Colleen Houck

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  • Fall 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt!

    October 1, 2015

    Welcome to the 11th YA Scavenger Hunt!

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    Hello! I am Colleen Houck,

    your hostess for this leg of the hunt.

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    About Me

    My favorite holiday is Halloween.

    I have eleven Koi fish.

    My favorite flowers are lilies.

    I always decorate my home for the holidays.

    I have a secret crush on Derek Hough.

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    Blue Team

    Looking for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching.

    Somewhere on this blog hop, I’ve hidden a sneak peak, cover picture reveal and the book description for RECREATED, the sequel to REAWAKENED! Shocking reveals are just around the corner. Before you go looking for it, check out the amazing author I’m hosting.

    But, first, a few rules.


    DIRECTIONS: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM BLUE, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)


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

    On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one signed book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast. This contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, October 4th!

    There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM, but there is also a RED TEAM,  GOLD TEAM, ORANGE TEAM, PINK TEAM, PURPLE TEAM, TEAL TEAM,  & GREEN TEAM! Check out each team for a chance to win eight different sets of signed 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.

    Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I’ll introduce the author I am hosting on this hunt.


    I am super excited to be hosting…

    Shonna Slayton!


    BIO: SHONNA SLAYTON is the author of the YA novels Cinderella’s Dress, (Summer 2014) and Cinderella’s Shoes (Fall 2015) published by Entangled Teen. She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.

    Colleen here-Random fact, I like the Jackson 5 song, that goes “ABC, it’s easy as 123.”


    The book Shonna is showcasing in the YA Scavenger Hunt this season is the sequel to Cinderella’s Dress,

    Cinderella’s Shoes


    Colleen here-Love the title and the cover. 

    In case you’re curious about the story as I am, you’re in luck!


    The war may be over, but Kate Allen’s life is still in upheaval. Not only has she discovered that Cinderella was real, but now she’s been made Keeper of the Wardrobe, her sole responsibility to protect Cinderella’s magical dresses from the greed of the evil stepsisters’ modern descendants. But Cinderella’s dresses are just the beginning.

     It turns out that the priceless glass slippers might actually exist, too, and they could hold the power to reunite lost loved ones like her father—missing in action since World War II ended. As Kate and her boyfriend, Johnny, embark on an adventure from New York to Italy and Poland in search of the mysterious slippers, they will be tested in ways they never imagined.
    Because when you harness Cinderella’s magic, danger and evil are sure to follow…




    Here’s a Sneak Peek into the mind of the mastermind behind Cinderella’s Shoes,


    by Shonna Slayton

     drawingGrowing up, I watched my mom go through many craft phases. At one point she had these tempting little containers filled with glitter. I have no recollection of what she used them for, but I remember wanting to play with them. So. Badly. And then glitter went everywhere. Oh, glitter is messy.

    Fast forward to a few months ago on Pinterest where I found fashion-design artist Katie Rodgers. She reminded me about my love of glitter. She paints these gorgeous images of runway clothes and adds glitter and sequins, and the results are stunning. So I took her Skillshare classes to learn how to do it myself. Here is my re-creation of her design from one of the classes.

    unnamedThen I went rogue and tried to recreate my book cover images. (It’s harder going rogue; I need more practice.) I’d like to get good enough at this that I can paint inside my novels to make extra-special giveaways.

    cinderella1In the mean-time. My book launch party is coming up on Oct 6 and I plan to glitter the shoe inside the front cover of Cinderella’s Shoes. Ah, glitter. It’s so pretty.

    (Colleen here. I wish I was that artistic!)

    You can now add Cinderella’s Shoes to your TBR list on Goodreads!

    Are you as interested in this book?

    Here’s how you can your hands on it!

    You can buy her book HERE!


    Check out more on her Website, Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook pages

    and sign up for her Newsletter so you’ll never miss out

    on any important book news or updates.

    And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Shonna, and many more! Just check out all these books on team blue,


    To enter, you need to write down my favorite number, find all the other numbers on TEAM BLUE add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

    Thank you so much for visiting my website! While you’re here don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt. Ten lucky winners will receive either the first book in my series, TIGER’S CURSE or the first book in my new series, REAWAKENED! One lucky winner will be getting my entire Tiger series! Good luck everyone!

    Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win,

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    Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt? Then head on over to visit author Dorothy Dreyer’s page.


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    Author Bio
    Colleen Houck

    New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she's not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.