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 from 4th – 9th October!
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 PINK TEAM
–but there is also a blue
team, a gold
team, a green
team, an orange
team, a purple
team and a red
team. If you enter the hunt for all teams you’ll be in with a chance of winning a wonderful 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 somewhere on this page I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the PINK TEAM, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!) to enter for the grand prize.
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 APRIL 9TH, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
And now for the fun bit….!
Today, I am hosting LAURISA REYES on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Laurisa White Reyes is the author of ten books, including the 2016 Spark Award winner The Storytellers & YA thriller Contact. She teaches English at College of the Canyons in Southern California where she lives with her family and two tortoises named Albert & Marie. She loves chocolate and sushi (but not together), but hates roller coasters and airplanes.
Sign up for her newsletter (and get a free ebook) at her website
You can also buy the book HERE!
Some memories refuse to stay buried…
On Christmas Eve, a horrific car accident leaves Carly Perez without a mom. After a year of surgeries and counseling, Carly’s life is nearly back to normal—except for the monsters—vague, twisted images from the accident that plague her dreams. When her father insists on spending their first Christmas alone in Guatemala with a slew of relatives Carly has never met, she is far from thrilled, but she reluctantly boards the plane anyway.
That’s where she first spots the man with the scarred face. She could swear she has seen him before. But when? Where?
In Reu, the Guatemalan town where her father grew up, Carly meets Miguel, her attractive step-cousin, and thinks maybe vacation won’t be a total waste after all. Though she is drawn to him, Carly’s past holds her back—memories that refuse to be forgotten, and a secret about the accident that remains buried in her subconscious. And everywhere she turns, the man with the scarred face is there, driving that unwelcome secret to the surface.
EXCLUSIVE BONUS CONTENT
THE STORY OF PETALS
My novel, Petals, is set in Guatemala. I chose that location because I visited there many years ago, and the experience made a deep and permanent impression on me. It is a beautiful country with lush jungles, active volcanoes, and colorful wildlife. The land is an exhilarating collage of sights and sounds and flavors, many of which I tried to capture in Petals.
A year after losing her mother in a car accident, Carly, the main character of the story, reluctantly travels to Guatemala to visit relatives she’s never met. Carly is what I call bi-cultural. Born and raised in California to a white mom and an immigrant father, Carly is torn between two worlds and must come to terms not just with her mother’s death, but with her own identity.
My inspiration for this story came from my own daughter, Carissa. When she was eight-years-old, she got to visit Guatemala with her father, who was born there. It was the first time she was able to experience the culture and country in which her father grew up. Later, I began to wonder what challenges a young person might face who had parents from two vastly different backgrounds. Where would he/she best fit in?
Petals took twelve years to write. During that time, sadly, many of my memories of Guatemala have faded. Fortunately, I kept a detailed journal during my visit there, which because my primary resource for the book. I do remember visiting many of the ancient Mayan archeological sites, like Zaculeu and Tikal, as well as some of the tourist locales such as Antigua and Xela. Some of these locations made it into Petals.
My hope is that readers will fall in love not only with Carly and her story, but with Guatemala.
BEFORE YOU GO don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Faye Bird, and more! To enter, you need to know that I love chocolate, and at this time of year I just can’t get enough of those gorgeous little chocolate eggs called Mini Eggs…once I’ve eaten one I just can’t stop… In fact I’ll only stop when I get to… 21
PS – Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the PINK 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! And it’s the fantastic INGRID SEYMOUR
. So with a quick hop and a jump move on to the next step in the Hunt for the PINK TEAM
by clicking HERE!
BUT JUST QUICKLY… BEFORE YOU REALLY DO GO… WHY NOT ENTER MY
AND BE IN WITH A CHANCE TO WIN ONE OF THREE COPIES OF THE US EDITION OF MY SECOND LIFE TOO…?
THANK YOU FOR VISITING. HAVE A FUN HUNT AND GOOD LUCK!