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Welcome to the Autumn 2014 Scavenger Hunt. You have arrived at Stop # 10. The hunt begins at noon (Mountain Time Zone) on October 17, 2014. You may have arrived here before the start which could mean all of the sites aren’t ready quite yet. Once the official start has begun, you should go to Stop #1 (www.robinleehatcher.com) and then work your way through the sites, gathering clues and entering bonus giveaways, until you reach the final stop which will also be on the site of Robin Lee Hatcher.
The hunt ends on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at one minute before midnight (Mountain). That means you have all of the weekend to finish it, so take your time. Enjoy reading the exclusive content the authors have prepared for you. You will collect a CLUE IN RED at each stop. Write them down as you go. At the end of the hunt, you will enter the clues into a Rafflecopter form. (The answer will make sense, even if you aren’t familiar with the quote.)
The hunt is open to international entries. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire HDX. Two runners-up will receive a new release from each of the participating authors.
IN CASE YOU FIND A BROKEN LINK…
Robin Lee Hatcher has prepared a “cheat sheet” with direct links to each author’s post in case a site goes down or a link gets broken. We hope there will be no such issues, but just in case, please make note of the URL for the Participating Authors & Stops page so you can check back and be able to complete the hunt.
Now that the housekeeping is out of the way, let’s treat ourselves to a fascinating untold story from a sweet an talented writer:
My Official Scavenger Hunt Guest, Martha Rogers:
One of the most fun things about my latest series was incorporating family history into fiction. My cousins and I did a lot of genealogical research on our grandfather Whiteman’s branch of our family based on letters from our great-great grandfather and our great-father to our great-grandmother. The first novel is actually a fictionalized version of my great-grandparents’ love story. They met as children when Sallie came to St. Francisville to visit her grandparents. Their love was tested by their separation during the war from 1861 to 1865. They married as soon as Manfred returned home from a prisoner of war camp after the end of the war. The novel recounts his journey home and Sallie’s life back home as she waited for his return.
Here is a copy of the letter that started it all.
We visited the town where the story takes place and visited the sites that are mentioned in the book. One of my favorite places was a plantation named The Myrtles. You can see the reason for the name in this picture of my cousins seated beneath the trees that gave the plantation its name.
The most unusual part was using real names of real people in my family and visiting the places where they lived. The shipping company owned by Manfred’s family no longer exists because the town of Bayou Sara on the Mississippi River banks was flooded in the early 20th century and still sits under the river.
Grace Episcopal dates back to 1827 and is the church where Manfred and Sallie were to be married in June of 1865, but it was still closed due to damage from a Yankee barrage of cannon fire a few years earlier. They were married in the manse next to the church. The picture shows the damaged areas in the lighter parts at the top where repairs were made. Here is a copy of their marriage license.
Researching the history of our family only served to whet my appetite to know more about family, and that led me to start on my grandmother’s side of the family. How the two were intertwined makes for a great story all on its own. One thing I learned for sure, genealogy is addictive and can take up a tremendous amount of time. However, it is like a treasure hunt with each clue leading to more information and more discoveries. The novel, Love Finds Faith, is the second in the series and follows Sallie and Manfred to Victoria, Texas where he came to set up his medical practice in 1880, the year my grandfather was born.
— Contributed by: Martha Rogers
Author Bio: Martha Roger’s writing career began late in life at age 73, and in five years she’s had 14 novels and 2 novellas published. Martha lives in Houston, Texas with her husband where they enjoy visits from their grandchildren and great-grans.
Thanks, Martha! What fun for us to learn a bit of the untold story behind your story, and how beautiful to know that love can survive and grow, even through the most difficult of times and the most painful human events. What a wonderful family legacy! — Story Guru
Now, back to the scavenger hunt…
The Scavenger Hunt Skinny
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