YA Scavenger Hunt: Spring 2017 Edition

Welcome 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!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are FIVE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, a pink team, and a purple team, each give you 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 blue 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, April 9, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I am hosting C. Lee McKenzie for the YA Scavenger Hunt! She writes realistic, contemporary young adult and she’s traditionally published four novels. Sliding on the Edge, The Princess of Las Pulgas, Double Negative and Sudden Secrets. She also dabbles in magic and fantasy when she writes for middle graders. Some of her middle grade fiction titles include Alligators Overhead, The Great Time Lock Disaster and Sign of the Green Dragon.

Find out more about C. Lee McKenzie by checking out her website!  You can also catch up with her on Amazon. FacebookTwitterInstagram.

C. Lee McKenzie’s featured book is DOUBLE NEGATIVE and she’s got some awesome stunt casting and a few character insights to share…

Double Negative

After the fun of seeing Double Negative in print, I decided to have some fun and create a cast for my characters. If I could make a movie of my story, here are some of the players. 

Brant Daugherty

The MC was easy. Brant Daugherty’s the perfect Hutchison McQueen. He’s a bright kid who’s virtually illiterate. 

Here’s the first time you meet Hutch:

Kranski’s office might as well be home. I spend more time with him than I do with Dee Dee, and for good reason: the principal’s friendlier than my mom. 

Casting Nyla and Maggie was challenging. I imagined them as strong, unique females characters.  

Here’s a Nyla line after one of the “mean girls” tries to embarrass her in class: 

“I would take the time to tell you exactly how inane, how deplorably bad your taste and sense of propriety are, but since you do not have the capacity for processing more than a single syllable or a single idea at a time, I won’t waste my breath.”

 Yay for Nyla!

Maggie was a joy to create. Smart, feisty, 70, and now facing a final challenge in her life. While writing this story I wondered who was saving whom. Was Maggie saving Hutch or Hutch saving Maggie? Here’s Maggie as I imagined her, and one short scene where she’s describing her appointment with a psychiatrist. 

“Oh, he meant well, but that last question made me snap. ‘Who’s the president?’” 

“Uh oh.” The priest leans back in his chair, his hands behind his head. “And you told him, right?”

“You bet. A tax and spend liberal who shouldn’t be licensed to drive a car let alone run a country. That’s who.” 

Heather’s rubbing her eyes.

“Of course, then I backed up because I realized this kid had voted for him.” She turns to her daughter. “I gave him the answer, Heather.”

One Reviewer Says: “I really loved Nyla and Maggie. They’re very different, but both brilliant and—in Maggie’s case—hysterical, and I am literally sitting here at my computer grinning just thinking about them.”

Jimmy, Hutch’s dad, isn’t a bad guy, he’s just disillusioned by the cards he’s been dealt. When he realizes he can actually do something to help his son, he does. 

Meet Jimmy:

“So what’re we gonna do about this school thing, Hutch?” Dad’s “thing” still comes out “thang” even after twenty years living away from Texas.

When I answer him, I’ve already picked up that sound and Texas is in my voice, too. “I guess I’ll have to stop ditching?”

“You get to Kranski’s office and talk over the problem. If he wants a conversation, you best give him one.” 

Extra special bonus giveaway from C. Lee McKenzie!

Visit C. Lee’s website for a 6-Book-Giveaway only during the #YASH. To enter, click here: The Write Game 

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


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to visit the awesome Shaila Patel at her website!

Before you go, you’ve got one last chance to win a copy of CONJURE, the first book in Hoodoo Apprentice series!

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47 responses to “YA Scavenger Hunt: Spring 2017 Edition”

  1. Jenna Kilgore says:

    My favorite thing to do in the spring is to just sit outside, drink coffee, and read a good book.

  2. Cassy Klisch says:

    Sit outside on the patio and write. If unable to sit outside, then sit near an open window. The fresh air does wonders for my motivation and inspiration.

  3. Darcy Woods says:

    […] To continue on your numerical hunt for a jackpot of books, you’ll want to check out the next author on Team Blue, the magnificent Lea Nolan! […]

  4. Spring is definitely the time to be outside and enjoying the sunshine.

    Thanks for hosting me, Lea. Great to be here.

  5. Leah Heath says:

    I love Spring it’s my favorite season! I really love to just go for walks and do sidewalk chalk in spring! I especially love spring rain.

  6. Tammy V says:

    I love being able to open the windows again and hear the spring rain.

  7. Angie Bailey says:

    Just bought a home so my new fave thing could be lounging on the deck reading or planting or both!

  8. Caroline B says:

    I love to read outside when the weather is perfect. Not too hot nor too cold.

  9. Melissa says:

    I love to go on long walks with my dogs in the spring. also I love opening all my windows and getting fresh air when the weather starts to get warmer. Thanks for being part of the hunt!

  10. Elisa says:

    Springtime is the best for bonfires and s’mores.

  11. Valerie Lawson says:

    walk in the rain.

  12. Curl up with books -which is pretty much what I do all seasons lol

  13. John Smith says:

    My favorite thing to do in the spring is to hope there’s not too much mud outside.

  14. Hi, we don’t have spring here in the Philippines but I had a chance to experience spring in the US way back in 2010. I love the flowers.

  15. Stephanie T. says:

    My favorite thing to do in the spring is to sit outside and read.

  16. stephanie wang says:

    stay indoors and read cause i have spring allergies 🙁

  17. Ashfa says:

    Go outside and read!

  18. Theresa says:

    my favorite thing to do is to finally have my windows open!!! when it’s nice out, I like to work in my garden and when it’s rainy, curl up with a good book!

  19. Ashley Nicole Poteet says:

    My favorite thing to do in the spring is arrowhead hunting!

  20. Emily Huff says:

    Going outside and reading a book in the sunshine

  21. Lily M. says:

    I think is enjoying the nicer weather, spring is my favorite season just cuts the flowers start to bloom and the trees are pink and white, so pretty.

  22. Katherine Paschal says:

    Hiking is my absolute favorite thing to do in the spring. I live in Utah and there are so many beautiful outdoor places to go explore. Thanks for the hunt!

  23. Hannah Mac says:

    I love going to the woods at my Granma’s when they’re full of bluebells

  24. Kristia Miltiadou says:

    Read books hehe 🙂

  25. Penny Olson says:

    Go for walks and read outside.

  26. danielle hammelef says:

    My favorite thing to do in spring is photograph the flowers.

  27. Elayne says:

    During Spring, I like to bike to the farm near my house with my friends!

  28. Vickie says:

    Go on long runs with my dog!

  29. Shannon Fay says:

    my fave thing to do in spring is just be able to go outside again without putting a hundred layers on, ecause i live in boston, and winter is so cold and long here that its nice to be able to go outside and then back in without having to take tons of clothes off

  30. Veronica says:

    I love getting out and hiking!

  31. Allie says:

    This spring, my favorite thing to do is walk around our farm with my toddler daughter. Usually I enjoy sitting in the shade with a hot cup of coffee reading horror books!

  32. Katherine says:

    Read outside on the grass!

  33. Ariana Salinas says:

    My favorite thing to do in the spring is sleep. And when I can’t sleep, I love to watch Korean dramas and read books.

  34. Samantha Wallace says:

    My favorite thing to do in the spring is to see all the flowers blooming and to go outside and read a book. Thanks for the giveaway!! 😀

  35. Courtney Pierce says:

    My favourite thing to do in Spring would have to be gearing up for new adventures! I love walking hiking trails and just enjoying the feeling of the sun against my skin though, living in Texas, I’m not quite ready for the 100+ degree heat!

  36. bn100 says:


  37. My favorite thing to do in spring is read outside!

  38. Laurel says:

    Being able to stay out for longer, not having to wear thick clothing, feeling the warmth sink in and nice outings in the sun.

  39. Rhi says:

    Going to festivals and eating good food while listening to good music!

  40. Brianna C says:

    In the spring my friends and I go out a lot and if we aren’t, we go outside, put some music on, and just hangout or lay out.

  41. Ells says:

    Read, of course! Or listen to pop music. 😀

  42. Rachel McKay says:

    My favorite thing to do in the spring is sit outside in the grass with my friends and talk.

  43. Ruth Bell says:

    In the spring I love to take advantage of the nicer weather and go for a walk and get some fresh air. Of course, reading a book always comes high on my list as well.

  44. Kassie says:

    Ohhhhh I love the spring!!! Days where it is the perfect temperature to sit outside, listen to family play and read a good book….swoon! Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  45. Carie says:

    Enjoy the warm weather that I’ve missed SO much 😀

  46. Cassandra says:

    I LOVE laying out in my hammock and getting some quality reading time! I can’t wait for it! Boston’s winter has been lasting a little too long… Thanks for doing an additional giveaway!

  47. Kim F says:

    Spring is the best time of year! My favorite thing to do is pretty simple. I love to walk outside barefoot! There’s something about it that makes me happy!!! The feel of the warm concrete or the cool grass on the soles of my feet is amazing! Best feeling ever!!!

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