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The author of fourteen contemporary and historical novels, Melanie Dobson lives with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Her latest novels are Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor and Chateau of Secrets. More info at

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Stop #11

Thanks so much for stopping by for the Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! The hunt begins at noon (MDT) on October 25th and ends midnight (MDT) on October 28th. I'm number 11 on 31 stops of authors who have new or soon-to-be released novels. The rules are simple: 

1)  Begin at Stop #1 and collect the clue in red on the bottom of each post.
2)  After you collect all the clues, fill out the Rafflecopter form on Stop #32.
3)  On October 29th, the winner will receive an email. If you receive the email, be prepared to provide the completed clue quote (the words you will have gathered from all 31 stops). If the winner doesn't send the completed clue quote in 24 hours, another winner will be selected. 

Here are the prizes for this hunt:

 Grand Prize: A new Kindle Fire, plus 31 new novels!   
2nd  and 3rd Prizes: $50 Amazon, B and N, CBD or gift certificate 

(Contest is open to international entrants. If the winner lives outside the United States, they will win the equivalent in gift certificate funds to the prize in US dollars.)

I'm so thrilled to have my friend Ruth Axtell as a guest today! Ruth has published thirteen historical romances, and she has lived all over the world including Paris, the Canary Islands, and the Netherlands. She now lives on one of my very favorite places (the coast of Maine) and her latest novel Her Good Name will take you on a journey back more than a hundred years ago to a small town in her beautiful home state.  


(Holliston, Maine, 1892)No matter how striking she is, a fisherman’s daughter doesn’t stand a chance with Warren Brentwood, the heir of the local lumber empire. So in an effort to better her life and eventually catch Warren’s eye, Espy takes a job at the local professor’s home. But when the professor begins to tutor her, the rumors begin to fly.

Scandal turns Espy’s world upside down and she flees town in disgrace. Alone and penniless, Espy has nothing left but her faith when she is rescued by a missionary family. Espy longs to return home freed from the lies that surrounded her departure. But will anyone–particularly Warren–believe in her professed innocence?

Her Good Name

I love being swept into another time period and place, and Ruth sweeps away readers in her latest novel Her Good Name. I hope you enjoy reading a bit of the "story behind the story" as much as I did. When you comment below, Ruth would love to know which historical period you enjoy reading about!


The thriving logging town of Holliston in 1890 downeast Maine is the main setting for Her Good Name. Here are some photos and a short video of the town it was based on. I took some liberties with the geography but from these photos you can get an idea of some of its primary features.

Click here to watch a video of Holliston. 

The bridge spanning these rapids in the Machias River (aka “Holliston River”) was a covered bridge in 1890. Here Warren and Espy cross each other’s path a few times. You can experience its deafening roar in the short video I filmed—hard to make romantic conversation there. One of Warren’s father’s sawmills was located right by the bridge, alongside the river. Remains of the actual mills are still visible.

You can see how calm the river is farther upstream. This wooded area shows where the logs came downstream during the spring river drives.

I’ve also taken a picture of one of the original churches right in town. This is the church Espy and Warren attend and where they work together with a young people’s club.

I hope this makes the setting for Her Good Name come alive for you. I love walking the streets of old towns and cities, imagining characters back in time. For more information about my historical romances, visit me at

You can purchase Ruth Axtell’s novel, Her Good Name, at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CBD, BAM, or at your local bookstore. 

Which historical time period is your favorite to read about?

Before you go, write down this STOP #11 clue: MUST
Your next stop is Ruth Axtell’s own blog! 

I'm also giving away ten copies of my new novel, Where the Trail Ends. If you want to enter to win a copy, please click here. You can also click here to sign up to receive giveaway information when my new books are released.

Thanks so much for playing with us!


Blogger Glenda Parker Fiction Writer said...

Scavenger hunts are so much fun. Thanks for being a part of it.

Glenda Parker

9:17 AM  
Blogger Hannah Lorenz said...

Ruth's book really does looking interesting, I mean it involves water! :) hehe

9:23 AM  
Blogger Bethany said...

My favorite historical period to read about... Hmm. I like medieval, revolutionary, all kinds!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

This is sooooo fun!!

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Marisa said...

My two favorite historical periods are in the time of the Romans and the medieval ages! Like "A Voice in the Wind" by Francine Rivers and "Waterfall" by Lisa Tawn Bergren!!
Actually, I really read about all of them!

12:26 PM  
Blogger Amy Campbell said...

My favorite time period is Civil War and Revoluntionary War eras.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Susan Stahley said...

There are so many books I am finding that I would love to read! My library won't get all of them in, which means Amazon is going to be my best friend for getting them.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Amy Drown said...

LOVE this Scavenger Hunt! And am excited to add this book to my TBR list!!! amy(at)amydrown(dot)com

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This one sounds good, too! I love how far I can "travel" through historical fiction.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post. This Scavenger Hunt is fun!

12:54 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

I love this cover for Ruth's book. Thanks for this great post!

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Linda Ortiz said...

This is so much fun looking at all the different author's blog. Hope you do this again....this is great!!!! :)

1:45 PM  
Anonymous said...

Great scavenger hunt!

1:46 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Thanks so much for this scavenger hunt!

1:49 PM  
Blogger Jamie Lapeyrolerie said...

Its too hard to pick one era! But today I'll say the Civil War era.

1:53 PM  
Blogger LornaFaith said...

My favorite time periods to read about in historical fiction are medieval times and late 1700's early 1800's :-) Love this scavenger hunt!

lornafaith at gmail dot com

1:59 PM  
Blogger Selina R. Gonzalez said...

It's great you guys all put this hunt together! It's really interesting.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Rina said...

Love all the pictures in the post! I'm learning about so many new and great authors!

2:29 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

My favorite historical period...I think it would almost be easier to say what I don't like, lol.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Megan Parsons said...

I enjoyed this stop on the scavenger hunt! Thanks!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Hmmm. Hard choice for what time period is my favorite read. I guess if it's a well-written book, I like any time period.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Oh wow!! I've just written the title down so that, if I don't win, it goes on my Christmas list! Love the sound of the story!!

4:17 PM  
Blogger Jules said...

Oh wow, I just love WWII era and also pioneers of the many to choose from!

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anneliese said...

Thank you so much for being part of the scavenger hunt!
My favorite historical period to read about is probably medieval. I also find the Civil War time period very interesting to read about.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Favorite era to read about -- partly depends on locale. I like regency, Edwardian, 1800-1920, Downton Abbey types. But I've loved Liz Curtis Higgs Scottish set earlier & later, Angela Hunt's Afton & other historical, and Biblical times... so many. Why be limited to one?

Mary Kay

5:27 PM  
Blogger Linda B. said...

I am beginning to like this hunt!!

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure that I have a favorite time period to read about. I really enjoy experiencing and learning about a variety of different times and cultures.

Thanks for participating in the hunt!


6:59 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

This is way too much fun.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Thank you so much for the clue! :D

7:36 PM  
Blogger bluenichols said...

Love the scavenger hunt.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Melissa Jagears said...

My favorite is late 1800s which is the sweet spot in Christian fiction, my second favorite is Medieval, which unfortunately is NOT the sweet spot.

9:54 PM  
Blogger pol said...

Am enjoying the "Hunt" I have read some of Ruth's books thanks for sharing info on her today.
The time period I like is Colonial at beginning of westward movement and the wagon trains, esp orphan train stories.
thanks for sharing today
Paula O (

4:48 AM  
Anonymous Ruth Axtell said...

Thanks for all our responses about favorite historical time periods. I must say that my favorites are late 19th century (late Victorian) and Regency England. But as someone posted, if the story is good, any time period is interesting. If you like frontier Colonial as someone said, then you'll probably enjoy Laura Franz. And if you like WWII, as another said, you'll like Sarah Sundin and Dan Walsh.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Susan P said...

Thank you for joining in the hunt!

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

Love the scavenger hunt! Thanks for being a part of it!

Lauren (

8:52 AM  
Blogger Carissa said...

Ruth's book looks like it would a great read. She's a new author to me, just like you are.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt. This is so fun!

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...

That church is so cool! Being able to see a picture does make books come alive :)

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Margaret said...

I like medieval times, especially retellings of fairy tales. :)

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

My favorite historical period to read about is probably the Revolutionary War, and early 1900's, around the turn of the century. I also really like the medieval time period. :)

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you. I really enjoyed this post. I enjoyed the video too.
I just love historical books so I would love to read yours and Ruth's too.
God Bless,
Kim in NC

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Rachelle said...

My favorite historical period is hard to narrow down. Ancient Scotland and Ireland, The Old West, Early America, Pre and Post Civil War...I'm not exactly picky! Thanks for the giveaway!

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Barbara H. said...

I like to read about several, but I think my favorite would be the WWII era.

3:17 PM  
Blogger karenk said...

i don't have a 'favourite' period...i think that each author brings this time period to life

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Loves 2 Read Romance - Laura said...

This is so much fun. My favorite period is Regency England! I really like the sound of your book. Stay safe with that storm headed your way.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Deenie said...

I love that this scavenger hunt is going on it's introducing me to many new authors

7:44 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I'm not sure my favorite time period. I enjoy reading about them all!

psagens at gmail dot com

8:03 PM  
Blogger apple blossom said...

Ruth is a new author to me thanks for introducing her to us on this hunt.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Candice said...

Probably my favorite is the Civil War era, although I enjoy books set in any time period!

9:38 PM  
Blogger Mary Preston said...

A wonderful post thank you. I do enjoy Regency England.


5:52 AM  
Blogger Sapphire said...

Both of your books look SO good. I wrote down the titles so if I don't win, I can order them. :-)

My favorite time period to read about is the Golden Age of Piracy.

sapphirefeltner (at) optimum (dot) net

12:20 PM  
Blogger Tara Bentley said...

I love Biblical fiction! Bringing life to the scriptures.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Gailya Keller said...

Thanks so much for this fun Hunt!!! I am having a blast and enjoying meeting so many wonderful authors!!

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Gailya Keller said...

Thanks so much for this fun Hunt!!! I am having a blast and enjoying meeting so many wonderful authors!!

6:11 PM  
Blogger DarcyO said...

I am having fun on the "hunt."


7:19 PM  
Anonymous Rachel K. said...

Thank you for being part of the hunt. :)

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Rachel K. said...

Thank you for being part of the hunt. :)

7:35 PM  
Blogger StillyBee said...

Having so much fun doing this hunt 8)

9:49 PM  
Blogger Jenny B. said...

This hunt is really fun! Love your books!

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Tyleia H said...

I enjoy learning about the history of all time periods, but when it comes to historical fiction writing I really like the biblical days (OT & NT).

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Jes said...

I enjoy reading historical fiction in general so it's hard to pick one favorite time period - perhaps Regency England and frontier Colonial. :)

jswaks at gmail dot com

12:28 AM  
Anonymous CaraG said...

Instead of a particular time period, what's really interesting to me are strong women and how they handled their hardships and restrictions, physical and social.


3:49 AM  
Blogger Lcenlow said...

Love the scavenger hunt!!

9:21 AM  
Blogger Laura Wilson said...

This is a great scavenger hunt. I'm so glad to get to know so many great authors.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Ruth Ann Dell said...

Thanks for the scavenger hunt, it's great fun.

My favorite historical time period to read about is World War Two.

Ruth Ann Dell

11:53 AM  
Blogger June said...

Would love to win your book. I also want to read the one "Love Finds you in Mackinac Island." We drove near the island when I was a little girl but my dad couldn't afford the ferry ride over. I still dream of going there some day!

6:06 PM  
Blogger HandyFamily said...

This looks like a good read, thanks for the info on it!

7:00 PM  
Blogger Wendy Garner said...

These books look great!

7:53 PM  
Blogger Wendy Garner said...

Your books look great!

7:54 PM  
Blogger Melinda Kay said...

I'm not sure if I commented already (and I'm too lazy to scroll through to see). I only discovered halfway through the contest that to be eligible for the grand prize, one must comment on each blog that allows it. Anyway, I'm loving the contest because I'm discovering all sorts of authors I didn't know of before! I just wish it didn't close earlier than the rules said (it's not yet midnight mountain time, but rafflecopter said it was over). I'm hoping I'll still be eligible! :D

9:45 PM  
Blogger Carla Olson Gade said...

I enjoyed the video. It brings the setting to life, especially when you point out the bit about the roar of the river. I love learning extra things about novels, the research and stuff behind it.

9:23 PM  

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