Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #30


Welcome!

The Scavenger Hunt is officially over (ran Nov. 3-6, 2016), but! the content is still available and you're invited to take the hunt and see all the new novels coming out soon!

If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 31 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes!

  • 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, 11/6)! 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 #31. 
  • Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way, so BE ON THE LOOKOUT!

Now to the real fun! 



It's my pleasure to introduce Lisa Tawn Bergren! 


Lisa is the best-selling author of more than 40 books, with over 3 million copies sold. Quite impressive! 

A veteran wordsmith, Lisa splits her time between managing home base, writing, and working on ducks with her husband, Tim. Tim’s a worship leader and duck-sculptor. They have three kids–Olivia (21), Emma (18) and Jack (13).



Here's a brief summary of her new YA time travel novel Four Winds:

Zara Ruiz has never been so happy to have failed at something in her life—trying to return to her own time. In Javier de la Ventura's arms, she knows that 1840 is where she belongs...where she's found true love and family. But then the ranch is viciously attacked, and she and Javier's little brother are kidnapped and she finds herself at the mercy of the FOUR WINDS, no longer certain where her journey might end.




10 Things I Learned About Old California While Researching from Lisa T. Bergren


#1 They used to call the upper portion (above Baja) “Alta California”

#2 Mexico won independence from Spain in 1823 and Alta California was a Mexican Territory until 1848. The Mexican-American War occurred in 1848 and California became a U.S. Territory and then a state in 1850

#3 California was mostly on the U.S.’s “radar” because of its trade in tallow and cow hides—which they called “California bank notes” or “California dollars.” Tallow was used to make candles and hides made all sorts of leather goods—saddles, bridles, boots, etc.



#4 Gold was first discovered in 1842 (a small amount) and then the big-hit was by Sutter in 1848.

#5 Vast tracks of land were granted to Mexican settlers, who made them into ranches/”ranchos.” For example, Pismo was close to 9000 acres.




#6 Most ranchos were “mapped” using landmarks such as a riverbed, or a certain kind of tree, or a pile of boulders—which left them vulnerable when new American settlers (post-1850) were granted portions of their property (or all of it). Few original Mexican settlers were successful in keeping their property intact.

#7 The 21 Franciscan missions of Alta California were religious outposts established between 1769-1833 to colonize territory discovered two hundred years earlier. Those missions created pueblos (towns), which eventually became some of California’s biggest cities—Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Jose and San Francisco among them. In 1833, the Franciscans abandoned those missions.



#8 It was challenging for Mexicans to get to California because they had to sail against currents and winds. Political unrest in Mexico also kept them focused at home...so Mexican nationals in Alta California felt largely ignored (except when it came to taxes).

#9 Mexico got serious about establishing the territory as Russians closed in—because they were interested in pelts—and they wanted to protect it. Remains of a Russian fort still exist in Northern California.

#10 There were few harbors/piers in 1840. Many ranchos traded with merchant ships via rowboats that went from ship to shore.

Thanks so much for hosting me, Tamera! Happy hunting, all!

Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over 40 books in many different genres, that have sold more than 3 million copies combined. She lives in Colorado with her family, but spends most of her time planning her next trip abroad. For more info, visit Lisa's website.




Here’s the Stop #30 Skinny:


You can pre-order Lisa's book, Four Winds, on Amazon


Clue to Write Down: novel!"


Last Stop on the Loop: Lisa Bergren's own site! 




WAIT! Before you go . . . 


I'm giving away a CD of the famed violinist Anne Akiko Meyers (who I listened to for countless hours as I wrote A Note Yet Unsung), along with a hot-off-the-press copy of A Note Yet Unsung (which won't be shipped to you until late January 2017). 

Sign up to win in the Rafflecopter box below






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60 comments:

  1. Signed up for newsletter. Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt.

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  2. Rosemary Foley11/03/2016 11:50 AM

    Thank you for the chance to win a wonderful prize !!! Rosemary

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    1. Our pleasure, Rosemary. Blessings, friend.

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  3. I really can't wait to read A Note Yet Unsung! Gorgeous cover and I've adored every one of your books so far, so I'm sure I'll love this one too.

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    1. Thanks for the love, Michelle, and for reading! Truly!

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  4. Thanks for the hunt and the opportunity to win these wonderful gifts.

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  6. Love your books and I subscribed.

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  7. I love your books. I have read so many of them and look forward to each new book you write. Thank you for sharing your gift.

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    1. Thank you, Grace, for your kind words. Made my night!

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  8. thanks for the awesome giveaway. have loved this scavenger hunt

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  9. You are one of my all time favorites. Just re-read part of To Win Her Favor again recently and it brought tears to my eye's, again. This scavenger hunt is so much fun!

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  10. Thank you for being part of the scavenger hunt this year. It's been fun to see 'old' and new authors and their books. Here's hoping to be a winner of your book. I enjoy your books so am looking forward to this new one.

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  11. Already receiving your newsletter. Thank you for this chance. Keep up the wonderful writing Tamera Alexander.

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  12. I have enjoyed your writings for a number of years Tamera. A very nice prize idea, it's fun to participate.

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  13. I am already receiving you newsletters. I am patiently waiting for your new book to get here so that I can read it. On my Christmas wish list. Thanks!

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  14. Love to read your books.
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  16. I cannot wait to read this book! My daughter plays the violin in our local youth symphony and the cover caught my eye instantly! Anxiously awaiting the release date of this!

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  17. Thank you for your participation in the hunt Tamera, it's been a lot of fun! I've also signed up for your newsletter :-)

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  18. I receive your newsletter. Thank you so much for participating in this scavenger hunt! Blessings!!!

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  19. Signed up, although I probably already receive your newsletter. LOVE your books and anxious to read this new one!

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  20. Signed up for your newsletter and to get updates....sorry I don't "tweet"....I have enjoyed the hunt and am only 1 step away from finishing. Thanks for your participation!!

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  21. Thanks, friends, for all the comments and tweets and participation! So glad you're enjoying the hunt. It's always fun!

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  22. Brenda Taylor11/04/2016 8:17 PM

    I tried signing up for your newsletter but the link does not work on my phone.

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  23. Jessica Lewis11/04/2016 9:14 PM

    Love your novels!! Thank you! ��

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  24. Signed up for newsletter. Thanks for participating!

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  25. I get your newsletters and posts on FB. Having so much fun with the hunt!

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  26. Don't remember if I'm signed up for your newsletter or not, the link wouldn't work in the rafflecopter thing, so if you could sign me up, its richmond.abigail(at)gmail(dot)com


    This giveaway looks so good! I love your books. And i love violin. I took some lessons when i was quite young, but want to continue, if i get the chance again someday.

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  27. Signed up for the newsletter. Following on Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter, and FaceBook. This history on California is fascinating!!! I look forward to reading this book. lelandandbecky at reagan dot com Thanks for the hunt!

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  28. You're my favorite, ever! My mother and I anxiously await every book you write! Blessings!!!

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  29. I love your books! You even inspired my family and I to stop for a tour of the Belle Meade Plantation when we were on vacation in Tennessee a few years ago! It was so interesting and fun! I hope that one day we can go back and have time to tour Belmont Mansion, too. I am really looking forward to your newest book, too! Thanks for sharing your writing gift with us! Blessings!

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  30. Tamera love your books!!! Awesome giveaway...Thank you!

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    Linda Ortiz

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  31. I was a violinist in middle school-high school years.
    Enjoyed the photo shoot description.

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  32. I have subscribed to your newsletter, and am having so much fun in this scavenger hunt! Thank you for the chance to win, Tamera!

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  33. Thanks so much, everyone! Glad you're having a great time and enjoying the process!

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  34. I have signed up for your newsletter and loved all of your books. Looking forward to your upcoming book. I am the librarian at our church and have recommended your books to other readers.

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  37. Loved reading about the photo shoot and seeing the snapshots - such a beautiful model and dress. So looking forward to reading 'A Note Yet Unsung'!! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway opportunity - outside of Him, little brings me more joy than an inspiring novel and beautiful music. Two of my favorite passions!!

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  38. I receive your newsletter and signed up again which shows as update but... same info :D ~ thank you for this fun participation and offer of CD and A Note Yet Unsung print copy! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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  39. Thank you so much for being a part of the scavenger hunt. I love your books! I already signed up for your newsletter.

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  40. I am signed up and thanks for the giveaway !!! and the hunt !!!
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  41. I entered your newsletter but may already have this...thanks for sharing on "The Hunt", I have enjoyed meeting many authors over last couple days. I see next is lisa when I began...thanks for all the fun.

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  42. Thanks for the hunt and finding new authors. I love reading your books!

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  43. I've signed up for your newsletter. I'm always happy to read a book with a music theme. I wanted to play violin when I was younger, but my school band didn't have strings. I played flute instead.

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  44. I love the symphony and am looking forward on reading your book and listening to Anne. I've never heard of heright. Thank you for participating and introducing me to a new musician. I've sign up for your newsletter.

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  45. I love the symphony and am looking forward on reading your book and listening to Anne. I've never heard of heright. Thank you for participating and introducing me to a new musician. I've sign up for your newsletter

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  46. Thanks for the opportunity! :D
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  47. Hi Tamera! Thank you for being part of the Scavenger Hunt and for the giveaway. I'm already on your newsletter mailing list, but will leave my email here for you. Blessings! :)

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  48. Already signed up for your newsletter. Thanks for taking part in the scavenger hunt!

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  49. Thanks so much to everyone for participating in the Scavenger Hunt! It was such fun and, on behalf of all the authors, let me thank you for reading and giving of your precious time. It's a valuable commodity, and something we never take for granted. Hugs from Nashville!

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