Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt!

Hi hi! Once again it's time for the YA Scavenger Hunt!!! YASH gives you a chance to check out scads of fun bonus material and enter to win awesome twenty-book prize packs, not to mention all the secondary contests with more good stuff up for grabs. If you're new to YASH or confused about how to play, check this site for instructions on how to hunt. If you're in the middle of the mayhem and completely stuck, here's some help for that.

This hunt I am proud to represent the PURPLE TEAM!! I'm hosting Claire Luana. From the pictures on her website, I can tell that Claire has done more than 5  (yes, FIVE) things I still need to check off my bucket list, like glacier hiking and scuba diving #ENVY ;D

Claire’s here to talk about her book, Moonburner! The book is set in an Asian-inspired fantasy world and is filled with snarky talking animals, devious villains, and girl power. Here’s the blurb:

 When 17-year old Kai is exposed as a female sorceress–a moonburner, she knows the punishment is death. Despite the odds against her, Kai escapes her fate and undertakes a harrowing journey to a land where moonburners are revered and trained as warriors.

But the moonburner citadel is not the place of refuge and learning that Kai imagined. The ongoing war against the male sorcerers, or sunburners, has led the citadel leadership down a dark path that could spell the end of all magic. Armed with a secret from her past and a handsome but dangerous ally in the sunburner prince, Kai may be the only one able to prevent the destruction of her people.


Claire: Today, I’ll be sharing a deleted scene from Moonburner!

But first, a little backstory. Moonburners are female sorcerers who draw their power from the light of the moon. Moonburners are forbidden to marry, have children, or have any relations with men. The punishment for violating this ban is death. Kai, the main character, is walking around the citadel, the moonburner school, with her silver fox animal companion, Quitsu. Ok, here we go!

The sunlight filtered through the trees, leaving this corner of the garden half-cast in shadow. Kai and Quitsu rounded a stone wall and found themselves in another courtyard, even more deserted than the first. An ornamental bridge spanned a narrow pond in the center of the space, koi fish floating lazily in its depths. As Kai took a deep breath, reveling in the serenity of the solitude, she froze. They weren’t alone.  Against the far stone wall, a couple lay under a red maple tree, clearly engrossed in each other. 
Kai shrank against the wall, kicking herself for her intrusion. Her cheeks flamed red as she tried to cast her eyes anywhere but the most intimate scene. She froze as something caught her eye. A light blue uniform top lay discarded on the green grass next to the entwined couple. 
“A samanera,” Kai whispered to Quitsu. “I thought we weren’t supposed to… you know.”
“I guess they don’t all play by the rules” he retorted quietly. 
“Let’s go before they see us.” Kai began creeping backwards, out of the courtyard, when her heel caught on a rock and she tumbled backwards, landing in an undignified pile in a rustling bush. Kai shot to her feet, her ears burning. The couple was on their feet, the girl with her light blue top clutched to her bare chest, and the boy, no, man, standing protectively in front of her. 
“Maaya?” Kai exclaimed. Even across the courtyard, she recognized her friend’s pigtail braids, now mused with dust and crowned with a stray maple-leaf. And the man…he looked familiar too. Kai’s eyes narrowed. It was Atsu, the biwa player from the Fox and Fiddle.
“Kai,” Maaya exclaimed, a look of relief plain on her flushed face. She darted across the bridge, pulling her shirt over her head. Maaya gripped Kai’s arms, a fervent gleam in her eye.
 “Kai, please. You cannot tell anyone. I know I’m not supposed to, but…” she looked back at Atsu, who stood and watching the scene impassively.
“How long has this been going on?” Kai hissed. “Don’t you understand how dangerous this is? How could you bring him here? If one of the masters found out…”
“I know,” Maaya said miserably, biting her lip. “I saw him after that night at the Fox and Fiddle. We’ve…been sneaking off together ever since. I know it’s insane, but…Kai.” Maaya’s voice wavered. “I’ve never felt like this as long as I’ve lived. I love him. I can’t live without him. I don’t want to live without him.” A rivulet of tears ran down Maaya’s cheek.
Kai sighed, drawing Maaya into a hug, glaring at Atsu over Maaya’s shoulder. “It’ll be okay,” she murmured, not at all sure that it would be. If Maaya and Atsu were found out, the punishment was death. What were they going to do?

Moonburner is available in Print, eBook, or Audio! To find out more, click HERE.

And don’t forget to stop by Claire’s website to snag a copy of Burning Fate, the prequel to Moonburner for FREE!


Great scene, Claire! And oooh, a talking silver fox animal companion. I want one :) 

Here's more info about Claire herself:

Claire Luana lives in Seattle with her husband and two dogs. By day, she works as a commercial litigation attorney, and by night, she writes young adult fantasy novels.

Some little-known facts about Claire:

She knows how to Scottish Highland Dance.
Cadbury Mini Eggs are her Kryptonite
She sucks at any sport that requires hand-eye coordination.
She loves country music.
She wishes she could freeze time and catch up on her reading list!

Find Claire online:


One lucky purple team winner will score a 20-book prize pack, including a copy of MOONBURNER from Claire and an ARC of THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED from me. But you guys know I love these secondary giveaways, so a second lucky winner will win their choice of any of my YA books shown in the sidebar + a second YASH book of your choice (max value US $18.00, to ship from Book Depo or Wordery) or a ten-page critique of your writing (submission due by 12/31/17.) Read more about each of my titles on my Books page.

The winner's choice of Paula Stokes novel will be signed and personalized if you have a US address, or shipped from Book Depo/Wordery with a signed personalized bookplate mailed separately if you're an international reader.

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Are you hungry for more exclusive content, epic secondary contests, and general YASH mayhem?!? My agent-sister Ilsa J Bick is next for Team Purple. Happy hunting, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

As always, A HUGE THANK YOU to the organizers of the hunt for including me, and to all of the participants for taking the time to stop by our blogs and enter our contests.