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

Red Team

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 for a chance to win a whole different set of books! I am a part of the Red Team–but there is also a a blue team and a purple team.

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.

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the Red 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, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today, I am hosting Brenda Drake on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Brenda Drake is the New York Times bestselling author of the Library Jumpers series, the Fated series, THUNDERSTRUCK, and ANALIESE RISING and the founder of Pitch Wars and #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
Find out more information by checking out the Brenda’s website or find more about the author’s book here! She’s also on instagram, facebook, and twitter @brendadrake.
When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list.

But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.
Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.

Bonus Content

 The Gods and Goddesses in ANALIESE RISING by Brenda Drake

Mythologies have always intrigued me, and writing a story filled with them was a blast. There are several gods and goddesses from the many mythologies around the world in Analiese Rising. It was fun writing a modern spin to their personalities. To keep this post short, I’ll only talk about ten of my favorites. Though, all of them are. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t have made it into the book. So here they are, ten of the gods and goddesses from Analiese Rising.

  1. Sidapa comes from Philippine mythology. He’s the god of death. In the novel, he doesn’t have his power anymore. He’s in love with the Bulan and sees him only during the full moon when the other god can come down to earth. He loves make up and fashion and has all the arrogance to go with his impeccable style.
  2. Oyá is from African She’s an Orisha of winds, lightning, and violent storms, death, and rebirth. She’s a kick butt goddess, and she makes a grand entrance into the story.
  3. Lugh comes from the Irish mythology. He’s a trickster god. There’s hardly nothing he can’t do. He has so many powers and magical items. I decided to explore his more trickster side, which was tons of fun to create.
  4. Thor aka Bjorn—do I need to tell you about him? Okay, I will anyway. He’s the hammer-wielding Norse god who can control lightning and thunder. In my novel, he goes by one of his many aliases, Bjorn.
  5. Inanna, the ancient Mesopotamian goddess associated with love, beauty, war, and political power, keeps Ares on his toes. She’s a powerful goddess and doesn’t let others walk over her. She poses as an owner of a matching making company.
  6. Horus is a sky god in ancient Egyptian mythology. He’s associated with the falcon. Analiese first runs into him as her Uber driver.
  7. Ares is the Greek god of war. He’s arrogant and an instigator. Of course he is.
  8. Bastet, the Egyptian goddess of protection, used to be worshipped as a lion form before becoming a cat. She’s been involved with Analiese’s family for centuries.
  9. Pazuzu is the Babylonian demon god. He’s the demon that possessed the little girl in The Omen. I have to say it creeped me out writing him. He dresses in a trench coat, is unkempt, and looks menacing, as all demons do. Or do they?
  10. Janus is the Roman god of beginnings, transitions, doorways and passages, endings, and time. In the novel,he protects the entrance into a creepy catacomb filled with skeletons used as art that Analiese and Marek must enter to search for a clue left behind by Marek’s grandfather.

And there we have it, ten of my favorite gods and goddesses from Analiese Rising. Who are your favorites from the mythologies around the world?

Thanks for a great post, Brenda. You know I’m a huge fan of mythology myself, and I’m pretty partial to Persephone. 😉
Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me,  Brenda Drake, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 2. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have all 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! Don’t forget to 
Bonus Giveaway
As a thank you for visiting my blog and participating in YASH, I’m offering an additional giveaway. Comment below with the book you’re currently reading for an opportunity to win an e-copy of your choice for any book I’ve written.

42 thoughts on “YA Scavenger Hunt

  1. The book I am currently reading- or rather rereading- is Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone. I have the illustrated version now and so I’m reading it and admiring the gorgeous artwork throughout. Thanks for the chance! All the books this year for YASH have sounded incredible!

    • I love the illustrated Harry Potter books! I’m taking my daughter to Harry Potter World for her 11th birthday (barring any of the now typical craziness), so we’ve been reading the books together.

  2. I am currently re-reading Halloween Horrors: Spine-tingling Stories for the Scariest Night of the Year. I’m trying to get into the mindset of Halloween, 1) because of everything that’s going on in the world and Halloween is my favorite holiday so it comforts me, and 2) because it’s been well into the 90’s in the lovely state of Florida for the past few days so I’m not getting the fall feeling right now.

  3. ………A Handkerchief for Kade by Amy Bellows. It’s an MM book which is a little embarassing to admit I read (but like my sister mom and sisters friend all love MM books too AND they’re all embarassed to admit it so both things are like A Thing) but you asked so there you go. maybe one day MM books won’t have a stigma to be embarrased by, IDK. Some people make fun of dime store trashy romance novels as well though so…..

    • I’ve had several M/M writers come through my writers group. Some of the best world building I’ve ever seen was by Adrienne Wilder, and Michael Rupured makes excellent use of historical settings.

    • Random number generator has chosen you as a winner! Congrats! I’ll be sending you an email as well. Simply choose any of my books as a prize, and I’ll send you an ebook in your preferred format.

  4. Im currently trying to get through Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer. Its been difficult with my busy lifestyle though!

  5. I have 3 lol. I’m currently rereading Eclipse, reading an ebook A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman and listening to A Court of Wings and Ruin

  6. I’m currently reading: audio – We Didn’t Ask for This by Adi Alsaid, How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries, Well Played by Jen DeLuca and ebook: Monstrum by Kat Ross.

  7. Analiese Rising sounds awesome! It reminds me of my book.
    Kokopelli is a legendary supernatural creature that features as a fertility deity in the stories, myths and legends of the different Southwest tribes of Native American Indians, notably the Hopi and the Zuni. Even though that’s my tribe, that’s my favorite mythology to go with the list.

    Thank you for taking part in YASH. I wish this weren’t the last one.

    You Beneath Your Skin By Damyanti Biswas has been the best book I’ve read in 2020 so far.
    I also really enjoyed Van Helsing Academy by Stacey O’Neale and Not Guilty by C. Lee McKenzie.
    I’m currently reading Midnight Sun.
    I’m super excited about the YA query contest Pass or Pages at Operation Awesome this October.

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