Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Ahoy mateys!

Thank you for stopping by.  For those of you who have never taken part in one of these, this tri-annual event was first organized by the amazing Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors, and while at it, win some awesome prizes!

During the Hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, but you also get a clue for the Hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter to win TWENTY signed books, one book from each author on the Hunt on each team! 

I am a part of the YELLOW TEAM…

… but there is also a RED team and a BLUE team. You can enter all three contests–which has a total prize bucket of SIXTY signed books!

But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage to find out all about the Hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs. There are THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter all three!

For my BONUS MATERIAL I have posted the first 2 chapters of DREAMLESS below this post! But in order to access it you’ll have to find the password which is posted in one of the YELLOW TEAM sites.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Hidden within my post is a single letter that is YELLOW. Make a note of that letter!  It’s a part of a scrambled phrase. When you go to all the author sites of the YELLOW team, you’ll have all the letters you need to enter the contest.

Entry Form: Once you piece together all the clues to the hunt, make sure you fill out the form HERE to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the completed phrase 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 April 1st, at noon Pacific Time.

Entries sent without the correct puzzle code or without contact information will not be considered.

And now, let’s get on with the Hunt.

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FALSE ALARM!

For those of you who got that “Dreamless, Chapters 1 and 2″ email by mistake– OOOPS!  I was testing my blog for the upcoming YA Scavenger Hunt.  I’m not exactly savvy, savvy?  And I did something or other when I thought I had erased it.  Long story short, I accidentally sent it out to all of you. It’s not the first time I’ve sent emails I thought I had erased.  *gulp*  Anyway, sorry for the mix up.  But think how excited you’ll be when you actually get the real deal?

The YA Scavenger Hunt starts the 29th. Over 60 YA authors will be participating, meaning you’ll have a chance to win close to 60 books!  For more information here’s the LINK.

Josie

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And the winner of the DREAMLESS ARC is…

Camille Oliveras

Congratulations, Camille!!!!

And… the winners of the Dreamless bookplates are:

Emily Ragsdale

Anna Dase

Congratulations!  Email me your address and I will get your prizes out to you asap.

As you’ve probably guessed already, funny blew sexy out of the water.  Almost all of you, even the ones that said they wanted a sexy guy, said he also had to be funny or it wouldn’t work.

(Note to self… make sure the lead guy you’re writing is funny… and swoon-worthy.)

I bet you’re all wondering where I stand on this.  Here’s how I look at it– I’m the funny one, darn it.  What I really need is someone to laugh at my jokes.  I guess that would mean a sense of humor is implied, so humor is never totally off the table.  But if I had to choose, give me the hottie who thinks I’m hilarious and I’m set for life.  Lucky for me my husband is sexy AND funny so I don’t have to worry about making tough choices like that (and, yes, he pretty much always laughs at my jokes).

Anyway, thank you so much for your feedback. Your comments are such a big help to me.  I’ll be asking you all to riff on other topics as my story progresses.

Also, be sure and mark your calendars.  The next YA Scavenger Hunt is set for March 29th. For those of you who don’t know what the YA Scavenger Hunt is and would like to find out more, here’s a LINK.

A total of 60 YA authors are participating in this one, which means you have a chance of wining 60 books from some of your favorite writers!

I will personally be giving away copies of STARCROSSED AND DREAMLESS, as well as a very special treat for all my StarHearts.

I’ll be posting more details in the days to come.

xxxo

Josie

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Dreamless ARC Giveaway!

Just a quick reminder. The deadline to enter is tomorrow.

Good luck!

Josie

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DREAMLESS ARC Giveaway! Funny vs Sexy

You all know that I’m working on a new series.  It’s part of the reason I’ve promised you blog entires, but can’t seem to get it together long enough to riff on a topic for 500 words.  Lame, I know, but right now what I really, really need (apart from your undying patience) is your feedback.

I’m outlining some new characters and, for any of you that are familiar with my process, outlining characters means that I write these ginormous character bios that start from before birth, and include everything from first day of school in fifth grade, to what he/she wore to homecoming.

I’m bananas like that.  And the penalty for spending so much time with your characters is that you fall in love with all of them.

This is where you come in.  I’ve got two guys.  And I sort of love them both. I had to boil it down to the essentials and I decided that my indecision was based on a pretty fundamental question.  Do I prefer a serious, smoldering kind of guy, or do I prefer a funny man?

So, here’s my question!  Would you pick funny over sexy?  What’s more important in a guy in the long run– the ability to make you laugh, or the ability to make the little hairs on your arm sit up like an adoring puppy dog?

WHO WOULD YOU PICK?

But it’s not like I’m asking you to work for free.  Leave me your honest opinion and you might just win an ARC!  ;)

The 1st place winner will receive a signed ARC of DREAMLESS…

… along with a signed DREAMLESS bookplate!

2nd and 3rd place winners will receive signed STARCROSSED Swag!

In order to enter simply do the following:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline to enter is Thursday, March 15th. The winners will be announced on Friday, March 16th.

Thank you and good luck to all!! :)

Josie

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