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FALL 2015 YA SCAVENGER HUNT!

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It’s that time of year again! I’m participating in the Fall YA Scavenger Hunt as part of Team Pink!

YASH PINK TEAM 2015

The YA Scavenger Hunt is a great way to discover new authors and win tons of cool prizes like books (who doesn’t love books?) and swag! There are eight teams total! That’s a lot of books!

YASH BLUE TEAM 2015

YASH PURPLE TEAM 2015

YASH ORANGE TEAM 2015

YASH GREEN TEAM 2015

YASH GOLD TEAM 2015

YASH RED TEAM 2015

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The hunt starts October 1st!

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Sign Up for My Blog Tour!

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I’m very excited to announce that THE FADING DUSK will be featured in a blog tour from October 26th to November 13th! YA Bloggers, if you are interested in hosting me and my book, please visit Xpresso Book Tours and fill out the form at the bottom! There will be a giveaway too, which I’ll post about when it gets closer to the actual tour.

Thanks in advance to everyone who signs up! I can’t wait to visit your blogs!

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The Spring YA Scavenger Hunt is here!

YASH-circle-background-2Welcome 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 signed 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!

Team Pink

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PINK TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, a teal team, a purple team, an orange team, a green team, and a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed 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.

Here’s how to play:
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the indie 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 April 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today I’d like to introduce author Janna Jennings!
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Janna is a Colorado based YA author who loves a good fairy tale. She’s married to her own real life Prince Charming, and will usually admit to being mom of three, including her incorrigible middle child, Benny. Besides wrangling her kids she can be found doing some therapeutic baking, dreaming of the ocean, and of course, curling up with a good book.
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Janna is the author of A Grimm Legacy, the first book in the Grimm Tales series.

Enchanted castles and charming princes thought to exist only in stories come to life in this classically twisted fairy tale that combines the timeless quality of folktales with the challenges of the modern world.

The woods of Elorium appear ordinary to Andi… until the birds start to talk and elves answer doors. Whisked out of her world along with three strangers, Andi finds herself the reluctant guest of the perplexing millionaire, Mr. Jackson, a stranger willing to help get them home, but who’s keeping secrets of his own.
 

Discovering unexpected family connections to this fairy tale land, the group must rely on each other as they dodge evil fairies and battle giants intent on keeping them in Elorium.
 

Faced with characters short on whimsy and bent towards treachery, Andi, Quinn, Fredrick and Dylan are forced into fairy tale roles to find the home. But in Elorium, happily ever after is never guaranteed.

I love fairy tales, and this one sounds great! You can purchase A Grimm Legacy here!
Today Janna is sharing an exclusive sneak peek at her upcoming book, A Grimm Curse.

Cynthia crept past the weed-choked flowerbeds. A few roses struggled to bloom amid the neglect, but the place looked sad and forgotten. A small man-made pond sat in the shade of the near by pine trees. This is where the Wellington property ended and the forest began. Water still trickled into the pond, keeping the surface clear. Wild grasses had grown up along the edges, but it made the little spot look more natural, probably what the frog was used to.

Cynthia sat on a rusting wrought iron bench and reached into her pocket, freeing the frog. His skin felt tacky and rough. He’d been out of the water too long. She lowered him into the water.

“There you go.”

She stood up to leave. The frog seemed to shake itself out of a stooper. It kicked several times, propelling itself across the surface of the water with the awkward hind kick particular only to frogs. Rolling on its back, it sighed and said, “Ahh much better.”

Cynthia blinked hard and sat back down on the bench. The frog stroked back to her and hopped to the edge of the little pond where it sat half in, half out of the water.

“You’re not a princess, are you?” Beyond the harsh, throaty quality of its voice that was not quite human, the frog was male and hopeful.

Cynthia opened her mouth to reply and popped it back closed again. It was one thing to understand birds. Their peeps and trills seemed to translate themselves inside her head. Bird vocabulary was limited and repetitive. Frankly, they weren’t overly bright. It was not like talking to another person.

She’d heard the occasional rumor of talking animals. It wasn’t unheard of in Elorium to get advice from a fox, and there was a fairly famous troupe of singing animals that traveled around, although she had never seen them.

The frog blinked his bulbous eyes and a frown seemed to tug at his wide mouth. “Sorry, I know it can be a bit of a shock. You’ve got a surreal look on your face.”

“No, I—“ Cynthia paused and cleared her throat trying to rearrange her features into something other than stunned. “I understand birds. I just wasn’t expecting—you took me by surprise. That’s all.”

“Birds? I’ve never heard of that before.”

It was strange to watch the creature’s thin, flat lips move and words come out. It was like watching a puppeteer.

“I—“ she decided to steer this strange conversation away from herself. “What were you asking?”

“Oh.” the frog splayed his webbed toes on his right foot. “Are you a princess? I mean, I know you don’t live in a castle, but I thought perhaps you were one in hiding?” The frog had ducked his head and looked up at her out of the top of his eyes like a hopeful boy.

Cynthia felt a smile wanting to tug at her lips. “I’m not. Sorry.”

His face fell.

“I’m Cynthia.” She held out her name like some kind of pitiful offering.

“Remi.” The frog waved a half hearted webbed hand at her and sank with his chin in the water until just his mouth and eyes jutted out.

She waited a second, and when no further information was forthcoming she prodded, “So…”

Remi’s head came up slightly. “How am I a talking frog?” A half grin twisted on his face. “Sorry, this is the longest conversation I’ve had. Most people scream and run. Or try to hit me with things.” He looked up at her with an expression Cynthia couldn’t read. She didn’t know if it was the look or the fact that it was on a frog’s face that was creating the difficulty. Something moved her to bend down and hold out her hand. Remi hesitated just a second before hopping into her palm. The pads on his feet were delicate and damp. She placed him beside her on the bench and waited.

“I haven’t actually tried talking to anyone in awhile, but you seem…” here the frog appeared to be selecting the right words, “like a person to take a chance on.”

“Because I rescued you?”

“I wouldn’t say rescued—“ Remi stammered out.

A brief image came to Cynthia of an abashed young man. That smile wanted to curl her lips up again. Twice in one day. It wasn’t a problem she usually had.

“I’m not saying you didn’t help,” he added. “Can’t deny I’d gotten myself in a pickle. It wasn’t just that.” He’d turned thoughtful. “It was more a feeling you were someone who might understand.”

Look for A Grimm Curse this fall!

Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Janna, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 8. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the indie team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

And that’s not all! I’m also giving away a $10 Amazon gift card along with a Silver Moon Saga swag pack, which includes a signed 5×7 photo card of The Soul Healer and some stickers to one lucky winner! To be eligible to win, enter the Rafflecopter below! The contest is opened internationally.

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Now I’ll send you on your way to Jennifer Comeaux’s blog. As you’re visiting the other blogs, be on the lookout for a bonus scene from THE SOUL HEALER that I wrote specially for this contest. I’d love to hear what you think of it! Good luck and happy hunting!

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YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2015

I’m excited to announce that I will once again be participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Pink Team

This year I’m on Team Pink (heh, I think a certain pink-loving demon hunter would approve!) with nineteen amazing authors! This time around it’s all about THE SOUL HEALER, and I will be sharing an exclusive story (that you’ll have to find on another author’s blog!) that takes place toward the end of the book. It’s going to be my first time writing from a certain character’s point-of-view, which I’m very excited about.

There’s eight teams total this year, wow! And check out who’s on the gold team!

Team Gold (2)Amy McNulty, with her debut book, NOBODY’S GODDESS!

Here are the other teams:

Team Red 1 Team Purple 1 Team Orange Blue Team 1 Team Teal (2) Team Green

So many beautiful books! Mark you calendars; the hunt runs from April 2nd-April 5th!

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Cover Reveal for The Shadow Stealer!

So here we are. I’m about to unveil the very last cover for the very last book in the Silver Moon Saga. That’s both bittersweet and crazy. Did I ever think, those forty-two days I spent writing the first draft of THE SIGHT SEER, that I’d publish not one, not two, but FIVE books about Gabi and her demon-hunting friends? No, definitely not. So thank you to everyone who has joined me on this adventure. You are the reason I love this writing thing. 🙂

And now, without further ado, I present to you the gorgeous, stunning cover of THE SHADOW STEALER. I won’t even make you scroll down to see it.

The Shadow Stealer (Medium)

And there it is. What do you think?! Do you love it as much as I do? Because, and don’t tell the other four covers I said this, but this one right here is my favorite. Her expression, the way she’s looking at you dead in the eye as she glances over her shoulder… Even the green background (is she in her garden? A forest? Somewhere else?) is perfect. I literally just stared at my computer, my mouth ajar, when I opened my email and saw this for the first time. A huge, huge thank you to Rue Volley for giving me five beautiful covers.

THE SHADOW STEALER releases February 27th! The blurb is up on Goodreads, but here it is in case you haven’t seen it yet:

Ever since that fateful night Gabi Saw her first demon, she’s been questioning who and, better yet, what she is. When given a chance to find the answers she seeks, she seizes it, even if it means putting herself—and her beloved friends—in danger.

From upstate New York to the streets of Manhattan, Gabi chases after the truth that has, until this point, remained out of reach. But when her whole world shatters, Gabi wonders if it would have been better to remain ignorant. Because once you know the truth, there’s no going back.

In the final installment of the Silver Moon Saga, the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been for Gabi and her friends, and no one’s guaranteed a happy ending. Will Gabi triumph or will the shadows claim her for their own?

This is one of the longest books I’ve ever written, and if you’ve been following me on here and Facebook, then you know I struggled with it for almost all of last year. But the more a book fights me, the more I end up loving it (well, I spend a lot of time cursing it out, too). I hope that you will enjoy it, too!

That’s not all! To celebrate the end of the Silver Moon Saga, I’ve decided to host a contest. Click the link below for a chance to win a SIGNED paperback copy of THE SIGHT SEER, the book that started everything. The contest will run until February 2nd, and it is open INTERNATIONALLY. I’ll throw in some book swag too, which includes stickers and a signed mini-poster.

Enter to win a signed copy of THE SIGHT SEER!

Good luck and happy reading!

Contest is over! Thanks for playing!

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The YA Scavenger Hunt is here!

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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 signed 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!

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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 INDIE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a green team, and a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed 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.

Here’s how to play:
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the indie 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 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Okay, got that? Moving right along, I’d like to introduce Shay Lynam!

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Shay was born and raised in a small, rainy town in Washington, but now resides in another quaint, rainy town with her husband and pug-beagle mix, Lucy. When not at work, you can usually find her at home or at her favorite coffee shop, typing away on her newest novel.

And now I’ll let Shay tell you about her upcoming novel!

Hey all!

As your reward for finding me, I want to share my Peter Pan spin-off novel, Never, with you! It isn’t set to come out until November 4th but because you are awesome and participating in this crazy scavenger hunt, I thought you deserved a sneak peek. Also, because I want to get you guys extra excited about Never, I’m going to share a teaser of my book cover. My actual cover reveal isn’t until November 1st so you guys are getting an extremely exclusive first look.

First, a little about Never:

Wynn Harper spends her days trying to blend into the background. This isn’t very easy, especially being the great granddaughter of the late Wendy Darling. Wynn used to love Great Gran’s stories about her adventures in Neverland with Peter Pan and his lost boys, but that’s all they were. Just stories, right? That’s what Wynn keeps telling herself.

But then she meets Peter, the beautiful boy with a voice to match, and when he whisks her off to Neverland, Wynn knows this is no fairy tale. The lost boys are a group of rebellious ex-pirates, young Hook has a soft side, and Peter Pan isn’t as innocent as you might think.

Here’s an exclusive excerpt. When Wynn meets Peter.

“What’s it like in Neverland?” I asked after we had been flying in silence for a while. Peter’s hand tightened more around my own frozen fingers. I couldn’t feel my body anymore. I could’ve been missing both my legs and I wouldn’t even notice until we got to Neverland and I’d discover I was a couple feet shorter.

“Different,” he said looking over to meet my eyes.

“How do you mean?”

I watched as he swiveled his body and was suddenly under me, floating on his back. What would happen if I just let go of his hand? I would collide with him, he could wrap his arms around me and maybe I could lay my head on that soft orange t-shirt. I bet I’d be able to feel the ridges of his chest with my cheek. Something told me there was a body of a seventeen year old god under those clothes. Wow, maybe a dunk in that frigid ocean below would do me some good.

Peter cleared his throat and a smirk appeared on his face. He must have noticed my eyes trailing thoughtfully down his body. “It just is,” he finally said and laid my hand on his shirt so it was flat under his. Yep, I could feel the hard lines of his chest. “You’ll see for yourself soon.”

“Soon?” I asked giving him a confused look. “I thought the saying goes ‘straight on till morning.’ It isn’t even eleven yet.”

Peter tipped his head back so he was looking in the direction we were headed. “Think again.”

I lifted my head and saw the horizon glowing with morning light. The moon was still high and bright, the stars were still shining brilliantly, yet the sky down far ahead was beginning to fade to a pale blue as the sun slowly rose. In the distance I could make out a break in the horizon. Dips and peaks made up of mountains and valleys rose up from the water like a tiny hopeful beat on a heart monitor with a dead line. 

Neverland.

And finally, a sneak peek at my beautiful cover, made by Kellie Dennis with Book Cover by Design (bookcoverbydesign.co.uk):

 

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You can pre-order Never in e-book form on Amazon.com here. Again, it’ll be available on Amazon in paperback and e-book form on November 4th for just $2.99!

Thanks everyone and happy hunting!

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Thank you, Shay! Never sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to see the full cover!
Hunters, don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Shay, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 12. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the indie team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

And that’s not all!

I’m also giving away a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card (winner’s choice)! To be eligible to win, enter the Rafflecopter below!

 The winner has been chosen! Thanks for playing!

Now I’ll send you on your way to Stephanie Feuer’s blog. As you’re visiting the other blogs, be on the lookout for a bonus scene from THE SIGHT SEER that I wrote specially for this contest. I’d love to hear what you think of it! Good luck!
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All you need to know about the YA Scavenger Hunt.

I’m excited to announce I will be participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt this fall! It runs from October 2nd to the 5th, and this time it features six teams and 120 authors! That’s a lot of books!

Not sure what the hunt is all about? Then visit this handy page to learn the rules. Basically, this is your chance to meet new authors, discover new books, and, of course, win lots of fun prizes! I am on Team Indie, and I wrote a bonus scene just for this contest. I’m not going to say what it is or on whose blog it’ll be featured on; that’s up to you to find out!

The contest goes live October 2nd at 12 pm PST. Happy hunting!