Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Fall 2019 YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! 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 my team in the hunt! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are FOUR contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am part of the GOLD TEAM—but there is also a blue team, a red team, and a purple team. You can enter for each team to win a whole set of different books, plus a $50 Amazon giftcard!

Yeah, I know my fans are probably shocked that I'm not on the blue team. I didn't get to pick my team, but I'm so excited to be part of this fabulous contest that I don't even care! (Well, not too much. 😉)

And don't miss my personal BONUS GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a copy of my novel After Me or a $25 Amazon giftcard!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, want to see links to all the authors participating, or want to see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Somewhere below, you'll find my favorite number in bold gold. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the GOLD TEAM, then add them up. (Don't worry, you can use a calculator!) 

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: Contest is 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 Sunday, October 6th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Hello, YASH Hunters! If you're looking for Colleen Houck's bonus material, you're in the right place! Take it away, Colleen!

All right, zealous readers. I've been telling you that I'm revealing not one but two special projects during this season of the YA Scavenger Hunt. For the past few hunts, I've been giving you sneak peeks of a book I finished writing last year. It's a sci-fi and, so far, it's a stand-alone. Well, we're finally going to be releasing that book in the spring of 2020. It's called Terraformers. 

Here's the WIP description.

Deadly toxins can be hidden inside the most beautiful flowers. That’s what Astra Meador’s famous biophysicist mother taught her.

As her mother’s apprentice, Astra has developed skills in botany, chemistry, medicine, and, most importantly, in keeping secrets. In fact, keeping Astra’s secret was the reason her family decided to leave the Earth and join a terraforming mission to colonize a distant planet called Crillain IV. But when Astra wakes early from hypersleep, she discovers that her mother never made it onboard, her father died in transit and his body has been ejected from the ship, and she suspects that she’s not the only one awake.

When the ship finally lands and she’s reunited with her brother, Nash, Astra hopes to settle into a new life, especially when she meets the charming young engineer, Jax, and is recruited by the mission commander to train alongside his handsome son to be a future leader of the small colony.

Then Astra learns that she’s not the only one with a dark secret.

As both young men contend for her affection, Astra searches for answers, trying to determine who to trust. But with theft and murder occurring in the colony along with the sudden disappearance of her beloved brother, Astra can’t listen to the whisperings of her heart, especially when someone or something else on the planet is whispering to her mind even louder.

The second project is one you've all been waiting on for a long time. Tiger's Dream is finally going to be produced as a special edition in hardback! Technically, there are going to be two books. Because it's so large, we are splitting it into a Part 1 and a Part 2 with bonus material added to each. Both of these will be available for purchase on November 12, 2019. 

Here's a sneak peek at the revamped covers! 

Part one will include a prelude and part two will have a bonus chapter titled, "A Space Between," written in Anamika's perspective. This bonus chapter includes glimpses of all your favorite characters. Here's a little teaser.

Still wrapped in my thoughts, I stumbled into the group of swaying dancers and froze in place. I watched them dance slowly around me, not even noticing when couples phased right through my body. Women’s arms were twined about men’s necks without hesitation or fear. They even seemed to enjoy the closeness and the men’s caresses.

A couple passed me and I recognized Nilima. Unlike others, she didn’t appear to be enamored with her dance partner. She maintained what I considered to be an appropriate distance from him, though he appeared to be making every effort to draw her closer. His obvious attempts to force her to comply disturbed me. I frowned, ready to intervene. Why was she allowing this? She should knee the man in the groin. Or slap him, at the very least.

The song ended and she took her leave after giving the man a tight smile, returning to Ren’s side.

“That one was a bit handsy,” she said.

He glanced up, eyeing the departing figure. “Let me know if he continues to bother you.”

Nilima raised an eyebrow. “I can handle it. Thanks, though. Might stick close to you the rest of the evening, if you don’t mind. As long as I don’t throw you off your game.”

Ren quirked his head. “Ah, game. As in hunting. I like that one. Not to worry, Nilima. The prey here is so easy, a hunt isn’t even necessary. They just fall right into my lap.”

Just then a young woman walked right up to Ren and said, “Why aren’t you just the most gorgeous thing? Aren’t you going to ask me to dance, sugar?”

As the girl took hold of Ren’s arm, he turned back to Nilima. “See?”

Though he smiled, I could see it didn’t reach his eyes. Nilima sighed, shook her head and rubbed her arms. “Why are men such idiots?” she mumbled under her breath. Then, aloud: “Time for some ice cream.”

“I don’t know,” I muttered, trailing behind her. “But if ice cream is what Kelsey and the boy who cares for cows were eating earlier, I will have another serving with you.”

There you have it. You got not one, not two, not three, but FOUR super special, top-secret pieces of info. For those of you wanting to get your desperate little hands on the collector's edition hardbacks, you're in luck. I will be giving away a signed set to a very special Colleen Houck fan. Just head over to my website and enter the Rafflecopter. But, be warned, I will be testing your tiger loyalty to win this highly sought after prize. 

If you haven't read my books yet, that's okay. I still have an amazing giveaway for you too. There's a second contest for new readers. You can choose from either Reawakened, Tiger's Curse, or The Lantern's Ember. Enter the Rafflecopter on my website for a chance to win. Good luck, readers!

Wow! Thanks, Colleen. That is truly some awesome exclusive content!

Thanks to everyone for visiting today, and don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by meColleen HouckElle Scott, and many more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 77. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the GOLD TEAM and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author—Elle Scott!



My featured book in the hunt is After Her, Book Two in the Unfinished Series. How would you like a chance to win an autographed copy of Book One—After Me? Or how about a $25 Amazon giftcard? All you have to do is like my Facebook Author Page or follow me on Twitter or Bookbub between now and Sunday, October 6th. Your name will go into the drawing once for each like or follow. Two lucky winners—one for the book and one for the giftcard—will be drawn at random. Winners will be announced here and on my Facebook Author Page on October 7th. Good luck, and thanks for playing!  

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  1. Thank you so much for the giveaway. I followed on twitter and I'd love to be entered for the gift card :)

  2. Your novels sound great! The covers for After Me and After Her are so pretty! Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Thank you! Got you entered, so good luck!

  3. Thanks for the chance to win! I followed you on Twitter and liked your Facebook Fan Page!

  4. I followed you on all three.
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    On Twitter it is: MellyHoneybee1
    On FB it is: Melissa Rose Gardiner

    1. Thanks so much for playing! Good luck!

  5. I have to say Colleen Houck is the reason I am so in love with reading now. I hated reading as a child but I saw her book Tiger's Curse several years ago and decided to give it a try. I fell in love instantly and now do a reading challenge every year to read at least 100 new books, I'm at 110 this year but who's counting. I'm so happy to have all these new reads to add to my must have list! Happy Hunting everyone!

    1. Yes, Colleen's books sound fabulous, and her covers are incredible! Thanks for playing.

  6. #goteamGOLD I followed on twitter

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  8. Thank you so much for the giveaway!
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  10. Thank you for this Awesome Giveaway! I'm already following you on all your pages.

  11. Thank you! Following you on Facebook as Melissa Williams, twitter as @melissande1228, and Bookbub as @Melissande28

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  17. I'm excited to be getting to know so many new books to add to my TBR list! This is a lot of fun!

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