Wednesday, November 28, 2012

YA Scavenger Hunt: @yaednah_walters #mustread #YAromance #Teenbooks

Oooh, this is exciting. I'm doing this for the first time, so it's kind of fun and at the same time intimidating. Here goes:
Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt!

If you are stuck, go HERE

You are on TEAM RED. The GOAL is to find Each author's favorite number during each TEAM RED stop, then add the numbers up, getting a larger number, then enter the number HERE to win the GRAND PRIZE

Did I mention that YA Scavenger 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?



Today, I am hosting Alexandra Monir on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! What a gifted author. Participating in this hunt has been wonderful because I got to meet such wonderful authors.

BIO:  At the age of 25, author and recording artist Alexandra Monir released her debut young adult novel, Timeless. The book caught on quickly, with naming it one of the "Best Books of the Month" for January 2011,
and Barnes & Noble featuring the title in their "Top Teen Picks." The book went on to hit the Barnes & Noble Teen Bestsellers chart, and has been featured in a variety of media, from popular teen websites to The Huffington Post. Alexandra is currently writing the sequel, which publishes in December 2012.

Alexandra also integrated original music into the novel's pages, writing two songs for the book, which she recorded with producer Michael Bearden (musical director of Michael Jackson's last concert, This Is It). The songs were released on iTunes as a supplement to the book.

Alexandra currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she is at
work on further projects as a writer and singer

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author's book here! Visit her HERE and you can buy her book HERE.



This sequel to Timeless combines breathtaking romance with a tale of complex magic in a sequel that will have every reader believing in the transcendent power of love.

When Philip Walker appears as a new student in Michele Windsor's high school class, she is floored. He is the love she thought she lost forever when they said goodbye during her time travels last century. Overjoyed that they can resume the relationship they had a lifetime ago, Michele eagerly approaches him and discovers the unthinkable: he doesn't remember her. In fact, he doesn't seem to remember anything about the Philip Walker of 1910.

Michele then finds her father's journals, which tell stories of his time-traveling past. As she digs deeper, she learns about his entanglement with a mysterious and powerful organization called the Time Society and his dealings with a vengeful Windsor ancestor. Michele soon finds herself at the center of a rift over 120 years in the making, one whose resolution will have life-or-death consequences.




By Alexandra Monir

Publishing January 8, 2013; Random House





Walter and Dorothy Windsor lingered over their afternoon tea, peacefully unaware that the one they feared had stolen through the gates to their home. As Walter thumbed through the New York Times and Dorothy hummed along to the symphony echoing from the nearby radio, the girl in black strode up the white stone steps and turned the knob of the front door, unseen by the Windsor Mansion’s household staff. While her footsteps echoed through the Grand Hall, Walter sweetly reached over to touch his wife’s cheek. It had been so long since they’d been happy, and now, with their granddaughter finally in their lives, it seemed they might be getting a second chance.

Suddenly the library doors swung open, and all the light left the room. Dorothy let out a strangled scream, clutching Walter’s hand. Hot tea streamed painfully onto Walter’s legs as he knocked over his cup in shock. For a moment the only sound was the frenzied crescendo of the piano and strings from the symphony playing on the radio, until Walter found his voice.

“Rebecca,” he gasped.

The door slammed shut and Rebecca Windsor stalked toward them, her mouth curved in a knowing, mirthless smile. Even as Dorothy cowered in her husband’s arms, she couldn’t tear her eyes away from Rebecca, unable to fathom how a woman long dead could so realistically appear to be herself at age seventeen. She looked just like her chilling portrait from the Windsor family album of 1888, with the same angular pale face, steely dark eyes, and black hair piled onto her head in a fashion that accentuated her sharp, unwelcoming features. The folds of her voluminous Victorian dress swathed around her like drapes of armor. She looked terrifyingly alive, yet there was a translucence to her appearance that made her almost inhuman.

“Why are you here?” Dorothy burst out, her voice thick with tears. “We did everything you asked—you said it would keep her safe, but you lied! Our daughter is dead because of you!” Her whole body shook with agony as she remembered the last time she had seen Rebecca, and the horrors that had followed.

“You failed,” Rebecca said coldly. “You failed to keep Marion away from Irving, and that is the reason why she is dead, and why we now have Michele on our hands. You were supposed to prevent the girl from being born, not bring her into my house to live!” Her voice rose with fury.

“This hasn’t been your house in over a hundred years, Rebecca,” Walter shot back. “It’s our home now, and we are the only family Michele has. She will live with us for as long as she likes.”

“The only family she has? You must be forgetting her father,” Rebecca hissed. “Now that you’ve gone and brought her to New York, it’s only a matter of time before she finds him. The girl has inherited Irving’s talent.” She spat out the word.

Walter and Dorothy stared at each other, aghast.

“Yes, that’s right. She’s gone into the past and made a mess of things. Just as her father sought to destroy my life and took your daughter from you, Michele too is leaving carnage in her wake. Didn’t I tell you what happens to children born from crossed times?” Rebecca’s voice lowered to a deceptively silky tone. “The only remedy is to alter the past. Michele must not exist. It’s time for us to work together again.”

Dorothy covered her mouth with her hand as if she were going to be sick.

“We won’t hurt our granddaughter,” Walter snapped.

“It doesn’t have to hurt. If you follow my instructions, Michele will simply vanish, as if she’d never been born. What’s more, you will have your daughter back.” Rebecca’s voice lilted as she dangled the carrot before them. “After all, without Irving and Michele, Marion would still be alive today. Wouldn’t she?”

“Stop it!” Dorothy sobbed. “Stop torturing us. We trusted you once, and it was a terrible mistake. Why are you doing this?”

“That man took everything from me!” Rebecca shouted, her face contorting into a monstrous mask of rage. “I won’t stop until there is nothing left of him.”

Suddenly, a loud crack sounded in the room. Rebecca reached up in alarm, grabbing at her face, but it was too late. The youthful layers of skin began to peel off, disappearing piece by piece as they fell to the floor, leaving behind a pockmarked skeleton of a face crumpled with wrinkles. Her body shriveled and shrank, a tall teenage frame transforming into that of a grotesque old woman in her last breath of life. Dorothy buried her face into Walter’s shoulder, horrified by the sight, but simultaneously feeling a flicker of relief as she remembered from years ago that Rebecca was forced to slink back from where she’d come when her youthful façade faded. Only this time, Rebecca’s face betrayed no hint of defeat.

“Seven days,” she said, her mouth stretching into a chilling smile. “That’s how long I must endure being separated from my physical body—that’s how long I’m forced to live like a ghost. It may be painful, but it’s hardly any time at all.” She leaned forward, a malicious glint in her eyes. “All I have to do is remain in your time for seven days, and then I’ll have achieved my full human form and Visibility here in this century. Do you know what that means?” Her now-elderly voice filled with hate. “It means that everyone, not just you two fools, will be able to see me, and when they look upon me they will find a perfect girl of seventeen. It means that I will have human strength once again, combined with my power as a Timekeeper. In seven days, I can kill Michele myself. Just like that.” Her eyes narrowed. “The choice is yours. Do you want your granddaughter killed—or do you want her to simply disappear, as if she never even existed? You know what needs to be done, and you must decide quickly. As I said . . . seven days is hardly any time at all. I’ll be seeing you then.”

Rebecca’s image wavered above them before disappearing into a spinning wind. Walter and Dorothy clung to each other, their faces stricken.

“What are we going to do?” Dorothy whispered.

Walter didn’t answer.

                                                *                       *                       *

 Michele Windsor dreamt of an antique grand piano in a gilded music room. At first the piano stood alone—but moments later Philip appeared, seated behind the instrument with his fingers resting contentedly on the keys. He began a bluesy ragtime piece, his signet ring catching the light as he played with a passion that could bring chills to even the most callous of people. He seemed to be asking a question as he played, hoping to find the answer in the melody.

Michele stepped out of her shadowy corner of the room and caught Philip’s eye. His face lit up and he gave her his slow, familiar grin, changing the tune to the song he always played for her, Schubert’s Serenade. Michele sat beside him, and after finishing the song, he raised her hand to his lips.

“Didn’t I tell you I would find you again?” he whispered.

Michele smiled and tilted her face toward his, tingling in anticipation of his kiss. In this moment, he was all that existed.


                                    *                                   *                                   *


Michele awoke from the dream, her body still warm from his touch. The sensation of cold linoleum prickled against her skin and she realized with confusion that she had somehow ended up on the floor.

“She’s awake!” a familiar voice cried out in relief. It took Michele a couple of moments, but she recognized the voice as belonging to her closest friend in New York, Caissie Hart. She felt strong hands gripping her shoulders and glanced up to see Ben Archer, one of the jock stars of the junior class, pulling her up to a sitting position.

“Michele, can you hear us?” Ben asked urgently.

“Wha—happened?” Michele managed to croak, her throat feeling like sandpaper.

“You passed out,” came the deep voice of Mr. Lewis, Michele’s history teacher. He stood above her, his face creased with concern. Through her blurred vision, Michele could make out the rest of the class crowding around behind him, all of them eyeing her curiously. She felt her face redden in embarrassment. It was bad enough being the new girl with the famous last name; now she  could add “the girl who randomly faints in the middle of class” to her list of attributes. She had a feeling the stares and whispers were going to follow her even more than usual.

“It happened right after the new guy arrived,” Caissie whispered in Michele’s ear, giving her a funny look.

With a jolt, Michele remembered the boy who had walked into class minutes before. He’d been the spitting image of Philip Walker, bearing the same name and even wearing his ring. It couldn’t have been him, Michele thought desolately. I must have imagined that the new guy was Philip. Still, she felt her heartbeat quicken as she looked up, secretly hoping that Philip Walker might be somewhere among her classmates.

She immediately saw a lone figure standing off to the side. Michele gasped, covering her face with her hands in shock. She peered through her fingers, and he was still there—Philip. Time momentarily stood still as Michele’s disbelieving mind drank in every detail, from his beautiful piercing blue eyes to the thick dark hair that she had once run her fingers through,, the tall and strong body that had held her close, and the lips that sent shivers down her spine with every touch. She hadn’t been imagining things—it was him! But how could he possibly be here, in Michele’s own time?

Weary from fainting, she tried to stand up but found that she could barely raise herself off the floor. Her body seemed frozen, but she could feel a hot current of electricity coursing through her.

“Philip,” she murmured, reaching out her hand. A few of the students snickered, while Ben turned to her with a bewildered look; Michele barely noticed. She stared at the resurrected Philip Walker, who inexplicably ignored her outstretched hand, not coming any closer. But he was watching her, his eyes searching.

“I’m going to take Michele to the nurse’s office,” said Caissie, hoisting her up to her feet. “I think that fall made her loopy.”

“I’ll help you,” Ben offered.

“No,” Caissie said a little too quickly. “We’ll be fine.”

Throughout the exchange Michele was barely present, unable to take her eyes off Philip. She felt an ache from being so close and yet unable to touch him. He was just standing there, making no effort to come near her, and Michele felt her first flare of doubt. What if she was imagining things? Could it be a mere coincidence that he looked just like her Philip, that the two of them shared the same name? But then she remembered the signet ring on his finger—and Michele felt certain that Philip Walker had found a way back to her, just as he had once promised.

Michele tried to protest as Caissie led her out of the classroom, but Mr. Lewis insisted. “You’re not coming back to class until the nurse confirms that you’re all right. I’ll be expecting a note from her.”

Michele didn’t know how she could bring herself to walk away from Philip only minutes after he had inconceivably appeared in her Time. She reluctantly followed Caissie, and as soon as they were in the hall and away from prying eyes, Caissie yanked her into the nearest restroom, her expression rattled.

What just happened in there? I thought you were having a seizure or something! The new guy came in and two seconds later your eyes rolled back and you just . . . fainted.” She lowered her voice. “Was it because of his name?”

Before answering, Michele quickly threw open each of the bathroom stall doors to make sure she and Caissie were alone. When she turned back to Caissie, her friend was staring at her as though contemplating whether Michele might have officially gone off the deep end.

“It’s not just his name, it’s him. Philip is back,” she said breathlessly.

Caissie sighed. “I was afraid that’s what you were thinking. Believe me, I get that it’s a weird coincidence for him to have the same name as your Philip, but that’s all it could possibly be—a coincidence.”

Michele shook her head. “It has to be him, Caissie. He looks exactly like Philip, and not only that, he’s wearing the same ring that Philip Walker gave me in the 1920s, the one you saw me wearing just last month—the ring that I somehow lost!”

“But Michele, you’re the only one who can travel through time. Philip never could,” Caissie gently reminded her. “And if the new guy really is your Philip, then why did he just stand there? It didn’t seem like he knew you at all.”

She swallowed hard. Philip’s return was a miracle—she couldn’t bear the thought that it might not be real. “Maybe he doesn’t want to let on to everyone else that we already know each other? I just need to talk to him. Come on!” With a shot of adrenaline, Michele grabbed Caissie’s hand and pulled her out of the bathroom.

“Wait.” Caissie stopped her. “Didn’t you hear Mr. Lewis? I really do have to take you to the nurse.”

Michele hesitated, and Caissie wrapped an arm around her shoulder. “It’s okay. He’ll still be here when you get back,” she said with a slight smile.

It was only when they reached the nurse’s office that Michele remembered what she had seen just before fainting: a dark cloaked figure sweeping past the classroom window, seconds after this new Philip’s appearance. Though she didn’t understand why, the sight had frozen her with terror.


Alexandra is giving an ARC of TIMEKEEPER as part of the YASH, so tweet her @TimelessAlex to enter.

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books and more! To enter, you need to remember the number 18. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!



A copy of Awakened and Betrayed swags ( T-shirt, bookbag, mousepad, fridge magnets and bookmarks) shown below
What you can do to win these....

Follow me on tweeter @yaednah_walters (

 Follow my blog and tell me your favorite YA read (please leave your e-mail too)



  1. I follow the blog as nat cleary and twitter @natcleary. Thanks so much for the chance.
    natcleary at gmail dot com

  2. Following the blog via email and also on twitter: twveronika.
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. y fave YA book would have to be Vampire academy

  4. My favorite YA book would have to be Maria V. Snyder's Study Series because it was my gateway book. It proved the me that because I was in my 20s did not mean that I cannot enjoy the genre. 400 YA books, give or take, here I am.

    Following the blog through this account. Sadly I do not have a twitter account.


  5. My favorite book is harry potter because it is what got me into reading. follow on twitter-jay120494.

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  7. Fave YA seires at the moment is the Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter. Following on twitter @da_tildaanator

  8. I follow on twitter: @Poochylover. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. My fave YA read is A Million Suns by Beth Revis.
    I'm following you on Twitter! @GabyB47
    gbondi07 at gmail dot com

  10. Hello, thank you for the extra giveaway.
    I am following you on twitter with @aminablack

    My favorite YA series is Lux by JLA.


  11. I follow you on twitter: @commodorewood

    My favorite YA books of all time are the Harry Potter series, partly due to nostalgia, and partly because I'm in love with every single character :P

  12. I follow by email.
    My favorite YA series is the Twilight series.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  13. Fav. Ya read is harry potter
    follow by email
    follow twitter @Up010Sam
    cowgirl_up010 at yahoo dot com

  14. My fave this year is Sacrifice by Stacey Rourke. THanks so much!!
    twitter @redhedbookworm
    GFC heather @ redheaded bookworm
    hschrock24112 at yahoo dot com

  15. My Favorite YA read is The Infernal Devices
    Twiter @pandalovesyou
    GFC pandalovesyou
    pandalusu82 at gmail dot com

  16. Fave YA read is the Ugliest trilogy by Scott Westerfeld!
    Twitter: @IvieIsler
    Subscribed to ur blog. Email is Ivie dot isler at gmail dot com

    Thank u Ednah for being part of YASH and hosting this extra giveaway!

  17. Favorite YA: Shade by Jeri Smith-REady
    Follow GFC: Gaby Pendragon

  18. My favorite : twilight series

    follow twitter : @becunique
    GFC follower : mariska h

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  19. My favourite is the Vampire Academy series!! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    GFC - Jennifer Wheeler
    Twitter - @JenniferGWI

    jenni_bearz at hotmail dot com

  20. This year's favourite YA was the diviners!

    of course I follow you on twitter! @aliaslucia

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  21. î follow the blog by email
    my favorite ya book is obsidian by jennifer L armentrout

    thank you a lot


  22. Favorite YA book this year is Project ELE, favorite YA book ever is hard but I'll say Crank by Ellen Hopkins.

    I follow by GFC - Brooke Banks and on Twitter -@BrookeBanks10

    Email : broke(dot)book(dot)bank(AT)

  23. Hi! I followed you on twitter (@MaskedVampyre13) and followed your blog too! (GFC: Ella). I think my favorite YA read has to be The Iron Fey Series, I haven't found a series that's amazing as that one..well maybe The Tiger's Curse Series (:


  24. One of my favorites is the Hex Hall Series. Follow GFC PamM Twitter @kydirtgirl68
    kydirtgirl68 AT gmail DOT com

    One of my favorite series is by Simone Elkeles.The first book in the series is called Perfect Chemistry.

  26. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Fav. read / Twilight!

  27. Twitter: NoelleWalker7
    My Fav read is the Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

    One of my favorite series is tigers curse!! Thanks

  29. I follow you on twitter!
    My favorite is RAchel Caine's Bitter blood this year!

  30. Twitter- @MerishaAbbott
    GFC- Merisha Abbott
    Email- MerishaAbbott(at)gmail(dot)com
    Tiger's Destiny was my favorite YA READ of 2012

  31. My favorite YA is Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones. I follow you on twitter @KimBea. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  32. Twitter @vampirefan2
    And I follow your blog via email. Teamedwardcullen (at) indy (dot) rr (dot) com
    My favorite book is Perfect Chemistry! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!!!

  33. one of the favorite YA book this year is The false prince by Jen Nielsen

    I follow via GFC - oo_carmel_oo and on Twitter -@oo_carmel_oo

    oo.carmel.oo (at) gmail (dot) com

  34. My favourite YA would probably be Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi :)

    Twitter: @Gabelle_M
    GFC: Gabbie


  35. My favorite YA read is What Kills Me :D!

    Twitter: @kassiefuentes
    GFC: Kassandra Fuentes

  36. My favorite YAs this year were Under the Never Sky and Struck.

    Twitter: @niaharaerskine
    GFC: Niahara

  37. Followed on Twitter abd by email!! My favorite YA read is Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck!

    Twitter: CarolineB963


  38. My favorite YA read is Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead. It was the first book that managed to make me cry
    Twitter @KollLotus

  39. That's a tough one!
    I can't decide!!!
    Twitter: @HikmaSaleem

  40. Follow Twitter: @ashleyminix2
    Follow GFC: Ashley minix
    And my favorite read? can't decide :)

  41. My favorite this year was Divergent and Insurgent

    Twitter: rlynneal

  42. Thanks for the giveaway, my favourate book this year has been The Selection.
    Twitter @hannahmccorick
    I follow your blog

  43. I loved the Selection and Clockwork Prince! Thanks for participating in the Hunt and for a chance to win a copy of Awakened and swag!

    mgutierrez254 [at]
    Twitter: @monica254

  44. My email is :) I followed you on Twitter! I love too many YA books, I would never be able to pick just one! But I hope when I read yours I love it as much as the others. Thank you for participated and the giveaway!

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  46. I absolutely love The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.
    Followed you on twitter! @megandaniels Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a great giveaway!

  47. My favorite YA book of 2012 is Until I Die by Amy Plum.

  48. Gosh... so many to choose from!! I read Unleashed by Nancy holder not too long ago, am looking forward to the next book!! but there are still so many, especially on the YASH that i want to read!!

    Twitter @NomisPP
    nomispp AT gmail DOT com

  49. My favorite books is Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout! I followed you on twitter at @bookbookbook16 and my email is

  50. My favorite book in 2012 has been What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang. I'm following on twitter @kalypso1300 and my email is Thanks!

  51. My favorite book in 2012 is your book - betrayed, i really miss Bran, Hope next book will be published soon

  52. My fave book of 2012 Carnival of the Souls by Melissa Marr.

    Following via Twitter @Pback_Princess
    Following via GFC Angelica Joy

  53. My favorite YA read is ANY book by Simone Elkeles.

    I follow your Twitter: @MissTS13
    I am only 17 and my mother told me that I could NOT put my email, so I can only put my twitter name. Thank You, for the extra giveaway.

  54. My favorite 2012 book is Legend by Marie Lu :)!


  55. My favorite YA read that I read this year is a tie between Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Lichgates by S. M. Boyce.


    1. Oops forgot to add: followed via GFC (Name: D Ann) and on twitter: @dann_writes

  56. My Favorite YA of this Year would have to be between all the werewolf books I've read and the dystopian books hahaa! Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Twitter: @red_tigergirl2
    GFC: red_tigergirl2
    email: red_tigergirl2(at)hotmail(dot)com

  57. My favorite YA would be ONYX by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Her books always win for me :)

    Just a Booklover

  58. My favorite YA this year is Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. :) Thank you for participating in the YASH! :D

    Twitter: @Sarahbotbonkers
    GFC: Sarah Palo

    sarah UNDERSCORE 00988 AT yahoo DOT com

  59. Thanks for this awesome giveaway! I`ve just discovered you and your books and they seem pretty good! My favourite YA read this year is My super sweet sixteenth century bu rachel harris and the tiger`s curse by collen houck, they are both awesome!
    GFC: Laura (I have a picture that says "believe in dreams" written in a hand.
    email: lau_mn(at)hotmail(dot)com

  60. Favorite YA at the moment is Jennifer Armentrout's Lux series. I follow on twittr: @tiffaney-rice, and follow your blog via email:

  61. I don't think I could just pick one fav YA! There are too many I love. Your series was my x-mas gift last year :) Loved every moment of them to. Can't wait until the third book!

    I followed your blog ~ GFC Ravelin
    I followed your twitter ~ @SexyRavelin

  62. I'm following your blog via the 'Followers' for Google--right beneath the Twitter feed. And I'm following you on twitter @bibliophileKate. My favorite YA read is the Matched by Ally Condie series, Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini, Die for Me series by Amy Plum and Hereafter series by Tara Hudson, to name a few. :) Email:

  63. My favorite YA is pretty much anything by Tamora Pierce. She's my idol. Email:

  64. one of my all time favorite ya book/s are The Faerie Wars Chronicles by Herbie Brennan - love it!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    ~Lynne of
    tworeads (at) gmail (dot) com