The hunt is now over. Thanks to all who participated!
Welcome to the 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 signed book from each author on the hunt in my team (including WASTE OF SPACE). Somewhere along the way is a sneak peak at WASTE OF SPACE, too. So, you know. Get on that.
There are five contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all. I am a part of the PURPLE TEAM:
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: Somewhere below, you’ll find my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the purple team, and then add them up.
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 9th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
I’m hosting Nicole Conway. Let’s learn more about her!
Author of the bestselling series THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, Nicole Conway currently lives in South Korea with her husband and son. Her new YA Urban Fantasy series, MAD MAGIC, is pending release this fall.
When Jaevid Broadfeather is given the rare opportunity to become a dragonrider for the king’s army, the 15-year-old boy has no idea that he is part of a conspiracy that will rock the very foundations of the kingdom.
THE BONUS CONTENT
He wouldn’t even look up at me.
Standing next to my father, the gray elf slave kept his eyes fixed upon the floor, his forehead crinkled in an expression of distress. He was a pitiful sight, wearing only a tattered loincloth and a thick iron collar connected to a chain that ran to my father’s hand like a leash.
I couldn’t imagine how much Father had spent on this poor fellow. Slaves never came cheap, and the fact that he was a relatively healthy young male suggested that my father had really outdone himself this time.
“Is this really necessary?” I asked as I wiped the fresh blood from my hands onto the front of my apron. “I don’t have time to train someone new. It’s much easier for me to just handle it myself.”
My father scowled. “Holly, we had to turn away four patients this week because we don’t have the bed space. Another set of hands would help get things moving faster. And I don’t have to tell you that faster turnover means we can see more patients, and more patients means more money.”
“And an extra set of hands means another mouth to feed,” I countered. “Does he even speak our language? How am I supposed to teach him anything if we can’t communicate?”
Dad suddenly shoved the chain and a small iron key into my hands. I nearly dropped both of them. “You really think I would buy a slave who couldn’t speak to us? This one cost me a fortune. He better do everything I was promised he could.”
Ah, there it was—my proof. I narrowed my eyes up at my father suspiciously. “You borrowed from my dowry again, didn’t you?”
“When you inherit my practice, you’ll have all the dowry you need.”
That was his way of sloughing me off. Fantastic. My dowry was already pitiful, especially for a doctor’s daughter. And now it would be nothing more than a joke to any prospective suitors. No reasonable man would want to marry a girl with callused hands and not a penny to her name.
With every cent he spent, any chance at a future outside this place was slipping away. Soon I’d have no choice but to stay here, elbow deep in body fluids, working until my back was numb tending to his patients from dawn till dusk. Mother would have been absolutely livid. She’d told me many times that she wanted something better for me.
“I’ve got to make a few house calls this evening,” Father prattled on like there was nothing left to discuss. He started gathering his examination supplies into a big, black leather bag. “You’ll be all right till I return?”
I glanced uneasily at the elven slave anchored to the other end of the chain I was now holding. Good grief. Didn’t my dad have any sense at all? What if this fellow tried to hurt me? What if he tried to escape? There wasn’t a whole lot I could do to stop him in either case.
“Don’t look like that.” Father patted my head like I was still a little girl, which I found less endearing and more patronizing these days. “He’s quite tame. That’s what the broker assured me. He’s worked in a household with children before. He’s got a very calm personality, very healthy. He’ll be a good help to you.”
I nibbled at my bottom lip as I considered the gray elf slave again. He certainly didn’t look threatening. The entire time we talked, he’d kept his head down and his shoulders slumped in total defeat. He’d yet to even raise his gaze to look at me. Not to mention he was absolutely filthy. Every inch of him was smeared in something like silt mud that reeked of rotting swamp water. Even his long silver hair was caked with it. Gods and Fates, he didn’t even have shoes on his feet. What a mess this was going to be.
Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by Nicole, me, and more! To enter, just know that my favorite number is 28. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the purple team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
OOH ANOTHER GIANT GIVEAWAY
In addition to all of the fabulous prizes you can win throughout the hunt, I will also be giving away:
- a signed advanced copy of WASTE OF SPACE
- a signed hardcover copy of WAX
- a signed paperback copy of HELLHOLE
- three WAX audiobooks from Audible
That’s right, you have SIX more chances to win more awesome stuff. All you have to do to enter is fill out the form below – and get as many bonus entries as you want by following me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat (username: damicog), YouTube, this blog, signing up for my mailing list, or by leaving a comment telling me about your favorite (or least favorite) April Fool’s Day experience. Good luck!
Contest is now over.
WHAT YET ANOTHER GIVEAWAY COME ON NOW
If you pre-order WASTE OF SPACE anytime between now and July 11th, I will give you some delightful swag. Click here for more details.
CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, head over to the website of the next author: Suzanne Lazear!