Welcome to the Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt! where we are helping the Kinsman people find a new home. If you’ve just found us, be sure to start the adventure at Stop #1, which is Jill Williamson’s blog.
Collect all the clue words in order so you can enter to win the Kindle. If you want to enter to win the second Kindle, you’ll have to take a quiz at the end, so take your time and read each post carefully. The main prizes in the hunt are open to international entries. Individual author contests, however, might have different rules, so please read the parameters on each site. You have until Sunday night, February 19, at midnight, Pacific time to finish.
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As the pilot steered the space shuttle toward the red planet, Wilek thought it sure looked large enough to have room for their people, but Trevn was worried there might not be enough water. They landed and quickly discovered that Trevn was right. There was another space shuttle headed back to earth, so Wilek, Trevn, and the kinsman party boarded the shuttle for the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.
The trip was not a short one, and even after they landed, they had a long way to go. They traveled west-southwest until they reached Stop #12, the realm of the Holy Roman Empire, the German regions, and a castle stronghold called Hagenheim, from Melanie Dickerson’s novel The Golden Braid. Hagenheim looked much more familiar to Wilek and Trevn—knights were riding horses! They began to hope for the first time in weeks.
Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author whose two favorite time periods are Medieval, which she has combined with her love of fairy tales, and Regency England, which stems from her love of Jane Austen. She is a 2-time Christy Award finalist and winner of the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing, hanging out on facebook, and being with her husband, two daughters, and two guinea pigs near Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on the web at www.MelanieDickerson.com.
Here’s a closer look at Melanie’s novel The Golden Braid.
Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.
Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.
The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel in turn rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to this knight than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?
As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?
What's a Fairy Tale Retelling?
The Golden Braid is the 6th book in what my readers have dubbed my “Hagenheim” series, also known as the “Fairy Tale Romance” series. Each book can stand alone, and each one is based on a different fairy tale.
The stories are set in Medieval Germany in the 14th and early 15th century, with two books set in Medieval England. Each story takes a fairy tale and shows how the story might have played out if it had really happened. There is no magic spell that turns a wicked step-mother into an old hag, although there might just be a poisoned apple.
No fairy godmother turns Cinderella’s animal friends into a coach and four, but a kindly neighbor friend whose husband is a wealthy merchant might just loan her a carriage and pretty dress for the night.
I get a few emails from readers who say they can’t figure out which fairy tale The Princess Spy is about. Or they look it up and find that it’s a “Frog Prince” story, but they ask how.
In The Princess Spy, the heroine, Margaretha, is the oldest daughter of the powerful Duke of Hagenheim. She is much sought-after by suitors, and she has a new one, Lord Claybrook, whom she is considering marrying. Along comes our hero, the “Frog Prince.” His name is Colin and he’s from England. But though Lord Claybrook’s maternal family is from Germany and he speaks German very well, Colin, our hero, does not. He is brought into the healer’s chamber beaten, half-dead, and emaciated, and speaking gibberish.
Margaretha sees him brought in and offers to help. She realizes he’s not a madman speaking gibberish, he’s speaking English—though she’s not too sure he isn’t mad! He refuses to tell her his name, and says Lord Claybrook is a murderer bent on taking over Hagenheim. He is like the frog prince in the fairy tale—he is really a wealthy lord from England, but everyone sees him as a lowly madman not even worth their notice. And almost no one can communicate with him besides the studious Margaretha, who knows English.
Later there is a scene in which Margaretha loses her bracelet. Colin offers to help her and he finds it—and retrieves it—from a well, which is similar to what happened in the original fairy tale: The Princess drops her ball in the well or pond and the frog prince retrieves it.
So yeah, since the original story was extremely short and does not have a lot of things going on, I embellished the fairy tale A LOT in my story, using the basic premise of a “prince” who is in a situation not of his own choosing in which his appearance is also altered. But it is probably the most fun story I’ve written. The characters were a hoot to write, and poor Colin, our frog prince, does win out in the end, along with true love.
It is a romance, after all.
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The next stop on our map is Stop #13, Ahavel, on Chawna Schroeder’s blog.
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