Tuesday, March 29, 2016

YA Scavenger Hunt, Spring 2016!



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 the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!


Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are eight contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the TEAL TEAM--but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a green team, a blue team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of 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 page.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: You'll find each author's favorite number at the end of their Scavenger Hunt post or hidden within. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the TEAL team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers on a team, make sure you fill out the form HERE to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number sum 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 3, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

SCAVENGER HUNT POST

Today, I am hosting Brianna Shrum, author of Never, Never for the YA Scavenger Hunt, and fans are in for a VERY special treat!!

Brianna's BioI'm a YA author living in Colorado with my high-school-sweetheart-turned husband and two little boys. I love all things villainous, magical, and strange, and when I'm not writing, am usually buried in someone else's words in a book. You can usually find me drinking chai and reading by my Harry Potter Christmas tree, which I will probably never take down.

Find out more at Brianna's website or check out her book Never, Never here!

James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.
When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child - at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children's dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.
But grow up he does.
And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate. This story isn't about Peter Pan; it's about the boy whose life he stole. It's about a man in a world that hates men. It's about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.
Except one.



EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Today's exclusive content is a brand new Never, Never bonus scene!!! Enjoy...

“I want to show you something,” said Tiger Lily.

James raised an eyebrow and threaded his fingers through hers. “Oh?”

“I’d considered keeping it entirely to myself, but you’ve worn me down. I’ve never…never shown this place to anyone.”

“Anyone?” he said, but when he said “anyone,” what he really meant was “Peter.”

Her fingers tightened minutely around his for a moment as they made their way through the darkest part of the forest. This was the place that had always frightened him most as a child—where the trees banded so close together that you couldn’t make out the sky. Even Peter had steered clear, though he’d threatened to wallop anyone who’d brought it up.

But Tiger Lily wasn’t afraid of anything.

She pushed ahead and James followed, holding his hook close to his side so it wouldn’t get caught in the bramble.

“There,” Tiger Lily said, and she ducked into a little indent in the earth, surrounded by shimmering leaves. James followed, trying to ignore the hairs raising on the back of his neck at being swallowed by the dark. And when he pushed through, he found himself in a much larger space than he’d expected—an entire room in the earth, vines and grass and fingerlike branches that spread out overtop them. It was surprisingly warm in here, given the damp, and when he wriggled in a bit further, breaking through the wall of branches, he drew in a sharp breath.

“Told you,” she whispered, and she grabbed for his fingers again.

“The fairies,” he breathed. They were everywhere. He and Tiger Lily were hidden, staring at them from the shadows as they flew around, dancing and spinning and laughing. The air was washed with the sound of tinkling bells, and lit with little houses, staircases and room that glowed gold and thin as thread.

“How did you find this place?” James said, suddenly feeling the sort of wonder that only came to the young.

“By not being afraid,” Tiger Lily whispered , lips brushing against his ear. His fingers curled in the black soil beneath them and she said, “One can wander into a good many secrets if one chooses not to be afraid.” Her breath on his ear and neck sent a spray of goose bumps over his skin.

“Oh is that the way of it?” James turned his face quickly, so that his mouth met hers. She smiled into his lips and he ran his fingers through her hair, hook over the back of her neck.

“So this is your secret?” he said, voice low.

“Yes.”

“I wish I had one with which to repay you,” he said.

Tiger Lily cocked her head and raised an eyebrow. “Oh no, I absolutely expect one in return. Fair’s fair, James Hook.”

“I have none to show you. But I can tell you,” he said.

“I don’t believe you, pirate,” said Tiger Lily. “But I accept your offer.”

James ran his fingers down her back while the fairies played and flitted like the stars around them. “If I were to show you a secret, it would be London. Where the stars stand still in the sky. The fog is cold and tastes like nothing but the rain, and it wraps around your ankles,” he said, sliding his hook and fingers up her bare calves. “There’s a clock in the middle of the city, so large that when it chimes, you can feel it in your chest.” His hand slipped up to her hip, and then his fingers were brushing her collarbone.

“I doubt it feels like this,” she said, glancing down at his hand.

“Oh, of course it does. I’m no scoundrel. I’m only telling you a secret.”

Tiger Lily ran her teeth over her lip and said, “You, James, are a scoundrel to your very bones.”

He tipped up one corner of his mouth and leaned over her. “Are you fed up with me then? You don’t wish to hear of the breeze that kisses your eyelids, or the salt of the sea on the wind that touches your tongue, or—”

“You fool pirate,” she said, and she grabbed his shirt by the laces and kissed him, fingers knit in his hair, back pressed against the leaves. He braced himself on the ground, chest pressing into hers, and skated his teeth over her jaw, up to her ear. “Do you wish to hear more of London?”

And she kissed him again.

AHHHH!!! Love it!

Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a copy of NEVER, NEVER, plus my book THE GREAT HUNT, and so much more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 33. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the teal team and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Here are the books up for grabs in the Teal Team's Grand Prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Leo Hunt!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Wendy's Mean, Hope-Giving St. Paddy's Post



It really is mean what I'm about to do. I have this crazy urge because it's St. Patrick's Day. And I know I shouldn't, but UGH. I want to show you the cover for SEE ME's sequel, REMEMBER ME. I had Jennifer Munswami make it for me last year when I started playing around with an idea in my mind for Cass and Rock's story. And then the idea just sort of hit a wall that I couldn't knock down or go around. I still have the loose idea, and really I just need to try and push forward and stop letting the unknown intimidate me. It's a wonder I get any books written, lol!

So, yeah. I'm going to share it. The cover for a book that may or may not get written. But it's such a shame to let Jennifer's gorgeous work sit on my computer, filed away, going to waste. I really do love it. And I feel like each time I put myself out there talking about this story, it's a possible step toward writing it. Also, I'm going to Dublin this summer, HALLELUIA!!! I will be visiting the Leprechaun Museum and praying for inspiration the entire time I'm guzzling Guiness!

Here it is, sweeties. I love you dearly, and I can't thank you enough for your kind, patient pleas to write this book. I hope someday soon I can do just that! Until then, enjoy the pretties...

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Friday, March 11, 2016

THE GREAT HUNT Release Week!!



Thank you for the book-birthday love!! I'm so happy THE GREAT HUNT is finally out there in the world. :) If you're looking for romance, fantasy, and a dark adventure, I hope you'll check it out! This will be a 2-book duology, and the second installment is set to hit shelves in winter 2017 (title to come!) THE GREAT HUNT is my very first book in hardback, which makes me especially nervous. Release week sales are the most important to an author, so I want to send my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who preordered and bought the book this week! It means the world to me!!



THE GREAT HUNT on Goodreads!


Buying Links!

AMAZON/KINDLE
B&N/NOOK
BOOK DEPOSITORY (free worldwide shipping!)


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