Wednesday, September 30, 2015

YA Scavenger Hunt



Welcome to the 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 signed book from each author on the hunt in our 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 SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! We are part of the ORANGE TEAM--but there are seven other teams and 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 page.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the orange team, and 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: 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, Oct 4th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

SCAVENGER HUNT POST




Today, we are hosting Erica Cameron on our website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! There are 813 reasons to love Erica, including the fact she is an AMAZING writer and super sweet person!
Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, ex-Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon d├ęcor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author's book here! Erica's book, The Dream War Saga: DEADLY SWEET LIES comes out December 1st . Find out more about Erica HERE or BUY HER BOOK!

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT




The Dream War Saga: Deadly Sweet Lies


Nadette Lawson knows when you’re lying.

Every night for the past two years, the Balasura have visited her dreams, enticing her to enter their world. And every night she’s seen through their lies. Now, they’re tired of playing in the shadows and they begin to stalk her in the waking world. It’s no longer just an invitation; if Nadette doesn’t join them, they’ll take her family. Forever. She needs help, and the haven she’s seeking may be just out of reach.

Julian Teagan is a master of deception.

To survive, he has to convince the world his mother isn’t useless, that everything’s fine, otherwise he’ll lose what little he has left in this life. He knows the lying won’t be enough to keep him and his mother in the shadows, but it’s all he knows. The only light of truth is Orane, a Balasura who sees past Julian’s facade and challenges him to face the darkness.
Then Orane is killed, and Julian learns his mentor was far from innocent. The Balasura have hunted children like him for centuries, and their next target, Nadette is his one chance at finally being a part of something real. If Julian can just convince her to trust him…


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Today, Erica is giving everyone a deleted scene from the first book of her series! So please enjoy this scene below!


Julian

I hate heights. I hate heights. I mean, I really hate heights.
Digging my fingers into the crack in the rock, I find the next toehold and cling to the cliff for dear life. This seemed like a good idea when Orane suggested it—face your fears or whatever—but I am seriously regretting agreeing to it now.
“An inch to your left, Julian,” Orane corrects.
Following his instructions, I shift my foot to the left and find the elusive indentation I need to push myself up those last few inches. My hands reach for the ledge of the cliff and I pull myself over, gasping for breath and lying face down on the rocks.
“I told you it would be fun,” he says as he climbs up after me. I turn my head and look up at him, but otherwise I refuse to move.
“If you say so,” I mutter.
My pulse is still racing and I try not to think about the drop that’s only six inches to the right. A strong wind or a roll in the wrong direction and I could tumble over the edge to smash on the rocks below. I think. It’s hard to know for sure since, technically, I’m dreaming.
“You know I would never let you get hurt,” Orane says, crouching by my side and ruffling my brown hair.
“Tell that to the rocks.” I turn over and bat his hand away. Orane grins, his violet eyes gleaming in the bright sunlight, and straightens, turning to examine the landscape.
“If you wanted safety, you should have picked a different location.” Orane pulls the band off his shoulder-length auburn hair and fixes his ponytail. “The Grand Canyon is a dangerous climb.”
I swallow and push to my knees. My hands are shaking, my muscles trembling, and my pulse is still too fast, but at least I can breathe now. “You’re the one who said I needed to face my fears.”
“Yes, well, I thought you might start with something smaller. The roof of a house, perhaps.”
“This is the first place I remember getting that paralyzing freeze,” I tell him, groaning as I get to my feet. “This place still haunts my nightmares. Or, you know, it did. I don’t sleep much anymore.”
Orane shrugs. “A side effect of the time you spend here, I am afraid. But a pleasant one, right? You have so much more time to yourself now.”
He’s right. Those early morning hours between when I wake up at three and leave for school at seven are my favorite time of day. I don’t have to deal with school or whatever drama Lynnie has brought home with her. I can read or listen to music or just sit out on our tiny balcony and listen to the sounds of the Vegas Strip in the distance. I can pretend I have the same life as most fifteen-year-olds and that when I get home from school I’ll have parents—or, hell, even an older sibling—to take care of things like cooking and cleaning and making sure the bills get paid on time.
That’s not the hand life dealt me, though. I don’t have parents, I have a parent. Singular. And that parent is Lynnie. And she’s essentially useless.
Two years ago, I was on the verge of losing control, doing something stupid and getting myself in trouble I probably wouldn’t have survived, but then Orane found me. Now I have a secret that keeps me sane. I get to visit a dreamworld where I can go anywhere and do anything and now I know there’s at least one person in the universe who might care if I disappeared.
“Are you going to stand there the rest of the night or shall we attempt the next climb?” Orane asks, arms crossed over his chest and his eyebrows raised.
Tilting my head back and shading my eyes to keep out the sun, I stare at the towering wall of rock above us. The sun beats down on me and a bird—maybe a vulture—circles high overhead. I smell creosote and desert roses and hear the wind rushing through the canyon. Even knowing better, it’s hard to convince myself I’m not actually in the Grand Canyon.
I turn and look down at how far we come. The ground is at least a hundred feet away. The top of the cliff looks even farther. The ledge we’re resting on isn’t incredibly wide, but it’s enough for us both to sit comfortably if we wanted to. And right now, I really want to.
“Can we not and say we did?”
Orane laughs, the sound echoing over the canyon. “No. You wanted to push yourself and I am here to help you do that. There are things you want to say to your mother. This is one of the steps along the way to becoming someone who can stand up to Jacquelyn and give her the hard truth.”
I groan and rub my hands over my face, flinching when a small rock stuck to my skin scratches my cheek. “Oww. Ugh. Whatever. Let’s go before I can’t move my arms.”
Orane guides me up the next stretch of rock and the next until we’re finally standing at the top of the world and looking out over the barren, cavernous landscape. The exposed bones of the earth dressed in scrub brush and sunlight. As long as I don’t look down, it’s kind of beautiful. Desolate, but beautiful.
Orane steps up the lip of the cliff, so close the toes of his boots are hanging over the edge.
Instinct screams at me to grab the back of his shirt and drag him away from danger, but that’s not why he recreated this place for me. Like my parents should have, he’s helping me get
rid of the fears that pop up and cripple me, the habits I couldn’t break. In two years he’s taught me to cope with crowds and to quit smoking. Orane also taught me how to gamble well enough to make sure Lynnie and I always have enough to eat. I asked him to help me get rid of my fear of heights. Getting stuck—paralyzed, really—on a stupid class field trip to the Stratosphere Tower makes it worth the trouble. Luckily one of the employees noticed how green I looked before the rest of my class did and literally pulled me away from the window. If he hadn’t, that day could have gone very differently. I do not need to give them another reason to tease me.
What made the fear worse, though, is that we live directly behind the dang hotel. I can see the stupid thing from our apartment. Every day there’s that reminder staring at me from 1,149 feet in the air.
Glancing over his shoulder, Orane smiles. “Surely you do not plan on leaving without properly viewing your accomplishments.”
Stuffing my hands in my pockets, I walk toward the edge. Slowly. My gaze jumps from the horizon to my feet. I don’t want to see the drop, but I also don’t want to step an inch too far and accidentally throw myself off the cliff. Coming even with Orane, I take a deep breath and force myself to look.
It’s not nearly as bad as I expected. Dizziness hits at first as my eyes strain to adjust to the sudden gap at my feet, but they catch up quickly. After that… it’s not that bad. I don’t have the urge to get any closer but, after climbing all that way up, the drop doesn’t seem so scary.
“Huh.”
Orane smiles and gestures out to the land. “It is just rock and dirt. It is as likely to jump up and bite you as a cloud is to fall on your head and break your neck. Things have no power until you bestow it on them. Fear, as different as it may feel, is only in your mind.”
“Yeah.” I rub the back of my neck and look up at him out of the corner of my eye. “That’s easier to understand than follow through.”
“That is why you have this place,” Orane says, putting his hand on my shoulder and guiding me away from the canyon. We walk across the plateau and each of Orane’s steps creates a ripple. The ripples grow and spread, gathering speed and strength as they multiply. Though I feel nothing, it looks like the earth is falling apart or flipping inside out. The red and gold rocks split and darken. Trees sprout from nowhere and grass covers the land. The canyon closes behind us with a rumble, the temperature drops to a cool seventy degrees, there’s brine on the wind, and I can hear waves in the distance.
“That feels so much better.” I breathe in the refreshing air and take the familiar path to the shore. “I get enough of the desert at home.”
“I can only imagine.”
When we reach the rocky beach, I sit on a piece of driftwood and let the breeze cool me down. After I told Orane I’d never seen the ocean, he offered to show me. He says this beach is a perfect recreation of an isolated piece of shoreline in upstate Oregon. It slopes gently down to the water and the waves never get too rough since the place is protected by an outcropping of rock. Being able to spend time here every night almost makes up for living in the middle of the desert.
Too soon for my liking, I feel the tug under my ribs that means my time here is up. Groaning, I push to my feet and clap Orane on the shoulder.
“Next time, nowhere hot. I still feel like I’m sweating.”
Orane grins. “If you still want to challenge your fear of heights, we could try Everest. It is more than high enough and also quite chilly, I hear.”
“I don’t think so.” Losing my paralyzing fear of heights may have been the point, but there’s no way I’m attempting to climb Everest. Not even in my dreams. “How about hiking through the Rockies or something?”
“I shall see what I can do,” he says. “Good night, Julian.”
“Night.” I turn and walk up the hill where the doorway home is already opening. I wave over my shoulder as I walk through the portal of glowing white light.

Giveaway!

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by us, Erica, and more! To enter, you need to know that our favorite number is 813. (Comment below if you know why! Hint: it's from a video game!) Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the orange team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

We also have an exclusive giveaway just on Leah Kate Write! Open worldwide! Enter below to win:

  • A signed print copy of Jane Unwrapped
  • An exclusive Egyptian bookmark
  • Jane Unwrapped egyptian art print
  • $15 dollar Amazon giftcard


CONTINUE THE HUNT


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! We wish you the best of luck in the contest! Also, let us know in the comments below what you're going to be for Halloween this year! (If you follow us on Twitter, you already know our plans!)









68 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me! Yay YASH! ;D

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    1. No worries! We can't wait to read Deadly Sweet Lies! :) And thank you for all the help getting us set up!

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  2. Thanks so much for the added giveaway! Jane Unwrapped sounds so interesting! :)

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    1. No worries! We're so glad you like the sounds of Jane :)

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway and for being involved in YASH!

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    1. No problem! We're so lucky to be involved in such an awesome thing for both writers and readers!

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  4. In the last five minutes, I think I've fallen in love with Jane Unwrapped!

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  5. I'm not sure what I am going as for Halloween yet but my 15 month old is going as a Powerpuff Girl with her two other baby friends. It is going to be epic!

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    1. That is AMAZING! Bubbles, Blossom, or Buttercup?

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  6. I am not dressing up for Halloween because I am no fun :) I am a super hermit and plan to stay at home with candy for trick or treaters and watch scary movies

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  7. I am not dressing up for Halloween because I am no fun :) I am a super hermit and plan to stay at home with candy for trick or treaters and watch scary movies

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    1. That is pretty much the best way to enjoy Halloween! Except we always end up eating more candy than we give away haha

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  8. I'm not sure who/what I will be for Halloween, but I am going to be Black Widow at Comic Con

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    1. Oh, that is so awesome! One of our dreams is to go to Comic Con!

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  9. Here, we don't usually celebrate Halloween so we don't dress up. But my sister and I look to the windows and pretend we're just heads. :)

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    1. Hahaha, that's hilarious. Where are you from? :)

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  10. My son is going with his dad for Halloween, so nowhere to go and no one to dress up for... :(

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    1. Aw, that's too bad :( Hopefully next year!

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  11. Since I'm out walking around with my kiddos I usually just wear a fun Halloween shirt.

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    1. Aw, that's good! I still remember our grandma had a Halloween shirt she wore every year and it lit up…it was so tacky and so amazing, haha!

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  12. I don't think I'm dressing up for halloween, but if I do, maybe dress up as a fairy? That would be cool!

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  13. I don't think I'm dressing up for halloween, but if I do, maybe dress up as a fairy? That would be cool!

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    1. Oo, yes!! Fairies are so fun because WINGS!

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  14. may go as red riding hood/wolf mashup.

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  15. Most likely, I will not dress up or just don my trusty cat ears. In my fantasy, I would be Castiel from Supernatural.

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    1. Cat ears are definitely a go-to! But Castiel would be so epic!!!

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  16. I'm going to be a fawn this year. Now I just need a friend who can do my makeup.

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    1. Ooh, I've always wanted to do that! I (Kate) was a lamb last year and Youtube was a trusted friend for makeup tutorials, haha…they might have a fawn one!

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  17. We don't usually celebrate Halloween, but I would probably be a pirate :D
    Thanks!

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    1. Pirates are so fun! Kate was Jack Sparrow one year and it was a lot of work but so worth it!

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  18. I'm going to be a fawn this year. Now I just need a friend who can do my makeup.

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  19. I'm goin gto be a subway worker D;

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    1. Sad life of working :( I (Kate) was a theatre worker a few years ago so I know the pain :(

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  20. I'm going to The Rocky Horror Picture Show so I'm going as Magenta

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    1. Ohh, our city does a huge Rocky Horror Picture Show event every year, and we've always meant to go! We always say it feels like we're missing out on some amazing tradition!

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  21. We don't celebrate Halloween in my country, unfortunately! Thank you for the giveaway :)

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    1. Oh, where are you from? And no worries, we're excited to see who wins :)

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  22. We don't celebrate Halloween in our country.

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  23. I'm just being me! I'm back home with family for a while, so no going out with friends for me this year. Instead, I'll stay in with a good book and three *very* adorable dogs (two german shepherds and one mutt lapdog, my favorite)

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful way to spend the evening! You could always be evil and dress the dogs up haha ;)

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  24. I'm just going to be me. I don't normally dress up

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  25. Thanks for participating in YASH :D

    And I'm not dressing up for Halloween.

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    1. No worries, it was such a great experience!

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  26. I'll be at home prepping myself to actually participate in NaWriMo in November.

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    1. Oh man…that is fast approaching…we gotta get on our prep work too, eek!
      If you need any encouragement/tips, we did a NaNoWriMo video!
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ugNRDIcco8

      And if you do it, make sure to add us as friends…we like to be held accountable lol!
      Leah: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/leah-helen
      Kate: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/the-kateskers

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  27. Thank you so much for the extra giveaway! And I thnik I'm not dressing up for Halloween, because every Halloween go to visit my grandparents and they don't celebrate :c

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    1. No worries!! Aw, well at least you get to see your grandparents!

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  28. We don't celebrate Halloween her in my country

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  29. We don't celebrate Halloween here :(

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    1. Oh, where are you from? Any holidays you celebrate not normally celebrated in North America? :)

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  30. Halloween isn't a big thing here in my country, but if I had a chance I'd dress up as the Ninth Doctor, or Han Solo :)
    Hello from the Philippines!

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    1. Oh, those would be so awesome!! We really want to do Han Solo and Luke Skywalker next year!!

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  31. I will be related to whatever superhero costume my husband wants to be! [Pleeeease tell my the 813 thing. I'm not a gamer, but I need to know!]

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    1. Haha, I (Kate) know that feeling…I usually have to be a companion to whatever my boyfriend wants to do!
      It's from Kingdom Hearts 2—our two favourite characters are number 8 and 13 in the organization in that game :)

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  32. Not sure what I'll be for Halloween yet - but my costume will correspond with my friend's!

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  33. My Halloween costume is Donna Noble from Doctor Who. I can't wait to read Jane Unwrapped, this sounds like such a fun book! Thanks for doing the YASH!

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    1. Oo, great choice!! And thank you, we're so glad you like the sounds of Jane! YASH was so awesome :)

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  34. I think your book is honestly one of the ones I want to read THE MOST after reading that exclusive scene!!!

    For Halloween, I really want to get a group together and be the characters from Until Dawn (I love this game so much. It's like writing your own story).

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    1. Ahh, yay, that's so awesome to hear!! We're so glad you liked the scene-and hopefully the book :)

      Oh, we've heard SO much about this game!! Definitely going to have to check it out!

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  35. I don't know what my Halloween costume is yet! BUT, I do know that I read your content for YASH, and oh my gosh, I really want to read JANE UNWRAPPED! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Eee, that's awesome you liked it!! Thanks for letting us know…as first-time authors, it's very encouraging!
      And you're welcome…we're shopaholics, so we've got lots more planned for the future too :)

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  36. I'm probably going to be Makise Kurisu from Steins' Gate (an anime) on Halloween!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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