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 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 a short time!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are nine 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, an orange team, a gold team, a green team, a teal team, a blue team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books! You can see the complete lists of authors for each team here.
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: Somewhere in the post below, I’ve hidden 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, April 3 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
Today, I am hosting Amy Christine Parker on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
AMY CHRISTINE PARKER writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat. Visit her at amychristineparker.com and follow her on Twitter @amychristinepar. Find out more about her books here.
Her life was based on a lie. Lyla Hamilton almost died escaping the Community. In her new life, the outsiders call the Community a cult. They don’t understand how easy it was to believe. How good it felt to belong. “Normal” life—high school and dating—is harder than Lyla expected. Who should she love? Who should she hate? The Community is willing to do terrible things to bring her back to the fold. The members are still preaching Pioneer’s twisted message that the end of the world is near. Pulled in two directions and unsure which way to turn, Lyla risks everything to follow her heart, but can she uncover the Community’s plan before it’s too late?
Lyla’s escape was only the beginning.
And now, an exclusive look at Amy’s upcoming release, Smash and Grab, releasing July 19, 2016:
Ocean’s Eleven meets the star-crossed lovers of West Side Story. Grab some popcorn and get ready for an adrenaline-filled heist!
LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist.
CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for freedom. In fact, he’s just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful…
Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.
And here is Amy’s bonus sneak peek: Chapter Seven, when Lexi and Christian literally collide as he’s leaving the bank he’s just robbed as she’s trying to enter it. Hope you enjoy it!
I run up to the bank’s front doors when they burst open, and a group of men come careening out, all dressed in matching jeans and black hoodies. Their faces are weird. . . burned? Wait. They’re masks—five men wearing identical zombie masks. But what are they doing? I can’t make sense of anything. At first I think maybe they’re part of a flash mob or something, about to break into some weird dance in the middle of Figueroa with a whole bunch of other zombies I somehow failed to notice before now. I strain to hear the opening beats of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. But then the one in the lead raises his hand like he’s waving me out of the way, and I realize that he has a gun. . . and I’m standing directly in his path.
My brain wants to turn and run, but my body is having a hard time doing it. Go! Move! I think. It’s too late. Zombie guy is right in my face, his body slamming into mine, and the gun is flying out to the side, landing a split-second before we do. My head connects with the concrete and bounces. The world goes blurry and I can’t breathe. I gulp for air as my vision clears. For a moment all I can see is that mask and his dark eyes because his sunglasses slipped a bit in the fall. He blinks and we lock eyes. What’s happening?
“Sorry,” he says breathing hard as he untangles himself from me. His voice is low, gruff, muffled by the mask. “You okay?”
I stare mutely at him trying to focus, and then I manage a slow nod. I have this urge to reach up and take off his mask, to see his entire face, but my arms are pinned to my sides.
“Just stay down, okay?” he says, sounding concerned. “I’m not gonna hurt you… at least not again. Sorry.” He pushes the sunglasses back up, and I see my reflection in them, my head still reeling, my mind slowly putting the pieces together. He had a gun. It’s next to me now. He’s a bank robber! My brains buzzes with a swarm of panicked thoughts. Did he use that gun inside? Kill someone? Am I next?
He stands quickly, scoops up his gun, and catches to the other guys with duffel bags on their shoulders, now running for a minivan parked at the end of the sidewalk. He looks back once and waves at me, a little wiggle of his gloved hand before he ducks inside the van. It’s such a weirdly benign gesture that without thinking, I wave back. On the driver’s-side door is a square sign with script lettering; MARY KAY CONSULTANT—that’s what it reads. I blink a couple of times to make sure I read it right.
That guy. And the others. They just robbed the bank with my account and Quinn’s. Which means I won’t be able to get my money now, at least not right now, not here. The police will be coming. This is a crime scene.
The van screeches out onto the road and disappears. I stare after it and try to make sense of the last few minutes.
“Oh my god, are you okay? I’m calling the police, honey—just stay put.” A woman crouches down beside me, coffee in one hand, her cell phone in the other. “Hey, watch where that van goes, those guys just robbed the bank!” she yells at anyone within earshot. A few guys start chasing after the van, but I’m sure it’s already too far away to catch on foot. I start to get up while she dials one-handed, and then, unbelievably, she hands me her coffee to hold while she finishes up. My head’s all cottony and achy. I manage to stand, but I’m all off balance. I stumble a little.
“I think I need to again.” I sink down onto the curb. Quinn and my mother are by my side, finally having caught up.
“Oh my god! Lexi, are you all right?”
How can so many bad things happen in so little time? I open my mouth to say yes, that I’m okay, even though I am most definitely not, but nothing comes out. No words. Instead, I start to cry uncontrollably like someone’s pulled the zip cord on my emotions and now they’re just billowing out of me.
Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Amy Christine Parker, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 87 (SUGAR QUILL 4-EVER!). 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, you need to check out the next author, Amy Evans!