Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! 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 until Sunday, October 8th!
As you can see, I’m a member of the Gold team. Check out all of the awesome books you could win if you finish the hunt!
I’m hosting the AMAZING Nikki Katz.
You can find out more information about Nikki and her awesome upcoming book, the Midnight Dance, by clicking HERE. It releases October 17, 201. Click on the pic of her book cover if you’d like to pre-order your own copy.
For her exclusive content, Nikki has decided to share a deleted scene from an early chapter of THE MIDNIGHT DANCE:
Rehearsal had finally ended and Penny lay in her room, sprawled on the threadbare quilt with Leon curled against the curve of her waist. She’d escaped another trip to the library with Maria, claiming she needed to rest. But dinner was only an hour away and a nap seemed out of reach.
She changed into a long skirt and sweater and slipped down the hall to the servants’ exit. Dense clouds filled the sky, sagging and ready to drop buckets of rain. The entire landscape seemed drenched in gray. At least the gala meant spring was on the horizon with all its pastel colors and fragrant blossoms. That was one thing she could look forward to.
Holding her skirt so it skimmed the tops of her boots, Penny dashed down the cobbled path to the lake. The water was a seamless echo of the sky, disorienting in its perfect reflection as if she could fall into the clouds. She squatted at the edge, peering further into the depths to watch as minnows chased each other in a never-ending game of tag. With a deep breath, she closed her eyes, concentrating on the cool air, feather soft against her forehead. A breeze carried the smell of the spruce and pine trees, reminding her of Christmas when garland draped the staircase and ribbon-draped trees brushed the ceiling in nearly every room. At night the girls would spend hours singing carols around the fire and peeking at wrapped presents piled high in the drawing room. This year Master had gotten Penny a Michaux bicycle from Paris. She had very little time to ride, especially in this weather, but it was a grand gesture.
It wasn’t always terrible at the estate. The girls had everything they needed; beds to sleep in, decadent food, friends, and schooling in the arts.
So why did she always want to run away?
A screech tore through the air and Penny’s eyes squinted open against the sudden brightness. A black-winged stilt landed on the lake and stared at her, its beady eyes and parted beak seeming to tell her to return to her room.
The temperature dropped and shivers raced down her skin. The supper bell echoed a distant gong, calling her back to the safety of home. With a last glance at the bird, she hastened back up the path and indoors.
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