YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! 

My name is Deirdre Riordan Hall & I'm the author of the forthcoming novel, Sugar. I'm your host for this stop on the YA Scavenger Hunt and am on the GOLD TEAM. Yesterday I surfed with a seal (Hey, little fella, the waves are good, huh?) Today I dug into a plate of nachos with my favorite, salsa & guacamole...and tomorrow I have plans to tackle a book or two on my TBR. Oh, and you should know, I love dogs. Cats too, my writing sidekick would be very upset if I left him out. 

So, what is the 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 signed book from each author on the hunt on my team! 

But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours! That's from noon PST 4/2- noon PST 4/5! 

How do I play? 

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 GOLD TEAM--but there is also a red team, a blue team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed 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.

How does the YA Scavenger Hunt work?

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the GOLD 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, April 5th at noon Pacific time. (Here's a time calculator to find out when that is.) Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Okay, ready to get to the fun stuff? Here we go! 

I'm hosting Suzanne Van Rooyan for the YA Scavenger Hunt! 

Suzanne is a tattooed storyteller from South Africa. 
She currently lives in Sweden and is busy making friends with the ghosts of her Viking ancestors. 
Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. 
When she grows up, she wants to be an elf – until then, she spends her time (when not writing) wall climbing, buying far too many books, and entertaining her shiba inu, Lego.

Suzanne also wrote a novel called  


An awkward teen violinist falls for the boy who finally gets her and her passion for music, except he’s an android, and there’s a war brewing between robots and humans in a futuristic Scandinavia.

Check out more HERE


Sixteen-year-old Tyri wants to be a musician and wants to be with someone who won’t belittle 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 brings them closer together, making Tyri question where her loyalties lie and Quinn question his place in the world. With the city on the brink of civil war, Tyri and Quinn make a shocking discovery that turns their world inside out. Will their 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?

Visit Suzanne on Twitter and Facebook.

And now for the super awesome exclusive content from 
I Heart Robot: 

Take Note
A blog dedicated to Skandian music and musicians

Musicians are no longer taking center stage the way they did fifty or even thirty years ago. Our world today is focused on the practical, and dare I say it, the mundane. But some young people are fighting back and reclaiming the arts for a new generation, but not in the way you might expect.

For those of you who think classical music is so two centuries ago, think again! The Baldur Junior Philharmonic Orchestra, lead by the indomitable Maestro Ahlgren, has been limping along for the past ten years, struggling to find funding and fill seats at concerts. But all that is about to change since Ahlgren snagged a performance at this year's Independence Day Gala. Given our Prime Minister's sympathy for the arts, Ahlgren and her orchestra of talented teens is about to take Skandia by storm!

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with two of the violinists, Quinn Soarsen and Tyri Matzen, and here's what they had to say.

Do you think music is still relevant in Skandia given the more utilitarian attitude of the public?

Quinn: Of course! Music will always be relevant. It's one of the defining characteristics of humanity, this need to express emotion in a highly artistic way. Going back to ancient times, music has been ubiquitous. I think Skandians risk losing a huge part of their culture and even their humanity by ignoring music.

Tyri, you don't look so sure.

Tyri: I love music. Music is my life, but it's hard, you know, since people really consider it useful. Most people don't see music the way we do. They don't feel it, like they've forgotten what real music is all about, and just tune into all this computer-generated techno rubbish. Art music has become kind of like a dead language or something.

Interesting comparison. So what first drew you to classical music, or should I say art music?

Quinn: From day one my own... my own parents loved it and they made me play violin from the moment I could hold a bow.

Tyri: Honestly, I think Quinn was born with a bow in his hands.

(Tyri glances at Quinn and blushes – I think there might be more than a mutual love of music between these two.)

Quinn: Not quite. But I've been playing all my life. There's something transcendent about this type of music. Some ineffable power that speaks directly to the heart.

(What an intense young man. His silver eyes are even more captivating. No wonder Miss Matzen can't stop sneaking glances at him.)

Tyri: I agree. When I first listened to Beethoven, I started crying just because there was this... immensity to the music. Well, immensity, yes, but that's not the word I'm looking for. Gravity maybe? It's profound and more profound than anything a machine could ever generate, that's for sure.

(Quinn looks at Tyri as if she socked him between the eyes).

Quinn, you don't agree?

Quinn: I think some androids might have the capabilities to compose.

Tyri: Oh, I meant like randomly generated tones from a computer program, not an android. But even so, unless an android has some pretty sophisticated emotion mods, I doubt they'd be able to compose on a human level.

(The two regard each other and Quinn looks like he wants to say more, but he bites his tongue and slumps back in his chair. Considering the current robot situation, this is a topic I'd rather steer the conversation away from).

You're both violinists and I hear you two are auditioning for the solo part. Who do you think will get it?

(They share shy smiles and Quinn runs a hand through his hair).

Tyri: Hard to say. Quinn has amazing technique. Like, it's inhuman how fast he can play, but...

Quinn: But Tyri has an innate musicality I can only aspire to.

Tyri: I think Quinn will get it though.

(More shared smiles, and blushing glances from Tyri. These two are adorable!)

Perhaps you could play a duet one day?

Quinn: I think that would be wonderful.

Tyri: I'd love that too.

(They share a meaningful look that makes me feel like I'm intruding on their moment.)

So what are your plans for the future? Are you going to go pro?

Tyri: If I can. I really want to study at the Royal Academy once I've finished high school. I know getting in will be tough, but that's my goal.

And what about you, Quinn? (He's suddenly gone very quiet)

Quinn: I'd like to make a difference. I'd like the opportunity to show the world the true power of music and maybe change a the Skandian mindset about music and more.

Sadly, we had to leave the conversation there as Quinn and Tyri needed to get to rehearsal. If you would like to support Tyri and Quinn, please click here. Although the soloist is still to be chosen for the gala, their program features pieces by Berlioz and Dvorak. Who knows what the future holds for these two young musicians, but as long as Tyri, Quinn, and others like them continue to practice hard and dream big, that future is looking very bright indeed!

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a signed book by me, Deirdre Riordan Hall and a bunch of other amazing authors including Suzanne and I Heart Robot! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 108. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the GOLD TEAM and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Wait, before you go, enter to win a second prize drawing for a chance to win an advance reader copy of SUGAR and some sweet swag! 

Good luck! 

*This drawing is only open to residents of the US. Sorry international readers! 
The main YA Scavenger Hunt is open internationally.

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To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! The one and only Holly Bodger! And remember, you're on TEAM GOLD right now :) 

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