#YASH Spring 2016 Hunt Is HERE (Plus a fabulous giveaway)

Hello! I am Christine Fonseca,

your hostess for this leg of the hunt.

About Me
I write YA romance, paranormal thrillers and scary stories. Oh, and I also write self-help books! 
I'm a lover of books, lattes, and family. 
I'm passionate about humanity and a believer in dreams.
Writing is my second career - or maybe my third...
I love to explore the depths of humanity - explore truth! 

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Looking for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching. Somewhere on this blog hop, you'll find an excerpt for OUTBREAK, Book #2 in the acclaimed Solomon Experiments series. Before you go looking for it, check out the amazing author I’m hosting.
But, first, a few rules:


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM GOLD, 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, APRIL 3rd at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one signed book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast. This contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, April 3rd!
There are NINE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of TEAM GOLD, but there is also a PURPLE TEAM, RED TEAM,  SILVER TEAM, ORANGE TEAMBLUE TEAM, TEAL TEAM, PINK TEAMGREEN TEAM! Check out each team for a chance to win six different sets 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.

Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I’ll introduce the author I am hosting on this hunt.
I am super excited to be hosting…

Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother's animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she's not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

[Christine here - haunted libraries - YES! Brenda is definitely my kind of author!]

Brenda is showcasing her book, THIEF OF LIES during the hunt:

 A little about Thief of Lies:
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.

[Christine here again - I want this book! In fact, I may need to move it up 7 notches on my TBR list!

Okay, back to Brenda's exclusive content:]

For me, my stories are incomplete unless there is a playlist for it. Full of songs that inspire and enrich the words and emotions that made it onto the page. The songs bring to life the emotions of the journey the story takes me on, where everything is a little more frightening or sweeter because it accompanies the story so magically. Today, I’m thrilled to share the songs that inspired me while writing THIEF OF LIES (Library Jumpers #1).

(***Play on YouTube to access the entire AMAZING playlist)

The THIEF OF LIES’ playlist starts with Jump by Madonna, “Are you ready to jump? Get ready to jump. Don't ever look back, oh baby. Yes, I'm ready to jump. Just take my hand. Get ready to jump…” It represents Gia’s jump through the gateway books.

I love how You Don’t Know Me by Elizabeth Gillies captures Gia’s personality with lyrics like “You look at me and there's just one thing that you see…” and “There's so much more to me than what you think you see…”

John Mayer’s Half of My Heart takes me to the place where Gia is discovering a new world and new love but she’s not too certain about both with lyrics like “I was born in the arms of imaginary friends. Free to roam, made a home out of everywhere I've been…” and “Down the road, later on, you will hate that I never gave more to you than half of my heart…”

The song that best fits Gia came from a wonderful reader, Page_Flipping_Ninja (@SaundraDee on Twitter). It’s The Way I Was from the Jem and The Holograms soundtrack. With lyrics like “I’ll go, but I won’t go quietly. Go down, but I’ll go down fighting” and “But I can’t go back, back to the way I was.” It’s a perfect fit!

Half Way Gone by Lighthouse represents Gia’s frustration with Arik and how he seems to be into her but resists. Lyrics like, “I'm hanging on but growing cold…” and “'Cause you're halfway in, but don't take too long ‘cause I'm halfway gone…” fit the struggle between them.

Then she fights demons, so what better lyrics than these from Demons by Imagine Dragons: "Don't get too close. It's dark inside. It's where my demons hide," and "I want to hide the truth. I want to shelter you. But with the best inside, there's nowhere we can hide..."

When all seems lost and the end is near, Waiting for the End by Linkin Park fits Gia’s mood with lyrics like, “Waiting for the end to come, wishing I had strength to stand. This is not what I had planned. It's out of my control…”

And when Gia longs for her life before jumping into the gateway book, there’s Home by Foo Fighters with such moving lyrics like, “Wish I were with you but I couldn't stay. Every direction leads me away. Pray for tomorrow but for today. All I want is to be home…”

Thank you, Christine, for having me on your blog today to share the THIEF OF LIES playlist. I hope you all enjoyed it. 

[Christine again - wow! This music really makes me want to read this story. Thanks so much for sharing your playlist Brenda!]

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Colleen Houck, Jessica Brody, Lisa Amowitz, and many more! To enter, you need to write down my favorite number, find all the other numbers on TEAM GOLD, add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize! 

Hop on over to Roshani Chokshi's site for the next leg of the hunt.
Thank you so much for visiting my website! While you’re here don’t forget to enter the bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt. 

For an extra bonus entry, leave a comment on this blog post and answer the following: 
If your memories were taken from you, would you want them back? Even if you thought they'd be horrible?

HAVE FUN! Five winners will receive digital copies of the acclaimed COLLIDE, the first book in the Solomon Experiments series. Five additional winners will receive digital copies of book #2, OUTBREAK.  
Good luck everyone!
Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win, My giveaway ends 4/3/16 at 11:59pm.
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  1. I would like to be able to read minds.

  2. I"d also like to be able to read minds!

  3. I would love to be able to see events that would help people such as helping to find people or seeing who committed the crime. thanks for participating in the hunt! Its a lot of fun!

    1. Who committed a crime - oohhhh....like Minority Report...

  4. I'd like to either be able to read minds or communicate telepathically. I've never been able to choose between the two. (And I'll admit that I've pondered this question more than the average person probably should.)

  5. Agh, I think I would love to recover my memories because I know I would live the rest of my life wondering about what's missing from my mind. Even if my heart would be better off without it.

    And yeah, to read minds would be my choice too!

  6. I would want to be able to touch people and to be able to heal them or a mind reader.

  7. Either reading minds or maybe telekinesis.

  8. I would want my memories back because yes, maybe some aren't good, but they're still mine and those situations made me who I am today.
    And I'd love to be able to fly.

  9. physic in particular powers? Hmmm, I'd want to see the results of forks. I mean, I always wonder, if I make this choice is it the right one? So I'd like to see the result of a decision before I actually make it. Just one step, I don't want to see everything.

  10. I would want telekinesis. That way I wouldn't have to get up to get a new book off my shelf!

  11. I'd like to have visions. It would be interesting to see the past and/or future in a blink. :3

  12. I would love to have the power to heal

  13. It would I think it would be super interesting to be a psychometrist!

  14. I think it would be cool to read minds!

  15. What about being able to bring fictional characters into the real world with some crazy mind power? Does that count? Because if that were a thing I WOULD DEFINITELY NEED IT. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Being able to transport my books from my shelf to me wherever I am :0

  17. Be able to control peoples bodies with my mind

  18. Having the power to help anyone as long as their intentions are good!

  19. Healing would be a great psychic power.

  20. I would love to be able to remember e

  21. I can't tell you my power because it's dirty ;) But I thought up a good one LOL Thanks for participating in the hunt!


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