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Fall 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt!

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Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event 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! On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, but 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!

Team Orange

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SEVEN contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the ORANGE TEAM–but there is also a blue team, a red team, a gold team, a green team, a purple team, and a pink 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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SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE:

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite 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 October 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

For my very first YASH event, I get to host …

LORI M. LEE

About Lori:

Lori is the author of YA SF/F novels and shorts. She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family.

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!

The book she is showcasing is:

A mountain loses her heart. Two sisters transform into birds to escape captivity. A young man learns the true meaning of sacrifice. A young woman takes up her mother’s mantle and leads the dead to their final resting place. Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.

If that sounds interesting to you, which we all know it does, you can go here and pick up the book for yourself.

 BONUS MATERIAL ALERT!!!!!!

Hi YASHers! My short story in the anthology A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS is called “Steel Skin,” and it’s a sci-fi retelling of the Hmong folktale The Woman and the Tiger. It’s about grief, humanity, and a girl who believes her father has been replaced by an android. I hope you check it out 🙂 In the meantime, enjoy this aesthetic!

Check out more on her Twitter, Facebook and even Instagram.

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Lori M. Lee and many more! Just check out all these books on team ORANGE…

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To enter, you need to write down my favorite number

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and find all the other numbers on TEAM ORANGE, add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

To continue the hunt make sure to check out author Marsha Black

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YASH Fall 2018

I am excited to be a part of the fall 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt. This will be my first time entering and I look forward to all the fun.

The YA Scavenger Hunt begins October 2nd and ends on the 7th. Never joined the hunt before? It’s easy. You can start on my website or on the YA Scavenger Hunt website the day of the hunt and then you hop from blog to blog completing one team at a time adding up secret numbers as you go. When you’ve finished one entire team, you enter the total of all the numbers you found for that team on the rafflecopter on the YASH website to try for the grand prize which is one book from every author on that team. You can stop there or try for every team on the hunt. There are loads of giveaways since most authors do their own as well so mark your calendars. The hunt begins soon!

Below are the teams for the 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt, see if you can find me!

Need the link to the YA Scavenger website? Here you go … http://www.yash.rocks/

BLUE 2018

TEAM BLUE

AMALIE HOWARD–AMBER R. DUELL–BRENDA DRAKE–COURTNEY BRANDT–DARLENE P. CAMPOS–DOROTHY DREYER–EMIL SHER–EVA POHLER–FONDA LEE–GINA CIOCCA–GINGER SCOTT–J. KELLER FORD–JESSIKA FLECK–KRISTIN SMITH–L. E. DELANO–MICHELLE BACON–ROXANNE LAMBIE–SL BEAUMONT–TIANA SMITH–TOBIE EASTON

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TEAM GOLD

A.M. ROSE–ADDIE THORLEY–ANNIE SULLIVAN–COLLEEN HOUCK–COLLEEN OAKES–EMILY SKUTSKIE–HEATHER MCKENZIE–JACOB DEVLIN–K.M. ROBINSON–KAT ROSS–KATHY MACMILLAN–L.H. NICOLE–LEAH & KATE ROOPER–LISA MANTERFIELD–MARGO KELLY–ROSALYN EVES–SARA FUJIMURA–SHAILA PATEL–SHONNA SLAYTON–TERA LYNN CHILDS

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TEAM GREEN

ALICE REEDS–BETSY CORNWELL–GINA DAMICO–H. M. GOODEN–JESSICA BRODY–JOSHUA DAVID BELLIN–JULIE REECE–KATE BRAUNING–KATIE FRENCH–KELLY DEVOS–LM PRESTON–MEG KASSEL–MELANIE HOOYENGA–MELISSA CHAMBERS–MICHELE BARROW-BELISLE–MICHELLE REYNOSO–MINDY MCGINNIS–NATASHA SINEL–PATRICIA B. TIGHE–SHANNON KLARE

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TEAM ORANGE

ABIGAIL JOHNSON–CASSANDRA MORGAN–CECILY WOLFE–CORINNE O’FLYNN–DANA MELE–GK DEROSA–J. ANDERSEN–JENNIFER DIGIOVANNI–JULIA EMBER–JULIE MOFFETT–KATY UPPERMAN–LIVIA BLACKBURNE–LORI M. LEE–LYDIA KANG–LYSSA CHIAVARI–MARSHA BLACK–PAIGE LAVOIE–T. RAE MITCHELL–T.L. SHIVELY–TORI RIGBY

PINK 18

TEAM PINK

AMY MCNULTY–ANN AGUIRRE–CHAD R. ODOM–CHEYANNE YOUNG–DAWN IUS–DAX VARLEY–JAMIE BLAKE–JOLENE PERRY–KENZIE HART–KRISTI HELVIG–MAGGIE ANN MARTIN–MARTINA BOONE–MAY FREIGHTER–OLIVIA WILDENSTEIN–PATTY BLOUNT–PINTIP DUNN–SCARLETT KOI–STACIE RAMEY–TAYLOR FENNER–YVONNE CARDER

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TEAM PURPLE

A.G. HOWARD–C. J. REDWINE–CARLY ANNE WEST–CHANDA STAFFORD–CHELSEA PITCHER–CHRISTY SLOAT–DEBBIE MANBER KUPFER–ERIC LINDSTROM–JC WELKER–JESSICA RUDDICK–JULIA DAY–JULIE ESHBAUGH–KRISTY CENTENO–MACKENZIE FLOHR–MADELINE DYER–MELINDA R. CORDELL–OLIVIA HINEBAUGH–S.A. LARSEN–SHANNON A THOMPSON–STEVIE RAE CAUSEY

RED 18

TEAM RED

ABBY J. REED–AMY FELLNER DOMINY–AUSTIN ASLAN–BRENDAN REICHS–CAITLIN SANGSTER–CHRISTINA JUNE–CM MCCOY–ERIN CASHMAN–F.M. BOUGHAN–JENNIFER BRODY–JM SULLIVAN–LISA MAXWELL–MARGOT HARRISON–MARY AMATO–MARY CROCKETT–PAULA STOKES–SARA B. LARSON–SUZANNE VAN ROOYEN–WENDY HIGGINS–YVONNE VENTRESCA

Author ramblings

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Hello again,

The Guardians have had another great year with book two being released and attending their very first book signing at OUAB 2018.

Got to introduce many people to their first book The Secret Sanctuary..

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And bring their new story with me..

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It was a great time for everyone including my husband and son who went with me to support me. I am looking forward to OUAB 2019 next July and will also be attending Authors and Dancers against Cancer in Toledo OH, March 2019.

Winter is fast approaching here in Michigan, which is a time this author stays mostly indoors. More than normal, well okay I’m not much of an outdoor person but winter time is still worse. Which means if I’m not working or going to store for something that is needed you won’t see me out of the house. No snowmen for this girl.

On my OUAB 2018 post I had attempted to post some pictures of the event but for some reason it didn’t take, so am going to try again. Cross your fingers for me 😉

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OUAB 2018

This was my very first book signing and I have to say that I am glad I chose OUAB to be my first. I met so many wonderful people there, readers and authors! The panel Friday morning was very informative and gave me a lot of information that I am still trying to process lol. Loved seeing Stacey Rouke again, I really wish I could bottle her energy and enthusiasm.

There were really too many authors and readers that I met to name, and I would really feel bad if I ended up forgetting one. I know, an author who can’t remember names, how do I write a series when I have trouble remembering names? Well, that is why I have tons of notes EVERYWHERE!

I do want to say that if anyone loves books and loves meeting the authors that OUAB is the perfect place to go. There are so many talented authors and all had smiles on their faces. My table mate was very friendly, loved the advice she was giving to a first timer, along with the wrist warmers for those nights when it is a little chilly but you still want to read.

I will be attending next years and I might even get the hubby to dress up for the superhero party the night before 😉 (cross your fingers for me). If anyone is interested the link is below:

http://www.onceuponabookauthorsigning.com/

Took me a break when we got home from the signing, something that my other half insisted on doing. Seems he thought I was stressing out too much and needed a break, no idea what would give him that idea (hides the dozen or so destroyed stress balls). But now I am rested up and prepared to start writing again and bringing the Guardians back to life for all of you!

A moment with Chad and books

The Dragoon library was quiet and peaceful, not a place you would expect to see Chad at and with the chalkboard from the Lair set up. But there he was this Saturday morning, sitting at one of the tables in the back of the library. Couldn’t take the chance of anyone seeing him after all.

He looked around to make sure not only that the librarian wasn’t in sight, she tends to get a bit touchy when people speak in the library, but also that there was no one that he knew. Now the latter wasn’t an easy feat in their small town, practically everyone knew everyone.

Pulling out a piece of chalk he writes A Moment With Chad on the chalkboard and grins.

“I know, I know. Seeing me in a library is a shock for everyone out there who knows me.” He grinned. “But this episode of A Moment with Chad is about books, so what better place than a library to have it.”

Standing up he started walking back and forth in front of the chalkboard, making furtive glances as he does. Tapping the chalk on his bottom lip. “As everyone knows our great storyteller, and I call her that cause she writes the best stories.” Winks. “Any story with me in it has to be the best.”

A cough had him turning quickly but when there wasn’t another sound he turned back. “As I was saying, our great storyteller will be attending a book signing in exactly one week from today. I am sure many of you have already heard about it and are just as excited as we are.”

Walking up to the chalkboard he drew two boxes right beside each other, put squiggly lines in them and wrote the book above them. “So, in honor of her I am dedicating this segment of A Moment with Chad to her. T.L. Shively, this segment is for you.”

Chad wrote the word Bibliosmia on the board and then turned around grinning.
“Bibliosmia is the word used for loving the smell of books.” He stopped and his lips pressed together. “I bet I.Q. suffers from this. Wonder if it is contagious?” With a thoughtful look on his face he leaned against the cart that was next to him.

One problem. The cart had wheels.

The cart started rolling and Chad, who hadn’t expected that, ended up on his butt on the floor watching the cart roll down the set of three stairs that led to the lower part of the library in horror. The sound of the crash of the cart onto the floor below could be heard through the whole library along with the librarian hollering out who was back there.

Chad jumped up and grabbed his chalkboard, easel and chalk. Looking frantically about for the back door he whispered. “Remember you never seen me.” Then as the noise of people rushing to investigate came closer he hurried out the back door.

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A moment with Chad and horns

Chad closes the door to the basement of the Guardians Lair and looks around to make sure none of his friends are around. He knew I.Q. was at the local library which made no sense to him, who went to a library when they didn’t have to? It was summer vacation after all.

All their families were getting together later to celebrate Father’s day at the new water park that had been built. So everyone else was getting ready for that. Chad wanted to take this time while the others were busy to come down to the Lair for his episode of A Moment With Chad.

And to make sure that he wouldn’t be interrupted he froze the door before walking down the stairs and starting his second episode.

Writing on the chalk board A Moment With Chad he turned around and grinned at everyone. “Okay, in honor of father’s day, this episode of A Moment With Chad is dedicated to the letter F!” He grinned as he wrote on the chalkboard.

Most American car horns honk in the key of F!

He put the chalk down and gave a bow before walking up the stairs and pulling on the door, frowning when it wouldn’t open. He slammed his fist on the door when he realized he had not only frozen his friends out but also frozen himself in. Turning to give everyone an abashed look.

“Let’s not speak of this when we see the others okay? You guys get back to your father’s day activities while I see about finding a way out of here without breaking anything.”

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A moment with Chad…

The Guardians had entered their Lair looking for their lost Guardian. When they met up at the Wolf Den Chance had showed up without his brother, Chad was suppose to meet them there but several hours later they messaged him telepathically only for him to give them noncommittal hmmms and mmhmmms.

They were able to locate him at their Lair and decided to go there and pull the Iceman out by his feet if need be. Cole said he could always smoke him out but as Tia reminded him, they needed that Lair and not burnt to a crisp.

“Like your cooking?”

Telara rolled her eyes as a gust of wind had Cole rolling across the lawn. Good thing it was getting late and no one was about.

As they entered the Lair and headed down the basement stairs they all stood in shock at the sight before them.

“Is that a book?” I.Q. was the first to break the silence but Chad didn’t look up or acknowledge them.

Chance walked over to where his brother was reading bending over to read the book. “Isn’t that one the one Uncle Leroy gave you?”

“Yes, now go away.”

They were all curious now.

“Get away!” Chad pushed Cole away from him as he tried to see what Chad was reading.

“Well, there’s pictures in it.” Vanna said grinning looking over Chad’s shoulder.

“Useless facts you will never use in your life.” Telara laughed reading the title. “Well, if you were going to read a book that is perfect for you Chad.”

“Hardy har har.” He grinned at them. “Joke all you want but I’m going to use this book to get more admirers than all of you combined.”

“Admirers?” They weren’t sure what he was talking about.

“Yeah, all the admirers out there who read our stories.” They weren’t sure where he was going with this but they decided to listen. “I am going to amaze them all with these useless facts.” He waved the book at them. “I’ll call it A Moment With Chad.”

“What exactly is A Moment With Chad?” Tia looked at Telara who wasn’t sure she wanted the answer either.

“I’m glad you asked.” He grinned and walked over to a chalkboard that they hadn’t realized was there. Writing on the board, making the screeching sound that sent shivers down their spines and then standing back grinning proudly.
There on the chalkboard was written the words A Moment With Chad and underneath was written: Flashlights got their name because early batteries had such a short life, they were flashed on and off to conserve energyflashlight moment with chad.

“The best gift Uncle Leroy ever gave me.” He grinned and walked upstairs whistling.

“Isn’t your Uncle Leroy the one you said wears swim fins to Thanksgiving dinner?” Vanna whispered to Chance who just nodded watching his brother leave.

“What are you doing?” Tia’s question turned their heads and they saw Cole up at the chalkboard. He was erasing and then rewriting with that same screeching noise. When he stepped back he had changed the title of Chad’s little new project from A Moment With Chad to Chad’s Useless Moment.

Laughter filled the Lair but Chad had already left thinking about how his great idea and having no idea what his best bud had done.

The Secret Sanctuary on sale!

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~Since when is a concert the start of an adventure? Since seven teenagers became the Guardians of Sanctuary and their life was no longer their own. Join Telara and the other Guardians as they travel to the past, to a town cursed and a dragon who won’t let them leave.~

The Guardians have been waiting anxiously to announce the release of the second book in their story, The Town that Time Forgot. The book will be available through e-format on March 20th, but is available for pre order now!!

Everyone has been hearing me chattering on about a book signing that I will be an attending author at in August here in Frankenmuth, MI. Well for those that pre order The Town that Time Forgot and take a screenshot to show proof of that pre order, I will put you in a drawing to get a free ticket to the book signing in August. Once Upon A Book signing.

Click like on my page below and send me a message there to let me know you have pre ordered book two. That will get you entered into the drawing, good luck!

https://www.facebook.com/T.L.Shively/

What are you waiting for? Click that pre order button now! Oh, you need the link? How silly of me 😉

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B8QX7TW
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-town-that-time-forgot

Haven’t read book one yet? Well, what are you waiting for? It is available for .99 for a limited time, get your copy now!

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M9K2SID
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M9K2SID
CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01M9K2SID
AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01M9K2SID
DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01M9K2SID

The Guardians are Back!

Trying to combine their lives as everyday average teenagers and Guardians whose destiny is to save the world is put to the test. But with some help from their friends at Sanctuary they managed it. Until a certain concert spoke of a prophecy so old it was considered more of a bedtime story.

Traveling to an island on the other side of the world they discover a town that had been cursed and a dragon who didn’t want to let anyone leave the town. They come across villagers who don’t want to tell them anything and then discover that the Gods and Goddesses weren’t sleeping like they had been led to believe.

In this cursed town they discover more questions than answers and learn more about themselves along the way. When they get home will they get answers to the questions they dig up or will they end up with just more questions? Will they even be able to get home to ask their questions or will they become part of a history that isn’t even recorded?

To find out pre-order your copy today!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B8QX7TW

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-town-that-time-forgot

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