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Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event gives you a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from your 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 until April 7th.

There are six contests going on at the same time (identified by color… enter one, some or all!).

And don’t forget to scroll all the way to the end of this post… besides the big contest, you have a chance to win a signed copy of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY right here on this post.

This post in a nutshell:

1). Read how it works in “Scavenger Hunt Puzzle” below. If you’re a veteran, skip ahead!

2). Read about the author I’m hosting and the top-secret bonus material she’s sharing with you.

3). Copy down my favorite number (in PURPLE somewhere on this post).  

4). Enter to win a signed copy of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY right at the end of this page.

5). Go to the next stop on this hunt (link at the end of this post).

6). Add up all the numbers on the PURPLE TEAM  and enter to win by clicking here.


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the purple team, and then add them up.

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

On to my guest!

Today I am hosting Kat Colmer. She is a Sydney-based young adult author who writes coming-of-age stories with humor and heart. She has a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship and loves working with teens and young adults. The recipient of several writing awards, Kat’s debut YA The Third Kiss won the Romance Writers of America On the Far Side contest for best Young Adult Paranormal Romance. Her second novel Can’t Beat the Chemistry has been dubbed The Rosie Project for teens.

Pride and Prejudice meets The Rosie Project
Ionic and covalent bonds are a piece of cake for MJ. But human bonds are a little harder …

There are only two things MJ wants in her final year of high school:

1) Glowing grades and …

2) to convince uber-smart, chiselled-jaw Jason they’d be a winning team outside the science lab as well as in.

Tutoring deadbeat drummer, Luke, isn’t part of the plan. After all, he has average intelligence, takes disorganised notes and looks like a partied-out zombie at their study sessions! Not even his taut biceps will win MJ over.

But MJ learns that she could be tutored in a few life lessons too: That sometimes there’s good reason to skip chemistry tutorials. That intelligence is so much more than a grade average.

And that sometimes you can’t beat the chemistry.

She’s sharing a character casting board and an exclusive sneak peek at the first 2 chapters of Can’t Beat the Chemistry with YASHers. The book doesn’t hit shelves until April 20th, so be one of the first to take a look! And I co-sign this character board for sure!

Click here for the character board

Click here to get the first two chapters


Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a boatload of signed books. To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 7 (SEVEN!! Lucky number!). Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the PURPLE TEAM and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!  Click here to enter

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! That’s Kristy Centeno.  You can find her by clicking here. In case of trouble with the link, you can also cut and paste her URL into your browser:
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