YA Scavenger Hunt – Spring 2017 Edition

 

Welcome to the Spring 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Clara Kensie, author of the super-romantic RITA-award-winning DECEPTION SO DEADLY series, and the dark, ripped-from-the-headlines YA thriller AFTERMATH. 

I’m so glad you’re here! YASH is one of my favorite things in the whole world. 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 five days!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are five 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, a purple team, and a pink team for four additional chances to win four whole different sets of books! Here are the Blue Team 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 hidden 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!).

Note: you could just skip down to the bottom of each post to find the numbers, and I know some of you will, but I encourage you all to read the entire posts first, because 1: each author is giving you exclusive content that you can’t get anywhere else, 2: the posts are awesome, and 3: you’ll discover some really cool new books by some amazing authors. When I was a reader doing YASH, reading the posts is how I found most of my current favorite authors!

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 April 9 2017 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

SCAVENGER HUNT POST

Today, I’m pleased to host my Simon & Schuster/Merit Press pub-sister MARGO KELLY  for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Margo Kelly’s critically acclaimed debut, Who R U Really?, was published by Merit Press (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) in 2014. Her second novel, Unlocked, was published by Merit Press in October 2016. Margo loves to be scared … when she’s reading a good book, watching a good movie, or suffering from the hiccups. She enjoys writing thrillers for young adults and hopes her stories give readers the goose bumps or the itchies or the desire to rethink everyday things.

Learn more about Margo at her website. Her latest book is UNLOCKED:

17-year-old Hannah is losing her grip on reality, which is affecting not only her but her friends and family too. She wrecked the car when bugs crawled over her hands, but were the creepy things even real? Now someone is moving Hannah’s possessions around in her room, or is she imagining that also? Why does she feel like she isn’t in control of her own brain anymore? Hannah is terrified she’s headed for a horrible life in and out of the mental institution, just like her dad. When her friends bail, Hannah is left floundering. Her boyfriend, Manny, doesn’t believe her wild stories, and new girl Chelsea is practically replacing her at school. Only artsy outsider and self-proclaimed occult expert, Plug, agrees to help Hannah discover the truth, but even he can’t help Hannah reclaim her mind from whatever is taking over. She’ll have to do that on her own, especially if she wants to save her friends, her mom, and herself.

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FROM MARGO KELLY:

When I was in college I attended my first hypnotism show.

In an auditorium along with a couple hundred other students, I watched as fifteen guys and girls went on stage and participated in the show. The audience laughed and clapped and hooted when the hypnotized students did ridiculous things such as quack like ducks or sing like rock stars. It was great. Terrific. Until the end.

While the participants were still completely hypnotized, the hypnotist turned to the audience and spouted his political views. He didn’t even try to hide what he was doing. He spoke clearly and abruptly. The people to my left and to my right sat in shock. My own mouth dropped open in disbelief. The hypnotist went so far as to tell everyone exactly how to vote in the upcoming election. I was dumbfounded. I felt like my trust had been violated, and I wasn’t even on the stage. I was not hypnotized. I was not in any sort of suggestive state. But those students in the show still were. And I bet there were plenty of others sitting in the audience who were impressionable from watching the hypnosis being performed.

That’s the exact moment I decided I would never willingly take part in hypnosis. Sure, that was an isolated incident. Some hypnotists are trustworthy. But not all. Some do not have a very high ethical code. And because of that, to this day, I hate giving up control to anyone, under any circumstances.

I’ve never forgotten that college night, and it inspired my novel, UNLOCKED.

Sounds amazing, right? Learn more about UNLOCKED here!

ADDITIONAL GIVEAWAY

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Margo, and the other authors on the Blue Team! My favorite number has always been 46. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Blue Team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

But wait! Before you continue the hunt, I have an additional, individual giveaway of three hardcover books from Simon and Schuster/Merit Press! Trust me, you’ll love these books!

*US/Canada only for these books. If the randomly-chosen winner is not in the US or Canada, they can choose any book from Book Depository.

Enter via the Rafflecopter link below:

 

Click here to enter Clara’s additional giveaway for YASH Spring 2017!

Edit, April 12 2017: 

The giveaway is over! Winner:

LISA MENDINA

Congrats! *throws confetti*

If you didn’t win this time, keep in touch! I love doing giveaways. Follow me on Instagram, join the Insiders, and friend me on Goodreads to be the first to hear when I have a new giveaway.

AFTERMATH INFO

AFTERMATH
by Clara Kensie

Goodreads Most Popular Books Published in November 2016
Young Adult Books Central’s TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2016

You can purchase AFTERMATH at your favorite bookstore
or order it online from AmazonB&NBAM, and Indiebound

CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest, you need to check out the next author, the amazing and talented Julia Ember!

Best of luck on the hunt, and have fun. YASH rocks!

xoxo,
Clara

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New Goodreads Giveaway: Annotated Hardcover of AFTERMATH plus a “Do It Double” Tote Bag

Announcing a new Aftermath Goodreads giveaway! The last one was SO successful that I’m doing it again. This time the prize is a signed, annotated hardcover copy of Aftermath AAANNNNDDDDD an Aftermath “Do It Double” tote bag.

This giveaway started only a few hours ago and it’s already blowing up. So get going – enter now! Go go go!

Goodreads Annotated AFTERMATH and Tote Bag Giveaway

Aftermath by Clara Kensie

Aftermath

by Clara Kensie

Giveaway ends April 12, 2017.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

 

Enter Giveaway

 

AFTERMATH

by Clara Kensie

Goodreads Most Popular Books Published in November 2016
Young Adult Books Central’s TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2016

You can purchase AFTERMATH at your favorite bookstore
or order it online from AmazonB&NBAM, and Indiebound

xoxo

 

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Thanks for entering the AFTERMATH ARC Goodreads giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Jan 2017 Goodreads giveaway to win one of three annotated ARCs of AFTERMATH! Because of you, it was one of the most popular giveaways on Goodreads. I’m sending the books to the three winners this week. Congrats!

If you didn’t win this time, never fear: I’m having another Goodreads giveaway soon, of an annotated AFTERMATH hardcover and an AFTERMATH Do It Double tote bag. Stay tuned for details!

 

AFTERMATH
by Clara Kensie

Goodreads Most Popular Books Published in November 2016
Young Adult Books Central’s TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2016

You can purchase AFTERMATH at your favorite bookstore
or order it online from Amazon, B&N, BAM, and Indiebound

 

xoxo
Clara

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Giveaway for Annotated ARC of Aftermath Ends January 31st!

Quick reminder: this Goodreads giveaway is ending soon – January 31st!
Annotated, by me, with secrets and exclusive behind-the-scenes info.
There are only THREE annotated Aftermath ARCs in existence. You know you want one! 
Enter here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/213670-aftermath

Good luck!

 

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AFTERMATH Blog Tour and Giveaway

AFTERMATH recently went on tour! Check out each stop to read reviews, interviews, and cool info about the book. Remember to enter the giveaway to win books and an AFTERMATH Do It Double tote bag! The giveaway is open through January 31, and you can enter at any of the tour stops.

Thanks for setting up the tour, Hannah the Irish Banana! And big big hugs to all of the beautiful bloggers on the tour!!!! Bloggers give honest reviews, and I’m thrilled that you all loved AFTERMATH so much. You guys are the best. xoxoxox

Tour Schedule:
 

What do you guys think? Awesome tour, right? Remember to enter the giveaway before it closes on January 31! You can win books and this beautiful AFTERMATH Do It Double tote bag. (Read the amazing story behind the tote bag here.)

 

AFTERMATH
by Clara Kensie

Goodreads Most Popular Books Published in November 2016
Young Adult Books Central’s TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2016

You can purchase AFTERMATH at your favorite bookstore
or order it online from Amazon, B&N, BAM, and Indiebound

 

 

 

 

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Goodreads Giveaway: Three Annotated AFTERMATH ARCs

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Exclusive for AFTERMATH fans: I thought I’d distributed all of my AFTERMATH ARCs, but I found three more. So I’m annotating them and giving them away on Goodreads! Learn my secret thoughts and get behind-the-scenes info about the book. The giveaway runs December 5 – January 31. US/CAN only. Enter now: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/213670-aftermath. Go go go!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Aftermath by Clara Kensie

Aftermath

by Clara Kensie

Giveaway ends January 31, 2017.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

 

Enter Giveaway

Good luck!

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Holiday #Readathon! December 2 – 4 2016

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Hey everyone! Please join me in the Actin’ Up with Books Seventh Annual International Holiday Readathon this weekend! We have lots of fun mini-challenges planned for you and we’re giving away lots of prizes, all for doing something you love to do anyway: READ! 

The best part: you can participate as much or as little as you like. You can do all of the mini-challenges, or none of them. You don’t have to choose books in any particular genre or about the holidays – you can read any books you want, and you can read for as little as one minute or as long as 72 hours. This is a no pressure, read as much as you want readathon! *grin* 

Head on over to Actin’ Up with Books to sign up for the readathon and take a peek at the participating authors and all the prizes. The grand prize is $25 in books from The Book Depository! The mini-challenges haven’t been announced yet, but I’ve seen them, and they are so much fun!!

Happy reading!

xoxo

 
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AFTERMATH Releases Today!

It’s my book birthday! (Well, it’s my *official* book birthday. My book accidentally cover-with-je-blurb-amzreleased a couple weeks early on Amazon.) But AFTERMATH is officially in bookstores today, and online at Amazon, B&N, BAM, and Indiebound

I’ve had this story in my head for thirty years, and it’s amazing to see it in print. AFTERMATH is the book of my heart.

AFTERMATH is about 16-year-old girl who returns home four years after she was kidnapped, only to discover her family, devastated by her disappearance, has fallen apart. To put her broken family back together, and to prove the existence of her captor’s first victim, the traumatized girl must first heal herself.

school-library-journalSchool Library Journal said AFTERMATH is therapeutic reading for rape survivors.

Book blogger Molly of Molly’s Book Nook loved the book so much that she made artwork out of one of the themes, “Do it double, because some can’t do it at all,” printed it on tote bags and pillows, and is selling them in her online book merch store, Blu Bear Bazaar. She’s donating a portion of the proceeds to RAINN and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Wow.

The story I’ve had in my head for thirty years is out in the world and it’s making a difference and helping people. I still can’t believe this is real.

AFTERMATH is officially available at your favorite bookstore, and online at Amazon, B&N, BAM, and Indiebound

All of AFTERMATH’s early reviews are amazing! Here are just some of them:

I hope you love AFTERMATH too!

 

 

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Blu Gives Back – AFTERMATH Products With A Cause

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AFTERMATH Do It Double Tote – Blu Bear Bazaar (photo credit https://www.instagram.com/blubearbazaar/)

When you’re an author, there are heartbreaking times, and there are joyful times. This is definitely one of the best joyful times, ranking right up there with when I won the RITA for Run to You:

Book blogger Molly of Molly’s Book Nook surprised me with news that was so sweet and generous that I started crying. She was so moved by one of the themes in my novel AFTERMATH that she created an art piece for it, and is now selling it in her web store, Blu Bear Bazaar

blubearcauseOn her blog, Molly writes:

[AFTERMATH] is a beautiful story that had me in tears. Something that stood out was a repeated phrase throughout the story, used in several variations. This phrase was and has been a reminder for me that not everyone has the chance to live the life I live. That could be because of their financial circumstances, their mental health, or maybe they’re not even with us anymore to experience life at all. Since I’ve finished this novel, the phrase means something even more for me as I lost a very close friend recently. What is the phrase?

We need to live our lives to the fullest, we need to be grateful for what we have, because there are those who don’t have the opportunity, or be with us in life, at all. It’s that phrase and my personal experience that inspired this idea.

And here it is! Molly designed a beautiful blue ribbon (it matches the book cover, and it is also in the book) with the words “Do it double because some can’t do it at all” and put it on a tote bag and a throw pillow. Look how beautiful they are! Breathtaking. 

 

If that’s not awesome enough, Molly is donating a portion of the proceeds of each sale to RAINN and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

  • RAINNRape, Abuse & Incest National Network. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org & rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
  • Missing Kids – The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is a non—profit corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization.
Aftermath Do It Double Tote Bag from Blu Bear Bazaar

Aftermath Do It Double Tote Bag from Blu Bear Bazaar

You can purchase the Aftermath tote bag 

Aftermath Do It Double Throw Pillow from Blu Bear Bazaar

Aftermath Do It Double Throw Pillow from Blu Bear Bazaar

and the Aftermath throw pillow
from Molly’s store, Blu Bear Bazaar,

along with dozens of other beautiful products!

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You can read her entire blog post about it here: https://blubearbazaar.com/blogs/news/blu-gives-back-and-asks-you-to-as-well

and you can read her interview with me here: http://www.mollysbooknook.com/authorly-love-meet-clara-kensie-double-philosophy/

Thank you so much for this, Molly! This is one of the highlights of my career. I’m so honored that you’re doing this, and that you’re donating a portion of the proceeds to two important causes. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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AFTERMATH comes out November 15th 2016 from Merit Press (here’s a secret: the official pub date is November 15th, but the book is releasing now, two weeks early!). You can get it from your favorite bookstore or from Amazon, B&N, BAM, and Indiebound

 

 

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AFTERMATH Fan Art

fan-art-alexisThank you to Alexis Johnson of the Mad For Books Luv blog for drawing such beautiful Aftermath fan art! The above drawing shows Charlotte reuniting with her twin sister Alexa in the hospital four years after Charlotte was kidnapped. Charlotte’s hair is long and black, and Alexa has chopped her hair into short angry spikes and dyed it white. You can see on their faces how happy, how content and complete, the twins feel now that they’re together, especially when they thought they’d never see each other again.

Alexis is an amazing artist! Here are her drawings of Charlotte’s time locked in the attic of her kidnapper, whom she called The Keeper:

 

 

 

So beautiful and so haunting. Thank you so much, Alexis. You are a truly talented artist, and it means the world to me that you made these drawing of AFTERMATH.

Here is Alexis’s FIVE STAR review of Aftermath:

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Alexis’s Five Star review of Aftermath on Goodreads

Okay, so my official review will be on my blog but as for now I just want to put here how amazing this novel was.
I had cried, laughed a bit, smiled, cried more, wish something had happened, cried a lot more.

This is the best novel I’ve read all year, tying with The Architects song by A G Howard.
The writing was well, and the characters well-formed.

I can’t wait to read more from Clara Kensie and I hope everyone who sees this reads this novel because … seriously. Best. Book. Ever.

And you can read her complete Five Star review (warning: contains spoilers) on her blog

Thank you, Alexis! I’ll cherish these drawings forever.

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AFTERMATH comes out November 15th 2016 from Merit Press (here’s a secret: the official pub date is November 15th, but the book is releasing now, two weeks early!). You can get it from your favorite bookstore or from Amazon, B&N, BAM, and Indiebound.

 

 

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