Colleen Houck

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  • YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2016!

    February 11, 2016

    Welcome to the 12th YA Scavenger Hunt!

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    Hello! I am Colleen Houck,

    your hostess for this leg of the hunt.

    First Reawakened book

    About Me

    My favorite holiday is Halloween.

    I have eleven Koi fish.

    My food therapy is a cheeseburger

    I love the store Charming Charlie’s to accessorize

    Gardenias are one of my favorite things to smell

    And I may or may not have an obsession with holiday decorations

     You are currently hunting on TEAM GOLD.

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

    Somewhere on this blog hop, I’ve hidden three things; the title for book three in the REAWAKENED series, a steamy sneak peak from RECREATED and a screen shot from the upcoming RECREATED book trailer! 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 GOLD, 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, APRIL 3rd, 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 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, April 3rd!

    There are NINE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM but there is also a RED TEAM,  BLUE TEAMORANGE TEAM, PINK TEAM, PURPLE TEAM, TEAL TEAM,  SILVER TEAM & GREEN TEAM! Check out each team for a chance to win nine 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…

    Pintip Dunn!


    About Pintip:When my first-grade teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied, “An author.” Although I have pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.

    I graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. I received my J.D. at Yale Law School, where I was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. I published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,” and received the Barry S. Kaplan Prize for best paper in Law and Literature.”


    Colleen here-True, and much less impressive, school story, I once was forced to eat a huge pile of fish sticks before being dismissed from the elementary school cafeteria, I swear it was like 46 fish sticks! As you’d expect, I felt sick to my stomach and threw up everywhere!”

    The book Pintip is showcasing is book one in the FORGET TOMORROW series,


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


    “Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…

    by your future self. 

     It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

    Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

    In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.

    But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.”


    Exclusive content! The scene below is from the POV of Logan, who is Callie’s love interest in FORGET TOMORROW. It takes place one day before the beginning of Book 1. Logan has just received his vision from his future self.

    Logan opened his eyes. He’d been lost in a memory from his future — THE memory, the one for which he’d been preparing for seventeen years — and it took him a moment to readjust to the present. His surroundings melted into his consciousness like one of those screenshots that slowly came into focus. He saw color first, wide swaths of grays and silvers, which unfurled into the ordinary objects of the memory room. Dark, shiny tiles. A lounge chair with hard cylindrical cushions. White sheets hung on the walls for privacy.

    Privacy. Ha. Like that meant anything when there was a guard next door, peering into his head, seeing everything he saw, feeling everything he felt.

    He ripped the metal helmet-like contraption from his head, fighting the urge to fling it across the room. He’d told his parents he didn’t want this memory. All these visions had done for the people he loved was cause them terrible grief. He’d be just fine without his glimpse of tomorrow.

    But his parents had insisted. They said it would arouse too much suspicion if he refused his memory. It might even clue in ComA, or the Committee of Agencies, to the existence of The Underground, the clandestine group of psychics working to escape the government’s persecution. The last thing Logan wanted was to threaten the group that kept his brother safe.

    So he came, and he received the memory from his future self.

    It was exactly what he expected — and exactly not.

    The female guard rushed in just as he was winding his arm up for the throw. “So, a gold star swimmer, huh?” she cooed, taking the metal contraption from his hand and running the pads of her fingers across his knuckles.

    He swore to the Fates she hadn’t been cooing a few minutes ago, before he received his memory.

    “How does it feel knowing you’re going to be someone so . . . important?” Her cool, cool fingers traveled up his arm, inch by crawly inch, like a spider he wanted to flick away.

    Yep, she was definitely hitting on him, never mind the years separating them. Who knew that a gold star status could render a ten-year gap irrelevant?

    “Fine,” he said, trying to sound bored, even though his insides sizzled and popped. It wasn’t the gold star status that made him mad. That’s what his parents had been dreaming of ever since they tossed him into the swimming pool when he was three.

    It was the part . . . after . . . that made him feel like a flame was being held to his toes. That part had him reliving memories of his childhood, memories he thought he had long since buried. (And, if he were being honest, that part also made something leap in the vicinity of his chest. But he wasn’t about to confess that particular truth, not to anyone.)

    “Oh, I like that attitude.” The guard’s spider fingers reached his bicep and wrapped around it. “The confidence.

    The arrogance. Why, you must’ve known this was your destiny, didn’t you?” She batted her tattooed eyelids at him. Was this suppose to be sexy? By Eden City’s standards, she was perfectly attractive. But the change in her attitude made the bile rise in his throat.

    Just once, he’d like a girl to be interested in him for him. Not for his swimming, not for the body that came along with his hours in the pool. But him. Logan Russell. His thoughts, his wants, his feelings.

    The way she used to be interested in him. The girl whose name he hadn’t allowed himself to speak for the last five years.

    The one who had just appeared, unfathomably, in his future memory.

    Callie Stone.

    You can now add FORGET TOMORROW to your TBR list on Goodreads!

    Are you as interested in this book as I am?

    Here’s how you can get your hands on it!

    You can buy her book HERE!

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    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 and many more! Just check out all these books on team gold,


    To enter, you need to write down my favorite number, find all the other numbers on TEAM GOLD, 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 the  first book in both my series, TIGER’S CURSE AND REAWAKENED! Good luck everyone!

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    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 Dhonielle Clayton’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.