Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Fall 2013 YA Scavenger Hunt


Welcome to the fall 2013 YA Scavenger Hunt!

I'm Sarah Beth Durst, your host for this leg of the hunt.  I'm the author of 7 fantasy novels for teens.  *points to sidebar and to top of blog*  I have ridiculously curly hair and am afraid of skunks.  And my favorite number is the answer to life, the universe, and everything.  I'm thrilled to be participating in the hunt this year!

The YA Scavenger Hunt is a tri-annual event started by author Colleen Houck.  This year, 60 YA authors are participating (including yours truly!).  On this hunt, you will have access to exclusive bonus material from each of the participating authors, plus every author will also include their favorite number.  (If you missed the hint above, then see the bottom of this post for mine.)  Add up all the secret numbers, and you can enter for the grand prize: one signed book from each author in a team!  But play fast: this contest will only be online for 72 hours!

You can start right here, or you can go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt, including links to all the authors participating. This year, there are THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM -- but there is also a red team and a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!


SCAVENGER HUNT RULES

Directions: Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold team, and then add them up.

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, 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 Sunday, Oct 6th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

SCAVENGER HUNT AUTHOR MELISSA WEST

Today, I am hosting Melissa West on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!  Welcome, Melissa!  *waves*  So happy to have you here!

Melissa lives in a suburb of Atlanta, GA with her husband and daughters. She pretends to like yoga, actually likes shoes, and could not live without coffee. Her writing heroes include greats like Jane Austen and Madeleine L'Engle.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and an M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

ABOUT HOVER BY MELISSA WEST


On Earth, seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander was taught to never peek, but if she hopes to survive life on her new planet, Loge, her eyes must never shut. Because Zeus will do anything to save the Ancients from their dying planet, and he has a plan.

Thousands of humans crossed over to Loge after a poisonous neurotoxin released into Earth’s atmosphere, nearly killing them. They sought refuge in hopes of finding a new life, but what they became were slaves, built to wage war against their home planet. That is, unless Ari and Jackson can stop them. But on Loge, nothing is as it seems…and no one can be trusted.

Find out more information by visiting Melissa's website, blog, Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads page.  And you can learn more about HOVER here!

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FROM MELISSA WEST

And now, for your reading pleasure, a peek at a deleted scene from HOVER:

Jackson removes his jacket and drapes it around his chair, exposing a fitted black T-shirt that shows off the contours of his chest. I have no idea how hard I'm staring until he laughs easily, and my eyes drift up to find him watching me. He reaches for my hand. "Let's dance."

He leads me through the crowd, and I follow without hesitation, which I know must be whatever I just drank. Jackson takes us to the center of the crowd so we’re surrounded on all sides. The song switches and though the music is still upbeat, it’s slower, more intimate. He pulls me to him, so close our bodies connect from chest to thigh, our faces inches apart.

He rests his head next to my ear and holds one of my hands close to his chest. My eyes close as we move, lost to everyone around us, lost to the worry that wrecks my mind. All I feel is Jackson. All I can think about is Jackson…and how he is nowhere near close enough. His warm breath dances down my neck, causing a shudder to move through me, and before I can stop myself I release a small sigh. It feels like forever since I've let myself go around him. I lean further into him, wanting to close any distance between us. He continues to guide our bodies, and I know we're the only ones dancing so slowly.

"Ari..."

I shake my head. "Don't. Not now."

He pulls me closer still, his breath warm on my neck, his lips close, and I want more than anything for him to kiss me, to feel his full lips envelop mine. His draws a breath and blows out slowly, sending a cool breeze over my skin. And it’s too much. I tilt my head toward him, knowing I'm pushing this further than I'm ready to go. His lips graze over my neck, as soft as an afterthought, and my chest begins to burn with passion. I grip him tighter, my free hand smoothing over his forearm and up his bicep, before slipping into his hair. He pulls away to look at me, his eyes searching mine for answers, permission, something, but we are way past asking. Without another thought, I rise onto my toes, my mouth crushing into his.


CONTINUE THE HUNT

Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books (including my book Conjured, HOVER by Melissa West, and many more! To enter, you need to know my favorite number*. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the gold team and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

And don't forget to enter the additional giveaway that I'm hosting here.  Enter to win a signed copy of CONJURED below! (US mailing addresses only)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Jessica Brody!


* When I was in fifth grade, a babysitter told me that I wasn't old enough to read and appreciate the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  So of course I read it.  Ever since, my favorite number has been 42.  So that's my secret number for the YA Scavenger Hunt.  Good luck!

** On a related note, that same babysitter also told me I wasn't old enough for Little Women, and she was right.  Hated that book in fifth grade.  Loved it later, but in fifth grade... spoiler alert... I was so so so upset about Beth and that Amy married Laurie.  (Now I think Jo totally dodged a bullet.  Still sad re Beth.)


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111 Comments:

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Jen S said...

Oh I love this series. Thanks for hosting the scene

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger Phantom Book Blog said...

Woot!

 
At 11:42 AM, OpenID armywife2310 said...

Thanks for being a part of YASH! This is my first one and I'm so excited!

 
At 12:30 PM, Blogger Holly Remsing said...

Thank you for the giveaway! So excited to check out your books :D

 
At 12:31 PM, Blogger WulfLuva said...

EEEK!! I'm totally gonna pass out from all the book-y goodness!

**Rachelle**

 
At 1:13 PM, Blogger Ashley D. said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I've been dying to read this book!

 
At 2:12 PM, Blogger Katie Cody said...

Amazing series!

 
At 2:26 PM, Blogger Krista Davis said...

Little Women is my least favorite classic book for those exact same reasons. Laurie ended up with the wrong chick!!

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger jarkin33 said...

thank you for the giveaway!!

 
At 4:14 PM, Blogger erin koch said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!!

 
At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Caitlin said...

42 is my answer to everything. EVERYTHING. That, and pizza.

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger Alina said...

This scavenger hunt is super fun hope i win

 
At 6:11 PM, Blogger Jessica Noreault said...

It's you! You're the author that toys with my emotions!

This is my way of saying I finished Vessel the other day, and I cried and cried and it was all your fault. :3

But it was so good though!

Thanks so much~

 
At 6:31 PM, Blogger Van Pham said...

I haven't read Conjure yet but been dying to! Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in the scavenger hunt!

 
At 6:35 PM, Blogger Katherine Adams said...

I read Ice before and thought it was interesting, and have conjured on my to read list

 
At 6:39 PM, Blogger Jordan White said...

Awesome 42 story :)

 
At 6:40 PM, Blogger Jenny Tian said...

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At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Jenny Tian said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I've always wanted to read your books!

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger Katie Laird said...

Thank you for being a part of the hunt!

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger Dana said...

Thanks for participating!

 
At 7:22 PM, Blogger Rachel Edmundson said...

Yay, go gold team!! Thanks for the giveaway - I have been wanting to read Conjured for quite a while now!!!

 
At 7:41 PM, Blogger Kellani Arnold said...

Thanks for participating in #YASH

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger Holly Remsing said...

Thank you for the additional giveaway!

 
At 8:00 PM, Blogger Shayna Varadeaux said...

Awesome! YASH is fun lol My First one!

 
At 8:37 PM, Blogger Ana Jordan said...

Thank you so much for being part of YASH!!! Awesome giveaway!

 
At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Kathy L. said...

Totally agree about Little Women! Whenever I hear about it I think of that Friends episode where Joey had to put the book in the freezer cause Beth got sick.

 
At 8:47 PM, Blogger Liliana said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway!

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger Holly Remsing said...

Thank you for the generous giveaway!

 
At 10:02 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win a book! I'm a first-time YASH participant and would love to share this great lit with my students. :)

 
At 10:09 PM, Blogger pandalovesyou said...

Thank you for the giveaway!

 
At 11:19 PM, Blogger Barb112082 said...

Hi!!

 
At 11:28 PM, Anonymous bn100 said...

Nice scene

 
At 11:37 PM, Blogger Ivie Isler said...

Thanks for being part of YASH!!

 
At 11:39 PM, Blogger Danielle @ Ladybug Literature said...

Thank you for the giveaway and for participating in YASH! :D

 
At 11:56 PM, Blogger Jenny @ Book Sojourner said...

Thanks for the giveaway and YASH participation!
~Jenny V.

 
At 11:57 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

Thanks for the giveaway & great content!!

 
At 12:13 AM, Blogger Tiffany said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win!!!!! WOOT WOOT :D

 
At 12:17 AM, Blogger Vivien said...

This YASH is always a blast! Thanks for participating!

 
At 12:28 AM, Blogger Paola said...

YASH is awesome! Thanks for being a part of it. :D

 
At 12:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is all very exciting!

 
At 1:24 AM, Blogger Bridget Howard said...

Great post that for being part of the hunt!!!

 
At 4:08 AM, Blogger Joanna said...

Here's to always doing the opposite of what we are told & Conjured looks amazing! =)

 
At 8:02 AM, Blogger Geraldine Lee said...

Haha, before I commented, there were 42 comments~~~ In accordance with your fav number~ Oh well :P

 
At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Natasha W said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger Lolawid said...

It snowed here last night. Yuck.

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger Michele Luker said...

Nice hunt!! Just found another book I want to read!! thanks a TON

 
At 9:59 AM, Blogger Redheaded Bookworm said...

Thanks for participating in YASH, I look forward to these hunts!

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger Monica Postma said...

I've only read Drink, Slay, Love by you, but I absolutely adored it! I'm trying to collect all of your books now, so I can read them all and have them on my shelf.

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Destiny Carroll said...

BEST SCAVENGER HUNT EVER!!!!!!!!!

 
At 11:47 AM, Blogger Autumn said...

Thank you for the giveaway and for being a part of the hunt. I have not heard of you before so I am lucky I am taking part.

 
At 12:15 PM, Blogger Leigha Varrielle said...

You rock! Thanks!

 
At 12:25 PM, OpenID bibliophileprincess said...

YEA!! I LOVE THE HUNT!!!!!!!!! Good luck to everyone! And thanks for being apart of the Hunt!!

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger jademshaw said...

Hellooo! (:

 
At 3:08 PM, Blogger Halita Wilson said...

Beautiful cover! Thank you for the giveaway.

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger Ivy Blake said...

Yay another YA Scavenger Hunt!! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

 
At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Sarah Chan said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! Hope I win:)

 
At 4:35 PM, Blogger kelsey dobbins said...

thanks for doing the scavenger hunt! They're fun!

poisnivyred AT gmail.com

 
At 4:51 PM, Blogger Faith McLaughlin said...

Thanks for the giveaway! My birthday is October 9th so I would love to win a book! :)

 
At 5:08 PM, Anonymous Luiza Garcia said...

This hunt has been so fun! I met a lot of new authors, and just can't wait to read their books!

 
At 5:12 PM, Blogger Galadriel said...

Very exciting

 
At 5:39 PM, Blogger CodyAubin said...

Excited!

 
At 6:52 PM, Blogger Sarah P said...

Thanks for the giveaway and for being a part of the scavenger hunt, it's so fun!

 
At 6:57 PM, Blogger Larissa Domnikov said...

Thanks for hosting YASH and an extra giveaway! :)

 
At 7:39 PM, Blogger Danielle G. said...

Oh my gosh! I'm so excited that you are participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt this year! I love your books, although I still need to catch up and read Vessel.

 
At 8:25 PM, Blogger sarah said...

Thanks for having a extra prize:)
I can't wait to read Conjured

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger ~Courtney said...

I can't wait to read Conjured! It looks absolutely amazing.

 
At 11:56 PM, Blogger Shay L. said...

I can't wait to read Conjured!

 
At 3:38 AM, Blogger The Fox Family said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway!!! I love meeting new authors and getting to know their books. That's what is so awesome about the YA Scavenger Hunt!

 
At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Shelby von Wahl said...

wow, what a great givaway

 
At 10:37 AM, Blogger Kaitlyn (The Bookworm) said...

Thanks for the extra giveaway!! :)

 
At 11:36 AM, Blogger Kassiah Faul said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway and for participating. I need to read this series!

 
At 1:14 PM, Blogger Taherah said...

Conjured sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway :)

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger Bella Cote said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I love this scavenger hunt :)

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger Another Book Nerd said...

This sounds amazing can't wait to read it!!! :D

 
At 2:33 PM, Blogger Anna said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win! <3

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger Stacie Cruz said...

I've been dying to read your book Cinjured!!! Thank you for the giveaway and for being part of the scavenger hunt!

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger Merisha Abbott said...

Love YASH!!! Thank you for the giveaway!!! You are a new author for me!!!

 
At 3:48 PM, Blogger Isabel C said...

Ooh, thank you so much!

 
At 3:53 PM, Blogger tammy216 said...

Thanks for the giveaway, I can't wait to read your book :)

 
At 4:25 PM, Blogger Britney Jewell said...

Thanks for the giveaway! :)

 
At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Ashly said...

Thank you for the giveaway! I love your books!

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger C. H. said...

Really liked Enchanted Ivy and I definitely want to read Ice - it looks really good! And I love your story for your favorite number - Hitchhiker is a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

 
At 5:02 PM, Blogger Sarah Kalaitzidis said...

Thanks for the great giveaway and thanks for joining the YA Scavenger hunt!

 
At 5:12 PM, Blogger PamM said...

Thanks for a great stop!

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

I've heard great things about CONJURED! Thanks for the giveaway!

 
At 6:04 PM, Blogger Kaitlin Snider said...

Great giveaway! Conjured looks like a great book and I really like that cover. :)

 
At 8:33 PM, Blogger Nicole Stine said...

Would love to win! THanks for the giveaway!

 
At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Eleanor said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

 
At 9:17 PM, Blogger Two Chicks On Books said...

I can't wait to read Conjured! Thanks for the giveaway ;)

-Jaime

 
At 12:01 AM, Blogger Richie said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

 
At 12:10 AM, Blogger Fishyfish said...

Conjured looks like an exciting read!

 
At 1:05 AM, Blogger KiKiD said...

Ah, I loved Melissa's book, Gravity, but still have yet to read Hover, though I want too! Thanks for the scene :)

 
At 1:35 AM, Blogger Ryan Snyder said...

I have read Vessel and it was so adorable. My favorite part of it was the little origin stories and myths all the characters told each other.

 
At 1:36 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

YAY!

 
At 1:38 AM, Anonymous Natasha said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

 
At 1:52 AM, Blogger Minny said...

Thank you so much for this giveaway! :) - Cindy C.

 
At 1:57 AM, Blogger Jessica S said...

Thanks for the opportunity!

 
At 2:50 AM, Blogger deasuluna said...

Thanks for participating in the #YASH, this has been so much fun and exciting with all the free snippets and extra content!

 
At 3:37 AM, Anonymous Casey H said...

Thank you for the giveaway! :D

 
At 5:04 AM, Anonymous kingpee r said...

Commented. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity!

 
At 9:27 AM, Blogger Mandy said...

I've got Conjured on my TBR list.
Thanks for the giveaway!

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger NerdyDragon25 said...

Thanks for participating in YASH!

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger Fly to the Sky said...

Thanks for participating in YASH!! I loved reading the excerpts!!!

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger Nauma said...

I'm so excited for this generous YASH giveaway! =)

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger Tiffany Drew said...

Thank you so much for being a part of the hunt! My reading list has grown to gigantic proportions this weekend!

 
At 1:33 PM, Blogger Kristie Matheson said...

Thank you for participating! I can't wait to read your book :)

 
At 2:41 PM, Blogger Camilla Leonard said...

Thank you for participating! So excited to check out your books :)

 
At 3:05 PM, Blogger Shae McDaniel said...

Thanks for being a part of the hunt, Ms. Sarah!

 
At 3:33 PM, Blogger Kassie and Peter said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Soooo excited!

 
At 4:06 PM, Blogger Ashley @ Bookaholics Anonymous said...

I haven't read any books by you yet, so I need to change that.

 
At 11:23 PM, Blogger Ariel Smith said...

Thank you for the giveaway and for being part of YASH! I need to read Conjured, I've heard great things about it!

 

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