Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! My name is Pintip Dunn, and I am your hostess for this leg of the tour. Be on the lookout for an excerpt from my newest book MALICE, which releases in February of 2020! You’ll come across this NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN excerpt if you continue on the hunt for the Purple Team!
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 120 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are five contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PURPLE TEAM–but there is also a gold team, a red team, a blue team, and a green team 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.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the purple 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 7, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
Today, I am delighted to be hosting the Kristy Centeno on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Kristy Centeno loves to spin tales of creatures that go bump in the night with a sprinkle of romance to top them off. Her passion for writing stems from a lifelong enjoyment of reading and the pleasure derived from the magical worlds created by authors like her. She prefers her female leads strong, independent, and stubborn who will stop at nothing to save their loved ones and protect those they care for.
You can find out more information by checking out Kristy’s website!
Now, feast your eyes on this beautiful cover….
Leah Parker’s fate had always been controlled by others—who she loved and who she lost. Five years after the tragic murder of her daughter’s father, she’s done everything in her power to protect her little girl from the outside world. But she’s rebelled against fate in the past and no act of defiance goes unpunished in the Enchanter community.
The ultimate power wants to correct the damage done by Jae and the only way they can do that is by getting rid of her special child—a child destined to replace all branches of Enchanter magic one day.
But, Leah isn’t willing to go down without a fight. She will do anything to save what Jae died to protect, even if she must turn against the Circle of Elders. But when her first love, Brandon Morris walks back into her life, Leah knows nothing will ever be the same again.
Leah must confront her past, before she and her daughter are erased from her family line. She must get over her guilt and rely on Brandon to ensure her daughter’s survival. But will the pain from their past destroy their friendship forever? Or will their old bond hold them together and carry them through what’s ahead?
Interview with Kristy Centeno!
What inspired you to write this book?
Prodigy is another product of love for me. It’s book 3 of the Giver of Life trilogy and the conclusion of Leah’s journey as an Enchantress/Giver of Life. She’s gone through so much over the years and the last book especially showcases how much she’s changed and grown up from that entitled young woman we meet in book 1.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Leah Parker experienced much while she was pregnant with her daughter that we don’t really get to see in book 3. I’ve been thinking about writing a new series of books that chronicles more of Leah’s life before and after Brandon came back into her life.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Prodigy?
Leah is a young woman that was forsaken by her adopted mother. She’s part of a magical world that she had no knowledge of due to a series of events that transpired when she was a baby. During her 21st birthday things begin to unravel and she’s forced to take responsibility for her family’s legacy and face an uncertain future.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
It started off as an idea and I ran with it. I wanted to create a magical world and creatures that I’d never seen or heard of in any of the books I’ve read over the years. Once I had things plotted, the story took off and came to life page by page.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Watching Leah evolve and become much more than I thought she’d ever grow and mature to be. I enjoyed creating the tragedies that shaped her future and see how she handled difficult situations. Although her choices might not have been perfect or the right ones, she’s not perfect and part of maturing as an adult involves learning from previous mistakes and doing the right thing even when it hurts.
Who designed your book covers?
The wonderful Najla Qamber at http://www.najlaqamberdesigns.com/
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’ve thought a lot about this because I’ve gotten mixed reviews with book 2. But I think back to what I originally wanted Enchantress to be and subsequently book 3, and I don’t think I’d ever would’ve been happy with putting those books out in the market had I gone the route I intended to originally. As an author, you must take pride in your work and I do like how I ended the trilogy as opposed to what I would’ve published before I changed my mind.
How did you come up with name of this book?
The title might surprise many, but Prodigy refers to more than one person in book 3.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Brandon or Jae. It would be fun to learn magic from them and find out more about their personalities than what we get to see in the books.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
These particular characters are entirely a product of my imagination. It isn’t rare for me to base some characters on real people, but those in the Giver of Life trilogy were not.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
Sometimes my characters hijack the story and lead it in a different path than what I intended. The Giver of Life is a prime example of that.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
Yes, I do, and I honestly don’t know if they will ever be published. Some books are from when I first started writing and wasn’t very good at it. I’ve improved quite a bit since then, but still have so much to learn. Perhaps when I get to a point where I feel like I’m an amazing writer—if that day ever comes—then I’ll give them another go and rewrite them before getting them out there. For now, they just sit in my USB, waiting for a home.
What did you edit out of this book?
Brandon Morris was supposed to have a deeper presence in Leah’s life, but I felt it was too predictable. Too run of the mill. It didn’t sit well in my gut so I went with what felt right and directed the story elsewhere.
However, when I introduced Jae into the mix, I hadn’t expected him to take over the way he did, but I fell in love with his character as well and knew I wanted him to have more of an impact on her life than originally planned.
Both men were destined to be a big presence in her life, but only one was fated to be with her.
Wasn’t that a great interview? If you’re intrigued as I am, then you can buy PRODIGY here!
MY FAVORITE NUMBER
In order to enter the Purple Team’s grand prize giveaway, you need to know FOUR is my very favorite number. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the PURPLE team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
Before you go, be sure to enter my bonus giveaway! I am giving away the three paperback novels in my NYT bestselling trilogy, FORGET TOMORROW!
This prize includes a paperback of: FORGET TOMORROW, REMEMBER YESTERDAY, and SEIZE TODAY.
This contest is open internationally and will run during the same time as the YASH competition.
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CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the website of Maria E. Andreu!