Ginormous Book Signing!!

A few months ago, I mentioned on Facebook that my local Books-a-million wanted to do a giant book signing with a bunch of authors. I’m happy to say that this event is in the final planning stages and more information will be sent out shortly.  However, I need to judge the amount of interest of readers in attending the event.  The event will be held December 6th in Orlando, Florida.

So, yay, warm weather! And awesome authors–I can’t confirm at this minute who exactly is coming, but let me assure you, you’re NOT going to want to miss them. And most importantly BOOKS!!!

There will be a hotel block reserved for those that need it and transportation provided to and from the hotel for those that are coming from far away.

To judge initial interest for both Books-a-Million and for me to make sure I have a the right size venue for the signing, please fill out the form below. There is absolutely NO OBLIGATION to go if you fill out the form, it is solely to judge the possible interest, so if you even remotely think this might be interesting to you, please fill out the form below.

And feel free to tell anyone and everyone you can about it, the more people we have coming, the more authors we can convince to join us. :P

 


Fall 2014 YASH Scavenger Hunt!

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Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! 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 awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the ORANGE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an blue team, a red team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

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If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

 

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

 

 

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

 

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.

 

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, Oct 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

 

SCAVENGER HUNT POST

 

 

Today, I am honored to be hosting both YASH newbie and debut author Trisha Leaver on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

 

Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather excitable black lab. She is an active member of the YA Scream Queens, The Cape Cod Children’s Writers and the SCBWI. 

Her co-authored, YA Psychological Horror, CREED, releases November 8, 2014 from FLUX. Her solo YA Contemporary, THE SECRETS WE KEEP, releases April 28, 2015 with FSG/ Macmillan.

 

 
Find out more information by checking out her website or find more about the author’s book (including where to buy it) here!

 

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

 

 

Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.

When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house. But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town’s inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah’s son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear.

 

Oh my! Doesn’t that just give you goosebumps?!  I know I do.  This sounds like an amazing story and I can’t wait for November to read it. *whines* But I want it now, mommy! :P

 

Trisha has had some custom art drawn by Jaye Robin Brown–who is absolutely amazing and is also on the Orange team–and has been awesome enough to share it!

 

First one is Dee in the bloodletting room.

 

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Second is the Elijah Hawkins’s closet…where the Board of Education is stored!  

 

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And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Trisha, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 17. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the orange team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

 

CONTINUE THE HUNT

 

 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! The lovely and fantastic, Dorothy Dreyer!!!!

 

And a quick note, I’ll be sponsoring a giant book signing in Orlando, Florida in December. I need to get an initial “head count” of interest so I can make sure to get the right size venue for the signing, so if this even remotely interests you, please click here and fill out the short form.


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YASH Fall 2014

Hello Everyone!

It’s that time again. We have less than two weeks until the YA Scavenger Hunt begins. I hope you reserved plenty of time for this one because there isn’t just one team or two or even three. This time we have 6, that’s right, I said 6 YASH teams which means more prizes, news, and fun for all you readers out there! So let’s get started!

TEAM RED INCLUDES:

 

TEAM GOLD INCLUDES:

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TEAM GREEN INCLUDES:

 

TEAM ORANGE INCLUDES:

 

TEAM INDIE INCLUDES:

 

TEAM BLUE INCLUDES:

 

There are so many books here I don’t even know where I would begin. I hope you all are as excited as I am! The YA Scavenger Hunt begins at noon pacific time on Thursday, October 2nd and runs through Sunday, October 5th. That means to get through the entire hunt you’ll need to go through 1.5 teams per day!

Leave a comment below to tell me which team you are the most interested in checking out!


Spring 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt!

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Oh my jellyfish! Can you believe that I’m getting to be on this hunt AGAIN! I’m so excited I can barely breathe! I love this amazing hunt. And… Yay! You’ve found my stop!

I’m Jessica (J.A. Souders) and I write young adult, new adult, and adult fiction. Yep. I’ve got my hands in a lot of pies, but the more the merrier I always say.  I’m big on philanthropy and I’m a sucker for a good cause. Especially if it has to do with saving the oceans and everything in it or helping out my friends. I wanted to be a marine biologist and wanted to be the first to discover Atlantis, but I joined the Navy instead and decided to write about underwater worlds instead of hunting for them. I’m totally in love with Ian Somerhalder (who isn’t?) and completely addicted to the Vampire Diaries. And last but not least Beth Revis is my doppelganger (or I’m hers. We haven’t quite figured out who’s first yet.)

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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 6th!

You can start right here or you can also go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or both! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there is also a blue team and if you do the blue hunt you’ll have a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

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If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, see the full list of prizes up for grabs, or if you get lost along the way, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

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Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red team, 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.

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 April 6th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I’ll introduce the author I am hosting on this hunt.

I am super excited to be hosting…

STACEY KADE

When I saw who I was hosting I was superexcited. I literally did the girly jumping/squealing thing we all do when we’re excited. I’m absolutely in love with Stacey Kade and all her books. I devoured her Ghost and Goth series like it was Nerds topped icecream, and I totally wanted to ditch my authorly duties at Houston Bookrave this past summer to read The Rules. In fact, I was probably caught at least 17 times with my nose stuck in her book.  :D
Her’s her bio:

As a former award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.

Stacey is the author of The Ghost and the Goth trilogy (The Ghost and the Goth, Queen of the Dead, and Body & Soul) as well as the Project Paper Doll series.

She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and their two retired racing greyhounds, Tall Walker (Walker) and SheWearsThePants (Pansy).

The book she’s showcasing on the Spring Hunt is….
The Project Paper Doll series: The Hunt

Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. While on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who-and what-she is and still wants to be part of her life.

But accepting Zane’s help means putting him in danger.

Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently. To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs the other hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot less human. Can Ariane win them over before they turn on her? Or will she be forced to choose sides, to decide who lives and who dies?

Sounds fantastic, right?!  If you agree, you should definitely check out her website here for info. on her books and you can pre-order THE HUNT here.

Thank you so much for visiting my post in the hunt! While you’re here don’t forget to enter the bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt.I will be giving away e-copies of each book in my series (RENEGADE, REVELATIONS, and the pre-quel short story A DARK GRAVE) to two lucky people To be eligible to win, enter on the rafflecopter below.

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CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author here.


Skip a Starbucks Day Adoption Fundraiser + Giveaways Galore!

 

As you’ve probably guessed by now, I’m a huge advocate of helping out wherever I can.  And I’m honored to say that I’m able to do just that by supporting my good writing friend, C.J. Redwine, and her awesome decision to adopt another beautiful baby girl named Isabella Grace (there are no words for how much I adore this name.) by helping with her fundraiser/giveaway to raise the funds necessary to bring Isabella home from China.

Here’s a brief snippet of their story:

In November of 2010, my husband Clint and I were in China finalizing the adoption of our first daughter and preparing to bring her home. During the two and a half weeks that we were in China, we both came to the realization that we had to go back. We knew there was one more little girl waiting somewhere in China who belonged in our family. We also knew that this time around, we wanted to adopt a child with some medical needs.
We turned in our dossier to China in the beginning of February 2014, and we figured, based on the average wait time for special needs families, that we had about an 8 month wait to get our referral. (A child’s picture and file matched to a family.) But there are two ways to be matched to a child through the special needs program. One is to wait for China to get to your file, translate it, and then search for a child who matches your medical checklist (the list of things we’ve said we’d accept). The other is to be matched to one of the Special Focus kids whose files are sent to our agency each month. Special Focus children are those who are considered hard to place with a family. They have multiple medical conditions, and many families sign on for only one need.
Clint and I early on felt that we needed to be open to multiple needs. I kept seeing us with a girl who had a cleft palate and a heart murmur. Clint kept seeing us with a girl who had minor hearing loss and a missing or extra limb.
Two weeks after our dossier arrived in China, our agency called us with a Special Focus child to consider. Her file arrived to us on her second birthday. She had cleft palate, congenital heart disease, minor hearing issues, and an extra thumb.
In other words, she is everything Clint and I kept seeing for our daughter. *cue the moment we started weeping*

To read the rest of the story and see how adorable Isabella is check out C.J.’s post.

Needless to say she’s needs our help to bring Isabella home and that’s where SKIP A STARBUCKS DAY comes in. An awesome group of C.J.’s friends have banded together to ask our readers to skip whatever daily (or weekly) luxuries we enjoy (like my beloved KitKats) and donate the money you would have spent and instead help C.J. bring her newest little girl home.

In return, you’ll be entered into contests to win many fabulous donated prizes!

C.J. is hosting a HUGE giveaway, so pop on over to her blog to read all about it (and of course the rest of their amazing story). It starts today and continues through the weekend until Monday morning at 9am CST.

To sweeten the pot, I’m also adding my own personal giveaway of the following items:

  1. Starbucks giftcard, so you can have your cake (coffee) and eat (drink) it too. ;) (to five generous people) Open Internationally.
  2. A signed set of the first 2 installments of The Elysium Chronicles (RENEGADE; REVELATIONS) + the novella A DARK GRAVE (to three wonderful people) US/Canada only-unless you’re okay with e-copies.
  3. A Bath and Body Works gift set (to one fab. person) US only.

And here’s how to enter:

Visit C.J.’s blog and donate money to help bring Isabella home.

For every $5 you donate, you are eligible for 1 entry in my contest.***

You can also earn 1 additional entry by promoting the Skip A Starbucks Day fundraiser. (Only 1 extra entry total though. NOT 1 per time you promote.)

Come back here and tell me how many entries you qualify for. (Example: If you donate $10 to the cause and then promote the fundraiser you get 3 entries.)

You can either leave your entry number in the comments here on this blog, or you can EMAIL your number of entries to me at: j.souders AT jasouders DOT com.

Please title your email: Skip a Starbuck’s Day

***Entries will be verified with C.J. Redwine’s donation receipts, so please be honest!