Colleen Houck


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  • Fall 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt!

    October 3, 2017


    Welcome to the 15th YA Scavenger Hunt!

    Hello! I am Colleen Houck,

    your hostess for this leg of the hunt.

    About Me

    My 2018 Calendar is steampunk themed.

    I am having my new home built!

    My goal this year is to read 150 books (I’ve read 90 so far).

    I love See’s lollipops.

    And my all time favorite romance adventure is Romancing the Stone!


    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.


    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 PINK, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)

    HINT: THE SECRET NUMBER IS HIGHLIGHTED IN PINK!

    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 8th, 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, October 8th!

    There are SEVEN 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, GREEN TEAM, ORANGE TEAM GOLD TEAM! Check out each team for a chance to win SEVEN 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…

    MELANIE MCFARLAN

    About MELANIE:

    “I was first drawn to writing stories at the age of 10.  I remember keeping a small notebook and writing a ton of short stories about young girls on adventures (I was very inspired by Little House on the Prairie, Nancy Drew, and Anne of Green Gables back then).  When I was in Grade 10 I was obsessed with poetry, Shakespeare, and all things a teen writer’s world revolves around (teen romance, angst, insecurity, etc). Perhaps that’s why I have an incredible love for YA fiction.

    In high school I had the honor of having Gary Hyland as an English teacher.  He taught me that there was a network of authors I could connect with and told me to keep on writing.  It wasn’t until fifteen years later when I reconnected with him just before his passing that he told me it was never too late to be a writer.  I never forgot that.”

     

    The book she is showcasing is

     

    ABOUT THE BOOK 

    “As Dome 1618 begins to colonize, a sharp divide separates those who chose to live inside the dome and those that seek freedom on the outside. When the colony is attacked, Nat escapes with Evan to his home, Dome 569, a progressive dome that colonized on the outside over a decade ago. But there are many rules in Dome 569 — some that come with deadly consequences if broken. Dome leader, Caroline, is not impressed that Evan failed to destroy Dome 1618 to eradicate the virus-a violation of a direct order. Nat uncovers secrets of Dome 569 that could tear down the world Caroline has sacrificed to protect, forcing Evan to chose between her and the only home he’s ever known. Is Nat willing to sacrifice her morals and values in exchange for freedom, or will she die fighting for what she believes in?”

    BONUS MATERIAL ALERT!

    TAKE THIS FUN QUIZ COURTESY OF MELANIE!

    You can buy her book HERE!

     Check out more on her Website, Twitter, or Facebook page.


    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

    and 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 and the first book in my Tiger’s Curse series, TIGER’S CURSE! Good luck everyone!

    Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win,

     

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

     

    To continue on the hunt, check out author CHEYANNE YOUNG

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

    7 Responses to Fall 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt!


    1. Divina GAllegos says:

      Hi Colleen!

      I just had a couple questions about the October Scavenger Hunt.

      Are you on the pink or blue team?
      You are listed as being on both.

      Betsy Aldredge and Carrue DuBois-Shaw don’t have anything on their blog about YASH.

      And Amalie Howard doesn’t have an updated version of the Oct hunt. She has the spring/April one so I don’t think that the number she listed is correct.

      Thanks:)

    2. Courtney MiKayla Pierce says:

      Thank you for another fantastic YASH season!!! I’m a huge fan of your work and I enjoy participating in this each round! Though I haven’t won big yet, maybe it’s my lucky season this year!(:

      • Cynthia K. says:

        Hello Ms. Colleen . . .

        As always, the YASH is the BEST ever!!

        Have finished the Pink Team round and found your post. YAY!!!

        I have to tell you . . . the new book cover for Tiger’s Dream is AHHH-mazing!!!!! So gorgeous!! Your book covers are always so beautiful . . . book art for sure. In fact . . . the cover of Tiger’s Curse, with Tiger Ren’s penetrating cobalt blue eyes, is what drew me to take my first incredible adventure through your enthralling imagery and storytelling.

        Thank you for giving your Tiger fans a little morsel to keep us going. Also, thoroughly enjoyed the little tidbit of bonus material with a snippet of Ren & Kelsey’s wedding day.
        Really looking forward to more of Ren and Kelsey.

        Thank you for your generosity to your fans.

        #TeamRen

    3. Logan Samuels says:

      Hi Mrs. Houck, I just wanted to say that I love you’re books and I have probably read the Tigers Curse Series 5 times. I am looking for your bonus content because I am super excited for Tigers Dream (I’m a Kishan girl myself) but can’t find it. Would it be possible to get a hint? Thank you so much!

    4. Isabelle says:

      Hi. Thank you for creating YASH. This is my first time and I’m having so much fun. I love reading and there is nothing better than discovering so many new-to-me authors and so many wonderful stories.

    5. CYNTHIA K. says:

      Hello Ms. Colleen . . .

      As always, the YASH is the BEST ever!!

      Have finished the Pink Team round and found your post. YAY!!!

      I have to tell you . . . the new book cover for Tiger’s Dream is AHHH-mazing!!!!! So gorgeous!! Your book covers are always so beautiful . . . book art for sure. In fact . . . the cover of Tiger’s Curse, with Tiger Ren’s penetrating cobalt blue eyes, is what drew me to take my first incredible adventure through your enthralling imagery and storytelling.

      Thank you for giving your Tiger fans a little morsel to keep us going. Also, thoroughly enjoyed the little tidbit of bonus material with a snippet of Ren & Kelsey’s wedding day.
      Really looking forward to more of Ren and Kelsey.

      Thank you for your generosity to your fans.

      #TeamRen

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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.