Thursday, April 3, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Stop 30

Welcome to Stop #30 in the 

2014 Spring Scavenger Hunt

You have arrived at stop #30. There are 32 stops in all, so you're nearly finished. 

The hunt begins at noon (Mountain Time Zone) on Friday, April 4, 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, you can work your way through the sites, gathering clues, and entering bonus giveaways, until you arrive at the final stop which will be back at the very beginning, on Robin Lee Hatcher's site (where the Scavenger Hunt Rafflecopter entry form is located).

The hunt ends on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at midnight (Mountain). That means you have all weekend to finish it, so relax, take your time. Enjoy reading the exclusive content the authors have prepared for you. Don't read too quickly or you may just skip across some other fabulous giveaways nestled amongst the posts. Consider yourself forewarned!

We have prepared a page with direct links to each author's post in case a site goes down or a link gets broken. We'll be working on getting all of the links prior to the start of the hunt, but sometimes there are still issues even after the hunt starts, so make a note of the URL for the Participating Authors & Stops page so you can check back and be able to complete the hunt.

You will collect a CLUE IN RED at each stop. Write the clues 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 it.)

The hunt is open to international entries. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire HDX (valued at $229) + $100 gift certificate. Two runners-up will receive all 32 of our latest releases. Terms and conditions of the giveaway listed on the Rafflecopter Form on Robin's page.

Now it is my pleasure to introduce you to friend and fellow author Rachel Hauck. I've known Rachel for several years and she's as phenomenal a woman as she is a writer! Welcome, Rachel!

Meet Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck writes the stories she loves to read. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and little dog, too.

Through The Headlights – America’s Auto Tableaux with Rachel Hauck 

I’m fascinated by cars. 

Not so much to tinker with them––I don’t like grease under my fingernails. But I’m intrigued by the automobile’s reflection of American culture.

Henry Ford, often thought to have invented the car, (he didn’t) was the first automobile maker who believed the automobile should be parked in every American driveway. He perfected the assembly line making it possible for cars to be mass produced, cheap. Before the assembly line, cars were nothing more than a motorized horse-n-buggy with a driver escorting the rich around town.

Automobiles were luxury items until the Model T came off the assembly line in October 1908.

From Wikipedia:

The car was very simple to drive, and easy and cheap to repair. It was so cheap at $825 in 1908 ($21,430 today) (the price fell every year) that by the 1920s, a majority of American drivers had learned to drive on the Model T.

Ford’s simple vision of a car changed the landscape of our culture! Travel became easier. The pace of life picked up. In our day, the advent of the Internet and home computers have changed our cultural landscape. Think back to the mid ‘90s. To your bulky PC desktop running Windows 3.1.1. Now we tap a “mini computer” screen and talk face-to-face.

In the early 20th century it was the automobile that enhanced the American life. In the early 21st century, it was the smart phone that changed everything. Suddenly, communication had an element of speed… Can you imagine life without cars? Without the car would we have the airplane? The importance of invention is fostered in a free society. It’s why our freedom and dependence on God and ourselves (not Government) is so vital.

Ford was also fascinated with race cars. He developed Engine #999 in 1901 and in the coming decade set speed records. Since then, America, the world, has been enthralled with the automobile. Throughout the centuries we moved from big luxury cars to the compact economy car to the electric car.

After World War 2 when the world was finally at peace and prospering, we see the big Cadillac’s and the invention of sports and muscle cars.
The first Corvette was introduced by General Motors in 1953.  The Mustang hit American streets a decade later in 1964. Three years later, the Camaro rolled off the assembly lines. Gas was $.25 a gallon as the ‘60s came to a close. Cars were cheap to operate and fun to drive.

More than that, these cars reflected the social and economic boom in post-war America...

Jobs were aplenty.  Suburbs were developing. The baby boomers were growing up, learning to drive. Older Americans coming off of a Depression and World War wanted ease and luxury. Their hunger for prosperity and freedom was demonstrated by the cars on the road.

When the economy and oil crisis of ’79 hit, American’s were forced to think differently about the size of our car. And they way we drove them. The ‘80s and ‘90s introduced the compact, more economic car, replacing the big luxury mobiles like the Caddy and the Oldsmobile. We also saw some of the most hideous car designs. The AMC Pacer anyone?

Today we drive hybrids and Smart cars. Some of them so small I’m not sure they are really safe to drive. But they reflect where we are as a society. Wonder what “tomorrow’s” cars look like? How they will function? I’m envisioning a large, gasoline powered iPad. Can you see it? I used my own fascination with cars for my heroine in Princess Ever After. She restores classic cars and is intrigued, herself, by an antique racer much like Ford’s Engine #999.

I created a car called the Starfire #89. This car becomes a key to her past and her present. In dream language, cars represent a journey. So when we look at American automobiles, we see America’s sociological journey. I had fun creating a car in Princess Ever After, using it to symbolize her life – a past she never knew existed and a future she was challenged to "restore." Cars, movement, travel, the transient American culture is a fascinating study.

What do you think? How has the American automobile impacted your life? Do you have a favorite car?

~ Rachel

The Scavenger Hunt Skinny

Tamera here again… 
Thanks so much for stopping by my site and participating in the 2014 Spring Scavenger Hunt. Before you move on to Stop #31 (Rachel Hauck's blog) to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down the Stop #30 clue: “ITS AUTHOR."

Before You Hurry On, TWO Bonus Prizes

While you're here, you can earn chances to win a signed copy of To Whisper Her Name and Loveless Cafe Biscuits and Jam by liking my Facebook Page. If you already like my Facebook Page, simply give the "I'm a Fan" button in the Rafflecopter box below a click and your name will go into the drawing. Then you'll get an opportunity to earn another five (5) chances by signing up for my quarterly e-mails. This bonus giveaway is for US mailing addresses only. Hey, Southern biscuits are heavy

And now…onto Stop #31, Rachel Hauck's blog

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