Thursday, October 17, 2013

2013 Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt - Stop 17

Welcome to the 2013 Fall Scavenger Hunt! This hunt (which begins at noon Mountain Daylight Time) has 25 stops and runs October 18 through October 20, 2013. You can make the loop, reading unique content from 25 different authors, and after you complete the loop and fill out the Rafflecopter form at the final stop, you’ll be in the running for the prizes. And what prizes! Two runners-up will receive all 25 books in their mailboxes, and the grand prize winner will get an iPad Mini 16GB! Besides those great prizes, many of the authors taking part are offering additional prizes. Check below to see my added prize. Collective prizes total well over $1000! What do you have to do to qualify for those prizes? Just have fun going around to all the stops, read some great never before published posts from the authors taking part and gather the clues. Great news for our international readers. The contest is open to you too!

If you’ve JUST discovered the hunt, you might want to start at the beginning, Stop # 1, Lisa Bergren.com. This is Stop #17. But you can also begin here, and then backtrack to the first stops to gather all the clues so you have the complete secret phrase. You'll need that to enter for the big prizes at Stop #26.


Ready? Let's go!  Here at Stop 17 I'm hosting the award-winning and multi-published Lyn Cote. Lyn has visited here on One Writer's Journal in the past and I've been a guest over on her wonderful blog, Strong Women. Lyn writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, historical romance and family sagas and has nearly 40 titles to her credit. She lives in a lake cottage in the northwoods of Wisconsin with her real life hero and four cats. Find her at her website; on Twitter or  Facebook. Lyn's newest release and the book you'll have a chance to win in the Scavenger Hunt is The Baby Bequest.  

Let's see what Lyn has to say about her research for this book. Welcome, Lyn. So good to have you here. Tell us about your research for The Baby Bequest.


Historical Research is Fun

It is always so interesting to research the language of a time period. For example, I had wanted to use the phrase “the real thing,” in my latest book, The Baby Bequest, but after some research, I discovered that phrase came into use much later than when this story takes place. I don’t like to use phrases that aren’t historically grounded.

The Real McCoy

So I substituted “the real McCoy,” and discovered that this phrase came into use because of Elijah McCoy, an African-American born in Ontario, Canada, in 1844, the son of runaway slaves. Educated in Scotland as a mechanical engineer, Elijah McCoy settled in Detroit. Unable to get a job as a mechanical engineer because of racial prejudice, he worked for the railroad as an “oiler.”

You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down


While working there, he invented a cup that would regulate the flow of oil onto moving parts of industrial machines, first the train engine. This invention distributed oil evenly over the engine's moving parts. He obtained a patent for this invention, which allowed trains to run continuously for long periods of time without pausing for maintenance.

The term “real McCoy” refers to Elijah’s oiling device. It became so popular that people inspecting new equipment would ask if the device contained “the real McCoy.”
How about that?

For more information, go to http://www.biography.com/people/elijah-mccoy-9391300

Lyn's newest release, The Baby Bequest, is available in bookstores or online at AmazonBarnes & Noble, Christianbook.com, or wherever great books are sold. 

On to the Next Step in the Scavenger Hunt:

Write down this clue: you are

Now you're ready to head over to Lyn Cote's blog, Stop #18 for the next great author post from Judith Miller and to find your next clue.

My Bonus Giveaway

As a bonus, I'll draw 3 winners who can then have their choice of one of my Shaker titles, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, or The Gifted. Just leave a comment here on this post telling me what you like best about taking part in a Scavenger Hunt. Get an extra entry by "liking" my Facebook page. If you already "like" the page, thank you. Just tell me you have, and you'll get that extra entry in my bonus drawing.



443 comments:

  1. I love learning about "new-to-me" authors!! :) Makes my TBR list even longer...

    thanks for being a part of this Scavenger Hunt and for the bonus giveaway!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Ladette. Hope you'll find lots of new authors to enjoy by going on the "hunt."

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  2. The best part of this scavenger hunt is learning that there are some new books I have not read yet! i thought i was reading until i discovered i've merely started. Also, the anticipation of all the new books that are going to be released this october! more books to add to my christmas wish list! YES! I cannot wait to read Small town Girl..its on order and on my TO READ list --LadyS(Rhoda) onesugarose@hotmail.com

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    1. So many books, so little time! Right, Rhoda? But Christmas is a great time to be wishing for books. I love getting books for gifts and I love giving books too. I do hope you will enjoy Small Town Girl when you get to read it!!

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  3. Your Shaker stories sound so interesting! I've heard some things about the Shaker communities, but not a lot. I love it when fiction and historical information come together!
    niki716[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Historical fiction are some of my favorite reads too, Niki. Hope if you get a chance to read one of my books, you'll enjoy the story. Thanks for taking part in the "hunt."

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  4. Thank you for this Scavenger Hunt! This Christian fiction Scavenger Hunt is awesome! I am in Germany, stationed here with my active-duty Army husband, and the internet is a big way for me to keep in touch with my family and friends in the States. Thank you for your give-aways, too! Blessings to you...Angela Wiggins

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    1. What fun that you can come back to run around Scavenger hunting with us all the way from Germany. And thank you and your Army husband for his service to our country. So glad you stopped by to say hello here, Angela.

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  5. I love all of the new-to-me authors I get to "meet" and all of the new books I get to add to my to-read list! Thanks so much for doing this scavenger hunt. It's always so much fun! :)

    I'm also a follower on Facebook!

    Erin
    emstclair {at} gmail {dot} com

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    1. Great, Erin. So glad to have you part of the conversation on FB. We have fun there on my page. Hope you find some great books to read!

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  6. I'm enjoying all the historical tidbits in these posts!

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    1. They are fun to read, aren't they, Audrey? Glad you're enjoying the hunt.

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  7. I liked your facebook page. I love the scavenger hunts because I learn about new authors and new books! I also love it because I get a chance at winning books! I can't always go out and buy books like I would love to do, but this gives me a chance at more reading material. My library has some, but not all the time. :) Thanks!

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    1. Great reason to take part in the hunts, Bianca, and thanks for liking my page too. Good luck in the drawing. So many chances to win. Glad your library carries some of the books you see. You can always ask them to get others with intra-library loans. But maybe you'll just win all of these. :)

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  8. I love getting to learn about new books and authors. I liked your facebook page. sarajohns95@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Sara and for liking my FB page. Always good to make new reading friends.

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  9. It is so fun to get to see other authors. I am always looking for a new book!

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    1. It is fun discovering new books you might like to read. I'm right there with you on that, HickChickBritt. Thanks for dropping by.

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  10. Ann, I love your books and hope to see you in Frankfort in a couple of weeks. Thank you for being a part of this scavenger hunt. I have really enjoyed it so far and met many new authors that interest me. Thank you for hosting Lyn.
    Blessings
    Katrina

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    1. Oh great, Katrina. I always love talking to my friends at the KY Book Fair and maybe with a Christmas book, people will want them for presents!! Glad you're enjoying the hunt. And Lyn always has something interesting to say.

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  11. Forgot to tell you we are already friends on FB.
    eppersonkatrina@yahoo.com

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  12. I liked learning about new authors and authors I already enjoy and their new books. Also the story behind the stories.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. I always love hearing the story behind the story, Boos Mum. I like knowing what inspires other writers. Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. I love learning about new authors. I always like adding new books to my to-read list. I liked your Facebook page. Thanks!

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    1. This is a great way to learn about new authors and their books, Meagan. Thanks for stopping by and liking my FB page too.

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  14. I love scavenger hunts of most any type. This is the second one I've done with authors and I've had so much fun with it. My most favorite though (don't be offended) was the one I did for my nephew when he was very little. Things weren't going well for him at that time and I had always wanted to do a scavenger hunt with my nieces and nephew. He had such a good time and I think his mom did too since she 'helped' a little. Taking part in a scavenger hunt though, like this one, introduces me to so many new people and I'm so grateful. I enjoyed the first one I did and was so excited when this one was posted.

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    1. I couldn't be offended by that, Shirley. How fun that you did a scavenger hunt with your nieces and nephew. Glad he had a good time. I wrote a blog post about scavenger hunts last week. We used to have fun with them when I was a kid. So glad you're enjoying this one with authors.

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  15. My favorite part is learning about new authors. My to read list is getting HUGE lol!
    I liked your facebookpage

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    1. I know what you mean about those to read lists, Anita. So many books - never enough time. Thanks for stopping by and for liking my FB page too.

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  16. I love this Scavenger Hunt because I'm learning more about authors I love and others I have not known about before.
    Facebook fan here. :)
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. So glad you stopped by, Amy. Always good to hear from you. The Scavenger Hunt is fun, isn't it?

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  17. I've already liked your FB page. And I've never been a part of or even heard of a scavenger hunt like this before, so I'm just excited to be taking part in it! :) Blessings!

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    1. Hi, Emily. So glad you decided to give the Scavenger Hunt a try and that you're enjoying it. Always good to hear from you.

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  18. I am finding so many wonderful books I want to read on this scavenger hunt.

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    1. And we're meeting so many great new reading friends. Hope if you read one of my stories, you'll enjoy it, Staci.

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  19. Meeting new authors/ joanninmh@embarqmail.com

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    1. I've enjoyed meeting a few new authors too, Joan. The hunt is fun!

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  20. I really enjoy reading about new authors. The scavenger hunts are so much fun!

    Katie J
    johnsonk133 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Glad you're having a good time on the hunt, Katie. I'm enjoying meeting a lot of new reading and writing friends.

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  21. I like learning about authors and their new books! Visiting different blogs is fun and being added to their newsletters, too

    I also liked your facebook page!

    kkakins at gmail dot com

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    1. Great, Karla. I appreciate you joining the fun over on my FB page. Today is Friday smiles day there! You can sign up for my newsletter there too if you aren't already signed up. Thanks for stopping by and reading about Lyn's new book.

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  22. I love the Scavenger Hunts because they introduce me to new authors, like you! I liked your FB page and would love to win one of your books.
    debsbunch5[at]jesusanswers[dot]com

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    1. Thanks, Chaplaindebbie, for telling me what you like about Scavenger Hunts. This is the first one I've done, and I'm having a great time meeting everybody and talking to those I've already met. Good luck in the drawings.

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  23. I love getting new books for my wishlist. I liked your facebook page as well.

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    1. A wishlist can get long, but books are great things to wish for. Thanks for liking my FB page and joining in the hunt fun, Jill.

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  24. This is my first time doing a scavenger hunt like this, so far I like it . It lets me find new authors and new styles of books as well.

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    1. It's my first time doing a scavenger hunt like this too, Christie, but as you say, so far I like it too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  25. I just love meeting new authors and finding so many wonderful new stories to add to my library! Thank you! I liked your Facebook page -

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    1. Annette, it's good meeting new readers too. I hope you'll add one of my books to your library. And thanks for liking my FB page. Hope you'll join the conversation there.

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  26. I now have more books on my TBR list!! Love finding new books! I love the scavenger hunt because I am finding new to me authors and learn more about the authors I already love. mommiebethers at gmail dot com

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    1. So glad you are enjoying the hunt, Beth. It is fun finding out about new books and the authors behind the words.

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  27. My favorite thing about this scavenger is discovering new authors. I'm ready with a pencil and a piece of paper . . . because, after all, I'm making a trip to the library tomorrow!

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    1. Hope you find some of these good books at your library or at least some of the authors. If you find one of my books, I hope you enjoy the story, Esther. I love libraries.

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  28. The best part of the scavenger hunt is getting to know Christian authors that I am unfamiliar with and learning more about the ones I do know about. Plus Winning great prizes is wonderful too!!!

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    1. Winning prizes definitely makes things fun, Jan, but I feel like a "winner" getting to meet all of you and read about the other authors too.

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  29. I love finding new authors or stumbling across ones I have read before (like you) and never took the time to interact with. I'll have to check out more of your books because I loved "The Outsider."

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    1. Amy, I'm so glad you enjoyed my Shaker book, The Outsider. Glad you took the time to interact with me today as you made your way through the Scavenger Hunt. Love my reading friends.

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  30. Scavenger Hunts has let me discover so many wonderful books and authors that I may not have known about. I liked your Facebook page.

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    1. Hi, Gayle. So glad you're finding some new books and authors on the Scavenger Hunt. And thanks too for liking my FB page. Hope you'll join the conversation there.

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  31. The scavenger hunt gives me the opportunity to meet new authors. Having it run by an author I love and trust makes it that much better. Thank you for participating.

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    1. Hi, Carrie. Always fun to hear from you. I'm glad you're having fun on the Scavenger Hunt. This is the first time I've done one, but I'm enjoying talking to everyone.

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  32. What I like about the scavenger hunt is discovering new authors :)

    catiecate86 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. It is fun getting to read about new books and authors. So glad you stopped by, Little Miss Bookworm.

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  34. I love learning about new authors.

    superstarsarah94(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hope you'll find some new authors you enjoy knowing and reading, Sarah.

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  35. Meeting new to me authors and having a chance to see books I would like to read that I did not know anything about. I like you on Facebook.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn, and for following me on Facebook. I appreciate that. Hope you'll find some new stories to enjoy.

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  36. I liked you FB page, e-mail and google plus.
    crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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    1. Thanks so much, Debra. I'll check you out on Google plus. I don't do as much there as I do on FB. Only so many hours in the day. But glad you stopped by here on the "hunt."

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  37. I already like you on facebook
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. I know you do, Jane, and I appreciate it. Always good to hear from you.

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  38. I really enjoy finding authors that I've never read before. I liked your facebook page.

    vanessasvalues at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hope if I'm one of those new authors that you'll try one of my books soon, Vanessa. Thanks for stopping by and for liking my FB page too. Hope you'll join the conversations there.

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  39. Thank you for taking part in the Scavenger hunt! What I like about this is finding new authors, learning more about ones I already know and I really enjoy the hunt! This is so much fun and I love that it is by a group of Christian authors!

    Samantha T
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    1. I love that we're all Christian authors too, Samantha. I've found Christian authors to be very supportive of one another and that is especially nice. Glad you are having fun on the hunt. I'm having fun too.

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  40. I'm having so much fun learning these little tidbits of information on all the blogs! Lots of fun. :) I'm a fan on Facebook, too!

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    1. Always good to hear from you, Gabrielle. The blog posts were all fun. I enjoyed reading them too. I appreciate you being part of my FB family too.

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  41. I am enjoying meeting new Christian authors and books. The scavenger hunt was a great idea. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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    1. I think they have the Scavenger Hunts several times a year, Debra, but this is the first one I've been part of.

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  42. I have liked your FB page for a long time!

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    1. Thank you so much, Cindy. I do enjoy my FB page followers. We get to have some great conversations sometimes.

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  43. The thing I like best about the scavenger hunt is discovering new authors.

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    1. That seems to be the number one reason people are chasing around to the blog posts, Sara. It's been fun for me too.

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  45. This is an exciting way to discover new books and author's and catch up on some favorites. Also liked fb thanks

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    1. The books all look great, Jackie. I know the winners will have some reading feasting to do. Thanks for the FB like. Hope you'll join the conversation there.

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  46. I just found one of your books on my public library ebook site & got it out! So looking forward to reading it! I enjoy learning about new authors and authors as people and the process of writing. Closet author methinks. maggie dot herbert at violetsbrook dot ns dot ca If I am fortunate enough to win, will ask you to ship to my mom in US so she can read first!

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    1. Hi, Madame M. How nice that you want to share the book with your Mom first if you win. But first, I hope you'll enjoy the book from the library. Love meeting new readers. I was a closet writer when I was a teenager, but then I wanted folks to read what I wrote and I've been throwing my words out there ever since.

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  47. What I like about the scavenger hunt is that I am becoming more informed about different authors that I may have never heard of.
    Thanks for being a part of it!
    I am a FB fan!
    amyahuff(at)gmail.com

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    1. Hi, Amy. Glad you are enjoying meeting new authors. Glad too that you were already a reading friend on FB. :)

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  48. I liked your FaceBook Page! Badawson16 @ aol dot com

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    1. Thanks, Barb. Hope you'll join in the conversation there sometimes.

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  49. I like finding out about new authors.

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    1. So do I, Anonymous. But to be in on the prize drawing, you need to leave a name or your e-mail like this. annhgabhart(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks.

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  50. Lot of comments so many before me here on your site Ann, congrats on your first "Hunt" big success. Glad to see you into to Lyn another of the authors I like to read and a goodreads buddy. thanks for sharing with us.
    Paula O

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    1. Whew, Paula, how right you are. Lots of comments. I'm enjoying them all, but it's taking a while talking to all of you. Glad you liked reading Lyn share about the real McCoy. You know I always enjoy your comments and I'm glad you are enjoying the "hunt."

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  51. I love learning and discovering new authors and what they write about and where they live :o)
    Debbie Rhoades
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    1. It is fun getting a glimpse of the writers behind the books and where the inspiration comes from, Debbie. Glad you're enjoying the "hunt."

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  52. I am enjoying learning about authors I hadn't heard of before.

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    1. Hi, Kagoetze. Glad you're meeting some new authors. I've enjoyed meeting some new readers too.

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  53. New authors = more terrific books!

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    1. And thanks for liking me on FB, Karen. Sometimes I feel like an elementary kid again asking people to "like" me.

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  55. Really like your book covers! they invite me to read the books. I liked on FB for your author page and subscribed to your email. sharon, CA

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    1. Hope you'll accept the invitation, Sharon, and that if you do, you'll enjoy the stories. Thanks so much for liking my FB page and for signing up for my newsletter. I love making new reading friends.

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  56. I liked you on Facebook! I like meeting Christian authors because I don't have to worry about the contents of their books! I just finished reading the 1st book in the Amana series--very fascinating!

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    1. Judy is a great storyteller, Barb. She has a whole series of those Amana books so you'll have some fun reading ahead. Christian books are just what we need sometimes when we need an encouraging and inspiring read. Thanks for stopping by here and for liking me on FB. Hope you'll join the conversation there.

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  57. I love the scavenger hunt. this is the third one for me. it helps me to learn about authors and books as well as an opportunity to win a book. since I am on disability, and very little income, this gives me a chance to get books that I otherwise would not be able to afford. I love to read. I have liked your facebook page.

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    1. Hi, Wilani. I love to read too. And winning books is always fun. So good luck to you. You sound as if you're an old hand at these Scavenger Hunts. This is a first one for me, but I'm having fun. Thanks for liking my FB page. Hope you'll join the conversation there sometimes.

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  58. I love seeing all these diverse authors on this scavenger hunt! I'm learning about a few new ones. And my TBR pile just wasn't big enough at 422 books. Sigh. Also, I liked your FB page a while back, Ann. I would love to win The Blessed. I've already read all your other Shaker books. Gabrielle and her doctor are my favorite so far.

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    1. Hi, Brooke. 422 books!! I don't know how big my TBR pile is, but I think you may have me beat. Glad some of my books were in your already read pile. Glad you enjoyed The Outsider. I'm getting ready to start on a new Shaker book. Maybe I can make it as good as that one. :) Thanks for being a reading friend on my FB page.

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  59. I think that quite possibly the "meeting" of new authors is the best part of the Scavenger Hunt! Don't get me wrong, as an avid and voracious book reader, I love the idea that I may possibly win a book or two, but since I have not heard of many of the new authors this opens new doors to me. Thanks!

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    1. Hi, Stephanie. Meeting the authors is fun for me too. I already knew some of them, but not all of them and even the ones I know I found out some neat new things about their writing and research. Winning books is always fun too. So glad to know an avid and voracious book reader. Writers love people like you!!

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  60. Liked your facebook page and signed up for your news letter. I have read a few of your books Anna and so enjoyed them , look forward to many more!

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    1. How neat, Teresa. Thanks for signing up for my newsletter and "liking" my FB page. I do appreciate that. Also glad to hear that you've read some of my books and liked the stories. That's making me smile. Especially that you're looking forward to more!!

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  61. I already like you and enjoy your bit of history that talked about The real McCoy. It's kind of funny but a couple years ago my son did a report on Elijah McCoy.
    jennydtipton(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. So glad you dropped by to read Lyn's post about the real McCoy. What a coincidence that you already knew about the real Elijah McCoy. Lyn's post was fun.

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  62. I enjoy reading all of these newsy tidbits from the various authors!

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    1. The newsy tidbits are fun, delppgang. I've felt like a winner myself reading through all of them. Fun info. Thanks for stopping by.

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  64. I really like discovering new authors and new books :-)

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    1. Glad you stopped by, Chalaina. Hope you find lots of new books to like.

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  65. I like finding out about new books, learning about new authors and more about familiar authors, and the thrill of the possibility of winning! I have liked your Facebook page.

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    1. I'd be thrilled to win that iPad and all those great books too, Claudia, so good luck to you as you find out about the authors taking part. I appreciate you liking my FB page. Hope you'll join the conversation there.

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  66. I signed up for fb. I love learning about new (to me) authors. Judy

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    1. Judy, I like meeting new writers and readers too. Thanks for signing up with my FB page. We have fun there. Hope you'll join the conversation sometimes.

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  67. I would so love to win one of your books. I am such a book junkie!

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    1. A book junkie isn't such a bad thing to be, Cheryl. You get to go so many places in your imagination. Good luck in the drawing.

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  68. I like to find new authors and see the insight of how/why they wrote their latest book. I liked your facebook page. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. I like hearing the story behind the story too, Beth. Thanks so much for liking my FB page. I hope you'll join the conversation there sometimes. And good luck in the drawing.

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  69. I liked your Facebook page.thanks for being a part of the Scavenger Hunt and the bonus giveaway!! I like the Scavenger Hunts because I get to learn about new authors.

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    1. The Scavenger Hunt is a lot of fun, Emma. Thanks so much for stopping by and for liking my FB page too. I'm like you. I enjoy finding out about new authors and their books.

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  70. I liked the Facebook page.
    I like the hunt because it is a fun way to learn about the authors and the new books coming out. I have seen several that I am going to keep my eye out for in the storms. I've also seen others that are already out that I need to go looking for in the thrift stores!

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    1. Thanksl, bookworm0709, for liking my FB page, and for stopping by on your hunt for clues. Good luck in the drawing and in your search for the titles that have caught your eye.

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  71. I like getting to meet new authors through the scavenger hunt.

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    1. It is fun meeint new authors, Rose Marie. Glad you stopped by here to meet me.

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  72. Love to try to win prizes and learn about the authors.

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    1. Learning about authors and winning prizes - both worth the trip around the Scavenger Hunt, Virginia.

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  73. I liked you on Facebook. I like the Scavenger Hunt because it is a good way to get to know new authors. And of course the chance to win good books!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Vicky, and for liking me on FB too. All these great comments are going to make me be smiling in my dreams tonight. Glad you are enjoying the "hunt."

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  74. "Meeting" all the new to me authors. I also liked your facebook page.

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    1. HI, Carissa. Thanks for stopping to "meet" me and for "liking" my FB page. Hope you'll join the conversation there sometimes.

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  75. Ann, always nice to stop by and learn yet something new! Thanks to both you and Lyn Cote for the story behind the real 'mcCoy'!
    No chance to participate in the hunt (not my best week, apologies) and no facebook either (so sorry) but all the best to you and yours!
    In thoughts and prayers with you,

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    1. So sorry you've not had a good week, Noelle. Those weeks happen to us some of the time. But glad you decided to stop by here anyway. I can still add you to my bonus giveway. Glad you enjoyed Lyn's story of the real McCoy. Always fun to hear the story behind some of our most familiar phrases.

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  76. As a church librarian I always enjoy learning more about Christian authors. Thanks so much for the fun!

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    1. I love librarians and I think it's so great that many churches now make books available to their members. Glad you've enjoyed the hunt, Jackie.

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  77. I enjoy meeting so many new (to me) author!

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  78. Through this scavenger hunt I have really learned a lot! It has been so much fun!
    I liked your FB page!
    sylvesternator at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi, Laura. So glad you're having fun and learning new things. I did too when I took the tour of the blog posts. Thanks so much for stopping by here and for liking my FB page. Hope you'll join the conversation there sometimes.

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  79. I love getting to know new authors but also getting a chance to sign up for your newsletters. I have liked you on Facebook and can't wait for Christmas on Harmony Hill! Thanks for all your hard work, love your writing. One of my favorites is Word Spoken True!

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    1. Thanks, Anonymous. So glad you liked my FB page and signed up for some newsletters too. You didn't put your name here. So you might let me know your name in case you win my bonus drawing. But I am glad you enjoyed Words Spoken True.

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  80. My favorite part of these scavenger hunts is learning about authors I hadn't heard of before. Each time I've found a new favorite! ;-)
    I'm a friend on facebook. :)

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    1. So glad you're learning about some new authors, Jen. I'm guessing you have several favorite authors. Hope you'll find another one this round. Thanks for being my friend on FB.

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  81. I love all the new authors &/or books that I can discover!
    I liked your Facebook page :)

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    1. So glad you're finding some new authors and books to love, Chelsea. Also glad to welcome you to my FB page. Hope you'll join the conversation there.

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  82. I like finding new authors, new books and fun information about each one. Plus the added benefit of a chance to win some books.

    Follow on facebook.

    andrea2russia@hotmail.com

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    1. Books, book talk, fun into, plus winning - all great things, Andrea. Good luck in the drawing. And thanks for liking me on FB. :)

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  83. Man! I never thought there could possibly be so many authors I have not heard about. I have over 3,000 books on my shelves, but there are several authors I met today that I met for the first time. I am loving the historical facts, and the story backgrounds. I also love the glimpses into the author's personal lives, and the recipes. I am so glad that I got in on this! This is my first time, but hopefully it will not be my last! I Liked your Facebook page, and I love the picture you have in the background!

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    1. You must be quite the reader, Susan. 3,000 keepers on your shelves. I love books too. I've had fun reading about the stories and historical research as well as add my own bit of info. I'm glad you got in on the hunt this time. It's my first time taking part, but I'm having fun. Glad you liked my FB page. Hope you'll join the conversation there sometimes.

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  84. I like scavenger hunts because I get exposed to more great authors, books, and blogs! Thanks ! Rhonda
    rhonda_nash_hall (AT) comcast (DOT) net

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  85. Hi Ann, I have never read any of your books, but they look wonderful. I just liked you on facebook, so I will be learned more about them. If I was to win I would like the first novel of the Shakers. Is it The Outsider?

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    1. So glad you like the covers of my books. I hope when you get a chance to read one of them, you'll like the story too. The Outsider is the first Shaker book I wrote, but all the stories are stand-alone and can be read in any order. Different characters each time, but set in my fictional Shaker village. Thanks for liking me on FB.

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  86. I love finding out all about new authors and learning about all of the great books out there!!!!

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    1. That has to be the most fun part, Heather!! I've enjoyed learning more about the other 24 participants too. And now I'm enjoying meeting so many great readers. My heroine in Christmas at Harmony Hill is name Heather. :)

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  87. Ann, I am so loving it, its fun, keeps us hopping and I am so happy to see that there were more books in the shaker series...so wonderful.
    I liked your facebook long ago sis... Keep looking up.
    Love ya
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    http://www.faithfulacresbooks.wordpress.com
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    1. Always fun to hear from a FB and reading sis, Linda Marie. :) Glad you stopped by and that you are enjoying the Scavenger Hunt.

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  89. The best part is finding new authors and books!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway. I'd love the chance to win, so fingers crossed. :-)

    Lindsey8907@yahoo.com

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    1. HI, Lindsey. Thanks for stopping here to leave a comment. I'll enter you in the bonus drawing, but who knows you might win the BIG prizes too.

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  90. Learning about new authors and learning about ones that I have already known about and have read some of their books. The giveaways are a plus to.
    Dawn Crawford
    dcofohio@yahoo.com

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  91. What I like best about the hunt is the discovery! All of these authors are so different, yet inspiring in their stories. I am always excited to discover new authors so I can branch out my TBR list! Plus, we all get the blessing of supporting our brothers and sisters in their venture of writing.

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  92. I like doing this scavenger hunt as I have found a few new authors to me.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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  93. I love getting to meet new authors, learn about their books, and how the hunt makes it that much more fun. The opportunity to win bonuses along the way doesn't hurt either ;-) I have also liked your Facebook page, and will be checking out your books. Thanks for this bonus chance.

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  94. Love this scavenger hunt so I can check out some new authors.
    Thank you.
    I've liked you on FB.
    kathys05@hotmail.com

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  95. I'm finding so many new authors and tons of new books to read! And I know that these are all Christian authors which is the best part.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Debby angellady77@hotmail.com

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  96. I love to discover new authors, at least to me. New books to read and interesting tidbits on how their books come together or facts concerning history.

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  97. I love reading and the chance to win books, also finding new authors. I have liked you on facebook. Sharma Darby

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  98. I liked your page!
    I like to see all of the books I have read yet!

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  99. What I like best about the scavenger hunt is finding new authors and, of course, getting the chance to win some books! Thanks!
    booknerd88@gmail.com

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  100. I think I'd say my favorite part of these scavenger hunts is getting to learn about new authors. Iv'e discovered several new authors this way and I really enjoy hearing from the ones I've known for a while too. :) Thanks for the chance to win your books!

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  101. I love learning about new to me authors and hearing the author stories through the Hunts! They are so much fun! Thank you for being a part of this one!

    I "liked" your FB page. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future!

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  102. The best part about a scavenger hunt is that you don't know what the next goodie is going to be. I like the mystery of it all. Thanks for all the fun this Scavenger Hunt has been, it has been great finding new authors and personal favorites on this journey.

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  103. I enjoy the scavenger hunt as a way to 'meet' new authors & learn about new books.
    I've already 'liked' your Facebook page, but then I'm a big fan of your blog & books! Thanks for another opportunity to win! Linda

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  104. I enjoy "meeting" some new authors. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  105. It's a fun challenge and I'm visiting lots of author sites I've never visited before!

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  106. The possibility of winning 25 books is irrestible!

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  107. I would love to win one of your novels...

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  108. I guess I will be totally honest here and say the chance to win is the best part of the hunt. A close second is the tidbits the authors have included in their posts. Most of the authors taking part are favourites of mine and already part of my Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest life, as you are, Lynn.

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