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  • YASH Fall 2015-Hosting Cat Winters

    October 1, 2015

    Welcome to the 11th YA Scavenger Hunt!

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    Hello! I am Colleen Houck (standing in for Jessica Burkhart)

    your hostess for this leg of the hunt.

     You are currently hunting on

    Orange Team

    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 TEAM ORANGE, 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, October 4th, 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, October 4th!

    There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! BLUE TEAM, 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…

    Cat Winters!


    BIO: Cat Winters is the award-winning author of paranormal, historical fiction for teens and adults. Her YA works include IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, and the upcoming HAMLET-inspired 1920s novel, THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY (March 2016). Her debut adult novel, THE UNINVITED, released in 2015, and her second book for adults, YESTERNIGHT, is scheduled for 2016.

    Winters was born and raised in Southern California, just a short drive down the freeway from Disneyland. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids.

    Jessica’s secret number for the hunt is 3!

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

    The Cure for Dreaming


    Here’s a teaser, 

    Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

    You can now add The Cure for Dreaming to your TBR list on Goodreads!

    Are you as interested in this book?

    Here’s how you can your hands on it!

    You can buy her book HERE!


    My second YA novel, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, involves hypnotism, DRACULA, and a young suffragist named Olivia Mead in 1900 America. Originally, I created a Gothic, theatrical book trailer for the novel that features the gorgeous song “Blood Waltz,” composed and performed by the highly talented Kristen Lawrence ( My publisher felt the trailer was a bit much, however, so we opted for a simpler trailer in which I read a short excerpt from the book.

    I spent a great deal of time creating the original book trailer, but it’s just been sitting on my computer, unseen, lonely. Now, for the first time ever, I present to you the full, original trailer with its sumptuous musical accompaniment that’s perfect for the Halloween season.


     Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me and many more!

    Thank you so much for visiting my website!

    Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt? Then head on over to visit author Erica Cameron.


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    I’m Linda Louise, one of the bloggers on this website and Colleen’s little sister. I’m just a girl in her mid-thirties who feels thirteen when I play outside with my boys, fifteen when I sing my heart out listening to tunes while driving by myself, and sixty five when I go out past ten at night. I have a thing for junior mints, Mt. Dew, shrimp and kale (though not all at once) and I have a crush on Superman. I still get girlish butterflies when I read Twilight, cry when I read These is My Words, and smile from ear to ear when I read Anne of Green Gables. I have nightmares about aliens on a regular basis and I have a bad habit of midnight snacking. I love everything sports, except golf (although can that honestly be considered a sport??), and I hate anything that slithers, hisses, or stings. I have a problem with giggling at inappropriate moments and I sometimes wish life was a musical. I love science, hate math, love Dr. Seuss, and hate olives. My family is my world and my joys come from their happiness. I’ve learned I don’t know much about anything and I live for a good adventure, naps, cuddles, stories, exceptional food and The Shire.