Colleen Houck

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  • YASH Spring 2017!

    April 4, 2017

    Welcome to the 14th YA Scavenger Hunt!

    Hello! I am Colleen Houck,

    your hostess for this leg of the hunt.

    About Me

    My 2017 Calendar is “Nightmare Before Christmas” themed.

    I just put my home on the market.

    My backyard has over 300 daffodils right now.

    I love See’s lollipops.

    And I’m currently working on a NEW TOP SECRET book!

     You are currently hunting on TEAM PINK.

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

    Somewhere on this blog hop, I’ve hidden a sneak peak from REUNITED! 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 PINK, 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 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 9th!

    There are FIVE contests going on simultaneously as well as a bonus contest and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PINK TEAM but there is also a RED TEAM BLUE TEAM,  PURPLE TEAM, & GOLD TEAM! Check out each team for a chance to win FIVE 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…

    A.G. Howard!

    About A.G.:

    A. G. Howard is the author of the New York Times bestselling Splintered series and RoseBlood, a spinoff of the classic Broadway musical “The Phantom of the Opera”, which debuted at #1 on the NYT list. When she is not writing, A. G. enjoys rollerblading, gardening, and visiting 18th century graveyards or abandoned buildings to appease her muse’s darker side.


    The book she is showcasing is ROSEBLOOD! 


    When sixteen-year-old Rune Germain is sent to a boarding school outside of Paris, she discovers that at this opera-house-turned-music-conservatory, phantoms really do exist.

    RoseBlood is a paranormal Phantom of the Opera–inspired spinoff in which Rune’s greatest talent—her voice—is also her greatest curse, and meeting her angel of music could either be the beginning of her operatic triumph, or the end of her life.



    Sneak peek into Christine Daaé’s secret journal entries,


    You can now add ROSEBLOOD 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.

    As  a bonus I am happy to host another author,

    Amariah Dixon!

    About Amariah,

    Amariah Dixon was born and raised in the small southern town of Carrollton, Georgia. The fourth of five children, she grew up in a home filled with books and the sounds of laughter and music, encircled by an enchanting hardwood forest. A safe haven where her imagination could run wild – and did.

    Being a natural-born storyteller herself, Amariah delighted in the books read to her by her mother as a child. As soon as she learned to read and write, she began to commit her own stories to paper, accompanied by her own fanciful illustrations.

    The book she is showcasing is The Star! 


    Riley is an ordinary boy living an ordinary life . . . until something extraordinary happens. One morning, just like any other, Riley wakes up, begins to get ready for school, looks in the mirror and . . . he sees the image of a star around his eye! Why has he been marked with this symbol and for what purpose?



    “Where I find Inspiration for my stories.”

    I have traveled to many places around the U.S. which have had a great influence in my writing. The Blue Ridge Mountains inspired some of the mountain ranges in my story. The woods around my home have, especially, fed my imagination, where I used to imagine elves and fairies lived among the trees.
    The older people in my life (grandparents—particularly my Papaw Crawford), inspired one of my main characters, who is an older individual. Many of my characters are like spawns of family members, and several of my friends. Joseph is pretty much similar to me as a 15 year old.
    Kelvin is similar to my younger brother, in the sense that he is assertive. Riley is a mixture of people I know, and myself. Kelly is pretty much me in my more assertive nature.

    You can now add The Star to your TBR 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!


    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 PINK,

    To enter, you need to write down my favorite number, 77, find all the other numbers on TEAM PINK, 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 book in my Egyptian series, REAWAKENED! Good luck everyone!

    Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win,


    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    To continue on the hunt, check out author Abigail Johnson!

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

    81 Responses to YASH Spring 2017!

    1. Caroline B says:

      Hello!! I love participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt every year and I always start with this site (Back when the first scavenger hunt was created on the tiger’s curse website, still a huge Tiger’s Curse fan!!). Love the book content featured and I am excited to finally find new things to read!

    2. Caroline B says:

      I feel like I wasn’t specific enough – I have participated in the YA Scavenger Hunt probably 6 or 7 times, I try to do it once a year!

    3. _Sandra_ says:

      I wanna say since the beginning but I’m not entirely sure, it seems like it was many moons ago. 😀 Love participating, sooo much fun.

    4. Kim F says:

      All the girls in my family have been participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt since the first year! This is an event we look forward to twice a year. It is so much fun!!! Thanks for putting this together! You are amazing!!!

    5. Caitlin says:

      I’ve participated in YASH about four or five times, I want to say. It’s always been fun, and I actually won some stuff the last couple of times!

    6. miki says:

      I have participated since teh first edition i think so at least 4 times, to e honest i didn’t count

      The pin in teh rafflecopter said that the image wasn’t valid sop i wasn’t sure which one to pin thus i pinned all teh book but only put one url ( the rest can be checked on my profile) i hope it works like that

    7. Harini Srinivasan says:

      This is my first time and I’m super excited !!!! Has any one who participated won from here ( I mean sure there’s a winner , but those who won participating again ? )

    8. C. Lee McKenzie says:

      This is only my second year, but it won’t be my last. It’s great fun and a great way to meet authors I don’t know! Thanks for organizing this. I know it must take a lot of time and energy.

    9. Mikayla says:

      This is my first time participating in this wonderful scavenger hunt ✨ I think it is the best idea ever 🎉

    10. Bhavneet says:

      I believe this is either my third, fourth or fifth time participating – but I could be wrong! I try to participate everytime I remember that the Scavenger Hunt is happening, or happen to check my email and get notified of it.

    11. Theresa says:

      This is my third time participating!!
      thank you so much for putting this together!! I am having so much fun!

    12. melissa paschal says:

      I have participated in many scavenger hunts. I love it! I love discovering new authors and new books. Thanks for the opportunity and for being part of the hunt. Also I attempted to pin the image to pinterest but it would not allow me to do so saying it was not a valid image. I’m not sure why it did this but I figured I would let you know in case it happened to anyone else!

    13. Jennifer says:

      You said the journal entry of A.G.’s character was a sneak peek? Does this mean it will be in her book too?

        • Shannon Fay says:

          I honestly just went to her page, and picked a picture of one of her books, pinned that with a description i wrote and a link to YASH, cuz i couldn’t get the pinterest page to work either. I figure that’s good enough (hopefully)

    14. Siobhon says:

      This is my first time participating in yash and I’m already waiting for Octobers hunt. Where did you get the initial idea from?

    15. Shannon Fay says:

      This is my 2nd YASH hunt, and I’ll definitely be doing mroe and more.

      you’re awesome. thanks so much for putting this together

    16. Breana says:

      I don’t really remember how many times I’ve participated in the YASH hunt, but I know that it was more than twice.

    17. Courtney Pierce says:

      I’ve been participating for several years now and unfortunately I haven’t been too lucky with winning the grand prizes yet! Here’s hoping the luck of the irish is on my side and I can win a team pack! (: Though above all, I love seeing the new books and authors!

    18. Maud G says:

      I think this is my 10th time, I have been participating for a long time and even write it on my calendar when the dates are announced 🙂

    19. Katherine says:

      6 times at least! Thanks for being a part of it every time Colleen, Tiger’s curse still remains my favourite book to this day:)

    20. Kassie says:

      Yay! Another YA Scavenger Hunt!!! I LOVE the YA Scavenger Hunt and have been doing them since the beginning! Thanks for the chance to win and creating a hunt that has readers discovering so many new books and authors! 🙂

    21. Stephanie Plotkin @TeacherofYA says:

      I think I replied on a different page bc it slides to other posts by accident.
      This is my second time!

    22. Cassandra says:

      Oh man, I think I’ve lost count! My first time was Fall 2012… so this is… my tenth time? DANG. That’s insane! Thanks for doing a bonus giveaway AND bringing YASH to the world!

    23. Jayme Tolivr says:

      I love doing this hunt because I love you Colleen as an author and generally as a person we seem to have a lot of interests in common. Cannot wait for Tiger’s Dream to come out!!!!! Please never stop all that you do for your fans!

    24. Karen DeVaney says:

      This is my 4th time participating in YASH! So fun, I love it! It’s a great way to find out about YA authors and books and see the love you all have for each other 🙂

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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.