Spring 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt

YASH Spring 2017

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 steamy historical romance series: the LORDS OF ESSEX.

If you came here looking for my bonus material, a very special sneak peek from my forthcoming DARK GODDESS, you’ll have to keep hunting!

YASH Blue Spring 2017

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 April 9th!

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 APRIL 9TH, 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 Lea Nolan and wonderful book, CONJURE, for this leg of the YA Scavenger Hunt!

About Lea:

Lea NolanLea Nolan is a USA Today bestselling author who writes books for young adults featuring bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She also pens smart, witty contemporary stories for adults filled with head-swooning, heart-throbbing, sweep-you-off your feet romance.

Born and raised on Long Island, New York, she loves the water far too much to live inland. With her heroically supportive husband and three clever children, she resides in Maryland where she scarfs down crab cakes whenever possible and makes the ugliest birthday cakes known to man.


Conjure Lea NolanBe careful what you search for…

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry–hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

But when a strange girl appears bent on revenge, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton, Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends–are lost forever.

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



And DRUMROLL please…now for Lea’s exclusive content!

Setting is an essential element in each of the books in the Hoodoo Apprentice series. It’s so important, it’s practically a character. The series is set in the South Carolina low country so there were tons of great local features to weave into the stories. For example you’ll find lots of giant, spindly, live oak trees covered in sweeping Spanish moss, old colonial-era ruins, pristine beaches, and prickly palmetto trees. One of my favorite southern features is the Bottle Tree.

Southern Bottle Trees

According to AppalachianHistory.net bottle trees originated in the 9th century Kongo. Central Africans believed that genii or evil spirits could be captured during the night in empty glass bottles that had been placed outside near a home. The spirits would be destroyed the next day when the sun shined, or gotten rid of by corking the bottle and throwing it in a river.  Kongo tree altars were also used to honor deceased relatives. These practices were brought to North America and Europe by enslaved Africans. Today you can see these beautiful bottle trees all over the American south.

In CONJURE, the first book of the Hoodoo Apprentice series, we’re introduced to Miss Delia, the hoodoo root worker, and her enormous bottle tree. It’s at least twice the size of her house and is covered with thousands of multicolored bottles that were hung over several generations. The bottles sway in the breeze whenever Miss Delia or her apprentice, Emma Guthrie conjure up an elemental spell. The bottle tree offers up a few magical surprises of its own in the subsequent books, ALLURE and ILLUSION, but I don’t want to spoil them here. For those tidbits, you’ll need to check out the Hoodoo Apprentice series yourself.

Three Hoodoo Covers Together

So cool, right? This series makes me want to do THIRTEEN cartwheels!

Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Lea Nolan and 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!

Alpha GoddessWhile you’re here with me, be sure to enter the personal contest I’m hosting below for a chance to win two books of your choice and free signed books (including the first book in the award-winning INDIE NEXT ALPHA GODDESS series and BLOODBOUND, my new CRUENTUS CURSE novella). Contest is international!






EIGHT TOTAL WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN (each RUNNER UP will get a signed book plus charm and swag)!

***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, click HERE to head over to the next author in the hunt: DARCY WOODS! Good luck!!




41 Comments on Spring 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt

  1. _Sandra_
    April 9, 2017 at 3:13 pm (7 years ago)

    Princess Leia! Because she was badass, fearless leader and one of galaxy’s greatest heroes. 🙂

  2. Ana Barrios
    April 9, 2017 at 10:38 am (7 years ago)

    If I could be a fictional character for one day, I think I would like to be…Kelley from the Wondrous Strange series by Lesley Livingston. I think it would be so cool being a fairy and having powers to help people and make plants, trees, and flowers grow to help and protect our environment.

  3. Carie
    April 9, 2017 at 5:34 am (7 years ago)

    I think Rose Hathaway from VA. I’d love to be that kick-butt! And, Dimitri… 🙂

  4. wallace712013
    April 8, 2017 at 10:43 pm (7 years ago)

    I would like to be Kelsey from Tiger’s Curse because she has so much adventure in her life!!

  5. Ells
    April 8, 2017 at 7:07 pm (7 years ago)

    Just one day? Elizabeth Bennet, or any of her sisters. These gorgeous dress, balls and most important – England. 🙂

  6. Brianna C
    April 8, 2017 at 6:15 pm (7 years ago)

    I’d have to pick Feyre! She’s awesome and so fierce, plus Rhys is so swoonworthy and cool, who wouldn’t want to be in love with and loved by him. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Fiza
    April 8, 2017 at 3:04 pm (7 years ago)

    I would want to be Ineji from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. She has wicked skills and philosophical and well….Kaz ^_^

  8. Aisha S
    April 8, 2017 at 10:35 am (7 years ago)

    I would love to be Feyre in the ACOTAR series! I would love to be in Velaris and the Night Court.

  9. Laurel
    April 8, 2017 at 10:12 am (7 years ago)

    Hermione Granger.

  10. joy
    April 7, 2017 at 10:31 pm (7 years ago)

    Charly from the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. Love Reyes.

  11. linda foster
    April 7, 2017 at 8:52 pm (7 years ago)

    Wow, that is so difficult! I could list like twenty and not know for sure….Rose from Vampire Academy would be cool!

  12. breyelrose
    April 7, 2017 at 11:57 am (7 years ago)

    If I could be any fictional character, I’d be Inej from Six of Crows. She’s such a badass!

  13. Shai Villanueva
    April 7, 2017 at 3:32 am (7 years ago)

    Inej from Six of Crows! I want to be The Wraith for a day! <3

  14. Megan
    April 6, 2017 at 9:51 pm (7 years ago)

    For only one day? That would be extremely hard to choose….Right now I would be Aelin from Throne of Glass. Although it would not be her in the first few books, I would be her just so I can be with Rowan!

  15. Christine
    April 6, 2017 at 9:15 pm (7 years ago)

    I would want to be Firestar from the Warrior Cats series..to see what he has to deal with on the daily

  16. Sabrina Sahler
    April 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm (7 years ago)

    I would for sure be inej from six of crows… sort of dark but I would love to be sneaky and silent like she is but also really brave

  17. Alyssa C
    April 6, 2017 at 2:06 pm (7 years ago)

    If i get to be a fictional character for a day, it will be Hermione. I want to get inside of her head, experience the feeling of magic through her. And meeting Ron!

  18. Katie Hawse
    April 6, 2017 at 8:53 am (7 years ago)

    I would love to be Grimalkin from the Iron Fey series for a day. Just to find out where he goes when he disappears!

  19. Marianne
    April 6, 2017 at 5:51 am (7 years ago)

    I would like to be Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl. Mostly because I’ve always wanted to live in Manhattan and her life sounds absolutely fabulous. Just for the day, of course, specifically one of the days where everything goes her way.

  20. Kristia
    April 6, 2017 at 4:12 am (7 years ago)

    I would like to be Elizabeth Bennet, firstly because I would love to see how they lived that era and secondly to meet mr Darcy of course!

  21. Elayne
    April 5, 2017 at 9:31 pm (7 years ago)

    I would want to be Miri from Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. She learns so much and goes through so many amazing adventures!

  22. Jennifer Frender
    April 5, 2017 at 9:26 pm (7 years ago)

    I have to agree with several of the choices to be Feyre obvioulsy just for Rhys and Aelin because “HELLO!!” complete bada@#, but I think if I could be any character from any fictional story I would be Luna Lovegood. She is quirky and strange but she is fiercely loyal and so completely happy to just be herself. Not to mention you get to go to Hogwarts and do magic!

  23. Cammie
    April 5, 2017 at 8:01 pm (7 years ago)

    I would be Mara from the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer because she can do some pretty cool things with her mind. Oh and she has Noah 😉

  24. Alex U.
    April 5, 2017 at 6:16 pm (7 years ago)

    If I could be a fictional character I would be Kestrel from the Winner’s Curse trilogy because she’s so fierce and strong.

  25. Saba
    April 5, 2017 at 5:32 pm (7 years ago)

    So cool! Thanks for the opportunity!

  26. lina
    April 5, 2017 at 4:58 pm (7 years ago)

    This is a though question!! I would probably choose Kell from A darker shade of magic it would be awesome to travel from one London into another as I love the UK and everything that has to do with magic!!

  27. Miranda Lewis
    April 5, 2017 at 3:44 pm (7 years ago)

    Probably Risika from Into the forest of the night by Amelia Atwater Rhodes, it’s been a favorite of mine and I truly wis to be more self assured like her leading heroine in the book.
    Thanks for the chance.

  28. Isabel
    April 5, 2017 at 3:33 pm (7 years ago)

    If I were a book character, I would want to be Feyre or Aelin. Really, I’d be happy with any of Sarah J. Maas’ creations. But I’m also pretty happy with my nice, normal life.

  29. siobhonnel
    April 5, 2017 at 11:17 am (7 years ago)

    As long as I’m not a Death Eater I’d be any wizard from Harry Potter world because I just want to spend a day there!

  30. Monique
    April 5, 2017 at 10:06 am (7 years ago)

    Difficult question! I think Zahra from the Forbidden Wish!

  31. Written Melodies
    April 5, 2017 at 9:03 am (7 years ago)

    I would love to be Ada from the Iron Cast. It would be cool to create illusions out of music.

  32. Anna
    April 5, 2017 at 4:45 am (7 years ago)

    Damn it’s too hard to chose one fictional character to be for a day 🙂 But I think I would like to be either Mare from The red queen or Julia form Shatter me 🙂 Why? Because they both are girl bosses and I love their adventures 🙂

  33. spinatale1
    April 4, 2017 at 11:17 pm (7 years ago)

    I’d love to be Hermione!

  34. H.Sandrine
    April 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm (7 years ago)

    (I don’t know if the first time, my message was sent because I saw something strange so I post again. I hope it won’t be a double post…)
    First of all, thanks for the chance !
    As for my choice of character, I’d like to be Feyre Archeron (for Rhys, the Inner Circle, the universe and the power :3)

  35. Tiana (The Book Raven)
    April 4, 2017 at 6:58 pm (7 years ago)

    I would be Nesta from ACOTAR just to get a sense of how she really feels and so that I would understand her better as a person who is hard to get along with.

  36. Kristin Duncan
    April 4, 2017 at 5:10 pm (7 years ago)

    I’d be Kell from the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab. Who wouldn’t want to be able to jump between worlds while wearing the coolest magical coat?

  37. amartinez87
    April 4, 2017 at 3:50 pm (7 years ago)

    Hum I’d love to be any character from Dark Hunter world and get me a sexy bad boy lol

  38. Alyssa Champagne
    April 4, 2017 at 1:45 pm (7 years ago)

    I would be Aelin from the Throne of Glass series! She is so badass! Thank you for the giveaway!!! : )

  39. Sabrina
    April 4, 2017 at 1:43 pm (7 years ago)

    I’d love to be Feyre- to be a High Lady with the power of all the High Lords, plus Rhys… all good things!

  40. Jenna Kilgore
    April 4, 2017 at 12:15 pm (7 years ago)

    I would be Quentin Coldwater from The Magicians. He is very intelligent and one of the best magicians in the world.

  41. Meigan
    April 4, 2017 at 11:38 am (7 years ago)

    Oh my, this is so fun (first-timer here 😉 ) And I’ve also never heard of the author above before, her book sounds amazing, so it’s a good day for firsts 😉


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