Christmas Scavenger Hunt Round Robbin: Snowflake Sweethearts

Hi Friends and Merry Christmas! Welcome to our Christmas Round-Robin Scavenger Hunt! At each author’s blog post, you will find a question that can be answered by checking out the free Amazon preview (“Look Inside feature”) of their book. Provide the answer to each question on this Google Form. Note: You must answer the question for every author in the round-robin to be in the running to win one of three great prizes: 1st Place $300 Amazon Gift Card, 2nd Place $150 Amazon Gift Card, 3rd Place $75 Amazon Gift Card. At the end of my post is a link to the next blog, who will provide a link to the next blog, etc., so you can visit all 26 stops on the Scavenger Hunt.

I’m excited to tell you about my book Snowflake Sweethearts. This is the third book in the Bayside Treasures Series, but it can be read as a stand alone novel even if you haven’t read Seeking His Love and A Man To Trust.

Annie Romano has her heart set on starting her own business as a personal chef when she returns to Fairhaven, Washington, with her young daughter Emma. But her business gets off to a slow start, and she must search for a part-time job to help make ends meet. When her former employer and bakery-owner, Irene Jameson, has a health crisis and needs a live-in caregiver, Irene’s grandson offers Annie the job. Motivated by her love for Irene, Annie puts aside her own plans and moves in to care for Irene.

Consumed by his work as marking director for a hotel chain and haunted bymemories of the accident that took the life of his parents and brother, Alex Jameson only plans to stay in Fairhaven until issues with his grandmother’s care and the future of her struggling bakery are settled. He doesn’t seem to realize how much he needs faith, family, or love. But the deeper meaning of the Christmas season, his grandmother and her matchmaking friends, and one fatherless little girl all start pulling at his heartstrings . . . just in time for Annie and Alex to enjoy a very special Christmas.

Time to hunt for the answer to this question: What type of bakery treat was Annie’s favorite when she was a teen?  Go to the Snowflake Sweetheart book page on Amazon at this link.  When you have the answer, fill out this form, and head on to the next blog!

The next author on the Scavenger Hunt is Pam Harris. She’ll be telling you about her novel, Smoky Mountain Brides. Visit her blog at this link. Remember that the round-robin will end on December 16th at 11:59 PM EST!

Thank you so much for visiting! 

Carrie

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #4

Hi Friends,  Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 27 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!

  • The hunt BEGINS on 3/14 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
  • Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
  • There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 3/17 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn new things about them.
  • Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the CLUE on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at Stop #27. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

It’s my pleasure to introduce my friend and fellow author, Jody Hedlund. We share a love for writing historical fiction, and I’ve enjoyed reading many of Jody’s books.

Here is a brief summary of Jody’s upcoming novel, The Reluctant Bride, which releases in June:  Living in London’s poorest slum, Mercy Wilkins has little hope of a better life. When she’s offered an opportunity to join a bride ship sailing to British Columbia, she agrees. Wealthy and titled Joseph Colville leaves home and takes to the sea in order to escape the pain of losing his family. As ship’s surgeon, he’s in charge of the passengers’ welfare aboard the Tynemouth, including sixty brides-to-be. He has no immediate intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, the two must fight against a forbidden love.

WHY IN THE WORLD DID WOMEN JOIN BRIDE SHIPS?

By Jody Hedlund

What is a bride ship and did they really exist?

A bride ship was the term applied to women who sailed from England to one of the motherland’s distant colonies with the intention of marrying Englishmen already there and helping settle the new lands.

Yikes! Sounds pretty crazy, huh?

When I first heard of the concept of bride ships, I was utterly horrified and fascinated by the idea that women would willingly board ships, leave everything they’d ever known behind, and sail to a strange land, all for the purpose of marrying complete strangers.

I couldn’t help but ask myself what kind of woman would do such a thing and why?

In the early 1860s England sent bride ships to British Columbia in Canada. The colony was overflowing with male settlers, primarily because of a gold rush that had occurred in the Canadian Rockies.

An 1861 census showed that females only made up 11% of the population there. With so few women available, men who wanted wives had slim pickings. One minister in British Columbia writing to his supporters said: “Dozens of men have told me they would gladly marry if they could.”

But again, why would women leave the security of their homes and lives to marry strangers? What sort of desperation did these women face that would drive them to take part in a bride ship?

One of the many reasons women left was because of lack of marriageable men. By the early 1860’s, a census stated that there were 600,000 more women than men in England, mainly as a result of so many men already having gone to America or British colonies to find work.

I hope you will read my upcoming release, A Reluctant Bride, to discover more reasons why women joined bride ships!

What about YOU? Does the idea of joining a bride ship sound as crazy to you as it does to me? 

Jody Hedlund is the best-selling author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award. She lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy teens, and five spoiled cats.

Here’s the Stop #4 Skinny:

You can pre-order Jody’s book, The Reluctant Bride, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD or at your local bookstore! 

Clue to Write Down: these

Link to Stop #5, the Next Stop on the Loop: Jody Hedlund’s own site!

But wait!  Before you go, I’m giving away two copies of my books to two entrants — Across the Blue or Shine Like the Dawn —  paperback or eBook, your choice. All you have to do is fill out the Raffelcopter form below. (USA only) Winners will be announced on March 18th.  

 

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Until Next Time, Happy Reading,

Carrie

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #5

Hi Friends, Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt be sure to start at Stop #1 and collect all the clues through the 30 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!

  • The hunt BEGINS on 3/1 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
  • Hunt through all the stops in a loop using Chrome or Firefox as your Internet browser, not Explorer.
  • There is no rush to complete the hunt! You have all weekend, until Sunday 3/4 at Midnight EST. So take your time and enjoy the unique posts along the way. Our hope is that you’ll discover new authors and books that you’ll enjoy!
  • Submit your entry for the grand prize by collecting the CLUE on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at Stop #30. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way. Be sure to look for those!

I’m very happy to introduce award-winning author, Angela Hunt. I’ve read and loved many of Angela’s books, and I’ve enjoyed listening to her speak at writers’ conferences. She is a creative woman with many talents, including writing and photography.

Here is a brief summary of her newest release, Judah’s Daughter:  Leah, the daughter of an abusive father, is relieved when she marries Judah, a gentle giant. But when Judah’s father draws the family into war, Leah finds herself married to a warrior, and she’s not sure she can handle the change . . .

WHY I LOVE KOSHER JELLY DOUGHNUTS 

By Angela Hunt

My dental hygienist, Cheryl, is Jewish. When I was beginning to research the book that would become Judah’s Wife, I happily told Cheryl that I had learned all kinds of things about the Jews in the second century before Christ.

“Hanukkah?” She asked. “You’re learning about Hanukkah?”

I frowned. “Um . . . I haven’t gotten to that yet.”

But weeks later, I did. I learned that the Seleucids, an empire of Greek-influenced Syrians, had taken over Judea and required the Jews to abandon their acts of faith. No circumcising baby boys, no observing the Sabbath, no abstaining from pork and shellfish. Any Jewish person found practicing the Law of Moses would be tortured and put to death.

Antiochus Epiphanes, the Seleucid king who came to Jerusalem, was so intent on creating a homogeneous Empire that he visited the Holy Temple and desecrated the altar by sacrificing a pig–to Zeus, mind you. He declared that the Temple would be a place to worship Zeus, then he went back to Antioch and left his henchmen to enforce his laws in Judea.

When Judah Maccabaeus and his brothers led the ragtag army of Judea against these invaders, God granted them a mighty victory. The word Hanukkah means dedication in Hebrew, and after Judah and his men cleansed and rededicated the Temple, Judah declared that the people should celebrate for seven days. That was the first Hanukkah, and Jews have been celebrating it ever since.

When I went back to the dentist, I told Cheryl that I now understood Hanukkah. “Oh, so you heard about the oil,” she said. “The uncontaminated vial they found that burned for seven days.”
Again, I shook my head. “I’m sorry,” I told her. “But there is absolutely no mention of a vial of oil or a miraculous burning lamp in any of the original documents.”

“I’ll ask my brother the rabbi about it,” she said.

“And I’ll do more research,” I promised.

When I went back to see her six months later, with a copy of Judah’s Wife in hand, I said, “I’m sorry, but I learned that there is absolutely no mention of the miracle of the oil until hundreds of years later. Experts think rabbis created the story for the sake of young children—because it seemed unseemly to celebrate a bloody war for seven days.”

“My brother said you’re right,” she said, a little mournfully. “It’s probably just a story.”

I felt bad—who wants to burst someone’s bubble? “Well,” I said, “if it helps, we Christians have our traditions, too. People think the wise kings came to see baby Jesus on the night He was born, but they weren’t kings and they probably arrived months later. People talk about the angels singing to the shepherds, but the Bible never says they sang. People think Mary rode a donkey to Bethlehem, but if there was a donkey, it was probably carrying water jugs and food for the journey. In fact, Jesus was probably born in springtime, not in winter.”

“Still,” she said. “When you grow up believing something—”

“Hanukkah is still a miracle,” I said. “That an unskilled group of farmers and Torah scholars could overcome one of the world’s leading armies—that’s a miracle. That they could face battle elephants and horses and rolling towers and catapults—that’s a miracle. That they could turn a battered, burned, starving city into a place of refuge and restoration—that’s the real miracle of Hanukkah.”

Hanukkah offers encouragement for Christians today. The Jews of Judah’s day were being pressured—to the point of death—to conform to the world, yet the devout remained true to their God. Christians in our day are being pressured to conform to the world, but will we remain true? The Maccabees set a glorious and challenging example.

At Hanukkah, Jews in Israel eat these wonderful jelly doughnuts, called Sufganiot. They are wonderful any time, and you can find the recipe here: https://www.thespruce.com/hanukkah-doughnuts-sufganiot-2121658

Traditional Jewish food for Chanukkah holyday. Luxurious looking sufganiyot. Photo (c) gburshtein-fotolia

Why not make some for your family at Easter? What better way to say we are dedicated to Christ?

Angela Hunt is the author of more than 140 books for children and adults. Read more about her work at www.angelahuntbooks.com.

Here’s the Stop #5 Skinny:

You can order Angela’s book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, or at your local bookstore.

Clue to write down: FOUND

Link to Stop #6, Angela Hunt’s own site!

***** But wait, before you go, I’m offering my own giveaway! Two books to two winners! You may choose Shine Like the Dawn or Across the Blue. This giveaway is open to US winners only. To enter, just sign up to receive my email newsletter in the box at the top right on this page, and then leave a comment below, telling me if you are new subscriber, or if you already receive my newsletters. Winners will be announced on 3/5 and contacted by email. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Carrie