Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer 2018 New Adult Scavenger Hunt

Hey :) I'm participating in the New Adult Scavenger Hunt again! NewASH gives you a chance to check out exclusive bonus material and enter to win some awesome prizes! Click through all twelve posts, collect the lucky numbers you'll find somewhere in each post, add them up, and you can enter to win a six-book prize pack--one book from each author on my team. You can enter a second time to win all the books featured on the purple team. But play fast: this contest ends July 1, 2018 at noon Eastern. If you need more help or you get stuck somewhere, check this site for more instructions on how to hunt.

This hunt I am proud to represent the RED TEAM I'm hosting Katrina Marie.

Katrina is promoting the book WELCOME TO YOUR LIFE, part of her Taking Chances series!

A month after breaking up with her high school sweetheart, Jake, Tonya discovers she’s pregnant. Pregnant and alone. But does she have to be alone? Should she tell Jake? The decision is out of her hands when he spots her at the mall and insists they get back together.

As Tonya struggles to adjust to working, attending classes at the local college, and pushing off Jake’s insistence they be together, she’s paired with Reaf. He’s the good looking guy from her art class who she’d never thought would give her the time of day. Until now.

Can Tonya find love, herself, and a mother amongst the confusing emotions swirling through her brain and heart? Or will the drama surrounding her life destroy her chances at a happily ever after?

For her exclusive content, Katrina is sharing the original prologue for Welcome to Your Life.

There’s nothing like sitting around a bonfire in the beginnings of summer.  It’s already hot as Hades, and this whole shindig is ridiculous.  I know it’s supposed to be our last big party since we graduated a few hours ago, but I’m pretty much over it.  It’s the same people and same place.  Doesn’t anyone get tired of seeing each other all the damn time?   
I’m in shorts and a tank top standing as far away from the monstrosity as I can, and I’m still sweating.  Jake and his buddies didn’t plan this well at all.  We should be at a pool somewhere, or hell, even the lake.  Everyone thought it was a great idea since the star athlete suggested it.  I told him otherwise, and he acted as if I never even opened my mouth.   
Jake is standing with a few of his friends and I’m heading toward him.  I’m don’t feel like being here anymore.  I’d much rather be at home curled up in bed and reading a book. 
“I’m ready to go,” I tell Jake when I reach him.  He completely ignores, as usual when we are at these parties.  Don’t get me wrong he’s a nice guy, but when he starts drinking he goes into asshole mode.   
I tap him on the arm, “I said I’m ready to go, Jake.” 
He whirls around on me.  And I can already tell by that glazed look in his eyes that he’s going to be a jerk.  
“Well, I’m not.  Go hang out with Cami, or something.” He glares at me, daring me to argue with him.  
Cami is hooking up with some guy.  It’s hot, and I’m tired of standing around.” I know I should keep my mouth closed but I don’t like being told what to do.   
“Too damn bad, Tonya.  I’m not leaving, so chill the fuck out.”   
And this statement right here pisses me off more than anything.  I don’t understand why he thinks he can treat me like shit when he starts drinking.  Is it some kind of man code or something?  I know some of the other guys don’t act like this, but the sad fact is, most of them do.   
I stare Jake down, and unleash. “Who the hell do you think you are? We’ve been dating for a long time, but that does not mean you can talk to me like I’m worthless.  I’m leaving, and I don’t care if I have to walk all the way home.,” I shout. “As far as I’m concerned, we are done. I’m tired of this shit, and can’t take it anymore.” 
I notice everything has gone eerily quiet, and I glance around.  Just fucking great.  We’ve attracted a crowd.  That was not my intention, but I can’t deal with this anymore.  It’s the same thing every weekend, and I’m just tired of it.  I love Jake, but not enough for this.  Besides, we are going to different schools in the fall.  I seriously doubt the long distance thing would work anyway.  Better to end it now, even if it is in front of the whole senior class.  
I start walking to the driveway, and come to a halt when I hear him yelling behind me.  
“That’s okay bitch, keep walking.  Now I don’t have to deal with your moody ass anymore.” He’s laughing as he says all this. 
I want to beat the hell out of him so bad.  But I don’t really want to cause any more of a scene.  I already know that I’ll be the talk of the town tomorrow, and I don’t want to give them anything else to add to their gossip.  I flip Jake the finger and continue on my merry way.  
I should probably call my parents to come pick me up, but I’m a little buzzed and don’t want to get a lecture.  Walking is probably the dumbest idea I’ve had today.  Well… besides telling Jake off in front of everyone.  That ranks right up there at the top.  I’m slowly making my way down the road when a car pulls up beside me.  
“Do you need a lift?” A guy asks.   
“No thanks,” I say.   
“Are you sure?”  
I look in the car, and at the driver.  He looks familiar.  I’m pretty sure he went to our school, but I can’t place his name, or whom he hung out with.  I know this is probably a really bad idea, but I nod, open the door, and slide into the passenger seat.   
This dude looks completely sober.  I know that I’ve seen him around, and I don’t get any bad vibes off him, but I still keep my hand on the door handle just in case I need to jump out. Dramatic maybe, but I’ve seen those movies where girls getting in cars with strangers end up in a ditch somewhere.   
“Rough night?” He asks.  
“Yeah,” I reply.  “I’m not really in the mood to talk, but can you drop me off at my house?  I’d really appreciate it.” 
He nods and we continue on in silence after I give him my address.  It doesn’t take long since we live in a pretty small town, and soon we are pulling into my parent’s driveway.   
I open the door, and hesitate. “Thanks for the ride.” 
“No problem.  Glad I could make sure you got home safe.” He says.   
When I get out I turn around and mystery guy gives me a quick wave.  I wish I had asked him his name.  Now I feel like a total bitch.  But I’m also relieved to finally be home.  I let myself in, slip off my shoes, and collapse on the couch.  After that big showdown I don’t even have the energy to go to my bed.   
I check my phone, but there aren’t any messages.  I text Cami letting her know that I’m home and that I’ll text her in the morning.  I’m sure she’ll have questions after she finds out that I dumped Jake in front of everyone at the party.  
I set my phone on the coffee table, grab the blanket that’s thrown over the couch, and try my best to fall asleep.  

Oooh, I am sensing some major drama about to go down! If you want to read the rest of WELCOME TO YOUR LIFE right now, you can buy it here. You can also check it out on Goodreads here.

The lucky number you need from my post is: 13. Good luck :)

Here's more about Katrina:

Katrina Marie lives in the Dallas area with her husband, two children, and fur baby. She is a lover of all things geeky and Gryffindor for life. When she’s not writing you can find her at her children’s sporting events, or curled up reading a book.


One lucky red team winner will score a six-book prize pack, including a copy of WELCOME TO YOUR LIFE from Katrina and THE KEY TO EVERYTHING from me. But I love secondary giveaways, so a second lucky winner will win a copy of my forthcoming blackmail mystery HIDDEN PIECES. It's a YA book being published by HarperTeen, but the main characters are all high school seniors and it contains overlapping mysteries and complex themes that (I hope) make it a book adults will enjoy too. If you like small towns, big secrets, and stories that keep you guessing, enter below.

U.S. winner wins signed ARC (delivery in July). Int'l winner wins pre-order of finished book (delivery in September) + signed bookplate.

Are you hungry for more exclusive content, epic secondary contests, and general NewASH mayhem?!  Pat Esden is next for the red team. She's hosting some updated mood boards I made for the different settings in The Key to Everything.

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. We couldn't do this without you. Books and love  --Paula