Welcome to the Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! The hunt begins on October 25 at noon, MDT and ends on October 28 at midnight MDT. There are 31 stops on this tour where you will discover 31 new or upcoming novels. Sweet.
Collect the clues in red from each stop, beginning with Stop #1. Be ready to provide the completed clue quote, gathered from all 31 stops, within 24 hours of email notification or another winner will be randomly drawn. No need to email/submit it, unless you are notified on 10/29/12.
Meet Judith Miller
As part of the scavenger hunt, I’m hosting historical author, Judith Miller. Whoops! Judy’s an author of historical fiction, but she tells me she hasn’t quite attained an age that would qualify her as historical. She does say she’s almost there, but I know that isn’t quite true!
Judy loves history and has penned more than thirty-five books. (Penned is one of those authorly terms Judy likes to use—she’s really plunked out those books on her keyboard.) Her latest release, A Hidden Truth, begins Judy’s second series set in the picturesque Amana Colonies located in Iowa.
Here’s what the book, A Hidden Truth, is about:
In the Amana Colonies, hidden truths are about to change everything for two young women.
When Karlina Richter discovers a new shepherd will be sent to her village, she fears she’ll no longer be allowed to help her father with the sheep, and she’ll be relegated back to kitchen work. Her fears increase when the new shepherd shows little interest in the flock—or in divulging why he’s suddenly been sent toEast Amana. Is he keeping secrets that will impact Karlina’s family?
After the death of her mother, Dovie Cates visits the Amana Colonies to learn more about the place where her mother grew up. But when Dovie begins to ask questions about her mother’s past, no one seems willing to reveal anything, so she decides to take matters into her own hands. Will the answers she finds spell disaster for her future plans and the longings of her heart?
A Scavenger Hunt Exclusive from Judy:
Like the Amish, the people of the Amana Colonies lived a plain life for many years. For that reason, and the fact that Amish and Amana begin with the letter “A,” the two religious groups are often confused. So, I thought you might enjoy learning a few differences:
The people of Amana no longer live what is thought of as a ‘simple life.’ By a vote of the membership the people of Amana ceased communal living during the Great Depression in 1932.
Prior to 1932, the women wore long, dark calico dresses, dark caps or bonnets when working outdoors and the men wore dark clothing, similar to the Amish, but a bit more colorful.
Although the families ate meals in a communal kitchen house (there were several kitchen houses in each of the seven villages) they were assigned living quarters that consisted of a parlor and bedrooms for their families. (Usually there would be two or three families in each of the larger homes—much like a small apartment building.)
The people of Amana were permitted to leave the Colonies at will, and were also permitted to return if they decided they couldn’t adjust to life outside of the villages. They were not shunned if they left and could come back to visit relatives whenever they wished.
The current descendants wear the more traditional clothing for the early church service on Sunday mornings that is in the German language and for special events where they give presentations regarding their heritage. Otherwise, their clothing is the same as yours and mine.
They still enter their meeting house through separate doors—the men through one door and the women on the other and they continue to sit on opposite sides of the church, as well. There is no musical accompaniment. The churches do not have steeples and appear very similar to other buildings in the community. Inside, they are very plain with wooden benches and minimal adornment so that attention is not diverted away from the Lord during worship services.
The people of Amana have always embraced and encouraged machinery and time-saving innovation whereas the Amish shy away from technology. (The first radar range was made in Amana and the appliance factory still remains in Middle Amana, although it is no longer owned by the Amana Corporation.)
If you want to learn more about the Colonies, you can visit this website: http://www.amanaheritage.org/
Make sure you grab a copy of Judy’s book where you can learn even more of these interesting historical facts. You can find a copy:
Thanks for visiting my blog, Judith! Your book sounds wonderful! I love the cover. And what an interesting post about Amana vs. Amish. I never knew those things. Very neat.
Scavengers, before you go, write down this STOP #20 clue: What I
Your next stop is Judith Millers’s own blog. Have fun!
BONUS PRIZES! I recently turned in the edits for my February 2013 dystopian release, Captives (the first book in The Safe Lands dystopian trilogy). In celebration, I’m going to give away five copies of this book when it releases to five lucky participants of this scavenger hunt. All you need to do is:
All eligible names will go into a hat for a drawing after the close of the scavenger hunt. Winners will be announced on this blog, on Facebook, and via the email address signed up on the newsletter mailing list. I will mail out the winning books in February.
Good luck in both the scavenger hunt and in my bonus contest! And as always, look under Contests and Freebies to see what other giveaways you might be able to enter on my site.