Fall 2020 YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the fantastic 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 sad that this is the LAST YA scavenger hunt. It has been A RIDE!!!

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the author of several books, including the #1 bestseller BLOODSPELL and the IPPY award winning BLOODCRAFT in my witch/vampire series; WATERFELLOCEANBORN, and SEAMONSTER in my twist-on-mermaids series; THE ALMOST GIRL and THE FALLEN PRINCE in my parallel universe science fiction series; and the Spring 2014 Kids’ Indie Next Pick ALPHA GODDESS and DARK GODDESS in my East Indian mythology series.

I am also the author of the best-selling THE BEAST OF BESWICK and co-author of the steamy historical romance series: the LORDS OF ESSEX and the TARTANS & TITANS series.

If you came here looking for my bonus material, the epic COVER REVEAL of TIDALSTORM, the last book in the Aquarathi series (SQUEEEEEE!!!), you’ll have to keep hunting! This hunt, I am a member of the PURPLE 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 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 4th!

Check 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 PURPLE TEAM–but there are also 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 PURPLE 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 4TH, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


I am so happy to be hosting KAT ELLIS, author of HARROW LAKE, for this leg of the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Kat Ellis is the author of YA horror/thriller Harrow Lake, and YA thrillers Purge, Breaker, and Blackfin Sky. 

When she is not writing, Kat can usually be found exploring ruins and cemeteries with her camera. 

About the book:

Lola Nox is the daughter of a celebrated horror filmmaker – she thinks nothing can scare her. But when her father is brutally attacked in their New York apartment, she’s swiftly packed off to live with a grandmother she’s never met in Harrow Lake, the eerie town where her father’s most iconic horror movie was shot.

The locals are weirdly obsessed with the film that put their town on the map – and there are strange disappearances, which the police seem determined to explain away.

And there’s someone – or something – stalking Lola’s every move.

The more she discovers about the town, the more terrifying it becomes. Because Lola’s got secrets of her own. And if she can’t find a way out of Harrow Lake, they might just be the death of her… 

Find out more information about this exciting book by checking out KAT ELLIS‘s website!


And DRUMROLL please … now for KAT ELLIS‘s exclusive content!

Harrow Lake playlist by Kat Ellis

When I’m revising a manuscript, I always like to have a playlist that sums up the feeling of a certain scene, character, or even a setting. These were some of the songs and sounds I listened to for inspiration while I was working on Harrow Lake. 

Vinyl static – This might seem like a weird one to take inspiration from, but when Lola follows a trail of blood into her apartment at the beginning of the book, she hears this sound. It’s not silence, but it is a void you feel in your gut.

‘Tain’t No Sin by Lee Morse – This song is mentioned a few times in the book, and is a cheery little jazz song about peeling off your skin (or clothes, whatever) and dancing around when it’s hot.

Boogie Woogie Man by Glen Gray – This is the perfect character theme song for Mister Jitters, the monster in Harrow Lake. 

Paper Dress by Toadies –
A slightly more modern song this time! This is a song that feels very much like the tense, difficult relationship between Lola and her dad. 

Drowning by Banks –
The melancholy feel of this tune is like Lola’s mom, Lorelei, in song-form. 


WHOA! This makes me want to do THIRTEEN cartwheels!

To read more about KAT ELLIS and HARROW LAKE be sure to click on the links!

To enter the contest, you need to know that my favorite number is hidden somewhere in this post (hint: scroll up two lines – 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 a $40 Amazon gift card for all of you stuck at home during these tough times. Normally, I always give away signed books, but I am hoping that this GC can be put to use to buy you a little something to make yourself happy. Please stay safe and healthy, my friends!

Contest is international (you must be able to accept an Amazon GC gifted from the US, if not, I am happy to buy you your choice of book(s) from Book Depository in the listed prize amount).

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If you’re ready to move on to the next author in the hunt, click here for the ever awesome TERA LYNN CHILDS!

Good luck!

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89 Comments on Fall 2020 YA Scavenger Hunt

  1. Candice
    October 1, 2020 at 5:54 am (4 years ago)

    The Night Swim by Megan Golding.

  2. L. Emmaline
    October 1, 2020 at 3:50 am (4 years ago)

    I listened to quite a few audiobooks! There’s a few that I find I could revisit: Ruthless Empire, and the Finding My Pack series.

  3. Karen DeVaney
    October 1, 2020 at 3:09 am (4 years ago)

    I really enjoyed The Rook by Dan O’Malley, and the sequel, Stiletto.

  4. Marcia Monteiro
    September 30, 2020 at 9:49 am (4 years ago)

    I really enjoyed The Plague by Albert Camus. It’s hinteresting to see the similarities to the times we live in.

  5. Tammy V
    September 30, 2020 at 9:41 am (4 years ago)

    I have so many but Peace Talks by Jim Butcher will be my favorite because it is my keeper series. Been waiting forever for a new one to come out and now another one has come out too!

  6. Silver
    September 30, 2020 at 5:55 am (4 years ago)

    I love vintage interior design, so The Decorating Book by Mary Gilliatt was right up my alley!

  7. Lily M.
    September 30, 2020 at 5:47 am (4 years ago)

    Thank you so much for this opportunity 🙂 I’ve read The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

    September 30, 2020 at 4:25 am (4 years ago)

    The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

  9. Monica Rodriguez
    September 30, 2020 at 2:30 am (4 years ago)

    Re-reading Harry Potter! Love it ❤

  10. L.C.
    September 30, 2020 at 2:13 am (4 years ago)

    Ruthless Empire by Rina Kent. Cole is just describable…

  11. Mel
    September 30, 2020 at 1:34 am (4 years ago)

    I enjoyed Shadow and Bone Trilogy

  12. Jenna Kilgore
    September 29, 2020 at 11:04 pm (4 years ago)

    Sherlock Holmes!

  13. bn100
    September 29, 2020 at 10:57 pm (4 years ago)

    doctor sleep

  14. Brandi S.
    September 29, 2020 at 10:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Havoc by CM Stunich

  15. Veraunica Wyatt
    September 29, 2020 at 10:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Tigers curse by Colleen houck!

  16. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight
    September 29, 2020 at 10:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh wow tough choice, I actually read quite a few great ones. I think I will say Furia, it was fabulous!!

  17. Christina
    September 29, 2020 at 10:34 pm (4 years ago)

    Books have been keeping me sane during the pandemic.

  18. Lena
    September 29, 2020 at 10:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Terraformer by Colleen Houck. It was a very interesting book!

  19. Lisa Canada
    September 29, 2020 at 10:14 pm (4 years ago)

    The book club I am in is reading Frankenstein!

  20. Esther
    September 29, 2020 at 10:00 pm (4 years ago)

    The Hero Agenda books by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs are amazing and I keep rereading them in quarantine

  21. joy f
    September 29, 2020 at 9:31 pm (4 years ago)

    Mortal Obligation by Nichole Chase

  22. Jamie Z
    September 29, 2020 at 9:17 pm (4 years ago)

    The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller helped to break me out of my quarantine scatter brain.

  23. Beth
    September 29, 2020 at 8:55 pm (4 years ago)

    The Brother Cadfael series! Old favorites, like comfort food for the soul 🙂

  24. Sandra Dufoe
    September 29, 2020 at 8:22 pm (4 years ago)

    I have read quite a lot so I would say recently its Emerald Blaze.

  25. Nicole Buchholz
    September 29, 2020 at 7:22 pm (4 years ago)

    Quarantine was the only time I was actually able to get some reading done so I pounded out a bunch of books to complete my goodreads challenge. I do have to say The Atlantis Grail series and the individual books of House of Earth and Blood and Ninth House were pretty mind blowing.

  26. Stacie
    September 29, 2020 at 7:16 pm (4 years ago)

    I can’t stop thinking about a book I just finished called Michigan vs. The Boys by Carrie S. Allen

  27. Rotem
    September 29, 2020 at 7:16 pm (4 years ago)

    the spliintered series by ag howard, which had been on my TBR for a while

  28. Rotem
    September 29, 2020 at 7:14 pm (4 years ago)

    quarantine gave me time to read the splintered series by A.G. Howard which i’ve been meaning to for a while

  29. Melanie B
    September 29, 2020 at 7:10 pm (4 years ago)

    Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

  30. Amanda Wilcox
    September 29, 2020 at 7:04 pm (4 years ago)

    Fable by Adrienne Young! I was in a terrible slump and I got an ARC and I found myself completely absorbed right away!

  31. Susan Burdorf
    September 29, 2020 at 6:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Love the YA Scavenger Hunt

  32. Lindsey Keefer
    September 29, 2020 at 6:41 pm (4 years ago)

    I LOVED Early Riser by Jasper Fforde! I bought it on a whim and am so glad I did — perfect quarantine read.

  33. Summer
    September 29, 2020 at 5:28 pm (4 years ago)

    I really enjoyed We Dream Of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly, it’s a middle-grade story about three siblings in the 1980’s and their family isn’t functioning all that well.

  34. Nancy
    September 29, 2020 at 5:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Fever….one pandemic to another

  35. Debbie
    September 29, 2020 at 4:58 pm (4 years ago)

    The Red Lotus

  36. Megan S.
    September 29, 2020 at 4:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Yay! Thank you so much for the bonus giveaway Amalie! My best quarantine busting book you’ve read has to be Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 🙂

    • Jennifer
      September 29, 2020 at 5:41 pm (4 years ago)

      I enjoyed Where Dreams Descend! Thanks for the lovely post!

  37. Deborah D
    September 29, 2020 at 4:39 pm (4 years ago)

    A Perfect Day by Richard Paul Evans

  38. Champagne Millin
    September 29, 2020 at 4:36 pm (4 years ago)

    My current book is Alone by Holly Hook.

  39. Kristin Duncan
    September 29, 2020 at 4:31 pm (4 years ago)

    Best book I’ve read during quarantine so far has been A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

  40. Karen G.
    September 29, 2020 at 4:29 pm (4 years ago)

    Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

  41. Kati
    September 29, 2020 at 4:25 pm (4 years ago)

    From Blood and Ash

  42. Katie
    September 29, 2020 at 4:22 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve been really into True Crime, so I found a book of a bunch of short stories about them. Really interesting!

  43. Tashia M Jennings
    September 29, 2020 at 4:20 pm (4 years ago)

    I have read and read this year. So many incredible books and series. Discovered new authors like Ashley Amy, K.A. Knight, etc. One book that I don’t think I will ever forget is Den of Vipers by K.A. Knight.
    Thank you for this wonderful chance and participating in Fall 2020 YA

  44. Samantha D
    September 29, 2020 at 4:13 pm (4 years ago)

    The Soulwood series by Faith Hunter! I’m on book 4.

  45. Miriam
    September 29, 2020 at 4:08 pm (4 years ago)

    Dark side of the moon by Sherilyn Kenyon

  46. Mariah
    September 29, 2020 at 3:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Rebecca by Daphne DeMaurier was awesome and felt really applicable after being cooped up inside for so long.

  47. Olivia Berard
    September 29, 2020 at 3:48 pm (4 years ago)

    All I was able to read during quarantine was “Her Daughter’s Mother” and “The Outsider”

  48. Courtney Pierce
    September 29, 2020 at 3:46 pm (4 years ago)

    I always go back to my favourite novel, Pride and Prejudice. It gets me through anything including this quarantine!

  49. Ashley Barnett
    September 29, 2020 at 3:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you for the giveaway chance. I look forward to reading Harrow Lake soon too.

  50. Brian
    September 29, 2020 at 3:12 pm (4 years ago)

    Shogun. Super long.

    • Monica Rodriguez
      September 30, 2020 at 2:29 am (4 years ago)

      Re-reading Harry Potter! Love it ❤

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