YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt! 

My name is Deirdre Riordan Hall & I'm the author of PEARL. I'm your host for this stop on the YA Scavenger Hunt and am on the GOLD TEAM

Before we get started, I want to introduce myself and the newest member to our pack. Meet Chewie; yes, his grandpapa is Chewbacca. He keeps my feet warm while I write and is the friendliest little guy ever, which makes it easier for me to forgive him for waking me up at night. I'm glad you stopped by my blog. Are you ready for the scavenger hunt? Let's do this!

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! 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 on my team! 

But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online  
From Tuesday, March 29th at 12 pm Pacific Time until Sunday, April 3rd at noon Pacific time.

How do I play? 

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are NINE 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, a blue team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie 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.

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 GOLD 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, April 3rd 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 Lisa Amowitz  for the YA Scavenger Hunt, the author of UNTIL BETH

Lisa is an award winning author of three fantasy/thrillers for young adults,
UNTIL BETH [Spencer Hill Press, 2015], VISION [Spencer Hill Press, 2014], and BREAKING GLASS [Spencer Hill Press, 2013].

She is also a cover designer and
​Professor of Graphic Design at Bronx Community College. www.bcc.cuny.edu

She is represented by
Shannon Hassan of Marsal-Lyon Literary Agency 

Visit Lisa on Twitter and Facebook.

Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good.

Then she's accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends are bursting withtalent, but they're also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who's so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who's trying to tell her something but is hiding even more?

And will anyone be safe when her true Talent comes out?

Check out more here.

And now for the super awesome exclusive content from UNTIL BETH by Lisa Amowitz!

Hi! Lisa here, author of Until Beth, Vision, and Breaking Glass. In all three of my books, even though there are dark paranormal forces at work, basic human character traits and actual (thinly disguised locations) play a big part. Often the books are set in hybrid mash-ups of the locales that fired my imagination in the first place.

Until Beth first popped into my mind as most of my books often do, during one of the summers I spent with my husband and children in a rented house in the Hudson River Valley in New York State. Every summer we’d rent a different place with its own unique features. As a hectic urban professor, those languid summers gave my imagination a place to breathe.

UNTIL BETH, starts in a mythical Connecticut town, then features fictional locations in both Massachusetts and New York State. The settings have been drawn from my own travels and stitched together like a quilt to form the eerie backdrop for my books.

Besides stitching together separate and disparate locations to concoct the unique and spooky setting for UNTIL BETH, I also grafted in a character from an older (unpublished book). UNTIL BETH was originally written as my fourth book, before I ever wrote BREAKING GLASS and VISION and was then set aside. Two years later I decided to exhume it and rebuild the book from scratch, and realized that Xavier, one of my favorite characters from an abandoned manuscript would fit perfectly.  Can I admit that I had a serious crush on my own character? Vincent is kind of a close second. Check out my Pinterest Board and see why.

My exclusive content is a visual peek into the world of UNTIL BETH, the locations the people, the creep factor. Enjoy! If you comment below I’ll pick someone at random to send a custom signed UNTIL BETH guitar pick necklace. Or visit my blog and enter my contest to win a signed copy of UNTIL BETH along with a digital copy of BREAKING GLASS (print version US only—International digital only.)

Thanks for having me, Deirdre Riordan Hall!

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a book by me, Deirdre Riordan Hall and a bunch of other amazing authors including ! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 14. 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!



Run fast and run far, unless you’re fearless. Unless you’re courageous. I’m not, but I’d like to be.
Pearl Jaeger is seventeen and homeless after drugs, poverty, and addiction unraveled the life she shared with JJ, her formerly glamorous rock star mother.
This moment of happiness is fleeting; someone will take it from me.
When tragedy brings a chance to start over at an elite boarding school, she doesn’t hesitate. Yet the only salvation comes from an art teacher as troubled as Pearl, and she faces the stark reality that what she thought she wanted isn’t straightforward.
I trace the outline of my reflection in a window. I am no more than a replica of my mother. This is not the self-portrait I want to paint.

Through the friendships she forms at school—especially with Grant, a boy who shows Pearl what it means to trust and forgive—she begins to see a path not defined by her past. But when confronted with the decision to be courageous or to take the easy way forged by her mother’s failures, which direction will Pearl choose?

Wait, before you go, enter to win a second prize drawing for a chance to win an MP3 Audio copy of PEARL (<Find out more here) read by the amazing Brittany Presley, a lovely necklace & and some sweet swag! 

Good luck! 

*This drawing is only open to residents of the US. Sorry international readers! 
The main YA Scavenger Hunt is open internationally.


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! The one and only Carly Anne West! And remember, you're on TEAM GOLD right now :) 

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