Welcome to Spring, 2016 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!
My name is T.H. Hernandez, and I’m your host for this leg of the hunt. How does the hunt work? I’m glad you asked! Follow the authors from blog to blog, gaining access to exclusive content from each author, and collecting the clues. Add up the clues, and enter for our prize — one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt per team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 5 days!
If you landed here first, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to get all the details about the hunt. There are NINE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one of them or all of them! I am a part of the GREEN TEAM — but there are also teams for BLUE, GOLD, O
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.
Looking for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching. Somewhere on a GREEN TEAM blog is chapter 1 from The Invasion, the fourth book in The Union Series. It picks up right after where The Uprising ends, so if you want a little something to tide you over until The Invasion releases later this year, start hunting.
Before you go, be sure to check out the amazing author I’m hosting, the supremely talented Michelle Madow.
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 GREEN 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 3, at noon PDT. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today, I am hosting Michelle Madow. Michelle writes fast-paced YA (young adult) fiction that will leave you turning the pages wanting more!
Michelle grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.
Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows
About the Book
Title: The Prophecy of Shadows
Series: Elementals #1
Author: Michelle Madow
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository
“Harry Potter meets Percy Jackson with an added twist of teenage angst, hormones and uncertainty… I am officially HOOKED!”
-Kim T. Goodreads Reviewer, ★★★★★
When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly… she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers — and, to her dismay, by Blake — the school’s notorious bad-boy.
Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.
When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious elemental powers. But the comet has another effect — it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town… and possibly the world.
USA TODAY calls Elementals a “must read!”
“Elementals is full of wonderful magic and myths!”
-5 Girls Book Reviews, ★★★★★
“They weren’t joking around when they said ‘Fans of Percy Jackson will love this!’ It’s like I stepped back into Rick Riordan’s Universe but saw a completely different side of it at the same time.”
-Mel Goethals Reviews, ★★★★★
In the Elementals series, the witches use their magic by channeling different colors of energy from the Universe around them. I’ve included a short excerpt from the book where the magic system is explained to give you a better idea about how their abilities work. Then, you can see the full list of the different energy colors and what they can do—this list has never been seen before!
“There’s energy everywhere.” Chris moved his hands in a giant arc above his head to demonstrate. “Humans know that energy exists—they’ve harnessed it for electronics. The difference between us and humans is that we have the power to tap into energy and use it ourselves, and humans don’t.” He smiled at me, as if I was supposed to understand what he meant. “Make sense?”
“Not really,” I said. “Sorry.”
“It’s easier if you relate it to something familiar,” he said, speaking faster. “What happens to the handle of a metal spoon when you leave it in boiling water?”
“It gets hot?” I said it as a question. This was stuff people learned in fifth grade science—not high school homeroom.
“And what happens when it’s plastic?”
“It doesn’t get hot,” I said slowly. “It stays room temperature.”
“Exactly.” He grinned at me like I’d just solved an astrophysics mathematical equation. “Humans are like plastic. Even if they’re immersed in energy, they can’t conduct it. Witches are like metal. We have the ability to absorb energy and control it as we want.”
“So, how do we take in this energy?” I asked, since I might as well humor him.
“Through our hands.” Chris turned his palms up, closed his eyes, and took a deep breath. He looked like a meditating Buddha. Students snickered, and Chris re-opened his eyes, pushed his sleeves up, and sat back in his chair.
“O-o-kay.” I elongated the word, smiling and laughing along with everyone else.
Darius cleared his throat, and everyone calmed down. “We can conduct energy from the Universe into our bodies,” he said, his voice full of authority. Chills passed through me, and even though I still didn’t believe any of this, I sat back to listen. “Once we’ve harnessed it, we can use it as we like. Think of energy like light. It contains different colors, each relating to an aspect of life. I’ve written them on the board. The most basic exercise we learn in this class is to sense this energy and absorb it. Just open your mind, envision the color you’re focusing on, and picture it entering your body through your palms.”
Exclusive content – the list of energy colors and their meanings
Red—confidence, courage and love
- Increased confidence
- Increased attraction/desire
- Increased strength
- Increased enthusiasm
- Increased focus
- Increased memory
- Increased happiness
Green—growth, success, luck
- Opens your mind
- Helps you be more aware of your options
- Increased luck
Blue—calming, truth, peace
- Increased calmness
- Can make others more willing to tell the truth
- Can help you see the truth/open flow of communication
Violet—imagination, creativity, balance
- Helps generate ideas
- Increased imagination
- Increased acceptance
- Deepens mood
White—a combination of all the colors. It’s the hardest to use/control because it involves gathering all the colors.
- Clears the mind
- Renews the spirit
- Removes a spell on an object
- Brings about confusion/disorientation
- Makes someone sad/depressed
- Brings about negativity
- Powerful witches can use it to compel others
Black—illegal to use
- Makes the victim feel like they’re being put through extreme physical torture
Bonus Giveaway from Michelle Madow
Michelle is giving away the e-version of her entire Transcend Time Saga for FREE to everyone who wants it! To claim your free books, CLICK HERE, fill out the form, and they’ll be sent straight to your inbox.
Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books, includes a signed copy of The Union by me, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 5. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the GREEN TEAM and you’ll have 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, Kimberly G. Giarratano!
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