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It’s the YA Scavenger Hunt… And Team Red Rules!

It’s that time again! A time for magical hunting to get lots of AMAZING BOOKS through the YASH-circle-background-2Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt!!

Every time we run the YA Scavenger Hunt it seems to grow and become more awesome. I’m once again on Team RED, and for the record, Team RED features some amazing books! So keep reading after the jump to get YOUR magic number and take part in all of the fun!


Here’s how the YA Scavenger Hunt works:

On this hunt, you’ll not only gain access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you’ll also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter the result for a chance to win a major prize. One lucky winner will receive at least one signed book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast: this contest will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, April 5th!

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You can start right here or you can also go to YA Scavenger Hunt homepage to find out all about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs. There are six contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! We are part of the RED TEAM–but there are also

BLUE, GOLD, GREEN,ORANGE, TEAL, PURPLE, & PINK-each with 20 authors, and if you do the other hunts as well, you’ll have a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

If you’re looking for MY exclusive content? You’ll have to keep searching. Somewhere on this blog hop you’ll discover an exclusive deleted scene from MAID OF WONDER, book 3 in the Maids of Honor series!

So, to sum up…

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number (hint: it’s big. and it’s RED). Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the RED 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 April 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


So let’s get to it!

I’m hosting…

NYT Bestselling author JENNIFER ESTEP!!!! (Because seriously, people, how cool is THAT?!)

Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. Cold Burn of Magic, the first book in the series, will be released on April 28.

For more information, visit Jennifer’s website at or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Key Links:



Twitter: (@Jennifer_Estep)



The book she’s showcasing is COLD BURN OF MAGIC:

Cold Burn of Magic

COLD BURN OF MAGIC focuses on Lila Merriweather, a 17-year-old thief who lives in Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia, a town dubbed “the most magical place in America.” Tourists come from around the world to tour all the magic-themed shops and attractions, as well as see monsters like tree trolls, copper crushers, and more in their natural habitats.

Lila does her best to stay off the grid and avoid the Families — mobs — who control the town. But when she saves a member of the Sinclair Family during an attack, Lila finds herself caught in the middle of a brewing war between the Sinclairs and the Draconis, the two most powerful Families in town.

Wow! Paranormal is a huge love of mine, so even though I currently have  


books in my TBR pile, I canNOT wait to add COLD BURN OF MAGIC to the list.


Seriously, go and preorder this NOW. You just have to. Go NOW TO PREORDER

You can learn more about Jennifer at her website!




Now for the fun part! Below is Jennifer’s Bonus Content, an EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT from COLD BURN OF MAGIC and additional information about the book!


Greetings! First of all, I want to say thanks to Jennifer McGowan for hosting me on her blog as part of Team Red of the YA Scavenger Hunt. Thanks so much, Jennifer! (You’re welcome, Jennifer! 🙂 We Jennifers have to stick together.)

People always ask where I get the ideas for my books, especially when it comes to the settings. For Cold Burn of Magic, my upcoming YA book, I actually got the idea for the fictional city of Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia while on various vacations. I always enjoy taking trips and seeing new things, and somewhere along the way, I thought that it would be cool to come up with a tourist town where folks go to see real monsters and magic. So that was sort of the beginning of the setting for Cold Burn of Magic.

Here is a description of the Midway, one of the most popular places in Cloudburst Falls. Enjoy!


The Midway was the crown jewel of Cloudburst Falls, the place where all the tourists flocked to, and the place where they left so much of their money behind. The circular area covered dozens of acres, with shops, restaurants, and casinos forming the outer ring. An enormous park lay in the center of the circle, with booths set up along the cobblestone walkways that crisscrossed from one side of the park and the Midway to the other. Dozens of fountains of all shapes and sizes bubbled, spurted, and spewed like geysers in the park, and kids laughed and shrieked as they ran through the arching sprays of water.

Even though it wasn’t quite noon yet, the area was already full of folks in shorts, sandals, and tacky T-shirts, with cameras hanging off their necks and phones dangling from their wrists. The greasy scents of popcorn, funnel cakes, and sticky-sweet cotton candy filled the air, while flashing neon signs mounted on some of the larger, castle-shaped food carts invited folks to check out pralines and salt water taffy, among other treats.

But the Midway itself wasn’t the only place that tourists visited. Cobblestone walkways spiraled out from all sides of the enormous circle, leading to smaller squares full of hotels, along with shops, restaurants, game booths, go-carts tracks, movie theaters, ziplines, and more. But whether they were in the Midway or one of the outlying squares, almost all the businesses tied in with the town’s overall fairy-tale theme, with names like Ye Olde Bowling Alley and Her Majesty’s Mini Golfe and all the old-timey decorations and costumes to match. It was like being in the middle of the world’s cheesiest, most over-the-top renaissance faire.

But there were some actual magical attractions mixed in as well, like the Monstrous Museum, with its displays of stuffed monsters, educational programs about the creatures’ habitats, and zoos where kids could pet baby tree trolls and the like. Other museums showcased everything from the history of Cloudburst Falls to fun facts about the waterfalls to how bloodiron had been mined out of the mountain.

Some of the squares had even been turned into nature sanctuaries, where folks could wander through patches of woods and watch rockmunks use their razor-sharp talons to carve their nests into boulders, while their smaller chipmunk cousins looked on. All put together, the sanctuary squares were sort of like open-air butterfly houses. Only with teeth and claws instead of pretty wings.





It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call—get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her…



You DEFINITELY want to enter the RED TEAM scavenger hunt to win this great book. BUT DON’T STOP HERE!

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