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! 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 96 hours!
Go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the TEAM PURPLE–but there is also a TEAM BLUE 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 New Adult Scavenger Hunt page.
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my lucky book number. Collect the lucky book numbers of all the authors on, 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 at noon Eastern Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
LET THE HUNT BEGIN!
***MEET SF Benson ***
SF Benson, a Michigan native, resides in Georgia with her husband and daughter. She has always wanted to be a writer, but she’s had a variety of positions ‘feeding’ her creative brain. SF is an avid bookworm who appreciates a well-written book regardless of genre. She writes stories that explore ‘what if’. Her stories tend to feature strong, diverse protagonists in dystopian, science fiction or paranormal worlds.
For more information, visit her site at: http://authorsfbenson.com/
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When a kid from the right side of the tracks veers left, how does he find his way back?
They say time dulls pain. Asher’s not buying it. Instead, he’s burying his grief with weed and booze after losing his family because of the Street Wars.
Unfortunately, his petty crimes have caught up with him. Asher understands if he gets out of this, he needs to do some serious soul-searching. He has to come to grips with his losses. Because if he stays on this path, it leads directly to jail.
Set in the world of The Alliance Chronicles, Release is Asher Jones’ poignant coming of age novella about how a good kid finds himself in the midst of a war.
Cut Scene from the second draft of Release: the Alliance Chronicles Novella
“Now you know all about me,” I say to Ko.
She squeezes my hand. “Is that everything, Asher?”
“Yeah. Well, actually, I have a confession as well.”
“Griffin,” I say, my voice cracking.
“I kind of figured something was going on between you two. Tell me.”
“He followed us to Riza. I was kind of shocked when he joined. We didn’t see each other again, until the day he lost his family.”
“I was second in command the day Griffin decided to disobey orders. He was supposed to report to duty, but he wouldn’t come because his wife was pregnant and sick.”
“You outranked Griffin?”
“Yeah. I was still in the vehicle when a squad member came to find me.” My throat thickens with the memory. Every time I relive the events, I imagine doing something, anything, to change the outcome. Griffin didn’t deserve what happened to his wife and kid. My voice cracks as I continue, “My Commanding Officer instructed that we had to bring him, no excuses. I gave the order to do whatever was needed to bring Griffin in.”
Ko’s jaw drops.
“Trust me. I regretted the words as soon as they left my mouth. I heard the gunfire and ran inside the house. Gena Carter lay on the floor. A pool of blood surrounded her small frame.”
Her expression blanches. “So you were there. You didn’t see who shot her?”
“It doesn’t matter who shot her. Griffin took a swing at me when he came into the room and found Gena. My squad pulled him off me and tossed him into lockup. I don’t know if he realizes I’m responsible for his pain.”
“What makes you think you caused his pain? You followed orders. If anything your C.O. is the responsible one.” She rubs my arm.
“I may not have pulled the trigger, but I gave the order.” I stare at the floor. “Makes me responsible.”
Ko scoots closer. “No. You’re guilty of making some poor choices in your life, but it was the people in your life who messed up. When’s the last time you spoke to your grandparents?”
I lift my head. “The day I tried to get them to sign the papers. Losing Shiloh and my parents changed his opinion about the military.”
Ko’s voice takes on a certain harshness. “He didn’t have to agree with your joining. You needed his support.”
“Agreed.” Unsaid words dance on my tongue. I bite them back. I don’t want to discuss my grandparents even after all this time.
Slowly, Ko shakes her head. “I don’t agree with why you joined. Revenge? Was that your real reason?”
“Yeah,” I mutter.
“Did you accomplish your mission?”
“So was it worth joining Riza?” She challenges.
A smile tugs at my lips. “Without a doubt. I’ve learned a lot, and I joined the Alliance.”
“How does that play into wanting revenge for your family’s deaths?”
“The military failed Shiloh. If Riza fails, his death is avenged. I want to be part of bringing it down.”
Ko sighs heavily. “What about your parents?”
“The government failed them. So—”
“No, you’re wrong. Your neighbors killed them, not the government. Asher, you have to get over this need for vengeance.”
I glance at her. It’s easy to judge someone’s actions when you’ve never walked in their shoes. “You can say that because you haven’t lost anyone.”
“You’re right. I haven’t lost anyone, and I’m trying not to lose you.” She faces me. “Keep this up and you’ll end up alongside your family. That would be a waste.”
“I haven’t scared you off with my history?”
“No. You haven’t.” She intertwines her fingers with mine. “Your history explains some things for me.”
“It’s obvious there’s something going on between you and Griffin. Now I know why he’s ready to kill you. Most likely he’s put the puzzle together.”
“You’re probably right about that. What else?”
“You never got over Cindy.”
It’s not a question. “She’ll always have a part of my heart.”
She purses her lips. “You don’t understand. You never said good-bye to her. Cindy has a part of your heart because you never found closure.”
I withdraw my hand. “You’re wrong.”
“Okay. Answer one question for me. Do you love me?”
Ko would ask the one question I’m unsure of. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for that girl. But love? Bad things happened to the people I loved. “I care about you. A lot.”
“That’s not what I asked.”
I rake my hand through my hair. “Isn’t it enough?”
“Ko… Cindy was the only girl I ever said those words to, and look what happened.”
“That was one time. Besides, she didn’t walk away from you. The Virus killed her. I’m not going anywhere.”
I exhale. “Can’t you just accept that I care about you? I don’t want to imagine a day without you in it. What hurts you, hurts me.”
I didn’t intend it, but I was hurting her. My inability to say three little words would push her away, something I don’t want.
“Ko, I don’t want to lose the chance for happiness with you.”
She lowers her head. “You don’t know me, Asher. How can I make you happy?”
“How do you know you won’t make me happy?”
She stares at the floor. “Ash—”
“I’m not asking you to walk down the aisle or anything, but I do want you in my life. My grandmother in New Mexico wants me to come out for a visit, maybe make it my home. Come with me.”
“What’s keeping you here? Riza? They were going to discharge you.”
Her watery, dark eyes meet mine. “You knew?”
“Of course I knew. I got the doctors to fill me in while we were at the hospital. Your shoulder sustained nerve damage. It may or may not recover. They wanted to discharge you, but I said I was your C.O. and requested a medical leave instead.”
Ko’s eyes turn cold. “You did what?”
Her turbulent tone trembles my body. “I did what was best for you. If you want to go back when you’re fully healed, you can.”
“You didn’t have the right to interfere in my life,” she hisses.
“I wanted you to have options in your life. The doctors—”
“Told me about the leave. I asked for the discharge.”
“You asked?” I do a double take. “Why?”
She drops her head. “Because I don’t want to go back. I can’t handle the idea of being shot again. I suck at being a soldier. Okay? But my leaving is my decision, not yours.”
I nod. “Fine. I screwed up. I’m sorry. Can I ask you something?”
My breath catches in my chest. I need to know what Ko’s feelings are. “Do you love me?”
Ko gazes at me. “I…I don’t know. I care, but I don’t want to compete with a memory.”
“I would be. I’m sorry you lost Cindy, but I can’t take her place.”
I stand up, ready to leave the room. She doesn’t want to be with me. I had it all wrong. “Ko, I won’t beg you. I’ve laid it all out for you. What more can I say?”
Ko wraps her arms around my waist. She places her cheek against my back. “There’s nothing you can say, Ash.”
I face her. “So, that’s it? We’re done?”
“No.” She cups my cheek. “That’s not what I’m saying.”
Hell, I’d take my chances. This girl is worth it. I lean in and press my mouth to hers. It isn’t our first kiss, and I hope to God it won’t be our last. Before I go too far, I drag my lips from hers.
She stares into my eyes. “Ash, do me a favor and wrap things up properly. Go say good-bye to Cindy. I’ll go with you if you want. We can’t leave here until you do.”
My heart thumps. Is she giving me a chance? “We? You’ll go to New Mexico with me?”
“Yes. I’m willing to try, if you are.”
“Are you sure you’re up to it?” I ask.
Her eyebrows squish together. “I think I’m okay to travel, but I do agree with Zared. I should work on my fighting skills.”
“What? Wait… you heard us?”
Ko grins. “Of course, I heard you. Did you honestly think I’ve been sleeping the entire trip?”
Actually, I did. I pull her close. “So we’re doing this? You and me?”
Maybe misery has finally run its course in my life. I now have something worthwhile to look forward to, and I’m not letting her go.
*To enter, you need to know that my lucky book number is 4.
Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on TEAM PURPLE and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize
***CONTINUE THE HUNT***
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