It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year — YA Scavenger Hunt Time!

Posted Oct 3 2017, 12:00 pm in , , , ,

Welcome to 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 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 our prize–one lucky winner will receive one 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 120 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There’s a BUNCH of contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM–but do check out the other teams for a chance to win a whole different set of 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.

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue 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, October 8th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today, I am hosting GINA DAMICO on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Gina Damico grew up under four feet of snow in Syracuse, New York, and has since worked as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie extra, office troll, retail monkey, yarn hawker and breadmonger. She’s the author of the grim-reapers-gone-wild books of the Croak trilogy (Croak, Scorch, and Rogue), Hellhole, Wax, and Waste of Space, all published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She lives in California with her husband, two cats, one dog, and an obscene amount of weird things purchased at yard sales. 
Find out more information by checking out Gina’s website.  And now, without further ado, I am happy to hand things off to GINA DAMICO! 

When I first started writing WASTE OF SPACE, I wanted to show every stage of the reality show production process: concept, development, auditions, the narrowing down of the applicants into final casting interviews, and lastly the reveal of the chosen contestants. The problem with showing all of this – especially in a book and not in some quick-cut TV montage – is that it ran way too long. I soon realized that readers would enjoy seeing some of the process, but ultimately would rather meet the characters who we’re going to spend the rest of the book with as quickly as possible, and not so much the auditioners that don’t make the cut.


So I ended up cutting the audition process, which sped things up considerably (and was fairly fitting in a meta way, given the book’s themes about editing and shaping the narrative to fit one’s own agenda). But that means those poor rejected applicants got left on the cutting room floor – or rather, a forgotten file on my computer – so today I’m giving some of them the chance to see the light of day, along with the poor interviewer employed by DV8, the network airing the show. Take it away, weirdos!


Applicant #1724

DV8: What’s your favorite subject in school?

#1724: They’re watching us, you know.

DV8: Who?

#1724: Them. Out there. In space. They’re listening to our thoughts!

DV8: Is that why you’re wearing a tinfoil hat?

#1724: Why else would I be wearing a tinfoil hat?



Applicant #2971

Age: 16

DV8: Come on in, don’t be shy!

#2971: [clanging noises] Cheerio!

[Applicant is wearing a C-3PO costume]

DV8: Oh, I see. Next!

#2971: Wait! Halt! Pause!

DV8: Sorry, kid—the guidelines specifically said no costumes allowed at auditions.

#2971: This is not a costume!

DV8: A snooty gold robot thing is a—

#2971: Actually, R2D2 is not a thing, he’s a protocol droid.

DV8: Regardless. Take off that helmet.

[Applicant does so, then begins to wheeze loudly]

DV8: What is that, allergies? I think I’ve got some Claritin in my purse—

#2971: [more loud breathing]

DV8: Come on, kid, I don’t have all day. Are you my 5:15 slot or not?

#2971: I…am…

DV8: Yes?

#2971: Your father!

DV8: Oh, for Pete’s sake—I said no! Take your stupid robots and Dark Vaders and get out!

#2971: It’s Darth Vader—

DV8: Security!



Applicant #5890

Age: 18

DV8: What do you want to be when you grow up?

#5890: I was thinking I’d like to be a physicist.

DV8: You sure about that? Because let me tell you something—and I know from personal experience—that crowd is seriously lame.

#5890: We’re not that lame.

DV8: Wait. “We?”

#5890: Er—

DV8: You’re aware that we’re only casting teenagers, right? How old are you?

#5890: Eighteen!

DV8: Prove it. Show me your school ID.

[he does]

No, move your thumb.

[he does]

It says faculty! You need to leave, sir.

#5890: I want to go to space! Please let me go! These rotten teenagers don’t deserve it. Twenty years in the public school system, trying to teach these Neanderthals—I deserve it!

DV8: I’m calling security.

#5890: Don’t leave me here with them!



Applicant #6987

Age: 14

DV8: I can’t help but notice that you’re setting your shoe on fire. Can you please put the lighter away?

#6987: For a few minutes, or…

DV8: For the rest of the interview. So. What do you like to do for fun?

#6987: Set things on fire.

[DV8 sighs.]

DV8: Security.



Patty here… that was awesome! Thanks, Gina. I’m adding Waste of Space to my TBR pile. Readers, don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Patty Blount, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is THREE. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you’ll have all 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 author, JENNIFER HONEYBOURN! 
AND HERE IS A SPECIAL GIVEAWAY FROM YOURS TRULY, Patty Blount. I’m giving away an Amazon Echo Dot. Just enter the Rafflecopter. a Rafflecopter giveaway











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One response to “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year — YA Scavenger Hunt Time!”

  1. Bella says:

    I reeeeaaallllyy wish she had kept those auditions in! That’s hilarious! I could read those all day! The one that made me laugh the hardest was the pyromaniac!!!!