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Follow the clues to win a Kindle Fire HDX, free books and more!

Welcome to the Spring Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt, which begins on April 4, 2014 at noon, Mountain Time, and ends on April 6 at midnight, Mountain Time. The hunt includes 33 stops that will introduce you to authors with new or soon-to-be released novels. If you are finding the hunt for the first time here on my blog, you’ll want to go back to Stop #1 on Robin Lee Hatcher’s blog. Each stop on the hunt will include a clue. Collect all the clues, and then at the end fill out the Rafflecopter form back on Robin’s site at Stop 33. If your name is drawn as a winner, be ready to provide the complete quote within 24 hours of being notified by e-mail at the end of the hunt or another winner will be randomly drawn.

Grand prize: a Kindle Fire HDX plus $100 Kindle gift certificate.

2nd and 3rd prizes: a print copy of every book on the hunt with a total value of over $300.

Note: If at any point you encounter a broken link and get stalled, never fear! Robin Lee Hatcher put together a handy-handy list of all the participating authors and links to their sites. Here it is: http://www.robinleehatcher.com/scavenger-hunt-participating-authors-stops/

tricia-looks-up-2-2209And now, for Stop #9. Please welcome with me a guest post of exclusive content from Tricia Goyer. She has written more than thirty-five books, including both novels that delight and entertain readers and non-fiction titles that offer encouragement and hope. She has also published more than 500 articles in national publications such as Guideposts, Thriving Family, Proverbs 31, and HomeLife Magazine. Find out more at her website, or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Here’s the rundown on Tricia’s new book, The Kissing Bridge.

As hearts are opened and secrets are revealed, Rebecca and Caleb find they have much more in common than just their Amish background. But can this runaway find love with a risk-taker who has lost his faith in God? All it will take is one week in the wilderness to find out …

Pinning My Way to a Heartwarming Novel

Doodle frame. Chalkboard.In 1996 at the Mt. Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference I attended a workshop on “Writing a Novel” by Robin Jones Gunn. Robin showed us the notebooks she created for her characters, bits of clippings organized and pasted within notebooks. I loved the idea, and for years I flipped through JCPenny catalogs, cutting out my characters, their clothes, and even their living rooms. It was like grown up paper dolls and it helped my characters come to life!

Now, nearly twenty years and forty books later I still enjoy envisioning my characters, their clothes, and the setting, only now I don’t use magazines, scissors and glue. Instead I pin items on Pinterest.

Who did I pick for Rebecca in The Kissing Bridge? You may recognize Alexis Biedel. Why? Gilmore Girls was a favorite of mine for many years. (My daughter got me hooked on it!) I picture Rebecca with the same strong belief in herself—even though Rebecca’s Amish.

And how about Caleb Fisher? Cam Gigandet will work fine, thank you)! I don’t know much about Cam, but who could say no to those blue eyes!

18224926Do the characters of my book look like these people? Sort of. It’s hard to find models that fit the images perfect … and I don’t think my publisher could have afforded to get the real Alexis and Cam in for the shoot.

And of course just as beautiful as these people is the place of West Kootenai, Montana (insert link:http://www.pinterest.com/pin/108156828522879133/)! I’ve been to West Kootenai many times, and I was happy to capture some of the beautiful images of this place on Pinterest. Is this setting amazing or what? Yes, it was hard to write about such a beautiful place and not camp out there for a while!

Another location in the book is Kootenai Falls. How beautiful is this place! I was able to go to West Kootenai a few years ago on a research trip. I can’t wait to go back!

Finally, my last favorite thing about creating virtual research boards via Pinterest is the ability to share them! My old character notebooks got thrown away or lost years ago, yet with a click of a button readers can view my online research boards! I can care the images that captured my attention and the people I picture as I write.

It’s fun to share this world beyond the books. And hopefully readers can connect with the images the way that I do … or at least see what first spurred the ideas that led to my heartwarming stories!

You can buy Tricia’s’s book on Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, Christianbooks.com. Of course, you can check out your local bookstores as well.

Now, before you go: Write down this information. You’ll need it to complete the quote that could win you big prizes.

Stop #9s clue: –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bonus Prize (US only): Complete set of Valley of Choice series: Accidentally Amish, In Plain View, Taken for English.

To enter the drawing for this bonus prize, Like my Facebook page and leave a comment there. If you’re already following, just leave a comment on Facebook that you’re doing the Scavenger Hunt.

Your next stop is Tricia’s own blog.Make sure you make the rounds to all 33 stops and then enter the Rafflecopter form at Stop #33 back at Robin Lee Hatcher’s site to be in the running for the big prizes!

 

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41 Comments

  1. Angie Carroll on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    I am very excited about your books!

  2. Karla Baker on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    Love the scavenger hunt. Thanks for entering.

  3. Shirley on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt.

  4. Shirley Davidson on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    Your site is the first one I’ve been able to leave a comment on! I love Scavenger Hunts! These are always so much fun. You are all so awesome to do this for your readers. Thank You!

  5. Dawn Cronk on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    I too am very excited about reading your book!

  6. nat on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    🙂 Posted on FB & enjoying the hunting grounds! 🙂

  7. Melissa L on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    Liked you on facebook!

  8. Linda Marie Finn on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    was following you and I left messages ! Hunt is so fun ! Can’t wait to read your books.
    Linda

  9. Barbara Thompson on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    Thank you for the opportunity of the giveaway.

  10. D Stevens on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    follow on facebook… really enjoy Amish books

  11. Virginia H on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    Love the hunt, your books looks really good.

  12. Virginia winfield on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    Love your books. Always look forward to reading them.

  13. Chris on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    Thanks for the scavenger hunt! Such fun! Blessings.

  14. mary ellen ashenfelder on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    Enjoying the scavenger hunt. Hope to win your book. Thank you.

  15. Ruth Smith on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    I already had liked you on FB and I follow you on Pinterest plus I also LOVE your books! I left a comment on FB about how much I enjoy these Scavenger hunts and the joy I get from the wonderful inspirational books that all you wonderful ladies write! I love books about the Amish as they are folks to be admired for their faith and love of God and family. Thanks for the opportunity to do the scavenger hunt and enter your give away. God bless you!!

  16. Jean Fierro on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    I would love to read your books.

  17. Debra Kay Neimanc on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    Love the scavenger hunt.

  18. sharon miller on the April 4, 2014 remarked #

    I’ve read all 3 books in the Valley of Choice series and enjoyed every book. I avidly read your books, Olivia. Thanks for the contest.

  19. Kristen on the April 5, 2014 remarked #

    Thanks for being part fo the hunt! I just left a comment on your fb page too. 🙂

  20. Mippy/Sabrina on the April 5, 2014 remarked #

    Hi Olivia! 🙂
    Thank you for participating in the Scavenger Hunt. I hope you have a fabulous weekend! 😀

  21. Dawn Morse on the April 5, 2014 remarked #

    liked on facebook

  22. alecia on the April 5, 2014 remarked #

    liked on fb…having fun with this hunt:)and meeting all these authors I didn’t know about

  23. Debora Wilder on the April 5, 2014 remarked #

    I’m having a wonderful time on the scavenger hunt. Thanks for being a part of it. Your books sound wonderful.

  24. Charlotte on the April 5, 2014 remarked #

    I liked you on Facebook. Thanks for the Scavenger Hunt. I truly enjoy them.

  25. Camille on the April 5, 2014 remarked #

    Thanks for the scavenger hunt. This is a wonderful way to discover some new authors.

  26. Sandy (aka Stitches) on the April 5, 2014 remarked #

    It’s fun finding and reading about some new authors that I didn’t know before this hunt. Thanks

  27. Sharon B on the April 5, 2014 remarked #

    What a great scavenger hunt! Thank you!

  28. Edie Bingaman on the April 5, 2014 remarked #

    Love your books, and the scavenger hunt!

  29. Susan Grondin on the April 5, 2014 remarked #

    Thanks for this opportunity to learn about your books…and for participating in the scavenger hunt.

  30. Kai W. on the April 6, 2014 remarked #

    The only thing that came up with Ralph Waldo Emerson was that he is a transcendalist and that he is one of the author that I had to read about when I was in 11th grade.

  31. leslie on the April 6, 2014 remarked #

    Always look forward to your books!!

  32. Leslie Schmidt on the April 6, 2014 remarked #

    Love your books!

  33. Cathy Thomas on the April 6, 2014 remarked #

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  34. Carol Smith on the April 6, 2014 remarked #

    Hi. You are a new author to me. Looking forward to reading your books.

  35. Teresa Sheroke on the April 6, 2014 remarked #

    Would love to read this book! Amish fiction is my favorite!

  36. Jane Squires on the April 6, 2014 remarked #

    I already follow you on fb

  37. Michelle Prince Morgan on the April 6, 2014 remarked #

    Great post

  38. Melissa on the April 6, 2014 remarked #

    Hi, you are a new author to me. I like reading Amish fiction. I will need to add your books to my list of books to read. Thank you for the scavenger hunt.

  39. Rachelle on the April 6, 2014 remarked #

    Thanks for being a part of the scavenger hunt! You are a new (to me) author! I love that about these hunts! I review Christian Fiction on my blog if you have a review/influencer program that I could be a part of ….I would love to join!

  40. Kelly Blackwell on the April 6, 2014 remarked #

    I was really intrigued by your Hidden Falls series on Amazon. I can’t wait to check it out. I am a new fan on Facebook. Commented there too. Thank you for joining the scavenger hunt. I love how Tricia uses Pinterest for her characters and stories. I am an on-air host and I use Pinterest for show prep.

  41. Mary Tullila on the April 7, 2014 remarked #

    loving the hunt!!

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