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1. YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2016 is Here!

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Hi Scavengers! I’m Kristi Helvig, your hostess for this stage of the hunt and I’m so excited to be part of Team Pink:

Team Pink YASH

Make sure to read this whole post, and then enter to win an extra bonus prize by commenting below!

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: Enter by Sunday, April 3rd, at noon Pacific time.

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 hidden 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 March 31st, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

SCAVENGER HUNT POST

I’m so excited to be hosting the lovely Amy Rolland on this hunt:

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A. Lynden Rolland is a former high school English teacher, and she enjoys visiting classrooms, camps, and book clubs to discuss reading, writing and publishing. When she isn’t chasing her young children around town, she moonlights as a writing tutor and gymnastics instructor. Her debut novel, Of Breakable Things, was published in 2014. The sequel, Of Delicate Pieces, released last fall. You can connect with A. Lynden Rolland online through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, or Tumblr.

I loved Amy’s debut novel, Of Breakable Things, and am so excited for this awesome sequel, Of Delicate Pieces, which is on my TBR list!

Of Delicate Pieces Amy Rolland

From Amy:

Hello hunters! I hope you’re having fun with the bonus material and adding tons of books to your TBR piles! The book I’m featuring is Of Delicate Pieces, part two of my supernatural series!
When I was writing the sequel to Of Breakable Things, I wanted the reader to see more of the mind-bending magic of the afterworld. My characters live in a place where walls can breathe, where objects have personalities, and where reality is distorted. It’s beautifully haunting, but the difference between the first book and the second is that Alex, the main character, finally begins to see the imperfections. It’s the afterlife but it’s not heaven, and spirits are not angels. They’ve done horrible things which have affected the foundation of the society they’ve established.

The afterworld is its own character in the series, and my Pinterest board gives readers a taste of what I see when I’m writing.

Follow Amy’s board Of Breakable Things/ Of Delicate Pieces on Pinterest.

Thanks for being on the hunt, Amy–and those Pinterest pics are eerie and awesome! Aside from being a talented author, Amy is also super nice and recently added a sweet baby girl to her family. Hmmm…I wonder if she’ll end up with 7 children someday?

BONUS PRIZE:

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Leave a comment below and enter to win a signed copy of the new speculative fiction anthology, TICK TOCK: 7 Tales of Time from Wicked Ink Books which just released 3/28/16. It features 7 sci-fi/fantasy authors, including yours truly, and shows how everything can change in a second…a minute…an hour. I’ll use a random number generator to choose the winning comment so good luck!

Make sure to continue on the hunt by visiting author Julia Embry next! Good luck to all!

 

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2. Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt: And MEGA Giveaway!


Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt, Spring edition! This 72-hour contest is a great chance to win lots of fabulous prizes (like the one below) and get access to exclusive content from each author as you hunt for clues. Add up those clues, and you can enter to win the Grand Prize--at least one signed book from each author on the hunt team!



How to Enter


  • There are 6 contests going on at the same time. Play this one, and then head over to the YA Scavenger Hunt to jump to the others.
  • All contests are open internationally. Anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter.
  • The content will only be available for 72-hours. You must gather ALL the information between 3:00 PM Eastern Time (noon Pacific) on 4/2/15 to 3:00 PM Eastern on 4/6/15.
  • The Grand Prize for each team is a book from every author on the team. (Team Blue, mine, will include both a signed Compulsion and an ARC of Persuasion hot off the press.)
  • The authors are hosting exclusive content for each other, and each post links to another post. Content includes deleted scenes, recipes, top ten lists, and much much more. (And did I mention individual giveaways in addition to the main prizes?)
  • To play a team, follow the links starting from this post and collect each author's favorite number. One number is hidden somewhere on each page.
  • Add up all the numbers and complete the entry form! Only entries that have the correct number and correct contact information will qualify.



    Ready to Play?



    Adventures in YA Publishing is excited to host Kate Brauning for the TEAM BLUE! 

    Kate is an author of young adult fiction and an editor at Entangled Publishing. HOW WE FALL is her first novel. Kate loves unusual people, good whiskey, dark chocolate, everything about autumn, bright colors, red maple trees, superstitions, ghost stories, anything Harry Potter, night skies, pie, and talking about books. She’s working hard on her next few novels, and if you see her, say hello, because she’d love to take you out for coffee and ask you what you’re reading. Or stop by her website and get more information.

    HOW WE FALL
    by Kate Brauning
    Entangled Teen 

    Ever since Jackie moved to her uncle's sleepy farming town, she's been flirting way too much--and with her own cousin, Marcus. Her friendship with him has turned into something she can't control, and he's the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left for...no one knows where. Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are searching for her body. Swamped with guilt and the knowledge that acting on her love for Marcus would tear their families apart, Jackie pushes her cousin away. The plan is to fall out of love, and, just as she hoped he would, Marcus falls for the new girl in town. But something isn't right about this stranger, and Jackie's suspicions about the new girl's secrets only drive the wedge deeper between Jackie and Marcus.

    Then Marcus is forced to pay the price for someone else's lies as the mystery around Ellie's disappearance starts to become horribly clear. Jackie has to face terrible choices. Can she leave her first love behind, and can she go on living with the fact that she failed her best friend?

    Buy It Now

    EXCLUSIVE CONTENT


    Did know know that Marcus's hot chocolate is a real, actual thing? He's usually drinking it or making it in How We Fall, and in an important scene between Jackie and Marcus, he teaches her how to make it. I didn't really intend to have it be a significant part of the story or his character, but once I realized it fit him so well, I just went with it!

    I think the subconscious reason I chose hot chocolate as a habit for him is that I’ve always had a minor war going on with cocoa mixes. They’re always too sweet and not dark enough for me, and I don’t like marshmallows (please don’t hate me). Several years ago, I started altering mixes, adding more cocoa, but soon gave that up and just figured out how to make my own. I make it strong, dark, and bittersweet– and nothing tastes more like fall to me.

    Want to make Marcus's Hot Chocolate? Here's how:
    Makes 1 serving.
    • Warm 1 ½ cups milk in a sauce pan on medium-high heat. (Use 2% or whole milk for richer hot chocolate.) 
    • When the milk starts to steam, whisk in 2 tablespoons dark cocoa and 1 tablespoon sugar. 
    • Turn the heat down to medium so the milk doesn’t scorch, and whisk constantly for about three minutes, until it looks smooth and not silty on a spoon. 
    • If you're increasing the number of servings, let settle briefly because there may be some cocoa in the dregs.
    • Add whipped cream, Kahlua, Irish Cream, hazelnut syrup, espresso, or chocolate chips for variety! Use almond milk for a nondairy option.
    If you want to win a copy of HOW WE FALL and all the other prizes, remember that my favorite number is 5 and add that to the other hidden numbers from the sites on TEAM BLUE for the secret number you'll need to enter.

    BONUS GIVEAWAY




    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    CONTINUE THE HUNT

    Ready for the next hidden number? Check out the next author, Heather Demetrios, the author of EXQUISITE CAPTIVE!

    Click here to continue.

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    3. YA SCAVENGER HUNT & SOLSTICE GIVEAWAY!


    Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the dystopian/mythology YA novel, SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), and I'm crazy excited to host this stop for the YA Scavenger Hunt! 

    (and p.s. I'm so excited that I'm giving away a second copy of SOLSTICE below, so make sure to check it out!)

    Hi! Thanks for visiting!

    This tri-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 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!

    Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM--but there is also a red team for a chance to win a 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 homepage.

    *** SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE ***

    Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my secret number. Collect the secret numbers of all the authors on the blue 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 6th, 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 APRIL TUCHOLKE on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

    Hi, April!

    APRIL'S BIO:
    April Genevieve Tucholke digs coffee, redheaded heroes, attics, and discussing poison at the breakfast table. She is the author of BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA and the sequel BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN. She lives in Oregon at the edge of a forest.

    You can find out a ton more about April on her website!

    And if her book sounds like something right up your alley (which of course it does), you can buy it here!

    *** 
    EXCLUSIVE CONTENT


    ABOUT Between the Spark and the Burn:
    Last summer the Redding brothers—crooked-smiling liar River; laughing, hot- tempered Neely; and mad, knife-wielding Brodie—descended on Violet White’s seaside town, bringing chaos. Then Brodie and River disappeared. So when Vi catches a late-night radio show whispering of eerie events in a distant mountain village, she seizes on it—this could be River or Brodie. Vi and Neely’s search takes them to frenzied mountain towns, cursed islands, and an empty, snow-muffled hotel. They find a girl who’s seen the devil, a sea captain’s daughter, and a sweet, red-haired forest boy who meets death halfway. All the while, Vi’s feelings for Neely grow sharper, the stakes higher, and the truth harder to pin down. If only Violet knew that while she’s been hunting the Redding boys . . . someone’s been hunting her. 


    The exclusive content here is awesome! 
    IT'S AN EXCERPT FROM Between the Spark and the Burn
    You can't ask for anything better than that! Enjoy :)

    ***

    We parked the car next to the small, steepled, red-roofed church at the end of the main road. We got out. Stood still. Took the town in.

    The first thing I noticed was the quiet. The deep, deep, middle-of-the-forest quiet. After the quiet, I noticed the lack of Christmas decorations. No lights on trees, no greenery around door frames, no cheery red tinsel hung between streetlights. All the towns we’d passed recently had put up their own slightly shabby holiday trimmings, making the streets seem more cheerful and sweet than usual. But not Inn’s End.

    And then I noticed the birds.

    Black-feathered corpses. Everywhere. Piled up on steps, kicked into snow piles, dangling by their necks from lampposts and signs. There were eight nailed to the door of the dark, abandoned-looking Youngman’s Inn, and five hanging by their feet from the iron church gate.

    The four of us walked down the center of the road. Still and silent. I saw lights in windows, but there was no one in the street. Not a soul.

    The sun was just a sliver on the horizon now, like a small prayer said without much hope. The orange-pink light reflected off the snow and turned the world a strange, ominous color that put dark thoughts in my head.

    “What was it that Wide-Eyed Theo said?” Neely asked, quiet.

    “The devil-boy commands a flock of ravens,” Luke said, voice low.

    I shivered, a sick, hard shiver, like the ones you get when you have the flu.

    My wrists started hurting, sharp and cold at first, and then hot and full of sting. I tore my mittens off and turned my hands over, but all I saw was the same pink scars, looking like they always did.

    “I don’t like it here,” Luke said. His words fogged up in the cold air. His eyes were wide open, his arms straight down at his sides. “Vi, I have a bad feeling about this town. This—” He nodded his chin at the dead birds, their feathers ruffling in the chill wind. “I don’t like it, sister. We should leave. Now.”

    Sunshine turned around in a circle, saying nothing. So far she and Luke had flirted and kissed and been in love and acting like this trip was all good fun.

    But now I saw it in her eyes. Fear. True and blue and as deep as winter is cold.

    A door opened. One of the white houses at the far end of the street. It opened and then slammed closed again. The attached cluster of dead, black feathers swung back with it and hit the wood with a thud.

    A girl stood on the steps.
    ***

    And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, April Tucholke, and more! To enter, you need to know that my secret number is 13. Add up all the secret numbers of the authors on the blue 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!


    ***


    DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING
    SOLSTICE!


    “Solstice is one red-hot read—it intrigues, sizzles, and satisfies.” —Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times bestselling author
     
    In celebration of the Scavenger Hunt, I'm offering up a second copy of SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013) here (US only).

    It's easy to win! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.


    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Good luck, and may all your reading be enjoyable!

    About SOLSTICE:

    Piper's world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom. 

    Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.

    ***

    And one more time...


    CONTINUE THE HUNT

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





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    4. YA Scavenger Hunt - Amanda Ashby for TEAM BLUE!!!!

    Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt!


    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 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!


    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 BLUE TEAM--but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a green team, and an indie team. Check out the prizes for each team here.





    SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

    Directions: Below, you'll find a number in blue. Collect the numbers of all the authors on the blue 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 October 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.



    I'm Martina Boone, your host for this stop of the YA Scavenger Hunt. I’m the author of the new Southern Gothic romance Compulsion and the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy. It’s a series about love, family, mystery, and a bit of murder and mayhem, all set in the kind of magical place I love to visit.

    I most definitely have a compulsion for reading. If I could, I would read 1222 books a year! My other compulsions are chocolate tea, Nutella, and stale sugar-free licorice.


    Today, I am thrilled to host Amanda Ashby on Adventures in YA Publishing for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

    ABOUT AMANDA

    Amanda was born in Australia and after spending the last twenty years dividing her time between England, Australia and New Zealand, she’s finally settled in the gorgeous Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand. When she’s not moving country, she likes to write books (okay, she also likes to eat chocolate, watch television and sit around doing not much, but let’s just keep that amongst ourselves, shall we?). She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children.

    Her debut book, You Had Me at Halo was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award. Zombie Queen of Newbury High was listed by the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 and Fairy Bad Day, was selected by Voya as one of their Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2012 and was a SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalist for the Australia/NZ region.


    About the Book


    An ancient myth + a mean girl + a reluctant warrior = a lively take on good vs. evil

    The Black Rose--a powerful ancient force--has been let loose and has taken up residence in Celeste Gibson, popular girl at Cassidy Carter-Lewis' high school. Thomas Delacroix is the spirit of a fourteenth-century knight who is devoted to protecting the Black Rose, but he needs a contemporary living being to take on the challenge. That's where Cassidy comes in. She's a quirky high school junior who just wants to dress in her vintage clothes, hang out with her best friend, and take care of her father, who is recovering from surgery. She's the last person who would ever volunteer for such a task, but no one actually asked her. Now, like it or not, she finds herself training before dawn and battling demons at parties, the mall, and even at school. But hey, no one ever said high school was going to be easy. . .

    Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Goodreads


    EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

    You know some authors really hate cutting any of their words and how each deleted scene is a little treasure to be admired and kept? Yeah, unfortunately, I’m not one of those authors and most of the time my deleted scenes are even longer than the final book. It’s definitely not what I would call an efficient process, or suitable for anyone who is a fan of sanity but so far it’s the only thing that seems to work for me.

    Therefore, when it came to looking for a deleted scene for Demonosity I knew that most of those words would’ve been long gone (not to mention that fun computer crash I had where my husband’s words about backing up kept echoing in my ear).

    However, I suddenly remembered that I did originally write some separate teasers that sat above several of the chapters. I really loved them but my editor wasn’t sure we needed them (and since the book was nudging 90k and we needed to get the word count down) I ended up cutting them. Plus, now that I read them back I must admit that they were just the smallest big angsty!!!

    So, let me set the scene. Demonosity is about two demon brothers who both want the same thing but for very different reasons. They both believe that they are right and what I found most interesting about writing this book is that by the end I really wasn’t sure which demon brother would come out on top. In the teasers I never specified which brother was thinking them because in my mind they applied to both of them.

    The demon watched. Just like he always did. His brother would come in a blaze and expect the world to bow before him. He had been selfish as a child and he was selfish now. Always wanting more than what he had. And now he wanted the Black Rose. He would come. He would come. And he must be stopped.


    The demon shivered as he clutched at his sword. His brother was getting closer. He could feel him. His presence was like a constant pain in his skull. Pounding his mind, mocking his torment. Oh, and he was getting stronger. Stronger and ready to do whatever it took to make sure he reached the Black Rose first. The demon stiffened his spine and tried to remind himself that he no longer had a brother. All he had was his quest and without it all was lost.


    The demon watched the girl. She was the key. Without her help his brother would win. He knew what he had to do.


    The demon hadn’t expected his brother to be so close. He hadn’t wanted his brother to be so close. There had been a fight and some had been hurt but not his brother. And not him . . .

    The demon paced the floor. His sacred mission was on track, but still he was nervous. He had known his twin long enough to be prepared for any tricks that might follow. It was tedious and annoying. Especially for a demon who wasn’t known for his patience. But in this he had to be careful. One false move the Black Rose might be lost to him forever.

    Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Amanda Ashby, and more! To enter, grab the number listed in this post in blue. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

    BONUS COMPULSION


    I asked Amanda to share her compulsion with us, and this was her response:
    As for my compulsions, I'm a pretty simple girl. As long as I have some dark chocolate, some water to look at when I go for my daily walk and two cups of coffee everyday then no one gets hurt. Oh, and I might also have an epic television addiction, but since I'm sure that Joss Whedon taught me how to write while I watched Buffy, I figure that really all those TV hours are actually research. My all time favorite research includes Deadwood, Buffy, Firefly, Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy, though the list goes on (and on and on!!!)

    I should add that I also squeeze in a whole lot of reading but since I can't think of any authors who don't love reading I kind of figured that's a given!!!
    CONTINUE THE HUNT

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




    BONUS GIVEAWAY

    The #YASH grand prize is HUGE. HUGE -- all the books from team blue, plus there are all the other teams to win. Again, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. But just to sweeten the pot, here's a bonus giveaway. It's just an extra chance to win something, but don't forget to keep Hunting to enter for the big, big prizes!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

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    5. PERSUASION Cover Reveal and ULTIMATE Readers' Giveaway & Scavenger Hunt


    GUYS! 

    USA Today's HEA blog revealed the cover for PERSUASION this morning! I'm SO excited. I love this sequel to COMPULSION, and I literally can't wait to share it with you all. I'm also thrilled to be able to give away the first ARC hot off the press (it will be mailed as soon as I get it), along with a TON of other goodies -- including your chance to have your name in the final book of the trilogy.

    You can enter at the bottom of the page, and on each of the following web sites. It's a scavenger hunt, so be sure to visit each site to find the highlighted code. Enter all six codes to be eligible for the mega Grand Prize.


    Scroll down to see the cover and enter the Adventures Giveaway, but first . . . 

    ARE YOU READY FOR A TASTE OF PERSUASION?

    Crouched among the trees, there was also the cemetery beyond the church and the small modern house where Cassie and her family lived. Even without the pieces that had belonged to the old rice fields, the property was enormous, and Barrie had no idea what she was searching for. 

    Presumably the lodestone, though, if it registered at all, would register as something important. Something like the bone-jarring lostness that radiated from beside the ruined mansion.

    “This way,” she said, letting the Watson gift guide her toward it.

    With Obadiah striding beside her, she left Cassie to bring up the rear. Cassie seemed in no hurry to get any closer to Obadiah than was absolutely required, and Barrie wondered whether that was Cassie reacting to his obviously magical glow, or to his equally obvious dislike. Where Obadiah went, a solid dose of fear was probably not unwise.

    Reaching the steps and the jutting columns of the mansion, Barrie stopped where the finding sense was strongest. Lostness roiled from the ground and drilled into her temples, making it impossible to feel anything but loss. The kind of loss she had felt in the Watson tunnel where she’d found Luke and Twila. The kind that said whatever was buried there had mattered to someone, and had mattered with devastating consequences.

    “There,” she said, pointing to the spot.

    Obadiah squinted at the patch of ground covered by grass. In the moonlight and the dimmer but still visible macabre glow that seemed to seep from the very darkness of his pores, the small lumps of broken bricks and charred chunks of mortar that occasionally protruded from the ground stood out in colorless relief.

    “You’re sure? What do you feel?”

    “Don’t you feel anything?” To Barrie, that seemed strange. For her the sense of loss was so very clear. But evidently magic was specific, like eye color or hair, and no matter how much Obadiah had, and how little she had, it was not the same.


    HAVEN’T READ COMPULSION YET?

    It’s available to read for free 2/5-2/6 on http://www.PulseIt.com. Or buy it:

    IndieBound | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Walmart | Target | Book Depository (free worldwide shipping)

    Add to Goodreads

    PERSUASION - Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse (October, 2015)


    Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation besieged by reporters and ghost-hunters. Some are hoping to see the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, while others are chasing rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. Chaos descends as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. But more is buried there than treasure.

    A mysterious, magical man appears at Watson’s Landing, claiming the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts and the Colesworth curse also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, he engages Barrie and Cassie in a midnight visit, but the spell he conjurs has potentially deadly consequences.

    While Barrie and dreamy Eight Beaufort struggle to make sense of the escalating danger and their growing feelings for each other, Barrie has to figure out not only whom to trust, but which gift is more reliable—Eight’s or her own. With millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families at stake, she must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep her loved ones safe.



    PRAISE FOR COMPULSION

    “Eight Beaufort is so swoon-worthy that it’s ridiculous. Move over Four, Eight is here to stay!" — RT Book Reviews, RT Editors Best Books of 2014

    “Skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure . . . An impressive start to the Heirs of Watson Island series. ” — Publishers Weekly

    “A little bit Gone with the Wind, a little bit Romeo and Juliet…” — School Library Journal

    "Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you'll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series." — #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout

    "Beautifully written, with vivid characters, a generations-old feud, and romance that leaps off the page, this Southern ghost story left me lingering over every word, and yet wanting to race to the compelling finish." — Megan Shepherd, Author of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER

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    6. Preview: The Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt and a COMPULSION for Reading Giveaway

    Hey, guys!

    Are you ready for some fun? I'm participating in the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt from noon PACIFIC time on April 2nd to noon PACIFIC time on April 5th. 

    The hunt is HUGE this year, so there will be eight different teams. I'm going to be on #TeamBlue, but you can play every team for more chances to win! 

    If you've never played before, it's like a giant blog hop, introducing you to new YA authors and books at every stop. There are tons of prizes including a grand prize for each team. If you win one of the grand prizes you will get a book from each author on that team! For more information and to make sure you get hunt updates, sign up for news on the #YASH website. 

    Not only will I be hiding an exclusive never-before-revealed sneak peek of COMPULSION, but I will also be giving away a signed hardcover and an ARC of PERSUASION, book two in the series for part of the Blue Team prize. 

    Starting today, here on Adventures, I'll also be giving away a Tiffany-style "key" necklace like Barrie wears, an "I have a compulsion for reading" tote bag, and ten "I have a compulsion for reading" bumper stickers. You don't want to miss out on this fabulous and fun event, but play fast because the hunt is only live for three short days!

    Ready? Here are the teams! (Hint: If you click on the image you can get a close up)

    Blue Team 1 Pink TeamTeam Gold (2)Team Purple 1Team GreenTeam Red 1Team Teal (2)
    Team Orange


    I hope you are all as excited as I am!
    THE HUNT BEGINS 4/2/15!

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    7. YA Scavenger Hunt on August 1st!

    A few of us Buzz Girls are participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt organized by YA author Colleen Houck.  Our own Marley, Tera, and Heather will be part of the event, which will be one day only -- August 1st.

    There are thirty YA authors participating, all of whom will post bonus chapters, news on upcoming books, cover reveals, and much much more on their individual sites.  To play, you just start at one of our sites and follow the links to complete the hunt -- enjoying all this cool insider content along the way.

    At many of the author sites, you can enter individual giveaways.  To enter the grand prize drawing for a multi-author book bonanza, you'll collect the clue word in red on each author's post to complete the YA Scavenger Hunt Puzzle.  Once you've got the puzzle completed, you'll email it in to enter the grand prize drawing.  Rules and a puzzle form will be on each author's blog in the hunt.

    It's one day only - August 1st, 2011 -- so get ready to go on the hunt!

    Hugs,

    Heather

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    8. YA Scavenger Hunt with 60 authors - March 29 - April 1!

    It's time to announce the final lineup of the Spring Scavenger Hunt hosted by Colleen Houck, author of Tiger Curse series!  


    I was chosen this year to be a part of it and I am thrilled!


    This year it will be bigger and badder than ever before with 60 YA authors! They will be giving away books and sharing EXCLUSIVE content.With fabulous prizes around every corner - you DO NOT want to miss this! 


    My friend and bestselling author Beth Revis has worked with Colleen Houck to create a website just for the Scavenger Hunts! The 60 authors are breaking into three groups of 20: BLUE TEAM, RED TEAM, and YELLOW TEAM! 


    There will be 3 puzzles, 1 for each team. Each puzzle is a scrambled phrase with a total of twenty letters. You can follow 1 team to win or all 3!! And if you get lost along the way, just keep going back to the main page to get caught up.


    I am on the BLUE team with amazing authors like which means all my prizes and exclusives will be on the BLUE team. The BLUE TEAM includes authors: KIMBERLY DERTING, CHRISTINE FONSECA, ABBI GLINES, CYNTHIA HAND, KAREN AMANDA HOOPER, S.R. JOHANNES, GRETCHEN MCNEIL, JESSICA SHIRVINGTON AND many many more.


    I will be revealing my 1st chapter of Uncontrollable (sequel to Untraceable) as well as offering a couple of EXCLUSIVE give

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    9. YA Scavenger Hunt: Kimberly Derting


    Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! 

    This tri-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 20 signed books, 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!

    Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter all three! I am a part of the BLUE team -&

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    10. YA Scavenger Hunt: Kimberly Derting (Blue Team)

    Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! 

    This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors and win awesome prizes.


    NOTE: I am also giving out my own special prizes below. So don't forget to enter here before you leave at a chance to win even more!


    The YA Scavenger Hunt - Where do you go?


    Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter all three! I am a part of the BLUE team - but there is also a RED team and a YELLOW team. You can enter all three contests--which has a total prize bucket of 60 signed books!


    Follow the hunt, collect clues, and add them up, and you can enter for the prize--one lucky winner will receive 20 signed books from each team (one book from each author on the team!) But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

    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 homepage.


    Entering the Scavenger Hunt - What do you do?
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