New Adult Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt


The NA Scavenger Hunt is similar to YASH (if you've been hanging around the blog you'll remember it from a couple of weeks ago). NewASH is a biannual event to give readers a chance to receive bonus material from their favorite authors, find new books, and have the opportunity to win great prizes, including what else? 


It works like this: there are two teams (right now you're on TEAM PURPLE). Each participating author leaves a numerical clue. Add up the clues and enter to win the grand prize! Find the complete details, rules, and frequently asked questions hereRemember, the game goes lightning fast: 72 hours to be exact. 

What are you waiting for? 
Go! Go! Go.  

I'm hosting Lisa Swallow, author of the

 Butterfly Days: BECAUSE OF LUCY

About the book

An emotional new adult romance about two people struggling to escape others’ expectations, and about a third person who changes all their lives.

Ness watches girls fall over themselves for Evan’s attention, but she has no interest in the hot English student who includes poetry in his seduction techniques.
Evan is amused by the uptight girl who refuses to fall for his charms, and engages in a battle of wits to win her over. But Evan is struggling with a side of his life he keeps hidden and the secretive behaviour threatens his emerging relationship with Ness.
When life doesn't go as planned and everything falls apart, Ness and Evan are both faced with difficult choices. All because of Lucy.

About the author

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media.

Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013.

Lisa studied English at the University of Leeds and has worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia.

She lived in Europe as a child and also traveled when she left university where she found inspiration for some of her book locations. These days, Lisa is happy in her writing cave under Tilly’s supervision.
Find out more at Lisa's Website.

And connect with her here:
Amazon - Website - Facebook Twitter 

More about the Butterfly Days: BECAUSE OF LUCY

Here is an extra scene from this new 2016 edition of the book:

Here's a sneak peek at one of their conversations from one of the new scenes:
“See you later, Evan.” I step into the rain; I’d also rather get soaked than watch what happens next.
Evan catches up to me. “Where are you going?”
“Don’t you want this?” He holds out the mug. The rain trickles off his large hand and I meet his eyes.
“I’m waiting for you, you idiot.”
“Don’t call me an idiot.”
“You’re bloody funny. Can we not stand in the rain?” He indicates the sheltered building and my shoes fill with water as I follow him back through the puddles. “Here.”
“You drove out here to bring me coffee?” I take the warm cup in my damp hands.
“Yeah. That okay?”
“Why do that?”
“I went to your house to see you and Abby told me you were at work.”
“You could’ve left your number for me.”
“I could’ve, but I didn’t.” He steps closer and brushes rain from my face with cool fingers. “I wanted to see you.”
“Jesus, my head hurts enough.” The rain continues, and I sit on the nearby bench. My stomach fills with familiar butterflies as Evan sits next to me. “You’re a confusing guy.”
“That’s the nicest thing you’ve ever said about me.”
“No, it isn’t.”
“Nicer than misogynist, anyway.”
I stare at my damp feet. What the hell is going on here?
“Don’t you like coffee?” He points at the cup. “Are you a tea drinker? Earl Grey or something fancy from a china cup?” I scowl at his teasing, but the friendly eyes and that smile pull me in. “I’ll bring tea next time, but I might spill it if you insist on the posh cup.”
I sip and shake my head. “Coffee is good. Thank you.”
“No problem.” We lapse into silence, and the rain hits the metal roof above us. The girls leaving work splash through the puddles, a couple of them throwing curious looks in our direction. “You busy tonight?”
What? “Um. Yes. No. Not really.”
“Is that a multiple choice quiz? Do I have to tick a box?”
“I’m a bit tired after last night.”
“You do look a bit—” He bites his lip. “Tired.”
“You couldn’t look crap, Ness. You look better when you smile, though.”
“Smooth, Evan.”
He stares across the car park and hitches his coat upwards, closer to his face. “No.”
“That’s your answer. No, you’re not busy tonight, and you’d love to see the smooth Evan Hyde who nobly braves inclement weather to bring you coffee.”
“‘Nobly braves inclement weather’? Very poetic.” I shiver, he's right about the bloody awful weather.
Evan shrugs. “Okay, drives through the shithouse Northern winter.”
I smile and he pokes my cheek. “There it is. Come on, Ness. Let me take you out.”
“So you can kiss me and run away again?”
Evan  wrinkles his nose and shakes some of his damp fringe from his eyes. “How about if I promise not to run away this time?”
“How about you don’t presume I want to kiss you again?”

To continue the hunt, you need to visit the next author: 

And remember, you're on TEAM PURPLE & my 

lucky book number is 74.

I'm offering a BONUS drawing for a chance for one lucky 

reader to win a digital copy of KINDLED, the companion

 novella for ON THE MOUNTAIN (the book up for grabs for

the  Team Purple winner). AND a $5 Amazon Gift Card! 

Please enter below.

Hang on, no one walks away empty handed. Even if you don't win the NewASH grand prize or the bonuses above, you can still get a free book! YES! 

THROUGH THE JUNGLE is a prequel-sequel novelette to the Follow your Bliss series & is a quick, must read! Simply sign up for my enewsletter, specify your preferred format (whether you read on Kindle (mobi), Nook (epub), or if  you'd like a PDF), and I'll send you a copy for free!

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A few of my favorite things. Spring 2016

A few of my favorite things. Spring 2016

A few of my favorite things. Spring 2016 by deirdrespark featuring photography wall art'

Spring is here at last. (At last!) The rainy days bring buds and blossoms and mornings spent reading good books and sipping tea. The sunshine brings flowers and afternoons spent outside breathing the mud tinged air, wandering, and smiling because the warmth feels so good. 

Here are a few of my favorite things for this season. Check out past posts in this series here and here. Oh and here and here too. I didn't realize I've been sharing my faves for so many seasons. 

What are your favorite things for spring? Please share in the comments below. 


Writing Life One Liners

It took me a while to cut the chaff and limit comments to 140 characters, but I did it. Most of the time. Thank you Twitter for teaching me brevity. 

Here are some favorite and classic and admittedly overlooked Tweets about writing life or writing and life, depending on how you want to look at it, one-liners that I fully stand by. 

And that's all she wrote! Well, not really, but let's connect on Twitter, there's a lot more where that came from! 

P.S. An oldie but goodie >> A way back play back of my Top 40 Tweets.

Pearly, Pearl, Pearl News & Links & Guacamole!

Pearl has been out in the wild for just about a month now and my oh my I'm so appreciative for the response, the reviews, and the overall awesomeness. Thank YOU! Kisses and hugs!

While I've been fully relishing and enjoying this wave of excitement, I've also been surfing in real life, eating my weight in guacamole, and am having some serious Downton Abbey withdrawal. Anyone else?

Here are a few updates and exciting news nuggets:

Kirkus says about PEARL: "A character-driven book for readers who like their fare on the intense side." 

Fangirlish exclusive interview and discussion on the hard-edged aspects of life.

Author Cheyanne Young comments: "I loved when she loved and I cried when she cried. AND BOY DID I CRY. That is the magic of this novel: the way that it makes you feel... If you’re a fan of Sarah Dessen or Maggie Stiefvater, you’ll love this book."

Nino from Enchanted Readers really "gets" PEARL

Tonya Lee at Lily Bloom Books made PEARL the book of the month and said: "Deirdre’s writing is metaphorical, lyrical and just straight up beautiful. I would listen to/read her writing all day long. She flawlessly wrote a realistic situation and didn’t hold back when it came to pain, or the terrible decisions her characters, especially Pearl, made. I love it when an author doesn’t hold back and shows us that not everything is what it seems and challenges us. There was so much emotion packed into the writing, you could feel it. I cried, I laughed, and then I cried some more."

Q & A with moi over at Spare Time Book Blog with a speed round!  

Also, if you get VOYA magazine, check out the review in the April issue! They said: "Sometimes a book touches readers so deeply that it stands apart. Top-notch writing, excellent characterization, and a plot that illustrates but never preaches puts Pearl at the top of the stack. Heartbreaking, gritty, and absolutely unforgettable, Pearl belongs in every teen library.” 

PEARL also appears in the School Library JournalA read for mature teens looking for realistic fiction dealing with the struggles of addiction, love, and identity.”

Last, but not least, there are loads of reviews, photo aesthetics, and more on my Tumblr and Insta if you want to have a peek.

Thanks for reading and if you haven't checked out PEARL yet, you can get a hardcover, paperback, Kindle, or audio copy here and add it to your Goodreads TBR here. 

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