YA Scavenger Hunt 2015

Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt! 

My name is Deirdre Riordan Hall & I'm the author of SUGAR. I'm your host for this stop on the YA Scavenger Hunt and right now I'm playing for the ORANGE TEAM. Which is really fitting since it's the month of orange: pumpkins, cinnamon (kinda), and autumn leaves! As many of you know I love summer, but fall comes up second. It's a potent time of reflection, and I always feel like there's a crackle of magic in the air at this time of year. Which  is fitting because yesterday I finished the first draft of a YA fantasy, and yes, there's magic involved. But that should be no surprise because I really believe there's a bit of that in all of us.

So, what is 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! During this hunt, you'll have access to exclusive content from each participating 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 on TEAM ORANGE! 

But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours! That's from noon PST Thursday October 1 through noon PST Sunday October 4th.

How do I play? 

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 ORANGE TEAM. There are seven other teams increasing your changes 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, please visit the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Win all these prizes!

How does the YA Scavenger Hunt work?

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the ORANGE 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 Sunday, October 4th at noon Pacific time. (Here's a time calculator to find out when that is.) Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Okay, ready to get to the fun stuff? Here we go! 

I'm hosting the lovely Vanessa Barger 
Author of SUPER FREAK 
Release date Tuesday, October 13th.


Vanessa Barger was born in West Virginia, and through several moves ended up spending the majority of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University and Old Dominion University, and has degrees in Graphic Design, a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and a Masters in Technology Education. She has had articles published in Altered Arts Magazine, has had some artwork displayed in galleries in Ohio and online, and currently teaches engineering, practical physics, drafting and other technological things to high school students in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), the Virginia Writer's Club, and the Hampton Roads Writers. When not writing or teaching, she’s a bookaholic, movie fanatic, and loves to travel. She is married to a fabulous man, and has one cat, who believes Vanessa lives only to open cat food cans, and can often be found baking when she should be editing.

Find out more information by checking out the Vanessa's website and find her on social media.

About Super Freak

Thirteen-year-old Caroline is a freak. Her parents have uprooted her to a town full of Supernaturals. You'd think she'd be thrilled. But, with someone without a magical bone in her body, this daughter of tree sprites feels like even more of an outcast than she has ever before.

To make matters worse, her new home is cursed. But when Caroline takes to investigating the mysterious and strange happenings of Harridan House, her BFF goes missing. Seems someone doesn't want Caroline sticking her non-magical nose where it most certainly does not belong. Determined to prove herself, Caroline uncovers a plot to destroy her new hometown.

Undeterred, Caroline can't give up. But what's a human without magical powers to do? Caroline better figure it out fast, before she loses everything she has ever loved and the whispers she's heard all her life prove true: Caroline is a useless superfreak.

Exclusive Content

I thought for the YA Scavenger Hunt, I’d let you all in on the playlist I used while writing SUPER FREAK. My musical tastes are pretty open, just like Caro’s – her favorites range from bagpipes to rock! So check out this playlist and try to picture which song matches what scene!

1. Fix the Boat, or Swim - Abney Park
2. Anthem of the Angels - Breaking Benjamin
3. Que Sera Sera – Doris Day
4. Breath of Life – Florence and the Machine
5. Just A Cloud Away – Pharrell Williams
6. Budapest – George Ezra
7. Go The Distance – Roger Bart (From “Hercules”)
8. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond (You knew this would be here, right?)
9. Witchcraft – Frank Sinatra
10. Geronimo – Sheppard
11. Last Midnight – Meryl Streep (from “Into the Woods”)
12. Mirror Haus – Lindsey Sterling (Most of her Shatter Me CD was played at some point!)

Here’s the link to the Spotify playlist for this too! 

How to Continue?

To continue the hunt, you need to check out the next author: Carly Anne West

And remember, you're on TEAM ORANGE right now & I've read 44 books this year (at my last guestimate ;-) 

Thank you for stopping by, participating, loving books & supporting authors! If you'd like to get your friends in on the fun, please share on TWITTER  and FACEBOOK! 

How about a bonus?

I'm hosting a bonus drawing for a chance for one lucky U.S. reader to win an audio book copy of Sugar and some other goodies! Please enter below. 

Leave a comment below sharing your progress, the books you're hoping to win, or just to say hi!

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