Hey Scavengers, welcome to my stop in the YA Scavenger Hunt. This bi-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 a lot of books. 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 to win the big  prize–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 until Sunday!

TeamGo to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt including a list of all the authors participating and the prizes up for grabs. There are FIVE 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, a blue team, a pink team, and a purple team. So you can play for a chance to win different sets of signed books!


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold team, 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 9, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I am hosting David Mellon on my website.

David Mellon grew up in Denham Springs, a little town on a river in south east Louisiana. He graduated from Art Center College of Design with a degree in Illustration. After years of painting pictures and drawing storyboards for film and tv commercials he discovered UCLA Extension Writers’ Program where he was nominated for the 2016 Allegra Johnson Prize. Silent is his first novel. He’s been a member of SCBWI since 2011. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Judith.

Find more information by checking out David’s website or following him on Twitter or Facebook.



Book description:

Silent. A blend of historical fiction and magical realism is a YA novel set in France during World War One, in which Adi, a fifteen year old from India, struggles to survive and find her brothers, stolen from her by a sinister stranger.

“Dark and memorable.” -Kirkus Review

And now here is David Mellon’s YASH bonus content! 
David is, I believe, one of the few authors on this list who’s done his own illustrations for his novel. This is not surprising considering his background.  See here and here.
Here is one of the illustrations that did not make it into Silent (and is now in fabulous full color!) Good luck, YAS Hunters!

Tapping his fingernail against the top of the jar, Coal watched over the body. It was taking so long he began to think he’d misjudged the man. It had happened. Not often.

But at last, the creature climbed up out of the man’s throat. A fat thing with terrible long legs. It tried to dart away. Coal caught hold of it. 
Then he saw the girl. 
Eleven or twelve, maybe. Pale with a scarlet slash of lips and eyes too large for her face.
He kept an eye on her as she stared unblinking from the end of the hallway. He was going to bolt and put the bug in its jar later, but the girl’s expression of calm fascination kept him there until he was done.

-The Watch’s Tale, from Silent written and illustrated by David Mellon

Silent, Merit Press/S&S, March 3, 2017

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Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, David, and many others.  To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 233. 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!


Before you leave, enter the extra giveaway below for a signed copy of my first YA science fiction novel, Zeroboxer, and browse around to learn more about my newly-released novel Exo.

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Then, to keep going on the YA Scavenger hunt, check out the next author: Cecil Castellucci.