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 33 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.
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- It is open to INTERNATIONAL entrants.
- PRIZES include 3 sets of all 32 books, $500 in Amazon gift cards and many authors are offering additional prizes!
- There is NO RUSH to complete this hunt—you have ALL WEEKEND. So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books you might want to learn more about!
- Submit your ENTRY for the GRAND PRIZE at Stop #33 by Monday night (4/25) at midnight mountain.
Meet Melanie Dickerson!
Summary of A Spy’s Devotion:
In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and tawdriness thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.
At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?
Sounds amazing, huh? Well, Melanie agreed to give us a short excerpt from the book right here on my blog!
From A Spy’s Devotion…
Her face burning and her breath coming in hollow gasps, Julia said, “I will never meet you, in the courtyard or anywhere else. You are a fiend, and if you do not let go—”
“Excuse me, Mr. Edgerton.” Mr. Langdon strode quickly to her side. “But you are detaining my dance partner.” Mr. Langdon gave Edgerton a withering look, his jaw twitching.
Mr. Edgerton let go of Julia’s arm. Mr. Langdon took the cup of lemonade from her hand and calmly set it on the table. He held out his arm to her and led her away from the red-faced Hugh Edgerton.
They arrived on the dance floor just as the music started, just as Julia was able to blink the traces of tears from her eyes and see Mr. Langdon’s face. His brows were lowered and his jaw set in a rock-hard line. Then, as they began to engage in the steps of the dance, his expression softened. “Are you all right, Miss Grey?”
“Yes, I thank you.” She mustn’t think about how grateful she was to Mr. Langdon or she might cry. Instead, she concentrated on her anger and loathing for Mr. Edgerton.
A lady never showed emotion at a public gathering. How many times had she lectured Phoebe on this very matter? But Phoebe never had to worry about men like Hugh Edgerton trying to force her to meet him in the courtyard, or her father trying to force her to marry someone she could not love.
Oh dear Lord!
It suddenly hit her like a boulder against her chest—Mr. Langdon had already danced with her! She was dancing with him for the second time that night. Nicholas Langdon never danced with anyone a second time. Everyone would see. Julia’s aunt, Phoebe, and everyone else would say he was singling her out. The gossip would spread from one end of the party to the other by the end of the dance.
Was she imagining it, or was everyone staring at them and whispering?
Melanie Dickerson is the award-winning author of Christian Historical Romances for teens and adults. Her fairy tale retellings have won Christian Retailing’s Best Award, the Carol Award, and she’s a 2-time Christy Award finalist. Find her at:
Here’s the Stop #21 Skinny:
Clue to Write Down: can be made
Link to Stop #22, the Next Stop on the Loop: Melanie Dickerson’s own site!
Extra Giveaway: On the previous stop, Deb Raney’s site, you heard about my new release, Miriam. I’d like to do a special giveaway that immerses you in the sights and sounds of the biblical Exodus (no Canaan dog–sorry).
Enter to win an authentic shofar, a polished ram’s horn–the same instrument the Israelites would have used to gather the tribes when they left Egypt! There are many ways to enter in the Rafflecopter widget below. One winner will be chosen and announced on April 27th!
(So sorry, but only U.S. residents are eligible to win. This contest is in conjunction with the Spring Scavenger Hunt but is separately administered, so any questions should come to me personally at: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
After the scavenger hunt, please come back and look around my site. There’s MUCH more to be discovered at www.mesuandrews.com!