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YA Scavenger Hunt #140

Welcome! You’ve sailed to the final port in the YA Summer Scavenger Hunt! Scroll down to find the final word and complete the short story. In the meantime, I’ve made a bunch of my books free on Amazon this week. I have over 1000 reviews and these usually cost $2.99 each – grab them while you can!

 

Free Books by D.S. Murphy

 

Here are two more projects I’m working on – you can get the first few chapters for free.

If you like them, sign up to my list to read the rest when it’s ready.

 

Can’t use Amazon? You can sign up on my email list and I’ll tell you how to download a free copy.

 

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for.

Drum roll please…

 

The final word in the scavenger hunt is:

LEGEND.

Finish the story with the final stroke – you can get it in the next post HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

The YA Summer Scavenger Hunt

In June, the Alliance of Young Adult Authors is sponsoring a massive young adult scavenger hunt. This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes!

In addition to the $500 grand prize, each author will be giving away lots of free books and cool stuff (for my part, I’ll probably have a set of dystopian books and possibly a huge vampire hunter’s kit).

When the scavenger hunt begins (June 1st) all you have to do is visit each site below in order and write down the special word to reconstruct the story. You can enter any of the giveaways or offers on anybody’s site, or just grab the special word and move on. I’ll add a link soon where you can enter for the grand prize when you have the full story.

RULES

Each author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES.

All you have to do is visit all the author’s sites in this order, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed short story HERE (link will be posted soon).

There will be one main giveaway for the main prize, but most of the participating authors will also have smaller giveaways for free books, amazon credit and author swag, so make sure you read their post carefully to see what else they’re offering while you’re on their site for the keyword.

TREASURE MAP (list of participating authors)

  1. Cindy Ray Hale
  2. Katherine Bogle
  3. Melle Amade
  4. David Kudler
  5. A.M. Yates
  6. Alethea Kontis
  7. Stevie Rae Causey
  8. Katlyn Duncan
  9. Debbie Manber Kupfer
  10. Meredith Efken  
  11. Meredith Rose
  12. Lara Ann  
  13. K.M. Robinson
  14. J.A. Culican
  15. Heather Karn
  16. Rob L. Slater
  17. Dylan Keefer
  18. Sarah K. Wilson  
  19. L.J. Higgins
  20. Gina Marie Long 
  21. Em Kazmierski
  22. Travis Hall
  23. Heather Young-Nichols
  24. Anna Santos
  25. J.L. Weil  
  26. Jo Schneider 
  27. Rebecca Fernfield
  28. Kristin D. Van Risseghem
  29. Martine Lewis 
  30. Tara Benham
  31. Stacy Claflin
  32. Beth Hammond
  33. Erica Monroe Cope
  34. Nicole Zoltack
  35. Char Webster
  36. Sabrina Ramoth
  37. T.J. Muir
  38. Raquel Lyon
  39. Beth Rodgers
  40. S.L. Beaumont
  41. Eva Pohler
  42. Melanie McFarlane
  43. Cheryllynn Dyess
  44. Audrey Rich
  45. Amanda Zieba
  46. Sandie Will
  47. Elle Scott
  48. Angie Grigaliunas
  49. Ashley Maker 
  50. Mandy Peterson
  51. Audrey Grey
  52. Elisa Dane  
  53. Amy McNulty
  54. Melinda Cordell
  55. Monica Leonelle
  56. Claire Luana
  57. Frost Kay
  58. Preeti C. Sharma
  59. Bentz Deyo 
  60. April Wood
  61. Lena Mae Hill
  62. Angel Leya
  63. Wendi Wilson
  64. Wendy Knight
  65. Chogan Swan
  66. Tamara Hart Heiner
  67. Norma Hinkens
  68. Patti Larsen
  69. Megan Crewe  
  70. Jamie Thornton
  71. Jessie Renée
  72. T.A. Maclagan  
  73. Lydia Sherrer
  74. Phyllis Moore
  75. P.D. Workman
  76. J.A. Armitage
  77. K.N. Lee
  78. Angela Fristoe
  79. Rhonda Sermon
  80. G.K. DeRosa 
  81. Erin Richards
  82. Ali Winters
  83. Larissa C. Hardesty
  84. Kristine Tate
  85. Debra Kristi
  86. Bella Rose 
  87. Cortney Pearson
  88. Jeff Kohanek
  89. Kristal Shaff
  90. Rachel Morgan  
  91. Emma Right
  92. C.L. Cannon
  93. Joanne Macgregor
  94. Lindsey Loucks
  95. Farah Kuck
  96. Erin Hayes
  97. Jesikah Sundin
  98. Dorothy Dreyer
  99. Danielle Annett
  100. C.J. Ethington
  101. L.C. Hibbett 
  102. Madeline Dyer
  103. Katie John
  104. Nicole Schubert  
  105. Rachel Medhurst 
  106. Tee G Ayer  
  107. May Freighter 
  108. Heather Dyer
  109. Jen Minkman  
  110. J.L. Gillham
  111. Karen Tomlinson
  112. Kate Haye
  113. Tom Shutt
  114. Martina Billings
  115. Jo Ho
  116. Brian King
  117. Inna Hardison
  118. Rachel Bateman
  119. Sally Henson  
  120. J.L. Hendricks 
  121. A.L. Knorr  
  122. T.M. Franklin  
  123. Konstanz Silverbow
  124. felisha Antonette
  125. Jake Devlin
  126. S.F. Benson
  127. Laurie Treacy
  128. Emily Martha Sorensen 
  129. Leia Stone
  130. T. Rae Mitchell
  131. J. Keller Ford
  132. Kat Stiles
  133. Jessica Hawke
  134. Elyse Reyes
  135. Sophie Davis
  136. Bianca Scardoni
  137. Jenetta Penner
  138. David R. Bernstein
  139. Olivia Wildenstein
  140. Derek Murphy
 For rules, updates or trouble-shooting, make sure to check out this main post which will stay updated.

 

TIMELINE

Authors will post the rules and the full list of participating authors sometime in June, and have their post up and visible on their site/blog, with their keyword, by June 1st. Readers just need to go through the list, find the words, and use the story to enter for the grand prize.

8 new chapters of Shearwater! (Part 2 sneak peak)

 

This is really happening…

After a year of work, this epic, enormous story is almost done. I hope you’ll like it – there are slow parts and fast parts. A lot of things happen. I like the ending but when I told my family a year ago they thought it was ridiculous… I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback!

The full book will be out next week (January 26th) but I’ve uploaded 8 new chapters – about 1/3 of Part Two – so you can start reading early.

UPDATE: this offer has ended, the full book is now available HERE on Amazon.

I always offers free books to my fans, so make sure you sign up on my email list so you don’t miss out.

If you haven’t read Part One of Shearwater yet, you need to read that first!

It’s free on Amazon click here to get it.

December Giveaways! (100+ books, $1000+in prizes)

Some friends of mine are doing big giveaways this month and I wanted to make sure you knew.
HJ Lawson is giving away a big giveaway with $400 in prizes, including a year of Kindle Unlimited.

>>Enter Giveaways #1 Here<<

Michelle Madow has a huge box of 70 YA books to give away ($800 value.)

>>Enter Giveaway #2 Here<<

Six of my friends are giving away 20 bestselling hardcovers on theYAshelf – you may already have some of these but they’re all pretty epic if you haven’t read them yet.

>>Enter Giveaway #3 Here<<

There’s another massive giveaway of 52 books being organized:

>Enter Giveaway #4 Here<<

Finally, Dystopian December is still going on, with lots of prizes. A bunch of dystopian books are on sale, and you can win signed books, a Kindle Fire and some other things.

>>Check out Dystopian December Here<<

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Good luck with those!

I’m hoping to have ARC copies of Shearwater out this month, and the updated Scarlet Thread as well – in the meantime, make sure you download the free anthology, That Moment When.

 

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I have a story in there, Taste, that I plan to develop into a full series but I’d love your feedback on the first part. This is the cover…

 

20 YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy books based on myths and legends

Most of my YA dark fantasy books are based on mythology or legends so I was excited to get a spot in the boxset anthology of full-length PNR and UF books coming out in January 2017 called Dark Legends.

I’ve been working on Shearwater (and I’m only 5 chapters from the end) but am switching gears so I can finish Scarlet Thread and include it in this anthology. My book will be 2.99 but start with some free and 99cent promotions (sign up to my list to make sure you get a free copy). If you like Scarlet Thread and are willing to support me by buying the full book, it should be out in December. OR you can get it along with 19 other books for 99cents by buying the Dark Legends boxset. That’s a much better deal, but you’ll have to wait a little longer (mid January) to start reading it.

Here’s the sales copy:

Don’t miss this collection of more than twenty unique twists in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, providing over one million words of supernatural suspense that will transport you to new worlds with smoking hot action and heart-throttling adventure!

The DARK LEGENDS boxed set includes: Mermaids, Sirens, Shifters, Vampires, Dragons, Sorcerers, Warriors, Angels, Faeries, Demons, Witches, Psychics, Ghosts, Mythology, Folk Tales, Legends, Dark Magic, Time Travel, and More!

 

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Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M27CAGU
Nookhttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/…/dark…/1124659666
Kobohttps://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/dark-legends-1
iBookshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1156914318

 

Participating Authors

  • T.F. Walsh with Demon’s Mark 
  • Monica Corwin with Soulless
  • J.L. Weil with White Raven
  • Laxmi Hariharan with Redemption
  • JA Culican with The Keeper of Dragons
  • Muffy Wilson and The Para-Portage of Emily
  • GK DeRosa with Wilder: The Guardian Series
  • Marilyn Peake with Shade
  • Kevin McLaughlin with By Darkness Revealed
  • Carissa Ann Lynch with Midnight Moss
  • Vivienne Savage with Making Waves
  • Anna Hub with Beyond the Shadows
  • HJ Lawson with New Order
  • Emma Nichols with Blood Moon
  • Shelley Munro with Claimed & Seduced
  • J.A.Armitage with Two of Clubs
  • Leilani Love with Violca’s Dragon
  • Demelza Carlton with Ocean’s Gift
  • Xyla Turner with Broken Treaty
  • D.S. Murphy with Scarlet Thread
  • Jeremy Williams with Winemaker of the North

Scarlet Thread Update

Scarlet Thread is by far my most popular book, with almost 50,000 downloads – the second half of book one is roughly sketched out but since I need to finish it quickly this month I’m also calling for plot recommendations. If you’ve read part one and would like to suggest a plot twist, character development or something you’d like to see happen, please comment on this Facebook post!

 

 

 

YA paranormal Romance Giveaway + custom-made corset!

I started this giveaway on Valentine’s but have extended it so I can do only last push. This is for young adult readers only. Enter to win a corset from Versatile Corsets (an amazing, Portland Oregon business). My friend Janet is a “corset connoisseur” – she’ll help you shop. Winners will also get a big package of dark fantasy paranormal romance books I like. I chose them by their covers, rather than theme, but they’re all excellent reads.

There are lots of ways to earn entries, so do as many as you want to – also don’t forget to grab your special link in the “Share this Contest” field. You can share that on social media, with the images down below – you earn more entries every time someone signs up.

Double book launch

I’m using this giveaway to get the word out about my next two books, which are dark, pseudo-gothic fantasies. The Scarlet Thread is based on Greek mythology (like Percy Jackson) but becomes an angel romance (like Fallen). You can read a preview (it’s rough!) on Wattpad, or view it on Amazon.

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Orpheum is a dark fantasy based on Eastern European mythology, Orphism and Pythagorean philosophy. With maenads and satyrs. I freaking love this cover, and I’m so excited I finally get to use it. The sparkle effect was better before but I couldn’t replicate it…

You can read a preview (it’s rough!) on Wattpad. Or view it on Amazon.

Both books will be free on March 12th – 13th. You can download them and review them if you like them.

You do not have to buy or review my books to enter the giveaway – you can also just share.

 

Dark Fantasy $400 Corset Giveaway

This giveaway is international, but if for any reason we can’t ship the corset to your country, you can swap for a $250 Amazon card.

Images you can share with your special link

You can download/upload this, or just highlight and copy+paste them straight into your WordPress post. Remember you can earn 20 entries just by doing a cover reveal and/or blogging about this giveaway. You can just copy+paste the covers or giveaway stuff to your site.

I’ll add the book descriptions down below.

 

The Scarlet Thread

My name Kaidance Monroe, and sometimes when I touch people, I see how they die. After I saw my little brother’s death but failed to stop it, my parents abandoned me to a juvenile detention facility. I don’t let people touch me anymore. Not my fingertips, not my skin, not my heart. I make my own clothes by stitching together the donations we get; usually a bunch of crap that fits like a parachute. My sweater is a patchwork of different shades of inky, dark squares. I make plain gray skirts that hang to my knees, with cute or funny T-shirts sewed in. They clash ironically with my unsmiling face. My Allstar high-tops are black and frayed, like my soul.

I also wear a chunk of brightly colored legos around my neck. My little brother was working on it the day he died. The day I failed to save him. It’s unfinished, so I’ll never know what it was meant to be. Most days, I just try to get by. But then I got a visit from a cute guy, who tricked me into giving up my secrets. He said I was special. That he needed me. For a while, I believed him. But once I found out what I could really do, I learned everybody wanted the power I possessed. The power to destroy deities. To kill gods. To end the world… or to save it. My heart is torn, and those I loved most betrayed me. I’m trying so hard to do what’s right, but nobody can tell me what that is anymore, and the moral boundaries I’d always let define my life have been shattered. Whose rules should I obey now? Or do I have to make my own?

The Scarlet Thread is a dark fantasy for fans of Greek mythology and Gothic romance. Fans of Fallen and Percy Jackson will be captivated by this mashup of fallen angels and forgotten gods.

Amazon link to use:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Scarlet-Thread-D-S-Murphy-ebook/dp/B01B5COTFI/

Orpheum

I always knew music was powerful. Even though I rebelled against the marathon forced practice sessions that turned my adolescence into a prison camp, there were moments—even in the mechanical repetition of practice—where I stopped being a robot and felt a kind of transcendence, a connection to something deeper.

I wasn’t raised to be religious, but in those fleeting spaces, often between beats in the tempo, my body seemed to go on playing by itself, while my awareness shifted to something greater. Almost like I was outside my body, sitting in the audience, feeling the music wash over me like a pounding surf, telling me to relax.
To let go. To give in.

But that was before I learned what music really was, and that it was capable of more than just pretty feelings and a mystical connection to a transcendental Other. That it was a weapon, which could cause great pain and destruction; that it was deeper and older than humanity; and that there were forces in the world that wanted to reclaim it for themselves.

Orpheum is a young adult dark fantasy romance based on Eastern European history, the myths and literature of Orpheus and Pythagoras’ theory of Musica Universalis, or the music of the spheres.

Amazon link to use:

http://www.amazon.com/Orpheum-Part-One-Fantasy-Romance-ebook/dp/B01B4Y8034/

 

PS) These are both “Part One” of new potential series. I do have them mapped out, but I wanted to get your reaction first and see whether you want to hear how the story ends. So if you like them enough to want to know what happens next, please let me know by reviewing them!

PPS) If you’re interested in getting an early ARC, and helping me to troubleshoot/fix any issues, you can sign up as a beta reader.

 

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