Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Welcome to the Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! You have found it! A chance to win 31 new releases and a new Kindle Fire! The scavenger hunt begins on October 25 at 1 p.m. CST and ends October 28 at 1 a.m. CST. You will make 31 stops at different blogs, and along the way you will meet new authors and their new or soon-to-be-released novels! If you haven't already done so, go to Stop #1 which is Lisa Bergren's website to get started!

The way this scavenger hunt works is you collect the clues, written in red on each post, beginning at Stop #1 and ending at Stop #32, where you will fill out the Rafflecopter form. You must provide the completed clue quote, gathered from 31 stops, within 24 hours of email notification or another winner will be randomly drawn. No need to email/submit it, unless you are notified on 10/29/12.  I'm so glad you stopped by here on your search. Be sure to read to the bottom, as there are extras you can win.

Also, 2nd and 3rd Prizes are a $50 Amazon, B&N, CBD or gift certificate.  (Contest is open to international entrants. If the winner lives outside the United States, they shall win the equivalent in gift certificate funds to the prize in US dollars.)

For Stop #18 of the hunt, I’m hosting my great friend, the funny, personable, and multi-talented author Nicole O'Dell, 
who  is the amazing mother of six children, which includes teenagers as well toddler triplets! I am in awe of Nicole, as she is the host of a popular radio show about parenting and teen life on Choose NOW Radio and founder of  Choose NOW Ministries and still manages to write both novels and nonfiction. She's a youth culture expert who writes and speaks to preteens, teenagers, and parents on preparing for life's tough choices.  Nicole is the author of YA fiction, including the popular Scenarios for Girls interactive fiction series and the Diamond Estates Series, and non-fiction for teens including Girl Talk, 2/1/12, based on the popular advice column she writes with her two daughters. Hot Buttons, O’Dell’s non-fiction series for parents, pre-empts peer pressure by tackling tough issues and was recently endorsed by Focus on the Family. Visit for access to her bustling blog network and other resources.

I am featuring Nicole's upcoming release, The Shadowed Onyx, which releases 12/1 and is book three in her popular Diamond Estates series following The Wishing Pearl, book one and The Embittered Ruby, book two. This series is based on Nicole's own experiences at Teen Challenge as a teenager.

The Shadowed Onyx

 Seventeen-year-old Joy Christianson is the life of the party.

But when her best friend commits suicide, Joy’s already wavering faith slips completely out of reach—and darkness and depression lay claim to her soul. A group of “friends” lead her to the Onyx, meant to help her let go of the past and bring her into harmony with reality, and Joy finds herself embarking on an ominous journey of witchcraft. Caught in a world of evil and shadows, Joy isn’t so sure that there’s a way out, and soon finds herself at a crossroads.

Will Joy find the hope and light her heart longs for?

On Amazon 

On Barnes & Noble


A scavenger hunt exclusive from Nicole: Leave a comment at this post on Nicole’s blog mentioning the Diamond Estates series, and you'll be entered to win an entire set of all three books in the series!

Here is an exclusive from Nicole O'Dell, which she compiled while researching: Three Things Every Person Should Know About the Occult:

1. It's real.

 It's not a game. The powers of evil are as real as the power of good. Joy Christianson, in The Shadowed Onyx, stumbled into occult practices because she didn’t believe they were real at first. By letting her guard down, she opened the door for evil, and it walked right into her life and her heart.

  2. It's hard to walk away.

 I recently interviewed Kristine McGuire on my radio program. She left her church and her walk of faith to become a witch and has now released a book called Escaping the Cauldron. Her journey into the occult was much, much easier than her escape from it. Our enemy longs to suck you into his claws, and trust me, he won’t want to let you go.

  3. God says NO!

 “Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:31 “And when they say to you, ‘Consult the mediums and the wizards who whisper and mutter,’ should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?” Isaiah 8:19

 “Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices. And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of all; and they counted up the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.” Acts 19:18,19

 “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery… of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-20

Now, before you go, don't forget to leave a comment! And as an added prize bonus, if you will
1. "Like" my author page on Facebook and
3. Leave a comment on this post saying you Liked them, I will put you in the drawing for 

1. A copy of my new novel, The Fairest Beauty, when it comes out, and
2. A handmade paper bead necklace, a one-of-a-kind made by me.
The beads are made from black and cream toile print paper. 

And of course, you will want to write down this Stop #18 clue: on its 

Your next stop is Nicole O'Dell's own blog!  Thanks for coming by! 

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Exciting Scavenger Hunt - You could win a Kindle Fire!

Love Christian fiction? Did you take part in the Summer Scavenger Hunt? Readers had so much fun discovering new releases from their favorite authors! Now, here comes another…mark your calendars!

 The hunt runs from 10/25-10/28 and will include 30+ Christian authors with new releases, and will feature exclusive material on each new release, not found anywhere else. The grand prize will include a copy of each new release, plus a new Kindle Fire!

In addition, many authors will include additional prizes for readers who stop by. For more information on how to complete the hunt, and the starting point, begin on Lisa Bergren's web site, after noon PST on the 25th.

 The hunt can be completed anytime that weekend. Lisa Bergren is the author of the wildly popular Medieval "River of Time" series. Check it out on Amazon!

 Here is a list of participating authors who are all giving away a copy of their new releases:

 Lisa T. Bergren
 Robin Lee Hatcher
 Liz Curtis Higgs
 Tamera Alexander
 Tracy Higley
 Julie Lessman
 Kristen Heitzmann
 Marta Perry
 Ronie Kendig
 Margaret Daley
 Melanie Dobson
 Ruth Axtell
 Winnie Griggs
 Kim Vogel Sawyer
 R.J. Larson
 Leslie Gould
 Sibella Giorello
 Melanie Dickerson
 Nicole O'Dell
 Jill Williamson
 Judith Miller
 Susan Sleeman
 Sandra Robbins
 Sharon Hinck
 Mary Lu Tyndall
 Laura Frantz
 Stephanie Whitson
 Vicki Hinze
 Janice Thompson
 Lyn Cote