Colleen Houck

“I took hold of that scourge -filled ship and crushed it between my limbs, hurtling it into the second sun, the red one that gave me strength. But I was too late." Terraformer

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  • YASH 2016 Fall Edition!

    October 4, 2016

    Welcome to the lucky 13th YA Scavenger Hunt!


    Hello! I am Colleen Houck,

    your hostess for this leg of the hunt.

    First Reawakened book

    About Me

    My favorite color is blue.

    I do my writing in my bedroom.

    My favorite month is October.

    I love hot chocolate in the fall.

    And I’m currently writing my tenth book.

     You are currently hunting on TEAM GOLD.

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

    Somewhere on this blog hop, I’ve hidden three things; the cover reveal for REIGNITED, the novella in the REAWAKENED series, a cover reveal for REUNITED, book three in the REAWAKENED series, and a sneak peek from REIGNITED! Before you go looking for them, 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, OCT 9th, 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 SIX contests going on simultaneously as well as a bonus contest and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM but there is also a RED TEAM BLUE TEAM, ORANGE TEAM, PURPLE 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…

    Selene Castrovilla!


    About Selene:

    Selene always knew she was a writer, from the time she held a pencil. But when she was a teenager she was filled with so much self-doubt that she stopped writing for over ten years. That’s why she makes it her mission to inspire people to live their dreams.

    Selene loves quotes, and her house is filled with them: on magnets, in frames — even right on the walls! She posts daily quotes on her Facebook page.

    Selene’s mantra is Gandhi’s “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” For her, that change is love. Selene does all things with love, most especially her writing. Her books ask the question: “Why do people hurt each other?”

    Selene gives out “Happy Clams” to her fans, and if you contact her through her website and ask for one, she’ll send it to you!

    Selene has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, where she was lucky enough to study with Jacqueline Woodson!



    The book Selene is showcasing is MELT! 


    Colleen here: I counted the bricks on the cover and, if I’m right, there are

    Gold number 46 balloons


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


    Melt is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family’s secret – about to be unleashed.

    Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?

    Melt is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.




    Bonus Material!


    Selene is currently at work on Unpunished, Book Three of The Rough Romance Trilogy.  So many questions! Can we find redemption, and what is its cost? Can love conquer all, and can it last? Can a person ever get away from the horrors of the past? Selene doesn’t know the answers until her characters experience them.

    Here’s a sneak preview of the final Rough Romance book!


    I wake up in the dark. Black out curtains, blacked-out mind. All this blocking, still no relief. The bright, shining pain, it sears right though. Here comes the sun. I know it’s out there waiting,  all its truths splayed out in full view on my front lawn that’s seen better days, only the lawn misses Pop and his fanatical maintenance. Yeah, there is is again. That name. I clamp my eyelids, squeezing every bit of defiance I can muster. I bury my head in the cheap feather pillow, the untrimmed ends stab my face.

    Twisted in my sweat sheets, wound up like a tangled yo-yo no-one wants, I think of another name. The name that hurts me even more. Why does love rip through us so much, isn’t it supposed to heal us? Pleas spew from my mouth.

    “Come back. Come back, Doll. Please.”

    My heart smashes against my chest cave, solitary confinement it can never escape, but it keeps getting bruised up trying.

    I get more worked up,  panting, clawing. My eyes squeeze themselves shut, like the answer is contained in my tunnel of vision and I just can’t let it out.

    Somehow, my brain says. Somehow I’ll find her.

    Then that bitch the sunny truth beams her ray in: I did find her.

    I just never bargained for what came next.

    You can now add MELT 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!

     Check out more on her Website, Twitter, or Facebook page.

    You can also join her street team called: Castrovilla’s Crusaders

    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. Five lucky winners will receive the  first and second book in my REAWAKENED series, REAWAKENED AND RECREATED! 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 Stacie Ramey’s page.


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    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.