Young Adult Scavenger Hunt: TEAM GOLD!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Pintip Dunn, author of the upcoming YA sci fi, FORGET TOMORROW, and your host for this stop on the 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!

Computer generated image with clipping path - Team.

Computer generated image with clipping path – Team.

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM–but there is also a red team, a blue team, a green team, an orange team, a teal team a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed 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.

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


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Today, I am thrilled to be hosting Laurie Stolarz! Laurie is the author of several popular young adult novels including Welcome to the Dark House, the Touch series, Project 17, and Bleed, (all published by Disney/Hyperion Books for Children), as well as the bestselling Blue is for Nightmares series (Flux Publications). With well over a million books sold worldwide, Stolarz’s titles have been translated into thirty different languages, been named on numerous award lists, including the Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers list and the Top Ten Teen Pick list, both through the American Library Association, and have been optioned for TV.  Her newest book, Return to the Dark House, was released this past July. For more information, please visit her Web site at

WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE (Book 1 in the Dark House series)LaurieBookCover

 What’s Your Worst Nightmare

For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams. And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group-the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.


“The suspense starts pounding when the teens enter the park and doesn’t stop until readers are ready for the sequel. Stephen King would love it.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Stolarz writes a wonderfully eerie story.” – School Library Journal

“I ‘fell in love’ with each of the characters (empathy-wise) because they are so cleverly delineated. Three cheers and twelve stars for this winner!” – Mallory Heart Reviews

“A perfect novel for anyone who loves gut-wrenching fear.” – Children’s Book World Teen Readers’ Council

RETURN TO THE DARK HOUSE (Book 2 in the Dark House series)

 Sometimes Nightmares Don’t End When You Wake Up.

Two months have passed since Ivy narrowly escaped the Nightmare Elf’s grip, but the memories of Parker, Natalie, Shayla, Frankie, and Garth continue to haunt her. Their killer is still out there—somewhere. The police trail has gone cold, though, and it’s up to Ivy to piece together the clues to find him.

When a cryptic video arrives in her inbox, Ivy soon finds herself back in the spotlight, this time on a twisted scavenger hunt through the dark, ancient halls of a long-forgotten Gothic school building. Ivy’s not alone, either. Taylor Monroe has returned to the scene. But can Taylor be trusted? Or is she another pawn in the Nightmare Elf’s deadly game?


15 Rules for Surviving a House of Horrors

  1. Don’t panic. Easier said than done. But ghosts, ghouls, killers, monsters, etc., etc., can smell fear. Only the strongest of mind survive.
  1. Get out.  What’s that? The door won’t open? The knob won’t turn?  Unlock the door. Sounds pretty logical, but if you’re in a house of horrors, you probably aren’t thinking straight.  Read Rule #1, take a deep breath, and know that most doors lock from the inside.
  1. The phone line’s been cut? Your cell phone has no reception?  The power is out.  Is all of that not enough of a clue to heed Rule #2.
  1. Trust no one.  Everyone’s a suspect.  Be on guard at all times.
  1. Do you hear a creak/crack/whisper/rattle/jingle/jangle/pop/insert-your-favorite-creepy-noise-here coming from up- or downstairs? Do not go to investigate it.  Simply ignore the noise and read Rule #2.
  1. Is that a Ouiji Board on the dining room table?  Stay far, far away from it.
  1. And speaking of staying away… Steer clear of dolls. So what if they’re cute with smiling faces.  If you’re in a house of horrors then they’re pretty much guaranteed to be evil. That little glimmer in their eyes is mere excitement for what will become of you if you don’t follow Rule #2.
  1. Something else to stay away from: clowns. Clowns are evil.  Enough said.
  1. Don’t go up- or downstairs.  Read Rule #2.
  1. Don’t ever assume that the killer is dead.  These guys have nine lives.  If he (or she) looks dead, it’s probably just a trick.
  1. Don’t ever assume that if you can’t see the killer, he can’t see you.  He’s merely watching you from afar, studying your every move.
  1. Don’t take a shower.  I know.  This should be obvious, but we’ve seen enough horror movies where someone’s disrobing and hopping into a steamy shower, haven’t we?
  1. Something else that should seem obvious: while inside a house of horrors, do not engage in romance. The end result is never worth it.
  1. Pay attention to small children and animals.  They’re super-intuitive with respect to ghouls and ghosts and know what they’re talking (or barking) about.
  1. While skulking around the house of horrors, should you learn that it was built on some sort of sacred burial ground, heed Rule #2.

Which Dark House character are you?

  1. It’s Friday night.  Your BFF had family obligations, and so you’re home alone on sofa city.  Do you…
  • a. Call another friend? You have plenty of them after all.
  • b. Watch Nightmare on Elm Street for the 82nd time?
  • c. Curl up in bed with a movie or catch up on journaling?
  • d. Use the time to whip up a batch of your favorite cookies?
  • e. See if you can put in some extra hours at your part-time job?  You could use the extra money.
  • f. Check out the Woody Allen film fest in town.

2. You’ve been invited to a Halloween party.  Do you…

  • a. Hurry to be first in line at the costume store? You want first pick of all the top choices.
  • b. Plan your costume out on paper and then do-it-yourself? You already have a lot of the props/make-up/ghoulish gear anyway.
  • c. Go, but only wear a mask? And the mask is simply so that you can hide yourself while observing the goings-on from a far corner.
  • d. Politely decline?  You hate Halloween.
  • e. Go, but only for the networking opportunities? You heard the owners of the party house are planning a big graduation party in the spring and you’d love them to hire your band.
  • f. Go. You heard this is going to be the party of the year. Should be a fun experience.
  1. At school, you open your locker only to discover a t-shirt stained with something resembling blood. Do you…
  • a. Laugh?  Someone’s clearly playing a Halloween prank on you.
  • b. Put it on?  It belongs to you, after all.
  • c.Roll it into a ball and discard it without a word to anyone, wondering all the while how it got into your locker in the first place?
  • d. Take a deep breath and silently count to ten? Then run to find the nearest administrator. Someone’s clearly got it out for you.
  • e.Stuff it into your bag and throw it out later? You must’ve brought it to school unknowingly (maybe it belongs to a sibling).  The red splotch could be from a paint or food spill.
  • f. Take a photo of it before turning it over to an administrator, beyond curious as to where it came from.
  1. What’s your favorite subject at school?
  •  a. French. You need it for your travels, after all.
  • b. Art…particularly illustration.
  • c.English literature, especially the works of Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf.
  • d. Math. In math, everything is calculable and measurable, and can therefore be added up. There are no questions without answers.
  • e. Music.
  • f. History of film.
  1. What’s your go-to at lunchtime?
  • a. Sushi. You bring it to school yourself, packed in a bento box that coordinates with your backpack.
  • b. BBQ spareribs (your ultimate fav) if they’re serving them for hot lunch.  Otherwise, whatever you can pilfer off a freshman’s plate.
  • c. Comfort food, brought from home: peanut butter and fluff sandwich, potato chips, orange soda.
  • d. Spinach and feta pasta salad and granola-sprinkled tapioca pudding for dessert, all made and packed by you (including the granola).
  • e. Whatever they’re serving for hot lunch.  You’re not picky.
  • f. Whatever your mom has in the deli bin goes between two slices of bread.  You also throw in a bag of chips and a power bar.
  1. Your history teacher has to go home sick, leaving you with a free block in your schedule.  You…
  • a. Make a beeline for the cafeteria to join the rest of your friends with a free block.  There’s so much catching up to do.
  • b. Leave. So what that you have gym after history today. It’s not like you’d participate anyway.
  • c. Go to the library.  Your favorite study carrel is in the far corner, away from foot traffic.
  • d. Go to study hall to get a jumpstart on homework.
  • e. Go to the cafeteria where you can sneak your ear buds and listen to your favorite tunes while attempting homework.
  • f. Sit outside, under a tree, and get some reading or writing done.
  1. School’s out.  How do you get home?Someone’s picking you up.
  • a. Someone’s picking you up.
  • b. Public transportation – either the subway or the bus.
  • c. School bus. You sit in the back to dodge all the spitballs.
  • d. You walk, keeping close attention to those around you.
  • e. You drive. You have your own car (a Pontiac Firebird that you fixed up yourself).
  • f. You drive. You have your own car (a VW Golf GTI), bought with your own money from a neighbor who went off to college.


If you answered with mostly a’s:


You’re super social, often the life of the party, and appreciate the finer things in life. Always up for an adventure, you love to travel and meet new people.

If you answered with mostly b’s:


You have a dark sense of humor and a penchant for all-things creepy.  Sometimes considered a rebel, you are introspective and artistic, though often misunderstood.

If you answered with mostly c’s:


Introverted and secretive, you’re the wallflower of the party rather than the center of attention. Given time to yourself, you like to read, journal, or watch a movie.

If you answered with mostly d’s:


You have definite survival instincts – always aware of your surroundings.  With those instincts comes a reluctance to let people get too close.  You’re guarded and cautious, often opting to be alone to indulge in some of your favorite interests, i.e. gardening, cooking, baking, reading.

If you answered with mostly e’s:


You have a go-with-the-flow personality type.  You don’t clique with any particular group, instead migrating to like personality-types and/or those with interests similar to yours, especially music.  You have an amazing work ethic, often choosing what responsibility over fun.

If you answered with mostly f’s:


You’re extremely visual and creative.  You gravitate from group to group, but ultimately march to the beat of your own drum.  You’re genuinely interested in learning and experiencing all that life has to offer.

Top 10 Items to Survive the Dark House amusement park

If only the Dark House Dreamers had come prepared…

  1. Water bottle with built-in purifier

Spending the night in the Dark House amusement park is going to require physical endurance (and therefore proper hydration). From dodging the Nightmare Elf in the underground tunnels to swimming across a sea of flesh-eating eels…make sure you have a full bottle of water with a built-in purifier (in case you find yourself needing to refill).

  1. Granola bars (or the like)

Since we’re on the topic of physical endurance, along with proper hydration comes adequate sustenance. You’re going to have to live out your worst ever nightmare, and will therefore need to keep your energy level high.  Be sure to bring snacks that are non-perishable, easy to pack, and able to be eaten on the move

  1. Rope

A good, strong rope is really key. From creating a ladder of sorts to climb up the gate that surrounds the park, to using it as a makeshift pole to slide down, out the window of Hotel 9, the possibilities are really endless.

  1. Crowbar

Imagine busting through the park gate, using the crowbar as a weapon or makeshift hammer, or prying open the doors of an underground crypt.  A crowbar is a no brainer.

  1. Binoculars

The ability to spot the Nightmare Elf across the length of the park would absolutely give you an edge.

  1. Night vision glasses

While the amusement park itself is pretty well lit, what’s going to help you in those underground tunnels?

  1. Duct tape

We’ve seen duct tape used to make wallets, backpacks, wedding dresses, camping tents, and more.  If only some of the Dark House Dreamers had brought along a roll of this wonder stuff on the night of their worst nightmares-come-true.

  1. A lighter

While matches aren’t the most reliable (they can get wet, after all, while you’re trying to swim through a pool full of hungry eels), a lighter is a bit more steadfast. The lighter can be used to make a fire that can provide warmth on those cold amusement park nights.  It can also be used to make a fire to signal for help.

  1. A knife

This one is pretty self-explanatory. A knife can be used as a weapon, a stake, a makeshift hammer, a screwdriver, or a shovel.  It can also be used to cut fabric, food, wood, saplings, bandages, rubber, nylon, etc., etc. It can further be used to make the tinder (from bark) to ignite a fire.

  1. Shovel

From digging oneself out of an underground grave, to using a shovel as a weapon to slay the Nightmare Elf, a shovel should be a staple.


 Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Laurie Stolarz, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is FOUR. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Gold team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
Before you go, check out this opportunity to win a pair of gorgeous earrings from me! A little background: I am OBSESSED with this jewelry store on Etsy, Two Pliers and Some Wire. Not only is the jewelry beautiful, but the colors remind me of the FORGET TOMORROW cover. So, I contacted the owner and asked if she would consider designing a piece inspired by my book cover. To my delight, she said, “yes”!
FT earrings with bookcover (1)
FT earrings with bookcover (2)
 What do you think? Stunning, right? I love these earrings SO MUCH. If you think they’re pretty awesome, too, and you’d like a chance to win, please click on the link to the rafflecopter below, where I’ve provided a ton of easy ways to enter.

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To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author on Team Gold, Michael Gibney. (Please note, the link will take you to Colleen Houck’s blog, where she is temporarily hosting Julie Reece.)