Welcome to the Spring 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the super-tastic YA Scavenger Hunt! For those new to the fun-fest that is YASH, this tri-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 Amazon best seller BLOODSPELL, The AQUARATHI Series from Harlequin Teen (WATERFELL and OCEANBORN), THE ALMOST GIRL and THE FALLEN PRINCE from Strange Chemistry, and the Spring 2014 Kids’ Indie Next Pick ALPHA GODDESS from Sky Pony Press.

If you came here looking for my bonus material, a deleted scene from ALPHA GODDESS (my recent multicultural East-Indian mythology release), you’ll have to keep hunting!

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 for 72 hours — until noon PST on Sunday April 6th!

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image16288022Check out the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM–but there is also a red team 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, 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 the blue 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 6th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Jen McConnel-0034I am super-thrilled to be hosting the lovely and talented JEN MCCONNEL for this leg of the YA Scavenger Hunt!

About Jen: Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn’t crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

Jen’s featured book on this hunt is called DAUGHTER OF CHAOS. Isn’t that an awesome title?! Makes me want to read it already! Are you guys ready for the cover? Because it is seriously just as fabulous as its name! Drumroll please …

DOC cover

Nothing is more terrifying than the witch who wields red magic.

There comes a time in every witch’s life when she must choose her path. Darlena’s friends have already chosen, so why is it so hard for her to make up her mind? Now, Darlena is out of time. Under pressure from Hecate, the Queen of all witches, Darlena makes a rash decision to choose Red magic, a path no witch in her right mind would dare take. As a Red witch, she will be responsible for chaos and mayhem, drawing her deep into darkness. Will the power of Red magic prove too much for Darlena, or will she learn to control it before it’s too late?

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


And now for the moment you all have been waiting for … Jen’s exclusive content!

In the early drafts of DAUGHTER OF CHAOS, each chapter started with an excerpt from one of Darlena’s magical textbooks. While the textbook, “Of the Arcane and Archaic: A Little-Known History of Occult Practices”, didn’t make the final cut, I wanted to share a snippet of it with y’all for the hunt. Enjoy!

A note would be appropriate at this point to mention the little known branch of magic that is called Red. This path is shrouded in secrecy, but at the time of this writing it seems clear that it has almost died out: only three Witches could be found globally who professed to follow the Red path. All three refused to contribute information to this text, so the author is left to draw her own suppositions. Clearly, Red magic is dangerous, for if it were not, there would certainly be more practitioners. Some possible deities associated with Red Magic are: Kali, Pele, Loki, Freya, and Persephone. It has been suggested that Red magic walks a line of passion, and if so goddesses such as Aphrodite and Venus might well be added to the Red Pantheon, but nothing can be proved at this time.

Whoa, doesn’t that sound intriguing? Want to learn more? Be sure to click on the links to Jen’s website to find out how you can get your hands on your very own copy of DAUGHTER OF CHAOS! Anyway, just for the record, I’ve been practicing Red magic for THIRTEEN years.

Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Jen McConnel and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is hidden somewhere in this post (hint: scroll up a bit – it’s in blue and it’s about my many years as a Red magic witch). 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! Also keep in mind that most of the authors are doing their own giveaways so there are many chances to win something unique and special.

While you’re here with me, be sure to enter the personal contest I’m hosting below for a SIGNED copies of my books, WATERFELL and THE ALMOST GIRL, as well as SIGNED copies of A GIRL NAMED DIGIT and DOUBLE DIGIT by Annabel Monaghan. Contest is international.

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If you’re ready to move on, click HERE to head over to the next author in the hunt — AMY CHRISTINE PARKER! Good luck!!

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77 Comments on Welcome to the Spring 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt

  1. Kellani
    April 5, 2014 at 2:38 am (10 years ago)

    I’d take the book that culminates all my wolf posts that I wrote with my best friend. I’d be able to read it over and over again.

  2. Brianna Clay
    April 5, 2014 at 1:28 am (10 years ago)

    If possible, a collection of the Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books because they has so many classic stories that I love… And thank you for the giveaway!

  3. Bailey Orr
    April 5, 2014 at 12:41 am (10 years ago)

    Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan!

  4. Megan D.
    April 5, 2014 at 12:27 am (10 years ago)

    Gone with the Wind

  5. Tonnelle Driesen
    April 4, 2014 at 10:32 pm (10 years ago)

    Oh wow this is a hard one but if i had to choose…… I would have to take…. The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Kimberly B.
    April 4, 2014 at 10:31 pm (10 years ago)

    Hi there! It is so hard to pick just one book! But I think I would bring Ovid’s Metamorphoses, then challenge myself to do a retelling of every myth. That would keep me busy, I think! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  7. Cesya MaRae Cuono (@cesyamcuono)
    April 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm (10 years ago)

    I’d have to take Under the Dome by Stephen King. It’s a huge book so it would occupy a lot of my time!

  8. 1110cg
    April 4, 2014 at 9:07 pm (10 years ago)

    I would take Oh.My.Gods. by TLC

  9. Viridiana Ruiz
    April 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm (10 years ago)

    I would take The Adoration of Jenna Fox! I love that book.

  10. Kassiah
    April 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm (10 years ago)

    Wow, what a question! I think I’d take one of those huge anthologies that you need in college. I’m not sure which one, but they’ve got a good variety. Can I just bring my kindle? LOL

  11. Anna
    April 4, 2014 at 6:56 pm (10 years ago)

    For me it would be my old copy of Hans Christian Andersen Tales

    • Anna
      April 5, 2014 at 7:49 am (10 years ago)

      I’m so sorry. but I think that the first time around I have written wrong e-mail address in the Rafflecopter.

  12. werehunterfan1995
    April 4, 2014 at 6:36 pm (10 years ago)

    I would take The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  13. Sharrice
    April 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm (10 years ago)

    I would take the dictionary. That way when I get off the island I will know many words!

  14. Pauline D
    April 4, 2014 at 3:37 pm (10 years ago)

    Complete works of Shakespeare

  15. Demitra
    April 4, 2014 at 2:23 pm (10 years ago)

    Hard question. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  16. PamM
    April 4, 2014 at 1:02 pm (10 years ago)

    It would Spitfire by Bertrice Small. My mom got it for me years ago.

  17. Maura
    April 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm (10 years ago)

    I always have to go with the Bible when facing a one book situation. (: Something new can always be found in its pages. Thanks for the giveaway and being a part of YASH!

  18. Dreams
    April 4, 2014 at 11:53 am (10 years ago)

    Only one book, now that would be hell. If I had to pick, I would say Fangirl by Rainbow Powell. It’s a recent read, but there is something about that make me proud of my inner geek.

    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity.

  19. Denice
    April 4, 2014 at 11:22 am (10 years ago)

    I think I would take a copy of Lover Awakened by JR Ward… That book is really memorable… =)

    Thank you for the chance!!!

  20. MissBloodsucker™
    April 4, 2014 at 10:42 am (10 years ago)

    *gaasp* That is a mean question. XD I’d never leave my books behind anywayss ;D But if, IF I had to pick, it’d have to be some book from Throne of Glass, The Darkest Minds, Lux or Bloodlines series…..that’s as far as I can narrow it down 😛

  21. Sofia T.
    April 4, 2014 at 3:52 am (10 years ago)

    I’d take On the island by Tracey Garvis-Graves! (btw my username on Goodreads is Sophia T. (♥ Dimitri Belikov) )

  22. Melissa Robles
    April 4, 2014 at 3:07 am (10 years ago)

    Hmmm… I’d go with the classic Black Beauty. It’s a lovely story that brings forth sweet memories to my mind. 🙂

  23. Vahhaba L.
    April 4, 2014 at 2:57 am (10 years ago)

    I would take The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead. I wouldnt be able to survive without SYDRIAN

  24. Beth Ervin
    April 4, 2014 at 12:49 am (10 years ago)

    Probably my first printing copy of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. I’ve read it over and over, I love it.

  25. Rose's Book Corner
    April 3, 2014 at 11:48 pm (10 years ago)

    oh man that is a tough question! I would probably bring Night World Book 1 by L.J. Smith. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! 😀

  26. Katie
    April 3, 2014 at 11:13 pm (10 years ago)

    Oh goodness this is tough, but I would most likely Grimm’s fairy tales as well as it is the biggest book I own!

  27. bn100
    April 3, 2014 at 9:55 pm (10 years ago)

    an Abbi Glines book

  28. Brittany Ashby
    April 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm (10 years ago)

    I would take a copy of Fahrenheit 451 with me!

  29. Ranae
    April 3, 2014 at 8:41 pm (10 years ago)

    Harry Potter but I can’t choose just one.

  30. Pamela
    April 3, 2014 at 8:38 pm (10 years ago)

    The copy of Pride and Prejudice I’ve had since I was 11.

  31. Stephanie T.
    April 3, 2014 at 6:56 pm (10 years ago)

    I would either choose the Bible or Tiger Lily with my map-bookmark! And maybe, a GPS would be convenient too 🙂

  32. Stephanie H.
    April 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm (10 years ago)

    That is a REALLY hard question…and part of me wants to cheat and say I would just bring my kindle. But that would just die.
    So the one book I would bring would be, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I love this book and have read it several times. And I could be satisfied reading it more.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. michikins
    April 3, 2014 at 5:24 pm (10 years ago)

    The last book of the Wheel of Time Series, “A Memory of Light.” There’s so much tying up in it that even though I’ve read it 3 times now, I still find new things each time!

  34. Morgan
    April 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm (10 years ago)

    I would take my Bible!!!

  35. Sarah
    April 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm (10 years ago)

    I’m with you on the Grimm’s Fairy Tales! That way you have many stories 😀

  36. Justine Winans
    April 3, 2014 at 4:29 pm (10 years ago)

    I would bring The Count of Monte Cristo…

    ….and then, escaping from the island like it’s my prison, I would LIVE it.

    (Kidding. About the second part. Mostly.)

  37. cassidy singleton
    April 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm (10 years ago)

    i would take alice in wonderland because its just a classic and an amazing book that would never get boring!

  38. Sabine
    April 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm (10 years ago)

    That’s a really hard question and my answer would probably change if you asked me this next year, but right now I would say Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi because I can totally see myself re-reading it over and over.

  39. wallace712013
    April 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm (10 years ago)

    Thanks for the giveaway!! I can’t pick just one book because I love so many!!

  40. Maud G
    April 3, 2014 at 2:36 pm (10 years ago)

    I would bring with me a bindup of all the Harry Potter books! 😀

  41. Melissa M
    April 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm (10 years ago)

    i would probably take my Notebook (computer) haha that way i would have all the books! 🙂

  42. Melissa M
    April 3, 2014 at 12:53 pm (10 years ago)

    So excited to be finding new authors to check out! I’ve never done this before and I’m so excited,this is fun!

  43. B. A. Wilson
    April 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm (10 years ago)

    Thanks for participating! I’ve added Daughter of Chaos to my wish list, and I’ll be very politely stalking you on social media going forward. 😉

  44. JenMcConnel
    April 3, 2014 at 12:36 pm (10 years ago)

    Thanks so much for hosting me! 🙂

    • admin
      April 3, 2014 at 3:06 pm (10 years ago)

      So happy to host you, Jen! 🙂

  45. Manda Bourque
    April 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm (10 years ago)

    I would probably take Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep.

  46. Holly
    April 3, 2014 at 11:57 am (10 years ago)

    Hands down, the Bible.

  47. Tanja
    April 3, 2014 at 10:31 am (10 years ago)

    I’d go with The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon 🙂 Thanks for this amazing giveaway 🙂

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