Thursday, May 16, 2013

THE CHRISTIAN FICTION SCAVENGER HUNT STOP #15! 


Welcome to the 2013 Summer Scavenger Hunt! This hunt has 32 stops and runs 5/17-5/19/13. You can make the loop, reading unique content from 31 different authors, and if you complete the loop, and fill out the Rafflecopter form at Stop #32, you'll be in the running for an iPad Mini (loaded with all our books), or one of two runner-up prizes---all 31 of our new releases in paperback. In addition, some authors are offering additional prizes, so be sure to read each post thoroughly to be in the running for all that are available. The contest is open internationally.

If you've JUST discovered the hunt, I recommend you begin at the beginning, Stop #1, found at LisaBergren.com. But you can also begin here, and keep on rolling. Just be aware that you have to have the COMPLETED phrase in order, which you construct gathering the clue at each stop, within 24 hours of email notification from Lisa Bergren that you won. If Lisa doesn't hear back from you with the correct phrase within the time limit, she will move on to the next winner Rafflecopter draws. Ready? Here we go...


Tracy L. Higley!



I'm thrilled to host Tracy L. Higley for this scavenger hunt--huzzah!!!  Tracy's latest book, So Shines the Night, is in the same genre I'd be penning if I weren't writing Biblical fantasy fiction. Tracy is a phenomenal writer and an altogether terrific person, so count me in as one of Tracy's fans!

For those of you who haven't heard of Tracy yet, here's her official bio:
Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored nine novels, including Garden of Madness and Isle of Shadows. Tracy is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ancient History and has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures. See her travel journals and more at TracyHigley.com.


Tracy is known for digging into her research--sometimes literally! For So Shines the Night, Tracy traveled to Ephesus, and she's sharing a video clip of her latest adventure; I'm eager to see what Tracy found, and I'm delighted to share it with you today.



Tracy's Adventures in Ephesus 
In the Footsteps of Paul


When I jumped into the challenge of writing So Shines the Night, a first-century suspense novel that would feature Paul and Timothy, Priscilla and Aquila, and the demonic darkness facing the New Testament church, I already had the whole city of Ephesus imagined in my mind.

That's because I had already walked the city streets, breathed in the Ephesus air, and lingered at the site of the massive Temple of Artemis. And then while writing the novel, I was able to go back and visit a second time!

Ephesus was once a thriving port city, with a harbor that brought exotic silks, jewels and spices from the east and passed them along to the Roman Empire in the west, hungry for luxuries. As the years went by, deposits of silt clogged the harbor, and the entire city was abandoned and lost, left for archaeologists to discover and explore centuries later.

And what a time I had exploring! My husband and I were part of a tour group from our cruise ship, but it quickly became clear that I needed to do my own research and break away from the group. I kept moving backward, branching off, and lingering behind. Our tour guide was not pleased! At one point, she called out above the heads of our group - "We're going this way! You need to keep up!" Embarrassed, I moved to the edge of the group and explained that I was writing a book, and we were planning to abandon them completely and find our own way back to the ship. Clearly, she thought we were crazy!

But I needed time to absorb it all, to take notes and to take videos. The city was the site of one of the most memorable incidents in the book of Acts - the near-riot of the silversmiths who wanted to see Paul dead for hampering their business of pagan souvenir-selling.

For a first-hand look at the theater where it happened, watch this one-minute video:



You can read the story in Acts 19, but I invite you to explore Tracy's Travels on my website, to see the streets, temples, and grand amphitheater where it all took place.

And I hope you'll explore more of So Shines the Night as well - read an excerpt or the back cover. It's a novel that will transport you to this magnificent ancient city, where one woman fights the darkness that threatens to destroy everyone she loves.



Tracy L. Higley's new release, So Shines the Night, is a Biblical novel detailing the events in ACTS, chapter 19, and I'm adding it to my TBR list! It is available at bookstores or online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors, and elsewhere.




AND NOW, YOUR NEXT STEPS: 

Write down this clue: Beliefs. 
Have it written down? Great! Now head on over to Tracy L. Higley's page, Stop #16 for the next clue! Thanks for stopping by!


BONUS PRIZE!
Follow R. J. Larson's blog, or "Like" R. J.'s Facebook page for a chance to win the complete Books of the Infinite trilogy!




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27 comments:

dandelionfleur said...

Sounds like an awesome trip!

Kim said...

Is anyone having a problem with stop # 14? Richar Mabry? I've tried several times but when I click on the link it won't give the whole entry, so now clue is available.

Andrea Cox said...

Yes, Kim, I also couldn't see the guest post or the clue.

Richard, could you help us out here? Thanks!

Blessings,

Andrea

Barbara Haropolous said...

I'd love to go on a tour of Paul's journeys! What a great trip!

RJLarsonbooks said...

Thank you for the alert, Kim and Andrea! I've passed your info onward to the coordinator! Blessings, and sorry for the confusion!

Beth Rumbaugh said...

I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, but Pompeii : a city on fire was excellent and await a chance to read your new book.

Teresa Mathews said...

THANKS for taking part in this fun scavenger hunt! :)

Amy Smith said...

I am fan of both of you... I enjoyed the Infinte books I have read so far immensely. Can't wait to read KING! I also read Tracy's Book on Ephesus! Ispirational!!

Cherie Hamby Kasper said...

Love all of this scavenger hunt

Jasmine A. said...

I absolutely loved Prophet! Can't wait to read Judge and King!

RJLarsonbooks said...

Awww... Amy and Jasmine, thanks!!!I'm eager to see King hit the shelves and e-readers. :)

Teresa and Cherie, *cheers* so glad you're enjoying the hunt!!!

Flghtlss said...

Thank you for joining the hunt and the extra giveaway! you guys are awesome! Blessings to you!

Wanda Barefoot
flghtlss1(at)yahoo(dot)com

G. said...

Just saying thanks to all of the authors that joined together to put the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt together!

Love being apart of this great group every year!

Elizabeth Dent said...

Thanks for being in the Hunt and with the giveaways.Always love to try new authors.

Lizzy F. and Katie K. said...

I absolutely LOVE your Books of the Infinite series. We recently read "Prophet" for our church book club and everyone loved it. I loved "Judge" just as well, if not better. I can't wait to read "King"!

Barbara Thompson said...

Wow!! Awesome spiritual journey!! I liked your Facebook page, so thank you for entering me in your contest! Your Books sound great. Summer reading for me.
Barbara Thompson
barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

Meagan said...

Love these books and looking forward to King!

Melissa Oldaker said...
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RJLarsonbooks said...

Flightless, G., and Elizabeth, thank you so much!!! The authors have all been so excited about putting together this hunt for you--we're loving it!!!

RJLarsonbooks said...

Lizzy F., and Katie K., thank you both--hooray!!! So glad your church enjoyed Ela's book. Kien was such fun--always. Hope you both enjoy KING!

RJLarsonbooks said...

Thanks, Barbara Thompson! I'm eager to give away the Trilogy, as soon as KING hits my doorstep. Not long now!!!! The winner will likely receive KING before it hits the stores!

RJLarsonbooks said...

Hi, Meagan!!!
Aw, thanks so much; I had a blast writing KING--in between fearful bouts of prayer and scouring OT verses. :)

bonton said...

Enjoyed reading about how you developed your fantasy story lines & characters! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

R. J. Larson said...

Bonton, thank you! This series has been such a blessing, and a tremendous joy to write!

Soesty said...

Love historical novels ! I've got a long list of novels to read after this scavenger hunt !!! It's so nice to learn about the authors and what gives them inspiration and desire to write ! Thanks so much !!!

Marianne Barkman said...

i will come back after finishing the scavenger hunt, to experience Ephesus in full! Thanks for including it, and for being part of this hunt

Audra Silva said...

I bet that was such a neat experience. Enjoyed the video, too. :)