Thursday, May 31, 2012

Christian Fiction Scavenger 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. 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.


As a part of this scavenger hunt, I’m delighted to host author BONNIE LEON. Bonnie is the best-selling author of a number of fascinating historical novels. In addition to her work as a writer, Bonnie has a passion for teaching of all kinds, especially on the art and intricacies of storytelling. She teaches at conferences and workshops and says, “There’s nothing more thrilling than to see a student’s eyes light up with understanding as she grasps the concepts of the writing craft and begins to believe she can tell stories someone else will want to read.”

Bonnie is also a regular speaker at women’s church groups, writing groups, and business organizations.

Bonnie’s latest book is JOY TAKES FLIGHT, and here’s a bit about it:
Kate Evans and Paul Anderson are finally married, settling in, and starting a family. They rejoice when Kate finds she is pregnant, but soon it is clear that there are hurdles ahead. Should she continue in her dangerous profession as an Alaskan bush pilot? Can she really fall into the role of a wife? Then tragedy strikes, life begins to unravel, and Kate fears she may have lost Paul for good.

A Scavenger Hunt Exclusive from Bonnie, below, is a scene which didn't make it into the final book because, as Bonnie says, "We decided she was courageous and daring, but not stupid!":

Mt. Makushin appeared in the distance. A cloud of ash billowed from the peak, reaching across the sky and blotting out the sun. Kate was grateful when Unalaska came into view. It meant she’d be rid of Jason, at least for the night.
“Will ya look at that,” Jason said. “Amazing! Can you get us any closer?
Right now? It’s late. The sun’s setting and I’m beat.”
“Come on, just a peek.”
Kate blew out a frustrated breath. “Okay. But no fancy stuff.” She turned toward the mountain.
Makushin looked ominous with its black cloud boiling up from inside. Melting snow was blackened by ash. Unalaska huddled just beyond, along a huge bay—vulnerable and too close to the angry mountain.
A mud flow spilled down the west side and ash splattered the windows of the plane. Kate worried what it might do to her engine. “We’re too close.” She veered off to the west. “Maybe tomorrow we can get a look at the caldera.”
“That would be great.” Jason took photographs. When he put down his camera, he wrote in a journal, then said, “Okay. That’s it for tonight.”
* * *
Her stomach rumbling, Kate wished the cook would hurry. She’d gone to bed the night before without eating. Tables were filling up with newsmen and the inquisitive, but there was no sign of Jason. The waitress returned with a plate of eggs and bacon, set it in front of her, then filled her cup with coffee. “Thanks,” Kate said.
Barely taking time to nod, the woman moved to the next table.
Kate bolted down her food, then leisurely drank her coffee as she waited for Jason. He didn’t show. Frustrated, she went to the register and paid for her meal, then headed for the door.
Just as Kate walked out Jason walked in. “Hey, you’re up early,” he said.
“I couldn’t sleep.”
Ignoring the comment, he said, “I’m gonna get some breakfast, then I’ll meet you at the plane.”
“Sure,” Kate said, wondering what had happened to their early start.
By the time Jason wandered out, she’d inspected the engine and cleaned ash from the fuselage, wings and the windows. Jason he climbed inside without a word. Kate cranked the flywheel and hurried to her seat. The engine started without a hitch.
“All we need is a quick look, a few pictures and then we’re on our way home.”
“Got it.” Jason worked on his camera.
Kate radioed the control room and headed onto the airfield. With so much airplane traffic she was glad to be one of the first up.
Kate lifted off and headed toward the mountain. Apprehension prickled up the backs of her legs. What was she doing? Paul had already lost a wife and child. He couldn’t do it again. Sick inside, Kate realized she didn’t belong here.
She approached the volcano. Chunks of dirty white glacier tumbled down a slope. The splendor of the mountain had been destroyed.
“Can you get closer?” Jason clicked off a photo.
Kate banked toward the mountain. The caldera looked like a huge steaming bowl. Melting snow and ice cut rivers into the cliff sides. Fascination grabbed hold of Kate, and then the mountain seemed to shudder and a chunk of its peak slid away. Ash belched from inside and a swirling black mass spewed into the air, blasting straight at Kate’s plane.

You can pick up a copy Bonnie’s book at href="">, or your local bookstore. Find out more about this author at

Scavenger Hunt Skinny
Now mosey along, Hunters, to STOP 14: Maureen Lang, to pick up your next clue.
But before you go, write down this STOP 13 clue: tea

BONUS PRIZE: Leave a comment below with your e-mail address and be entered to win a copy of Danger in Plain Sight, Amish suspense by Marta Perry!


  1. Isn't this fun? Loving the variety!

  2. Enjoying reading about all the books. Fun project for a rainy day.


  4. I love finding new authors to read!!

  5. many many authors many "friends and places to meet!" Let the Reading begin!

  6. This is so much fun! I have a lot of new authors to try.

    melissarodman @

  7. fun times. bcrugatmyfairpointdotnet

  8. Love seeing all the "new to me" authors!

  9. This scavenger hunt is so much fun and I'm meeting so many new authors. :O)

    estrella8888 at roadrunner dot com

  10. Marta, have absolutely loved all your books!

    The hunt has been fun so far. My TBR list is growing in leaps and bounds. And to think I was getting caught up. So many amazing books coming from all these amazing authors.

  11. This is fun!! Thank you!

    angel.m.buck (at)

  12. This is a lot of fun

  13. I would love to win the book! My name is Susan and email address is luvsherfam @ gmail dot com

  14. Would love to win this book sounds great!!

  15. My finger are crossed! I hope I win! kimberlya(dot)vogel(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. This scavenger hunt has been a blast! I would love to win a copy of Marta's book Danger in Plain Sight. I love her books!


  17. I love your post and I love your books. You are my idol. God bless you.

    Glenda Parker

  18. What an exciting thought!


  19. I hope I win. Sharma

  20. What a fun contest.


  21. Thanks for the extra giveaway!


  22. Love reading all these interesting stories and learning of new authors!

  23. Oh, I'd love a copy of your new book! I always enjoy your stories when I pick up a Love Inspired book with your name on it!

  24. Enjoying this scavenger hunt. Thanks for participating.

    ginger dot solomon at gmail dot com

  25. Wonderful to "meet" you and your work through this hunt!


  26. would love to win a copy of Danger in plain sight. thanks for being in scavenger hunt contest.


  27. - Enjoying the Scavenger Hunt!!

  28. Karen Sue KimberlyJune 1, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    I would love to win a copy of "Danger in Plain Sight".

  29. This is so much fun! Thank you!

  30. love this scavenger hunt thanks for chance to win a copy of your book

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  31. Wow!! This has turned out to be so much fun! I've discovered new authors to read and familiar ones that I love!


  32. This is really fun and so many exciting books to put on my to read list.

    adamsfammys @ yahoo dot com

  33. I am having a lot of fun on this scavenger hunt. Thank you so much for being a part of it. Always looking for new authors to add to my list.

  34. Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt and offering a giveaway. I can't wait to read your book.
    erinb1 at aol dot com

  35. Your book looks very interesting!

  36. Mary Ellen AshenfelderJune 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    This is such a fun hunt . Please enter me in the giveaway for your book. Thank you.

  37. I'd love to win a copy of your most recent book. Your books are wonderful! Thank you for offering this extra opportunity to win a book.

  38. I love finding 'new to me' authors! Please enter me in the giveaway :)

  39. Hi Marta...You're a new-to-me author...That's what makes these hunts and hops so much fun!

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  40. I love your books Marta...Would love to win this book.Thanks so very much and have a great

  41. A wonderful concept. I am having such a fabulous time adding authors to my reading list.


  42. Having fun on the scavenger hunt, but your link is not working this morning for #14/ =( Guess I will have to keep trying.

  43. Hi, I am enjoying doing the scavenger hunt and would love the chance to win your book! Thanks and God bless

    1. Oops, forgot my email. Old age setting in. :) Sherri Myers

  44. Laura, I just tried the link and it worked fine. I hope you were able to get through!


  45. Amish Suspense? Sounds GREAT! Thanks for the giveaway!!

    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com
    My blog: Christian Bookshelf Reviews

  46. This sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.


  47. Thanks for this opportunity!

    crochetsisters (at) earthlink (dot) net

  48. Love your novels, Marta, and am enjoying the scavenger hunt. How did you ever pick who each one would feature? So cool. Thanks.

    marianne.wanham at

  49. Great scavenger hunt! So many new books I can't wait to read!


  50. I love reading your books, Marta and look forward to this new one! Thank you for this scavenger hunt!

    jhorne1 at

  51. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your book. I am always looking for a new author to introduce to my bookclub and haven't read your books before.

    Sheryl Barnes

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  53. Hi Marta,
    I enjoy your books.
    Before my Mom passed away, she and I always went to Wal-Mart to look for your next one. A sweet memory for me.
    Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt. Lots of fun!
    Good luck to everyone.
    My email is

  54. Good afternoon, Marta,
    So far I have three books in your Pleasant Valley Series and also Hide in Plain Sight. As I read the section of Danger in Plain Sight, I became very interested in the rest of the story. I very much would like to win a copy.
    Kaye Whitney

  55. Would love to read this book. The first "inspired romance" I ever read was by you!!! I was hooked. :)


  56. Hi Marta. I just learned about you in this scavenger hunt. Looking forward to reading your books; especially enjoy Amish stories.