Scavenger Hunt: Stop #12

» Posted on May 31, 2012 in Blog | 67 comments

Welcome to Stop #12 on the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! Continue the loop to discover all the 23 new and upcoming books. Don’t forget to write down the clue at each stop and when you know what it says, fill out the Rafflecopter form by June 4, 2012 (noon MST), and you will be in the running for the grade prize of 23 autographed books (if you live in the United States; unsigned if international). So continue this journey through the scavenger hunt.

Robin Lee Hatcher

In the scavenger hunt I got the privilege of hosting the award winning, talented Robin Lee Hatcher. She is featuring Heart of Gold.

Blurb of Heart of Gold:

Back in her beloved Virginia, Shannon Adair loved nursing injured soldiers back to health. But in Grand Coeur, Idaho-the rough-and-tumble place where her father has been called to lead the church-she’s not sure where she fits in. Then a critically ill woman arrives, and Shannon knows her place at last: to care for this dear woman and ease her pain. Matthew Dubois is the fastest and most reliable stagecoach driver on Wells Fargo’s payroll. But his widowed sister is dying and he’s about to inherit his young nephew. So he takes a job at the Wells Fargo express office in Grand Coeur until he can find the one thing he needs to get back to driving: a wife to care for the boy. What neither of them knows is that God is at work behind the scenes-and is lovingly bringing them together to discover the true desires of their hearts.

A Scavenger Hunt Exclusive by Robin:

I love writing about my home state of Idaho. It is an amazing place, especially if you love mountains, roaring rivers, big skies, wild animals, and so much more. And yet so many readers don’t know anything about Idaho. So I try to allow readers to catch a glimpse of the places I love.

Did you know that Shoshone Falls (in south central Idaho) is higher than Niagara Falls? Did you know that the deepest river gorge in North America is on the Snake River in Idaho (bordered on the other side by Oregon)? Did you know that Idaho, the 13th largest state, has more wilderness area than any of the other lower 48 states? Did you know that Idaho produces 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones, some that can be found nowhere else in the world? Did you know that more gold came out of the Boise Basin than out of either the California 49er or the Klondike/Alaska gold rushes?

It’s the Boise Basin gold rush that forms the backdrop for Heart of Gold. Little wonder since I have spent many a day in my life, tramping around Idaho City, once the largest city in the Northwest. I have seen some of the original sluices from the 1860’s in those mountains. I have ridden horses along trails that drop off into nowhere and felt the utter aloneness men and women from years ago must have felt. I have imagined stagecoaches thundering along the road that twists and turns above creeks and rivers and almost tasted the dust on my tongue (not to mention feeling pain in my back in empathy for the passengers who rode inside those coaches).

I hope you’ll visit Idaho’s gold rush with me, as seen through the eyes of my hero and heroine. Heart of Gold is set in the fictional town of Grand Coeur, a town based on Idaho City and other gold rush towns in the Boise Basin. Who knows what you may find to love about this wild, unruly place?

You can pick up a copy of Robin’s book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or at your local bookstore. Find out more about this author at Robin Lee Hatcher’s website.

The Scavenger Hunt Skinny

Now hurry along to the next stop in the scavenger hunt at: Stop #13 Marta Perry at:

Don’t forget to write down the clue from Stop #12: cup of

Once you have the complete quote you need to fill out the Rafflecopter form at to be eligible for the 23 book grand prize.

Bonus: If you would like to be in the running for one of two additional copies of Saving Hope, the first book in the Men of the Texas Rangers Series: (1) comment on what is your home state and what you love about it on this post below and (2) sign up for my quarterly newsletter (the form is on the righthand side of this page).



  1. Florida! My favorite part is the boating on the beautiful waterways.
    Subscribed to newsletter.

  2. Nebraska is my homestate and what makes it my favorite are the people, Runzas, and the Huskers 🙂

  3. My home state is Florida, and I love the ocean and the rainy afternoons.

  4. Illinois
    that we are the state that is called The Land Of Lincoln

  5. Arkansas. The Boston Mountains…..they are so beautiful. I live about 45 minutes from them so I get to visit them often.

  6. Texas! I love the short winters, and the diverse landscape across the state.

  7. My home state is Pennsylvania, however I now live in Oklahoma and love it! I love the people and community here! The sunsets and thunder storms! I’m not sure how I ever went so long without experiencing Oklahoma!

  8. I love most that my kids enjoy the beach and they get to enjoy it as often as they want.

  9. Ohio ~ Ohio has a lot of history and where I live, it’s a short drive no matter which direction you drive. I actually live in a historical district!

  10. Minnesota…..if you don’t like the weather…wait a moment and it will change! Besides…it’s beautiful!

  11. Indiana. I love the springs and summers here!

  12. I’m a native Texan. What’s not to love about my home state? BBQ, cowboys, Dallas, the open pastures, a very short winter…I could keep going, but I won’t.

  13. Indiana is my home state, and I love the openness and country areas.

  14. the mountains and walking on trails!!

  15. I just moved to Wisconsin, so it is my new home state. I am learning about it right now. I am loving all the lakes and the trees that make up the northern part of the state.

  16. Utah. Lots of National Parks here that are totally amazing.

  17. My home state is Iowa. I love the small town “feel” you get there, as well as the
    wide open green spaces.

  18. I am from Oklahoma and I have to say I love the thunderstorms. Not the tornados but just the rain, thunder and lighting.

  19. Indiana. We have a lot of lakes and tons of parks. I love that we also have the 4 seasons here. So many fairs and other outdoor festivities too!

    I already receive your quarterly news letter.

  20. Home State….Louisiana….Love the food!!

  21. MICHIGAN is my home state, though I’ve lived in NORTH CAROLINA now for almost 16 years. I love the geographic diversity in both states: sand dunes, mountains, water (Great Lakes/ocean), etc.

  22. My home state is Idaho 🙂 I like the small town life. I subscribed to your newsletter.

  23. I am from Pennslyvania.

    I have read one of Miss Hatcher’s novels, Ribbon of Years, and I loved it!

  24. I live in Kentucky. I love the beauty of the four seasons here, having come from Florida where the changes weren’t as dramatic.

  25. My home state is Alabama!!! My favorite things about it are the beautiful countryside, the amazing food and of course the football!

  26. I love the mountains of North Carolina!

  27. Kentucky is my home state and I love all the horses!

  28. My home state is Virginia! I love that you can visit the beach and the mountains in the same day. Plus there are many wonderful historical places to visit.

  29. Minnesota is my home! I love it because of the 10,000 + lakes that we have and the beauty and recreation they give us! Plus we are Minnesota Nice!

  30. My home state is Illinois and I love that we are associated with Abraham Lincoln and the northwest corner area of Galena and along the Mississippi River.

  31. My home state is Alabama and I love the wide-open spaces and the people.

  32. I was born in Virginia. I moved a lot growing up, so my favorite thing about VA is that it has always felt like home. There is a sense of peace and belonging that I feel when we are there.

  33. My state is Florida. I love that we are surrounded by beach. I love when I stay at the beach where I can waken and fall asleep to the sound of the surf.

  34. Colorado is my home state! I just love all of the gorgeous mountains there. Ad I subscribed to the newsletter,

  35. Tennessee. I love the mountains.

  36. I’m from Ohio and love not only the four seasons but also the diversity of activities throughout the state! We are currently dancing with 4 different folk dance groups in our city!

  37. I live in the beautiful state of Illinois. I love all the places and things you can do.

  38. VA-The beautiful colors in the Fall.

  39. Kansas! Thunderstorms are amazing!!!

  40. I live in the great state of Maine — The home of Acadia National Park. I love our coast, and am blessed to live about 30 minutes away from our favorite spot near the ocean.

  41. I love living in the beautiful hills of Missouri, where we have all four seasons — though not necessarily at their “appointed times” 🙂

  42. ND is where I live now. Love the small population There isn’t a big city in ND that I’d be afraid to drive in.

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  43. i’m a newsletter subscriber too

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  44. I grew up on a ranch in Oklahoma. I loved the Kiamichi Mountains and the Kiamichi River, but what makes Oklahoma special is the warm, genuine people!

  45. Texas! It don’t get much bigger and better than that! The hill country area is one favorite. It’s beautiful! The other is Galveston. There is the beach and there is always something to do there.

  46. Illinois….I love the changing of seasons and that it is centrally located.

  47. I have lived in Maine since 1967 and although I am still considered an outsider by the natives, I like it here. I love the ocean, the fall colors, the seafood and so on. I tried to subscribe to your newsletter, but when I clicked on subscribe, nothing happened. Will keep trying.

  48. California – San Diego – Weather…Sunsets…Beaches…what’s not to love 🙂

  49. Wyoming–the Big Horn Mountains are absolutely beautiful!

  50. I’m from QLD, AUSTRALIA. We have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, spectacular rainforests & of course The Great Barrier Reef. Queenslanders are fiercely loyal.

  51. I live in the mountains of southwest VA. We live back in the woods on several acres of land. It’s so peaceful and I love it! I can sit on my back porch and listen to and see God’s beauty. We have turkeys, deer, ducks, geese, bear, etc. It is wonderful! !!!

  52. I love hearing about people’s home state (country-place) and what you love about it. I was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and ended up going to college there. I think the city is gorgeous and had such fond memories of the place, especially since I met my husband there.

  53. I live in Arkansas, in the Ouachita Mtns. It’s beautiful country, and best of all, I live only 3 miles from the nearest lake access for Lake Ouachita!

  54. Colorado: I love our rugged mountains.

  55. I live in New York, but more directly in Western New York 🙂 I love being able to go from being in a huge city out to nature and visiting Niagara Falls and riding through the hills 🙂

  56. I am from Indiana and I love that it holds all of our friends. I also love that it is where my family lives.

  57. IOWA…..I love the changing Seasons

  58. CA- I like the beaches. I signed up for the newsletter.

  59. My new homestate is Washington – the evergreen state. God’s creation is
    lush and beautiful here and He sends the birds every morning to greet the beginning of a new day with their songs. We’ve been welcomed by wonderful neighbors who’ve gone out of their way to help us learn about our new home. My daughter and son-in-law are moving here also, so I will be able to spend more time with them and my two lovely grandchildren.

  60. i live in Alberta ~ my province of birth. What’s not to love about God country? The wide open spaces of the prairies, the tall mountains of the west and the rolling hills. Up in the north country where we now live, we have the Mighty Peace River and Valley, rivers and valleys in unexpected places, and of course, moose, elk, deer and bear.

    However, i do live in Arizona for the winter, and there i love the cacti, the desert sand and the warm weather.

  61. I was born, raised, and live in the same house in North Carolina. I am 68 years old and have never moved! Not many people can say that. NC has beautiful mountains, wonderful piedmont, and amazing coast!

  62. Georgia – I love the seasons we have in Georgia. We also have both the beaches and the mountains. Something for everyone.

  63. Michigan, absolutely LOVE the beach towns on the western side of the state all along Lake Michigan.

  64. My home’s in Alabama… hmmm, could be a song in there. lol No really, I grew up in Kansas (loved the wheat fields, didn’t love the wind) but have now been an Alabama girl for almost 30 years. I love spring, fall, and winter… not so crazy about the summers. I love Southerners, sweet tea, and Taco Casa (a local fast food Mexican restaurant). Roll Tide! 🙂

  65. Hi,
    I currently live in Alabama but claim Texas as my home. I love everything there from the aridness of west Texas to the snow in the panhandle. And the sunsets CAN’T be beaten, anywhere!
    I enjoy your books very much. I’ve read them for years.
    My Mom read them too, before she passed away.
    Thanks for the scavenger hunt. Such fun!!

  66. My home state is Ohio. I love the taste of tomatoes, strawberries, blackberries, and corn grown in Ohio soil. I also love the maple syrup festivals. I live in Florida now, and now matter what kind of tomatoes I buy or grow here, none taste as good as the ones I get in Ohio when I go back to visit. Perhaps I’ll have to import so Ohio clay for my garden!

  67. Georgia is my home state… I was born here and God just keeps bringing me back, even though I’ve moved away twice.

    I guess what I love about it is that it is SOUTHERN. Sweet Tea, peaches/pecans, and southern hospitality!

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