Thanks to everyone who visited and participated. The next YA Scavenger Hunt will be in October. Stay tuned!
I’m your host for this stop on the TEAM PINK hunt!
Are you looking for my exclusive bonus content?! Well you’ll have to keep hunting. It’s hiding somewhere in the pages of the pink team…
YA Scavenger Hunt Rules
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM PINK, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)
HINT: THE SECRET NUMBER IS HIGHLIGHTED IN PINK!
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will be counted.
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 9TH, 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 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 noon PST on Sunday, April 9th!
There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PINK TEAM, but there is also a RED TEAM, GOLD TEAM, PURPLE TEAM & BLUE TEAM! Check out each team for a chance to win six different sets of signed books!
Now on to the hunt…
Today I am thrilled to host author Ingrid Seymour!
Ingrid Seymour is the author of Ignite The Shadows (Harper Voyager, April 23, 2015). When she’s not writing books, she spends her time working as a software engineer, cooking exotic recipes, hanging out with her family and working out. She writes young adult and new adult fiction in a variety of genres, including Sci-Fi, urban fantasy, romance, paranormal and horror.
Faris is a Djinn with a secret and Marielle the first master to give him hope. Will she be the one to break his curse? There is no telling. All he really knows is she’s ONE WISH AWAY from breaking his heart.
That sounds 11 kinds of wonderful!
Time for the bonus content! I’ll let Ingrid tell you all about it…
This is a deleted scene from my novel One Wish Away. In the end, the novel ended up being written in 1st person. Originally, however, it was written in 3rd person. This scene didn’t make it to the point of view rewrite due to a high word count, but it was very hard to cut!
“Grandpa.” She leaned in closer to catch his gaze. “It’s me . . . Marielle.” Arthur murmured something unintelligible. She turned her face and angled her ear toward his mouth.
“Remember . . .” he said.
“What, Grandpa? Remember what?”
A torrent of childhood memories broke free in Marielle’s mind at hearing the words. Happiness. Plump limbs, skipping, running down the corridor past Mom and Dad, who watched television in the den. Her grandfather following, slipping under pink covers at her side, acquiring a storyteller’s intense look and hushed tone.
“Do you remember the story? You must remember, always, especially after I die.”
“You’ll never die, Grandpa.”
“Yes, but do you remember?”
“I do. I remember. But tell me again, tell me again.” Marielle bounded on folded knees, hugging a stuffed rabbit and looking at Arthur with adoration.
“When my father returned from the war, he brought all his possessions back in a green footlocker. Everything he owned at the time fit inside that trunk. Most of what he carried had no value at all. He had his clothes, letters that my mother wrote to him while he was away and a few books because . . .”
“ . . . he always liked to read.” Marielle recited when Arthur prompted her with a raised eyebrow.
“Okay, just making sure you’re paying attention.” He winked and continued. “Inside, however, there was one possession more valuable than anything else he owned, more valuable than anything he ever imagined possible. What was it?”
“A stone,” Marielle said, transfixed by Arthur’s intensity.
“Yes, a stone, a curious thing, no bigger than a book. My father won it in my poker game when he was stationed in Morocco during World War II. The British soldier who so foolishly gambled it away didn’t know its worth, said he found it in the desert while he was in Egypt, fighting against who?”
“Evil Nazi Germans,” Marielle answered, shuddering. She had no idea who they were, but gathered they were supposed to be very scary.
“That’s right. My father thought the stone was very pretty. It was polished, with hand-crafted designs of rolling flames, lapping upward, and foreign characters etched on its surface. It looked very old, and he imagined it was worth something, but he had no idea how much. One day, when he was carelessly packing to return home, the stone fell from a considerable height. My father braced himself for the inevitable, but when it crashed on the floor,” he said, eyes wide with wonderment, delivering each line as only a fine storyteller could. “It didn’t break.” He paused for effect. “But it should have. It looked so fragile, so delicate. And yet, when he picked it up, it was intact. He looked at it from every angle to make sure it had not cracked. He was amazed, but also very puzzled, thought he had imagined it. So he let the stone fall again, and again. He even threw it as hard as he could. And . . .”
“It never broke.”
“Never, ever, no matter how hard he tried. He even hit it with a hammer.” His eyes twinkled with the last line, which had never been part of the story before.
“Noooo, he didn’t do that,” Marielle protested.
“You’re right,” he laughed. “He didn’t do that. He was pretty sure it wouldn’t break even if he did, but why take any chances? He already knew he had something special.
“After the war ended, my father packed up his things and came home. Life got in the way, and for several years he didn’t think about his army trunk and its contents. Then, one day, after spending an evening reminiscing about the war with my mother, he went looking for the stone, so he could show it to her. His army trunk was in the attic. He climbed the rickety stairs and found it covered in dust behind a pile of boxes. The stone was in there, waiting patiently between the folds of old army uniforms and the smell of mothballs. Now, he had held that stone . . . how many times?”
“Hundreds. Thousands. Countless times,” Marielle recited as she’d been taught.
“Nothing ever happened.”
“That’s right. Nothing ever happened, but this time something was different.”
Marielle held her breath even thought she knew what was coming.
“As my father sat under the rafters, in the baking heat of that cramped attic, his life was about to change. He balanced on a wooden beam, took the stone in one hand . . .” Arthur held and mimicked running a hand over it, very slowly. He pursed his lips and blew a gentle breath. Then, he wiggled his fingers, hands moving toward the ceiling in a tickling motion, indicating that something was rising.
“It came out,” Marielle cried excitedly. “It came out, the Djinn came out!”
ONE WISH AWAY is a YA paranormal romance, available on Amazon and FREE on Kindle Unlimited.
“A page-turner with amazing characters and a hot romance!”
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NOW don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Lish, and many more! To enter, you need to write down my favorite number, find all the other numbers on TEAM PINK add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
Thank you so much for visiting my website! While you’re here don’t forget to enter the bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt. Ten lucky winners will receive signed-by-me hardcover copies of RELENTLESS, the second book in the Hero Agenda series!
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If you’re still finishing up the hunt, my number was 11.