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Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #21

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!

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Karen in Red Roses small

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 or join her private Facebook group-the Posse.

More Than Meets the Eye

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?

Mismatched eyes.

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.

Evangeline's Eyes

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.
Desmond Chiam as General Riga

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:

You can order Karen’s book at Amazon
Barnes and Noble, CBD, BooksAMillion or at your local bookstore!

Clue to Write Down: AND COMMENT

Link to Stop #22, the Next Stop on the Loop: Karen Witemeyer

Wedding #Keds

As a lifelong wearer of "Keds" I can't tell you how blessed I am by this new trend of brides wearing them. Oh my goodness, I had the ugliest wedding shoes. My dress was so over the top that I thought, you know, just some white shoes...clearly, I had a lot to learn.

My daughter plans to be married in her cowboy boots. This is something I don't get, but Keds? Keds are the perfect wedding dress accessory. They're comfortable. They're SOOO cute and now they have bling. I mean, sign me up! I want to get married again. I need a do-over. And not just because my dress had shoulder pads a mile wide and my hair was in all its '80's glory. Because now people, now you can wear Keds with your dress.


Arie #TheBachelor can't make up his mind...

I mean, is it me? Or is it woefully unattractive that Arie can't man up and make up his mind? I mean, when Becca's ex shows up, does he man-up and say, "Dude, let's go!"

He does not. And it's not like I expect him to fight the dude, but could you at least say, "No, she's not going with you. She loves me now." But what does he do? He's like, "Dude, you'll have to discuss it with her. I don't know--"

Okay, I'm paraphrasing, but essentially, that's what he said and did. I don't expect him to go caveman and drag her back to his room, but could he at least put up a little fight? Instead, he labors over the point that she was with him for seven years and maybe she wants him now. He's like my high school self! Maybe that's why I have disdain...

First off, I thought he was more in love (from the looks of it) with Lauren so I was kind of shocked that he was ready to marry Becca after that date. Do you remember from the day before? The blonde girl? Not the one who likes dead, furry things, but the other one? Arie has a case of dating amnesia, which might be why he's still single at his age. "I went out with you? No, for real?"

I can't even root for him. I'm trying. I'm really trying here.

I just can't with #TheBachelor

I really am a terrible pick of Bachelors because I loved Arie before this season started. Now, I see that whenever he is flummoxed, he crams his tongue down someone's throat and we're supposed to buy that he's romantic. Ugh. It is not working for me and after watching "The Olympics" and "Victoria" I just can't summon the courage to sit through the Bachelor in Italy. With such epic quotes as, "It's so Italian." Ya think?


Last night, I turned it off when Jacqueline was sobbing in the previews. Seriously? Girl, you are in Italy. Get OUTSIDE. Go have a cannoli. Eat pasta. Tour history. See some art. Do not sit and pine over a guy who has all the personality of moldy bread. Listen, I'm sure Arie is a nice guy, but that doesn't make him marriage material. So if you're wondering where my recaps went, I can't really make it through an episode.

I did watch "Victoria" last night, which was SOOO good. It could have been called, "What happens in the Highlands, stays in the Highlands."

While finding a picture, I know Lord M is now dead in Season 2. But you know, Rufus lives...