YASH 2019 – Spring Scavenger Hunt Has Begun!


Hi everyone!  It’s time for the first YASH of 2019!  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 100 Young Adult authors divided into five teams. I’m on Team GREEN. 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 2 – 7, 2019. 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!)

This is my 4th time participating in YASH and I hope you guys have as much fun hunting as I do with this awesome event.

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, (mine is in green) head over to the Rafflecopter giveaway that matches the team color, and enter the number. That’s it. 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 noon, Pacific Time, April 7, 2019. 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.

I’m super excited to be hosting the awesome Shannon A. Thompson, author of THE TIMELY DEATH TRILOGY, the BAD BLOOD series and the new TOMO series.  The first book in the TOMO series, TAKE ME TOMORROW, is available on Wattpad. Click the book image to check it out.

So who is this gal, Shannon Thompson?

Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Represented by Clean Teen Publishing, Thompson is the best-selling author of the Timely Death trilogy and the Bad Bloods series. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching murder shows in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side.

Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.ShannonAThompson.com.

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

Today Shannon is sharing with us an exclusive sneak peek of TOOK ME YESTERDAY, book 2, releasing in fall of 2019. Are you ready? Let’s go.

It was quiet. Too quiet. If I had learned one thing by practically living in nature, I knew nature was the most honest of us all, and right now nature was telling me there was more going on than I could see.

I stayed hidden behind the oak trees, careful to not step on the fallen leaves, but I failed. Often. It was mid-October after all. Only October. Two months ago, I had met him among the same trees.

“Sophia.” Lily tugged my jacket sleeve but stayed behind me. Her height made it feel like she had climbed up on my shoulder and sat there. “They’re late.”

Whoever they were, they were late. By forty minutes. I searched the field in front of us one last time before muttering a curse. “Stay here with Argos”—I broke the tree line but spoke over my shoulder—“and stay hidden.”

I didn’t look to see if she nodded, but I knew they’d both stay. Argos had a way of understanding me, even though scientists claimed dog didn’t speak English. I thought they were stupid, especially for all the degrees they had. It was scientists, after all, who created the clairvoyant drug that put us in this mess in the first place. It was Argos who protected me from the world their science created.

I should’ve known not to leave him behind.

As soon as I hit the clearing, the wind picked up, and the rush of footsteps surrounded me in a wave of sage uniforms and automatic weapons. The black-and-green camouflage gleamed against the burnt red and brown leaves of the forest. I stood my ground.

“Sophia Gray?” one man asked, but I wasn’t sure which one had spoken. I searched for him anyway.

Had Phelps tortured the code out of Broden and used it against me? Only now did the thought occur to me. I hoped Lily remained hidden. I especially hoped they wouldn’t understand the importance of the watch in my pocket. I stupidly hoped they wouldn’t find my own weapons.

When I didn’t respond, a man leaned forward, drawing up his pistol like he’d been dying to use it. “Sophia Gray?” Same voice as the first guy, but beneath his green hat, I didn’t recognize his face. He was too old, too weathered, too serious for my liking.

My fingertips twitched at my sides, my right hand two inches away from my favorite blade. If I could kill one of them, maybe they’d at least take me seriously.

When I snatched it, a blood-curdling scream broke through the trees. Lily. I froze.

Two soldiers dragged her through the rough brush like she was no more than that day’s hunting kill, but they didn’t let her go when they reached the clearing. Flanked on either side, Lily’s eyes met mine, two depthless pits of terror. Her white hair was a blinding shield, an aura against the militarized strength. I squinted before looking away, searching the crowd for whoever was in charge.

“All right,” the same man from before said. “You, come with me—”

He grabbed my arm, and it was all over. Argos burst out of the trees, a snarling fury of a dog, and the solider lifted his pistol.

“Down!” I screamed, trying to yank away from the officer, but the man didn’t release me, and Argos didn’t listen. He always listened. “Down! Now!”

The officer’s finger went to the trigger just as I pulled myself away. Argos was close enough to leap at the man, but I swung myself in front of him, placing myself between the pistol and my elkhound-husky. When he jumped, he jumped onto me, knocking us both to the ground.

A gun shot rang out. A scream followed.

No. Anything but this. Anything—

Sounds intriguing!!


Next author on the list to visit is the super-amazing, talented author, Amy McNulty.

But wait! Before you go there is an

Additional Giveaway!

Everyone who leaves a comment below will have a chance to win a copy of MAD MAGIC by Nicole Conway.


Josie Barton is a high school student living in terror. Invisible creatures torment her everywhere she goes, constantly getting her into trouble at school, and even haunting her apartment. But just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse… she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a curse that threatens to end his life. Survival means he will have to swallow his pride and trust Josie with all his darkest secrets.

With the help of a gun-slinging shaman and the enigmatic Prince of Nightmares, Zeph and Josie are only a heartbeat away from defeating one of the most diabolical faerie villains their world has ever known.


Good luck to everyone and happy hunting!!

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50 thoughts on “YASH 2019 – Spring Scavenger Hunt Has Begun!

  1. Thank you for the opportunity to win! Mad Magic sounds amazing!! I’ve been out for a major surgery for a while and will be for quite some time. This book definitely sounds like something to help me ‘escape’!


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