Thursday, May 31, 2012

Scavenger Hunt - Stop #19

This is STOP # 19 on the Hunt!

Welcome to the first ever Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! Make the loop to discover 23 new or upcoming novels, and write down the clue at each stop (clue #19 will be somewhere in this post). When you know what the clues say, fill out the Rafflecopter form by June 4, 2012 (midnight EST) at, and you could be in the running for the grand prize of 23 new, autographed books (if you live in the USA; unsigned if international). Note: if you're the winner, you must email the complete statement within 24 hours of notification in order to claim the Grand don't miss a stop! Be ready with your answer if you're the lucky winner! No need to email it unless you receive the good word on June 5, 2012.

My guest for the Scavenger Hunt is lovely author

Yvonne Lehman.


YVONNE LEHMAN is an award-winning, best-selling author of novels in many genres such as historical, contemporary, romance, mystery, women’s fiction, mainstream.  She earned her Master’s Degree in English Literature at Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing on the college level. She founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years and now directs the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat held at Ridgecrest NC in October. She is a mentor with the Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers Guild. 

Other novels to be released in 2012 are A Knight to Remember in April (Heartsong, second in a series set in Washington DC) and Let it Snow in December (Heartsong, third in the DC series). 


Hearts that Survive – A Novel of the Titanic (Abingdon) is her 50th novel, released in time for the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking.

Is Love more powerful than the pain of loss?

Lydia Beaumont and her new friend Caroline Chadwick plan Lydia's wedding aboard the "grandest ship ever built." Yet their lives take a tragic turn when the "unsinkable" Titanic goes down. This epic tale of faith and perseverance follows their lives and the lives of their descendants as they struggle with all that was lost on that fateful night and what the future holds for those brave enough to face it. 

Of all the unbelievable things that occurred, the strangest thing took place. The floating half of the ship began to melt like a dollop of butter on a hot roll. It just melted smoothly into the ocean and the hoard of people were in the water. Their hair didn’t get wet. No water splashed on their faces. For an instant they didn’t scream. They couldn’t. A communal gasp went out over the sea, produced by hundreds and hundreds of terrified people who unexpectedly stepped into icy water up to their necks.

The ship of dreams vanished, disappeared as it sank into the sea.
In its place emerged a nightmare.

The sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic was not the end of the story for the 2207 passengers, plus the crew. It was the beginning of an unforgettable event that changed history, changed culture. There were only a few hundred saved in the 20 lifeboats. Not only were hundreds and hundreds of souls lost that night, but the event touched people throughout the world. Each person had family, friends, acquaintances and their lives too were touched and changed. Being saved was not the end, but the beginning for those who struggled not just to survive, but to live again.

Read this incredible story of


Interview with the heroine of Hearts that Survive – A Novel of the Titanic

1. My name is Lydia Beaumont. Others behave and speak as if the most interesting thing about me is that I’m heiress to the Beaumont Railroad Company and my father is fabulously rich. However, I think the most interesting is that I’m sailing on the Titanic, the greatest ship ever built and am on my way to America where I expect my life to really begin. And yet, if anyone else knew the secret known only to me, I suspect that would be of incredible interest.

2.  What do you do for fun?
Before John, I was escorted by Craven to the finest establishments in cities like London and Paris. After John, fun was escaping from those who watched my every move, and sneaking out to run around town with friends as if I were a commoner. Now that I’ve matured considerably in the past few weeks, nothing is more fun than exploring this ship with John or just talking and laughing with him.

3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it?
I dread revealing my secret because if it were something that would not cause distress, decisions, and uncertainty to many, then it would not be a secret.

4.  What are you afraid of most in life?
Never being free to live and love the way I want, but having my life dictated by others.

5.  What do you want out of life?
What I want most is to marry John and live happily ever after.

6.  What is the most important thing to you?
            Marrying John.

7.  Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?
Oh yes, my favorite book is a best-selling one titled Once Upon an English Garden. The author is aboard this ship, in second-class unfortunately but that doesn’t bother John. The two of them have become friends.

8.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
If I could change one thing about me it would be my former naïveté about my own susceptibility to temptation which led to indiscretion.

9.  Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
Why have a pet when you, yourself, are a pet to your own father, eligible and ineligible bachelors, friends of the family, servants, governesses, tutors, and guards. In a sense, I feel like a pet who is pampered and trained and has every moment scheduled. If I want something fetched I simply speak to a servant and I never fear any disobedience. Were I to have a pet however, I think it would be a little songbird in a cage, so I could set him free.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
Oh, when one is in a palace on the sea, aboard the grandest ship ever built, one simply could not desire to travel elsewhere. We sail on a glassy smooth sea, with only hope and beauty ahead of us and my dear love is walking toward me. The grandeur of this ship is a world of its own. I cannot imagine traveling back from this or being more fortunate than to be aboard this magnificent “unsinkable” ship of dreams.

You can pick up a copy of Yvonne’s book at
Barnes & Noble,
or your local bookstore.
Find out more about Yvonne at her website.


Now mosey along, Hunters, to STOP #20 Sibella Giorello, (, to pick up your next clue.

But before you go, write down this STOP #19 clue: enough

BONUS: As an added treat, subscribe to my free "Book Buddy" newsletter to be entered to win a free Restorer book bag. To subscribe, visit the first page of my website, and enter your name and email in the Book Buddy sign-up in the right hand column. Then leave a comment here so I know you entered! Have fun!

Sharon Hinck


Eldra said...

I've signed up for your newsletter -- can't imagine why I hadn't done it before... Thanks for being a part of this scavenger hunt!

Leauphaun said...

I've also signed up :) Thanks!! Love your books!!

- Leauphaun

Sharon Hinck said...

THanks, Eldra and Leauphaun!
I'll announce the winner of the Bonus Bookbag after the Hunt is over (June 5th) so be sure to stop back here and see who won! :-) Enjoy the hunt!

ElizabethLiberty said...

I didn't know you had a newsletter! Joined. :)

I hope you don't think I'm a stalker or anything. I just really enjoy your work. ;)

Mandee Stevens said...

I joined your newsletter!! Thanks!

Mrodman said...

I'm all signed up!

melissarodman @

Angel said...

I've signed up... thank you!

Daphne Michele Webb said...

Signed up because I always need an excuse to check my email. ;o)

Judy said...

I signed up for your newsletter!

This has been fun! Thank you so much!


Carol Gehringer said...

I also signed up -- love that I can recommend your Restorer series to adults & teens!

Sharon Hinck said...

Elizabeth, you make me laugh. Enthusiasm and encouragement are ALWAYS welcome, you little stalker, you. :-)
Mandy and Melissa and Angel, thanks for signing up!
Daphne, I'll be delighted to give you an excuse to check email... but since I only send out my newsletter a few times a year, your email might be lonesome sometimes.
Judy, I'm so glad you're enjoying the scavenger hunt...
and Carol, I'm so glad you're recommending the Restorer books!
Happy to see you all here!

Liz R said...

I signed up for your newsletter! Thanks for a great giveaway!


Lis said...

I have also signed up for your Buddy Newsletter.

Thanks for the opportunity.

kvwriter said...

Thank you so much for doing this! So nice to "meet" you and to learn about your books! Can't wait to start jumping in and reading!

I've signed up for your newsletter so look forward to following you and your work. Thanks again!

Kim :)

Nanette said...

I'm a new Book Buddy and SO enjoying the Scavenger Hunt!!

Sharon Hinck said...

Liz, great to have you!
Lis, thanks for signing up.
Kim, it's nice to meet you, too! I'm so glad you discovered my books
Nanette, thanks for becoming a book buddy, and I'm so glad you're enjoying the scavenger hunt.

We all had fun creating it!

Mandygirl238 said...

I signed up. I am looking forward to discovering so many new authors from the Scavenger Hunt!

rebbiej said...

I signed up as a Book Buddy! I am always looking for books that I can share with girls that I mentor and those I teach at school (a public school). Amazing how young ladies will read something the teacher is reading if they find it interesting enough :)

marybelle said...

I signed up thank you.


Laura said...

I entered! Thanks for the chance to win!

Soccerkidsmom said...

I signed up for your newsletter also with my new email address and would love to be entered to win a copy of your book! Sherri

Melanie said...

Signed up! I've heard about your book and would love to read it! :)

frequentreader19 (At) gmail (dot) com
My blog:

Sharon Hinck said...

Mandygirl, thanks for signing up - and yes, it's been a fun way to find out about other writers.
Rebbiej, thanks for recommending books to your students, and blessings on your teaching!
Marybelle, Laura,and soccerkidsmom - I've got you in the drawing!
Melanie, I'm heading over to see your blog. :-)
Thanks to everyone for signing up for the Book Buddy newsletter!

Caitlin O. said...

I have signed up for the newsletter! I was reading the excerpt of your book on the other author's website, and I put a star next to it on my list of blog sites because it was definitely a book I wanted to read! Thank you for writing and participating in the scavenger hunt!

Lora said...

I signed up!

crochetsisters (at) earthlink (dot) net

Marianne said... to me. i don't think i've read any of your novels, Sharon...shame on me. i'm thinking maybe the genre is not one i usually delve into. However, during this scavenger hunt i read more about The Restorer's Son, and think i would like to read that series. See, it isn't all just about connecting with old friends, i'm finding new ones too. Thanks for being a part of this.

Susan H said...

Great scavenger hunt! I signed up for your newsletter.

homeschoolmom said...

The scavenger hunt is so much fun! I signed up for your newsletter as well!

Sheryl Barnes said...

I have signed up for your newsletter. Hope you are doing well.
Your new book buddy,

apple blossom said...


ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Sharon Hinck said...

Caitlan, I feel so special to have a star (I'm a huge fan of stars...I give myself gold stars on my calendar on days where I reach my writing goals) :-)

Lora, thanks for signing up - I've got you entered!

Marianne - no shame at all. That's what the hunt was about - helping folks find out about authors they may not have met before.

Susan - thanks! You're entered in the drawing!

Homeschoolmom - I'm delighted you found the hunt fun. I love the creativity of all the various authors.

Hi, Sheryl! How's Atlanta? Thanks for being a book buddy! Still glowing from getting to share with you all via skype.

apple blossom - thanks, I've got you entered!