Spring 2015 YASH on NOW!

Hello! I’m Maureen McGowan and I’ll be your host for this stop on the YA Scavenger Hunt, aka YASH!

Who am I, you ask? (I’m sure I heard you asking.)

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I live in Toronto, Canada, and I’m the author of two YA series, the most recent being The Dust Chronicles (Deviants (2012), Compliance (2013), Glory (2014)). I also wrote Cinderella, Ninja Warrior and Sleeping Beauty, Vampire Slayer and various short stories. I love reading and writing YA fiction and, even more, I love readers who love it. :) Make sure you check out my bonus giveaway below!

HOW TO HUNT OVERVIEW

I am a part of the GOLD TEAM! There are 8 teams in total this hunt, each with 20 signed books up for grabs as the major prize. You can enter to win just one team’s books, or enter as many of the contests as you’d like. In total, there are at least 160 signed books up for grabs as major prizes! (8 people will each win at least 20 books!)

TeamBut that’s not all!

Along the way, you’re going to get tons of exclusive content from the authors, and chances to enter bonus giveaways, too.

To find my exclusive content… keep searching through all the Team Gold posts. Each post links to the next stop so you can find your way around the hunt. When you’re done with one team, go to the YASH main page to find a link for the next one. And the next.

As you work your way through the hunt for each team, you’ll find secret numbers. Hint: the secret number on this post is highlighted in GOLD (or as close to gold as I can get…) Add up the numbers for each team, and enter the total for a chance to win at least one signed book from each author on my hunt team!

NB. This contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, April 6th!

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 6th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I’ll introduce the author I’m hosting this hunt.

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On this year’s YASH, I’m happy to be hosting fellow author, Kelly Hashway and talking about her book, THE DARKNESS WITHIN.

 

Kelly Hashway

Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets. Hashway is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT!

An exclusive excerpt from The Darkness Within to give you a sneak peek at Ethan’s magic going dark:

A tree was directly in front of us. I pushed my feet and right hand against Dylan’s seat. This was the point in Driver’s Ed where the instructor stomps on his brake from the passenger seat. I didn’t have a brake, but my foot didn’t seem to understand that. I chanted louder, as if that was going to make the spell work any faster. I felt my magic growing in strength and threw all of that force behind my words. The car swerved slightly and came to rest only inches from the tree.

“Oh my God. Oh my God.” Shannon was panting, and her knuckles were white from her death grip on the steering wheel.

“Is everyone okay?” I asked, knowing we weren’t. Dylan was bleeding and out cold in the front seat. Shannon was a wreck who apparently could only mutter one phrase, and Ethan… His eyes were locked in front of us. “Ethan?” A chill went through me, starting at my hand, which was still in Ethan’s. No. He wasn’t using his dark magic. I was imagining things. He was shocked and relieved that we hadn’t hit the tree. That was all. It had to be.

Shannon stopped saying “Oh my God” and turned toward us. Her eyes fell on Ethan. “Sam.” Her face lost the little color it had left. “Get out of the car. Now!”

“Shannon, relax. It’s okay. He’s stunned. That’s all.”

“Don’t be an idiot. He tapped into it again. Look at him.”

I stared at Ethan’s face, which was emotionless. “Ethan, look at me. Please. Focus. Fight this.” I touched his cheek. He felt clammy. I was about to say his name again when something moved across the back of my hand. A greenish glow wound around Ethan’s and my hands, tying us together.

“What is he doing to you?” Shannon’s eyes were huge, and she had her seat belt off, ready to bolt. I knew she was thinking about the green snake that had attacked her in the clearing.

“I don’t know. I’m okay, though. It doesn’t hurt.”

“Get your hand out of his before that thing attacks you.” Shannon’s voice squeaked.

I didn’t want to let go of Ethan. I felt so disconnected from him already. I summoned my own magic instead. I focused on sending calming waves of energy at Ethan. I had to calm him down, get him to block the darkness within him.

“Sam.” Shannon’s squeak was worse, but I ignored her, continuing to concentrate on helping Ethan. This had to work. I wasn’t losing him to this magic. “Damn it, Sam!”

What was her problem? Couldn’t she see I was in the middle of a spell to save Ethan?

Creaking and the sound of wood splitting made me jerk my eyes open. The enormous tree in front of us was shaking. Literally shaking, despite its monstrous size. “What’s happening?”

“Ask your boyfriend. I have a feeling he’s behind this. Look at him.” Shannon unclicked her seat belt and started her own spell.

She was right about Ethan. He was focused on the tree. His stone- cold face was nearly unrecognizable. How was this happening? He was going to bring the tree down right on us!

“Ethan!”

“That’s not going to work.” Shannon reached across Dylan and pushed his door open. He sat up in his seat.

“Dylan, are you okay?”

“He’s under a zombie spell. He can’t answer you. I ordered him to get out of the freakin’ car. Now, you do the same.”

“What about Ethan? I’m not leaving him to get crushed.”

Shannon was out the door already, but she paused and looked at me. “I’ll try a zombie spell on him, but there’s no guarantee it will work. He’s doing a hell of a spell of his own right now. I may not be able to break through.”

“Try it.” I pried my hand from his. His grip was so strong, but Shannon’s spell was weakening him slightly. The tree continued to creak and sway. Some of the limbs came crashing down around us. I jumped with each thump and shake of the ground.

“It’s not working,” Shannon said, her face twisted in pain. “I’m giving this every ounce of strength I have.”

“Go. Get out of here.” I couldn’t let her die. Ethan was my esponsibility. I grabbed him and tugged him toward the door. He barely moved and stayed focused on the tree. My thoughts swirled with stupid idea after stupid idea. Nothing was going to move him. He was determined to crush this car with him inside. It made no sense. “This isn’t happening!” I pulled myself onto his lap, putting my face in his and blocking his view of the tree. “Ethan! Look at me! Look at me!”

“Sam, get out! The tree is coming down!” Shannon ran, but her eyes stayed locked on me.

I turned in time to see the tree falling on the car and hear the crunch of metal.

THE DARKNESS WITHIN

Samantha Thompson thinks she’s finally gotten past all the tragedy in her life. Now she’s part of a coven of good witches who are helping her and her boyfriend, Ethan Anderson, learn to use the powers they received from other witches. Aside from the fact that Sam and Ethan are still in hiding from their old lives, things couldn’t be better. What could go wrong? The more Ethan uses his magic, the stranger he starts acting. The magic inside him is changing who he is. Can Sam find out what’s wrong with him before she loses him to dark magic forever?

Isn’t that a gorgeous cover!!!!

For some reason I can’t think of a clever way to embed the secret number, so I’m just going to spit it right out: 38!

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The next stop on the TEAM GOLD YASH is the fabulous MEGAN SHEPHERD

Happy Hunting and tell all your friends about #YASH

 

Spring YASH is coming up!!!!

The Spring YA Scavenger Hunt starts on April 2nd!

I’m on Team Gold again, and just look at all the books you can win in our group alone! Winner takes all (one winner for each “Team”), but there will be lots of bonus giveaways, too. Tons of chances to win.

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There are 8 teams of 20 authors, so a total of 160 books up for grabs!!!!! Just in the main contest!

WOW!!!

If you’ve never participated in the YASH, it’s easy, fun and full of exclusive bonus content and bonus giveaways!

The Scavenger Hunt runs April 2-5, 2015.

You can start your hunt here, or go to: YAScavengerHunt.blogspot.com for more information.

YASH INFO

 

 

Meet Glory

I was tagged by my good friend, the fabulous author, Barrie Summy, in this fun “Get to Know Your Character” blog meme.

Here goes…

Meet, Glory, the protagonist of The Dust Chronicles!

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1.) What is the name of your character?

 Glory.

2.) Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

She’s completely fictional. (If you know a 16-year-old girl who can kill with her eyes, please e-mail me.)

3.) When and where is the story set?

The story is set three generations (80-100 years) after the earth was partially destroyed by a series of asteroid strikes, which also triggered volcanos and earthquakes and left the earth covered by dust that killed most humans and altered the DNA of others.

I don’t specify exactly when this disaster struck, (in the stories, they talk about time before and after the dust), but let’s say I imagined the apocalyptic event to be within the next couple of decades. Soon. :)

4.) What should we know about him/her?

Glory was orphaned when she was 13, before she knew that she had special powers. Her powers make her a “Deviant” inside the domed city she grew up inside. If her powers are discovered, she’ll be tossed outside the dome (expunged) to either die from the dust, or be tortured by these horrible monsters called Shredders.

She’s very conflicted about her power, because father was a Deviant and was expunged after he killed her mother. As if that weren’t enough, Glory also has to protect and hide her younger brother, who’s not only a Deviant, but paraplegic.

Because she’s must keep so many things secret, and because of what her father did, at the beginning of the story, Glory doesn’t trust–anyone. Which leads her to make some bad decisions early on. But over the course of the trilogy, as she grows and learns, she becomes stronger and wiser and a very powerful young woman.

5.) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Her brother is discovered by the Comps (the defacto police in their corporate-run city) and risks being expunged. Glory believes that her boyfriend Cal turned them in. To escape, she has to trust a terrifying boy, Burn, whose Deviance is dangerous, and who claims that her father is still alive.

6.) What is the personal goal of the character?

Glory’s main goal in the first book, Deviants, is to keep her brother safe. In later books, her goal changes, but it would be spoilerific for me to say here. :)

7.) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The three novels in the series are: Deviants, Compliance, and Glory.

There are also prequel short stories, published under the title, The Dust Chronicles Origins 

8.) When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?

The novels were published in hardcover, audio and kindle formats in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The first two books were released in paperback in 2014. (With the gorgeous redesigned covers you can see above.)

You can order the novels and/or short stories from Amazon, your favorite online retailer, or ask your local bookstore or library to order them in!

Amazon.com  Amazon.ca  Amazon.co.uk  Amazon.com.au

Fall 2014 YASH

THE FALL 2014 YASH IS OVER!!!

The exclusive content is down, but my bonus giveaway is still on for a few more days!

 

Welcome to this stop on the TEAM GOLD portion of the fall 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt. This year, there are six teams with a total of 125 books up for grabs!!!!

The winner for each team grouping, gets all the books by the authors in that team! There is exclusive bonus content from each author to enjoy while you’re hunting, plus tons of bonus prizes up for grabs, including my giveaway below.

 

Team

If you’ve just stumbled upon this and have never participated in a YA Scavenger Hunt, aka #YASH, read how to hunt here, and then come back to get started!

Or here are the fast and dirty directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold team, and then add them up. Hint: the secret number is highlighted in GOLD.

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 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I’ll introduce the author I am hosting.

At this stop on #YASH, I’m thrilled to be hosting author, Sherry Thomas. I might go a little fan girl all over her right now. *runs around the room jumping*

Thomas_greenSHERRY THOMAS

Sherry Thomas loves nothing more than the mix of explosive action and combustible romance. In her career so far, she has written more romance than action, but she is making up for it with a YA fantasy trilogy and a wuxia-inspired duology. Her books regularly receive starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications, including such outlets as the New York Times and National Public Radio. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award.

 

And by the way, English is her second language.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

TheHiddenBlade_1600x2400In the waning days of the last dynasty, in a quiet, beautiful corner of imperial Peking, a young girl’s blissful ignorance is shattered when she learns that she is the illegitimate daughter of an English adventurer and a Chinese courtesan. What future is there for such a girl? But a mysterious figure steps forward and offers to instruct her in the highest forms of martial arts–a path to a life of strength and independence.

Half a world away in England, a young boy’s idyllic summer on the Sussex downs implodes with the firing of a single bullet. Torn from his family, he becomes the hostage of a urbanely sadistic uncle. He dreams of escaping to find his beloved friend–but the friend is in China, ten thousand miles away.

The girl trains to be deadly. The boy flees across continents. They do not know it yet, but their lives are already inextricably bound together, and will collide one fateful night when they least expect it.

 

SHERRY’S SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Website: www.SherryThomas.com

Twitter: @sherrythomas

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/266470.Sherry_Thomas

Buy THE HIDDEN BLADE

Amazon: http://bit.ly/amzhidden

iBooks: http://bit.ly/applehidden

Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Hidden-Blade-Sherry-Thomas/9781631280085

SHERRY’S EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

A bonus scene written especially for #YASH.

 Sorry… the YASH deadline has passed! Exclusive content… GONE! Sorry if you missed out. To make sure you get updates about the next YASH, sign up here:  http://yascavengerhunt.blogspot.ca/ 

PS. Sherry Thomas also writes fabulous adult books! Her debut historical romance, Private Arrangements, is one of my all-time favorites. I think I’ve read it at least 17 times.

But today we’re talking about Young Adults Books! And to continue on the YASH please visit Victoria Scott.

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Good luck and happy hunting!!!