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 the stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!
- The hunt BEGINS on 3/12 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
- 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, 3/15 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn things about them.
- 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 the final stop, back on Lisa’s site. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!
Hi! I’m Courtney Walsh. Lover of story, coffee, my family, theatre and my sometimes sweet/sometimes naughty Bernedoodle, Luna. I’ve written eleven novels, and I seem to straddle the line between Contemporary Women’s Fiction and Contemporary Romance. I love the charm of small towns, so I set my stories in places I’d like to live, and sometimes it’s hard to get back to reality! My husband and I own a youth theatre/performing arts studio in Rockford, Illinois, so much of my life is spent directing shows that feature some of the most talented kids you can imagine. This summer, we’ll be producing and directing a full scale original musical called Girls of Summer, which is inspired by the Rockford Peaches, made famous by the movie A League of Their Own. You can learn more about me and my books here on my website or find me on BookBub, Instagram, Facebook or in my Facebook Reader Room. I’ve recently released my latest book, If For Any Reason, which is set on the island of Nantucket. Here’s what it’s about:
Emily Ackerman has traveled the world, her constant compass and companion a book of letters her mother left for her when she died. With no father in the picture, her mom’s advice has been her only true north. But when professional failure leads Emily back to Nantucket to renovate and sell the family cottage she inherited, she wonders if her mom left advice to cover this . . . especially when her grandmother arrives to “supervise.” And especially when her heart becomes entangled with Hollis McGuire, the boy next door–turned–baseball star who’s back on the island after a career-ending injury.
As sparks fly between her and Hollis, Emily is drawn to island life, even as she uncovers shocking secrets about the tragic accident that led to her mother’s death. With her world turned upside down, Emily must choose between allowing the voices from her past to guide her future or forging her own path forward.
One of the most unique things about this novel is the legacy of letters Emily’s mother has left behind for her. This idea came from my days in the scrapbooking world when a fellow designer created a mini album exactly like the one I envision Emily’s mother created for her. The idea was to create a book of letters that would carry on if for any reason she wasn’t there to pass along her wisdom. I got into scrapbooking because I loved the idea of leaving a legacy, and this one especially, leaving behind a legacy of letters, of words, of wisdom–it really appealed to me. So much so that I created a similar album a few years back when my daughter was in middle school.
But you don’t have to be artistic to create such a gift. You can simply pull out a notebook or journal and start writing. Or buy some pretty stationary and put your letters in labeled envelopes in a box. The real gift here is the words. Words that live on, possibly comforting, guiding, advising those who come after us. It’s the kind of thing that could potentially stay in a family for generations, and who knows the impact your words could have years down the road?
This novel, this idea and these letters were particularly special to me, therapy really, as we learned of my daughter’s cancer diagnosis when I was writing it. The emotions felt a little more raw, a little more real, thinking about all the things I wanted her to know and working those things into my story. It was something new for me to include these in a novel, and I hope the book is richer for it. I also hope you might consider sharing your wisdom with those you love, creating a legacy of letters or thoughts in your own handwriting. I guarantee it will become a treasured gift, and connect your life to the lives of those you love for years to come.
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A BONUS GIVEAWAY…
But hold up! Before you go…I’ve got another little giveaway of my own. I’m giving away signed copies of my entire Harbor Pointe series (JUST LOOK UP, JUST LET GO & JUST ONE KISS) along with a Starbucks gift card to one lucky winner! All you have to do is sign up for my email newsletter (it’s not spammy, I promise!) and enter through the link below. Bonus points if you follow me on Goodreads or Instagram or join my Facebook Reader Room!
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