Tuesday, October 4, 2016

It's the YA Scavenger Hunt!

It’s Fall and it’s time again for the YA Scavenger hunt!  I'm Lisa Amowitz, author of BREAKING GLASS, VISION and UNTIL BETH.

This time I am on TEAM GREEN  I'm also running a giveaway of my own (see below for details).

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! 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 SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GREEN 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!

Here's all our pretty 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.


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the GREEN 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, OCTOBER 9, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I am hosting the exciting Dawn Ius on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! 

Dawn Ius is the author of three contemporary young adult novels published by Simon & Schuster—Anne & Henry, Overdrive, and the forthcoming Lizzie. When she's not slaying fictional monsters or swooning over book boyfriends, she can be found geeking out over things like fairy tales, true love, Jack Bauer, Halloween, muscle cars, and all things that go bump in the night. She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband, Jeff, two large breed dogs, and three bearded dragons—yes, she will respond to Khaleesi. 


OVERDRIVE (Gone in Sixty Seconds meets Heist Society) is an edgy novel about a crack team of teenage criminals on a mission to learn to trust, build a life, and steal a wish list of exotic cars.

Jules Parish has screwed up.

After three years of boosting cars, she got caught. She’s too good to get caught, but she let her (ex)-boyfriend talk her into a questionable job. And now she and her little sister, Emma, will be kicked out of their foster home, left to survive on the unforgiving streets of Las Vegas alone.


Eccentric, wealthy Roger Montgomery wants to open up his mansion to Jules and Emma. The only catch? Jules must steal seven of the rarest, most valuable muscle cars in the world…in seven weeks. Even worse, she’s forced to put her trust in three complete strangers to help her do it.

First there’s Chelsea, the gorgeous redhead with a sharp tongue and love for picking locks. Then there’s Mat, who hasn’t met a system he couldn’t hack. And finally there’s the impossibly sexy car thief Nick, whose bad attitude and mysterious past drive Jules crazy.

With nothing in common and everything to lose, can Jules and her amateur crew pull off what could be the biggest car heist in history? Or will things spin out of control faster than a Nevada dust devil?

You can visit and find out more about Dawn right here!

Twitter: @dawnmius

You can buy her books here!

And here is the BONUS CONTENT from Dawn Ius...

While writing OVERDRIVE, I cranked up a long list of fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping tunes, many of which are likely familiar as they’ve been featured on the kinds of movies that inspired the book—Gone in 60 Seconds, Fast & The Furious, Oceans 11, etc., plus there are some throwbacks to a few of my favorite movies, like Lost Boys and The Terminator. (Kyle Reece is still one of my favorite movie boyfriends…)

Here are my Top 10 songs from that list!

Testarossa Autodrive

The energy of this beat really got my adrenaline pumping for writing the chase scenes. And I guess there are a few of those scenes…;-)

Pedal to the Metal - Kazzer 

Another heist scene favorite, and the first song that made my own driving playlist when I bought my 2009 RX-8 after selling my debut, Anne & Henry.

Drive It Like You Stole It - Glitch Mob

This song was on repeat for the opening scene, which was probably one of the most fun scenes I have ever written.

Nightcall - Kavinsky 

The perfect tune to play during one of the night heists—there’s something so hypnotizing about the beat and Kavinsky’s voice. Plus, I love the movie in which it’s featured—Drive. (Ryan Gosling!)

Alive - SIA

I can’t even narrow down when this track was played—perhaps in almost every scene. Sia has such a powerful voice, and this song is so emotional it forced me to go deeper into my characters’ emotions.

Boost Me - Gone in 60 Seconds Soundtrack

Self-explanatory? So many songs from the Gone in 60 Seconds soundtrack could have made the cut. I love this one a lot.

Terminator (Theme Song)

Such a great mood setting song—and from the soundtrack of a classic movie. I love the way it builds suspense, and I listened to it on repeat while writing some of the more tense scenes.

Pistols at Dawn - Senabo Sey 

Slowing it down for a particular scene, of which cannot be named because…spoiler ;-) 

Cry Little Sister - G Tom Mac 

This song has always been so haunting to me, and I played it often while writing some of the more ominous scenes.

On the Other Side - Jessica Bell

Written and performed by my dear friend, Jessica Bell, this song wound its way into several scenes—her voice is so beautiful and moving. And this video! Wow! 

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Dawn Ius, and more! To enter, you need to know that I am 27 years old--(give or take a decade or three). Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the green team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, JENNIFER BARDSLEY.

Please remember to !

And, here's my giveaway, just for YASH! I happen to have a lovely extra hardcover copy of Leigh Bardugo's CROOKED KINGDOM and happy to give away. It's not signed--because--I'm not that special. BUT I can promise you a signed copy of my book UNTIL BETH. That is for US only--for you international folks I will give you an ebook of both my books UNTIL BETH and BREAKING GLASS and even send you some swag if you want. :)

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  1. Oh my gosh!! Thank you so much for this opportunity :-) :-) it would be amazing to have the books in this giveaway :-)

  2. Thank you, Lily! Good luck with the contests!

  3. omg, i know right? I would be ecstatic to win anything, not just the YASH prize packs, but even just a single giveaway, becaue all of these authors are so amazing.

    1. Good luck and thanks for entering. So many of the participants are offering their own contests, so good luck to you!

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