Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring YA Scavenger Hunt: GO TEAM BLUE!

Hi! I'm Lydia. Nice to meet you, if we haven't yet! I'm a doctor and YA author who wrote CONTROL and the sequel CATALYST, which just released from Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin!

When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.


Zelia Benten has lost her father, the love of her life, and any future she might have imagined for herself. Now she, her sister, and the band of illegal genetic outcasts they’ve come to call their family are forced to run when the safety of their foster home is compromised. But on the way to a rumored haven in Chicago, Zel hears something impossible: Somehow Cy—the boy she loves, the boy who traded himself for his sister’s safety—is whispering insider her head. She has no idea what it means, but she veers off plan in order to search for him.

What she finds is not what she expected. They’ve been protecting themselves so long against the rest of the world, it’s never occurred to them that the real enemy could be much closer than they realize.

Catalyst is a thrilling ride through a dangerous future that will have you racing through the pages, falling in love, and questioning exactly what it means to be human.


SO! I'll be posting EXCLUSIVE CONTENT for CATALYST somewhere within the Blue Team Scavenger hunt, and giving away a big prize below. Yay! I hope you feel lucky, like my lucky number FOUR. Cross your fingers you'll win! 


Today I'm hosting the lovely Dorothy Dreyer!

Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. Born in Angeles City, Philippines, to a Filipino mother and American Father, Dorothy grew up a military brat, living in Massachusetts, South Dakota, Guam, New Jersey, and New York. She now lives in Frankfurt, Germany, with her husband, two teens, and two Siberian huskies. Dorothy not only writes books with some element of magic in them, but has a fondness for reading those kinds of books as well. She also enjoys movies, chocolate, take-out, and spending time with family and friends. She’s known to make a pretty sweet cupcake when she has the time. She also tends to sing sometimes, so keep her away from your Karaoke bars. 

Connect with Dorothy here: Website / Twitter / FB Fanpage / Goodreads

MY SISTER'S REAPER - Reaper's Rite Book One

Sixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.

When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human. To top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara's soul. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper or let Mara die … this time for good.

MY TETHERED SOUL - Reaper's Rite Book Two

It’s been months since Zadie faced her sister’s Reaper, months during which she’s been under her mentor’s magical protection. But now that she’s turning seventeen, that protection is about to run out.

When dark forces lure Zadie to wander at night, she’s manipulated into committing unspeakable acts. With her friends and family at risk, Zadie must try to use her powers to break free from the Reaper’s grasp, or surrender to the Reaper’s Rite, which can only lead to death.


And now...for Dorothy's exclusive content!

This scene takes place right after Chase has checked in on Zadie in her room. She’s been wandering at night, and Gavin had to leave town for a couple of days. Chase popped in—through her bedroom window—claiming he thought he saw something suspicious in her room. After he’s decided all is clear and he’s made sure she’s taken her anti-sleepwalking potion, they talk for a bit, and then he leaves her so she can sleep. This bonus scene is told from Chase’s point of view.

I gave Zadie one more glance—the poetic way her rosewood hair fanned out over her pillow—before slipping out of sight and stealthily dropping from the portico roof outside her bedroom window. Daggers stabbed at my heart, as I left her.

I couldn’t stay, of course. Not that she had exactly kicked me out of her room, but she was right in saying I could keep an eye on her perfectly well from where my car was parked. Still, it would have been nice to stay. For her safety, of course, but also for selfish reasons of my own.

She was with Gavin; I understood that. And I would never violate the trust he put in me. A year ago, maybe, when I hadn’t known him so well. But now … dammit. When had I become such a good guy?

I stuffed my hands into my trench coat pockets and stared up at Zadie’s window from beside my car. No doubt she had fallen asleep by now. How I wished it was me she was dreaming about. I kicked the front tire of my car, mentally cursing my stupid heart.


Besides winning the huge YASH Team Blue prize, you can also enter to win a paperback copy of CONTROL or hardcover of CATALYST, your choice, plus luxe swag pack including onyx necklace, mirror, bookmarks, buttons and stickers!

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And now that you've read Dorothy's great scene, it's time to move onto the fab Colleen Houck's blog for the next step in the scavenger hunt! Go forth, read, and hunt away!