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The Winners of the Go Undercover Scavenger Hunt Are…

Posted by on Oct 30th, 2012 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 5 comments

The Go Undercover Scavenger Hunt has ended!

Congratulations to the winner of the $100 Barnes and Noble gift card, Matthew Schroll!

And the ten runners up who will receive spy kits are:


Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to all who entered!

The Winners of the Early Captives Giveaway are…

Posted by on Oct 29th, 2012 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

Captives The Safe Lands

Thanks to everyone who entered my Bonus Contest on the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. It was great to meet all you guys! I hope you all discovered many new authors to read.

I gave away five copies of Captives, my upcoming dystopian novel, which isn’t out until February. So, winners, the books won’t come in the mail until then.

And the winners are:

Kathleen E. Belongia
Melissa Jagears
Joanna Stricker
Elizabeth Libby Riggs, and
Andrea Munn

Thanks again to all who entered! 🙂


SCAVENGER HUNT STOP #20: Follow the clues to win a Kindle Fire, free books, and more!

Posted by on Oct 24th, 2012 in Adventures in Life, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 133 comments

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.

  • Grand Prize: A new Kindle Fire, plus 31 new novels! NOTE: Please comment at every stop that allows for comments to be eligible for the Grand Prize.
  • 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.

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:

A Hidden Truth by Judith Miller

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:

  1. Captives The Safe LandsLike my Facebook Page and leave a comment on it saying, “I found you on the Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt” (if you already Like my Page, leave the comment and say “I’m participating in the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt” and …
  2. Sign up for my quarterly ezine which is only sent out four times a year. Your name on the newsletter signup must match your name on Facebook. If you’re already a subscriber to my newsletter, first click on the link and make certain your name is subscribed as well as your email address. Then private message me on Facebook with your email address so that I can verify and get your name entered in the drawing.

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.



Posted by on Oct 19th, 2012 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Podcasts | 0 comments

CLICK HERE to download To Darkness Fled-Episode 42

In this concluding chapter of To Darkness Fled, Achan leads his first war council and receives an answer from his future bride.

Please note, I must stop podcasting for now. I don’t have the time to keep up with the project. I’d like to come back to it someday. But since it takes me 3-5 hours per chapter, I’m not sure when that might be. Thanks for listening! 🙂


Posted by on Oct 13th, 2012 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Podcasts | 0 comments

CLICK HERE to download To Darkness Fled-Episode 41

The knights confer to decide who shall become Achan’s bride while Sparrow watches from within the castle walls.

From Darkness Won Book Trailer

Posted by on Oct 12th, 2012 in Adventures in Life, Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

It’s come to my attention that while I posted the book trailer for From Darkness Won on my website and my Facebook and YouTube pages, I never wrote a blog post for it! So sorry! It’s been a busy summer into fall. 

Here is the wonderful masterpiece put together by the talented Nightwing Studios group. They are amazing! Leave a comment and let me know what you think. And be sure to point out if you see someone familiar…

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Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt

Posted by on Oct 8th, 2012 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 0 comments

Love Christian fiction? Did you take part in the Summer Scavenger Hunt? Readers had so much fun discovering new releases from their favorite authors! Now, here comes another…mark your calendars!

The hunt runs from 10/25-10/28 and will include 30+ Christian authors with new releases, and will feature exclusive material on each new release, not found anywhere else.

The grand prize will include a copy of each new release, plus a new Kindle Fire! In addition, many authors will include additional prizes for readers who stop by. For more information on how to complete the hunt, and the starting point, begin on Lisa Bergren‘s web site, after noon PST on the 25th. The hunt can be completed anytime that weekend.

Here is a list of participating authors:


Posted by on Oct 8th, 2012 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Podcasts | 0 comments

CLICK HERE to download To Darkness Fled-Episode 40

Achan and his men arrive in Carmine. Achan meets Duchess Amal and confronts Sir Eagan as to Sparrow’s whereabouts.

Pineapples in Peril by Cheryl Linn Martin

Posted by on Oct 1st, 2012 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 3 comments

Review by Jill Williamson

When police can’t figure out who vandalized a local pineapple plantation, Lelani decides it’s time to turn her childhood detective club into something real. She and her friends set out to solve their first official case. But Lelani’s little brother keeps following them, and if they aren’t careful, he’s likely to spoil everything!

Pineapples in Peril is a delightful middle grade mystery debut from author Cheryl Martin. A Nancy Drew-style story for the twenty-first century, Pineapples is packed with investigative fun that will bring young readers back for more adventures with the Hawaiian Island Detective Club. This is the first of several Hawaiian Island Detective Club mysteries for middle grade readers. I’m excited to see a series like this bring published.

Age Range: 10 and up
Genre: mystery
Part of a Series: Book one in the Hawaiian Island Detective Club series
Pages: 202
Publisher: Comfort Publishing
Released: 2012
Author website: http://www.cheryllinnmartin.com/

If Only I was ______ Then I Could Follow My Dream

Posted by on Sep 25th, 2012 in Adventures in Faith, Jill Williamson's Blog | 7 comments

“I’m not going to try that until I’m older.”

“If I could just figure out what’s wrong with me, I could be of use.”

“I can’t do that! Because I’m not good at that stuff!”

“One of these days, when I really understand God’s word, then I’ll be able to help out.”

“If only I was good at working with _______, then I’d help.”

“I want to, but I’m too unqualified.”

“I want to, but it’s too hard.”

“Once I find peace and healing, I’ll be able to help others. But not until then.”

I’ve heard people say things like this or variations of them before. I’ve said some of them myself. No matter what our dream is or what God might be asking us to do, we tend to put limitations on ourselves, to make excuses. We don’t think we’re good enough, talented enough, smart enough, experienced enough… so we do nothing.

And time goes by.

And we miss out on our chance to do something great.

Guess what? God doesn’t think like we do. He uses all types of people, whether they’re “good enough” or not. Because God doesn’t measure worth the way humans do.  And God sees our hidden potential.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28

We’ve all been called to something. We can’t wait until we’re perfect to try, because we’ll never be perfect. Ever.

This YouTube video says it better than I can. Check it out.

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Have you been putting something off? 

Remember, there is no time like right now. So what are you waiting for? Stop making excuses and get to it!

God will equip you.