Hunt is now over. Thanks for playing!
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 deleted scene from WASTE OF SPACE, too. So, you know. Get on that.
There are seven contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all. I am a part of the BLUE 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 blue 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 Sunday, October 8, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
I’m hosting Betsy Aldredge and Carrie DuBois-Shaw. Let’s learn more about them!
Betsy Aldredge and Carrie DuBois-Shaw are the authors of the YA romance, “Sasquatch, Love, and Imaginary Things” (Simon Pulse, August 8, 2017), which has been called “the most hilarious, charming, feminist Sasquatch-hunting book ever to grace a bookshelf,” by author Alison Cherry and “a delightfully quirky and hilarious debut,” by Darcy Woods. A retelling of Pride and Prejudice, focusing on a family of Jewish Bigfoot hunters, SASQUATCH was the Grand Champion of Query Kombat in 2014.
Pride and Prejudice meets Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot in this humorous and heartfelt young adult romantic comedy.
It’s bad enough that Samantha’s parents, charter members of the Northern Ohio Bigfoot Society, have dragged their daughter around forever, on the hunt for the mythical Sasquatch. Now they’re doing it on national TV, and worse, they’re competing against an aristocratic prep-school team, whose handsome captain scorns Samantha’s quirky family.
Hunting for monsters was never so awkward.
THE BONUS CONTENT
A recipe! Take it away, Betsy and Carrie:
One great thing about writing a book that involves camping out in the Pacific Northwest and searching for Sasquatch is that it lends itself to a lot of fun and yummy themed treats. We wanted to share a recipe with you, but had a hard time choosing from all the great ideas. We nixed some for being too gross. Um, who would eat something called Bigfoot droppings? Not us, no matter how much chocolate was involved. We eliminated other recipes for being too complicated. Yeti-shaped cakes, we’re talking about you. So, after some research and drooling, here’s our favorite, easy recipe to get you in the mood for reading SASQUATCH, LOVE, AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS.
Naturally, any YA romance set in a forest is going to have a camp fire, which is inevitably going to lead to s’mores and smooching. While you’ll have to find your own swoony rival who annoys you until you realize they’re actually pretty cool, at least we’ve got you covered in terms of dessert.
One prepared graham cracker crust, or individual size crusts
One package dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips. We like dark chocolate, but you choose your own taste adventure.
¾ cup heavy cream
One package of marshmallows, either small or regular sized. Use whatever you have on hand
Combine the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a sauce pan on the stove on medium, stirring slowly until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
Pour the chocolate into the prepared crust, then refrigerate, covered in plastic wrap, until it sets, a few hours. Can be left overnight.
When you’re ready to serve, cut the marshmallows in half (if using large ones) and arrange them in circles around the pie, starting on the outside and working your way toward the center.
Preheat the broiler. Broil the pie for a minute, rotating as needed until the marshmallows are brown.
Serve while still warm. Share with your love interest. Or not.
Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by Betsy & Carrie, me, and more! To enter, just know that my favorite number is 28. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue 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:
- three signed hardcover copies of WASTE OF SPACE
- a signed hardcover copy of WAX
- a signed paperback copy of WAX
- five WASTE OF SPACE audiobooks from Audible – your choice of CDs or digital download
That’s right, you have TEN 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, YouTube, this blog, signing up for my mailing list, or by leaving a comment telling me about your favorite (or least favorite) Halloween experience. Good luck!
Giveaway closed. Good luck!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, head over to the website of the next author: Sophie Davis!