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Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! I am a part of TEAM PINK, and this is Stop #11. If you’re just joining us, there are two loops—pink and purple—and they begin at Lisa Bergren’s site and Robin Hatcher’s site for stop #1 for either stream. If you complete either the pink loop or purple loop, you can enter for a Kindle Paperwhite and the 17 autographed books from that loop. If you complete BOTH loops, you can enter for the Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire HDX and ALL 34 autographed books (by adding up all the Secret Numbers). So write everything down as you go—if you run out of time, you can return to it later.

The Hunt begins at NOON Mountain time on April 16 and ends at midnight Mountain on April 19, 2015, so you have a long weekend to complete all 34 stops, enter all individual, pink, purple, and Grand Prize contests, and maximize your chances for a prize! Winners will be announced on April 20, 2015.

ALSO, please don’t use Internet Explorer to navigate through the loops. Some web sites won’t show up using IE. Please use Chrome or Firefox—they’re better anyway!

Without further ado, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to my guest for the Scavenger Hunt, Lorna Seilstad. Lorna grew up attending antique auctions nearly every weekend, so history was a big part of her life growing up on an Iowa farm. Speaking of antiques, you’re going to love the antique Lorna is sharing with us on the scavenger hunt!

Award-winning author Lorna Seilstad has called Iowa home her whole life. She received her B.S. in Education from Lubbock Christian University. After her first child was born, she quit teaching and became a professional wiper. “I wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, baby's bottoms, and counter tops every day. But at nap time, I wrote." Today, she writes historical fiction with a generous dash of humor. She is the author of the Lake Manawa Summers Series and the Gregory Sisters series, a wife, and a mother of three.

Here’s the summary of Lorna's latest book, As Love Blooms:
Tessa Gregory is nothing if not tenacious. Denied a position as a horticulturist at prestigious Como Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota, she is not above a little benevolent deception in order to get the park superintendent to change his mind and hire her. She plans to infiltrate the world of wealthy and influential people in hopes of drumming up financial support for a world-class conservatory. But before she can put those plans into action, she meets Reese King, a handsome gardener at Como Park—and a major distraction. Still, Reese might be the key to achieving her dream. But is his goal to help her... or to capture her heart? Against the lush backdrop of manicured gardens and greenhouses full of the exotic, Lorna Seilstad weaves a sweet and sassy story that is sure to delight.

And here is Lorna's EXCLUSIVE content, that you’ll only find in this hunt!
An Oreo Cameo
Most of us have grown up twisting Oreos and dunking them in milk. America’s favorite cookie has made its way into ice cream novelties, cakes, and even as a doughnut topping.
Personally, I have long held the belief that Oreos are one of God’s best gifts to us, and I’d always wanted to include this national treasure in a book. The problem was Oreos weren’t yet around. However, since As Love Blooms is set in 1912, the year Oreos became available, I was finally able to give them a cameo spot as the main character Tessa’s favorite treat.

Here are some fun facts about Oreos:
  • In 1898, a group of baking companies merged to form the National Biscuit Company (NaBisCo). By 1902, Nabisco created Barnums Animal crackers which came in a little box designed like a cage with a string attached.
  • In April of 1912, the Nabisco announced to their sales team that they were introducing three “highest class biscuits,” in a grouping they called the “Trio.” Two of the cookies, the Mother Goose Biscuit and Veronese Biscuit, didn’t sell particularly well and were quickly discontinued. The third, the Oreo Biscuit, jumped off the shelves. 
  • The Oreo cookie was described as “Two beautifully embossed chocolate-flavored wafers with a rich cream filling.” It was sold in a yellow tin with a glass cover for approximately 30 cents a pound (about $7.13 today).
  • While Oreos became nationally available in April, it was in the month before (March) that the National Biscuit Company first registered the product with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
  • The origin of the name Oreo remains a mystery. Some say it comes from the Greek word for gold, or, which falls in line with the original yellow color of the package.
  • Over 450 billion Oreos have been sold, making it the world’s best-selling cookie. It’s also available in over 100 countries.
  • If all the Oreos ever made were stacked, they’d reach to the moon and back five times.
  • It takes 59 minutes to make an Oreo.
  • Oreos haven’t changed much since 1912. The design on the cookie has been altered and Oreos the creamy centers are no longer made with lard.
  • Women are more likely than men to twist an Oreo apart before eating them. 

LORNA SAYS: Can you see why I thought the Oreo deserved a place in book? And what special gift does Tessa’s beau bring her? A tin of Oreo Biscuits, of course.

DEB SAYS: Thanks so much for that great "twist" on your story, Lorna! I loved it!

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And now, without further ado, here's the skinny!

Thanks for stopping by on the hunt! Before you go, make sure you WRITE DOWN THESE CLUES:
Secret Word : THIS 
Secret Number: 22, a number I chose, because it’s the day of the month I started my happiest job ever: Mom!

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The entire Chicory Inn Novels series, as the books release!
A bonus giveaway during the Scavenger Hunt: To have your name entered in a drawing for a signed copy of Home to Chicory Lane, PLUS a “voucher” for complimentary copies of the next four books in the Chicory Inn Novels series (to be mailed to you as they release) simply join my Facebook readers page and leave a comment on the Scavenger Hunt post you'll see there. (If you’re already a member of my readers page, simply leave a comment on the Scavenger Hunt post you'll see when you click THIS LINK.) Winner will be announced on April 20.