Welcome to New Adult Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was inspired 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! During 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! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 96 hours!
Go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs!
***THE SCAVENGER HUNT***
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my lucky book number. Collect the lucky book numbers of all the authors, 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 June 30th, at noon Eastern Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
LET THE HUNT BEGIN!
By Kelsey Ketch
Release Date: April 15th, 2019
New Adult Dark Fantasy
Summary from Goodreads:
Being possessed by a vampire sucks!
Alana Jones’s world has been completely turned upside-down after being bitten by a vampire’s reflection in a cursed mirror. Now she’s forced to stay in an abandoned Victorian inn on an isolated island off the west coast of Florida, where Alana lives a double life: one as herself and one as a vicious murderer. Over the past year, she has spilt and drunk the blood of sixteen victims. The guilt of their deaths slowly eating away her sanity.
Sixteen dead . . .
However, things become even more complicated when Alana finds Cole, a surfer she felt a connection with the moment they met on the mainland, locked up in the island’s shed. Knowing his death is inevitable, she attempts to distant herself from him, continually reminding herself of the monster residing underneath her skin. Unfortunately, it’s a small island, and the more she interacts with Cole, the more her feelings grow for him.
Eventually, she has to make a decision. Either accept his fate or find a way to expel the vampire’s spirit from within herself before she murders him as well.
Kelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new-adult author, who works as a Wildlife Biologist in the state of North Carolina. During her free time, she can often be found working on her latest work in progress or organizing the New Adult Scavenger Hunt, a biannual blog hop. She also enjoys history, mythology, traveling, and reading.
For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.
Steven’s Journal Entry
Ptolemaic Scroll #12
This is the third scroll that appears to be a meditation written by the Grecian woman named Charissa. From the previous two scrolls, I discovered that Charissa was the daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose family immigrated to Alexandria, Egypt when she was an infant. At the age of fifteen, she was married to the Macedonian military officer, that she described in the second scroll as mentally abusive, cursing her because of the color of her hair and the fact that she had not bore him a child during their five-year marriage.
Compared to the other two scrolls, which describe earlier events in the woman’s life, this scroll appears to be written first. In addition, unlike the other two scrolls I have read, I theorize that this particular meditation is a work of fiction. It starts with Charissa telling the reader how she snuck out of her own home to go to the market. A task the servants obviously would have handled under normal circumstances. However, her husband had been called for extended duty, giving her this an opportunity to escape.
The scroll then skips to an incident that occurs while Charissa is out at the market, where she literary runs into a woman described as “a beautiful, young Egyptian noblewoman accompanied by two servants bearing a sun shade and a priest.” Odd. During the Ptolemaic Kingdom, nobility had been taken over by royal Grecian families. And one of the reasons I feel this might be a fictional telling of her grand escape from an oppressive husband. Charissa goes on, describing an event where the noblewoman bent down and reached out a hand to her beyond the sunshade shadow. According to Charissa, the noblewoman’s skin seemed to blister the moment it was touched by the sun’s rays. This apparently panicked Charissa, fearing she would be blamed for the mysterious incident. She apologized profusely, but the noblewoman laughed Charissa’s apology off. Her flesh healing in the short time it took Charissa to get to her feet. At this point, Charissa described her astonishment over the miracle and even questioned if she had imagined it.
The scroll diverts to the priest’s tongue-lashing, which seems to have completely erased the miracle from Charissa’s thoughts. Yet the noblewoman, for a lack of better term, scoffed at the priest’s behavior and invited Charissa to walk with her through the market. An offer Charissa felt pressured to accept, even though she states the noblewoman’s presence made her nervous.
The two women talked, Charissa briefly describing the conversations in the meditation. The noblewoman asked question after question about Charissa’s life while Charissa answered each query in the best manner she could muster, not wanting to color her family or husband unfavorably. But Charissa admitted that the noblewoman saw through her lies. Charissa attempts to part the noblewoman’s company and return home when the noblewoman asked her to follow her to one last stall. Charissa hesitantly agreed in the hope it would be the last shop. The noblewoman asked her entourage to wait while she turned down a shaded alley. A few steps in, the noblewoman pulled a small knife from her belt.
Charissa begged for her life. However, the noblewoman quieted Charissa and touched Charissa’s lips. After which, Charissa could only remember the overwhelming taste of blood and continuous needle pricks to her neck. When Charissa finally woke in a pile of extravagant pillows, she described her body feeling limp and her bite set unusually in her mouth. Her head was lifted, and someone’s smooth flesh pressed against her lips. The familiar blood she tasted before dripped into her mouth, this time arousing each of her senses rather than dulling them out. She sunk her teeth into the limb. She describes hearing a moan of “pain and pleasure,” which caused a shiver to run through Charissa’s body while she drank.
Once satisfied, she opened her eyes to see the same noblewoman before her. Charissa was fully aware something about her had changed, yet she states she didn’t feel fear at all. A revelation, she notes, that would later come with consequences. As she gazed into the noblewoman’s beautiful cat-like eyes, she describes feeling “surrender” and feeling the weight of humanity and society lift from her shoulders. Like her heart and body only belonged to “her mistress.”
In later images and descriptions, the noblewoman appears to be represented as Sekhmet, the goddess of war. An interesting aspect considering the goddess was known to slaughter thousands of Egyptians when she was the Eye of Ra. However, this is also what leads me to believe that this scroll is a work fiction or even a fraud. If this Charissa actually did exist, then it’s more likely that she had simply run from her husband’s house and took refuge with this noblewoman that identified herself with Sekhmet or even the priests and priestesses of a local cult worshipping the goddess of war.
To enter, you need to know that my lucky book number, 15.
Add up all the lucky numbers of the authors
and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
***CONTINUE THE HUNT***
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Bethany Lopez!