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Purple Team

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!


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! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!

There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the Purple Team—but there is also a red team, a gold team, a green team, a blue team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

enter stephany's private giveaway and win

an Amazon gift card!


how to play the scavenger hunt puzzle



Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the Purple 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.



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

featured author


Margot Harrison

Margot Harrison has a lifelong habit of creeping herself out and now attempts to creep others out via her fiction. Her teenage dream was to see as many movies as possible and write about them, which she does as a Tomatometer critic for Vermont media company Seven Days.


She is also a Harvard grad, wrangler of calicos, speaker of French, native of New York City, and lover of horror podcasts and strong black tea.

She loves hearing from readers! 


exclusive content

After ten years of living on an isolated, tech-free ranch with her mother, sixteen-year-old Hedda is going back to the world of the Glare-her word for cell phones, computers, and tablets. Hedda was taught to be afraid of technology, afraid that it would get inside her mind and hurt her. But now she's going to stay with her dad in California, where she was born, and she's finally ready to be normal. She's not going to go "off-kilter," like her mom says she did when she was just a little kid. Once she arrives, Hedda finally feels like she's in control. She reunites with old friends and connects with her stepmom and half-brother. Never mind the terrifying nightmares and visions that start trickling back-they're not real. Then Hedda rediscovers the Glare-the real Glare, a first-person shooter game from the dark web that scared her when she was younger. They say if you die thirteen times on level thirteen, you die in real life. But as Hedda starts playing the so-called "death game"-and the game begins spreading among her friends-she realizes the truth behind her nightmares is even more twisted than she could have imagined. And in order to stop the Glare, she'll have to first confront the darkness within herself.

Extended Scene

Note to reader: In The Glare, Hedda must track down the creator of a supposed “death game” called the Glare—or face the possibility that it could kill her and her friends.

In one chapter, we see her searching on a gaming forum for clues, posting under the name “Fuchsia04.” Below is the complete forum thread. CW: brief mentions of violence and self-harm.

Learn the full story of the Glare legend and see images from the “forbidden game” here.


Posted by u/L13Survivor 1 year ago

DO NOT PLAY THE GLARE! It is not a “legend”!!! It is real!!!

I’ve seen people posting on this forum about the so-called “urban legend of the Glare,” a game you can only download from the dark web. These posts worry me because they are not taking it seriously.

Listen up, dudes: the Glare is NOT an urban legend. I’ve seen people boast they’re going to find the Glare and “beat the game” or prove it is a hoax. They won’t be able to do that, though, because it is REAL.

I know because I’m the only person (that I know of) to survive level 13 of the Glare. Here’s how it works: The game sends you text alerts whenever you stop playing. If you block them, they will start again from a different number. If you die thirteen times on level 13, the game won’t let you play anymore. But the text alerts will continue. First the game will tell you, “Ur pathetic.” Next, you’ll get images of a skull.

If you keep seeing that skull on your phone, you will die in real life.

Don’t ask me how it works. Maybe it’s the power of suggestion and conditioning—a devilish psychology experiment. Maybe it’s a curse. It doesn’t really matter.

I’ve seen it in action. This game will kill you.

Don’t look for the Glare. Don’t play the Glare. And do NOT dismiss the Glare as an “urban legend.” I am posting this as a public-service announcement.


Lhrose commented 1 year ago

lol u are pathetic. no 1 believes u


Xrayspecs99 commented 1 year ago

Dude you’re just making me want to play the Glare even more, and also don’t call me dude.


SirGanksaLot commented 11 months ago

How can a game kill people? Are you saying it makes them kill themselves? Even if I thought the Glare existed, your little creepypasta would be impossible to prove.


L13Survivor commented 11 months ago

I don’t care whether you believe me. This isn’t about my ego. This is a real thing.


Lhrose commented 11 months ago

this is ridikulus


Fuchsia04 commented 8 months ago

I believe you. I might be a survivor, too, but I need proof. Can you tell me if the Glare is connected to the case of Caroline Westover? Was her mind deceived?


Lhrose commented 8 months ago

Lol who is caroline westover??? also dont believe everything you read online lol


Xrayspecs99 commented 8 months ago

Daaaaammn, that is messed. If you’re too lazy to google it: Caroline Westover was a 16-year-old in Cali who blinded herself with Drano 10 years ago. When the EMTs found her, she was covering her eyes and moaning, “I can still see.” Like I said, MESSED. Did you know her, Fushia? Did she play the Glare?


Concernedmom85 commented 8 months ago

Fuschia, how old are you? The Glare is an urban legend, just like the “Momo Challenge.” L13Survivor is a hoaxer and a troll. If you really believe you’re a survivor of the Glare, please seek counseling from a professional.


Xrayspecs99 commented 8 months ago

How about you stop bullying posters here, concernedmom. The Glare is real. There are plenty of witnesses out there. Fushia, why do you say you are a survivor? Have you played the game? Did it freak you out?


Lhrose commented 8 months ago

u ppl are all sooooooo gullible. it makes me fear for the fate of the earth


Xrayspecs99 commented 6 months ago

Where did Fushia go? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? I’m worried about her.


cruellacoupedeville commented 4 months ago

Maybe she just got a life. Sheesh. I’m sure she’s fine. Anyway, the Glare’s just an urban legend. Everybody knows that.


Xrayspecs99 commented 4 months ago

I’m not so sure. Check this out.

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And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Margot Harrison, and more!

To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 3


Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Purple Team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

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