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. Destiny
    April 5, 2020 at 10:17 am (3 years ago)

    Reading of course! And organizing my stuff.

  2. Hannah McCormick
    April 5, 2020 at 6:52 am (3 years ago)

    Currently doing lots of gardening when the weather is good!

  3. Melissa
    April 5, 2020 at 1:54 am (3 years ago)

    Reading my Kindle app. Being FB.

  4. Carie
    April 5, 2020 at 12:38 am (3 years ago)

    Reading, painting, Disney+, and hanging with my boys 🙂

  5. Grace
    April 4, 2020 at 11:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading and doing puzzles!

  6. Karen DeVaney
    April 4, 2020 at 11:08 pm (3 years ago)

    My favorite social distancing activities are watching you tube, doing a jigsaw puzzle, and reading. I’m also enjoying going for a daily walk around my neighborhood with my husband.

  7. Alicia
    April 4, 2020 at 8:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading, playing mystery games, and cleaning (who would have thought?!). 🙂

  8. Tammy Hudson
    April 4, 2020 at 6:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading and watching Netflix

  9. Artemis Giote
    April 4, 2020 at 5:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading and playing board games with my family!

  10. Delia Chavez
    April 4, 2020 at 4:36 pm (3 years ago)

    My family has been playing a lot of board games to keep ourselves from boredom. Also, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. So those are my favorite things.

  11. Pamela Jansury
    April 4, 2020 at 3:58 pm (3 years ago)

    I love reading during social distancing.

  12. Liliana
    April 4, 2020 at 1:34 pm (3 years ago)

    I love painting my nails and doing nails art, so lately I’ve pulled out my neon polishes and have been doing some intricate designs with gradients and stamping!

  13. Laurel
    April 4, 2020 at 10:50 am (3 years ago)

    reading, gaming & watching dramas or anime

  14. Trisa @ Absolute Bookishness
    April 4, 2020 at 8:22 am (3 years ago)

    Well…reading, streaming operas, and spending time with my two dachshunds! I especially love dachsie reading time when I read aloud to them…and sometimes they pretend to listen! ^_^

  15. Irene
    April 4, 2020 at 5:54 am (3 years ago)

    Reading of course. If I have to name something else, I’d say playing The Sims 😀

  16. Birgit L.
    April 4, 2020 at 5:52 am (3 years ago)

    Well, reading obviously! And I may add that my TBR piles (yes, plural) are slowly but steadly shrinking.

  17. britt
    April 4, 2020 at 5:41 am (3 years ago)

    Reading and video games!

  18. Sarah Kalaitzidis
    April 4, 2020 at 1:53 am (3 years ago)

    I stay at home on my computer haha XD

  19. Sara Zielinski
    April 3, 2020 at 11:33 pm (3 years ago)

    Hanging out on video chat with my friends!

  20. Calvin
    April 3, 2020 at 10:30 pm (3 years ago)

    Snacking, watching anime, and listening to music.

  21. Anubha
    April 3, 2020 at 10:27 pm (3 years ago)

    I have been doing: binge-watch and studying.

  22. KC Walters
    April 3, 2020 at 7:09 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading while cuddling with my pup!

  23. Kelly D
    April 3, 2020 at 6:04 pm (3 years ago)

    I like to work in my garden

  24. joy f
    April 3, 2020 at 5:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Same as always, reading.

  25. _Sandra_
    April 3, 2020 at 4:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading, baking and binging on shows. 🙂

  26. Theresa
    April 3, 2020 at 8:45 am (3 years ago)

    READING!!!! and being able to practice yoga several times a week!
    (and trying to not feel too guilty because I’m not getting stuff done around the house like I thought I would LOL!)

  27. Candice
    April 3, 2020 at 5:02 am (3 years ago)

    Reading and watching TV while sitting in a chair with a dachshund on my lap.

  28. Shannon Fay
    April 3, 2020 at 2:34 am (3 years ago)

    well reading of course. and now that i have the time, i’m re-dedicating myself to curating my cat’s instagram (@rothecitykitty)

    sounds crazy but the little dude has more followers than i do lol

  29. Katherine Paschal
    April 3, 2020 at 12:43 am (3 years ago)

    Binge watching tv series, reading, and putting together legos

  30. Tia
    April 2, 2020 at 10:23 pm (3 years ago)


  31. Karen
    April 2, 2020 at 8:28 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading, of course!

  32. Ariana Velasquez
    April 2, 2020 at 7:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you for entering this contest! It so cool to meet new authors and books! May luck be on my side this year!

  33. Gabby Roberts
    April 2, 2020 at 7:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Sleeping in for once

  34. Valerie Rogers
    April 2, 2020 at 6:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading, watching movies, hanging with my 3 grandkids that are quarantined with us.

  35. Sabrina
    April 2, 2020 at 5:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading, watching Disney movies with my girls, and puzzles. Stay safe!

  36. almendra
    April 2, 2020 at 4:31 pm (3 years ago)

    read and reread

    April 2, 2020 at 3:33 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading and more reading! And listening to audiobooks.

  38. Nicole
    April 2, 2020 at 2:51 pm (3 years ago)

    My favorite social distancing activity by far is playing vehicle tag-you’re-it with some family friends. One day, my friends will all get in a vehicle, pull in our driveway and wave and honk at us, and then the next day, our family goes over to their house and does the same thing. It’s great way to see everyone even if we don’t get to interact.

  39. Megan Coppadge
    April 2, 2020 at 11:36 am (3 years ago)

    I’m not including reading that’s a given lol. Cross stitch and watching/binging movies and shows.

  40. Shahna Hopper
    April 2, 2020 at 10:37 am (3 years ago)

    Im loving The Tiger King. I’ve watched it twice now

  41. Jackie Nichols
    April 2, 2020 at 10:32 am (3 years ago)

    Reading, Reading, Reading! it lets me escape the chaos of 4 boys at home and working in healthcare!

  42. Megan Lemieux
    April 2, 2020 at 10:13 am (3 years ago)


  43. Lily M.
    April 2, 2020 at 2:31 am (3 years ago)

    Hi!! Thank you so much for this opportunity :):):) lately i’ve been catching up on my Korean Dramas 🙂

  44. Elisa Binti Panjang
    April 2, 2020 at 12:58 am (3 years ago)

    Reading and playing hidden object games.

  45. Melissa O’Neill
    April 1, 2020 at 9:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Um… reading of course!!!!! I don’t get to do a lot of social distancing since I’m a first responder but I love to read to escape reality for a little while.

  46. Andrea Carroll
    April 1, 2020 at 9:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading… and on-line teaching.

  47. Joleene
    April 1, 2020 at 9:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading with my son

  48. Kimie Dougherty
    April 1, 2020 at 8:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading and paintings are my favorite things to do right now.

  49. Angie
    April 1, 2020 at 7:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading and drinking wine haha

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