Thursday, October 1, 2015

YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2015!!

It's that time of year again!! When we all go crazy for a few days, trying to win piles of awesome books! This year, I'm also doing my own personal giveaway, so make sure to read all the way to the VERY BOTTOM of the post for your chance to win a signed ARC of ENDURE!! (The final book in the DEFY trilogy!) 

(You can win this!! Make sure to go all the way to the bottom!)


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 signed 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. This year I'm on: 





Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the Blue 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 October 4th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today I am hosting: 

 Matthew Phillion!! Welcome Matthew! I hear that he will only eat donuts if he can have 21 at a time. (Or maybe that's just a rumor...) Here's more about Matthew:




Matthew Phillion, author of the Indestructibles superhero series, is a writer, actor, and film director based in Salem, Massachusetts. An award-winning journalist by trade, he has also appeared in feature films including the sci-fi romance Harvest Moon and the independent horror flick Livestock. His screenwriting and directing debut, the romantic comedy Certainly Never, premiered in 2013 at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, where it was nominated for five awards including best screenplay and best New England film. An active freelance writer and journalist, Phillion continues to write about both local issues and the medical industry.


Follow Matthew online!




Here's what Book 3 of THE INDESTRUCTIBLES is about: 

Time travel is a long-standing tradition among superheroes, and so when Anachronism Annie, a friend and ally of Doc Silence, asks the Indestructibles to journey with her to save an alternate future where everything has gone terribly wrong, the team agrees. In this other timeline, a few small decisions have led to a much darker and more tragic world, and the adult versions of themselves the Indestructibles meet—Solar, the Dancer, Straylight, Whispering, and Entropy Emily—are nothing like they expected. Are they heroes? Martyrs? Or perhaps even villains? And what happens when the young Indestructibles discover that the alternate future’s version of one of their own team has been turned into the very weapon that will be used to destroy the whole world? Can they team up with these darker versions of themselves to save an entire future? It's said that when you time travel, you can never come back the same. How will journeying through time change the Indestructibles? Will they ever be the same? The Entropy of Everything is the third book in the Indestructibles series. 


For Matthew's bonus content, he's offering a sneak peek of book 4 in his series! Check it out here: 


From the upcoming Book 4 in the Indestructibles  series by Matthew Phillion and PFP Publishing. Books 1, 2 and 3 are available in both print and e-book formats through all major retailers. You can buy them by clicking HERE

Prologue: Big sky


Billy Case landed in a field outside the City, an old playground gone to seed where his parents used to bring him on those rare days they both could get away from work. Rusted swing sets creaked softy in the light breeze, the entire field cast in a dark pink light as the sun set, turning the City’s skyline into shadowy spires.

Billy, the superhero known to the world as Straylight, looked up into the sky, deep blue darkening to indigo and black, stars so faint as to be almost invisible. A city sky, the sort where the ambient light all cities cast off devour the glimmer of stars and turn the night into a neon-bathed day.

“You know, I didn’t really notice stars till that time Jane took us to her parents’ farm,” Billy said, as if to no one. But he wasn’t alone. Billy Case was never alone, not with the symbiotic alien sharing his body acting as his constant companion, his conscience, his Jiminy Cricket.

This is something you Earthlings do far too often, the alien, whom Billy had dubbed Dude, much to the creature’s annoyance, said. I’ve been on your planet a long time, and I’ve never understood how you look up so rarely.

“We get busy,” Billy said. “We get distracted. And then, I guess… then it’s too late. The stars pass us by.”

They had not long ago returned from a trek into an alternate future, Billy and Dude and the rest of the Indestructibles team, and none of them had come back the same. Billy, in particular, felt more pensive, more inclined to melancholy. But then again, he’d suffered a unique trauma there, sharing memories with his future self, witnessing his own death in that timeline. Things just seemed a little less funny now, though he did his best to keep those worries to himself when he was with the others.

And then a few days ago an alien had crash-landed on Earth, an alien sharing Billy’s powers, with a symbiotic alien just like Dude living inside him. The alien had been more than half-dead, desperate to find his counterpart here, to warn him. An invasion was coming. Another species, and not the friendly and charming kind like Dude. Headed for Earth-fall. Dude called them the Nemesis.

Billy spent a lot of time the past few days looking up at the sky.

Now he saw the others approaching, Jane flying through the evening air like a ball of fire, Entropy Emily far less gracefully drifting behind her in one of her “bubbles of float.” They were looking for him, Billy knew. They needed to figure out what to do. How to stop this invasion. If they could stop this invasion. Billy sat down on a rusted swing, hoping it would hold his weight, and let himself rock back and forth, taking unexpected comfort in the soft squeaking of the chains as he moved. Jane landed nearby, then Emily. Together the girls approached him. Jane stopped in front of him and folded her arms across her chest, her hair moving and dancing like open flame. Emily plopped down on the swing next to him and began to swing for real, legs kicking to stay in motion.

“You know I’m going to have to go up there and scout things out,” Billy said to Jane. Her mouth was a tight line of worry across her face.

“I can go with you,” Jane said. “You shouldn’t go into space alone.”

“Can you believe we’re talking about this?” Emily said. “Going into space? I mean, seriously. Eighteen months ago I was getting in trouble for jaywalking and now we’re talking about interstellar travel. Space. The final frontier.”

Emily began whistling the theme song to Doctor Who softly. When Billy gave her a dirty look, she immediately switched gears to the “Binary Sunset” theme song from Star Wars.

“What?” Emily said. “Tell me that’s not apropos.”

Billy smiled at her then turned back to Jane.

“No, I have to go alone,” Billy said. “You’re the big gun. Everyone will need you here if I don’t come back.”

“I think we’re both the big guns on this team, Billy,” Jane said. “Especially after what happened to you in that other timeline.”

She had a point. They had always been the two most powerful members of the Indestructibles, and Jane seemed to get stronger every day as her solar-powered abilities built up over time. But Billy had absorbed some of the strength of his future self while they were in that other timeline, and it seemed to be permanent. He could do things he hadn’t been able to before. It had changed him physically, too; his eyes glowed blue-white all the time now, the way their mentor Doc Silence’s glowed violet. They both had scars from trying to take on too much power now. Billy wondered if he should get some signature sunglasses like Doc wore.

“I’ll be fine on my own, Jane,” Billy said. “I won’t engage them. I’m just going to get some eyeballs on whatever is headed our way and then come right back.”

“Maybe the alien will wake up and tell us that,” Jane said, referring to the Straylight-like creature who had come here to warn them of the pending invasion. The being remained unconscious at the Tower. Dude told Billy the other symbiotic alien would try to heal its host, but for now, both were in a state of stasis, unable to tell them anything else about what was headed their way.

Billy said nothing, listening intently to the creaking of Emily’s swing, rocking his own to create a call and answer between the two. Creak swing, creak swing, creak swing.

“The two of you,” Jane said, smirking. “You can’t even help it when you’re together to do stuff like that.”

“We’re a team, yo,” Emily said.

Billy leaned back and looked into the night sky again. It felt so overwhelming, looking up there. Like it went on forever.

It makes me feel insignificant, Dude, Billy thought.

It makes us all feel insignificant, Billy Case, Dude said. And it should. If outer space doesn’t make you feel insignificant I would be worried about your ego.

You already worry about my ego, Billy thought.

True enough, Dude said.

“It’s amazing how big it is, isn’t it?” Billy said.

“What,” Emily said.

“The sky.”

“That’s kind of what it is. ‘Big’ is its defining characteristic,” Emily said.

“I know what you mean,” Jane said. “On my parents’ farm I used to lay on my back and just look up and be amazed at how it felt so endless. Just stars and blackness.”

“I was born in the City,” Billy said. “I grew up there. The sky was just that sliver of blue you saw between buildings on those rare occasions you looked up. We didn’t have stars. We didn’t have big sky.”

“This is known,” Emily said. “Seriously, the first time I went somewhere without ambient urban light I thought I was struck blind.”

“If you want, I can go to scout and you can stay here,” Jane said. From anyone else it would have felt like a taunt. From Jane is was simply an honest offer to take away some of your own pain and fear.

“No,” Billy said. “This one’s my job.”

“Okay,” Jane said.

Billy and Emily continued their rhythmic swinging as the sun crept closer to the horizon.

“You’re not leaving right now, are you?” Emily said.

“No,” Billy said. “Got a few things I should do first.”

“Like write a will?” Emily said.

“Emily!” Jane said.

Billy laughed.

“Like I have anything to leave behind,” he said.

“You do,” Emily said. “I, William Byron Case, bequeath to Entropy Emily sole custody of our dog Watson in the event I die tragically in a battle in outer space.”

“It’s all about the dog with you, isn’t it, Em,” Billy said.

“Don’t get me wrong. I’d rather you come home,” she said. “But you better make sure the dog stays with me if you don’t.” 


So cool! Thank you for sharing Matthew! 

***Continue the Hunt by going to Michelle Painchaud's site - CLICK HERE!***

And now, here's your chance to read the conclusion to the DEFY series months before everyone else when it releases on December 29th! (Just promise you won't post any spoilers!) 

Fill out the rafflecopter below and good luck! 


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85 comments:

Kirsten N. said...

Love book scavenger hunts and thank you for the chance to win!

Kayla Tirrell said...

I would love to be able to read it so I can recommend it!

Maud Grefte said...

I super duper promise to not spoil the ending of Endure anywhere, not even to my best friend! And I would love to win it because I need to read it and why wait to do something when you can do it right now (almost) :)

Jennifer Lancaster said...

I can't wait to read this. I have been following Alexa since the beginning and I can't wait to see how things play out (romance and with the other kingdom).

Corinne Allen said...

First time I've taken part in this scavenger hunt, have already added loads of books to my TBR shelf including the defy series 😄

Shauna Buck said...

Your series has been on my TBR forever! Maybe if I win it'll give me even more reason to read it :)

Jennifer Petersen said...

I just learned about your books from the Scavenger Hunt and now I am super intrigued!!!

Jamie Kramer said...

I pinky promise that I won't post spoilers if I get to read this book ASAP. I will just squeal and jump up and down while reading it instead. Deal? Deal.

Clare said...

Simply because I like to read books and it sounds intersting

Kellani Arnold said...

Because I've been stalking this series since the last hunt, and maybe the one before? I'd love to read it :3 I promise, no spoilers ;3

CYNTHIA KREISEL said...

The trailer was enticing. The book cover is gorgeous. The storyline intriguing. Discovered this book and the series here on the Fall YASH. Definitely adding this series to my TBR list and looking forward to stepping into the world you have created for your readers.

Always love an opportunity to win an ARC of a book. Thank you, Sara, for the giveaway and for participating in this FALL YASH.

Katherine Adams said...

I love this series and I think Endure has the prettiest cover out of the three! Thanks for participating in YASH

Alexandra Clyde said...

I am a huge fan of the series and both my mother and I cannot wait for the last book to come out!

Carie said...

Oh my word, I am DYING to find out what happens in the last book!!! Can't wait to read it—SO excited!! (And, I swear: NO SPOILERS!)

Melissa Paschal said...

I would really love to read Endure! The cover is awesome too!

Justine Vandale said...

I would love to read Endure because THAT COVER!! Also the series sounds awesome. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Sanna said...

I really like the idea of the series, they have appealed to me since Defy and recieving the last book would give me the boost i've been needing to read the series. I've been in a book slump lately and it'd definitely pull me out. And spoilers are the worst so that definitely wouldn't happen! :) Hope you have a good launch of the final book! :)

Rebecka Jakobsson said...

I want to win Endure because i've heard all these amazing things about the series!
Thank you for this extra giveaway, and have a nice weekend! <3

Megan said...

This is such a wonderful giveaway! Thank you so much :-)
I cannot wait to read Endure because Defy is so fantastic and how am I supposed to cope without it? :-D
Thank you again, my rafflecopter name is Megan S.

Ashfa said...

I redenlty read Defy and loved it!! Can't wait to find out what happens next.

Jordan White said...

Because I LOVE this series, like love love, quote it love and I promise not to spoil, I'd sign an NDA. :)

Emily Mitchell said...

I just finished Ignite a couple of days ago (I real DEFY when it first came out and LOVED IT, but when IGNITE came out, I didn't want to have to wait another year for the next installment - I did it once, it was awful; so I figured the third one comes out soon, I'll read it IGNITE now). Last night I dreamed about an arranged marriage, which came out of left field. The only thing I remember is the guy was Dansiian.

forsan said...

Because my bookshelf looks very empty right now. And it would give me an excuse to buy the first two books.

Sahara said...

I looooved your defy series and got my library to buy multiple copies :D

Bekah M. said...

I JUST finished Defy and LOVEDLOVEDLOVED it!! Alexa is the BEST strong heroine. I started Ignite yesterday (haven't finished yet) but I know I'm gonna love it too. Endure looks gorgeous!! Can't wait to finish Ignite and read Endure!! Thanks for the chance at winning. :)

amysi77 said...

Thanks for being in the scavenger hunt and for the giveaways!

Ashley White said...

This series sounds so AMAZING! And the covers are beautiful! What more could a girl want?

Susan Light said...

I have got to know the end of Alexa's story.

Emily Crowell said...

I can't wait to read the conclusion of your series- I've LOVED your writing! Plus that cover is simply eye candy and I would love to have it on my shelf... thanks for the giveaway!

Stephanie Kaye said...

I am super excited to read the Defy series and if I have Endure I can do a marathon read of the entire series!
Thanks for participating in YASH and thanks for the extra giveaway!

jarkin33 said...

I Swear no spoiliers ever!! :) I want to win because we love and adore you and this series and we can't wait to see how it all ends!

Les B said...

I've never read Arc of Endure but it sounds great!!

erinlee20 said...

No spoilers...I swear it!! Also, I want to win because I NEEEEEEED to know what happens!! :)

Thanks for the giveaway!!
Erin

Olivia Galt said...

I'd love to win Endure because I've been wanting to read the Defy series for ages and it would give the the push to go out and buy Defy so I can marathon the series :)
Thank you so much for the giveaway!

Patricia Lopez said...

I'm DYING to read this second book *grabby hands* Thank you so much for the chance to win! And for participating in the YASH

Marguerite Gibson said...

I would love to win an ARC of Endure so I could both swoon over the ending and recommend it to everyone! I also promise not to spoil the ending. Thank-you for the amazing giveaway and I can't wait to read Endure!!

Annie Sullivan said...

Endure sounds really interesting and I'd love to read it, especially an ARC, I think that would make it even more exciting! And, as a person who has been the victim of spoilers in the past, I promise with all my heart not to spoil the ending, I know the anguish it can bring :P

anonymous said...

Spoilers are the worst and I avoid them like healthy foods! I would love to be able to have you 'featured' on my blog for December and be able to post a review of one of your books every week that month leading up to the release of Endure and ending with a review of that the day it comes out!

Melissa H.
The MissPhyre Library

Stephanie B said...

I can't believe it's almost time for Endure to release! What will you be writing after this series?

Jen S said...

because it's probably awesome

MichelleRae said...

I'm really looking forward to reading Endure. After reading Ignite, I can't wait to see how it ends!!

lostbraincell said...

Because I need to know what happens next in this series!!!

Jaime Arnold said...

Hahahahaha you know why I needs the precioussssss ;)

Hugs,
Jaime

CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

Cause I've been CRAZY over this series for YEARS ever since Defy's goodreads page went up months before its release. I have both hardcover pretties on my favorites bookshelf at home, so I can't wait to add Endure to complete the family. :)) Thanks Sara!

Alicia said...

I need it because I loved the first 2 books and NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AND HOW IT ENDS!!

Cindy said...

I have been waiting forever for the final book to come out before starting the trilogy. After all, we all know how much it sucks to have to waaaaait for the finale. :) Also, my friends have been book-pushing the trilogy on me. I must find out for myself why they like it so much. Thanks for participating in the YASH and for the giveaway!

Denise Cayetano said...

I want to read it and I promise I won't tell spoilers to anyone! I'll just be here at the corner. Devouring the book. Fangirling. And probably flailing and you'll hear dying pterodactyl noises. :)

Thank you for the bonus giveaway!

Eli Yanti said...

i would love to win and read this book. thanks for the giveaway :)

Belinda Clemons said...

Thanks for the chance

MB Kurspahic said...

I cannot wait to see how Alexa faces the black sorcerers! And I promise I won't write any spoilers.

Shaylin said...

I would love to win a copy because I own Defy and this would look so lovely sitting next to it on my shelf! It would be a wonderful addition to my classroom library :)

Kimmy Heindorf said...

I would love to win so I can see what happens next in the series. Thanks for the giveaway!

Cristine Jiang said...

I would love to win an arc of Endure because I absolutely loved Defy and Ignite and cannot miss out at a chance to read Endure earlier! I promise not to spoil anything to anyone no matter how much my heart wants to. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Gracie said...

I am new to the series but it is one that I have been hearing a lot about. I would love the chance to have Endure in my own personal library!

Amy Hart said...

I want to win this arc because I read about this series onthe blog Seeing Double in Neverland, and fell in love with it!

Sandi Turla said...

I love reading, and it would be awesome to win a book giveaway like this! :)

Melissa Moake said...

I love this series so much (not sure how many times I have read this series...) and I might go crazy if I have to wait till December! #soexcited #defyseries #pickme #Ineverwinanything...

Vicky Icky said...

I want to win this arc because I've read the series and Alexa and Damian are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And after the second book, I died inside when I found out Endure will come out Jan. 6. But now, I can read it if I win!! ALEXA AND DAMIANN <3

Cassidy Singleton said...

because it sounds AMAZING!!!

Nevada Vanderbloom said...

Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

Melissa Robles said...

Oh please I want it! I need more Damian in my life ♥ I won't spoil it, I swear. I would never do that to my fellow bloggers & reader friends. :)

NSchu said...

Besides the fact that I really want to read it....I created a blog for my YA Resources class and I would love to do a review for it.

Written Melodies said...

I would like to win an ARC of Endure so that I can binge read the Defy series...read books 1-3 without interruption.

Ginger Betty said...

defy and ignited are some of my fave books, i'd LOVE to review an arc! but mostly i just want to find out what happens!

Take Me Away To A Great Read said...

I own the first 2 books, but I always wait for a final book before I start a series because I hate waiting. I heard from another blogger I have to read it and now I am dying to read the whole series!

adrianna said...

why wouldn't i? a chance to read something new and exciting...

Daniella said...

I want the ARC of the book because I've never gotten an ARC of a book before and I'd love to read an awesome book before everyone else gets the chance to! Plus your book sounds so awesome!!!!!

Allana Lopez said...

I've seen your books everywhere in stores and have it recommended to me on Amazon and Goodreads! I can't wait to read them!

Kat Stiles said...

It looks like a fun series :)

Georgia Flynn said...

It's been recommended by a friend and its definitely on my tbr list :0

Emma K said...

I absolutely loved DEFY. I reviewed it on my blog: The SMART Book Club. Can't wait to read this book!

Kiki said...

I would love to read Endure. I promise that I won't spoil anything. I like reading books early so I can review them on my blog and be able to recommend them to others. I think it is awesome getting to read books early. I think the DEFY series is amazing and I can't wait to read more.

Valentina Bagarić said...

I love reading ARCs cuz I'm so impatient for realese date,and I have to know ending right away. And I promise to keep my mouth shuth,cross my heart! Thank you so much for your chance.

Nicole Johnson said...

I would love to be able to read and review it on my blog!

Tessi said...

I would love to read Endure since I've loved Alexa's story from the very beginning. She's such a kick-ass character! And I promise I won't leave any spoilers in case I win the arc:)

Shannon said...

I'm both sad and really, really excited to read the final part of Alexa's journey. I can't wait for Endure to be released :D

Unknown said...

I saw the cover and at first I was just confused. I was sitting there like 'What...? I would never read this.' But then I looked closer. The cover is actually so beautiful and made me go look up the previous books. I really want to read this series now. I do this too often... judge a book - not even by the cover - by my very first glimpse of it. Note to self: Stop doing that.

Elin Helmersson said...

It sounds really interesting and I love reading books!

Sarah Kalaitzidis said...

This book series is just to awesome i would never spoil anything from this book. I'm just love the characters of these books a lot!!

Rachel said...

Because then I can binge-read the series! And I solemnly swear I shall not post any spoilers. Thanks for the giveaway!

isabella plummer said...

I would love an ARC of Endure because HELLO??? I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!!... Please :D

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

I just finished Ignite. Loved it! [I got it for Christmas]. Then I bought Endure before I'd even finished Ignite because I knew I'd want it.

I wrote a short review on goodreads, haha.

[I won Defy as a giveaway a while ago, btw]

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/908971896?book_show_action=false

So I could probably find this out on some interview somewhere if I did some research, but I think I'm just going to ask and see what happens- what's your favorite books/series?

Caroline Butters said...

I love to read and I love books!!

Emily Krouk said...

It sounds amazing!

Tayla Robichaud said...

I would love defy :D