YASH Blue Spring 2017

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Darcy Woods, author of the YA contemporary romance, Summer of Supernovas, and your vintage dress-wearing hostess for this leg of the hunt. ūüėÄ

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 5 days!

Go to the¬†YA Scavenger Hunt¬†page to find out all about the hunt.¬†There are FIVEBlue Team ¬†contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I’m a part of the BLUE¬†TEAM! But there is also a red team, a gold team, a pink team, and a purple team for a chance to win a whole different set of 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.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions:¬†Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my¬†favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue¬†team, and then add them up (this isn’t a math test so feel free to whip out those calculators!).

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, April 9th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

THE SCAVENGER HUNT

Headshot+photographer+charlotte+nc-lindsay+wynne+photography-author+headshot-Shaila+Patel+08Today, I’m wildly excited¬†to be hosting Shaila Patel! Shaila is a pharmacist by training, a medical-office manager by day, and a writer by night. SOULMATED, her debut young adult paranormal romance won the 2015 Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards in YA. A huge fan of epilogues, she also enjoys traveling, craft beer, tea, and reading in cozy window seats. She writes from her home in the Carolinas.

 

 

 

 

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Liam Whelan, an Irish empath prince, is being forced by his parents to find his empath soul mate. The rare union will solidify his family’s power and political standing in the empath community, but Liam couldn’t care less. When he comes to America to search for this elusive soulmate, he’s drawn to Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian American girl who is not an empath. Now he has to decide just what he’ll sacrifice to be with her if he can’t prove she’s The One, while Laxshmi has to decide if he’s worth going against her own traditional mother’s expectations to be with him.

 

 

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

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Are you as absolutely intrigued with this book as I am?! You can buy it here!

Follow Shaila on Twitter,¬†Facebook, or Instagram! You can thank me later. ūüėČ

MY FAVORITE NUMBER…

I’ve always found numbers rather fascinating. (Just don’t ask me to math them.) So it’s not surprising that a certain author (ahem, moi), who wrote a book about astrology, would find numerology equalling¬†enthralling. Particularly,¬†the Roman numeral XXII. *suggestive eyebrow waggle*¬†The number¬†22¬†is considered to be a master number in numerology. Methodical & practical–it’s the most powerful of ALL the master numbers. It¬†can even transform¬†goals into reality. Also?¬†May 22 happens to be my birthday. Which is pretty rad. ūüėČ And I can guarantee, there are waaaay more than 22 books on my gifty wish list!

CONTINUE THE HUNT

To continue on your numerical hunt for a jackpot of books, you’ll want to check out the next author on Team Blue, the magnificent¬†Lea Nolan!

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Last Tuesday, an amazing thing happened. My cell rang. (No really. It gets more¬†amazing.) When I answered the out-of-area number, it was the¬†RWA¬ģ informing me that I was a RITA finalist. A RITA finalist! Despite my husband’s best efforts to video document my screams, weeps, & weird ass dance moves during The Call, he forgot to hit that little red button that actually records. But! I did manage to capture the state of my insides, as seen here:

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For those unfamiliar with the RITA award, it’s considered¬†the Oscar of the romance writing industry. It is the¬†most prestigious nomination you can receive as a published author of this genre, and with 2000 entries, competition is FIERCE. So I’m still a bit beside myself¬†to share that SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS has received two¬†RITA¬†nominations–Best First Book & Best Young Adult Romance! There really isn’t a gif or emoji in existence that can properly convey the depths of my feels over this news.

Put it this way, ever had a dream so big you almost didn’t dare dream it? Well, becoming a RITA nominee was mine. And this was especially meaningful since¬†SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS had the honor¬†of winning the RWA’s Golden Heart¬ģ Award for unpublished manuscripts back in 2013. Now¬†here we are in 2017, with that same story finally¬†published. And¬†up for two RITAs! Who’s life am I living?! My heart is so very full. ¬† ¬†RITA Medallion

The winners will be announced during the RWA conference at a black tie awards ceremony in Orlando on Thursday, July 27th. Stay tuned! ♥

My forever gratitude goes out to the many talented people who touched this story and helped it truly¬†shine. And, of course, to the judges who read my book and felt¬†it worthy. I’m truly humbled!

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Darcy

 

 

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The Pitch Madness 2017 submission window is now open!

To submit your manuscript pitch into the contest, use this form on Brenda Drake’s post here.

What is Pitch Madness?

It’s a contest to win a request from one or more of the participating agents. (See who they are here.)

The submission window is open from NOW and until 11:59PM EST on February 24th. You should have plenty of time to get your submissions in. Make sure to perfect your entry. If you make an error, you may not resend. What do you need to enter? A 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of your finished manuscript. If the 250th word falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of the sentence. If you’ve entered this manuscript into contests before, you CAN still enter Pitch Madness.

There will be 60 finalists moving onto the agent round. Pitch Madness will accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult (never before published) fiction only, novel length (no novellas) completed and polished manuscripts only. All genres (i.e. fantasy, contemporary, sci-fi, and so on) are welcome to enter. Only one entry per writer.

Each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 10 entries. We have a team of first readers who will check for formatting, grammar, and content and put their top picks through to the hosts and cohosts.

This year’s first round readers and teams can be found here.

The agent round will be on March 16 and 17. To see our amazing line up agents go to this post here.

All the twitter fun will happen on the hashtag #PitchMadness! Hope you’ll enter and good luck!

‚ô•Darcy

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Super thrilled to share that this year I will be co-hosting Team Peanut Brittle House with my dear friend & NYT best-selling author, Pintip Dunn!!! ♥ 

Unfamiliar with #PitchMadness? No worries! I’ve posted a brief overview below and you can hop on over to Pintip’s host blog for the FULL deets, dates, & important info…

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The Pitch Madness submission window will be open for 24 hours on February 24!

What is Pitch Madness? It’s a contest held every March, where writers enter for a chance to win requests from the participating agents. Writers submit a 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of their completed manuscript on submission day. Then a team of readers choose the top sixty (60) entries to go onto the agent round. Though Pitch Madness has a game theme, the next contest will transition to more of a critique based contest with agents simply requesting in the comments of the entries’ posts instead of having the agents play for requests. Also, hosts will coach our team members, helping them polish their entries and first pages.

FOR FULL DETAILS GO¬†HERE:¬†Pintip Dunn’s Website

TEAM PEANUT BRITTLE HOUSE!!! 

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Fun news! SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS has made it to the semi-finals of the Book Shimmy Awards, hosted by Epic Reads! It’s been nominated in the Hot Under the Cover category, and it’s got some mighty fine company indeed. :)

How excited was I when I found out? Well, it looked something like this…

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(BTW, rainbow doesn’t come out of carpet. Not even with Resolve.)

So my deepest, heartfeltiest thanks to the reading community who nominated my book! It is more appreciated than my full-color-spectrum vomit can convey. ‚ô•¬†Also, if you’d like to help SOS advance to the finals, check out the link below! Voting ends Thursday, Dec 22nd

Happy holidays to you and yours!

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Darcy

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