Wednesday, April 15, 2015

YASH Follow-up

Thanks to all of you who stopped by on the YA Scavenger Hunt, and to all of you who just stopped by to read PJ Hoover's exclusive content!

Congratulations to the GOLD team winner, Rena Malik, who won twenty signed books from each member of the team.  And congratulations, as well, to Barbara Gordon, the winner of my giveaway!

I asked for comments as an entry to my giveaway, answering the question: What is your favorite coming-of-age novel and why?  I received over one hundred responses, and I was delighted by how enthusiastic everyone was about their favorite books!  I have definitely added some of them to my own TBR list, and I hope that you might stop by and check out some of the answers, too.

Unsurprisingly, the book that had the greatest number of recommendations was The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green.  What did surprise me was that it was tied with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.  Not because Rowell's book isn't as good, but because I would have guessed one of her other books!  I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson was the next leading contemporary novel.

By far the majority of the other books were futuristic and/or fantasy, with Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi leading the pack, followed closely by Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, and, of course, The Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter.

A few of you especially loved historical novels, including the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer, The Agency by Y.S. Lee and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (which was also one of the only books written for adults that made the list.)

But probably the most surprising answer was "No fav.  I don't really read them."  This made me wonder why this person was on the Scavenger Hunt in the first place!  But perhaps he or she mistook my question.

Thanks again for coming by and recommending books to me.  I'm looking forward to reading them!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

YA Scavenger Hunt!

The YA Scavenger Hunt is over!  But my giveaway will be active until midnight, Pacific Time, Sunday, April 6th.

Hello, I am Katherine Longshore, hostess of this leg of the hunt!  I love travel, history and chocolate (though not necessarily always in that order) and am the author of three novels of friendship, love and betrayal set in the court of Henry VIII (GILT, TARNISH, and BRAZEN) and the "Downtonesque" MANOR OF SECRETS.  There will be a super-secret, exclusive deleted scene from BRAZEN on another blog stop, so keep searching!

You are currently hunting on Team Gold!


During this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue at each stop. 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 72 hours!

Directions: Somewhere in this post, I have listed my favorite number (HINT, it is highlighted in GOLD.). 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.

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 every team offers chances to win entirely different sets of books!

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 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

But be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post--I'm hosting an additional giveaway and I'd love it if you enter!


Today, I am hosting the fabulous P.J. Hoover for the Scavenger Hunt!

After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer, P. J. Hoover started writing books for kids and teens. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik's cubes, and watching Star Trek. Her middle grade novel, Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life (Starscape/Macmillan, September 2014), tells the story of a young immortal King Tut, who's been stuck in middle school for over 3,000 years and must defeat an ancient enemy with the help of a dorky kid from school, a mysterious Egyptian princess, and a one-eyed cat. Her first novel for teens, Solstice (Tor Teen/Macmillan, June 2013), takes place in a global warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. 

Find out more by checking out P.J's website and find out how to buy SOLSTICE here

Piper's world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.

Tricia is sharing with us the exclusive opening chapter of a sequel to SOLSTICE, and I, for one, am hooked...


Tricia's exclusive YASH content is no longer available, but I hope you'll still look her up, and check out SOLSTICE!



Continue the hunt and enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, P.J. Hoover, and more!  Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the gold team and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Alexandra Monir!

And as you go through the hunt, be sure to 


As you go through the Hunt, you will learn more about my book, BRAZEN (and read a deleted scene from the original manuscript), on Amy McNulty's blog, but I wanted to give all the hunters an exclusive opportunity to win a full set of all FOUR of my books--GILT, TARNISH, BRAZEN and MANOR OF SECRETS. The stories feature love and death, manipulation and romance, loyalty, loss, and most importantly, learning to be yourself.  As an added bonus, the Tudor books are the matching paperbacks printed only in the UK.

Entering is easy--all you have to do is one (or all!) of the things listed in the Rafflecopter below.  But while you're here, the easiest of all is to comment!

I'm always on the lookout for a fabulous new read, so tell me:

What is your favorite YA or coming-of-age novel?  And if you've got the time, tell me why!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, March 23, 2015

Come Join the YA Scavenger Hunt!

I'm so excited to be participating in this year's 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 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 will be EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I will be joining the GOLD TEAM--but there are seven others, and you can participate in all of them for a chance to win books!

The Hunt will begin at 12 NOON Pacific time on Thursday, April 2nd and ends at noon on April 5th.  I'll be posting exclusive content from BRAZEN on another author's site and giving away special additional prizes right here, so stay tuned!