YA Scavenger Hunt: Go, GREEN! Go!

YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2016 banner

Edited 4/4/16 – This hunt has ended. Thanks for participating!

Today kicks off the Fall 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt, and there are tons of great prizes to be won. You decide how much effort to put into it, but the rewards will definitely be commensurate with the time you spend visiting various sites and gathering clues.

There are six teams: REDBLUE, GOLD, GREEN, ORANGE, & PURPLE.

YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2016 Green Team logo

I’m on the GREEN team this time around.
If at any point, you get stuck, check out the How to Hunt page for help.

At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! 

YA Scavenger Hunt Green Team

But play fast: this contest will only be online for 5 days!

There are six contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! Either way, it’s up to you. Pretty exciting stuff, right?

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.


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the GREEN TEAM 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 October 9th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

I have the pleasure of hosting the talented Paula Stokes.  Let’s get to know her better before I show you the good stuff, okay?

About Paula, in her own words:

Paula StokesHey, I’m Paula. I write stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions.

I got my start writing historical novels for a book development company. Then I wrote a fluffy YA romantic comedy called THE ART OF LAINEY. After that, I wrote a dark and twisty mystery called LIARS, INC. Those two books sold to the good people at HarperTeen, and since then I’ve finished another totally different story called VICARIOUS, which sold as a duology to Tor Teen. Mixing it up keeps things interesting for me. I’ve got seven books out and another four on the way.

In addition to being a writer, I’m also an RN, online instructor, and freelance manuscript consultant. Last year I worked with over 30 clients at Manuscript Critique Services and I’m hoping to work with even more this year.

When I’m not working (rare), I’m kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. I’ve petted tigers, snuggled snakes, snorkeled with stingrays, and once enjoyed the suction-cuppy feel of a baby elephant’s trunk as it ate peanuts from my palm. My future goals include diving with great white sharks, learning Krav Maga, and writing a whole slew of novels, not necessarily in that order.

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


Vicarious by Paula StokesWinter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together, the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States. But they’ve escaped the past and started over in a new place where no one knows who they used to be.

Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you, for a price.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter is devastated. She won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the digital recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her life in the process.

Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?


Now, let’s get to Paula’s bonus content. You lucky readers get to check out this exclusive cover reveal of FEROCIOUS:

Intro from Paula Stokes:

I’m super-psyched to share the cover for FEROCIOUS, the sequel to VICARIOUS. I love how this cover keeps the dark and ominous feel of the first cover with the explosion of color across the middle. I love the tiny details, like Winter’s snowflake necklace. Most of all I love the way Winter looks here–focused, determined, fierce.

Ferocious by Paula Stokes



Don’t stop playing! To continue hunting for clues and reading more exciting, exclusive content, click over to Sona Charaipotra’s site. I know she has some delicious goodies waiting.

Finally, this post has been sponsored by the number 88 . (Psst. This is an important clue. Remember it!)

Big Mortal Danger Winners!

First off, congratulations! And thanks to everyone who participated. I hope it was fun. 

Olivia Campbell –  trip or laptop

 Mighta Zerie Nolasco –  manuscript critique

Zairah Divino – flash drive

Lea Krnjeta – branded compact

Lina G – Skype chat

Alyssa Susanna – signed Fierce Reads book prize package

Arnie Arce – movie poster

Chelle Pike – infinity symbol necklace

You can contact me with your shipping information using the link on my contact page. If you don’t get in touch by August 26th, we will draw for a new winner. In the event a grand prize goes unclaimed, then it will be awarded to the next hardest-working person on the roster. 

Let It Go Day

I’m excited to tell you all about an event I’m putting together in conjunction with Harlequin, called Let It Go Day. #LetItGo

In I WANT IT THAT WAY, Ty has to let go of old pain in order to embrace happiness and open his heart to love. We all have past baggage that makes it hard to move forward. So in honor of this, we’ll be celebrating his freedom on September 3rd. 

I invite all my readers (and other authors) to participate by letting go of painful memories and reaffirming your freedom. I can’t wait for the excitement on September 3rd and I hope you’re up for it as well. Right now I can’t share all the details but I hope it’ll be a great, empowering day.LetItGoTeaser


It was an amazingly awesome conference, probably the best I’ve had so far, but my expectations are pretty high for NYC. So I say “so far” with great foresight.

I hung out with lots of cool people, didn’t see some people as often as I’d like. Altogether, the conference went amazingly well, considering how fast the board put it together.

I’m now in Alabama, doing a writer’s retreat. And that’s going very well. I might actually survive the summer… and all the incipient deadlines. It’s super hot, here, though, so I don’t want to leave the aircon. How are y’all keeping cool?