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 EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the TEAM PINK–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a teal team, a purple team, a green team, and a blue 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.
LET THE HUNT BEGIN!
Today, I am hosting Eliza Tilton on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing.
Her YA stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a hot romance. Her YA Fantasy series, The Daath Chronicles, is published by Curiosity Quills Press.
Three months have passed since Avikar defeated the Reptilian Prince, and he still can’t remember his battle with Lucino. On the hunt for answers, he returns to the scene of the fight and discovers a strange connection between his family’s dagger and the mysterious kingdom of Daath, and it seems only his distant father can reveal the truth behind it all.
Before Avikar can travel back home, Lucy assaults him in the market and forces him to flee to Nod Mountains—a place few dare to enter, and even less return from. With Raven and her childhood friend by his side, they must survive the treacherous journey through the pass with a vengeful Lucy hunting them. If they don’t, they’ll never see home again.
Jeslyn’s new life in Luna Harbor is the perfect remedy for her confused and broken heart. But when a group of mercenaries kidnap her beloved Grandfather, interrupting her daily routine as his jewelry apprentice, she’s forced to join forces with the one person from her past she tried to forget.
And his assistance comes with a price.
Author’s note: This bonus content is the first chapter of an upcoming Daath novella that takes place after Wicked Path. Fans of the series will be curious to see what happens when you put a villain and a broken warrior together on a deadly quest.
Talk of war reached Lakewood before the first snow hit. Order after order for weapons rolled in as the soldiers made camp outside our borders. There hadn’t been a battle of this size in centuries. The blade hissed as I dumped it into the basin. I’d been working since the suns rose the day before. My mind and body moved on instinct. After this last batch was completed, I could rest. My father had left soon after sundown, but not me. Work kept me busy, and staying busy kept my mind off of her.
Sweat dripped off my forehead. The forge heat flaming my face and making me thirst. With the last sword cooling, I could close shop. I stretched, flexing out the muscles in my arms. When Avikar returned home, I’d put him in a chokehold he’d never be able to break free from.
I left through the backdoor, and locked it closed. When I turned around, a girl dressed in tight black breeches and a matching cloak leaned against the shop’s outside wall.
“I don’t think we’ve ever been formally introduced,” she said.
With clouds from the early rain blocking the moon, and her black hood up, I couldn’t see her face.
“Do I know you?”
“You should.” She stepped forward and let her hood fall to her shoulders
I grabbed my sword from my back. I’d never forget that face.
“Oh, you’re not still mad about that silly kidnapping are you?” Lucy grinned.
Lucino’s sister, a girl who we should’ve killed long ago. She had a wicked smile with full red lips that contrasted against her alabaster skin. Her long black hair blew with the midnight breeze, matching the darkness of her heart.
“Put your sword down, Derrick,” she said in a singsong voice.
Her brow twitched. Her grin vanished.
“Your voice won’t work on me.” I charged forward and pushed my blade tip against her rib cage. “No magic will ever put me to sleep again.”
After our battle in Daath, I had blood crystals tattooed into my skin. The magical stones kept me immune from any of these creatures’ abilities.
If she was confused as to why her songspell had no affect, she didn’t show it.
“I’ve come in peace. No reason to be angry.” With the tip of her fingers, she pushed the blade away from her chest. “I have a proposition for you. One that includes your dear Jeslyn.”
Jeslyn . . . she’d left over three months ago to stay with her grandfather in Luna Harbor. She wouldn’t admit she left because of me, but I knew the truth. She had refused my proposal. After Avikar and I risked our lives to save her, she said no, and I still didn’t understand why.
“Talk and talk quickly.” I stepped back, but kept the blade in between us.
Lucy straightened. “That’s better . . . see . . . I have a bit of a problem. My brother is missing and I have a feeling he’s with your precious sweetheart.”
I gripped the blade tighter, controlling the river of anger flowing through me. Jeslyn and Lucino’s name should never be said together. “Lucino’s dead.”
Lucy laughed. “Did you really think you killed the Reptilian Prince? Silly boy.” She laughed again while her words sunk in.
Lucino’s not dead. How? “Even if he is alive, why would you think he’s with Jeslyn?”
“Because Jeslyn’s not in Luna Harbor anymore.”
“Goodbye, Lucy.” I pushed her aside, done with the conversation. If I didn’t leave now, my sword would land in her heart.
“That’s it? Aren’t you worried?”
“Jeslyn can take care of herself.”
Lucy laughed again, and I left her by the shop. I didn’t trust Lucy, and Jeslyn wasn’t my problem, not anymore.
Awesome!! I’m adding to my TBR, now. How about you? And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Eliza Tilton, and more!
To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 12 .
Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on Team Pink and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
Also, along with the Scavenger Hunt, I’m hold a BONUS GIVEAWAY of 5 e-copies of Daughter of Isis and Son of Set (INT). Enter here -> a Rafflecopter giveaway
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Erica Crouch!