Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Adult Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the New Adult Winter Scavenger Hunt - Team Winter 2019

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 Kindle book from each author! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 96 hours!
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 New Adult Scavenger Hunt page.

Here's the team members participating beginning Wednesday, December 25th

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 December 29th, at noon Eastern Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

I'm so happy to introduce and host M. Dalto, Author Extraordinaire and her newest release MARK OF THE EMPRESS 

M. Dalto is a Young Adult and New Adult author of adventurous romantic fantasy stories. Her bestselling debut novel, Two Thousand Years, was a 2016 Watty Award winner on Wattpad.com. She continues to volunteer her time as both a Wattpad Ambassador and a mentor, where she hopes to engage, assist, and inspire new writers through their literary journey. She spends her days working as a full-time real estate paralegal, leaving her evenings to pursue her own writing agenda. When she’s not typing furiously at her computer, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing video games, and drinking coffee. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, their daughter, and their corgi named Loki.

Mark Of The Empress, The Empire Saga Book #2
By M. Dalto
Release Date: November 12, 2019
New Adult Fantasy

Summary From Goodreads:

An Empress ripped back to the life she left behind.

A Prince desperate to save his people.

One child lost within another realm, the other dependent on their constant protection.

Betrayed by those closest to her, Empress Alexstrayna must figure out a way to get it all back - her throne, her people, her son.

Fulfilling a two-thousand-year-old prophecy, Reylor, the banished Lord Steward, has stripped Alex of her rightful rule and set in motion a chain of events even he, himself, does not fully understand. Determined to strip his brother of happiness by any means possible, his actions send Alex and Treyan back to Boston and away from the Empire they called home.

Blinded by vengeance with hate running thick within her veins, the Empress must consider the ramifications of their return, for better or for worse. But when an unexpected visitor offers help assist with their attempts, Alex and Treyan need to determine how best to reclaim their Empire without more lives lost before whatever time they have left runs out.

It’s time to return to the Empire. Are you prepared to join the battle?

New Adult Scavenger Hunt Exclusive
Sneak Peek of SARAYNA’S FATE, the next novella in The Empire Saga
Sarayna, Crown Princess of the Empire, must use her wit, her cunning, and most of all, her magic to find her Emperor, return with him to the Empire, and renew her Prophecy before time runs out, but without a Dream to standby, she could be sent on a fool's errand that would send all of them into the clutches of the relentless Borderlands. 

Her mother warned her it would feel as though she was dying.

Having no memory of traveling by Key in the past, Sarayna welcomed any advice her mother could offer before departing on her journey to the Otherrealm. 
Unfortunately, her mother wasn’t exaggerating when she told her it would feel like the very breath in her lungs would be pulled from her chest as if it would be her very last.

Dying indeed, and her mother would know, as she almost died herself once.        

The feeling of limbo was surreal, and Sarayna needed it to end, otherwise she thought she might actually die. She would have welcomed death at one point, but after what felt like an eternity, Sara found herself sprawled on a hardwood floor. Glancing up, she realized she was in the apartment that would serve as her safe house during her time in the Otherrealm.

Unable to move at first, she took the time to assess her current situation. The weight of the satchel on her left hip assured her that her belongings had remained with her through the portal. Her right hip had landed hard on the solid ground, and she knew she would be subject to quite the bruise within the next day or so. The same could be said for her right shoulder, arm, and leg, all casualties of her ungraceful fall. 

Rolling onto her back, she adjusted her position to remove her bag from underneath her but remained on the floor as she attempted to catch her breath. The tell-tale headache from Key teleportation was beginning to form, and she closed her eyes to dissipate the building pressure.

When she felt the worst had passed, she opened her eyes to meet a pair looking down upon her with concern. A pair that mirrored her own.

Just like her father’s eyes.

“Rhaid!” Sara exclaimed in utter surprise as she sat up. Next to her knelt a slightly older woman, possibly in her thirties. She had dark blond hair piled on top of her head in a messy bun, a warm smile on her face, and those familiar eyes.

“I guess that answers my question,” the stranger mused before she moved closer to Sara. Instinctively, the young princess backed away, and the older woman stopped, sensing the girl’s concern.

“Everything is okay, Sarayna,” the woman assured her calmly. “Your uncle told me you were coming.”

Sara could only blink at this stranger who seemed to know her name. She tried to respond but could only cough as the residual effects of Key travel got the best of her.

“Here,” the woman offered as she held out her hand. Sara looked between the hand and the woman, and perhaps it was the eyes, or the perk of the woman’s brow, but Sarayna felt comfortable with her.

Holding onto her hand, the two worked on getting Sara into a standing position, and with assistance Sara was soon sitting on the nearby sofa. Sara was left to get her bearings while the woman entered the kitchen, only to return shortly with a glass of water. Offering it to Sara, who took it graciously, she sat in a chair across from Sara and watched as she gulped the gloriously refreshing fluid.

Once the glass was emptied, Sara placed it on the coffee table and let out a sigh of relief. “Thank you very much,” she told her host. “I was wondering if you’ve seen my grandmother. She was supposed to be waiting for me here.”

The woman gently laughed at her inquiry. “Do you mean Saratanya?”

“Yes,” Sarayna said. “Do you know her?”

Her hostess only smiled. “Of course I know her. I’m Saratanya.”

Sara’s jaw dropped. “But…you’re so young!”

The look of shock on Sara’s face must have been obvious for the woman—Saratanya, her own grandmother—laughed at her response.

 “Yes, Sarayna, I am Saratanya, former Queen Empress of the Empire. The last time I saw you, you were an infant in your father’s arms, so it seems the Annals has something in store for us yet.”

Sara wasn’t sure how to respond. Her grandmother wasn’t incorrect—through the magic of Prophecy and the power of the Annals, Sarayna had aged through years of her natural timeline in a matter of moments as soon as she arrived within the Empire. Now with the appearance of a woman of twenty, and the mentality of one well beyond her years, she realized her grandmother was right. The Empire had a plan for them, and their Fates were nowhere near done with them yet.

Looking up at her grandmother, another thought occurred to the young princess; this woman was the only family she had in the Otherrealm. Her mother and her uncle were left behind in the Empire, her brother lost within the Borderlands, and her father…

Without a word, she leapt from her seat on the couch and wrapped her arms around Saratanya, holding her in a hug so tight she was certain she would bruise the other woman, but her grandmother only returned the embrace, her grip around Sara just as strong.

Only as her grandmother held her in an attempt to soothe her did Sara realized she had begun to cry.
“It’s going to be okay, nirr naes,” she assured her gently.

“No, it’s not,” Sara said through her sniffles.

“What do you mean?” the former empress asked as she looked down upon her granddaughter.

Sara looked into the eyes that reminded her so much of her father’s, and she felt another wave of distress flow through her.

“I have so much to tell you.” 
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To enter, you need to know that my lucky book number, [14].
Add up all the lucky numbers of the authors and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


For an e-copy of my bestseller Season, Unforgettable enter the rafflecopters below:


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Pat Esden!


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