Spring 2018 #YASH has begun!

Spring 2018 #YASH has begun! And you’re hunting with Team Red!!

What is #YASH?  It’s a bi-annual event 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 books and other prizes! This Spring, there are 80 authors divided into six teams. I’m on Team Red. Each author on each team has agreed to give away at least one book to the grand prize winner. As a scavenger hunter, you can hunt on as many teams as you want, but you’ll need to play fast. This contest is only open April 3-8, 2018. When you visit each author’s site, make sure you look for other chances to win extra prizes as a lot of authors have giveaways going on separately that you don’t want to miss (I have one going on, so make sure you check it out!)

What exactly are you hunting for?  A number.  Each author on the team will have a special number embedded in their post. Add up the number clues for your team, head over to the Rafflecopter giveaway that matches the team color, and enter the number. That’s it. As you read my post, you will see I’ve mentioned the number a few times (just in case you missed it). While I mention it several times, you will only use it once. If you win the grand prize for the team, you’ll get a book from each of the authors on the team.  Only entries with the correct number will qualify to win.

Rules: the contest is open internationally. Prizes must be claimed within 48 hours or the prize will be re-drawn. You must be 16 years or older, or have the permission of a guardian to enter. Duplicate entries will be deleted. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 8, 2018, at noon Pacific Time. You must enter to win before then. Good luck and happy hunting! Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Want to see all the books involved in this Hunt?  Check out the Goodreads List and start salivating.

I’m super excited to be hosting the awesome Colleen Oakes, author of WAR OF THE CARDS. 

I can’t wait to read this book. I’ve read at least 15 retellings of Alice in Wonderland and I could read 15 more. It is one of my favorite novels. Of course, I could name 15 other titles that I love, but I’d rather focus on Colleen’s book, WAR OF CARDS.

So who is this gal, Colleen Oakes?

Colleen Oakes is the bestselling author of books for both teens and adults, including The Queen of Hearts Series, The Wendy Darling Saga and the upcoming YA novel The Black Coats. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling or immersing herself in nerdy pop culture.

She currently at work on her third YA fairytale series, a YA thriller and a collaborative YA fantasy. You can catch up with her through any one of the links below:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

And now on to the EXCLUSIVE CONTENT … (yay!)

Colleen is giving us a lot of really awesome stuff! Want to hear the music that inspired the book?  Check out her Spotify playlist. Want to see the artistic inspiration for her book? You’ve got to head over to her Pinterest board.  And who doesn’t love that fan cast, huh?

A playlist for the book: Queen of Hearts Playlist, a playlist by Colleen Oakes on Spotify

A Pinterest board: Queen of Hearts, The Novel

A Fan Casting: Mae Whitman as Dinah, Kevin Costner as Sir Gorrann, Aaron Tveit as Wardley, Tom Hiddleston as Cheshire and Amanda Seyfried as Vittiore.

You can also find a special post by Colleen on Instagram about YASH so make sure you check it out and say hi. @colleenoakes


Next author on the list to visit is the super-amazing, talented author, Erin E. Moulton!!

Make sure you spread the word!


I’m running another special giveaway.  Everyone who leaves a comment below (it could be anything: favorite YA book, favorite YA character, etc) will have a chance to win a signed paperback copy of the 1st book in my Chronicles of Fallhollow series, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING:

AND winner’s choice of one of the following $10 gift cards

Good luck to everyone and happy hunting!!






148 thoughts on “Spring 2018 #YASH has begun!

  1. Leave a comment about anything? like anything anything?? Fun fact: I always do the hunt on the last day. Why? I ALWAYS forget about the dates until I come across a post that its the last day. So it’s not intentionally. I am just forgetful. But a bookworm will never forget about the first book that got her/him into reading. Mine is Hunger Games. 🙂 Thank you! 🙂


  2. My favorite YA book is definitely the Tiger’s Curse series by Colleen Houck!♥ I cannot wait to read the new one, Tiger’s Dream! 😀


  3. Love your website! And my favorite YA series is a toss up between The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare and The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Though this is a really hard choice to make in of itself!


  4. My absolute favorite YA author is Ellen Hopkins, just love her books! However I have gained a large list of books to add after doing the scavenger hunt the last few days! I love the YA scavenger hunt! Thank you for the opportunity Jenny!

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  5. I have a few YA faves like Poison Study series by Maria V. Snyder, House of Night by PC Cast, I just started reading the Sweet series by Wendy Higgins. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!


  6. I really am a big indie author reader and I enjoyed The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky and her partner in crime. I recently also loved the Antigoddess series by Kendare Blake and Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast. Oh, and you must check out This Mortal Coil! That was AMAZING!
    I love YASH and finding out about new books – especially books that don’t get as much “hype” as others do. Thanks for the chance and thanks for participating in the hunt!! 😍❤️😍

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  7. I can’t ever pick an overall favorite. SO my current favorite (and the only reason it’s my favorite is because I’m reading the entire series now) is the Jackaby series by William Ritter.

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  8. Some of my favorite books would have to be the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas. I really appreciate this opportunity, THANK YOU!

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  9. Asking for a favorite book and character is very difficult! I guess if I have to narrow it down I would pick Stephanie Garber for Caraval and Courtney Alameda for Shutter. Thanks for the hunt!

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  10. I have a lot of YA favorites but high on the list would be The Giver by Lois Lowry and Rick Riordan’s books. Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win!

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  11. It’s evil asking someone who shuns reality for fictional worlds to chose favorite anything!!! Let me just round up a FEW (not all inclusive, Lord knows) of my favorite series: SPOOKSVILLE!!!!!!! (I enjoyed this short lived series so much I HAD to read the books-I went to every goodwill I could get my hands on for MONTHS before my dad was like (and I kid you not) “JUST USE MY MONEY AND BUY YOUR BOOKS ON AMAZON.” #thanksdad). I LOVE The Ruby Red series (but not the movie). I LOVE LOVE The Beautiful Dead series by Eden M. And the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. And of course the Summer I Turn Pretty series by Jenny Han. That’s just a starter list! Other favs: Blue, Red and Yellow. 7. Dogs. I can watch up to 4 movies in a day at the theatre, a record I’ve achieved twice in my life. Olaf from Frozen and Derpy Pony are my spirit animals.

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  12. Thanks for participating in the YASH! I love participating in this so I can find new authors and books to read. I don’t have a favorite book, but definitely love anything in the fantasy genre.

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  13. Harry Potter books and movies! I just had a movie marathon at the house and introduced my 2 year old to Harry Potter. He loves it already!

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  14. I love this scavenger hunt! I’m so excited to discover so many great authors and books. I just finished reading Children of Blood and Bone, and it was great, and now I’m reading Obsidio!

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  15. Fairy tale retellings are my favorite to read! I do have to say my favorite series right now is the Everneath series by Brodi Ashton!

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  16. My favorite YA novel? I have no idea; I read constantly and new ones are always supplanting the old. Recently I read and loved Fire from the Graceling Realm series and Sharon Cameron’s duology: The Forgetting and The Knowing. Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

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  17. One of my favorite YA book is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I just bought the graphic novel and I am really looking forward to reading that!

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  18. In the Shadow of the Dragon King sounds like a book my students would love. I have trouble picking my favorite novels. But I know that books like Twilight are what got me back into reading YA.

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  19. I’m working my way through some mystery/thrillers right now, but my favorite YA book has to be Drowning Instinct. It’s been years since I read it but I still can’t get it out of my head. Thank you!

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  20. I loovee fantasy books and I’m currently reading The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare which is an enjoyable read. My fav. YA character of all time though is Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy because she’s a strong female protagonist!

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  21. Absolutely love YASH! My current favorite YA author is Karie West. I absolutely love her brand of light-hearted yet emotionally-complex teen romance.

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  22. Wow- picking a favorite YA character is like picking a favorite child. I am currently reading Song Of the Current. I love YA fantasy and I just added your books to my TBR. Your covers are gorgeous!!

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  23. Thanks so much for participating in YASH and for the extra giveaway! Can’t wait to read In the Shadow of the Dragon King! I loved the expert and the cover is just gourgous 🌟🌟

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  24. Love YA Fantasy books. A few titles I’ve read and loved are: The Summoner Series, The Four Worlds Series, The Young Elites and more.

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  25. Thank you for the opportunity! This YASH is awesome! Included on the red team is Paula Stokes and last month I read an arc of her new book Hidden Pieces and I really liked it!

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  26. ANYTHING??!!? Sometimes asking for random comments may make the comments rather… interesting, as some would say. Currently, I am reading one hundred years of solitude by Garcia Marquez. I love to read especially when I listen to kpop. I am not sure why, but listening to kpop helps drown away the noise outside. It kinda has the same effects as piano music. And every now and then, I can jam and dance to kpop if I want. OH YEAH, I wanted to ask: Do you like Kpop? If so, who do you like to listen to? And if not, then I would HIGHLY recommend bts or exo. Or momoland. I could go on but this comment is rather long. XD

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  27. Probably one of my all-time favourite series is Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan – it’s my go to “feel good” series and has been since I was about 12! c:
    Thank you so much for joining the YASH and I look forward to trying out your books soon! 😀

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