Hi everyone! I’m so excited to once again participate in the YA Scavenger Hunt. If you haven’t hunted before, you’re in for a treat! The YA Scavenger Hunt is where you pick a team (purple, right?) and visit all of the participating author’s websites. Each author will have a blog post dedicated to another author, in which they’ll share an author bio and some exclusive content. While you’re reading, watch for the secret number, because you’ll need to add all of those up to enter the contest.

Once you’ve got your total score, head on over to the YA Scavenger Hunt website to enter for your chance to win a free book from each of the participating authors. But wait, there’s more! Most of the authors, myself included, also offer their own giveaways, giving you the chance at even more prices. Want to learn more? Head on over to YA Scavenger Hunt for more information and to enter the contest when you’re finished.

And now, I’d like to introduce Meg Kassel, the awesome author I have the honor of hosting, and her book, Blackbird of the GallowsJust look at that cover! Isn’t it awesome!!

About her book:

Author’s note:

My YA paranormal debut novel, Black Bird of the Gallows, is told in Angie Dovage’s point of view, so this scene is a bit of the book from the perspective of her romantic interest, Reece Fernandez. Reece was such an interesting character to write (I love my paranormal boys!), but we never get in his head. This scene takes place shortly before Angie discovers Reece’s secret (that he’s a harbinger of death). I hope you enjoy!

Exclusive content:

When I’m tired, I sleep. When I’m hungry, I eat. I feel pain and heal as slowly as any human. As years pass, I age. On paper, I could be a normal boy. At first glance, I could pass for one of you. Nothing about me is normal.

I’m a harbinger of death. Food isn’t the only thing I hunger for. The other hunger is the reason I’m going out tonight. Also, because of my hot, arty neighbor, Angie Dovage. I’d love to get her off my mind. But that isn’t happening until my group and I fly out of this town. Even now, riding in a car with Cody Knox, a new friend and fellow hockey fan, I can’t get that girl out of my head.

I listen with as much patience as I can muster as Cody starts in on how he’d like to ask out Ava Chen, but is convinced she’d never say yes. She likes guys smarter than he is, he says. She doesn’t like guys who play sports. I nod at that. It’s a problem I identify with. Angie doesn’t seem the slightest bit interested in sports or the people who play them. I wish I played the bass guitar. Maybe, if I were a musician, she’d be able to overlook my…eccentricities. Not that she should. Even if we got along great, I won’t be in Cadence long enough for it to go anywhere.

My fingernails scratch at my coat’s arm seam. This ride feels like it’s taking forever.

“Hey Reece,” Cody says. “Did you leave a girlfriend in your last school?”

I shrug with a smirk and a snort. “No one girl in particular,” is my lazy reply. The truth is, there was no one at all, but of course, I think of Angie: survivor. Secret musician. Girl of the bright, sad eyes that look like they don’t trust what they see.

Girl I can’t stop thinking about.

About the author:

Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. She is a two-time finalist and the 2016 winner of the RWA Golden Heart© contest in YA.





Before I direct you to your next stop, please sign up for my contest below. I’ll be giving away a free copy of one of my books, your choice, even Darkness Burning Brightly, the rd book in my Darkness Falls series, which comes out May 28th!

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And now, it’s my pleasure to announce the next step on your YA Scavenger Hunt journey, the amazing Shaila Patel.