Tuesday, April 3, 2018

YASH 2018 Spring Edition! Young Adult Books to #WIN!


Welcome to this year's Spring Young Adult Scavenger Hunt!


*thick wooden door panels crack and clunky hinges clank as I open the door*



YAY! You've found me. I'm so glad you're here. 

I'm S.A. Larsen, but feel free to call me Sheri.
I'll be your guide for this stop of the hunt.


~HERE'S A FEW FACTS ABOUT ME~

I'd love to visit Greece.🏛️

My favorite book is Pride & Prejudice.📚

👻Cemeteries are cool.

I write middle grade & young adult books because 
being a tween or teen is hard and fictional stories 
are a safe place to escape and think about life. 
💀💀💀

You are currently hunting on TEAM PURPLE.


GUESS WHAT? I've added an exclusive bonus contest to this leg of the hunt. Woot! But I'm going to make you work for it . . . just a little.  

FIND the five capitalized/orange letters somewhere within the text below. They spell one word that gives you a clue to my latest YA release MARKED BEAUTY. Leave the word in the comments below. (*Hint: I love all the team colors used in this hunt because empaths see auras in color.) Before you go look, read over these few rules and then check out the amazing author I'm hosting:

A Brief intro for 1st Time Hunters:


*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 teamBut play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt, to see links to all the authors participating, & for a full list of prizes up for grabs. There are SIX contests going on this year (each with 20 author members), and you are currently hunting on TEAM PURPLE - but there is also 
TEAM REDTEAM BLUETEAM GREENTEAM GOLDTEAM PINK, & TEAM PURPLE for a chance to win a whole different set of books! Think of all the books you could win.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE


DIRECTIONS: You'll find my favorite number hidden in the text below. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM PURPLE and total them.  

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.

I'm super excited to be hosting 

JULIE ESHBAUGH!




ABOUT JULIE

Julie Eshbaugh once produced an online video series for teens which received several honors from the Webby Awards. Now, she focuses her time on writing. Her debut YA novel, IVORY AND BONE, was published by HarperTeen in June 2016, and its sequel, OBSIDIAN AND STARS, followed in June 2017. She is also a contributing author to WELCOME HOME, an Anthology of Love and Adoption. (Flux 2017.) 

THE BOOK JULIE IS SHOWCASING IS...

When I first saw this cover I was like... 4 real? LUV!


ABOUT THE BOOK

"In the riveting sequel to Ivory and Bone, the story shifts to Mya’s viewpoint as vengeful adversaries force her to flee the life she once knew.

After surviving the battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain to her are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry their youngest sister, Lees, to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Rejecting Morsk’s offer, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya whisks Lees away to a secret island until things back home blow over. Mya soon realizes she’s been followed, however. Even worse, lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones resting on her shoulders, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future."

TOP SECRET BONUS MATERIAL!

Here's a set of images from Julie's OBSIDIAN AND STARS Pinterest Board.

Hop on over to her Pinterest Board to see more and learn more about the book! AND while you're there, feel free to follow her.



This story LOOKS amazing!

Interested in holding your own copy in your hands?

You can buy it HERE.

And for more on Julie, follow her WebsiteFacebook Page, & Twitter account. 

And remember: ENTER the contest for a chance to win a collection of books by me and many more! Just check out all these books on TEAM PURPLE...

To enter, you need to write down my favorite number, find all the other 
numbers on TEAM PURPLE, add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
Also, to stay on top of what's happening during the hunt feel free to follow YASH on TwitterFacebook, and the Website.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter bonus contest I'm running exclusively during the 2018 Spring YA Scavenger Hunt! Did you find my secret word clue to Marked Beauty? Great! Remember to write it in the comments.

One lucky winner will receive a 
$15 Amazon gift card & a Marked Beauty swag package!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Leave a comment and tell me what you think! Are you having fun during the hunt? What's your favorite part?


Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt? Then head on over to visit author MADELINE DYER'S page.

LINK TO NEXT BLOG

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Introducing The Spring 2018 YASH Teams!

What's a YASH Team, you ask?

Well, it's just about the most amazing and exciting opportunity for readers to mingle online with their favorite young adult authors and even possibly win some books! YASH stands for Young Adult Scavenger Hunt. During the hunt new and upcoming YA releases are spotlighted, fabulous prizes are given away, and authors even release special (top-secret) bonus material! 

This year there are 120 authors broken up into six different teams. The blog hop begins Tuesday April 3rd @ 9:00 AM PT and runs through Sunday, April 8th @ noon PT.

To play, either start on my blog or head directly over to the YASH website. There you’ll find a list of all the authors participating as well as an answer sheet you can print off to gather the info you’re hunting for and to keep track of any bonus contests you may have entered.

Here are this year's teams:
TEAM BLUE

TEAM RED

TEAM GOLD

TEAM GREEN

TEAM PINK

TEAM PURPLE
THIS IS MY TEAM. GO TEAM PURPLE!

Hop over to Goodreads to peek at all the books being offered up during this week-long book hunt. And psst...if you visit THE LIST you can even vote for the books you'd like to read like Marked Beauty!

So get ready to hop on the online book hunt starting Tuesday!


I have to leave my YASH hop post up all next week, so I'm posting my #IWSG post today. I'd like to thank April's monthly co-hosts: Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan!

Question: When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

Participants
I usually step away to find places of inspiration that have helped me before. I might watch one of my favorite films or read segments of my favorite books. One thing that really helps me keep writing when it's just not happening is to do a free write. I sit down at my laptop and simply write. It can be about the sky or my family or some emotion I've let pent up. I've also turned to my own books and flipped through the pages to remind me that I sold a manuscript before, so I can do it again.

Happy Writing,




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