Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt!
This bi-annual event was first organised by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favourite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! On 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 120 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PINK TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, a green team, a purple team, and a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.
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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT JAMIE
Jamie Blake writes smart books for young adults and teens. Born in Massachusetts, she is the third of four sisters, which by literary tradition makes her the bookish one.
Jamie earned degrees in literature at the University of Rochester and public policy at Cornell University and now works in educational policy. She was an elementary school teacher in North Carolina before moving to Upstate New York where she lives with her family, including identical twin cats.
THE LAST GHOST (coming Fall 2018 by 50/50 press) is her first novel.
Christian Orland is dead, and everyone in his life is doing their best to understand what happened.
Especially Woe, the sixteenth Fatality, who knows that she was assigned the wrong case when she stopped his heart, but also knew she had to do it, or risk being destroyed herself.
Woe only handles expected death, and not many people expect to die in an accident. However, not many people have the history of Christian Orland. That history is now tormenting his brother Noah, the keeper of all of Christian’s dangerous secrets, his childhood friend Ellery, who he once swore he would love “until he died,” and his girlfriend Melissa, who can’t understand why she is the only person not haunted by ghosts.
Woe teams up with the Fatality who she thinks should have had Christian’s case, and the ghosts of Christian’s past to try to solve the mystery of how he ended up as her case. As they try to unravel some of Christian’s lies, they begin to uncover something far more sinister.
Together, the most important people in Christian’s life and death must work to restore order from the chaos his death caused in the lives of those who loved him, and in realms he could not imagine, before free will is lost forever.
“Oh, don’t worry. I was just talking. Here, let’s see what he’s going to show them.” They turned to watch as two shadowy blonde girls came down the library steps. A Frisbee landed at their feet, as the image of nineteen-year-old Christian made his way over to the girls.
“Hi again,” Melissa said, picking up the Frisbee and smiling sweetly.
“I’m Christian,” he said, running his hands through his hair and looking at her. There was a silence as everyone stood looking at each other and then there was a shout in the background.
“Orland? The game?” Christian looked at the girls and grinned, and with a backwards sidearm tossed the Frisbee back to the boys. Then, he quietly took Melissa’s hand and said, “I want to show you something.”
She followed him through the lobby and the reading room, up to the library of the old stacks. He opened the gate of the elevator, as he stepped aside to let her in. They went up three levels, and stopped. “Here, you get the best view on the whole campus.”
She smiled and said, slightly argumentatively, but that was the best way she knew how to flirt, that, “The best view on campus is in the bell tower, and they only let you up there for graduation. But they’ll let you up one day and you will see. It’s beautiful, you can see the whole city.”
He walked her over to the edge of a bookshelf, at a desk that faced a blank wall. He smiled. “Here, I can see the prettiest view on campus.”
“You are crazy, there’s nothing here.”
“Oh, to the contrary. It’s the best view on campus, because all I can see is you,” and with that, he lifted her chin, and lightly kissed her lips.
“Well aren’t you just the charmer?” The ghost of Ellery said.
“Ellery…” both Christians started at the same time.
“It’s fine. You just have no idea how hard it is to watch you be in love with someone else.”
“Well I don’t love her yet. It’s hard for me to watch too. I’m still heartbroken about…something,” Nineteen-year-old Christian whispered, as the Christian in Melissa’s memory was sitting on the floor, Melissa’s hand in his.
“Look, I’ve been thinking about you all day. I’m sorry I brushed you off last night. To be honest, I wasn’t looking for something serious yesterday, and you seem that you’re someone to be serious about. So that’s what I should have done yesterday…because I’d like to see how this goes.”
“Okay. I could be in. But only if you write me a song like the one you sang last night.”
“I’ll try. But truthfully, I’m a terrible song writer.”
That’s when, in her memory, Melissa kissed him, and they spent the better part of an unseasonably warm day sitting on the floor of the library stacks, laughing and getting to know each other.