Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #10

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #10

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 the stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!

• The hunt BEGINS on 3/18 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, 3/21 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 the final stop, back on Lisa’s site. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

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My name’s Roseanna White, and when I’m not momming, homeschooling, designing book covers, and managing WhiteFire Publishing with my hubby, I’m writing novels. Usually historical romance. Many of my books are set in England of the 1910s, but today I’m excited to be sharing about a Civil War-era novel that I actually wrote about 9 years ago, but which just released in January, Dreams of Savannah. Here’s a bit about it:

Cordelia Owens is known all over Savannah for her whimsy and her storytelling. When her sweetheart, Phin, goes missing during some of the first action of the war, her stories keep hope alive in the hearts of his mother and sister. But Phin, a casualty of betrayal that nearly costs him his life, begins to fear that if ever he makes it home to the young woman he loves, he won’t be the kind of hero she’s always wanted–not anymore. Both Delia and Phin are forced to face unwelcome truths about the lives they always thought they understood and the people who move so silently through them. They begin to dream of a new sort of future…but reaching it will take courage far greater than any even Delia could have imagined.

Well I don’t know about you, but when I look at that cover, my main thought is, “Ooooooo, a hoop dress!” I grew up watching Gone with the Wind, and it was the fashion that had me going back to it time and time again. I always loved those enormous gowns, the satin, the lace, the silk, the petticoats…ah, yes. I’ve learned a lot over the years about what actually went into wearing one of these creations on a daily basis…and I’ve also actually worn one a few times. In fact, I wore a dark-pink variation of the one on the cover to a high school Valentine’s dance, and a gold one to my junior prom! (Why yes, ahem. I was totally the cool kid. *Cough, cough.)

When dressing, the first order of business for a Victorian lady would have been a chemise and bloomers–basically a tank top/cami in a lightweight cotton and then knee-length pants and stockings. Then she would have put on her corset. Despite the reputation corsets have, very few women practiced “tight-lacing” like we see in the aforementioned famous movie. Most simply used it to hold everything where it belonged and add structure to their gowns. Next would have come the hoop itself–made up of concentric circles usually made from a thin metal, sewn into a skirt. These fold down into a circle for easy(ish) storage. Over the hoop would have gone multiple layers of petticoats. Why multiples? Because it was unseemly for the hoops to be visible through the final skirt. Only at that point would a woman have slipped the actual dress on. Often they would layer all the skirts/dress on the floor in the proper order, step into the center, and pull ’em all up at once.

My personal experience with the dresses (I also wore one to junior prom) taught me a valuable lesson about how to sit in a hoop skirt. Namely, you have to lift the skirts and make sure you’re positioning your bottom between the hoops. Because if you happen to sit on a hoop instead, that whole skirt will flip up like a bell! (For the record, I made this discovery in my own bedroom, LOL.) So there you have it. How to dress like a Civil War era lady. 😉

If you could wear the clothing from any one historical era, which would you choose?

Here’s the Stop #10 Basics:
If you’re interested, you can order Dreams of Savannah on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBook or get a signed copy from my shop!
Clue to Write Down: with

Link to Stop #11, the Next Stop on the Loop: Cathy Gohlke’s site!

Giveaway!

In addition to the big giveaway, I’m offering this mug (also available in my store here) to a recipient with a US address!
Just enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt – Stop #8

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt – Stop #8

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 the stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!

  • The hunt BEGINS on 10/15 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, 10/18 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 the final stop, back on Lisa’s site. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

I’m so glad you’re joining us! I’m Roseanna M. White, writer of historical romance that always seems to include spies or war or mayhem of some sort…which is ironic, because my life is ridiculously ordinary. (Well, if you discount the fact that I have all these stories in my head. Which, if one can trust my 12-year-old son, you should definitely discount.) Most of my books are set in Edwardian/World War 1 England, but I also have a few American-set stories and some biblical fiction too. I hope you take a minute to look around and even check out my book-themed T-shirts, tote bags, and tea parties!

But today let’s focus on my latest release, A Portrait of Loyalty.

Set in 1918, this final book in the Codebreakers series (it can be read alone, don’t worry!) has a heroine who’s a photographer working for Intelligence and a crytographer hero who just escaped to England from Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution…though of course, his enemies aren’t about to let one of their Intelligence’s highest ranking officers leave without a fuss. We’ve got war, betrayal, questions about propaganda, the purpose of art, the Spanish flu, the biggest aerial raid of the war, and of course a love story all packed in these pages! (Click on the book cover to see the actual description here on my website.)

As I did my research for this series, I knew I wanted to write a book about the photographers that did so much work for the Admiralty during the war, especially when I learned that a fake photograph played a huge part in the end of the war. But how, I wondered, did these photographers even do what they did?

How You Photoshopped a Picture Before Photoshop

I’m a book cover designer and graphic artist in my (ahem) spare time, so I do a lot of photo-manipulation…but I do it all digitally. I’ve always wondered how people did the same work before the advent of computers, and when they even started doing it.

The answer: they’ve been doing it since the dawn of photography! Some of the earliest examples we have of photographs include touch-ups, cut-outs, or inserts. And some of the most famous ones too. (Like quite a few of Abraham Lincoln.) But how?

For small changes–blotting out a figure they didn’t want in there, smoothing out flaws, that sort of thing–the retoucher would go in with a paintbrush and simply match the shades of the surrounding items (keeping in mind these were in black and white) to make items disappear or change. But this took skill, especially if you were trying to work on a person–to remove scars or freckles or otherwise “airbrush” a figure. Too heavy a hand, and the people would start to look fake. (Leading to an outcry in the photography community against any retouching at all.)

Complete self-instructing library of practical photography via Archive.org // Public Domain

But then there were the more extreme examples, when an artist was called upon to combine images to create a new one. When I’m doing this work in Photoshop, I always select what I want from one image, cut it out, paste it on a new layer. Well, go figure, that’s exactly what they did then too! They would literally cut one image out of a print and paste it onto another photograph, then reshoot it and develop it as a single image.

Of course, a skilled eye could detect this work–it left small edges, or evidence of where the two layers met. Sometimes there would be a shadow between the old and new or you could see where the paper had bubbled from the glue. But the best artists left little evidence of their work…and of course, my heroine is the best of the best. 😉

A retouching desk. Image credit: Finishing the Negative via Google Books. // Public Domain

Here’s the Stop #8 Basics:
If you’re interested, you can order A Portrait of Loyalty on Amazon,
Barnes & Noble, ChristianBook or get a signed copy from my store here!

Clue to Write Down:
you

Link to Stop #9, the Next Stop on the Loop:
Robin Lee Hatcher’s site!

Giveaway!

I’m giving away a signed copy of my book PLUS your choice of a Bookish Tote bag from my store to one US winner ~ or a copy of my book sent from Book Depository to an international winner!

 

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #3

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #3

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 the stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!

• The hunt BEGINS on 3/12 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, 3/15 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 the final stop, back on Lisa’s site. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

I’m Roseanna M. White, author of historical fiction and hostess of the Tea Party Book Club, managing editor for WhiteFire, cover designer, and homeschooling mom. And because all that wasn’t enough to do, I’m also launching Bookish Tees and Totes, where you can get fun book-themed merch. A sample of which is part of my individual giveaway, so keep on reading for more info on that! 😉 
I’m super excited about my latest release, book 2 in The Codebreakers series about England’s intelligence division during the First World War. If you’re new to the series, don’t worry! On Wings of Devotion can be read as a stand-alone. Here’s the official blurb:
https://www.roseannamwhite.com/books/codebreakers-series/on-wings-of-devotion/

Against Every Warning,
She’s Drawn
Ever Closer
to the Man Known as “Black Heart”


All of England thinks Major Phillip Camden a monster–a man who
deliberately caused the deaths of his squadron. But he would have
preferred to die that day with his men rather than be recruited to the
Admiralty’s codebreaking division. The threats he receives daily are no
great surprise and, in his opinion, well deserved.

As nurse Arabelle Denler observes the so-dubbed “Black Heart,” she
sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. And
when their families and paths twist together unexpectedly, she realizes
she has a role to play in his healing–and some of her own to do as well.


With Camden’s court-martial looming, an old acquaintance shows up,
intent on using him in a plot that sends the codebreakers of Room 40
into a frenzy. With their fragile hopes for the future in the cross
hairs, Arabelle and Camden must hold on to hope–and to each other–if
they want to survive.

Something not exactly pointed out in the summary about Arabelle seems to be the very thing that most resonates with readers.
My heroine is not beautiful.
In fact, the first time the hero meets her, his scene begins with She wasn’t pretty. When my husband read that line before I turned it in to my editors, he snorted and said, “Seriously? That’s his first thought? In a romance?”
Yep. Arabelle Denler is what one might call plain. She’s tall–I don’t mention her height in the story, but I imagine her at 6 feet, in honor of my favorite boss of all times, Patricia, who literally towered over short little me. Someone in the story calls her gangly. And while people might look at her and think the word “kind,” no one ever thinks “pretty.”

And I love writing a character like this. Because, first of all, it’s something most people can relate to. Sure, I know some super-model-gorgeous people…but most of us aren’t. Most of us just learn how to work with the features God has given us and to appreciate them. Most of us can look nice when we put some effort into it, but we can also scare ourselves when we look in the mirror on a bad day. 😉 But most of us also have people who love us and call us beautiful.
That’s what I wanted for Arabelle Denler. I wanted a heroine who might not attract many men at first glance. Because then, as Camden gets to know her, he can notice how her eyes are really the most amazing shade of green-gold…and that single dimple in one cheek is just enchanting…and she’s all long, lean lines…and how somehow she’s beautiful. Or as he puts it, “How could she be so beautiful when she wasn’t even pretty?”
That’s the miracle of the lens of love, right? As we get to know people–whether they’re family, friends, or potential romances–we stop seeing how they look as a whole and just see them. We see features that we come to cherish. 
We see the heart that shines through them. And that, above all, is what makes Arabelle beautiful. And, in turn, what makes her a heroine most of us can relate to.
So to celebrate Arabelle, Camden, and On Wings of Devotion, I’m offering a special giveaway! It’s open to both US and International, but the prizes will vary slightly depending on who wins. 😉 If you’re international, you’ll receive a copy of the book via Book Depository. If you have a US mailing address, you’re eligible for a signed copy of the book PLUS a Bookish Tees and Totes tote bag in your choice of available designs. (You can view them all in detail at www.BookishTeesandTotes.com or, if you’re a big Etsy shopper, at my shop there.)


Here’s the Stop #3 Basics:
If you’re interested, you can order On Wings of Devotion on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book, SIGNED from my store, or at your local bookstore! 
Clue to Write Down: or raining

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #17

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #17

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!

I’m so honored to be hosting the amazing Sarah Sundin! Sarah is a prolific writer of WW2 fiction, and I’ve been reading her books for years. Not only is she a fabulous story teller, however, she’s also a genuinely lovely person. I’ve met her a few times at various conferences and chatted via email, and I can’t wait to share some information about her latest book, The Sky Above Us!

Burdened by his past, fighter pilot Lt. Adler Paxton battles the
Luftwaffe over Nazi-occupied Europe as the Allies struggle for control
of the air before D-day. Deprived of her missionary dreams, Violet
Lindstrom serves in the Red Cross, where she arranges activities at
Adler’s air base in England. Love blooms, but D-day draws near . . . and
secrets can’t stay buried forever.

 And now without further ado, here’s Sarah!

A Donut and a Smile—Life in the Red Cross in World War II
American Red Cross worker serves coffee and doughnuts to members of the 379th Bomb Group at an improvised refreshment stand in England, 5 January 1944 (Source: US National Archives)

The women of the World War II era fascinate us—with good reason! In The Sky Above Us, I highlighted the American Red Cross workers who ran Aeroclub recreational clubs at US airfields around England.

By February 1945, the American Red Cross in England ran 162 Aeroclubs (at airfields), Fleet Clubs (naval bases), Camp Clubs (Army bases), and Donut Dugouts (training bases).

The Aeroclubs gave the men a homey place to relax from the pressures of war. In each Aeroclub, the Red Cross ran a snack bar, writing room, library, game room, and lounge. They arranged dances and recreational activities from Ping-Pong tournaments to lecture series. When the airmen returned from combat missions, the Red Cross served donuts, coffee, and sandwiches.



Sign for an American Red Cross Donut Dugout in World War II, Utah Beach D-Day Museum, Sainte Marie du Mont, France, September 2017 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)  

Each Aeroclub was run by one to three ARC women, who were paid civilian workers. The Red Cross hired British women and recruited volunteers to staff the clubs, and they negotiated with Army departments and British ministries to obtain equipment, food, and coal.


The women who served overseas with the American Red Cross had to be at least twenty-five and have a college degree. They were chosen for their leadership skills and for their willingness to work in difficult and dangerous conditions. Since Allied airfields were legitimate targets for German bombers, the threat was real.


Poster for the American Red Cross in World War II (public domain)



Although the official hours of the Aeroclub were usually 3 pm until midnight, the doors were always open. The Red Cross girls woke early to start preparations—and stayed up past closing. The women reported working six to seven days a week. Definitely long and hard hours! 

Despite the difficulties, the average Red Cross worker loved her job! Not only was it adventurous, but she was providing services that helped the flyboys fight another day. Very rewarding!



About Sarah





Sarah Sundin is the bestselling author of historical novels, including The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us. Her novels When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and Through Waters Deep was a finalist for the 2016 Carol Award and won the INSPY Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California. Please visit her at www.sarahsundin.com, on Facebook at @SarahSundinAuthor, and on Twitter at @sarahsundin.


Here’s the Stop #17 Skinny:

 
You can order Sarah’s book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CBD or at your local bookstore!

Clue to Write Down: their

Link to Stop #18, the Next Stop on the Loop: Sarah Sundin’s own site!  

And of course, I can’t let you go without a giveaway! As you saw on stop #16, I’m featuring The Number of Love in this hunt, and though the book isn’t out quite yet, as soon it is, I’ll be sending a signed copy to one reader!





Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt – Stop #7

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt – Stop #7

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’re just joining us, the hunt begins at www.LisaBergren.com, with Stop #1. If you complete the loop of 26 stops, writing down the clue on each author’s site, you can enter to win all 25 books as well as Amazon gift cards, an iPad and more! 

Without further ado, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to my guest for the Scavenger Hunt, Suzanne Woods Fisher! Suzanne is an amazing author of bonnet and historical fiction, and it’s a true honor to welcome her to my blog today. She’ll be chatting about her latest release, The Light before Day. I have this one sitting on my shelf now!

Here’s her official bio: Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including THE LIGHT BEFORE DAY, book 3 in the Nantucket Legacy. She is also the author of several bestselling nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Here’s the summary of her latest book:


After three years on a whaling voyage, Henry Macy returns to Nantucket to news that his grandmother has passed, bequeathing her vast fortune to him and his sister, Hitty. But the inheritance comes with a steep cost, including when they should marry and whom. As Hitty and Henry seek a way to satisfy the will’s conditions, they’ll be faced with obstacles on every side–and it may be that their grandmother will have the last word after all.

Thanks for stopping by on the hunt! Before you go, make sure you WRITE DOWN THIS CLUE:

Secret Word: five 

Got it down?? Great! Your next stop is #8, on Suzanne’s site. And if you get lost, a complete list of the loop with links can be found on Lisa Bergren’s website.


And now, a special giveaway! Since I’m celebrating the release of the final book in the Shadows Over England trilogy, I’m offering a signed copy of the whole set to one lucky winner!


Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #4

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #4

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 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 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, 3/4 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books.
• 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 #30. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

I’m so excited to be hosting Carrie Turansky in this year’s Scavenger Hunt! Carrie and I both write English-set historical romance set in the early 20th century, and I’ve found her to be such a huge encouragement and supporter as I joined her in this era of writing! She has such a sweet and generous heart, and I’ve been really looking forward to Across the Blue. I have my copy sitting here beside me as I welcome her to my blog. =)

I’ve always been intrigued by those early pioneers of aviation. Here is a brief description of Across the Blue: This is a story of a young man with hopes of gaining the skies and a young woman with hopes of finding the freedom to be something other than a gentleman’s wife. Travel to Edwardian England and the beginning of the age of flight.

And now, here’s Carrie!

Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines

By Carrie Turansky




Today we take airplanes and our ability to fly for granted. But did you know that in 1903 very few people believed the reports about the Wright Brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk, NC? Many thought their claim to have achieved powered flight was wishful thinking or a prank at best.






Some newspaper editors and reporters called them dreamers or frauds who exaggerated what they had accomplished. Of course that only made the Wright Brothers more determined to prove they really had designed an airplane that could fly. And they spent the next few years giving demonstrations in the US and Europe to prove their claims were true.






Those who saw the demonstrations were amazed, and crowds flocked to watch those amazing men and their flying machines! Other aviation pioneers who had been conducting experiments and trying to get their airplanes off the ground took the Wright Brothers’ design ideas back to their workshops to improve their airplanes, and aviation exploded in the next few years.






That’s the backdrop for my new English historical novel, Across the Blue. The setting is Kent, England, in 1909, where James Drake, a brave young aviation pioneer, is working on his airplane design with the goal to be the first to fly across the English Channel. He hopes to win the prize offered by The Daily Mail of London and win the heart of the woman he loves, Bella Grayson. Bella has her own dream, to become a journalist and write for one of her father’s newspapers, in spite of her parents having a very different future in mind for her.






I loved doing the research for this novel and learning about the brave men and women who would not give up on the idea that powered flight was possible. Across the Blue weaves historical facts into fiction. You’ll read about the thrilling race to be the first across the English Channel as well as the exciting first International Air Meet in Reims, France. You’ll see what challenges they faced and how they overcame them.



Even if you’re not an aviation enthusiast, I think you’ll enjoy the romance, adventure, and inspiration woven into Across the Blue!

Carrie Turansky has loved reading since she first visited the Library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the award-winning author of nineteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and five grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. She loves to connect with reading friends through her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter

Here’s the Stop #4 Skinny:

You can order Carries’s book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CBD, Lifeway,
or at your
local bookstore!



Clue to Write Down: have



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

Lost or want a complete list of the stops? Find it Here!



But wait!
Before you go, I’m offering a PRINT copy of A Song Unheard AND this gorgeous sterling silver music note necklace! All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter form below! Giveaway will end 3/5/18 at 12:00am EST (USA only please)