YASH Spring 2019!

2 Apr

Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Hello! I’m Shannon A. Thompson—YA SFF author, librarian, and neighborhood cat lady.


About Me!

  • During the day, I work in marketing for the Mid-Continent Public Library, the largest library system in Kansas City, but at night, I write stories about monsters and mayhem. I’m currently working on a monster book that takes place in space!
  • I’m addicted to coffee, KDramas, and Sailor Moon. (Oh, and baking cupcakes at midnight.)
  • I have three cats that I call my little gremlins: Boo Boo, Bogart, and Kiki. Boo Boo is 17 years old and still going strong!
  • I’m on Wattpad! After tons of requests, I started posting my YA dystopian, TAKE ME TOMORROW, on Wattpad. This novel was originally published in 2014, but removed shortly after when the publisher closed down. Now I’m sharing it again, and the sequel, TOOK ME YESTERDAY, will release shortly after. (You might even get a sneak peek today!) Come say hi on Wattpad.
  • This May I’ll be at the LitUp Festival for young adult literature in Independence, Missouri! It’s an amazing event, and I can’t wait. More info here.
  • I’ll also be hosting CampNaNoWriMo write-ins at my branch this July!
  • My YA historical recently won the Authoress Secret Agent contest. Read an excerpt from The Pharaoh’s Daughter by clicking here.

I’m on TEAM GREEN this year.

Green Team

Searching for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching.

Somewhere on this blog hop, you can read an exclusive sneak peek of TOOK ME YESTERDAY, the sequel of Take Me Tomorrow that will soon be going up on Wattpad. 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 GREEN 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 April 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

Melinda R. Cordell is a former horticulturist turned proofreader, a chicken wrangler, and small-time naturalist. She’s written the Dragonriders of Skala series with Pauline Creeden, which is like Game of Thrones, only with Vikings.



Dyrfinna is a born commander. She bests her peers in dragon riding, sword fighting, and battle strategy. So when the Queen calls the people of Skala to battle to revenge her murdered daughter, Dyrfinna leads her troops to victory in a series of hard-fought battles against overwhelming odds. Yet a commander is raised over her, and a disaster results in the massacre of a quarter of the Queen’s army. Then the commander unfairly blames a second disaster on Dyrfinna. The wrong stroke of her sword could undo everything she’s ever worked for … and exile to certain death.

Bonus Material:

Here’s a little story about how I came up with the idea of the main character for The Flame of Battle.

Well, Pauline Creeden and I met each other in a little collaboration group and decided to write a book together. Pauline said, “I have some cool book covers with Vikings and dragons on them so let’s write a story about Vikings and dragons.” I said, “Oo, shiny!” I’m a dragon fan anyway, so that was a no-brainer. However, I knew next to nothing about Vikings, so I jumped into the research.

Now, I’d just written a nonfiction book about women soldiers in the Civil War. I’d always been interested in military strategy, and war stories. When I was reading about Vikings, I read about a burial mound from Birka, Sweden that contained a female military commander who was buried with high military honors, from all the things that were buried with her. She had a hnefatafl, or a King’s Table, game buried with her. It’s a strategic game that’s something like chess.

This grave was considered to be the iconic Viking grave and the person in it was considered to be a battle-hardened man — until careful DNA study proved that this was a woman.

Then a bunch of archeologists lost their minds, saying, “A woman can’t be a military commander! That’s impossible!” This is pretty much the same thing that some Civil War historians say about women soldiers in the Civil War. But that’s nonsense. Of course women can fight. Of course women can serve with distinction and valor in war. I know women who voluntarily signed up for military service. A bunch of yelling men ain’t going to change these facts.

Anyway, I read about this warrior, and wanted to write a story about that woman on the battlefield and how she might have gotten her start as a military commander. Except with dragons. And so that’s how I came up with the idea of Dyrfinna, leading her army division into battle.

The Flame of Battle also has dragons, and swords, and a little bit of romance, and a battle-hardened young woman willing to make the heartbreaking choices that come with war.

Thank you for coming on, Melinda!

I love hearing what inspires writers. They’re like super hero origin stories, right? (And, seriously, how cool is that tidbit of history?) The last time I read such an interesting origin tale 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 GREEN TEAM.

Green S19

To enter, you need to write down my fav number, and find all the other numbers on the GREEN TEAM, add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Exclusive Giveaway!

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.

Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt? Then head on over to visit author SARA B LARSON’s page.


59 Responses to “YASH Spring 2019!”

  1. vmanningreads April 2, 2019 at 9:19 am #

    I work with teen in our library. My most attended program is our Manga Book Club. I will will be checking in on your programs and books too.

  2. Nancy Patricia Storms April 2, 2019 at 3:46 pm #

    Thank you for hosting with Yash!! this is my 3rd go around 🙂

  3. Bella April 2, 2019 at 3:54 pm #

    I think at this point it’s at least my 6th. And ONE DAY I will win a grand prize. I WILL.

  4. Liliana (@LiliLostInABook) April 2, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

    This is not my first YASH… I’ve been doing it since pretty much the beginning! And I love it every single time!

  5. Courtney Albert April 2, 2019 at 4:48 pm #

    This is my first YASH and I’m having a lot of fun discovering new authors and books!

  6. Monica Rodriguez April 2, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

    I’ve been here since the beginning! Love finding new books and authors to love ❤

    • Shannon A Thompson April 2, 2019 at 5:45 pm #

      Wow! That’s awesome! I hope you find the perfect books to love. ❤️

  7. Carie April 2, 2019 at 7:10 pm #

    This is not my first YASH – I’ve been enjoying it from the beginning 😀 Always a blast to find out about new books, authors I didn’t know about, extra content, and great prizes. LOVE IT!!

  8. adrianna April 3, 2019 at 3:38 am #

    not my first time. i’m trying to not get overwhelmed by it…. there’s a lot!

    • Shannon A Thompson April 3, 2019 at 7:06 am #

      There is a lot! It’s pretty amazing. I hope you have fun. 😀

  9. Sydney Smith April 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

    This is my second YASH! I’m having tons of fun!

  10. Annie Lilac April 3, 2019 at 2:54 pm #

    This is my first time participating in YASH, and it’s been an adventure. My “to read” list has gotten quite a bit longer already!

  11. James R Roose Jr. April 3, 2019 at 7:25 pm #

    Having a great time with the Scavenger Hunt!

  12. Lynn La Bar April 4, 2019 at 2:09 am #

    Good Luck!

  13. Irma April 4, 2019 at 5:27 am #

    This is so much fun! Thank you for being a part of it.

  14. Beverly Gordon April 5, 2019 at 5:48 am #

    im haven fun i love discovering new books

  15. Aisha April 5, 2019 at 8:25 am #

    I’m having fun, and I love your Minutes Before Sunset series!!!!! Its sooo good.

    • Shannon A Thompson April 5, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

      So glad you enjoyed it! That means a lot to me. ❤️ Happy YASH.

  16. Jess💙 (@bookwyrmbella) April 5, 2019 at 1:55 pm #

    I have done YASH before but not every year. I am enjoying learning about all of these new books.

  17. bn100 April 5, 2019 at 9:32 pm #

    no, fun hunt

  18. Penny Olson April 5, 2019 at 10:54 pm #

    This is my third YASH. I’m having fun hunting. Thanks.

  19. Debi Tonks April 6, 2019 at 3:09 am #

    I’ve been participating since the 1st hunt! Still haven’t won one of the grand prizes, but I always hold out hope 🙂 If nothing else it gives me more ideas for books to read and authors to follow.

  20. Candice April 6, 2019 at 10:25 am #

    This is my second YASH. I first did the fall 2018 YASH. I am having fun with the hunt.

  21. Marryssa April 6, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

    Yes this is my first time and I’m having alot of fun. I even encourage my sister to do it with me. I love this hunt, i manage to find alot of interesting author. Thank for the hunt!!

  22. Wino Bookworm April 6, 2019 at 6:04 pm #

    Not my first time. As always I’m having fun!

  23. Grace April 6, 2019 at 7:01 pm #

    This is not my first time being a part of YASH, but I’m still having an excellent time!

  24. Melissa October 2, 2019 at 2:58 pm #

    Not my first YASH and I’m enjoying myself.
    Never won from the YASH party yet, but you never know.

  25. bn100 October 3, 2019 at 12:09 am #

    no, it’s fun

  26. dbranigan October 3, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

    Having fun on the YASh scavenger hunt. I was introduced to your books and I am excited about that.

    • Shannon A Thompson October 3, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

      Thank you. 🙂 I hope you check them out. Two of them are totally free right now.

  27. Kaitlin Whanger October 3, 2019 at 10:47 pm #

    yes this is my first time participating in YASH and im loving it!

  28. Brianna Clay October 4, 2019 at 3:07 pm #

    I love YASH and have been introduced to some of my favorite authors through it. I think I may have started doing it in 2013 or 2014! Thanks for participating in YASH!

    • Shannon A Thompson October 4, 2019 at 5:33 pm #

      Yay! So glad you found so many awesome authors through YASH over the years. I hope you find more this year. 🙂

  29. Agus October 5, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

    Not my first time haha I just have so much fun with the YA Scavenger Hunt! I love discovering new books and authors!

  30. Debi Tonks October 5, 2019 at 8:37 pm #

    I’ve been doing this since it started. Still haven’t won one of the main prizes, but I always hold out hope! Thanks for participating!

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