YA Scavenger Hunt


Welcome to the 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 the prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in our team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Red Team

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are nine contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! We are a part of the RED TEAM, but there is also a silver team, a gold team, an orange team, a blue team, a green team, a pink team, a teal team, and a purple team for chances to win different sets 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 page.

Directions: Below, you’ll notice we’ve hidden a number. Collect the  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 Sunday, April 3rd, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
(**Before you go, be sure to enter our separate Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post. We’re giving away a copy of Mindi’s book, LIVE THROUGH THIS!**)


Today, we are hosting Joshua David Bellin for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Here’s a bit about him: Joshua David Bellin has been writing novels since he was eight years old (though the first few were admittedly very short). He taught college for twenty years, wrote a bunch of books for college students, then decided to return to fiction. SURVIVAL COLONY 9 is his first novel, with the sequel, SCAVENGER OF SOULS, set to release on August 23, 2016.
Find out more information by checking out Joshua’s website, following him on Twitter (@TheYAGuy), or check out his book here!

Querry Genn is running out of time. He may have saved his survival colony and defeated a nest of the monstrous Skaldi, but that doesn’t mean he has any more answers to who he is. When he encounters a new colony in the middle of the desert, the pieces of his past begin to fall into place–along with the terrible secrets that have been kept from him all his life. Joining forces with Mercy, a teenage girl with secrets of her own, Querry must fight to save his colony, his friends, and his future.

In the thrilling conclusion to the story that began with SURVIVAL COLONY 9, Joshua David Bellin narrates a tale of sacrifice, courage against overwhelming odds, and the fateful choices that define us for a lifetime.

A note from Joshua:
I like to sketch the physical locations where my stories take place; this helps me keep directions and basic spatial relationships consistent as I write. These maps aren’t drawn to scale, and (since I’m not a professional artist) they’re not as cool as the maps you see at the front of many fantasy novels. But they serve my purposes!
The map from SCAVENGER OF SOULS shows the three principal locations where the novel’s action takes place: a volcanic desert where a strange altar-like rock formation stands; an abandoned military base where a survival colony is quartered; and a canyon where another colony lives. Secrets lie buried in each of these places, and my main character’s quest to uncover them is what drives the action of the novel!

Scavenger of Souls map

*Mini Giveaway! Click the Rafflecopter icon below to enter to win LIVE THROUGH THIS!*
(US Only. Sorry!)

Now don’t forget to enter the large international contest for a chance to win a ton books! To enter, you need to remember the number 14. Add up all the numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! http://beckywallacebooks.com/blog/

Blurb Celebration and Giveaway!

We are so very happy to share some exciting news! THE WAY BACK TO YOU received incredibly kind blurbs from two super-duper talented and all-around awesome ladies, authors Emma Mills and Emery Lord. [Insert ticker tape parade here because OMG.]

We are such big fans of Emma and Emery, and feel so honored that they took the time to read our book. And to say such nice things about it! We are overcome.

Here are the nice things!


“By turns humorous and affecting, THE WAY BACK TO YOU is an engaging story of loss, grief, and the journey back to joy.” -Emma Mills, author of First & Then


It’s rare for a book that makes me cry to also make me laugh out loud. THE WAY BACK TO YOU manages to be utterly truthful about grief: that there is still warmth, humor, and love in the wreckage.-Emery Lord, author of WHEN WE COLLIDED and OPEN ROAD SUMMER


We’re so beyond grateful for their generosity that we wanted to celebrate! So, we’re having a giveaway! There will be three! lucky! winners!, and each will win one of these fantastic prizes:

  • a pre-order of WHEN WE COLLIDED by Emery Lord (open internationally)
  • hardcover of FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills (US only)
  • an ARC of THE WAY BACK TO YOU (US only)

All you have to do is click the Rafflecopter link below and enter to win!


Best of luck, and thanks for celebrating with us!!


Giveaway + YOU ARE HERE + Scavenger Hunt

Heya! Thank you for stopping by the joint website of Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott!

Here’s a bit about us, in case you’re new around these parts: “Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott are novelists from opposite coasts who met through an online Young Adult Writing class. For years, they critiqued each other’s manuscripts, and then they wrote an entire book together—all while exchanging thousands and thousands (oh, and thousands) of emails, texts, and Tweets. Michelle lives in New York City, and The Way Back to You is her first novel. Mindi lives near Seattle, Washington, and her books are Freefall, Live Through This, Violent Ends, and The Way Back to You.”  

This post is part of the 2016 YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt (January 25-27), so if you’d like to check out fun author content and fabulous bookish prizes, please look for the bolded code word within this post, and follow the link at the bottom for the next stop.

We are also featuring a YOU ARE HERE photo by author Kim Culberton, and we’re hosting a giveaway for an ARC of our novel coming out from HarperCollins on May 3, 2016, THE WAY BACK TO YOU! So please take a look, read the stuff, and enter our giveaway.

Did we mention that you should enter our giveaway? You should! You should! 😉



Photo credit: Kim Culbertson
Place: Squaw Valley, CA

I took this photo at the top of the Emigrant chair lift at the Squaw Valley ski resort in Northern California. It’s of my daughter taking a break between runs to look out at the view. I love this picture and I chose it because its vibe is the heart of my YA novel The Possibility of Now. I need moments like these to encourage me to “stop and smell the alpenglow” as we say in my family. I’m a forward motion sort of girl. I drive yoga teachers crazy with my fidgeting. So taking time to notice the small moments each day doesn’t come naturally to me. I keep photos like this one around my house to remind me to practice doing it.”

authorpicAbout the Author:
KIM CULBERTSON is the award-winning author of the YA novels Songs for a Teenage Nomad (Sourcebooks 2010), Instructions for a Broken Heart (Sourcebooks 2011), Catch a Falling Star (Scholastic 2014) and The Possibility of Now (Scholastic 2016). Much of her inspiration for her novels comes from the work she’s done as a high school teacher for the last eighteen years. In 2012, Kim wrote her eBook novella The Liberation of Max McTrue for her students, who, over the years, have taught her far more than she has taught them. Kim is currently at work on her fifth YA novel (Scholastic 2017) and lives in Nevada City with her husband and daughter.

24647866About The Possibility of Now:
Mara James has always been a perfectionist with a plan. But despite years of overachieving at her elite school, Mara didn’t plan on having a total meltdown during her calculus exam. Like a rip-up-the-test-and-walk-out kind of meltdown. And she didn’t plan on a video of it going viral. And she definitely didn’t plan on never wanting to show her face again.

Mara knows she should go back, but suddenly she doesn’t know why she’s been overachieving all these years. Impulsively, she tells her mom she wants to go live with her estranged dad in Tahoe. Maybe in a place like Tahoe, where people go to get away from everyday life, and with a dad like Trick McHale, a ski bum avoiding the real world, Mara can figure things out.

Only Tahoe is nothing like she thought. There are awesome new friends and hot boys and a chance to finally get to know Trick, but there is also still massive amounts of schoolwork. Can Mara stopping planning long enough to see the life that’s happening right now?


And now, if you’d like to take a MOMENT to enter our giveaway (U.S. only, please) for an advanced reader’s copy of THE WAY BACK TO YOU, just click the Rafflecopter logo below!



For your next stop on the Scavenger Hunt, visit K.C. Held‘s site!

Sharing the Love – GOING VINTAGE


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Spoiler: I’m giving away an advance copy of Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt at the end of this post!

From around age 8 to age 18, Valentine’s Day was my favorite holiday. I loved making cupcakes with pink frosting, picking out cards and candy to give to my classmates, and getting presents from my mom.

More than all of those things, though, I loved the anticipation. Valentine’s Day felt like a day when anything could happen. Every February 14th, I hoped that whichever boy I liked that year would buy me a school-fundraiser balloon or rose to be delivered to me in class. Or that he’d ask me to be his girlfriend. Or that he’d make some grand gesture that showed me he liked me.

It never happened. Not even once. I now appreciate Valentine’s Day for the heart-shaped Junior Mints (when the stores aren’t sold out!), but it’s otherwise kind of unimportant. I have a husband who loves me every day, so I don’t want or need grand gestures in February. (Unless it involves tracking down the aforementioned Junior Mints–that’s real devotion.)

This year, on my formerly-favorite holiday, I thought it would be fun for me to kick off a series of SHARING THE LOVE posts about books! I received a few advance copies at ALA a few weeks ago, and I’d love to use them for their intended purpose of talking up upcoming books that I enjoyed.

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Today, I have Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt! This one comes out in mid-March this year, and is the story of Mallory who, after discovering that her boyfriend is cheating on her with an online girlfriend, decides to “go vintage” and live like it’s 1962–when there was no internet. As the jacket states,  it includes “heartfelt family moments, laugh-out-loud humor, and a little bit of romance.”

What especially resonated most with me in this book is the theme of “finding your thing.” Mallory doesn’t feel like she stands out or has anything that is really hers, so she (sort of accidentally) sets out to discover those things about herself. I so relate to feeling non-unique and average, and especially would have related to it as a teen.

Here’s a short list of “Things About Me” that I came up with after reading this book:

1. Vegetarian cooking (My mother-in-law says I make the best vegetarian food of anyone she knows)

2. Mixing my lipsticks and applying with a brush for truly custom colors.

3. Absently drawing hearts all over the place.

4. Collecting every book by Victoria Holt/Phillipa Carr (but not Jean Plaidy, because I didn’t like those very much)

5. Writing books (Because it is a thing I do)

Surprisingly, I actually could go on. But I want to hear from YOU!


For a chance to win my Going Vintage ARC, please leave a comment below (along with an email address where I can contact you) telling me one or more of the “things” that makes you you.  

Edit: We have notified a winner! Thank you to everyone who joined in the discussion here. It was very fun to read your responses.

Two Books, All the Joy! (A Giveaway.)

Love Actually, ugly sweaters, twinkling lights. The holiday season is obviously a time for Awesome Things. But we all know the awesomest thing is giving, and one of the awesomest-est things is giving books! So, in the spirit of goodwill and spreading glittery joy, Mindi and I are having a giveaway! Mindi’s offering up a copy of one of her books and well, since I don’t have a book, I’m giving away a book I wish I’d written. Fun!

It’s just our way of saying, “Thanks for stopping by, now relax with a couple books, you deserve it.” 🙂

So, here’s what’s up for grabs for 1 lucky winner:

*UK paperback edition of THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson

Signed copy of LIVE THROUGH THIS by Mindi Scott

And Mindi’s throwing in some FREEFALL/LIVE THROUGH THIS bookmarks!



The giveaway is US ONLY. (Sorry! Hopefully we’ll have an international giveaway next time.)

All you have to do is fill out the Google form below. The giveaway ends at midnight PST, the morning of December 24th. (Or the night of December 23rd, whichever makes more sense to you!)

Yay! Good luck! *sprinkles good luck dust*

ETA: Congrats to Elisquared on winning the giveaway! And many, many thanks to all who entered! ❤