Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt!
Hello! I’m Darcy Woods and I’ll be your hostess for this leg of the tour. I am so unbelievably stoked to get to finally share the cover for SMOKE! If you’re a fan of the TV show Weeds, books with twisty-turny plots, and pages that thrum with emotion, then this one’s for you! Be on the look out for more info about SMOKE along the Team Blue hunt!    PREORDER HERE.

This is the farewell *sniffles* edition of the contest, 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 will only be online for 120 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are THREE 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, 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.

And don’t miss out! I’m hosting my own giveaway (deets below!), and it’s open internationallyTo get in the Rafflecopter running, simply add SMOKE on Goodreads and/or pre-order SMOKE!

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 October 4th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

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Today, I have the pleasure of hosting YA author Stevie Rae Causey on my site for the YA Scavenger Hunt! (And just LOOK at that stunning cover for The Weaver’s Son!) 


I write MG and YA Epic Fantasy that explore real-life themes. I believe that fantasy and fiction create a safe space for young people to explore the ins and outs of the world we live in and I aim to write the kind of stuff that entertains as well as fosters introspection.

When I’m not writing or speaking to teens, I’m usually chasing my kids, going on wilderness adventures, and posting pictures of my pets on Instagram.

You can also find Stevie on Facebook or her website!

 

Mother to the child who will doom a kingdom… Or save it.

Adelaide didn’t mean to doom an entire kingdom when she cut the queen’s lifeline to save the newborn prince. Now, banished, she is determined to prove herself and reclaim her position among the Narn, even if that means playing with fate a little. But all magic has a price, and the spell meant to bring her a human child instead brings her one sired by one of the Huldrefolk. 

Adelaide can’t help but fall in love with the child that reminds her of her home, and when the Goddess Holda shows up with a warning Adelaide must choose between saving herself and protecting her son from the Fae.

Life was much easier when she was able to see ahead.

The Weaver’s Son is an original reimagining of Rumpelstiltskin’s origin.

BUY THE BOOK HERE!

 

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THE WEAVER’S SON PLAYLIST

Enter My Giveaway

To bid a fond farewell to YA Scavenger Hunt, one lucky winner will receive one of my favorite YA contemporaries of 2020…AFTERSHOCKS by the extraordinarily talented Marisa Reichardt! This book hits shelves TODAY, and I loved it so much I blurbed it.♥ So please, take my LITERAL word for it, you want in on this fantastic prize! Good luck!

When a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hits California, Ruby is trapped in a laundromat with Charlie, a boy she had her first conversation with only moments before. She can’t see anything beyond the rubble that she’s trapped beneath, but she’s sure someone will come save them soon. As the hours and days tick by, Ruby and Charlie struggle to stay hopeful—and stay alive. Ruby has only Charlie’s voice and her memories to find the hope to keep holding on. Will the two make it out alive? And if they do, what will they have lost to the earthquake? Riveting, tense, and emotionally complex, Aftershocks weaves together the terror and hope of a catastrophic event while showing the ways that disasters can change and unite us.

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Enter the Scavenger Hunt Contest!

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Stevie Rae Causey, and 18 others! To enter, you need to know that MY FAVORITE NUMBER IS TWO. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Blue Team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Continue the Hunt!

To continue on your numerical hunt for this bonanza of books, you’ll want to check out the next author on Team BlueAustin Aslan!

Go Team Blue!!!


Complete Rules for Darcy’s Giveaway:
Ends October 5, 2020 at 12AM EST. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. You must be at least 18 years old to enter or have your parents permission. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and notified by email within 48 after the end of the giveaway. You will have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. All decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary based on the number of eligible entries received. If a mailed prize is returned for whatever reason, another winner will be chosen. Darcy Woods and the coordinators of YA Scavenger Hunt are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or misdirected prizes. You can use the Contact page of this website if you have any questions. This giveaway is not affiliated with any social media companies associated with Darcy Woods, Author, YASH, its coordinators, or any other entity unless specified. The above Rafflecopter prize is sponsored by Darcy Woods, Author and not affiliated with YASH.

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Greetings friends!

With a year marked by so much tragedy, it feels almost surreal to have something to celebrate. But I have something. A big, meaningful something. And so, it brings me enormous joy and gratitude to share… THE BOOK OF MY HEART IS GOING TO BE PUBLISHED!!! ♥

Here’s the Publishers Weekly Announcement so I know it’s really real and not a figment of my hyperactive imagination.


HUGE thanks to my dear friends, family, literary folks, and amazing readers for the endless support and emotional girdling. I love and appreciate you all!

And if you’d like to add SMOKE to your Goodreads TBR, just click here.

♥ always,
Darcy

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I haven’t fallen off the planet. (I swear!) Thought this needed a little clarification because recently people have asked where I’ve gone. O.o

The short answer: I’M STILL HERE!

The longer answer: I’ve been working on a secret project–so basically writing, researching, and editing my fanny off! Which has meant I’ve had to take a gigantic step back from social media and other events this year. It was either that, or lose the one precious marble I have left. And you best believe, I’m guarding my singular marble like The One Ring.

Sadly I can’t tell you much about this gestating, high-concept YA contemporary. But I’d liken the process of writing it to mining my soul with a diamond-encrusted pickaxe. That said, it’s so worth it because I am IN LOVE with this twisty, emotional, and deeply personal tale! So (loophole!) since I’m not “telling” you, I’m going to “show” you a little novel aesthetic I’ve made to keep my muse inspired. 😉

Do you find these novel aesthetics as fun as I do??? I’m such a sucker visuals…


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Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Darcy Woods, author of the double RITA® nominated YA contemporary, Summer of Supernovas, and your vintage dress-wearing hostess for this leg of the hunt. Keep your eyes peeled for my inspiration board (with fun teasers) of Summer of Supernovas as you continue the Pink Team hunt!

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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 120 hours!

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

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 Pink 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 October 8th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

THE SCAVENGER HUNT

coubra-044Today, I’m terrifically excited to be hosting Courtney Brandt! Ms. Brandt lives in Dubai and writes about marching band and a fictional Queen of England. She also publishes under a pen name, Ann Benjamin, and talks about food as A to Za’atar.

Find out more by checking out Courtney’s website!

 

 

 

 

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND: CORONATIONqueen-cover
About the book:

A story of growing up and leading a nation.Set in an alternate universe of London, after the untimely death of Queen Victoria in 1840, recently crowned Juliette faces a mysterious organization. The New World Order threatens her country and claims responsibility for the dirigible accident which killed off much of the aristocracy. Add in distracting romantic entanglements, a gifted unicorn, and tracking down the legendary Excalibur and this teenage Queen has an uphill battle leading to her coronation at Westminster. Will her reign be over before it has a chance to begin?Fans of Gail Carriger, Shanna Swendson, and Gaslamp fantasy won’t want to miss out on this lighthearted YA steampunk adventure.The Queen of England: Coronation is the first book in a trilogy by author Courtney Brandt.

 

Did someone say UNICORNS and YA steampunk adventure? I’m intrigued! Read on for an exclusive peek at a deleted scene!

 

I dressed carefully for my audience in a severe, form-fitting black gown (cut to reveal more of my bosom than I preferred), which I paired not with one of my delicate tiaras or circlets, but with one of the more powerful crowns in the collection. The diamonds demanded respect and attention, and the emeralds sparkled fiercely. I drew the line at wearing a cape (even though Askew had wanted me to “for dramatic effect”), but Pippa found a glorious pelisse of deep purple to complete my ensemble. Although in no way fashionable, I decided to attach Excalibur to my side, and wore the sword proudly.

The journey to the Palace of Westminster, currently under construction as the devastating fire from a few years ago had rendered many parts of the building unusable, was not far and did nothing to calm my nerves.

Inside the temporary quarters, I was one of the youngest people in the room, but there were a few peers closer to my age than the elder statesmen. There was limited applause, but no cheering. After all, unlike the popularity of Victoria, no one knew quite what to do with me.
“Gentlemen, Lords, and stewards of this fine nation, please be seated.” I waited as the group settled and raised my voice even further. “Thank you for allowing me an audience today. I know these are trying times for all of us, especially as we face the danger of the New World Order.”

At these words, there was much hissing and jeering. I was glad for their response—it meant our public relations campaign had been working. While the article about the New World Order was still quite recent, newspapers had pounced on the opportunity. There were all sorts of investigative articles and calls to rid them from our society.

Once the group calmed again, I continued, “Yes, there is a cancer in our society. For those who have wanted to deny their existence, we can no longer afford to do so. For those who wish to do away with the monarchy, I say I am here to stay. I know some of you think I am just a young woman, with no place in politics, that I was never intended to have the crown. Yes, I may be young. Yes, I never believed I would be Queen, but I believe we must honor our forefathers and protect the monarchy. And that is why I’ve come with a request. There are whispers. There are traitors among us. There are those who would sell out Britain for the promise of money and power in the future. And who am I? One woman. But I ask you to stand up to these traitors.”

There were cheers.

“Should you want a private word with me, you may contact my staff to set up an appointment. The palace is open to you and to any who want to protect this country.”
Curtseying deeply, I nodded to the group. Turning to walk out, the train of my dress drifted behind me. Let the gauntlet be thrown. This was my country and I wasn’t going to give it up without a fight. If the pestilence was part of Parliament, someone had to know of it. We needed a name, a trial, some form of justice for those who had perished.

Hungry for more after that literary snack? You can buy it here!

Connect with Courtney on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram!

SECRET NUMBER

To enter, you should know how much I love the number 33. Why? Because in elementary school I correctly guessed the number of jelly beans in the jar and won all 33 beans! It’s the only time I ever won anything, so 33 will forever be a favorite. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Pink team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT

To continue on your numerical hunt for a jackpot of books, you’ll want to check out the next author on Pink team, the marvelous Sarah Vance-Tompkins!

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Happy Friday, ladies & gents!

And welcome to my newly “refreshed” website!

Sometimes a girl just needs a little change. So when I came up with a cool idea for a new website logo, font, & color scheme, well, I knew EXACTLY who to call to turn my imaginings into reality–Hafsah Faizal of Icey Designs! I’ve had the great fortune of working with Hafsah several times over the years and just adore collaborating with her.Once again, she’s knocked it out of the park!

From the vintage typewriter, to the tiny hummingbirds, this site is 100% me. I just love it and hope you do, too!logo

Also, did you see the cutesy little “Subscribe” envelop at the top of the page? That’s right, folks, hell has officially frozen over. Which means I now have a NEWSLETTER! Or more accurately, I will eventually have a newsletter! So if you’d like to be in the circle of know for giveaways, book announcements, and future appearances, please sign up today! And I pinkie swear not to spam you. In fact, I’ll be amazed if I send out more than three a year . . . BUT THINK OF ALL THE KITTY PICS YOU COULD MISS IF YOU DON’T SIGN UP!!!

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