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The YA Scavenger Hunt is Finished!

It’s a wrap!

Did you have fun? I know I did.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the YA Spring Scavenger Hunt -the organisers, the authors, and especially, the hunters.

A big congratulations to Nikki Jayne, winner of #TeamSilver!

Visit YashRocks on the 5th April 2016 to find out if you’ve won!

Aaand now without further ado…….

My post giveaways winners!


For the 2 eBook box sets of the Wexkia trilogy:


place #1:  bn100

place #2:  Erin Webster

And for 10 eBooks of Curse (Book 1 of the Wexkia trilogy):


place #3:   Adrianna

place #4:   Veronica Sharpe

place #5:   Pamela Rice

place #6:   Merisha Abbott

place #7:   Maidelyn Garcia

place #8:   Ramona Price

place #9:   Joy F.

place #10:  Nicole Wetherington

place #11:  Jamie Holmes

place #12:  Stephanie Wang

Congratulations! I will contact you as soon as possible.

Please let me know if you haven’t heard from me. I’ve had some delivery failures to emails. 

I used Random Result for the draw.

If you would like to check the results go to and enter this ticket number – 67646Q65GJ.

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YA Scavenger Hunt is On

So glad you made it.

Did you find the silver secret number on Ann Zoelle’s post?

I’m Dale Furse, your host for this leg of the hunt.


Welcome to 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! 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!

You’re now hunting on

Team Silver

But first a few rules:

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the Silver 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 Sunday, April 3rd, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

On this hunt, you get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author and a secret number. Add up the numbers and enter the total 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 exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, April 3rd!

There are nine simultaneous contests, and you can enter one or all. I am part of the SILVER TEAM, but there is also a RED TEAM, GOLD TEAM, ORANGE TEAM, BLUE TEAM, PINK TEAM, PURPLE TEAM, TEAL TEAM, AND GREEN TEAM! Check out all teams for a chance to win nine different sets of signed books!

Remember – 9 teams not 12!

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.

I am so excited to host (drum roll) …

Ripley Patton

Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a YA paranormal thriller series.

 Find out more information by checking out  Ripley’s website or find more about Ghost Hand here and Read a Sample!

The book Ripley is showcasing in the 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt is Ghost Hand

Dale here- Wow, I love that cover. I’m sure you’re as curious as I am about the book, so here’s some important info.

About the book.

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she’s a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia’s calculus class, stares at her like she’s a freak, Olivia doesn’t like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.

Top secret bonus material below.


One of the most common questions asked about my PSS Chronicles series is what inspired the idea of Psyche Sans Soma, the paranormal birth defect my main character, Olivia Black, was born with. I get this question from readers all that time, as well as many of them telling me I wrote the PSS phenomenon so realistically that, at first, they thought it was real and looked it up on the internet. And I think the reason for this is that I based PSS on something that actually exists known as Phantom Limb Syndrome.

You see, I had a friend who was in a bad accident and he had to have his leg amputated. Shortly after he was fitted for his prosthetic, I was over at his house and he was taking his first steps in the back yard. He got this amazed look on his face and said, “It’s weird, but I can feel the grass between my toes in the foot I don’t have anymore. And I had a cramp last night in the leg I don’t have anymore. My leg is gone, but my brain still thinks it’s there.”

When I got home that day, I did some research on Phantom Limb Syndrome and discovered it not only effects amputees but also people who were born without limbs in the first place. It seems, our brains are hard-wired to have a complete image of our body, even if that body never fully exists. And that fascinated me and sent me on a journey of imagination asking such questions as “What if children were born with visible phantom limbs made of energy? What special powers might those limbs hold? And how would society react to those who had them?”

And so Ghost Hand, the first book of my YA paranormal thriller series, was born. Since then, I’ve published book 2, Ghost Hold, and book 3, Ghost Heart, and I’ve just finished the final book of the series, Ghost Hope, which will be up for pre-order soon.

GET GHOST HAND FREE in e-book format at most major vendors to test out the series for yourself. It is also currently a featured novel on Wattpad.

AND FOR A LIMITED TIME get books 2 and 3 FREE in ebook by signing up for Ripley’s Booklist, my discount YA/NA e-book subscription list HERE TODAY:

 Breaking News – Ghost Hope is now available for pre-order.

Buy at Amazon or  Google Books or Kobo

You can find out more about Ripley on her Website, Twitter, Facebook

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Rippley, and more! To enter, you need to find my favorite number in this post. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the SILVER TEAM and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!



And here are all the #TeamSilver members.

Check out all the wonderful hosts and their talented guests.

Go get those secret numbers!


A.G. Henley
Anne Zoelle
Annie Cosby
B. Kristin McMichael
CK Dawn
Corinne O’Flynn
Dale Furse
Deidre Mapstone
Delfy Hall
Eliza Tilton
Hilary Thompson
Jessica Hawke
Kimberly Loth
Lisa Voisin
Melanie Hooyenga
Meredith Zeitlin
Michael Alan Peck
Ripley Patton
Shonna Slayton
Ty Drago

Thank you so much for visiting my site.

While you’re here, don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt.

10 lucky winners will receive gift certificates for eBooks of Curse. 2 will win the complete Wexkia trilogy as an eBook box set.

I can’t embed the Rafflecopter form on this blog but I have it up on my website.

Enter the Rafflecopter now!


Okay, I’ve given up on Rafflecopter. It just wouldn’t work for me. 😦

So… instead. I will pop everyone who comments on this post in a hat, your names, not you personally, and pluck out 2 for the Wexkia trilogy and then 10 for eBook gifts of Curse.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Good luck!


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! Delfy Hall 

Link to next blog!




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The YA Spring Scavenger Hunt is Nigh

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Of course it’s autumn in Australia, but no matter where you live in the world, you are invited to attend because…

It’s coming. . . March 29th – April 3rd, 2016

It’s the YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2016!

Now that the authors have signed up to participate in this exciting event, we’ve put them into teams of 20 by colour. There are nine teams total this round!

Check out the teams below to see which teams your favorite authors will be on and what their featured book will be.

It’s getting close folks!


1.       Ripley Patton
2.       Hilary Thompson
3.       Eliza Tilton
4.       Delfy Hall
5.       Annie Cosby
6.       Michael Alan Peck
7.       Dale Furse
8.       Gerard O’Neill
9.       Melanie Hooyenga
10.     Anne Zoelle
11.      A. G. Henley
12.     Deidre Mapstone
13.     Ty Drago
14.     CK Dawn
15.     Lisa Voisin
16.     Kimberly Loth
17.     Jessica Hawke
18.     Meredith Zeitlin
19.     B. Kristin McMichael
20.    Shonna Slayton



1.        Eric Lindstrom
2.        Kate Karyus Quinn
3.        Leah Bobet
4.        Emily Hainsworth
5.        Sarah Ahiers
6.        Sara B. Larson
7.        Alyxandra Harvey
8.        Brendan Reichs
9.        Julie Mayhew
10.     Julie Eshbaugh
11.     Joy Preble
12.     Ava Jae
13.     Marissa Kennerson
14.     Lyn Miller-Lachmann
15.     Tobie Easton
16.     Jodie Andrefski
17.     Brynn Chapman
18.     Lea Nolan
19.     Emily Ross
20.     Vicki L. Weavil


1.        Colleen Houck
2.        Jessica Brody
3.        Roshani Chokshi
4.        Matthew Phillion
5.        Livia Blackburne
6.        Christine Fonseca
7.        Patty Blount
8.        Lori M. Lee
9.        Lisa Maxwell
10.     Gina Damico
11.     Sarvenaz Tash
12.     Heather Young-Nichols
13.     Lisa Amowitz
14.     Amalie Howard
15.     Pintip Dunn
16.     Carly Anne West
17.     Julie Reece
18.     Dhonielle Clayton
19.     Deirdre Riordan Hall
20.     Brenda Drake


1.         Dax Varley
2.        Jenny Perinovic
3.        Jessie Costin
4.        Robert L. Slater
5.        Sarah Neeve
6.        Tanya Lisle
7.        Katie Hayoz
8.        L.A. Starkey
9.        Michelle Madow
10.     Stacy Claflin
11.     Clara Stone
12.     Kimberly G. Giarrantano
13.     Marilyn Peake
14.     Rachel Shane
15.     T. H. Hernandez
16.     Janet Lee Carey
17.     Jennifer M. Eaton
18.     Melisa Giorgio
19.     Cheyanne Young
20.     Lisa T. Cresswell

1.        Paula Stokes
2.        Kathy MacMillan
3.        Sarah Jude
4.        Elle Cosimano
5.        C.J. Redwine
6.        Maria E. Andreu
7.        Kathryn Holmes
8.        Daw Kurtagich
9.        Leah Konen
10.     Marieke Nijkamp
11.     Yvonne Ventresca
12.     Melissa Gorzelanczyk
13.     K.C. Held
14.     Sarah J. Schmitt
15.     Rin Chupeco
16.     Amy Christine Parker
17.     Kimberly Sabatini
18.     Austin Aslan
19.     Teri Harman
20.     E. Katherine Kottaras

1.        Stephanie Keyes
2.        Julia Ember
3.        Christopher Mannino
4.        Nina Rossing
5.        Kristi Helvig
6.        Dorothy Dreyer
7.        Dawn Rae Miller
8.        Emily Skrutskie
9.        Catrina Burgess
10.     Karen Kincy
11.     Elizabeth Holloway
12.     Kat Ellis
13.     Chanda Stafford
14.     Jessica L. Brooks
15.     Kat Stiles
16.     Amy McNulty
17.     Phillip W. Simpson
18.     Michelle K. Pickett
19.     A. Lynden Rolland
20.     Gillian Bronte Adams

1.        Faye Bird
2.        Robin Constantine
3.        Amy Allgeyer
4.        Jolene Perry
5.        Meredith Moore
6.        Natasha Sinel
7.        Caroline T. Patti
8.        Erin E. Moulton
9.        Jennifer Brody
10.     Jenny Matin
11.     Joe Beermink
12.     Joshua McCune
13.     Jennifer DiGiovanni
14.     Kate Elliott
15.     Beck Nicholas
16.     Kassy Tayler
17.     Lori Goldstein
18.     Nina Berry
19.     Michelle Levy
20.     Debra Dockter

1.         Amy Plum
2.        LH Nicole
3.        Beth Revis
4.        Joshua David Bellin
5.        Kelly Hashway
6.        Victoria Scott
7.        Becky Wallace
8.        Rita Arens
9.        Vicki Leigh
10.     Michelle Andreani/Mindi Scott
11.     Lisa T. Bergren
12.     Kay Honeyman
13.     Lucy D. Briand
14.     Evangeline Denmark
15.     Jeff Garvin
16.     Madeline Dyer
17.     Christina Farley
18.     Kimberly Derting
19.     T. A. Maclagan
20.     Everly Frost


1.        Adi Rule
2.        Leo Hunt
3.        Melanie McFarlane
4.        Tera Lynn Childs
5.        Wendy Higgins
6.        Krystal Wade
7.        Sharon Biggs Waller
8.        Kady Cross
9.        Beth Kephart
10.     Liz Braswell
11.     Cynthia Hand/Jodi Meadows/Brodi Ashton
12.     Patricia B. Tighe
13.     Dawn Ius
14.     Darren Groth
15.     Sarah Tomp
16.     Amy K. Nichols
17.     Emil Sher
18.     Alexandra Sirowy
19.     Brianna R. Shrum
20.     Ilsa J. Bick



Okay authors and readers,

Save the date: 29 March – 03 April 2016

For more information, go to –


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FYI: Penguin Random House Is Still In The Vanity Business

And I though Penguin Random House had finally seen the light.

David Gaughran

asandfriendsnewPenguin Random House announced the sale of Author Solutions on Tuesday, leading to headlines stating it has exited the self-publishing business and various commentators congratulating it for cleaning house. Unfortunately, neither of those things are true.

Four Penguin Random House-owned vanity presses will remain in operation – Partridge India, Partridge Singapore, Partridge Africa, and MeGustaEscribir – and will be run as Partner Imprints. You can read more about how Partner Imprints work here, but the short version is that Author Solutions will operate these four vanity presses on behalf of Penguin Random House, and PRH’s job will be to provide leads (aka newbie writers), lend its name and brand to the effort, and then sit back and collect its commissions.

This is precisely how Author Solutions operates Archway Publishing on behalf of Simon & Schuster, Westbow for HarperCollins, and Balboa Press for Hay House, among others. In short, Penguin Random…

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Science Fiction Author, Aurora Springer

I’m so happy to have Aurora Springer here today. She writes my favourite genre—Science Fiction.Mate-cover-hilite2

Aurora Springer is thrilled to announce the release of Grand Master’s Mate, Book 3 in the Grand Master’s Trilogy

Young empath, Violet Hunter, and her crafty Grand Master, Athanor Griffin, tackle the villains threatening civilization.

Their worst enemy, the Red Queen, rampages across the galaxy evading capture, while blocked portals restrict normal commerce among planets. Compounding their problems, half the Grand Masters on the Council fear Violet is the agent of their doom as her father foretold, and vow to eliminate her. To restore peace, Violet and Athanor embark on a dangerous quest for a weapon hidden by the ancient psychic masters on one of four planets. But, the weapon proves elusive, the ancient sites harbor hazards, and new alliances forged with bizarre entities may not be sufficient to foil their enemies and save the galaxy.

Buy Links:




The Grand Master’s Trilogy:

Book 1 is only 99c for December

Grand Master’s Pawn:

Grand Master’s Game:

Grand Master’s Mate:

Questions for Guest Post on

I’ve just started reading Grand master’s Pawn and can tell you it’s a page turner. I can’t wait to join Violet on her missions.

Let’s find out more about Aurora.

Tell us about your latest release, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?

My latest release, Grand Master’s Mate, is the third book in my Grand Master’s Trilogy. It is a science fiction adventure set on several planets with distinctive lifeforms. The protagonists have supernormal powers of empathy and telekinesis. Other supernatural elements and mythological references creep into the story, including dragons, living crystals, and the twelve contentious Grand Masters.

Why did you write your book (or series)?

The original concept for this trilogy dates back some thirty years ago when I had an abundance of short stories. My initial idea was to combine several short stories into a full-length novel. The organizing theme pays homage to Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. The Pawn, Violet Hunter, travels on missions to different planets under the command of a mysterious Grand Master. Two of my short stories and skimpy notes about a dragon morphed into Violet’s first three missions. In her fourth mission, she meets her Grand Master and her challenges escalate. So did my challenges as the author because I realized their story continued over two additional books. After a rollercoaster of adventures on different planets, I leave them at a happy point by the end of Book 3.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve been imagining adventures for most of my life. When I was a young child, I started writing poetry and my father gave me a notebook. I have a collection of unpublished poems about love and nature. Also, I have notebooks full of short stories and scraps of plots dating from my teenage years. More than thirty years ago, I wrote a complete ~100,000 word science fiction novel with a clever scientist and devious aliens. In 2014, I finally published the book with the title of The Lady is Blue. Warning, this book contains puns as well as aliens and a couple of spaceships.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I enjoy being outdoors and watching wildlife. Since we live in the suburbs of Atlanta, we take our dogs for walks around the neighborhood and chat with fellow dog owners. When we visit my family in England, we go hiking in the Welsh mountains, along the coast, and the towpaths of canals. There are public footpaths everywhere and you can often plan to stop at a pub for lunch. We love walking around ancient monuments from Normal castles to the Avebury megaliths and the white horses carved on the chalk hills.



Sheep graze around the Avebury stones.







We hired a narrow boat one year and spent two weeks driving the boat through locks on the Kennet and Avon canal. I drove through the 29 Caen Hill locks in Devizes and partnered with another narrow boat going up. With two boats in the lock, you have only about six inches to spare on either side.








What interesting aspect of your life would surprise your readers?

My husband is also a scientist and writes historical romances and thrillers in his spare time. We have co-authored scientific papers.

What are your current projects and plans for the future?

Currently, I am working on a short story and a novel with a young female superhero. These superhero stories may become the start of a new series. Also, I have a couple of science fiction stories at early stages of development.



Aurora Springer is a scientist morphing into a novelist. She has a PhD in molecular biophysics and discovers science facts in her day job. She has invented adventures in weird7a983-aurora2bspringer worlds for as long as she can remember. In 2014, Aurora achieved her life-long ambition to publish her stories. Her works are character-driven romances set in weird worlds described with a sprinkle of humor. Some of the stories were composed thirty years ago. She was born in the UK and lives in Atlanta with her husband, a dog and two cats to sit on the keyboard. Her hobbies, besides reading and writing, include outdoor activities like gardening, watching wildlife, hiking and canoeing.


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The Inner Realm is Alive

The Inner Realm is now available to purchase. I’ve set the price to $0.99USD, but it may take an hour or two to show up on Amazon.

518w0m9afcl-_sx319_bo1204203200_A teenage boy. Three foolish angels. A jealous god.

While reluctantly helping a lost child who is dressed like a pixie and has wings on his heels, Mike is horrified to find himself plunged into a conspiracy to usurp a king’s reign of medieval land on another world. The king’s son will stop at nothing to gain rule.

Two useless servants of Oln have tampered with the barrier that separates the planets of the inner realm. Terrified, they must confess to their god that they have not only allowed two boys through a door and onto another world, but they have lost the wall completely.

Author Dale Furse takes on another fantastical, heavenly adventure into a medieval world of kings, traitors, and gods.



Escape from Zandell , which is set 17 years earlier, will be #Free on the  4th and 5th December 2015

Have a great day.



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