I can't believe it's that time of year again - I've been participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt since my first book launched, (this might scavenger hunt number 7 for me, maybe?) and it's always one of my favorite events of the year. Welcome, first timers and scavenger hunt veterans! My name is Matthew Phillion, and I write Young Adult superhero novel series, the Indestructibles, as well as the New Adult spinoff Echo and the Sea, plus a new LitRPG series called the Dungeon Crawlers. It's an incredibly hard time for everyone across the world right now, and I'm sure a lot of us are glad we have books to help keep the darkness at bay.
I'm a part of the Red Team for this spring's scavenger hunt and am honored to be alongside tons of fantastic authors. I hope you'll discover some excellent reads during your search.
I'm sure you're here to find the bonus content from the incredible guest author I'm hosting this scavenger hunt, but of course we've got to list the official rules for participation before we go any further.
First up: you've found my post via the Red Team, but there are actually four hunts - Red, Blue, Gold, and Purple - with twenty unique authors per team. That means you've got four different chances to participate! You can find out more about all four teams on the official YASH website here.
Okay, here's the rules if you want to enter:
First, you'll want to keep an eye out for my favorite number in this blog post. HINT: I may have already said it, and if I did, it's in Team Red's official color. Collect all the favorite numbers from all the authors on Team Red (calculators are allowed!). The scavenger hunt runs from March 31st to April 5th, 2020.
ENTRY FORM: Next, you'll want to fill out the official form located here (or copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://www.yash.rocks/p/enter-here.html) to enter to win the grand prize. You must enter the correct total to qualify to win the prize.
And of course the least fun part... the rules: The contest is open internationally. Anyone under 18 years of age should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the complete entry form by noon Pacific time on Sunday, April 5th to qualify.
And now, here's the fun part. Let me introduce you to my guest author...
Katya de Becerra!
Katya de Becerra is the author of genre-bending YA fiction, What The Woods Keep and Oasis. She was born in Russia, studied in California and now lives in Melbourne. She earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Melbourne and now works as a social scientist. She’s also a co-founder and co-host of #SpecLitChat and a writing mentor with the 1st5pages Workshop.
You can find her online at: https://katyabecerra.blogspot.com/
Be sure to check out her latest, Oasis!
Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her father's archeological dig site in the desert with four close friends ... and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit.
Their camp wiped away, Alif and the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed ... until they find the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, and shade - and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality begins to shift around them, they question what's real and what's a mirage.
The answers turn Alif and her friends against each other, and they begin to wonder if they've truly been saved. And while it was easy to walk into the oasis, it may be impossible to leave ...
For her bonus material, Katya has shared her inspiration board for Oasis. She wants to be sure to credit the artists whose work become part of her collages (always great to see artists linking back to artists!) so here are the photographers whose work inspired this collage, clockwise starting with the background photo:
Photo by Hal Gatewood on Unsplash
Photo by Dane Deaner on Unsplash
Photo by Alexander Krivitskiy on Unsplash
Photo by Sander Weeteling on Unsplash
Want to learn more about Katya and her work? You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!
From here, you'll want to follow the scavenger hunt to the next amazing author:
KT Mather! Be sure to check out her post and guest author on her site next.
Thanks for participating in this spring's YASH. Comment below and let everyone know where you're checking in from. And just for fun - if you could have any superpower, post in the comments what power you'd choose!
Stay safe out there, and happy hunting... and reading!