Red Team ROCKS! Fall YASH is back.

Red Team ROCKS! Fall YASH is back.

TEAM RED ROCKS! Fall YASH is in the house! 

Its is my favorite time of the year again! Welcome to the fall 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. On 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! Who wouldn’t want to win a book from each TEAM RED member? I mean…does it get any better?! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 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 RED TEAM, the coolest team ever–but there is also a blue team, a gold team, a green team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!  GO TEAM RED!!! 
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 red 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 Sunday, October 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Team RED member: Suzanne van Rooyen

Today, I am hosting Suzanne van Rooyen on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Suzanne is a tattooed storyteller and peanut-butter addict from South Africa. She currently lives in Finland and finds the cold, dark forests nothing if not inspiring. When not writing, Suzanne teaches music to elementary school kids, collects bruises on the climbing wall, and entertains her shiba inu. She is the absolute coolest! 
Find out more information by checking out Suzanne’s website by clicking here . You can find out more about Suzanne’s book here!
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT for Suzanne’s awesome book I Heart Robot

Sixteen-year-old Tyri wants to be a musician and wants to be with someone who gets her musical aspirations.

Q-I-99, aka ‘Quinn,’ lives in a scrap metal sanctuary with other rogue droids. While some use violence to make their voices heard, demanding equal rights for AI enhanced robots, Quinn just wants a moment on stage with his violin to show the humans that androids like him have more to offer than their processing power.

Tyri and Quinn’s worlds collide when they’re accepted by the Baldur Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. As the rift between robots and humans deepens, Tyri and Quinn’s love of music draws them closer together, forcing Tyri to question where her loyalties lie and Quinn to question his place in the world. With the city on the brink of civil war, will Tyri’s and Quinn’s passion for music be enough to hold them together while everything else crumbles down around them, or will the truth of who they are tear them apart?

Here’s what Suzanne has to say about I Heart Robots!

Music is a huge part of I Heart Robot. Not only is it their mutual love of music that brings Tyri and Quinn together in the story, but music is what defines them. Without being able to play violin, Tyri and Quinn would feel empty. In fact, for Quinn, his life may even depend on music and the opportunity he gets by playing in the orchestra to show the humans in his world that androids have emotion, that they can create and dream – that they might actually have a soul.


Throughout the book, Tyri and Quinn share many musical moments whether in rehearsal together or while hanging out. During one particular scene, a scene which marks a major turning point in their relationship, Quinn is at Tyri’s house and discovers her vintage CD collection. They spend the afternoon together listening to Tyri’s eclectic collection spanning several decades and dozens of styles and Tyri’s discovers another side to Quinn.


For this year’s Scavenger Hunt, I’m sharing a playlist with some of the songs Tyri and Quinn might’ve listened to that afternoon. Sadly, few people can experience the music the way that Quinn does, but we can still listen to and appreciate compositions from Beethoven and The Beatles, Scriabin and Nirvana.


I’ve also included some super special fanart by the incredibly talented Ekaterina Trayt. This piece was drawn specially for this post and you won’t find this artwork anywhere else! To see more work by the artist, please head over here (website link:


Happy listening!  Click here for playlist!

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Brendan, and more! To enter, you need to know that Brendan’s  favorite number is 2. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Continue the Hunt

Suzanne’s content was awesome. To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Abby J Reed.


  1. Number 4 of your list is Unbelievers by Vampire Weekend 🙂

  2. So excited!!! Was honored to win Nemesis last time around and now I’m back for more!!!!!! :DDDDDDD *heart eyes* (and I gotta say, I got a look at the Chrysalis cover—creepy!!!!) Number 4 on your playlist is……………. *imaginary drumroll*………….. UNBELIEVERS by VAMPIRE WEEKEND :DDD

  3. Thank you for this wonderful chance

  4. Unbelievers – vampire weekend

    • Hi Rhiannon,

      You are the first winner! Congrats. Check your inbox for an email!

      Happy Reading!

  5. Unbelievers Vampire Weekend. Thank You!

  6. #4 is Unbelievers by Vampire Weekend. Thanks!

  7. Number 4 of your list is Unbelievers by Vampire Weekend

  8. #2 is Spirits by The Strumbellas

    thank you for the chance <3

  9. #2 is Spirits by The Strumbellas. Thank you for the chance.

  10. Number 2 is Spirits by The Strumbellas! Thank you so much for the chance again, I’d love the opportunity to read and review your book 🙂

  11. Spirits – The Strumbellas

  12. Thanks for the opportunity! #2 is Spirits by The Strumbellas.

  13. #2 is The Strumbellas – Spirits 🙂

  14. Todays pick is SPIRITS by STRUMBELLAS…..OMG ITS THAT SONG I LOVE THAT SONG. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THAT SONG. I jumped like five feet in the air when I hit play and heard what song that was!! xDDDDDD #surprised #hadnoideaitsname #grooveitout #seriously #itmakesmewannadance (its really funny. The next song on the play list, Way Down We Go, I’ve been listening to that song and “I can’t Go On Without You” by the same singer, Kaleo, on repeat for three days straight LMAO). If you enjoy a good dance or know anyone who does, Charity and Andres did an AMAZING dance to Way Down We Go on the show World of Dance. It’s worth a watch on Youtube!!)

  15. #2 is The Strumbellas – Spirits

  16. #2 is Spirits by The Strumbellas. Good luck everyone!

  17. Under #2 on the list is The Strumbellas – Spirits

  18. #2 is The Strumbellas – Spirits

  19. Spirits: The Strumbellas

  20. Spirits: The Strumbellas

  21. #2 is Spirits by The Strumbellas

  22. The Strumbellas – Spirits! Thanks again.

    • Congrats, Michael. You win a copy of Genesis. Check your inbox for an email 🙂

  23. #2 is Spirits by the Strumbellas

  24. #2 is Spirit by The Strumbellas

  25. #2 is The Strumbellas – Spirits is today pick i really hope i could win a copy of genesis bedrest is getting boring thank you brendan reichs for this wonderful chance

  26. Listed under #2 is Spirits by The Strumbellas. Thanks for the giveaway

  27. #2 is Spirits by The Strumbellas

  28. Hi! #2 is Spirits by The Strumbellas. Thanks for the giveaway! I enjoyed Nemesis need to find time to get to Genesis. Good luck to everyone!

  29. Hi! #2 is Spirits by The Strumbellas. Thanks for the giveaway! I enjoyed Nemesis need to find time to get to Genesis. Good luck to everyone!

  30. Number 2 is “Spirits” by the Strumbellas, love that song!

  31. Number 2 is “Spirits” by the Strumbellas

  32. I’m not going crazy right? Today is still #2 Spirits by the Strumbellas. I didn’t like, miss the new number somehow, I hope.

  33. The Strumbellas – Spirits. Thank you!

  34. it is Spirits by the strumbellas! Thank you for this opportunity and I wish you the best luck on your book!!!

  35. Spirits by the Strumbellas

  36. Ready to Go – Republica
    Way Down We Go – Kaleo

  37. The two songs with “Go” are:
    Ready to Go by Republica
    Way Down We Go by Kaleo

    Thank you so much for the chance <3

  38. The two songs with “Go” are Ready to Go by Republica and Way Down We Go by Kaleo. Thank you again for the chance 🙂

  39. OOHhh!! I love this one!!! Not a number!!! Tricky, tricky!!!!!! #1, Ready to Go by Republica and #3, Way Down We Go by Kaleo which i mentioned before has the awesome perfect score dance on World of Dance!! (it was a shame that duo didn’t win, they deserved it but reality television is sadly not about actual talent).

  40. The two songs with “Go” are Ready to Go by Republica and Way Down We Go by Kaleo. i want to thank you even though i know i wont win

  41. Yay! I must have missed yesterday’s, happy I didn’t miss this one though I had to read it three times to make sure I was getting it right. Tricky, tricky 😉

    Ready to Go by Republica
    Way Down We Go by Kaleo

    • Congrats! You are the winner of the Genesis daily giveaway. Check your inbox. 🎉

      • Eeeek! I completely missed this! Thank you so much. I can not wait 🙂

  42. 3, Way Down We Go by Kaleo is my favorite, but 7 Pompeii by Bastille used to be a favorite. I’m not really a fan of the other songs.

  43. 3, Way Down We Go by Kaleo is my favorite, but 7 Pompeii by Bastille used to be a favorite. I’m not really a fan of the other songs.

    (TESTING, TESTING. I’m having problems posting. I don’t see a comment from today but then it said I made a duplicate and I keep getting a captcha error. I don’t know if the comment made it through so I’m sending it again)

  44. 7- Pompeii by Bastille

  45. i didnt seen today question so i want to say thank you for the chance to win you book would really like to win a copy of a great book please thank you

    • It’s under “continue the hunt”. He picks a number (or recently, some other direction to follow) and you have to find the blog hosting him, and look at the playlist and follow his directions. Todays directions are to pick your favorite song off his playlist. So you find the blog hosting him, and pick your favorite song.

  46. OOH, not a number this time.. it’s different 🙂
    My fave of those songs is Pompeii by Bastille.

    • Congrats on winning Saturday’s hunt question. Check your email! 🎉😎

  47. My favorite is #7, Pompeii!

  48. I’m gonna go with #8 Sabotage by Beastie Boys

  49. #7 Pompeii by Bastille

  50. #10? I guess.

  51. number 6

  52. Burn Hollywood Burn

  53. The last song on the playlist is #10, Burn Hollywood Burn by …. I’m not actually sure. Public Enemy (whoever that is), Ice Cube, and…Big Daddy? O.O

  54. So I am not entirely sure to which Playlist you are referring to, I thought I would name the answer to both options…
    Last song on Suzannes playlist: The Piano Knows Something I Don’t Know – Panic! At The Disco
    Last song on your Playlist (Jennifers website): Burn Hollywood Burn – Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Big Daddy Kane

  55. The last song on the playlist is #10 Burn Hollywood Burn by Public Enemy featuring Ice Cube & Big Daddy Kane.

    • Congrats!!! You are the winner. Please check your inbox. 🎉😎

  56. Sadness. But thanks for the chance!

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