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Yippee! The Spring 2018 @YAScavengerHunt is finally here, ya’ll #TeamRed #YASH

 Hi and 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 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 book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

 

 

Hi! I’m Julie Reece, your host for this stop on the hunt.
I like cats, horses, kids, books and movies. Okay, but not in that order.
And all of which is neither here nor there, as far as the contest goes.

So … if you want to, you can visit the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM –but there is also a BLUE, GREEN, GOLD, PINK, & PURPLE team for a chance to win a whole different set of 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.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number somewhere in this post. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the RED 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 8th at noon Pacific time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Today, I am hosting the fabulous Erin Cashman on my

website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

 
Erin Cashman is the award-winning author of The Exceptionals, and Uncharted releasing in the Fall of 2018.  She is the workshop coordinator and a permanent mentor at AYAP , and lives in Massachusetts with her husband, three children, and their energetic rescue dog.

 

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Seventeen-year-old Annabeth prefers the fantasy of her books and paintings to reality—because in reality, her mom is dead, and it was all her fault. When she accompanies her father to the funeral of some family friends who drowned, she’s surprised to find her grief reflected in the face of Griffin Bradford, the son of the couple who died. Griffin is nothing like the carefree boy she once knew. Now he’s irritable, removed, and he’s under police investigation for his parents’ deaths.

One night following the memorial service, Annabeth’s dad goes missing in the woods, and she suspects Griffin knows more about the disappearance than he’s letting on. He refuses to answer her questions, particularly those related to the mysterious “expedition” his parents took to Ireland, where they went missing for seven months.

Annabeth fears her father isn’t lost, but rather a victim of something sinister. She launches her own investigation, tracing clues that whisper of myth and legend and death, until she stumbles upon a secret. One that some would die to protect, others would kill to expose—and which twists Annabeth’s fantasy and reality together in deadly new ways.

 EXCLUSIVE CONTENT!

Hi everyone. I’m Erin Cashman and I’m so excited to share the Novel Aesthetic for UNCHARTED!

A Novel Aesthetic is a great way to visualize the setting, characters, and tone of a book. UNCHARTED takes place on a lake in Maine, and involves an ancient mystery, Irish myths and legends, a deadly secret society, and romance between two characters grappling with their own secrets and guilt.

Here it is!

The wonderful Renee Combs designed it for me, and I think it really captures the feel of the book!

*sorry this contest has ended*

 

 

 Hey, ya’ll, it’s your host Julie Reece again. Isn’t Erin’s Novel Aesthetic gorgeous? I love it! It’s so romantic and mysterious and definitely makes me want to read to see what happens.
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!
 
And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Amy Fellner Dominy, and many more!
To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 

Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

 

And now, for my personal giveaway!!!

One winner will get a signed paperback copy of my YA southern romance ONE SUMMER WITH AUTUMN, two more will receive an ebook copy from Amazon.

 

 To enter, leave a comment telling me what you love most about Spring. That’s it! Just PLEASE make sure you leave me your email and name so I can contact you if you win. Sometimes, the winner forgets to leave contact info and I have to chose someone else. Bummer.
Winners in the separate giveaway will be contacted by Monday, April 9th and posted on the YASH website along with the grand prize winners.
Thanks for hunting with me today. Good luck!
 

TO CONTINUE THE HUNT …

 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next amazing author, Heather McKenzie! Good luck!

 

 
 

 

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Psst, the Spring @YAScavengerHunt 2018 book list is up on Goodreads! #YASH

Hey everyone!

This is a list of the books featured on the YA Scavenger Hunt Red Team for 2018, but there are lots more books on the BLUE, GREEN, GOLD, PINK, & PURPLE teams-each with 20 authors. Whoa!

Just click on the link above to vote for THE PALADINS (by yours truly) or any of the other amazing YA books listed that you already love, or have yet to read.
Remember, the @YAScavengerHunt starts April 3rd! Meet us back here and join the hunt for a change to win a ton of great YA books!!
Happy Hunting!

In the mood for a romantic southern gothic ghost story? The Artisans is on sale for .99! @Month9Books

Whaa-hoo!

For a short time only, THE ARTISANS is on sale for .99

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Blurb: 

They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Raven Weathersby gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.

To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.

Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad’s drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.

But Raven’s stepdad’s drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she’s ever known out of jail, or worse.

Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries’ clothing line, signing over her creative rights.

Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can’t imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.

But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?

 

Are you a Beauty or a Beast?

Take my quiz and find out!

 

What people are saying about

THE ARTISANS … 

“THE ARTISANS is a quick and enjoyable read for fans of Marissa Meyer, with an unpretentious narrator and quirky characters.” Teenreads
  “A modern day Beauty and the Beast retelling with the perfect blend of romance, mystery, and suspense this is sure to be a great hit with all young adult paranormal fans.”  ~ Dark Faerie Tales

Goodreads

“I didn’t want this story to end. I was enjoying living in this world so much!” ~ Michelle, Bookaholic Banter

“An electrifying retelling of Beauty and Beast with a hauntingly good twist.” ~Mundie Moms

“This book is one of the most amazing books I think I’ve ever read!” ~ Jackie, No Bent Spines

 

Want to get an even better feel for the story?

Check out my Pinterest inspiration board for the book.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy my quirky, gothic romance novel!

Julie


Fantasy Panel: Southern YA Authors #Raleigh #FantasyWriters @ErinMFitch @quailridgebooks @Month9Books @LeighStatham @shaila_writes @rrsmythe

Hey Guys!

Fantasy is alive and well in the South. The awesome @quailridgebooks   will host a panel of regional fantasy authors, writing for children and YA audiences. Join us on Saturday, July 15, at 6:30 pm for a look at recent or upcoming releases and to talk about what makes great fantasy. Ya’ll know Southern Gothic is my favorite!

Aspiring writers, bring us your questions!

 

North Hills 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road RaleighNC 27609

Featuring speakers:

You can find more info about the authors on the Quail Ridge Books website here:

**** Pssst ….  if you’re headed for Raleigh SuperCon that weekend, our booth is No 533.

Can’t wait to see you there!


It’s the THIS ELF WANTS BOOK MONEY December giveaway! #win #yalit #giveaway

Welcome!

All ye who love to read YA, get excited!!

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Thanks for the pretty picture @JennBardsley 

Does your elf love books? Well, guess what! Some of my favorite author-friends have banded together to giveaway a

$175 e-gift card to Barnes & Noble.
Click on a Rafflecopter giveaway to enter.
Would you like to find out more about the awesome authors behind this giveaway?

Jingle on over to their websites …

Jennifer Bardsley

Jennifer DiGiovani

Dorothy Dreyer

Shaila Patel

Melanie McFarlane

Julie Reece

Suzanne VanRooyen

Stephanie Scott

Liza Wiemer

Nicole Conway

Jennifer Anne Davis

Jennifer M. Eaton

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***Click on a Rafflecopter giveaway to enter!***

Fine Print and stuff:
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1. Promotion Description: The ‘$175 Barnes & Noble Giftcard’ (“Sweepstakes”) begins on 11/28/2016 at 07:00 AM (Pacific Time (US & Canada)) and ends on 12/13/2016 at 08:00 AM (Pacific Time (US & Canada)) (the “Promotion Period”). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Jennifer Bardsley (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes.
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3. Winner Selection: The winner of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. The random drawing will be conducted by 48 hours by Sponsor or its designated representatives, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible Entries received. Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information on or about 48 hours after the random drawing. Potential winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 48 hours of notification. Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. The potential prize winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability, and a Publicity Release (collectively “the Prize Claim Documents”). No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.
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Halloween Trick or Treat blog hop! #giveaway #YAlit #win #wobooks

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Welcome to our Trick or Treat Blog Hunt

Hi guys! I’m Julie Reece, your host for this leg of the hunt.

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Tricks can be fun, be TREATS are way better. And this contest gives you a chance to win a ton of treats in the form of signed books, ebooks, candy, book swag and more from 13 authors!! We know…it’s kind of SPOOK-TACULAR!

 

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So how do you snag the loot? It’s simple, and you don’t even have to dress up and walk in the cold door to door to get the goodies.

Rules:

Visit each of the THIRTEEN participating author websites. You will find the name of the candy/treat they are giving away, as well as what BOOK they are offering as part of the PRIZE PACK!  Be sure to write down the name of my treat, you’ll need it later.

When you have collected the names of all 13 author “TREATS”, head on over to complete the Trick or Treat Hunt Page Google Forms doc and enter the correct treat next to the corresponding author name.   

LINK TO GOOGLE FORM: http://bit.ly/2eg4uyo 

 

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So WHAT WILL YOU WIN??

A creepy-awesome black canvas tote bag with a cool skull filled with each of the books noted below as well as bookmarks and other great book swag. You will also win all of the treats that the author’s list on their pages PLUS a bunch of other candy treats all in a black plastic cauldron. You’ll even get the cute little plastic skulls shown in the prize photo.

 

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Have fun reading all about the books each author is giving away in the prize pack, plus any other tricks and treats the authors may have in store for you.

LIST OF PARTICIPATING AUTHORS and their AWESOME BOOKS!

Amy McNulty – NOBODY’S GODDESS (advanced paperback)
Kiran Oliver – DAYBREAK RISING (ebook)
Dorothy Dreyer – SCARE ME TO SLEEP (Kindle ebook)
Jodie Andrefski – THE SOCIETY (signed paperback)
Julia Ember – UNICORN TRACKS (paperback)
Julie Reece – THE ARTISANS (signed paperback)
Nina Rossing – FJORD BLUE (signed paperback)
Pat Edsen – BEYOND YOUR TOUCH
Pintip Dunn – FORGET TOMORROW (signed paperback)
S.A.Larsen – MOTLEY EDUCATION (signed paperback)
Suzanne van Rooyen – OBSCURA BURNING (Releases 11/10 ebook)
Vanessa Barneveld – THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE (Kindle ebook)
Vicki Weavil – FACSIMILE (signed paperback)
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You can enter for BONUS chances to win via the Rafflecopter found on each author’s website, by doing things like following them on Twitter or following their Goodreads page, or tweeting about the Hunt!

RAFFLECOPTER:
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/44c0b6ce8/

 

For my part of the hunt, I am giving away a signed copy of THE ARTISANS
 
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Keep hunting people! Muahahaha …

 

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To continue on the hunt, be sure to head on over to S.A. Larsen’s blog:  www.salarsenbooks.com
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 Learn more about this awesome writer and her middle grade fantasy adventure that shares magical creatures and Norse Mythology with steampunk elements, and the value of family, as two best friends learn to conquer their fears and believe in something bigger than themselves.

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But before you head out, don’t forget to write down the name of my treat, and enter to win via the rafflecopter link above in this post. Feel free to leave a comment telling me YOUR favorite Halloween treat. Remember, you can tweet daily about the contest for another chance to win.
Happy hunting, and good luck! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

The contest runs from Friday October 28th, 2016 through Midnight, October 31st, 2016 (EST)

Winner will be announced November 1st.

Contest is US only. Thank you for your understanding.

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Good luck to everyone who enters, and have a spooky good time playing!

 

 


Eep! THE PALADINS (ARTISANS 2) is out! @Month9Books @chapterxchapter http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CC3C3PM #YAlit

Hey! It’s a great day in the neighborhood because, well, because it is, but also because it’s my book birthday!

I’ve been saying all day that if Alice in Wonderland had a book baby with Labyrinth, and that baby grew up to marry The Walking Dead, you would get something like …

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 View the Tour Schedule HERE!

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The Paladins (The Artisans #2) by Julie Reece
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

– See more at: http://www.theyaclub.com/?p=2888#sthash.Yd3c60JY.wyAkUuex.dpuf

 

Blurb:

The Artisan curse is broken. Souls trapped in a mysterious otherworld called The Void are finally released. Now, Raven Weathersby, Gideon Maddox, and Cole Wynter can finally move on with their lives…or so they thought. If the ancient magic is truly dead, then why are mystical fires plaguing Gideon at every turn? What accounts for Raven’s frightening visions of her dead mother? And who is the beautiful, tortured girl haunting Cole’s dreams?

Last year, a group of lonely teens sacrificed secrets, battled the supernatural, and faced their own demons to set one another free. Yet six months later, the heart of evil still beats within The Void. And the trio is forced to face the horrific truth: that their only way out is to go back in.

The Paladins completes this eerie YA Southern Gothic where loyalties are tested, love is challenged, and evil seeks them on the ultimate battlegrounds—in their minds, their souls, and their hearts.

 

THE ARTISANS was born last May. You can catch up on this story for only .99 cents and the jump into THE PALADINS!!! 

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Here’s the link … http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UQYA06E

 

Here are  things some really nice people said about the first book … 

“This novel makes the most of gothic elements to create a compulsive read for avid fans of gothic romance.” –School Library Journal

“The Artisans has all the elements I love — spooky intrigue, strong friendships, and a romantic tension to be savored.” –Wendy Higgins, author, Sweet Evil

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

“The Artisans was a unique modern day retelling of Beauty and the Beast filled with mystery, romance and wonderful characters.” –Bridget, blogger, Dark Faerie Tales

 

And if you plan to be in Chicago around May 14th, I’d love it if you’d come over and say hello!

BEAJulie

Hope you enjoy the stories. Thanks so much for stopping by … XOXO

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