YA Scramble! September 14th, 24-Hour Scavenger Hunt & Massive GIVEAWAY:)

Where’s my post & giveaway? I’m over talking Powerful YA Settings at Just Left Of Imagination. Comment there & win the very first signed print edition of Winnemucca [with a 3 BONUS CHAPTER SNEAK PEEK of 13 on Halloween] and a Winnemucca coffee cup too! What? You don’t know what Winnemucca is about? Check out the award-winning trailer here:)

How to win a BOATLOAD of books ! [Instructions for the YA Scramble]:
1) Visit a blog.
2) Read the guest post.
3) Identify the PURPLE word.
4) Pick out the 3rd letter from the purple word.
5) Go to the next blog.
6) Repeat #3, #4, and #5 until you visited all 14 sites.
7) At the end, take all 14 of the 3rd letters from the PURPLE words and figure out the message near and dear to our hearts.
8) You will enter that unscrambled message ONCE into this form as your official entry for a chance to win some great prizes from fantastic authors and bloggers keep reading to find out WHAT THEY ARE!

Participating Blogs – all must be visited: ✯ Kaitlin Simpson ✯ PJ Hoover ✯ Cary Cummings ✯ Heather Cashman ✯ Kathleen Tucker ✯ Jennifer Morris
✯ Cyndi Tefft ✯ Irish/ Gail ✯ Danielle Bunner ✯ Melissa Layton ✯ Amy Jones ✯ T.R. Graves ✯ Megg Jensen  ✯ Laura Elliott

On with the SCRAMBLE! I’m delighted to be hosting Amy Maurer Jones author of The Soul Quest Trilogy & co-author of The Glassheart Chronicles. What’s Amy giving away here on Laurasmagicday? What’s her PURPLE WORD? Read and find out!

I teach high school theater arts and dance. I love my students and find they are a great INSPIRATION for my writing. Additionally, I believe kids that read will grow up to become adults that succeed. I encourage my students (and my children) to read on a regular basis. We have discussions about our favorite books and characters. You can tell a lot about a person by the type of books they read and the characters they identify with.

Even as I am now well into my adult years I find that I enjoy YA books more than any other, particularly those that dabble in fantasy or the paranormal. I suppose it could be attributed to the hopefulness and open minded perspective of youth that has a tendency to decline as we reach our adulthood. Somewhere along the way our dreams get shattered and we become set in our ways. To me this fact means death to creativity and ultimately, boredom. I will strive to remain a kid at heart for the rest of my years.

Selfishly, I also find YA books (both reading and writing them) to be a therapeutic escape from the mundane reality of daily life.  I prefer to read about youthful heroes and heroines with supernatural abilities who are just discovering who they are and become filled with hope, ambition and a passion for living. I want to meet magical creatures and visit fantasy worlds rather than what I’ve already experienced in the real world. I can’t wait to see what challenges my favorite characters will be faced with, who or what will stand in their way and where their quests may lead them.  Don’t get me wrong, I adore my family and my job but real life can be very stressful even when you love life.  In YA books I can escape to other worlds and realities that take my mind off what presently ails me and magically enough, somehow allows me to appreciate and become even more grateful for the world I live in because my hopes and dreams and faith in the world has been rejuvenated.

In summary I will say that my love of the YA genre is an indirect result of my passion for change and the unknown. It is attributed to the “what if” factor, I suppose. What if… you dream? What if… you love? What if… you hope? Maybe you can make your own magic…

Amy’s Individual Giveaway! I am giving away a free ebook of The Glassheart Chronicles comment here to enter to win! The dynamite YA anthology features seven of your favorite YA Indie authors!

NEXT BLOG IN THE CHAIN: The wonderful Heather Cashman Happy Scrambling!


– ARC of The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (with signed bookmark)
– Ebook of Soltice by PJ Hoover (with trading cards)
– Ebook of The Space Between by Alexandra Sokoloff
– Paperback copy of Perception by Heather Cashman
– Signed paperback ARC of Anathema by Kathleen Tucker
– Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Gift Set (Trade Paperback of Eighth Grade Bites, Vlad Journal, Minion Bling Buttons and Vlad Tote)
– Signed paperback copy of Between by Cyndi Tefft
– Signed hardcover of Clarity by Kim Harrington
– ARC of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
– Signed ARC of Fury by Elizabeth Miles
– Signed paperback of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
– ARC of Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
– Copy of The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
– Signed paperback of Sleepers by Megg Jensen
– Ebooks of Soul Quest and Guardian of Souls by Amy Jones
– Kindle copy of Winnemucca by Laura A. H. Elliott (plus a guest post spot on her blog!)
– Winner’s choice of 5 ebooks from a list of indie authors

13 Comments on “YA Scramble! September 14th, 24-Hour Scavenger Hunt & Massive GIVEAWAY:)

  1. I find that the older I get (I’m 26 now) that I read more YA lit than I ever did as a teen…and I appreciate it more. I love the honesty, humor, and realism that Ya lit offers that I can’t really find anywhere else.

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  2. I started recently to read YA books and I have obsession with them now. They have great stories. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Ah! I’m loving this! Now I have to be able to unscramble the letters. (I’m not so good at this kind of thing) Hopes abound! Lol. Thanks for the post. And, I’m 26 and love me some YA! My husband gets jelouse! haha!

  4. Dear Aicha, Diana, and bmwyatt: I feel the same way:) I love escapism & humor in YA too. Of course, as a writer, the need to be emotionally honest is important in every genre of fiction. But there is a certain bond between YA authors and their readers, I think, because the emotions in YA are so raw & important and we learn to awaken to them as a teen. Good luck to you all!

  5. I love YA too! I am also a high school teacher, although I teach science, and I talk to my students about books ALL the time : )

  6. I read YA a lot more now than when I was a teen. Also, I think there are a lot more GREAT YA books coming out now than there ever have been, so that helps.

    My favorite thing about YA is the fast pace and the future-can-hold-anything outlook!

    Thanks for hosting!

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