The YA Scavenger Hunt!

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Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for a prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed 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 for 72 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are EIGHT (yes, you heard me correctly!) contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM!


But there is also RED, BLUE, GREEN, ORANGE, TEAL, PURPLE, & PINK teams. You can participate in all the hunts for a chance to win 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 homepage.



Directions: Hidden somewhere below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number in GOLD. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the GOLD team, and then add them up. And don’t worry if you have to take off your socks and use your toes to keep track. A calculator works too.

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: This contest is 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 04/5/15, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.



Alexandria Monir

Alexandra Monir is an author and recording artist in her twenties. SUSPICION is her third novel published by Random House. Her debut was the popular time-travel romance, TIMELESS, followed by the 2013 sequel, TIMEKEEPER. Alexandra currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is at work on her next novel, while also composing and recording original songs. Her music can be found on iTunes, and you can visit her website at www.alexandramonir.com. Follow Alexandra @TimelessAlex.



“If Alfred Hitchcock had directed Downton Abbey, the result would have been this book. Alexandra Monir takes us on a gripping, nonstop thrill ride with just the right amount of supernatural and an ending that you definitely won’t suspect. I devoured it in one sitting.”–Jessica Brody, bestselling author of the UNREMEMBERED trilogy

“There’s something hidden in the maze.”

Seventeen-year-old Imogen Rockford has never forgotten the last words her father said to her, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor.

For seven years, images of her parents’ death have haunted Imogen’s dreams. In an effort to escape the past, she leaves Rockford Manor and moves to New York City with her new guardians. But some attachments prove impossible to shake—including her love for her handsome neighbor Sebastian Stanhope.

Then a life-altering letter arrives that forces Imogen to return to the manor in England, where she quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind Rockford’s aristocratic exterior. At their center is Imogen herself—and Sebastian, the boy she never stopped loving.

Combining spine-tingling mystery, romance, and unforgettable characters, SUSPICION is an action-packed thrill ride.


Hi Readers! Thank you for joining us on the YA Scavenger Hunt! For my bonus content, I’m excited to share the opening scene from my upcoming fourth novel for Delacorte Press, THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE!

I hope you enjoy this opening scene! While you’re waiting for GIRL IN THE PICTURE to come out next year, check out my current release, SUSPICION. I’ll be giving away 2 signed copies for the scavenger hunt- to enter, please follow me on Twitter @TimelessAlex and mention SUSPICION and YASH!

Love and Happy Reading!
Alexandra Monir

THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE by Alexandra Monir


 At first it’s no more than a blurry shape on the ground, large enough to beat me up, slow enough for me to get away. Then my focus clears, and I see why the body won’t move. Its limbs are tangled and twisted amongst the fallen leaves. Mud cakes the sleeves of a well-worn varsity jacket. A once-familiar face has turned an ashy gray, its mouth frozen on the last word spoken, a word now echoing in my ears. “You.”

   I take a step closer, bracing for the gut-wrenching pain of recognition. But as I stare at my maimed self lying in the woods behind the soccer field—my soccer field—there is no pain. No emotion at all, really. I guess I shouldn’t expect to feel anything. I’m dead.

   Still, there is a flicker of something, an image—no, images. They push to the forefront of my mind, growing stronger the more I stare at my rigid body. Lips on lips, the sound of her voice calling after me, a jagged rock hovering above my skull, the last face before it all went black.

   Footsteps. They’re coming, mere seconds away from finding my body. Soon this section of the woods will be roped off with yellow tape, newscasters and Oyster Bay students clamoring for a view of where I died, of what happened. Then the detectives will swarm, full of theories and names.

I think I know who the first two names will be.

I have somewhere to go, don’t I? Some afterlife waiting to check me in?

But I can’t go just yet.

I need a little longer.

One more glimpse of her.

I need the truth.

Thanks, Alexandra!!!!! And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Alexandra Monir, and at least 7 or maybe more than SEVEN fabulous authors! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is. Have you figured it out yet? Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the GOLD team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!



To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next GOLD Team author, Katherine Longshore!!!
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And before you go…BONUS CONTEST!!!!!!

Here’s a chance to win TWO signed copies of TOUCHING THE SURFACE–one copy for you and one copy for your favorite school or local library. Check out my Rafflecopter for the details on how to win.

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  1. seriously I think all books have made me suspicious of people.

    • Ooooo interesting response–now you’ve got me thinking!

  2. I grew up with a police father, so I’m basically suspicious of everything, and that’s kind of sad. He taught me to be suspicious of kindness and anything that seems too good to be true, especially when it comes to people.

    • That kind of suspicion can be very beneficial–but I agree–sometimes good things pass you by. I hope you have the best instincts in order to get the best of both worlds.

  3. I think I get suspicious of people who stare at you for too long. It’s unconfortable and kinda creepy.

    • LOL! Half of them are probably writers. But I do agree–it can give me the creeps.

  4. April Fools Day. I get very suspicious of whatever people say on April Fools Day. Are they serious? Are they playing a joke? Hmmmmmm…

    • Me too!!! My brother gets my mom every year. This year he moved her car while she was at work and she came out and couldn’t find it. Fun video for the whole family. Don’t know how she lets him get her EVERY TIME????

  5. i suspicious of people who suddenly reenter your life they usually want something

  6. When someone stands on a street corner for long periods of time and for no apparent reason, I get suspicious (as do a lot of people, I’m sure). Like, what are you doing? Are you watching my house? Are you trying to sell something shady? 🙂

  7. People who are looking very intense at me and then start to walk in the same direction as me 😛

  8. I am very suspicious of someone being a little too friendly and touchy touchy!!

  9. People following too close to me. I need personal space.

  10. I get suspicious when people are telling me something serious, and they are trying to keep back a smile.

  11. Sometimes I see an ad saying, “Protect your credit card! First step- put in your credit card information,” and if that is not the epitome of a suspicious ad then I don’t know what is.

    • Oh–and it’s scary how many people fall for it!

  12. People who act overly friendly. I automatically think they want something.

  13. If my cat doesn’t like you, I get very suspicious…she loves everybody and runs to them as soon as they come through the door. If she doesn’t, it makes me feel like she knows something I don’t and I’m instantly more weary of you.

  14. when my mom act friendly…too friendly o.o

  15. Peoples facial expressions and comments, I don’t trust easy. I wish I could but I have had so many bad experiences and I know it is a flaw.

    • Just as flawed as me–I should know better and I still get taken in certain situations. Grrrrr

  16. People with shifty eyes…

  17. I get very suspicious when the people who usually don’t talk to me will suddenly be super friendly. I will be like “What do you want from me??!” HAHAHA yup. Trust issues. 😛

    • Seems reasonable to me. I struggle because I think change is possible, but that it’s rare. So frustrating!

  18. I get suspicious of people who walk behind you for too long

    • Don’t worry about me–I’m usually sitting and reading a book. *grin*

  19. books make me suspicious that vampires, werewolves, fae, nephilim, ect are real!

  20. When people are too friendly, it makes me suspicious.

  21. People at Walmart make me suspicious.

  22. people who are too friendly

  23. I get suspicious of people who follow me when driving. If I see a car behind me for too long I end up going different ways home lol.

    • I wish I paid that much attention to what’s going on around me. *sigh* But I’m always super aware of where I park in parking lots. Under light, away from vans and trucks, in a generally safe spot etc…

  24. When people who have never paid attention to you, suddenly become super friendly out of the blue.

  25. I would say when people start whispering when you enter the room.

  26. Anyone who starts to be super friendly with me that I have never talked to before.

    • The overtly friendly are the top suspicion offenders on this thread LOL!

  27. I am a bit suspicous about winning the giveaway, but I’ll still be very positive about it! 🙂

  28. I can’t wait to check out all the books on the Gold Team!!! 🙂

  29. People who are too nice to me make me super suspicious..or even people who are nice in general.

    • I’m thinking it doesn’t pay to be nice. LOL!

  30. I agree with Chelsea..people that are too nice make me suspicious.

    • I’m starting to feel bad for the genuinely nice LOL!

  31. Silence at home. Means my dog is up to something.

  32. What makes me suspicious is when someone keeps staring at me or my kids. Momma bear mode kicks in! Thanks for the chance!

    • Yeah, kinda weird. And you’re very welcome. :o)

  33. I get suspicious when someone can’t look me in the eyes when speaking to me.

  34. I get suspicious when my kids suddenly get quiet. 😉

  35. I am suspicious of organized religion.

  36. I’m not a very suspicious person. In fact, I’m so gullible in some areas that my husband thinks it’s funny to pretend to be serious just because he knows I’ll believe him. *sigh* Maybe I /should/ be more suspicious! haha

    But it is true that I’m suspicious when it gets too quiet; I work at a daycare w/1-2yos, and when it goes quiet I know they’re getting into something they’re not supposed to and trying to be sneaky about it! So funny.

  37. I’m suspicious of silence… 😉

  38. I’m sometimes suspicious of my mother.

  39. I am suspicious of people who tailgate me while I am driving. I am irrationally convinced they are out to get me

  40. I am suspicious of people who suddenly ask if they can borrow my phone. I heard a lot of news that whenever that happens they try to hypnotize you to steal your phone

  41. I am very suspicious when unknown numbers call me.

  42. The look on my kids faces when I ask them a question. I get suspicious right away if they get this “certain look”. Oh the minds of moms. Nothing gets past us … mostly. 🙂

  43. Cats!! They are up to no good.

  44. liars, cheaters, and dogs with guilty looks :-p

  45. Cats! I swear there was this one cat in my school compound trying to stalk me… And at my friend’s house, her cat had its fur all over my bag!

  46. I know it has been said frequently, but I get suspicious of people who are too nice. I have met people who are genuinely really nice, but most of the time I can tell when someone is faking it.

  47. unknown cars hanging outside my house for too long

  48. When people fidget and avoid eye contact, I get suspicious of them lying. When I see the same weird car everywhere I go, I get suspicious of the driver following me. When people are too kind to me (yes, there is such thing as being too kind) for no reason or if they are not close friends with me, I get suspicious. 🙂 Thanks for participating in the YASH and for hosting your own giveaway!

  49. Watching Criminal Minds has made me suspicious of everyone!! Seriously though, I get suspicious when people keep looking around, as if they’re checking their surroundings. Working in a high school library I soon learnt that meant chances were high something no good was afoot! 😉 Thanks for taking part in YASH & for the giveaway.

  50. Shoplifters make me suspicious.

  51. People who smile too much–or not enough 😉

  52. What makes me suspicious – something that is too good to be true!

  53. When people are too kind or too generous! In my experience they usually want something in return!

  54. Any time my daughter is out of my eyesight and quiet. I know something’s happening.

  55. I am suspicious with grown men with little tiny dogs LOL

  56. I’m suspicious of people that hate animals! How could you not at least like a dog or a guinea pig, too cute!

  57. I am suspicious of people who are just too nice. So sad, but they make me nervous. lol

  58. I’m suspicious of people who stare at me and whisper.

  59. I’m suspicious of people because of Criminal Minds, I’m always like do you have a body in your basement? lol I also get suspicious when I read books with a supernatural creatures in it, I’m like okay are there really witches, vampires, werewolves, etc..

  60. When my best friend gives me her doggy eyes expression w/o explaining to me why…

  61. I’m suspicious when people seem overly nice and random people xD

  62. When someone clears out the history on their computer, I get very suspicious LOL Great post! Thanks for participating in the YASH! xo

  63. I am a big fan…! I was lucky enough to win your giveaway in the last YA hunt so am not entering again today. I adore your book and my review will be posted soon. Love from a sunny South Africa 🙂

    • Awwwww Thank you so much. <3 Always a pleasure to see you over at my blog. And I can't wait to check out the review. (((((hugs)))))

  64. Those pop up ads on sketchy websites that tell you you’ve just won a computer product of some sort.

  65. When I see people I know acting weird

  66. weird people

  67. People lingering around others (if that makes sense).

  68. When someone who you do not know talk to you as if you are her best friend… never bought it…

  69. I would have to say pretty much everything. Haha. I’m an accountant for a bank and between the 2 I don’t trust anyone. I would say major tells would be shifty eyes and nervous behavior. Thank you for participating. It’s very nice to meet you.

  70. no one knows what i’m thinking, I could be smiling and just shock them lol!

  71. When someone’s voice suddenly goes up two octaves.

  72. I am suspicious of dogs. I always think they’re out to kill me because I love cats HAHA.

  73. When people are suddenly friendly followed by asking if I’ve finished homework it always makes me suspicious if they are just looking for answers!

  74. super overly nice professors

  75. People laughing for no reason.

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