Young Adult Scavenger Hunt (YASH) – It’s live!

Welcome to the 10th YA Scavenger Hunt!


Hello! I am Jennifer Tressen,

your hostess for this leg of the hunt.


About Me

I actually have a degree in screenwriting, my work entails editing/rewriting scripts for producers and other writers. I even work for an Oscar winning screenwriter from time to time. I’m the current series writer for an animated children’s show, “Max and Wrigley” but write YA and NA novels as well. In contrast to the happy, innocent kids tv show I write, my novels tend to be dark, sarcastic and edgy. Yes, I have a dark side….I’m a good girl at heart but it’s so fun to write like a bad girl!!!
That’s why I love to write – I can be anyone even if just for a couple hundred pages.

You are currently hunting on


Team Purple

Looking for my exclusive bonus contest? You’ll have to keep searching.

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 INDIE, 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 5TH, 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 5th!

There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! Check out each team for a chance to win eight 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…
hilary thompson Head Shot

HILARY’S BIO:  Hilary Thompson was born to parents who made a habit of taking roads less traveled. But she was also a Libra, a first child, and an independent, willful child, so she has made a habit of taking a few roads on her own.

After trying on hats made for artists, architects, restaurant and retail workers, landscape designers, legal secretaries, and professional students, she retreated back to her first loves of education and writing.

Hilary now teaches high school full time, writes whenever and wherever she can, and reads as much as her eyes can handle. She also tries not to spoil her own independent, willful children or neglect her wonderful soul-mate of a husband too much. She tends to ignore laundry baskets and dirty dishes.”

Jennifer here-I too try not to spoil my independent willful boys but they are…I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like when they’re 17.

The book Hilary is showcasing in the YA Scavenger Hunt this season is



Jennifer here – Check out that amazing cover. I always wanted red hair but my husband hates it and would kill me. So I always just tell him that if someday I walk in with flaming red hair it’s because he really pissed me off. Okay, enough about my nonsense, let me tell you about this incredible book!

“The people need Justice, but she’s not listening.

One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to return and save them from their Fates.

Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior – too bad for them she isn’t a believer.

Trea fights against her false destiny: she rebels against her family and friends, then refuses her arranged marriage to the charming but deceitful Lexan.

Learning her life is in danger, Trea is forced to trust Lexan – until she discovers a power she never knew she had, and one he already knew he did.

As betrayal closes every door, Trea decides she must submit to her stars and accept her fate. Then a handsome stranger offers her an unexpected escape and the chance to create her own destiny.”


Stian’s Mistake, Starbright novella

Synopsis: All Stian wants is to be seen for who he is. Not just an orphaned wanderer or a skilled warrior, but someone worthy of belonging to the Tribe of Hebron. He dreams of fulfilling his father’s broken legacy – leading the Tribe to the Garden. Zarea understands him, but her future is tied to a secret past that could tear the Tribe apart. Her father Abraham is determined to keep this past buried, so he awards Stian the Hero’s Mission. If Stian lives long enough to succeed, he will secure the Tribe’s loyalty and gain a chance to marry Zarea one day. But Stian isn’t the only one to accept this mission, and only one man can become a hero.
Note: this can be read as a prequel or series introduction, or in order of publication! It provides the back story to Stian’s life before he finds Asphodel and Astrea.
And here it is…..the bonus scene

Bonus Scene: this scene bridges the first Starbright novel, Justice Buried, and my latest release, Stian’s Mistake

I toss my pack down on the soft ground, huffing and cursing under my breath. I know I saw smoke here this morning – now where is it? The sun is close to setting now, but still I glance around, taking in my bearings one more time. The ground is pocked with rock jutting up from the earth. The plants are dense and bright green. I’ve seen few animals, but there are some deer tracks here by the stream.

Sitting heavily, I stare up at the face of the hill before me. It’s not exactly a mountain, but it’s higher than a lot of the terrain. Or maybe I’m just in a valley. I sigh and dig in my pack for some jerky. A tiny crackle has me whipping my head around, but there’s nothing visible.

After a few moments of silence, I unlace my boots, lean back, and stare at the tree canopy, chewing the dried meat. I trace my eyes over the streaks of orange in the sunset, wondering if I’ll actually die out here. I’ve come so much farther than anyone expected me to – I avoided Caine and Thadd successfully in the beginning, and I haven’t seen anyone in a couple of weeks. Maybe they found and killed each other. I snort: I’m not that lucky.

Another tiny crackle sounds, and I jump to my feet, knife in my hand through instinct rather than effort. Still nothing. The wind blows a harder gust then, the early spring chill wrapping a shiver around my body. For just a second, I imagine I see Zarea’s brown curls in a gap of the trees. My heart squeezes, then hardens a little more.

She had her chance to follow me. Somehow, I have to forget about her, or whatever life I have left won’t be bearable.

I turn in a slow circle, but still there is nothing here but me and the elements. The wind blows a little harder as I glare at the place where I thought I saw smoke. Then I see it.

Not the smoke – an opening in the rocky face of the hill. A cave.

Of course, it could be a dead-end. But still, excitement pulses through my limbs as I half-run the few steps to the base of the incline and begin to find footholds in the rock. Ten feet up I realize I’m not even wearing my boots, but my instincts are screaming too loudly that this could be it. I keep climbing.

My foot slips and slices open on a sharp rock just as I grip the ledge of the opening with one hand. I curse again and grunt through the pain, glancing down to see a bright swath of red on the wall below me. Great. No boots, and now a likely infection. Smart.

Still, I haul myself onto the narrow ledge. Looking down, I estimate I’m maybe twenty feet up. The opening is tight, but I shove my body in, ignoring the scrape of the rock against my skin. I dig in my pocket for a nub of candle and a match. I’m not really in a cave, I realize with frustration. Just an opening – a rift in the hulking side of the hill.

But still I push on, and after a few more feet the opening widens to another ledge. I stop short, my toes curling over the edge. If I hadn’t lit that candle, I’d be scraping myself off the floor of this cave room. The bottom is a good ten feet down.

I move the fire’s light in a slow arc, trying to determine if I’ve actually found anything. There are so many caves in this part of the country – what are the chances I’ve actually, finally stumbled upon Asphodel? But the smell here is different, human somehow, in a way the other caves I’ve found were not.

Then I nearly drop my candle. There’s a pillow. A pillow on the ground, next to a black pool of water. My heart is beating so loudly that I barely register the scraping noise below me. I snuff the candle with my fingertips and flatten my body to the ledge, until only my eyes and the top of my head are peeking over into the room.

Scuffling noises increase below me, then the scritch of a match, the pungent smell of sulfur. And light illuminates my vision like a shot of hope.

Another human being stands in the room – and I haven’t seen a person in weeks. Could I really be in Asphodel? Have I somehow stumbled right into the hidden city? As much as I believed I could do it, it was always a blind shot in the dark of night.

I watch, trying desperately to control my excited breathing. The light increases as the flame grows, and soon I can see it’s a girl. Maybe a few years younger than me. In the light of the candle, her hair seems to be made of fire, spiraling down her slim back.

She seats herself on the cushion and dips her hands in the water, then begins to chant softly.

She repeats the chant over and over, her voice more sure each time, until I can finally make out the words:

Fire light, burning bright,

Cast in fury, tossed by spite.

Power of flame, in dark of night,

Combined with air, is evil’s delight.

But cooled with water, heat is spent

And thoughts and actions are heaven-sent.

The throbbing in my foot mixes with the beating of my heart and the chanting rhythm of the girl, and I know. The way a hunter knows he’s felled an animal.

I know I’ve found Asphodel.

I know I’ll be able to go home, and claim my right to the Tribe of Hebron.

You can buy Starbright: JUSTICE BURIED on AMAZON

Plus get ready for her new novel to be released at the end of April

Aitan’s Revenge, Starbright novella
While Astrea and Lexan are in Tartarus, someone has to fix the mess they left in Asphodel, but Aitan always has two agendas in mind.
You can also get in touch with Hilary Thompson via 


To continue the hunt you have to find the next author!

The incredible Aria Michaels!


And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Hilary Thompson, and many more! 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!

Thank you so much for visiting my website! While you’re here don’t forget to enter the bonus contest (giving away an advance reading copy of my new novel Castle in the Air) I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt.

To enter:

leave a comment on this blog post

follow me on Twitter

follow me on Facebook

subscribe to my newsletter (go to my “Contact” form and fill in your name and email address)

Each one counts as an entry so go crazy and do them all!

AND…just in case you don’t want to take any chances on winning we’re also offering a fantastic deal on my e-novella Sleeping in the Morgue. For this weekend only it’s just 99 cents on Amazon!

Good luck everyone!



  1. Natasha says:

    Thank you for hosting a giveaway 🙂

  2. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Megan D. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway
    twitter: @bookobsession

  4. Thais Pampado says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Is it international?
    If it is, then I follow you on twitter (@hunting_books) and on Facebook (Thais Pampado).

  5. Joana Felício says:

    Thank you so much for doing this giveaway!
    Twitter: FlaunCerfire
    I also liked your facebook page (Joana Felício)!

  6. Thanks for the giveaway! I follow on twitter!

  7. Twitter: @severielle
    Facebook: Kellani A.
    Thank you for your giveaway.

  8. thanks for the lovely giveaway
    fb Karin Shaim

  9. thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    Facebook: Melissa Paschal
    Twitter: @mellifluousmel

  10. Thank you for the giveaway and for participating in YASH!
    Twitter: @MissPhyre
    FB: Melissa Hardy
    I also now follow on WordPress 🙂

  11. Thanks for joining the hunt! I am a fan on twitter and facebook

  12. Thanks for the extra giveaway!
    Twitter: Readingmissfrog
    FB: Maud Grefte
    And I follow on WordPress 🙂

  13. ashfaanwer says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Hope the giveaway is international.
    Liked on FB as Cricket Reads
    Followed on Twitter: @TopsyTurvy_Ash
    Signed up for the newsletter: blackcapballistics AT gmail DOT com

  14. Thank you for the chance. I follow on Twitter: @Everstar and I liked you on FB: Autumn Nauling

  15. Thanks for the giveaway! I always look forward to this every year. I love finding new authors and new books to read. What could be better! Thanks for being a part of this!!! Following on facebook and twitter and signed up for your newsletter. 🙂

  16. Thanks for the chance!

  17. Thanks for the giveaway! I followed on Twitter: @sherlockholmsey

  18. Tammy V. says:

    Thanks for hosting the hunt.

  19. Thank you so much for being a part of YASH 2015!

  20. Fun hunt
    Subscribed to newsletter
    + 2 points

  21. Twitter : @_haruharu_
    FB: Agustine Dwi Kurniawati Pamarna
    Signed up for the newsletter: haruharucchi at gmail dot com

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  22. thanks for the giveaway. just bought sleeping in the morgue.
    i followed you on:
    Facebook – Lauren Ellipsis Jones
    Twitter – @WhtHairedBoi
    Instagram – @outkastkura
    Newsletter –

  23. Angelica Leon says:

    thanks for the give away, did everything I think xD (put like on the facebook page xD)

  24. Thank you for taking part in YASH & for the giveaway.
    +1 comment
    +1 follow on Twitter as @bookishbaggins
    +1 follow on Facebook as Kim Waters
    +1 signed up for newsletter as bookishbaggins(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. Delia Chavez says:

    I love #yash thanks for taking part 🙂
    Followed on
    Twitter @starsunraveling
    Facebook Delia Chavez
    Email starsunraveling (at) ymail (dot) com

  26. Thanks for the bonus giveaway!
    Followed on twitter as @MeliRobles
    Facebook: Melissa Robles
    And followed in wordpress (is that the newsletter?) melissa.rob168(at)

  27. Charlotte says:

    Thank you for participating in the hunt!
    I’ve followed on Twitter (@_CharlotteChoi_) and on Facebook (Charlotte Choi) as well!

  28. Hope Tweeddale says:

    Thanks so much for participating in YASH and for this awesome giveaway:)

  29. Hannah M says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I liked on facebook, commented and follow on twitter

  30. Thank you for the giveaway! I follow on twitter: @mandycanread

  31. Thanks for the bonus giveaway!!
    Liked on Facebook Vicky Icky, Twitter (@Vickie_W_)

  32. Thanks for the giveaway, and thanks for being a part of #YASH!

    I already follow on Twitter (@mmills_writer)
    I liked you on Facebook (MMills.writer)

    Have a fantastic Easter Sunday!

  33. Hiya!! Facebook and email, plus this comment for me 🙂 I would’ve followed on twitter, but maxed out. I need to go through and clean up anyone who is no longer active on the site, but that takes *effort.* Haha, love your comment about the cover (which I <3, too!) and red hair! I always wanted red hair when I was little. Thought it was so pretty. First time I got it dyed red in college, I looked like a clown. The lady that did it was a family friend, so I kept my mouth shut but didn't do that again! Found a place in Pittsburgh during college and had it done a few times. That was better – people would look at me and get really confused, because it looked like I was born with red hair when they knew the blonde me. When I moved for work, I didn't do it for a while out of fear of another clown episode, but starting Jan 2014, I started getting it colored every 6ish weeks. Stylist is fantastic! I go for a new shade every visit, and it's so much fun 😀 Actually, we're now in the red violet spectrum, because I want to try purple hair. It gets addicting, playing around with it so much!

  34. Merisha Abbott says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and being part of YASH!
    I follow you on Twitter (@MerishaAbbott)
    Fb- Merisha Abbott
    Signed up for email- MerishaAbbott @ gmail dot com

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