Colleen Houck

“One heartbeat passed and then another, and the moment felt hot and frozen at the same time. Then he smiled, and it was sunshine and heat and unspoken promises wrapped in a single expression.” Tiger's Promise

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  • YASH 2016 Fall Edition!

    October 4, 2016

    Welcome to the lucky 13th YA Scavenger Hunt!


    Hello! I am Colleen Houck,

    your hostess for this leg of the hunt.

    First Reawakened book

    About Me

    My favorite color is blue.

    I do my writing in my bedroom.

    My favorite month is October.

    I love hot chocolate in the fall.

    And I’m currently writing my tenth book.

     You are currently hunting on TEAM GOLD.

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

    Somewhere on this blog hop, I’ve hidden three things; the cover reveal for REIGNITED, the novella in the REAWAKENED series, a cover reveal for REUNITED, book three in the REAWAKENED series, and a sneak peek from REIGNITED! Before you go looking for them, 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, OCT 9th, 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 SIX contests going on simultaneously as well as a bonus contest and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM but there is also a RED TEAM BLUE TEAM, ORANGE TEAM, PURPLE 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…

    Selene Castrovilla!


    About Selene:

    Selene always knew she was a writer, from the time she held a pencil. But when she was a teenager she was filled with so much self-doubt that she stopped writing for over ten years. That’s why she makes it her mission to inspire people to live their dreams.

    Selene loves quotes, and her house is filled with them: on magnets, in frames — even right on the walls! She posts daily quotes on her Facebook page.

    Selene’s mantra is Gandhi’s “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” For her, that change is love. Selene does all things with love, most especially her writing. Her books ask the question: “Why do people hurt each other?”

    Selene gives out “Happy Clams” to her fans, and if you contact her through her website and ask for one, she’ll send it to you!

    Selene has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, where she was lucky enough to study with Jacqueline Woodson!



    The book Selene is showcasing is MELT! 


    Colleen here: I counted the bricks on the cover and, if I’m right, there are

    Gold number 46 balloons


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


    Melt is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family’s secret – about to be unleashed.

    Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?

    Melt is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.




    Bonus Material!


    Selene is currently at work on Unpunished, Book Three of The Rough Romance Trilogy.  So many questions! Can we find redemption, and what is its cost? Can love conquer all, and can it last? Can a person ever get away from the horrors of the past? Selene doesn’t know the answers until her characters experience them.

    Here’s a sneak preview of the final Rough Romance book!


    I wake up in the dark. Black out curtains, blacked-out mind. All this blocking, still no relief. The bright, shining pain, it sears right though. Here comes the sun. I know it’s out there waiting,  all its truths splayed out in full view on my front lawn that’s seen better days, only the lawn misses Pop and his fanatical maintenance. Yeah, there is is again. That name. I clamp my eyelids, squeezing every bit of defiance I can muster. I bury my head in the cheap feather pillow, the untrimmed ends stab my face.

    Twisted in my sweat sheets, wound up like a tangled yo-yo no-one wants, I think of another name. The name that hurts me even more. Why does love rip through us so much, isn’t it supposed to heal us? Pleas spew from my mouth.

    “Come back. Come back, Doll. Please.”

    My heart smashes against my chest cave, solitary confinement it can never escape, but it keeps getting bruised up trying.

    I get more worked up,  panting, clawing. My eyes squeeze themselves shut, like the answer is contained in my tunnel of vision and I just can’t let it out.

    Somehow, my brain says. Somehow I’ll find her.

    Then that bitch the sunny truth beams her ray in: I did find her.

    I just never bargained for what came next.

    You can now add MELT 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 page.

    You can also join her street team called: Castrovilla’s Crusaders

    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. Five lucky winners will receive the  first and second book in my REAWAKENED series, REAWAKENED AND RECREATED! Good luck everyone!

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    Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win,

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

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


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

    122 Responses to YASH 2016 Fall Edition!

    1. Emily says:

      This is not my first time doing the YA Scavenger Hunt. I love these hunts because I get to find out about new authors and books.

    2. Cali W. says:

      Thanks for the giveaway; this isn’t my first time, but I enjoy going on the hunt and reading about new authors and their books. 🙂

    3. Kassie says:

      I LOVE the YA scavenger hunt! Not my first time. 😊 I LOVE getting to see authors I already love and learn about new authors and books! 😍

    4. Kathleen says:

      It’s my first time participating but I know that it won’t be my last. This idea of the YASH is really cool and exciting. I love being able to discover new authors and potentially winning signed books for my favorite authors. Plus, I love learning about the new authors and getting exclusive content on books! 🙂

    5. Stephanie H. says:

      This isn’t my first time doing these book hunts. They are a lot of fun and I enjoy learning about new book authors/books!

    6. Christine says:

      I think this is my second or third time doing the YA Hunt (I also do the NA hunt as well!). I have so much fun when I get the e-mail in my inbox saying that the hunt has begun. Although I’ve never won, I love learning about new authors and books I may want to read!

    7. Tammy V says:

      Not my first. I like seeing the extras for the books and finding new authors. Also when they do graphics for them is one of my favs.

    8. bethany farwell says:

      I’ve been doing the YASH since it first started!!!! It’s so exciting to see new authors and bonus content. Thank you SO much for creating this Colleen, you’re an inspiration to all of us readers and authors!

      P.S. I CAN’T wait for Tiger’s Dream!!

    9. Kim F says:

      Nope. I have been by your side since day one! : ) I have been doing these since the first year and look forward to it every time!!! Thanks for taking the time and doing this!!!

    10. Katrina Thomas says:

      This is my first time doing the Y.A. scavenger hunt. I like the hunt because I am able to find more books and other good authors.

    11. Meagan Ashley says:

      This is my first hunt! I’m liking it so far! I have some trouble finding some things but I’m getting the hang of it. The only thing I don’t like is that I don’t have a Twitter so I don’t get to have as many chances at prizes.

    12. Vivian Torres says:

      This isn’t my first hunt but I love doing them!!! My favorite part about the hunt is always discovering new authors and finding new books!!

    13. ashlee saunders says:

      This is i believe my third time doing YASH- the first year i won one of your books and i’m super happy with the series =) I love the fact that YASH introduces me to so many new authors i haven’t heard of.

    14. Jenn L. says:

      Not my first time doing YASH, I think I’ve been doing it since it first started. I love finding new authors and books!

    15. Ashley White says:

      I’ve participated several times. I love all the giveaway chances and also learning about books that I may not have heard of yet.

    16. melissa paschal says:

      This is not my first time. I love getting to know authors I would not have known about otherwise. Its a lot of fun too!

    17. Natalie Arroyo says:

      Yes, this is my first time. I’m really into discovering authors with their exciting stories of love and adventure. I want to get back to falling in love with the characters again envisioned by authors instead of my own

    18. Kestrel Jones says:

      This is my first hunt and I’m loving it! Discovering new authors and getting to see their personality is a lot of fun!

    19. Breana M. says:

      The isn’t the first time I’ve participated in YASH. I like the hunt because its a chance to find new authors that I haven’t heard of before.

    20. karen chappell says:

      This is my second yr. I hate how much time it takes,but luv finding new books and authors!
      Oh and the prizes are great too! Thanks and happy hunting to all!

    21. Theresa Snyder says:

      This is my second time! I participated in the spring hunt!
      Besides the challenge of finding all the info (in the limited time I have to try) I really like the extra bits from authors plus finding new-to-me authors!
      thanks for putting this on!

    22. Amy says:

      This is my second time. I love finding new authors and books, reading exclusive content and also having an opportunity to win great prices.

    23. Emily Mitchell says:

      I remember when this first started and I look forward to them every few months! I love getting to hear of new authors or new books from authors I already love!

    24. Anne C says:

      I have joined a scavenger hunt before and I always thought it was lots of fun! I love the thrill of hunting for the given tasks and I feel accomplished when I get to find everything. I’m so happy that there are rewards up for grabs for having a good time! Win-win!

    25. Katherine Paschal says:

      I think this is like my 5th YASH and I still absolutely love it, so thanks for starting it. My favorite part is discovering new authors to add to my to-read list.

    26. Nicole says:

      It’s my first time doing the hunt! I especially love that some authors are doing personal giveaways to give more opportunities. and that I’m learning about so many new books!

    27. Ayanami Faerudo says:

      This is not my first YASH…. this is probably my 4th?

      Anyway, I love discovering new books and new authors.

    28. Sabrina says:

      This is my third time doing the YASH!
      I love visiting all this blog and getting to know different author, it’s so awesome!!!

    29. Cheyenne says:

      this is my second time of doing YASH, and i was extremely lucky to win a category and i loved the fact of discovering new authors and reading their books i wouldn’t of been able to get in UK.

    30. Alyssa C. says:

      First time in Yash! So excited! Thanks for being part of it too! Seeing your books alot in bookstores so i’m looking forward to them!

    31. Gabrielle says:

      This is my third time! I honestly love everything about it. The awesome giveaways, the bonus content…it’s so fun!

    32. Cassandra says:

      This is not my first YASH! I’ve been doing them since fall of my sophomore year of college… so… 5 years? HOLY WOW. I love how much I get to interact with my favorite authors! Everything seems more active when YASH is live. I also like getting to interact with the same authors hunt to hunt! Thanks for doing a bonus giveaway!

    33. Mary Beth Bennett says:

      This is my second YASH. I was so impressed by my first one, I made sure to put the fall one on my calendar! I love finding new reads and authors. As a middle school librarian, I am also always looking for new titles for my readers.

    34. Jaime says:

      I’ve down the Hunt for years. I can’t even remember how long ago I started. I love hearing about all these awesome books and authors!

    35. Emily S says:

      This isn’t my first time. I try to participate every time the hunt is on. I love finding new books to read, and new authors to try out!

    36. Caitlin says:

      I’ve done a couple scavenger hunts now. I love learning about new books and authors, and getting fun content from authors I know.

    37. Sarah Kalaitzidis says:

      Ive been doing the scavenger hunt since it first began. I love it so much and i love learning about new YA book series!

    38. Kayl says:

      Yes, this is my first YASH and I so love it! The good thing about it is that, aside from the fancy giveaways, I am able to discover new authors to look out for.

    39. Samantha Wallace says:

      I have done scavenger hunts before and my favorite aspect is meeting new authors and them talking about their work!! Thanks for the giveaway!! 😀

    40. Zara Arshad says:

      This is my first time doing the scavenger hunt. The sheer number of the books up for prize makes me drool… literally 😛

    41. Rebecca Moore says:

      This is my first hunt! I didn’t know something like this even existed. I’m having such fun. I love reading all the authors posts – many of them are so witty.

    42. Irene says:

      I’m not sure, but I think this is my third time. I’ve yet to win anything, but it’s really great to get to know new authors 😀

    43. Artemis Giote says:

      Nope, is not my first YASH, It’s so fun.
      I love discovering new authors and books.
      Thank you for the chance!

    44. Bethany Fetzer says:

      This is not my first hunt. I’ve done a couple in the past. I love hearing about new books. I’m always trying to stay current for my teens!

    45. Natalia Wingo says:

      This is definitely not my first Scavenger Hunt! I joined it when it was just starting out! My favorite aspect is finding new books to read!

    46. Shannon Fay says:

      My fave thing about YASH is obviously all the books you could win, but aside of that, it’s that i get to discover all these amazing authors and books, that i might not have had the chance to see or learn about otherwise, and i LVOE discovering new books. All the individual giveaways are pretty sweet too, not gonna lie.

    47. Gaby Pérez says:

      Not my first ya scavenger hunt. My favorite part about it is that you get to find new awesome authors and get exclusive content from the ones you already love.

    48. S.N. says:

      First YASH. Great idea, and thanks for “inventing” it! Favorite part so far is the incredible variety of stories and settings I’ve encountered.

    49. Liliana Espinoza says:

      This is not my first time! I’ve been doing it for a while now! My favorite part is finding all these new authors and books to read!

    50. Agus Z says:

      This is my third time and I love meeting new books and authors! I’m always adding new books to my TBR list 😀

    51. Ana Barrios says:

      Nope! This is not my first time doing a YA Scavenger Hunt. My favorite aspect of the hunt is winning new books I’ve never heard of. I was one of the winners of this year’s Spring YA Scavenger Hunt, so I really hope to win again and read more amazing books! 😀

    52. Baggins says:

      This is not my first YASH. It’s about my 9th or 10th I believe! 😀 I love it because I learn about amazing authors and new books. My TBR list always increases a whole lot every YASH! Also, the giveaways are a cool bonus. 😉

    53. Stephanie Plotkin (TeacherofYA) says:

      First time doing a hunt…but it’s also my first time really getting into blogging and reviewing, so I am LOVING this!
      I am so excited about the mini-giveaways! I’m trying so hard for Roseblood, but it’s nice to see some authors offering their own books, too! I participated in a group called Darlings of Dystopia Ball and won all sorts of cool swag from that, so I figured I might as well give this a try (it was all indie authors before, but I loved it all the same!).
      So thank you for organizing this…I really appreciate all the hard work you put in to share these books with us! Thank you, Colleen Houck! 👏👏👏👏

    54. Zaide Cullen says:

      This is my first time doing the hunt but it has been so much fun!! It’s been such a great opportunity to discover load story of new authors and books, I think my TBR list has gone up tenfold!

    55. Rayna says:

      This is my first time doing YASH, and my favorite part is getting to know all the wonderful authors. The free books are always great too.

    56. Elizabeth Fleet says:

      This is my second time doing the hunt. Because I live on a small Carribean island, I don’t often get to hear about all these new and interesting books, so I think getting that chance is my favorite part about YASH 🙂 Thanks you so much for organizing it!

    57. Sarah says:

      Nope it’s not my first time doing YASH. I find it a great way to find new authors and having the lucky chance at seeing some bonus content!!! 😉

    58. Ivonne Ruiz says:

      This is my second time doing the hunt. My favorite part is discovering new authors and adding more books to my TBR list!

    59. Debi Tonks says:

      I’ve done this for the past two years and I love it! It helps me learn about new authors, books and I’m always excited for the chance to win free books!

    60. MB says:

      This is also my first time participating in YASH! I remember hearing about it in April, I think, or maybe last year, but I was too late to join in so super pumped that I got to participate this year! My favourite thing about this event would have to be getting to meet/know about new authors and their books. Some of their blogs are really interesting too.

    61. Maud G says:

      I have participated in the YASH for… I think 8 years now! I’m always having so much fun and my favourite thing about it a) discovering new authors and b) getting bonus material from some of my favourites!

    62. Grace says:

      This is my first time! It’s so much fun! I love getting to see the special bonus pieces from each of the authors!

    63. Grace says:

      This is my first time! It’s so much fun! I love getting to see the special bonus pieces from each of the authors! Thanks so much!

    64. Insha says:

      This is my second time doing the YA scavenger hunt and it’s so much fun! I actually first found out about it through your blog posts, and I love it because it helps me discover new, awesome books in genres that I know I will enjoy reading.

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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.