Tobie Easton

Welcome to this shiny stop of the YA Scavenger Hunt!

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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.

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 April 9th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


I bet you’re here to see exclusive content and win fantabulous book prizes, am I right? Then let’s get started.  I’m your host, Tobie Easton, author of Emerge (Book 1 in the Mer Chronicles) about Mermaids who live secretly on land.

Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she's never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu's seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he's gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there's a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia's entire community at risk. So it's for the best that he's dating that new girl, right?

That is, until Lia finds out she isn't the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn't realize the danger he's in. If Lia hopes to save him, she'll have to get closer to Clay. Lia's parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

Looking for exclusive Emerge content? I’ve hidden it somewhere along the hunt on a Blue Team page!

Today, I’m SUPER excited to be hosting author Patty Blount!

Patty Blount is the award-winning author of various "Internet Issues" books for teens, including the popular SOME BOYS, a story about rape and rape culture and a girl determined to make people hear her.

Her newest book, The Way It Hurts, is about a boy with a garage band and a girl with Broadway lights in her eyes. Both want to be famous more than anything and find that fame together. Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with their talents...just one viral tweet. 

And now here's Patty's exclusive YASH content!

Patty here. I love YASH! Before I was published, I participated in YASH as a reader and never had so much fun finding new authors and new titles to enjoy. It’s a fantastic event that I looked forward to and now it’s fun for a different reason: I can participate as an author, giving readers glimpses into my journey, taking a book from concept to real live novel.

This season, I’d like to tell you about my new book, THE WAY IT HURTS (Sourcebooks Fire, August ’17). This is a young adult contemporary romance set on Long Island, where I live. It’s about two teens whose quest for fame goes terribly wrong when a single tweet goes viral and the online backlash follows them into real life. Rocker Elijah Hamilton has a heavy metal garage band that’s finally starting to get paying gigs. Stage performer Kristen Cartwright is competing for a slot at a prestigious conservatory. When Elijah hears Kristen’s powerhouse voice, he invites her to sing with his band, certain she’d have no problems mastering the raw vocals popular in rock bands like Halestorm and In This Moment. With her talent, the band can't fail. Kristen hopes that singing in Elijah’s band will give her the competitive edge she needs to get her top schools to accept her…especially if she can show them an original song.

Music plays an important role throughout this novel. I was lucky to get Seether’s permission to quote their hit single, Words as Weapons, in this story. Elijah and Kristen bond over it. It’s the first song they sing together…the one that starts it all. When she and Elijah sing, it’s like the music turns to magic. That’s pretty much when it hit me – I’d have to write them a song.

Their song. The Way It Hurts.

I wish I could tell you this is a hot new single about to be released, but no. The Way It Hurts is one of the most challenging things I’ve ever written. Writing books is fun for me. But writing songs? Whoa. This was so much harder than I expected. It’s not just about rhyming a few words. You have to worry about meter and pacing because words have their own cadence, their own rhythm.

At first, Elijah helps Kristen come up with the song’s first verse and its mood and later, Kristen adds to it. But later in the story, it becomes their song – a duet, indicated here by the alignment of the verses. It’s a hard rock heavy metal song, written for a violent male voice and powerful female voice. Okay, so here it is… song lyrics I wrote for this book.

The Way It Hurts by Patty Blount

It can’t get worse, this is the way it hurts.
It can’t get worse, this is the way it hurts.

Don’t know how it all went wrong,
Thought what we had was so damn strong.
I showed you my heart, tore down my defenses.
They said I’m a jerk, said I’m offensive.
And you just turned away.

What can I say?
What can I do?
Everything I am means nothing much to you.
It can’t get worse, this is the way it hurts.
I got nothing but my name,
Nothing but my songs.
Feelin’ so much pain but the words still come out wrong.
It can’t get worse, this is the way it hurts.

You’re wrong and baby, I’m so sorry.
There’s another side to this story.
The hell with the fame, keep all the glory.
Just don’t turn away.
What else can I say?
What else can I scream?
The man that you are is everything to me.
It can’t get worse, this is the way it hurts.

I watch you battle your way through the night,
Every little thing puttin’ up a fight.
I know deep inside, you lost the light
Wanna be there next to you, just for you, for the rest of my life
But you just turned away.

Baby, I’m yours
                                   I’m yours
but this is too tough.
                                   Yeah, things got rough
Why am I not enough?
                                   I’m sorry I messed up.

What else can I say?
                                   What else can I say?
What else can I do?
                                   What else can I scream?
Everything I am means nothing much to you.
                                   The man that you are is everything to me

It can’t get worse, this is the way it hurts.

This is the way it hurts

Like it? I sure hope so. I tell you, I spent more time writing those lyrics than I did an entire novel! The Way It Hurts drops on August 1, 2017. I hope you'll check it out.

Tobie here…The Way it Hurts sounds so good that I bet I could read it 6 times in a row. For more info on Patty and her book, visit her on

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books! To enter, you need to find my favorite number hiding in this post, then add up the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

But GUESS WHAT??  I’m also giving away a prize right here!
Win a brand new Amazon Kindle to read all your fave YA books on!


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author!
Next up on the Blue Team is Pintip Dunn.

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