Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Hello! I’m Shannon A. Thompson—young adult author, blogger, and poet. I’m also a youth librarian, so I obviously love to talk about books.
- During the day, I work as a Youth Librarian, but at night, I write stories about monsters and mayhem. I just finished my first historical, though.
- I’m addicted to coffee, KDramas, and Sailor Moon.
- I have three cats that I call my little gremlins: Boo Boo, Bogart, and Kiki. Boo Boo beat cancer this year!
- Winter is my favorite season: I am so ready for snow, big sweaters, and hot cocoa.
- According to Goodreads, I’ve read over 100 books this year. Always feel free to reach out if you’re looking for a rec.
- I will be signing books at the 2018 Story Center Local Author Fair in Kansas City, Missouri on November 17 at 3 PM! My books will also be paired with a custom-made pastry, so it’ll be super fun (and sweet).
I’m on TEAM PURPLE this year.
Searching for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching.
Somewhere on this blog hop, you can watch a behind-the-scenes video of the Minutes Before Sunset audiobook. You can also enter to win a signed copy of any of my books below. Before you go looking for it, check out the amazing author I’m hosting.
But maybe you need the rules first.
Scavenger Hunt Prize Rules
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the PURPLE TEAM, and then add them up. (Don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)
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 7 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
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.
Now that we all know the rules, please welcome…
I am super excited to be hosting…
About the Author
Kristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.
She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.
In an age where humans dominate the world…
And supernatural creatures exist in the cover of darkness…
He must find a place among his rivals or risk losing it all.
Hayden has had his hands tied coping with life outside of the Institutes. He’s come far despite all the bumps along the way. He’s allowed himself to believe he could live a normal life…until a new threat makes its presence known.
In an instant, his entire life is flipped upside down once more. Those he cares for are not safe with or without him. There’s no escaping his past. Or permanent solution to his problems. One way or another he’ll become the target for all those looking to destroy the hybrid who endangers their way of life and challenges everything they’ve ever known.
Now he must decide between kill or be killed, and risk becoming the very monster he’s fought so hard to prove he’s not. Freedom has come with a price, but is he willing to pay the cost?
Unedited scene from Defiance (Book 3 in the Deliverance series)
The loud clanking of a mechanical door somewhere in the background drags me out of a semi-conscious state and zaps me into the petrifying reality that awaits me. Everything comes flooding back the second I’m fully aware. The memories of what lead to this moment still very much fresh as if minutes had passed when in fact, I’ve been traveling in this SUV for hours, medicated yet, semi-conscious the entire time, listening, taking mental notes.
I pop my eyes open to look out the window. We have entered an underground parking lot. The sound I heard was that of the enormous steel door closing behind us. We have arrived at our destination. Thus, marking the end of my freedom.
My heart hammers inside my chest. Panic starts to kick in. How screwed am I?
I frantically scan the carpark for any familiar faces. Aside from several automobiles varying in sizes and color, there’s not much else to see. I inhale softly via my nostrils, a vain attempt to calm my growing terror. A Legion member betrayed Grandma Rose and handed me over to the Radcliffe Institute. I’m still not quite sure why. I remember vague details of the conversation just before a man held me down and plunged a syringe into my arm.
Unconsciously, I rub the area where the needle pierced my skin. It stings. The bastard imbedded it into my flesh more forcefully than necessary. Not that it matters now. The treatment I’m going to receive inside those walls will be far worse. I haven’t the slightest of idea what I’m in for, but if it’s anything like what Hayden endured, I might not make it out of here alive. Or see daylight ever again. At least not from the outside.
The SUV makes its way across the parking almost with a purpose. It stops with its front bumper no more than teen feet from a concrete staircase. A set of white doors open almost immediately to reveal five men clad in the all too familiar gear and fatigues the guards at the Institutes wear: black pants, long-sleeved tops with bulletproof vests, steel toed boots, and protectors around their wrists, forearms, and shins. They all sport rifles. A pair of small automatic handguns are strapped to their outer thighs. None have them drawn. I guess they’re not expecting much of a fight from me.
A man and a woman wearing white lab coats with badges above their left breasts push past the guards to the front. They descend five concrete stairs and wait by the landing, observing the SUV from their vantage point, staring with neutral expressions. I can’t tell if they can see me through the heavily tinted windows, but I have the hunch they’re expecting me and not someone else. This elevates my fear up another notch.
I swallow hard. There is no way out. No place to run. No one to help me. Hayden is probably unaware of where I’ve been taken. If he’s still alive, that is. Last I saw him; he was being torn into by a group of bloodthirsty vampires.
“Don’t look so scared, Kristina. You’re in good hands,” the man sitting to my left says. His tone is casual, uninterested, but to me he sounds more like he’s mocking the entire situation as if it’s nothing. In all fairness, he probably doesn’t care either way.
I look at him and glare, but I can’t find the courage to counter with something clever or badass. Fear does funny things to people and it’s sapped all the wit right out of me.
He tosses a sympathetic look in my direction. “Like I mentioned before, we have an offer for you that you simply can’t refuse.” Now he’s just being an ass. That sarcastic smirk plastered on his face confirms it.
The driver opens the front door and exits the SUV, interrupting the retort working its way out of my mouth.
“Have you got the package?” the lady asks, squinting to see through the windshield.
“Yes. She’s fully awake in the back seat.”
I blink. It doesn’t take a genius to realize she’s referring to me. I’m the only female in the SUV. Hence, I’m the package. I’m no longer a person, but a thing. That’s how the Institute works. Once you are in their possession you lose any illusion of self-worth you had.
Thank you for coming on, Kristy!
Her opening chapter was so exciting! The last time I was that blown away was 23 days ago. I suggest taking that information and entering the YASH contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me and many more. Just check out all these awesome titles on the PURPLE TEAM.
To enter, you need to write down my fav number, and find all the other numbers on the PURPLE TEAM, add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
Thank you so much for stopping by! While you’re here, don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter bonus contest I am hosting exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt. One lucky reader will win a signed copy of ANY of my books. They will also win signed swag from both of my series. Good luck!
Enter this Rafflecopter for your chance to win.
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27 thoughts on “YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2018!”
This may not be my first YASH, but I definitely having lots of fun as always! Looking forward to an amazing week blog-hopping and reading!
Yay! Have a blast. And good luck!
I am having so much fun. Thank you for being a part of it.
Yay! Thank you for playing!
This is my second time participating. My first time was in the spring and I had so much fun that I decided to do it again. I love discovering a lot of new authors.
What a blast! Have fun.
What is a Youth Librarian exactly?
I specialize in programs for children and teens. My team also creates the juvenile fiction and YA displays, and we visit schools and work with local teachers to show students how to access and utilize the library. 🙂
If I remember correctly this is my third YASH, and it is as much fun as it was the first time I participated.
That is awesome! Good luck!
I love YASH. SO much fun to be had during it!
Yay! Best of luck. ❤
This is my third time and absolutely loving it. Love meeting all the authors, hearing about their books, seeing their gorgeous covers, and the chance of winning one. Thank you for this wonderful chance
That’s great! Have fun.
This YASH is great! I can’t believe you actually managed to read 100 books this year, how do you do it?
It’s more than I usually read in one year, to be honest. I don’t watch TV often, but working at the library has helped because I’m around books (and can take more home) than I used to be able to. I’ve also been pretty sick this year (unfortunately), so reading has been one of the only activities I’ve had energy for. On Goodreads, I also include graphic novels and picture books I’ve read for Story Time at the library, so I’m not just recording huge, adult novels, but rather any type of book I’ve read. But it’s awesome to remember all of them now! I love giving out recs.
Your hair looks cute, very healthy!
This is my second YASH, having a great time!
Thank you so much! I damaged my hair a lot from straightening and such, so I embraced the curly girl method recently. It’s been quite the adventure, but very eye-opening. I appreciate your kind words. Have a blast during YASH!
This is my first YASH, I am loving it! I love finding new books.
This is my third YASH and I’m having just as much fun as every other time. Looking forward to many more!
My first YASH and having fun. Discovering some new authors.
This is my third YASH and I’m having a great time. Thanks.
no, fun hunt
This isn’t my first YASH but I have loved them all!
This is my second Yash but I love it because my TBR is just growing and growing. Thank you for this opportunity. 🙂
I am having so much fun. So many good books recommendations.
Thank you for being a part of it!!!
I think this might be my fourth time participating in YASH. I always have fun during YASH! I love seeing how much it grows each year! Thanks for the giveaway!