Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #23

We have a winner of my special prize! Beth Rumbaugh's name was drawn, and she will receive my Cowboy Lawman's Christmas Reunion AND two books by fellow LIH authors AND a therapeutic hand treatment just in time for cold, chappy hands weather! Congratulations to Beth, and thank you all for joining our Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. I hope you discovered new authors and will enjoy many of our books in the months and years to come. God bless!

Welcome 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 25 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 our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).


·       There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 10/22 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you 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 #25. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!



It is my honor to host the amazing Sibella Giorello. Sibella writes the bestselling Raleigh Harmon mystery series. Find out more on her Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/2h8e64I . After riding a motorcycle across the United States, Sibella Giorello wrote feature stories for daily newspapers. Her stories earned two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. She now writes the bestselling mystery series featuring forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon. "The Stones Cry Out," the first book in the series, won a Christy Award for best first novel. The long-running series now includes a prequel series, where 15-year-old Raleigh Harmon learns about life, and how to use mineralogy to solve crimes.

Sibella joins me here today with this intriguing post about how research nuggets sometimes lead to full novels. Enjoy!

Insight: 

In 1971 — the night before Thanksgiving—a man who called himself Dan Cooper boarded a Portland flight bound for Seattle. He carried a briefcase and wore a black suit and tie. After the plane took off, Cooper told the flight attendant his briefcase contained a bomb. He demanded a ransom.

When the plane landed in Seattle, Cooper released all 36 passengers. The FBI handed him $200,000, all in $20 bills, and four parachutes. Cooper ordered the pilot to fly to Mexico.

But somewhere over the Washington-Oregon boarder, still wearing his black suit, Cooper jumped into the dark and rainy night. He was never heard from again.

Nearly 50 years later, the FBI considers the D.B. Cooper case one of its worst unsolved mysteries. No body has ever been found. No parachutes discovered. And though they’ve interviewed thousands of people, including suspects, nobody’s been charged with the crime. The only solid evidence that’s surfaced came nine years after the hijacking. A boy digging near the Columbia River discovered a bundle of rotting $20 bills The serial numbers matched Cooper’s ransom money.

The D.B. Cooper legend has always fascinated me. Who was this guy? How did he pull off this stunt? And why couldn’t the FBI catch him? (At left is a picture of authorities searching for the suspect.)

I’ve heard many theories—and some conspiracy theories—but because I write mysteries featuring a forensic geologist who lives in Seattle, the Cooper case seemed like ideal material. Crime, soil, mysterious identities. What more could I ask for? I happily plunged down the rabbit trail.

Many of those real-life facts were woven into the fictional world of The Moon Stands StillIn the end, my protagonist Raleigh Harmon thinks she knows what happened to D.B. Cooper.

Do you?

Sign up for Sibella’s newsletter  and receive a FREE Raleigh Harmon short story. https://sibellawrites.com/ You can also connect with Sibella on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SibellaGiorelloAuthor 

Here’s the Stop #23 Skinny:
You can order Sibella’s book on Amazon.
Clue to Write Down:  good reads
Link to Stop #24, the Next Stop on the Loop: Sibella Giorello's own site!


But wait! Before you go, I’m offering a special hand care gift and two surprise Love Inspired Historical novels to one entrant. All you have to do is sign up for my e-newsletter (top right on my home page, white box) or note that you’re already a subscriber, and I'll enter your name for the extra prize.

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