Welcome to the Autumn 2014 Scavenger Hunt. You have arrived at Stop #1. The hunt begins at noon (Mountain Time Zone) on October 17, 2014. You may have arrived here before the start which could mean all of the sites aren’t ready quite yet. Once the official start has begun, start here and then work your way through the sites, gathering clues and entering bonus giveaways, until you reach the final stop which will also be on this website.
The hunt ends on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at one minute before midnight (Mountain). That means you have all of the weekend to finish it, so take your time. Enjoy reading the exclusive content the authors have prepared for you. You will collect a CLUE IN RED at each stop. Write them down as you go. At the end of the hunt, you will enter the clues into a Rafflecopter form. (The answer will make sense, even if you aren’t familiar with the quotes.)
The hunt is open to international entries. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire HDX. Two runners-up will receive a new release from each of the participating authors.
In Case You Find a Broken Link…
Now it is my great pleasure to introduce my friend, Deborah Raney. I have known Deb for about fourteen years, and she is just as sweet and genuine as her beautiful smile. I’m also a fan of her books. She tells wonderful stories.
DEBORAH RANEY‘s first novel, A VOW TO CHERISH, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Her books have since won the RITA Award, ACFW Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. HOME TO CHICORY LANE released in August from Abingdon Press Fiction. Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy life in Kansas. They have four children and five small grandchildren, who all live much too far away.
About Home to Chicory Lane
Audrey Whitman’s dreams are coming true. Now that their five kids are grown, she and her husband Grant are turning their beloved family home into a cozy bed and breakfast, just a mile outside of Langhorne, Missouri. Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey’s daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she’s pulling makes it clear she’s not just here for a few days. Audrey immediately has questions. What happened in New York that sent Landyn running home? Where was Landyn’s husband, Chase? And what else was her daughter not telling her? One thing was for sure, the Chicory Inn was off to a rocky start. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?
To get your own copy of Home to Chicory Lane, follow these links:
Thanks for hosting me, Robin! I always love these scavenger hunts!
My newest novel, Home to Chicory Lane, is set in the fictional town of Langhorne, Missouri, near the real city of Cape Girardeau on the Mississippi River. I admit I had an ulterior motive when I chose to set my Chicory Inn Novels series in Missouri. I have three very special little boys living there—my grandsons! (not to mention two daughters and two sons-in-law)—and I knew that I’d need to make more than a few research trips over the course of the next four years. Just returned from such a trip earlier this month, in fact.
But my grandsons aren’t the only reason I wanted to set my series in Missouri. What a beautiful part of the country! I’ve traveled there in every season, and while autumn is my absolute favorite, southeast Missouri is simply beautiful year round! These “country road” views around the farm where our daughter and her husband are raising their boys were my inspiration for Chicory Lane where the Chicory Inn is located.
The chicory was still blooming in the ditches when were there earlier this month. Such a cheerful flower:
And here’s a scene from my home that reminds me of a vignette Audrey Whitman, the innkeeper at the Chicory Inn, might create in one of her guest rooms.
Missouri is ripe with Mark Twain nostalgia and I had fun using names and images in my story associated with the venerable author. I created the town of Langhorne and Clemens County (from Samuel Langhorne Clemens), and loved mentioning favorite real places in the Mississippi River town of Cape Girardeau. Mark Twain was quite a character and there is much wisdom in some of the quotes he is remembered for:
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” —Mark Twain
“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” —Mark Twain
Perhaps it’s ironic that a fiction writer is so taken with these quotes about truth, but I like to think there is a great deal of truth in good fiction. I hope you’ll find that true with Home to Chicory Lane.
For more images that inspired the Chicory Inn Novels, check out my Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/deborahraney/the-chicory-inn-novels-series/
The Scavenger Hunt Skinny
Thanks so much for stopping by my site and participating in the new Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. Before you move on to Stop #2, which is Deborah Raney’s site, to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down this Stop #1 clue:
“A well-composed book
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