Welcome to the Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! It beings on Friday, October 18, 2013, at NOON Mountain time. The hunt ends on Sunday, October 20, 2013, at midnight, Mountain time. You have two and a half days to get through the hunt and collect all of your clues, so there is no need to rush!
As you collect your clues (25 stops along the way), you’ll have a chance to discover new authors, reacquaint yourselves with favorite authors, and to learn about their recently released or soon to be released novels. Collect the clues in RED on each post, beginning with Stop #1 (Lisa Bergren’s site) and finishing with Stop #25. Then fill out the Rafflecopter form on Lisa’s site. Be ready to provide the completed clue quote, gathered from all 25 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 10/21/13.
The Grand Prize is a new iPad Mini. The 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be copies of every book on the hunt. That’s 25 books with a total value of over $300! And the hunt is open to international entrants so don’t let where you live stop you from participating.
It’s my pleasure to host my friend, Richard Mabry, for the hunt. Nothing like a great medical suspense novel to heat up your autumn reading! Here’s the official skinny on Richard:
Dr. Richard Mabry retired from a distinguished career in medicine as a clinician, author, speaker, and medical school professor. His novels have been a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel, finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award, and winner of the Selah Award. He is the immediate Past President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, as well as an active member of the International Thriller Writers. His next book is Heart Failure (Thomas Nelson).
Read about Heart Failure
When her fiance’s dangerous secrets turn her work upside down, a beautiful doctor must choose between her own safety and the man she loves and thought she knew.
Dr. Carrie Markham s heart was broken by the death of her husband two years ago. Now, just as her medical practice is taking off, her fresh engagement to paralegal Adam Davidson seems almost too good to be true . . . until a drive-by shooting leaves Carrie on the floor of his car with glass falling around her.
When he confesses that Adam isn t his real name and that he fled the witness protection program, Carrie is left with an impossible choice: should she abandon the fiance she isn t sure she really knows, or accept his claim of innocence and help him fight back against this faceless menace?
While Carrie struggles to decide whether to follow her heart or her head, the threats against them continue to escalate. Her life as well as Adam s depends on making the right choice . . . and the clock is ticking.
Robin says, Bet you’re dying to know where you can buy the book, right? Happy to help with that:
An Exclusive from Dr. Richard Mabry
WORKING TITLES: WHAT’S IN A NAME?
We’ve all heard it: “Why bother picking a good title? The publisher’s going to change it, anyway.” Not so fast. Your agent and/or editor will see your working title. Think their opinion isn’t important? Besides, if you choose wisely and well, the working title may end up on the cover of your next book.
The first rule is to choose a title that foreshadows the type of book you’ve written. Does Lonesome Dove make you think this is a comedy? Does Die Hard on a movie marquee produce visions of a light romance? Hardly. My debut novel was about a female doctor who retreats to her hometown after her fiancé cheats on her. Once there, she finds that some people want her gone and one of them wants her dead. I thought I’d chosen just the right title: Run Away Home. Then my editor reminded me that I needed a title that showed it was a medical thriller. Thus, Code Blue was born.
Well, as one of my professors in med school said, you can teach a white mouse in three times. After that, my working titles were all medical, all related to a part of the story, and those were the titles under which the novels were published. They were Medical Error (wrong prescription), Diagnosis Death (mercy killing), Lethal Remedy (“miracle drug” with hidden side effects), and Stress Test (doctor in trouble). My forthcoming book bears the title Heart Failure (a female doctor with relational dilemma). Do you get the picture?
Years ago, at a time when history, medicine, and animal stories were popular in fiction, a literary joke held that the perfect book title would be Lincoln’s Doctor’s Dog. I’m not sure what the perfect book title would be in Christian fiction nowadays, but it’s something for you to think about as you title your own work-in-progress. Your working title may not be the deciding factor in the publication of your book, but it should at least pique the interest of those involved in the process. So, in addition to writing the best story you can, don’t forget to give thought to the title. You might just see it on a book cover someday.
The Scavenger Hunt Skinny
Before you go, write down the STOP #4 clue: YOU WILL
Your next stop is Richard Mabry’s blog! Make sure you make the rounds to all 25 stops and then enter the Rafflecopter form at Stop #26 back at Lisa Bergren’s site, to be in the running for all the big prizes.
But before you go . . .
As a bonus here on my site, participants can earn a chance to win a signed copy of the first two books in the Where the Heart Lives series, Belonging and Betrayal. All you have to do is sign up to receive my newsletter. If you already subscribe to my newsletter, provide the email address of that subscription, and your name will go into the drawing. You can earn bonus chances by liking my Facebook Page and/or leaving a comment on this blog post. (Only the newsletter subscription is required.) This bonus giveaway is for US mailing addresses only.