Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt—spring edition! This time around, the hunt has 32 stops and runs from 4/4 (noon MDT)–4/6 (midnight MDT). It’s a great way to discover new books from some of your favorite authors (and maybe meet some new authors you haven’t yet heard of). The grand prize is a Kindle Fire HDX and a $100 gift card, plus two chances at a 32-book prize pack (somebody’s going to have some seriously heavy bookshelves if they win). AND some individual stops have an additional prize, so read each post carefully!
There will be a red clue at the bottom of each post that you’ll need to write down, and that clue will guide you to the next stop. It’s best to begin the scavenger hunt at stop #1, Robin Lee Hatcher’s blog. Then after you’ve gone through all 32 stops and collected all the clues, fill out the Rafflecopter form on Robin’s site. Be ready to provide the completed clue quote within 24 hours of email notification from Robin, or another will be drawn randomly. The contest is open internationally, so everyone is welcome to participate! Let’s get started!
By the way, 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.
I’d like to welcome my fellow author and hilarious friend Lorna Seilstad to my blog! Lorna brings history back to life using a generous dash of humor. After her first child was born, she quit teaching and became a professional wiper. She says she wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, and baby bottoms, but at nap time, she wrote. Today, she writes from her home in Iowa where she lives with her husband and three children. Find out more at her website or connect with her on Facebook and on Twitter. Read on to find out about her new book, While Love Stirs, which releases later this month!
As a graduate of Fannie Farmer’s School of Cookery, Charlotte Gregory is thrilled to have the opportunity to travel, lecture, and give cooking demonstrations on the very latest kitchen revolution–the gas stove. And she certainly doesn’t mind that the gas company has hired the kindhearted Lewis Mathis to entertain at her lectures.
Lewis encourages Charlotte’s work, especially her crusade to introduce fresh, appetizing, nutritious food to those convalescing in hospitals. But young hospital superintendent Dr. Joel Brooks is not convinced any changes should be made—especially by this outspoken young woman.
I love the history behind Lorna’s new book and how she got the inspiration for it. It makes me thankful for our modern-day appliances (and I think you will be, too, after reading her post!).
What’s your favorite kitchen gadget? Think about all the items in your kitchen designed to help you save time, keep food fresh, or assist you in meal preparation. Which one could you not live without?
Maybe you’re thinking about your microwave or your dishwasher, but I’m guessing a lot of us would skip over the humble but invaluable gas or electric range.
Until the advent of the gas stove, a lady spent an at least an hour a day just tending to her coal or wood-burning stove. They had to be blackened, the dampers and flues adjusted, fires stoked, and ashes removed. For a wood stove, that is nearly fifty pounds of fuel a day to cart in.
Gas ranges stepped on the scene in the 1880s, but consumers were slow to accept them. Not everyone had gas service, and women weren’t sure how to cook on the new device. Besides, the safety dangers of gas headlined the newspapers in cities where gas was available with stories of explosions or life-threatening gas leaks.
By the 1910s, the gas companies had a better handle on gas service, and they wanted to increase number of households using gas. Meanwhile, thanks to women like Fannie Merrit Farmer, cooking had become more of a science. Not only were ladies examining new cooking methods, but they were also privy to food nutrition.
Some gas companies capitalized on homemaker’s desire to learn more about food preparation and hired ladies to lecture on the subject. Of course, if you were representing the gas company, you would need to use a gas stove to prepare the food and educate women how to use them.
In While Love Stirs, which is set in 1910, Charlotte, a graduate of Fannie Farmer’s Cooking School, is offered a position as one of those lecturers. She visits several cities in Minnesota teaching culinary skills and touting the gas range’s easy to clean enameled surface and its time saving features, including being able to have a hot bath in only twenty minutes.
With more free time, women began to step out of the kitchen. Their new knowledge gave them confidence, and they embraced issues that were important to them like fighting for a woman’s suffrage and children’s rights.
Times were changing, but if you wanted a thermostat on your gas stove, you’d have to wait until 1915.
The Scavenger Hunt Skinny
Thanks for stopping by my site/blog! Before you move on to Stop #11, Lorna’s own blog, to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down this Stop #10 clue: IF YOU ONLY.
I’ll also be giving away two copies of The Promise Box. Use the widget below to enter!
I have a few books on sale right now! The Swiss Courier and Chasing Mona Lisa are only $1.99! The Promise Box is only $3.99! And Generation NeXt Marriage is $2.99. You can also get my four World War II novels in the Liberators Series for $13.99.