Thursday, April 2, 2015

47 Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt: And MEGA Giveaway!


Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt, Spring edition! This 72-hour contest is a great chance to win lots of fabulous prizes (like the one below) and get access to exclusive content from each author as you hunt for clues. Add up those clues, and you can enter to win the Grand Prize--at least one signed book from each author on the hunt team!



How to Enter


  • There are 6 contests going on at the same time. Play this one, and then head over to the YA Scavenger Hunt to jump to the others.
  • All contests are open internationally. Anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter.
  • The content will only be available for 72-hours. You must gather ALL the information between 3:00 PM Eastern Time (noon Pacific) on 4/2/15 to 3:00 PM Eastern on 4/6/15.
  • The Grand Prize for each team is a book from every author on the team. (Team Blue, mine, will include both a signed Compulsion and an ARC of Persuasion hot off the press.)
  • The authors are hosting exclusive content for each other, and each post links to another post. Content includes deleted scenes, recipes, top ten lists, and much much more. (And did I mention individual giveaways in addition to the main prizes?)
  • To play a team, follow the links starting from this post and collect each author's favorite number. One number is hidden somewhere on each page.
  • Add up all the numbers and complete the entry form! Only entries that have the correct number and correct contact information will qualify.



    Ready to Play?



    Adventures in YA Publishing is excited to host Kate Brauning for the TEAM BLUE! 

    Kate is an author of young adult fiction and an editor at Entangled Publishing. HOW WE FALL is her first novel. Kate loves unusual people, good whiskey, dark chocolate, everything about autumn, bright colors, red maple trees, superstitions, ghost stories, anything Harry Potter, night skies, pie, and talking about books. She’s working hard on her next few novels, and if you see her, say hello, because she’d love to take you out for coffee and ask you what you’re reading. Or stop by her website and get more information.

    HOW WE FALL
    by Kate Brauning
    Entangled Teen 

    Ever since Jackie moved to her uncle's sleepy farming town, she's been flirting way too much--and with her own cousin, Marcus. Her friendship with him has turned into something she can't control, and he's the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left for...no one knows where. Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are searching for her body. Swamped with guilt and the knowledge that acting on her love for Marcus would tear their families apart, Jackie pushes her cousin away. The plan is to fall out of love, and, just as she hoped he would, Marcus falls for the new girl in town. But something isn't right about this stranger, and Jackie's suspicions about the new girl's secrets only drive the wedge deeper between Jackie and Marcus.

    Then Marcus is forced to pay the price for someone else's lies as the mystery around Ellie's disappearance starts to become horribly clear. Jackie has to face terrible choices. Can she leave her first love behind, and can she go on living with the fact that she failed her best friend?

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    EXCLUSIVE CONTENT


    Did know know that Marcus's hot chocolate is a real, actual thing? He's usually drinking it or making it in How We Fall, and in an important scene between Jackie and Marcus, he teaches her how to make it. I didn't really intend to have it be a significant part of the story or his character, but once I realized it fit him so well, I just went with it!

    I think the subconscious reason I chose hot chocolate as a habit for him is that I’ve always had a minor war going on with cocoa mixes. They’re always too sweet and not dark enough for me, and I don’t like marshmallows (please don’t hate me). Several years ago, I started altering mixes, adding more cocoa, but soon gave that up and just figured out how to make my own. I make it strong, dark, and bittersweet– and nothing tastes more like fall to me.

    Want to make Marcus's Hot Chocolate? Here's how:
    Makes 1 serving.
    • Warm 1 ½ cups milk in a sauce pan on medium-high heat. (Use 2% or whole milk for richer hot chocolate.) 
    • When the milk starts to steam, whisk in 2 tablespoons dark cocoa and 1 tablespoon sugar. 
    • Turn the heat down to medium so the milk doesn’t scorch, and whisk constantly for about three minutes, until it looks smooth and not silty on a spoon. 
    • If you're increasing the number of servings, let settle briefly because there may be some cocoa in the dregs.
    • Add whipped cream, Kahlua, Irish Cream, hazelnut syrup, espresso, or chocolate chips for variety! Use almond milk for a nondairy option.
    If you want to win a copy of HOW WE FALL and all the other prizes, remember that my favorite number is 5 and add that to the other hidden numbers from the sites on TEAM BLUE for the secret number you'll need to enter.

    BONUS GIVEAWAY




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    CONTINUE THE HUNT

    Ready for the next hidden number? Check out the next author, Heather Demetrios, the author of EXQUISITE CAPTIVE!

    Click here to continue.

    47 comments:

    1. this book looks amazing! i'd definitely try making the hot chocolate too :)

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      1. Thanks for the kind words, Karin! And the hot chocolate is just how I like it :)

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    2. my love for books started with bilbo the hobbit when i was 6 ( never stopped since then)
      thank you a lot for the great international giveaway!

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    3. It's going to sound stupid. But I read Twilight a few years ago and it really got me into reading more YA

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    4. I've been reading for a long time, but when I really started falling in love with books is after reading The Hunger Games trilogy. For some reason it sparked my interest, and I've been reading like crazy ever since! :)

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    5. My parents used to read to me as a child every night and as soon as I could, I read on my own every night. My favorite series was Nancy Drew.

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    6. My love of reading started with Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck three years ago. Before that I couldn't read now I read a book a week.

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    7. It was Twilight. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    8. I've always loved reading, but what made me start reading as much as I do now was Harry Potter.

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    9. I've loved reading for as long as I can remember! I couldn't say what one book got me into it, as there were just too many - Grug, The Berenstain Bears, TinTin, The Babysitter's Club, Goosebumps...the list goes on. :-) Harry Potter got me reading YA again.

      Kim Waters

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    10. My father used to read to me until I had to ask for more and more. I have to thank him for that!

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    11. I can't wait to read all the books from the blue team!!! :) :)

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    12. One day when I was in middle school, I went into my public library to go on the computer and, as I was leaving, the librarian talked me into checking out The Hunger Games. I checked it out just to be nice, but a few days later I decided to start reading it. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. After that, I went to the library almost every day and pretty much read a book a day.

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    13. A book about Helen Keller in first grade made me love reading and learn and become fluent in ASL. :)

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    14. I guess it was not a book but a newspaper. I used to sit in the laps of my uncle or grandpa while they read, I hilariously tried to copy them even when I could barely read.

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    15. It was a Dutch children's book about a young werewolf who was adopted by a ''normal'' family :)

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    16. Honestly I don't remember the book. But I do remember my grandma was the first one to get me into reading.

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    17. The Miss Piggle-Wiggle books! When I was a kid my dad used to read them to me at bedtime.

      Melissa H.

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    18. Mr Poppers Penguins, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Summer of the Monkeys… so many!

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    19. You know, I honestly don't know what book really sparked it. The one I remember the most was an abridged version of Ben Hur. LOL

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    20. It was a book about dolphins, and I loved it, but now can't remember the name.

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    21. My favorite for many many years is Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.

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    22. The first book that sparked my reading passion was Black Beauty. I read that thing so many times! Thanks

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    23. I think it was Magic Tree house way back when my 1st grade teacher read Dinosaurs Before Dawn to us in Class :)

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    24. Honestly I don't know. Mom always read to us and all of us love to read.

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    25. I think it was Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. Still love that book :)

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    26. I don't even know what got me started on reading. I've loved books since I was tiny!

      Also, congrats on all the hype for Compulsion. I know you've worked hard to promote it, so you must be happy to see how it's sort of everywhere now!

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    27. Reading The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, after that I was hooked.
      ~Emma G

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    28. I think I loved reading since I was in my first school years, most of the books listed in the school program were amazing, but the first books I read just to joy was Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

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    29. the molly moon series. it was't at all the first book i've ever read but was the first one i felt that i needed to keep reading when i finished it. i was really young then and drive my mother crazy for books xD. Angelica Leon

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    30. I used to read a lot, and took a break during the last few years. However, the Mortal Instruments series is what's gotten me back in!

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    31. I read a lot when I was younger and still do and one of the first books lIke always remember is the borrowers.

      Megan @ reading away the days

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    32. My mom definitely sparked my compulsion for reading. That was our fun thing to do. Great post! Thanks for participating in the YASH! xo

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    33. My first book that sparked my compulsion for reading was the FableHaven series by Brandon Mull. I kind of lost my spark after that, but then regained it through Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck.

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    34. alot of single child time started my compulsion for reading

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    35. thanks for the hot chocolate recipe - going to try it; I am a voracious reader and have been since I was little

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    36. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan - That book definitely sparked my compulsion for reading!

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    37. The Hobbit is the book that turned me into the geek I am today. It definitely reignited my passion for reading.
      Tammy @ Bo's Book Nook

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    38. My first book that started my bookworm-ing habit was the first book in the Magic Tree House Series!

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    39. Ethereal by Addison Moore - it introduced me to the fantasy/ paranormal genre and I was hooked. Thank you so much participating in the hunt and for the additional giveaway. It's nice to meet you. I look forward to reading Persuasion. Sounds awesome. Thanks again.

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    40. It's The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

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    41. The first book that really got me hooked was Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising. I know I read a lot before that, too, but I can't remember those titles. They must not've been that important :-P (Well, I remember reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle in 2nd grade...Another kid and I were too advanced for the massively sized font textbook's stories, so we would go over to these little workstations and quietly read to ourselves books like The Mouse and the Motorcycle).

      What I think really is to thank for my reading though, besides my parents who read to me all the time as a kid, is PBS. I watched Sesame Street (learning bits of Spanish and shocking my mom in the process), Reading Rainbow (duh!), and most importantly, Wishbone. That little dog acting out literary classics was my favorite thing to watch. I knew way more than someone my age should've about stories from 150-200 or more years ago. In sixth grade, I started reading those same books. Got the weirdest looks for reading Pride and Prejudice, or 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, or Gulliver's Travels. Wishbone rocked my world :D

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    42. Roald Dahl and Gail Carson Levine books!

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    43. I dont remember, but I was always been reading. Spending hours at the library from a young age on

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