Tuesday, April 3, 2018

YASH 2018 Spring Edition! Young Adult Books to #WIN!

Welcome to this year's Spring Young Adult Scavenger Hunt!

*thick wooden door panels crack and clunky hinges clank as I open the door*

YAY! You've found me. I'm so glad you're here. 

I'm S.A. Larsen, but feel free to call me Sheri.
I'll be your guide for this stop of the hunt.


I'd love to visit Greece.🏛️

My favorite book is Pride & Prejudice.📚

👻Cemeteries are cool.

I write middle grade & young adult books because 
being a tween or teen is hard and fictional stories 
are a safe place to escape and think about life. 

You are currently hunting on TEAM PURPLE.

GUESS WHAT? I've added an exclusive bonus contest to this leg of the hunt. Woot! But I'm going to make you work for it . . . just a little.  

FIND the five capitalized/orange letters somewhere within the text below. They spell one word that gives you a clue to my latest YA release MARKED BEAUTY. Leave the word in the comments below. (*Hint: I love all the team colors used in this hunt because empaths see auras in color.) Before you go look, read over these few rules and then check out the amazing author I'm hosting:

A Brief intro for 1st Time Hunters:

*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 the hunt in my teamBut play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt, to see links to all the authors participating, & for a full list of prizes up for grabs. There are SIX contests going on this year (each with 20 author members), and you are currently hunting on TEAM PURPLE - but there is also 
TEAM REDTEAM BLUETEAM GREENTEAM GOLDTEAM PINK, & TEAM PURPLE for a chance to win a whole different set of books! Think of all the books you could win.


DIRECTIONS: You'll find my favorite number hidden in the text below. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM PURPLE and total them.  

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, APRIL 8th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

I'm super excited to be hosting 



Julie Eshbaugh once produced an online video series for teens which received several honors from the Webby Awards. Now, she focuses her time on writing. Her debut YA novel, IVORY AND BONE, was published by HarperTeen in June 2016, and its sequel, OBSIDIAN AND STARS, followed in June 2017. She is also a contributing author to WELCOME HOME, an Anthology of Love and Adoption. (Flux 2017.) 


When I first saw this cover I was like... 4 real? LUV!


"In the riveting sequel to Ivory and Bone, the story shifts to Mya’s viewpoint as vengeful adversaries force her to flee the life she once knew.

After surviving the battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain to her are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry their youngest sister, Lees, to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Rejecting Morsk’s offer, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya whisks Lees away to a secret island until things back home blow over. Mya soon realizes she’s been followed, however. Even worse, lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones resting on her shoulders, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future."


Here's a set of images from Julie's OBSIDIAN AND STARS Pinterest Board.

Hop on over to her Pinterest Board to see more and learn more about the book! AND while you're there, feel free to follow her.

This story LOOKS amazing!

Interested in holding your own copy in your hands?

You can buy it HERE.

And for more on Julie, follow her WebsiteFacebook Page, & Twitter account. 

And remember: ENTER the contest for a chance to win a collection of books by me and many more! Just check out all these books 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!
Also, to stay on top of what's happening during the hunt feel free to follow YASH on TwitterFacebook, and the Website.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter bonus contest I'm running exclusively during the 2018 Spring YA Scavenger Hunt! Did you find my secret word clue to Marked Beauty? Great! Remember to write it in the comments.

One lucky winner will receive a 
$15 Amazon gift card & a Marked Beauty swag package!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Leave a comment and tell me what you think! Are you having fun during the hunt? What's your favorite part?

Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt? Then head on over to visit author MADELINE DYER'S page.



  1. First time doing the hunt and it's fun! The word I found is Aursa

  2. The is the second time I have done the hunt. I have all my book loving students in on the hunt as well! #thecubelibrary I found AURAS

    1. Thank you for encouraging your students to participate! That's awesome! And thank you for stopping by.

  3. Auras. Thank you for the chance!

  4. My insta link is https://www.instagram.com/crashleyrogers/ it accidentally posted your link 😞

    1. That's okay. I got you! Thanks for participating in the hunt. It's great to meet so many authors and readers!

  5. I am so in love with the hunt, thanks so much for playing. I am so looking forward to your new book AURAS

    1. Oh, that's exciting to hear! I'd love to know what you think of Marked Beauty. Feel free to email me. And I'm glad you're enjoying the hunt. It's really a ton of fun. I always learn something new, and my TBR book pile grows by a mile. LOL

  6. Auras. I'm loving all of the excerpts so I can fill my bookshelves.

    1. That's great! Being able to share a little extra with readers was one of the draws for me as an author to participate. We always write extra. It's part of developing stories. And I know most of us want to share everything we've created about our characters and their worlds with readers, so this hunt is a great way to do that!

      Thank you for participating!

  7. Found auras! Having fun on the scavenger hunt so far!

  8. Auras... such a great way to add something extra to YASH. Thanks!

    1. You're welcome! So glad everyone is enjoying the hunt. It's tons of fun. I love meeting readers and fellow authors!

  9. Auras! Loving the hunt so far.

  10. Fun times. I've seen a couple posts on the hunt, and I love the idea. Very fun.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Crystal. I participated last fall. I love how so many readers participate. It's great meeting them, and great meeting some authors I don't know yet.

  11. Thanks for participating in this hunt!!!! Love it!!


  12. Auras
    Thank you for this wonderful chance

  13. Fun! I found AURSA, but I'm guessing it's rearranged into AURAS. :)

    1. Yup, you're correct! Thanks for following the hunt.

  14. What cook book swag. It’s giving me tons of AURAS. :D

  15. Wow, just noticed that it’s actually aursa. :D

  16. Auras
    First YASH & I’m having fun reviewing the blogs! I’ve added several books to my TBR.

  17. AURAS. I've been doing the hunt since the beginning and I LOVE IT. It gives me a chance to see authors and books that I've never heard of and it's really fun! Downside is it's hard to look at every single blog and take it all in, in the timeframe given. I try my best though! Thanks for participating ❤

    1. I'm sure it's hard (and time consuming) to read all the posts in their entirety. That's one reason I used the template post provided by the hop hosts. I figure participants will only need to look for new things they haven't seen before within the text. Thanks so much for participating! Glad you're having a good time.

  18. Found "AURSA" to be rearranged into "AURAS".
    That was a neat little extra to search for! c:

  19. Auras. Love this scavenger hunt.

  20. Found Auras! Had to rearrange it but so fun to have a scavenger hunt inside the scavenger hunt. Having fun! Wish I had more time to review everything.

    1. I'm so glad you're enjoying yourself, Debi! And also glad you didn't mind me sneaking in an extra mystery. I hear you on more time to read/review books. I'm right there with you.

  21. Auras. I always enjoy YASH. Thanks.


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