars are my favorite Halloween treats!

  32. Cassandra says:

    Oh boy, such a hard decision! I’m a pretty big fan of York peppermint patties. But I also love gummies! Thanks for doing a bonus YASH giveaway!

  33. Gaby Pérez says:

    My favorite candy is chocolate! I dint have a special Halloween candy but I do live getting chocolate on Halloween!

  34. Yuliya says:


  35. Nicole says:

    I love york peppermint patties! Thank you for doing a bonus giveaway 😀

  36. Agus Z says:

    Anything with chocolate, I love chocolate!

  37. Emily H says:

    Anything chocolate. I love chocolate!

  38. Penny Olson says:

    Anything peanut butter chocolate.

  39. Baggins says:

    Here in Australia Halloween isn’t a huge thing. It gets bigger every year though! If I could Trick n Treat though, I’d be hoping to get some Reese’s Pieces or Peanut Butter Cups! Yum!

  40. Hannah Mac says:

    I love Jaffa cakes!

  41. Zara Arshad says:

    My favorite Halloween candy is Snicker bars.

  42. Shannon Fay says:

    regular candy you get on halloween: twix. haloween specific candy: candy corn

  43. Bethany Fetzer says:

    My favorite Halloween candy is Kit Kat. I could eat a whole bag of them.

  44. Elizabeth Fleet says:

    My favorite halloween candy would either be Nerds or Kit Kats 🙂

  45. Rayna says:

    Twix. Though that’s my favorite candy year round.

  46. Christine A Pogon says:

    Candy corn!!! I can’t get enough!!

  47. Lauren says:

    I don’t eat a whole lot of candy *gasp*… but I do like licorice a lot!!!

  48. Caitlin Kling says:

    Candy corn!

  49. Debi Tonks says:

    I’m 100% a Reeces girl

  50. Vickie says:


  51. MElisa says:

    oh um I don’t know. Eyeball chocolate? haha

  52. Sharon says:

    Favorite Halloween candy? Tootsie Pops, of course!

  53. Bruinbr says:

    Kit Kat!

  54. Valerie Lawson says:

    the mini reese’s peanut butter cups. so good! why do they taste better when they’re smaller?

  55. Cristina Colosimo says:

    Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! Yum!

  56. my favorite halloween candy is candy corn!

    i’m allergic to chocolate 🙁

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