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 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 on the RED TEAM –but you can also enter the contests for the orange team, the gold team, the green team, the blue team, and the purple team for a chance to win their sets 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: I’ve hidden my favorite number somewhere in this post. Read the post, find the number, and go on to 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 October 9, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
I’m super excited to host Patty Blount on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Patty and I were both finalists in the 2015 RITA Awards for Best YA Romance. AND, Patty blurbed my book AFTERMATH! I love Patty dearly, and I’m thrilled that I get to host her for my leg of this scavenger hunt.
Native New Yorker Patty Blount writes instruction manuals by day and novels by night. She’s an award-winning author of a critically-acclaimed internet issues series, including the 2015 Firecracker Award winning SOME BOYS. Patty wrote her first novel on a dare by her oldest son, a sloppy murder mystery his seventh grade teacher asked to read….only to return covered in red ink. She lives on Long Island with her family and wants you to know she loves chocolate. Really, really loves chocolate.
Find out more information about Patty and her books: http://www.pattyblount.com/they-cant-love-each-other-theyve-got-nothing-left-to-burn-2/
NOTHING LEFT TO BURN
By Patty Blount
I promised Matt I’d do this-become a Junior Cadet. That I wouldn’t let you break me down. I know you hate me. Blame me for everything you lost. But that day I lost my brother and my dad. You could never be proud of me, could you? I was too “different.” So, just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m saying goodbye. Maybe someday, you’ll miss me.
Reece’s words make her ache. Amanda understands wanting to belong. As a foster kid, the firehouse where she volunteers is the only place that feels like home. She wants to help Reece, but his dad is her boss. And she won’t risk her place as a Junior Cadet-it’s all that she has. But when a string of arsons suddenly point to Amanda, her whole world is about to go up in flames. Reece isn’t about to let that happen. Even if the only way to save her is to risk getting burned.
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT from Patty Blount
I’m Patty Blount and I write contemporary novels for teens. Most of my stories tackle hard issues but my most recent novel, NOTHING LEFT TO BURN, tackles the complex relationships teens have with their families…. in this case, a son and his dad.
Family dynamics have always interested me. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a particularly close relationship with my own dad that I wrote this story this way. A lot of what’s in this story is based on real life. For example, Reece Logan, the troubled hero of this story, was a difficult baby, unable to bear being with strangers — or even certain family members. My sister was very much like this as a baby. She would cry whenever anybody looked at her except for our grandfather.
It really used to hurt people’s feelings, but she was a baby and couldn’t help it. Many years later, we discovered she has something called sensory processing disorder, a condition that makes her hyper-aware of things that fade into the background for other people. It could be anything — a smell, a feeling of certain textiles against her skin, a sound that sets her teeth on edge. When you’re a baby, you can’t explain it.
So you cry.
But Reece isn’t a baby in this story. He’s a teen and his heart is slowly cracking. He knows his stupid action led to his brother’s death. And he knows his brother was the only thing holding his family together. He loves his father, but carries so much pain because of his father’s withdrawal, Reece decides it’s time to say goodbye. I needed a way to really grasp the emotions Reece was experiencing, so like a lot of authors, I turned to music. There were several songs that really influenced this book.
First, there was Say Something, a song by A Great Big World. The lyrics to that song so perfectly captured Reece’s breaking heart and his painful decision, I’d often cry when the song ended and have to switch from typing my novel to dictating it because I couldn’t see through my tears.
Later, when I’d decided Amanda Jamison would be the perfect person to teach Reece a thing or two, a really old song played in my head. I think I first heard it on some old variety show… it was called Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better. Sort of a battle of the sexes theme song. Oh, Reece knew Amanda would be better than he was at pretty much anything, but she definitely inspired him to try… and he learned he could do the job.
I don’t listen to music while I write. It distracts me. I listen to music to find the right mood, the right emotion, the right feeling to write a particular scene. When Reece has to go to the training facility to compete, there was only one song that was going to work for me. Queen’s We Are The Champions.
For the end of the book, when Reece and Amanda save the day and a couple of lives, I found a song by Dire Straits that helped me get into Reece’s head…. Brothers in Arms. Reece finally feels like he belongs, like he has a place.
That was something I’d heard over and over again from all of the firefighters I’d interviewed. That’s why volunteer fire departments are possible… because these brave people love the camaraderie so much, they’ll do the work for free. I hope when you read NOTHING LEFT TO BURN, you’ll think of all the effort and training that goes into that job…and appreciate the people who do it.
Wow, fantastic post, Patty! What a great premise. I love Reece and Amanda already.
Scavenger hunters: don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Patty Blount, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 46. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Red Team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
In conjunction with the YASH giveaway, I’m having an additional individual giveaway of this prize pack:
A personalized signed copy of Aftermath by Clara Kensie (hey, that’s me!)
Color Blind by Sheila Sobel
Half in Love with Death by Emily Ross
Local Girl Swept Away by Ellen Wittlinger
An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay
Dessert First by Dean Gloster
The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
Unlocked by Margo Kelly
(My awesome publisher, Merit Press, donated these books for this giveaway!)
***UPDATE 10/11/16: Giveaway over! Winner: Ashley B. Congratulations, Ashley! Thanks to everyone who entered!!***
Enter here: Clara’s Additional YASH Giveaway of Eight Amazing Books
*Contest runs Oct 4 2016 12am – Oct 10 2016 12am. US only (sorry, international peeps).
AFTERMATH GOODREADS GIVEAWAY
Want yet another chance to win AFTERMATH? Merit Press is giving away 25 finished copies at Goodreads (I told you my publisher is awesome!). Enter here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/205397-aftermath
CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author: AMY CHRISTINE PARKER! http://www.amychristineparker.com/blog
Scavenger hunters, I hope you’re finding lots of new favorite authors and adding lots of books to your TBR! Thanks for playing, and good luck!