Welcome to my stop in the YA Scavenger Hunt!

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Welcome to the October 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Selene Castrovilla, your host for this stop, and I’m a hunt virgin!

This is me airbrushed, just so you know.

This is me airbrushed, just in case we meet in person and you’re like, “What???”

About me:

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I love quotes and fill my house with them (this picture is of my bannister.)

I love purple, and have painted my house different shades. (As evidenced by my bannister.)

I love the classics, and Shakespeare is my number one favorite! (The fierce quote is his.)

I love my job so, so much!!!

And, I love love. It’s my mission to be the change I wish to see in the world, and that translates to spreading love through my words.

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At the bottom of this post you’ll find two Rafflecopter giveaways I’m giving!

About the hunt:

This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Hock (who is hosting me!) 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 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 GOLD TEAM

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but there is also a red team, an orange 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!

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.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number. It’s in gold! Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold 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 October 9, 2017, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

And now, I’m pleased to introduce the fabulous Kathleen Baldwin!

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Award-winning author, Kathleen Baldwin, loves adventure in books and in real life. She taught rock climbing in the Rockies, survival camped in the desert, was stalked by a mountain lion, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, spent way too long in college, fell in love at least a dozen times, and married her very own hero. They have four free-spirited adventurous children.

 

 

Kathleen’s The Stranje House Series

“…kept me reading until late into the night.” –Meg Cabot, NYT – USA Today bestselling author of The Princess Diaries

 

Kathleen is sharing Exile for Dreamers, Book 2 in the Stranje House series!

 

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About the book:

By the summer of 1814 Napoleon’s spies, in the Order of the Iron Crown, have assassinated King Louis XVIII, and Napoleon, having escaped his exile in Elba, has usurped the French throne. With his Grand Armée restored, Napoleon sets his sights on Britain. Invasion is imminent, and Stranje House sits squarely in the path of catastrophe.

Some would call her dreams a gift, but Tess Aubreyson can’t run far enough or fast enough to escape the prophetic dreams that haunt her. Dreams bring nothing but death and grief. Tess refuses to accept that she may be destined for the same madness that destroyed her mother, until her disturbing dreams become the only means of saving Lord Ravencross, the young man she loves, and her fellow students at Stranje House. Tess’s old friend, the traitorous Lady Daneska and Ghost, the ruthless leader of the Iron Crown, have returned to England, intent on paving the way for Napoleon’s invasion of England. Can the young ladies of Stranje House prevail once more? Or is England destined to fall into the hands of the power-mad dictator?
Fans of Gail Carriger, Patricia Wrede, and Caroline Stevermer will love this Regency-era alternate history filled with spunky heroines, handsome young lords, and dastardly villains.

I could give you 9 awesome reviews, but here’s a couple to start you off…

“Impossible to put down!” -5 Girls Book Review

“Aww. Dudes, I’m such a sucker for this series . . . I loved the heck out of it.”
-RachelsBookReviews.com

You’ve got to see the trailer for this book!

 

And now for the super amazing BONUS CONTENT from Kathleen!

The cover reveal for Book 3 in the Stranje House series:

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Lady Jane Moore has a secret. A secret that must be kept buried. For if anyone discovered the truth, her life at Stranje House would crumble. And with Napoleon Bonaparte threatening to invade England, everyone at Stranje House is already in mortal danger.

There’s a traitor in the house. Someone is sneaking information to Napoleon’s spies, Lady Daneska and Ghost. Jane is determined to find out who it is before suspicions rip apart the bonds of friendship at Stranje House. Her desperate hunt for the traitor ensnares a brash young American inventor, Alexander Sinclair, Robert Fulton’s nephew, into an ambush that puts his life in danger. Sinclair is the most maddening young man in all of Christendom, a sharp-tongued rascal with boorish manners, but Lady Jane cannot bear the thought of the golden-haired genius being harmed.

Is Jane enough of a mastermind to save Alexander, her friends at Stranje House, and possibly England itself?

Book Three will be out May 2017.

Kathleen is also running a cover reveal contest right now – for a chance to win the entire series, check out the cover reveal contest on her website!

Be sure to add Exile for Dreamers to your TBR list on Goodreads!

If you’re as excited to read this book as I am, : you can get your hands on one here!

And sign up for Kathleen’s Newsletter so you never miss out on contests, story extras, or important book news.

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THANKS FOR VISITING MY FIRST EVER YA SCAVENGER HUNT HOST POST!!! 

I’M A VIRGIN NO MORE!!!

 

Before you go, check out my personal giveaways !

The first giveaway runs concurrent to the hunt – it ends on Oct. 9!

  1. Here’s your chance to get a signed copy of Melt, Book One in The Rough Romance Trilogy — and possible even more! Three people will receive a signed copy of Melt, and one person will receive a signed copy of Melt, a signed copy of The Law of Loving Others by Kate Axelrod and a $10 Amazon gift card!

ENTER HERE:

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2.  If you’ve read Melt and/or Signs of Life, write a review on Amazon and Enter for a $25 Amazon gift card plus read everything I’ve written so far in Book Three one my Rough Romance Trilogy! This one has a longer entry time, so hurry up and read them!

AND NOW:

Here’s the link to my team mate Margo Kelly’s blog – where you’ll discover information about another amazing YA author, and of course find another piece to your puzzle!

Happy hunting!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (62)

  1. Kathleen Baldwin

    Thanks for hosting me, Selene. You are so much fun! Loved your buttons.

    THE NEXT STOP ON THE YASH HUNT IS: http://www.margokelly.net/2016/10/fall-2016-ya-scavenger-hunt.html

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  2. Stephanie Wang

    i LOVE book trailers so am glad to see that

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  3. Emily

    I’m having trouble finding the next author on your site.

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  4. michellebookbriefs

    thanks so much for the post. Kathleen’s series is one that I have been meaning to check out for a while now.

    And thank you for your giveaways.

    I can’t seem to find the link to the next stop on the hunt. Who is the next author?

    Thanks!

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  5. Melanie B

    Looks like an interesting book and thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  6. Cheyenne Gallina

    Thanks so much for participating in the YA Scavenger hunt!

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Thanks, I’m thrilled to be here!

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  7. Kassie

    Thanks for hosting Kathleen Baldwin! I love her series and was soooo excited to find out more about the next book! I love meeting new authors also. Thanks for your giveaway!!! 😍

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Thanks, I was excited to have this opportunity! Kathleen is super talented, and also so nice to work with. 🙂

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      1. Kathleen Baldwin

        Awwh! You’re so sweet. I had fun talking with you – thanks to YASH – and now that you’ve got my # call anytime!

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    2. Kathleen Baldwin

      Hi Kassie! Nice to meet you! And thank you for your kind comments. I’m so glad you enjoy the series. You made my day!!! 💗✨

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  8. Stéphanie Leroux

    I love your necklaces! Where did you get them?

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Thanks! I bought them at a craft fair in Long Beach, NY. I did get the card of the woman who makes them – but in my typical filing fashion (which is to say, I have no filing fashion) – I don’t know where I put it! I’m so sorry, but I’ll look for her again. (Better luck finding her than the card at this point.)

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  9. Can not Tell

    Where is the link?

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      So sorry I didn’t put the link to Margo Kelly! Here it is: http://www.margokelly.net/

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  10. Vivian Torres

    I think that it’s so cool that you’re giving away a $ Amazon gift card on your first YASH. The bonus material is great and I can’t wait to buy the Rough Romance Series now!!!

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  11. C. Lee McKenzie

    Hi Selene! Great to see you here. Enjoyed your #YASH

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  12. melissa paschal

    These books look very interesting and the jewelry is beautiful. Thank you for participating in the hunt!

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  13. kynlee

    Yeah this is super fun to go threw everything and find the #s and do all this

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  14. Megan C

    The cover for the third book is gorgeous! The dress, the dramatic lighting beautiful!!

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  15. Anne C

    Love the cover of book 3. So beautiful!

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  16. Katherine Paschal

    Thanks for participating in the hunt, I love finding new authors to read. Thanks for posting the cover for Stranje House book 3, loved the first two and I am looking forward to #3.

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  17. Lauryn

    I love the bonus content. The cover for book 3 flows great with the other two and I can’t wait to read the series. Thanks for a great first hunt and congrats on yours as well.

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  18. bn100

    never read this series; different kind of material

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  19. Delia Chavez

    I love #YASH Its so much fun and exciting to learn about so many new authors.

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  20. Katherine

    Reading about the book was tough as knowing someone with a mental illness and living with that is tough. I think this is going to be a fantastic read though and have added to my tbr list on goodreads.

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Yes, I understand. But sometimes books can help us with issues. At least, that’s happened to me. I hope it happens to you, too.

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  21. Penny Olson

    Thanks for introducing me to the Stranje House Series. They sound like great books! So do yours!

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by, and commenting! If you read Melt, let me know what you think 🙂

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  22. Alyssa C.

    Thanks for being part of yash! This is my first time 🙂 your purple things are cool!!!

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Thanks! We’re fellow virgins 😉 It’s a lot to take in, isn’t it? Glad you like my purple stuff!

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  23. Gabrielle

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! I have been waiting to read Melt. I hadn’t heard of the Stranje House books before, but I really like the covers so I will try checking them out as well!

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Thanks! Please let me know what you think of Melt after you read it. Glad to introduce you to a new series!

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  24. Judy Cox

    Thanks for participating in this scavenger hunt and I enjoyed your bonus material!!

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Thanks much!

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  25. Zara Arshad

    The bonus material was amazing. Thank You for #YASH!

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Hi Zara,

      Glad you liked it! It was my pleasure being a part of YASH!

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  26. Irene

    What a great cover! Those covers are a reason on their own to get this series, right?

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Agreed, Irene!

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  27. Bethany Fetzer

    I love the book trailer.

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      So glad, Bethany!

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  28. S.N.

    Wait, Kathleen’s bonus material, or your bonus material? 🙂 Kathleen’s cover is lovely, and Lady Jane’s secret is intriguing. (Although if I am to be entirely honest, YASH contains a good many books featuring protagonists with secrets, so it’s slightly less intriguing than it might otherwise be in any other context.)

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Hi S.N.,

      Sorry for the late reply. Well, I guess a secrets a great way to move a plot forward. I hope the secrets are all different, at least! 😉

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  29. Nicole Wetherington

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Hi again Nicole,

      Thanks for commenting! (Sorry so long for the reply!) Take care!!!

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  30. Irma Jurejevčič

    Thanks so much for participating in the YA Scavenger hunt! I love it here.

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      My pleasure. It was a blast, Irma!

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  31. Shannon Fay

    HEr book seems really interesting. I’m not generally a fan of historical fiction, but this hits home. My mom suffers from mental illness, and I’ve always had a fear that that illness would find me too, so I can really relate to the protagonist. And beyond that, dreams that are really prophecies sounds awesome. knowing the future has always seemed intriguing.

    Thanks so much for exposing me to this new author.

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Hi Shannon,
      You’re welcome! My mom actually suffered from mental illness, too, and I had the same worry. But I’m fine, and I’m sure you will be, too. I’m coming out with women’s fiction which shows a bit of what my mom was like, and I also cover it somewhat in my YA novel Saved by the Music. Take good care, and don’t worry!

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  32. Theresa Snyder

    Welcome to YASH!!! This is only my second time participating but it’s so much fun!!! As much as I like the bonus material, I really like finding new-to-me authors like you!!!
    Purple is my fav color too plus I think that it’s so cool that you have it in dif shades around your house. I need to incorporate more color into my house along with quotes!! thanks for the inspiration!!!
    Thanks for participating!!!

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Hi Theresa,
      So glad I inspired you! Start with small things, and it’ll be easy to bring in colors. If you want nice quote pictures to hang, Brush Dance makes beautiful calendars, and I use pictures from the old calendars. I frame lots of greeting cards, too. Thanks for commenting (sorry for the delay.) YASH was awesome!

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  33. Dilrukshi Wijesinghe

    Thank you for very much for hosting this valuable giveaway….!

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  34. Dilrukshi Wijesinghe

    Thank you very much for hosting this valuable giveaway….!

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Hi Dilrukshi,
      You’re welcome,and thanks for commenting!

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  35. Elizabeth Fleet

    Thanks for being a part of YASH. It’s a really great oppurtunity for young, avid readers like me 🙂

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  36. Christine A Pogon

    Before the hunt, I’d never heard of Kathleen Baldwin. I’m so excited now to check out her series! And the covers are beautiful!

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Hi Christine,
      Yes, they are! Thanks for commenting, and visiting my YASH stop!

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  37. Rayna

    I love the quote necklaces! Did you make them yourself? And the cover of Refuge for Masterminds is lovely.

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Hi Rayna,
      Thanks! I bought them at a craft fair, and I’m sorry to say that I don’t have the artist’s information. If I see her again (it was local) I will post her information! Glad you like the cover reveal!

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  38. Caitlin Kling

    Thanks, Selene, for being a part of YASH! This is my first time too! I love cover reveals, they’re a great way to get buzz going (especially if it’s a good cover! lol)

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    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Hi Caitlin, Sorry for the late response! Thanks for commenting. YASH was awesome!!!

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