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Happy October readers, and welcome to this fall’s YA Scavenger Hunt! I love October and I love Halloween–it’s my favorite holiday–though I do very much miss seeing the beautiful fall colors that seem to lack here in Florida.
For those neophytes joining us the YA Scavenger Hunt blog hop of fun-ness is designed to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to find new favorite authors and win some great prizes! I’m on #TeamBlue this time and I’m thrilled! As per usual I have an extra giveaway going on that you can only enter here on this page. $20 in gift cards and is very special prize basket filled with so many things us book lovers live off of ;P The rafflecopter is below so don’t miss it.
There is more to this hunt than access to exclusive content. If you want any of the grand prizes you need to find and add up all the number clues from each author for the team hunt. Get that total number and you can enter for our prizes–one lucky winner will receive ONE SIGNED BOOK from each author on the hunt team!
But you have to play fast. This contest will only be open for 5 days, OCTOBER 3-8! Each author on my #TeamBlue have listed a certain number; collect the numbers of all the authors and add them up. 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.
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt, the rules, the other teams, and all the prizes up for grabs!
For this hunt I am hosting CHRISTINA JUNE and her Cinderella reimagining: IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE
Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client).
When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela/fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.
A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules.
SPECIAL CONTENT: Inspirational boards for her books!
EVERYWHERE YOU WANT TO BE: From author Christina June comes Everywhere You Want to Be, a modern tale inspired by the classic Red Riding Hood story.
Matilda Castillo has always followed the rules, but when she gets injured senior year, she’s sure her dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer have slipped away. So when Tilly gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the summer with a New York dance troupe, nothing can stop her from saying yes–not her mother, not her fears of the big city, and not the commitment she made to Georgetown. Tilly’s mother allows her to go on two conditions: one, Tilly will regularly visit her abuela in New Jersey, and two, after the summer, she’ll give up dancing and go off to college.
Armed with her red vintage sunglasses and her pros and cons lists, Tilly strikes out, determined to turn a summer job into a career–and figure out how to break it to her mother later. Along the way she meets new friends … and new enemies. Tilly isn’t the only one desperate to dance, and fellow troupe member Sabrina Wolfrik intends to succeed at any cost. But despite dodging sabotage and blackmail attempts from Sabrina, Tilly can’t help but fall in love with the city, especially since Paolo, a handsome musician from her past, is also calling New York home for the summer.
As the weeks wind down and the competition with Sabrina heats up, Tilly’s future is on the line. She must decide whether to follow her mother’s dream of college or leap into the unknown to pursue her own dreams.
Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, eats too many cupcakes, and hopes to one day be bicoastal – the east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives in Virginia with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE, was released in May 2017, and a companion, EVERYWHERE YOU WANT TO BE, will be available in 2018.
Sounds like an interesting series! Take the time to check it out after you enter the extra giveaway I’m running! To be eligible for the grand prize on #TeamBlue you need to remember that I am a HUGE Ohio State Football fan and that the jersey number of my favorite players from the last few seasons is 97!
Make the jump to NINA ROSSING’s page to continue the hunt! And if you haven’t already, you’ll soon find my special content on this hunt which is super exciting for me because I’ve released the first chapter of my newest book CHASING THE ORION STARS which is on Swoon Reads!
Happy sleuthing 🙂
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Scavenger Hunts are one of my favorite things every! I’m teaming up with eleven other amazing authors to put together a first of its kind instagram picture hunt! We’ve got the full rules, how to participate, and all the prizes available right here!
1 st up: how it all works & the rules:
Each entry must be posted on Instagram AND must be tagged with #YAInstagram to be counted as an entry! You can earn up to 8 points per team — 1 for each photo you post on Instagram using #YAInstahunt — The authors will choose their winners so get creative! Grand prize winner will be chosen from the contestants that take part in all teams and has the most points entered. Don’t forget to also tag the teams authors with each pic entry! Share the love <3
Any entries on other forms of social media DO NOT count, so make sure you are posting each pic on Instagram! However, you can share this hunt on twitter, facebook, Pinterest and all other social media platforms. but only Instagram entries count.
Winners will be notified through Instagram
2 nd thing to know: The authors taking part AND each team’s prize!! We’ve got a lot of good ones 🙂
TEAM PINK PRIZES: Print copy of REAWAKENED + $20 gift card & Legendary swag
TEAM GREEN PRIZES: ebook The Watcher and The Angel Killer + Copy of The Castaways & swag
TEAM PURPLE PRIZES: $10 Gift card + $20 gift card & November girl swag
TEAM RED PRIZES: $25 gift card + Custom crow pendant & a signed hardcover of BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS
TEAM YELLOW PRIZES: T-shirt & Swag + $25 gift card
TEAM ORANGE PRIZES: $20 Amazon gift card + $25 B&N gift card
The grand prize winner will receive 1 copy of EACH AUTHOR’S featured book! Open internationally–where ever Book Depository ships to for free.
Put Aug 25th on your calendar and get your INSTAGRAM filters ready for use! See you all then
<3 always L.H.
Hello!!! I love getting to take part in the different types of author promo’s out there so I decided to try my own using one of my more favorite forms of social media: INSTAGRAM!!
It’s a pretty easy concept. There will be several teams of authors who will have fun picture prompts like : KNIGHT or TIGER. Everyone on Instagram is welcome to take part, each entry will have to be tagged with the author team and the hunt hashtag #YAInstahunt to be counted as an entry. (ONLY entries posted on Instagram can count towards points)
Each entry is 1 point, with 8 points possible per team! If there are multiple people who make all 8 entries then the authors will choose a winner among the tied. When you finish with one team, hop to the next and the next if you so wish! Those who complete pics from each team will be entered to win the grand prize 😀
TEAM PRIZE winner will win the prize pack that each author team puts together. These packs could include books, swag, jewelry, gift cards or a lot of other possibilities 🙂
GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a copy of the featured books from each author taking part on all the team!
Now it’s time to meet some of the authors taking part of this first hunt 🙂
TEAM PINK: @LHNicoleauthor @colleen.houck
L.H. Nicole is a seasoned Pastry Chef at the happiest place on earth and a life long fairytale (Disney and Grimm) lover. She believes in love at first sight, is addicted to 80s & 90s cartoons and anything that can capture her ADD-way-too-overactive-imagination. Joan Lowery Nixon and L.J. Smith were the first authors she became addicted to and who inspired her to steal away whenever she could to read and write.
New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years before switching careers to become an author. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.
TEAM PURPLE: @mcnulty.amy @LydiaKang
Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from
Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently writes professionally about everything from business marketing to anime. In her down time, you can find her crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.
Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction,
a nerdgeek, a foodie, and takes far too many pictures of her dog. She lives in the midwest with her family where she works as a physician, and also writes adult fiction and nonfiction.
TEAM RED: @eerie_o @seemegwrite
You can call her Colleen. She’s a retired Air Force officer, chemical engineer, mommy, author, blogger, and the PR manager/associate agent (agent in training) at Inklings Literary Agency.
When she’s not chatting with her imaginary friends, she’s either stuck in a book or interviewing with PEOPLE Magazine, ABC’s 20/20, the local morning news show, or INSIDE EDITION, where she promotes writing for mental and emotional health. She also mentors pre-published authors through workshops and contests and runs Totem Head’s Annual Free Writing Contest for Kids, now in its eighth year. Though she holds a BS in both Chemical Engineering and German, she’s far happier writing near misses and awkward kisses. Some of her off-the-wall talents include speaking in 10-codes (which she learned working 911-dispatch for Alaska State Troopers), flying helicopters, and Irish dance. She lives in Alaska with her very patient husband and son.
Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, she’s always been creating stories, whether with visuals or words. She worked as a graphic designer before realizing the thing she did for pleasure (writing) was something she should do for real. Meg is a New Jersey native who lives in a log house in the Maine woods with her husband and daughter. A fan of ’80s cartoons, Netflix series, and ancient mythology, Meg has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. When she’s not writing, Meg is reading, hanging out with her family, hoarding peanut butter cups, or playing video games. She is a two-time finalist and the 2016 winner of the RWA Golden Heart© contest in YA.
TEAM GREEN: @lisavoisin @jessikafleckwriter
Lisa Voisin is an author of young adult fantasy fiction, a
technical writer, and a graduate of SFU’s The Writer’s Studio. Her debut young adult fantasy novel, The Watcher, received the Chanticleer Grand Prize for Paranormal fiction. In her spare time, Lisa leads a writing group for teens and teaches meditation in her hometown of North Vancouver, B.C.
Jessika Fleck is a writer, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter — she sincerely hopes to one
day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. She’s never been known to pass up a good cup of coffee or a great pair of boots. Her work verges on fantastical and dark with a touch of realism. She is a regular contributor to the fantastic kidlit blog, The Kidliterati. Her YA fantasy, THE CASTAWAYS (Entangled Teen) is currently available. THE OFFERING (Swoon Reads/Macmillan) releases in the fall, 2018. Jessika is represented by Victoria Marini of IGLA.
TEAM YELLOW: @lucydbriand @lesterlingauthor
L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Lucy D. Briand lives in Ottawa, Canada with her comic book fanatic husband and her nonchalant Siamese cat. By day she works full time as a public servant for the Government of Canada, but by night her creative mind takes over and conjures up young adult gearhead romance stories with supernatural twists. When not working, reading, writing, or watching way too much TV, Lucy likes to cosplay, attend Comic Cons, go on road trips to Walt Disney World, and play ridiculous amounts of tabletop board games. She’s a geek to the core but is also a huge NASCAR Cup fan.
TEAM ORANGE: @amberinblunderland @gloriacraw01
Gloria Craw grew up in the desert southwest and
attended the University of Utah where she got a degree in anthropology. Thee days she lives just outside of Seattle, Washington. She’s married, has four daughters and a very hairy dog.
Amber Mitchell graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Creative Writing. She likes crazy hair styles, reading, D&D, k-dramas, good puns and great food. When she isn’t putting words on paper, she is using cardstock to craft 3D artwork or exploring new places with her husband Brian. They live a small town in Florida with their four cats where she is still waiting for a madman in a blue box to show up on her doorstep. Garden of Thorns is her debut novel from Entangled Teen.
So here are your teams and a little about the authors taking part!!! My next post will have full graphics and Prizes being offered 🙂
Come back and see us and until then enjoy the beautiful days!
<3 always L.H.
One of my favorite time of the year is April/May, not just because it’s spring time, but also because it’s time for RT Booklovers Convention and this year our stop is HOTLANTA (Atlanta, Georgia)!
I am blessed and thrilled to be taking part in MANY amazing parties and events and I can’t wait to hang with fellow authors, readers and book lovers like me 🤗!
I have made up some very special swag for this year including a set of 6 stickers representing Legendary and some coming works =^_^= Also at each panel and party I will be giving away gift bags, complete sets of Legendary, swag bags and bags of books, and quite possibly a very special treat from the other world I live in: the world of PASTRY ;P
Like I said I’ve got a LOT happening in 7 days so here’s a list of where you can find me and when!
Normally my RT Convention is done after the AMAZING Teen Day Party Saturday night, but this year I will be doing an extra special signing!! RT has extended the festivities into Sunday and are featuring another signing with over 100 authors and I can tell you this will be one of the few places you’ll be able to get your copy of A King Will Rise!
Here’s the low down oaths new treat 🙂
Join us for the Atlanta RT Readers & Writers Roundup on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm! More than 140 authors, cover models and industry professionals will be on hand for our book signing from 10:00am-1:00pm followed by seminars beginning at 1:30pm, including our Business of Self-Publishing panel where you can learn best-practices and ask questions to leading industry professionals, bloggers, authors, booksellers, and librarians!
Tickets will be available in advance on here and through Eventbrite shortly, as well as on the RT Convention website!
If you are registered for the RT Convention, your badge is your ticket! Locals to Atlanta: bring your library card for free entry into the book signing!
More information will come as we get closer to this signing, but I can tel you it’s one you won’t want to miss! Why not take an extra day to enjoy more books? LOL
Be on the look out for me, I’ll be the one sporting a lot of Disney, Hogwarts and Heroes in my wardrobe. Come up and say hi, I’d love to see all of you and chat good books and fandoms. (Lord knows I ship enough of them LOL)
5.5 days in counting RT goers! See you Tuesday Night at the YA Spooky Slumber Party!!
<3 always LH
So many exciting things going on this week!! I’m back in VA for a long weekend to see old friends and join some truly amazing authors at the Roanoke Author Invasion at the Tanglewood Holiday Inn in Roanoke, Virginia!
Plus we’ve still got the YA Scavenger Hunt going on—if you’re looking for that post keep scrolling 🙃.
Though the pre-order prices for the RAI (https://roanokeauthorinvasion.com) signing is closed I will still have special pricing deals for my books for those who come see me at the signing Saturday! For those in the area here’s all the needed details:
Join bestselling authors of contemporary and paranormal YA fiction and more at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood in Roanoke, Virginia on April 8, 2017 from 10am-4pm. This is a FREE event for readers!
Enjoy an afternoon of books, giveaways, and more as you get the latest releases from your favorite authors and discover new voices!
There are some truly amazing names in fiction that will be present so if you’re in the area tomorrow, Saturday the 8th, come over and say hi!
<3 always LH