Welcome to the Spring, 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt!

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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!

Author T.H. Hernandez

Author T.H. Hernandez

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, ORANGE, PINK, PURPLE, RED, SILVER, and TEAL, each with a chance to win a whole different set of signed 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.

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.

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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.

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MIchelle Madow

Author Michelle Madow

Author Michelle Madow

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.

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Find out more about Michelle or follow her at any of the following links:
GoodreadsWebsite | Email | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | YouTube

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Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows

The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals Series #1) by Michelle Madow

The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals Series #1) by Michelle Madow

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

Synopsis
“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, ★★★★★

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Exclusive Content
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!

Short Excerpt:
“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.”

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Exclusive content – the list of energy colors and their meanings

 Red—confidence, courage and love

  • Increased confidence
  • Increased attraction/desire

Orange—adventure, trouble

  • Increased strength
  • Increased enthusiasm

Yellow—happiness, intellectual

  • 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

Gray—murky, muddled

  • 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

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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.

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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!

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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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Welcome to the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt!

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Looking for the Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt? You’ll have to wait just a little longer. The post goes live at noon, PDT on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Stay tuned, you won’t be sorry!

 

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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!

Author T.H. Hernandez

Author T.H. Hernandez

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 in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Team PinkIf you landed here first, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to get all the details about the hunt. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one of them or all of them! I am a part of the PINK TEAM –but there’s also teams for RED, BLUE, GOLD, GREEN,ORANGE, TEAL, and PURPLE,  each with a chance to win a whole different set of signed 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.

Looking for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching. Somewhere on a Pink Team blog is a bonus scene from The Union. All I can tell you is that it may involve a shirtless Cyrus. Before you go looking for it, check out the amazing author I’m hosting, Clara Stone.

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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 PINK 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 5, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

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Scavenger Hunt Post

Author Clara Stone

Author Clara Stone

Today, I am hosting Clara Stone. Clara Stone lives in the beautiful city of Boise, Idaho. Unlike what most believe about Idaho, it’s more than a sack full of potatoes. When she’s not writing, you’ll catch Clara reading YA and NA books, mostly romance, and enjoying time with her family. She is a proud CW TV addict.

Clara is the author of the young adult contemporary romance, Flirting with Love.

Find out more information by checking out her website or find more about the her book here at any of the following places:
Website | NewsletterTwitter | Facebook | Tsu | Goodreads

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Exclusive Content

Flirting with Love by Clara Stone

Flirting with Love by Clara Stone

About the Book
Title: Flirting With Love
Series: Lovelly Series #1.5
Author: Clara Stone
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 6, 2015
Link: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble | iBooks

Synopsis
Hudson and Blake Lovelly lead a charmed life—successful careers, loving family, beautiful home. Now, on the eve of their daughter’s birth, they’re counting their blessings. Life wasn’t always so generous . . .

Fifteen years ago, seventeen-year-old Blake Voss walked into Cranbrook Preparatory High to participate in the school year’s most-prestigious debate competition. She never expected to fall for the pretentious, golden-haired boy on the opposing debate team, and he never expected to be ensnared by the quick-witted prankster with a heart of gold.

Their mutual love for joking pretense soon leads them to pull their biggest prank yet–pretending to be in love. But when danger threatens, Hudson can’t conceal his growing affection. He’ll do anything to be with Blake, even if it means risking his heart to protect her.

They didn’t plan for their friendship to grow into a love story. But sometimes, all it takes is a little Hope.

This powerful companion to Forever Kinda Love tells the history of Hudson and Blake’s relationship. Laced with haunting emotion and beautiful sentiment, this is a tale about overcoming even the darkest moments, reminding us all to love more. Give more. Without regrets.

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A NOTE FROM CLARA:

I had always intended to write only one story in the Lovelly series. It was about Heath and Ace, two best friends that found each other through loss and friendship. But by the time I was done with their book—Forever Kinda Love—the other Lovelly brothers demanded their story be heard. That was how I came about writing a story for Hudson Lovelly—Flirting with Love— and currently plotting Harrington Lovelly’s story—Title TBA, Release early 2016.

Since not a lot of you are aware of the Lovelly brother, I figured I’d sit down with the boys and do a quick “This or That” interview with them for the YA Scavenger Hunt. Just know that they might have deviated from the interview at times.

Without further ado, here’s the special interview for all YA Contemporary Romance readers! Please welcome: Heath, Harrington, and Hudson Lovelly!

Clara: Hello boys! How are you? So we’re here celebrating Spring YA Scavenger Hunt and I thought it’d be fun to interview you all. Remember this is YA readers, so be good. **glares at Harrington*

Harrington: *raises an eyebrow* Why are you look at me like that? I didn’t do anything.

Clara: Yet. *looks at notecards * Okay, so first question. Villian or Hero?

Heath: Hero

Hudson: Hero

Harrington: *grins* Villian

Clara: Question 2: In Love or For Love?

Heath: In Love

Hudson: In Love

Harrington: *gag* I refuse to answer that question.

Clara: *rolls eyes* Always so dramatic. Anyhoo. Moving on. Ghosts or Sci-fiction?

Heath: Sci-Fi

Hudson: Ghosts

Harrington: Ghosts

**Heath and Hudson look at Harrington*

Harrington: *shrugs* What? Ghosts are freaky dude!

Clara: Question four: Flight or Fight?

Harrington and Heath respond at the same time: Fight

Hudson: *Looks at his brothers* *Blinks* Seriously? *Sighs* Fight—But only if it can’t be avoided

Clara: **looks at notecard then to Harrington, then back at notecard* I seriously don’t’ know what I was thinking writing this question down… But alas… **sighs*: Brains or Beauty?

Hudson: Brains

Heath: Brains

Harrington: You both are such losers! Beauty. I don’t care what anyone says, but you get judged in this world for how you look. And being beautiful matters.

Heath: Beauty is so subjective.

Hudson: And it doesn’t last long.

Harrington: Says the two dou—

Clara: Harrington! Language!

Harrington: *clears throat and continues* Can you two be any more hypocritical? It’s easy for you to say it cause your woman are H.O.T.

*Heath rolls eyes*

Hudson: Did you every think that maybe you think they are ‘beautiful’ because you see their inner beauty.

Harrington: That’s like telling a homeless guy “You’re hungry cuz you haven’t eaten anything in days.” It doesn’t make sense.

*Hudson blinks*

Clara: Okay! I think it’s safe to say that’s all the time we have Lovellys. Thank you all for joining and taking part of this fun –get to know your characters for FUN interview.

Heath: Thanks Clara, from all of us!

Clara: **looks at Hudson and Harrington with worry*

Heath: Don’t worry about them. They’ll be okay once they figure out they can’t stay mad at each other for long.

Clara: Hope you guys had fun getting to know Heath, Harrington, and Hudson during this short, but fun “This or That” interview. Be sure to check out Forever Kinda Love and Flirting with Love if you get a chance. Both books can be read as standalones!

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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, Flirting with Forever by Clara Stone, 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 pink team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

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Continue the Hunt 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Cidney Swanson!

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