Wednesday, October 24, 2012

SCAVENGER HUNT STOP #24


Welcome to the Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!




Follow the clues in red on each post, beginning from Stop #1. Along the way you’ll have the fun of getting to know the 31 participating Christian authors, and reading unique articles found nowhere else. And I’m offering a SHARON'S BLOG BONUS PRIZE, as well – with details at the end of this blog post.

When you reach the final stop, you can enter for a grand prize: the featured new novels from each of the 31 authors! PLUS a new Kindle Fire! 2nd & 3rd Prizes: $50 Amazon, B&N, CBD or BookDepository.com gift certificate.

3 vital details:
·       * Contest is open to international entrants. If the winner lives outside the United States, they shall win the equivalent in gift certificate funds to the prize in US dollars.
·      * The Hunt begins 10/25 at noon MDT and ends 10/28 at midnight MDT
     * Be ready to provide the completed clue quote, gathered from all 31 stops, within 24 hours of email notification or another winner will be randomly drawn. No need to email/submit it, unless you are notified on 10/29/12.

My guest - Mary Lu Tyndall:

I’m delighted to be hosting the lovely Mary Lu Tyndall. A Christy Award finalist and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling pirates during her childhood years on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. Now, while writing her twelfth novel, she manages a home, husband, and six kids while battling three cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep!  She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.







 About Veil of Pearls:
 
 She thought she could outrun her past. . .

It is 1811, and the prosperous port city of Charleston is bustling with plantation owners, slaves, and immigrants. Immigrants such as the raven-haired Adalia Winston. But Adalia has a secret: her light skin belies that she is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados. Skilled in herbal remedies, Adalia finds employment with a local doctor and settles into a quiet life, thankful for her freedom but still fearful that her owner will find her.

Born into one of Charleston's prominent families, Morgan Rutledge is handsome, bored—and enamored of the beautiful Adalia, who spurns his advances. Morgan's persistence, however, finally wins, and Adalia is swept into the glamorous world of Charleston high society.


But Adalia's new life comes at a high price—that of denying her heritage and her zeal for God. How far is she willing to go to win the heart of the man she loves? And when her secret is revealed, will that love be enough, or will the truth ruin Morgan and send Adalia back into slavery?

(A note from Sharon: When I get lost in a novel, I love learning more about the actual history of the period. Mary is here today to share Ten Fascinating Facts about Charleston, South Carolina.)

An Exclusive from Mary Lu Tyndall:


The entire city of Colonial Charleston (then known as Charles Town) was surrounded by a wall  like a castle, complete with a moat and draw bridges, until 1718 when the town grew too big.

On September 14th, 1752, a powerful hurricane struck Charleston, flooding it with a 17 foot storm surge that left most of down town under 9 feet of water.

 The notorious pirate, Blackbeard, held the city hostage for 3 days by blockading the port, forbidding ships to go in or out. What did he want? Gold, Silver? No. A chest of medical supplies!

In 1886, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Charleston, killing 60 people and costing the city 6 million dollars’ worth of damage.

During the first 25 years of Charleston’s existence, pirates were welcome in the city!

Charleston changed its name from Charles Town to Charleston after the Revolutionary War in order to rid the name of any reference to the British monarchy.

Charleston was dubbed “The Holy City” due to the vast number of churches lining its streets as well as its long tolerance of all types of religions, including Roman Catholic and Judaism.

George Washington visited Charleston in 1791 and commended the city for its commitment to institutional care of city’s orphans through the “The Orphan House” designed by Thomas Bennet.

The bloodiest slave revolt in Colonial America occurred in 1739 at the Stono River Bridge twenty miles south of Charles Town. A group of slaves murdered  over a dozen whites, looted a store, burned houses and set out for Spanish Florida.

One of the most famous women pirates, Anne Bonny, came from Charleston where she married a local sailor and set sail for the Caribbean. Once there, she abandoned her husband and took up with the famous pirate, Calico Jack Rackam.


You can find Mary Lu’s Veil of Pearls at


THE SCAVENGER HUNT BASICS:

Before you go, write down this STOP #24 clue: FINISH BY

Your next stop is Mary Lu’s own blog!

BEFORE YOU GO:

SHARON'S BONUS PRIZE - FOUR BOOKS !!!

I’m excited about my new release, TheRestorer’s Journey-Expanded Edition. I’m asking for help in letting people know that the book has released. EVEN IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK YET, YOU CAN HELP LET PEOPLE KNOW IT EXISTS. If you let others know about The Restorer’s Journey-ExpandedEdition in some way ("like" the book page at amazon, "like" a post about RJEE on facebook, email a friend to tell them to check out the book, mention it on Goodreads, tweet, request your local library to order the book, blogging, etc.) leave a note in the comments telling me how you spread the word, along with an email where I can reach you if you win. At the end of the scavenger hunt, I’ll draw one name and the winner will receive ALL my general fiction novels (The Secret Life of Becky Miller, Renovating Becky Miller, Symphony of Secrets and Stepping into Sunlight). Feel free to look at past blog posts about The Restorer’sJourney-Expanded Edition to help you share the info. Have fun!



113 comments:

Glenda Parker Fiction Writer said...

Thanks for being a part of the hunt. I am having a great time. I love your work and would love to win.

Glenda Parker

Melanie said...

This is so fun!!

Mir Writes said...

I'll be happy to pass on the word about the expanded edition, Sharon. I'll tweet(I'm @MirWriter on Twitter) it and see how to share or something on FB (where I'm Mirta Ana Schultz). Happy writing, lady!

travelingstacey said...

Hi! I'm new to your books, but I "liked" RJEE on Amazon. I'm having a good time learning about all of the authors I'm unfamiliar with! Blessings to you~Stacey
travelingstacey(at)bellsouth(dot)net

Amy Campbell said...

Thank you, Sharon, for participating in the hunt!

Emily said...

Hi I am like have you read .... You havent? You better go buy it it great. My friends are like if I read all the books you reccomened we would never stop reading.

Meagan said...

Hi! I liked your book on Amazon. Excited about reading your books. meaganlwilliford@gmail.com

RJ said...

Hi Sharon,
just wanted to let you know that I've 'liked' your page on fb and shared a post about rjee as well as liking the amazon page about the book. I've read the first two books in the series (If I'm remembering correctly) and have now ordered all 3 from my library as I LOVED them!

Megan Parsons said...

I liked your book on amazon! Thanks for the being a part of this amazing hunt! makeighleekyleigh@yahoo.com

___ said...

This scavenger hunt is GREAT!!! Thank you for sharing your work with us in such a wonderful way! I am "meeting" so many great new authors today, I can't wait to start reading these books!!!

___ said...

This scavenger hunt is GREAT!!! Thank you for sharing your work with us in such a wonderful way! I am "meeting" so many great new authors today, I can't wait to start reading these books!!!
amy(at)amydrown(dot)com

Bookishqueen said...

Hey, I liked a couple of RJEE comments on facebook under Rebekah Gyger. ourgod1-hisdaughter (at) live (dot) com

Sharon Hinck said...

Thanks for all your enthusiasm and the various ways you're letting folks know about an author and book that may be new to them! Isn't this hunt FUN???? I love getting to know my author friends better, and love having this online "party" with our readers.

sustahl said...

I shared by tweeting the link from Amazon. I would love to win the four books!

luvsherfam @ gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

I liked RJEE on Amazon.

jmschwindt0306 at gmail dot com

Susan said...

Thanks so much for this scavenger hunt!

beckydoughty said...

Fun scavenger hunt - great way to discover new-to-me authors and books! I liked and recommended your book on Amazon and FB.

Blessings,
Becky

Adeline Petross said...

I liked your facebook post! smile_13_03@hotmail.com

MaryLu Tyndall said...

Hi Sharon! I'm just dropping by to thank you so much for hosting me on your blog for this Scavenger Hunt! You did a great job!

And waving at everyone else! Enjoy yourselves. The hunt is afoot!

Selina R. Gonzalez said...

This is great!

Tonya said...

How exciting! Love your books...

Brianna said...

I liked your book page on Amazon!!:D My email is bkwatts08@gmail.com. Thanks!!!

ButterscotchDreamer said...

I liked your book on Amazon. Thank you for being part of the scavenger hunt. I am having fun!

Gail Griffey said...

I liked your book on Amazon as well. Thanks for being in the hunt.

lmbartelt said...

What fun facts! History is always so much more interesting when you're able to visit the places.

Sharon Hinck said...

Thanks for visiting, Mary Lu! I loved hearing about your latest novel.

And thanks everyone for posting about ways you're spreading the news about RJEE! Have fun on each stop of the hunt!

Catherine said...

Wow! Charleston *sigh* One of my dream places to go. Look forward to the chance to read about it!

Kate Meyer said...

Thanks for offering us the chance to win your books!

Carla said...

I'm new to your books, but I "liked" RJEE on Amazon. I'm having a good time learning about all of these new authors.

Judy said...

So much fun!

I "Liked" your book on Amazon.

Blessings!
Judy
sweetpea.judy(at)yahoo(dot)com

Galadriel said...

I liked your book on Amazon, posted a review on Amazon and my blog, and liked some related posted on Facebook.

veritas6913 AT gmail DOT com

Jules said...

I liked your amazon book page! Thanks for sharing!! :)

Julie Lessman said...

SHARON AND MARYLU ... two of my FAVES on the same blog!!! Isn't this fun???

Hugs,
Julie

Nancy Luebke said...

I liked this book on Amazon. Thanks for this giveaway

Anneliese Shaw said...

I liked your book on Amazon, and I'm planning on requesting it at the library as well! Thank you for the chance to win.
anneliese.n.shaw@gmail.com

Marianne said...

What an awesome scavenger hunt. i'm enjoying it, finding out about new authors, new books and blogs. The giveaways are just the topping on the cake. Thanks for being a part of it.

bluenichols said...

Thanks for participating in the Scavenger Hunt.

jhtwriter said...

I posted a note on my Facebook page. My email is jturney@zoomtown.com.

Beth said...

I tweeted about your book. : )

snowbaby said...

Thank you so much for the clue! :D

Flghtlss said...

This is an awesome hunt. Thank you! I liked your book on amazon and also tweeted about it.
flghtlss1(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Melissa Jagears said...

I liked your book on Amazon

squiresj said...

I could spread the word by reading the book and posting reviews on 7 to 10 sites I review on.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Sharon Hinck said...

Whew! Part of the fun of the scavenger hunt is to interact with the readers who drop by and leave comments, but I can't keep up! :-)

Thank you SO MUCH to all of you for thinking of ways to let people know about the new expanded editions of the Sword of Lyric series. Now that Restorer's Journey-Expanded Edition has released, the whole series (so far) is available. Hooray!

I especially appreciate those of you who asked your local public library to order copies of the series for your community!!!

Marisa Sorenson said...

I almost did a jig when I found out that my library does have the book!! I'm excited to begin reading!! :) I emailed my friend about the book.

Sharon Hinck said...

Marisa, that's GREAT! Many libraries carried the original series, but not all know about the new expanded editions of the three books. Restorer's Journey, for example, has over sixty pages of new content! So be sure to ask them to order in the EXPANDED editions of the three books. :-) Much more extra goodies to enjoy in those!

The Giggling Gull said...

I liked your book on Amazon. marijotaverne @ clear wire . net

C.E. Hart said...

I can't wait to read Veil of Pearls. The cover is gorgeous!
Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt!

Sue said...

Thanks for joining the hunt! I liked your amazon RJEE page, your FB page and posts on there. :) I love meeting new authors!
tsazspoll (at) hotmail (dot) com

Marissa said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I liked the book on Amazon!

marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

Rina said...

I liked the amazon page for the book, marked it to read on Goodreads and liked your Fb page! Thanks for the amazing giveaway! kentiapalm(a)gmail(dot)com

writingbyhart said...

Thanks for being our host for one of the stops on the scavenger hunt.

Cherie Hamby Kasper said...

I liked your book on Amazon, and recommended it on your publishers page.
ckasper49(at)gmail(dot)com

Shannon Gillette said...

Thanks for participating. This has been a lot of fun. I liked your Amazon and Facebook pages. Thanks again.

Lauren said...

Will definitely share with my friends!! Thanks for being in the hunt!

Lauren - laurenf917@yahoo.com

Lane Hill House said...

http://lanehillhouse.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-restorers-journey-expanded-edition.html

https://twitter.com/LaneHillHouse/status/261932819633278976

https://twitter.com/LaneHillHouse/status/261934174980673536

Blog post and Twitter post
The Restorer's Journey-Expanded Edition

Book Buzz
Posting link to my blog and your blog on my Facebook newspage. Liked current four posts about the book on your FB page.
Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

Lane Hill House said...

Forgot: Liked the book page on Amazon for the new expanded edition of the Restorer's Journey!

I would love to win all of your books!! You are a new author to me.
Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

Marla said...

I'm having fun and meeting lots of new authors.

mama mudbug said...

Thanks so much for be a part of this scavenger hunt. I like RJEE on Amazon, and shared it on facebook and twitter. If I'm blessed with the lucky chance you can reach me at mama (dot) mudbug7 (at) gmail (dot) com

Andrea said...

I liked RJEE on amazon. Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt!
Andrea
Andrea(dot)Hilton(at)gmail(dot)com

karenk said...

love your novels, sharon...i always tell my 'reading friends' about them ;)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Trish said...

Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt. I liked your book on Amazon.
trisheggert(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sally Harris said...

Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt. I'm enjoying meeting all the authors I haven't seen before. I liked your book on Amazon.
saharris67@embarqmail.com

MaryLu Tyndall said...

Thank you, C.E. Hart! I hope you have a chance to read Veil of Pearls! I've been told it's my best book yet. Personally I love any book set in Charleston.. I just adore that city.
I hope everyone had a chance to read through my fascinating facts about Charleston.. I was shocked when I discovered them. I wonder which one surprised you the most?

Unknown said...

Such a great hunt this is! :)
I liked your page on facebook and liked a post where you were talking about RJEE
Kim
lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

Thisisme said...

I liked your page on Amazon :) Please enter me into the contest! Email is ForeverdazzledbyKL(at)gmail(dot)com

Hannah said...

I 'liked' your amazon page :)
hannahpeasha@gmail.com

`Candle said...

I went to Amazon and liked your book. I also added it to my wish list. I especially liked that the girl in trouble's name is the same as mine--Susan. Thank you for participating in this scavenger hunt and for offering a chance at additional prizes.

Lynda E. said...

I liked _The Restorer's Journey-Expanded Edition_ on Amazon. Please enter me into your drawing. My email is danandlyndaedwards(at)msn(dot)com. Thanks for being a part of the hunt and I look forward to reading some of your work!

Sharon Hinck said...

Candle (Susan) - glad you identified with the character. :-)

Everyone, thank you for helping spread the word about RJEE. I appreciate you each so much! You've been entered in the drawing!

Blessings, Sharon

Bethany said...

I liked the book page on Amazon!

bethyhope96@yahoo.com

Linda B. said...

I shall be keeping my local library busy! Thank you.

Sandy said...

I liked the book on Amazon. It looks quite interesting!

psagens at gmail dot com

Mary Preston said...

I liked the book page on Amazon.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

boldbrightbeautiful said...

Thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt! Your book looks really interesting, I liked it on Amazon. I'm a big fantasy fan and am working on my second book. :) I'd love to win the contest! v(at)boldbrightbeautiful(dot)com

barbarah said...

Charleston is one of my favorite cities. Thanks for participating in the Scavenger Hunt! I'm enjoying visiting authors I enjoy, like you, plus being introduced to new (to me) ones like Mary Lu.

Laura Wilson said...

Hi, I'm so excited to be participating in this scavenger hunt. This is my first time doing so.

I would love to win all your general fiction novels.

I have recommended you on Mercher Lord Press's link to facebook, liked you on Amazon, and sent messages to my two older nieces with links to the Amazon page suggesting they might enjoy this book. I would love to read it myself and am hoping I'll win.

Laura Wilson
laura(at)unforsaken(dot)ca.

Angela Bell said...

Great post. This Scavenger Hunt is fun!

Elizabeth said...

I tweeted about the book with the Amazon link and "liked" it on Amazon! :)

Tara Bentley said...

I've liked the book's page on Amazon. Thank you!

Chelle said...

Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt. I enjoyed learning about Mary Lu Tyndall.

Candice said...

I liked your book on Amazon! So exciting to learn about new authors - great Scavenger Hunt!

Awakened Anew said...

I love historical fiction!

Betz said...

I liked your FB page, Amazon link and shared a link for 'The Restorer's Journey - Expanded Edition' on my FB page.

bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

Diana said...

I liked the book on Amazon! ladydianajg@yahoo.com

TeacherMom said...

Posted on your Facebook page about the book - should show up on my page as well. Have enjoyed your books.

Gailya L. Keller said...

I have liked your Amazon and FB page. Thanks for this wonderful chance!!

Sharon said...

I have been so pleasantly surprised to find that there is more than just Romantic historical fiction in the genre of Christian fiction. Your books sound great and I plan to ask about them at my local library!

Sharon Hinck said...

THanks, everyone!
And Sharon, I agree! That's one of the reasons I thought this hunt was so fun - showcasing the huge VARIETY of genres in Christian fiction. Lots of fun things to explore!

Randi said...

Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt! It has been fun! I liked your book on Amazon.

Meagan said...

I liked RJEE on Amazon, sounds interesting.

Knitwit said...

I've like "The Restorer's Journey-Expanded Edition" on Amazon. I've also gotten my mother and mother-in-law hooked on the series!

knitwitter(at) optonline(dot) net

Jenny B. said...

Thanks for the fun hunt!

bonton said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win your books - I "liked" RJEE on Amazon.

bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

Diane Kenyon said...

I liked your book on Amazon and facebook - looks like a great read!

Kim Osborne said...

I will definitely ask our library to order your book. I would love to win all the books. I think my older children would especially like your books. Our librarian happens to be related to us too. I have asked her to order many books for the library. I like being able to request Christian books because I know that in some small way I can help spread the gospel by doing that. Thanks for participating in the hunt and the contest.
God Bless,
Kim in NC

I signed up for the newletter too.
God Bless,
Kim in NC
kimosborne(at)earthlink(dot)net
I also have gmail too, that might be the one that registers with the comment

Cara said...

Your books are new to me. They sound unlike anything I've read, which intrigues me.

I've liked your book on Amazon and you on facebook. Thanks for a chance to win.

gilliach(at)yahoo(dot)com

Marleigh Jones said...

thanks for the chance to win! I liked your book on facebook!
Allison
jones36852@bellsouth.net

Sapphire said...

Thanks for taking part in this scavenger hunt! :-)

Sharon Hinck said...

Kim, that's a WONDERFUL way to share the Gospel - introducing our libraries to the wonderful novels written by Christian authors.

Cara - it's so fun when folks stop by that haven't heard of the books yet. And you're right. They are an unusual blend of genres - a modern woman's story, in a contemporary voice, but with the heroic quest of the fantasy genre style, and Biblical parallels.

Knitwit - I'm delighted you got your mom and mom-in-law hooked on the series. :-) I love it that many generations are enjoying these stories!

Ongoing thanks to everyone for spreading the word in various ways, and letting me know about that! I'm excited to see who wins the drawing!

Ruth Ann Dell said...

Thank you for the scavenger hunt, it's great fun.

Fascinating facts about Charleston from Mary Lu, thank you.

Blessings

Ruth Ann Dell

Unknown said...

Thanks for participating in this scavenger hunt!

Jes
jswaks at gmail dot com

Veronica Sternberg said...

I liked on Amazon and hit like at the Nook site. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

Ronnell Kay Gibson said...

Helped to spread the word by Tweeting, posting to FB, and liking on Goodreads. Thanks for all the giveaways. Hope to win...gibsonsglee@gmail.com.

ndfan1993 said...

I liked it on Amazon! Prob going to do more as well, once I'm done with the scavenger hunt! I love getting to know new authors! I've read Mary Lu Tyndell's books, but not yours! I love this hunt!

ndfan1993(@)gmail.com

DarcyO said...

Thanks for participating in this fun "hunt."

valleyreader(at)gmail(dot)com

Joanna Stricker said...

I tried to comment once but am unsure if it took. I liked your book on Amazon, and am hoping to soon share your name/books with my niece who likes this genre. I look forward to reading all the books in this series. Thanks.
joanna.stricker@hotmail.com

Melinda Kay said...

I'm having a great time on this scavenger hunt! Seems that Jake and I have much the same taste in books--I love Narnia and Middle Earth, and really enjoyed Lawhead's books as well. So, I'll have to read your Sword of Lyric books as soon as I can get them!

HandyFamily said...

I recently finished Veil of Perils...I loved it!

HandyFamily said...

I recently finished Veil of Perils...I loved it!

Annette said...

Liked the book on Amazon. Going to add it to my "wishlist" too! Thanks for sharing your work through the scavenger hunt!

Martha Eskuchen said...

Thanks for being part of the hunt.
I liked The Restorer’s Journey-ExpandedEdition on Amazon.

Melinda Kay said...

I posted earlier, but I don't think I was signed in to gmail, so I don't think my contact info was with my post. I have got to read the Sword of Lyrica series--it looks awesome!