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Magic, Murder, and Escape Rooms: A Spooky Games Club Mystery Book 2 on Audio!

I’m excited to share the news that the second audiobook in the A Spooky Games Club Mystery series is now available! Join Dahlia, Broomie, and their friends in their most harrowing adventure yet!

After the disaster of the month before, Dahlia Poplar, cursed witch and helper extraordinaire, is ready for her serene, supernatural small-town life to return to normal. However, her hopes for a more peaceful existence don’t last when a childhood friend moves back to Luna Lane to open up an escape room. 

With the Spooky Games Club thriving, Dahlia decides to help her friend by using her magic to quickly get his business up and running. Dahlia’s enchantments accomplish the task, but before the Games Club has a chance to enjoy the new attraction, a test of the escape room results in a freak, fatal accident. Riddled with guilt, Dahlia wonders where her enchantments went wrong – or if there’s something more to the disaster. 

The only way to divine whether or not the death was her fault, the result of an accident, or murder, is to investigate – and perhaps even play the dangerous game herself. In this one-hour escape room, failure to escape could mean death, not just for Dahlia, but for those she holds most dear.

Audible – Amazon – iTunes

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Sing, Goddess! Release Day

I’m excited that readers can now read eleven exciting YA Greek myth retellings in Snowy Wings Publishing’s latest anthology! My own contribution, Darken the Night, is a retelling of the myth of Nyx.

Aphrodite. Zeus. Medusa. Hercules. You’ve heard their names. You thought you knew their stories… until now.

Lose yourself in this collection of eleven young adult re-imaginings of Greek myths from the authors of Snowy Wings Publishing. From magical kingdoms under the sea to the halls of a modern high school, from Ancient Greece to the distant future, you will find romance, courage, fantasy, danger, and more. With each story bringing a twist on a classic legend, there is something for everyone to enjoy again and again.

Across the ages, the Muses call: SING, GODDESS!

Order on Amazon! Paperback and e-book are also available widely.

Phoenyx “Nyx” Douglas feels like a damsel trapped away. Suffering from a form of light sensitivity, she sleeps during the day, missing out on all the typical things the other teens in her town do. One night when her flighty father is out on a job, she falls for charmer Erebus Jones at first sight but then has a dream about a child she’s supposed to have with him in the future—and the peril that boy is in. With Ere’s help, she uncovers what it will take to save their future child: blackmailing the powerful town mayor and teaching him to fear her. The two teens are in over their heads as they uncover shocking secrets and cross the line between what’s right and what’s wrong—all in service of saving a child they can only have if their burgeoning relationship survives the danger they put themselves in.

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Curses and Crosswords Release Day!

The fourth A Spooky Games Club Mystery is out today! Dahlia’s curse may be broken, but she’s now in greater danger than ever. Dahlia and Cable travel out of Luna Lane for a train murder mystery complete with a crosswords puzzle event in Curses and Crosswords.

You can also pick up the first three books in the A Spooky Games Club Mystery series in one convenient and cheaper box set! There’s no bonus material, but it’s a great opportunity to introduce a friend to the series or to re-read it from the start again. Free in Kindle Unlimited!

Free of her curse, Luna Lane’s resident witch, Dahlia Poplar, sets foot outside of her paranormal small town for the first time in her life. Accompanying her new professor boyfriend on a tour of literature sites across the country, she expands her horizons while trying harder than ever to keep her powers under wraps—and prevent her magic broomstick from revealing their supernatural natures.

Just as they’re about to head home, their car breaks down and they decide to take the train back to Luna Lane to join friends and family in time for the holidays. This two-day, one-night journey includes a crossword puzzle event to entertain the passengers. As two founding members of the latest iteration of Spooky Games Club, Dahlia and her boyfriend are excited to take part—until they realize there’s something sinister going on.

Before the train ride ends, a crossword champion is acting strange, and Dahlia suspects a curse is at play. Belongings go missing, a mysterious villain threatens murder, and the train is unable to stop or slow down. Dahlia realizes she isn’t the only paranormal presence on board—and if she wants to make it home again, she’ll have to unscramble the clues across and down to solve the puzzle before it’s too late.

Order on Amazon (free in KU)! Paperback is available widely.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08WTSJGTQ/

Order on Amazon (free in KU)!

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Vines & Florets Release Day!

It’s been a long wait, but the final book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series is finally here! This entry takes readers ten years into the future as Autumn, now a teen, decides to work with the former faery prince, Orin, and try to undo the disastrous results of the battle against her sisters.

You can also pick up the entire Blood, Bloom, & Water series in one convenient and cheaper box set! There’s no bonus material, but it’s a great opportunity to introduce a friend to the series or to re-read it from start to finish again. Free in Kindle Unlimited!

https://amymcnulty.com/books/vines-florets-blood-bloom-water-book-5/

A traumatized former faery champion. The beguiling former faery prince who manipulated her once before. A chance to correct the past mistakes that haunt her as the battle between blood, bloom, and water fades into memory.

Autumn Sheppard could once grow vines from her hands, but if she shared that with anyone, they’d think she was delusional. She’s spent the past ten years suppressing the nightmare of her actions during the battle between faeries, vampires, and mermaids, even as her older sister and step-sister moved on with their lives.

When Orin, the conniving faery prince, asks for her help, she wants to run, but he’s the only one who still has faith that she can make things right. Tasked with finding a fallen angel, Autumn discovers the hottest boy in school is exactly the guy she needs on her side. If only he could see past her geeky, outcast personality—and believe that magic is real.

The fifth and final book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series takes the story ten years into the future, when the former champion of bloom is the only hope for the resurrection of lost friends and foes alike. With the help of a fallen angel, she might succeed—even if her wish comes with fatal consequences.

Order on Amazon (free in KU)! Paperback is available widely.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0914XTWD7

Order on Amazon (free in KU)!

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BOWS Purple Team Stop

BOWS IS OVER!

I’m participating in the Book Owl Word Search (BOWS) this spring and I’m part
of the PURPLE team. To find out more about the Word Search and how to
play, visit this site.

See if you can find my secret word and continue the search to the other
authors on my team and find their words as well.

Bonus Content

My BOWS book is Fangs & Fins, the first book in my YA urban fantasy vampire/mermaid/fairy series. However, the fifth and final book of the series is coming out in just a few weeks! (Snag the complete box set here.) Since I’ve been working on the series on and off since 2017, it’s bittersweet to be wrapping it up and to say goodbye to these characters, but I’m so glad I was able to follow through with their journeys until the end.

Though it was quite different from the girls’ house in my series, I used to live in a home that bordered a woods. We didn’t own the wooded property, but the idea of them being forbidden made them seem all the more magical to me growing up. That was the inspiration for the woods behind Ember, Ivy, and Autumn’s shared house that play an important role in them becoming champions of blood, bloom, and water. A fairy prince has a cabin in those woods, and he’s just waiting for the right girls to wander through the darkness to claim their magic powers.

I’m not much of a poet, but I wrote a poem about those real-life woods when I was in college. My bonus material is the poem about those woods that helped inspire these books.

Ticks in There
Amy McNulty

There are ticks in there, you know.

Each morning, to lay eyes upon a place that is forbidden.
Temptation.
Treading the freshly-mown path on its enticing borders.
“Dad, what’s that?”
“Salt. For the deer.”
A realm where salt cube-licking deer run amok.
Trepidation.

Each morning, to lay eyes upon a place that is forbidden.
“It’s not really ours.”
“But you’ve been in there.”
“Yes, but… There are ticks in there, you know.”
The melodramatic expression thaws into a smile.
“Though there is something wonderful in there. If you’re up to it…”

Each morning, to lay eyes upon a place that is forbidden.
Preparation. Operation.
Decked out in covert mission survival gear, head-to-toe:
knee-high galoshes - crummy jeans - oversized gardening gloves - tacky red sweatshirt (hood string fastened tightly in a knot)
heavy-duty bug spray: la pièce de résistance
There are ticks in there, you know.

Each morning, to lay eyes upon a place that is forbidden.
Crossing the outlawed boundary, the first step to signify a journey begun
Goes unnoticed when followed rapidly by second, third, and fourth.
This is a covert mission – we can’t be caught.
Acceleration. Demoralization.

Uneven ground, forbidden, muddy shoes, forbidden, movement beyond the trees.
Crackle of fallen leaves beneath our feet. 
Perspiration. Muted breath.

Darkness, forbidden, alien territory, forbidden, loss of orientation. 
Branches snapping at my back, retribution for encroachment.
The owners. The deer. The ticks.
No way out.

Each morning, to lay eyes upon a place that is forbidden.
The hand that squeezes mine, pulling me through the consternation.
Recollection of the once-coveted labyrinth.
Deceleration. Appreciation.

I perceive the sun through a lattice of branches, roof of never-ending treetops. 
Reflections of the light sparkling on pristine ground, faeries dancing in the darkness.
Each direction its own portrait: vibrant canvasses freshly painted.
Each tree gargantuan splendor, leaves a fusion: green, red, orange.
Each rustle sprouts life: hyperactive squirrel, inquisitive rabbit, bird glaring from above.
Gratification. 

The hand that squeezes mine, leading me forward through the labyrinth.
The final push of branch, small clearing amidst the density.
Destination. 
Revelation.

Each morning, to lay eyes upon a place that is forbidden.
Faultless ring of stone upon the clearing, unscathed mineral immobile.
“This is a campsite. Go ahead, look closer.”
Shuffling softly, hands outstretched, final secret of the lair.
Edging closer, ever closer…. 
Hesitation.
There are ticks in there, you know.
“Go ahead, it’s okay.”
Penetration.

To join a hallowed circle, to replicate mind’s eye.
Veiled faeries in motion, fire roaring, graceful songs of celebration.
Dancing, all together, and the fire extends its tower to the night sky.

Harmonization... Commemoration...

Each morning, to lay eyes upon a place that is forbidden.
Reality ensues, the passage of years blended into memory.
A house on each side, sprouted from progression. 
Covertness impossible.
Still not ours, but no longer theirs.
A new theirs, complete with “No Trespassing” tacked onto a helpless tree on its borders.
 
Each morning, to lay eyes upon a place that is forbidden.
But the magic has died, anyway—
Faded with dancing faeries, 
Tamers of terrifying salt-licking deer.
The once faithfully-groomed path on its borders, ailing under weed infestation.
Torn asunder, the hand’s no longer there to guide me.
Deception... Devastation...

Besides, if there’s one thing to believe in, there are ticks in there, you know.

Copyright © 2004 Amy McNulty 
All rights reserved.

My secret word is vampire. Ready to visit the next author’s site? Continue BOWS at Ben Gartner’s site here.

Before you go, enter my own Rafflecopter giveaway! To help out small businesses, I’m offering a $25 gift card to the indie bookstore of your choice! (Chain stores like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, etc. do not count.) Chosen bookstore must offer online purchase of gift cards. No store is sponsoring or affiliated with this giveaway. If there are no indie bookstores you can think of, I can suggest one.

Enter the giveaway here! (GIVEAWAY IS OVER!)

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Broomsticks and Board Games Audiobook Release!

I’m excited to announce that the first audiobook in the Spooky Games Club Mystery series is now available! I’ve been blessed to find narrator Danielle Daly to lend her voice to Dahlia and all the other residents of Luna Lane. She’s so talented at bringing forth the emotion, humor, drama, and intrigue I hope you’ll find within the book. Check out a free sample below!

Audible – Amazon – iTunes

Dahlia Poplar is a genuine witch, an unofficial gofer, and Luna Lane’s only cursed resident.

With a werewolf best friend, a vampire ex-boyfriend, and a ghost for a hanger-on, Dahlia is far from the most unusual dweller of her sleepy small town, but she’s the only one unable to leave. Dahlia has to perform at least one good deed per day—or she’s one step closer to turning to stone.

Fortunately, the residents of Luna Lane have plenty of tasks for Dahlia to complete to avert the curse until Cable Woodward, fetching professor and nephew of her elderly neighbor, stops by for the semester on sabbatical. Attempting to help Cable’s uncle work through the trauma of losing his wife, Dahlia uncovers the man’s collection of board games, which leads to him reminiscing about the long-forgotten Luna Lane Games Club.


Dahlia reestablishes Games Club, only to find evidence of a number of horrible demises connected to the original group. While trying to uncover the truth about the deaths, Dahlia has to fight off her curse, protect her elderly neighbor from becoming the next victim, and most vexing of all, keep Cable from figuring out Luna Lane’s supernatural secrets. Only with eerie board games like these, there may not be a loser—or even a winner—who survives.

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Fall 2019 YASH Stop Team Red

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! 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! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until October 6th.

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are multiple contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the red team–but there are also other teams where you have a chance to win a whole different set of 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 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 red 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 6th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
Today, I am hosting Lori Goldstein on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Lori Goldstein, former journalist and current author and editor, has a bachelor’s in journalism and previously worked for technology publications in the “East Coast Silicon Valley” city of Boston, where she currently lives. She’s never met a beach she didn’t love, a book she wouldn’t read, or a strange food she wouldn’t try. She is the author of Screen Queens and the VOYA-starred young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn. Find her on Twitter @loriagoldstein and Instagram @lorigoldsteinbooks.

She’s online at Lorigoldsteinbooks.com.

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Lucy Katz was born and raised in Palo Alto, so tech, well, it runs in her blood. A social butterfly and CEO in-the-making, Lucy is ready to win and party.

​East Coast designer, Maddie Li left her home and small business behind for a summer at ValleyStart. Maddie thinks she’s only there to bolster her graphic design portfolio, not to make friends.

​Delia Meyer taught herself how to code on a hand-me-down computer in her tiny Midwestern town. Now, it’s time for the big leagues–ValleyStart–but super shy Delia isn’t sure if she can hack it (pun intended).

​When the competition kicks off, Lucy, Maddie, and Delia realize just how challenging the next five weeks will be. As if there wasn’t enough pressure already, the girls learn that they would be the only all-female team to win ever. Add in one first love, a two-faced mentor, and an ex-boyfriend turned nemesis and things get…complicated.

​Filled with humor, heart, and a whole lot of girl power, SCREEN QUEENS is perfect for fans of Morgan Matson, Jenny Han, and The Bold Type.

Here’s a message from Lori and an exclusive link to her content!

YASH IS OVER!

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Hi everyone! I’m excited to be back as part of YASH with my latest novel, the YA contemporary SCREEN QUEENS from Penguin Random House! I’m offering a special behind-the-scenes peek at one of my favorite aspects of the novel and cover on my Web site. I’m also including a giveaway to celebrate both SCREEN QUEENS and the announcement this week of my upcoming Penguin contemporary called SOURCES SAY!
SOURCES SAY centers on a misogynistic scandal that rocks the student body of a small high school, becomes core to the platforms of the two candidates running for student council president, and sparks a rival to the school’s student newspaper that is publishing more fiction than fact. SOURCES SAY is a timely contemporary that comes out in Fall 2020! Swing by my Web site for the full description of SOURCES SAY, to drool with me over the gorgeous cover of SCREEN QUEENS, and to enter for your chance to win my giveaway!
Thanks!
Lori
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And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Lori Goldstein, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 9. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Rosalyn Eves!

Want a couple of free novelettes? Everyone is welcome to a free copy of JOSIE’S COAT, my standalone YA romantic sci-fi:

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iBooksGoogle PlayAmazonKoboBarnes & NobleProlific Works

And to TRESSES & ERUBESCENCE, the prequel to my Blood, Bloom, & Water series:

Amazon – ProlificWorks – Barnes & Noble – Kobo – iBooks – Google Play

 

YASH IS OVER!

ENTER MY STORIARTS GIVEAWAY!

Before you go, consider entering my own mini Rafflecopter giveaway! I’m offering a $25 gift card to one of my favorite literary goodies stores, Storiarts! (Storiarts is not sponsoring or affiliated with this giveaway.) With this, you can save when buying scarves, writing gloves, totes, pillows, and more featuring literary quotations and art.

Visit Storiarts.com!

Enter the giveaway here!

 
 
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Spring 2019 YASH Stop Team Green

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! 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! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until April 7th.

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are multiple contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the green team–but there are also other teams where you have a chance to win a whole different set of 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 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 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 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
YASH IS OVER! 
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
Today, I am hosting Sara B. Larson on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Sara B. Larson is the best-selling and critically acclaimed author of the YA fantasy DEFY trilogy (DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE) and the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN duology. Her next YA fantasy, SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT, comes out November 5th from Tor Teen. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband, their four children, and their Maltese, Loki. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction.

She’s online at www.SaraBLarson.com.

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Zuhra and Inara have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins, an abandoned fortress where legendary, magical warriors once lived before disappearing from the world—including their Paladin father the night Inara was born.

On that same night, a massive, magical hedge grew and imprisoned them within the citadel. Inara inherited their father’s Paladin power; her eyes glow blue and she is able to make plants grow at unbelievable rates, but she has been trapped in her own mind because of a “roar” that drowns everything else out—leaving Zuhra virtually alone with their emotionally broken human mother.

For 15 years they have lived, trapped in the citadel, having little contact with the outside world…until the day a stranger passes through the hedge, and everything changes.

Sara has the first two chapters of SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT to share with YASH participants!
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YASH IS OVER, so the bonus material is gone!

 

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And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Sara B. Larson, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 8. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the green team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Shannon A. Thompson!

Want a couple of free novelettes? Everyone is welcome to a free copy of JOSIE’S COAT, my standalone YA romantic sci-fi:

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iBooksGoogle PlayAmazonKoboBarnes & NobleProlific Works

And to TRESSES & ERUBESCENCE, the prequel to my Blood, Bloom, & Water series:

Amazon – ProlificWorks – Barnes & Noble – Kobo – iBooks – Google Play

ENTER MY PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY!

Before you go, consider entering my own mini Rafflecopter giveaway! I’m offering a bunch of my books in paperback form, which I don’t often do! (I’m spring cleaning out my closet.) Winners can only have U.S. shipping addresses, sorry! Shipping is expensive otherwise. However, if you have an international shipping address, you may enter for a chance to win the books in e-book form instead. Prizes include:
  • Two paperback three-packs of NOBODY’S GODDESS, NOBODY’S LADY, and NOBODY’S PAWN, the complete trilogy (my YA romantic fantasy The Never Veil Series)
  • One paperback copy of BALLAD OF THE BEANSTALK, my YA romantic fairy tale fantasy
  • Two paperback two-packs of FALL FAR FROM THE TREE and TURN TO DUST AND ASHES, my dark YA fantasy duology

Enter the giveaway here!

 
 
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Fall 2018 YASH Stop Team Pink

YASH IS OVER! Thanks for playing!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! 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! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until October 7th.

Team Pink

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SEVEN contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the pink team–but there is also other teams where you have a chance to win a whole different set of 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 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 pink 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 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
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Today, I am hosting Patty Blount on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Patty Blount grew up quiet and invisible in Queens, NY, but found her voice writing smart and strong characters willing to fight for what’s right. Today, she’s the award-winning author of edgy, emotional contemporary romance. Powered by way too much chocolate, Patty gives a voice to characters facing realistic situations like rape (SOME BOYS, 2014), bullying (SEND, 2012), and grief (NOTHING LEFT TO BURN, 2015). She enjoys hearing from her readers so visit her website or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
 
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

someone

From the award-winning author of Some Boys comes an unflinching examination of rape culture that delves into a family torn apart by sexual assault.

It’s been two years since the night that changed Ashley’s life. Two years since she was raped by her brother’s teammate. And a year since she sat in a court and watched as he was given a slap on the wrist sentence. But the years have done nothing to stop the pain.

It’s been two years of hell for Derek. His family is totally messed up and he and his sister are barely speaking. He knows he handled it all wrong. Now at college, he has to come to terms with what happened, and the rape culture that he was inadvertently a part of that destroyed his sister’s life.

When it all comes to a head at Thanksgiving, Derek and Ashley have to decide if their relationship is able to be saved. And if their family can ever be whole again.

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Trigger: Boys will be boys is never an excuse…
I’m Patty Blount, author of SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW, a book about healing from rape in a culture steeped in excuses for the attackers and blame for the victims.
Main character Ashley Lawrence was raped in her freshman year when the football team’s annual scavenger hunt tradition took a perverted turn: points for sexual activity. Ashley did everything she could — she endured the examination, she went public, she testified…but her attacker still got a slap-on-the–wrist sentence. Even worse, her own brother doesn’t think what happened is that big a deal. It’s two years later when the story opens. Ashley and her brother barely speak and their family is disintegrating.
When her school hires a new coach to reinstate the football program, Ashley implements a pledge drive to raise awareness. The drive is a big success but it’s not enough for Ashley. She needs to do more to help people understand why so many women have stories about sexual assault, why so many survivors don’t report their attacks, and why it’s so important that we stop making excuses for boys who think it’s no big deal to look up skirts or share naked pictures of girls.
She starts a Pinterest board that she calls Before & After. Her board is full of ads that promote sexual violence. Then, she Photoshops those ads to show how they SHOULD have been published.
I started Ashley’s board and filled it with Before pictures. But mine is missing the After versions. The board is public. Feel free to pin images that offend you along with reasons why. It’s my hope we’ll make this go viral so people will finally understand why we’re so fed up. Share it, tweet it, post it, blog about it.
Let’s tell the world that we’re through with their attempts at normalizing sexual harassment, assault, and rape.
See the Pinterest here! (Trigger warnings: It’s full of offensive advertising that promotes sexualized violence and rape culture that Ashley changes to be less misogynstic and sexist.) Click on the screenshot or link for the full board.
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And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Patty Blount, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 4. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the pink team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Stacie Ramey

Want a free novelette? Everyone is welcome to a free copy of JOSIE’S COAT, my YA romantic sci-fi:

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Before you go, consider entering my own mini Rafflecopter giveaway! I’m offering a bunch of my books in e-book form! (Mobi or Epub)
  • One e-copy three-pack of NOBODY’S GODDESS, NOBODY’S LADY, and NOBODY’S PAWN, the complete trilogy (my YA romantic fantasy The Never Veil Series)
  • One e-book copy of BALLAD OF THE BEANSTALK, my YA romantic fairy tale fantasy
  • One e-copy two-pack of FALL FAR FROM THE TREE and TURN TO DUST AND ASHES, my dark YA fantasy duology
  • One e-copy of FANGS & FINS (Blood, Bloom, & Water Book One) and an e-ARC of SALT & VENOM (Blood, Bloom, & Water Book Two)

(If you already have the prize you win, you’re welcome to select another one of my books as a substitution.)

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My Favorite Fairy Tale Blog Hop Stop!

Welcome to the 2018 Fairy-tale Blog Hop. Thirteen fabulous fairy-tale authors have gotten together to talk about their favorite fairy tales. Follow the links at the bottom of each blog post to hop to the next author’s website. Collect our favorite numbers to total up at the end and enter to win a print collection of our books! (There are several anthologies, debuts, and even an ARC for a BLINK YA book you can’t buy in stores yet!)

My Favorite Fairy Tale

Like many Disney fanatics, animated musicals were among my first introductions to fairy tales. In my youth, Aladdin was my favorite fairy tale—I loved the humor and Princess Jasmine was a kick-butt heroine for much of the movie, the kind I strived to be. However, as time passed, my second favorite Disney film became my favorite fairy tale overall: Beauty and the Beast. Perhaps it was because I grew to love the Byronic hero in fiction: brooding, troubled, and saved by the love of a strong-willed heroine. (In the vast majority of cases, it’s not a healthy relationship to emulate—but it’s always swept me off my feet in fiction.) And that’s the key, I think, to why Beauty and the Beast continues to mean so much to me, causing me to fall in love with the live-action movie version almost as much as the original animated tale. The Beast is a jerk, focused entirely on his own suffering, but he learns to be a better person and put others before himself thanks to the power of love. Not just someone loving him—but more importantly, him loving someone else.

In the Disney version, Belle is confident and unwilling to put up with a lot of the Beast’s unreasonableness, standing up for herself and those she cares for. That’s my favorite kind of heroine, especially in a hate-to-love scenario, because she doesn’t compromise who she is for a relationship. (Fantastical reasons for her captivity aside.) In the original fairy tale, Beauty is more passive and self-sacrificing, though the Beast is somewhat less cruel, too. She may be a little too passive for my tastes, but it’s still beautiful that she sees past the Beast’s hideous exterior and demonstrates selflessness.

There are elements of Beauty and the Beast in my The Never Veil Series—the moody, mysterious lord and the stubborn girl who’s his would-be captive. So when I finally had an idea to work on a “fairy tale retelling” (in my case, it was a prequel), I didn’t choose my favorite fairy tale, instead picking one I never particularly thought much about: Jack and the Beanstalk. I actually strangely was inspired during a Rifftrax Live showing of Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny. But that’s a tale for another time.

The giveaways are over!

Bibbidi bobbidi boo! 15 is my magic number for you. Go on to author Elizabeth Hopkinson’s website for more fairytale fun!

Have you visited every author’s website and collected all the numbers? Want to win all these fairy tale stories in paperback? Here’s where you’ll find the giveaway!

Before you leave my site, consider entering my bonus giveaway! You could win:

  • One e-copy three-pack of NOBODY’S GODDESS, NOBODY’S LADY, and NOBODY’S PAWN, the complete trilogy (my YA romantic fantasy The Never Veil Series)
  • One e-book of BALLAD OF THE BEANSTALK, my YA romantic fairy tale fantasy
  • One e-copy two-pack of FALL FAR FROM THE TREE and TURN TO DUST AND ASHES, my dark YA fantasy duology
  • One e-book of FANGS & FINS (Blood, Bloom, & Water Book One), my YA paranormal romance/urban fantasy series

Enter here!