Thank you for joining the Christian Fiction Spring Scavenger Hunt. I’m so glad you’ve joined the fun. As you probably know, the hunt began at noon MST on April 4th. The hunt begins and ends at my friend Robin Lee Hatcher’s website (So make sure you stop over there, too). The hunt ends on April 6 at midnight Mountain. You’ll have all weekend to complete it, so there’s no need to race.
However, be sure to collect a clue in red at each stop, writing them down as they go. For those of you checking in from overseas, this hunt is open to international entries. Be sure to read all the way to the end for a chance to participate in a separate giveaway I’m doing here. Prizes include a Kindle Fire HDX + $100 gift certificate and two runners-up will receive all 31 of our books.
It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Olivia Newport, my guest for the hunt. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her at ACFW, and am delighted to welcome her here. I’ve really enjoyed her books, too, so that’s a fun plus!
Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. She is the author of the Avenue of Dreams series, the Valley of Choice series, Hidden Falls serialized novel, and the forthcoming Amish Turns of Time series launching with Wonderful Lonesome. Connect with her at www.olivianewport.com, Twitter, and Facebook.Olivia is married with two grown kids. And she is fortunate enough to live at the foot of the Colorado Rockies. I LOVE the Rockies. Wish I could join her there!
Taken for English is Olivia’s latest release. Here’s more about it: Annie joined the Amish church based on prayerful conviction, not romantic dreams. And yet, she’d hoped to share her new life with Rufus. But he’s obviously in no hurry. Family history clearly shows it’s never been easy living a plain life in the English world. Will the changes and challenges Annie now faces as a young Amish woman test her newfound faith in good ways or bad? And how long will Rufus test her patience?
Olivia has sent me a exclusive guest post about the setting for this Amish novel. Who would have imagined there were Amish in Colorado! Love to know what you think after reading it.
The Real Westcliffe, Colorado
I can’t think of a single time I’ve said, “I found out there’s an Amish community in Colorado” and someone answered, “I knew that.”
“Really?” “I never heard that.” “In Colorado?” “How did you find out?” Those are the typic
Actually there are several clusters of Amish in southwestern Colorado. The area around Westcliffe is just one of them, and it’s where I decided to set my story. So of course I had to go there.
I had a delightful day driving from Colorado Springs to Westciffe, the way my characters Annie and Ruth do. The Amish are primarily in outlying areas and not necessarily visible around town all the time the way they might be in other parts of the country, but
it was fun to see the town for the first time and store mental images of the peaceful place that made Annie leave her high-tech life behind and venture into the Amish community.
Here are some of the photos I snapped that inspired the very small-town setting of the Valley of Choice series, which includes Accidentally Amish, In Plain View, and Taken for English.
THE SCAVENGER HUNT SKINNY
—Thanks for stopping by my website! Before you move on to Stop #9, Olivia Newport’s site, to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down this Stop #8’s clue: “he reads.”
Now here’s how you can enter my giveaway. Thanks for participating in the Scavenger Hunt!