Author of YA & Adult fiction
Elle Cosimano

Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt


Welcome to the Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to access 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!

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 ORANGE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, a green team, a teal team, a blue team, a purple team, a pink team, etc… for a chance to win a whole different set of books!


Orange Team (1)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.


And don’t forget to read all the way through! Stick around at the end of this page for a chance to win my other books and some excellent HOLDING SMOKE SWAG!


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden a secret number in red. Collect the hidden numbers of all the authors on the orange 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 April 3rd at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.




Today, I am hosting author Austin Aslan on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!


Austin Aslan was inspired to write his young adult sci-fi survival eco-thrillers The Islands at the End of the World and The Girl at the Center of the World while living with his wife and two children on the Big Island of Hawai`i, where he earned a master’s degree in tropical conservation biology at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo. A National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, he can often be found exploring the wilds of northern Arizona in a tent on a punctured air mattress. In other lives, Austin drove ambulances way too fast, served as an ecotourism Peace Corps Volunteer in a Honduran cloud forest, and managed a variety of local, state, and federal issue campaigns. Follow him on Twitter at @Laustinspace.


As sixteen-year-old Leilani and her family learn to live without electronics, farming the land as her ancestors did, she finds strength in her relatives, her friendships, and her strange connection to the Emerald Orchid–the force whose presence caused global devastation–but suffers regret over what she must do to survive. An exciting and satisfying sequel that continues the thrilling ideas and adventure of THE ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD.

WOW! I can think of about 50,316 reasons to listen to Austin’s exclusive content below! Fascinated? You can also find out more information by checking out Austin’s website or find more about Austin’s book here!



During the Tucson Festival of Books I was honored to be one of a handful of YA authors interviewed by a dynamic group of Tucson teens, others among them including Andrew Smith, Emily Lockhart, Lisa McMann, Isabel Quintero, Jennifer Nielson, and John Rocco! Their interviews are also available following the link.

I realize you’re not not likely to listen to this full interview (if you do have time, go for it!), but check out the excerpt, at least, if you have a second!




And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by all the amazing authors on the orange team! To enter, you need to know my secret number… Did you find it? Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the orange team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!





Enter this Rafflecopter drawing for a chance to win a little extra something from me!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, the extraordinary Paula Stokes!



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81 Responses to “Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt”

  1. Dominique says:

    Thank you for the giveaway!!!

  2. Ashwanah Srimuruhaiya says:

    I can’t wait to read it!!!

  3. Thank you for the added giveaway! I love the YA Scavenger Hunt, it is always a blast and I love seeing all the exclusive content! 🙂

  4. Melissa Paschal says:

    Thanks for being part of the hunt! I’m having a blast!

  5. Vickie says:

    Your book Holding Smoke sounds really interesting – Is he astral projecting? Cuz thts really cool. And thanxx a lot for the opportunity!

  6. Gabs says:

    These posts are so much fun! Thank you for the giveaway. 😀

  7. Gloria says:

    Thank you for participating in YASH and for your giveaway!

  8. This scavenger hunt is so much fun! Can’t wait to add all these great books to my tbr. Thanks so much for hosting! Your book sounds wonderful. Love discovering all the new authors I didn’t know of. ❤

  9. Laura says:

    Thanks for this giveaway!
    Because of this scavenger hunt, I have come across loads of amazing authors, and you’re one of them! 😀

  10. Nicole Hoefs says:

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  11. Merisha says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! Love your blog! Love YASH and finding new authors!

  12. Tammy V. says:

    Thanks for participating! I love finding new authors this way and look at all the different types of posts.

  13. Aisha S. says:

    Thanks for this giveaway! So exciting 🙂

  14. I love it when authors come up with huge secret numbers 😀 Thanks so much for making the extra giveaway open to Mexico, it’s a first. *happy cries*

  15. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  16. Camila P. says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and for being part of YASH!!

  17. Jennifer B. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Gaby Pérez says:

    Thank you for the opportunity and also for the small excerpt. It’s so interesting. Totally adding it to my TBR list

  19. eli yanti says:

    thanks for the giveaway

  20. Carmel says:

    YASH has so been so fun! If I win, I’m gonna to give it to my friend in the UK! Thanks for the chance to win your books!

  21. R Smith says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! It’s always great to learn about new authors during YASH and I will definitely be checking out Holding Smoke.

  22. Ginger betty says:

    Finding so many amazing authors! Go orange team:)

  23. Thanks so much for this extra giveaway. I’ve loved all of your books so far, and would love to own them in physical form. It would mean so much!

  24. Christine says:

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  25. Denise C. says:

    Thank you for this and I hope you have a great day!

  26. Angela says:

    thank you for the giveaway!

  27. Vanathi Bala says:

    Thanks a lot for the giveaway :DDD

  28. Charla T says:

    Love your number 🙂 Can’t wait to read your newest book!

  29. Nicole Johnson says:

    Thank you for participating in YASH!

  30. Brittany Ashby says:

    I’m so excited, merci beaucoup for the giveaway!

  31. Shannon says:

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! Gotta love your number!

  32. Love the Hunt Thank you for being part and for extra giveaway. Looking forward to reading your book has been on my TBR

  33. Caitlin says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and for taking part in YASH!

  34. Jo Anne V says:

    thanks for the giveaway and for being part of the orange team — that’s some awesome number!

  35. Kimberly says:

    This is all great fun and a wonderful way to discover new authors and books.

  36. Cassandra says:

    Don’t mind me, just DROOLING over the possibility of a paperback set! Ahhhh thanks for the bonus giveaway!

  37. Elisa Panjang says:

    Your works are new to me. Definitely will check them out.

  38. Morgan says:

    Great YASH, so much fun!!!

  39. Katherine Adams says:

    Thanks for participating in the hunt! I love discovering new authors to add to my to-read list

  40. Hello,Ma’am!
    Thank you for the chance and for participating in this year’s hunt!
    Have a lovely day, Ma’am! Hope to read your books someday! 🙂

  41. Keziah B says:

    Thank you so much for being in the hunt and running a giveaway! so excited squeeeeee

  42. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Sharon says:

    Great YASH – thanks for participating

  44. Cindy C. says:

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! This is great! :3

  45. Yuliya says:

    Thank you!

  46. Ashley Rogers says:

    Thank you so much for the amazing offer on top of the already amazing giveaway! The covers of your books are so compelling. I cannot wait to read this series.

  47. bn100 says:

    fun YASH

  48. Tera says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  49. Victoria Falzo says:

    Opportunities for free books are the best!

  50. Thanks for hosting an awesome giveaway!

  51. Ashley White says:

    Very random “Favorite Number”

  52. Sabrina Joy says:

    Loved your chosen number and thanks for the giveaway!

  53. Melissa says:

    Okay so this is the first time I’ve ever participated in YASH and I can’t believe it took me this long to do it! Omg. This has been so much fun and I can’t wait to dive into every one of these books!

  54. Thejmeela says:

    I’m really enjoying the Hunt. Thanks for all the goodies!!

  55. Belinda says:

    wow what a thrill the YASH Hunt is I really love finding out about new authors and their books

  56. ashlee says:

    i’m enjoying this hunt =)

  57. Paige O. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  58. I really enjoyed Nearly Gone, so it looks like I have some catching up to do! Looking forward to the next installment 🙂

  59. Ruzaika says:

    This was such a lovely post- thank you so much for this amazing giveaway!!! 🙂

  60. Thanks for the giveaway loving the hunt!

  61. Maliha says:

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  62. Penny Olson says:

    Thanks for participating! This is fun!

  63. Stephanie H. says:

    Thanks for the amazing giveaways!

  64. Nicole Wetherington says:

    Great post!

  65. Lauren says:

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂 I love the YA Scavenger Hunt!!!

  66. Tuan Van Rillaer says:

    I love YASH <3 xD

  67. Lizzie says:

    Seeing an author with anothet author in a picture makes that photo a gold one! ❤❤❤

  68. Rima says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I always love participating in YASH, gives me a chance to discover new authors. 🙂

  69. Hannah Mac says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  70. I haven’t read any of your books yet but the covers to so beautiful! I’m so glad I discovered you, can’t wait to read your books!!

  71. Carie says:

    Ooh – your books sound FANTASTIC!! I’m anxious to read 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  72. Rachel B says:

    thanks for participating! It’s such a fun contest.

  73. Judy Cox says:

    Thanks for participating in this hunt with so many great authors and books.

  74. Angelica says:

    I always look for the one that pick a HUUUGEEEE number xD

  75. Kat Stiles says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  76. adrianna says:

    thanks for the giveaway!

  77. Charlotte says:

    Thanks so much for participating!

  78. Robyn A says:

    Thanks for participating in YASH! Having so much fun doing this.

  79. Kassiah says:

    Thanks for participating in the hunt!

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