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FALL 2017 YA SCAVENGER HUNT

YA_ScavengerHunt_ColourLogo_CMYK-01Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event gives readers access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors and also the chance to win awesome prizes! Add up the clues and you can enter to win 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 October 7th, 2017!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SEVEN contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM – GO FOR GOLD!

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: I’ve listed my favorite number in gold somewhere in this blog post. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the GOLD TEAM, and then add them up for a grand total.
 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added 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. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
At this stop of the Scavenger Hunt, I’m hosting MARGO KELLY!!!
Margo Kelly is an award-winning writer. Her critically-acclaimed debut, Who R U Really?, was published in 2014, and her second novel, Unlocked, released in October 2016. Both titles are available through Simon & Schuster. School Library Journal has called Margo’s writings suspenseful, realistic, and dramatic. She enjoys writing thrillers for young adults and hopes her stories give readers the goose bumps or the itchies or the desire to rethink everyday things.
 
Find out more information by checking out Margo’s website and her latest book, UNLOCKED.

17-year-old Hannah is losing her grip on reality, which is affecting not only her but her friends and family too. She wrecked the car when bugs crawled over her hands, but were the creepy things even real? Now someone is moving Hannah’s possessions around in her room, or is she imagining that also? Why does she feel like she isn’t in control of her own brain anymore? Hannah is terrified she’s headed for a horrible life in and out of the mental institution, just like her dad.

When her friends bail, Hannah is left floundering. Her boyfriend, Manny, doesn’t believe her wild stories, and new girl Chelsea is practically replacing her at school. Only artsy outsider and self-proclaimed occult expert, Plug, agrees to help Hannah discover the truth, but even he can’t help Hannah reclaim her mind from whatever is taking over. She’ll have to do that on her own, especially if she wants to save her friends, her mom, and herself.”

 

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT:

Do Demons Really Exist?

–         by Margo Kelly

For the plot of her novel, UNLOCKED, Margo Kelly researched mental illness, hypnosis, the occult, and demons. These topics have the potential to twist and intertwine around each other, and scary things can happen when they are unlocked without warning.

We’ve all heard people use phrases like:

“What possessed you to do that?”

and / or

“The devil made me do it.”

These phrases bring us to a basic yes or no question:

Do demons really exist?

The answer is not simple, and before we can even begin to explore it, we must understand the definition of the word demon.

Dictionary definitions:

  1. A demon is a supposed evil spirit
  2. A demon is a personal fear or anxiety that torments someone

So … which is it? Do you believe that a demon is a supposed evil spirit? Do you think a demon is a personal anxiety that torments someone? Or do you think it’s both?

By choosing the definition you agree with, you acknowledge that demons do in fact exist.

Yes, demons do exist.

Now, we might disagree on the precise definition, but we agree on the existence.

Stereotypically, there are two schools of thought regarding demons. Religious and secular.

RELIGIOUS

 

If you’re religious or spiritual to some extent, you probably believe demons are evil spirits that whisper in your ear, toy with your emotions, or to an extreme, possess your mind.

According to psychiatrist and born-again Christian, M. Scott Peck, “the distinction between ‘human evil’ and ‘demonic evil’ is crucial” (1) And according to an article in Psychology Today, “The Roman Catholic Church’s official diagnostic criteria for discerning genuine demonic possession … includes speaking in tongues … supernatural physical strength, and visibly negative reactions of the victim to prayers.” (1)

However, secular psychiatrists will argue that many of these symptoms can be “seen in the most severely [mentally] disturbed patients.” (1)

For example, some of you might remember the Andrea Yates case from 2001. She claimed that she was possessed by Satan himself and he compelled her to drown her five children. “In her second trial, Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity…” (2) Was her demon a personal anxiety that tormented her? Did she suffer from a mental illness such as postpartum depression? Schizophrenia? Or was she possessed by an evil spirit?

SECULAR

 

If you lean more to the secular side, one that’s not as concerned with religious aspects, then you probably agree more with the psychiatrists who explain that these so called demons are actually your own inner fears and anxieties that have not been dealt with properly.

Dr. Leon Seltzer wrote, “If you’re tightly ‘in the grip’ of something, it’s really a recessive part of your own being that’s ensnared you and it’s probably a part so foreign to how you’d prefer to see yourself that you can hardly withstand the temptation to see it as not really you at all.” (3) “The consensus of mental health professionals today is that the source of most—though certainly not all—so-called ‘evil’ thoughts and behaviors is linked to growing up in a seriously dysfunctional family.” (4)

Either way – religious or secular – an evil spirit or an unresolved personal anxiety – a demon can torment and endanger your sanity.

And the bottom line is: Yes, demons do exist.

[Margo Kelly extensively researched mental illness and demons for the plot of UNLOCKED. Feel free to leave a blog comment with your opinions on the topic.]

Sources:

1)    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evil-deeds/201201/the-devil-inside-psychotherapy-exorcism-and-demonic-possession (page 7)

2)    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evil-deeds/201201/the-devil-inside-psychotherapy-exorcism-and-demonic-possession (page 8)

3)    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolution-the-self/201506/enough-about-inner-demons-already (page 2)

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolution-the-self/201506/enough-about-inner-demons-already


Thanks to Margo for offering this exclusive content!

Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books. To enter the scavenger hunt, you need to know that my favorite number is 10. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the GOLD TEAM and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Austin Aslan by clicking here!

And before you go, don’t forget to enter my separate contest for a chance to win a gift card to buy even more books!

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Fall 2016 YASH is here!

And we’re back! I’m thrilled to be a part of the Fall 2016 YASH, my second time as an author. Good luck to everyone participating! Team PurpleIf you’re new to the process, here are the basics:

Visit each author’s website and look for the secret number hidden in their posts. Add up the numbers, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in TEAM PURPLE! But play fast: this contest only lasts 5 days and ends October 9th! Yes, 5 days. Just 5.

More Rules and Information:

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 DATE, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Okay, now to the fun part! I’m hosting author Christopher Mannino, author of SCHOOL OF DEATHS.

 

 

Christopher teaches high school theatre in Greenbelt, Maryland. He also holds a Master of Art in Theatre Education from Catholic University and has studied mythology and literature both in America and at Oxford University. His time in Oxford provided inspiration for THE SCYTHE WIELDER’S SECRET, and his work with young people helped encourage him to write young adult fantasy.
Find out more about Christopher by clicking on the links below.

 

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

 

 To find out more about SCHOOL OF DEATHS, check the exclusive links below:

 

Oh, and one more thing … don’t forget that the contest lasts just 5 days.
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author!

 

And, before you go, don’t forget to enter my separate contest below for a chance to win a signed paperback of My Junior Year of Loathing!

 

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