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! On 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 120 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 GOLD TEAM--but there is also a red team, a green team, a purple team, and a blue 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.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the GOLD 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 APRIL 7, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
Today, I am hosting COLLEEN HOUCK on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt
New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about COLLEEN’S book here…
SNAG YOUR COPY OF THE LANTERN’S EMBER HERE
Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.
Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.
Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.
COLLEEN’S BONUS MATERIAL
I promised you all something new and this time it's absolutely HOT off the presses. In fact, it's not even on the presses. In fact, I'm not even DONE writing it yet. This little snippet is from a work in progress which is one of the reasons it's so short. I don't want to give too much away after all. I can't tell you much about the book except it has some elements of time travel and sci-fi and that it's a stand alone.
Here you go!
Excerpt From Top Secret Work in Progress
A wet towel landed in Andie’s lap. “What are you thinking about, Andalucia?” Andie’s friend, Harper, asked as she stretched and sat up. “Is it maybe, Daniel?” she teased.
Andie snapped the towel on Harper’s tanned bare leg. She squealed and darted away. “You know I prefer, Andie,” she chided. “And, actually, I was thinking about him.”
“I knew it!” she said, beaming, and finger combing through her hair. “You could do worse you know. He’s probably going to be the next Bill Gates.”
“Maybe you should date him then.”
“Maybe I will.” Harper tapped her lip, pursing them playfully. “But I think I’ll wait to see what he amounts to first.”
“You’re such a gold digger.”
“No, I’m not. I just want to maintain my current lifestyle.”
“Well, you’re looking in the wrong place. Most scientists aren’t rich, you know.”
“Way to kill my dreams, Andie.”
“And it only takes one very tiny pin to pop your self-inflated bubble.”
She grabbed Andie’s hand pulled her to my feet. “Thankfully, I have a very thick skin, else I would be insulted.”
Andie laughed. “You don’t need a thick skin. Everyone loves you. You’re gorgeous and rich, Harper. It’s like the only thing bombarding you is feathers. Don’t need a thick skin for that.”
“Speak for yourself. You’re just as pretty.” She tugged off Andie’s beach hat and fluffed her blonde hair, then patted her slightly sunburned cheeks and pointed at the dark glass of the cabin. “See? And a figure the boys drool over too. Together, we turn heads.”
The two girls stood side by side. Andie was taller than Harper, her body toned from volleyball, while Harper was petite and curvy. Harper was the one who turned heads. With dark hair down to her waist and a bosom that was nothing short of magnificent, all she had to do was turn her eyes on a guy to bring him crawling towards her on his knees, especially if she was wearing something like the tiny red bikini she wore now.
Through the glass, Andie saw the ship’s captain checking out the two of them even though he was probably like forty. Ew. Frowning, she tugged her wrap across her body, covering up her white two-piece. “Where’s Leighton and Brittany?”
“They went for a swim. They’re supposed to be coming in for dinner now. Shall we head down?”
When Harper and Andie headed to the galley, they found the other two girls already there, brushing out their wet hair. “How’s the water?” Andie asked as she sunk down next to Brittany.
“Nice. We’re thinking about going out again on a night swim. Want to join us?”
“Sounds fun. What’s for dinner?” Andie asked Luisa, the private chef who worked for Harper’s family. She was acting the part of both cook and chaperone.
“Mofongo de Pollo,” she replied.
Luisa made the best tostones and arepas Andie ever tasted and her Cuban sandwiches were to die for.
She put a steaming bowl of red beans and rice on the table and Leighton groaned. “How are we supposed to maintain our figures with your cooking Luisa?”
The fiery-eyed woman grinned as she set down the next dish. “That sounds like a rich girl problem,” she said. “And you know I don’t listen to those. Now if you want to talk about boys, I’m all ears.”
Harper picked up her glass of sparkling lemon water and teased, “Andie’s finally giving Daniel a chance.”
Andie nudged Harper’s arm so she spilled some of her water. “She’s just kidding,” Andie said, trying to explain to Luisa. “He’s just a friend.”
“Ah. Amigos hacen los mejores amantes. Friends make the best lovers.”
“Double ew!” Andie’s nose wrinkled up. “Now I'm imagining Daniel in an intimate way and, worse, hearing Luisa talk about it. See what you started?” Andie turned an accusatory glare on Harper.
“What?” she shrugged innocently. Luisa is right. A boy like Daniel would be eager to please.”
“Can we not talk of pleasing. You’re making me seasick. How about we talk about your love life instead.”
Harper sighed. “My love life is currently non-existent. Full of possibility though,” she said with a grin.
“I thought you were dating that young man, what was his name, oh Tate,” Luisa said.
“Tate is yesterday’s news. I broke up with him.”
“Why?” Andie asked.
“Because. I’m done with the high school type. I’m moving on to older men.”
“Gross,” Brittany said. “You mean like one of those filthy rich entrepreneur guys on tv who help people grow businesses?”
“No. Not that old. I mean more like recent college grads. Or a guy in law-school maybe. The point is, I’m expanding my horizons.”
“Careful not to expand too far,” Luisa said. “Like I tell my daughter, you just worry about finding a nice boy. Rich, poor, doesn’t matter if there’s love.”
“That’s only true for the first few months,” Harper argued. “Love can turn sour as a lemon without money.”
Andie wasn’t so sure she echoed Harper’s thoughts on the matter. Her parents worked hard for everything they had. They loved each other. When she was younger her father had lost his job and her mom had to work two jobs for a while. Andie remembered there were tears on both sides but they worked through it and they came out on the other end with an even stronger bond. She kept her thoughts to herself and tucked into dinner.
All four girls went for a night swim after that and while the others lay in their bunks quietly talking about their future plans, Andie showered and then headed up to the top deck, a thin sweater wrapped around her body to stave off the night chill.
The stars were brilliant and even though there was no moon, Andie could clearly see the calm waters surrounding the ship. It was so peaceful. Climbing into the hammock, she let the sound of the ocean lull her. Eventually, she drifted off.
An alarm startled her awake. The ship wrenched violently to the side and Andie fell hard out of the hammock bruising her hip badly. As the klaxon continued to blare its shrill noise, she stumbled to the glass where the captain worked and banged her palm against it.
“What’s happening!” she shouted, her voice edged with panic.
The door was wrenched open and the captain emerged. “Some kind of ocean surge,” he cried. “We’re sinking!”
“Sinking?” she echoed. “Are you sure?”
He didn’t bother to answer, but darted to the side of the ship and thrust a lifebuoy into her hands. “Abandon ship. Swim as far away from the yacht as you can or it will suck you under with it.”
Andie grabbed his shirt as he turned away. “Where are you going?” she demanded. “We have to save the girls!”
“That’s where I’m headed. You can’t come with me. There’s no time. Overboard. Now. Go!”
When he was gone, Andie ran to the side of the ship. The water churned around the yacht even though the waters beyond it were fairly calm. It didn’t make sense. Andie’s mind manufactured terrible monsters come to life beneath the ship such as a giant shark or a Kraken. Then, something strange happened. It was like a large bubble of gas popped beneath the boat and the ship dropped suddenly. Seawater spilled across the deck, flowing over her feet.
The boat groaned and slanted sharply down. Panic making her clumsy, Andie managed to wrap her arms around the rail, her feet sliding on the slick deck.
She climbed over the side, tears wetting her cheeks, and looked down. Something was rising from below. It wasn’t a fish or a whale. It just looked like a sort of translucent pearl. It touched the bottom of the boat, which was now at least twenty feet below the water and exploded in a rush of air that left her gasping for breath.
Then, it was like a giant hand grabbed onto the boat and swiftly yanked it down. Andie leapt, falling into the strange depression in the water along with the boat. The surface of the ocean rushed in over her head to fill the hole. There was a tug, then pressure pulled her body down, down, down. Just as Andie was about to abandon hope, whatever held her let go. The yacht slipped out of sight, the lights growing dim and then finally disappearing beneath her.
The lifebuoy she clutched to her chest, slowly floated up dragging her with it. Her lungs screamed for air, burning with fiery pain as she wrapped her fingers in the ropes, determined not to lose her life-saving float. Finally, she broke the surface. Little sparkling lights danced across her vision, as pretty as the aroura Borealis.
Andie heaved herself up onto the lifebuoy so she sat inside it, her legs and arms hanging over the edge. Around her, the ocean was eerily still, as calm and peaceful as it had been when she’d fallen asleep. Alone, she desperately called out for her friends, until her voice grew hoarse and squeaky. Finally silent, the moonlight on the water showing her that she was the only survivor, Andie cried.
There you have it. I hope you all enjoy the scavenger hunt. Stop by my website and enter my personal contest as well. I'm giving away a book of your choice to five readers who sign up or are already signed up for my newsletter. Happy hunting! =)
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And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, K.B. ANNE, J. ANDERSON, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 15. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the GOLD TEAM and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, J. ANDERSON.