YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to 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 signed 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 for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, a green team, an orange team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of 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.

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed 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  Sunday, October 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today, I am hosting Lorie Langdon and Carey Corp on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! CAREY CORP and LORIE LANGDON came up with the idea for DOON, their debut novel, one fateful winter morning while discussing their love of musicals. Lorie had known since seeing Brigadoon, at age sixteen, that she wanted more of the sleepy kingdom than the original story revealed, while Carey adored the idea of reinventing a mythical world through the eyes of two, vastly different, but inseparable friends—much like themselves. As ideas flew back and forth, suddenly the village that slept for 100 years at a stretch awoke to epic life; and DOON was born. Lorie and Carey live two hours apart, but like Vee and Kenna, they talk and text throughout the day and have often wondered if they share a brain.
Find out more information by checking out their website or buy the books here or here or here!


Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for…or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

DestinedforDoonThe second book in the popular new Doon YA series that takes on a classic story, Brigadoon, and spins it in a new way to give readers a fresh, modern experience.

In this sequel to Doon, Kenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake-choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. Worse, she’s received proof she and Duncan are meant to be, along with torturous visions of the prince she left behind. So when Duncan shows up and informs Kenna that Doon needs her, she doesn’t need to think twice. But even if Kenna can save the enchanted kingdom, her happily ever after may still be in peril.

And now for the fantastic bonus scene our illustrious authors have provided us! Woot!

D4Doon Bonus Scene~This scene takes place before chapter 11 in Destined for Doon~

I pulled the little leather-bound volume from its hiding place, opened to the back page, and removed the tri-folded parchment. The library of Castle MacCrae contained all kinds of books, but this particular one would be extremely useful. Opening the letter, I read the final words of Queen Lynnette Elizabeth Campbell MacCrae:

On this page I write my last confession. Read it well so that you may be spared from repeating my folly.
I have been grievously tricked—lied to by Adelaide Blackmore Cadell and her sisters. Of my own free will, I made a pact with the witches that besiege the kingdom in the hopes that they would spare the lives of my people. The bargain struck: my crown and that of the king—dominion over Doon, if they would but let us flee unharmed.
I convinced myself that my actions were for the greater good, but in truth, I acted out of weakness. I feared for my life and the life of my infant child. That fear caused me to prostrate myself before evil, to betray my Lord Husband and King, who is blameless in this devil’s bargain.
As soon as I returned from the witches’ cottage, I collapsed in the courtyard. My attendant, Glynis Fairshaw, believes the token I gave Adelaide as a symbol of my pledge has been cursed and is now being used to drain the life force from my body. Untimely death, the cost of my sins.
With my final breath I pray mercy for those I leave behind in hopes that my transgressions do not condemn them to my fate.
Queen Lynnette Elizabeth Campbell MacCrae
Fallen Queen of Doon

I reached into the fireplace and let the flames lick the edges of the yellowed paper before placing it on the burning log. A curl of smoke rose from the smoldering corner as fire consumed the young ruler’s final missive, turning her warning to ash. Crossing back to the shelves of the alcove, I replaced the book in such a conspicuous manner that one of the Americans would undoubtedly stumble upon it. Veronica Welling and Mackenna Reid were entirely too predictable, which also had its uses.

Eee! I’m so intrigued! I can’t wait to read the book. And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Lorie and Carey, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 7. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, the fantabulous Angela Myron!

The fun doesn’t stop here! I’m also hosting a Grift Bag giveaway with iTunes and Starbucks gift cards, disguise glasses, a con-artist guidebook, and more. Enter the Rafflecopter to win your very own grifter kit!

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About Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer is an instructional designer, a mom, a champion of the serial comma, and a pie junkie. Oh, and she sometimes writes books about teenage delinquents saving the day. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her daughter, her partner, her two neurotic dogs, and her precious prince--er, cat.
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