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Tuesday, April 02, 2019

YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2019 (with BONUS GIVEAWAY below)!

Welcome to the 18th YA SCAVENGER HUNT!

Hi! I'm P. J. Hoover, your hostess for this site of the YA Scavenger Hunt. Thanks so much for visiting and playing along!

A little bit about me:

* I write books for people of all ages!

* I have two tortoises (and two dogs and two kids) :)

* I just finished a 6000 piece jigsaw puzzle

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck 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 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM--but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie team 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 YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, 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 APRIL 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I am hosting EMILY KAZMIERSKI and her lovely book FOR YOUR EARS ONLY on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

A little bit about EMILY:
Emily lives in sunny southern California with her husband, daughters, dachshunds, and chickens. When she's not writing or reading, she enjoys cooking and baking. Her current obsession is making homemade ice cream.

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author's book here!

Where to buy FOR YOUR EARS ONLY!


A spy's first international mission. A job that goes horribly wrong. In a race against unknown enemies, can she recover the stolen CIA files before they land in the wrong hands? Or will she fail, leaving the lives of undercover agents around the world at risk?

For our exclusive content, we have the original opening scene of FOR YOUR EARS ONLY!

***There are spoilers in this scene. If you have not finished For Your Ears Only, do not read this until you do. 

This was the very first scene I wrote when I started working on Loveday’s story. I intended to begin the book with Vale’s death, and tell the story from there, but as I got into the story, I realized that it was important to share Vale’s importance to the team before he died. So, the aftermath of Vale’s death became book two, and I wrote what is now book one, For Your Ears Only.

        After taking a deep breath, I insert the bobby pin shaped explosive into the door knob and count to ten. A fizz and puff of smoke let me know that it’s done its job. From beside me, Vale nods, holding his gun at the ready. I turn the now warm knob and fling the door open. 
        The hotel room is empty. All that’s left is an old wooden desk, scratched and scuffed. The bed looks like it wasn’t slept in, and the curtains are shut tight.
        Nexus is gone.
        “The room’s empty,” I huff into the smartwatch on my left wrist.
        “Damn,” Lotus responds, his voice sounding perfectly clear as it emanates from the watch’s tiny speaker.
        Vale puts a hand on my shoulder. “We’ll find him, Loveday.”
        I grit my teeth and shake off his hand. “He was JUST here.”
        Vale squeezes my elbow. “I’ll meet you downstairs.”
        I nod. Lotus is waiting for us in the surveillance van.
        Vale whispers into his smart watch as he leaves the room.
        A woman walks down the hallway, invading my peripheral vision. It looks a lot like…
        “Mom?” I run out into the hallway. I see her everywhere these days, even though she’s been dead since I was 18 months old.
        She’s at the end of the hallway, pushing open the door to the stairs.
        I run after her, breathing easily. If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s running.
        I push the heavy fire door open and listen for footsteps. 
        She is above me, moving toward the roof.
        “Vale,” I whisper into my watch. “I’m heading toward the roof. Come back me up.”
        “Done.” The word comes from just behind me. 
        I spin around and Vale is there, all six feet of boxy muscle and pointed chin.
        Vale nods slowly, nudging me forward with a slight lift of his head.
        I give him a tight smile before drawing my gun and climbing the stairs.
        “There’s someone on the roof. Looks like a woman.” Lotus’s voice sounds thin coming from my watch.
        “Hurry,” I call over my shoulder.
        I pump my legs, taking the stairs as quickly as I can, given that I’m only 5’2”.
        Vale outpaces me, his extra length an advantage. He reaches the top landing first, and, without waiting for me to take up position behind him, he opens the door to the roof.
        The sound of a gun being fired cracks the air, and Vale lurches backward, his hand rising to his neck. Blood seeps from between his fingers. His gun clatters to the floor.
        “VALE!” I shout as a I try to support his crumbling body, but my legs buckle. I can’t do it. 
        My knees smack the cold cement and Vale lands on top of me.
        “Vale, please don’t,” I whisper, but the still of his chest tells me it’s already too late.


OKAY, that was awesome!!!!! Thank you, Emily!!!

Here's the entire Blue Team and all the amazing books you get to learn about!

Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, EMILY KAZMIERSKI, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 27. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


I'm giving away my latest YA book, A BROKEN TRUCE, to TWO lucky winners! All you have to do to enter is subscribe to my mailing list by filling out the Rafflecopter below! (US addresses only)

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To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, HELEN VIVIENNE FLETCHER! Follow this link to keep going!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Yay! It's finally here! TUT 2, formally known as TUT: MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD, is officially out in the world! I am so thrilled to share the continuing adventures of King Tut, immortal and 14 and stuck in middle school, with you.

Huge thank you to all the readers and educators who have made this possible!

"Fans of Rick Riordan and young mythology lovers are sure to enjoy this fast and funny middle-grade novel by acclaimed author P. J. Hoover."

About TUT 2: 

Meet Tut! The epic adventures of the Boy King and former pharaoh―now an immortal eighth-grader living in Washington, D. C..

Having defeated his evil uncle and the Cult of Set, who tried to send him to the afterlife, the perpetually fourteen-year-old King Tut is looking forward to a relaxing summer vacation. But then Tut discovers that his brother Gilgamesh has been captured by the Egyptian god Apep, Lord of Chaos. Gil helped to vanquish Apep thousands of years ago, and now Apep is back for vengeance.

It’s up to Tut and his friends, Tia and Henry, to find Gil and stop Apep before he succeeds in his scheme to swallow the sun and plunge the world into darkness forever…


  • You like action and adventure
  • You adore mythology
  • You like just a touch of romance
  • You enjoy a fast-paced story
  • You just finished TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE
  • You think P. J. Hoover is an awesome author
  • You are fascinated by King Tut
  • You think being immortal would be really cool
  • You have a cat who may be an Egyptian god in disguise (or you just like cats)
  • You always wondered if King Tut’s curse was real

Buy Tut: My Epic Battle to Save the World from

# ISBN-13 (hardcover): 978-0765390820
# ISBN-13 (ebook): 978-0765390844
* Audio book coming soon *


If you live in Austin, I'll be having a book release party for TUT: MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD, complete with snacks, custom cake (gluten-free) by Cake Wars superstar Akiko White, and humorous Egyptian fun for all :)

If you want to make sure you get a book, you may want to call BookPeople ahead of time to reserve. (512-472-5050). Or if you can't make the party, I can sign the book for you, and they ship worldwide!

Thank you so much for celebrating with me!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Free TUT Skype visits!

Friends, for the month of February I will be Skyping for free into classrooms and libraries all over the country, and I would love to Skype into your kid's class! Your teacher will also get a copy of TUT to share! If interested, please message me or have your teacher or librarian fill out the form on my website!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Play Senet with the Boy King!

Summer's here! Don't let your kids sit around the house doing nothing! Instead, how about letting them...

Learn to play the ancient
Egyptian board game,
with none other than King Tut himself!

I had so much fun creating my Scratch game ESCAPE FROM KING TUT'S TOMB in Scratch to go along with TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE, I decided to create a game to go along with the upcoming sequel.

Introducing the Scratch game PLAY SENET WITH KING TUT, the companion game for TUT: MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD.

If you have no clue how to play Senet, don't worry. I didn't know how to play either before I coded this game. Sure, there are rules on my website, but I'd suggest just playing the game in easy mode to learn. It's the easiest way.

Note: The game is in Beta release, so please let me know if you find any bugs. 

Second Note: King Tut is really good at this game, and he wins a lot. Good luck winning!

Wednesday, June 01, 2016


I'm crazy excited to share this amazing cover for TUT: MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD which is coming February 28, 2017!

Pre-order Tut: My Epic Battle to Save the World from

# ISBN-13 (hardcover): 978-0765390820
# ISBN-13 (ebook): 978-0765390844

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Paperback Release Day for TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE!

Happy Tuesday!

In case you've been holding out for the paperback of TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE, your wait is over! I'm so pleased to announce that the paperback is now released!

You can find out all about the book, including buy links, on my website!

Buy Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life from

# ISBN-13 (paperback): 978-0765383723
# ISBN-13 (hardcover): 978-0765334688
# ISBN-13 (ebook): 978-1466814752

Friday, November 13, 2015

Happy Book News!

I'm so excited to announce that TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE is getting a sequel!

Here's the scoop from Publishers Marketplace:

P. J. Hoover's sequel to TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE, in which the perpetually fourteen-year-old King Tut skips out of middle school to find his guardian, but as luck would have it, he has wound up in an age-old mess of godly proportions, to Susan Chang at Starscape, for publication in Winter 2017, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (NA).

Whoo hoo and long live the (immortal) Boy King!