YA Scavenger Hunt 2017: The Last Jedi


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.


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.

For more information, check out their website , and buy their books here!


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.


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.


S’mores Pie
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!


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!


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, head over to the website of the next author: Sophie Davis!


  1. My fave experience was capturing my daughters perfect superman pose… For her first Halloween she was a pink supergirl. So we wrre trying to get cute pics of her and I raised her over my head right as daddy snapped a picture and she was in the iconic superman flying pose it was perfect

  2. I absolutely love HALLOWEEN. I trick or treated all the way till graduating High School. Then so many wonderful memories of trick or treating with kids. Husband is retired military so kidd were able to trick or treat in many different states, cities, and neighborhoods. We lived in Alaska for 10yrs and did it in snow pretty much every year there.

  3. my fave halloween ever is when me and 4 of my friends dressed up as different tetris blocks (I was the light blue L shaped one, and we made out outfits out of cardboard boxes), and we all fit together (in a line, not on top of each other),and one of our friends even had speakers taped to the inside of his box that blared the tetris theme the whole time, and this was in the days of mp3 players and whatnot, not smartphones, so that was a feat. It was definitely the best halloween costume EVER

  4. My favorite Halloween experience is when I went out with my friends and did my first trick or treat ever! 😍
    I remember that we laughed so much, even though we received very little, and I can’t forget that time.

  5. My favorite Halloween experience is when I went out with my friends and did my first trick or treat ever! 😍
    I remember that we laughed so much, even though we received very little, and I can’t forget that time.
    Thank you for the giveaway! 😊

  6. Waste of Space is going to be AMAZING. I read the outtakes of the auditions and I fell in love. Especially with the pyromaniac. I could read an entire book of those auditions!

  7. I LOVE this time of year! Everything about fall is AMAZING!!! I would have to say my favorite times would have to be the last couple of years. My sons were finally old enough to really get into Halloween and it was SO fun! I also LOVE going to corn mazes and pumpkin patches! Thanks for joining the YA Scavenger Hunt!

  8. I love Halloween! The most fun I ever had was one year I dressed up like a demon and went to a corn maze with my friends. It was a regular corn maze, but whenever I went around a corner people would freak out and run away. I decided to hide out in the maze and scare people the rest of the night. So much fun!

  9. My favourite Halloween moment is always the party I have with my college friends year after year. It’s always the same group of us and it never gets old, even after 8 years!

  10. Worse Halloween experience was having to dress up as a box of Tide (why yes, it WAS a homemade costume, how did you guess?) and then wear said costume while performing in the grade school honor choir in MANY performances. My stepmom made it for me. She thought it was so economical. Didn’t ask me if i loved Tide or wanted to wear it. Soooo embarrassing.

  11. I am told my least favorite Halloween was when I was 3 or thereabouts, and was terrified that in a costume, people not know who or what I was, and terrible things (such as being discarded with the trash, or being sent to the pound) might occur. I would not wear any costume, & when taken Trick-or-treating, I responded to each inquiry of “And what are you?” with an increasingly hysterical “A little girl!”

    Best? Hmm… We’ll say putting on a rare fall Smithee Awards show, a B-movies award show my friends and I do. Always fun.

  12. It’s my husband’s birthday so it’s definitely meaningful to me. Otherwise, I’m usually a BIG chicken and don’t like being scared. Eeepp!!

  13. Thanks so much for being a part of YASH and hosting this contest. So excited… hope I win! I am a huge fan of your astronaut pictures by the way hahaha.

  14. my favourite was when we dressed my dog up ad took her out trick or treating with us. she had her own Halloween bag and she even got a few treats

  15. My favorite Halloween memory would be going trick or treating one last time when I was a teen, it was so much fun with my friends.

  16. my least favorite experience was the year it was quite cold for Halloween and I was wearing a flapper costume. Not fun.

  17. This is so exciting! I’ve been following you since last YASH (didn’t you participate?) so I was already following you everywhere, lol! Loved the audition scenes! I feel for the Professor!

  18. We don’t celebrate Halloween in my country. We have something like Halloween in February but I don’t have something to share. It’s not a big holiday.
    Thank you for the chance!!!!

  19. Thanks for doing a bonus giveaway! Love love LOVE your books. Least favorite Halloween experience: went to a party with a friend from high school. She drove. She got waaayyyy drunk and couldn’t drive me home (AT 3 AM). Why did I want to go home? Because I was 5th wheeling. TERRIBLE.

  20. My favorite experience was…the candy and maybe dressing up as Katrina in Mexico City! and winning! LOL . We do interviews of authors as part of the student magazine Repentino. and would love to one of you! We are asflitmag@gmail.com, just let us know! Thanks!

  21. I generally love Halloween, though there was a year where my friends left me behind. That wasn’t fun. But I’m looking forward to dressing up as Supergirl this year!

  22. My favorite Halloween experience was dressing up as KISS with my husband and friends – full makeup and “Rock and Roll All Nite” blasting on our boom box :D

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