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 materials from their favorite authors… and a chance to win some awesome prizes!
During this hunt, you not only get to see exclusive content from participating authors, you also get a numerical clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize — one lucky winner will receive a 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 120 hours!
There are seven contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one, or all! I’m part of the ORANGE TEAM — but there is also a red team, blue team, gold team, green team, purple team, and pink team, all offering a chance to win different sets of books.
(To learn more about the hunt, find links for all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes, visit the YA Scavenger Hunt page.)
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: Below, I’ve “hidden” my favorite number. (Okay, hint — it’s highlighted in orange.) Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the Orange Team, then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you’ve visited the blogs of all members of the orange team AND added up the favorite numbers, make sure you fill out the entry form HERE to officially qualify for the prize. Only entries that have the correct number answer will be accepted.
Fine Print: Open internationally. Anyone under 18 should have a parent’s or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, October 8th, at noon PST. Entries without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT GUEST AUTHOR
I’m excited to welcome Dana Mele, author of People Like Us, to my blog! Dana is a Pushcart-nominated writer and a work at home mother. A graduate of Wellesley College, she is a former actor, lawyer, musician, and briefly, associate producer. She prefers tea to coffee, snow to sand, and stars to sunshine, and she lives in the Catskills with her husband and toddler.
I’m kind of obsessed with the cover of her debut People Like Us…
So fantastic, right?! And here’s the story’s synopsis…
Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.
Fact: I love books set at boarding schools. I’ve wanted to attend one since I was, like, nine. And I’m getting glorious Gossip Girl vibes from those uniforms. Also, a scavenger hunt, tons of secrets, girls desperate to protect their reputations, AND a murder mystery? Yes, please!
As a special bonus, Dana’s sharing the Spotify playlist she made for People Like Us. Guys, I’ve been listening nonstop — it’s so good! If you have a Spotify account, you can listen for free. If you don’t, signing up takes three seconds –> make it happen here.
Okay, scavenger hunters! Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win books from me, Dana, and many more authors! To enter, you need to have found my favorite number, hidden in this post. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the ORANGE TEAM and you’ll have the secret code to enter to win our prize!
To keep going on your quest for the secret code, check out the next author on the Orange Team, Jennifer Digiovanni.