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Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #17!

fall2016scavengerfulllistWelcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 31 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes!

The hunt BEGINS with Stop #1 at Lisa Bergren’s site. Hunt through the loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Internet Explorer).

There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 11/6). So take your time and read the unique posts along the way; hopefully you will discover new authors/new books.

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It’s my honor to host Margaret Daley.

Here’s a summary of her latest novel, HIGH-RISK REUNION.


When district attorney Tory Carson returns home after a long day in court prosecuting a gang leader, she finds her house trashed. Concerned that the vandalism is connected to the trial, the local police chief calls the Texas Rangers…and her former love Cade Morgan responds. Tory’s history with Cade—and the secret they share—makes her reluctant to let him back into her life. But Tory doesn’t want to choose between bringing down a gang leader and protecting her teenage daughter. With the threat escalating the longer she tries the case, the safest place for Tory and her daughter is at Cade’s ranch. But can Cade protect them long enough for Tory to bring the criminal to justice?

Why I Enjoy Researching: the Things I’ve Learned
by Margaret Daley

When I think back over the many years I’ve been writing, I remember the places I’ve been to for research, the books I’ve read, the searches on the internet, the Writer’s Police Academies I attended. When I started writing years ago in the late seventies, I was writing a book about Brazil in the 1800s. The history of the country was fascinating. That’s when I became intrigued about the Amazon and the jungle. I even went to Rio with a friend and had a wonderful time learning about the people and the country. That’s when my love of researching (learning about) different places, people, and professions was sparked.

Decadent anniversary celebration ending with rich chocolate cake

Since then, I’ve traveled to many places around the world, some used in a book and others stored away for possible use in the future. The above picture illustrates the time I learned to scuba dive so I would know what it was like when my heroine did. It didn’t go quite like I’d hoped. During my second dive, I couldn’t go down very far because I couldn’t clear my ears. I had one more dive to do before we were leaving. I got a tip from the dive master about equalizing the air pressure in my ears. It worked. I was able to follow the group. Although I’m glad I did it, after those drives I stuck to snorkeling.

I’ve written several books placed in the swamps—Hidden in the Everglades and Deadly Countdown. This picture is of a swamp. I’ve traveled by boat several times into a swamp. It has a strange, eerie beauty about it.

The only problem I had was the snakes—one of my least favorite animals. Even the alligator leaping up out of the water for a chicken the captain held didn’t frighten me as much as the snake swimming in the water.

I have attended the Writer’s Police Academy several times. I’ve learned so much about police procedures and the various jobs they do. wpa-clear-house

For instance, every time they go into a building checking for suspects or approach a driver in a car who was pulled over, it is extremely dangerous and tension-filled. I went through what it was like to clear a house, searching for a suspect. In this picture, I was protecting my partner’s back as we began to move down the hall toward the bedrooms. For a few moments, I walked in a police officer’s shoes and saw all the things that could happen in an instant.

Now it’s your turn to tell me about you:

What is something on your bucket list that you want to do but haven’t yet? (Tell me in the comments below.)


MARGARET DALEY, a USA Today’s Bestselling author of one hundred books (five million plus sold worldwide), has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread, and corralling her three cats who think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret, visit her website at

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  1. ozarkharness says:

    To take my whole family to Hawaii. Also, to restore an old house that has hidden passages.

    1. Ozarkharness: great goals. Both also sound like great stories.

  2. Winnie Thomas says:

    I’d like to visit the New England area and Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island.

    1. Oh, man, Winnie–I hear you. That land feels so haunted with deep meaning. Would love to see it myself. Good choices. Thanks for replying!

  3. Brenda W says:

    I would like to travel to the 23 states I’ve not seen yet—after I win Mega-Millions Lottery.

    1. Brenda, it’s a huge accomplishment that you’ve seen so many states! You will get to the other 23–lottery or no lottery!

  4. Megan Hamsher says:

    I would love to go on a “Band of Brothers” Tour of Europe.
    (But I’d even take a trip to Hawaii … to Pearl Harbor and Volcanoes National Park in particular)

    1. Megan, you share the same bucket list trip as my husband: Band of Brothers in Europe. Hope you get there–and Hawaii! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note.

  5. Barbara says:

    i really dont have a bucket list of things to do…….because i know i would never be able to do them even if i wanted to lol………i guess if your talking about staying around the house…….it would be to have all the books i wanted without worrying about how much they cost.

    1. Barbara, I hope you win a ton of books on this Scavenger Hunt–then you won’t have to worry about how much they cost! Thanks for stopping by. Go win books!

  6. Beth says:

    I want to go to HawaIi and see Pearl Harbor. I would also love to take an Alaskan cruise and spend time in Alaska. Both dreams I have had since high school.

    1. Both good dreams, Beth. As for the Alaska cruise, it is spectacular. If you want to travel-by-book, you might like the Alaska cruise mystery in “The Mountains Bow Down.”

      Thanks for stopping by. Happy hunting!

  7. Pauline Osborne says:

    thanks for being a part of “The Hunt” and endorsing Margaret who is an old author friend for me,love her books.
    I have no bucket list just take it one day at a time. but…do enjoy reading the books and taking trips to other places through them.

    1. Lucky you, getting to be friends with Margaret! It’s an honor to feature her on my site. Maybe one day I’ll get to meet her in person, too…

      Thanks for stopping by, Pauline. Happy hunting!

  8. Karen says:

    I’d love to travel around Europe to research my husband’s and my family roots. I LOVE genealogy!

    1. Karen, I hope you and your husband have the opportunity to trace your family roots in Europe–that would be amazing! 🙂

  9. Sue says:

    One item is to go to a book festival. I watch them on CSPAN2/ Book TV on Saturdays and they are intriguing.

    1. Sue, I’m a big fan of that Book TV station, too. Would love to go to one of the festivals. Heaven for readers, right?

  10. Becky says:

    Hmmm, one thing I’d like to do is write a novel. Someday. Preferably sooner rather than later. :o) (It’s been a lot of fun reading about all these different authors! Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt as a writer.) :O)

    1. Becky, I really hope you do write a novel. Everyone has a story inside them. Author Joanna Penn has some courses that are good. Might want to check those out.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note.

  11. attennos39 says:

    I have always dreamed of going to Australia. I recently applied to a One Year Challenge to Sydney next year through my church. I am nervous and excited about it. I feel it is the right time to do this. Subscriber

    1. Attennos39: COOL! Sydney looks beautiful, and Aussies are some of the most interesting people. Have fun!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note. Happy hunting!

  12. Sarah B says:

    I want to go on a tour of Alaska and Hawaii. I want to take my time and soak in the sights, wonders and life in those states. I would also like to go on a cruise of the Greek Islands!

    1. Hi Sarah, I was born and raised in Alaska, so I can tell you that it’s a gorgeous place where you’ll definitely want to take time to soak in the sights! Hawaii and the Greek Islands would be wonderful as well. Hopefully you can fulfill those dreams!

  13. Debora Wilder says:

    I haven’t actually put together a bucket list. I have always dreamed of going to England though.

    1. Debora, any place you’ve dreamed of going to is actually a bucket list wish! Hopefully you will have the opportunity to go to England someday.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Felicity Shepherd says:

    I want to scuba dive and see the great barrier reef.

    1. Felicity, scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef would be amazing! There are so many exotic and stunning worlds to explore! I hope you can find a away to make that dream come true. 🙂

  15. Maryann says:

    I would like to visit some of the National Parks one day. I always see pictures of how beautiful they are.

    1. Hi Maryann, oh yes, the National Parks are all so diverse and spectacular. It would be wonderful if you could see your favorites!

      Thank you for stopping by!

  16. Tricia says:

    I want to parachute out of a plane!

    1. Oh my, Tricia! I’m deathly afraid of heights, but I’m sure the amazing view and the rush of adrenaline would be unforgettable! I hope you can find a way to fulfill that dream. 🙂

  17. Linda Horin says:

    Where do I begin? There are so many things on my bucket list…I want to go both snorkelling and scuba diving, windsurfing, deep sea fishing, so many different places I want to travel to, both here in the states and abroad. I don’t think I’ll live long enough to fit it all in, and of course the money to do it all could be a problem!

    1. Linda, it’s interesting–all those things have to do with water. You must feel connected to the ocean in some way. I hope you get to take those adventures!

      Thanks for stopping by. Happy hunting!

  18. themammaof3 says:

    I have always wanted to spend few weeks in New England in Autumn, and visit historical sites.

    1. MammaOf3, you have a good one. New England is breathtaking in autumn. I really hope you can visit it one of these years! Our family enjoys historical sites, too–lots in New England, of course.

      Thanks for stopping by. Happy hunting!

  19. Linda Finn says:

    On my bucket list…. Get an RV again and travel with my hubby !
    Linda Marie Finn

    1. Linda, every single time I see an RV on the road this is the thought that goes through my mind. How cool that you two have already done that travel! Hope you get to it again.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  20. Susan Wilson says:

    I don’t really have a bucket list, but I’ve always wanted to visit Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park!

    1. Susan, the photos are amazing from that area, aren’t they? Never seen it in person but must say your want is my wish, too. Yellowstone and Jackson Hole. Hope you get there!!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  21. Jennifer M says:

    To go horseback riding in every state in country. 4 states down, quite a few to go. 😉

    1. Jennifer, what an amazing idea. I can only imagine how the state would look from horseback. Way to get four states down! You will get there. Keep riding.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  22. I love all the comments of your bucket lists. Thanks for sharing. Some of yours are mine too–visiting Australia, seeing the Great Barrier Reef and Yellowstone.

    1. Margaret, you asked a great question! So interesting to see all these bucket lists. Thanks for playing on my blog. 🙂

  23. Terrill R. says:

    Bucket lists are hard for me, because I’m fairly easy going and usually enjoy whatever the Lord puts in front of me. Like you, I live in Washington, Bellingham/Lynden to be exact. To me, it’s one of the best places in the world, especially if you love the outdoors like I do. I grew up near Mt. Rainier and now I live a short drive to Mt. Baker. I also live minutes from the Puget Sound. It’s the best of both worlds! I guess if I had a bucket list, I would want to travel to Europe with my daughter (as well as husband and son – haha) who has the wanderlust bug. She’s only 17, but her first year after graduation is already planned with 9 months of overseas ministry with YWAM.

    1. Terrill, we are so fortunate to live in such beautiful country. And like you, I tend to roll with life and resist planning. But seeing all these bucket lists gives me a nudge to think about things I really do want to do before the time ends. So glad Margaret Daley asked this question!

      Hope you get to Europe with the family — unforgettable time together.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  24. Edward Arrington says:

    I never have developed a specific bucket list. I tend to be more the type person who hears of something or some place and decide I want to do that thing or visit that place.

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