Fall ’16 Scavenger Hunt Basics

Fall ’16 Scavenger Hunt Basics

If you’ve never taken part in one of our hunts, here’s the deal: You’re about to learn something new about (or be introduced to) 30 awesome Christian fiction authors, writing very unique books, from suspense to romance, supernatural to contemporary, young adult to historical women’s fiction. Feel free to TAKE YOUR TIME—you have all weekend to complete the hunt and enter for all the prizes along the way, including the big prizes (no need to race). Besides, each author has offered you unique information, found nowhere else on the Internet!

Here’s Your Basic Information:

Hunt Runs: November 3 @ NOON Mountain through November 6 @ MIDNIGHT Mountain (yes, some stops are appearing already–but all links won’t be working until noon on the 3rd–just wait to start scavenging to have the best experience!!)

Grand Prize: $250 Visa gift card & 30 books; 2nd Prize: $125 Visa gift card & 30 books; 3rd Prize: $75 Visa gift card & 30 books. Open to international entrants. (But if someone outside the USA wins, books will arrive without autographs and you will receive the equivalent of US$ in Visa credit via gift card.)

PLEASE DON’T USE INTERNET EXPLORER to go through the loop. We have many web sites that don’t play nicely with IE. We recommend you use Firefox or Chrome. (And they’re way better anyway!)

The HUNT BEGINS AT STOP #1 and ENDS AT STOP #31, WHERE YOU ENTER YOUR INFO IN THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM. To enter for the prizes, collect all the word clues in red from each stop in the hunt to formulate the quote(s).

If you get lost along the way, here’s the complete list of all 31 stops with links:

STOP #1 Lisa T. Bergren
STOP #2 Deborah Raney
STOP #3 Jody Hedlund
STOP #4 Roseanna White
STOP #5 Cindy Woodsmall
STOP #6 Connilyn Cossette
STOP #7 Melissa Tagg
STOP #8 Janet Chester Bly
STOP #9 Katherine Reay
STOP #10 Rachel Hauck
STOP #11 Louise Gouge
STOP #12 MaryLu Tyndall
STOP #13 Colleen Coble
STOP #14 James Rubart
STOP #15 Leslie Gould
STOP #16 Ronie Kendig
STOP #17 Sibella Giorello
STOP #18 Margaret Daley
STOP #19 Kristen Heitzmann
STOP #20 Lisa Harris
STOP #21 Carrie Stuart Parks
STOP #22 Serena Chase
STOP #23 Laura Frantz
STOP #24 Suzanne Woods Fisher
STOP #25 Tricia Goyer
STOP #26 Maureen Lang
STOP #27 Ruth Herne
STOP #28 Melanie Dickerson
STOP #29 Susan Sleeman
STOP #30 Tamera Alexander
STOP #31 Lisa Bergren/Prize Entry Page

Questions? Email Lisa@bergrencreativegroup.com

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt: Stop #1

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt: Stop #1

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Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! There are 31 stops in the hunt, and you need to go through them in order, so you can collect all the clues and then enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes!

  • Make your hunt using Chrome or Firefox (NOT Explorer).
  • There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt–you have all weekend (until Sunday, 11/6 at midnight Mountain time!) 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, back here on my site. Note that many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!
  • Need more info or have lost your way? Check out the SCAVENGER HUNT BASICS/OVERVIEW POST

It is my honor to host the amazing Deborah Raney. Deb and I met years ago when I was an acquisition editor and came across her beautiful writing. Here’s a brief summary of her newly republished INSIGHT: Olivia Cline has followed her husband to a new town, hoping for a fresh start after Derek’s affair with a coworker. But before they’ve even moved into their new home, tragedy strikes, and Derek is gone. With no job, no insurance, and precious little money, how will she cope? Going back to Chicago isn’t an option. Espeically not, given Olivia’s shocking discovery just weeks after Derek’s death. Her answer comes in the form of a job posting–and the handsome, brooding artist who posted it.

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I’m delighted with the new cover my husband created for Insight. And most fun of all, I wrote a brand new epilogue for the novel after a good number of readers said they wanted to see where Olivia and Reed were a few months after the novel closed. I think you’ll like their romantic happily ever after!

With each book I’ve written, I’ve created an inspiration-board with photos of my characters, my setting, the homes they live in, and any other images that will help me place myself in the midst of my story. When I wrote the first draft of Insight, I was still creating actual poster-size inspiration-boards that I propped on my desk each Monday morning and didn’t take them down until the weekend. In recent years, programs like Pinterest, Scrivener, and desktop wallpapers have allowed me to have my inspiration-boards right on my laptop. With this reissue of Insight, I’ve created a new Pinterest board for the novel, which you can see here: https://www.pinterest.com/deborahraney/insight-~-a-novel-by-deborah-raney/

Thanks so much for hosting me, Lisa. Happy hunting, all!

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DEBORAH RANEY’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched Deb’s writing career.Twenty years, thirty books, and numerous awards later, she’s still creating stories that touch hearts and lives. She and husband, Ken, traded small-town life in Kansas for life in the city of Wichita. They love traveling to visit four grown children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.


HERE’S THE STOP #1 SKINNY:

You can read reviews about Deborah’s book on Goodreads, and order it on Amazon.
CLUE to write down: “No
Link to Stop #2, the Next Stop on the Loop: Deb Raney’s own site!

But wait! Before you go, I’m offering three books to three different entrants—any one of my River of Time or Remnants Series, or Three Wishes, the prequel to Four Winds. All you have to do is sign up to get my e-newsletter (top right of my page, green box) or note you’re already a subscriber. Additional points to those who follow me as an author on Goodreads or on Instagram!

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Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Basics

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Basics

If you’ve never taken part in one of our hunts, here’s the deal: You’re about to learn something new about (or be introduced to) 32 awesome Christian fiction authors, writing very unique books, from suspense to romance, supernatural to contemporary, young adult to historical women’s fiction. Feel free to TAKE YOUR TIME—you have all weekend to complete the hunt and enter for all the prizes along the way, including the big prizes (no need to race). Besides, each author has offered you unique information, found nowhere else on the Internet!

Here’s Your Basic Information:

Hunt Runs: April 22 NOON Mountain through April 25 MIDNIGHT Mountain (yes, some stops are appearing already–but all links won’t be working until noon on the 22nd–just hang on!)

Grand Prize: $300 Amazon gift card & 32 books; 2nd Prize: $125 Amazon gift card & 32 books; 3rd Prize: $75 Amazon gift card & 32 books. Open to international entrants. (But if someone outside the USA wins, books will arrive without autographs and you will receive the equivalent of US$ in Amazon credit via gift card.)

PLEASE DON’T USE INTERNET EXPLORER to go through the loop. We have many web sites that don’t play nicely with IE. We recommend you use Firefox or Chrome. (And they’re way better anyway!)

The HUNT BEGINS AT STOP #1 and ENDS AT STOP #33, WHERE YOU ENTER YOUR INFO IN THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM. To enter for the prizes, collect all the word clues in red from each stop in the hunt to formulate the quote(s).

If you get lost along the way, here’s the complete list of all 32 stops with links:

STOP #1 Lisa T. Bergren
STOP #2 Jody Hedlund
STOP #3 Sibella Giorello
STOP #4 Ann Gabhart
STOP #5 Richard Mabry
STOP #6 Lynette Eason
STOP #7 Sandra Byrd
STOP #8 Lyn Cote
STOP #9 Roseanna White
STOP #10 Angela Hunt
STOP #11 Catherine West
STOP #12 Lori Benton
STOP #13 Ruth Logan Herne
STOP #14 Margaret Daley
STOP #15 Sarah Sundin
STOP #16 Olivia Newport
STOP #17 Tamara Leigh
STOP #18 Robin Lee Hatcher
STOP #19 Kristen Heitzmann
STOP #20 Deborah Raney
STOP #21 Mesu Andrews
STOP #22 Melanie Dickerson
STOP #23 Beth Vogt
STOP #24 Hillary Manton Lodge
STOP #25 Leslie Gould
STOP #26 Marta Perry
STOP #27 Carolyn Aarsen
STOP #28 Tricia Goyer
STOP #29 Susan Sleeman
STOP #30 Ronie Kendig
STOP #31 James Rubart
STOP #32 Jill Williamson
STOP #33 Lisa Bergren/Prize Entry Page

Questions? Email Lisa@bergrencreativegroup.com

 

 

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #33 & Prize Entry Form

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #33 & Prize Entry Form

Finished the Loop with all 32 stops? Then enter the secret quote in the Rafflecopter form below!

Looking for the first stop? Check out Stop #1. Think you missed a stop? Check out THIS post with the whole loop and links.

GRAND PRIZE: All 32 books from all the authors, plus a $300 Amazon gift card. If winner is in the USA, books will be autographed. If winner is outside of the USA, he/she will receive books via BookDepository.com (not signed) or e-books (winner’s preference) and the equivalent of $300 USD in Amazon credit.

2ND PRIZE: All 32 books from all the authors, plus a $125 Amazon gift card. See above for international winner details.

3RD PRIZE: All 32 books from all the authors, plus a $75 Amazon gift card. See above for international winner details.

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Thanks for taking part in our Scavenger Hunt! We hope you found out about lots of great authors and books and you have a list ready for your library, local bookstore or online retailer! Happy reading!

Trouble with the Rafflecopter form? Email Lisa@BergrenCreativeGroup with your name, the secret quote and she’ll enter your name manually before drawing.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED HERE ON THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM ON APRIL 27, 2016. WINNERS SHOULD ALSO RECEIVE AN EMAIL FROM ME, SO MAKE SURE Lisa@bergrencreativegroup.com is in your address list!

 

 

 

 

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Three Wishes Launch Day!!

Three Wishes Launch Day!!

As of today, THREE WISHES is available via:
–Kindle for $3.99
–Createspace Paperback for $12.99
–Nook for $3.99
–Smashwords for $3.99 (Kobo, iBooks, etc.)

In 72 hours, the e-price will go up to $4.99, so seize the day(s)!

AND…if you help me spread the word about the launch over the next 72 hours, you can enter to win this prize pack including 3 autographed copies of THREE WISHES for you and two friends, a pair of genuine Murano-glass earrings I purchased in Venice that are California-Pacific-green, and an Amazon gift card worth $300! That’s right! THREE HUNDRED GENUINE AMERICAN DOLLARS, RIVER TRIBE. You could buy a beautiful Kindle Fire, or three other things you’ve been wanting, or thirty-three littler things. AND if more than 333 people enter this contest, I’ll add 3 more gift cards for $50 each. (Sorry, International buddies. This contest has to be USA-only; I’ll have another contest next week that will include you. Besides, it may take a little longer for the foreign versions to load.)

The more ways you assist, the better your chances. Here’s how:
1) Purchase a copy on Amazon, Createspace (paperback), Nook or Smashwords (this is awesome because then your review becomes a “verified purchase”); a purchase isn’t necessary in order to win this contest, but if you claim you did (for extra chances at prize) and Rafflecopter draws your name, you will need to send me the receipt, so hold on to it!
2) Commit to honestly reviewing on that site once you finish reading it (truly, this is a HUGE help to authors! Just 1-3 sentences of what you liked about the book is sufficient!)
3) Share this contest on Facebook or Instagram with a link to this post (see the cute meme, below, you can use); and here’s the short link to this page: http://bit.ly/1YlpCn6
4) Share one of the quote memes on Facebook or Instagram (or all of them—the more you share, the more chances at the prize you have.) NOTE: To download the meme images, click on an image. Once enlarged, right-click to save.
5) Follow me on Instagram: @LisaTBergren
6) Add THREE WISHES to your to-read list on goodreads

If you’ve done any of those things above ALREADY, go ahead and check that box in the Rafflecopter form! Thank you, devoted River Triber!

YA Scavenger Hunt

YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until Sunday at noon Pacific!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are NINE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there are eight other teams with a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

 

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers from everyone on the red team, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by APRIL 3, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

 

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Today, I am hosting Beth Revis on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Beth Revis is a NY Times bestselling author with books available in more than 20 languages. Her latest title, A World Without You, is a semi-autobiographical story blending the supernatural with mental illness. Beth is also the author of the Across the Universe series, The Body Electric, numerous short stories, and the nonfiction Paper Hearts series, which aids aspiring writers. A native of North Carolina, Beth is currently working on a new novel for teens. She lives in rural NC with her boys: one husband, one son, and two massive dogs.

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!
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Thanks so much for hosting me, Lisa!

My latest book is called A World Without You, and it’s a book that’s truly special to me. It’s about a boy named Bo who is attending a school for kids with super powers. He can control time–but he’s accidentally lost his girlfriend in the past. As he frantically tries to find a way to save her, his reality starts to break down. He’s not at a school for kids with powers…he’s at a school for mentally disturbed students, and it’s not his girlfriend who needs to be saved–it’s him.

One of the things I love about writing is hiding little Easter eggs and clues in my books. I’m not going to give them all away, but my top five Easter eggs in A World Without You are:

1. The Doctor. At Bo’s school, his supervisor is named Dr. Franklin, but all the kids call him the Doctor–a reference to the greatest time traveller ever, Doctor Who! If you’re a Whovian you’ll definitely notice one other character who’s name for someone on the show.

Tardis2. The Red String. You may notice that the book cover has strings all over it. There’s a reason for that! To Bo, time looks like strings, and when he wants to go somewhere in the past, he tugs on a specific string. The string that connects him to his lost girlfriend is red, a reference to the Chinese legend that a red string of fate connects us to the people we truly love.

3. Superheroes. Bo believes that he has super powers, and so does every other kid at the school, Berkshire Academy. If you look closely, you’ll see a lot of references to some of my favorite superheroes, including Batman and the X-Men, but also some heroes that aren’t exactly super, such as Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen. You’ll have to read closely to catch them, but they’re there!

4. Classics.  I love more than just pop culture and superheroes! As the story progresses, Bo gets increasingly paranoid, and at one point creeps around his room, thinking that people are watching him. This is, of course, a reference to the brilliant short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. And fans of Bach will notice a famous fugue woven into the story.

5. “And now for something completely different.”
This is an actual line of text in the story, and if you know what it’s referencing, we should totally be besties.

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Lisa, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 12. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Victoria Scott! But before you go, be sure to enter to win one of three sets of my Remnants Series—just by signing up to get my quarterly e-newsletter (my home page, top right, green box) and filling out this Rafflecopter below!

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Upcoming Hunt!

Upcoming Hunt!

Our next Christian Fiction Spring Scavenger Hunt is happening next month! Mark your calendars and prepare to tour through 30 authors’ sites, where you’ll find unique posts written by those authors and learn about their newest releases (as well as pick up a clue to enter for one of the big prizes):

PRIZES:
1st Prize: $300 Amazon Gift Card and all 32 participants’ newest books
2nd Prize: $125 Amazon Gift Card and all 32 participants’ newest books
3rd Prize: $75 Amazon Gift Card and all 32 participants’ newest books

HUNT TAKES PLACE:
April 22 at NOON Mountain-April 25 midnight Mountain
(Please note that some stops will be visible before that, because it takes a while for 30 authors to set up and get all the links working. There is no reason to be anxious to start and no prizes will be awarded until after the hunt ends. You’ll have all afternoon/eve on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday to complete it, and can even take a break and return to finding clues!)

HOW IT WORKS:
1) You’ll start here, on my site on or after April 22 at noon Mountain (Stop 1)
2) You’ll follow the link to Stop 2, Stop 3, etc, eventually looping all the way through, reading cool posts, collecting a clue from each stop and entering to win any “mini” giveaways that that author is offering (if interested)
3) At the end of the loop, you’ll be directed to my site as the final stop and enter your secret clues into the Rafflecopter form before midnight on April 25
4) Please download/update your browser now to Chrome or Firefox (free) as other browsers don’t fare as well!

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY APRIL 27, 2016

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Season of Grocery Store Wonder

Season of Grocery Store Wonder

HEY! My fabulous sales team over at Blink has placed SEASON OF WONDER in over 1500 grocery stores across the country!!! That’s HUGE news, and in honor of it, I’m doing a special contest.

Here’s how you enter:

  • Go to your local grocery store (participating stores listed below), find REMNANTS: SEASON OF WONDER, and take a picture with the book in your hands (or of the book on the shelves)
  • Then post a comment and attach that picture, mentioning me, the store name, and REMNANTS: SEASON OF WONDER on any sort of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc). Then make a comment in the stream below about which store you saw it in/looked for it, and where you posted your picture.
  • BE SURE to fill out the Rafflecopter form below afterward, so you’re in the drawing

You’ll be in the running for one of SIX prizes:

  • THREE gift cards at your local grocery store ($100, $50, or $25), PLUS a copy of ANY of my books
  • THREE more book awards (a copy of any of my books)

SEASON OF WONDER, if you haven’t heard, is about seven kids who were born to save a future world…a world on the brink of darkness. It’s an adventure/romance/dystopian/fantasy/YA read that many adults are enjoying. SEASON OF FIRE  (Book 2) is out now, and Book 3, SEASON OF GLORY, comes out this winter! (I’m in edits now. Feel free to pray for me…)

The contest will run now through September 15. Of course, I’d ADORE it if you purchased that book (or made encouraged a fellow customer to buy it). But even if you don’t, you can be in the running. A sample comment may be something like, “Spotted my friend Lisa’s book at our local XX today! Can’t wait to read it!” OR “Saw this today at XX. It was a great read!” OR “You’d love this book! Hurry into XX and snag your copy!” OR “Told the manager at XX they had to read it! It’s awesome!” (You get the idea.) Note: If you go to your local store and it’s either not there, or has sold out, go ahead and take a picture, and comment/post. Ex.”Went looking for my friend Lisa’s SEASON OF WONDER at our local XX store, but it must’ve sold out!” That’ll count too.

So YES, this is a SHAMELESS bid for you to help me spread the word…But HEY. I’m forking out $175 in grocery cash (plus a lot of books) to love on all of you who are lovin’ on me! So, go forth and share the happy news….

Stores where you might find SEASON OF WONDER:

  • AAEFS/PDX: AL, CO, FL, GA, LA, WA
  • Belair Market: CA
  • City Market: CO
  • Everett Main: WA
  • Food Lion: NC
  • Fry’s: AZ
  • Haggen, Top Food: WA
  • Harris Teeter: NC, VA
  • HEB: TX 
  • Ingle’s: GA, SC, NC
  • Jay O Foods:: IN
  • King Soopers: CO
  • Kroger: KY, MI, MS, OH, TN
  • Scott’s: IN
  • Payless: IN
  • Publix: CA, FL, GA, SC, TN
  • Ralph’s: CA
  • Raley’s: CA, NV
  • Smith’s: AZ, ID, NV, OH, UT
  • QFC: OR, WA
  • Whidbey Main: WA

Sorry, Out-of-Staters. Wish it was EVERY state and in EVERY store in those states. But maybe if this goes well…
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The Christian Fiction Spring Scavenger Hunt Basics

The Christian Fiction Spring Scavenger Hunt Basics

If you’ve never taken part in one of our hunts, here’s the deal: You’re about to learn something new (or be introduced to) 34 awesome Christian fiction authors, writing very unique books, from suspense to romance, supernatural to contemporary, young adult to historical women’s fiction. Feel free to TAKE YOUR TIME—you have all weekend to complete both streams (Pink and Purple) and enter for each of those prizes, as well as the Grand Prize (no need to race). Besides, each author has offered you unique information, found nowhere else on the Internet!

Here’s Your Basic Information:

Hunt Runs: April 16 NOON Mountain through April 19 MIDNIGHT Mountain (yes, some sites are up now–but all links won’t be working until noon–just hang on!)

Open to international entrants. (But if someone outside the USA wins, books will arrive without autographs and you will receive the equivalent of US$ in Amazon credit for your Kindle.)

PLEASE DON’T USE INTERNET EXPLORER to go through the loop. We have many web sites that don’t play nicely with IE. We recommend you use Firefox or Chrome. (And they’re way better anyway!)

There are TWO TEAMS, Purple and Pink, each offering a prize. If you complete both teams’ loops, you can also enter for the Grand Prize, giving you a shot at the max number of prizes! (To say nothing of all the bonus prizes authors are offering along the way!)

PURPLE TEAM LOOP: 17 stops, begins HERE and ends HERE
If you get lost along the way, HERE‘s the complete list of purple stops!
To enter for the Purple Team Prize, collect all the word clues from each stop in the hunt to formulate the quote(s). (But also keep track of the numbers so you can enter for the Grand Prize!)
Purple Prize: 17 autographed books and a Kindle Paperwhite (combined prize value of over $300!)
Collected all the Purple Loop words and ready to enter? Enter HERE.

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PINK TEAM LOOP: 17 stops, begins HERE and ends HERE
If you get lost along the way, HERE‘s the complete list of stops!
To enter for the Purple Team Prize, collect all the word clues from each stop in the hunt to formulate the quote(s). (But also keep track of the numbers so you can enter for the Grand Prize!)
Pink Prize: 17 autographed books and a Kindle Paperwhite (prize value over $300)
Collected all the Pink Loop words and ready to enter? Enter HERE.

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GRAND PRIZE:
To enter for the Grand Prize, collect all the secret numbers from all 34 stops in the hunt and add them all up. After you’ve entered to win both the Purple and Pink Loop Prizes, you can ENTER to win the Grand Prize.
Grand Prize: All 34 autographed books and a Kindle Fire HDX 7″ 32 GB (combined value of over $500!)

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