YA Scavenger Hunt!




So, how does all this work? Let me tell you!

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!

I’m on TEAM RED! On each of the participating author Web sites on TEAM RED (as well as on the sites of the other colored teams), you will find exclusive content for one of our team’s authors as well as a clue — in the form of a number — to help you win the grand prize. Add up the clues from my team, and then enter to win the big 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 until October 4 at noon Pacific Time!

If you’ve never been a part of the hunt before, give it a try. It runs like a giant blog hop, introducing you to new YA authors and books along the way.


Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM, but there is also a green team, a blue team, a gold team, an orange team, a teal team, a purple team, and a pink team.
 Red Team

You are currently hunting on Team Red! Looking for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching! Not only will I be hiding an exclusive never-before-revealed piece of bonus content for BECOMING JINN somewhere in this blog hop, but I’m giving away a special tote bag (1 available) along with 3 BECOMING JINN swag packs (see below).


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 (HINT: It’s in RED!). Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red 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, OCTOBER 4 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I am hosting Demitria Lunetta on my Web site for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

About Demitria


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Demitria Lunetta is the author of the YA Sci-fi duology, IN THE AFTER and IN THE END (HarperTeen). She is also an editor and contributing author for the YA anthology, AMONG THE SHADOWS: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS & LIGHT. IN THE AFTER is an American Booksellers Association 2013 ABC Best Books for Children and an Amazon 2013 Top Twenty Teen Book. Find her at, on twitter @DemitriaLunetta and on Facebook facebook/DemitriaLunettaAuthor.



In the AFter

They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you’ve ever seen.
And They won’t stop chasing you…until you are dead.

Amy Harris’s life changed forever when They took over. Her parents—vanished. The government—obsolete. Societal structure—nonexistent. No one knows where They came from, but these vicious creatures have been rapidly devouring mankind since They appeared. With fierce survivor instincts, Amy manages to stay alive—and even rescues “Baby,” a toddler who was left behind. After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope. On the surface, it appears to be a safe haven for survivors. But there are dark and twisted secrets lurking beneath that could have Amy and Baby paying with not only their freedom . . . but also their lives.

You can buy the book on AmazonBarnes & Noble, or IndieBound. Find out more information by checking out Demitria’s Web site!

Exclusive Content: Extra Scene!

I only go out at night.

The creatures are everywhere during the day. They shuffle around in the sunlight, searching for food. I have nowhere else to go, so I hide on the roof of my house and peer at them through binoculars. They seem so decrepit. Their skin is a sickly pea green, their eyes milky yellow-white. They can’t see very well, but even now They search. They hunger after human flesh. But They will not find what They crave. All the people are gone, devoured by them within the first few days.

They may not look like They should be a threat, but They are incredible hunters. They hear even the most silent of footsteps. Every breath, every sound. Even now, one of the creatures’ head jerks around at the sound of a pigeon landing on a nearby garbage can. In an instant its posture completely changes. No longer does it wander aimlessly. It snaps to attention and in a flash pounces on the bird, grabbing it mid flight with its long yellow claws. I close my eyes as feathers fly and the creature bites into the bird’s flesh. I force myself to open my eyes and watch as it greedily bites into the pigeon, consuming it, bones and all, in seconds.

I’ve had enough of watching Them. It’s time to retreat into my house and read about how life was Before the creatures came. I slowly stand and turn toward the stairs, only to clumsily let my binoculars slide from my fingers and fall to the ground with a horrifying crash, the glass lenses shattering. I freeze as all the creatures within hearing range rush to my house. I drop into a crouch and watch Them throw themselves against the electric fence, their pale, puke colored skin sparking where it touches the metal. I crawl slowly backwards, out of view, and wait for the sounds of struggle to stop. They will forget in a moment, wander off. They may be deadly, but they are not smart.

I rest my head in my arms and wait for Them to lose interest. How have They beat us, these mindless, hungry creatures? I ask myself. How did we let ourselves become food for another species? How can aliens be real? I cradle my head and wonder how long can I survive this half life, alone in the After.

– Amy Harris, Age 14


And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books, including my own BECOMING JINN!

To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 23. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red 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 Joshua McCune!

tote bag



And for all you writers, if you buy BECOMING JINN or preorder CIRCLE OF JINN and send me your receipt, you get a free query or first page critique (both if you order both!). Full editorial services available here.

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One Response to “YA Scavenger Hunt!”

  1. Thanks for participating in this hunt! These hunts are some of my favorite events! And thanks for the extra giveaway!
    xo Stephanie