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!

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! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie 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: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue 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 October 9th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
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Today, I am hosting Elizabeth Briggs  on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Elizabeth Briggs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Future Shock trilogy and the Chasing The Dream series. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. Elizabeth lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of fluffy dogs.
 
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!  Visit Elizabeth’s Website | Check out Future Shock |Check out Future ThreatFollow Elizabeth on Facebook | Follow Elizabeth on Twitter
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A New York Times bestseller!

What do you do when the future is too late, and the present is counting down to an inevitable moment?

Elena Martinez has street smarts, the ability for perfect recall, and a deadline: if she doesn’t find a job before she turns eighteen, she’ll be homeless. But then she gets an unexpected offer from Aether Corporation, the powerful Los Angeles tech giant. Along with four other recruits–Adam, Chris, Trent, and Zoe–Elena is being sent on a secret mission to bring back data from the future. All they have to do is get Aether the information they need, and the five of them will be set for life. It’s an offer Elena can’t refuse.

But something goes wrong when the time travelers arrive in the future. And they are forced to break the only rule they were given–not to look into their own fates. Now they have twenty-four hours to get back to the present and find a way to stop a seemingly inevitable future–and a murder–from happening. But changing the timeline has deadly consequences too. Who can Elena trust as she fights to save her life?

The first book in an unforgettable series about rewriting your destiny in the city of dreams.

 
Exclusive Content

I always make playlists for every book I write. The songs inspire me, help me set the tone for the book, and make it easier for me to get back into the writing after some time off.

 

For Future Shock, I chose a lot of dark, angry songs that reflect Elena’s state of mind, along with songs about being an outcast, about running out of time, and about not being able to trust anyone. You can check out the playlist here.

Future Threat is the second book in the trilogy and comes out March 1, 2017. I’m excited to present the playlist for it, exclusive to the YA Scavenger Hunt!For this playlist I also kept the songs pretty dark, but they’re not as angry as in Future Shock because Elena is in a different place now. She’s struggling with getting over her past and trying to live in the present with the man she loves, but is forced to return to the future again for another mission. The songs are moody, a little sad, but also a tiny bit hopeful – just like Elena in the book.

If the spotify window isn’t working, click here to see the playlist on Spotify.com

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Kaitlin Bevis, 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 blue team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author!

New to my site? Sign up for my newsletter for a free audio copy of Persephone. Want more free stuff? Comment below to enter for a chance to win an e-copy of the first book in my newest trilogy, AphroditeWinner will be chosen via random number generator on Monday, October 10th.

 
 

 

YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2016 Announcement!

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I’ve been selected to join the YA scavenger hunt!

The hunt begins on Oct 4th and ends Oct 9th

 

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All the authors who signed up to participate in this event were put into teams of 20 by color. There are six teams total this round, and I’m team BLUE!

Check out the rest of my team!

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Want to see the other six teams? Check them out here!

Be sure to follow along with the scavenger hunt for lots of great prizes. For how to play, visit here. To see all the books (and vote for mine 😉 ) check out this goodreads list. 

Pick Your Valentine!

As usual, Aphrodite has plenty to choose from. Check out these simply divine profiles and vote on your favorite.  Whoever is leading in the polls at 5:00 PM EST has a date with you, dear reader by way of an all new scene featuring that character and a live Q&A.

Want to be the first to learn more about these hot guys? Preorder Aphrodite today!

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A rebellious demigod who knows just how far to push the rules until they break. Tantalus Atreus is the gods gift to woman kind, so why not partake?

Name: Tantalus Atreus

S/N: @Tantalizeme

Age: I’m not picky.

Location: A little slice of paradise

Seeking: A good time

Stats: Average height, aurum (gold hair, eyes, skin and more ;), well built

What my ideal partner would be like: Fun. Flexible. Doesn’t get clingy.

 My idea of a perfect date: I’m always down for a party. The more the merrier.

 Best Feature: Charming.

 Biggest Turn off: Holier than thou types

 Interests: Games, politics, music

 Profession: Model

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Are you looking for a supernatural Christian Grey who can keep you entertained all night long? Then is Poseidon the god for you!

Name: Poseidon

S/N: @Oceaneyes

Age: As old as the sea

Location: Somewhere beyond the sea

Seeking: Men, women, nymphs, species of the equine persuasion.

Stats:  Tall, blond, built like a god. What more could you want?

What my ideal partner would be like: Blonde, green eyed, petite equestrians.Would prefer an environmentalist. Someone who really cares about the earth.

 My idea of a perfect date: Long walks on the beach.

 Best Feature: Powerful

 Biggest Turn off: That would be hard to manage.

 Interests: Marine biology, surfing, water bending, horses

 Profession: Let’s just  go with upper management.

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Enjoy heated debates? Adonis has a strong sense of justice and an opinion about everything!

Name: Adonis Eros

S/N: @SocialJusticeWarrior29

Age: 19

Location: Miami, Florida

Seeking: Nothing. I just got out of a serious relationship.

Stats: Aurum, average height, average build.

 What my ideal partner would be like: Socially aware, outspoken, activist. I like a girl who speaks her mind and means what she says with no equivocation. Must have brain.

 My idea of a perfect date: Dinner and a movie

 Best Feature: I give a damn.

 Biggest Turn off: God-complexes.

 Interests: News, politics, the world around me. #staywoke

 Profession: Model

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Still waters run deep in this surprising pacifist.

Name: Ares

S/N: @CryHavoc

Age: …is just a number

Location: Right in the thick of things

Seeking: Love

 Stats:  Tall, black hair, fiery eyes, built like a god. Likes leather.

 What my ideal partner would be like: Her.

 My idea of a perfect date: Dancing in the rain. Don’t knock it until you try it.

 Best Feature: I’m a great listener.

 Biggest Turn off: Jars.Don’t ask.

 Interests: Camping in the great outdoors. Adventure. Road trips. Fun.

 Profession: Soldier

Vote for your favorite!

Mythology Monday: Halloween

When people talk about mythology, they act like it’s something ancient. Something that already happened. We are constantly creating myths in our own culture today. Some elements occur over and over and over again, like the myth of Superman. It’s kind of similar to Hercules, Gilgamesh, Odysseus, take your pick. That’s all myths are, stories. There may be some basis in truth, but for the most part, they’re just fun to tell.

Halloween has a mythology all of its own. Every ghost story, campfire tale, and urban legend is better when it’s told in the dark of the night on Halloween. So let’s tell some scary stories, shall we? Leave your scary story in the comments, and the creepiest one will get a spooky surprise.

Here’s the scariest story I ever heard: (note: I didn’t come up with this, I heard it as a kid)

So there’s this girl, and she’s home alone. She lives in a big house and it has one of those glass sliding door. As she’s passing through the living room, she catches a glimpse of someone in her back yard. It’s a creepy looking man holding a butcher knife. She freaks and runs up stairs, locks her door, and calls the police. The come, but the man is long gone.

“You’re very lucky miss,” the policeman tells her. “The man you described is an escaped killer. Now, where did you say you saw him again?”

She stands in front of the sliding glass door and points to where she saw him in the back yard.

The policeman exchanges a look with his partner. “See, here’s the thing, the soil out there is still wet from this afternoons downpour, and there’s no foot prints.”

The girl gets defensive, “you don’t believe me?” she asks.

“Oh we believe you saw him, just not there.”

“Where was he then.”

The officer motions for her to look out into the back yard again, and shifts positions. Suddenly his reflection is visible in the sliding glass door.

“Right behind you.”

The Search for Cerberus

If you’ve read Persephone, then you know that Cerberus, the giant three headed guard dog of the Underworld has been missing ever since Hercules borrowed him and drank from the Lethe.

Hades still misses his dog, so the search is on. I’ll be hosting a search for Cerberus web quest that will be going on until the sequel to Persephone, Daughter of the earth and Sky, is released on January 4th.

I need a few things from my readers. First, a picture of Cerberus in some unlikely location. I’ll be accepting entries, and we’ll be voting on them until December 1st. The winner will get a mention in the sequel as the person who discovered Cerberus in that unlikely hiding place. You’ll also win an advanced copy of Daughter of the Earth and Sky

December 1-31 the webquest will go live. Anyone who finds Cerberus and comments on his location will have a shot of winning one of three free copies of Daughter of the Earth and Sky.

Let the search begin:

Release Party! Win a copy of Persephone!

I’m having a release party! Since Persephone is an ebook, having an erelease party made sense to me. To “attend” just share this blog and post a comment on my blog, facebook, or twitter Friday at 5 pm, through Saturday at 5.

You can post questions or comments. I’ll reply, and one lucky commenter will win a copy of Persephone in whichever format they prefer. At 5:30 I’ll be bringing snacks to my writers group for an in person celebration, and they’ll help me choose a random winner.

Spread the word!

Memorial Day

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I have a lot of family that served in the military. Both parents, and pretty much my entire extended family. I grew up right outside of Fort Benning Georgia, so you would think I have some idea of what Memorial Day is all about.

Until recently, I didn’t. It was a day off from school that I often confused with labor day. It’s really only been since I’ve grown up and started a family of my own that I began to understood the sacrifice our troops and their families make.

I can’t imagine having to pick up and move every few years. I can’t imagine being separated from my husband for months. I can’t imagine the stress, much less the fear. Our troops and their families sacrifice so much for our country, and some even sacrificed their lives. So today I’m taking a moment to remember those who have fallen, and their families. Thanks for everything.

In honor of Memorial Day, my publisher, Musa Publishing is hosting a blog hop. Everyone is hosting a giveway, so the more blogs you visit, the more chances you have to win. To enter, follow me on my blog, facebook and twitter (links are to your right in the sidebar). For each place you follow post one comment by midnight on Memorial Day. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesday.

I’ve written a young adult novel called Persephone. Persephone is a modern day Retelling of the classic Greek myth. Here’s my blurb 🙂

The “talk” was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they’re a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn’t until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life.

My book doesn’t come out until July 7th. You’re welcome to wait for an advanced reader copy, but if you’d rather choose from one of the other books on the blog hop I’m happy to accommodate you. Check out all the books Musa Publishing has to offer. Be sure to post which book you want if you win!
To return to the blog hop please click here