YA Scavenger Hunt #YASH


Welcome to the spring 2018 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! On 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 120 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 PURPLE TEAM, but there is also a red team, a gold team, a green team, a blue team, and a pink team.

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 prize page.


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the Purple 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. Read all of the rules at the YASH site.

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 April 8th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I have the honor of hosting Breeana Sheilds. First let’s get to know Breeana and her featured book, Poison’s Cage. Then, Breeana shares one playlist she created for her book and one she listens to when she’s writing.



Breeana Shields is the author of the young adult fantasy, Poison’s Kiss and its sequel, Poison’s Cage (Random House BFYR.) She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves traveling, eating good food–especially if it’s pasta or chocolate–and spending time with her husband, her three children, and two spoiled, but adorable dogs.










An assassin becomes a spy in this heart-pounding sequel to Poison’s Kiss. Readers who love the assassin angle in Throne of Glass, the lethal touch in Shatter Me, or the high stakes of The Wrath and the Dawn will want to follow this story to the end.


Find out more information by checking out Breena’s website or find more about her books here.








I’ve never been able to write to music with lyrics. I find it too distracting. However, music is still an important part of my process in several ways. First, it’s incredibly helpful before I begin a new book—when I’m still daydreaming about the story and trying to find the heart of it. Or—once I’ve begun—when I’m hopelessly stuck and need to take some time to figure out what comes next. Before starting a new project, I make a playlist and listen during non-working times–while I’m driving, cooking, or doing anything else that leaves my mind free to wander. It helps channel my thoughts toward the book, and I’ve untangled many thorny plot issues with the aid of Spotify and a little downtime.

While I’m actually drafting, I either write in silence, or listen to something inspiring without lyrics—the kind of music that can both set the mood and fade into the background so it doesn’t interfere with my concentration.

So today, I want to share two playlists. The first belongs to Poison’s Cage—these are the songs that most reflect the book for me, and what I listened to while brainstorming. The second is a list of music I find helpful while I’m actually writing—these songs provide relaxing and/or inspiring background noise that help me focus. I hope you enjoy!


Playlist for Poison’s Cage

Hello Hello by Missy Higgins
Not a One by The Young Wild
Falling Awake by Gary Jules
Desi Thoughts by A.R. Rahman
Blame it on Me by George Ezra
Anokhi by Thomas Newman
The Chimes at Midnight by Thomas Newman
My My Love by Joshua Radin
The Final Pitch by A.R. Rahman
Like Real People Do by Hozier

Playlist for Writing

Song for Rome by Brain Crain
Time by Hans Zimmer
Pastorale, Songs from a Secret Garden, by Rolf Lovland
Moonlit Shore by Brain Crain
Flight by Hans Zimmer
Adagio by Rolf Lovland
Dream of Flying by Brain Crain


Thanks Breeana. Lots of new music to check out on that playlist.

Now, dear YASHers–– don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Breeana Shields, and other authors. To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is:


Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the purple team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the prize!


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author on Team Purple––  Eva Pohler.

Before you go, I’m interested to see if you have favorite song for your writing, painting, drawing or DIY time? Please let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to my playlist!




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