Colleen Houck

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  • Spring YA Scavenger Hunt!

    April 3, 2014

    Hello and Welcome to the 8th

    YA Scavenger Hunt!

    scavenger hunt

    Hello! I am Colleen Houck, your hostess for this leg of the hunt.

    Polish pics
    About Me

    I love tigers but I’m actually more of a dog person than a cat person.
    Chocolate is my favorite food group.
    Robert Irvine is one of my idols.
    I rock out to Bon Jovi.
    I prefer a cloudy day over a sunny day.


    On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it 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 (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, October 6th!

    You can start right here or you can also go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or both of them! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there is also a blue team and if you do the that hunt too you’ll have 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, see the full list of prizes up for grabs, or if you get lost along the way, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.

    Looking for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching. Somewhere on this blog hop, I’ve hidden a video of me talking all about my new novella, Tiger’s Promise but I may just mention a few cool things about the much anticipated conclusion to the tiger series, Tiger’s Dream, as well. Shocking reveals are just around the corner. Before you go on though, check out the amazing author I’m hosting. But, first, a few rules.



    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!). Hint: the secret number is highlighted in


    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.

    Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I’ll introduce the author I am hosting on this hunt.

    I am super excited to be hosting…



    Claudia’s Bio: Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)

    I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, GoodReads or (of course) my own home page.


    Colleen here…Now I am ashamed to say that I haven’t actually read one of Claudia’s books yet though I have several of them sitting on my shelf at this very moment. I went onto her website and at first I thought I’d counted

    17 (that’s seventeen)

    books when in fact the actual number was fifteen and each one of her books sounds cooler than the next. I will work on reading them all immediately. 

    The book Claudia is showcasing on the SPRING 2014 Hunt is….
    Part one of the Firebird Trilogy
    COMING NOVEMBER 4th, 2014!

    Here is some info about A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU.

    As the daughter of two brilliant physicists, Marguerite Caine grew up surrounded by wild scientific theories, always encouraged to imagine the improbable or even the impossible. But when her father is murdered, Marguerite’s life is turned upside down. All the evidence points to one person—Paul, her parents’ handsome, enigmatic protege. Before the law can touch him, though, Paul uses Marguerite’s mother’s latest invention—a device called the Firebird that allows people to leap into alternate dimensions—to escape.

    With the help of another grad student, Theo, Marguerite chases Paul through various dimensions, determined to avenge her father. Her parents theorized that people who have met in one reality will be likely to meet in another…that key moments will happen over and over, in different ways. But in each new world Marguerite leaps into, she meets another version of Paul that has her doubting his guilt and questioning her heart. Before long she realizes that what happened to her father may be more complex, and more sinister, than she ever dreamed.

    Marguerite is swept into an epic love affair that feels both dangerous and inevitable in New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s glorious new trilogy.


    Colleen Houck (claps hands)-That sounds awesome! I love alternate dimensions. So cool!

    Now for Claudia Gray’s


    In this excerpt, Marguerite has chased the man she’s hunting to a parallel universe where she lives in London – and in a world more technologically advanced than our own. She’s still raw from her father’s death and the strangeness of the new world around her. But she’s not alone. Theo – one of her parents’ assistants, a young grad student – has made the trip with her. He’s always been flirtatious, but she always assumed that was just his usual brand of whimsical arrogance. Now that she’s seen the risks Theo’s willing to take to avenge her father, Marguerite has to look at him in a whole new light. And she’s never felt more vulnerable than she does when they find each other in this world, after a night of clubbing and drinking that failed to blot out the pain she’s in. She sneaks him into her room, and we pick up just as she’s gotten out of the shower —




    When I step out of the bathroom, Theo’s standing at the window, arms braced against the sill. Moonlight has painted his black hair, making it gleam. It takes him a moment to turn and face me; when he does, the same electricity crackles between us, and I feel as though the T-shirt I’m wearing is see-through. But I don’t move. I just stand there, facing him.

    Theo breaks the silence first. “For what it’s worth, I don’t see anyone out on the street who seems to be checking the building out. Nobody was following us home from the club, either – as far as I could see.”

    “Oh, right. Good.” Why didn’t I think of that? It’s at that moment I realize that I’ve still got way more alcohol in my system than I should. I sink down onto the bed, woozy and whirling. “Do you think Paul knows we’re here?”

    “If he’s thought to check.”

    Of course he’s checking to see if anybody’s after him, I want to retort, but then I stop myself. A smile spreads across my face. “Paul doesn’t know about the other Firebirds,” I say. “You kept it a secret from everyone. Even him.”

    “Sometimes it pays to be a secretive bastard.” Theo grins back. However, I can tell he’s not totally confident. “Still, we can’t assume Paul doesn’t have any more tricks up his sleeve. We underestimated him once. Let’s not do it again.”

    “You’re right.” My rage at Paul threatens to break through once more, but I force myself to put it aside. My whole body hurts, and my mind is fuzzy and confused and not my own. I need to sleep.

    Theo’s voice gentles. “Hey. Toss me a pillow, all right? Gonna make myself a dog bed here on the floor.”

    I throw him one of the pillows; he pulls a spare blanket from the foot of the bed. We’re so quiet that I can hear the rustle of fabric on fabric. When I tuck my feet under the bedspread, he flicks off the light so that we’re once again in the dark.

    Slowly I lie down, but I’m so aware of him. My breaths quicken; my heart feels like it might hammer its way out of my chest.

    It’s stupid to be nervous. I trust Theo. There’s no reason for me to worry about him doing something.

    Then I realize – Theo’s not the person I’m unsure of. What I don’t know is what I might do.

    It would be so easy, so good, to forget everything farther away than this bed and my own skin.

    And it’s Theo. The one person in this world I can rely on, the one I want to keep closer than any other –

    My whisper is the only sound in the room. “You don’t have to sleep on the floor.”

    For a moment, the only reply is silence. Then Theo rises from his place at the foot of my bed. His body is silhouetted by the moonlight, and I realize that he’s taken off his shirt to sleep.

    Without a word he walks around to my side of the bed, then sits down, his hip against my leg. The mattress sinks in beneath him, rolling me slightly closer. Theo braces one hand near my pillow. With the other, he brushes my damp curls away from my face. I want to say something to him, but I can’t think of what. All I can do is lie there, breaths coming fast and shallow, staring up at him, both wanting him to touch me again and terrified that he will.

    Slowly Theo leans down over me. My T-shirt is slightly off one shoulder, and his lips brush me there – along the line of my collarbone. The kiss lasts only a moment. It crashes through me like lightning.

    He whispers, “Ask me again sometime, when we’re both ourselves.” Then he lifts his head, and his smile is soft. “Next time I won’t stop with your shoulder.”



    Wow that was steamy!

    If you think this series is just what you’ve been looking for, you can preorder your copy on Amazon. Also a little bird told me that she’s giving away a signed ARC (that’s Advanced Reader Copy) of A Thousand Pieces of You as a special prize during the hunt!


    Thank you so much for visiting my website! While you’re here don’t forget to enter the DOUBLE bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt.

    For an extra bonus entry, leave a comment on this blog and answer the following: If you had a super power and had to go into battle against a super villain, what skill or power would you pick and why? Some ideas might be the include invisibility, speed, bullet proof, a shape-shifter, skilled with a sword, etc. Look forward to hearing your thoughts! Have fun!

    For Bonus Contest #1, I will be giving away ten copies of the first book in my series, TIGER’S CURSE!!!

    Enter the raffle copter below for a chance to win,
    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    For Bonus Contest #2, I will be giving away a grand prize giveaway inspired by my new novella, Tiger’s Promise! This contest is just for my most loyal tiger fans!  It will include: an exclusive and LIMITED printed copy of my novella, Tiger’s Promise, and some surprise goodies all inspired by the novella! You die hard fans WON’T want to miss this!

     Enter raffle copter below for contest #2, a Rafflecopter giveaway____________________________________________________

    Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt?


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    117 Responses to Spring YA Scavenger Hunt!

    1. Petra says:

      If I had a super power and had to go into battle against a super villain I’d want the power of invisibility because I can learn to fight, learn to move faster, but not to be be invisible.

    2. Fabiana Souza says:

      Wow!! I loved the format of the blog. I couldn’t stand to wait for the beginning of YASH, it’s one of the best times of the year (lol). I won last year and I’m very excited this time.

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    4. Maud G says:

      I would love to be a shapeshifter! Not only during battle but also outside of it, it seems so awesome and cool and you can decide during a situation with a villain in what shape you will be more useful. Just the idea sounds so amazing and I think that if your opponent doesn’t know you are one you can definitely surprise him!

    5. Becky Wilson says:

      Thanks for hosting! I love dogs too, and Chocolate is my favorite food group. Coffee falls in a close second. 🙂

      If I had a power, I’d want to be able to read people’s minds, so I can out-think them. I’d rather earn my fighting skills by training, but it wouldn’t hurt to have a bit of an advantage. . .

    6. Brittany P. says:

      I think I would have to choose shape shifter.

      Humans are great and all, but to have the strength of a tiger, lion, panther, any type of animal really would be amazing.

      It’s a neat concept that’s been around for years. Humans aren’t satisfied with themselves and want to take on animalistic traits.

    7. Hannah M. says:

      I would love to be able to control the movement of water (water bending :P) Almost everything on Earth has some form of water within it and to be able to use that to my advantage would be awesome. I could always carry water with me in a container of some kind for a back up if no water was near by. I am able to learn how to fight using a sword or combat, but controlling water would be so much fun!

    8. Kayla H. says:

      If I had to go into battle with a super villain, I would want to be a shapeshifter! I could use all the different strengths and skills of all the animals against my foe. And plus, I think it just be cool to be able to turn into anything you want!

    9. Cali W. says:

      Thanks for the giveaway! I would choose skills with a sword because in most mythical books, you have to defeat evil with a sword. <3

    10. Emily says:

      AHH thank you so much for hosting this!! I always love the opportunity to read bonus content 🙂
      I would have the ability to fly- doesn’t the saying go that the person with the high ground always wins the battle??? But also, it would give the opportunity to escape if I was out-matched. A wise fighter always knows when to retreat for survival 🙂 Thanks!

    11. Mary H says:

      If I had to go into battle…I would want…the power of friendship with every superhero ever! Especially Thor and Captain America and Gambit. 😛 But the power I would chose for myself…well, my answer for this question changes every time I answer it, and today, I think I’d want to be able to control some sort of elemental magic like fire or lightning. That could be cool. Thank you both for being part of the YASH, and Colleen, thank you for the bonus giveaway!

    12. Charmaine says:

      The power/skill I would choose would be a master in some type of martial arts. I feel like you gotta know how to fight and predict what your opponent will do if you’re going to save the world!! lol I was going to say flying but flying own doesn’t give you strength. So that would be my choice, martial arts

    13. Cassandra says:

      If I had a supper power and had to fight evil. I would have to go with being able to control all the elements (earth) (air)(fire) (water) and maybe even (spirit)because they could all be very useful at the right time. Plus all that combine would make life interesting. Thanks for all the great bonus info it was wonderful.

    14. Jesse Caswell says:

      I would want to be a shape-shifter, possibly turn into a tiger because they are amazing and can do tons of great things in battle! I probably got this idea from Tiger’s Curse!! But I love tigers and would love to turn into one temporarily. I think it would really help against an enemy of any sort! (:

    15. Jamie says:

      I am so excited for Tiger’s Promise and to get my Tiger’s Dream excerpt. Can’t Wait!!! One of my favorite series is Tiger’s Curse. Also very excited for your new Egypt Series 😀

    16. Paige H says:

      This series is why I started reading! I have read this at least 20 times and I can’t get enough of it I love it! Thank you so much!!

    17. Kelly Wilson says:

      If I had a super power, I would want to have the power to stop time. That way I could stop the events from moving forward and defeat the villain before he/she had a chance to cause real harm.

    18. Joseph Menke says:

      If I had a super power in which to fight against evil I would want to have shape shifting. It would allow me to avoid the enemy by changing into something small and escape from harm but then change into something big and monstrous when in full combat. Not to mention that traveling around would easier and faster when going around in tiger form!

    19. Lindsey M. says:

      If I had a super power to fight off evil, I’d want to ability to control water. Lokesh’s ability to freeze people would come in handy. Also, water is a powerful force to be reckoned with. Everyday there is some type of tragedy that happens, hurricanes, tsunamis, rivers that can blast through the Earth like the Grand Canyon. It’s a powerful source.

    20. Jessica Ungerman says:

      If I could choose a super power for my myself it would be fire, because it is a very powerful element and it just looks cool in a fight.

    21. Madisyn Minnemann says:

      If I had a skill that I would use against a super villain, it would have to be the skills of Mr.Kadam and his sword. When I read about his skill, I admired it and saw ,like in my head, how beautiful and fascinating it would be to actually harness that skill. And when Mr. Kadam used it against Lokesh in Tiger’s Destiny, I was like amazed. I believe it would be so awesome to actually know how to do that because it’s something that a super villain wouldn’t expect.

    22. Emily G. says:

      The superpower I would like to have in order to fight an evil villain would be the ability to control the elements. Torrents of water or unrelenting flames might come in pretty handy.

      Thank you Colleen for hosting this scavenger hunt! I look forward to it every year!!!

    23. Carolineb513 says:

      The superpower I would like to have during a battle with a supervillain would be the ability to control the four elements earth, fire, air, and water. This ability would be super amazing, kind of like Aang from Avatar haha :).

    24. Rebekah Wilkens says:

      If I had to go against a super villain, the power I would choose is the ability to control all the elements (earth, water, fire, and air). With this power you would most definitely be a force to be reckoned with.

    25. Stephanie T. says:

      I’d want to have the power to brainwash or ‘persuade’. I’d be able to convice him to not kill me and the world 🙂

    26. Tyler says:

      If I had a super power and had to battle a super villain, I would want to have the power of persuasion, like Angel in the Maximum Ride series. She can get people to do what she wants, I think that would come in handy often in a battle! You wouldn’t even have to really fight anyone, as long as you can stay hidden.

    27. Samantha Wallace says:

      I would like to have the power of invisibility because you could sneak up on them before they knew where you were and that would be a good power to have. 🙂

    28. Lucy B. says:

      If I could have any super power, I honestly don’t know. Probably the ability to shift into different animals because every animal has a great gift of attacking, or defending.

    29. Leah Robak says:

      Loved the Q&A video clip for Tiger’s Promise! If I had super powers to use against a super villain…. I’d choose to use my powers to call all of the super heroes to help me fight the villain. Or I’d choose mind reading as a super power to read into the villain’s mind – that way I could prepare for anything that he’d through at me.

    30. Tonnelle Driesen says:

      If I had a superpower I would want to be a shape shifter like the animorphs, to change into any animal would be so cool! 🙂

    31. Merisha Abbott says:

      I would pick either shapeshifting or power over the elements. Shapeshifting you could surprise attack enemies in battle. If had elemental power’s, could use mother nature’s force to help fight.

    32. Lauren says:

      This is a hard question for me. Why? Because I’m a super hero fan. I love all the super heroes such as Batman, Superman, The Arrow, The Flash to name a few. So super hero powers? hmmm… If it has to be 1 then I guess Speed. I wonder what it would be like running so fast at the speed of sound, a sonic boom speed. With a mix of shape shifting for my second choice 🙂

    33. Katie says:

      OMGGG I WANT TO WIN TIGER”S PROMISE SOOOO BAD!!!! If I could have any superpower (I would probably find a way to make Tiger’s Promise appear in my hands), but no really, I would want to be invisible. You can do so much more when no one can see you!! I CANT WAIT FOR TIGERS PROMISE!!!!

    34. Brittany Ashby says:

      I would have the ability to create illusions. I’m not much of a fighter so I could distract him enough to get away.

    35. Chloe Patton says:

      If I could choose a skill to use in battle against a super villain, I would choose the ability to know in 24 hours in advance if somebody close to me was going to be mortally wounded. I would have a chance to protect them from harm and change the future that would have caused them that physical trauma.

    36. Hanna says:

      What super power would I want. Wow I’m really happy you asked me this now I feel if I do have a superpower, well continuing if I had a super power to use against a villain I’d honestly make myself a bomb cause let’s face it I’m not going to win a battle so you know if I’m dying and he kills me then I’d make the bomb inside of go off and boom. We both die cause what is the odds of making it out alive. I would be a living bomb. Now if you think about it, it sounds so freaking awesome cause if I was going to die in battle I’m sure not dying alone I would make him/her die with me

    37. Destiny Carroll says:

      I would control light, the ability would be amazing! You could potentially bend the light to become invisible. Since light is just heat you could also potentially create fire or lightning. Also the ability to change matter into whatever you like would be nice. Or perfect recall, you would be a super genius!

    38. Jen Herd says:

      If you had a super power and had to go into battle against a super villain, what skill or power would you pick and why?

      My super power would be to control time and space. I could freeze it, move forward in it, move backwards in it, slow it down, speed it up, etc. I imagine it would come in handy in everyday life as well, not just in a battle.

    39. Nichole says:

      I would go into battle with the ability to read my opponent’s mind. That way I would know what they were thinking before they actually attack.

    40. Miriam says:

      I would want the superpower of ultimate persuasion. Then whatever persuaded my enemy to do, he or she would have to do it. Plus this would come in handy anytime I needed someone to do something for me.

    41. Cheyenne says:

      If I had a super power I would want to have control over fire because of the many uses it could when fighting. You could disarm the attacker by making their weapons to hot to hold, you could protect yourself with a wall of fire, and you could attack head on with it. 🙂

    42. Hannah M says:

      I would want the superpower of Survival as it means I would survive anything thrown at me. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

    43. Ashley says:

      If I had a superpower I would want it to be something to do with fire and heat. I also want to say I love your books!

    44. Demitra says:

      I would want the superpower of mind control so I’d be able to force him/her to do what I want. Sure victory!

    45. Luisa says:

      If I had a super power and had to face a villain I would want the power of electricity. I’ve always liked that as a power because in that situation I would just shock him till he was either unconscious or until he would let me go.

    46. Makayla says:

      I would have the superpower to control the elements because who wouldn’t want to control earth, air, water and fire 🙂 The superpower would be very helpful

    47. Yuliya says:

      I would choose the power to see the future even the one a few seconds or minutes away so that no matter what they tried I could outmaneuver them! Thank you for this contest!

    48. Hope says:

      I’d probably have the superpower of invisibility, cause then I could just be my usual clumsy, silly self and no one would know:P

    49. Gabrielle says:

      If I could have a super power before going into battle I would probably want to be able to shape shift into different animals. I think this would be really cool because it would offer many different ways to escape and/or overpower the villain.

    50. Sandra Gonzalez says:

      If I had a superpower I would choose hindsight the ability to see the future what better way to prepare for any future disasters than being able to see the future

    51. Carol says:

      If I could choose a superpower, I would like to have telekinesis (Jean Grey style). At first I thought about shapeshifting, but honestly, I want to be loved for who I really am. Then I chose telekinesis, an ability that could help in many ways in my “normal” life and also in fighting against a bad guy.

    52. Ava C. says:

      If I had a superpower I would want the power to manipulate the elements. I mean it would be pretty epic.

    53. Arlene V says:

      I would definitely want to be able to read minds, to know what the super villain was planning! Thanks for the extra giveaway and for creating the YASH!

    54. Chelsie Sowards says:

      Honestly, I would want the power to manipulate water. I watched Avatar: The Last Airbender as a kid, and Katara was always one of my favorite characters, as well as one of the most powerful. Being able to use water as a weapon would be awesome because it’s in almost everything, and is pretty easy to find in most places. AND, because water is in blood, I could technically turn my opponent against themselves.

    55. Varnika says:

      I would like to have the ability to foresee the the next 20 seconds or so, so I can anticipate what my opponent plans and I can plan against it ahead of time.

    56. Camille says:

      Out of all of the numerous powers that I wish I could have, if I were to go into battle against a super villain, the super power that I would want to have is…well it’s a tie really for either being able to control the elements(wind, water, earth, and fire) or being able to shape-shift. Both of these powers would be enormously helpful when you are fighting a villain. You could make the ground fall underneath him/her or constantly change shape to confuse him/her…I bet shifting into my opponent would creep him/her out.

    57. Kelly Ann says:

      I would want the ability to disappear and then reappear at my choosing, like apperating in the Harry Potter books, or like the Angels on Supernatural. I would be able to reappear in another location, or in the same location I disappeared from, depending on the situation. I would use it to get a leg up on my opponent and maybe best them that way, or being able to dodge something thrown/shot/launched/etc at me.

    58. Michelle (Michaela) says:

      I think I’d go for telekinesis of some kind. There’s so much that can be done with that!

    59. cassidy singleton says:

      i would have the power of being able to imitate other peoples powers and being able to draw there power out of them so i could use it myself!!

    60. Shelby von Wahl says:

      i would pick shapeshifting, because then i could be anything, from skin to hard to cut, to a tiger, or even their friend they trust…

    61. Anubha says:

      I would love to have power of invisibility then I will be able to attack easily and each blow will come as a surprise 😀

    62. Brooke G. says:

      Oh, this one’s a good one. See, I’m a writer, myself–NY-Times-Bestseller-to-be, actually–and I’m currently writing an paranormal/fantasy adventure romance in which the heroine has sort-of powers. Now, due to the fact that I will be publishing sometime in the near future (but perhaps not under this name), the following information is copyrighted by me. Got it? Mine. Belongs to me. You cannot have it. MINE.
      Now that that’s out of the way, on to answering the question! If I were to have superpowers, I’d want the powers I gave my heroine. Beauty, arrogance, awesomeness… oh, and retractable claws, enhanced senses (sight, hearing, smell, speed, strength, agility… all that good stuff), magical battle armor, and a telepathic bond with my cat. That’s right. I said it…. I want awesomeness as a superpower. Ooh, I want her boyfriend, too. He’s absolutely amazing. Couldn’t have thought up a better guy if I tried. Which, of course, I did. Because I made him perfectly imperfect in every amazingly screwed-up way.
      …I’ve been ranting. I should stop now.
      p.s. THAT WAS ALL MINE!

    63. Jessica @ The Midnight Bookworm says:

      To go into battle? Invincibility. Then I could be as useless with any battle item or tactics as I want and still couldn’t be killed. 🙂 I’d bore the villain to death because no matter what they tried I couldn’t die.

    64. Vahhaba L. says:

      I would want to be able to control the elements (fire, wind, water, earth and spirit). That would be awesome:)

    65. nissage says:

      If i had a super power it would be the abillty to strategize and analyze weakness and strengths in my opponents. That give me the ability to save people and myself from certain situations.

    66. Brianna C. says:

      I would choose to be able to manipulate the elements. I would include spirit so that I could use my cool spirit mojo to destroy all the evil in him. If not that then I could blast him with air or fire ,or I could make the sea or earth swallow him up! 🙂

    67. January says:

      Well I would be a disaster in a fight, especially against a supervillain. Is invincibility a superpower? I think speed might be my best bet, then if I’m losing badly, I can always run away! 😛 Thanks for participating in YASH!

    68. nissage says:

      If I had a super power it would be the ability to strategize and the ability to analyze someone’s strengths and weaknesses. With this advantage I would be able to get anyone out of a certain situation.

    69. nissage says:

      I chose strategizing and analyzing opponents weaknesses and strengths because I would be able to use that as an advantage. Someone could know how to fight but if you can’t make a strategy you might as well safe your self and not fight( not to be offensive just stating a point). For example if you know that you are not strong enough to take down your opponent, you should let them get tired and use your energy when they are weak. If your opponent is always striking with the same way in the same way you should be able to predict and block.

      I would rather just learn to fight.

    70. nissage says:

      i chose strategizing and analyzing opponents weaknesses and strengths because i would be able to use that to my advantage. Someone could know how to fight but if they can’t make a strategy you might as well save your self and not fight (not to be offensive, just stating a point). For example if you know you’re not strong enough to take down your opponent, you should let them get tired, and use your energy when your opponent is weak. If your opponent keeps striking at you the same way with same hand (fist, sword, etc.) you should Be able to predict the next hit and block it.

    71. Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia says:

      I’d like the ability to duplicate myself, and I say that only because I loved the scene in Game of Thrones where the man in Qarth did that to slay all of his adversaries simultaneously.

    72. Carie says:

      I think I’d like to be a shape-shifter! Then I could easily hide out or sneak up on the villain in a new body. Maybe I could turn into a huge, scary dragon like Maleficent and eat the villain–only, hopefully not with the same ending as Maleficent 😉

    73. Kellani says:

      If I went against a villain I’d probably want the power of a clear mind. Id be able to find a way to power through and defeat the villain instead of being crippled by fear or indecision. The rest could come from being resourceful.

    74. Tiger's Warp says:

      MAGIC! The essence of MAGIC itself. Able to wield and shape all that IS through thought and emotion without the aid of a wand or staff. This would truly be a formidable superpower to present any villain with a doubt . . . or two?

      THANK YOU to all the authors participating in the YASH this go round! Lotsa gorgena add-ons to my TBR list! GOOD LUCK to all contestants!

    75. Melissa Robles says:

      I think I would love to have super speed, if I’m fast then I would be very hard to catch and possibly see. 😉

    76. Diana Grace says:

      I’d want to be a shapeshifter. I can shift into any form I want be it another human being or an animal.

    77. Autumn R. says:

      If I had to go into battle, then I think I would like the power to see the future so I can plan my battles around what I’d see 🙂

    78. MissBloodsucker™ says:

      Telekinesis is pure awesomesauce <3 Which is why every single on of the Garde have it as a Legacy! ;D

    79. Aneesa says:

      I would choose Telekinesis because moving things with your mind would be incredibly useful. You could never be disarmed (becuase its your brain!) and can constantly be improving yourself.

    80. Cailin Sumpter says:

      If I were able to choose a super power or ability when facing a super villain, I would choose to have the ability to shift light –like Loki the God of Mischief does in Thor– in order to reflect and portray tricking images to confuse my foe. I would choose this because it would allow me to distract the villain while I made my real move against him or her. I would be able to display false scenes and multiple images of myself with this ability or power.

    81. Allana Lopez says:

      If I were to go into battle, I’d only want the power to perservere through the fight. Because in a battle, there is a very small chance that my opponent will be as desperate as I am to win. The same way that love will aid a fight. Nothing is stronger than the desire to fight for someone you love. Ren knew that when he jumped in front of the Gae Bolga for Kelsey, when Mr. Kadam gave his life to send Lokesh back in time to be defeated, when Kishan gave part of his immortality to save Ren and then staying in the past to let Ren and Kelsey return to the present. Kelsey sacrificed herself as a Sati Wife to the Phoenix and Anamika allowed Sunil to go to the present.

    82. If I could have a super power to beat a villan it would be says:

      If I could have a super power to beat a villain it would be to have super quick reflexes. that way I could dodge them any time they tried to attack me, and I could attack them before they had time to react.

    83. nissage says:

      hello again,
      I am still sticking with my first answer, but this question really had me thinking.
      If there was a second power, I would have the power to read their soul( I hope that makes sense). What I mean is if I look at them, I would be able to see who they really are deep down inside. Of course I would only use this if needed.
      I would be able to see the good and the bad. This would help me understand what point of view they are acting on and why.

    84. Rose's Book Corner says:

      If I could have any super power, I would want to be a shape shifter. It would make it easier to hide from who I’m trying to find.

    85. Katherina Barney says:

      This is for both giveaways (to save you from having to read one more LOL). I wouldn’t mind having indestructible strength so I can keep mowing through the enemy’s army and they can’t stop me! *evil laugh!*

    86. Emily Devine says:

      i think i would want to be really skilled with a bow staff that would be awesome and then i would probably want to fight either the stay puft marshmallow man (ghostbusters) or a tiki rock god guy

      oh and for some reason your raffle copters aren’t excepting entries 🙁

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