YA Scavenger Hunt #1

YA Scavenger Hunt #1

Ahoy mates! Welcome to the first stop on the YA Summer Scavenger Hunt. Are you prepared for a journey filled with adventure and treasure? Scroll to the bottom of this post to find the first word of the story. But don’t forget to check out the discounted and free books I have available as you travel down the page.

 

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And now….
It’s that time!

The first word in the scavenger hunt is:

“ONCE”

Got that?

The next two stops on the hunt will be

2. Katherine Bogle

3. Melle Amade

Good luck and have fun!

YA Summer Scavenger Hunt

YA Summer Scavenger Hunt

Hey there! I’m excited to introduce you to a fun game! You guys are going to love this.

In June, the Alliance of Young Adult Authors is sponsoring a massive young adult scavenger hunt. This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes!

RULES

Each author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES.

All you have to do is visit all the author’s sites in this order, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed secret legend HERE.

There will be one main giveaway for the main prize, but most of the participating authors will also have smaller giveaways for free books, amazon credit and author swag, so make sure you read their post carefully to see what else they’re offering while you’re on their site for the keyword.

THE MAP (participating authors)

  1. Cindy Ray Hale
  2. Katherine Bogle
  3. Melle Amade
  4. David Kudler
  5. A.M. Yates
  6. Alethea Kontis
  7. Stevie Rae Causey
  8. Katlyn Duncan
  9. Debbie Manber Kupfer
  10. Meredith Rose
  11. N.M. Howell
  12. Lara Ann
  13. K.M. Robinson
  14. J.A. Culican
  15. Heather Karn
  16. Rob L. Slater
  17. Dylan Keefer
  18. Sarah K. Wilson
  19. L.J. Higgins
  20. Gina Marie Long
  21. Em Kazmierski
  22. Travis Hall
  23. Heather Young-Nichols
  24. Anna Santos
  25. J.L. Weil
  26. Jo Schneider
  27. Rebecca Fernfield
  28. Kristin D. Van Risseghem
  29. Martine Lewis
  30. Tara Benham
  31. Stacy Claflin
  32. Beth Hammond
  33. Erica Cope
  34. Nicole Zoltack
  35. Char Webster
  36. Sabrina Ramoth
  37. T.J. Muir
  38. Raquel Lyon
  39. Beth Rodgers
  40. S.L. Beaumont
  41. Eva Pohler
  42. Melanie McFarlane
  43. Cheryllynn Dyess
  44. Audrey Rich
  45. Amanda Zieba
  46. Sandie Will
  47. Elle Scott
  48. Angie Grigaliunas
  49. Ashley Maker
  50. Mandy Peterson
  51. Audrey Grey
  52. Elisa Dane
  53. Amy McNulty
  54. Melinda Cordell
  55. Monica Leonelle
  56. Claire Luana
  57. Frost Kay
  58. Preeti C. Sharma
  59. Bentz Deyo
  60. April Wood
  61. Lena Mae Hill
  62. Angel Leya
  63. Wendi Wilson
  64. Wendy Knight
  65. Chogan Swan
  66. Tamara Hart Heiner
  67. Norma Hinkens
  68. Patti Larsen
  69. Megan Crewe
  70. Jamie Thornton
  71. Jessie Renée
  72. T.A. Maclagan
  73. Lydia Sherrer
  74. Phyllis Moore
  75. P.D. Workman
  76. J.A. Armitage
  77. K.N. Lee
  78. Angela Fristoe
  79. Rhonda Sermon
  80. G.K. DeRosa
  81. Erin Richards
  82. Ali Winters
  83. Larissa C. Hardesty
  84. Kristine Tate
  85. Debra Kristi
  86. Bella Rose
  87. Cortney Pearson
  88. Jeff Kohanek
  89. Kristal Shaff
  90. Rachel Morgan
  91. Emma Right
  92. C.L. Cannon
  93. Joanne Macgregor
  94. Lindsey Loucks
  95. Farah Kuck
  96. Erin Hayes
  97. Jesikah Sundin
  98. Dorothy Dreyer
  99. Danielle Annett
  100. C.J. Ethington
  101. L.C. Hibbett
  102. Madeline Dyer
  103. Katie John
  104. Nicole Schubert
  105. Rachel Medhurst
  106. Tee G Ayer
  107. May Freighter
  108. Heather Dyer
  109. Jen Minkman
  110. J.L. Gillham
  111. Karen Tomlinson
  112. Kate Haye
  113. Megan Linski
  114. Martina Billings
  115. Jo Ho
  116. Brian King
  117. Inna Hardison
  118. Rachel Bateman
  119. Sally Henson
  120. J.L. Hendricks
  121. A.L. Knorr
  122. T.M. Franklin
  123. Konstanz Silverbow
  124. felisha Antonette
  125. Jake Devlin
  126. S.F. Benson
  127. Laurie Treacy
  128. Emily Martha Sorensen
  129. Leia Stone
  130. T. Rae Mitchell
  131. J. Keller Ford
  132. Kat Stiles
  133. Jessica Hawke
  134. Elyse Reyes
  135. Sophie Davis
  136. Bianca Scardoni
  137. Jenetta Penner
  138. David R. Bernstein
  139. Olivia Wildenstein
  140. Derek Murphy

Starts June 1st!

Just go through the “treasure map” above to find the keywords and reconstruct the secret legend. Once you’ve got it, enter for the grand prize HERE. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for other giveaways or free books as you search for the keywords, most authors will be offering their own prizes as well.

For rules, updates or trouble-shooting, make sure to check out this main post which will stay updated.

TIMELINE

Authors will post the rules and the full list of participating authors sometime in May, and have their post up and visible on their site/blog, with their keyword, by June 1st. Readers just need to go through the list, find the words, and use the story to enter for the grand prize.

Good luck hunting! And have fun!

Sun-Kissed Instafreebie Reads

Sun-Kissed Instafreebie Reads

 Kick-start your summer!

48 FREE Young Adult and Clean Romance stories from 48 new and best-selling authors. Fill your Kindle (or another e-reader) and enjoy reading all summer.

YA Contemporary

 

 

 

How to Begin Again by Cindy Ray Hale

Will Hannah Miller learn to move on from her ex-boyfriend so she can make room in her heart for the hottie next door?

 

 

 

V is For Virgin by Kelly Oram

Girl determined to stay Virgin until married. Obnoxious rock star determined to change her mind. Chaos and romance ensue!

 

 

 

Under a New York Skyline Boxed Set

In a city of millions, can she find her one in a million?
Romance in New York has never been so loud with hip hop, so frenzied with Comic Con fans, or so alluring with pop sensations.

Better Off by Yesenia Vargas

Ariana’s not supposed to have a boyfriend, but she doesn’t mind breaking the rules for Carlos. What happens when Carlos isn’t the Prince Charming she was hoping for?

Holding On by Rachael Brownell

Becca has to choose between the love she has for her best friend, Brad, and something new and exciting with Ethan. Will she hold on to her past, or move forward with her future?

 

 

 

Summer’s End by Sally Henson

Sixteen-year-old Regan Stone has a plan and she’s got to stick to it if she want’s to make it out of her gossip-ridden small town. But when her best her best-friend-since-forever, Lane, confesses his secret to her, she has until summer’s end to choose between following her dreams or taking a chance at love.

 

 

Always Anika: Ten Years Later by Kelsie Stelting

One big white dress. One bouquet of flowers. Two high school sweethearts.

 

 

 

Malignant by Emily Kazmierski

When Reese’s mom is diagnosed with cancer, Reese has two choices: find strength and perseverance to care for her mom, or disengage from the family like her dad. What will Reese choose?

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Tia loves Clinton; Clinton has a secret. Will sharing that secret affect their love for each other?

 

 

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by Rachel Shane

A retelling of Peter Pan set in modern day high school in which Wendy gets caught in the middle of a prank war and a war for her heart between two rival lacrosse captains, Peter and James.

 

 

Those Black Wings by Melinda R. Cordell

Kay knows she cannot stay with Carter. She knows that his next suicide attempt may be fatal. But she wants, above all, to live her life on her own terms – not on somebody else’s.

Moon River by Amber D. Tran

Moon River follows the childhoods of Abigail and Ryan as they grow up together in northern West Virginia.

YA Urban Fantasy

New Orleans Magic by J.L. Hendricks

The Pussycat Dolls meet Urban Fantasy.
Jenna, and her 3 adopted sisters, always believed magic wasn’t real, and their gimmicks were harmless. Until a vampire tried to use a death spell on Jenna and the whole world of magic and shifters opened up to her and her sisters.

Discovery by Char Webster

What would you do if you suddenly discovered that the people around you are much more than they seem? How would you react if you suddenly could read people’s thoughts? Would you trust the sexy mysterious stranger who seems to appear everywhere you go? Discover the dangers of being Gifted.

YA Paranormal

Seeker by Amy Reece

Ally is 16 and psychic; Jack is 18 and trouble. Will they be able to save a friend in trouble before it’s too late? Will they find love along the way?

 

 

The Witchling Apprentice by G. Kristin McMichael

Cassie thought magic would be her key to fitting in. She soon finds that magic isn’t the only thing kept hidden in her small community. There are other things that go bump in the night, and they all seem to want a piece of her.

 

Shadowed Truth by Wendi L. Wilson

A companion novella to the Shadowed Series, this story follows Melanie parents, Elaine and Darren, through their whirlwind romance and the series of events that led to their ultimate separation.

 

 

 

 

 

Heritage by Melle Amade

Dutch born, Matilde, the estranged niece of Lord Van Arend, barters with her scheming mother to spend the summer with the only friends she’s ever had, the Ravensgaard at Castle Brannach. The only problem is, what she has offered her mother is information, information that will break her friends’ trust and begin the downfall of the regime that governs them all.

 

 Moment for Tara by Tamar Sloan

Tara grew up playing and laughing with her twin best friends, life is uncomplicated and carefree — until she falls for one of them. The wrong one.

Dead Love by Gabby Griffin

Will Lace help the ghost in her new house find peace? Or will their twisted pasts drown them?

Discerning Spirits by Kellie McAllen

To fulfill his destiny, he’ll have to uncover hers.

 

 

 

 

Galdoni by Cheree Alsop

“This is the Arena, and here we live to die.” These are the words carved into a holding cell where genetically-altered gladiators, the winged humans called Galdoni, are trained to fight. Kale, rescued by three high school students and nursed back from the brink of death, is given the chance to experience life as a human.

 

 

Cursed by the Gods by Raye Wagner

Even though mortals think the gods have disappeared, Olympus still rules. Demigods have elite hunters who viciously kill monsters. And Hope has a deadly secret…

Science Fiction Romance/Fairy Tale Retelling

Alien Frog Prince by J.M. Page and Juno Wells

Prince Zakrom is long past the age of finding his One, the girl who will break the curse that keeps him hideous. Until he meets the scattered but beautiful Earth girl and instantly knows she’s for him.

YA Time Travel

Clockwise by Elle Strauss

A teen time traveler accidentally takes her secret crush back in time. Awkward….

YA Fantasy

Protector by Joanne Wadsworth

Faith never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries. Now, she must battle against both love and land if she wants to remain with her soul-bound mate.

Clicks by Amy Evans

Cami is looking forward to a summer of lifeguard training and having fun. But all of that changes when she gets hurt, falls in love, and those the cares about most begin to drown.

A Curse of Stone and Moonlight by Ashley Maker

Cursed to become a marble statue in a wicked sorcerer’s private art gallery, a teenage girl must find a way out before she’s trapped forever.

When I Wake by Lara Ann

Ash has a secret, it has the chance to make or break her.
She confides in Bentley, but has she made a huge mistake?

 

Defects by Sarah Noffke

The society one girl thought was protecting her has actually been betraying her, but she has no idea how to break away from its authority without hurting everyone she loves.

Rebel’s Blade by Frost Kay

War. Secrets. Betrayal. Meet Sage: Loyal. Fierce. Sassy. Strong. Daughter, swordmaker, spy, and rebellion leader. Meet your next epic adventure.

 

Shades of Valhalla by Ellis Logan

One girl to save the world, or end it… Dark fae, myth and magic.

 

 

 

 

Cendrilla by Cordelia Castel

When Cendrilla is forcibly betrothed to Bluebeard, a Lord known for killing his wives, she escapes to the capital with his slave, Jack. But Rilla soon finds that Bluebeard and his cut-throat mercenaries are in hot pursuit, desperate to exact their vengeance.

YA Thriller

Rhinoceros Summer by Jamie Thornton

LETHAL AMBITION…A rare rhinoceros on the brink of extinction. A trophy hunter on the verge of bankruptcy. A young photographer desperate for fame.

YA Dystopian

 

Sand Runner by Vero Brook

In a dystopian future, 16-year-old Kaiden Reed risks his life in a brutal race to impress the girl of his dreams. But can he trust the person who recruited him – or are they using him to carry out their own bold and reckless agenda?

Elimination by Marina Epley

For fans of The Hunger Games, Maze Runner and X-Men. Immerse yourself in a gritty YA dystopian adventure with telepathy, hypnosis and mind reading.

Western Romance

Fools Rush In by Eveline Hart

Join Anna Murphy as she finds love in the American Frontier. This is a sweet Mail Order Bride Romance you are sure to love!

Rodeo Knights Boxed Set 1-3

Someone is trying to sabotage the rodeo circuit the Knight brothers hold so dear. Together they must find out who is responsible before someone gets killed!

Lizzie by Bethany Rose

Lizzie Hazlitt is forced to leave Dalton, Wyoming to escape her cruel and overbearing mother. Joseph Kendicott is advertising for a mail-order bride; he’s in trouble with the law and he figures that having a wife is better than any disguise.

Chick Lit

Smile… You are Famous by Mary Kelly Reed

A few weeks before her wedding, Laura discovers that everyone is identifying her with Daphne, a comic series heroine. At first, she smiles at the whims of the universe, but her smile fades away when she realizes that Daphne and she are so alike because she was created by David, her ex-fiancé.

loveandpizza.it by Daniela Pesconi-Arthur

An unexpected job interview via Skype and a job offer in Napoli help just graduated Dr. Carolina decide to embark on the craziest adventure of her life. In Napoli, she will find out that choosing a pizza topping isn’t the most difficult thing to do, after all…

Sweet Contemporary Romance

 

 

Thanks to You by Emma Kingsley

Horse trainer Ashley considers billionaire Robert King another profit-obsessed client. Just as she lets Robert in, the uncertain future of Sunny Grove Stables threatens to tear them apart. Will King’s plan to take control of the situation push Ashley away or bring them together?

 

 

Sweet Tricks by Maggie Dallen

Tabitha has given up bad boys once and for all, but that’s easier said than done when she finds herself sharing an apartment with Jack, the bad boy to end all bad boys. As if their instant attraction doesn’t make staying away hard enough, why does her new bad boy have to be so nice?

Full Circle by Sophie Moran

Cassie comes home to Dragonfly Lake to recover from a broken engagement. Once home, she encounters her first love…who now works for her father.

Time For You by J.L. Starr

Being assistant curator at a historical railroad museum isn’t as glamorous as Amy thought it would be. Though the job does have its perks, such as when she can touch the heart of a sweet little boy, then win the heart of his father.

 

 

The Modern Earl by Caroline Johnson

Meg is starring in a Regency-era play opposite of Vincent Davenport, a famous Broadway actor, but he’s also well-known for his bad attitude. There’s chemistry onstage, but offstage they can’t get along. Will the terrible dynamic ruin the play, or will Vincent prove to be more than meets the eye?

Science Fiction Fantasy Romance

Whispers of a Faded Dreamer by Celesta Thiessen

A love-starved young woman slips away every night to adventure with dragons, mermaids, and even aliens but then she wakes up.

Historical Romance

A Love Divided by Belle McInnes

Escape to the borderlands of Scotland in the time of Mary Queen of Scots, where a feisty English heiress meets a brawny Scottish laird who should be her mortal enemy – but a shared love for horses draws them together and kindles a passion that respects no boundaries, endangering more than just their hearts…

YA Books to Check Out!

YA Books to Check Out!

Hey there, guys! I’ve teamed up with some awesome YA Authors to bring you some deals you won’t want to miss. Check ’em out!

 New Release $0.99

Who We Are Instead by Kyla Stone

I’m going to give a shoutout to Kyla here. I’ve just started reading Who We Are Instead, and it’s fabulous! Talk about good writing!

Pre-Order $0.99

God of the Sun by Kimberly Loth

Beauty’s Thief by Konstanz Silverbow

Pre-Order $1.99

The Slope Rules by Melanie Hooyenga

Sale $0.99

Destiny by Cindy Ray Hale

Crushed by Elisa Dane

At Water’s Edge by S. McPherson

Masquerading Our Love by Audrey Rich

Shade by Marilyn Peake

Shade and the Skinwalkers by Marilyn Peake

Black Magic Academy by Emily Martha Sorensen

Valentine’s Day eBook Sale!

Valentine’s Day eBook Sale!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I know you guys love discounted books, and I’m super excited to share this promo with you.

I’ve teamed up with these other lovely authors who have all discounted their books to 99 cents for you guys for Valentine’s Day. These are PG-rated real-world clean romance stories.

Lots of good ones here. You won’t want to miss this sale.

 

Looking for some YA reads this time?

 

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Hot YA Reads Instafreebie Giveaway

Hot YA Reads Instafreebie Giveaway

Hey there guys!

I’m excited to share an awesome opportunity with you. I’ve teamed up with several other authors and we’d like to offer you some free books. Some are samples of books, and others, including my own novel Synchrony, are full-length novels.

These books are offered through Instafreebie. If you haven’t checked Instafreebie, I highly recommend it. Basically, the way it works is you sign up for the author’s newsletter in exchange for a free book. It’s a great way to discover new authors you may not have heard about otherwise.

You can the full list of books and more information on Sarah K. Wilson’s website.

Sweet Contemporary Romance Giveaway

Like Sweet/Clean Romance? Even better. Like free books?

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I have had the privilege to join these authors who have come together to provide free books to readers looking for clean stories. I’m offering a copy of Synchrony, the second book in The Destiny Trilogy, free.

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You can find Synchrony and all the other free books offered by clicking the link below.

http://www.jasonpatrickauthor.com/instafreebie-giveaways/

Already grabbed the free version of Synchrony and want to start the story from the beginning?

Right now you can read Destiny for free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

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Come Meet Me at a Salt Lake City Book Signing!

I will be signing and selling books at the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan, UT on Saturday, Nov 5, which also happens to be Destiny’s 3 year book birthday! So cool, huh?

 

You can learn more info here:

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Are you an aspiring author hoping to be published? Do you enjoy meeting authors? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, our Local Authors & You event is “write” up your alley! This one-day event brings together approximately 50 local adult, teen and children’s authors who will be signing books and leading writing workshops.

DATE: Saturday, November 5
TIME: 1-5 PM
PLACE: Library’s Viridian Event Center, 8030 South 1825 West, West Jordan, UT 84088

Destiny 99 Cent Sale and Giveaway

Destiny 99 Cent Sale and Giveaway

I’m running a giveaway over on my Facebook author page. I’m offering a signed copy of Synchrony. All you have to do is share the sale on social media and comment on the post where you shared it and how many times.

 

You can also help out by supporting my headtalker campaign. It’s easy and only takes a couple of clicks.

 

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When Destiny Clark is cast alongside her long-time crush Isaac Robinson in their school’s production of Les Misérables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage. As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimaginable: Isaac has developed deep feelings for her despite their vastly different backgrounds and belief systems.

But can they find the true message of love in a world full of judgement and fear?

Weaving around Destiny and Isaac’s alternating viewpoints, this modern-day retelling of Romeo and Juliet is the first book in a series inspired by the characters of Les Misérables and explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love.

Facing my Fears and Moving Forward

Today I stumbled across this wonderful video by Susan Kaye Quinn about facing fears in the indie publishing industry.

I couldn’t even get all the way through it before recognizing my biggest fear as an author, which is the fact that my books are about religion.

Religion in fiction has become taboo in our society, especially in the LDS (Latter-day Saint) community. I live in Utah, and like me, many of my author friends are LDS. I’ve had well-meaning authors and publicists tell me that I would find much more success if I kept religion out of my stories.

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My series is all about religion. If I took the religion out, there would be no conflict. But it’s the story that came to me. I feel very strongly that this story needs to be told. I literally can’t write anything else until this story and these characters are out of my head.

I tried writing something else. It didn’t work.

My story is very unique. It’s not like other books out there, let alone religious ones. Most religious fiction is specifically written to convert the reader. My books aren’t like that. The religion is both the conflict and the solution. The overarching message of my story is that we need to conquer intolerance, not that I want to cram my religion down your throat. That’s what makes so many readers uncomfortable.

I’m not doing that.

But here’s where my self-doubt comes into play. I’m taking the negativity that is created from the cram-it-down-your-throat religious books and I’m applying it to myself. I’m doing that because I am letting the opinions of people who don’t understand my book influence my view of my work. These are people who haven’t read my books and have made quick judgments about it based on very little information. They see a flash of the word Mormon and they say, “Gee, that must be one of those preachy, religious books. I’d better skip that one.”

I know there are people who will say that. It’s an obstacle that I will probably always face.

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But here’s what else I know:

My story is powerful.

I’ve read the reviews written by both religious and nonreligious people who have read my books. They were pleasantly surprised and had many good things to say about my series.

But even though reviewers are saying things like:

“Religion is a touchy subject for everyone, and the most common protocol is to simply keep your mouth shut about it, so to read a YA that is highly focused on religion is a refreshing change.” –Shadow Kisses Book Reviews

I still doubt myself.

And that doubt needs to go away. There is an amazing opportunity out there to reach readers who are waiting to read a powerful story of facing intolerance and falling in love. All I have to do is overcome my fear and go out there and find those people. Because when they do read this story, their support is unwavering.

And that’s the part I need to focus on.

Too often we allow self-doubt and fear to block us from finding our greatest potential. I’m ready to remove my roadblock of fear and move forward. 

Are you with me?