YASH: Young Adult Scavenger Hunt Is HERE!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This is my first go-around with this bi-annual event, which 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!

YASH - Gold Team

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 GOLD TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie 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.

Risuko on sale through ThursdayI’m David Kudler, author of the YA historical adventure Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale, which follows a young, orphaned samurai girl who is recruited to become a kunoichi — an assassin, spy, and bodyguard.



Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number (it’s easy to find — it’s big and 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.
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, OCT 4th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Sherri L. Smith, author of Pasadena
Today, I am hosting the wonderful Sherri L. Smith on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Sherri L. Smith is the author of several award-winning young adult novels, including the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl, the “cli-fi” adventure, Orleans and the middle grade historical fantasy, The Toymaker’s Apprentice. Her books appear on multiple state lists and have been named Amelia Bloomer and American Library Association Best Books for Young People selections. Sherri has worked in comic books, animation, construction, and most recently, a monster factory. Currently, she teaches in the MFA Writing program at Goddard College and the Children’s Writing MFA program at Hamline University. Her latest book is the YA noir mystery, Pasadena. Learn more at www.sherrilsmith.com
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here, at Sherri’s web page for Pasadena!


When Jude’s best friend is found dead in a swimming pool, her family calls it an accident. Her friends call it suicide. But Jude calls it what it is: murder. And someone has to pay.

Now everyone is a suspect—family and friends alike. And Jude is digging up the past like bones from a shallow grave. Anything to get closer to the truth. But that’s the thing about secrets. Once they start turning up, nothing is sacred. And Jude’s got a few skeletons of her own.

In a homage to the great noir stories of Los Angeles, award-winning author Sherri L. Smith’s Pasadena is a tale of love, damage and salvation set against the back drop of California’s City of Roses.”

Sherri L. Smith’s Playlist/Theme Music for Her Novel Pasadena:

1. Que Sera Sera – Pink Martini (Theme song)

Pink Martini - Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)


2. Doll Parts – Hole


3. In the Hall of the Mountain King – Erasure

Erasure (1987) - The Circus - 11 - In The Hall Of The Mountain


4. Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus (Official Video)


5. I’ll Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Follow You Into The Dark +Lyrics


6. #1 Crush – Garbage

Garbage - #1 Crush (Romeo & Juliet Version)


7. Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing aka “Dane’s Theme” by Chris Isaak

Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing - Official Music Video


8. The Girl from Ipanema aka “Tallulah’s Theme” by Astrud Gilberto and Stan Gets


9. Brand New Colony aka “Eppie and Hank’s Song” by the Postal Service

Brand New Colony (Remastered)


10. Pictures of You aka “Lukey Liu’s Theme” by The Cure

The Cure - Pictures Of You (Official Music Video)


11. All By Myself aka “Edina’s Song” by Celine Dion

Céline Dion - All By Myself (Official Video)


12. Smoke Ring for My Halo aka “Malibu Song” by Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo


13. Wipeout aka “Theme for Blue House” by the Surfaris

Surfaris - Wipe Out


14. In Your Eyes aka “Joey’s Love Theme” by Peter Gabriel

In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel


15. Plainsong aka “Funeral Day by The Cure

The Cure - Plainsong (Music Video)


16. Nostalgia aka “By the Graveside” by Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo

Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo- Nostalgia


17. Que Sera Sera – Doris Day (Theme song reprisal)

Doris Day - Whatever Will Be Will Be Que Sera Sera (Best All Time Hits Forever 2014 / HQ) Mu©o


(David Kudler here — and I think a playlist like this is a great idea. I’d have had a really hard time coming up with just the right songs for my book. I’d have thrown in at least 24!)

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Sherri L. Smith, and more! To enter, you need to know my favorite number is hidden… just a bit above this paragraph. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the gold team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Check out all of these great YA books on Team Gold:
Team Gold

You should also add all of the YASH books to your Goodreads TBR list!

Yvonne Vontresca, YASH author
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author — Yvonne Ventresca, author of the suspenseful psychological YA thriller Black Flowers, White Lies!



Kunoichi Companion Tales covers


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