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YA Scavenger Hunt TEAM ORANGE edition

HELLO! I'm Sarah J. Schmitt and I'm here to guide you through this leg of Team Orange's Scavenger Hunt. I love sunshine, especially after a long Indiana winter, squirrels and popcorn fresh out of the popper. I firmly believe that if you haven't read Harry Potter, we can be friends but you can't come to any major event in my life. EVER.

YA Scavenger Hunt is a bi-annual event 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 amazing 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 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are nine contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the ORANGE TEAM--but there is also an red team, a gold team, a green team, a teal team, a blue team, a purple team, a silver team, and a pink team. Enter them all 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.


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've hidden my favorite number. Here's a hint: my favorite number will be highlighted in orange. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the orange 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 April 3, 2016, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

I am so excited to be hosting my guest poster! There is a special place in my heart for creepy books that keep me up all night long. So without further ado...

Today I'm hosting Dawn Kurtagich as part of TEAM ORANGE'S YA Scavenger Hunt. *Arms flail with excitement.*

Dawn Kurtagich (hello, that's me!) is a writer of creepy, spooky and psychologically sinister YA fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide. Her debut YA novel, The Dead House, is out now from Orion/Indigo (UK) and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (US).

Find out more about Dawn by visiting her website. And of course you can learn more about her book, Dead House, here. In the meantime, here's a quick teaser:

Three students: dead.

Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace.

Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, ""the girl of nowhere.""

Kaitlyn's diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn't exist, and in a way, she doesn't - because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson.

Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It's during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it.

Now, on to TOP SECRET (CREEP-ALICIOS) BONUS MATERIAL: An Exclusive Sneak Peak of "THE DEAD HOUSE: THE NAIDA TAPES", coming from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers later in 2016.


2 February 2006

County Police Station

Holding Cell

Time Not Noted

They said I’m lucky.


To have this pencil and this notepad, they mean.

“On account of your . . . disability.” The guard said, sniggering at me through the glass door.

Naida Chounan-Dupré. Disabled. Mute. Crazy. Prime suspect in arson and murder and whatever else. I am Naida Chounan-Dupré: Mutilated. Disfigured. Fool.

Heading for psych evaluation. Cutting out your own — mutilating yourself, especially with my “line” on it; saving my friend from a demonic entity—is the fastest way to head here. Tongue. I will never be able to say that word again. Ever. Tongue, tongue, tongue. Tonguetonguetonge. TONGUE. It loses all meaning if you say write it enough.

If they find me incompetent, I suppose they put me in a room on some hide-away ward in Claydon, just like Kaitlyn. And, Blessed Korro. Here I am, scribbling away just like she always did.

I told them. Look for the journal. Look for it, goddamn it. It has everything you want to know, I’m sure of it. She wrote everything. It never left her side. But they haven’t found a thing.

It probably burned up with her. I know that’s what they think.

I’ve been in this holding cell for a long time now. Just waiting to see what happens.

Kaitie . . . I’m sorry.

But wait! There's more! Oh yes! Dawn has provided us with Bonus Content #2: a Pinterest Board that will make your shudder, gasp and want Dead House even more than you probably already do! You must visit!

If you are a creepy, horror book loving person, I don't think you'll be able to stop with just this book. And, since I understand that getting your hands on awesome books can sometimes be a little pricey, I'm adding a bonus drawing for a $20 gift card to Amazon where you can buy The Dead House or any other book you've been dying to read.

And the winning doesn't stop there!

Don't forget to enter the #YA Scavenger Hunt contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Dawn Kurtagich, and many, many more!

To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 7. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the orange team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Now, head over to the next stop on this scavenger hunt and see what's happening over on my publishing sib Yvonne Ventresca's blog. Take it away Yvonne!

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