YA Scavenger Hunt: Fall 2020 Edition

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Welcome to the Fall 2020 YA Scavenger Hunt! 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 book from each author on the hunt in my team! (THE BLUE TEAM!!!) But play fast: this contest will only be online for 5 days!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are three contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM — but there are also RED & PURPLE teams for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

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 Author List.

If you get stuck or need help, you can check out the How to Hunt page.

Scavenger Hunt Puzzle

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the BLUE 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. The FALL YA Scavenger Hunt goes live on Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 29th at 12 pm Pacific Time. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, Oct 4th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Welcome, Courtney Brandt!

Today, I am hosting Courtney Brandt on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Ms. Brandt is proud to present The Line, and the additional novels in the complete series, A Fine Line, Keeping in Line, and The Line Up. Each of the lighthearted novels was created for high school students and alumni in marching band. As a former drumline member, Courtney enjoys bringing a fictional voice to band geeks all over the world. Ms. Brandt is also delighted to announce the completion of her young adult steampunk trilogy. The complete set of novels include The Queen of England: Coronation, The Queen of England: Grand Tour and The Queen of England: Ascension. She will be re-releasing an updated Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek later this fall.

Find Courtney online: Twitter | Instagram

About The Queen of England: Ascension

With stunning revelations carrying over from her past, how will Queen Juliette move forward? Beginning with defending London from a terrible sea creature, the regent has her work cut out for her in the exciting conclusion of The Queen of England series. As the New World Order threatens her shores, will she choose love or duty? Family or her crown? With a team of friends and family to support her, Juliette and Excalibur face off on a final mission to secure her rightful throne.

Buy the book online: Amazon

Exclusive Content:

Courtney’s bonus content is a deleted scene from her book The Queen of England: Ascension

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A little bit of background, Queen Juliette is meeting a character who is a potential enemy. I ultimately cut the scene because while I loved having these two interact, ultimately, it didn’t do much to drive the plot forward. No real spoilers for any of the books in the trilogy.

Barely dropping what I would consider a functional curtsey, Lady Lorraine said, “Congratulations, your majesty.”

“For what exactly?” Her words certainly didn’t match what she had recently written about me.

“Two years as queen. You deserve a celebration.”

I didn’t believe a word she was saying. “And may I extend my congratulations to you as well.”

“What for?” Her blue eyes narrowed.

“I have not seen you since the completion of your nuptials to Prince Greig. Felicitations and many happy returns to you and your new husband.”

“We simply couldn’t bear to not be married another moment.”

“How wonderful.”

“And it must be so difficult for you to be apart from Prince Estevan…” She gestured vaguely to an antique globe, as if to measure the distance.

“Of course it is, but as monarch, the demands of my time more or less call for an extended engagement while I focus on the country. I am very fortunate that high highness understands this about our relationship. And where is Prince Greig this evening? I have not made his acquaintance.” They had actively avoided my coronation and had sighted ‘safety concerns’ for visiting ever since. In light of the recent Kraken attack, they weren’t entirely wrong.

“He wasn’t feeling well.”

The statement wasn’t one I could question. “That’s a shame. Were you able to spend much time in Lichtenplatz before your return to London?”

“For a short time, yes.”

“And did you take in the Sacred Forest? I must admit I am very curious about the legends surrounding it.”

At this question, Lorraine looked very intently in my direction. For such a silly individual, I didn’t think she was possible of being so serious. “No, I wasn’t allowed.”

Apparently unsatisfied that we were not going to come to blows on the dance floor, the crowd around us began to disperse. Dropping my voice, I said, “Your comments were completely uncalled for.”

“Ah! I wondered if her majesty’s claws would come out this evening.”

“You have no business attacking the crown.” I clenched a hand on Excalibur, who remained quiet at my waist.

“Don’t you mean going after you?”

“No, I mean the monarch. The institution. Your Queen.”

“La!” Lorraine waved a hand in the air. “I honestly didn’t think anyone would take my comments seriously.”

“I don’t believe you. I think you knew exactly what you were doing.”

“If so, then why haven’t you responded? Scared, your majesty?”

“And give your story traction? I think not.” When she didn’t respond, I asked, “And why now? Why threaten my powers when all I’ve done is to protect my country?”

“I guess you will have to wait and see.”

“I don’t know what you’re playing at, Lady Lorraine, but I am the most powerful woman in the world and you would be wise not to forget that fact.”

“For now…” She drifted off, leaving me furious

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Thanks for stopping by my blog, Courtney! Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me (Jessica) and more!

To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 11. 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!

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  1. J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author


    Thank you for taking part in YASH. I wish this weren’t the last one.
    That’s a pretty cool story with the “if her majesty’s claws would come out” line.

    You Beneath Your Skin By Damyanti Biswas has been the best book I’ve read in 2020 so far.
    I also really enjoyed Van Helsing Academy by Stacey O’Neale and Not Guilty by C. Lee McKenzie.
    I’m super excited about the YA query contest Pass or Pages at Operation Awesome this October.


  2. I have never had the pleasurr of reading a Jessica Brody Novel

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