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.)
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!)
But 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.
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 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.
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!
“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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