Welcome to the Autumn 2014 Scavenger Hunt.
You have arrived at Stop #15. 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, you should go to Stop #1 (www.robinleehatcher.com) and then work your way through the sites, gathering clues and entering bonus giveaways, until you read the final stop, which will also be on the site of Robin Lee Hatcher.
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 Raafflecopter form. (The answer will make sense, even if you aren’t familiar with the quote.)
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: Robin Lee Hatcher has prepared a “cheat sheet” with direct links to each author’s post in case a site goes down or the link gets broken. We hope there will be no such issues, but just in case, please make note of the URL for the Participating Authors & Stops page on Robin’s site so you can check back and be able to complete the hunt.
Now it is my great pleasure to introduce R. J. Larsen. I first met R. J. when we showed up to share a table at a book signing at a Lifeway store in Denver. She was a great example of optimism and cheerfulness in speaking with the people we met.
R. J. Larson is the author of numerous devotionals and is suspected of eating chocolate and potato chips for lunch while writing. R. J. also writes as Kacy Barnett-Gramckow. She lives in Colorado with her husband, who is an editor. The Books of the Infinite series marks her debut in the fantasy genre, and she is a multiple finalist in the Carol Awards and recognized by Christian Manifesto as a Lime Award Nominee.
R. J.’s newest book is Exiles: For daring to trust their Creator, Araine and Nikaros are swept from their homes into a foreign land, slaves to their enemies.
Araine Khalome of TaronSea follows the goddess Atea. But Araine secretly questions Atea’s power as a goddess. Wrestling with her spiritual doubts, Araine finds old scrolls containing verses that come alive, beckoning her soul. Within those words, Araine senses the presence of the Infinite , the despised Most Ancient God, enemy to all Ateans, and she’s captivated—secretly risking her life to read the Books of the Infinite.
Letters from Exiles
Within the first opening chapters, two Exiles main characters long to communicate with their now-distant families. Here, for the first time, I give them their chance. Araine writes to her sister, Iris:
By now, you know the worst and I am devastated. I haven’t the heart to fully face what’s happened, much less describe everything to you, I’m so sorry! Dear Iris, please, forgive me. Later, I will write the full and grievous account so you might know the truth.
Has Corban dared to remain in ToronSea? It wouldn’t surprise me. He’s shameless—truly a lord and a Thaenfall. Beware of him, and avoid him, I beg you! Even from this distance, I’m afraid he will pursue me, therefore I won’t tell you where I am.
Be well, dear Iris, and seize the first chance to escape and live your own life! Please sell my possessions and use the money to flee. You deserve to be loved and treasured as the Infinite and I cherish you. Yes, even now I risk writing our Creator’s Name. For the Infinite’s sake, I’m willing to risk everything … as I’ve done.
Blessings, my own sister—I hope we’ll meet again.
Nikaros writes to his parents and brother:
To my lord-father, my lady-mother, and Aleon,
May these words find you well, and resting within the Infinite’s blessings. By His mercy I am alive and in good health, so don’t fear for me. Despite being Belaal’s captive and a slave, I’ve found favor here in my work, though my enemies pray for my death and the desolation of all Eosyths—this hatred and my humiliation is our repayment for the chaos at Parne.
Aleon, be warned: Commander Utthreates knows nothing of your existence and I’ll remain silent. If any soldiers from Belaal return to Clan Qedem, conceal your true rank among the Eosyths, for you will captured and taken from Eosyth lands.
Please send word to our kindred clans that Josias and Lije are with me, and safe, though they chafe at our captivity. Rest assured that through the Infinite’s will I strive to protect our people. Pray that I am freed and returned to you all soon.
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 #16, which is R. J. Larson’s site, to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down this Stop #15 clue: version in return.”