Spring 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 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 Hindu 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 TITLE REVEAL and back copy description from the last book in the Aquarathi series (SQUEEEEEE!!!), 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 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 5th!


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 BLUE 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 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 5TH, 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 MELANIE HOOYENGA, author of FLICKER for this leg of the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan. When not at her day job as a Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.

About the book:

Biz is a perfectly normal teenager except for one minor detail: she uses sunlight to jump back to yesterday. She takes advantage of flickering by retaking Trig tests, fixing fights with her boyfriend (or reliving the making up), and repeating pretty much anything that could be done better. Trouble is, flickering makes her head explode from the inside. Or feel like it anyway.

No one knows about her freakish ability and she’s content to keep it that way. Guys don’t stick around because she refuses to let them in, but all that changes when Cameron, her best friend, starts looking oh-so-yummy. Suddenly she’s noticing his biceps, his smile, and the cute way his eyes crinkle when he—gah! This is her friend!

But the butterflies come to a screeching halt when little girls start disappearing, then take a nosedive when the police link the kidnappings to Cameron’s sister, who vanished years earlier. As the police grasp for clues, Biz photographs a strange man lurking in the shadows and realizes that her flickering can help more than just herself.

Find out more information about this exciting book by checking out MELANIE HOOYENGA‘s website!


And DRUMROLL please … now for MELANIE HOOYENGA’s  exclusive content!

Message from Melanie:

Thank you so much for hosting me on the scavenger hunt! This is my fifth time doing this and it’s fun getting to know so many new authors. For my bonus material, I made a short video where I talk about a few ways my character, Biz, and I are alike and different. I hope you all enjoy it!

Also, Flicker won the Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards for MG/YA in 2015. Just a fun fact!

WHOA! This makes me want to do THIRTEEN cartwheels!

To read more about MELANIE HOOYENGA and FLICKER, 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’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 a $25 Amazon gift card for all of you stuck at home during these crazy 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)

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If you’re ready to move on to the next author in the hunt, click here:  SARAH K. L. WILSON!

Good luck!

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104 Comments on Spring 2020 YA Scavenger Hunt

  1. Summer
    April 1, 2020 at 6:18 pm (6 months ago)


  2. Cathy
    April 1, 2020 at 6:07 pm (6 months ago)

    Reading and crocheting are keeping me busy right now.

  3. PamM
    April 1, 2020 at 4:57 pm (6 months ago)

    Reading is my favorite thing to do.

  4. desiree
    April 1, 2020 at 4:38 pm (6 months ago)

    im doing the game and then doing book and crafts

  5. Jo Anne V
    April 1, 2020 at 4:38 pm (6 months ago)

    reading and doing ancestry research

  6. Melissa Williams
    April 1, 2020 at 4:18 pm (6 months ago)

    Reading has definitely been my favorite activity. But I also enjoy using Marco Polo to talk with family and friends.

  7. Nini
    April 1, 2020 at 3:26 pm (6 months ago)

    My fave social distancing activity is drawing/any art 🙂

  8. Kati
    April 1, 2020 at 2:37 pm (6 months ago)

    Reading and taking a walk everyday.

  9. Susan
    April 1, 2020 at 2:32 pm (6 months ago)

    I’ve been watching a movie a day with my sisters and I look forward to this time of the day every day 🙂

  10. kallie
    April 1, 2020 at 2:25 pm (6 months ago)

    LOTS of sudoku, and of course reading 🙂

  11. Brenna Wildung
    April 1, 2020 at 1:55 pm (6 months ago)

    spending time with my kids 😀

  12. Maggie
    April 1, 2020 at 1:29 pm (6 months ago)

    Reading and running

  13. Maryna
    April 1, 2020 at 1:16 pm (6 months ago)

    Oh, definitely reading. But also listening to audiobooks and music.

  14. Olivia Chambers
    April 1, 2020 at 1:08 pm (6 months ago)

    I’ve been exercising, cleaning, and learning new recipes for healthy food. I’m working on a quarantine glow-up! I’ve also been listening to audiobooks, like Colleen Huock’s Tiger’s Curse series. Your Hindu inspired book looks really interesting!

  15. Jeanette Neff
    April 1, 2020 at 12:42 pm (6 months ago)

    Watching Netflix and reading

  16. True
    April 1, 2020 at 12:38 pm (6 months ago)

    Right now, my favorite social distancing activity is reading or writing – although I’m taking advantage of the free time and brushing up on my French by reading books in French!

  17. Hailey Steensen
    April 1, 2020 at 12:37 pm (6 months ago)

    This is my first year with the YA Scavenger Hunt and I’m so excited!! I’m going to try to complete all of the teams!!

  18. Crystal C.
    April 1, 2020 at 12:31 pm (6 months ago)

    Binge watching TV shows and youtube.

  19. Stacie Williams
    April 1, 2020 at 12:12 pm (6 months ago)

    Family time and lots of reading

  20. Brian
    April 1, 2020 at 11:44 am (6 months ago)

    Reading and catching up on TV

  21. Leona
    April 1, 2020 at 11:02 am (6 months ago)

    reading, baking and puzzles!

  22. Betul
    April 1, 2020 at 10:03 am (6 months ago)

    Reading and watching movies.

    • Abigail
      April 1, 2020 at 10:06 am (6 months ago)


  23. Marcia Monteiro
    April 1, 2020 at 9:59 am (6 months ago)

    Reading and playing Stardew Valley! There’s nothing better to pass the time!

  24. Evie
    April 1, 2020 at 7:47 am (6 months ago)

    Reading, eating and watching my favorite tv shows. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Kirsten N
    April 1, 2020 at 7:43 am (6 months ago)

    long walks with my dog on our farm

  26. Melinda Pratt
    April 1, 2020 at 2:40 am (6 months ago)

    Favorite social distancing activity watching netflix

  27. Sarah
    April 1, 2020 at 2:06 am (6 months ago)

    Reading for sure! Finally getting through my TBR

  28. Lauren
    April 1, 2020 at 1:26 am (6 months ago)

    Reading, Binge Watching & Knitting 🙂
    Happy YASH!!!

  29. Michelle Morris
    April 1, 2020 at 12:41 am (6 months ago)

    Reading, playing games on my phone, and staying in bed watching tv.

  30. Theo A
    April 1, 2020 at 12:07 am (6 months ago)

    I’ve been reading a whole lot and trying to worldbuild for my new WIP.

  31. Savannah Lay
    March 31, 2020 at 11:28 pm (6 months ago)

    Baking with Netflix in the background (usually “Nailed It”!

  32. Tia K
    March 31, 2020 at 10:30 pm (6 months ago)

    First time learning about the YA Scavenger Hunt. Trying it out this year so I can teach our community Girl Scout team about it for them to try with their teen troops next year.

  33. bn100
    March 31, 2020 at 9:42 pm (6 months ago)


  34. Ashley
    March 31, 2020 at 7:29 pm (6 months ago)

    My favorite is catching up on my reading list and I am actually excited that I get to participate in this years O.W.L.s reading challenge! I am also enjoying puzzles and games and taking free classes to learn something new!

  35. Alysha Parent
    March 31, 2020 at 7:00 pm (6 months ago)

    YASH of course! Oh and reading when I’m not dealing with my crazy daughters.

  36. Amanda
    March 31, 2020 at 6:55 pm (6 months ago)

    Happy Color app on my phone

  37. Karina Hernandez
    March 31, 2020 at 6:50 pm (6 months ago)

    Disney+ and Netflix

  38. Courtney Pierce
    March 31, 2020 at 5:49 pm (6 months ago)

    I’ve been writing my next novel during this quarantine and loving on my dog! I’m also trying to plan a wedding, but this quarantine has put a lot of my wedding plans on hold… I’ve thought about doing long-distance engagement photos for the invites at this point. What a time its been! Thanks for the chance, and I hope you are staying well!

  39. Lindsey K
    March 31, 2020 at 5:42 pm (6 months ago)

    I’ve been writing as much as I can, and watching spy films!

  40. Stephanie Reyes
    March 31, 2020 at 5:37 pm (6 months ago)

    My favorite social distancing activity is hands down reading. I’ve gotten through more of my TBR pile this last few weeks than I have in months. Kinda nice!

  41. Gracelyn Deutscher
    March 31, 2020 at 5:27 pm (6 months ago)

    I’ve been binge reading and painting!

  42. Deborah D
    March 31, 2020 at 4:39 pm (6 months ago)

    reading and this scavenger hunt

  43. Paige
    March 31, 2020 at 4:18 pm (6 months ago)

    Reading, Netflix, and procrastinating on my grad school work 🙂

  44. Megan S.
    March 31, 2020 at 4:03 pm (6 months ago)

    I love reading 🙂

  45. Britt Bryan
    March 31, 2020 at 3:56 pm (6 months ago)

    Animal Crossing!

  46. Isabella Miles
    March 31, 2020 at 3:42 pm (6 months ago)

    Netflix, obvi

  47. Lexi
    March 31, 2020 at 3:31 pm (6 months ago)

    My favorite activity has been reading or catching up on Netflix shows!

  48. Tammy V
    March 31, 2020 at 1:22 pm (6 months ago)

    I’ve been doing 3 – reading, binge watching and jigsaw puzzles. I live alone so I’ll include Skyping with family

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