YA Scavenger Hunt! (And Bonus Contest!)

Scavenger huntWelcome to this stop of the YA Scavenger Hunt extravaganza!

(I'm Gwenda Bond *wave* and my stop on the hunt is being hosted by Marley Gibson–so go there to see the title of my 2013 book and two prologue-y teasers from it. Eek! Note: Bonus content came down at the end of the hunt, but I added a little info at the end of this post.)

If you're new to the hunt, this tri-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 Team blue72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or both! (Go for both! These are pretty amazing prize packages we're talking about here.) I'm a part of the BLUE TEAM–but there is also a red team contest with 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 homepage. (And an extra round of *applause* for organizers extraordinaire Colleen Houck and Beth Revis.)




Directions: Somewhere below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue 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 August 5, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.




Today I'm so excited to be hosting Jessica Shirvington.


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Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Jessica is married to former Olympic sprinter and sports personality, Matthew Shirvington. Married for eleven years with two beautiful daughters, Jessica believes her early age romance and its longevity has definitely contributed to how she tackles relationships in her YA novels.

At age nineteen, Jessica opened and managed her first restaurant in Sydney, and in 2003, while she and Matt were living in London, founded a fine food import and distribution company, Stella Imports.

Moving back to Australia and searching for a creative outlet after the birth of her second child, Jessica started on her path to writing. The result was her debut novel, EMBRACE, which marked the start of Violet Eden’s story. Book 2, ENTICE, will be out in the US September 4, 2012.

Find out more information by checking out her author website or buy the book.

For this hunt Jessica is featuring her book Entice.




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The hotly anticipated follow-up to Embrace ramps up the captivating combination of angel mythology, forbidden romance and intense action. Seventeen-year-old Violet Eden’s whole life changed when she discovered she is Grigori – part angel, part human. Her destiny is to protect humans from the vengeance of exiled angels. Knowing who to trust is key, but when Grigori reinforcements arrive, it becomes clear everyone is hiding something. Even her partner, Lincoln.

Now Violet has to learn to live with her feelings for him while they work together to stay alive and stop the exiles from discovering the key to destroy all Grigori. It isn’t easy. Especially when the electricity between her and exile Phoenix ignites, and she discovers his hold over her has become more dangerous than ever. The race halfway across the world to find the one artifact that could tilt the balance of power between Angels and Exiles brings them to the cradle of civilization, where Violet's power will be pushed to the extreme. And the ultimate betrayal exposed.

And now Jessica offers a sneak peek at the prologue for Entice.

 (The hunt has ended and so this is now gone! But you can read it when the book comes out. πŸ™‚

Amazing, right?

Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Jessica Shirvington, and more! To enter, you need to know my favorite number: If it was a date, it'd be Friday the 13th. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue 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 next author is the most excellent E.C. Myers.

Happy hunting!


Blackwood-72dpiWhile  you're here, you can also enter a BONUS CONTEST of mine:  

I'll be giving away another signed copy of my forthcoming book Blackwood–along with some sweet bonus swag. The winner will get a handmade (though not by me, but by someone who is good at it!) duct tape rose pen AND a super-limited edition Blackwood baseball T-shirt to go along with their copy. To enter do one of the following and drop me a comment with the details below:

Don't forget to drop a comment on this post afterward to enter–if you do multiple things, note that and each one will count for one entry. Your email address will be hidden, but make sure to include it so I can contact you if you win. At the end of the hunt, I'll announce the winner. Yay!

186 thoughts on “YA Scavenger Hunt! (And Bonus Contest!)”

  1. YAYYY! Thanks for the giveaway!
    I liked the Amazon page: I’m #7
    And I follow via Twitter: @Gisselle_Alv

  2. Cool giveaway! I’ve always been fascinated by the disappearance of the Roanoke colony. I followed you on Twitter @sweetsoccer0107, friended you on Facebook as Victoria Lee and liked on Amazon. I was #8 to like.

  3. Thanks for the giveaway :D! I liked on Amazon but I’m not sure if I’m #9 or #10 :S. My twitter is @wow_books

  4. Carey Velazquez

    Thanks for the chance to win a giveaway. Amazon like #10, @carey_velazquez on twitter and Carey Harrison Velazquez on fb. Email is cvelazquez0507 at yahoo dot com.

  5. Becky Louise Williams

    I follow you on Twitter (@BeckyLouiseM), added on Facebook (Becky Louise Williams), Followed on Pinpress, Liked on Amazon think I was #11 πŸ™‚ x

  6. Tiffany Rudelich

    I follow you Twitter (@tiffmarie81), added you on Facebook, Liked on Amazon, Follow your Pinterest board as well.
    I am so excited for this contest!

  7. Thanks so much for the chance
    Follow on Twitter – @natcleary
    Friend on Facebook – Natalie Cleary
    Go like the Amazon page for Blackwood – Natalie Cleary
    Go like pinterest board for Blackwood – Liked as Natalie Cleary

  8. I friended you on facebook: Kat Zufelt
    I followed you on twitter: @ORIGINALartKat
    I liked your amazon page πŸ˜€

  9. Thank you for the giveaway! My e-mail is reflectionsbylili@gmail.com
    I followed you on twitter @LiliReflects and friended you on facebook under the name Lili Alexandra.
    This is totally random, but I LOVE the colors of your shirt/dress in your twitter profile picture. It’s as if you took all of my favorite colors and rolled them up into a single article of clothing. lol

  10. I followed your Twitter and befriended you on Facebook;
    Twitter; @louisse_ang
    Facebook; Louisse Ang

  11. Follow you Twitter,Facebook, liked Amazon page and pinterest. Thank you fo the giveaway πŸ™‚

  12. Thank you for being a part of the Hunt and for the extra giveaway!
    Twitter: @dg_molly
    FB: Molly Nudo Frenzel
    Amazon: Molly Frenzel
    Pinterest: Molly Frenzel

  13. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Twitter: @shialoc
    FB: shialo Chaudhari
    Amazon: shialo Chaudhari
    Pinterest: shialo

  14. Thanks for the bonus giveaway!
    – Follow on Twitter
    – Friend Requested on Facebook
    – Liked on Amazon

  15. Thanks for participating with the hunt. It is so much fun. I just friended you on Facebook: Julie Vaught

  16. Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt!! I can’t wait to read BLACKWOOD!!
    Twitter: @adreamindream
    Facebook: Stephanie Ward
    Liked Blackwood on Amazon: Stephanie Ward
    Pinterest: Stephanie Ward (dreamwithndream)

  17. Weee!!! Thanks!! πŸ˜€
    I friended on facebook: Shaina Jachim
    Twitter friend: @ShainaJachim
    And I am number 27 like on amazon! πŸ˜€
    Thanks again you rock my socks! πŸ˜€

  18. This is so much fun! I follow you on twitter:@Desi_Gay
    Facebook: Desiree Thompson
    Amazon: Desiree
    Pintrest; Desiree

  19. :D:D
    Facebook: ashley snyder
    twitter: ryansnyder93
    amazon: like number 30 (do not knownam.should be ryansnyder. orsnyderyan.)
    pinterest: ashley snyder. πŸ™‚
    thank you for giveaway.

  20. Thanks for the contest!!!
    I liked your Amazon page, I’m #31, and I also friended you on Facebook πŸ™‚

  21. I did them all!
    Twitter- @SonnieHogan
    Fb- Sonnie Hogan
    And I liked both Pintrests and Amazon pages πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the chance at an extra give-a-way! Blackwood looks really good!

  22. Thanks for the giveaway! Here are my entry infos:
    Followed on twitter (@coffeebooksme)
    Like blackwood on pinterest (jenna matalam)
    Added you on facebook (jenna christy matalam)
    Like on amazon (jenna_jcm@yahoo.com)
    Total of 4

  23. I liked blackwood on amazon, added you on facebook (Natasha Ward). THanks for the givwaway πŸ™‚

  24. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!
    Liked on Amazon
    Liked on Pinterest: Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  25. Michelle Cornejo

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Followed on twitter @xmax4me
    Added you on Facebook Michelle Cornejo

  26. Heather Alexander

    followed on twitter @5_girls and facebook @ heather heslip alexander. thanks for the contest.

  27. Followed on Twitter (@CristinaCheese)
    Added on Facebook (Mythical Word)
    Liked on Amazon (Mythical Word)

  28. I liked you on Amozon and on twitter. Thank you so so so so so so so so much! heheh πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  29. Hi! I followed you on twitter, and I liked your Blackwood page on Amazon! Thanks for being in the hunt!

  30. Hi! Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt!
    Follow on Twitter: @RachelllRaeee
    Friend on Facebook: Rachel Patrick
    Go like Amazon page: Like 41!
    Go like Pinterest board: Rachel Patrick

  31. Thank you so much for this fantastic opportunity!
    I have three entries.
    Twitter: @loen1999196600
    Facebook: Grace Lo
    Pintrest: Lust For Stories

  32. First, I wanted to say thank you so much for being a part of YASH this year. It’s been so much fun, as it always is. I love being introduced to author’s that I hadn’t noticed before and being reminded of older one’s that I loved before. Thank you, so much for this side giveaway!
    Followed By Twitter: endsxtonight
    Liked on Facebook: Susan Haugland
    Added on Pintrest: soulunsung
    Liked on Amazon: susanhaugland

  33. Love to win! Thanks for the wonderful Giveaway! :))
    maryanngacayan at yahoo dot com

  34. Thank you for the awesome giveaway πŸ™‚
    Followed on Twitter (@HwaSunKang), friend-ed on FB (Hwa Sun Kang), and liked on Amazon.

  35. Hi!! I like your book on Amazon and sent you a friend request on facebook. Also I started following you on twitter! =)
    Twitter @casalazar
    facebook Candice Salazar

  36. Follow me on Twitter (@gwenda) she_is_reading
    Friend me on Facebook Lenna Tisue Waters
    Go like the Amazon page for Blackwood – done
    Go like/follow my pinterest board for Blackwood – done Lenna Waters
    Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway!

  37. Thank you for this great giveaway!! πŸ™‚
    Twitter: mecharodriguezo
    Facebook: M. Mercedes Rodriguez O.
    And I liked you on Amazon, I’m #50

  38. Followed on twitter @danathesquare
    Friend on FB Dana Cuadrado
    liked on amazon
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. I
    Friended on Facebook my name will be “Steph Trujillo”
    liked the Amazon page for Blackwood “Steph”
    like/followed on pinterest board for Blackwood “Steph”

  40. Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ™‚
    I liked the Amazon page, #54 (oh, and by the way, it’s under my mother’s name, Lisa)

  41. Thanks for the giveaway !
    I followed you on Twitter (@Sabine56), friended you on Facebook (Sabine Goutsmedt) and liked the Amazon page (Sabine).

  42. Katherina Barney

    I added you as a friend on Facebook (Katherina Barney)
    I’m following you on Twitter (@bibliophileKate)
    And I ‘liked’ your Blackwood book on Amazon (and shared it on my Facebook page)
    Thank you for this awesome giveaway!! πŸ™‚

  43. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    +1: Twitter follower – @VioletteStar
    +1: FB Friend – Violette S.
    +1: Amazon like
    +1: Pinterest follow – VioletteStar

  44. Hey thanks for the giveaway!
    I followed you on twitter (@Vanessa16228)
    and I liked your Amazon page

  45. I sent a friend request on fB Pam Mandigo
    twitter follower @kydirtgirl68
    pinterest Pam Mandigo
    liked on Amazon.
    thanks for a great stop.

  46. Hi! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I love the YA Scavenger Hunts :0)
    I follow you on Twitter: @thebooklife
    Follow on Pinterest: Sarah Miller
    Liked on Amazon: #61
    Can’t wait for Blackwood :0)

  47. Hi! Thanks for the giveaway!
    followed on twitter: @saavedra012
    liked amazon page: #62
    Thanks for being part of the YASH! πŸ™‚

  48. Thank you so much for the giveaway! πŸ˜€
    +1 Follow me on Twitter: @Loveliciouzz
    +1 Friend me on Facebook: Frida Petersson
    +1 Amazon like
    +1 Pinterest follow: Loveliciouz

  49. I love the cover on you story and I can’t wait to read it when I can. See this is why I love the YA hunts we all get to see new books in our eyes and become in love with them πŸ˜€

  50. Thanks for the great giveaway! =)
    I followed you on Twitter (@khung61), added you on Facebook, and liked the Blackwood Amazon page (#63).

  51. Micaela Swentik

    THank you so much for this opportunity!
    +1 Facebook : Micaela Swentik
    +1 Amazon Like
    +1 Pinterest Follow: Micaela Swentik

  52. Amazing excerpt! πŸ™‚ No doubt, I’ll be looking out for that book as well.
    I followed on Twitter: @Cryscringle
    I Friended on FB: Crystal Dawn Craig
    I liked on Amazon as well.
    Thanks for sharing! πŸ˜€

  53. Hi!
    I followed you on twitter, friended you on facebook, liked Blackwood on Amazon and followed Blackwood on Pintrest. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  54. I am following you on twitter, I have sent you a friend request on facebook and I have liked the page on amazon. My name is Nicole Marten and my twitter name is @shnickybug, thank you for this opportunity.

  55. Thanks for the Giveaway! I haven’t read Blackwood, but I look forward to reading it when I can get my hands on the book.
    Followed on Twitter: @briannac98

  56. Thanks for the contest!
    +1 Followed on twitter: @negra_gatita
    +1 Added as friend on Facebook: Caila F.
    +1 Liked on Amazon
    +1 Followed on Pinterest: Caila F.

  57. Kassandra Fuentes

    Thanks for giving us this wonderful opportunity for this giveaway!
    Twitter: @kassiefuentes
    Facebook: Kassandra Fuentes
    Amazon Like: Kassandra

  58. Thanks for being part of the YASH and for your extra giveaway!!!
    I follow you on twitter: @bamayankee
    friend on facebook: alicia marie ezell
    like on amazon
    follow on pinterest: bamayankee

  59. Follow on Twitter – @lilbitahoney
    Friend on Facebook – Holly Forbes
    Liked the Amazon page

  60. So love this giveaway. I
    + followed you on Twitter (@leannaBF)
    + friended you on Facebook (Leanna Choong)
    + liked the Amazon page
    + am following your Pinterest board
    Thank you πŸ™‚

  61. I follow on twitter Romance4Life
    Follow on FB Donya Pedigo
    liked on Amazon Chris Pedigo
    Follow on Pin

  62. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    +1 Twitter follower: @austine_decker
    +1 Liked on Amazon
    +1 Pinterest follower: Austine (theredreader)

  63. Thanks for the giveaway !
    +1 followed on Twitter (@Midorichan56)
    +1 liked your book on Amazon (CΓ©line)
    +1 friended you on Facebook (CΓ©line Ore-Sama Junior)

  64. Thanks for the giveaway!! Your books sounds really interesting!!! I always wonder what happened to The Lost Colony???
    facebook: Lena Marsteller
    amazon like #81
    pinterest; Lena Marsteller

  65. Hi,
    Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!
    +1 FB
    + Amazon Like
    + 1 Twitter (@aidanadia29)

  66. I’m super excited to read your book! Thanks for the opportunity.
    Followed on Twitter (@tammy_sparks)
    Friended on Facebook (Tammy Sparks)
    Liked on Amazon
    Thanks again:)

  67. Thanks for the giveaway and been ans YA Sacevender Hunt’s Autor!!
    Twitter @LissGC
    Facebook: Camii Aracellis
    I would really like to win the super-limited edition Blackwood baseball T-shirt!!!
    Love & Hoges

  68. Thanks for the giveaway!! Can’t wait to read your book πŸ™‚
    Twitter: @sammy7987
    FB: Samantha Bailey Ramos

  69. cristina escalante

    Followed you on twitter ( rpatzz)
    facebook: cristina escalante
    thanyou for the giveaway!
    alpha.lycan731 @gmail.com

  70. Great giveaway! I would really like to win! I followed you on twitter and followed your pinterest board!

  71. Thank you for the giveaway! πŸ™‚
    Followed on Twitter
    Friend Requested on FB
    Liked on Amazon

  72. Follow on twitter: @marthapao
    FB: Martha Paola Mendoza
    Pinterest: Marthapao
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  73. I have:
    1-added you as a friend on facbook (Zoe Leonarczyk)
    1-Followed you on pinterest (Zoe Leonarczyk)

  74. Liked the Amazon page for Blackwood +1
    Like/follow the pinterest board for Blackwood +1
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  75. Thanks for the great giveaway!!
    +1 Facebook: Sarah Kalaitzidis
    +1 Amazon: #87 Sarah Kalaitzidis
    +1 Pininterest follow: Sarah Kalaitzidis
    +1 Twitter: @red_tigergirl2

  76. Following you on twitter and added you as a friend on fb! Thanks so much for participating in the hunt!!:)

  77. Who doesn’t love swag?!? =) Thanks for doing the scavenger hunt. I love finding new books to read.
    Follow you on twitter (cathymo13)
    Friended you on Facebook
    Liked your Amazon page

  78. Leighann (Laura Lea)

    Curious about Blackwood! It sounds really intriguing! Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ™‚ *crosses my fingers for luck*
    I followed you on Pintrest and sent you a friend request on Facebook (Laura Lea)

  79. Chelley Choulis Vukmanic

    Thank you for being a part of the contest! I friended you on Facebook! I’m a high school English teacher and always looking for great YA novels to recommend to my students!

  80. Thank you very much for the giveaway opportunity!
    +1 Twitter: @VanillaOrchids
    +1 Facebook: Pam Rosensteel
    +1 Amazon Like: Pam Rosensteel
    +1 Pinterest: Pam Rosensteel

  81. Like on Amazon & followed on Pintrist! (uhhhm, not sure what info I’m supposed to give you, but my name is Wei Mon. So… yeah?)

  82. Follow me on Twitter (@gwenda): @Kourtney_22
    Friend me on Facebook: Kourtney Tyler
    Go like the Amazon page for Blackwood: #92 (under Julie Tyler)
    Go like/follow my pinterest board for Blackwood: Kourtney Tyler
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  83. Thanks for participating in the Hunt and offering to win a copy of your book! Here are my entries:
    Followed on twitter @monica254
    Liked facebook page: Monica Gutierrez
    Friend requested on facebook: Monica Gutierrez
    Liked on Amazon

  84. twitter: @miliminni
    fb: Anubha Agrawal
    Amazon: 95th like
    Pintrest: Anubha
    thank you for the giveaway… πŸ™‚

  85. Thanks so much for the extra giveaway! I can’t wait to read your book!
    I followed you on Twitter (cassiebt93), friended you on Facebook (Cassandra Tennison), liked the Amazon page, and followed the Pinterest board! πŸ™‚

  86. Marie-Michel PagΓ©

    Hi. Thanks for the giveaway.
    I follow you on twitter, asked you to be friends on facebook and like the amazon page.

  87. Friended on Facebook: Morgan McKenna
    Liked on Amazon
    Thanks for participating in YASH!! (=

  88. Thanks for the giveaway!
    +1 Twitter: LilxSasuke
    +1 Friend on Facebook (Lisa V)
    +1 Like on Amazon
    +1 Follow on Pinterest: Lisa V

  89. Friended on Facebook and I’m following you on Twitter: @MandaPanda859. Guess what: I live about an hour north of you, in Grant County. How awesome is that.?! I get excited about this stuff.

  90. Ohh!! So exciting!
    I did each of the options. My name is the same throughout (Kathleen Doyle) though you might come across a Katie Doyle, which is me as well=)

  91. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I did:
    Follow on Twitter: @YourEarthAndSky
    Friend on Facebook: Kimmy Heindorf

  92. Thank you for the giveaway! πŸ™‚
    +1 Folow on twitter (@Entre_Libros)
    +1 Friended you on FB (Sharli De Entre Libros)
    +1 Liked the Amazon page for Blackwood

  93. Thanks for the giveaway! I sent you a friend request on Facebook just now, and I’m following you on Twitter (@IsabelSong) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/isabelsong)!

  94. Thanks a lot for being part of the YASH!!!
    I did the following:
    Twitter- @sontrei
    FB – Alaiel Kreuz
    Liked on Amazon
    Pinterest: Alaiel Kreuz

  95. hannah McCormick

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    +1 facebook Hannah McCormick
    +1 Twitter Hannah McCorick

  96. +1 Twitter: @pandalovesyou
    +1 Facebook: msteffenriddell
    +1 Pinterest: Mandy R
    +1 Liked on amazon (pandalovesyou at hotmail dot com)

  97. I am DYING to read your book! the blurb is intriguing and the cover is frekin’ awesome !! I love it!
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway.
    I added you on fb as Ifrah Kamil
    Followed you on twitter as @Twinklesmile023
    Like your amazon page as Ifrah kamil

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