Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt!

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 team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon Pacific time on April 3!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are eight contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all!

I am a part of

but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a green team, a teal team, a blue team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue 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 April 3, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Now, it's time to introduce myself. My name is Cate Dean, and I'm your host for this stop on the hunt. I'm offering the first book of my fun paranormal series, The Monster Files.

You can download your copy for *free* here: Amazon  Barnes & Noble  iTunes  Kobo  

Meet Alex Finch - tomboy, techno geek, monster hunter.

Reluctant monster hunter.

A school project, an absentminded project partner, and a misplaced backpack all change 16-year-old Alex Finch's life forever.

In a single afternoon Alex finds the missing backpack, has a run-in with Sam, the boy she's had a crush on since first grade - and discovers that monsters are real.


And now - on to the hosting part of the program!

I am thrilled to have Leah Bobet here - and take a look at that gorgeous book cover. :)


Leah Bobet is a novelist, editor, and bookseller with Bakka-Phoenix Books, Canada's oldest science fiction bookstore. Her debut novel, Above, was short-listed for the Prix Aurora Award and the Andre Norton Award and commended by the CCBCs Best Books for Kids and Teens; her second, An Inheritance of Ashes, is a finalist for the Cybils Awards and an Ontario Library Association 2015 Best Bets selection. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple Year's Best anthologies.

Find out more information by checking out Leah at her website, or on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter. You can pick up your own copy of Leah's book here!


Six months ago, the men of the lakelands marched south to fight a dark god.

Weeks after the final battle was won, sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister, Marthe, are still struggling to maintain their family farm—and waiting for Marthe’s missing husband to return. After a summer of bitter arguments, Hallie is determined to get Roadstead Farm through the winter—and keep what’s left of her family together despite an inheritance destined to drive them apart.

But when Hallie hires a wandering veteran in a bid to save the farm, every phantom the men marched south to fight arrives at her front gate. Spider-eyed birds circle the fields, ghostly messages write themselves on the riverbank, and soon Hallie finds herself keeping her new hired hand’s desperate secrets—and taking dangerous risks. But as she fights to keep both the farm and her new friend safe, ugly truths about her own family are emerging—truths that, amidst gods, monsters, and armies—might tear Roadstead Farm apart.

Leah Bobet’s stark, beautiful fantasy explores the aftermath of the battles we fight and the slow, careful ways love can mend broken hearts—and a broken world.


Ready for some fun bonus stuff?

I bet I can find

reasons to enjoy Leah's exclusive content. :)

For me, stories are music; I'm not properly writing a book until I have a playlist to play over and over and drive everyone insane while I work on each draft.  The songs that go with my stories are mood; they're bits of plot; they're the texture of the worlds I build.

 So it shouldn't really have been a surprise that the soundtrack for An Inheritance of Ashes stuffed itself full of Toronto and area artists: It's a novel mostly about what home means, how we build it, and what we'll do to save it.  I don't think there was one person on this soundtrack who started making music more than two hours from where I write.

 So, for the 2016 YASH, it's a privilege to give you the songs that made An Inheritance of Ashes (and introduce some fantastic Toronto bands).


Cold Specks, "The Mark"

 A whiff of desolate hills, the cold river, and both the memory of a harsh heritage and complex family love.


Cold Specks, "Lay Me Down"

 A song for generations of Hoffmanns living on—and loving—their grey land by the river.

The ground is what this blood knows

We simply greet it and rise


LOOM, "Animal" (Live in Bellwoods edition)

 Simple, messy, quiet grief and hope and need.


Daniel J. Duff, "Landmark"

 The quiet of a farm at sunrise, with something inevitable, inexorable, coming down the road.


The Billie Hollies, "North Cross Bay"

 The sweetness of a summer country sunset, long skirts and kneesocks, light through the tree branches, honey, and waving wheat.


Holiday Rambler, "Dogwood"

 Dustbowl banjo, dust on the road, the ends of epic stories.


Holiday Rambler, "Goddamn"

 A song for Asphodel Jones, and his own long walk.


Black Walls, "Pines"

 Mist on the trees, autumn leaves, the crisp bite of river air.


Evening Hymns, "Cedars"

 And I saw you in flannel, lifting, taking off

with a pocketful of cedar and your hands so soft

And I knew that you were with me

'cause I heard you turn and say

That everybody's gonna live forever and no one ever dies anyway.

Great playlist, Leah! Hope you all enjoyed it. :)

Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Leah Bobet, and more!

To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 22.

Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


Thanks for hanging out with me today. :)

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Sara B. Larson!