Sep 30, 2014

Fall 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt!

Somehow it has been a full year since I moved back to Vermont, and almost three months since the final So Close to You book came out. Yeesh, time flies. Well, the good news is that it's time for the Fall 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt! This is an event created by Colleen Houck as a way to give readers access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some very amazing prizes.

Not only will you get exclusive content from authors (I'm sharing a deleted scene from Find Me Where the Water Ends) but you will also get a clue on each page. Add up the clues and you could qualify to win 20 signed books from all the authors participating. But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

To make it even more awesome, there are six (!!!) contests going on at the same time. I'm part of the GOLD TEAM.

But there's also a red team, a blue team, a green team, an orange team AND an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of 20 or so signed books. Make sure to stop by the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out more details and see links for all the participating authors.


Scavenger Hunt Puzzle

Directions: Somewhere in this post I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold team, and then add them up.

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the entry form 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, October 5th at noon Pacific Time.

(NOTE: Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.)


For this hunt, I have the pleasure of hosting Sarah Beth Durst!

Sarah Beth Durst is the author of eight fantasy novels for teens and adults. Her YA titles include CONJURED, VESSEL, DRINK SLAY LOVE, ENCHANTED IVY, ICE, OUT OF THE WILD, and INTO THE WILD. Her first book for adults, THE LOST, came out in June 2014 from Harlequin/Mira, and her next book for teens, CHASING POWER, comes out in October 2014 from Bloomsbury. She was awarded the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature and has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband and two children. Visit her at

Here's Sarah's newest novel, Chasing Power:

CHASING POWER is the story of Kayla, a sixteen-year-old girl who can move things with her mind, and Daniel, a boy who can teleport across continents and who lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on an Indiana-Jones-style adventure to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel's kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family, and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive... or survive.

To order Chasing Power, CLICK HERE! And to find out more about Sarah and her books, visit her website.

Now for the best part - Sarah's exclusive content. Here's a scene from the upcoming Chasing Power.


"My name's Daniel."  He stuck out his hand like he wanted to shake.  She shook it because she didn't have a particular reason not to, plus she wanted him to answer her question.

"Okay, Danny, now that we're best buds, how do you know who I am?  Have you been stalking me?  Because that's not what friends do."  She tried to ignore the prickly feeling that walked over her skin.  He couldn't know what she did, what she could do.  Also, you couldn't get more public than the center of State Street.  She was perfectly safe.  This had nothing to do with Dad.

"Daniel.  Not Dan.  Not Danny.  And how about I tell you a story?  You can buy me a coffee.  It might take a while."

"I don't buy guys coffee.  You seem to be unclear on how this works.  You're hitting on me.  I'm not obliged in any way to supply the beverages in this situation.  Besides, I have to meet a friend soon."

Daniel stood.  He blocked the sun, and the light framed him, obscuring his features.  She wasn't certain if he was smiling or smirking.  He looked a bit like a dark angel, dressed in all black with the sun halolike around him.  "You'll want to make an exception for me," he said.

Maybe it would cheer her up to flirt with a cute guy for a little while, at least until Selena showed up.  Still, she was not buying him coffee, cute or not.  "Cocky much?  That's not as attractive as you think."

"Actually, I was going for ominous.  And I am not hitting on you.  I need to talk with you, Kayla.  It's vitally important.  Life-or-death important."  There was sincerity throbbing in his voice, but it still bothered her that he knew her name.  She was the anonymous pink-haired girl, and she liked it that way.  "I came a long way to find you."

Instantly, she knew: Dad.  She wasn't paranoid.  He'd sent this boy.

Kayla rose from the bench.  Her heart beat so fast in her chest that she felt as though she'd swallowed a hummingbird.  Her hands, shoved into her pockets, formed shaking fists.  "Congratulations.  Tell my father it's about time.  I'm sick of hiding.  And he's going to pay for what he did."

And then she pivoted and ran.



Continue the scavenger hunt by CLICKING HERE for the next author. Also, most of my passwords contain the number 11. Maybe that's too much info, but it does seem important somehow...

In the spirit of the hunt, I'm also giving away a full set of the So Close to You trilogy. Enter below to win signed hardcover copies of So Close to You, This Strange and Familiar Place and Find Me Where the Water Ends + bookmarks & some mystery prices. US only!

Good luck to all who enter and happy hunting!

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