The Winter YA Scavenger Hunt is Here!

Welcome to the winter YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Victoria Strauss, and I write fantasy and historical fiction for adults and teens.

The tri-annual Scavenger Hunt 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.

There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter either one or both. I’m on the RED TEAM, but there is also a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of twenty-five signed books!

To find out more about the Hunt, see links to all the participating authors, and view the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.


Directions: Somewhere below, I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red team, and then add them up. Hint: my secret number is highlighted in RED.

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: The YA Scavenger Hunt is 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, December 2, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

That takes care of the technical stuff. And now, I’m excited to introduce the author I’m hosting on this Hunt:


Myra McEntire knows the words to every R&B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in Nashville, the country music capital of America, her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated. She’s chosen, instead, to channel her “mad word skills” into creating stories.

She’s an avid Doctor Who fan and will argue passionately about which incarnation is the best.

(Doctor Who…me too! I’d have to pick Tom Baker, though Christopher Eccleston gets points for intensity. Who’d have thought there would be 15 incarnations? Oh wait…just 11. So far.)

Myra’s new novel, Timepiece, came out in June. The cover of its predecessor, Hourglass, was hands-down my favorite YA book cover of 2011, and Timepiece’s cover is just as mysterious and gorgeous! Here’s a synopsis of Timepiece:

Kaleb Ballard was never supposed to be able to see ripples—cracks in time. Are Kaleb’s powers expanding, or is something very wrong? Before Kaleb can find out, Jonathan Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, reappears. Why is he back, and what, or whom, does he want?

In the wake of Landers’s return, the Hourglass organization is offered an ultimatum by a mysterious man. Either they find Landers and the research he has stolen on people who might carry the time gene, or time will be altered—with devastating results for the people Kaleb loves most.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their extraordinary powers to find Landers. But where do they even start? And when? Even if they succeed, just finding him may not be enough…

And now, without further ado:


The YA Scavenger Hunt is FINISHED! Thanks so much for participating.


Thanks so much for visiting, and for participating in this winter’s YA Scavenger Hunt. And now, on to the next blog in the Hunt: Elana Johnson!

But before you go…I’m offering a bonus contest! Three lucky entrants will win a bouquet of books: signed  paperbacks of my Stone duology (The Arm of the Stone and The Garden of the Stone) and a signed hardcover of Passion Blue. I’ll also tuck in some Passion Blue swag.

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