YASH Spring Scavenger Hunt is here! Are you READY?? #TeamRED

YASH Spring Scavenger Hunt is here! Are you READY?? #TeamRED

Winners of the Daily Giveaway are: Austine, Emily OMalley, Marie-Eve Doyon, Stephanie Plotkin, Bella, and Latoya! Congratulations! Please email your addresses to bcreichsasst@gmail.com

And so it begins (again)…

Hello friends! Welcome (back) to YA Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve done this as many times as I have by now then you are a veteran to the hunt, a YASH comrade in arms! If you are new to the hunt, or need a refresher, 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 very cool prizes! There are SIX…YES, SIX…teams out there with amazing bonus content and awesome giveaways I know you will want to get your hands on. That means there are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all!

The hunt starts at noon Pacific (so 3:00 pm Eastern) on April 3rd and runs through noon Pacific on April 8th.  That means you must 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.

SPECIAL NOTE: Im doing a separate giveaway at the bottom!

 


Check out these good looking book covers! Im part of the RED TEAM and in my opinion #TeamRED rocks. 

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

HINT: THE SECRET NUMBER IS HIGHLIGHTED IN RED!

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.

Now that you know how to play, let me introduce you to one of my fellow authors on #TeamRED!


Im excited to be hosting Paula Stokes for SPRING YASH #TeamREDPaula is the author of several novels, most recently Vicarious, Ferocious, and This is How it Happened. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on Twitter and Instagram as @pstokesbooks.

Check out her EXCLUSIVE content. If you think the book sound good, get ready for an amazing deleted scene!


Embry Woods has secrets. Small ones about her past. Bigger ones about her relationship with town hero Luke and her feelings for someone new. But the biggest secret she carries with her is about what happened that night at the Sea Cliff Inn. The fire. The homeless man. Everyone thinks Embry is a hero, too, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Embry thinks she’ll have to take the secret to her grave, until she receives an anonymous note—someone else knows the truth. Next comes a series of threatening messages, asking Embry to make impossible choices, forcing her to put her loved ones at risk. Someone is playing a high stakes game where no one in Embry’s life is safe. And their last move … is murder.

Paula: Hi YASHers 🙂 For this hunt I’m sharing a spoiler-free deleted scene from HIDDEN PIECES, my twisty blackmail thriller that releases in August. In the original draft, Embry and Holden were childhood classmates and then Holden moved away for a few years and later returned to town. I changed that in revision so now Holden is actually new in town, having moved to Three Rocks with his mom after she got a divorce. He is also “less sporty” than he was originally. That meant I had to cut this adorable flashback of twelve-year-old Holden saving Embry’s dog, Betsy, from being hit by a car.

 

This excerpt starts in the present time, with Embry and Holden hanging out at the deserted Sea Cliff Inn and an older but still mischievous Betsy trying to climb up on the couch where they’re sitting. Check it out and let me know what you think. I hope you love Holden as much as Embry and Betsy do 🙂

 

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“Bad dog,” I say to Betsy, who is now attempting to clamber up onto Holden’s lap.

He pulls her up from the floor and then reaches down to stroke her soft fur. “You’re not a bad dog,” he says. “You’re a good dog. Remember when I saved you?”

I smile. When I see the way Betsy and Holden are together, I’m positive she remembers. Holden and I had gone to the same elementary school since kindergarten, but never really interacted much because he was one of those jock boys who was always talking baseball or football or hockey or basketball—occasionally something more exotic like rugby, whatever the hell that is—and I’m basically allergic to sports.

So yeah, Holden was one of “those boys” to me, until the day a group of us were walking home from the bus stop and a much-younger Betsy ran out in front of a car. I remember screaming and lifting my hands to cover my eyes, waiting for the inevitable thunk of metal on bone. But when it happened, it wasn’t my dog who got hit—it was Holden. He’d run out into the street to chase Betsy across to the other side.

I watched in horror as the other kids surrounded him. Betsy came and cowered behind me, her eyes wide with fear. The shrillness of a siren filled the air as the lone ambulance of Azure Point arrived on the scene. Betsy whined at the noise and tried to run away, but I gripped onto her collar as I watched the paramedics load Holden into the ambulance. After he was gone, a couple of the other kids, also “those boys”, turned to me and told me what happened was my fault.

“You need to take better care of your dog, Embry,” a boy named Mike Haller said.

As he and his friends turned away to start the walk up Puffin Hill, I heard another boy say, “Trashy people like her shouldn’t even have dogs. Look how skinny it is. They probably can’t even afford to feed it.”

I returned home to find my mom tucked away at her desk in her bedroom, completely oblivious to the drama. She had a stack of forms in front of her I recognized as order sheets for the coffee shop, and she was frowning at something on the old desktop computer. I expected it to be products or prices, but when I got closer I could see it was a picture of her and my grandma, a couple years before Gram had died.

“Mom?” I said, and she snapped out of her reverie and turned around to face me. “Did you know Betsy got out? She ran out into the street.”

“Oh shit.” My mom’s eyes took in my tear-stained cheeks and then dropped to the dog cowering next to me. “Is she okay? I let her out in back and she lay down in the sun. I figured she’d be fine if I worked for a little while.”

“She’s fine, but a boy—” My voice cracked and I started crying again. I related what happened to my mom in a series of chokes and gasps.

“Oh, Embry. I’m so sorry. She must have jumped the fence.” Mom swooped me into a hug. “I’m just glad you’re okay. I don’t know what I’d do if anything happened to you. Let’s pray this friend of yours is okay too.”

Mom was worried about the Hasslers trying to sue and I was worried that Holden would hate me, but he called our house before he even got out of the hospital.

“I just wanted to make sure your dog is okay,” he said.

“She’s good. Thank you, for what you did.” I paused. “Are you okay?”

“I think so,” he says. “But my parents are taking me to Portland for some sort of spinal decompression or something.”

“That sounds scary,” I said. “I’m so sorry about what happened. I hope you’ll be okay.”

“Me too,” he says. And then, “Look. I know we’re not really friends or anything. I just don’t want you to blame yourself. I didn’t even think, you know? I just reacted. I would have done the same thing for any dog.”

I’m pretty sure that’s when I fell in love with Holden Hassler. Well, the first time, anyway.

 

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Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Paula, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 7. Best of luck to you all.

Daily Giveaway: 

Each day, during the YASH hunt,  I will pick a new track number from my exclusive GENESIS playlist. You will have to find the playlist, throughout the RED TEAM hunt, and post the name of the track and artist in the comments below. I will pick a winner daily. All winners will be announced at the end of the hunt. Dont forget, this number will change daily! Today’s track number is 10.

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next RED TEAM author, AMY FELLNER DOMINY!

 

 

119 Comments

  1. Track #3 – Spirits – The Strumbellas

  2. This is awesome! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity (and all the bonus content, can’t wait to listen to the playlist when I get the chance to read Genesis!)

    I do believe Track #3 for today is “Spirits” by The Strumbellas! 🙂

  3. The track is ‘Spirits’ by The Strumbellas.

  4. Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway opportunity! I think the track is Spirits by The Strumbellas 😀

  5. Spirits – Strumbellas is Track 3

  6. Thanks for the chance. Spirits -The Strumbellas 😊

  7. Spirits by The Strumbellas — Thanks Brendan!!

  8. Track #3 – Spirits by The Strumbellas

  9. Thanks for the giveaway! I do believe the answer for today is Spirits by The Strumbellas

  10. Track #3 – Spirits by The Strumbellas

  11. Track #3 for today is “Spirits” by The Strumbellas

  12. The Strumbellas, “spirits” song!

  13. Track #3 is Spirits by The Strumbellas!

  14. Track #3 – Spirits by The Strumbellas

  15. Track #3 is Spirits by The Strumbellas

  16. Thanks for the giveaway! The track for today is Spirits by The Strumbellas

  17. The track is “Spirits” by the Strumbellas–thanks!

  18. The track for today is Spirits 🙂 Thank you this is really awesome

    • by the Strumbellas

  19. I believe today’s is Spirits – Strumbellas is Track 3

  20. Spirits – Strumbellas is Track 3

  21. I believe track 3 is “Spirits” by the Strumbellas!

  22. Spirits by The Strumbellas

  23. The track # is 3.

  24. Today’s track is #3, which is Spirits by The Strumbellas c:

  25. The track for today is Spirits by The Strumbellas. (PS Thank you for being apart of YASH once more!)

  26. The track is Spirits by the Strumbellas!

  27. the track today is:
    Spirits by The Strumbellas
    thanks for participating in YASH!!!

  28. Thanks for the giveaway.
    3) Spirits – Strumbellas

  29. Spirits – Strumbellas is Track 3

  30. “Spirits” by the Strumbellas.

  31. Track thee is Spirits, by Strumbellas

  32. Track 3 is Spirits by Strumbellas

  33. Track #3 – Spirits – The Strumbellas
    Thank you for this wonderful chance!

  34. The track #3 this is fun!

  35. Track # 3 🙂 🙂

  36. Spirits- The Strumbellas= Track 3

  37. It is the third track, “Spirits” by The Stumbellas.

  38. Track 3 is Spirits by The Strumbellas! Thanks for doing an additional giveaway!

  39. I think — Track #3 for today is “Spirits” by The Strumbellas! thank you for the chance to win

  40. Track 3 is Spirits by Strumbellas

  41. Track #3: Spirits by the Strumbellas (Gosh, that’s one of my favorite songs! I hope this is a sign LOL). Thank you for the additional giveaway! Happy YASH!

  42. Track #1 : Don’t Matter Now – George Ezra

  43. Track #1 is Don’t Matter Now by George Ezra

  44. Track #1 is Don’t Matter Now – George Ezra

  45. Today’s track #1 is Don’t Matter Now by George Ezra

  46. Back again to let you know about Track #1 Don’t Matter Now by George Ezra.

  47. Track #1 for April 4, 2018 Don’t Matter Now by George Ezra

  48. Today’s track (#1) is Don’t Matter Now – George Ezra!

  49. The track #1 is Don’t Matter Now by George Ezra.

  50. Track 1 is Don’t Matter Now by George Ezra 🙂

  51. Track #1 – Don’t Matter Now – George Ezra
    April 4, 2018

  52. Track #1 : Don’t Matter Now – George Ezra

  53. Track #1 : Don’t Matter Now – George Ezra

  54. Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway opportunity! I think the track is Spirits by The Strumbellas

  55. Thanks for this fun giveaway! Today’s track: Track #1 – Don’t Matter Now – George Ezra

  56. Good Luck to everyone! The track number for today is Don’t Matter Now- George Ezra

  57. Track = -Don’t Matter Now – George Ezra

  58. Today’s track #1 is Don’t Matter Now by George Ezra

  59. “Save Yourself” – Stabbing Westward

  60. Track 8 is Save Yourself by Tracking Westward

  61. Track #8 : Save Yourself – Stabbing Westward

  62. Track #8 Save Yourself – Stabbing Westward!

  63. Today’s track is #8 Save Yourself by Stabbing Westward.

  64. Track 8 for this Date: Save Yourself – Stabbing Westward

  65. Track 8 is Save Yourself by Stabbing Westward 🙂

  66. #8 is Save Yourself by Stabbing Westward and I gave it a listen and it is not my thing. I do, however, REAALLLY like Don’t Matter Now by George Ezra, Ready to Go by Republica, Spirits by Strumbella, Human by Rag N Bone (YYAAASSS!!!!!), and of course, Closing Time by Semisonic-the ONLY song from your playlist I didn’t have to look up to know (so it’s probably my fav on the list). Don’t know why you need to know all that, but there you go! Thanks for the new jams! 🙂

  67. For today, Track 8 is Save Yourself by Stabbing Westward (will start listening to it now!)

  68. Track #8 is one I’ve never heard of, Save Yourself by Stabbing Westward. I’m certainly going to give it a listen as I’m always looking for new music, so thank you 😊

  69. For today we got to listen to Track 8 : Save Yourself by Stabbing Westward !

  70. Track #8 is Save Yourself by Stabbing Westward

  71. Track 8: Save Yourself by Stabbing Westward

  72. Save Yourself – Stabbing Westward

  73. Track 8 is Save Yourself by Stabbing Westward
    Thanks!

  74. Track 8-Save Yourself by Stabbing Westward 😉

  75. Track 8-Save Yourself by Stabbing Westward

  76. Save Yourself – Stabbing Westward

  77. 8) Save Yourself – Stabbing Westward

  78. #8 Save Yourself – Stabbing Westward

  79. April 5 – Save Yourself – Stabbing Westward

  80. 5th aprile #8 Save Yourself by Stabbing Westward

  81. Track 8 – STABBING WESTWARD!! The best song in existence – “Save Yourself” – was on my high school angst album. I loved Stabbing Westward. Now I’m going to have to buy the album again – though no more discman for me! It’s all about the digital music! 😂😂😂
    Thanks, Brendan! Awesome taste in music. 😉

  82. 9) Closing Time – Semisonic

  83. Track #9 is Closing Time by Semisonic

  84. Track #9: Closing Time – Semisonic

  85. Today’s track number # is Closing Time – Semisonic (I freaking love this song, btw!!)

  86. I think Track #9 is Closing Time by Semisonic.

  87. Today’s track is #9 and it’s so fine (ya that was corny) it’s: Closing Time by Semisonic

  88. Today’s (4/6) track is #9 – Closing Time by Semisonic

  89. Thank you for this giveaway!

    Track #9 (4/6/18): Closing Time by Semisonic

  90. Today’s track is #9 Closing Time by Semisonic

  91. Today’s track is #9 Closing Time by Semisonic

  92. Closing Time by Semisonic is today’s #9 track. ❤️

  93. WOOHOO!!!! CLOSING TIME BY SEMISONIC!!!!!!!! #9 FTW!!!! As I said yesterday, that’s the only song I recognized by name on your playlist! #timeless #iknowhoIwanttotakemehome What’s hilarious about this song is I crushed on this guy in college, and every time I saw him in the school cafeteria, for like a couple months, I kid you not, this song would play! *teary eyed laughter*

  94. Today’s track is #9 Closing Time by Semisonic (a great choice!)

  95. #9 Closing Time – Semisonic

  96. Closing Time – Semisonic

  97. Closing Time by Semisonic

  98. 9 Closing Time – Semisonic

  99. 9: Closing Time by Semisonic, wasn’t this the same as yesterday though?

  100. #9 is Closing Time by Semisonic

  101. Track #9 is Closing Time by Semisonic

  102. track 9 Closing Time by Semisonic, and thanks so much for doing this giveaway, and being part of yash!

  103. YOu didn’t change it from yesterday, whether by purpose or accident. The answer is Closing Time by Semisonic is #9.

  104. Track 9- Closing Time Semisonic

  105. track #10: Run This Town by Jay Z (ft. Rihanna & Kanye West)

  106. track #10: Run This Town by Jay Z (ft. Rihanna & Kanye West)

  107. Track #10 is Run This Town by Jay Z (featuring Rihanna & Kanye West)

  108. Run This Town by Jay Z (ft. Rihanna & Kanye West) is track #10

  109. Today’s Track: #10 Run this Town by Jay Z

  110. contest answer: track 10, Run This Town, JayZ. Thanks for doing YASH!

  111. Okay! I’m commenting again today cause you updated it! Track 10 is Run This Town by Jay Z. And the answer is me, I run this town 😛

  112. Track #10 – Run This Town by Jay-Z

  113. Track # 10 is Run This Town – Jay Z 🙂

  114. Track #10 Run This Town – Jay Z

  115. Track 10 is Run This Town by Jay Z 🙂

  116. “Run This Town” by Jay-Z featuring Rihanna!

  117. 10) Run This Town – Jay Z

  118. It’s still Run This Town by Jay Z.

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