Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Spring 2019 - Young Adult Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! 

I'm Margo Kelly, and I'll be your hostess for this leg of the hunt. I write thrillers, and I'm excited to share my novel, WHO R U REALLY?, with you during this event! Somewhere along this scavenger hunt, I've shared exclusive content related to WHO R U REALLY?, and clear down at the bottom of this post, I'm giving away a signed paperback copy of it (exclusive to readers of this post)! Yup. That's right. 

(So be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post before you hop off to the next site in the scavenger hunt!)

By the way, you are currently hunting on TEAM GOLD.

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 the prize -- one lucky winner will receive:
one book from each author on the GOLD team! 

But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon on Sunday, April 7, 2019!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are multiple contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM -- but there are other teams, each with a different set of 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 gold 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 April 7, 2019, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


I am happy to introduce you to the author I'm hosting for the hunt:

Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She's the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Visit her at katrossbooks.com

"It's the summer of 1888 and a bizarre killer is stalking the gas-lit streets of New York. But are the murders a case of black magic—or simple blackmail? From the gambling dens of the Tenderloin to the glittering mansions of Fifth Avenue, amateur sleuth Harrison Fearing Pell follows a twisted trail of lies, treachery and madness that leads closer to home than she ever imagined."

Find out more information about the book here!

 from Kat Ross

A sneak peak from her next book, A Bad Breed, which is a "Victorian paranormal monster mash" due in Spring 2019 and Book #3 in the Gaslamp Gothic series:
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Tuesday, January 15, 1889

The last rays of the sun were setting fire to the high peaks when it caught her.

She’d run for miles through the forest, fighting the black tide of the drug he’d slipped into her wine. Whatever it was made her feel like she was floating above her body, weightless and disconnected and without a care in the world. If not for the bitter cold, she might have sat down in the snow for a spell.

The hard-eyed, sober part of her mind, which was not yet gone entirely, knew that would be a very bad idea.

So she ran, focusing on the rasp of her breath, the metronomic ticking of her heart. After a while, the sounds of pursuit grew fainter. She dared to hope she’d lost him.

Then she’d twisted her ankle in an animal hole concealed under the snow.

It wasn’t broken, though it hurt like the dickens even through the narcotic fog. At least the pain sharpened her wits.

I am so bloody stupid, she thought for the hundredth time, leaning against a tree. I never should have….

Should have what?

Her green eyes lost focus. What an intricate, miraculous thing snow was. She’d never noticed it before, each crystal outlined with perfect clarity. Deep cold was like swimming underwater….

Her hand squeezed into a fist, the nails drawing blood.

Drunk the wine, that’s what. Bloody stupid of me. Now get a grip.

She studied the woods. Blue shadows gathered beneath the tall pines where the twilight deepened. All was quiet. But she sensed a presence, watching.

There were wolves in these mountains. She’d seen one that morning at dawn, standing on a rocky tor. It stared at her with yellow eyes, then turned and loped away. She’d felt a sublime grace in its presence.

She had no fear of wolves.

Yet her heart banged painfully in her breast as she limped down the path. She wore stout boots with woolen stockings and a high-necked wool dress over layers of petticoats and a

cloak lined with dark blue silk. The path followed a frozen creek, its edges brittle with ice. Frost lay thick on the ground and the boughs of the trees.

The light bled away to full dark as she reached the edge of the forest. A full moon rose, huge and bright. The nape of her neck prickled a warning.

She looked back. A silent shape glided through the trees. Not a wolf. Not a man either, though it moved on two legs.

In the distance, she heard the whistle of a train.

She slid down a steep incline. Her ankle throbbed, but she thought it would hold for a few more minutes.

A quarter mile off, the mouth of a tunnel led into the mountain. The tracks sat atop an embankment and she could see the glossy black engine chugging toward the tunnel. Light spilled from the windows of the passenger cars. The hood of her cloak fell back as she struggled through knee-high drifts. She tore a glove off with her teeth and freed the long iron blade sheathed at her waist.

The clatter of the train grew louder as it approached a curve and slowed down. She veered left toward a frozen field. If she cut across, she might still catch the train before it accelerated into the tunnel. Silhouettes filled the windows and she imagined the people on the train, reading books or sipping coffee, in the warmth and light.

She risked another glance over her shoulder. Whatever came was cloaked in shadow, but she sensed it speeding down the slope.

She was halfway across when the ice cracked beneath her boots. Not a field but a lake—and not solidly frozen. She flung out a hand, scrabbling madly as she slid into the water. She tried to summon her elemental power but it slid away on a black tide of tranquilizer. The train whistle sounded again and then it was swallowed by the tunnel.

The last thing she saw was two golden eyes, bright as the moon, rushing toward her.

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For more information, visit the Pintrest page!

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Now don't forget to enter the YASH contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me and 19 other authors on TEAM GOLD. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on team gold, and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

But before you go, you'll need to know that my favorite number is 11, and here is an exclusive Rafflecopter giveaway for you to win a signed copy of WHO R U REALLY?. (This contest is separate from the YASH contest. Only visitors here are eligible.)


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author: L.H. Nicole


  1. I have played a few online games from time to time! It can be fun, especially when you have a group of other skilled players, and there are some awesome friends you can make through use of the online game platform. But the worst part is having to deal with all the excessively angry gamers... Though, I'll be the first to admit I love gaming and think its fun litle thing to keep me busy!

  2. I really do not play any games on line. I actually play games weekly with friends. I love it. I learn so much and what I learn is that you can read people through their faces and their hand movements. LOL.

  3. I actually don't, but my younger brothers do! More likely you will find me playing Thrillville on the PS2 about every 3 years 😅 lol

  4. "Do you play any online games with people you've never met in real life? What's the best and/or worst part of it?" I don't play online games--I don't like games much, and pursuing them with strangers sounds a bit dangerous!

  5. I don’t play any online games but I’ve thought about it.

  6. I rarely play online but when i do, it can sometime be hard to keep up with everyone.

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  8. I don't play online games anymore. I used to RPG and I loved it because I feel it allowed me to work with someone to boost my own storytelling abilities. I didn't like some of the attitudes of people, you're not really held accountable when you are rude online.

  9. Yes I've played so many. Not just online games, but online sites too. Like TV.com all the way back in 2006. My friend hope and I (also internet friends) were talking with another girl Kandi, and to this day we don't know if she was real. But also online sites like Pico and I forgot the other. And then there was that one disney site. I'm still kinda friends, and I know my hs bestie is still friends, with some people from that we've never met in person. My HS bff is "dating" some guy since high school online, that she's never met. Who may or may not be in a JRock band but she's never cared enough to find out the truth. Then there are phone games I play now (haven't played those computer games in more than a decade) like MCOC and SimCity Build It where you talk to people. In a way its nice because you tcan talk about your problems, but you also still have to be careful not to give identifying info away.

  10. I've been playing online games and interacting with people online through RP sites for several years, and there are definitely both positives and negatives to it! The positive side to the story is that sometimes you genuinely can meet amazing people this way - one of my closest friends and I bumped into each other by chance on a Star Trek RP site (and neither one of us even had much interest in Trek, just writing!)Granted, for every fantastic human you meet, you're also exposed to ten times as many weird, rude, or even creepy ones. Which brings me to the downside of online gaming. Without the accountability that comes with in-person interactions, a lot of people don't filter their responses/actions when online. There are very few consequences to what people say online, and a lot of people take advantage of this and behave in ways that would be completely unacceptable "in the real world." I've had more than my fair share of creepy guys making lewd comments or asking for things that would earn them a swift kick between the legs and a restraining order in person. *shrugs* It can be annoying, but I'm not about to let it stop me from enjoying all of the fun things in online gaming.

  11. I really don’t play any online games with anyone I don’t know but I’ve always been curious. Maybe one day I’ll try it!

  12. Love the idea of a scavenger hunt. I considered it in lieu of my Blog Hop, couldn't figure out the details, and now you've provided. Very nice.

  13. I don't really play online games. I play console video games but I do solo player or multiplayer with people in the room with me. I play app games that have player chats but I don't really interact that much. It really isn't something I am comfortable with.

  14. I've played some online RPGs but I rarely interact with anyone I don't know

  15. No. Sadly no time for games. I'm happy to find time to read.

  16. Gotta make room on my book shelves!

  17. I don't play any. Spare time is usually for reading ☺.

  18. I used to play video games a lot, but not so much anymore. My favourite part was always getting to stretch my creativity to its limits and create plans for success with my friends. We have building home bases down to a science by now ;)

  19. I used to play online games with people but I lost interest. I guess it just isn't my thing anymore

  20. i do sometimes but i honestly get anxious so strangers are outa t times i used to playa game called latale was an on line game loved it but then ppl ruined agood thing now i just play with my better half when we play video games

    Beverly Gordon

  21. I don't play online games. I have the addictive gene and have to be careful otherwise I get sucked in and it consumes me. I have friends who play though and I love reading books based on the games, just not a player myself.

  22. I did play online games but I either lost interest in them or didn't have time to keep up with them. The best part was "meeting" people from different places. I'm still FB friends and keep in touch with several of them. The worst part was definitely the pervy guys that seemed to be everywhere in those games.

  23. I don't play online games, but I enjoy reading books about them

  24. I do not play online games, too many crazy people online. I would rather be reading.

  25. Yes. I play World of Warcraft. Good is getting away from RL and actually making RL local friends. Bad is the trolls and elitists

  26. I don't play any online games - too busy reading! :D