Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!

Be sure to stop at EVERY stop to gather the clue in each post…you’ll need it to enter for the big prizes. If you get lost, check out this post with a list of all stops and links. Some other things to note:

  • The hunt begins and ends here, on my site.
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  • There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 10/22 at midnight MST)! 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 at each stop and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at Stop #25. It is OPEN to those outside the USA.
  • Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way, so be sure to enter for those too!

YoureGonnaLoveMeOur first guest is the amazing, award-winning Robin Lee Hatcher. I met her when I was a young acquisitions editor at WaterBrook and fell in love with her writing. Here’s a brief summary of her about-to-be published novel, You’re Gonna Love Me:  Samantha Winters lives her life the way a good accountant should—measured, deliberate, and safe. After watching her father die in a tragic skiing accident, she decided never to allow risk into her life again. But she didn’t count on falling for Nick Chastain, who plans a dangerous kayaking trip over spring break. Furious that he’s so careless with his life, she ends their fledgling relationship. Two years later, Samantha is desperately in need of a change. When she learns her grandmother has had an accident and is need of a caretaker, Samantha packs her bags and head to Thunder Creek, Idaho. But nothing could prepare her for the surprise awaiting her in her grandmother’s hospital room…Nick.

 

Sounds like the makings of an excellent romance to me! Here’s part of what inspires Robin as she writes…

CREATING A FICTIONAL COMMUNITY
By Robin Lee Hatcher

Bruneau OverlookA comment that appears with some regularity in reviews of or blog posts about my books has to do with the small town communities I create for my stories. For instance, there are readers who’ve said they want to move to Bethlehem Springs or Kings Meadow or Thunder Creek. I love it that I have made these places so real that readers are looking for them on maps. A few recent endorsements for You’re Gonna Love Me (December 2017) include the following: “Robin Lee Hatcher makes me truly want to drive to Idaho and mingle with the locals” and “Thunder Creek will always hold a special place in my heart” and “[Hatcher] deftly examines the heart’s desires of her characters set against the richly-detailed Idaho setting.”

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I begin with a map of the town. I draw and name the streets, then I begin to place buildings and homes on the map. As I write my novel, new businesses and characters will appear. Those buildings and the characters’ homes get added to the map as I go. This way, I never have a character walk north from their home to the Post Office in one scene and then in another walk south. Even if I don’t have to write their direction, I see it in my head correctly.

Thunder Creek small townBut, of course, what makes a reader want to move to/live in one of my small towns isn’t as much the location (although I hope my descriptions have make the area appealing) as it is the characters who live there. Nothing makes me happier than to know someone feels that Gran from You’ll Think of Me and You’re Gonna Love Me is someone they would want for a mentor or a best friend or that they wish they could hang out in the dance studio in Kings Meadow with Skye Foster (I Hope You Dance) or have Chet Leonard teach them to ride (Love Without End).

I hope you’ll return with me to Thunder Creek, Idaho in You’re Gonna Love Me, releasing on December 12, 2017 and experience the community I’ve created for Nick and Samantha.

Robin_150-res_500x500Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher, author of more than 75 books, is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage and love. She has been honored by Lifetime Achievement Awards from both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. For more information, visit RobinLeeHatcher.com.

Lisa, here, again. I totally understand why and how she creates her fictional communities. I’m often scribbling out maps or layouts of houses/castles myself to keep my details straight, and so I don’t totally confuse my readers. There are SOME that really care, others who just want to move on with the story. Speaking of moving on, before you do, take note what you need to know, below, in order to be in the running for the BIG PRIZES at the end of this hunt!

HERE’S THE STOP #1 SKINNY:

Happy hunting! If you get lost or have trouble, feel free to email me (don’t comment below if you need help, it may get buried), Lisa@bergrencreativegroup.com, with SCAVENGER HUNT in the subject line.