Catch Us if You CAN: Spring Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt Catch Us If You CanCatch Us if You CAN: Spring Scavenger Hunt … STOP #10, Janet Chester Bly’s Blog.

Catch Us if You CAN: Spring Scavenger Hunt! NOW FINISHED. Congratulations! Winners for Stephen Bly’s The Lost Manuscript of Martin Taylor Harrison were Betti Mace, Kristen Mayfield, Virginia Winfield.

We hope you enjoyed meeting Christian Author Network members as you chased down clues for the chance to win our grand prize: $200 in gift cards from CBD, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon, plus 29 free books, one from each participating CAN author!

·     2nd & 3rd Prizes: $50 Amazon, B&N, or CBD gift certificate!

Grand prize winner: Esther Fritz
Second prize winner: Susan M. Poll
Third prize winner: Renee Blare

Here were the CAN Hunt’s official guidelines:

·     Catch us on this scavenger hunt beginning at Noon on Friday, 03/21/14 and ending at Midnight on Thursday, 03/27/14. No need to hurry as you search for clues—you have almost an entire week! If you need help at any time during the hunt, check in here for the right order of stops: http://illuminatingthewordthroughfiction.blogspot.com/2014/03/resource-page-for-catch-us-if-you-can.html

·     Enjoy 29 stops, each featuring a different CAN author!

·     Gather the clues from each post, beginning at STOP # 1 and ending at Stop #29. Follow the directions and fill out the Rafflecopter form. Be ready to provide the complete clue in sentence form, gathered from all 29 stops, within 2 days of email notification or another winner will be randomly drawn. There is no need to email/submit the clue, unless you are notified by 03/29/14.

>>Sorry, due to international regulations, the grand prize will be awarded to US Residents only. Individual contests within the hunt may vary, please read rules presented with each giveaway.<<

Scavenger Hunt Guest Author Lena Nelson Dooley

Lena Nelson Dooley

MEET Lena Nelson Dooley …

I’m pleased to introduce author Lena Nelson Dooley at this stop.

I’ve known of Lena and her books for years and had the privilege of personally meeting her two years ago in St. Louis at an ACFW conference. A delightful and gracious lady.

This multi-award-winning author lives in Texas with her husband of over 49 years. Their favorite activities involve time with their family. Their daughters and sons-in-law have given them four grandchildren, and now they have two great-grandsons. Lena has more than 800,000 books in print. Her many awards include winner of the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western fiction and the Selah Award for historical fiction.

Lena is one of the co-hosts of the Gate Beautiful blogtalk radio show. She has experience in screenwriting, acting, directing, and voice-overs. She has been featured in articles in Christian Fiction Online Magazine, ACFW Journal, and Christian Retailing.

Lena has an active web presence and an internationally connected blog where she interviews other authors and promotes their books. Her blog received the TBCN Reader’s Choice Blog of the Year Award sponsored by Book Fun Magazine.
2013 Blog of the Year Award for Lena Nelson Dooley

Here’s my interview with Lena Nelson Dooley . . .

Janet: What are the loves of your life?

Lena: My husband, James, my children, grandchildren and great-grandsons. I also love chocolate, especially dark chocolate, cherries, and chocolate-covered cherries. And spending time with friends.

Janet: What do you do when you’re not writing?

Lena: Travel is always on my horizon . . . Cruising, Galveston, the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Mexico. One day it will be Hawaii and Australia, but probably not the same year. I also have had the privilege to do a lot of speaking at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. In addition, I read a lot. My list of favorite authors could go on for a long time.  

Janet: What’s one of your passions, besides your husband, of course.

Lena: Helping other authors become published really floats my boat. Over thirty writers I’ve mentored have later had their books published. 

Janet: What’s one of the things you like best about being a writer?

Lena: The high point of my day is receiving feedback from my readers, especially people whose lives have been changed by my books.

Janet: What are some of your recent book releases?

Lena: The McKenna Daughters Series which includes Maggie’s Journey and Mary’s Blessing and Catherine’s Pursuit. This series is about identical triplets born on one of the last wagon trains on the Oregon Trail. Their mother dies giving birth and they are separated. They don’t find out they have sisters until near their 18th birthdays. Each book is one of the sisters’ story.

scavenger hunt prizes McKenna's Daughters Series by Lena Nelson Dooley

Janet: Thank you so much, Lena. You can find out more about Lena at her website: http://www.lenanelsondooley.com/  or at her award-winning blog: http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/

And thank you, readers and hunters for stopping by my Bly Books blog.

THE CATCH US IF YOU CAN SCAVENGER HUNT CAN-DOs:

Before you go, write down this STOP #10 CLUE:  Dedicated to

 The Lost Manuscript of Martin Taylor Harrison, Austin-Stoner Files by Stephen BlyWAIT! And check out this giveaway for the scavenger hunt! The Lost Manuscript of Martin Taylor Harrison by Stephen Bly, Book 1 in the Austin-Scavenger Hunt prize: Lost Manuscript of Martin Taylor Harrison by Stephen BlyStoner Files Series. Choice of hardback/large print (left) or paperback (right). Check it out here: http://www.blybooks.com/bookstore/action-adventure/ 

IN ADDITION, Sign up for an extra chance to receive Stephen Bly’s The Lost Manuscript of Martin Taylor Harrison. Only U.S. and Canada residents will be mailed paperback edition. Any international winner will receive PDF copy only. Novel giveaway form here (3 total winners):
a Rafflecopter giveaway

NEXT! … 

Now, proceed to scavenger hunt STOP #11, Lena Nelson Dooley’s blog site! Click here:  STOP #11

GETTING LOST? This is the CAN Scavenger Hunt HELP(!) page permalink:
http://illuminatingthewordthroughfiction.blogspot.com/2014/03/resource-page-for-catch-us-if-you-can.html
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Find Lena Nelson Dooley online here:
Website
Blog
Pinterest
Facebook
Twitter
Official Facebook Fan Page
Goodreads
Shoutlife
Blogtalk Radio
Other blogs where she’s a regular contributor:
http://christianfictionhistoricalsociety.blogspot.com/
http://justthewritecharisma.blogspot.com/

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85 Responses to Catch Us if You CAN: Spring Scavenger Hunt

  1. Connie Brown March 20, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    I’m looking forward to the scavenger hunt and reading Lena’s books.

    • Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 10:03 am #

      Connie: Thanks for your note. Hope you enjoy the full scavenger hunt experience and get a chance to win one of Lena’s books!
      Blessings,
      Janet

    • Lena Nelson Dooley March 21, 2014 at 11:54 am #

      Connie, be sure to let me know if you like them when you do get to read my books.

    • Halita Wilson March 21, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

      I love seeing what new books have come out and which authors I have yet to check out. 🙂

      • Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

        Greetings, Halita: Glad you were able to join in with us. Thanks for the comment.
        Blessings,
        Janet

  2. Heather Olsen March 21, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    I have enjoyed meeting “new to me” authors and learning of new books to add to my to be read list.

    koho143 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    • Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      Heather: Being part of this scavenger hunt has also allowed me to meet new authors! Great fun and privilege! So love to read new books myself …
      Blessings,
      Janet

  3. Pamela March 21, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    This is such fun! God bless all the authors writing for Him.

    • Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 11:16 am #

      Pamela: Thanks much for your note and for your blessing! Appreciated!
      Blessings back to you,
      Janet

  4. Joan Arning March 21, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    Learning about authors I’m not familiar with! More reading options!

    • Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 11:17 am #

      Joan: Thanks for your note. Enjoy your new reading options!
      Blessings,
      Janet

  5. ~Angie~ March 21, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    I have enjoyed finding new (to me anyhow) Christian authors and add more books to my to-read list!

    • Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 11:18 am #

      Angie: So glad you joined this scavenger hunt. We love finding new readers too!
      Blessings,
      Janet

  6. Britney Adams March 21, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    I love learning more about the authors I love, as well meeting new authors to love! Thank you for sharing this fun scavenger hunt and the opportunity to be a winner!!

    • Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

      Britney: Thanks much for joining us. Enjoy meeting you too! Hope you can be a winner.
      Blessings,
      Janet

    • Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

      Hello again, Britney: I just took a peek at your beautiful website, Buzzing About Books. Looks great. Want to encourage others to look at it too. Check it out here: http://buzzingaboutbooks.com/
      Blessings,
      Janet

  7. Joye March 21, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    I like this hunt since I get introduced to a lot of authors I have yet to read. Thanks for having it.

    • Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

      Greetings, Joye: Thanks so much for joining us. Hope you get some new books to read!
      Blessings,
      Janet

  8. Julie Larsen March 21, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    The Scavenger Hunt has been great! I’ve enjoyed meeting new authors and adding new books to my “to-read” list. Lately, I have had a hard time finding good books that I haven’t read, so this will get me going again. Thanks!

    ~ Julie

    • Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

      Hi, Julie! Being part of this hunt has enabled me to meet new authors too. Love it! Thanks for joining in and for your comments.
      Blessings,
      Janet

  9. Barbara Thompson March 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    I enjoy reading about the authors. Some authors are new to me and even the authors I know I might learn something new. It’s so fun and interesting. Thank you for participating!

  10. Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    Greetings, Barbara: It has been fun and interesting for me too. Thanks so much for your comments. Hope you win something!
    Blessings,
    Janet

  11. tammy cordery March 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    It’s fun

    • Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

      Tammy: Yes, it is! Thanks for joining in with us all …
      Blessings,
      Janet

  12. Angie Young March 21, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    This scavenger hunt has been a lot of fun so far. I’m learning about a lot of great books and great authors.

  13. Marianne Barkman March 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    I have enjoyed reading the pieces that tell me more about each author

    • Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

      Marianne: I have enjoyed that part too. Being a part of this scavenger hunt has helped me know these other authors a bit better.
      Blessings,
      Janet

    • Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

      Greetings again, Marianne: Took a peek at some of your reviews of novels and thought others might enjoy looking at them too. Click here for some good insights on other good books: http://reviewingnovelsonline.blogspot.com/
      Blessings,
      Janet

  14. Emma March 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    I have enjoyed meeting “new to me” authors .Thank you for the opportunity to win.Have a wonderful week.

    • Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

      Greetings, Emma: Thanks for the comments. Hope you can get a win.
      Blessings on your week too!
      Janet

  15. Susan P March 21, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

    I love meeting new authors on the hunts.
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

    • Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

      Greetings, Susan: Sounds like you’ve been on scavenger hunts before. This is my first one and I’m enjoying it very much. Thanks for commenting.
      Blessings,
      Janet

  16. Polly Schneider March 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    I enjoy reading about authors I haven’t read and learning about new books from authors I have.

    • Janet Chester Bly March 21, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

      Greetings, Polly: Thanks much for participating and for your comment!
      Blessings,
      Janet

  17. Celita March 22, 2014 at 7:50 am #

    Hi… What a lovely and interesting woman! I love her passion to help others in their writing journey. That makes me excited. I was wondering… it doesn’t say, but is the giveaway open to internationals? I know that the big prize is only open for the US, but I know that some of the individual giveaways are open to people NOT living in the US… So… before I jump in, wanted to ask. Thank you for your time and for all the scavenger fun! Blessings!

    • Janet Chester Bly March 22, 2014 at 10:53 am #

      Celita: Thanks for your note and lovely comment about my guest author Lena Nelson Dooley. And appreciate your question. My giveaway for paperback edition is for U.S. and Canada residents only. If any Internationals enter and win, they will receive PDF digital copy. I’ll include that in my copy above so others will know.
      Blessings,
      Janet

    • Lena Nelson Dooley March 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

      Celita, if I have an international winner on my blog giveaway, I’ll send the pdf file of the book.

  18. Betti March 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    I have and am enjoying the opportunity to learn more about authors I have not met up with yet. I would love to win and thereby have the chance to read something by each one. Other than that, I will have to sign up for emails, read blog posts and find their books.

    • Janet Chester Bly March 22, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

      Greetings, Betti: Thanks for joining us on this hunt. Appreciate the comments.
      Blessings to you,
      Janet

  19. Kayla March 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    I’m enjoying meeting authors whose books I haven’t yet read! Mrs. Bly, I was wondering why your husband’s name sounded so familiar to me – until I remembered him as the author of the Nathan T. Riggins books I loved so much growing up.

    • Janet Chester Bly March 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

      Greetings, Kayla: So glad you joined in on this scavenger hunt. And delighted to learn that you read the Nathan T. Riggins stories! Am hoping someday to get those re-released for new readers.
      Blessings to you,
      Janet

  20. Jennifer Tipton March 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    I’ve loved finding and meeting new authors and reading how everyone has gotten started in their writing carriers.

    • Janet Chester Bly March 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

      Greetings, Jennifer: Thanks for being part of this scavenger hunt and for leaving your comment.
      Blessings to you,
      Janet

  21. C Marie March 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    I love this giveaway! What I like most? Finding so many new authors and books, I guess. There was a similar Christian scavenger hunt over Christmas, and I discovered three authors I still follow. Plus, I love the excitement of the giveaways themselves. And the feeling of “earning” everything I get, because I have to work to get to all the blogs, read them, etc.

    • Janet Chester Bly March 22, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

      C Marie: Love your enthusiasm! Thanks so much for participating in this scavenger hunt and for your comments.
      Blessings,
      Janet

      • C Marie March 24, 2014 at 9:11 am #

        Thank YOU for giving me the opportunity for doing this! 🙂

  22. Linda Marie Finn March 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    So far getting to know new authors and working at promoting each of you on Social Media. Check out my pinterest boards.
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    http://www.faithfulacres.net

    • Janet Chester Bly March 22, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

      Greetings, Linda: Thanks for your involvement in our scavenger hunt. Took a peek at your site and I’m now following you on Twitter. Looked at your Pinterest boards too … wow, lots of interesting ones. Here’s my Pinterest page … http://www.pinterest.com/janetcbly/
      Blessings to you,
      Janet

  23. Ladette March 22, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    I have enjoyed meeting new-to-me authors!! AND learning the stories behind the story (or author). Thanks for being a part of the Scavenger Hunt!!

    • Janet Chester Bly March 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

      Greetings, Ladette: Thanks for your comments and for joining us in our fun Hunt!
      Blessings to you,
      Janet

  24. bn100 March 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    Finding new authors

    • Janet Chester Bly March 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

      Greetings, bn100: And we love finding new readers!
      Blessings,
      Janet

  25. Ellen March 22, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    Lena, I love that one of your passions is mentoring other authors! I have the same passion to some degree, though I’m not a published,experienced author like you are! But I do love helping people better their writing in any way I can!

    • Lena Nelson Dooley March 23, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

      Ellen, I love seeing other people helping and mentoring others. I’ve heard it said that we should all be in the place where there are those who have gone farther along the road, who will give us a hand, and we’re farther along than some others, and we should be giving them a hand up.

      Welcome to that type of writing life.

  26. Ellen March 22, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    Oops, I have this horrible tendency to comment before I see what the Rafflecopter question was. Anyway, to answer the question: I think my favorite part has been seeing the different forms that writer’s blogs take. 🙂

    • Janet Chester Bly March 22, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

      Greetings, Ellen: No problem. Appreciated your comments to Lena. I have also enjoyed looking at the different styles and themes of writers’ blogs doing this Hunt. Enjoyed looking at your interesting blog too. Perhaps others would like to take a peek at The Ink Loft: http://theinkloft.blogspot.com/
      Blessings to you,
      Janet

  27. Amy Bateman March 23, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    I love discovering new books/authors. My “to-read” list keeps growing the further I get into the hunt!

    • Janet Chester Bly March 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

      Amy: So many books. So little time. I’ve often wondered what will find in heaven’s library … when we’ll have all eternity! Thanks much for participating in our scavenger hunt.
      Blessings,
      Janet

  28. Renee Coggins March 23, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    So many great books to read!

    • Janet Chester Bly March 23, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

      Greetings, Renee: So glad you’ve found some good ones! Thanks for participating!
      Blessings,
      Janet

  29. Esther March 23, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed the hunt immensely, as now I have a tidy list of the new books I want to read!

    • Janet Chester Bly March 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

      Greetings, Esther: So glad you’ve joined our scavenger hunt and found some good new books!
      Blessings,
      Janet

  30. Carol Edwards March 23, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    I have enjoyed learning about some new authors.

    • Janet Chester Bly March 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

      Carol: Glad to have you part of the CAN hunt. Thanks for the comment.
      Blessings,
      Janet

  31. Litany March 24, 2014 at 1:34 am #

    I’ve enjoyed learnign about different christians authors(especially those who I have never heard of before)

    • Janet Chester Bly March 24, 2014 at 10:38 am #

      Litany: Glad you could join us and get acquainted with more Christian authors.
      Blessings,
      Janet

  32. Bonnie Traher March 24, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    Would love to win.

  33. Pam D March 24, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    Finding new authors I might not have known about before

  34. Lynn March 25, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    All of the books mentioned in the hunt sound so good – can’t wait to start reading them.

    • Janet Chester Bly March 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

      Lynn: Thanks for your comment! So glad you could join us in the Hunt!
      Blessings,
      Janet

  35. Connie Hendryx March 25, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    Great books! Hope I win…even if I don’t, I’ll still win by buying your books!!

    • Janet Chester Bly March 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

      Greetings, Connie: Hope you win too! Love connecting with potential readers!
      Blessings,
      Janet

  36. Kristen March 25, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    Hi Janet! What I’ve enjoyed most about this scavenger hunt (ANY scav hunt!) is all of the new authors I learn about and all the new book titles added to my ever-growing TBR list! I’m also itching to read Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot. I think it’s so special that you and your sons wrote it together after your husband passed!

    • Janet Chester Bly March 25, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

      Greetings, Kristen: Thanks for participating and for your enthusiastic comment. Hope you get that chance to read Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot. It was such a privilege and challenge for us to finish it for Stephen.
      Blessings,
      Janet

  37. Joy Banks March 25, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    It’s been great “meeting” so many new authors

    • Janet Chester Bly March 25, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

      Greetings, Joy: And it has also been great “meeting” CAN Hunt participants like you!
      Blessings,
      Janet

  38. Darlene March 25, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    This has been a great experience. I have enjoyed finding out about a number of new books to read, I have found less and less Christian novels in my bookstore recently, so it has been good to find some new ones to read!

  39. Janet Chester Bly March 25, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    Greetings, Darlene: So glad you’re enjoying the CAN Hunt and have found some new fiction to enjoy.
    Blessings to you,
    Janet

  40. Sherry March 26, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    I am enjoying the hunt. Your book about the manuscript sounds interesting.

    • Janet Chester Bly March 26, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

      Sherry: Thanks so much for the comment and for participating in this Hunt!
      Blessings,
      Janet

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