Fall Fiction SCAVENGER HUNT, STOP #16
Welcome to the Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! The event begins on Thursday, October 25 at noon MDT, 11 a.m. PST, and ends Sunday, October 28 at midnight MDT, 11 p.m. PST. There’s plenty of time—no need to rush.
Here’s how it works: There are 31 stops along the way—a wonderful opportunity to discover authors with or soon-to-be released novels. Collect the clues in red on each post, beginning with Stop #1 and at Stop #32 fill out the Rafflecopter form. 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 October 29, 2012.
The Grand Prize is a new Kindle Fire, plus 31 new novels! 2nd & 3rd Prizes: $50 Amazon, B&N, CBD or BookDepository.com gift certificate
(Contest is open to international entrants. If the winner lives outside the United States, they shall win the equivalent in gift certificate funds to the prize in US dollars.)
Next item of business? My featured author!
Introducing Sibella Giorello
I’m so excited to introduce the gifted, creative, and amazing Sibella Giorello. She grew up in Alaska and majored in geology at Mount Holyoke College. After riding a motorcycle across the country, and taking jobs from farm hand to office servant, she wrote features for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Her newspaper stories won state and national awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. She now lives in Washington state with her husband and sons, and is working on the next adventure with forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon.
The Stones Cry Out
Winner of the Christy Award for Best First Novel!
When nobody talks… the stones cry out.
In the searing heat of a Virginia summer, two men plummet from a building’s roof top. And even though hundreds of people stood at the scene, nobody saw what happened. Or so they claim. FBI agent Raleigh Harmon, one of Richmond’s native daughters, is sent in to solve the case.
But it turns out The Bureau wants a quick verdict — with or without the truth. With so many tight-lipped witnesses and an uncooperative police department, Raleigh is forced to rely on her forensic geology training. Determined to see justice prevail, she winds up exposing both the city’s powerful families and its seedy underbelly. But can she solve the case before Richmond’s growing racial unrest gets out of control? And will her choices ultimately bring down everyone involved—including Raleigh herself?
“Every once in awhile a book comes along that you want to share with everyone you know. The Stones Cry Out is one of those. With three-dimensional characters who could be your neighbors, fascinating forensic geology tidbits, and a rich attention to details, The Stones Cry Out is easily one of (the) most compelling novels.”
—C.J. Darlington, Titletrakk.com
An Exclusive from Sibella
As a young reporter in Richmond, Virginia, I used to walk through downtown wishing for a third ear.
Those Southern accents! I couldn’t hear enough of them.
Luxurious vowels. Intonations that could turn one word into an entire paragraph of information. The ways southern women could transmit so much information just how they said, “Uh-huh.”
For someone who grew up in Alaska, the city of Richmond seemed exotic and wonderful.
The Capitol of the Confederacy during the Civil War, Richmond would eventually see Union soldiers destroying its factories and poisoning its farms. When the city was finally burned to the ground, it was at the hands of Richmonders –denying the Yankees that pleasure.
When I wrote my first novel “The Stones Cry Out,” I set it in Richmond, partly because I wanted readers to see and feel this singular southern place.
“A defiant city, begrudging, acknowledging its troubled past but refusing to make a wasteland of a bygone era,” is how Raleigh Harmon, the novel’s protagonist, puts it.
“Cruelty and affliction do not deny grace and gentility . . . .”
“The Stones Cry Out” went on to win a Christy Award, and it launched a series featuring the redoubtable Richmond girl, Raleigh Harmon. Forensic geologist, FBI agent, flawed and forgiven child of God.
And yet for all that good fortune, I’ve always wished “The Stones Cry Out” could show even more of Richmond.
Now it can.
Thanks to the digital revolution, “The Stones Cry Out” is being re-released this month. Fully edited, bringing it up to speed with the rest of the series, it now contains historic images of Richmond and other parts of Virginia. The city’s fabled Monument Avenue. The spectacular cliff geology beyond the city. Even a Pentecostal country baptism dating to the 1930s — men in suits, standing waist-deep in water.
I found these images in the Library of Virginia’s digital archives. What wonders are there! Check them out yourself. My personal favorites came from the 1939 World’s Fair collection, displayed in the “Virginia Room,” , and the poignant and painful Civil War collection.
On a quieter note, you can view the lyrical gardens designed by legendary landscape designer Charles F. Gillette, which cover Richmond like well-behaved kudzu.
I hope you enjoy clicking through Virginia’s rich history.
But be careful: You might fall in love with the place.
The Scavenger Hunt Basics
Before you go, write down this STOP #16 clue: COMMENCE
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Your next stop is Sibella’s blog!