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Lean and Mean, we’re TEAM GREEN! Fall 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt is on, people.

** The Fall 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt is over. **

Thank you so much for hanging out with us.

Winner announced soon!

Hey! I am Julie Reece (the one with the “hair”)

I’m your hostess for this leg of the hunt.

About Me

I love vintage muscle cars.

My favorite month is Summer.

I’ll arm wrestle you for the last piece of dark chocolate.

I adore my cat Hemingway.

 

 

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Looking for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching …

Somewhere on this blog, I’ve hidden three things; bonus content from the author that I’m hosting, the secret number you’ll need for the scavenger hunt highlighted in green, and a personal prize contest—in addition to the main scavenger hunt prizes. Before you go looking for them, check out the amazing author I’m hosting.

But, first, a few rules.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE RULES

DIRECTIONS: Somewhere below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM GREEN, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)

REMEMBER: THE SECRET NUMBER IS HIGHLIGHTED IN GREEN!

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: The  YA Scavenger Hunt goes live on Tuesday, Oct 3rd at 12 pm Pacific Time. 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, 8th at noon Pacific time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered. 

On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast. This contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until October, 8th at noon Pacific time.

There are seven contests going on simultaneously as well as a bonus contest and you can enter one or all!

I am a part of the GREEN TEAM but there is also a RED, BLUE, ORANGE, GOLD, PINK, & PURPLE team — each with 20 authors! Check out each team for a chance to win different prizes!

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.

Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I’ll introduce the author I am hosting on this hunt.

I am super excited to be hosting the awesome and amazing

 HEATHER DAVIS!

About the Author :

Heather Davis is the author of The Clearing, a RITA Award finalist for Best Young Adult Romance. A CURSE SO DARK is the first book in her new Pioneer Falls series. Her other books include Never Cry Werewolf and its two novella sequels, Sometimes by Moonlight and Always in Shadow, as well as Wherever You Go. She lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest, where she is obsessed with coffee, books, indie bands, and perfect chocolate chip cookies.

It’s Julie, your hostess again: I counted all the chocolate chips in just one of Heather’s delicious cookies, and, if I’m right, there are 22!

That’s riiiight …

 

 You can find out even more about HEATHER here …  

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HEATHER  is showcasing her book:

Cool right? And in case you’re as curious about the story as I am, you’re in luck!

ABOUT THE BOOK 

“A blood curse. Deadly secrets. A dark stranger.

When her deputy sheriff father goes missing, Lily Turner learns the quaint logging town of Pioneer Falls harbors terrible secrets—an unspeakable past connected to her family and a blood curse her father has hidden from his three daughters.

When Morgan McAllister arrives in town, Lily can’t deny their mutual attraction. But falling for Morgan may derail Lily’s efforts to find her father and to save her younger sisters from the family fate.

Searching for answers deep in the shadowy forests that surround the town, Lily will risk everything to uncover the truth. As hunters are exposed and rivals for the territory circle the Turner sisters, no one in Pioneer Falls is safe– especially with the full moon rising.

From the author of Never Cry Werewolf comes this suspenseful new series full of dark secrets and heartfelt romance.”

 Add A Curse So Dark (Pioneer Falls Book 1) to your TBR list on Goodreads here!

 

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An exclusive Sneak Preview from Heather—just for you!!!

Opening Scene of A CURSE SO DARK 

No secret can stay hidden forever. The best ones—crushes, surprise parties, special gifts—are revealed and everyone smiles or laughs. But then, there’s the other kind. Dark truths that break apart families, destroy reputations, ruin lives. Nothing can prepare you for the reveal of a reality-imploding secret like that. Trust me.

It’s pretty hard to keep any secret in a small town like mine. And when I say small, I mean one-stoplight-everyone-knows-your-business small. Pioneer Falls is barely a map dot in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Washington state. It’s pretty and green—so green—surrounded by endless trees and cut by a river, which long ago, starving settlers miraculously found full of fish. Couples love to take engagement and wedding pictures in front of the falls, and tourists come from miles around just to watch the leaves turn colors. Basically, our town is the fantasy of every suburbanite who longs for a simple life. A safe community where people move to raise kids and earn an honest living, a place where you know every neighbor.

But the folks in town don’t know the truth about my family, and I hope they never find out. We’re hiding a terrible secret, a mark that will never fade, a gnawed branch on our family tree.

And I didn’t learn the truth myself until my father went missing.

That night I was working my usual Monday shift at the coffee shop––the only one for twenty miles. Business at Pioneer Perk always slowed to a trickle after seven, but Maggie, the owner, insisted on staying open a few more hours for the folks heading to work graveyard over at the lumber mill. I gladly filled travel mugs and sold the scratch-baked muffins and scones, but the tip jar never counted out to more than a few limp dollars and a handful of coins. After pocketing that night’s skimpy proceeds, I adjusted my College Fund sign, wondering if I needed to put a few more glittery stickers on it to attract more contributions. At this rate, I wouldn’t be able to afford community college tuition, let alone the cost of the university next year.

Just before nine, the last customers finally cleared out. I closed the copy of Wuthering Heights I’d been reading behind the counter and locked the front door. Out on Main Street, antique lampposts illuminated the emptiness. The rain had stopped an hour earlier, but the pavement glistened, reflecting the sliver of moonlight. A raven perched on a telephone wire swaying in the night breeze, not seeming to care it should be nested in for the night. A few lonely leaves skittered down the sidewalk, runaways from the maple saplings that’d been planted recently in the square. I definitely wouldn’t miss this kind of excitement when I left town for good.

After straightening the couches near the front, I wiped down the tables, and then closed out the till. My last task was gathering up the garbage, compost, and recycling to take out back. Though we were two hours from Seattle, Maggie insisted the shop observe the city’s progressive sustainability standards. Pioneer Falls may have been founded by loggers and miners using the natural resources of the area, but there was a surprising number of conservationists like Maggie around. I emptied the first container of recyclables into the bin, hearing the satisfying clunk of glass hitting glass.

That’s when I saw them.

Four wolves edging the woods near the parking lot.

They’d heard me, because they stood motionless, staring in my direction. A chill slithered down my neck as I realized they were standing over something. Another creature, down on the ground. The wolf closest to me lifted its nose in my direction. Viscous dark liquid dripped from its graying muzzle, illuminated by the light of the quarter moon.

My heart hammered. I hoped they were some of the hybrids bred by the eccentric man Ivan, who lived across the river. Locals saw the half-wolf, half-dogs occasionally sniffing around livestock pens when they escaped his kennels. But these canines seemed larger, as though they might actually be more wolf than dog. They reminded me of the violent creatures from my nightmares, predators that chased me unrelentingly. Dreams that I’d been having since I was little.

Countering my lengthy stare, the animal flashed its teeth and issued a low growl. Horrified, I stepped backward, right into someone standing behind me. I was almost too startled to scream.

“Easy now,” a familiar voice said.

I whirled around and found myself face-to-face with my boyfriend, Kyle. “You jerk! What are you doing?”

“Protecting you from mutts who might want to eat your muffins,” he said, grinning. “I hear they’re delicious.”

“Very funny.” I punched him on the arm, and then tossed the biodegradable bag into the compost bin. “Lucky for you I don’t scare easily.”

“That’s one of your best qualities, Lily. Among other things.” He slid his hands around my waist and kissed my neck. I winced. I hadn’t seen him since Friday night after the football game, and we’d left things in a weird place.

“What?” Kyle asked, lifting his head.

“You didn’t answer my texts again today. Were you even at school?”

“Sorry,” he whispered in my ear as he turned me around. “I was distracted. Coach kept me after gym, so I missed lunch.”

“Okay.” I managed a half-smile. A football player like Kyle Robbins wasn’t my typical pick, but working together as biology lab partners last year I’d found there was more to the guy than his athletic body and his deep brown eyes. He knew the names of everyone at Pioneer Falls High, from the freshmen to the custodian, and his happy-go-lucky attitude was contagious. He made me feel anything was possible.

“Are you finished with your shift yet?” he asked.

“Almost.”

“I can’t wait until we’re done with this place,” he said, kissing me lightly.

“It’s not that bad.”

“What? Making cappuccinos or this town?”

I smiled. “Well, the coffee’s fine.” I glanced back toward the fence. The wolves had taken off, but their prey, whatever it was, was still on the ground.

“Whoa! What is that?” Kyle asked, tracking my gaze.

We walked over to what I realized was a downed buck. His head lolled to one side, velvet-covered antlers touching the earth. Blood spatters shimmered on the dirt near him.

“He’s probably in shock. Don’t get too close.”

I ignored Kyle’s warning and inched closer to examine the damage anyway. The deer’s upper chest bled from a massive wound, and there was a wide gash near his neck. The buck snorted, try to rouse itself from the ground.

“No, no, no…” I knelt alongside the animal. Dangerous or not, I put a hand on its quivering shoulder. “It’s okay.”

“What are you doing? Don’t touch it.”

My breathing slowed. The deer’s eyes were filled with so much fear. My heart ached for the beast dying in front of me.

“C’mon, leave it,” Kyle said behind me. “There’s nothing you can do.”

“I just… I want to stay with him for his last moments.”

“That shouldn’t be long,” Kyle said under his breath.

“Seriously?”

The deer made a huffing sound. Blood gurgled in the gash near his throat, and little clouds of steam drifted up from his mouth. I moved back a little, my stomach churning.

“It’s in shock. I told you,” Kyle said.

“Those disgusting wolves got you,” I whispered. “You didn’t deserve this cruelty.” The buck’s dark eyes reflected the slice of moon overhead. This was the way the creature’s life would end. A savage attack. A mortal wound.

I felt my eyes start to water. Trembling, I reached for the stone pendant around my neck, a gift from Dad a couple years ago on my sixteenth birthday. I turned the cool white disk over and over in my fingers, as I often did. The smooth surface of the stone never failed to calm my nerves.

“Maybe we should call this in,” Kyle said, trying to get my attention with a wave. “I’ll try the non-emergency number at the station.”

I nodded, and then focused again on the buck’s pleading dark eyes. “I’m sorry you had such a painful death.” Shivering now, I looked toward the edge of the pavement to where it met the treeline, wondering if there were other deer out there.

As if in answer, a dark flash of something moved in the bushes. I held my breath. There was a definite rustling. The dying buck heard it, too. It stirred, struggling to pull itself up, but then collapsed again.

“No, no. It’s okay.” I stepped back. “Don’t run.”

“Look out!” Kyle called, putting his hand over his phone for a second.

In a burst of desperate movement, the deer wobbled to his feet and staggered into the woods. My eyes filled with tears as the brush rippled and the buck vanished. Something was shaking the brush, advancing toward the break where the deer had disappeared. Multiple things.

A howl rose from the woods. And then another. My skin rippled with goose bumps. The wolves were circling for the kill.

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(C) Heather Davis 2017 –– excerpted from A CURSE SO DARK with permission from the author.

 

Awesome, right?

If you want to know more about this book, here’s how you can get your hands on it!

 

Guys, don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me and many more! Just check out all these unforgettable books on the GREEN TEAM!

 

To enter, you need to write down my favorite number (hidden in the post above in green), find all the other numbers on TEAM GREEN, add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Good luck everyone, and thank you so much for visiting my website.

Before you go, don’t forget to enter my personal bonus contest  …

Exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt, one lucky winner will receive both the first and second paperback book in my YA Southern Gothic, fairy tale retelling—THE ARTISANS series. AND a signed paperback of my contemporary romance, ONE SUMMER WITH AUTUMN. All 3 books!

Just leave a comment below with a way to contact you in case you win …

winners posted by Monday, Oct 9th on YASH website!

Click on any cover for more information on my books!

 

“THE ARTISANS is a quick and enjoyable read for fans of Marissa Meyer, with an unpretentious narrator and quirky characters.” —Teenreads

“THE ARTISANS has all the elements I love — spooky intrigue, strong friendships, and a romantic tension to be savored.”  —Wendy Higgins, NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series.
 
 “I didn’t want to put ONE SUMMER WITH AUTUMN down once I started reading.  The ending ripped my heart in two before it mended it back together.” —  Moriah,  A Leisure Moment

Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt?

Then head on over to visit awe inspiring author SARA FUJIMURA’s page here:

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/sarafujimura

 

 

 

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IN THE BEGINNING : DARK RETELLINGS OF BIBLICAL TALES BLOG TOUR Guest Post @SharonLHughson @chapterxchapter @month9books

 

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 Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/blog-tour-schedule-in-the-beginning-dark-retellings-of-biblical-tales-anthology/        

In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales

 

In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales

Publication Date: October 25, 2016

Publisher:  Month9Books

In the Beginning (Oct. 25, 2016) –Eight authors come together to build a powerful collection of dark young adult short stories inspired by the mysteries, faith, and darkness found within the Bible. Old Testament and New Testament, iconic and obscure figures alike are illuminated, explored, and re-envisioned throughout this charity anthology from Month9Books.

 Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25946627-in-the-beginning

 

Today, we are lucky enough to have two of the spectacular authors from this new anthology with us! 

First, amazing Elle O’Neill

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Elle O’Neill loves reading and writing—from her first all-nighter as a seven-year old with autographed copies of David Adler’s Cam Jansen books to her high school and college English and creative writing classes. She believes that you can fall into the world of a book and find yourself. While she sometimes has a hard time separating fiction from reality (or is it that she prefers not to?), she likes to think that’s a whimsical asset. She enjoys reading just about anything, but treasures underdogs and bluestockings—their trials and successes feel close to home.

And 

the always lovely Sharon Hughson

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Nurtured through a troubled teenhood by Aslan in Narnia, Sharon Hughson has long appreciated the power of the written word. She has published romance and women’s fiction, but her dream is to write young adult fantasy, a genre she credits for keeping her alive during her parents’ turbulent divorce and the chaotic readjustments that followed. Sharon fuels her imagination with recollections from years of motherhood and a lifetime of experience working with young people, at church and in public school. She resides in Oregon with her husband, sons and three cats, where she spends her non-writing hours substitute teaching, reading, playing piano, enjoying the outdoors and scrapbooking her family’s memories.

Yay!! These two talented authors have graciously agreed to an interview. Welcome ladies!

Our Question: What’s the one topic you were hoping a blog host would ask you that they haven’t yet? Tell us what you’ve been dying to discuss. Here’s your chance! : )

Answer, Elle O’Neill:

Hi Julie and Readers!

Since this is my first published story and my first ever guest post for a blog, there are lots of questions I’m open to being asked and to answering! I didn’t want to scare you all away from my story by writing too much, or too much about things you might not be interested in, so I asked a good friend (thanks, Jay!) what he might want to ask the writer of a short story – what would his burning question be? Jay’s great at questions and he’s really reflective, so of course his question was, quite simply: WHY? Why this character, why this story, why this way? I’m going to do my best to talk about those questions.

My story is that of Barabbas. That may not be a name that comes readily to mind unless you’re thinking about Easter. It was actually right around Easter that I decided Barabbas would be the focus of my story. In the Bible, Pontius Pilate offers the crowd the opportunity to free one of two men. Jesus is one. Barabbas is the other.

Imagine. Even outside of Biblical stories: you are one of two people and one of you is going to die. And people – nameless, faceless, unknown-to-you people – get to decide which one of you lives.

How terrifying.

Beyond how viscerally upsetting most of us would find those circumstances, there was another element that was important to me when thinking about a Biblical “character” to focus on – Barabbas really has no backstory. We know he’s imprisoned. We know the crowd selects him to live. There were two things I really enjoyed about this. First, it gives me a lot of latitude for constructing who he is and how he gets into this situation. Secondly, we need to remember that the society that allows (in fact encourages) a crowd to spontaneously decide who lives and dies is the same society that also imprisoned both of these individuals to begin with. That’s not to say the society had no reasons, but it is to say that we have reason to question them – and that it’s okay to question them.

So I suppose I’ve tackled why this character? and why this story? but not why this way? My story begins with Barabbas being swept away into an intense reality show environment – he doesn’t quite understand where he is, why he’s there, what will be asked of him (questions we all ask ourselves at one point or another). His “crowd” is known as The Masses; they serve in the role of the crowd making the decision in the Bible, but they are also all of us. When we watch reality TV at home and decide who contestants are, what they’re about, what they deserve…we are The Masses, aren’t we? The stakes may be different but, really, who’s to say that—someday—the stakes couldn’t be exactly the same. Just the same, Barabbas is also all of us—he waivers, he spooks; he has frustration, but also resolution; he has desires, even if he doesn’t understand them; and he tries to make good decisions without hurting others, even though that isn’t always possible.

The role of Jesus is a quiet one in the story. He’s the ultimate—he’s an aspirational character for so many of us, and yet human in figure. He exists as us, and so he can be treated as an equal in the story, and yet he serves as a kind of flawless human—Who will The Masses root for? Who would you root for?

In many ways, I think I was aiming for dark satire—thinking of stories like “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson—and an exploration of what if, like Stockton’s “The Lady and the Tiger.” And those are scary stories, even though they may not have gore, ghosts, or even sinister characters. Perhaps it’s the relatability of these scenarios—places we’ve never been, situations we have never met—that creates the terrifying nature of them. There’s just enough reality to enable you to see yourself there—and to consider the possibility that maybe, just maybe, this could be real, somewhere, someday.

I hope everyone takes the opportunity to explore In the Beginning – it has a lot to offer readers. The stories come from lots of angles, cover a lot of territory that YAs face, and tackle that territory in some surprising ways. It’s a valuable collection and I’m lucky to be among these writers, lucky to have my story alongside theirs. Thanks so much for inviting me to write this post.

Happy reading!

 

Answer, Sharon Hughson:

Why demon possession? I mean seriously, of all the hundreds of cool and awesome stories in the Bible, why would anyone want to imagine being possessed by a demon?

To answer that: IN THE BEGINNING was specified as dark Biblical retellings. I had several fun ideas when I first decided to write a story for the anthology. One of them was about Naaman’s wife’s Hebrew handmaid. And it had a COOL twist at the end that was dark, dark, dark. *rubs hands together while smiling maniacally*

But when I considered all the ideas, I realized the story about a boy possessed by a demon was most compelling because it RELATES TO US. Not that I think a bunch of people are walking around possessed by demons. But on a metaphorical level we ALL have our demons. And most of the time we need help to get them exorcised. That’s what my story “The Demon was Me” is all about: finding help to get back in control of our lives when our demons take over.

Also, I knew this would be a difficult story to pull off. I’m not much for writing in first person because it limits how much information I can give a reader. But in order for this story to work, it had to be written with Scisco as the narrator. Otherwise, the reader wouldn’t experience the conflict of having a foreign entity taking control of their body. Because much of the conflict takes place INSIDE Scisco’s head. Just like most of our issues are internalized.

So this story was a challenge to my ability as a writer as well as to the idea that we are in control of our lives and destinies. And why didn’t another interviewer ask about that? Because none of them are the AMAZING Julie Reece. Thanks for having me, Julie.

 

Ha! Terrific answers, both of you! I love hearing about the creative process and getting a peek inside the imaginative mind of authors. Your stories sound amazing. I can’t wait to read them. Thanks so much  for being here today, guys. XOXO

 

Giveaway!!!

Link to enter:

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Contest ends November 11, 2016

One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Stories (INT)

Good luck, everyone!

 

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Other authors and stories from the anthology …

Daniel and the Dragon by Stephen Clements
A troubled orphan named Habakkuk dutifully follows his master, the prophet Daniel, into temples of blood-thirsty demon-gods, battles with unspeakable horrors, and bears witnesses to mind-breaking evil until his master’s zealous defiance of the king’s law seals their fate.

Babylon by Nicole Crucial
Far above the earth, in Second Eden, where moments and eternities all blur together, young Babylon befriends Sefer, the Book of Life. As Babylon awaits the moment she’ll fulfill her destiny, she and Sefer try to understand the world in which they live.

Last Will and Testament by Mike Hays
A homeless young boy, Baz, bears the weight of humanity on his shoulders and upon his body. When dark forces test a new-found friendship, Baz’s willingness to bear the ugliness of their world will be shaken.

The Demon Was Me by Sharon Hughson
Based on the story of the demon-possessed boy healed by Jesus, this tale provides a glimpse into a post-apocalyptic world where a teenage boy seeks to journey to a better land and yearns to discover the kind of man he’s meant to be, only to be hijacked by an evil spirit intent upon chipping away at the hope, faith, and resilience of its host.

The Deluge by Marti Johnson
A non-believer shares the story of Noah’s ark-building and the deadly downpour that follows. Fear, faithlessness, and the fallibility of mankind collide in a community where second chances aren’t unlimited and a better-late-than-never attitude just might be your doom.

Condemned by Elle O’Neill
Just sixteen-years-old, Barabbas finds himself pulled out of Routlege Academy and into a reality show competition—against Jesus himself—where the reward for the winner is life.

First Wife by Lora Palmer
In a first-person retelling of the saga of Jacob, Rachel and Leah, themes of family, deception, guilt, and heartache emerge amidst the first days of Leah’s marriage to Jacob—a marriage mired in trickery a mere week before Jacob was to marry Leah’s sister Rachel.

Emmaculate by Christina Raus
Based on the story of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, we enter the troubled mind of Emma, who finds herself torn between her religious upbringing and the purity ring that binds her to her boyfriend and the pregnancy that results from her relationship with another boy.

 

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Release Day Giveaway! The Extremely Epic Viking Tale of Yondersaay by Aoife Lennon-Ritche @chapterxchapter @aoifelennon @tantrumbooks

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Hello Readers! Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for

The Extremely Epic Viking Tale of Yondersaay
by Aoife Lennon-Ritche

presented by Tantrum Books!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

Happy Book Birthday, Aoife!

 

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This winter, siblings Ruairi and Dani Miller visit their ancestral homeland: the legendary Viking island of Yondersaay. Even with Granny Miller’s storytelling to pass the time, the pair manage to find trouble. In less than twenty-four hours of their arrival, Ruairi is mistaken for the lost Boy King of Denmark, kidnapped by Vikings, and scheduled to be sacrificed at sundown. Granny isn’t very pleased.

But when everyone except them goes Viking, the three turn to Granny’s epic tales of the legends of Yondersaay, The Gifts of Odin, and King Dudo the Mightily Impressive for clues. But not all stories end happily, and Ruari, Dani, and Granny will have to write their own happy ending.

The Princess Bride meets Vikings in this enchanted tale of high adventure, buried treasure, villainous treachery, violent ends, and – of course – true love. Aoife Lennon-Ritchie’s debut middle grade novel, THE EXTREMELY EPIC VIKING TALE OF YONDERSAAY, is a humorous and heartwarming story for readers ages 9+.

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The Extremely Epic Viking Tale of Yondersaay
by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Tantrum Books

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The Little Secret

Granny had to shout now because of the noise of the wind on the gangplank of the ferry she, Dani, Ruairi, and Mum were boarding. Granny was eating the steaming hot pie Mum had gotten for her in a sailor bar in the port. They huddled close together and shuffled up the gangplank in their winter clothes.
“About three weeks into the voyage,” Granny bellowed, “a few days after the warriors started wondering why they hadn’t found land yet, dusk fell on a clear, calm ocean. The night was full of light from the crystalline moon, and Brother Brian turned a little in his position in the prow of the lead longship and made a long slow nod of the head toward King Dudo, closing his eyes as his head reached its lowest position. It was a very cool move. Brother Brian had been practicing it in his head for weeks. He waited for King Dudo to take his seat beside him.
“‘We are close,” Brian said to Dudo and looked to the stars, then back down at the books and scrolls and charts laid all about him and back up to the stars again. “‘All my information, all my years of training, and all my expertise tell me we are very close.’
“The boat glided quietly through the water. Most of the Vikings were sleeping. Not so much as a seabird disturbed the stillness of the night. The monk and the king looked hopefully all around; it felt to them that they could see for miles. If the island was there, they would see it.
“They looked and looked. An hour passed, two hours passed, then three. But no land came into view. All of a sudden, King Dudo swung his head around to the left. ‘Shh!’ he hissed. Brother Brian swivelled his gaze around and looked hard, but he couldn’t see anything. ‘It sounded like—’ King Dudo said, stopping short.
“‘Like what, my lord?’ Brian asked.
“‘Oh, nothing, it’s ridiculous … but for a minute there, I thought I heard children laughing.’
Brother Brian gasped, clutched his chest, and went pale.
“‘It’s nothing,’ King Dudo continued. ‘The ocean is playing tricks on my mind.’ Dudo’s shoulders sagged, and he let out a big sigh. ‘This is ridiculous! What am I thinking? A magical island in the middle of the ocean … Enough. Time to let it go. Let’s get back on track and deliver my men to land.’

 

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Irish actor and writer Aoife Lennon-Ritchie studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, the Universita di Catania in Italy, University College Dublin in Ireland, and the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Aoife holds diplomas, degrees and a Masters in the multiple fields of business and information technology, English and classic literature, theatre and creative writing; she looks forward to doing her PhD in Film and Media. Always searching for new adventures, Aoife has lived in the UK, France, Greece, Italy, and several US cities, including Chicago, New York and Pittsburgh. She speaks three (and a half) languages. Although she was once an investment banker, she much prefers acting, fencing, writing, and being a mum. She currently lives in Cape Town with her handsome husband and two small children.

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The YA Scavenger Hunt is on! Go Team Blue! #YASH @YAScavengerHunt

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Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt, Ya’ll!

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 awesome prizes!

 I’m Julie Reece, your hostess for this section of the hunt.

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Author of the Southern Gothic YA duology THE ARTISANS and YA contemporary romance

ONE SUMMER WITH AUTUMN out October 18th 2016

I’m doing an a personal giveaway at the end of the post below, so don’t forget to enter!

 

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Looking for exclusive bonus content? Well keep going. You’re getting closer, but …

Oops! Hang on. Before we get there and meet the amazing author I’m hosting, we have to cover a few rules …

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE RULES

DIRECTIONS: Somewhere in the post below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM BLUE, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)

HINT: THE SECRET NUMBER IS HIGHLIGHTED IN BLUE!

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, Oct 9th noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one signed book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast. This contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until Sunday, Oct 9th.

There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM, but there is also a RED, GOLD, GREENORANGE, and PURPLE teameach with 20 authors. Check out each team for a chance to win eight different sets 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.

Good? Yes! We’re done with the rules. Now, I’ll introduce the author I am hosting on this hunt.

 

I am super excited to be hosting the fab …

Christina Farley!

 

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CHRISTINA FARLEY is the author
of the bestselling Gilded series and upcoming middle grade, THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE. Prior to that, she worked as an international
teacher and at a top secret job for Disney where she was known to scatter pixie
dust before the sun rose. When not traveling the world or creating imaginary
ones, she spends time with her family in Clermont, Florida with
her husband and two sons where they are busy preparing for the next World Cup,
baking cheesecakes, and raising a pet dragon that’s in disguise as a cockatiel.

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Important fact: (This is Julie again), and just by the way, I can eat 22 dark chocolate covered almonds in a row without taking a breath. I thought you should know.


 

The book Christina is showcasing in the YA Scavenger Hunt this season is book two in her Gilded series, Silvern


I love the title and that drop-dead gorgeous cover! (Can you tell I’m a big cat person?)

If you’re as interested in the story as I am, read on!

Title: Silvern (Gilded #2)
Author: Christina Farley
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis: Jae Hwa Lee has destroyed Haemosu, the dangerous demi-god that held her ancestors captive, and now she’s ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life. Then the god of darkness, Kud, sends an assassin to kill her. Jae escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins the Guardians of Shinshi to seek out the orb before Kud can find it.

But Kud is stronger and more devious than Haemosu ever was. Jae is soon painfully reminded that by making an enemy of Kud, she has placed her closest friends in danger, and must decide how much she can bear to sacrifice to defeat one of the most powerful immortals in all of Korea.

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Which Gilded Series Character Are You?


Hey guys! This is Christina. As I wrote the Gilded series, I fell in love with these characters. I have a fun quiz for you to play to determine which Gilded series character you are most like.

Check it out here!

 

 

To learn more about this series, visit the Gilded Series website
Watch GILDED’s amazing book trailer here!

 

 

While you’re here, be sure to enter the personal bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt.

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TO ENTER: say hello in the comments section, or, if you took Christina’s test, mention which character you are. (I’m Jae Hwa Lee, by the way) or say anything you like! But please leave your email address too (so I can send you your ebooks if you win). Winners chosen at random on Sunday, Oct 9th by my cat’s paw. Yes, it’s a thing.

Good luck everyone!

Remember, for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Christina, and many more, you need to write down my favorite number, find all the other numbers on TEAM BLUE add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Be sure to check out all the books on Team Blue.

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Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt? Then head on over to visit author J. Keller Ford’s page.

https://jennykellerford.wordpress.com/

Have a great day!


The Carver by Jacob Devlin Book Blast! @chapterxchapter @jacob_devlin @BlazePub

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Hello readers!

Are you looking for your next read?

Well, let us help make things easier for you!

Welcome to the Book Blast for

The Carver by Jacob Devlin

presented by Blaze Publishing!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

Looking for more books to read?
Read on and find a book that’s waiting for you to devour!

 

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THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD has been looking for her mother for six months, searching from the depths of New York’s subways to the heights of its skyscrapers…

THE PRINCE looks like he’s from another time entirely, or maybe he’s just too good at his job at Ye Old Renaissance Faire . . .

THE ACTRESS is lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with her spellbinding and strikingly convincing portrayal of a famous fairy. Her name may be big, but her secrets barely fit in one world . . .

Fifteen-year-old Crescenzo never would have believed his father’s carvings were anything more than “stupid toys.” All he knows is a boring life in an ordinary Virginia suburb, from which his mother and his best friend have been missing for years. When his father disappears next, all Crescenzo has left is his goofy neighbor, Pietro, who believes he’s really Peter Pan and that Crescenzo is the son of Pinocchio. What’s more: Pietro insists that they can find their loved ones by looking to the strange collection of wooden figurines Crescenzo’s father left behind.

With Pietro’s help, Crescenzo sets off on an adventure to unite the real life counterparts to his figurines. It’s enough of a shock that they’re actually real, but the night he meets the Girl in the Red Hood, dark truths burst from the past. Suddenly, Crescenzo is tangled in a nightmare where magic mirrors and evil queens rule, and where everyone he loves is running out of time.

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The Carver by Jacob Devlin
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Blaze Publishing

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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

an inspired vision that felt fresh and unique; and something that would be entertaining for all ages” – Silvia’s Reading

The descriptions were vivid and I could easily see it in my head!” – Kindle and Me

It brings you great laughs, tears and a special twist on all the fairytales we know from our childhood.” – Goodreads Reviewer

 

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When Jacob Devlin was four years old, he would lounge around in Batman pajamas and make semi-autobiographical picture books about an adventurous python named Jake the Snake. Eventually, he traded his favorite blue crayon for a black pen, and he never put it down. When not reading or writing, Jacob loves practicing his Italian, watching stand-up comedy, going deaf at rock concerts, and geeking out at comic book conventions. He does most of these things in southern Arizona.

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Seventeen-year-old Rose suffers from terrifying, painful nightmares that leave her bruised, exhausted, and questioning her sanity. Desperate to hold on, she makes a choice: Trust her doctor who claims he can cure her, or listen to another patient who swears the asylum will kill them.

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Asleep by Krystal Wade
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Blaze Publishing

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Because I Love You

 

When Sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton discovers she’s pregnant, she also learns the truth of her adoption. Overwhelmed, Andie must choose what’s best for the baby, but after hearing the heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able let go.

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Because I Love You by Tori Rigby
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Blaze Publishing

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Cover reveal 4 MOTLEY EDUCATION by @SA_Larsen! #MGlit corpse-raising adventure, spirited friendships, & a skull-full of humor! @Leapbks

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And here is her awesome cover!!! 

Title: Motley Education (Book One: The URD Saga)
Author: S.A. Larsen
Release Date: October 10, 2016
 Blurb:
Forget having a lively after school social life, Ebony Charmed is fighting
to keep the entire Afterlife alive.
Ebony’s less-than-average spirit tracking abilities are ruining more than sixth grade
at Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically & Celestially gifted. Her parents
argue so much her dad moved out. And, even though he’s scared of his own shadow
and insists on bringing his slimy, legless lizard everywhere they go, Ebony
wouldn’t survive without her best friend, Fleishman.
When Ebony’s Deadly Creatures & Relics’ project goes missing, she
learns her missing project is one of the keys to saving the spirit world. Now
Ebony and Fleishman must battle beasts from Norse Mythology to retrieve her
project before spirits are lost, the Well of Urd dries up, and Ebony loses all
hope of reuniting her family. But someone lies in wait, and he has other
plans…including creating a new world of spirits without them in it.
Motley Education has been aligned with Core Standards for grades 4-7.
A guide will be available on the author’s website to download for FREE after the book’s release date.
About S.A. Larsen
S.A. LARSEN is the author of Motley Education, the first book in a middle grade fantasy-adventure series.
Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears
of Brass
and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press.
Look for her debut young adult novel, Marked Beauty, set for release in 2017.
Find her in the land of lobsters, snowy winters, and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty years,
four children, a playful pooch, and two kittens.
You can visit her online at www.salarsenbooks.com.
Follow her on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram and connect with her
on her Website & Blog.
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Five lucky winners will each receive a signed bookmark and assorted swag!
Contest runs from 09/15/16 to 09/23/16.
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