Holy Lotsa Prizes, Batman!!! For YA book lovers, for scavenger hunters, for blog hoppers, and for contest enterers, boy do we have a treat for YOU!! Thanks to the brilliant rallying efforts of author Cyndi Tefft, we’re having a YA Scramble! It’s a Young Adult Lit focused blog hop with guest posts and prizes galore. 14 authors/bloggers, individual prizes, and a Massive Grand Prize Of Mega Awesomeness!! Each of the participants have provided a guest post, and will be hosted by another blogsite. For my part… I’m hosting author K A Tucker, and my guest post will be featured on Cyndi Tefft’s website. You’ll have to visit all 14 sites to find what you need to enter the grand prize drawing. I’ll explain more in a minute. For now… some thoughts from Kathleen.

The Magic of Paranormal in YA

By K.A.Tucker

I love fiction. Slapstick comedies, brooding romances, ‘who done it’ murder mysteries, geeky fantasies… I don’t discriminate. If the story is compelling, I will grip that book (or kindle) tightly in my hands and absorb the pages as fast as my brain can process the words.

But, paranormal YA stories hold a special place in my heart. Why? Because something magical happens to me when I experience the world through the eyes of the characters. I’m not talking about the magical elements involved. Yes, the very fact that werewolves, vampires, and succubus are hunting/in love with/playing baseball with the regular human folk is magical. But there’s something more to it.

When I pick up a paranormal YA book, I know that the pages will reveal a world where reality’s boundaries are stretched, where the impossible becomes common, and where basic human desires intermingle with new experiences that I couldn’t possibly have lived through in my own life. Where else can a human girl fall madly in love with a gorgeous vampire guy who must fight his urge to kill her? Where else can demon-hunting warriors form friendships while battling evil? It is in the Paranormal YA world where we see basic human needs of friendship and love escalate to knee-buckling epic proportions. It is in the Paranormal YA world where a character can focus on here-and-now love with ANATHEMA hanging over their heads. In this world, magic exists.

So… what about all of you? What do you find magical about YA lit? What do you find yourself wrapped up in that’s different from any other kind of story? Share a little YA Lit magic in the comments below, and one randomly selected person will win an ebook copy of Kathleen’s book ANATHEMA from Smashwords!

PLUS… did you see a word in all CAPS, and all purple?? You need to write down the 3rd letter of that word. As you hop to the other blogs in the scramble, write down the 3rd letter of those purple words, as well. When you’ve collected all 14 letters, rearrange them to find our secret message, then enter the grand prize drawing using this form –>> http://bit.ly/pPBOaK <<– Wanna see what you could win??

    • ARC of The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (with signed bookmark)
    • Ebook of Solstice by PJ Hoover (with trading cards)
    • Ebook of The Space Between by Alexandra Sokoloff
    • Paperback copy of Perception by Heather Cashman
    • Signed paperback ARC of Anathema by Kathleen Tucker
    • Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Gift Set (Trade Paperback of Eighth Grade Bites, Vlad Journal, Minion Bling Buttons and Vlad Tote)
    • Signed paperback copy of Between by Cyndi Tefft
    • Signed hardcover of Clarity by Kim Harrington
    • ARC of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
    • Signed ARC of Fury by Elizabeth Miles
    • Signed paperback of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
    • ARC of Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
    • Copy of The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
    • Winner’s choice of 5 ebooks from a list of indie authors
    • Signed paperback of Sleepers by Megg Jensen
    • Ebooks of Soul Quest and The Guardians of Souls by Amy Jones
    • Kindle copy of Winnemucca by Laura Elliott (plus a guest post spot on her blog!)
    • Paperback copy of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

These are the other blogs participating… they’re all waiting for you with fun guest posts, purple words, and lots more prizes to win!

    1. Kaitlin Simpson: Just Left of Imagination Avenue
    2. P J Hoover: Roots In Myth
    3. Cary Cummings: The Writing Wonderland
    4. Heather Cashman: Better Off Read
    5. K A Tucker Website
    6. Books Make Me Happy (you are here 🙂 )
    7. Cyndi Tefft: Love Stories
    8. Ticket To Anywhere
    9. Frenzy of Noise
    10. Kaleidoscopic Reveries
    11. T R Graves Website
    12. Megg Jensen Website
    13. Amy Jones Webstite
    14. Laura A H Elliot: LaurasMagicDay

Don’t forget to leave your comment below before you hop off… what makes YA lit magical for YOU?? One random commenter will win an ebook copy of ANATHEMA from K A Tucker!! Good Luck, and have fun!!!

**YA Scramble runs for 24 hours, from 12am to 11:59 pm (pacific time) on September 14th. Winners will be announced on the blogs and notified by email following the close of the contest. Please include an email and your first name in your comments.**


  1. Comment by Aeicha @ Word Spelunking:

    What I love about YA lit is the honest humor that you don’t really find anywhere else. The humor found in YA lit is much more different from that in adult fiction; not to say that it’s necessarily a more immature or even funnier brand of humor. I think its just more honest and less afraid, and more abundant. Because really tweens and teens have a beautiful ability to find humor in all things, even in the darkest, saddest, hardest times.

    wordspelunker at gmail dot com

  2. Comment by Breia Davis Brickey:

    What I love about YA is that it takes me back to when I was that age( a million years ago). Although the characters in most YA books are wayyy tougher that I was.

    bbricke AT yahoo DOT com

  3. Comment by bmwyatt:

    I’m having a lot of fun with this. Although I’m not very good at unscrambling things, so we will have to see how that goes. (crosses fingers) I love YA! The characters, settings, conflicts are just so wonderful. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

  4. Comment by rogier (@rocapri):

    I’m having a lot of fun with this. Although I’m not very good at unscrambling things, so we will have to see how that goes. (crosses fingers) I love YA! The characters, settings, conflicts are just so wonderful. tnx 4 the post

  5. Comment by Lolawid:

    I love everything about YA lit! Thanks for being part of this contest!!

    widsfam7 @ digis dot net

  6. Comment by Sarah Brown:

    I love the fact that I can relate to these characters who are around my age. I love the Dystopian/ Paranormal YA books too because they’re also around my age…..but they have sweet adventures or awesome magical powers! Honestly, who doesn’t want magical powers or to save the world AND still get the boy?!(or girl)

  7. Comment by Juana Esparza:

    What I love about reading YA is that it makes me feel young again.


  8. Comment by erin:

    I love YA because it’s always moving…the books never stop and you get to the end and you want to keep reading more! Plus I get to talk to my students about what I’m reading : )

  9. Comment by hockeyvamp:

    I love YA because it brings me back to some of the angst of my youth. The characters are so vibrant and emotional in paranormals as they battle both the trials of youth and their fight with the dangers of the night that haunt them

  10. Comment by Leigh Ann:

    I love that it is total escapism. YA literature (even angsty lit) is never how it happens in the real world

  11. Comment by Mary:

    YA lit takes me back to a more simpler time and a place for me to escape to in the pages of a book. I love it!

  12. Comment by Sarah Nicolas:

    What I love about YA is the whole first-time thing. Like your first time falling in love, having your heart broken, getting a job, buying a car, moving out of the house, getting betrayed by a friend. It’s fun getting to see a character develop rather than jumping in later in life and figuring out what happened to them in the past (though that can be fun sometimes)

    sarah.nicolas.ya at gmail dot com

  13. Comment by Nicole:

    YA has this certain innocence to it that you can’t find in adult books. These teens are still trying to figure out who they are, and even if you aren’t a teen reading YA, you remember what that was like. Also, the dialogue is a lot more fun, and even though the plots are sometimes serious, they don’t have to deal with the true pressures of being an adult yet.

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I think I got the phrase figured out 😀


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