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The Hunt Is On – The Fall 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt Starts Today

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Welcome to my blog, YASH hunters! I’m author A.G. Henley. I wrote the completed Brilliant Darkness series featuring Fennel, a teen whose blindness mysteriously protects her from the flesh-eating creatures that threaten her forest people. My book, THE SCOURGE, the first in the series, was a Library Journal SELF-e selection and a Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist. Take a minute to check out my Books page, or click on the cover to see THE SCOURGE on Amazon.

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The YASH (YA Scavenger Hunt) bi-annual event gives readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite YA authors… and a chance to win some awesome prizes! In 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 noon Pacific time on October 9th!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX teams, so six contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am on TEAM PURPLE, but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a blue team, etc. Follow the clues for each team and enter for a chance to win five other different sets of signed 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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SCAVENGER HUNT DIRECTIONS

Directions: Somewhere in this post, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM PURPLE, 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. You can then hunt out the secret numbers of the five other teams in the hunt and enter to win their books!

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 October 9th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

MY GUEST AUTHOR: MARIA E. ANDREU

I’m very happy to host author Maria E. Andreu for the YA Scavenger Hunt! She is a writer and speaker whose work has appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, NJ.com, and the Newark Star Ledger. Her debut young adult novel, THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is a Junior Library Guild Selection, a National Indie Excellence Book Award winner, an International Latino Book Awards Finalist and has been called “captivating” by School Library Journal. Maria currently lives in New Jersey with her two children.

M.T. is a high school senior who is undocumented. As a straight-A student with a budding romance and loyal best friend, M.T.’s life seems as apple-pie American as her blondish hair and pale skin. But she hides two facts to the contrary: her full name of Monserrat Thalia and her status as an undocumented immigrant.

With senior year of high school kicking into full swing, M.T. sees her hopes for a “normal” future unraveling. And it will take discovering a sense of trust in herself and others for M.T. to stake a claim in the life that she wants.

Sounds amazing, right? THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY can be purchased here. Find out more about Maria and her work by checking out her author website. And… here’s her secret bonus content: a deleted scene from the novel.

He feels electric close to me, like those glass orbs you touch and watch the purple light shoot to your fingers. I feel the energy, like those purple streaks, from him to me and from him to me back again. I run my pinky on his as we stare up at the clear fall sky, the carpet of leaves crunchy beneath me any time I move my feet. His jacket cradles my neck, the same way I bunch up my pillow when I’m trying to fall asleep, just in the spot where he placed it perfectly, like he knew.

He knew. My love for this guy is like gooey marshmallow melting all in my insides. It’s a problem.

I can’t believe we get to do this – that I get to do this with him. I have no idea how I’ve pulled this off. Suddenly I feel a wave come over me: you have to tell him. I hear it almost like a voice commanding me. The urge is so strong I am tempted to clamp my hand over my mouth to control it. It’s like only in telling him my secret will he ever love me, because now… who is he really loving? Not me, but who he thinks I am. He can’t know me unless he knows the whole story.

But, of course, no one can ever know.

Here’s what you need to do next:

  1. Go right now and read this book.
  2. Enter the TEAM PURPLE contest for a chance to win THE SCOURGE, by me, A.G. Henley, and many (many) others! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is NUMBER TEN. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on TEAM PURPLE and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
  3. Enter my giveaway below.

ENTER MY GIVEAWAY

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As a bonus, I’m giving away one ebook copy of TICK TOCK: SEVEN TALES OF TIME, the 2016 anthology by Wicked Ink Books. My novella, Untimely, is included. (No purchase necessary. Giveaway open internationally. Ends October 9th at 12pm Pacific time.)

Edited 10/10: The hunt is now over. Congratulations to NICOLEwho won the giveaway! Thanks to all who participated!

CONTINUE THE HUNT with: NINA ROSSING

To continue on the hunt with TEAM PURPLE, go check out our next author, Nina Rossing (who lives in Norway – how cool is that?)

 

Indie Author Day 2016

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Indie Author Day is coming October 8th!

Everything has a celebration day, right? Like Mother’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, Donut Day (yum.) In October alone, there’s Bald and Free Day (the 6th), International Skeptics Day (the 13th), and, my personal favorite, Evaluate Your Life Day (the 19th.) So, why not Indie Author Day?

The Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs asked me to be to participate as an Indie Author Ambassador for the inaugural national Indie Author Day, and of course I said yes! We hope to raise awareness for independent authors and our books, and to create connections with our local libraries.

I’ll be part of a panel discussion and Q&A, and I’ll be selling and signing all of my books. This is open to the public, so I’d LOVE to see you there. If you aren’t in Colorado, check out the link below for the nearest participating library in your area!

Here are the details:

What: Indie Author Day

Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs 80903. In the Carnegie Reading Room.

When: Saturday, October 8th, 2016 from 12-4pm, but my part will be from 1-2:30pm

Questions? Here’s a link to the national event.

Or, ask away in the comments or email me through Contact Me above!

Report from Denver Comic Con 2016

2016-06-18 14.17.13I was lucky enough to be invited as an panelist in the author track for this year’s Denver Comic Con over the weekend of June 17-19. I didn’t know what to expect, other than crowds, cosplay, and crazy fandoms. I thought it might be exhausting. Comic Con was all of that, but unexpectedly more, too.

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I attended two of the three days, one for my three awesome panels (see below) and one to sign books. During the con, I caught up with a few of my Wicked Ink Books co-authors/publishers and met some new, dynamic authors like Amalie Howard, Brianna Shrum, and Ellie Ann, and bloggers like Sisters in Geek.

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Lost and Stressed in Space with WIB authors Shawn McGuire, Kristi Helvig, and others
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Putting the Apocalypse Back in Post-Apocalyptic Fiction panel with Amalie Howard and Chris Mandeville

The sights and sounds of the con were sometimes overwhelming—we were across from the Resident Evil area, complete with a black vehicle with police lights and a siren, groups of soldiers in full assault gear with face masks and weapons, and a caged zombie—but the time flew by because everyone was having such a good time (even the zombie.)

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The panel audiences were engaged, the folks who wandered by my table were interested in hearing about (and buying – whoot!) my books, and supporting local authors.The happy vibe was contagious. I wish I could have done it justice with my photos, but I’ve included a selection to give you a taste from Game of Thrones (starting young,) to Wonder Woman.

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I’m really looking forward to participating again next year! Consider attending Denver Comic Con next year, or a con in your area. Here’s a list that seems pretty comprehensive, including Wizard Con and Dragon Con : ) Whatever fandom you enjoy, there’s likely a con for it!

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PS – Some of the pics I took refused to sit up straight once uploaded. Sorry for the technical difficulty, but they had a mind of their own. Fits with DCC!

The Barriers releases today!

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I know many of you are fans, as I am, of Katie French’s dark and compelling Breeders series. Good news – book 5 is here! I’m thrilled to share the news, and a sample chapter, with you today. Give it a read, then grab your copy from Amazon.

The Cover

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The Blurb

Riley hasn’t seen her boyfriend Clay or her nine-year-old brother Ethan for two months. Between violent road gangs and ongoing clashes between the Breeders and the Free Colonies, are they even still alive? But Riley will never stop looking. Her search takes her to Kirtland Air Force Base, where she finds the remains of a battle and one glimmer of hope: rumors of the boys heading toward the Free Colonies and a man who can help her get there. The only catch? He nearly murders Riley the first time they meet.

Meanwhile, Clay, Ethan, and Betsy struggle to steer clear of bandits, thieves, and slavers. Their water is gone, along with Clay’s memory and Ethan’s patience for Betsy, who only makes things worse by trying to convince Clay they’re in love. With Clay’s mind muddy, it’s up to Ethan to keep them alive long enough for Riley to find them.

The route back together is paved with trials—and how many more have to pay for their freedom with their lives?

The Breeders series has over 50,000 downloads so far. More than 400 four and five star reviews. Top Ten in Free Kindle Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction Dystopian Romance.

The Sample

PROLOGUE

Beetle drove up the cracked road as fast as the depleted solar car would go. Subject Seven was gaining on him.

He’d seen flashes of Seven in the rearview, racing along the roadside behind him, ducking in and out of debris, cactus, and brush. He’d stunned it, that much he knew for sure. Zapped it good from six feet away with his Taser, a killer shot by anyone’s standards, but it had recovered so quickly. It was then Beetle realized he never should have come alone, or this late in the day. Now, with no sun to charge the solar car and no juice in the batteries, he was a few minutes away from having to run.

And that would be a problem.

He’d tracked the damn thing all afternoon. The crumbled city was a veritable labyrinth of places for it to hide. Every collapsed building hid dark basements and closets. Each alleyway had piles of bricks and trash, perfect hiding spots for a being as disgusting and ruthless as the one he was tracking. Then he’d found the lair. Both terrified and excited, Beetle had waded through nests of shredded fabrics, dirty sweaters, blue jeans, and kids’ blankets, all culled from the abandoned storefronts and dragged into the basement of one of the collapsed buildings on Main Street. But Subject Seven wasn’t in the nest. Satellite technology wasn’t what it used to be. That could explain the error in Dr. Washington’s calculations, but as he climbed through chunks of the abandoned town the thing called home, he had a feeling Seven was setting him up.

The damn thing knew he was coming and had laid a false trail. One he followed until it nearly took his head off.

It was smarter than they thought. And more brutal.

They’d jumped him in an alley, Subjects Seven and Eight working in tandem. He hadn’t even considered Eight could be a threat. He’d nearly had his head separated from his body before he was able to get the Taser in his hands and zap them both. Once they were on their backs, he’d given Seven a swift kick, not that he would tell anyone. Then he’d grabbed Eight and ran.
Now he glanced in the backseat at the mound beneath the blanket. Eight—unconscious and safe. If he brought Subject Eight back, he’d receive a hero’s welcome. Dr. Washington could continue her experiments and “set the world straight again.” And if he failed? He didn’t know who he was more afraid of—the other doctors or Subject Seven.

His foot pressed the acceleration pedal to the floor, but the car continued to creep along, lurching like a drunk toward home. Only minutes left until the juice ran out. Until he was stranded.

“Come on, you bastard,” he said through gritted teeth. He pressed his foot down until it hurt, but the car continued to slow.

“Oh God,” he breathed, his fingers trembling as he glanced into the rearview. Where was Seven?
The solar car meant safety, a solid steel-alloy frame with giant all-terrain tires. What would he do when it finally died? How in the hell did he think he’d get away on foot carrying the nearly seventy-pound cargo? He couldn’t leave Eight behind. Dr. Washington would banish him to the desert.

The Taser should’ve laid Subject Seven out longer. Beetle thought a zap that powerful might’ve killed the thing. That one error might mean the end of his life.
The car slammed to a stop. Beetle’s chest rammed into the steering wheel, shooting pain up his sternum. Eight rolled off the seat and banged into him from behind. He hoped it was okay. He pressed the accelerator once more, but nothing happened. His wheels were stuck, and the car’s battery was almost dead.

“Sonofabitch!” he screamed, pounding the steering wheel until it hurt. Why wasn’t he paying attention to the road? Goddamn it, he was not going to die. He was not!

Glancing out the windows and seeing nothing but buttes and scraggly cactus, Beetle swung open the door and stepped out. The concrete in front of him had fallen away, tumbling into a broken pile on the bottom of a three-foot crevice that cut jaggedly across the road. It had probably been created by those earthquakes they’d felt a few months ago. His front wheel had gotten lodged in the crack. If he had seen it, he probably could’ve dodged it, but he was preoccupied with looking in the rearview. He leaned down and considered his predicament. The tire dangled into the open space, and the car was resting on its frame. If the batteries weren’t on their last legs, he could gun it in reverse and probably get free, but the car had given up the ghost.

“Shit! Shit, shit, shit!” he yelled, and then regretted it, swinging around to look for Seven. So far, nothing. Dear Christman Jesus, he had to hurry.

God, how far was he from the base? In the distance, he could see the dip in the road that led home. Why had Dr. Washington sent him alone? Why wasn’t the team watching on the satellite and sending help? Maybe they were watching and didn’t care. This could all be part of Washington’s plan. To see what Subject Seven would do when provoked. As sweat poured down Beetle’s face, he decided to hell with Subject Eight. To hell with Dr. Washington. He didn’t want to be torn to pieces and left on the pavement for birds to pick at his guts.

He heard heavy breathing behind him. The hairs stood up on the back of his neck.

From his periphery, he saw the huge shape just before it clobbered him.

He fell hard. His head jarred against the pavement with a smack that radiated through his body. Blackness.

When he came to, everything was blurry, fuzzy shapes in brown, yellow, and green. He couldn’t remember… Subject Seven. When he turned, pain shot up into his head sharp enough for his consciousness to fade. He blinked his eyes into focus.

Subject Seven was tearing the solar car apart in a frenzy. Beetle heard the creak of complaining metal as the door was bent back.

“Ssstop,” Beetle slurred. Where was the Taser? His trembling hands crept down his sides, searching for pockets that seemed miles away. The pulsing pain at the back of his skull threatened to end him, but he couldn’t take his eyes off Dr. Washington’s greatest achievement. And her worst.

“Don’t take it,” he managed.

Subject Seven turned and pounced.

Beetle’s breath chuffed away as Seven slammed both hands into his chest. He gulped for oxygen, but there was none to be found. His eyes opened to see Seven’s face above his, evaluating, calculating. There was no mercy in that gaze.

The last thing he felt was the blow to his skull.

The Author

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Katie French is an Amazon best-selling author in Young Adult dystopian romance. Her book, The Breeders, has had nearly 50,000 downloads and counting and was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Kindle Book Awards. It’s currently free on Amazon. She also has a kids’ series starting with Portia Parrott and the Great Kitten Rescue for ages 5-9.

She works as a high school English teacher, a job that she loves even when it exhausts her. In her free time she writes manically, reads great books, and takes care of her two beautiful and crazy children. She aspires to spend as much time in yoga pants as possible. You can join her mailing list at www.katiefrenchbooks.com and receive two free full-length novels. Contact her at katie@katiefrenchbooks.com.