Fall 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the awesomesauce book circus that is the YA Scavenger Hunt! For those new to the fun-fest that is YASH, this bi-annual event was first organized by the fabulous Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to bonus material from their favorite authors … and a chance to win some awesome prizes!

So for those of you who don’t know me, I’m the author of several books, including the #1 Amazon best-seller BLOODSPELL and the IPPY award winning BLOODCRAFT; The AQUARATHI Series from Harlequin Teen – WATERFELLOCEANBORN, and SEAMONSTER; as well as THE ALMOST GIRLTHE FALLEN PRINCE, and the Spring 2014 Kids’ Indie Next Pick ALPHA GODDESS from Sky Pony Press. I am also the co-author of the historical romance series: the LORDS OF ESSEX.

If you came here looking for my bonus material, a cool teaser and dream cast from my forthcoming DARK GODDESS, you’ll have to keep hunting!

This hunt, I am a member of the BLUE team!

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 bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday October 8th!

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image16288022Check out the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are FIVE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM–but there are also a bunch of other fabulous teams for 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, OR IF YOU ARE STUCK, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.


Directions: In my post, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number in BLUE somewhere. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on each team, and then add them up.

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 8TH, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


I am super-thrilled to be hosting the lovely Tracey Neithercott and her wonderful book, GRAY WOLF ISLAND, for this leg of the YA Scavenger Hunt!

About Tracey Neithercott:



Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.

With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.

As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.

Find out more information about this exciting book by checking out Tracey’s website!


And DRUMROLL please…now for Tracey’s exclusive content! A fabulous excerpt from GRAY WOLF ISLAND!

Excerpt from Gray Wolf Island. In this scene, the characters have been following clues to the treasure across the island and are taking a quick break:

Fifteen minutes later, we’re shedding our socks and shoes beside the river that will lead us to the pit. It’s hemmed in by moss-covered rocks. A flat one holds an otter, who’s tossing a stone between his paws, oblivious to our arrival. Another otter waits in the river below, lolling on his back in a spot of sun.

It’s the single most adorable thing I’ve seen in my entire life.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen you smile so hard,” Elliot says from beside me. “I’m a little worried, to be honest.”

“You don’t understand, Elliot. They’re otters.” I place a palm to each cheek, feel the heat rising from all the excitement. “Did you know they sometimes hold hands while they float?”

“I did.”

“If they start doing that, I won’t make it to the treasure because I’ll be here. Dead.”

“This . . .” He chokes back a laugh. “This is not how I imagined you at all.”

I take a deep breath. The air has that sunny scent you can only catch on very hot days. “I know. It’s a weakness I hide well.”

Elliot nods. “At least it’s not cats.”

“Cats are the worst,” I say. It’s the one fact Sadie and I ever debated.

“They really are. They’re like the scheming overlords of the animal kingdom.”

I give him the kind of smile only shared between two people who desperately hate something and thoroughly enjoy hating it together.

“When I’m rich from the treasure, I’m buying a house with a river and a whole romp of otters—that’s my favorite word for a group of them—and I’ll wear T-shirts with floating otters instead of cat faces.”

He bumps my shoulder. “I’ll buy you an otter shirt when we get home. And I won’t even make fun of you for wearing it.”

And that’s the moment I start to not hate Elliot Thorne.

And for an extra special treat, Tracey has also shared her GRAY WOLF ISLAND inspiration image!

Sounds fabulous, right? This series makes me want to do THIRTEEN cartwheels!

To read more about GRAY WOLF ISLAND or to purchase, click HERE.

Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Tracey Neithercottand more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is hidden somewhere in this post (hint: scroll up two lines – it’s in blue and it starts with THIR and ends with TEEN). 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!

While you’re here with me, be sure to enter the personal contest I’m hosting below for a chance to win signed books (including the first book in the award-winning INDIE NEXT ALPHA GODDESS series and the entire CRUENTUS CURSE series. Contest is international!



***Please note, if your comment doesn’t post in the comments section or you’re getting a certificate/authentication error, please feel free to leave your comment on my Amalie Howard Facebook page!

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If you’re ready to move on to the next author in the hunt, click here: JESSIKA FLECK!

Good luck!!




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52 Comments on Fall 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt

  1. Samantha D
    October 8, 2017 at 6:32 am (4 years ago)

    I want to go to Shanghai and Tokyo!

  2. Jane
    October 8, 2017 at 3:35 am (4 years ago)

    On my bucket list is to visit London!

  3. Melissa Williams
    October 7, 2017 at 10:26 pm (4 years ago)

    I would love to visit Kyoto, Japan!

  4. Emily S
    October 7, 2017 at 9:10 pm (4 years ago)

    Paris is also my favorite city! I’d love to go back. I also love Sao Paulo, Brasil.

  5. Amanda Baird
    October 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm (4 years ago)

    I’d love to visit New York, New York!

  6. Isabel
    October 7, 2017 at 6:31 pm (4 years ago)

    I’d love to travel so many places, basically anywhere with ruins I’d like to go!

  7. Ruby @ Ruby's Books
    October 7, 2017 at 3:03 pm (4 years ago)

    I really want to visit New Orleans.

  8. peachesnbeal
    October 7, 2017 at 2:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Not a city, but Ireland or Australia!

  9. Isabelle MBTL
    October 7, 2017 at 8:33 am (4 years ago)

    Hi. I’m Rio de Janeiro right now. It’s my hometown and it has to be my favorite city in the whole entire world. 🙂 I live a life half here, half in the States and when I’m there, as much as I love San Francisco, I get really homesick.

    Thank you for the amazing opportunity! 🙂

    • Isabelle MBTL
      October 7, 2017 at 8:50 am (4 years ago)

      Oh, I came back to comment on your fan cast. The link on the rafflecopter is wrong, but after hunting I finally found. Any casting with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, I’m in! 🙂

  10. joy f
    October 7, 2017 at 2:45 am (4 years ago)

    Edinburgh, Scotland is one place I would love to visit.

  11. Nicole Buchholz
    October 7, 2017 at 12:49 am (4 years ago)

    I’ve always wanted to travel to Israel to visit Tel Aviv!

  12. Lainey Harding
    October 6, 2017 at 11:05 pm (4 years ago)

    I’d love to go anywhere in New Zealnd

  13. cassidy
    October 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm (4 years ago)

    anywhere is iceland

  14. taratsai
    October 6, 2017 at 4:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh man. That cover is so gorgeous.
    And for me, I would love to visit Tokyo or any other city in Japan. Thanks for sharing on your blog for YASH!

  15. Bethany Fetzer
    October 6, 2017 at 3:36 pm (4 years ago)

    I really want to visit Athens, Greece! I love Greek mythology.

  16. Stephanie H.
    October 6, 2017 at 1:19 pm (4 years ago)

    Someday, I would love to visit some of the towns in Nova Scotia.

  17. Melissa Marshall
    October 6, 2017 at 12:12 pm (4 years ago)

    I really want to visit Dublin, Ireland

  18. Lenka Trnkova
    October 6, 2017 at 8:17 am (4 years ago)

    I fell in love with Singapore 9 years ago, and totally loved Reykjavik ❤ and recently, I visited Kyoto this year and the feeling, the atmosphere there was amazing… on my list, currently Florence dominates, I’d love to visit there.

  19. Artemis Giote
    October 6, 2017 at 7:37 am (4 years ago)

    I have never been outside of my country. Paris must be wonderful city. I would really love to visit Scotland.
    Thank you for the chance!!!!

  20. Rebecka Jakobsson
    October 6, 2017 at 7:01 am (4 years ago)

    Any city in Italy would be incredible! I absolutely adore the culture and the cuisine <3 Perhaps Milano? Or Rome? Or Pompeii for the historical perspective…

  21. Monica Rodriguez
    October 6, 2017 at 12:40 am (4 years ago)

    Paris has been on my bucket list for a while! I’d definitely want to go there !

  22. Suzy Michael
    October 6, 2017 at 12:25 am (4 years ago)

    London is my all time favorite city!

  23. Aisha
    October 5, 2017 at 11:21 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow! How amazing! I’d love to visit Dublin, Ireland. It would be a dream 🙂

  24. valerierlawson
    October 5, 2017 at 6:16 pm (4 years ago)

    I love Santa Fe! So much art everywhere! I’d also love to visit Barcelona.

  25. Urooj
    October 5, 2017 at 5:01 pm (4 years ago)

    A city I would love to visit is Istanbul, Turkey! It looks so beautiful, and its rich in history! I would definitely go to all the museums I could if I get a chance to visit 🙂

  26. suzannereadsforfun
    October 5, 2017 at 4:41 pm (4 years ago)

    I have so many on my bucket list but the one I want to visit most is new York

  27. Camila Pérez
    October 5, 2017 at 3:53 pm (4 years ago)

    I’d love to visit Vancouver

  28. Emily
    October 5, 2017 at 7:53 am (4 years ago)

    I’d love to visit Japan, the US and New Zealand!

  29. Sarah R
    October 5, 2017 at 6:22 am (4 years ago)

    Well over the summer I went to Africa and I really enjoyed being in Vic falls for the few days I was there. :]

  30. Shekeilah
    October 4, 2017 at 11:57 pm (4 years ago)

    Kyoto, Japan

  31. Alejandra McFarland-Alvare
    October 4, 2017 at 10:51 pm (4 years ago)

    I would love to go to Bora Bora <3

  32. Aylea Stephens
    October 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm (4 years ago)

    I want to visit Rome. I speak Italian, but I’ve never had a chance to use it in Italy.

  33. shahnareads
    October 4, 2017 at 6:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Favourite city I’ve been too is Banff or Chicago.
    But if I could choose anywhere to go it would be Iceland!

  34. Lily M..
    October 4, 2017 at 6:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Paris is literally my first choice, I would love to visit someday then Europe and parts of Asia

  35. Kathleen Norton
    October 4, 2017 at 4:55 pm (4 years ago)

    I would love to visit London or Paris, they seem like amazing cities!

  36. Bethany Bratney
    October 4, 2017 at 1:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Ever since I read Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Prague has been at the top of my to-visit list.

  37. Georgina C
    October 4, 2017 at 1:32 pm (4 years ago)

    Guangzhou, China. 🙂 Thanks for participating in YASH and sharing this giveaway with us!

  38. Leanne
    October 4, 2017 at 11:21 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the giveaway. Hope you’re enjoying Paris! I would love to visit Japan, so I’ll start with Tokyo 🙂

  39. Elisa Panjang
    October 4, 2017 at 10:00 am (4 years ago)

    I’d like to visit Africa continent!

  40. amartinez87
    October 4, 2017 at 9:58 am (4 years ago)

    I’d like to visit Venice Italy!

  41. darla
    October 4, 2017 at 8:15 am (4 years ago)

    I’d like to go to a santoroni.

  42. Megan Barton
    October 4, 2017 at 8:07 am (4 years ago)

    I’d like to visit Tokyo, Vancouver and New York some day.

  43. Zairah Divino
    October 4, 2017 at 1:27 am (4 years ago)

    I’d like to visit Cebu City, Iloilo City (both Philippines) and Paris! Also New York. And London. 😀

  44. Tashia Jennings
    October 4, 2017 at 1:05 am (4 years ago)

    Always wanted to explore the Carpathian Mountains and also visit Scotland, Ireland, Greenland, Greece, New Zealand, etc. Favorite places so far that I have lived or visited is Alaska and the Yukon territory in Canada.

  45. Alexandra Clyde
    October 3, 2017 at 11:34 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you for hosting such an amazing giveaway. Your books sound amazing!!

  46. Elise
    October 3, 2017 at 10:42 pm (4 years ago)

    I would like to visit Japan, so I can learn about part of my culture.

  47. Cammie
    October 3, 2017 at 9:54 pm (4 years ago)

    A city I would love to visit is Edinburgh or anywhere in Greece! I just added your books to my tbr list

  48. Casablanca Eve
    October 3, 2017 at 8:46 pm (4 years ago)

    Fantastic giveaway! You’re in Paris right now? I’m so jealous – I’d love to go there!
    And this scavenger hunt thing is so much fun 🙂

  49. Jill Flor
    October 3, 2017 at 7:48 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve always wanted to visit Austria where my Gran was born. I think it would be pretty amazing to feel a little bit of my heritage I never got to know

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