FALL 2017 #YASH has begun! And you’re hunting with Team Purple!!
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 Fall, there are 80 authors divided into six teams. I’m on Team Purple. 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 October 3-8, 2017. 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 October 8, 2017, 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 Meg Kessel, author of BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS.
I’ve stared at this cover at least 18 times and I fall in love with it more and more each time I look at it. It’s so dark and macabre and so cool. Plus, it has garnered an awesome review from Kirkus which you can read here, and has already received over 130 5-star reviews on Goodreads!!! That’s fantastic!!
So who is this gal, Meg Kassell?
Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, she’s always been creating stories, whether with visuals or words. She has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. When she’s not writing, Meg is reading, hanging out with her family, or playing video games. You can find Meg on Social Media at the following locations.
And now on to the EXCLUSIVE CONTENT … (yay!)
Now that we’ve all fallen in love with that cover, we need to discover what’s between the pages that follow. How about a hint and an excerpt to get your reading buds flowing?
A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.
Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.
What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.
*Note: Black Bird of the Gallows is told in first person by music-loving, high school senior, Angie Dovage. She’s the heroine, and it’s her story, but this excerpt is from some bonus material I’m working on seen through (the hero) Reece’s eyes. In the book, there’s a scene where Angie follows him when he goes out hunting death. It marks the beginning of the unravelling of his secret, so while Angie is following at a discrete distance, this is what’s going on with Reece:
When I’m tired, I sleep. When I’m hungry, I eat. I feel pain and heal as slowly as any human. As years pass, I age. On paper, I could be a normal boy. At first glance, I could pass for one of you. But I am not one of you.
I’m a harbinger of death. Food isn’t the only thing I hunger for. The other hunger is the reason I’m going out tonight. Also, because I’m trying to get my hot, arty neighbor, Angie Dovage off my mind. That isn’t happening until my group and I fly out of this town. Even now, riding in a car with Cody Knox, a new friend and fellow hockey player, I can’t get that girl out of my head.
I listen with as much patience as I can muster as Cody starts in on how he’d like to ask out Ava Chen, but is convinced she’d never say yes. She likes guys smarter than he is, he says. She doesn’t like guys who play sports. I nod at that. It’s a problem I identify with. Angie doesn’t seem the slightest bit interested in sports or the people who play them. I wish I played the bass guitar. Maybe, if I were a musician, she’d be able to overlook my…eccentricities. Not that she should. Even if we got along great, I won’t be in Cadence long enough for a thing between us to go anywhere.
My fingernails scratch at my coat’s arm seam. This ride feels like it’s taking forever.
“Hey Reece,” Cody says. “Did you leave a girlfriend in your last school?”
I shrug with a smirk and a snort. “No one girl in particular,” is my lazy reply. The truth is, there was no one at all, but of course, I think of Angie: survivor. Secret musician. Girl of the bright, sad eyes that look like they don’t trust what they see.
Girl I can’t stop thinking about.
Wow. That is like 18 times crazy, huh? Could you imagine dating a harbinger of death … and surviving? I just got chill bumps all up and down arms. Thousands of them…times 18!!
If you’re like me, you need to have this book in your hand. You can pre-order it at the following:
CONTINUE THE HUNT
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 paperback copy of the 2nd book in my Chronicles of Fallhollow series, RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING:
AND winner’s choice of one of the following $10 gift cards
*NOTE: As this book does not release until the end of October, the Additional giveaway will not be gifted until Nov. 3.
Good luck to everyone and happy hunting!!