Shannon Dittemore

February16th

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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.

If you need help, or get lost along the way, click here for assistance.

 

Lost at Sea Stop 4

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.

 

Shannon Dittemore_croppedThe 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.

 

DarkHalo_graphic for ScavengerHunt

 

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.

 

 Seeing Stratus

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:

You can order Dark Halo on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD or at your local bookstore!

CLUE! Write down this clue: they

The next stop on our map is Stop #5, Redmond, WA, on

Kim Vandel’s website.

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!

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70 Comments

  • Comment by Alyssa M. — February 18, 2017 @ 4:05 pm

    According to Goodreads, I’m only reading ten books, when in fact I’m in the middle of twelve. I’ll probably start rereading “Pride and Prejudice” for the umpteenth time.
    I learned about the giveaway from Jill’s newsletter.

  • Comment by Elizabeth — February 18, 2017 @ 4:48 pm

    I am currently reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer, and I found out about the giveaway through a relative. 🙂

  • Comment by Sarah — February 18, 2017 @ 5:09 pm

    I’m reading Princess ever after. I found out about the scavenger hunt from Jill Williamson’s newsletter.

  • Comment by Mackenzie — February 18, 2017 @ 5:29 pm

    I am reading Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielson!!! I found out about the giveaway on Jill’s Blog.

  • Comment by Mary — February 18, 2017 @ 6:28 pm

    Well, I just finished The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron so I’m not reading anything at the moment…but I do plan on starting The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan tonight. 🙂 I found out about the scavenger hunt from Jill Williamson’s newsletter.

  • Comment by Laura — February 18, 2017 @ 6:42 pm

    This scavenger hunt is such a fun idea! What a way to bring the reading community together. I love how all you wonderful authors support one another’s work so much!

    I heard about this from the facebook page of Tricia Mingerink, my favorite Christian Fantasy author!

    I’m not currently reading anything right now… (a travesty, I know!!) But, I think this scavenger hunt is working well to fix that!

  • Comment by Mallory O'Bier — February 18, 2017 @ 7:07 pm

    Right now I’m reading “The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell” by Chris Colfer, and I found out about The Lost at Sea Scavenger Hunt through Go Teen Writers blog. I’m having so much fun reading about the different books and their authors who are participating. 🙂

  • Comment by Elizabeth Russell — February 18, 2017 @ 8:27 pm

    I’m reading Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson right now, and I found out through Gillian Adams’ blog!

  • Comment by Litany L — February 18, 2017 @ 8:49 pm

    I subscribe to Jill Williamson newsletter so found out that way. Currently I am reading Amish Pen Pals by Karen Anna Vogel

  • Comment by Elly — February 18, 2017 @ 11:36 pm

    I am currently reading “Deep Down” by R. M. Ballantyne and I heard of the scavenger hunt in an email newsletter from Jill Williamson.

  • Comment by Jasmine A. — February 18, 2017 @ 11:55 pm

    I’m currently reading The Jazz Files by Fiona Veith Smith, a mystery set in 1920’s Britain. And I heard about the scavenger hunt from Jill Williamson, what a fun idea!

  • Comment by Jo — February 19, 2017 @ 2:21 am

    Currently reading Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. I found out about the hunt through Jill’s newsletter that I’m subscribed to.

  • Comment by Bronwyn Webber — February 19, 2017 @ 3:53 am

    I am currently reading Lord of the Flies, Romeo and Juliet and the Scorch Trials. My dad told me about this scavenger hunt, and I’m so glad he did, because I now have a whole lot of books to add to my TBR list. Yours included.

  • Comment by Madison Guy — February 19, 2017 @ 7:11 am

    I’m currently reading “A Time to “Die.”

  • Comment by Bethany Baldwin — February 19, 2017 @ 8:37 am

    Currently reading King’s Blood, actually. So I found out from Jill. 🙂

  • Comment by Lily T. — February 19, 2017 @ 9:24 am

    I’m reading Unhinged by A. G. Howard, and I found out about the giveaway through GoTeenWriters and Jill’s blog.

  • Comment by Mary McCoy — February 19, 2017 @ 9:45 am

    Currently rereading Pride and Prejudice, found out about the scavenger hunt through an email from Jill

  • Comment by Chrystiana Silva — February 19, 2017 @ 10:09 am

    I am currently reading Deep Trouble by Mary Connealy and I found out about the hunt from my mom 🙂

  • Comment by Crystal Balzer — February 19, 2017 @ 3:44 pm

    I’m currently reading the Harry Potter series with my girls (my first time!). I found the giveaway through Ronie Kendig’s email newsletter.

  • Comment by Megan — February 19, 2017 @ 5:02 pm

    I’m currently reading a slew of beauty and the beast retellings in prep of the March movie. I found this scavenger hunt on the go teen writers site. I really love the sound of your story world; I’ll be picking up angel eyes soon!

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