Welcome to the Autumn 2014 Scavenger Hunt. You have arrived at Stop #5. 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 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 weekend to finish it, so take your time. Enjoy reading the exclusive content the authors 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.
Today, I’m delighted to host my friend Lyn Cote. Author of over 40 books, award-winning author Lyn Cote writes contemporary and historical romance. Her homepage blog features “Strong Women, Brave Stories.” Visit her website/blog and find her on Facebook, GoodReads and Twitter.
My Hero, My Challenge by Lyn Cote
When I told my agent that my newest hero was deaf, she said,”Lyn, why do you do this to yourself?”
She was right.
A deaf hero can’t overhear someone speaking or footsteps. And how does one convey dialogue in sign language? But I knew Samuel Cathwell had lost his hearing to a childhood illness. An author must go with her gut.
And my subconscious had concocted this compelling conflict for Samuel, an outcast due to his deafness. When all have rejected you as inferior–even some saying you’d been punished by God–that’s a difficult inner conflict as well as an external conflict. And a romantic conflict–how can my heroine Honor come to love a man so closed off from others? And how can Samuel believe she loves him, a deaf man?
Deafness, still today, separates people but more so in the early 19th century which saw the birth of American Signing.
“…American Sign Language really started in 1814 with Dr. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet.from Hartford, Connecticut.”
Since Samuel had been rendered deaf around 1796 well before 1814, how could his mother teach him to communicate?
“Organized deaf education was non-existent until around 1750. The association for deaf people was founded by Abbe de L’Epee, a French Catholic priest, in Paris.”
But neither Dr. Hopkins nor de L’Epee could do my hero, living in Pittsburgh, PA in 1796, much good. We in the 21st century forget how limited communications were.
So how could Samuel have learned to speak with his hands? I devised a way–never fear. A mother does what she has to for her children and Samuel’s mother does so.
But again why write a deaf hero?
I had a childhood friend, who was the only hearing member of her family. When I visited her, I’d always wave hi to her mom. I felt bad for my friend because she was the “different one” in her family. (About the time we moved away, I was happy a little hearing sister was born into the family.) Writers are funny that way–any life experience may pop up years later in a story. Have you ever had any experience with the deaf or signing?
You can purchase Lyn’s book at:
The Scavenger Hunt Skinny
Thanks so much for stopping by my site and participating in the new Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. Before you move on to Stop #6, which is Lyn Cote’s site, to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down this Stop #5 CLUE: to a world that
But Before You Go
I’m giving away a copy of y books that released this year. All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter below. Two readers will receive one copy of either book. Thanks so much for stopping by and participating!