Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #11


Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you've just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 25 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes!

  • The hunt BEGINS with Stop #1 at Lisa Bergren's site.
  • Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
  • 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.
  • Navigating from site to site should be super simple, but just in case you get lost along the way, you can go here to see the full list of all the stops, in order, with links.
  • 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 #25. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

I'm thrilled to host Melanie Dobson as part of the Scavenger Hunt. Melanie is a prolific author who writes historical, timeslip, and suspense novels. She has a wonderful heart and a compelling voice. Here is a bit about her book, Enchanted Isle:

In the spring of 1958, Jenny Winter embarks on a two-month adventure to one of the most enchanting places on earth, a quaint village in England's magical Lake District. When Adrian Kemp, a handsome and enigmatic local, shows Jenny his late father's abandoned dream, a deserted island amusement park, she glimpses a kindred spirit in this reckless, haunted young man. Yet as she opens her heart to Adrian, the two stumble into a labyrinth of mystery leading back a generation to an unforgettable romance and an unsolved murder that still casts a shadow over the lakes. As long-held secrets come to light, it's left to Jenny and Adrian to put the past to rest and restore a lost dream.

Take it away, Melanie!

If These Walls Could Talk ...

by Melanie Dobson

The house in Virginia hadn’t been occupied in decades, but someone left clothes hanging in the bedroom closet, plates on the kitchen table, the rusty hood of a Chevy buried in what was once a yard. I was twenty-five at the time, exploring this clapboard home for a newspaper article about forgotten places, and I wished, more than anything, that its crumbling walls could tell me what had happened here.



The house kept its secrets, but this experience changed my life. Abandoned places, I discovered, fueled my imagination. I wanted to know who had lived there, why they left, and where they had gone. When I couldn’t find the answers, I began to create stories of my own.

In the two decades since I trekked through that forgotten house, I’ve written novels inspired by a number of deserted places—a manor home, lighthouse, English cottage and medieval French chateau—but for Enchanted Isle, my latest historical novel, I wanted to write the story of a different sort of place. An amusement park that harbored its secrets well like the abandoned park called Geauga Lake that I visited often as a child.

My main character in Enchanted Isle is an aspiring photographer named Jenny who sees beauty in unexpected places. With pencil and paper, I started building an amusement park from the 1930s for her to explore, set on an island in England’s magical Lake District with a dozen old rides inspired by the sea—a wooden roller coaster that once surfed through the trees, a boat excursion around sunken ships in an ocean cave, and the Magic Lagoon, a merry-go-round with brightly colored sea creatures instead of horses, the eaves of the carousel plated with gold leaf and stained glass.

In the novel, Jenny and a British man named Adrian search together for ancient coins his father purportedly hid on the island. As she learns the legends in this district, Jenny begins to discover beauty among the ruins of the park and she ultimately determines to restore all that’s been lost—the hidden treasure, shattered dreams, and relationships broken in years past after one of the park’s owners disappeared.


Abandoned spaces continue to inspire me today. Because of their secrets, but also because I think of them now in terms of restoration, symbols of hope that God can rebuild the broken walls in all of our stories.


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Writing fiction is Melanie Dobson's excuse to explore abandoned houses, travel to unique places, and spend hours reading old books and journals. She enjoys stitching together time-slip stories, and her novels have won awards for historical romance, romantic suspense, and historical fiction. Melanie loves connecting with readers—the best places to find her online are on her website and on Facebook.


Thank you, Melanie, for sharing what inspires you!


Here’s the Stop #11 Skinny:    

You can order Melanie's book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD or at your local bookstore! 

Clue to Write Down: authors

Link to Stop #12, the Next Stop on the Loop: Melanie Dobson's own site!


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But wait–before you go, as a fun addition to the Scavenger Hunt, I'm hosting my own giveaway! Enter to win a Reader's Gift Basket (pictured below), which includes a Reader's Journal, two of my signed books–My Brother's Crown and A Pocket Guide to Amish Life–Amish stationery, an inspirational necklace, a candleholder, an Echoes of Titanic keychain, a Don't Take Any Wooden Nickels wooden nickel, a My Daughter's Legacy porcelain box, and more!






To enter:

1) Like me on Facebook 


2) Click on the button below and complete the entry form. 



Deadline to enter is 11:59 pm on October 22, 2017, so don't delay. Thanks for participating, and best wishes on completing the Scavenger Hunt!

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50 comments:

  1. Entered. Just won the coloring book. :)

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  2. Entered -- seriously fantastic giveaway!

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  3. I grew up in a house that was built in 1836. It is now a museum, I love old things.

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  4. Loved this post! Love old and abandoned houses! Melanie's books sound really good! Liked and entered.

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    1. Thanks so much, Becky! Kindred spirits. :)

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  5. I am already a fan of yours and have enjoyed the Cousins of the Dove series. Thanks for introducing me to the Scavenger Hunt and finding new authors to enjoy!

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  6. I am loving this so much... learning a lot about new books and new (to me) authors. TY!!

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  7. Love your motto "Read now, sleep later"!! Thank you for the fun interview....love Melanie Dobson's books! You are a new-to-me author and I look forward to checking out your books! Thank you for the fun giveaway!

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    1. Thanks, Jeanne. People complain that my books keep them reading way past their bedtimes, which is one of my biggest goals when writing, so it seemed liked a logical choice for a slogan. ;)

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    2. Thank you, Jeanne! I can attest to the fact that Mindy's books will keep you up long after your bedtime. :)

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  8. I would love to win My Brother's Crown so I can share with with the library. I read it on my Kindle and have the book My Sister's Prayer and donated it to the library.

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  9. Thank you for hosting and have an amazing prize fir us,

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  10. I love the inspiration of abandoned houses. How unique and fascinating!

    Thanks for the chance to win this fun prize!

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  11. entered and hope I win this great giveaway

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  12. WOW, I would like to live in the house like this...so intriguing.
    Thank you for a great post! The basket looks awesome :) thank you for the chance to win!

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  13. I have to say that I love, love, loved Echoes of the Titanic. One of my most favorite books by you. My husband and I have also really enjoyed listening to the audiobooks of your other series as well. We enjoy the mystery/suspense in your books. Thanks for the fun giveaway! Blessings on you!

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    1. Thank you, Sherry. My husband and I had a blast writing it! I'm an audiobook person too, so I'm excited to share that some of my previously-unrecorded books will be coming out in audio over the next year. Can't wait!

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  14. Thanks so much Mindy for this giveaway, sure hope I'm the lucky winner. Even if I'm not, I'm still a lucky winner to have another author to add to my reading list. So many authors, so little time. Love reading about the Amish and their ways so will definitely be adding your books to soon-to-read list. God Bless you!

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  15. Beautiful gift basket!!! Thanks for being a part of the scavenger hunt!

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  16. What a great reader prize package up for grabs, thank you for the chance!

    I really enjoyed learning more about Enchanted Island and Melanie's writing. I love looking at pictures of old historic houses and always wondered about the families that used to live in them, isn't it fun to imagine? :-)

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    1. Thanks, Trixi. Yes, it's so fun to imagine... :)

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  17. What an awesome gift basket, thank you for the chance at winning.

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  18. Fascinating post! Thank you for the chance to win the INCREDIBLE reader prize package.

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  19. I'm so glad everyone likes the gift basket. Thanks for all of your kind words!

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  20. Enjoy your books. the gift basket sounds wonderful. I love old places.

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  21. Hi Mindy and Melanie!
    What a fun scavenger hunt! Thank you for sharing your books with us. I love the Cousins of the Dove series. I really enjoy the Love Finds You In...books.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thanks, Tina! I'm so glad you enjoy those books.

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  22. Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt and for making such a nice gift basket. Hope to win. Enjoy your Amish Books :)

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  23. Thank you for this chance. Keep up the wonderful writing.

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  24. So wonderful to have these great opportunities and to learn about new authors.

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  25. Entered, thank you!

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  26. So excited to read your books!!

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  27. I entered! THANK YOU for the opportunity to win!

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  28. Where did you get the boat. My son would love the titanic he loves the story plus the movie.

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  29. Thank you so much for the chance! What a fun gift basket! :D

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  30. Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity! Great Prize!

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