Colleen Houck

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  • YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2016!

    February 11, 2016

    Welcome to the 12th YA Scavenger Hunt!

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    Hello! I am Colleen Houck,

    your hostess for this leg of the hunt.

    First Reawakened book

    About Me

    My favorite holiday is Halloween.

    I have eleven Koi fish.

    My food therapy is a cheeseburger

    I love the store Charming Charlie’s to accessorize

    Gardenias are one of my favorite things to smell

    And I may or may not have an obsession with holiday decorations

     You are currently hunting on TEAM GOLD.

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

    Somewhere on this blog hop, I’ve hidden three things; the title for book three in the REAWAKENED series, a steamy sneak peak from RECREATED and a screen shot from the upcoming RECREATED book trailer! Before you go looking for it, 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 GOLD, 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.

    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 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 3rd!

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

    Pintip Dunn!


    About Pintip:When my first-grade teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied, “An author.” Although I have pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.

    I graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. I received my J.D. at Yale Law School, where I was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. I published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,” and received the Barry S. Kaplan Prize for best paper in Law and Literature.”


    Colleen here-True, and much less impressive, school story, I once was forced to eat a huge pile of fish sticks before being dismissed from the elementary school cafeteria, I swear it was like 46 fish sticks! As you’d expect, I felt sick to my stomach and threw up everywhere!”

    The book Pintip is showcasing is book one in the FORGET TOMORROW series,


    In case you’re as curious about the story as I am, you’re in luck!


    “Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…

    by your future self. 

     It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

    Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

    In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.

    But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.”


    Exclusive content! The scene below is from the POV of Logan, who is Callie’s love interest in FORGET TOMORROW. It takes place one day before the beginning of Book 1. Logan has just received his vision from his future self.

    Logan opened his eyes. He’d been lost in a memory from his future — THE memory, the one for which he’d been preparing for seventeen years — and it took him a moment to readjust to the present. His surroundings melted into his consciousness like one of those screenshots that slowly came into focus. He saw color first, wide swaths of grays and silvers, which unfurled into the ordinary objects of the memory room. Dark, shiny tiles. A lounge chair with hard cylindrical cushions. White sheets hung on the walls for privacy.

    Privacy. Ha. Like that meant anything when there was a guard next door, peering into his head, seeing everything he saw, feeling everything he felt.

    He ripped the metal helmet-like contraption from his head, fighting the urge to fling it across the room. He’d told his parents he didn’t want this memory. All these visions had done for the people he loved was cause them terrible grief. He’d be just fine without his glimpse of tomorrow.

    But his parents had insisted. They said it would arouse too much suspicion if he refused his memory. It might even clue in ComA, or the Committee of Agencies, to the existence of The Underground, the clandestine group of psychics working to escape the government’s persecution. The last thing Logan wanted was to threaten the group that kept his brother safe.

    So he came, and he received the memory from his future self.

    It was exactly what he expected — and exactly not.

    The female guard rushed in just as he was winding his arm up for the throw. “So, a gold star swimmer, huh?” she cooed, taking the metal contraption from his hand and running the pads of her fingers across his knuckles.

    He swore to the Fates she hadn’t been cooing a few minutes ago, before he received his memory.

    “How does it feel knowing you’re going to be someone so . . . important?” Her cool, cool fingers traveled up his arm, inch by crawly inch, like a spider he wanted to flick away.

    Yep, she was definitely hitting on him, never mind the years separating them. Who knew that a gold star status could render a ten-year gap irrelevant?

    “Fine,” he said, trying to sound bored, even though his insides sizzled and popped. It wasn’t the gold star status that made him mad. That’s what his parents had been dreaming of ever since they tossed him into the swimming pool when he was three.

    It was the part . . . after . . . that made him feel like a flame was being held to his toes. That part had him reliving memories of his childhood, memories he thought he had long since buried. (And, if he were being honest, that part also made something leap in the vicinity of his chest. But he wasn’t about to confess that particular truth, not to anyone.)

    “Oh, I like that attitude.” The guard’s spider fingers reached his bicep and wrapped around it. “The confidence.

    The arrogance. Why, you must’ve known this was your destiny, didn’t you?” She batted her tattooed eyelids at him. Was this suppose to be sexy? By Eden City’s standards, she was perfectly attractive. But the change in her attitude made the bile rise in his throat.

    Just once, he’d like a girl to be interested in him for him. Not for his swimming, not for the body that came along with his hours in the pool. But him. Logan Russell. His thoughts, his wants, his feelings.

    The way she used to be interested in him. The girl whose name he hadn’t allowed himself to speak for the last five years.

    The one who had just appeared, unfathomably, in his future memory.

    Callie Stone.

    You can now add FORGET TOMORROW to your TBR list on Goodreads!

    Are you as interested in this book as I am?

    Here’s how you can get your hands on it!

    You can buy her book HERE!

     Check out more on her Website, Twitter, or Facebook pages

    and sign up for her Newsletter so you’ll never miss out

    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 and many more! Just check out all these books on team gold,


    To enter, you need to write down my favorite number, find all the other numbers on TEAM GOLD, 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. Ten lucky winners will receive the  first book in both my series, TIGER’S CURSE AND REAWAKENED! Good luck everyone!

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    Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win,

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


    This entry was posted in Featuring Authors, Uncategorized, YA Scavenger Hunt.

    117 Responses to YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2016!

    1. Kailey says:

      This is so exciting! What a cool giveaway! I’m a huge fan of your books, and I am gonna follow these scavenger links like crazy!

    2. Celine says:

      Thank you so much for hosting this Scavenger Hunt! I look forward to it every time. Looking forward to seeing where Lily and Kelsey go next!

    3. Dominique says:

      I”ve known about YASH for about 2 years…. I can’t remember where I learned it from… this will inevitably bug me through out the rest of the hunt.

    4. Monica Hoffman says:

      I found out about the scavenger hunt through Brenda Drake!

      I just ordered Reawakened today and I can’t wait to have you sign it at RT Convention!!

    5. Gabs @ My Full Bookshelf says:

      Someone I follow tweeted about it last year. I thought it was the coolest thing ever! Now I’m obsessed.

    6. E. Mitchell says:

      Madeline Dyer, a YA author on the red team, posted about YASH on twitter and I had to jump into the whole event. Thank you for the giveaway!

    7. Melissa Robles says:

      I’m not 100% sure but I think I learned about it on Twitter or Goodreads. I’ve been participating for a while now, if not since the beginning!

    8. Liliana says:

      I’ve actually been participating in YASH for a while, so I don’t quite remember how I first found out about it. But I probably saw an author whose blog I followed post about it and was quite intrigued 🙂

    9. Aliz says:

      I found out about YASH from Colleen Houck’s Facebook page! So excited to participate in this scavenger hunt!! ^^

    10. Sandi T. says:

      Funny thing is, I don’t exactly remember how I discovered YASH! 🙂

      I think it was while I was reading up on YA books on Goodread, or maybe Twitter?

    11. Yara says:

      Thank you for organizing the scavenger hunt! I really appreciate all the time and effort you put into this 🙂

    12. Denise C. says:

      I discovered YASH through Jennifer L. Armentrout’s blog post a while back. I have been participating ever since. 🙂

    13. Courtney Pierce says:

      I learned about YASH from a goodrrads entry of yours a few years back- at least I’m pretty sure that’s how I found out😂

    14. Tammy says:

      I’ve been doing this for years and love it. I get email notifications from different authors plus Facebook.

    15. Cassandra says:

      Oh wow! I don’t think I remember… Okay let’s see. My first hunt was spring 2012. I’m pretty sure I found out from either Stacey Kade or Joy Preble. Maybe Stacey? I feel like I remember getting really excited when Mrs. Preble joined for the first time…

    16. Rebecca says:

      Thanks so much for the giveaway and for all the effort you put into YASH! I’ve been participating in the hunt for a few years now after seeing a post on TLC’s blog and it is so much fun each time.

    17. Katherine says:

      Thanks for starting the hunt! I actually discovered it through your website a few years ago and am so happy at how big it has gotten

    18. Michelle Buck says:

      I found out about the hunt from a post on Instagram from author Jennifer M. Eaton. Thanks for hosting and thanks for the extra giveaway. ❤

    19. Sue @ Crushingcinders says:

      Thank you Awesome prizes. My first YASH entered was 2 years ago and I found out about it on Twitter

    20. Artemis Giote says:

      I learned about it from you. I remember the first YA Scavenger Hunt we had to ‘hunt’ words and not numbers. And it wasn’t easy!

    21. Amy Cox says:

      Thanks for starting YASH. I found out about it after I happened upon the Tiger’s Curse book when I was in dire need of a new book. I found out about it from your web site and started participating. It’s a lot of fun!

    22. Caroline says:

      Found out from Wendy Higgins on twitter! I adore this author so I had to check it out. This is such a fun idea!

    23. miki says:

      i discovered YASH years ago thanks to a friend and since then i always took part even if i was never lucky to win anything so far

    24. Cindy C. says:

      I learned about the YASH back in 2013, I think Tera Lynn Childs posted something about it and I clicked on the link and here I am. I’ve been participating ever since. I really love it! :3

    25. Ashley Rogers says:

      I was sent an email this morning tell me about the giveaway (: I am very grateful for this wonderful information.

    26. Arely Gomez says:

      I learned about the YASH through your website, Colleen. It’s my first time participating and I’m so excited about it 🙂

    27. Jaime H. says:

      Authors I adore and follow announced they were participating before, so then I signed up to receive emails from the YA Scavenger Hunt blog to be notified every time they do it!

    28. ashlee says:

      one of the authors i was looking for was involved last year so i found yash on her page on facebook. it lead me to winning one of your books for free and i went and bought the others great series =)

    29. Sabrina Joy says:

      I really can’t remember how I found out about YASH. I’ve been a participate for about a year. I think I most likely discovered YASH through one of the authors on the teams.

    30. Ruzaika says:

      My co-blogger was VERY excited about the YASH and encouraged me to take part too! Thanks for this amazing giveaway!

    31. Kat Stiles says:

      I think I learned about YASH on twitter, this is my second one as both and author and a hunter, and I really love it! Thanks so much for providing this great way to expose readers to talented authors and win awesome prizes!

    32. Rebecka J says:

      I learned about YASH the hard way…

      Nope, just kidding. 😉 I think I first heard about it during its first or second round from a fellow book-blogger.

      Thank you for this awesome extra giveaway! <3

    33. Michelle says:

      I learned about the YASH through my email. I love doing these, thank you for your time and effort you put into putting this together.

    34. Christina (Ensconced in Lit) says:

      Thanks for the great material and I’ve been dying to start your series for a while. Love how this hunt reminds me of books I’ve meant to read and new ones too! I’ve met several authors over the years and I forget who introduced me to the scavenger hunt, probably Paula Stokes, and I haven’t gotten to participate as much as I’d like, so was thrilled to get to this time!

    35. Bhavneet says:

      I was visiting your site for the monthly giveaway when I found out about this! I love your books, and I’ve found so many other amazing titles since then!

    36. Sophia says:

      Hi Colleen first of all thank you very much for creating and organizing YASH! Thank you for making YASH international! Is your personal giveaway international too? I wanted to make sure before I enter.

    37. Lauren says:

      Thanks for the giveaway 🙂 I have been participating in YASH for so long now I can’t even remember where I heard about it! I think it was probably twitter but I can’t even be certain 😛

    38. Kassiah says:

      I can’t remember how I found the hunt. I think I found it from an author I was following. Thanks for participating in the hunt!

    39. Chelsie says:

      I’ve been doing this since the first or second hunt; I saw it mentioned in a Facebook post and have been doing it ever since!

    40. Debi says:

      I actually learned about it from one of your newsletters and have been doing it ever since. Still haven’t won, but it is exciting to discover new authors and add more books to my want to read list.

    41. Tiffany says:

      Thanks for creating YASH! This event is really exciting, and this is the third time I participate in this event. I think I know this event from fellow blogger and from twitter 🙂

    42. Theresa says:

      I learned about it via twitter! This is the first time I’ve been able to participate and it’s been so much fun!!!

    43. Lillie says:

      I’ve been following the YASH since the very first event! I think I found out about it through Josephine Angelini’s blog whose books I adore, though it could’ve been any other author!

    44. CYNTHIA K. says:

      LOVE the #YASH!! Have been doing the author round-robin since it’s inception. Colleen has been my FAV author since I first laid eyes on the cover of Tiger’s Curse in 2011!!

      Colleen . . . Thank you sooooo much of all the hard work done my you, your family and the army of authors who devote their time and effort to showcase their work to us eager bookish fan!! It is ALL muchly appreciated!!

      THANK YOU!

    45. CYNTHIA K. says:

      Have been doing the #YASH author round-robin since it’s inception. It’s been LOVE-at-first-sight since I laid eyes on the cover of Tiger’s Curse in 2011. Colleen is my FAV author and have been following her blog, FB, etc. for seems like for always.

      Colleen . . . THANK YOU for all you do for your fans. We, as fans, appreciate ALL the effort and time that goes into putting on the #YASH twice a year.

      THANK YOU to you, your family and ALL the authors for the time and effort they put in to showcase their work and the opportunity for you bookish fans to find new treasures to add to our TBR lists.

    46. Ana says:

      I first learned about the YASH when I visited the Tiger’s Curse website Colleen Houck created. It was mentioned in a post she created, and I have been entering the contest ever since.

    47. Stephanie says:

      I first learned about YASH spring of 2015 from one of the authors (don’t remember which one) I follow on Facebook.

    48. Sophia says:

      I discovered YASH through Twitter. My goodreads profile name is Sophia…my profile pic is an anime pic (Detective Conan).

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    Author Bio
    Colleen Houck
    Colleen Houck

    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.