Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #12

» Posted on Apr 3, 2014 in Blog | 167 comments

scavengerhuntThank you so much for participating in the Spring Scavenger Hunt Stop #12. I have done this every year and love meeting all the people who come through. I’m hosting Susan Sleeman, a fantastic romantic suspense author. I’m thrilled to share her information with you. 

Before we get started I want to remind everyone to visit every stop for the word clues you will need to enter the grand prize drawing at the end of the scavenger hunt. So don’t forget the clue in red at the end and the link to Stop #13. Also I will be running a bonus giveaway for this stop. So check it out after you read all about Susan Sleeman. 

The first stop on the hunt is at: in case you need to start at the beginning.

Prizes for Scavenger Hunt (contest you enter at the end of hunt):

Grand Prize: Kindle Fire HDX (valued at $229) plus a $100 Kindle gift certificate. 
Runners-up: two winners will each get a complete set of all 32 novels

In case you find a broken link…

We have prepared a page with direct links to each author’s post in case a site goes down or a link gets broken. We’ll be working on getting all of the links prior to the start of the hunt, but sometimes there are still issues even after the hunt starts, so make a note of the URL for the Participating Authors & Stops page so you can check back and be able to complete the hunt.


Who is Susan Sleeman?

susansleemanSUSAN SLEEMAN is a best-selling author of inspirational and clean read romantic suspense books. Her first book, High-Stakes Inheritance was an ECPA bestseller. Award nominations include The Christmas Witness for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence and Thread of Suspicion for the 2013 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Best Book Award. In addition to writing, Susan also hosts the popular website She currently lives in Oregon, but has lived in nine states. Her husband is a realtor and they have two daughters, a son-in-law, and an adorable grandson.

Dark Tide by Susan SleemanFloating Homes

What could be more relaxing than coming home from work to your houseboat or floating home on the river? Settle into your lounger and let the water lapping at the sides of boat wash away your stress. Get lost in the stars twinkling overhead. Listen to the gentle rhythm of the water. Sounds perfect right? It is and Portland, Oregon has many floating home communities on the Columbia River.

Wanting a unique setting for Dark Tide, I had to feature one such community. Now, of course, I write romantic suspense, so this idyllic setting had to change. Insert an overcast sky with threatening clouds. Fingers of fog creeping over the edge of the deck. A quiet mist coating everything, the deck’s planks slippery and dangerous. A killer moored in a smaller boat in the middle of the river. The sliver of moon outlining him and his gun. Then you have the opening scene of Dark Tide, the fifth and final book in my Justice Agency series.

So check out this amazing video of floating homes on the Columbia River and use your imagination to transform it into my opening scene. Then let me know what you think about this type of lifestyle. Could you live on a houseboat?

Video of Floating Homes

Bonus Contest by Margaret Daley:

I have two copies of Deadly Hunt (ebook) and Bodyguard Reunion (print) to give away to two people (the books I highlighted on Stop #11). If you want to enter, please comment below and tell me who has been an example of a strong woman to you. I will pick a winter Monday, April 7th. I will email you that day if you have won. I will give you a second entry if you sign up for my newsletter and a third if you like my Facebook page.

The next stop is Stop #13 at Susan Sleeman’s blog. The clue for this stop is: that everyone. Have fun. If you come back during other weeks to my blog, I showcase Christian authors and Christian fiction, often with giveaways.




  1. Thanks for being a part of the scavenger hunt. I love online scavenger hunts – totally brings out the kid in me! And this one is particularly great as I’m finding all sorts of new authors to check out!

    I don’t know if you ever participate in linky parties, but if you are ever so inclined, I’d love for you to join our book-loving community at Booknificent Thursdays on We gather every Thursday and share posts about books we’ve been reading or writing and how books are impacting our lives. We’d love to have you join us anytime!


  2. My mother is a strong woman ! She is a strong christian and she is a cancer survivor and I am proud of her!

  3. Your book ‘Dark Tide’ sounds really intriguing so I am sure the ones you are giving away in your Bonus contest are equally so. I would say my ‘other’ mother is an especially strong woman as she ‘adopted’ myself and my husband into her family. We feel like we have always belonged as she is so gracious and full of love. We love her so much! She has a lot of others she is being called ‘Mom’ by as well…..she has such a giving, spiritual nature.

  4. My mother’s sister, Aunt Elaine was a very strong woman. With a rough and tumble husband, three boys, and a rare liver cancer for years and years – she persevered as long as she could. I miss her still. My mom had another type of rare cancer and she also succumbed to it after fighting for years.

  5. My mother is such a strong woman. She home schools all four of us kids, keeps house, takes everyone to prospective sports/co-ops/Tuesday night Bible studies – and all of this while my father’s job means he leaves the country for a week or two at a time approximately once every other month, so she has to do everything by herself!

  6. My mommy and my grandma they are very strong women. They taught me to be strong.

  7. Three ladies who are strong to me are, My Mama, Bethany Hamilton, & Corrie Ten Boom. 🙂

    • Oh! And I followed your facebook. 🙂

  8. As a single mother who had to leave an abusive marriage and raise two children on her own, I consider my sister a strong woman. Her pain has drawn her closer to God.

  9. My mother was a great example to me of a strong woman. Among many experiences, she had to pack up three children to follow my dad to Europe for a 3-year building mission a couple of months after my 10-year old brother passed away. She taught all of us to smile and enjoy life, no matter the challenges we face.

  10. My cousin is a very strong lady. She has survived an abusive marriage and cancer. She is not a complainer and trusts the Lord. Amazing!

  11. My mother is one of the strongest women I know! She has been there for me through thick and thin, and rarely lets anything phase her. I love her a lot and am glad to have her in my life.

    I have liked you on Facebook and signed up for the newsletter!

    • Actually, the link for subscribing isn’t working for me, so scratch that one!

  12. Thanks for being a part of the scavenger hunt. A strong woman in my life is my high school counselor. She has the biggest heart. I graduated 7 years ago and stayed in touch with her. I am now subing and the crazy lady lets me just come and talk to her on my planning period. She has to deal with so much with this job and never complains. I could never deal with all the stress that goes along with it and she does so gracefully. She does it for the kids. She still finds time to be a part of their lives even though that is almost impossible for counselors to do now.

  13. My great grandmother was an inspiration to me. At a young age, she was drug by a team of run-away horses for 3 miles. She lived to be 88, raised 6 children and helped raise several of her grandchildren. All while trusting in the Lord. She didn’t let herself get down.

  14. an example of a strong woman to me was my mother.
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  15. An example of a strong woman in my life would have to be my Pastor’s wife! She has been such a good influence and has gone through some hard things but she is still a strong woman of God!

    P.S I subscribed and like your FB page!

  16. I love your Guardians series. You and Susan are both very talented writers. Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt.

  17. The strongest woman I have ever known was my grandmother. She was amazing and I miss her so much.

  18. I come from a family of strong women for many different reasons. Right now, I have to say my sister who is walking through each day with a disease that there is no cure for. She’s wonderfully normal in spite of what (I know) is on her mind every waking moment. Thank you for this Scavenger Hunt! I really do enjoy these. Oh, and I’m on my way to sign up for your newsletter (although I think I already am) and check in on FB. Thanks again!

  19. The strongest woman I ever knew was my mother. She worked in factorys, fought for equal pay for equal work for women in the 70’s & raised 7 children, before there were daycares & nannies (neither of which my dad and mom could afford)

  20. My mother is an example of a strong woman for me. After my dad passed away 8 years ago, she moved to a new state to finish her college degree, went on to get her Master’s, and now works as an advocate for the elderly in nursing homes and gives support to caregivers.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I follow you on facebook and subscribed to your newsletter too!

  21. I checked and we are FB friends but I’ve tried three times to sign up for you news letter and it won’t let me. Does that mean I’m already getting it? I get several newsletters and I’m pretty sure I get yours so let me know if I did something wrong! Thanks!

  22. I subscribed to your newsletter.
    I saw the true faith and strenth in my mother after suffering the loss of two grown children, her husband of 42 years and then through her own battle with cancer.

  23. The biggest influence in my life was my Grandmother.

  24. Thanks for joining the scavenger hunt! The strongest woman I’ve ever known was a friend whose husband died rather young. She was a stay-at-home mom, suddenly forced to raise strong Godly men on her own. Her patience, poise and willingness to care for her boys and give herself time to grieve while “doing the hard stuff” was incredible!

  25. A shirt-tail relative who had 6 boys. She never raised her voice, is a picture of patience & virtue. I value that even more now that I have 8 children- 7 of them boys. I am sorry to say…I have not been able to model her calm vertue…but it has tempered & encouraged me to keep trying! 🙂

  26. I would have to say it is my older sister that is a strong women. She has been there for the family through thick and then. My mother was crippled when I was eight and my older sister took care of us and her until my mother passed awhy.

  27. My grandmother was a strong woman. She married at an early age, raised 13 children, and raised 3 grandchildren. She lived in a shot gun house and didn’t have an indoor bathroom until I was about 6 or 7. She raised chickens and always had a vegetable garden. She loved flowers and flowering bushes and I would dig the holes for her when I became old enough to help. I remember going with her to milk cows every morning and help her make butter. She would make my all of my clothes, underwear also. She would get chicken feed in cotton sacks with pretty patterns on the feed sacks and make my clothes. She would take scraps of left over material and piece quilts by hand in the winter and in the spring she would let the quilt frame down from the ceiling on the front porch. I would try to help her quilt, but my stitches were long. She is who I see when someone would say strong woman.

  28. My mother, for sure. Her example is what I try to live up to every day as a mother, wife and Christian.

  29. My mom is my example of a strong woman. Pushed though when I thought she would it come back from the death of my seventeen year old brother. He died in a car accident in 2002 2 months before my wedding. Then we found out I could not have kids so we adopted 3 children five years later. My mom helps me with them daily. I was in a work related accident that broke my neck and left me disabled. My mom is my rock. She helped me though so many bad times. She is such a strong woman. I don’t know anyone stronger.

  30. My mom and my mother-in-law are both very strong, godly women whom I respect and who influence me every day.

    I subscribe to your blog by email.

  31. My Mom has been a very strong example to me. She is struggling with her health at this time, so please pray for her. I love your books!

  32. I believe my sister is a strong woman. She works full time and has 3 children and one of them has down’s syndrome but she keeps the faith!

  33. A woman named Julie who is now a part of my church, has displayed strength. She lost a toddler to cancer. She later became pregnant again, but was divorced by her husband. Then someone brought her to church. She realized her life, in spite of the losses, could be made whole by Jesus Christ. One year later, her home was hit by a tornado! She, her baby and her mother were together and safe, so she ran out into the aftermath to see who she could help. She gave the shoe off her own foot to a man who lost one of his in the storm and she continued to help her neighbors! She and her baby girl are thriving and living for Jesus!

  34. My mother because she has shown me even through 28 surgeries in 11 years and two transplants that her soul isn’t ready to give up and that God gets you through anything.

  35. My mom showed me her faith and strength suffering through the loss of two grown children, her husband of 42 years and her own battle with cancer.

  36. My sister is an example of a strong woman. She is always giving to others through her community, church, and family. She nursed her husband for many years as Alzheimer’s Disease claimed his life. Now she is making a new life for herself, and keeping her faith strong.

  37. FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE SHE INFLUNCED MY CHOOSE TO BE A NURSE shewas quit an inspiration. with all of the challeges he had back than and still persued the nursing career

  38. My grandma is a strong woman. Her body is failing her but she fights with her mind. As she begins to slip away she maintains and heir of grace and a spirit of love that is beautiful to witness.

    I’ve signed up for your newsletter!

  39. I have been fortunate to have more than one strong woman in my life – my mother, my aunt, and my grandmother. They all exemplified perseverance and determination while maintaining faith, hope, and a cheerful attitude.

    I tried to sign up for your newsletter, but was unsuccessful. Nothing happened when I clicked on the “subscribe” button.

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  41. The newsletter subscription did work after all; I received 2 emails! Thank you!

  42. My daughter! She has had several surgeries and health issues, she’s a strong young lady. She keeps smiling and perseveres! Her faith is in the Lord.

  43. Oh and I like your Facebook page

  44. Magdalena (Maggie) Olivarez was a strong woman. She suffered from lupus, congestive heart failure, diabetes and a host of other ailments; but she was always cheerful, praising God for all he did for her. She is now with Him.

  45. Susan, I couldn’t live on a houseboat or a floating house. I want terra firma under my feet on a regular basis! LOL

    Hey Margaret! Your books sound great. My paternal grandmother was a strong woman. She did was a poor sharecropper’s wife, and she was a wonderful woman of faith.

    I can’t remember if I’m already signed up for your newsletter – clicking the button to sign up wouldn’t go anywhere. I even tried it with a different browser. I know I already like you on FB–not to mention in real life. 🙂

  46. My grandmother was the strongest woman I know. Between having a child with mental disabilities, losing two sons in their teens and losing her husband at a young age, she went through life with a grace that I can only hope to have.

  47. My mother-in-law was a strong woman. She battled breast cancer bravely for 10 years and she kept a positive attitude and a zest for life throughout.

    I really enjoy your books. I look forward to following you on Facebook and getting your newsletters.

  48. My Mother is the strongest woman I know. She’s always taught me to love God, have a good attitude and spirit, to forgive and depend on the Lord. She says He will never let you down. Then I witnessed these things in her life after 33 years of marriage, my Dad left her for a younger woman. My Mother lived by what she taught me. I’ve been very blessed to have a wonderful Mother.

    I signed up for your newsletter. Thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt and for the opportunity of the giveaway.

  49. My daughter in law has been the strongest lady I know…My son, her husband, died just this past Jan. 18th of a sudden heart attack. He left his wife and a 23 yr old son. He was the owner of 2 dry cleaners plus he had a sales managers job at a car dealership. His wife, knew how to do the work, but not one thing about the business side of it. But since his death, she has had so much paper work in dealing with his estate, that we thought she would just crumble and would have to have someone else take care of everything. But NO BOY, she has toughened up and jumped in with both feet and has done it all! What a job she has done. Plus still staying strong for their son, taking care of the businesses, the house, the dogs and everything and anything else that came along. All this time, I am falling apart from missing my son. I know she loved him and misses him probably a lot more than I do, but I admire her toughness! and ability to survive.
    And Margaret, you are one of my very favorite writers! I am so anxious for you new book Bodyguard Reunion, to come out..I just ordered one of your books today from Amazon that I did not have yet, No.1 from your Men of the Texas Rangers!! as well as the new one out that you wrote with Janet and Debra and others. Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt and for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. I already have liked you on FB and also subscribe to your newsletter. Thanks and God bless you!!

  50. The strongest woman I know is my oldest daughter. She has come along way in her 26 years, overcoming challenges, situations and more. Through her trials she has learned and since found a way to help others. I am very blessed to be her mom.

  51. The strongest woman for me is a friend/former co-worker named Joyce. She’s survived widowhood, having to learn to drive and pay all of her own bills and she’s done it all with keeping her faith, and being encouragement to others.

  52. My mother has been through a lot in her life. To me, she is the epitomy of a strong women who has a Heart for God to get her through tough times in her life. She is my hero!

  53. The best example of a strong woman in my opinion is my mom who has prayed for me and my brother since we were born – and continues now to pray for OUR kids! She’s persevered through health issues and has remained focused on God!

    I’m already friends with you on facebook!

  54. My Mom is the strongest person I know. She was raised in N. Ireland in a family of 10 children, went off to boarding school, became a nurse , went with her new husband to MBI in Chicago for 3 years, went on a freighter to Nigeria, opened and ran a dispensary on the edge of the Sahara Desert at a boy’s orphanage, raised 4 children who all had tropical diseases and she nearly lost all of them at one point, stayed in Nigeria for 16 years and relocated to the US to raise her children in the US, and on and on it goes. She has severe back pain and battles through it. She is 95 and still strong, but a little confused/memory loss. Love her so very much!

  55. Not to be a copy cat or cheesy… but my mom is the strongest person I know!!!! She became a single mom of 6 in 1967.. when divorce was very taboo. She is the most self less person I know also. She will be 83 soon and I pray I am as healthy and happy as she is when I am blessed to be 83!

  56. I have a friend who is a reformed drug user and alcoholic. She has been clean and sober for eight years. Despite societal pressures and discrimination and judgement, my friend has not only straightened herself out, but also tries to help others. She organizes AA meetings and retreats. She is always reaching out to those she sees as needing help. She counsels, supports, mentors and encourages all around her, even though her own life may not appear “perfect”. She has developed faith in God and will readily share it. She is amazing, and she is one of the strongest women I know.

  57. I liked your facebook page. A strong woman in my life is my mother. She was the oldest of seven kids and practically raised them herself. She then had five (surviving) kids, of which I am the youngest. She was an Army wife and had to spend months alone with the kids while my dad was overseas. She is a godly woman and hard-working. I learned a lot from her!

  58. The strongest person I know has the initials R.H. and was my last charge nurse before I retired. I am in awe of her. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  59. I follow you on facebook. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  60. My mom is a strong example for me. I liked your page and think that I subscribed.

  61. My great-great-aunt who is turning 100 next month. From the stories I have heard she is tougher than a boot. Working hard on her ranch and all the hard work she has done over her life. She’s my hero 🙂

  62. I am going to be like everyone else and say my mama. She is my best friend and has been through some tough times, but doesn’t let it define her! I like your page and will subscribe to you too. 🙂

  63. My Christian mentor, Joyce, is someone I admire as a strong woman very much. When she was young her father died, but she was made stronger through that experience. She seeks after God constantly now and that is a great inspiration to me.

  64. My mom is my biggest influence in my life as well as the strongest person I know and love!

  65. I already like you on Facebook and I tried to sign up for your newsletter but it wouldn’t let me.

  66. Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt…I have such fun reading about new authors.
    My sister has been an amazing example of strength to me. She lost her first born son when he was just 15 months old. This led to her salvation, and subsequently the salvation of our whole family.

  67. My mother in law was an incredible example of a strong Godly woman.

  68. Strong women abide in my family- my mom, her mother who turned 100 years old in Dec,2013 and still in church if roads are clear, my dad ‘s mom who went back to high school at 52, finishing nursing school and then practicing until age 72, my aunt who was single women missionary to the French Equatorial Congo in 1940s->1960s…the incredible 6 women who are my mom’s younger sisters…I am blessed.

    Liked on facebook and newletter signed up!

  69. I would have to say that a friend from church named Linda is the strongest woman I know. She was severely injured in an accident a number of years ago. She is always looking for ways that she can minister to others even though she is in chronic pain everyday. Some days all she can handle is taking on the tough job of being a prayer warrior and yet she still does it and sees it as her way of helping others.

    I already liked your facebook page and am already receiving your newsletter. Thanks so much for being a part of the scavenger hunt. Your books sound wonderful.

  70. Like many, my mom is the one of the strongest women I know. My grandmother (mom’s mom) was also a very strong woman!

    I liked you FB page and tried to sign up for your news letter but it wouldn’t allow me to submit. 🙁

    Thank you for participating in the Hunt!

    Stephanie C.

  71. I would say my older sister. She is always humming songs even when she is really sad and down and it helps me to see that when she is like that she is trusting the Lord to help her through.

    Like your FB page and signed up for you newsletter

  72. My paternal grandmother was a big influence on me. She was a meek and gentle woman, but was also the biggest prayer warrior I have ever met. She survived an abusive husband, wayward children, and many other things, and remained faithful to the Lord and without bitterness. I KNOW that she found her strength in the Lord, she was a pretty amazing and strong woman, even in physcial illness/weakness. I miss her. 🙂

  73. I am a FB fan.. ps… I was unsure if this was open to internationals, but decided to participate anyway. If I am not eligible, I understand. Blessings!

  74. I’m already a fan on Facebook, and I believe I already receive your newsletter.

    As for strong women…I was thinking the other day of how impressive was the work of Harriet Tubman, to help so many people escape slavery. And she didn’t let her physical/mental handicaps stop her (she often blacked out momentarily), in fact, she used that to her advantage to accomplish her mission.

  75. A strong woman I have known was my great grandmother. She survived losing two husbands. Losing her first husband in 1929, she was left w/ 3 very young girls to raise at the start of the depression.

    • Oh, and I also am a facebook fan but couldn’t seem to sign up for your newsletter.

  76. Already liked your Facebook page and I signed up for your newsletter. My former boss is an example of a strong woman. She battled breast cancer and always had a positive attitude no matter how bad things got. She still does.

  77. I have been privileged to have many strong women in my life, but those who impacted me the most were my older sisters, Mom, aunts, and a few school teachers.

    If I had to pick one, then I would choose my sister, Ritha. She was quite independent as a teenager, not “needing” to have a boyfriend. She was beautiful, outgoing, great singer, loved God with her whole heart, and she graduated as Valedictorian of her H. S. senior class. I knew that I could always depend on her for solid advice, to listen and not judge, and to keep a secret.

    After graduating from a nursing school and getting her R. N., she moved to Boston with a friend for a job at the large hospital downtown. She started shopping for a home church and found a new one in Cambridge that was very appealing. Eventually, she started dating a Harvard Seminary student and fell in love. I was a junior in H.S. at that time, and guess what she gave me for a Christmas gift? Tickets to fly out and spend a week with her during Christmas break! I had never flown before or been to Boston. What a gift!

    Anyhow, there’s so much more I could say, but she married that Harvard student, moved to California, married him, and has lived there ever since. They have raised 3 wonderful sons in a Hispanic barrio while reaching out to their neighbors with love, service, and the Good News of Jesus Christ. The tiny church they started helping is now reaching out to the entire city and has grown to 2,000 people attending. Their neighbors homes have been shot at, police helicopters are a regular site, and, yet, they choose to remain where the people who need the most help are. She is a hero to me and always will be!

  78. My mom is my example of a strong woman growing up…. My dad was burnt when we were kids and she had to take over everything…. the house, working, bills, us 3 kids and my dad 🙂 She was great and never complained!
    I am a Facebook Fan already and already signed up for your newsletter… Have a great day!!!

  79. My mom is the strongest woman I know. I’m already a Facebook fan.

  80. My grandmother was one of the strongest women I have had the privilege to know. She has inspired me by her wonderful spirit and amazing faith she battled cancer and never gave in and won that battle. She never complained through it all.
    Thank you for the scavenger hunt this is a wonderful way to discover new authors.
    I have signed up for your newsletter and am a Facebook fan.

  81. One who has represented a strong woman to me is my friend Lynn. While pregnant with her 3rd daughter, her middle daughter passed away in a car accident the day after her 2nd birthday. Despite going through what I can only describe as hell on earth, she is a strong woman who still loves and trusts in Jesus and knows He will get her through any/everything.

    Facebook fan also

  82. love this hunt!!!! my mom has been a strong example in my life:)

  83. I love all these comments are who are strong women. Great ideas for characters from your input. Thank you for sharing. I have entered everyone in my contest who commented.

  84. I keep wracking my brain for a strong woman in my life, and come up with… well, me.

    Abused before the age of five, an alcoholic and philandering father who was physically absent, a mother who was emotionally absent, an upbringing in a foreign country without proper boundaries, and you have a disaster on your hands.

    I was a co-dependent, broken girl looking to fill up that craving with love, drugs, alcohol, etc. I was angry and full of hate, always fighting the world. But I also fought for healing and self-esteem.

    I decided at age 17 that I was not going to be like my parents and my kids WOULD have a self-esteem if it took my life to give it to them.

    As broken as I was, it was difficult to be a good parent. I read self-help books, and invested everything I was into my children. As broken as I was, I made very poor choices in husbands. Yep – multiple husbands. Which only hurt my children even more.

    And still I persevered and fought for them and for me to find healing and self-love.

    Fourteen years ago, we found that healing through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Our identities are grounded in our God and we all now walk in His Love, partnering with Him in His work. Three of my five children are worship leaders and we all serve the community (in one way or another) to help others find healing through our Savior.

    Praise God that He gave me the strength to not take my life at fifteen, to never give up, to continue fighting when I had no hope or desire to continue. He knew what was in the future and He never let go. All glory to Him!

  85. The woman I have ever known is my mom. Thank you!

  86. Well, that’s easy! My mom! She has always been the strongest person I’ve known. 🙂

  87. one of the strongest women I have known is my cousin

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    I am a Facebook fan

    Love your books!!

  88. Two Christian friends came to mind… Frenchy Dennis and Stephanie Whitson.

  89. My mother is a very strong-willed person, so I grew up with that as my role model. Once I became a Christian, the Lord has been showing me how to follow Him, and be strong in Him, letting Him do the leading. This is a work in progress, to be sure. ( I am already a friend on FB, and when I try to sign up for your newsletter, the link doesn’t do anything. I may already be subscribed though, so I was just making sure. pudy68 @ gmail dot com).

  90. Both my mother and her mother, my grandmother, were very strong women and had big influences on my life.

  91. A strong woman to me is my mother. She is now a regional coordinator for The Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

  92. I know I am the Christian woman I am today because of my Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma. All were Godly women who followed the Lord! My grandmas were not married to Christian men and yet continued to faithfully serve the Lord!

  93. My mother is the strongest woman I know. She raised six of us kids, and was always taking on part-time jobs to make extra money. Then, late in life (her 50’s), she took classes and is now an LPN. Thank you so much for being a part of this scavenger hunt! I liked your FB page, and signed up for your newsletter.

  94. I think my grandma was a strong woman. She was born in 1884 and lived through a lot of history. She was in her 70s when I was born and when we visited, I remember hearing her praying before she went to sleep. I liked your facebook page and subscribed to your emails.

  95. FB follower
    A woman I highly respect and feel is “strong” is a friend at my church.

  96. I would have to say my mother. The life she has lived, the trials she has gone through, and now losing her soulmate and still surviving…She is something else!

    I have signed up for your newsletter and liked your FB page.

  97. I think of my mother when I think of strong women. She was strong physically , mentally and spiritually. She worked hard all her life and up until she got really sick she was physically strong. Even in my prime she was stronger than me. She took care of my grandmother when she was sick and me as a sickly child. She held our family together and taught me about God. If it hadn’t been for her teaching me as a little child I would have probably grown up to be a rough customer. She guided other young people to God as well as she taught Bible school, GA’s, and Sunday school. Her love was strong as well. She gave of herself to many people.

    I would love to have some or one of your books. I have read many already and enjoyed them.

  98. My grandmother, a tremendous woman of faith was my ‘mother’ and greatest example of the strongest woman I have ever met!

  99. My Aunt Susan. She is always there to listen.
    I subscribed to your newsletter and facebook page.

  100. My mom is my example of a strong woman in my life. My dad’s business took him away from home for most of each year, she raised 5 kids, kept up a 40 acre farm and yard, and took care of all of my dad’s finances for his business.
    I liked your FB page and subscribed to your newsletter also.

  101. I LOVE your books & always wait expectantly for the next one! My Mom is the strongest woman I know. She has overcome so many obstacles & still raised me to Love the Lord. She is in a wheelchair & lives in severe pain–and yet, her love of God is awesome & inspiring. I think it is really cool how God has put so many amazing women in our lives. I also think some of the strongest women come through in the Christian authors that we have today. We are so blessed that so many of you have stepped out in faith to write Godly love in relationships! Bless you!!!

  102. my husbands grandmother is an example of a strong woman in my life. she is a christian and always praying for me and has been married for over 50 years. i liked your facebook page and signed up for your newsletter.

  103. I always thought my mother was the strongest woman I knew. But now I have to say her and my aunt (not sisters but sisters-in-law) are tied. My mother survived living in the country with 5 kids while dad worked and basically she was stuck with us. She didn’t drive or have a job or anything. And us kids were rambunctious. My aunt I always knew was a strong woman, but didn’t know she was wonderwoman until Gramps couldn’t be left home alone for very long at all. Her and I took shifts. She stayed the first half of the week and I stayed the second half of the week so she could work her part time job. Besides Gramps and her job she had a toddler grandson she helped babysit while my cousin worked and she had a husband at home who was going through chemo treatments for cancer! And through all of this I never once heard her complain or make excuses or anything. Wonderwoman indeed!

    • I did sign up for your newsletter, but couldn’t find anywhere to “like” your FB page. I missed something somewhere.

  104. My grandmother was a very strong woman. Strong willed and strong character. We lived with her for a time when my parents were not able to take care of us. She took us to church and fed us wholesome meals. Cared for us and the home and my grandfather who had serious heart problems all while holding down a full time job. When my much younger cousins needed her she let them live with her. They were so much younger than I wanted to adopt them. When she was in her 80’s she worked part time at MHMR helping people who couldn’t help themselves. She also drove her friends weekly to the nursing homes to visit the old people who needed visitors. She did this up until she had a number of strokes and could no longer drive. She was in her 90’s when she died. I miss her terribly

  105. I have subscribed and liked you on Facebook

  106. I have always thought of my mom as a strong woman.
    Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve liked you on FB and signed up for your newsletter.

  107. My mother is and always will be a strong example to me. Also, my former pastor’s wife was a wonderful, strong, woman of God.

  108. A strong woman in my life presently is a friend who works as a church secretary. She is patient and calm as she deals with multiple people every day from parishioners to clergy to homeless to anyone who drops by to all the groups that use the church daily. She keeps not only the office going as well as the keeping tabs on the kitchen in the parish hall and other rooms used daily at the church. She is always pleasant and organized.

    Thanks for participating in the Scavenger Hunt.

  109. My mom was a strong woman. She lost her first husband to diabetes and had to support herself and two sons. She married my dad and had me, but after 20+ years of marriage, they separated. I rarely heard her complain as she worked and did without so I could have my needs met. I didn’t fully appreciate her while she was alive, and I regret that. 🙁

  110. Florence Nightingale. As a nursing student, I learned of her history in starting the profession of nursing. In light of the crimea bein in the news, she struggled with little resources to care for me in the Crimean War…where we also get the historic poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade”. Thanks for participating in this scavenger hunt.

  111. My mom has been a huge influence for me. I liked your facebook page and signed up for your newsletter.

  112. A strong woman in my life has always been my mom.

    I have subscribed and liked you on facebook.

  113. Lisa Bergren has always been an example of a strong woman to me. She goes out and does what she needs to do for herself, her family, and her God. She amazes me!

  114. My mom has always been strong and my greatest influence, I love her with all my heart and thank God for her! 🙂

  115. The most strongest women I know is my moms best friend. I call her aunt. She is like a mom to me since my mom passed away. She is now legally blind but still also takes care of her husband who has alzheimers and she helps her 89 year old cousin and other family members. She is a blessing to me.

  116. When I think about a strong woman, I think of my friend Ashley. While she is going through a very difficult trial, she is encouraging and inspiring countless others around her. I have seen God work in and through her, women around her grow in their passion and dedication to the Lord just through knowing her!

  117. A friend of mine, Jill Rowe, is a very strong woman. She lost her oldest daughter, Elizabeth, when Elizabeth was only a child. She developed meningitis and went quickly before they knew what was wrong. Jill sang at Elizabeth’s funeral and even now, years later, I can’t imagine the strength and faith it took to get through that.

  118. I’m glad to have found this scavenger hunt! A strong woman in my life is my grandmother, Lola. She is 101 years old and still with us and she is just an amazing woman and such an inspiration for all of us!!!

    I like your FB page and I have signed up for your newsletter.

  119. My pastors wife has been a strong and encouraging woman! She faces a lot on her day to day responsibilities as well as the things that get thrown into her day that she hasn’t planned on. She is one of the most Godly woman I know and I am so glad that she is a part of my life. She often feels like she fails her people and her children but she is a great example to me of how a Godly woman, wife, and mother should be!

  120. Hello. Thanks for your give-away. It would be grest to be your winner. I found Corrie tenBoom to be a very strong woman. She survived a hard life with the Germand trying to get rid of all jews. Her family had a hiding place to hide others in their home. Finally they were caught and all sent to (Can’t remember the name) a ptosion camp fot them all to be eventually killed. She was strong in as she encouraged all of the women who were jammed in this tiny room. She read ppages of the bible she had torn out and hidden. Even when they complained of lice and flees, she praised GOD and told them to be thankful. For that reason the guards wouldn’t come in the room to hurt them.
    After her family died in the gas chamber she was finally let go by mistake. Altho, she said it wasn’t a mistake but GOD’s plan. She spent the rest of her life telling others of the love of our Savior. A very strong woman. I loved reading her books. I am your follower and a subscriber. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  121. My mother was the strong influence in my life. She was very wise in the things of the Lord. She has been in heaven going on 7 years now. I treasured the wisdom she gave me and often wished I could ask her just one more question!

  122. My Mom and paternal Grandma are examples of strong women I try to emulate.
    My Mom accepted the Lord at age 12 and spent her life as a Servant of the Lord.
    She worked as a missionary, physicians assistant, house mother for an orphanage and raised 4 children.
    My Grandma was a kind. loving woman who raised 10 children on a farm during the depression.
    Thanks for the giveaway and I like your facebook page.

  123. I would have to say my mother because after having 5 surgeries on her head(due to an aneurism) she has taught me to never give up, and I take that to heart cause you would never know she had to re learn everything.

    Also I like your facebook page(Litany prayerofhope hope and I am apart of your newsletter subscribers)

  124. I think my mom and my grandmas are strong women. My dad’s mom raised four kids, the youngest of whom was born in the car on the way to the doctor. They lived in a floating house in a remote part of Alaska for a couple years, and my grandma didn’t even go to a real town during that whole time. After the kids were grown, she took care of her aging dad in her house for several years before he finally went to a nursing home.

    My mom’s mom married at the age of 15 and only had a 9th grade education. She raised three kids and babysat lots of other kids in her community. She did everything she could to give her kids a Christian education, and they picked berries in the summer to help pay their tuition. Even though my grandma has never been able to read very well, she still reads the Bible in the morning with my grandpa.

    My mom got married when she was barely 20, and her first baby, my older sister, was born 5 1/2 weeks early and had to be rushed to a different hospital. My mom faithfully spent as much time as she could with my sister until she was able to go home. My mom had to get medical treatment to keep me from being born too early, and my two younger sisters were born early by c-section. My mom homeschooled all of us and taught us to love learning. She let us each learn at our own pace, and we were able to catch up quickly when we were ready. Even though my mom has a bad back now and can’t do lots of the things she used to do, she’s still a good friend, and I appreciate her advice and her listening ear.

  125. My mom & my daughter are the strong women in my life.

  126. What a great giveaway! Hands down the strongest woman I’ve known is my mother-in-law. She raised four kids solo in a foreign country, put herself through school, getting her doctorate, nursed her dying son until his passing, and through it all remained true to God, loving towards others, and a light to everyone who came across her path. Although she passed away 6 years ago, she remains a true inspiration to me!

  127. I just read Deadly Hunt last night! Love the concept of women bodyguards. A strong woman in my life is most definitely my mom. She is an incredible example of strength, courage, and faith and self-less love.

    • Carolyn, I have a whole series about female bodyguards for Love Inspired Suspense called Guardians, Inc. The 6th and last book in the series will be coming out in May called Bodyguard Reunion. Thanks for stopping by and reading Deadly Hunt.

  128. Thanks for allowing me to participate in this contest, My mother-in-law is my hero. She went to work at 16 after her father died in a work related accident. She and her sister helped their mother to raise and support 13 children. Even after her siblings were raised she continued to help them when the need arose. She divorced her husband and raised her two sons on her own without any support from him. She cared for her mother when she grew unable to live by herself. She never complained or pointed out what great things she did, she just did it. She was a wonderful person who I miss greatly. If God had allowed me to choose any person to be my mother-in-law I would have still chosen her.

  129. I have a friend who is a pastor’s wife and has six kids. She always makes time to do life with me. She tries to not give advice but remind me of God’s truth from scripture. She just loves people the best she can and I love her for it.

  130. Hi Margaret! My mom has been the strongest female role model in my life! Even when I was strung out on meth and in & out of jail and rehab her faith never wavered, she never judged, and she never quit loving me or praying for me! Thanks for the chance to win your books!
    kam110476 at gmail dot com

    • P.S. I like you on facebook and have rec’d your newsletter for over a year now!

  131. I couldn’t find a Like button on your Facebook page but, I will keep checking back and will like it when it appears. I signed up for your newsletter. My mother was the strongest person I have known. She fought an almost four year battle with cancer and while she lost the battle she fought bravely. Thank you for your participation in the Scavenger Hunt.

  132. I admire my mother. She always tried to do whatever she could to help others and to make the best of a bad situation. It breaks me heart that she has Alzheimer’s Disease, but even in that she has been a blessing to others. When I hear of how so many elderly parents give their children grief about going into a nursing home, I picture my mom as my sister and I were tucking her into bed that first night in her room at the nursing home, where she now lives. We tried so hard not to cry. She looked at us both, and in a moment of lucid thinking, she said, “I’ll be alright.”

    You are my Facebook friend and I subscribed to your newsletter.

    • Kay, that was the way my mother was. She died with Alzheimer’s Disease but she was such a strong woman through her life.

      • I’m sorry you went through this with your mother, also. It’s a hard problem to deal with.

  133. My retired pastor’s wife, Mildred Cerutti, is a strong woman and an example to all of us.

  134. The responses to this question have touched my heart. There are so many strong, Godly women out there. How inspiring!

  135. I’d say my mom is a great example of a strong woman in Christ. We’ve been through a lot the past few years, my dad has been fighting cancer for the second time and sure we all have moments we struggle with everything but she is very strong through it all. She finds her strength from Christ which encourages us all to do the same 🙂

  136. I know several very strong women, but Robyn is the first to come to mind. She is the mother of one of my former students. Robyn’s first pregnancy was normal and proceeded as expected. When her son was 1 day old, they found a heart problem. Over the next months, they discovered that he was vision impaired, had cerebral palsy (due to a prenatal stroke), and had epilepsy. Now 7 years old, her son is unable to talk, has limited vision, is unable to sit unassisted, has very limited use of the left side of his body, and has seizures. Throughout everything, Robyn stays strong. She has tremendous faith in God, and she is a fantastic wife, mother, and friend. She has started on online support group for mom’s of children with “unique” special needs, has learned to provide therapy for her son while also supporting her 2 younger children. Robyn is an amazing example of the kind of person I want to be!

    • I also receive your newsletters and “like” you on Facebook. Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt and offering the extra giveaways!

  137. Only want to enter for print book – don’t do ebooks. My 3rd grade Sunday School Teacher – first one – was a very strong woman.

  138. I have liked you on facebook (Chuck Isaac) & signed up for you!

  139. My mom is the strongest woman I know. She deals with the effects of fibromyalgia and chronic back pain and fatigue, yet still takes care of my grandma.

  140. My mom is a strong woman. She always moves forward, never gives up. Even when I’ve seen her grieving or suffering, she perseveres. I am so thankful for her. She is fun and funny; compassionate and protective; outgoing even though she’s insecure; I am glad she’s my mom and my friend.

  141. My mother is a strong woman. She held our family together during some very tough times while I was growing up. I signed up for your newsletter and “liked” you on FB.

  142. Iliked you and facebook. Your books sound interesting

  143. My mother was an example of a strong woman for me.

  144. My foster mother, Jayne was the best role model. She took me in when I was 15 years old. She changed my life forever 🙂
    I signed up on Facebook, follwing you on twitterland and your email.

  145. My mother is a strong woman

  146. Thanks for being a part of the scavenger hunt. My grandmother, Hannah, was a strong woman.

  147. My mother is a wonderful example to me of a strong woman!

    Signed up for newsletter.
    Liked facebook page.

  148. I subscribe and am a facebook follower and friend.
    My mom will always be the strongest woman I know. She has always helped any family member and/or stranger she sees who has a need. She is kind, loving and nurturing, but she will jump to a strong defense at any time. She has cared for my grandmother who has lived with her for the past 18 years (and 14 of those years my grandmother has had severe dementia). My mom has worked as a dance instructor, realtor, machinist, waitress, hair dresser, and caregiver for people with developmental disabilities. She has led with her heart in each position she has held. She ‘s awesome stuff.

  149. My sister is an amazing woman who has always had a strength to learn and do new things. One of her accomplishments was to take up flying at 50, became an instructor and then taught until 70.
    I’m a subscriber.

  150. I’ve known several strong women personally. My former employer, Gwen , and my junior college mentor, Dr. Melton, are both cancer survivors. Military, Firefighter, and LEO spouses and mothers (like my mom, grandmas, and several of my friends and family) are very strong to endure the shifts, deployments and all the waiting that goes on in those lines of work!

    I’m not sure I would like living on a houseboat full-time. I think it would be a great vacation home. Although, I have friends who live on houseboats…It’s not for me.

    Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt and for the giveaway opportunities!

    I liked your Facebook page and joined your newsletter.

  151. My mother is an example of a strong woman…she is a miracle!

    • i like your facebook page and get your newsletter!

  152. My mother was such a Godly example and strong woman. I miss her dearly!

  153. my mom is the strongest woman i know. i friend request on fb since there wasnt a like button.and i tried to sign up for your newsletter but it wouldnt submit so i dont know if it went through

  154. My best friend Gail, is one of the strongest women I know. She has been through many trials in her life, but her faith has made her steadfast and strong. She has been such an inspiration to me.

    I have signed up for your newsletter and have liked your Facebook page. 🙂

  155. The wife of my pastor for the last 27 years is an exceptional example of a strong godly woman. I subscribed to your newsletter but couldn’t find your facebook page.

  156. I have many women in our Suicide Loss circles that inspire me by their strength in suicide loss.

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