Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #16

» Posted on Oct 18, 2017 in Blog | 39 comments

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 31 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.
  • Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
  • There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 10/22 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books.
  • Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the clue on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at Stop #25. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way! Link to Stop #25:

I’m excited to introduce my guest blogger, Carrie Stuart Parks, who writes mystery and suspense stories. Not only is she a writer but a forensic artist. How exciting! Her newest book is Portrait of Vengeance (A Gwen Marcey Novel):  Gwen Marcey has done a good job keeping the pain of her past boxed up. But as she investigates the case of a missing child in Lapwai, Idaho, details keep surfacing that are eerily similar to her childhood traumas. She doesn’t believe in coincidences. So what’s going on here? No one knows more about the impact of the past than the Nez Perce people of Lapwai. Gwen finds herself an unwelcome visitor to some, making her investigation even more difficult. The questions keep piling up, but answers are slow in coming—and the clock is ticking for a missing little girl. Meanwhile, Gwen’s ex-husband is threatening to take sole custody of their daughter. As Gwen’s past and present collide, she’s in a desperate race for the truth. Because only truth will ensure she still has a future.

Inspiring Locations by Carrie Stuart Parks

As in past books, I did a lot of research on Portrait of Vengeance. And, as in past books, I had some crazy experiences. The North Central Idaho towns of Orofino, Kamiah, Lapwai, Lewiston, and Ahsahka, are all real places, as is the Dworshak Dam in Ahsahka. I called the visitor’s center to get more information for my research. It didn’t go well. “Hi, my name is Carrie Stuart Parks, and I’m writing about your dam. I want to blow it up.” Silence. Needless to say, I received very little information on exploding a dam. In fact, if you notice, the name of the dam is never mentioned in my book. I made a promise to not mention it, nor the name of the poor person who took my call. Orofino is unique in that the men’s prison, the state mental hospital, and the high school are all in the same area. As in next door. The Nez Perce tribe, although very small in number, have a rich history that I wanted to explore and share. They have also had terrible events, events that should never be forgotten. North Central Idaho lies directly south of where I live, and is on the edge of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness area. You’ll find the origins of the Appaloosa horse, Hells Canyon of the Snake River (deeper than the Grand Canyon,) the rich Palouse farming region, and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, to name just a few of the sites. I sent my dear husband, Rick, with a list of places I needed more information on in a preliminary trip. He was joined by his banjo-picking buddy, Marcus Smith, a retired career wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service and the Idaho Department of Lands. Unfortunately the movies they made for me came out like this: “Okay, Marcus, Carrie wants to know what the Kamiah Library looks like. It should be around here . . . wait! That’s that good barbecue place. . .” Sigh. I hope y’all get a chance to read my book, Portrait of Vengeance. The photograph enclosed is of the Dworshak Dam, tallest straight-axis concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere.

Bio of Carrie Stuart Parks:

Carrie Stuart Parks is the multiple Carol Award winning author as well as Christy Finalists of the Gwen Marcey series. She is the largest instructor of Forensic Art in the world. You can find her at and on Facebook at Carrie Stuart Parks, Author.

Here’s the Stop #16 Skinny:

You can order Carrie’s book’s Portrait of Vengeance on: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and

Clue to Write Down: Please

Link to Stop #17, the Next Stop on the Loop: Carrie Stuart Parks’ own site at

My Extra Contest

But wait! I would like to give away two copies of my first book in the Lone Star Justice Series. a contemporary romantic suspense about Texas Rangers. In addition to giving away two copies of High-Risk Reunion, I will also give to the two winners, an ebook copy of my Strong Women, Extraordinary Situations Series Box Set Books 1-3

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  1. I enjoy mystery and suspense, and Carrie’s book sounds good. This is a fun hunt, and it is fun to read about each author and their books. Thank you for being a part of it.

  2. I love mystery, suspense and romance in a story. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Margaret, looking forward to reading your books. They definitely look intriguing!

    • Thanks, Tina. I hope you enjoy my stories.

  4. Thank you for the chance to win! You are a new-to-me author, and I look forward to reading your books. What a fun scavenger hunt!

    • The scavenger hunt is a lot of fun.

  5. If I win I am disabled and home bound with a disease called RSD so can’t do ebooks so if the ebooks can be print of your picking that would be wonderful and i will review on a few sites when done. thank you!

    • If you are one of the winner, Peggy we can work something out. Just let me know.

  6. I believe I already am subscribed for your newsletter, Margaret. Have read several of your books, would love to win more.
    And Carrie, I will have to read your book. I used to live in Orofino, and just visited Lapwai last year.

  7. Love your books, but already have your boxed set. Just wanted to say thanks for writing!

    • Thanks, Gabrielle.

    • Thanks, Terra. I hope you enjoy the box set.

  8. thanks for the invite

    • I’m glad you stopped by.

  9. Thanks for participating in the giveaways.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Kim.

  10. I have been a love of all your Love Inspired books since the first one that came out, I simply love your books, I still have all of them, always just cant wait to go to store to buy the new ones although I havent got the Nov. issues yet Keep up the super great work!!!

    • Debbie, I’m so glad you are enjoying my stories. The one coming out in November is one of my favorites.


    • Thanks, Sarah.

  12. Thanks for this giveaway opportunity!

    • You’re welcome, Pat.

    • I appreciate you participating, Pat.

  13. You write in my favorite genre and I would love to win some of your books. Thanks for the chance.

    • Sara, thank you for stopping by.

  14. thanks for participating in this fun treasure hunt!

    • I love being part of this hunt, Shari.

  15. Enjoy your books. Thanks for the giveaways.

    • You’re welcome, Melinda.

  16. HAHA, that’s funny she sent her husband on a research mission and they got distracted by food….too funny!! You know men and food though 😀

    Carrie’s book sounds so interesting, I’ll have to put it on my must-read mountain….er, list….!

    • Food can distract me too. Thanks for stopping by, Trixi.

  17. Thank you for this chance. Keep up the wonderful writing.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Cheryl.

  18. Lone Star Christmas Rescue sounds interesting. I’ve always been intrigued by stories of people with amnesia. Memories are what make us who we are, so it would be hard to know what to do without that.

    • Sabrina, Lone Star Christmas Rescue is one of my favorite books I wrote.

  19. Lovely giveaway!

    • Mary, thanks for stopping by.

  20. I am having so much fun participating in this scavenger hunt and learning about great books and authors! Thanks so much for this fun opportunity!

    • Ann, you’re welcome.

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