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 3/18 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, 3/21 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 new 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!
Hey Y’all! So glad to have you visit my site and enjoy the fun of this Scavenger Hunt! My name is Pepper Basham and I am an author of contemporary and historical romance. My books are “peppered” with grace and humor and are usually sprinkled with some of my Appalachian heritage too. You can learn more about me by perusing this site or touching base with me on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, MeWe, and/or Pinterest.
My newest release, Hope Between the Pages, celebrates all things BOOKISH!!! Oh yes, you got that right. Stories GALORE! Bookshops. Libraries. Classics. Here’s a little about it!
Clara Blackwell can’t lose her family’s one-hundred-year-old bookshop, but with the deed missing, there’s a chance her father’s legacy could fall into the hands of her greedy uncle. In an attempt to locate the missing deed, Clara uncovers an unusual love note which leads to the discovery of a long-lost romance. Forced to step outside her predictable bookish world, Clara embarks on an adventure with only the name Oliver as a hint of the man’s identity in her great grandmother’s unknown history. From the beautiful North Carolina Vanderbilt estate to a hamlet in The Lake District, England, can Clara put the pieces of an ill-fated romance together in order to save her bookshop…and maybe even find her own bookish happily-ever-after in the process?
The Stories that Shape Us
The earliest books I remember were the hardback, blue Bible storybooks my parents kept on a bookshelf in the living room. Each book had a smooth cover with a scene depicting some Bible story and promised pages filled with surprising revelations about what God did for his people. My parents read a Bible story to me and my little brother each night before bed, but stories were an integral part of my early childhood. I’m from Appalachia, so, besides the Bible stories, many stories were “told” not “read”. I would say that my love for stories started with that hardbound Bible book, but was inspired and encouraged by the oral tales my granny shared of our family history. Encouraged by my love for storytelling, reading became a natural passion and I was often found carrying a book around which led to the discovery of many other wonderful tales. The Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew were the first sets that drew me to such an extent, I felt I needed to write sequels. “Mysteries” suddenly emerged around every corner of my imagination and though I couldn’t draw very well at all, my first “story” ended up being a mystery inspired by my love for those book series. (note the photo of my daughter holding a copy of my poorly illustrated first story) 🙂
In my late elementary years, I learned the value of traveling outside of the U.S when I read The Secret Garden followed quickly by A Little Princess. It was then that I began my deep and abiding love affair with “all things UK”. With that shift in reading, growing my little Appalachian world, even more,
I began to devour as many stories as I could find. I held a fascination for Abraham Lincoln in middle school and John F. Kennedy in early high school. I would read as many books as I could get my hands on about the English landscape and history, particularly royal history. Then I read Jane Eyre followed quickly by some of Austen’s classics and I was a goner.
College introduced Frankenstein and Dracula, along with Gawain and the Green Knight, Dickens, and Canterbury Tales. Each story feeding a different interest within my imagination, a fun conglomeration which likely encouraged my rather “eclectic” writing style now 🙂 But…at this time, the only fiction with an overtly Christian influence that I’d read was Grace Livingston Hill books- and though they were sweet and gentle, they didn’t hold my interest as much as some other fiction did.
In my early twenties, I made two fascinating discoveries.
- Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings (I finished both series within a week each as a new mom. AMAZING! Nursing moments really add up.)
- When I picked Siri Mitchell’s book, Kissing Adrien, followed immediately by Mary Connealy’s book, Petticoat Ranch, I realized I’d “found” the Christian influence, intriguing stories, and quality of writing I was looking for, not only in reading but also in writing. Add to that the powerful depth of Francine Rivers, Redeeming Love, and, somehow, I found my “writing” family.
All along the way, stories not only entertained me, but each one contributed to growing my education, my imagination, and my appreciation of people, history, worlds, hardships, and triumphs that I may never experience (and may never WANT to experience) in the real world. The point is, they GREW me.
I learned and loved through books. They made me a better person, reader, and writer. They broadened my world and gave me a better understanding of others. Stories matter.
“Their” stories matter and our stories matter. That’s why “book folks” enjoy each other’s company so much. We share stories and the love of stories. We build community, so, not only to stories teach and entertain us, they also bring us together 🙂 (Hmm….maybe that’s why Jesus used them so much 😉
So, now it’s your turn.
What fiction inspired you? Either early on in your reading journey or later? We’ve all grown through stories. Some of mine were written down and some were told to me from a family member, but they all influenced me and my imagination in different ways.
What about you?
Leave your answer in the comments to have an opportunity to win a copy of Hope Between the Pages – a story inspired by the love of books!!
ALSO…..Here’s the Stop #21 Basics:
Clue to Write Down: DIVE
The Next Stop on the Loop: the AMAZING Kara Swanson’s site!