YA Scavenger Hunt


I’m Jessica Spotwood, author of THE CAHILL WITCH CHRONICLES. Book 1, BORN WICKED, is out now in hardcover and comes out in paperback on January 3! The sequel, STAR CURSED, comes out on June 18. My books are historical fantasies about witches and sisters and kissing. Now, for the reason you’re here…

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This triannual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers 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 at each stop. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive a signed book from each author on my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

You can find out all about the hunt on the YA Scavenger Hunt page. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously! I am a part of the blue team–but there is also a red team for a chance to win a whole different set of 25 amazing signed books!

To find out more about the hunt, the authors participating, and the full list of shiny shiny books available as prizes, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number in red. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up!

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, December 2, at noon PST. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I am hosting S.R. Johannes on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

S.R. Johannes is the author of award-winning and Amazon bestselling UNTRACEABLE (a teen wilderness thriller) and new tween paranormal, ON THE BRIGHT SIDE. She has also published short novelettes as well as a teen romance anthology with 16 other authors titled, IN HIS EYES. UNCONTROLLABLE, the sequel to UNTRACEABLE, is scheduled for September 2012.

S.R. Johannes is a winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (Young Adult category) and was also recently nominated for as Georgia Author of the Year (Young Adult category) and semifinalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Young Adult of 2012

After earning an MBA and working in corporate America doing marketing for over 15 years, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, English-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.

Want to know more about the new book, UNCONTROLLABLE?

As 16 year old Grace recovers from tragedy, her science class is chosen by Agent Sweeney at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to help with research on the new “Red Wolf Reintroduction Program”. 

While she’s excited about helping with the conservation of the endangered wolves, Grace knows this means being outdoors in the worst winter on record, in a place she no longer feels comfortable. It also means working closely with Wyn (her ex) and his annoying girlfriend (Skyler), a girl whose idea of getting close to nature is killing two silk plants and watering a cactus.

After a couple of wolves show up dead, Grace almost quits. However, when a fellow project team member goes missing, Grace continues the assignment under a renewed suspicion that someone might be sabotaging the conservation program. She quietly begins to hunt for clues. 

You can buy UNCONTROLLABLE here and find out more about Shelli at her website.


The exclusive content has expired! Thanks to everyone who played along with the Hunt and especially to everyone who entered my contest. I have announced the winners on the Rafflecopter below. Stay tuned for more giveaways!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


117 Responses

  1. jaimearkin

    Love the new cover, but I will always have a special place in my heart for the gorgeous original!

    Can't wait for the next in the series!!


  2. megan

    the thrird book sounds really good, can't wait for it to come out now:) and thanks for the giveway i'v had your book on my book list for sometime now i would love to win a copy of it.

  3. Veronika

    The cover is beautiful! I could star at it all day! (I didn't know if it's an international giveaway or not, so please if it's not ignore my entry in the rafflecopter *blushes*)

  4. Desiree

    I love the cover! And the first chapter, and the Christmas short story… Oh my brotherhood! I can not wait to read Star Cursed! Born Wicked was one of my top books that I read in 2012, I LOOOVED it! Thanks for the giveaway and for being such an awesome author.

  5. Lisa R

    I can't waaaait!! I'm so excited I want to know what happens to Cate!! I'm a little sad that the new cover won't match mine though… Thanks for the giveaway (enter me if open to Canada… it didn't say) 😀

  6. I love the cover – SO PRETTY. I won't read the excerpt though as I'm not a fan of reading on the computer, plus I'm sure that if I read it I'll crave more and the release of Star Cursed is still months away. I loved the original Born Wicked cover – it was one of my favourites – but the new, upgraded ones are pretty amazing

  7. Amy

    I love the new cover, the clouds behind her give it an eerie feeling. Plus…. I must have that dress she's wearing, it's so pretty!!! :)

  8. Nicola D

    Ah the Star Cursed cover is so pretty!! The colors, the placement of the design, everything! And the chapter? Already so many feels!! Cannot wait til June to find out more about Cate’s life in the sisterhood and see what happens after Maura’s *ahem* indiscretion (?) in BW. Also, can’t wait for some more of one of my favourite book boys. Oh Mr Belastra I miss you :(

  9. How come I didn’t know the cover for Star Cursed was out? It’s GORGEOUS. I love the stars. Can I have this book right now please??? I cannot wait. I hope there’s plenty of Finn :)

  10. Gabbie

    Very freaking cool! I love the cover, though I would have preferred a continuation of the original cover of Born Wicked, I'm still happy with the new one :)

  11. Hi Jessica! The cover is pretty as always. I even tweeted you earlier about the cover reveal. I cannot wait for book 2!!! Thanks for participating in the hunt. You are one of my anticipated authors in the hunt. 😀

  12. brokebookbank

    I love the new cover and still like the original. I can't read the excerpts with spoilers. Thanks for the chance to win! I'd love to read them.

  13. Sameena

    Tiny bit sad to admit, I've just discovered you.

    I suppose that's one of the good things about YASH.

    I'm definately Amazon Wish Listing you! Lol My wishlist is more of a Buy it yourself List. Nice reminder of books I want.

  14. I love the new cover, specially the colours. It's a bit sad though that it's not in the same style as the original Born Wicked cover because that one was absolutely gorgeous.

    I loved Born Wicked, one of the best books I've read this year. Both the Christmas short story and the first chapter made me want to read Star Cursed right away. I cant wait! I'm dying to know what will happen to Cate and the others. So exciting! 😀

  15. Ashfa

    Wow… that's one great cover, it's already got me interested! Thanks for the giveaway. I do hope it's open for international folk as well!

  16. bibliophileprincess

    I think I agree with some of the others–I kinda like the original cover better; but it did remind me of another book cover. But the "new and improve" cover also looks fantastic!

  17. I checked out the cover reveal on Mundie Moms, I like the cover a lot, though I have to say the original cover for Born Wicked is still my favorite. I didn't read the excerpt because I don't want to be spoiled for when I read Born Wicked!!

    Jessica @ The Midnight Bookworm

  18. alicia marie

    I loved the original cover for Born Wicked, but I like the new style they've got now too. And, I think I actually like the Star Cursed cover even more than the new Born Wicked one : ) Thanks for being a part of the YASH and for the extra awesome giveaway!!

  19. Laura

    I love the cover! Love the fond! I haven`t read your books, but I want to now! That`s why I haven`t read the excerpt! Thanks for this giveaway and for participating in the YASH! I

  20. Megan

    The cover is so beautiful! I didn't read the chapter because I didn't want to spoil anything!! Thank you so much for giving the opportunity to win such a great giveaway!

  21. Katherine

    Absolutely loved that excerpt from Star Cursed and I can't want to read the rest of it! Also love the cover for it, couldn't believe it was the sequel to Born Wicked when I first saw it, I did a double take! Thanks so much for participating in the hunt!

  22. Angelica

    Thanks Jessica for an amazing giveaway and joining in on the fun of the Scavenger hunt. I might be the only one here but whilst I do like the cover I prefer the Born Wicked Cover better :( However, I am sure that the content will be as good as Born Wicked 😉

  23. Tammy Campau

    I really like the cover!! I didn't read the excerpt because I didn't wanna spoil anything for myself :) I just discovered your books through the hunt and added them to my wishlist. I can't wait to read them.

  24. maryannoprea

    So in love with the cover! I didn't read the excerpt as I haven't yet read Born Wicked and didn't want to spoil anything for myself :) Thank you for the chance to win!

  25. Samantha Cauchi

    wow this is the first time i have heard of this series, but i will definitely be buying the books next time i go barnes and noble ^.^ oh! and the cover looks great(:

  26. Ellen Trieu

    I absolutely love the cover of Starcursed, it's absolutely beautiful! I haven't read your other books yet, but I can't wait to read them sometime in the future! (:

  27. froze8

    Okay so it looks like my first comment didn't go through…

    But Jess I am so excited for Star Cursed! I really loved Born Wicked and I just can't wait to see more of Finn and how things will work out! I so hope I get to see you again soon!


  28. Tizzy Potts

    I love the cover for Star Cursed, but like others have said I'm not going to read the first chapter yet if there are spoilers. Born Wicked is on my Christmas list! Thanks for this giveaway.

  29. christina2227

    I love both covers! I didn't read the excerpt since I haven't read Born Wicked yet, but I'm excited to get to it nonetheless.

    Thanks so much for participating in the WINTER YASH and for hosting this additional giveaway!


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