Scavenger Hunt

Follow all 25 clues to win an iPad Mini, free books and more!

Welcome to the Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! The hunt begins on 10/18 at noon, mountain time and ends on 10/20 at midnight. Take your time and enjoy all 25 stops! We hope you visit all the authors’ blogs and discover their new or soon-to-be-released titles!

Collect the clues in red on each post, beginning from Stop #1 and finishing at Stop #26, then fill out the Rafflecopter form on Lisa’s site. Be ready to provide the completed clue quote, gathered from all 25 stops, within 24 hours of email notification, or another winner will be randomly drawn.

The prizes include: Grand Prize: A new iPad Mini, 2nd & 3rd Prizes: A copy of every book on the hunt—25 books with a total value of over $300! Open to international entrants. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom. I am offering a bonus giveaway!

tricia GoyerMy Guest: Tricia Goyer

Today I have the pleasure of introducing Tricia Goyer who is an awesome author, wife, mom, inspiration, and encourager!

Tricia Goyer 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 FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

A Christmas Gift for RoseTricia’s new novel: A Christmas Gift for Rose!

Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II—only to discover she’s an Englischer herself.

Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work.

Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers? When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.

amish horse and buggyBy Tricia Goyer

I was sitting at a long table with my bookstore owner friends and three Amish couples. We were chatting about some of the true stories that inspired my novels when one of the Amish men paused with his forkful of mashed potatoes halfway to his lips.

“I might have a story idea for you,” Myron said.

I nodded and smiled. I hear this comment often. Everyone has a story idea—from the person sitting next to me on the airplane, to my Bible study leader, to my husband’s best friend. Everyone.

“Really, what is it?” I asked.

“Well, it’s my grandma’s story. She was born Englisch, but during the Great Depression her parents were dirt poor. Every day they sent her to their Amish neighbor’s house around mealtime. They had nothing to offer and the Amish family always had compassion. One day when the neighbors took my grandmother home, her parents were gone! They said they loved her but had nothing to offer. They knew she’d be able to survive with the Amish family, so they left her there.”

My eyes filled with tears, and I pushed back my slice of coconut cream pie. Before I could ask more questions, the conversation moved to another direction. Still that story lingered. What would it be like to grow up Amish and then discover such truth?

I thought about the Great Depression. My grandma lives with me, and she’s told me lots of stories. She took a bath in a tin tub and only had one dress. They ate the same food every day—beans and bread—but she didn’t think much of it. As I thought about my Amish character, whom I named Rose, my grandma’s stories wove their way into my thinking. Rose began to come alive.

Then I considered the type of man Rose would love. He’d be strong and brave, and he’d have something to say about World War II . . . the war going on just as they entered adulthood. My mind traveled to WWII veterans whom I’ve interviewed. One veteran, Bill Mann, was a Christian pacifist. He felt shooting anyone was wrong—even an enemy—so he became an ambulance driver. The Amish were also pacifists, yet a few joined the military to join the medical corp. They followed their beliefs even though their whole community was against just a thing.

Three stories from three different people who lived the same generation merged to form Rose and Jonathan’s story. These characters came alive as I thought about the real people who inspired them.

I never get tired of hearing people’s stories, and now you know why. There is so much rich emotion and history in every gray-haired person. My job is to pull those stories out and give readers some enjoyment, while also providing a glimpse into the past. I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing than that!

You can purchase Tricia’s novel, A Christmas Gift for Rose, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, or at your local bookstore.

THE SCAVENGER HUNT SKINNY: Before you go, write down the STOP #11 clue: to suspense

Your next stop is Tricia Goyer’s Blog.

Make sure you visit all 25 stops and then enter the Rafflecopter form at stop #26 back at Lisa Bergren’s site, to be in the running for all the big prizes!


If you’d like to win a copy of The Governess of Highland Hall (3 winners, 1 book each), please do two of the following and leave a comment to tell me what you did: Comment about Tricia’s article above, sign up to receive my email newsletter (box is on the right, above), share this link on Facebook, Like my Facebook Author Page, or Tweet: I want to read the Governess of Highland Hall by @Carrieturansky. I will draw a winner on Monday, Oct. 21.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I signed up for your newsletter (truckredford(at)gmail(dot) com) liked your facebook page and would love to win.

  2. Val Pearson
    Val Pearson says:

    I love love love Christian Amish fiction. Thanks so much for the contest to be able to win a copy. I signed up for you newsletter and liked you on Facebook.

  3. JoElle Rau
    JoElle Rau says:

    I love Downton Abbey so I can’t wait to read your book! I liked your FB page, and signed up for your newsletter!

  4. Glenda
    Glenda says:

    I signed up for your newsletter, I have already liked your author page on FB a long time ago :), and I tweeted.

  5. Lace
    Lace says:

    This is very interesting, it was so kind of the Amish to take in that little girl, and it was big of them that joined the medical corps.

  6. Pam K.
    Pam K. says:

    I enjoyed reading how Tricia came up with her story idea for A Christmas Gift for Rose. I enjoy reading her books, though I haven’t read any of her Amish ones.
    I had previously liked your Facebook page, Carrie.
    Thanks for the chance to win your new book.

  7. Susan Grondin
    Susan Grondin says:

    I enjoyed reading about the Amish lifestyle that Tricia Goyer writes about. It was interesting to read how others try to give her story ideas and about her grandmother. Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt.

  8. Jeana Clements
    Jeana Clements says:

    Thank you so much for this sharing experience! I have liked your Author’s Page and also signed up to receive your newsletter. God bless!

  9. Sonja
    Sonja says:

    Hi, yes, I would LOVE to win the bonus book. I liked the author page and joined the mailing list! Tricia is one of my favorite writers!

  10. Susan F.
    Susan F. says:

    Hello Carrie,

    I’ve ‘liked’ you on Facebook and intend to head over to twitter next to follow you. You won’t have to enter me in the drawing as I have already read the book for review. 😉 Nice to ‘meet’ you.

  11. Karen Funk
    Karen Funk says:

    I am loving this scavenger hunt and I am liking all the extra “stories” I am reading through this. I signed up for your email newsletter and I am commenting on the above blog. I especially was intrigued by Tricia’s story of how she got the idea for her latest book. It’s amazing how God leads us, isn’t it?

  12. Leanna Morris
    Leanna Morris says:

    I really enjoyed your interview…and now I’m more than ready to read your book!
    I also signed up for your email newsletter.
    Thanks for participating in this great blog hop.

  13. Tammie Grosh
    Tammie Grosh says:

    What a fun game. I signed up for newsletter and liked you on Facebook. Thanks for your part in this adventure of discovery.

  14. Connie Hendryx
    Connie Hendryx says:

    I liked your Facebook page and also signed up for your newsletter…and got confused! I want to read the Governess book, but placed that comment on the person who hosted you on the previous scavenger hunt page…blush!! oh well, all the books look amazing! Thanks

  15. Sharon Coon
    Sharon Coon says:

    I liked your facebook page and signed up for and confirmed getting your newsletter. Thank you for a chance to win your book so I can read it.

  16. Megan
    Megan says:

    I liked your author page, shared on Facebook, tweeted (@Celtic_Girl), and signed up for your newsletter (lovetoread205). Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity!

  17. Angieleigh @ Once Upon A Book
    Angieleigh @ Once Upon A Book says:

    I signed up, liked, and tweeted! 🙂 Thank you for the great contest! {Also, I have Tricia’s book and can’t wait to be able to read it when I finally get to it on my current reading and reviewing list!}

  18. Becky
    Becky says:

    I’m excited to read your books! I posted the contest to facebook, and I’m already a FB fan of yours. 🙂

  19. Rina
    Rina says:

    How fascinating that Tricia’s book is based on some real people! Love it when authors weave in real events. I’m a new follower on fb and your book has been on my TBR list! If I don’t win a copy I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to review it through Netgalley. 🙂

  20. Paul
    Paul says:

    Thanks for doing the scavenger hunt. I signed up to receive your email newsletter and liked your Facebook Author Page.

  21. Kaycie
    Kaycie says:

    What an amazing story! I personally cannot imagine living through the hardships many young people growing up during WWII thought were perfectly normal. Sounds like a great read! 🙂

  22. Krystal
    Krystal says:

    I like how Tricia has taken several real life stories and stiches them together for a good book. After all isn’t that how real life works, all of our littles stories stitched together and intermingling?

    I am now following you on Facebook and subbed to you newsletter (mama.mudbug7 at gmail). Thank you for being a wonderful part of this scavenger hunt.

  23. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    I loved the backstory of Tricia’s lasted book. Can’t wait to read it!

    I signed up for the newsletter, liked your Facebook page, and shared on my Facebook page 🙂

  24. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    I liked your facebook page and am leaving the following comment about Tricia’s article:

    It is very interesting how your latest novel’s main character came together. How confusing it would be to find out that your parents had been so poor that they left you at a neighbor’s house. How blessed, though to be raised by a loving family and community such that you never suspected such a thing.

  25. Kristen
    Kristen says:

    I can’t imagine finding out my parents left melike this Amish woman’s family did her, but I know things like this happened a lot during the depression. It’s always made curious as to how some stories actually come about, so thank you Tricia and Carrie!
    Your fb author page is now liked, I’ve signed up for your newsletter, and must tell you I can’t wait to read Governess!

  26. Allison T Jones
    Allison T Jones says:

    thanks for the chance to win one of your books! I liked your facebook page and signed up for your newsletter!

  27. Carrie Larks
    Carrie Larks says:

    Hi Carrie,

    Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt. I liked you FB page and signed up for your newsletter. Carrie Larks

  28. Julie N.
    Julie N. says:

    Hi, there! I liked your page and signed up for the newsletter. I’m really excited about your books; they all look so good. Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Kali
    Kali says:

    I have recently read a few of Tricia’s historical fiction. They are very good. I also signed up for your newsletter.

  30. Nancy M.
    Nancy M. says:

    I liked you on Facebook, already! And, I have signed up for your newsletter. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your books and hosting Tricia. I really enjoyed reading about her new book and learning a little more about it.

  31. KayM
    KayM says:

    I tweeted your tweet and I liked your Facebook page. Thank you for the offer. I am looking forward to reading The Governess of Highland Hall.

  32. Cathy Faist
    Cathy Faist says:

    I am an avid fan of Tricia’s work and enjoyed reading this blog. I have a copy of A Christmas Gift For Rose and can’t wait to start it.
    I look forward to reading your work too, as I have not had the pleasure yet.
    Thanks for the contest. 🙂
    Oh and I ‘liked’ your page and signed up for your newsletter so I can learn more about you and your books, Blessings!

  33. Deb Kastner
    Deb Kastner says:

    You know I’m already a fan, Carrie. 😉 Can’t wait to read your book. I’m hearing Upstairs Downstairs, Downton Abbey…right up my alley!

  34. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    I liked your FB page. A Christmas Gift for Rose and The Governess of Highland Hall are both on my TBR list now. I loved reading Tricia Goyer’s story of what inspired her to write A Christmas Gift for Rose. And I LOVE the picture you have here at the top of your blog!

  35. Susannah
    Susannah says:

    I have yet to read an Amish fiction book, but this story sounds so heart touching I might try it!
    Love this scavenger hunt! I signed up to receive emails and commented =)

  36. Patty H
    Patty H says:

    I think it’s really neat that Tricia’s stories are often based on real life.

    I liked your FB page.

  37. Genny
    Genny says:

    I love Tricia Goyer’s books and I look forward to this new book – sounds like an interesting story line!

  38. Kimberly Taylor
    Kimberly Taylor says:

    I love how Tricia takes real stories and turns them into fiction, I think she also did this with Montana Amish series. I liked your FB page 🙂

  39. Shirley Ashley
    Shirley Ashley says:

    I shared on FB and liked your author’s page. Love books and especially books about the Amish. Thanks for the give-a-way!

  40. Amanda Rog
    Amanda Rog says:

    I love the story of how Tricia came up with the storyline for this book! You can tell that she not only cares to listen to others, but also does her best to convey what others have gone through in history.
    I also shared this post. 🙂 I already “like” you on facebook.

  41. Shanda
    Shanda says:

    Wow, what a heartbreaking decision for those parents to make. I’m definitely curious to read Rose’s story.

    I also signed up for your newsletter (under my balancingwords email). Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. Laura VanNice
    Laura VanNice says:

    What a touching story of the birth of a novel! Makes me want to read it.

    I signed up for your newsletter and liked on Facebook. Thanks!

  43. Joelle S.
    Joelle S. says:

    What a neat sounding story. I love Amish fiction, but do find the plots can sometimes get repetitive. I think this story sounds very neat, while also being true to life in the era in which it’s set.
    I liked on facebook and commented.

  44. Melodi
    Melodi says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Tricia’s article! Thank you for writing that! I commented, and liked on FB.

  45. Sharon Shaw
    Sharon Shaw says:

    Please enter me in your contest. I signed up for your newsletter, and here is my comment:
    I have never been interested in Amish books, but A Christmas Gift for Rose sounds intriguing.

  46. Cyndi Wilson
    Cyndi Wilson says:

    I’m almost done with Tricia’s book, A Christmas Gift for Rose, now but had to put it down to finish the scavenger hunt! 😉 Am thoroughly enjoying it!

    • Cyndi Wilson
      Cyndi Wilson says:

      I failed to put both things in the same comment so this is to say that I’ve also liked your facebook page. 🙂

  47. Cyndi Wilson
    Cyndi Wilson says:

    Oh! And I’ve liked your facebook page… and am looking forward to reading The Governess of Highland Hall! 🙂

  48. Bri Kae
    Bri Kae says:

    Hi Carrie! I loved the interview and photos from your trip to England! I tweeted about the contest and signed up for the newsletter as well.

    Hello Tricia! Amazing! Did you ever get to tell Myron that you were able to use his Grandmother’s story?

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