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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.

Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the clue on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at Stop #31. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

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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Here’s the Stop #17 Skinny:
You can order Margaret’s book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, and Kobo, as well as at your local bookstore!

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#18 is the Next Stop on the Loop: Margaret Daley’s own site! 

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Happy Hunting and Happy Reading!



  1. Donna Brookmyer says:

    I would like to someday visit England.

    1. Me, too, Donna!

  2. Deana says:

    I would like to visit a library in every state. Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt

    1. What a fantastic idea! I might borrow that for my bucket list, too.

  3. AnnBoyd says:

    My number one delight would be to ride in a hot air balloon over the Rocky Mountains. Reading your books is a close # two. Thanks for this fun time.

    1. Ann, cannot imagine the thrill of seeing the Rockies that way. Wow. And thanks for including Raleigh Harmon in your delights.

  4. lelandandbecky says:

    The main thing on my bucket list is to some day visit Israel. I love Margaret Daley’s books, but Sibella is a completely new author for me. I look forward to the free novella. Thank you!

    1. Oh yes, it would be wonderful to visit Israel! I’m so glad you stopped by, and I hope you enjoy reading about Raleigh Harmon.

    2. Thanks, Becky. I appreciate you stopping by.

  5. Kim H in GA says:

    Bucket list funding is nil, but I’d love to visit Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Italy, Australia and Hawaii on the way home! I just found the Raleigh Harmon series and am enjoying it very much. 😉

    1. Kim, I hear you on bucket list funding, but anything can happen! I would love to visit all those countries as well–maybe someday. I’m so glad you are enjoying the Raleigh Harmon series!

  6. Ruth Toy says:

    My bucket list for myself and my kids is to visit all 50 states not in a rushed fashion necessarily but to do things that are educational, fun and teach my kids a little about the history of America. I’d also like to work in an ER for an evening (or more)…there are so many things I want to do in my life time 🙂 Excited to read your books and thank you for doing the scavenger hunt!

    1. Hi Ruth, wow, that’s a wonderful idea that I’m sure will be unforgettable for your kids. How fascinating that you would like to work in an ER! You sound like a writer. I hope you enjoy the adventures of Raleigh Harmon. 🙂

  7. Gail Hollingsworth says:

    I’d love to try one of your books. The good thing about the hunt is learning about new authors. Sheila Roberts writes about Icicle Falls in her books that based on Leavenworth, Washington. Enjoyed your pictures! I’d love to visit there someday! (Bucket list)

    1. Gail, I’m happy to hear you are enjoying the scavenger hunt. Yes, Leavenworth is a beautiful place to visit. You can get a taste of what it’s like during Oktoberfest in my latest Raleigh Harmon book. 🙂

  8. Sarah R says:

    I would love to sky dive! Although now that I have three little boys I’m not sure I would be able to do it…

    1. Sarah, you must be very brave–I’m deathly afraid of heights! Maybe when your boys are grown you all can do it together!

  9. Jill Fortner says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise. I think I will put that on my bucket list. I’m with you on the sky diving. God didn’t put wings on me, but I have flown in a plane. 😂

    1. Jill, I’m laughing at your comment that God didn’t put wings on us! I do appreciate planes, though. Where would you like to go for a cruise? If you want to live vicariously through Raleigh, in my book The Mountains Bow Down, Raleigh goes on an Alaskan cruise. (Although she runs into a few more problems than you would!)

  10. Margie says:

    My bucket list is “never ending” because I am always coming up with new things to do….I would love to be able to visit all 50 states….I have been to about 20 so far but I would like to spend a little more time in each….

    1. Margie, I hear you. I’ve been to many states (lived in several across the country), yet I would love to revisit them again and especially visit new ones. There are so many wonderful sights to see and places to explore in our country!

  11. I am already a subscriber thanks

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  12. Abi, Thank you for being a subscriber. I hope you are enjoying the scavenger hunt!

  13. Mimi B says:

    The only bucket list I’ve ever made is musicians I want to see in concert. I really want to see Casting Crowns and MercyMe to start with! lol

    1. Mimi, those are great bucket list items. I hope you can see the bands soon! Some bucket list items can be done any time, but some may not be around in a few years. I hope you can check those two concerts off your list!

  14. Amber Ludwig says:

    As far as my bucket list, it’s definitely a list! Visit every one of the 50 States in the USA, as well as their respective capitols. Plus visit many of their famous landmarks etc. Stay at The Library Hotel in New York. Go on a cruise. Meet my musical hero Michael W. Smith. Also preferably go on one of his cruises, since he is doing them every year now. =)

    1. Amber, wow–you are very ambitious! You go, girl! 🙂

  15. sandym204 says:

    Wow, I have a long bucket list. I had a liver transplant in 2008, and after that I started really trying to LIVE life, instead of just watching it pass by. Next thing I want to do is visit NYC.

    1. SandyM, congratulations on the successful liver transplant! Totally agree about really living rather than watching life at a distance. Hope you go to NYC!

  16. Abbie Peterson says:

    I would like to travel some more… but in a lot of ways I’m content to be a homebody and enjoy traveling via books

    1. Ha! I hear you, Abbie! Sometimes armchair travel is the best. Thanks for stopping by.

  17. When your named popped up on Ronie Kendig’s stop on the scavenger hunt, I thought “I recently typed her (your) name in the computer. It may have been when I was working at the library yesterday, but for the life of me, I haven’t made the connection. Needless to say, you are a new author to be and will look for your books.

    1. Awesome, Beth! That’s one of the fun parts of these hunts, finding new authors. Hope you enjoy my books. If you have an e-reader, “The Stones Cry Out” (first book) is free. Happy hunting and thanks for stopping by.

  18. Sierra says:

    I have always wanted to go skydiving!

    1. Sierra, you are a brave woman. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Danie Walther says:

    I would love to visit Australia

    1. Me, too, Danie!

  20. Martha Troxel says:

    I would like to take a trip around the world.There are so many places I would like to see it would take a long time to see them all!

    1. Good thought, Martha. I once heard that Pan American airlines used to sell a ticket like that–it was good for a year for unlimited flights. Can you imagine?

  21. Sandra Rowell says:

    I would like to visit Ireland to work on my genealogy there.

    1. Sandra, what a dream that would be! My dad was from the Connor clan and went over to research. Found all kinds of interesting facts. Hope you get there, too!!

  22. Crystal Balzer says:

    I would love to travel to Europe and New Zealand. Both are huge bucket list items for me!

    Thanks for taking part in the scavenger hunt!

    1. Crystal: Yes and Yes! Both places would be a thrill to visit. Thanks for stopping by–happy hunting!

  23. I’d love to para-glide one of these days even though I’m terrified of heights…lol! To fly like a bird would be pretty neat 🙂

    Thank you for your participation in the hunt and for a chance at your books! I just signed up for your newsletter to

    1. Trixi (love your name), I am terrified of heights,too, but watch birds with longing–would love to fly like them, too. 🙂

      So glad you stopped by and left a comment. Thank you.

  24. Pat Shrader says:

    Thank you!

    1. Thank you, Pat!

  25. Would love to visit this place in Washington looks lo sly..thanks for being apart of the journey of different authors and is so enjoyable

    1. Rorylynn, I hope you do get to Leavenworth. It’s gorgeous, and has the nicest, warmest people. In the meantime, all of us readers can travel by armchair, right?

  26. Janet B. says:

    I’ve always wanted to be a Mrs. Santa Claus at Christmas time in the mall! I’ve also would like to visit Ireland someday – have wanted to since I was 16 many years ago!

    1. Janet, have you ever tried out for Mrs. Claus?? You should.

      There’s a couple in my small town who go out every year as Mr. and Mrs. Claus–and it means so much to them and to the people they greet. Funny story: last year their car broke down on the way to one of their December visits. They were in full Claus costumes. So they sat by the roadside until a police officer showed up. He came up along their driver’s side window, looked in, and said, “Does this make me naughty or nice?” 🙂

      Hope you get to be both Mrs. Claus AND go to Ireland.

  27. Diana says:

    I would like to visit Scotland to see the countryside and listen to the language, both of which I find ruggedly beautiful and romantic!

    1. Diana, ruggedly beautiful and romantic is a great description. I yearn for Scotland, too. Bagpipes? Heather-covered fields? That accent?? AND it’s the beginning of modern geology (really). If I can’t go myself, I’m ready to send Raleigh over there!

      Hope YOU get there in person. Thanks for leaving your comment.

  28. Lisa says:

    I would like to finish out visiting the 50 states. I think I’ve been to 30-35 but not much traveling out of our Beach Vacation area since that’s where our children and other family members always loved to visit. Look my children are 21 & 24 so maybe they are ready to try something else!! Actually one has been able to travel quite a bit and the other was more of a homebody and preferred to stay home and make money. Workaholic much? That would be my 21 yr old son … just like his Daddy!

    1. Lisa, isn’t it interesting how our kids come with God-given dispositions? My kids are so different from each other. Adds to the adventure of parenting.

      I really hope you get to all 50 states–but way to go getting to 30-35, that’s impressive.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a message. Happy hunting on the rest of contest!

  29. Halita says:

    Hmmm, I always wanted to dye my hair Hot Pink just for the heck of it. I haven’t done any funky colors to the whole head but I did do a little bit of pink at one time. It looked pretty good on me.

    1. Halita, I love this–I haven’t even done “a little” pink but admire everyone who does. Especially somone who realizes it looks good on them! Yeah!
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a message.

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