YA 2017 Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the 2017 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 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt.  There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all!  I am a part of the PINK TEAM — but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and a blue team for a chance to win a whole 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.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the pink 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 October 8th, 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 Jennifer Eaton on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Jennifer M. Eaton hails from the eastern shore of the North American Continent on planet Earth. Yes, regrettably, she is human, but please don’t hold that against her.

While not traipsing through the galaxy looking for specimens for her space moth collection, she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband and three energetic offspring. (And a poodle who runs the spaceport when she’s not around.)

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Seventeen-year-old Jess’s dream is to graduate High School and get away from her dull military-brat existence. But racing for her life across New Jersey with a boy she hardly knows is not quite what she had in mind.

David is alone, injured, and lost in the woods. When a young girl stumbles across him, he places his trust, and his life, in her hands. Will she lead him to safety, or right into the hands of the men he is hiding from?

Fire in the Woods Cover

Fire in the Woods is one of those books where all the attention falls on one character, even though the story is told from another’s point of view.

I’ve been asked a few times, “What was David thinking?” So I thought it would be fun to feature a scene rewritten from David’s point of view.

So here we go!

This is the scene where Jess and David meet for the first time.

Swish thin

Forest Summer small

The leaves crunched as I slipped to the forest floor.

A strange sensation I would have liked to ponder, if I hadn’t just crash-landed on a hostile, alien world.

planes onlyAn airship howled overhead, but they didn’t see me. I’d won a few more minutes to rest.

Leaning back, I ran my fingers along my sore arm. The blue markings on my lavender skin caught the light from the planet’s sun. I couldn’t see anything wrong, but I wasn’t a doctor. I wasn’t much of anything except lost, injured, and alone.

What was I thinking, flying a mission so close to the surface? Of course the natives would detect me. I was a scientist, not a soldier, yet here I was, stranded and at the mercy of a primitive culture. Maybe I was every bit the disappointment my father believed me to be.

David CropSomething shifted the leaves in the distance.

Footsteps, coming closer. A native. I jumped to my feet and ran two steps, but a searing pain in my shoulder slapped me back to the forest floor.

The footsteps—closer.

I had no choice. I had to protect myself. I closed my eyes and reached out to the approaching being. A girl. Young.

Apparently my luck wasn’t changing. I’d never done well with girls on my own planet, let alone a strange, aggressive race. Still, I touched the recesses of her mind.

Her language: simple, easy to reconstruct. I pulled the information from her thoughts.

Arghhh! PictureThe footsteps stopped only inches from me and a scream echoed through the trees. The girl dropped to her knees behind the bushes, holding her head.

Had I done that to her? No matter. I needed to hide.

I reached further into her psyche, sorting her cognizance until an image formed—one that would comfort her … someone she could trust. She howled as I stole the image from her mind, and bit down into the implant in my jaw to trigger my transformation.

I clenched my teeth as I’d been trained to do, awaiting the pain of the exteriation process, hoping it wasn’t as bad as we’d been …

My body seized as agony shot through every cell in my body: a burning, piercing assault beyond my worst nightmares. I grabbed my head, holding myself together as my mind threatened to explode.

I screamed, and the girl leaned over the branches.

Syllables formed on her lips, but I couldn’t decipher them yet. I repeated the words she used as she screamed, hoping they would be enough to hold her back before…

David HandsThe pain ceased, as if I’d washed it away with cool running water. My hands, no longer lavender, but a strange, pinkish tan. I was no longer Erescopian. At least on the outside.

“Are you okay?” she asked.

The words, so odd sounding, and still completely un-discernible.

Another aircraft flew overhead. But they wouldn’t see me. They weren’t looking for a native.

The girl reached for me. “Are you hurt?”

Jess Crop 1I backed away. Her form, so strange—with long, flowing strands cascading down the sides of her face. I reached for my ear and found similar, shorter strands. How odd I must have looked.

“What’s your name?” Her words scrawled through my mind as I translated.

“Your name?” I repeated, stalling as I tried to find an answer.

“Yeah, you know. Your name.” She pointed to her chest. “I’m Jess. And you are?”

David Crop 1I sorted through her thoughts, and grasped a name appropriate for her world. “David?”

“Are you asking me or telling me?”

I smiled, relishing in the genuine, friendly nature of this creature. Odd, since this race had been deemed incapable of socialization or growth.

There must have been a mistake. But if there had been, it was a terrible one.

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Jess & David Double base BASE ONLY coverFIRE IN THE WOODS is a YA scifi romance, available wherever books are sold.

I hope you enjoyed this little look into David’s mind.

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Kobo | Chapters Indigo! | iBooks | IndiBound | Google Play

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22674815-fire-in-the-woods?ac=1

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About the Author:

Jennifer M. Eaton hails from the eastern shore of the North American Continent on planet Earth. Yes, regrettably, she is human, but please don’t hold that against her.

While not traipsing through the galaxy looking for specimens for her space moth collection, she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband and three energetic offspring. (And a poodle who runs the spaceport when she’s not around.)

During infrequent excursions to her home planet of Earth, Jennifer enjoys long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but great adventures are always a short shuttle ride away.

Who knows where we’ll end up next?

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Courtney Brandt and more!  To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 17. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the pink team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, McKelle George!
 

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Courtney Brandt and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 17. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the pink team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, McKelle George!
 
 

 

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