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 30 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!
• The hunt BEGINS on 3/1 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
• 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, 3/4 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 eachauthor’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at Stop #30. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!
TODAY'S POST: KAREN WITEMEYER
It is my honor to introduce Karen Witemeyer! For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Winner of the ACFW Carol Award, National Reader's Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA® and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. Learn more at www.karenwitemeyer.com or join her private Facebook group-the Posse.
A Heroine with Heterochromia
My June release, More Than Meets the Eye, will be the first book in a new series. While there is an excitement that comes from getting to know a new group of characters, there is also a pressure to make them fresh and unique. The premise behind my new Patchwork Family series is a group of orphans who bond to form their own family when their orphan train derails. These youngsters have been passed over and left unclaimed. Zach, because he is a belligerent loner with a giant chip on his shoulder. Seth, because he is sickly, weakened by asthma. But how could I make my cheerful, tenderhearted Evangeline undesirable to adoptive families?
Psychologists will tell you that humans crave symmetry. It's why certain faces are universally more attractive than others. When that symmetry is out of balance, it creates cognitive dissonance. To justify our discomfort, we place blame on the cause, calling it unnatural or something darker, like witchcraft. The greater the dissonance, the greater the reaction. So, I didn't simply give my heroine slightly different colored eyes. I made them drastically different. One dark brown and one vividly blue. These are the eyes I patterned Evangeline's after.
My husband loves the fantasy genre, and he and I recently watched The Shannara Chronicles based on Terry Brooks's novels. General Riga is a ruthless villain on a quest to eradicate magic. His evil is highlighted by his unnatural eyes—one dark brown, the other vivid blue.
My sweet-natured heroine has nothing in common with that villain, yet she feels the sting of rejection and prejudice because of her eyes and is challenged by the hero to stand tall in a world that fails to appreciate her inner beauty because they are blinded by what they see on the outside.
Here’s the Stop #21 Skinny:
Link to Stop #22, the Next Stop on the Loop: Karen Witemeyer