YA Scavenger Hunt

 

Looking for Blogging from A to Z? For the next few days while this blog hosts YASH my A to Z posts will be over at my sister site, Paws 4 Puzzles.

 

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!

Team Purple

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 PURPLE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie 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 PURPLE 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, 8, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
heather_davis

Today, I am hosting HEATHER DAVIS on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Heather Davis is the author of Never Cry Werewolf and its two novella sequels, Sometimes by Moonlight and Always in Shadow. Her other books include Wherever You Go, and The Clearing, a RITA Award finalist for Best Young Adult Romance.

Heather loves writing about strong, smart heroines and the dark heroes that challenge them. In every book you’ll find suspense, a touch of humor, and tons of heartfelt romance.

She is obsessed with good coffee, books, indie bands, and perfect chocolate chip cookies.

Visit her at www.heatherdavisbooks.com

 
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT
a-light-so-cruel_300dpi

Secrets don’t stay buried forever.

When ravens lead werewolf Lily Turner to the site of Pioneer Falls most famous unsolved murder, she’s drawn into a vintage mystery, complete with a restless ghost. Freeing the trapped soul who’s causing trouble might be the only way for Lily to stop the outsiders digging into the recent paranormal activity in town––and protect the local packs.

Morgan McAllister, the handsome wolf who’s captured Lily’s heart, resolves to do what he can to keep Lily safe as she begins another quest for the truth. But Lily’s father seems reluctant to accept Morgan as one of the Turner pack. Despite Morgan’s attempts he hasn’t been able to win her pack leader over, but his love for Lily is growing.

Determined to dig into the old case, Lily’s sure that if the ghost can rest in peace, so will the town. But there are evil forces at work, including the rival werewolf pack deepening their roots and hunters regrouping for more violent attacks on suspected wolves endangering the town.

Trusting outsiders may be the only way for Lily to get to the truth. But trust comes with a deadly cost, one that Lily may not be prepared to pay.

As the past rises with a vengeance, Lily must face her greatest test in the dark woods where evil once triumphed. Before the moon rises again, a death must be avenged, and not everyone in Pioneer Falls will make it out alive.

Join Lily and Morgan for another romantic, suspense-filled adventure in the dark forests of the Pacific Northwest. Book Three in the Pioneer Falls series.

Now here’s Heather who talks about how she created her Pioneer Falls series:

 

 A Light So Cruel – Behind the Scenes of a Series

By Heather Davis

Many YA readers dream of writing books of their own. I know, because that was me once upon a time. It can be daunting just to think of how to begin, so I thought I’d give you a behind the scenes look at how I created my Pioneer Falls series, which includes the latest release, A Light So Cruel.

In the writing world, you often hear about structured “plotters” who do a lot of planning before they write, versus people who write by the seat of their pants, the “pantsers.” Neither side is better or worse, just different. I tend to be a little of both, but when I’m writing a series, I favor my plotter side.

Why? Well, there’s a ton of planning that goes into a series. I want both the character and plot arc of each book to be satisfying, as well as the overall series arc.

So how do you even figure out what a series arc might be?

For me, I journal about the concept and characters. What is the main character’s journey going to be about? In the case of Pioneer Falls, I thought about what I wanted Lily to learn in the course of the series. She’s an average girl who learns her father’s been hiding a terrible curse from the family. After an initial shock, she undergoes a physical and emotional transformation.

I realized I could split out her evolution into three books.

Book One was going to be about the discovery of her family’s curse and the existence of the supernatural world. Book Two would be about learning the rules of her world, the friends and foes. Book Three, A Light So Cruel, would be about Lily connecting to the supernatural world. And of course, all three books have mystery elements, which I would work in.

Sounds like a lot of stuff to keep track of, right? It was.

So, for each book, I plotted out the story on notecards tacked to a cork board. It’s a little labor-intensive, but worth it when you’re writing a lot of mystery or action. On the cards, I charted out the plot points (where fresh information causes the story to turn in new directions) and important character growth moments.

Here’s a section of the board for A Light So Cruel.

board photo

I know you’re thinking that so much planning stifles creativity, but it’s the exact opposite for me. It frees me to be more creative. I understand what needs to happen in the scenes, but not necessarily how it’s going to happen. That equals less pressure and stress.

And the best part is I don’t have to stick to the notecards, or the exact plot as I’ve planned it. I can change the order or write new cards if I need to. But having a sense of direction, of knowing where the story’s headed, gives me focus.

Two other things are helpful when I’m writing a series.

A  style guide that lists and describes all the people, places, important terms of the story. How many times did I mix up what color eyes Lily’s sisters have? None. All I had to do was refer to the style guide for confirmation.

A physical map of the story world. I invented a whole town for this series. It only exists in my mind and the reader’s. So Lily’s house, the cemetery, the nearby river, the coffee shop where she works after school––all of these were important to get geographically right. The characters are moving through this world in all three books. You have to have continuity.

map photo

So all of this is planning is great, but you might be thinking–– how do I know if I’ve got enough of a story to start writing a book?

Well, that’s where the pantser in me shines.

For all of my books, I started by free-writing an opening scene. A what if… beginning. Then I set it aside, let things marinate a bit. Meanwhile I’m collecting more bits and pieces of ideas for the story.

A little while later, I pick the opening back up and do another free writing session. Then another. Once I’ve got a full chapter’s worth of scenes, I’ll have the feeling if this is a project to continue or if I should move along to another “what if?” hanging out in my head.

Anyhow, I wish you happy reading AND writing, if that’s your dream. All you need is an idea to get started… cork board totally optional.

Thank you Heather – and be sure to check out A Light So Cruel on Amazon.
scavenger_hunt_2

And now onto the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Debbie Manber Kupfer, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is. Well for those of you who regularly follow this blog you might know that my all-time favorite author is Douglas Adams, so my favorite number is of course the meaning of life, the universe and everything –

42

Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the PURPLE TEAM and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

But wait there’s more! I’m also running a Rafflecopter. Enter for a chance to win a bundle of YA audio books from a host of awesome authors. These include:

51e72bvkzmzl-_aa300_51njo2lqkl-_sl500_

511hyjemdcl-_aa300_517zicbxhkl-_aa300_514cbbah-nl-_aa300_

51mriourfjl-_aa300_  61hsbrovdml-_aa300_

I’m also giving away one ebook box set of P.A.W.S. books 1 to 3. Enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

rafflecopter-click-to-enter-logo

CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! JOSHUA DAVID BELLIN
Note: some authors will offer an additional, individual giveaway. If you want to do this, please feel free to do so.
 

purple team 2018

 
 
Advertisements

And the Winners Are …

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who participated in the YA Summer Scavenger Hunt and in particular those who took my quiz and entered my humble little contest on this blog. I was truly bowled over by the responses. There sure are a lot of cats, wolves, toads, kangaroos and so much more out there.

Sooo, I’ve decided to start a little club for those who would like to know more about the day-to-day happenings at P.A.W.S. If you would like to be part of it. Hop over to Facebook and join P.A.W.S. People.

18838936_1288969044549183_5050036134685442470_n

And now for the WINNERS!

Our GRAND PRIZE winner is Donovan a bold eagle who wins a set of FIVE books.

51nwddugtwl-_aa300_511hyjemdcl-_aa300_ 

514cbbah-nl-_aa300_   61hsbrovdml-_aa300_

51upz7uydwl-_aa300_

Congratulations Donovan – you get choose if you would prefer audio books or ebooks for your collection.

But wait there’s more!

As I’ve had so many entries I’ve decided to award 12 runner up prizes – one for each of the P.A.W.S. animals represented in the quiz. Each of these winners gets to choose one of the titles above in either audio or ebook.

The winners!

CAT – Kelly Jean Taylor

WOLF – Kelly Stepp

EAGLE – Michaela

TOAD – Deborah Breedlove

SNAKE – Angela Zhang

HORSE – Melodie Luckett

PIG – Melody

TORTOISE – Elizabeth

KANGAROO – Dianne Piscitelli

TOUCAN – Victoria Van Vleet

CHIMP – Sheila Ames

OWL – Melissa

Congratulations to everyone. Look for a message in your inbox sometime in the next couple of days. Thanks again for playing!

YA Summer Scavenger Hunt #9

header4

Welcome hunters!

Did you have fun, man?

Visiting Katlyn Duncan?

Did you find the hidden word?

It truly wasn’t that absurd.

Want to win that elusive grand prize?

You going to have to look with your EYES!

eyes

But wait there’s more,

Won’t you try my quiz?

Truly give it it a whiz.

Find your P.A.W.S. animal

And once you know

Post it in the comment box below

For a chance to win a bonus prize.

What will it be?

Well that’s a surprise!

When you’re done with all that

Be on your toes

And follow this link to Meredith Rose!

scavenger2

Bits & Bobs

Hi folks – I’ve got a lot of cool stuff coming up this week, so wanted to give you all a heads up. Firstly anyone here solve Cryptic Crosswords? If so, head on over to 1Across which is running a contest this week with a prize of Paws 4 Logic, the puzzle book created by me and my son, Joey.

cropped-pic3

Next come join me tomorrow – Monday 29th May – at 8:30 pm (CT) at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Author and Artist Faire. And stick around all week to meet oodles of awesome sci-fi and fantasy authors.

18447399_1351043404985693_7681674503176104341_n

Did we just say Awesome? Well if you like awesome indie authors you’re going to love the AweThors – come meet us on Tuesday May 30 and help D.R. Perry celebrate 1000 likes! I’ll be hosting at this one at 9:00 pm (CT), but you’re definitely going to want to come early to this one to catch all the fabulous AweThors.

18519452_1390950114333010_4855458494203556501_n

The third Facebook event I’m part of this week is a celebration for the release of Megan Crewe’s BEAST. If you like you’re YA dark you’re going to have to check this one out. I’ll be hanging out here at on Thurs June 1st at 5:30pm (CT). Come on by!

18664732_10158631853325237_8772776886861572820_n

Also on June 1st I’m excited to announce that I’m part of not one, but TWO online scavenger hunts.  Firstly there’s this one. But you’re going to have to visit Doris, the Vacuu-Droid with an attitude for more details!

ScavengerHuntBanner

And secondly there’s the YA Summer Scavenger Hunt – starting June 1st. My secret word and bonus contest will be right here on this blog. Click the banner below for the master list of participants – and there are a lot of them!

scavenger2

And last, but not least to celebrate this week of awesomeness I have Tea & Dark Chocolate on sale everywhere for just 99 cents!

4119e625-e205-407a-b533-a6f8d49fdfe6compose-height705

Coming Soon – the YA Summer Scavenger Hunt

header4

This June, I’m thrilled to be part of a massive young adult scavenger hunt sponsored by the Alliance of Young Adult Authors . This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes!

In addition to the $500 grand prize, each author will be giving away lots of free books and cool stuff. Over on this blog I’ll be giving away a set of audio books of P.A.W.S. (narrated by Priscilla Finch) and the upcoming audio book of Argentum (narrated by the ever awesome George Sirois.)

ArgentumAudio

When the scavenger hunt begins (June 1st) all you have to do is visit each site below in order and write down the special word to reconstruct the story. You can enter any of the giveaways or offers on anybody’s site, or just grab the special word and move on. I’ll add a link soon where you can enter for the grand prize when you have the full story.

RULES

Each author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES.

All you have to do is visit all the author’s sites in this order, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed short story HERE (link will be posted soon).

There will be one main giveaway for the main prize, but most of the participating authors will also have smaller giveaways for free books, amazon credit and author swag, so make sure you read their post carefully to see what else they’re offering while you’re on their site for the keyword.

TREASURE MAP (list of participating authors)

  1. Cindy Ray Hale
  2. Katherine Bogle
  3. Melle Amade
  4. David Kudler
  5. A.M. Yates
  6. Alethea Kontis
  7. Stevie Rae Causey
  8. Katlyn Duncan
  9. Debbie Manber Kupfer
  10. Meredith Efken  
  11. Meredith Rose
  12. Lara Ann  
  13. K.M. Robinson
  14. J.A. Culican
  15. Heather Karn
  16. Rob L. Slater
  17. Dylan Keefer
  18. Sarah K. Wilson  
  19. L.J. Higgins
  20. Gina Marie Long 
  21. Em Kazmierski
  22. Travis Hall
  23. Heather Young-Nichols
  24. Anna Santos
  25. J.L. Weil  
  26. Jo Schneider 
  27. Rebecca Fernfield
  28. Kristin D. Van Risseghem
  29. Martine Lewis 
  30. Tara Benham
  31. Stacy Claflin
  32. Beth Hammond
  33. Erica Monroe Cope
  34. Nicole Zoltack
  35. Char Webster
  36. Sabrina Ramoth
  37. T.J. Muir
  38. Raquel Lyon
  39. Beth Rodgers
  40. S.L. Beaumont
  41. Eva Pohler
  42. Melanie McFarlane
  43. Cheryllynn Dyess
  44. Audrey Rich
  45. Amanda Zieba
  46. Sandie Will
  47. Elle Scott
  48. Angie Grigaliunas
  49. Ashley Maker 
  50. Mandy Peterson
  51. Audrey Grey
  52. Elisa Dane  
  53. Amy McNulty
  54. Melinda Cordell
  55. Monica Leonelle
  56. Claire Luana
  57. Frost Kay
  58. Preeti C. Sharma
  59. Bentz Deyo 
  60. April Wood
  61. Lena Mae Hill
  62. Angel Leya
  63. Wendi Wilson
  64. Wendy Knight
  65. Chogan Swan
  66. Tamara Hart Heiner
  67. Norma Hinkens
  68. Patti Larsen
  69. Megan Crewe  
  70. Jamie Thornton
  71. Jessie Renée
  72. T.A. Maclagan  
  73. Lydia Sherrer
  74. Phyllis Moore
  75. P.D. Workman
  76. J.A. Armitage
  77. K.N. Lee
  78. Angela Fristoe
  79. Rhonda Sermon
  80. G.K. DeRosa 
  81. Erin Richards
  82. Ali Winters
  83. Larissa C. Hardesty
  84. Kristine Tate
  85. Debra Kristi
  86. Bella Rose 
  87. Cortney Pearson
  88. Jeff Kohanek
  89. Kristal Shaff
  90. Rachel Morgan  
  91. Emma Right
  92. C.L. Cannon
  93. Joanne Macgregor
  94. Lindsey Loucks
  95. Farah Kuck
  96. Erin Hayes
  97. Jesikah Sundin
  98. Dorothy Dreyer
  99. Danielle Annett
  100. C.J. Ethington
  101. L.C. Hibbett 
  102. Madeline Dyer
  103. Katie John
  104. Nicole Schubert  
  105. Rachel Medhurst 
  106. Tee G Ayer  
  107. May Freighter 
  108. Heather Dyer
  109. Jen Minkman  
  110. J.L. Gillham
  111. Karen Tomlinson
  112. Kate Haye
  113. Tom Shutt
  114. Martina Billings
  115. Jo Ho
  116. Brian King
  117. Inna Hardison
  118. Rachel Bateman
  119. Sally Henson  
  120. J.L. Hendricks 
  121. A.L. Knorr  
  122. T.M. Franklin  
  123. Konstanz Silverbow
  124. felisha Antonette
  125. Jake Devlin
  126. S.F. Benson
  127. Laurie Treacy
  128. Emily Martha Sorensen 
  129. Leia Stone
  130. T. Rae Mitchell
  131. J. Keller Ford
  132. Kat Stiles
  133. Jessica Hawke
  134. Elyse Reyes
  135. Sophie Davis
  136. Bianca Scardoni
  137. Jenetta Penner
  138. David R. Bernstein
  139. Olivia Wildenstein
  140. Derek Murphy

scavenger2