YA Scavenger Hunt!

April 2nd 2015

Welcome to YA Scavenger Spring 2015 Hunt!

I’m Kimberly. Some of my friends like to call me KGG. I’m the author of Grunge Gods and Graveyards, a YA paranormal mystery set in 1996. GrungeGodscover

I’m on Team Purple and somewhere in this hunt, I’ve hidden the opening scene to my new novella, The Lady in Blue, a spin-off story to GG&G. Also hidden is the beautiful cover — which has not been revealed yet!

Also, I’m doing an extra giveaway via Rafflecopter. The prize is a character named after you in my next novel, Dead and Breakfast, which will be published this fall! The Rafflecopter is at the end of the post.

Make sure you head to Lisa T. Cresswell’s blog for the next stop.


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 signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are 8 contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online April 2nd through April 5th, beginning and ending at noon Pacific time on those days.

Directions: In the post, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number (hint: it’s bolded and in purple). Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the purple team, and then add them up.

Team Purple 1Entry 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 DATE, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


 Today, I’m super excited to be hosting CAREY CORP & LORIE LANGDON!

They are the authors of the Doon series, a YA retelling of Brigadoon. This must be serendipitous because I’m a huge fan of Scottish culture. Less than —-> 14 years ago, I went to Edinburgh and Loch Lomond. I highly suggest you put Scotland on your bucket list of beautiful places to visit. The Scots are lovely people and treated this American with warmth and kindness.

CAREY CORP and LORIE LANGDON came up with the idea for DOON, their debut novel, one fateful winter morning while discussing their love of musicals. Lorie had known since seeing Brigadoon, at age sixteen, that she wanted more of the sleepy kingdom than the original story revealed, while Carey adored the idea of reinventing a mythical world through the eyes of two, vastly different, but inseparable friends—much like themselves. As ideas flew back and forth, suddenly the village that slept for 100 years at a stretch awoke to epic life; and the DOON series was born. Book one, DOON, is now an Amazon YA bestseller. Book two, DESTINED FOR DOON, available now. Book three, SHADES OF DOON, coming 9/01/15 from BLINK (a YA division of Zondervan/HarperCollins).

Connect with Carey and Lorie at the Dooniverse: www.DoonSeries.com

Instagram: @lorielangdon_doonseries @careycorp Twitter: @careycorp   @LorieLangdon

Check out that gorgeous cover and the blurb for the Doon sequel:

In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake—choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she’s received her Calling—proof she and Duncan are each other’s one true love—and it’s pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen needs her to return, Kenna doesn’t have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after.

And now for your bonus content! These lovely ladies have graciously shared bonus material! Always fun!


The Rosettis

Since we are very visual writers, it is essential that have a shared understanding of what our characters look like. Often we send pictures back and forth until we find the right character inspiration. He’s a peek behind the curtain of Doon to the inspiration for the Rosetti family.

Our visual inspiration behind Mario and Sharron Rosetti.

Our visual inspiration behind Mario and Sharron Rosetti.







Mario Rosetti was called from Naples, Italy to Doon in 1915, where he met and married the love of his life Sharron. The Rosettis have seven children, Sofia, Gabriella, Giancarlo, Matteo, Fabrizio & Luciano (twins), and Charlie (named after Sharron’s father Charles). All the Rosetti children help run their parent’s pizzeria, Rosetti’s Tavern.

The Rosetti Kids-1Our visual inspiration behind the Rosetti children.

  • Sofia (Sofie) 18; Soft spoken, introverted. Has received a calling but the boy has yet to cross the bridge. Sofia loves Doon and has no desire to leave. Cook at Rosetti’s Tavern.


  • Gabriella (Gabby) 16; Extroverted and outgoing. Enamored with Vee and Kenna. Would love to cross the bridge and experience the modern world. She’s a server at Rosetti’s Tavern.



  • Giancarlo (Giani) 17; Alpha male, very protective of sisters – even more so than his father, Mario. He’s expected to take over the restaurant when his parents retire, but doesn’t want to continue in the family business. He wants to be part of the palace royal guard. Assistant manager at Rosetti’s Tavern.


  • Matteo (Matti) 16; calm, peacemaker, likes running things, Giani’s sidekick and voice of reason. He can cook better than his father. When Sofie and Matti are together in the kitchen, they speak their own language.


  • Fabrizio & Luciano (Fabi & Luci) 14; adventurous; pranksters. These inseparable twins work in the kitchen but they are more like a comic duo/assembly line always covered in flour with pizza dough in their hair. Their hobbies include amateur sheep shearing.


  • Charles (Charlie) 13; studious; book-lover; dreamer; busboy.


Note from Carey: The Rosetti family was inspired by my Italian surrogate family, la famiglia Fortuna. The Fortuna family had five boys and one daughter. They lived in a three-bedroom apartment in Torino (Turin), Italy but immediately made room in their hearts and home for me.

http://youtu.be/jSf9PkFuVko (Check out this video from Carey)

Get to know the Rosetti’s better in the third book of the Doon series, SHADES OF DOON, coming September, 2015.

Shades of Doon small-1

a Rafflecopter giveaway










76 comments on “YA Scavenger Hunt!

  1. Joana Felício

    This is such and awesome giveaway! It would be the most amazing thing, honestly. Thank you for the opportunity.

  2. Aila

    WOOOO-WWW! Can I just say, THANK YOU for having the balls to name a character in your book after a random passerby on the interwebs who enjoys books? I know I could never do that, because what if I get a name I don’t like? So many factors are put into play, like the ethnicity of the name, gender, etc. So again, thanks for that because it has certainly caught my attention!

  3. Nikki C.

    WOW. Just wow. I have always wanted a character to be named after me–it’s one of my dreams! SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS WONDERFUL CHANCE. ♥ YASH has been so much fun–as always–and you’re prize is truly unique and personal. Again, thank you! I can’t wait for my dream to come true. Hopefully this will be my chance. So excited! 🙂

  4. Patience Cruise

    What a fun giveaway! Looking forward to reading your books! And learning more about Doon

  5. Jessica Kent

    Thanks so much for hosting such a creative and awesome giveaway in addition to participating in YASH!

  6. Anna

    If I won……..
    You could name your character Anna, Ana, or Annie but never Ann (unless you spelled it with an e).
    Thanks for the chance.

  7. Jill

    Hey there popular lady! 🙂 I agree with Aila above – this is an attention-grabbing giveaway. (I think she has a cool name, too, so it would be neat if she wins. ;))

  8. Alizabeth

    I have been interested in the Doon series for a while and am planning to read them soon; they sound so awesome! And I love this giveaway, it’s definitely unique and fun! 🙂

  9. K F

    I think this prize is AMAZING!!! What an honor and what a treat! This giveaway is definitely an “heirloom” that can be passed down to the next generation. The idea of your name being in print forever … It’s awesome!!! My name is close to yours … KIM! My middle name could be used as well … Dione (Die-own). My dad picked it out for me. It’s from Greek mythology and means “Mother of earth and heaven”. Anyways … love love love this giveaway!!!

  10. Parneet

    Wow, this is the greatest prize ever! It’s better than a swag pack, or a signed copy of a book! Thanks so much, this means a lot 🙂

  11. Cindy

    This is such an awesome giveaway, even more so since it’s for the Doon series. I love that series! It’s one of my all-time faves. <3 <3 <3
    I really want to read to read SHADES OF DOON, like now. lol 🙂
    Thanks for participating in the YASH, and for hosting your own giveaway! (I love the layout of your site. It's so pretty and blue and purple are my favorite colors!)

  12. Nicole

    Thank you so much for taking part in YASH 2015. Your prize is so unique. Thanks again!

  13. Michaela

    Thanks so much for participating in #YASH, and for the bonus giveaway. I was bummed to see that the giveaway ended before #YASH, though, so I couldn’t enter. I’m a sad panda! 😉 But that’s okay, I’m here to learn about all the great authors and books.

    Thanks again!

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