Fall 2014 YASH Scavenger Hunt!


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!


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.





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.





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!





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! 😛


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.




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




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!





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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83 Responses to “Fall 2014 YASH Scavenger Hunt!”

  1. IfIif ther is one thing I’d like to change about the world, it would be the inequality between males and females. A person should not be defined by his gender but by his/her skills and abilities 🙂

    • J.A. Souders says:

      I agree Ailla! The world would be a much better place if everyone was given the chance not because of race gender, or sexuality, but because of their skills and abilities.

  2. Maud G says:

    I would make every education free, because it costs so much money I currently can’t study what I want to become and I hate it xD

  3. Erin P says:

    I would change the cost of health care, it’s expensive for people that can’t afford it (like myself). I would also change the price of minimum wage, i would raise it to about $10 an hour just so people can afford to pay their bills without having to kill themselves with multiple jobs to do it

  4. Jess says:

    I would change the levels of apathy and the reactionary way that people, especially from my generation, solve issues. We wait until something bad happens then try to change things–we need to look forward and find solutions, not try to catch up to mistakes.

  5. Ashley says:

    I would change the famine and the amount of violence we have in the world if I could. Along with diseases.

  6. Alice says:

    I agree with the above statement on making education free!! Tuition is too expensive.

  7. Sneha says:

    I want the abusers of any kind to be punished

  8. Give all children a happy childhood.

  9. Vivien says:


  10. Emily says:

    I’d love for people to be rewarded based on their merits and not their gender, race, sexuality, or anything else.

  11. Grace Thompson says:

    I would probably change the way feet smell. YUKKKK!!!

  12. Jess says:

    I would love to eradicate animal abuse.

  13. Yun-a K. says:

    I would change our education system to be available to everybody.

  14. Melissa M. says:

    I hate seeing children without a family to love them…I would like to see more love and less hate.

  15. Abigail C says:

    I would make all books free XD

  16. Jordan says:

    I would stop trafficking and abuse

  17. Jen says:

    cancer would be an abolished disease

  18. Michaela says:

    If I could change one thing about the world, I would remove bigotry from the world. There is too much bigotry in the world and the only thing it breeds is hate. It’s horrible to think about people that are discriminated against based on their skin color, their intelligence, their gender, their sexual orientation and/or preference (for those who feel that it’s a preference for themselves). Some day, we will get there. I have to believe that we will.

  19. Maggie says:

    That flying would be cheaper.

  20. Parneet says:

    I would give food to the poor.

  21. Ashley Kim says:

    If there was one think I could change about the world, I would eliminate all mirrors. That way, no one can judge others, we wouldn’t be self-conscious all the time, and everybody would love each other!

  22. Laura C. says:

    Cure for cancer!

  23. Alex says:

    II’d like to have the cure for several diseases.

  24. Madi says:

    How people treat each other

  25. Pam says:

    Free health care for everyone.

  26. Baggins (Kim Waters) says:

    Equality for all.

  27. miki says:

    i would make it fair for every one

  28. Monique says:

    My wish would be that everyone could learn to get along.rn to mget along

  29. Courtney W says:

    Everyone would have a warm place to sleep and plenty of food to eat

  30. Ashfa says:

    If I could really change something I’d change the way the media handles news!!

  31. Jenn says:

    I’I’d ,make all politicians honest. Just a suggestion please changed the background or text color on the comment form because I can’t see what I’m typing. Right now it’s showing up white on white so I have to keep selecting text to see what I’ve written.

  32. Nicole says:

    This is going to sound very goody-goody, but if I could change one thing about the world, I would make it easier for people to let go of their anger. Holding grudges doesn’t get anyone anywhere.

  33. Kristia says:

    there are so many things to change, I can’t choose only one. Maybe solve the world hunger.

  34. Nicole Metivier says:

    There are so many things out there I would want to change…. world hunger, disease, war, free college… I can’t choose just one but those are some my wishes.

  35. Tiffany says:

    I would make everyone equal and give everyone a desire to serve.

  36. Brian says:

    I would change it so that no one would have to worry about disease.

  37. Camii Ailen says:

    The ignorance of the people about everything, when something don’t care you, you ignore it. That is so bad!!

  38. Erin D says:

    i would want people to appreciate what they have. Not just material things but people and the beauty of life around them.

  39. Kira Budge says:

    Equality would be pretty legit.

  40. melinda says:

    If I could change one thing I would get rid of all ebooks. they are stupid . I like physical books

  41. Katherine A. says:

    Kids dying of cancer

  42. Arlene says:

    Tanks for the giveaway! If I could change one thing it would be to eliminate prejudice of all kinds.

  43. Sabrina says:

    I would change the way people treat eachother!

  44. Sean Chou says:

    Force teenagers to raise pigs for bacon. Not only would there be more bacon in the world, they would grow disgusted eating it and there would be more me. The teenager part is because kids might get eaten by the pigs, and adults are all lazy.

  45. Sue Holmes says:

    Mmm…. to change the world…If only!
    I’d destroy all weapons and corrupt politicians – oh and appoint woman presidents/prime misters in every country!
    Thank you for the giveaway – you don’t mention if it is international – but I’m hoping!

  46. Denise says:

    If I could change the world, I’d appoint all politicians that are trustworthy. I’m not pointing out that today we don’t have any trustworthy politicians, I just want the corruption and cheating to end.

  47. Alessandra says:

    I’ll eliminate all the cities to live only in the nature!
    It’s crazy I know, but we have to keep an eye on our poor earth!

  48. Hannah says:

    I’d make sure that everyone had access to clean, free drinking water! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  49. Rachel says:

    Cryptic, but I would change human nature. The existence of good is wonderful, but the amount of evil that there is in this world is scary sometimes.

  50. erin says:

    Allow stem cell research so many diseases and injuries could be cured.

  51. Von P. says:

    I’d want everyone to have free access to education and build fully shelved libraries to areas without to a library.

  52. Reese's says:

    Not sure if anyone has said this yet but, if I could change one thing about the world we live in today it would be inequality of all things. The inequality that some people can spend $40,000 on a shopping trip when people can’t afford to eat. The inequality of how men and women are treated. How people of minority groups are treated. How people see each other. If people could see each other as equals we would all be better for it.

  53. Jaime H. says:

    I would want every child to have a home and a family that loves them.

  54. shadin al-dossari says:

    I would want there to be no such thing as orphans, I would want everyone to have some kind of family.

  55. Sajda says:

    If I could change one thing I would improve women’s rights

  56. Sajda says:

    If I could change one thing I would improve women’s rights

  57. Lori says:

    I would change how much people disagree. If everyone got along, the world would be so much nicer!

  58. Jamie C says:

    I would change how people live in poor conditions and give to erase offensive words used towards others’ differences.

  59. Hannah M says:

    I would get rid of poverty

  60. bn100 says:

    people’s attitudes

  61. 1110cg says:

    I would get rid of war

  62. Kelly says:

    If I could change one thing about the world it would be the number of bookstores in the world and maybe lessen world hunger somehow

  63. bn100 says:

    Fun hunt #DOONLOVE

  64. Jessica Kilgore says:

    Although there are a lot of bad things about the world, I don’t think I would change anything about it. There are too many to choose from.

  65. Tori says:

    I would change people’s view on Christians/religious people.

  66. For people to have more respect for the environment.

  67. Katherina Barney says:

    Only one?? Well, I wouldn’t mind changing the way society thinks about sizes and weight. ESPECIALLY in girls. I think it’s ironic that back in the sixty’s it was the norm to have “plus size” women be models to showcase all fashion when the norm was that the majority of people were actually a healthy size and now the roles are reversed. I hope that one day we’ll come to a more neutral, healthy balance of healthy-looking and “plus size” models on the catwalks and have a better universal sizing system for women’s clothing!

    Thanks for hosting and sharing!!


  68. Carie says:

    I’d like people to be nicer and more tolerant of others who are different than them.

  69. I would change greed. Nothing good comes out of it.

  70. Jaime Lester says:

    I would change the hearts of people, make them kind and good, and let everyone know what it truly feels like to be loved.

  71. Christina says:

    I would change the prevalence of apathy and indifferenec
    in the world.

  72. yuliya says:

    I would change poverty so we would not have any.

  73. brianna says:

    If I could change one thing in the world, I would reduce the amount of violence. I’m not asking for world peace, that’s not very realistic, just a reduction.

  74. Sharon says:

    I would have people care more about the environment – it is the only world we have.

  75. Tonnelle says:

    If I could change one thing in the world, I would make all schooling free. Everyone should have the chance to go to college regardless of money.

  76. Cassandra says:

    Rape culture needs to not be a thing. Like, ever. (Thanks for the bonus giveaway!)

  77. Morgan says:

    \People to be kind to one another!

  78. Dannielle Logan says:

    If I could change one thing about the world. It would be that people could get along.

  79. Courtney H. says:

    I would change the fact that people just up and leave your life without an explanation.