Hello and Welcome to the 9th 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!
Hello! I am Lisa Voisin, your hostess for this leg of the hunt.
I’m a city girl who loves nature and lives beside a temperate rainforest at the base of a mountain.
I love coffee but I have over two dozen different kinds of tea in my cupboard. (It’s a compulsion)
Neil Gaiman is one of my idols.
I love crisp, sunny autumn days.
On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one signed book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, October 5th!
You can start right here or you can also go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one, two or ALL of them! I am a part of TEAM GREEN–but there is also a blue team, a red team, a gold team, an orange team, and an indie team and if you do those hunts too you’ll have a chance to win many different sets of signed books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, see the full list of prizes up for grabs, or if you get lost along the way, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage. Full instructions can be found on the How to Hunt page.
Looking for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching. Somewhere on this blog hop, I’ve hidden a first chapter of my upcoming novel, The Angel Killer (Book 2 of The Watcher Saga), which releases early 2015 from Inkspell Publishing.
Before you go on though, check out the amazing author I’m hosting. But, first, a few rules.
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!). Hint: the secret number is highlighted in:
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 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I am super excited to be hosting…
I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.
Fake out now with Harlequin Teen Australia
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I visited her website www.becknicholas.com THIRTEEN (that’s 13) times.
For the Hunt, Beck is sharing a bonus scene from her book, FAKE.
Here’s a bit about FAKE:
Is Kath about to make the biggest mistake of her life?
Seventeen-year-old Kath McKenny has a date to the end-of-term party with her since-forever crush. He publicly messaged her to confirm, but there’s been a recent status update: he’s taking the new girl—giggly, pretty, well-developed Lana Elliot—instead. After being thoroughly humiliated in front of half the school, best friend Chay talks Kath into revenge: a scheme to create the perfect—and very fake—online guy for Lana. Once she falls for him, they’ll show her what it’s like to get brutally dumped.
Everything is going to plan until Kath starts spending more-than-just-friends time with the other new kid in town—Lana’s dreamy older brother, Sebastian. Kath finds herself getting in deep—in love and drowning in guilt, she tries to put an end to her prank, but it’s taken on an unstoppable momentum of its own, with very real consequences.
As her plotting begins to unravel, so do the people Kath thought she knew:
Her mother has a secret online life.
Her father has a whole new family.
Her best friend is barely recognizable.
Her boyfriend has a disturbing hidden past.
And her enemy is more familiar than she knew.
First, a note from Beck:
Thanks Lisa for having me on your blog today. I’m super excited to be a part of the hunt!
At the beginning of Fake we meet Kath daydreaming about her upcoming date with her long time crush, Joel. He’s finally noticed her! Of course nothing turns out the way she plans or hopes over the next few pages leading to her coming up with her perfect plan for online revenge – using a fake guy.
This bonus scene lets you see what happened when Joel actually asks Kath the big question.
Fake: Bonus Scene
Two weeks earlier.
“It’s totally a date.” My best friend’s words echo in my head, but now, sitting here, I’m not sure Joel’s suggestion to move our usual history tutoring to Sweety’s Icecreamery is a result of anything but hunger.
He chose one of the secluded pink and grey booths at the back for us, which has to be a good sign, and he insisted on paying for our milkshakes and his burger. But he’s been completely focused on the points for his WW1 essay for the last twenty minutes. Well, apart from checking his status updates with the phone momentarily silent on the table next to him.
I’m pretty sure he hasn’t noticed the cute black top I bought from this awesome second-hand place up the coast especially for the occasion. The one my enthusiastic best friend, Chay, promised made me look totally incredible. Although she was checking her eye makeup using her phone at the time.
His blonde head is bent over his notebook, his brows adorably knotted in concentration as he studies the question and he smells amazing. I breathe in the scent of clean, fresh boy. He must have showered right before coming over. Which could be another good sign. Or it could be because he came straight from soccer practice.
The bell dings over the door. Joel doesn’t look up but I can’t help turning. I might have had a crush on him since forever but it doesn’t make watching him make notes on the points we went through all that thrilling.
The two new kids in town stroll in like they own the place. Lana, a year below me, has already attracted a clique of disciples who squeal as she approaches their table. Followed by her older brother Sebastian.
Sebastian of the green eyes and bright blue sneakers who leaves as fast as he came. And who I so don’t mean to stare after because I’m not one of those girls to be sucked in by an air of aloofness.
Lana lifts her perfect eyebrows and then narrows her eyes at me.
I don’t know what I did to piss her off but I’m not exactly the confrontation type. I focus back on Joel. Friendly, cute Joel with no annoying sense of mystery and who’s liked by all. More than liked by me, despite him being oblivious of my interest so far. Time to act. I reach out and touch his arm making the actual contact as though I’ve been trying to get his attention over the murmuring around us. “You could probably expand on that last one.”
He doesn’t even notice I’m touching him. So much for my best friend’s fail-safe boy tips.
I squeeze my eyes shut. I’ve endured weeks and weeks of this sweet, sweet torture. Helping him. Hoping he’ll finally look up one day and see Kath the girl, rather than his tutor.
My eyes fly open. Now, he’s looking at me. Of course. Heat climbs into my cheeks, because the way he’s looking at me is… different. His usual happy grin is missing. He’s all serious. I have never seen him anything but joking around.
This could be good or really, really bad.
“Yes?” I say. It comes out all high pitched.
He plays with his straw. “I just wanted to tell you, it’s been great to have your help. I think I’m totally going to pass this year, and I couldn’t have caught up without you.”
Gratitude… it’s not the realisation of true love I was hoping for. I force a smile. “I’m happy to help.”
His straw drips strawberry shake all over the table.
I sip at my strawberry milkshake. Not my favourite but he recommended it. The slurp of it drowns out whatever it is he’s saying.
“…dance? Unless you don’t like dress ups?” he asks to finish.
I gasp and the shake goes down the wrong way. I cough, blinking tears from my eyes. Did he just ask me to the dance? And I’m grinning and coughing and trying to unscramble the muffled sounds I heard from him as I gurgled milkshake.
His hand pats my back. Warm, comforting. “Are you okay?”
I breathe in the sweetest air ever and hope for the best. “Yes and yes I like dress-up parties.” I study his face. No, he’s not looking at me like I’m crazy. He did just ask me to the dance.
He asked me to the dance.
Although it was after the thanking me thing. Is there such thing as a gratitude date? I need to text Chay to discuss.
Here we leave Kath and she’s thinking her dreams have come true.
Please see Beck’s Scavenger hunt page for a bonus contest of an extra signed copy of Fake (international) and some swag. Thanks for participating in the hunt and good luck!
Thank you so much for visiting my website! While you’re here, don’t forget to enter the bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt.
For a bonus entry, leave a comment on this blog and answer the following: If you could travel back in tme, where would you go?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts! Have fun!
For this Bonus Contest, I will be giving away a copy of the first book in my series, THE WATCHER SAGA!!! (Canada/US for print. eBook, INT)
Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win.
Proceed to the next author in the hunt… drumroll please! JEN NADOL…
Today is the launch day for Kitsy Clare’s popular New Adult romance:
An Art of Love novel by Kitsy Clare
New adult romance, book 2
(Not necessary to read series in order)
Sugar’s not so sweet and secrets can be deadly … especially with matters of the heart
Sienna’s bestie, Harper warned her not to intern for famous bad boy artist, Casper Mason. After all, he just fired Harper who helped Sienna get the interview. But the moment Sienna sees Casper—or Caz—sweaty and practically shirtless and swinging from chains while he works on his sculpture, she’s hooked. He’s the richest, hottest artist in New York, and he lives in the fabulous Williamsburg Sugar Factory. But he’s also an incorrigible game-player, who seems to relish challenging Sienna’s loyalty with a string of unsettling tests.
She knows she should get away fast. But by the time Sienna sneaks into his locked storage room and begins to unearth his dark and terrifying secret, she’s fallen way too hard for the handsome, charismatic Caz.
It’s blessedly warmer in here and I realize this warehouse is so enormous he’s only heated the renovated parts. In two of the corners Caz has deposited huge piles of sugar packets—ones tediously counted by spurned interns?
My attention is drawn to the larger of the piles. Its packets are shifting ever so slightly. Ah! The jig’s up; Caz is hiding under it. Sugary mosh pit here I come! I tiptoe forward, ever so slowly and pounce, landing with a shockingly loud crunch. Burrowing down into the packets, my hand hits a leathery cowboy boot. I grip onto the top lip for all its worth. “Tag!” I shriek. “Gotcha.”
Caz explodes upward, like a giant cake surprise, his hair all at wild angles. Grabbing me by the waist he pulls me down. We wrestle like kids, sending packets flying in all directions. He’s stronger than me, so it’s not long before his corded arms circle around me and pin me there, some big kid winning one over on his little brother or sister.
But Caz is not like a big brother, not at all. Not sure what we are now, as he gazes at me with his deep brown eyes, animated, sparkly and questioning. Wide, as if he’s seeing me clearly for the very first time. “You’re fun,” he whispers, his sculptural, perfect mouth so near mine.
Book reviewers are saying:
“Beautiful. Amazing. A fantastic read that left me wanting more.” -XoXo Book Blog
“A juicy read full of passion and magnetic chemistry that will have you hooked from beginning to end.” -From the Purple Matter Book Blog
Buy it here:
Kitsy Clare hails from Philly and lives in New York. A romantic at heart, she loves to write about the sexy intrigue of the city, and particularly of the art world. She knows it well, having shown her paintings here before turning to writing. The Art of Love series includes Model Position (novella) and Private Internship. Kitsy also writes YA as Catherine Stine. Her futuristic thriller, Ruby’s Fire was a YA finalist in the Next Generation Indie book awards. Fireseed One, its companion novel, was a finalist in YA and SF in the USA News International Book Awards, and an Indie Reader notable. Her YA horror, Dorianna, launches on Oct. 24 with Evernight Teen.
Model Position (first in series) is on sale at Amazon!: http://www.amazon.com/Model-Position-Art-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B00II7519C/ref=pd_sim_sbs_kstore_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0DSFB0K943V1F02072G5
There’s also a Rafflecopter giveaway featuring many great prizes including copies of Kitsy’s books and a $25 Amazon GC.
Thanks for visiting and for joining me in wishing Kitsy a “Happy Book Birthday”!
Hello! This is a bit of a diversion from my usual post, but I wanted to help a friend and fellow author spread the word about this boxed set. The price is amazing for those of you who love adult romance ebooks, or those who just want to give it a try.
Seven men as tough as the west…
Seven women who know how to…
A boxed set of seven romantic novellas by seven award-winning authors experienced with writing about the men of the West.
The Heartsong Cowboy book trailer was just featured on the USA Today’s HEA blog. Check it out here:
Here are some of the stories and what they’re about:
Always, Cowboy by Allison Merritt
The past is better left behind, unless it offers a brighter future.
Brody Longtree’s first love was bull riding, but he loved beauty queen Libby Dempsey equally as hard. When she turned down his marriage proposal, everything from his rodeo career to his love life went to hell. His love ran too deep for blame, so he made the best of what life threw at him. Things finally get back on track…and then she almost runs over his dog.
When her pageant dreams died in an embarrassing display of nerves, Libby made a new, cowboy-free life for herself. One where she could train other girls who want to be pageant princesses. One that doesn’t give her any reason to dwell on what might have been with Brody until his dog bounds into her heart. And she bounds into Brody’s bed.
Despite the differences in their lives, they mesh together, the way Brody always knew they would. No matter what, he’s waiting until he’s certain Libby is ready to get married before he asks again, but their relationship comes under fire when one of her friends reveals a secret about a little girl Libby is awfully attached to—a girl who’s the right age to be Brody’s daughter.
Cowboys Don’t Cry by Vickie Taylor
A broken cowboy with nothing left to lose…except his heart.
Dash Connaway is hell-bent down a highway to nowhere. But he can’t outrun fate. Just a few months ago, he’d had a new album shooting up the country music charts, a luxury tour bus prepped for gigs in 39 cities, and a live-in girl friend he’d been thinking of asking to marry him. Now he’s just another drifter with an old guitar, a beat-up pickup, and a dog named Bill for a bed mate…until he meets Maggie McCain.
Maggie isn’t your ordinary Oregon rancher. She’s more into organic gardening and hand-spinning yarn from the fleece of her prized alpacas than breeding stinky old cattle. She’s a nurturer, a giver, so when Dash steps into her life from nowhere, she’s ready to trade in her solitary existence on the farm in favor of a husband to grow old with and a passel of children to care for.
But when she learns the real reason for Dash’s commitment to life on the road, she’s faced with a difficult choice and a lesson in the fallacy behind the old saying “Cowboys don’t cry.” Only time will tell just how potent the healing power of love can really be.
The Heartsong Cowboy by Melissa Keir
Can two people, one horse and the power of love cure a little girl?
Angela French blames herself for her daughter’s lack of voice. Determined to do anything to correct the situation, she seeks out Jake Kyncade, the owner of The Heartsong Ranch.
Jake Kyncade hides his own sorrows behind his no-nonsense demeanor. Helping children becomes one way to correct his past. Using equine therapy, he sets out to make a difference.
Can Jake help Angela’s dreams come true or will Jake’s past bring more heartache? Will love save them all?
A Cowboy’s Heart by Leslie Garcia
Teenage lovers torn apart by betrayal. Have seventeen years changed everything—or nothing?
Star-crossed lovers in their south Texas hill country high school, torn apart by a best friend’s lie, a mother’s cold hatred, and a father’s lack of trust…
High school junior Illy Kingston turns to varsity football star and cowboy in training Gil Salas when her father, a Border Patrol agent, is killed under suspicious circumstances.
Their hormone-fueled, all or nothing affair ends when betrayal tears them apart.
Years, later, Illy returns home, at loose ends after her disastrous marriage to a reality show rock star ends with an embarrassing photo gone viral and a divorce.
When Gil and his mounted Border Patrol make an unannounced civic call at a local elementary school, Gil is shocked to see Illy lurking in the shadows, threatening to upend his existence once again.
The old passion still burns—but neither can go back to the innocence of their high school affair. Illy swore never to love a man wearing a uniform that didn’t involve jeans, a western hat, and boots. Gil has a price on his head.
And star-crossed love doesn’t usually work for cowboys, either.
Get your copies here:
The Heartsong Cowboy book trailer was just featured on the USA Today’s HEA blog. Check it out here:
It’s that time again. We have less than two weeks until the YA Scavenger Hunt begins. I hope you reserved plenty of time for this one because there isn’t just one team or two or even three. This time we have 6, that’s right, I said 6 YASH teams which means more prizes, news, and fun for all you readers out there! So let’s get started!
TEAM RED INCLUDES:
TEAM GOLD INCLUDES:
TEAM GREEN INCLUDES:
TEAM ORANGE INCLUDES:
TEAM INDIE INCLUDES:
TEAM BLUE INCLUDES:
There are so many books here I don’t even know where I would begin. I hope you all are as excited as I am! The YA Scavenger Hunt begins at noon pacific time on Thursday, October 2nd and runs through Sunday, October 5th. That means to get through the entire hunt you’ll need to go through 1.5 teams per day!
Leave a comment below to tell me which team you are the most interested in checking out!
This week I’m participating in Sunday Snippets, part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme. Be sure to visit their site to view all the other wonderful authors.
Today’s snippet is a sneak preview from my upcoming YA paranormal romance, The Angel Killer, book two in The Watcher Saga, which releases in January 2015.
This scene takes place shortly after a snippet I posted for Sneak Peek Sunday. Mia greets Michael after he’s been absent for days.
Michael kissed along my jaw line, his breath tickling my neck. “I’ve wanted to do this for three days.”
Our lips met, and I melted into him, not caring that we were on the sidewalk, outside a deli with families shopping inside. Nor did I care about the strict rules he had to follow about contact with humans—especially of the relationship variety. Angels had the ability to enthrall humans with their touch, something Michael had to constantly keep in check. But I didn’t have to be enthralled to want to kiss him; that was my doing. All that mattered right now was that he was here. With me.
Mia and Michael share an ancient love. If you haven’t read about them, check out The Watcher and find out where it all began.