Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt STOP #4 (Pink Team)


I hope you enjoyed this spring's event! The contest has ended, but there's no reason not to enjoy author Beth White's post below about her new release, Creole Princess. Happy Monday!

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! I am a part of TEAM PINK and this is Stop #4. 

[If you’re just joining us, there are two loops—pink and purple—and they begin at Lisa Bergren’s site http://lisatawnbergren.com/2015/04/christian-fiction-scavenger-hunt-stop-1-purple-team/ and Robin Hatcher’s site http://www.robinleehatcher.com/christian-fiction-scavenger-hunt-stop-1-pink-team fhttp://www.robinleehatcher.com/christian-fiction-scavenger-hunt-stop-1-pink-team for stop #1 for either stream.] If you complete either the pink loop or the 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 (by adding up all the Secret Numbers). So write everything down as you go--if you run out of time, you can return to it later.

The hunt begins at NOON Mountain Time on April 16 and ends at MIDNIGHT Mountain Time on April 19, 2015. That means you have 3.5 days to complete all 34 stops, to enter all individual, pink, purple, and Grand Prize contests, and to maximize your changes for a prize. Winners will be announced on April 20, 2015.

ALSO, please don’t use Internet Explorer to navigate through the loops. Some web sites won’t show up using IE. Please use Chrome or Firefox—they’re better anyway!]
Beth White


Without further ado, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to my guest for the Scavenger Hunt, Beth White. It’s been my personal joy over the years to cheer on Beth’s talented music students (her day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school), and now it’s a blessing to introduce you to her books.

Beth is the award-winning author of The Pelican Bride. A native Mississippian, she teaches music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers’ Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award.

Here’s the summary of her latest book, The Creole Princess

Torn between loyalties to family and flag, one young woman is about to discover that her most important allegiance is to her heart.

            It is 1776 and all along the eastern seaboard, the American struggle for independence rages. But in the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is much quieter—though no less deadly.
            Lyse Lanier may be French in heritage, but she spends most of her time in the company of the ebullient daughter of the British commander of Mobile. When a charming young Spanish merchant docks in town, Lyse is immediately struck by his easy wit and flair for the dramatic. But is he truly who he makes himself out to be? Spies abound, and Spain has yet to choose a side in the American conflict. Is Lyse simply an easy mark for Rafael Gonzalez to exploit? Or are his overtures of love as genuine as Spanish gold?
            Beth White invites you to step into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known slice of the American Revolutionary War.

And here’s her EXCLUSIVE content, that you’ll only find in this hunt!

Five Fascinating People from the American Revolution You’ve Never Heard Of

               I researched the Colonial period for the second book of The Gulf Coast Chronicles, The Creole Princess, I kept running across information that had me thinking, That is amazing!—Why have I never heard of this person before!? Some of those amazing people became characters in my novel, some inspired mixed versions of themselves, and some even triggered major plot twists. Even if you’re not a history nerd like me, I thought it might be fun to introduce some of those folks.
               At the onset of hostilities, England actually possessed fifteen American colonies. We automatically think of the thirteen rebellious colonies located in New England and along the eastern seaboard, but East Florida and West Florida both remained loyal to the mother country until they were invaded by Spain in 1780-1781. Recent release of documents held in Spanish archives reveals the significance of Spanish colonial involvement in the American struggle for independence.
               So without further ado, meet my Top Five: Bernardo Gálvez, Feliciana Estrehan, Oliver Pollock, Elias Durnford, and James Willing. Hopefully, these brief introductions will whet your appetite for further study of this fascinating and little-known slice of American history.


Brigadier-General Don Bernardo de GálvezAppointed governor of the Spanish colony of Louisiana in 1777, Gálvez was son of one of King Carlos III’s most trusted military advisors and nephew to respected minster of the Indies José de Gálvez. A strong, charismatic leader, Bernardo demonstrated a genius for secretly funneling funds, supplies, arms and ammunition to the Americans. Via a well-developed network of spies, he gathered, absorbed and disseminated vital intelligence. His strategy for invading the ports of Baton Rouge, Mobile, and Pensacola succeeded despite catastrophic weather conditions and miscommunication from the chain of command above him. Though he remained a loyal Spanish administrator and military commander, Gálvez held a deep sympathy for the American cause and maintained lifelong friendships with their leaders.

María Feliciana de Saint-Maxent Estrehan—This beautiful New Orleans widow of French-Creole extraction won the heart of the dashing young Governor Gálvez. They married in December of 1777, and Feliciana proved to be a powerful influence in Spanish-American politics during the Revolution.

Oliver Pollock—A merchant of Irish descent who early threw in his lot with the American experiment, Pollock invested his entire significant fortune in the Cause—to the point that he ended up bankrupt and in debtors prison. Only after his death were his debts forgiven by Congress and his status as a major Revolutionary financier recognized. Pollock, appointed as an official agent of the Continental Congress, served as one of Gálvez’s most trusted aides-de-camp.

Colonel Elias Durnford—This cultured and educated British officer and civil engineer laid out the city of Pensacola, Florida, after it was ceded by the Spanish in the 1763 treaty of Versailles. Durnford spent a short stint as acting governor of West Florida until the arrival of Governor Peter Chester in 1770, when he became Lieutenant-Governor. Durnford was tapped to command Fort Charlotte in Mobile during the Spanish invasion of 1780.

Captain James Willing—Willing’s name rates many mentions in the annals of Gulf Coast history, and it appears people either loved him or loathed him. A passionate American patriot, Willing began his career as a merchant in the settlement of Natchez and ended as commander of several lucrative American raids of English plantations along the Mississippi River. He would swarm ashore with his troops, scoop up slaves and anything else salable, and continue to New Orleans, where he would put the merchandise up for auction and funnel the proceeds to the American cause. He also took it upon himself to sail into the British port of Mobile and distribute copies of the controversial Declaration of Independence among the citizens, in an attempt to proselytize—which landed him in the Fort Charlotte guardhouse for an extended period.

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THE SCAVENGER HUNT SKINNY:

Thanks for stopping by! Before you go, make sure you WRITE DOWN THESE CLUES:
Secret Word(s): dangerous.
Secret Number: 99 (chosen because it feels like I rewrite every page of my work-in-progress at least that many times before I'm remotely satisfied with the story)
When you've finished the Pink Hunt, enter for the pink team grand prize here: http://www.robinleehatcher.com/christian-fiction-scavenger-hunt-stop-18-pink-team-entry-form/

Got ‘em down?? Great! Your next stop is #5, Beth White’s site. https://bethsquill.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/christian-fiction-scavenger-hunt-stop-5/. Click on over there now (or look below to also enter Stephanie's bonus give-away). If you get lost, a complete list of the loop with links can be found at our mother host’s site http://www.robinleehatcher.com/christian-fiction-scavenger-hunt-pink-team-authors-stops.

BONUS GIVE-AWAY FROM STEPH:

Win both of Stephanie’s FaithWords titles A Captain for Laura Rose and Daughter of the Regiment)
 
PLUS be one of the first to read a copy of Stephanie’s fall novella in the Civil War collection A Basket Brigade Christmas as soon as it’s available this September.








To be entered in the drawing to win, do two things:

1) Click on this link and “like” my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StephanieGraceWhitsonofficial

2) Click on this link and subscribe to Stephanie’s newsletter: http://www.stephaniewhitson.com


That’s it! If you win, Stephanie will contact you by e-mail for a shipping address. Winners will be selected and announced the afternoon of April 20. The drawing has been made. I am awaiting confirmation and will post the winner's name as promised this afternoon.





131 comments:

  1. I entered the giveaway :). These novels look great!

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    1. So glad you stopped and entered, Joy. THANK YOU. Have fun "on the hunt."

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  2. I did both! Thanks so much for hosting this stop & for the giveaway :)

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    1. You're welcome, Carrie. Hope you have fun on the hunt.

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  3. Signed up! Thanks for participating in the hunt :D

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    1. Thank you, Sierra. Have a fun day and weekend "hunting." Hope you meet some new authors to love.

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  4. Signed up! This is so exciting, I am so glad you are one of the authors in the Scavenger hunt.

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    1. Bless you, Pamela, for that grace note in my day.

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  5. Signed up for newsletter and liked your Facebook page. Books sound amazing. What a fun scavenger hunt!

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  6. I'm not sure where my comment went... but I signed up for the newsletter and liked the Facebook page.

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  7. What fun! I did both requirements for the giveaway. :)

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  8. I liked your facebook page and subscribed to your newsletter! Your books sound captivating, and I would love to read them! :-)

    Blessings!!

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    1. Thank you, Shantelle. Hope you enjoy the Scavenger Hunt.

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  9. Yay!! Signed up and thanks for hosting an extra giveaway! :)

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  10. Your books sound great! I liked your FB page and signed up to receive your newsletter. Excited to see what happens next =)

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    1. Thanks, Linda. Have fun this weekend with the hunt.

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  11. Oh these sound so good!! I subscribed to your newsletter and am following you on Facebook!!

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  12. I too fulfilled both requirements for the giveaway. Your books are amongst my #1 favorites. Thank you for sharing with us!! :)

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    1. Awwww ... THANK YOU. I really appreciate your kind words.

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  13. I had already "Liked" your facebook page and signed up for your newsletter. These both sound like great books. Thank you for being a part of the scavenger hunt.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. I'm glad you said something ... maybe next time I should be a little more original!

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    2. I will enter you manually before I do the drawing. Promise.

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  14. I already follow you on Facebook :) and have signed up for your newsletter. Thank you so much for being part of the scavenger hunt!

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  15. Like reading about Colonial period. Am a subscriber and like on FB.

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    1. Hope you find a new "Colonial" author on the hunt this weekend, Joan. My favorite read from that era so far is Nancy Moser's Washington's Lady. Loved that book.
      I'm an Antiques Roadshow fan, and a recent appraisal was for a letter written by Washington himself from Valley Forge. Amazing.

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  16. I follow you on facebook and signed up with email. Thank you for participating in this scavenger hunt! :)

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  17. Follow and subscribed! You are very high on my list of favorite authors and I always feel so blessed to see a new release from you! I read the Keepsake Legacies series as a teenager and was so deeply moved. Thank you for your continued dedication to your readers!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking time to tell me this. It's SO encouraging.

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  18. Love these scavenger hunts and so glad you are a part of it! Liked your facebook page...finally!

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  19. My first scavenger hunt & I am loving it! I both liked your Facebook page & signed up for your newsletter. Thank you for the chance to win two of your books, Stephanie!

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    1. It's great to know that new folks are joining in. Welcome!

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  20. I've already liked your facebook page and subscribed. Thanks for the post!

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    1. Bless you, Bethany. Hope you enjoy the hunt this weekend.

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    2. Just wanted you to know that I will enter your name in the drawing since you met the guidelines.

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  21. I was already following you on facebook and I believe I receive you newsletter as well. Thank you! :)

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    1. Next time I will be more creative when I think of a contest! Hope you have a good time "hunting."

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  22. I've subscribed and liked your Facebook page before. Will I still be entered in the contest?

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    1. I am going to enter everyone who said that before I do the drawing, because I didn't think about that possibility! Thanks for asking. YES I will enter you before the winner is selected. Promise.

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  23. Thanks! I subscribed and liked your Facebook page. This so so fun! I can't imagine what they were thinking with that outfit! Gosh, can you say TARGET!!! : / : ) Blessings to you and all.

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    1. I so agree with you about the uniforms. And Zouave regiments were very popular in the war, too ... RED pants, etc. I have often wondered if they actually wore those in battle ... as you say ... can you spell t-a-r-g-e-t?!

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  24. I'm going to try this again and pray I'm not posting a comment twice! This is the second time this has happened. It's probably just me!

    Beth, I'm learning all kinds of new, historical data. Things/places that I've never heard of until now and I'm so enjoying my tour through the Scavenger hunt. Thank you for eing a part of it and I can't wait to read "The Creole Princess"

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  25. Liked you on FB and signed up for your newsletter. Loved the info about the uniforms on Tamara's blog; can't wait to read it!

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    1. Thanks, Danielle. Glad you enjoyed the blog post.

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  26. Thanks so much for the opportunity for a giveaway. I signed up for newsletter and am now following you on fb.

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    1. You're welcome, Any. Thanks to YOU for being willing.

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  28. I'm signed up for the newsletter! Your books sound amazing. :)

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  29. Thanks Stephanie for your participation, introduction to Beth White, and chance to win one of your books.

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    1. You're welcome! Hope you are enjoying the hunt.

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  30. i did both......but the newsletter said i was already signed up for it.

    Barbara

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    1. I will make sure that those who had already subscribed, etc., are entered into the "pot" before I draw a winner. Thanks for checking in, though!

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  31. I already get your newsletter and follow you on facebook. Thank you

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    1. I will manually add your name into the mix before I draw the winner, Angela. I'm doing that for everyone who mentions this. Thank you.

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  32. I already receive your emails and follow you on Facebook

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    1. I will manually add your name into the mix before I draw the winner, Angela. I'm doing that for everyone who mentions this. Thank you.

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  33. I already subscribe and follow on facebook. ;)

    andrea2russia (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  34. Thanks for being a part of such a fun scavenger hunt! I host an all-things-book linky party every Thursday on my blog, Mommynificent.com, and we'd love to have you stop by any time. You can link up any of your own blog posts and maybe garner some new readers, and you can also hop around and meet some other authors and avid readers.
    Tina

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  35. Subscribed and like your facebook page! The giveaway is open to Canadians, I hope? ;)

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    1. Yes, Carina. I'm happy to send a book to Canada if your name is selected. Thanks for asking, though. Last week I sent a book to Australia and loved the idea that I could visit LOL.

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  36. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway, Stephanie! I have already liked your FB page and am already a newsletter subscriber! I would love to be a winner!!

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    1. I will manually add your name into the mix before I draw the winner. I'm doing that for everyone who mentions this. Thank you.

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  37. So excited about entering your giveaway I loved learning more about your work at Tamera Alexander's post. I already liked you on facebook and am a newsletter subscriber. Thanks for entering us!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks! I will manually add your name into the mix before I draw the winner. I'm doing that for everyone who mentions this. Thank you.

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  38. Did both :) You've been one of my favorite authors since I was a 12-year-old homeschooled girl looking for good reading at the library, I found it. Thanks for hosting a stop in this hunt!

    Blessings!
    Jasmine

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    1. Ah, Jasmine...that warms my heart. Now my grown daughter is home schooling my grandchildren. It's strange to think of the generational leap, there LOL.
      Hope you are having fun "on the hunt."

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    1. I don't know why this was deleted ... sorry, April. If you see this, repost!

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  40. I'd already done both previously. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I will manually add your name into the mix before I draw the winner. I'm doing that for everyone who mentions this. Thank you.

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  41. Thanks for being a part of this exciting Scavenger hunt!

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  42. I had already done both of those things. Thank you for being part of this scavenger hunt.

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  43. Liked and subbed. :) Hope you have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Leslie. It's a working weekend for both me and my dh, but that's okay. We are thankful to have work!

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  45. I did too. I've enjoyed your books in the past. :)

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  46. I signed up and am excited to have found a new author! Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win!

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    1. You're welcome. Glad you joined in the hunt.

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  47. I signed up for your newsletter, but facebook has blocked me from "Like"ing any pages. They don't say why, just that I can't. I have read many of your books and look forward to reading these as well.

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    1. Don't worry. I'll make sure you are entered for the drawing. Have fun on the hunt!

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  48. Got a review copy of Daughter of the Regiment just last week. Looks interesting.

    (And BTW, I know the scavenger hunt is half over, but in the "skinny" after your secret word and number, you direct people to the end of the purple hunt. Was that intentional since this is the pink hunt? Just curious......)

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  49. Oh, my ... goodness, Linda. It's because I'm an IDIOT. You are so right. I should have provided the link to TEAM PINK. I just fixed it. THANK YOU.

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  50. I'm already on the email list and a friend on FB.

    wfnren at aol cot com

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. I'm manually everyone who mentions this, so that they all have a chance to win. Happy Sunday!

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  51. Hello Stephanie. I have liked and subscribed to your newsletter and liked you on FB. Thanks for the giveaway. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  52. I am signed up for you mailing list and have "liked" you on FB.

    Thank you for being a part of the Scavenger Hunt,
    Stephanie C.

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    1. Hi, Stephanie ;-) ... hope you had fun participating. It's always an exciting thing to be part of from my point of view, too.

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  53. Hi. Thanks for being part of this Scavenger Hunt. I already like your Facebook page and subscribe to your newsletter.

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    1. Thanks, Ellen. I'll be sure you are entered for the drawing even though you won't show up as "new."

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  54. I did both! Also about the cover from the last stop was fascinating!

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    1. Oh, thanks, Laura. I'm glad you enjoyed that. I've never been "spoiled" that way before for a book cover.

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  55. I liked your FB page and subscribed!

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  56. Oh My I LOVE the Quilt Chronicles!! I'm so waiting for the next one in the series. Thank you for being a historical writer, for being a part of this hunt and for the chance at your give-a-way. This is my 1st hunt and I'm enjoying myself greatly.

    In Kind Regards,
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    1. Thanks for those kind words about the Quilt Chronicles! There are 3 books ... The Key on the Quilt, the Shadow on the Quilt, and the Message on the Quilt.
      I'm glad you are enjoying the scavenger hunt.

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  58. Oh my one more author that I can connect with! I have enjoyed some of your books and they have done well in my reviews & recommendations. Thanks for being a part of this, my 1st hunt. I know that I will be reading more of your books in the future. I am following you through both Facebook and your blog and any other form that I can find. (y)

    In Kindest Regards,
    Tricia

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  59. I liked your Facebook page. Thanks for participating in the hunt-- it's fun. :)

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  60. Already liked and already subscribe to newsletter. ..enjoy your books

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    1. Thanks, Dawn. I'll enter you in the drawing.

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  62. Thank you Stephanie and Beth for participating in this Scavenger Hunt! Your books sound so good:)

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    1. Glad you think so, Ingerlise. Have fun with the hunt!

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  63. I have already liked your facebook page so hope that qualifies as an entry.

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    1. If you subscribe to the newsletter, you're in!

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  64. It was so nice to be introduced to your website and other novels. After placing a hold at our library and waiting FOREVER, I just received Daughter of the Regiment. I can't wait to start it.

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    1. YAY. I LOVE hearing that libraries are helping readers find my books. Hope you enjoy Daughter of the Regiment.

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  65. Loved the story of the uniform on Tamara's page! I liked and subscribed to your newsletter.

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    1. Thank you. Your name was entered in the drawing prior to the conclusion of the hunt.

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  66. I entered the giveaway! Thanks so much for being apart of this hunt! It's been fun!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Rebekah. Just wanted to reassure you that your name WAS entered prior to the drawing. Thanks for joining in the fun.

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