AndTheWinnersAre1Thanks to all of you who participated in the Spring Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. It was so fun to read all of your comments on my blog and at the other stops. Here are the winners:

Grand Prize (Kindle HDX) and 34 books: Shay Teague

Purple Prize (Kindle Paperwhite and the 17 Purple books): Kristine Klein

Pink Prize (Kind Paperwhite and the 17 Pink books): Dana McCall Michael

Now, for the winners of my own BONUS drawing. The numbers were chosen by Random.org. Each of these two people will receive a copy of As Love Blooms and a package of Oreos.

Jennifer Tipton (from her newsletter sign up)

Stephanie  C whose favorite cookie is a macaroon. (Probably the only cookie I don’t like. Sorry Stephanie, but you still won. :) )

Congratulations, ladies. Look for an e-mail from me in your inbox!

Scavenger Hunt Stop 12

ChrisFicScavHnt'15Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! I am part of the PINK TEAM, and this is Stop #12. If you’re just joining us, there are two loops–a pink and a purple. The purple begins at Lisa Begren’s site, and the pink at Robin Hatcher’s. Click on their name to start one of the two tracks. You can get the basics and an overview of the hunt here.

If you complete either the pink or purple loop, you can enter for a Kindle Paperwhite and the 17 autographed books from that loop. If you complete BOTH loops, you can enter for the Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire HDX and ALL 34 autographed books.

Be sure to keep track of the clues at the bottom of every blog stop in the loop and the favorite number mentioned. You’ll need those clues to enter for the loop prize and every number mentioned in order to enter for the grand prize.

ALSO, please don’t use Internet Explorer to navigate through the loops. Some websites won’t show up using IE. Please use Chrome or Firefox.

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Without further ado, please join me in welcoming my friend, Mesu Andrews. Mesu’s sweet spirit shines through on the pages of her books. I marvel at her ability to breather life into  biblical settings. 

ME--2015(2)Here’s her professional bio:

Mesu Andrews deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for her readers. Her first novel, Love Amid the Ashes won the 2012 ECPA Book of the Year for a Debut Author. Her three subsequent novels, Love’s Sacred Song, Love in a Broken Vessel, and In the Shadow of Jezebel all released to great reader enthusiasm. Mesu lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Roy.

 

 

And here’s the summary of her latest book:

Mesu Pharoah's Daughter coverAnippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.

When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.

As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?

Mesu has a few fascinating words to share for her EXCLUSIVE content that you’ll only find in this hunt, so read on!

3 Things That Might Surprise You About Moses

When I began research for The Pharaoh’s Daughter, I thought I knew Moses’s story pretty well. After all, I’d seen the Ten Commandments movie at least fifteen times and Disney’s Prince of Egypt five or six. And, of course, I’d read the story in Exodus two or three…hundred times.

If you’ve read my biblical novels, you know how much I LOVE research. The first three to six months of any new project is spent delving into ancient texts, archaeology, culture, and commentaries—before I ever write a word. But before beginning each day’s historical research, I read the biblical text repeatedly to be sure what I find lines up with God’s Word.

How can I describe my delight when fascinating details in historical documents bring new insight and deeper understanding to Scripture? (I have the best job in the world!)

Today, I get to share some of that joy with a few surprises I discovered while researching The Pharaoh’s Daughter.

Surprise #1

Egyptians (and Israelite slaves) drank beer!

I remember when I was a little girl and realized for the first time that Jesus drank wine. My mom explained that they didn’t have clean water to drink, so wine was like soda pop or juice for them. Well, it’s sort of the same principle for the Egyptians. Their hot, desert climate was watered only by the Nile and was more conducive to growing grain than grapes. They made beer with fermented grain, called mash. Only Pharaoh and wealthy noblemen drank imported wine until later royals incorporated vineyards into their gardens. Slaves and peasants drank a light golden beer with lower alcohol content, while the king’s breweries produced darker beer, flavored with various fruits and spices.

Surprise #2

Straw wasn’t always an ingredient for bricks.

In Exodus 5, after Moses and Aaron made their first plea for the Hebrews’ release, Pharaoh commanded the slaves to gather their own straw while maintaining their full quota of bricks. I had always assumed they put the straw IN the bricks, but research proved differently. Though straw or sand might be mixed with mudbricks to prevent cracking, most ancient bricks did not use straw in the mixture. Instead, finely chopped straw was rubbed on the hands or dusted over the surface of the bricks to keep the mud from sticking, thereby making the process go much faster.

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Surprise #3

Camels were used for milk, not as pack animals.

Though camels are smelly, grouchy, spitting beasts, I love them—and they get a prominent mention in my books. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered camels were rather rare in ancient Egyptian. Visiting merchants used them as pack animals, but only poorer Egyptians used them—as a source of milk. Eee-gad!

Were You Surprised?

Did you know ancient Israelites drank beer, made bricks without straw, and used camels for milk? I hope you’ll pick up a copy of The Pharaoh’s Daughter and find more great surprises in the story of Moses.

Is your interest piqued? I know mine is. Order your copy of the The Pharaoh’s Daughter today at one of these fine locations or the bookstore of your choice:

THE SCAVENGER HUNT SKINNY:

Thanks for stopping by on the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!  Before you go, make sure you WRITE DOWN THESE CLUES:

Secret Word(s): could

Secret Number: 31, a number I chose, because I’m a Halloween baby.

Did you get those down? Perfect!  Your next stop is #13, Mesu Andrew’s site. Click on over there now, but if you get lost, don’t worry. A complete list of sites is available here. And if you get lost, a complete list of the loop with links can be found at our mother host’s site.

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BONUS GIVEAWAY

A-Love-Blooms-coverAs a bonus giveaway, I’m offering two Read and Enjoy prize packages. Each package consists of a copy of As Love Blooms and a package of Oreos.

How to enter: At the last blog stop, I shared about my love of Oreos and how they had a cameo spot in As Love Blooms. For each of the following, you get an extra chance to win this bonus giveaway. Do one of the following and get one chance. Do all three and get three chances.

1. Tell me about your favorite cookie and your favorite way/place to eat them.

2. Sign up for my .newsletter here.

3. “Like” my Facebook Page here

After you’ve signed up the newsletter and/or “liked” my Facebook page, make sure you say so in the comments.If you’ve done either of those previously, just let me know.

Now, hurry on over to Stop #13!

 

The Scavenger Hunt is Coming!

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The HUNT begins at NOON on April 16, Mountain Time, 1 p.m. Central, and ends at midnight on April 19, 2015, mountain time.

You have a long weekend to complete all 32 stops and maximize your chances at  prizes. There are a lot of extra prizes along the way as well.

There are two tracks to follow–a PINK and a PURPLE track. The PINK begins at Robin Hatcher’s site and the PURPLE at Lisa Bergren’s. Completing either the PINK or PURPLE track enters you for the Kindle Paperwhite. Completing both enters you for the Kindle Fire HDX!