Scavenger Hunt Stop #19

Welcome to the 2013 Summer Scavenger Hunt! This hunt has 32 stops and runs May 17 through May 19, 2013. You can make the loop, reading unique content from 31 different authors, and if you complete the loop, and fill out the Rafflecopter form at Stop #32, you’ll be in the running for an iPad Mini (loaded with all our books), or one of two runner-up prizes—all 31 of our new releases in paperback.

Also, some authors are offering additional prizes, so be sure to read each post thoroughly to be in the running for all that are available. The contest is open internationally.

If you’ve JUST discovered the hunt, I recommend you begin at the beginning, Stop #1, found at LisaBergren.com. But you can also begin here, and keep on rolling. Just be aware that you have to have the COMPLETED phrase in order, which you construct gathering the clue at each stop, within 24 hours of email notification from Lisa Bergren that you won. If Lisa doesn’t hear back from you with the correct phrase within the time limit, she will move on to the next winner Rafflecopter draws.

Take your time and enjoy the journey. This is not a race, and there is no special prize for being the first to finish in this one. Enter the bonus contests on various sites if you like and have fun!

Ready? Here we go…

 

 

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MARTA PERRY

It is my honor to host Marta Perry, author of more than 50 novels, half of which have have been awarded special recognition.

She says she wanted to be a writer since she read her first Nancy Drew novel. While that dream wasn’t realized until later in life, it eventually surfaced again and she began to write.

She started with children’s short stories for Sunday school take home papers and then went on to have hundreds of stores published in a variety of magazines. Today, with over 50 novels under her pen, she still feels the excitement when she begins a new book.

Want to know more about this special lady? Here’s her official bio:

Marta Perry has spent a lifetime in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led her to write about the Plain People to add to the rich heritage of her home state. She is the author of more than 50 novels and lives with her husband in an 1860s farmhouse in central Pennsylvania.

Today, we are blessed to have Marta share a scene from her newest release, Lydia’s Hope, the first book in the Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley series.

And now for an exclusive scavenger hunt scene from Marta’s newest release, Lydia’s Hope by Marta Perry

Do you have a sister? If so, you know the special bond that exists between sisters, even when you’re fighting with each other! There’s no one else who knows you quite so well or understands the family you came from. Now imagine discovering, as an adult, that you have two younger sisters you’ve never known. That’s what happens to Amish wife and mother Lydia Beachy in Lydia’s Hope, the first book in my new series from Berkley Books, The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley, coming in June.

Lydia longs to be united with the two younger sisters she’s never met, but her quest will put her marriage in jeopardy as well as turning upside down the lives of two strangers. Will coming together cause them untold grief…or bring them unimaginable joy? Here’s a brief excerpt:

“It’s true?” The question came out in a whisper, because something that might have been grief or panic had a hard grip on Lydia’s throat. “It is true.”

Mamm’s face seemed to crumple like a blossom torn from a branch. “Lydia, I’m sorry.”

“But…” The familiar kitchen was suddenly as strange as if she’d never seen it before. She grasped the top of the closest ladder-back chair. “I had sisters? Two little sisters?”

Mamm nodded, her eyes shining with tears. “I’m sorry,” she said again. “You didn’t remember, and so we thought it best not to say anything. We didn’t want you to be hurt any more than you already were.”

Hurt. Lydia grasped the word. She’d been hurt in the accident that killed her parents. She knew that. She’d always known it. Her earliest memories were of the hospital…blurry images of Mamm and Daad always there, one on either side of the bed each time she woke up.

Her breath seemed to catch in her throat. She had relied on Mamm and Daad always, just as Daniel and David relied on her and Adam. Now it seemed she couldn’t trust them at all.

The urge to flee nearly overwhelmed her. She had to get out of this house that had always been her sanctuary.

Tears nearly blinded her, but her feet knew the way to the back door without the need to look. She was vaguely aware of Mamm’s voice, protesting, urging her to stay, but she couldn’t. She had to think this through. She had to talk to someone she knew she could trust.

She had to go home to Adam. Adam was her rock. He would know what to do.

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Marta and grandkidsDoesn’t Marta’s book sound great?  After Lydia learns of the two sisters, she first seeks out Susanna but stops short of telling her the truth. To track down Chloe, the other sister, she enlists the help of a neighbor who has spent some years in the Englisch world. Meanwhile, Lydia’s husband, Adam, is keeping a secret of his own.

I know you have to be itching to read this book now. You can get a copy of Lydia’s Hope at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, and ChristianBook.com.

If you’d like to learn more about Marta, visit with her at http://www.martaperry.com/.

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AND NOW, YOUR NEXT STEPS:

Write down this clue: inspire. Have it written down? Great! Now head over to Marta Perry’s blog Stop #20 for the next clue! Thanks for stopping by!

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Bonus Drawing!

Since both Marta and I have series releasing about sisters, and in celebration of  my May release of When Love Calls,  one lucky reader is going to receive a book for themselves and one for their sister (or a person who’s been like a sister).

You have three chances to win:

#1 –Leave a comment below telling us about your sisters or someone who’s been like a sister to you. (Required to be entered)

#2 — Sign up for my newsletter here. –1 additional chance

#3 “Like” Facebook Page here and leave a note with your sister comment below that you “liked” it. If you’ve already “liked” my page, leave a note in the comments, too. –1 additional chance

And thank you for stopping by!

Win a Book for a Special Mom

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Mother’s Day is a great time to honor the women we know who make such a huge difference in the lives of children. Let me tell you a little about one of my best friends who is a true super mom.

Sandra is a foster mom. She and her husband started working in fostercare 22 years ago, and they specialized in teenage girls. They’ve opened their home to more than 30 children during that time. In addition, she had six children of her own. The oldest two are grown, and they lost their 12-year-old, wheelchair bound, disabled daughter a few years ago. Her youngest two are twins boys.

Through it all, she loved girl after girl. Sandra tells each young lady that when they come to her house, the girl is there to stay unless the girl does something to ruin it. She makes sure they know this is their home.

She doesn’t try to take their mother’s place but tries to be the kind of mother they need right now. Her motto is “kind but firm,” and knows that teenage girls need special care. Consequently, her foster children have remained close to her as adults. Their children call her grandma. So, although she’s only 46, she has a twenty-year-old grandson!

Fostercare gets a lot of bad press on television, but there a lot of great foster parents out there who deserve our respect and honor. Sandra is just one of those women, and I think she’s a great example of motherhood at its best.

Mother’s Day Contest

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m giving away a two-book special. Tell me about a mother you know who could use a little When Love Calls pampering for a chance to win a book for her and one for yourself. Contest ends on Saturday at noon and is open to all U.S. addresses (because of shipping costs.)

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If you leave your e-mail address, I’ll contact you. If you’re not comfortable with that, check back on Saturday.

Save the Date!

Want to win an iPad Mini pre-loaded with 31 NEW releases? Then, mark your calendars for the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt, May 17-19! Look at the prizes and the list of authors below. Wow!

If you make the loop around all 31 stops, you’ll be in the running to win:

GRAND PRIZE: An iPad Mini loaded with all of our new e-releases! (Estimated Value: Over $700; if you live outside the United States, you will receive the equivalent value in your country’s currency to the USD prize, to be used on Apple, Amazon, Book Depository, or Christian Book Distributors.)

TWO RUNNERS-UP: A paperback copy of each of our new releases, autographed to you! (Estimated Value: Over $300; if you live outside the United States, you will receive a copy of our books, but they will likely not be signed–sorry! International shipping is expensive, and we’ll be shipping via Book Depository.)

IN ADDITION: Many authors will feature additional contests along the scavenger hunt route!

Here are the 31 authors participating in May (in no particular order besides moi!):

  1. Lisa T. Bergren, Grave Consequences
  2. Robin Lee Hatcher, A Bride for All Seasons
  3. Ronie Kendig, Talon
  4. Ruth Axtell, Moonlight Masquerade
  5. Stephanie Grace Whitson, The Message on the Quilt
  6. Tracy Higley, So Shines the Night
  7. Marta Perry, Lydia’s Hope
  8. Jill Williamson, Captives
  9. Margaret Daley, Scorned Justice
  10. MaryLu Tyndall, Forsaken Dreams
  11. R.J. Larson, King
  12. Susan Sleeman, No Way Out
  13. Deborah Raney, The Face of the Earth
  14. Winnie Griggs, The Bride Next Door
  15. Sandra Robbins, Mountain Homecoming
  16. Julie Lessman, Love at Any Cost
  17. Leslie Gould, Adoring Addie
  18. Vickie McDonough, Whispers on the Prairie
  19. Carol Cox, Trouble in Store
  20. Rachel Hauck, Once Upon a Prince
  21. Terri Blackstock, Truth Stained Lies
  22. Louise M. Gouge, A Lady of Quality
  23. Missy Tippens, Georgia Sweethearts
  24. Richard Mabry, Stress Test
  25. Lynette Eason, When a Secret Kills
  26. Patricia Hickman, Tiny Dancer
  27. Lorna Seilstad, When Love Calls 
  28. Colleen Coble, Rosemary Cottage
  29. Maureen Lang, All in Good Time
  30. John Otte, Failstate: Legends
  31. Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Dragonwitch

To take part in the hunt, you’ll begin at Lisa Bergren’s site, on May 17 at noon or later that weekend, and loop through each successive blog or site, and finish here too, by May 20. There is no race—you can complete it at your leisure, through the weekend. So mark your calendars to for the weekend of May 17! YOU could win one amazing prize!