Spring 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt

Hi! You found your way over to Austin Aslan during the Spring 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt! Congratulations. You probably arrived here via Cheyanne Young. Awesome. (And my Team Green #YASH host is Emil Sher. Check it out!) If you happen to not know what the heck I’m talking about, Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. And if you’re experiencing any technical glitches, don’t worry, Glitch Happens. Go here for some tasty medicine.

I can finally share the exciting book related news I’ve hinted at in past YASHes! (Is YASHes a word? It is now…) I have a new series dropping with HarperCollins! I’m so excited about this project and very proud of the completed first novel. TURBO Racers: Trailblazer will become available for purchase on January 1, 2019. The film and television rights have already been swept up. Stay tuned for more deets throughout the year! And check out the official announcement on Publishers Weekly… Such incredible people involved. I couldn’t be more thrilled.

The series follows 7th grader Mace Blazer as he dreams of joining the TURBOnauts, who pilot specialized vehicles that morph during a single race between high-octane roadsters, supersonic aircrafts, and torpedo-fast submersibles. Trailblazer is set for winter 2019, and the second book in the deal for early 2020.

Now, without further ado…let’s YASH!




Shonna has provided me with an excerpt from THE TOWER PRINCESS,  a book cover, and a painting of a pomande. Enjoy!



In THE TOWER PRINCESS, Gressa has a keen interest in herbs. She tries to grow them in her tower, but they don’t fare well because they—like her—need to be outside.

Gressa dries her herbs and keeps them in a pomander, a gold sphere with segments like an orange. One section remains empty for the fabled rowan trees that used to grow in her land, and that she hopes will one day return.

Traditionally, pomanders were used to hold perfume, often in the form of wax. Today, pomanders made with oranges and cloves are quite popular.

Here’s a scene where Gressa is allowed a small plot of land for her precious herbs:


Gressa packed the freshly tilled dirt around her struggling herb plants. “There you go, my sweet woodruff,” she said. “Grow strong here in the shade.” She sat back on her heels, admiring the neat rows of seedlings transplanted from the pots in her room. At least now they had a chance of surviving outside with the common graces of the sun and the rain.

“And what does that one do?” asked Old Anne. “I’m not familiar with it.”

She was pointing to a cluster of deep green leaves with flowers just beginning to bud. Gressa stood and planted her hands on her hips. “According to Axell’s book, this one works well for an upset stomach and for healing wounds. However, what the book recommends most is to dry it and place it in our beds. Its common name is bedstraw. It’s supposed to keep the fleas away.”


Blurb: Their families didn’t want them to meet, but now that they have, everything has changed.
The townspeople call her the Tower Princess, but Gressa’s life is no fairy tale. She’s never understood why she’s been separated from the rest of the kingdom, but now that she’s older the pieces are coming together.

For too long she’s been trapped in her brother’s scheme to find a way through the magical wall dividing their kingdom in two. She doesn’t expect any help from the prince to the south, even if he did manage to bumble his way to her rescue. If she could pick anyone to form an alliance, it would be the squire she watches train from her window; he shows promise. But, confined to her tower, there’s nothing she can do…or is there?

One day a hole opens up in the Dividing Wall and with it, a chance for Gressa to change everything.


SHONNA SLAYTON writes historical fairy tales and is the co-creator of the Fairy-tale Forum group on Facebook.

She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today.

When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.

Download a free story from Shonna here:  http://shonnaslayton.com/
Add THE TOWER PRINCESS to your Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37769880-the-tower-princess
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Exciting stuff, Shonna! All right, fearless hunter, off you go… But before you scurry off to visit the next author on the hunt, Steven Dos Santos, please feel free to peek around my entire site for a while and follow the links to my two YA survival-disaster sci fi novels, THE ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD and THE GIRL AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD. And please leave a comment below, let me know you stopped by!

And please check out my recent photo essays for Gore-Tex(R) chronicling my epic two-month, 800-mile Arizona Trail thru hike. And be sure to follow me on twitter, tumblr, instagram and facebook to follow my adventures in real time!

Please continue your delectable YA Scavenger Hunt by visiting the next lovely author: Steven Dos Santos. Go! Do it! DO IT NOW!!!



4 Responses to “Spring 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt”

  1. diana so Says:

    Yay! Finally on the green team. Excited! This books sounds amazing!

  2. Tashia Jennings Says:

    Thank you for this wonderful chance!

  3. Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt! It’s fun to find new authors and books to get interested in.

  4. Enjoyed your hosting of Shonna – thanks!

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