Colleen Houck


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  • YA Scavenger Hunt-Spring 2015

    April 2, 2015


    Welcome to the 10th YA Scavenger Hunt!

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    Hello! I am Colleen Houck,

    your hostess for this leg of the hunt.

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    About Me

    My favorite mythological creature is a dragon.
    I went on a cruise for the first time last year.
    I do all my writing in my bedroom.
    I went to school to be a teacher.
    I’m fluent in American Sign Language.

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    TEAM BLUE!

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    Looking for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching.

    Somewhere on this blog hop, I’ve hidden a sneak peek from the first book in my brand new Egyptian series, REAWAKENED. AND you’ll get to find out what the title of book two will be! Shocking reveals are just around the corner. Before you go looking for it, check out the amazing author I’m hosting.

    But, first, a few rules.

    SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE RULES

     
    Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM BLUE, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)
    HINT: THE SECRET NUMBER IS HIGHLIGHTED IN BLUE!
     

    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 5TH, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

    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, April 5th!

    There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM, but there is also a RED TEAM,  GOLD TEAM, ORANGE TEAM, PINK TEAM, PURPLE TEAM, TEAL TEAM,  & GREEN TEAM! Check out each team for a chance to win eight 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.


    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…
    GWENDA BOND!
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    GWENDA’S BIO: Gwenda Bond is the author of Girl on a Wire, a novel about a daredevil heroine who discovers magic and mystery lurking beneath the big top. Next up is Lois Lane: Fallout in May 2015. Her previous novels include The Woken Gods and Blackwood. She has also written for Publishers Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She has an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie. Visit her online at www.gwendabond.com or @gwenda on twitter.

     

    Colleen here-My house isn’t nearly as old. I think it’s around  20. No. Maybe it’s only ten years old. It’s my mortgage that won’t be paid off for twenty more years.
     
     
     

    The book Gwenda is showcasing in the YA Scavenger Hunt this season is

    LOIS LANE: FALLOUT

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    Colleen here-Love the title and the cover. It stirs the imagination just looking at it. In case you’re as deeply curious about the story now as I am. You’re in luck. Here’s some info on it.
     
     

    Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy…

     

    Colleen here-OH NO YOU DIDN’T! Gwenda! Perhaps you are not aware that I have a SLIGHT Superman obsession. This one just shot to the top of my reading list. I will be totally thumbing through that book looking for gorgeous blue eyes and a curled lock of hair.

     

    TOP SECRET BONUS MATERIAL STRAIGHT AHEAD!

    Here’s a Sneak Peek Into The Behind The Scenes Of LOIS LANE: FALLOUT

    What Would Lois Do?

    by Gwenda Bond

    My first encounter with Lois Lane is one shared with millions of people, and no doubt some of you reading this: Margot Kidder’s witty, sharp, sincere portrayal opposite Christopher Reeve’s Superman. I’ve often said that I’m not sure anymore whether I love that version of Superman so much because of my affinity for great, banter-filled classic screwball films and their effortless mash-up of humor with more serious themes—particularly screwballs set in newsrooms like His Girl Friday—or if my affinity for those came from loving Superman as a kid. Re-watching it (and the Donner cut of the sequel!) just before I started writing Fallout, I was struck by how Reeve as Clark Kent seems to be channeling Cary Grant at times, and how Kidder as Lois Lane could be heading out to meet up with Rosalind Russell for drinks. After falling in love with the Superman movie, I always kept my eye on those characters, first reading my big brother’s comic books, and later reading my own.

    The versions of Superman I love best are equal parts serious themes and humor, mystery and banter, secrets and confidences. Underlying all those things is perhaps the most important element of all—optimism. Lois Lane and Clark Kent/Superman are such a great team in part because they are both clear-eyed and able to see the bad and the good in the world. But no matter how dark the bad gets, neither of them flinches in their commitment to the good and doing what’s right. Or, in my favorite-favorite portrayals, in their commitment to each other.

    There have been many versions of Lois Lane over the years. She’s a character who has had many lives. Some incarnations and eras have been better than others, but that’s part of the mark of a great comics character, isn’t it? A character who grows with good portrayals, but easily survives not-so-good ones. This is a character that has done far more than that. She is iconic. Most of us could probably describe the major traits that define her: her fast-talking wit, her ability to feel emotion deeply (whether it’s irritation or love), her dedication to truth and justice, her loyalty, ambition, impulsiveness and stubbornness, being the best at her job as a reporter and willing to do whatever it takes, screwing up and then getting right back out there to make things right. She is truly a superhero without any superpowers.

    Approaching this character to give her a whole new portrayal for a new generation, I kept all this very much in mind. I also realized that I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have ended up getting a journalism degree as an undergraduate, if not for Kidder’s Lois Lane. So, what Lois Lane means to me could fill a book (or several), but having gotten to write this character (what a gift), she now means even more to me. Jokingly, I’ve said that one of the best parts about writing Lois is that you can just ask: “What would Lois do?” and there’s your plot. But, after writing her as a teenager, in the process of becoming who she’s meant to be, I feel like this is actually useful in a much larger sense. I feel like Lois Lane is a friend I know almost as well as I know myself. This is about to get schmaltzy enough to make Lois roll her eyes, even if she agreed. But here goes:

    I hope that readers of Fallout—particularly girls—end up feeling the same way. Because if you’re afraid to take a risk or not sure if you can pull something off, if you’re not sure whether to stand up for someone else or what to do in a given situation, then the question of what would Lois do, or of what she’d tell you to do, will work. What would Lois do? The answer will always be smart, brave, and to value yourself and what’s right. Lois would tell you, “So you’re afraid, you got this.” Or, “It won’t be easy, but of course you have to do it anyway.” Or, “You know what’s happening to that other person isn’t right, so what can you do to help fix it? That’s what you do.” Or, “You know you deserve better, so don’t accept less.” Or, “You screwed up, majorly. Now you do what you can to make it right, and move on.” Because all those things? Those are what Lois would do. And that’s what Lois means to me—the kind of smart, brave, self-valuing commitment to justice that everyone can try to achieve. We can all share this superpower. 

    We’re just kicking off a campaign to share what Lois Lane means to you in advance of Fallout’s publication next month. For the next two weeks, 10 people whose responses are chosen by the publisher will win an early copy. Tweet using the hashtag #loislanefallout to enter (this an extra contest completely separate from the #YASH!). It’s what Lois would do. 😉


     

    Colleen here. Wasn’t that awesome?

    You can now add LOIS LANE: FALLOUT to your TBR list on Goodreads!


    Are you as interested in this book as I am?

    Here’s how you can your hands on it!

    You can buy LOIS LANE: FALLOUT HERE!

    Or on her Website, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook pages

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    on any important book news or updates.


    And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Gwenda, and many more! To enter, you need to write down my favorite number, find all the other numbers on TEAM BLUE add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

    Thank you so much for visiting my website! While you’re here don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt. For an extra bonus entry, leave a comment on this blog post and answer the following: Who is your favorite Superhero and what makes them super to you? I look forward to reading your answers! Have fun! Ten winners will receive copies of the first book in my series, TIGER’S CURSE along with a copy of the prequel novella in the series, TIGER’S PROMISE. One lucky winner will be getting my entire Tiger series! And one super duper lucky fan will win an advanced reading copy of REAWAKENED!

    Good luck everyone!

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    Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt? Then head on over to visit author Dorothy Dreyer’s page.

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    104 Responses to YA Scavenger Hunt-Spring 2015


    1. Michelle says:

      My favorite superhero is Batman. I think he’s super cool, and he doesn’t really have a superpower. He’s just rich and strong, but he’s able to still make a huge difference.

    2. miki says:

      favourite super hero?”etincelles” from the x men i love how she tries to adapt and doesn’t keep a grudge against “normal” human despites how they treated her

      thank you for teh generous giveaway

    3. Natalie says:

      My favorite superhero is Superman. Ever since Smallville, he’s been my favorite. He has so many powers and he’s an alien, which is pretty cool. Thank you for the giveaway!

    4. Sarah says:

      My favorite superhero would have to be Superman (aka the cutie Clark Kent). I grew to love him by watching all the seasons of Smallville with my family. I have SO many great memories of us watching it together! 🙂

    5. Ruth says:

      Hmm…Superman. He’s perfect, he can do just about anything. And that perfect moment when he flies you up in his arms…Ahh, enough said.

      Thank you so much for the giveaway! 🙂

    6. Raven says:

      It’s a tough decision between Green Arrow (I love archers) and the Flash (I love goofy characters). NOPE I’M NOT CHOOSING ONE 😀
      Thanks for the giveaway!

    7. Shelby von Wahl says:

      My favourite superhero is spiderman … Andrew Garfield anyone? haha, I just wish he was part of the Avengers, along with Iron man who is my close second…

    8. Hannah says:

      My favourite superhero is not your ordinary superhero, and doesn’t fit the stereotype of a guy flying around in tights 😛 Steve Irwin (you might know him as ‘The Crocodile Hunter’)has done a phenomenal amount for conservation. The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Cape York Peninsula, Australia provides a protected area for native wildlife. I find his passion for wildlife inspiring, and I think that his accomplishment of getting the message of conservation to the world was nothing short of heroic.

      By the way, THANKS so much for this bonus entry opportunity! I am so excited for REAWAKENED!!! 🙂 Just checking – this is open for international entry, right?

    9. Emily Gilot says:

      Hmm… I would say my favorite superhero is Captain America because of this character. He is loyal to his friends and country. He is completely selfless, fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves. He is just an amazing human being. He is my favorite also because his stories originated during WWII, which is my favorite era in history to learn about.

    10. Jen H. says:

      Normally I would say my favorite superhero is Batman because he’s human. He doesn’t need special powers to make a difference. However, as of recently Captain America has become a favorite as well. I just love his attitude about life and his patriotism. He’s just an all around good guy.

    11. Chary B. says:

      My favorite superhero is Professor X. I like that while some might underestimate his power because he’s in a wheel chair, he is one of the strongest X-Men. I like that he is wise and how he is the father figure in the X-men. We need more role models like that when we think of our heroes. 🙂

    12. Chelsie says:

      I’m not sure he really counts as a superhero, but I have to say mine is the Doctor from Doctor Who. Mainly because he doesn’t -have- to save anyone, he all does it because he wants to, you know? He wasn’t bitten by a radioactive spider or zapped with the tesseract and given awesome powers. He stole a time traveling box and decided that he wanted to save people with it. Really nerdy of me to say, I know, but to me that’s heroic.

    13. Becky says:

      My favorite superhero is Black Widow. Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner is a close second, but Black Widow kicks butt and takes names and she’s a girl, so I think she wins. 🙂

    14. Montse says:

      My favorite superhero is spiderman because he wasn’t really special nor multimillionaire and managed to save the world a few dozen times with just his weird spider superpowers and a latex suit he designed himself.

    15. Allana Lopez says:

      Well, my family and I recently began doing genealogy work in our family. One of my ancestors,William Chaplin, was born into a poor farming family in South Carolina in 1830. When he reached his early twenties, he left home in search of land and a place where he could live freely without persecution. His family didn’t share the same religious values as he did and tensions were common in the household. He knew he couldn’t forsake what he believed in, so he packed up and left the place he was born in and the family who had raised him. William didn’t necessarily know where he was going, just that he felt he needed to continue away from the place where the ones closest to him did in fact abandon him.

      He wrote a poem about the hardships in his life, dealing with people who treated him badly because of his principles. Eventually, he found forgiveness for his family and returned home many decades later, teaching them about the things he’d learned about himself and his religion.

      He is my superhero, because his example taught me that life is going to come at you armed with difficulty and strife. It’s going to leave you wandering aimlessly for answers and it will weigh on you for what seems like an eternity. But living with that burden of despair is not living. Rather, we should stand steadfast in our beliefs, rise up in the midst of our troubles, and be resolute in our morals. The difficulties in life aren’t meant to be burdens that we carry forever. We just need to let ourselves know that our confidence and beliefs are foundations for a happier purpose in life. To be a superhero means to stand up for yourself and for your feelings and for your beliefs, because without them, life will not serve its reason. And just because others put us down does not mean there is no one left out in the world. There will always be someone. We just need to believe that whatever troubles that are in our lives are going to get better in the end.

      Ummm…I think I got carried away, but I feel strongly about this, lol:) I love your books, Ms. Houck, and I can’t wait for Reawakened. Thank-you for all you’ve given to us fans!

    16. Thais Pampado says:

      My favorite superhero is Iron Man, I love his sassy, “don’t-care” attitude!

      Thanks for the giveaway. I couldn’t find if it was international or not, so I’m entering and hoping that it is 🙂

    17. Morgan says:

      My favorite superhero is Rogue from X-Men. She is unsure of where she fits in but she finds out where she belongs and she becomes so fierce.

    18. Amber says:

      I love your books so much!! I think my favorite superhero would be Iron man (does he count as a superhero?), because of Robert Downey Jr hehe and I love how he’s turned his weakness into his power 🙂

    19. Kim Waters says:

      I can’t decide! I love Captain America because he’s the epitome of the Good Guy; Hawkeye, because he’s funny and always wants to help; and Batman for being broody and broken and a superhero without powers. I also love Nightwing because I’ve always crushed on Dick Grayson and Batgirl/Oracle because she’s kickass in a wheelchair! 😀

      Yeah, I’ll stop now…

    20. Rosaline says:

      Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂
      My favorite superheroes (because I can’t choose between them) are: The Green Arrow! Because I LOVE archery. And he’s amazing.
      And Wonder Woman. <3 I just adore her! And I'm a sucker for Greek Mythology!
      I also like Batman. But he's nowhere near Wonder Woman and the Green Arrow! 😀

    21. Jessica Kilgore says:

      My favorite superhero is Thor! He’s an awesome superhero because, although he was a God, he was noble, humble, and honorable.

    22. Katrina @ Bookish Things says:

      This is such a hard question. There are so many awesome ones. I’m going to go with The Hulk. He’s a smart, sciencey guy that you really don’t want to tick off.

    23. Nichole says:

      My favorite Superhero is definitely Hawkeye. I love how he doesn’t necessarily have “superpowers” but he can totally hold his own in a fight.

    24. Lauren @ Lose Time Reading says:

      Wonder Woman 🙂 She’s just awesome and beautiful! I’ve loved her since I was a little girl! Thanks for the giveaway!

    25. Jaime says:

      My favorite superhero is Captain America. I love what he stands for: truth, justice, American’ values, etc. I also love his loyalty to his country and the PEOPLE and his own friends (aka Bucky). His morality is a nice twist for the Avengers team.

    26. Kirsten says:

      My favorite superhero is Captain America! I love how old fashioned he is and how he’s such a gentleman. I also feel really sad for him because he was frozen and I empathize with him a lot.

    27. Artemis Giote says:

      Batman is my favourite.

      I admire him. His dedication, his will, his morality. He mastered human perfection just to serve justice, to serve as a symbol of hope for the people of Gotham. He continuously tests his limits and strives to become better. He reminds me that, no matter how tough times get, you can overcome it.

    28. Maud G says:

      X-men’s Mystique, I love the idea of her super powers and well… Watching the movie with Jennifer Lawrence playing her only made it her more awesome to me than she already was 🙂

    29. Melissa Paschal says:

      I would say my favorite super hero would be she rah because she was the first real female super hero I was introduced to.

    30. Melissa H. says:

      My favorite superhero is actually the super villain, Loki!! Because, well, Tom Hiddleston <3 Not only is he smexy, he is the sweetest person ever!!!

    31. Shruti says:

      My favorite superhero would be wonder woman 🙂 I think that’s because she is one of the bravest and smartest superheroes. She shows how women are strong too, and it’s not just male superheroes that are strong. I find that inspiring and I think she should have her own film too 😀

    32. Samantha Wallace says:

      My superhero is Jesus because he has saved so many people with the ultimate sacrifice and he is still saving people!! Thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂

    33. Eva Rushton says:

      I love Iron Man because he uses his head to get out of tough spots and he protects those he cares for utmost.

    34. Katherine Adams says:

      My favorite superhero is Batman because he has no special powers just a will to right wrongs and his brain

    35. Denise C. says:

      Mystique from X-Men… That is probably one of the most deceitful superpower ever and it’s pretty scary .

    36. Michaela says:

      I have to pick a FAVORITE???

      Oh man… ACTUAL superhero, I guess I’d go with Iron Man, 1) because RDJ, and 2) because he’s so snarky, sarcastic, and real.

      But villainous superhero, I’d go with Loki all the way. 1) Because TOM HIDDLESTON, 2) because he’s super snarky, 3) he really isn’t evil, he’s just full of ego and self-preservation, and 4) because TOM HIDDLESTON. LOL

    37. Kellani says:

      I don’t know. I was never totally committed to anyone. I guess, Thor because he’s also a Norse God. But, I mean, Loki… he’s just cast really attractively… which I would totally go for.

    38. Cassandra says:

      My favorite superhero is wolverine. He’s completely bad ass and Hugh Jackman is gorgeous. What more could a woman want?

    39. Dezirae Gonzalez says:

      My favorite is The FLASH. Not only is he just as fast as Superman, but he super funny and you can always count on him to have a clever pun while fighting crime. 😉 lol

    40. Amber says:

      My favourite superhero is Thor, because I love how he is all-powerful (god of thunder and all that), yet he is not immortal and mortality seems to be his only weakness.

    41. K Fox says:

      My favorite Superhero has to be … Thor! Why? Because he is amazing and … well … I can’t help but think of Chris Hemsworth! Yum!!! It’s the entire package right there. You can’t ask for more!!! 🙂 Thanks, Colleen, for putting this together each year. I have been participating since you started this and I wouldn’t miss it! I know it’s lots of work but I truly appreciate it!!!

    42. Carol says:

      My favourite superhero is Iron Man because…I don’t know, he just makes me laugh! I like the fact that he’s sarcastic and I like the backstory!

    43. Nic says:

      I’ve always been a big Green Lantern fan. With courage (and, um, a power ring), anyone can be a Green Lantern, so it’s quite democratic. Plus, the ring’s powers are all about creativity – you can make anything you can think of!

    44. Emma G says:

      I’ve always liked Batman, ever since I was a little girl. I always liked him because he never really had any special abilities like the rest of the heroes. He was just normal, but that didn’t stop him. He wanted to help people and he did, and I’ve always looked up to him for that.
      ~Emma G

    45. angelica says:

      my favorite superhero.. jezz that’s hard… it sure will have to be black widow (from the movies). cause no real superpowers and still kiss some ass, made mistakes but turn out for the better..

    46. Parneet says:

      My favourite superhero is Spiderman. I love him because I’ve always watched the movies since I was young and grown up with them. I even have a Spider-Man mug, which I drink milk from!

    47. Liezl says:

      Gandalf the Grey because he firmly believes that true courage is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare one. For me a hero is someone who knows and still knows what mercy means.

    48. Sharon says:

      My favorite superhero has to be Wolverine, but the one played by Hugh Jackman (not the comic books). Why – because he is awesome! Anyone who can have knife claws come out of their hands but manage to not cut himself has to be the best.

    49. Emma A says:

      I really love Iron Man because even though he wasn’t born with super powers, or genetically altered to have super powers, he took a disability, and with his smarts made himself great!

    50. Kassiah says:

      I think Mighty Mouse is my favorite super hero. HERE I COME TO SAVE THE DAY!

      Great post! Thanks for participating in/creating the YASH! xo

    51. Alizah says:

      I live, love, and breathe Spider-Man. I think the storyline is something that can grab you and takes you away. Both the movies and the comic books are the best.

    52. Chelsea says:

      My favorite superhero is Batman. Mostly because he shows that you don’t have to have super powers like flying or inhuman strength to save someone.

    53. Nicole Johnson says:

      Spider-man for sure. I grew up loving Spider-Man and he will always be super to me no matter what.

    54. Lauren says:

      Who is your favorite Superhero and what makes them super to you?
      Wonder Woman is my favorite superhero because she was a strong female.

    55. Giovanna Silva says:

      Let me see… my favorite Superhero might be Thor. I think i have some obsession about Gods, I always was addicted to mythology and that stuf. And I forget mention that Chris Hemsworth its soooo HANDSOME like a GOD!!!! and also in the movie Thor i kind of melted… i became in love for Thor in that movie… I’m sooo jealous of Jane!!!
      Anyway… I CANT WAIT TO READ REAWAKENED!!!!!!
      Love ya Colleen <3 u r the best!!!

    56. Sarah Chan says:

      My favorite is the Black Widow because she rocks and can kick butt! 🙂 Plus, she is also an Avenger who doesn’t have her own movie. I mean, COME ON! She needs to get her own story brought to film, like, NOW!

    57. Vickie says:

      My fav. superhero is Iron Man b/c he doesn’t have superpowers but he’s rich and with his money he built an iron suit to protect people.
      Thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂

    58. Monica R. says:

      I’d like to think that my favorite superhero is Batman because he’s so strong even though he has no magical or alien powers. My friends on the other hand claim that I’m a big Wonder Woman fan and I think it’s a 50/50 there! I just love all DC heroes! I also am a big shipper of Batman and Wonder Woman! All my friends know I ship them hardcore and I’m patiently waiting for them to get together in the comic world, right after WW dumps Supes xD (I still love Superman though)! Thanks for the giveaway and for hosting YASH! 😀 (sorry the reply is so long…).

    59. Melissa Robles says:

      I’m very fond of Spider-man. He’s pretty cool and pretty cute. Especially when he was portrayed by Andrew Garfield. <3

    60. Tiger's Warp says:

      The Everyday Superhero!
      Those Superheroes in our lives who are unassuming and never expect anything in return. The individual or individuals who despite their uncertainty or fear take their courage in hand and forge ahead, doing what must be done for the greater good or for just the one.

      Superheroes who are nameless or faceless, invisible to those who overlook them. Like Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins & Samwise Gamgee . . . finding their courage to be brave and more than they ever dared to be when all others around them, save Gandalf the Grey, doubted and questioned their fortitude and resolve. The Everyday Superhero inspires me to be more than I think I can be.

      Colleen, as my FAV author, sending out a HUGH-MUNGUS THANK YOU for all you do for your fans! Thank you to all the authors who put so much effort into organizing the YASH and offer such great giveaways!!

      CONGRATS . . . to all the winners of the giveaways! HAPPY READING!!!

    61. Alexa Chia says:

      My favourite superhero is probably…does Robin Hood count as a superhero?? Haha, if not then it’s Hawkeye. I don’t know, I love the earthy knives and daggers, bow and arrow kind of super. Or maybe it’s just Jeremy Renner hehe. Thanks for the share and giveaway!

    62. Mimi says:

      My favourite superhero is Thor!!!! Absolutely amazing, his willpower is just incredibly insane! (And seriously?! Who cannot adore Chris Hemsworth on the big screen;)

    63. Tiger's Warp says:

      Enjoyed the never-before-shared sneak peek of REAWAKENED Bonus Material posted on your host’s page. I could feel the emotion between the heroine, Lily, and your hero, Amon. Whew . . . was sultry!

      I love the way you make me feel like I am right there in the room with your characters. Thank your for your engaging wordsmith-ness. LOVE YA and your books, Colleen. Just sayin’ !

    64. Whitney Lauren H. says:

      My favorite superhero would have to be Iron Man. Despite his ego, he is a genius who used his brain power to create something that ultimately saved his life and created the suit to protect people. Plus his sarcasm and interaction with other people is funny to watch.

    65. Jeannie says:

      My favorite superhero is Thor! He is a God and he can kick some booty. And from the movies he is a sweet nice guy and very hot.

    66. Hope Tweeddale says:

      My favourite superhero (or villain?) is Loki because Tom Hiddleston. And also because its super cool and misunderstood and I feel for him and I can’t think of any other superheros at the moment and yeah 😛

    67. Téa Lynn La Bar says:

      I can talk superhero’s all the time, so ill make this quick. I love the Teen Titan’s. (Now they are DC superhero’s so If we are talking Marvel, then Spiderman. He is so relatable and hilarious.) I have read all the Teen Titan comics I can get my hands on (except the New 52, which are a disgrace to their good name). I have also watch both TV series, and love the original. My favorite one specifically is Raven. She is so interesting as a character, and even won third place for most badass women of animation.
      Thank you so much for the bonus material, I have been reading it constantly over the past 3 days! Keep on writing!

    68. Anna says:

      My husband, Dad, father-In
      -law and both my
      grandpa’s. All good men of great character! I can’t say enough good things about the men in my life! Jesus, also—I don’t
      hink any man could be more “super”.

    69. Ana Barrios says:

      My favorite superhero is my Mom. She has worked so hard in taking care of me and my brother. She’s my inspiration to work hard in school and achieve a better life. She’s a housewife, but she aspires to become a nurse and I really hope her dream comes true. Even though there are times when she drives me crazy, but I still love her no matter what and I always help her whenever I can, just as how she helps me whenever there are times I feel a little bit down.

    70. Emilee says:

      My favorite super hero is actually a team of brothers. I think the ninja turtles are amazing and they fit each other perfectly. There is the comical relief, Michelangelo, the brains, Donatello, the bronze, Raphael who is my favorite, and the leader who thinks things through Leonardo.

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    New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she's not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.