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


131 comments:

  1. I haven't read one but I think I may own one.

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  2. Loveless Cafe biscuits are to. die. for. I haven't read any of your books yet, but I've driven past the Belmont Mansion and eaten at the Loveless Cafe. So, now I'm hungry for good food and good books! :)

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  3. Also, I've read three of Rachel's books, and I love them!

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  4. I just read Rachel's Princess Ever After. Definite winner!

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  5. Rachel is a new author for me, but I am very interested in her books. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  6. Yes! The Wedding Dress and I loved it!
    amyc

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  7. I've read Sweet Caroline, Love Starts with Elle, and Dining With Joy. They were all fun books!

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  8. Don't remember the name, borrowed from church library. Have read a few books of yours.

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  9. No, I've never read any of them.

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  10. I do not believe I have ever read any of Rachel's books.

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  11. I have read "Princess Ever After", and I absolutely loved it! I can't wait for another book by her!

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  12. I've read all of Rachel Hauck's books except Princess Ever After. It is next on my list!

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  13. I haven't read anything of hers. Looking forward to reading them :)

    Lori P

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  14. I read Once Upon a Prince and loved it! I can't wait to read Princess Ever After!

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  15. I've read a novella by her, but I should have read the full-length novel it was based on first! :)

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  16. I love both Rachel Hauck and your books! Funny story -- I saw your latest book "A Beauty So Rare" on a bookshelf in a Lifeway store about a week before its release date... and while I was very tempted to buy it, I instead did the honest thing and let them know about their mistake -- but I have to admit, the book looks great in person!

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  17. Sounds like fun. I have been a fan of yours since I read From a Distance.

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  18. I haven't read one. That's why this scavenger hunt is so fun, I'm discovering authors and books I didn't know before! Thanks for participating.

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  19. I've read Once Upon A Prince and I'm waiting for a copy of Princess Ever After from my library

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  20. Yes, I've read "Once Upon A Prince" - I LOVED it! I love your books, too, Tamera!

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  21. I don't think I have read any of her books. I would love to read Princess Ever After, I'm a car girl & there is a Mustang in the garage :)

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  22. Yes! I have read a book of her's and loved it! Thanks for hunting with us! :)

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  23. I always enjoy your books! Excited to read this one. :)

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  24. Haven't read any of her books but they're on my list!

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  25. Haven't read any of her books. I have always found her interesting though

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  26. I was in Nashville last year at this time and I went to eat at The Loveless and enjoyed eating there. I also went to another restaurant and I think the name was Monell's. It had a beautiful fountain in the front and the breakfast was served family style with people sitting with you that you didn't know but became friends afterwards.

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  27. I have never read any book by Rachel Hauk but I would love to know!

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  28. Yes, I love Rachel and love her books! Especially loved The Wedding Dress, Once Upon a Prince, and Princess Ever After.

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  29. I have not read any of Rachel Hauk's books, but I intend to.

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  30. I have read Princess Ever After! Loved it! : )

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  31. I am putting all these books on my TBR list.

    strgth4yu@hotmail.com

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  32. I haven't read them, but my daughter has and she loves them! They are on my TBR list! She just bought Rachel's latest with her own money because she loves her books so much!

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  33. I like Rachel books! signed up for your quarterly e-mails.

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  35. Such an interesting post! And I love your book covers--they always catch my attention and beg to be read. I have not read any of Rachel Hauck's books, but they have been on my list of "Must Read" for a couple of months now.

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  36. I'm already signed up for your emails and FB and enjoy them all. I have NOT read any of Rachel Hauck's books, but have noticed them and hope to read one soon, Thanks for the Scavenger hunt. wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com sm

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  37. I have read one of her books and can't wait to read more! =) Cheri Schueller

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  38. I have not read any of her books. Thank you for the Scavenger hunt. meljberry(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. I just finished a lasting impression couldn't put it down! I just received my next book of yours To whisper her name! Love your books!!

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  40. How fun to learn about authors I haven't read before through this scavenger hunt.

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  41. I have read the Wedding Dress

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  42. I have not yet but hope to find time to soon.

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  43. I haven't but I'm intrigued by what she shared about cars and their history! Thanks for sharing this and for being a part of the scavenger hunt. I love online scavenger hunts - totally brings out the kid in me!

    I don't know if you ever participate in linky parties, but if you are ever so inclined, I'd love for you to join our book-loving community at Booknificent Thursdays on Mommynificent.com. We gather every Thursday and share posts about books we've been reading or writing and how books are impacting our lives. We'd love to have you join us anytime!

    Blessings,
    Tina

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  44. Loved reading through your comments, friends. Thanks so much for participating!

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  45. Lisa Eichelberger4/05/2014 12:37 AM

    I've read several of Rachel Hauck's books, but my favorite is The Wedding Dress. It's an unforgettable story! Other favorites are Love Starts With Elle and Once Upon a Prince!

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  46. I loved Princess Ever After!
    -Kelsey P.

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  47. I read Princess Ever After ! and reviewed it too.
    Linda Finn
    www.faithfulacres.net
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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  48. Hi Tamera! :)

    I have not read a Rachel Hauck book yet. :) Her books are on my list! :)

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  49. Yes, I have read her NashVegas series. I really enjoyed them!

    Thanks,
    Stephanie C.

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  50. Haven't read any Rachel Hauch books but I will look her up and find out about her books. Thanks!!

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  51. I have read The Wedding Dress!

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  52. Not yet, but I will be reading a Beauty so Rare sometime next week. :)

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  53. I LOVE historical fiction and have already enjoyed many of your books. Thanks for making the time to share your writing gift with the world. A bookworm like myself appreciates you for that. :-)

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  54. I haven't read any of Rachel Hauck's books but I have bought them and they're on my bookshelf waiting to be picked up and read

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  55. I've read 'Once Upon a Prince,' and enjoyed it!

    Stephanie

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  56. This is a new author to me -- would love to read one of her books.

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  57. I've read three Rachel Hauck books in recent months, two novels and a novella all from the Royal Weddings Series!

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  58. I haven't read any of Hauck's books, but they sound good so I'm putting them on the list to pick up.

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  59. I have not read any Rachel Hauck books recently. I very much enjoyed her history of the automobile :)

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  60. I have read a Rachel Hauck book - I just finished Once Upon a Prince last week. Great book.

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  61. I'm about 100 pages into A Beauty So Rare. Great story!
    I haven't read a Rachel Hauck book but would love to.

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  62. I've read Once Upon a Prince, by Rachel, and I thought it was cute.

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  63. I have not read any of hers... yet. :D

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  64. Unable to enter on Rafflecopter but would love to be apart of the drawing.

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  65. I love both of your books!!! Some of my all time favorites!!! And your covers are stunning!

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  66. I dont think I have read any of your books but look forward to reading them in the future.

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  67. Yes, I've read three of her books! :-)

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  68. I've never read any of her books, but I've just added them to my TBR list!

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  69. I haven't read any of Rachel's books yet, but I have some in my TBR pile.
    Thank you for being part of this scavenger hunt.

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  70. No, I haven't read one of Rachel's books. I'm disabled because of a medical error, so I live on a fixed income. I've tried numerous times to win one of her books in a contest, but so far I've been unsuccessful. I'll keep trying.

    Thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt and for the opportunity of the giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  71. I have not yet read a Rachel Hauck book, but I plan to in the near future!

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  72. Hi Tamera! Thank you for being part of the Scavenger Hunt! I haven't read any of Rachel's books yet, but I have one on my TBR pile that's waiting for me. :)

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  73. I have not read any of her books.
    Your books are also on my burgeoning list of books to read. I've seen you on book fun{dot}org and I'm a twitter follower @iStudyScripture and a Facebook fan.
    I pray that this blog hop brings you a lot of new fans!
    Have a great weekend.

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  74. Have not had an opportunity to read a work by Rachel Hauck yet...but it is on my 'to be read' shelf!

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  75. I have yet to read a book by Rachel Hauck--but they look delightful!

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  77. I haven't read one yet. rita.navarre@yahoo.com

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  78. I have read both of the Royal Wedding Series books and have The Wedding Dress on my TBR list! Loved the Royal Wedding books!!

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  79. I haven't read any Rachel Hauck books yet, but they are on my long list of books to read.

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  80. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I would like to. :)

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  81. I haven't read any of Rachel's books yet. I do have a couple of them waiting on my eReader. I just need more time to read to get to all of them.

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  82. I haven't read any of Rachel's books yet but I have several marked on my to read list.

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  83. No I haven't, but I'd love to!

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  84. I don't use Facebook and have no Facebook account, so I was unable to participate in the rafflecopter giveaway.  But thanks for the great review anyway! 

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  85. Heather Olsen4/05/2014 11:40 PM

    I have read many of Rachel Hauck's books. My favorite were Once Upon a Prince and Princess Ever After. Loved them!

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  86. I don't know to be honest if I have any Rachel Hauck books I will definitely need to change that :)

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  87. Heather Nicholson4/05/2014 11:53 PM

    I have never read any of her books but am definitely adding them to my list!

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  88. Haven't ready any yet but she's on my To Be Read shelf for sure!

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  89. I haven't read any of Rachel Hauck's books. She is a new author to me.

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  90. I have read and enjoyed 3 of Rachael Hauck's books.

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  91. No, I ave not yet read any of her books although I do have 1 that is in my queue to read this Summer.

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  92. I haven't heard of Rachel Hauck before, but her books sound interesting. Thanks for joining the scavenger hunt!

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  93. Tamera,
    I haven't read any of your books before, but I'm enjoying learning about all of these new 'to me' authors and books. I have 'friended' your facebook page. Thanks for participating in this scavenger hunt. This is the first time I've participated in one ever, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.
    Jeri Reynolds Collins

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  94. I haven't read any of these books yet but they sound really good. I will be checking them out. Thanks for the great giveaway. I will be entering under the name of Virginia H.

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  95. I'm not into cars much. As long as it gets me where I'm going and can hold my family safely. :)

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  96. I've read Once Upon a Prince. I have Princess Ever After on my "to read" list! Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt. I am enjoying it!

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  97. I have never read any of her books. But I would like to.

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  98. Hi I haven't yet, I am always searching for new authors to read!

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  99. I have not as yet read a Rachel Hauck book, but I am looking forward to in the future. Love the contest Thank you.

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  100. I really enjoy both your and Rachel's writing. Both of you create stories that you can get lost in and learn from.

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  101. I haven't read any of her books yet. I think I own one, though.

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  102. I have not read any of Rachel's books but I did buy her book Georgia on her mind. I am looking forward to reading it.

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  103. I haven't read one, but I'm very interested in reading one now!

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  104. I have wanted to start reading your books - they are on my list for this summer!

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  105. I haven't read one yet. My TBR pile is stacking up :)

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    1. I haven't read any of Rachel's books yet. Will add them to my list. Thanks.

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  106. You are at the top of my most favorite authors. I have several of your books on my keeper shelf. I look forward to reading "A Beauty so Rare". I enjoy gaining spiritual tidbits from your stories. Marshall Wyatt Caradon's prayer "Break me Lord, until I'm wholly Thine" is still one of my favorites.

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  107. I haven't read any of Rachel's books yet. Will add them to my list. Thanks.

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  108. I forgot to mention I haven't read Rachel Hauck yet; but I do have Georgia on My Mind on my kindle waiting to be read.

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  109. I haven't read any of Rachel's books yet. Looking forward to reading them!

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  110. Hi Tamera. I've been trying to win this book of yours, To Whisper Her Name. Maybe this is the time. And the biscuits and jam sound good too. Thanks for this give-away.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com (please use this email for contact. )

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  111. I have not read one yet but they are in my to-be-read pile!

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  112. I have not read a Rachel Hauck book but, I intend too ! MarieP.

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  113. I haven't yet but I've a few on my kindle and they sound great!

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  114. I've read the Royal Wedding Series so far, and can hardly wait for the next book to be released. (I discovered her books through one of these scavenger hunts! GREAT way to find new reading material!)

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  115. I haven't read a Rachel Hauck book, but intend to soon. Thanks for being part of the Scavenger Hunt. Looking forward to reading Beauty So Rare.

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  116. I have read almost all of her books! Love them! I also love your Timber Ridge Series! Can't wait to read more of your books!

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  117. Hi Tamera! Thank you for being a part of this scav hunt and thank you so much for the chance to win some wicked yummy Loveless Cafe famous biscuits & jam! (I used to live in M'boro & Antioch in the 90's and still go back every year to visit family!)
    I have read Rachel's The Wedding Dress but am waiting until ALL the books are out and in hand from the Royal Weddings series until I start reading them. I'm a bit impatient when reading books in a series! God bless!

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  118. Unfortunately, I don't think I've read any of her books, though I'd like to.

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  119. I haven't read any of Rachel's books, but they are on my TBR list for sure.

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  120. I don't believe I've read any of Rachel's books yet, but I plan to! :)

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  121. i read Rachel's Once Upon a Prince, and just finished your A Beauty so Rare!

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  122. I have read almost all of her books and love them!

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  123. No, I have not read anything by Rachel Hauck but would like to, they sound good!

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  124. I have not read a Rachel Hauck book but would like to.

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  125. I haven't read anything by Rachel Hauck yet, but I just won three of her books and look forward to reading them soon!

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  126. Rachel, I just finished reading Princess Ever After (I won an autographed copy last year and just got around to reading it.) and I LOVED IT!!!! I'm going to have to read all of these…

    The automobile has allowed my relationship with my boyfriend, then fiancé, and now husband to remain strong despite long distances during most of this almost 10 year time frame from beginning until now….I can't have a favorite car! That's like deciding on a favorite book! I really like the new Corvette and the new Mustang though, and the old GTOs and Chevelles, and the G8s from a couple of years ago, and….LOL!

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