Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! To find a summary of all of the workings of the hunt, visit this page on Lisa Tawn Bergren’s site.
I am a part of TEAM PINK, and this is Stop #1.
If you’re just joining us, there are two loops—pink and purple—and they begin at Lisa Bergren’s site and Robin Lee Hatcher’s site for stop #1 for either stream. If you complete either the pink loop or 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.
The hunt begins at NOON Mountain time on April 16 and ends at midnight Mountain on April 19, 2015, so you have a long weekend to complete all 34 stops and maximize your chances at prizes!
BE SURE to keep track of the clues at the bottom of every post in the loop and the favorite number mentioned. You’ll need those clues to enter for the team prize and every number mentioned in order to enter for the grand prize.
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!
Without further ado, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to my guest for the Scavenger Hunt, Carolyne Aarsen.
I’ve known Carolyne for many years. She has a fun sense of humor that makes her a great friend. We even did a crazy YouTube video with others about writers on deadline. (Check it out HERE if you want a chuckle or two.)
Carolyne Aarsen lives in rural Northern Alberta and is blessed to be a part of a strong, loving Christian community. She has written over forty books for Love Inspired, Guideposts and Warner Faith and is thankful for the opportunity to write about family and faith and community.
And here is the summary of her latest book:
Reunited with the Cowboy
Heather Bannister is back in Montana for her sister’s wedding. But returning to Refuge Ranch brings her face-to-face with a past best forgotten—including high school sweetheart John Argall. Now a single dad, John simply wants to provide for his daughter’s future. And Heather’s reappearance may be an obstacle to his plans to buy into her family’s ranch. Yet when Heather agrees to babysit his sweet little girl, the old feelings come flooding back. And John realizes that Heather may have left town years ago, but his love for her has endured. Could this be their second chance at a future together?
Refuge Ranch: Where a Montana family comes home to love.
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And now here is Carolyne’s EXCLUSIVE content that you’ll find only on this hunt!
As a genre romance writer I write stories with happy endings because I like reading stories with happy endings. I like to bring my hero and heroine to that final declaration and that final kiss. It’s where a romance is supposed to go.
But there are times that I’ve been challenged on this. Life doesn’t always bring us to happy endings.
I know life is an ebb and flow of happiness and sorrow. My husband and I have stood by the grave of our child, sat in hospitals and agonized over losses. We’ve stumbled through dark and shadowed valleys. In the middle of the story, in those valleys, it was hard to see a happy ending.
Whenever I see this picture I see the reality of the confusion and darkness of some of our story middles.
I remember looking at this picture of my mother’s family and wondering why my grandparents looked so sombre. My mother told me this picture was taken shortly after the Germans invaded their country. My grandmother had seven children and faced an uncertain future for them.
Five years after this picture was taken, the war was over. But in this captured moment of their life my grandmother could only see sorrow and a steady downward spiral. Though she clung to her faith she didn’t know how this would end.
I often wish I could have told the woman in this picture, “Hold on. It will be hard, but you will come through this valley to the other side. You will have many grandchildren and live a long and healthy life.”
The reality is this picture is as much a part of the story of her life as the beginning when she married my grandfather, full of hope and facing a life of promise. Her story moved through many ups and downs and if I were writing the story of her life, where I choose to stop would determine whether it was a happy or sad story.
When I write a book, I enter into a covenant with my readers. They pick up my story expecting a place where they can let go of whatever they are dealing with in their own life. For the bit of their time that they read my book I want to give them a place of hope. They trust that I’ll take my hero and heroine through their conflict and difficulties to the other side of their valley.
Writing happy endings is not about lulling the reader. It’s about deciding where to end the story of my characters that will make my reader feel satisfied and deliver on the promise of the premise.
I like to make my stories as realistic as possible. I like to show flawed human beings stumbling to grace. In my latest book, Reunited with the Cowboy I ended by story on the proverbial hillside, with mu characters having survived their own particular valley. I know dark times still lie ahead for them.
But that’s another story.
THE SCAVENGER HUNT SKINNY:
Thanks for stopping by on the hunt! Before you go, make sure you WRITE DOWN THESE CLUES:
Secret Word(s): “Books
Secret Number: 6, a number I chose for the number of grandchildren I’m blessed with
Got ‘em down?? Great! Your next stop is #2, Carolyne Aarsen’s site. Click on over there now. And if you get lost, a complete list of the loop with links can be found at our mother host’s site.
WAIT!! Before you go, you should enter my Bonus Giveaway!
In the main Scavenger Hunt, I am giving away copies of my May release, Whenever You Come Around (the second book in the Kings Meadow Romance series). So for my bonus giveaway, two lucky USA winners will receive an autographed copy of the first book in the series, Love Without End.
To qualify, just sign up to receive my periodic newsletter (sent a few times a year). Additional entries are also available if you so choose to complete additional options. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below. (Rafflecopter won’t require you to Like my Facebook Page, but if you visit, I would greatly appreciate the Like. Thanks!)