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Posted on Mar 29, 2016 in Blog, Lego, Writing

It’s Here! The YASH Spring 2016 Contest!

It’s Here! The YASH Spring 2016 Contest!

Welcome to my official YASH Spring 2016 contest post! This semi-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 until Sunday, April 3 at 3 pm, Eastern time!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are NINE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I’m part of the BLUE TEAM–but there are seven other teams that offer a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue 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 3rd at noon Pacific time (3 pm Eastern time). Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

00645110-345b-11e5-89be-afa7ee6e76acThis spring I’m hosting Brendan Reichs. Here’s what Brendan writes about himself:

After three long years working as a litigation attorney, I abandoned the trade to co-write the Virals series (Virals, Seizure, Code, Exposure, Terminal, and Trace Evidence). This is not a decision I regret. And I’m happy to announce a new two-book deal with my friends at Putnam for my debut solo YA series, NEMESIS. Look for it in Spring 2017! Very. Excited.

9780147519207Brendan’s latest book is Trace Evidence, part of the Virals series. Fans of the Virals series will be thrilled with this companion volume that includes three short stories originally published as eSpecials as well as an all-new, never-before-seen Virals adventure! Shift, Swipe, Shock and the new story SPIKE – set after the events of the last full length book, Terminal – give further glimpses of the Virals’ world as they work with Tory’s famous great aunt, Temperance Brennan, to solve more mysteries. Take a look as where it all started before they became Virals and get to the bottom of an attempted sabotage and Kit and Whitney’s wedding.

Brendan’s bonus material is from his story SPIKE. This material will only be live for the duration of the scavenger hunt, so enjoy it while it lasts!

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Now it’s time to write down the magic number. My YASH featured book is Rogue, and the number is 266, because when Kiara posts her videos online of the BMX bikers, she does so as rogue266.

The next stop on the hunt is Joy Preble, but before you go, I have my own giveaway below. Science fiction or fantasy? Speculative fiction is hot, but which one do you prefer? If it’s sci-fi, I have a LEGO spaceman for you. If you’re a fan of fantasy and you win the drawing, the Golden Warrior, aka the Chosen One, will wing its way to your door. If you’re like me and prefer historical fiction, I feel your pain. If you comment for historical fiction and win the drawing, there will be a special surprise for you.


Sci-Fi or Fantasy? Or neither? You decide.


    • Thank you for the first entry and good luck in the drawing! If you have time, check out more of my Lego pictures on this site and my Instagram feed (which I’m weeks behind in updating).

    • Thank you, Pamela! Good luck in the drawing!

  1. Fantasy 🙂

    • Thank you, April! Enjoy the YASH contest and good luck!

  2. Fantasyy!! 😀

    • Thanks for writing in, Vickie! And good luck in the drawings!

  3. historical fiction all the way for me. just something about time period pieces(writings) i love them. thank you for the chance to enter. Happy Week.

    • Great! The prize won’t be a Lego item because I gave away my historical figure in an earlier drawing, but if you win, you’ll like it. And I’m going to list some of my recent favorite reads (mostly adult novels) on my blog after the scavenger hunt ends.

  4. Fantasy

    • Thank you and good luck!

  5. Wow, okay if it was my choice, I’d go for some sci-fi fantasy! But since it’s one, I’ll go with fantasy. 🙂

    • Thank you, Faith! The fantasy minifigure also has more pieces than the space one, though I like the spaceman’s beard.

  6. So what happens if the answer is all of the above? I honestly read all 3 genres depending on my mood. 🙂 I started reading fantasy and science fiction as a middle schooler though when I had a teacher who encouraged me to read what I wanted and not what teachers and others told me to read.

    • Then you should pick based on the prize you like best. Behind Door 1 is the Spaceman. Behind Door 2 is the Golden Warrior. Door 3 is the mystery door, but it has something to do with historical fiction. Please let me know!

      And it’s great that you read a variety of books. I used to read only contemporary realistic fiction and historical nonfiction but have widened my choices as well. I think it makes me a better writer because I can use what works in one genre for another.

  7. I am picky with my fantasy and sci-fi books. I do love a good historical fiction.

    • I’ll put you down for historical fiction, then! Good luck, Tammy!

  8. I’m with you- I always love historical fiction! 🙂

    • Yes! Thank you and good luck, Sabrina!

    • Good! We wouldn’t want the spaceman to feel less loved.

  9. Fantasy

    • Thank you and good luck, Morgan!

  10. It’s really hard for me to pick just one of those genres, cause I honestly love all three, but I think I’m going to have to go with fantasy!

    • I do like that minifigure; it’s one of the more creative ones of the series.

  11. I’m definitely a fantasy girl 🙂

    • Thank you and good luck in the drawing!

  12. I’m a science fiction girl. Also I love your instagram with all the LEGO pictures! *-*

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. I’m way behind on putting up new ones, between writing and translation projects, and a building I designed to fit into the modular theme.

  13. Okay, but in all reality, historical fiction rules. Sally Gardner’s Red Necklace is one of my all-time favorites.

    • Thank you, Cassandra! I’ll have to check that one out! My current read is an adult novel set among the nobility of Barcelona, Spain in the 1920s, Josep Maria de Sagarra’s Private Life. I know a lot about Portugal during that period because of my own work-in-progress, so it was interesting to see what was going on in the neighboring country.

  14. Fantasy. 🙂

    • Thank you, Emily! Good luck in the drawing!

  15. I like both genre’s but I lean just a tad more towards fantasy.

    • And that’s a cool minifigure too!

  16. Fantasy!

    • Thank you, Michelle! Good luck!

  17. The Lego men are so adorable! But…out of the two, I prefer historical fiction. Whoops. Thanks so much for hosting!

    • There’s a nice prize for any drawing winner who prefers historical fiction! 🙂

  18. I love the lore of historical fiction 🙂

    • Yes! Thank you, Reilly!

  19. I actually like both but I tend to gravitate more to fantasy.

    • Got it! Good luck in the drawing, Elisa!

  20. Fantasy!!

    • Thank you, Maidelyn! Good luck!

  21. Historical Fiction…not that I’ll say no to a good Fantasy.