Welcome to the Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt where we are helping the Kinsman people find a new home. If you’ve just found us, be sure to start the adventure at Stop #1, which is Jill Williamson’s blog.
Collect all the clue words in order so you can enter to win the Kindle. If you want to enter to win the second Kindle, you’ll have to take a quiz at the end, so take your time and read each post carefully. The main prizes in the hunt are open to international entries. Individual author contests, however, might have different rules, so please read the parameters on each site. You have until Sunday night, February 19, at midnight, Pacific time to finish.
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Seultrie seemed far too dangerous for the kinsman people to settle at this time. They have wars of their own going on. The kinsman party follow the coast north until they reach a massive beanstalk. It’s so huge they can climb it like a spiral staircase. Curious where it goes, the kinsman party begins to climb. It is a long ways up, and when they reach the top, they find themselves in a strange, futuristic land. They keep to the unpopulated areas, but they are very uncertain this is the right place for their people—or if they will ever be able to find their way back! Their journey leads them to Stop #4, a small town called Stratus in a realm called Oregon from Shannon Dittemore’s Angel Eyes trilogy.
The author of the Angel Eyes novels, Shannon Dittemore has an overactive imagination and a passion for truth. Her lifelong journey to combine the two is responsible for a stint at Portland Bible College, performances with local theater companies, and a love of all things literary. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys mentoring teen writers–both online and in person. Since 2013, Shannon has taught mentoring tracks at a local school where she provides junior high and high school students with an introduction to writing and the publishing industry. She also blogs for Go Teen Writers, posting encouragement and instruction on a weekly basis.
One thing the kinsman people notice right away in Stratus is the feel of otherworldly creatures present. They have their own problems with shadir from the Lowerworld, and are instantly concerned that these so-called demons might be problematic.
Welcome hunters! Shannon here! Thought I’d share a little about the fictional town of Stratus, which is the setting for much of the Angel Eyes trilogy. The incarnation of this little town was inspired by several such communities in both California–where I live–and the Pacific Northwest where I attended college and was married. Because I drew so much on real life, I can’t help but see Stratus everywhere I look.
Here are a few things that always remind me of my story world:
Main Street, USA: Whether it’s Sutter Creek, California, or Forest Grove, Oregon, small towns always seem to have a main thoroughfare. A couple stoplights down a stretch of road where the storefronts are a mix of old and new, weathered and shiny. Almost always there’s a dance studio and a sweet shop, an old theatre with a marquee sign and flickering globe lights, curbside parking and seasonal banners strung light post to light post. All these things scream Stratus to me and I can almost see Brielle and Jake wandering the streets, ballet slippers dangling over her shoulder and a doughnut in his hand.
Coffee and doughnuts: The Pacific Northwest is famous for their coffee culture and I couldn’t imagine crafting a story set in Oregon without including it. Jake, in particular, is constantly trying to push a cup of steaming coffee into someone’s hands—especially when he’s asking them to spill their guts. He also has a deep infatuation with doughnuts which, in the spirit of transparency, he inherited from my own father.
Volkswagen Beetles: Brielle’s car is a hand-me-down Volkswagen Beetle—1967, black, with a rack on top. She calls it Slugger and I am always on the lookout for the two of them driving down the road. Though, sadly, Brielle’s not allowed to drive Slugger out of town—a rule she almost always obeys.
Lighthouses: Stratus is a bit of a drive from the Oregon coast, but in Dark Halo invisible forces draw Brielle and crew out to the fictional Bellwether lighthouse, inspired by the real life Heceta Head lighthouse in Florence, Oregon. I read somewhere that they’ve converted the Keeper’s House into a B&B and I’m determined to visit it someday soon.
Orchards: There’s an apple orchard on Brielle’s family property and it plays a significant role in Dark Halo. Apple and walnut, orange and pear, the west coast has no shortage of orchards. Whether I pass them in the car or wander them picking fruit with the family, my eyes are always wide open looking for the invisible.
I hope you’ll keep your eyes open too.
A few things before you go:
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ALSO! To celebrate Jill’s release, I’m giving away a copy of Dark Halo to three lucky winners. To enter, use the Rafflecopter below. I’ll randomly choose three names on Tuesday, the 21st and contact the winner via email.
Thanks for visiting Stratus, Oregon! Enjoy the rest of the hunt!