Welcome to the Young Adult Scavenger Hunt, fall 2017!
I’m Meg Kassel, your hostess for this stop. And this is me:
I’ve participated in many of these as a reader, but this is my first time as an author. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited about that! I would be, even if I hadn’t had ELEVEN cups of tea today. If you want to find my exclusive bonus content from my debut YA, Black Bird of the the Gallows, you’ll have to keep searching. I’m in TEAM PURPLE. That’s right, you’re hunting on the (truly epic)…
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 PURPLE, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)
HINT: THE SECRET NUMBER IS HIGHLIGHTED IN PURPLE!
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 Monday, October 9, 2017!
There are SEVEN contests going on. You can enter one or all! I am a part of the PURPLE TEAM but there is also a RED TEAM, BLUE TEAM, ORANGE TEAM, GOLD TEAM, PINK TEAM & GREEN TEAM! Check out each team for a chance to win 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 thrilled to be hosting…
Shannon A. Thompson
Shannon A Thompson is the young adult author of the Timely Death trilogy (Clean Teen Publishing, 2015) and the Bad Bloods series (Clean Teen Publishing, 2016/2017). She graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in English, and she is an active member of SCBWI. She also has three cats, and currently resides in Kansas City.
The book Shannon is featuring:
MINUTES BEFORE SUNSET
Summary: After Jessica Taylor moves back to her Midwest hometown, she discovers a secret underworld full of shadowy beings, false prophecies, and a rebellious boy at the center of it all. Now, someone has to die.
And now, Shannon’s super exclusive content…
EXTRA – The Moment Eric Welborn’s Parents Met
*Note: If you’ve read the Timely Death trilogy, then you know all about the Dark and the Light, but if you haven’t, just know that this was the beginning of a never-before-seen prequel to the Kansas-based paranormal romance. This is the moment Eric Welborn’s parents meet. However, I edited it a bit to cut out spoilers from the series, but I hope you enjoy it either way!
The library’s rustic oak did nothing to light up the unusually dim room. Even the meek candlelight coming from two candelabras seemed snuffed out by the shadows, but I embraced the dark.
Without hesitation, I stepped into the cramped space lined with crooked bookshelves, crumpled paperwork, and one discolored rug. It smelled of dust and mold. The quiet lingered.
I had never felt more at home.
“I knew you would come.”
The disembodied voice quickly took form—changing from a shadow to an elderly man—and my own skin itched to change, too.
When the Dark returned, the once-dormant powers came back with vengeance, and my abilities had been among the most powerful. But my parents insisted on living in the human world. To them, I—James Welborn—was an utter failure. To this man, though, I might have had a purpose.
“I had nothing else to do,” I said, when I found my voice.
Elmer Smith, a ninety-year-old who owned one of the few shops in Hayworth, also led our clan with refined diligence. I’d admired his fortitude for years, but I’d never considered what I’d say to him if he asked to speak with me.
He formed a walking cane out of thin air. “You failed college?”
“I dropped out.”
“Your shade skills,” he began, taking a moment to clear his throat.
“They are guard’s colors, correct?”
I didn’t respond. There was no need to. The Dark knew everything, which meant they knew I was good enough to be a warrior, not just a measly guard. But one tap of his cane sealed my fate.
A girl walked out from behind the closest bookshelf. A human girl with shoulder-length curls and matching brown eyes. Apparently, she didn’t care if I saw her human identity or not. Elmer, however, did.
He cursed her name, “Kimberley.”
She shrugged, “He’s going to know anyway.”
“If he agreed.”
“I agree,” I spoke up quickly.
They looked back at me with the same expression: crooked frowns and a raised brow. Even their stance’s matched.
Elmer sighed, “This is my granddaughter.”
“Kimberley Ann Smith,” she introduced as she held out her hand, each finger decorated with a plastic, multi-colored ring. Her mood ring was stained black.
I shook her hand, and the young teenager smiled but not in a friendly way. She had a predator’s grin—and if I was her prey, I was all too happy to be caught.
“I want you to guard her,” Elmer said.
Kimberly let me go so she could fold her arms. “I don’t need a babysitter, Grandpa.”
“I’m not a babysitter,” I defended.
“You’re a babysitter,” she promised, then defiantly plopped down on the couch in front of me. She kicked her worn tennis shoes up on the coffee table, then gave me the once over. “What are you, two years older than me?”
“This is bullshit.”
She blew her bangs out of her face, and they fluttered up like thin, little wings, cracked along the edges. She must’ve cut them herself, recently too.
“I’m eighteen,” I finally said. “Almost nineteen.”
“So you’re eighteen.”
I didn’t respond.
“That’s only four years.” She held up four of her slim fingers like she thought I couldn’t count. “Four.”
I cleared my throat and stuck my chest out. “There’s a big difference between fourteen and eighteen…er…almost nineteen.”
“Yeah.” Her lips pursed as if she was holding back laughter, her eyes shifting over my chest. “Like I said, four. That’s the difference.”
“The difference,” Elmer cut in, “is that James will be your guard and you have no say in it.”
Kimberley leveled a glare at her grandfather, then stood. Before I realized it, her sweet brown hair had switched jet-black, her once-dark eyes glowed bright, and the room was enveloped in creeping, crawling shadows. Her shade magic was suffocating.
I’d never met a shade so powerful. I’d never met—
“She’s important,” her grandfather promised.
“Clearly,” I breathed, both thrilled by the looming blackness and terrified of it, for the first time.
She could move worlds with her darkness.
“She’s had difficulty controlling it,” Elmer continued. “And—”
“And she’s leaving.” Kimberley spoke about herself in the third person, then stomped away in knee-high black boots—boots she’d given herself during the transformation. The shadows bounced with her footsteps, then they stilled when she stopped in the doorway. “It was nice to meet you, Jake. Have a good life.”
“My name’s James,” I corrected.
I could’ve given up. I should’ve given up. But my shadows wouldn’t let me. They pulled on hers, and soon, hers pulled on mine.
Kimberley eyed the movement with startling neutrality. “Your name’s Jim,” she said, then looked at me without glaring. She twisted the rings around her fingers. “Jim and Kim sound better.”
I nodded. “Jim it is, then.”
Without another word, she opened the door and left—and soon, I followed.
Do you want to read this as much as I do? Grab it HERE!
Don’t forget to check out my book, Black Bird of the Gallows and all the amazing books and authors on TEAM PURPLE!
To enter, you need to write down my favorite number, find all the other numbers on TEAM PURPLE, add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt?
Then head on over to the next stop, NYT and USA Today bestselling author, Ann Aguirre.