Tuesday, October 1, 2019

YA Scavenger Hunt (Purple Team) and Giveaway!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt!

This is my FIFTH TIME hosting YASH, and I'm super excited to be a part of it again! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! 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 book from each author on my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until Sunday, October 6th.

But first, I want to take a moment to introduce myself! I'm Kristin Smith, your hostess for this leg of the hunt. I'm the author of the best-selling and award-winning YA novel CATALYST and its sequels, FORGOTTEN and FEARLESS. Be sure to enter my Giveaway at the very end of the post!


I love fall.

My favorite colors are sky blue and pink.

My favorite scenes to write are ones with lots of kissing. :)

I'm a big fan of Karaoke and Just Dance.

I may or may not have a stash of chocolate in my nightstand.

I'm a mom to FIVE boys! (Yes, you read that correctly.) :)

If I had to choose between the mountains and the beach, I'd choose the beach. Every. Single. Time.

Now back to the Hunt!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are FOUR contests
going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I'm part of the PURPLE TEAM, but there's also a red, blue, and gold team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!


Directions: Below, you'll notice I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the PURPLE 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 6th at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I'm excited to be hosting ERICA CAMERON for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Be sure to check out her books and her website.

After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University. She's written several series for young adults, including The Ryogan Chronicles and the upcoming Pax Annuls, and she contributed to various online blogs and publications. She is also an advocate for asexuality and emotional abuse awareness. Currently, she lives in North Florida.

Connect with Erica at the following social media sites:

About the Book:

Cira Antares is deeply loyal to two things: Pax Novis—her mother's ship that transports supplies across war-torn star systems—and her personal mission to save war orphans. But hiding them as stowaways on the ship is illegal, and if any of them were found, not even her mother could protect Cira from the consequences.

She has successfully kept her secret...until supplies start to go missing. Food. Clothing. Tools. All signs point to her stowaways, but they wouldn't do anything to risk exposing themselves—or her. Especially not Riston, the oldest of the group and someone Cira has grown close to. Someone she might even be falling in love with...

And petty thefts are only the beginning—whole ships are disappearing now.

Not caught in a firefight. Not destroyed by another planet. Vanishing. Without a trace.

And Pax Novis is next.


You guys are in for a treat! Erica was kind enough to share the map of one level of the spaceship, Pax Novis, as well as a list of rules the onboard stowaways have to abide by.  So freaking cool! Enjoy! :)

Personal Document from Pax Novis’s Shipboard Archive
Saved from the internal access device of Guest User 2421
Terra-Sol date 3811.348

The Rules:
1.  The only time you should ever enter the main corridors of the ship is to use restroom facilities, and the only facilities you should use are the ones forward on decks 1, 2, and 12 or, at most once a week, the showers on deck 10. Exercise caution at all times and only use the facilities in hours when the bulk of the crew is elsewhere.
2.  Plans to leave the Novis must be announced at least two weeks out from the ship’s expected date of arrival at a port of call. This date should be within 120 days of boarding the Novis.
2a. Addendum: if you’re seeing this notice, you have asked permission to stay and been approved by Cira. The rule for leaving still applies, but the time frame doesn’t. Now, staying solely relies on sticking to the rules until you change your mind and want to leave.
3.  Food will be dropped in a specified location once a week. Anyone found to be taking food rationed for another will be found in violation of these rules. Don’t do it.
4.  When you came aboard, either Cira or Adrienn took your measurements. A uniform in your size should’ve been provided, and you can trade this in once a week when you shower. Warmer clothes for living in the maintenance sectors will be given out as needed. Do not enter the main corridors in anything other than the uniform. It’s as close to camouflage as we can get.
5.  Adrienn will provide simple checkups when possible. Medical care beyond that will be hard to arrange, and it must be used sparingly. To prevent problems, take the supplements and other prescriptions provided for us in the weekly supply drops.
5a. Addendum: I have emergency codes that can be used to access medical if necessary. This is a last resort to be used only when death is the only alternative. Do not risk all our places here for a cold.
6.  You will be given a sleep pad, a blanket, and a place to sleep that should be relatively safe to remain in for short periods of time. Whenever possible, try to sleep in shifts with one person keeping watch in case of unexpected changes to the maintenance schedule.
6a. Addendum: Sleep is necessary. Do your best. Don’t get caught.
7.  Any of your personal belongings too large to be carried with you constantly will be held in trust by Cira or Adrienn. They will be returned to you upon leaving the Novis. Do not ever leave any of your personal effects lying around the ship. You get one warning if this happens. The second instance will be a dismissible offense.
8.  Entertainment is limited, but Cira has arranged for terminals completely disconnected from all Novis systems with a small library of stories, vids, and games on internal memory. Trying to force a connection between these devices and the ship’s computers will result in detainment and expulsion from the ship at the first possible port.
9.  You will not be granted computer access in any capacity. General alerts posted to all available screens will be the only news you will be able to read on the Novis.
9a. Addendum: Cira has found a workaround that is only available to long-term passengers. Your access will still be restricted, and you will only be able to use the terminals personally given to you by Cira and Adrienn. However, you will have access to the ship’s library of books, vids, courses, and trainings. If you take a course and pass the certification test, Cira has promised to attach that to your ID officially before you leave the Novis for good.
10.            When at port, you must be even more careful. Crew schedules can become unpredictable. Work may happen while the Novis is stationary and connected to a backup power supply in areas of the ship rarely used otherwise. Stay hidden and stay alert.
10a. Addendum: Long-term passengers may leave while at port once every 180 days. Approval from Cira and Adrienn must be gained at least two weeks ahead of the expected arrival. The one exception to this rule is Paxis Station. No one, ever, can disembark there.
I will report all violations immediately. Failure to comply with these rules will result in your expulsion from the ship at the first available port. If Cira or Adrienn determines you’ve become a danger to yourself, another stowaway, the crew, or the ship, other measures will be taken including, but not limited to, sedation and seclusion in one of the emergency cryostasis pods.
All decisions will be made by Adrienn or Cira, and no appeals will be heard.

Whoa! Wasn't that insanely cool?! Hope you enjoyed that behind-the-scenes look at Erica's latest novel!

And before you leave, don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a bundle of awesome books by all of the authors on the PURPLE TEAM! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 12. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the PURPLE TEAM and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


But before you go, be sure to enter my individual Giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card,SIGNED copy of one of the books in the Deception Game series (your choice!) and some awesome swag! (Books and swag are for US residents only. International winners will receive gift card only.)


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To continue the hunt, you need to visit the next author—JC WelkerClick on her name to be redirected to her website.

But first, check out the first book in the Deception Game series, which is currently FREE on all major retailers.

Apple iBooks

Thanks so much for stopping by! Good luck on the hunt! :)


  1. It is difficult to pick a favourite genre! I guess if I had to choose I would pick fantasy! I love all kinds of fantasy novels ranging from myths to paranormal, sci-fi, etc. Ironically, the book I am reading at the moment can fit into this category. I am reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and I love the history in the novel and the idea behind it. Such a good read!

    1. I've heard that's a good one! Haven't read it myself, but maybe some day. Enjoy it!

  2. I don't really read by genre. If it peaks my interest its so my level. I love fantasy, mystery, dystopian, romance ect. I love them all i read to support and to find those sweet stories that will stick with me through my life.

    1. Ooh, I love sweet stories! For me, if the book blurb catches my interest, then I'm more likely to read it. :)

  3. I enjoy reading clean YA books in genres of Sci-fi, fantasy, high fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, dystopian with romance as a love triangle or love/hate relationship.

    I also read the occasional non-fiction informative read.

    1. *whispers-have you read my series yet?* :) Clean YA is my favorite to read, write, and recommend!

  4. I enjoy reading YA Fantasy books. I also enjoy paranormal, dystopian, and sci-fi.

    1. YA fantasy is fun! Hopefully you've found a few new authors and books to add to your TBR during this YASH. :)

  5. "Leave me a comment and tell me what is your favorite book genre. What kind of books do you most like to read?" I like fantasy and science fiction, and I've recently started reading thrillers!

    1. Ooh, thrillers are fun. I've really gotten into psychological thrillers lately. I love how they mess with your brain and trick you with the twists. If I can figure out the twist before the end, I'm usually pretty proud of myself! :)

  6. I read a lot of genres, but the most common these days are urban fantasy, dystopian, steampunk, fairy tale retellings, and historical fiction. PNR, other fantasy, and other sci-fi also pop-up frequently.

    1. Fun! You've got quite a range there which makes for some great reading! Hope you're finding some fun books to read during YASH! :)

  7. I read a mixture of genres from historical romance, to ya, to dystopian, horror just all kinds.

    1. I love the wide range of genres! Hope you're having fun this YASH and can find some new books to read and authors to follow! :)

  8. I love all kinds of different generes but I guess I read more fantasy and romance and dystopian. Thanks for for the chance.


  9. My favorites are fantasy and historical novels, but I read all sorts of genres.

  10. something interesting without cliffhangers

  11. I love fantasy, historical fiction, mythology or fairy tale re-writes. I also love manga.

  12. I love all YA, but anything I read needs a little romance ;)

  13. I like fantasy, mystery, thrillers, romance, and historical.

  14. I love post apocalyptic genre, especially zombies ❤

  15. I like fantasy and sci-fi the most. Thanks.

  16. Fantasy is my fave!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Good luck everyone!

  17. all generas I dont like to limmit my self by genera i limmit my self by the book if it sounds good i read it if n ot I try another one being this is october I lean towards horror thriller types in all generas

  18. I love everything....romance, dystopian, paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi etc. I just love to read :).

  19. Whoa, what great covers:) I love fall too :)

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