Fall 2017 Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #20


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 Mountain time)! 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!

My guest for the hunt is Connilyn Cossette!

WingsoftheWind_rd1.inddConnilyn Cossette is a historical fiction author with a passion for writing stories of timeless grace. She recently released the third novel in her series, Out from Egypt, titled Wings of the Wind.

Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.

Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can’t ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.

Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage—for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she’s found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah’s fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she’s come to love?

And now this from Connilyn Cossette…



My latest release, Wings of the Wind, follows the journey of a Canaanite woman taken captive on the battlefield and then forced to marry a Hebrew. Alanah is grieving, wounded, and bitter but she is also a tough chick. From her archery skills to her feisty attitude to her fierce protectiveness, Alanah became one of my favorites heroines so far.


As I write Biblical Fiction, I am so inspired by all the tough chicks that lived during ancient times. Obviously there were no Targets, no Starbucks, no dishwashers or washing machines back then. And on top of the never-ending labor of daily survival, most ancient cultures treated women as nothing more than commodities. The Torah given to Moses flipped everything inside out to give women unheard of freedoms, rights, and blessings.


So even with all our modern conveniences, what attributes of the actual tough chicks of the Bible that lived and breathed thousands of years ago should we emulate as we fight the good fight?

RAHAB (Joshua 2) makes an appearance in WOTW and was shockingly brave. She flouted the will of a powerful King by hiding the spies, then joined the very people who had come to run her own out of Canaan.

If/when the time comes, will we have the COURAGE to stand strong like this prostitute-turned-ancestor of the Messiah?

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ESTHER (Esther 6) had courage in spades. Although her life was in jeopardy she was willing to lay aside her fears and reveal her true self without fear for the sake of her people.

Are we willing to lay aside the masks we hide behind in order to be AUTHENTIC witnesses to our righteous and healing God?

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HANNAH (Samuel 1-2) was persecuted relentlessly for years about her barrenness, but instead of striking back at her rival, she took her sorrow to Yahweh. And then when God finally gave her a son, she fulfilled her vow by giving him back, although it must have broken her heart all over again. Her obedience paved the way for Samuel to become such a great man of God.

Are we determined to be OBEDIENT, even when it’s painful, so that God can work in us and through us?

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JAEL (Judges 4) had the audacity to lure a king into her tent, lull him to sleep, and then drive a tent peg through his skull. But her willingness to fight on the side of righteousness that day won an important battle that had far reaching effects in the fight for Canaan.

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MARY (Luke 1:26-55) the mother of Jesus, knew that she would be mocked and ridiculed, knew that she could be stoned to death, and yet humbled herself before God to embrace her role in the Messiah’s birth.

Are we truly willing to humble ourselves, even in the face of suffering and humiliation, to bring glory to the name of God?


Which tough chick of the Bible inspires you the most?


conni001-edit-1When she is not homeschooling her two sweet kids (with a full pot of coffee at hand), Connilyn is scribbling notes on spare paper, mumbling about her imaginary friends, and reading obscure out-of-print history books. There’s not much she likes better than digging into the rich ancient world of the Bible, uncovering buried gems of grace that point toward Jesus and weaving them into fiction. Her second novel Shadow of the Storm: Out from Egypt Series recently released through Bethany House Publishers. Connect with her at www.connilyncossette.com or at facebook.com/connilyncossette.

Here’s the Stop #20 Skinny:

You can order Connilyn’s book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, and Baker Publishing Group!

Clue to write down: hunt

Link to Stop #21, the Next Stop on the Loop: Connilyn Cossette’s own site!
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Cindy Woodsmall here with a special giveaway!


I send out my free newsletter, Plain News, four times per year, just enough to keep readers informed about my latest releases. From those who sign up during this scavenger hunt, I’ll pull one winner who will receive an entire set of The Amish of Sumer Grove books as well as my new Christmas release, The Gift of Christmas Past. To sign up, CLICK HERE. (<— The link opens in a new window, so you won’t lose your place/bearings in the scavenger hunt. Also, if you’re already signed up, you’re welcome to sign up again in order to enter the giveaway. You’ll only receive one newsletter.)
Oh, and I hope you’ll leave a comment, letting us know you stopped by! My daughter-in-law Erin and I would love to hear from you!
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91 Responses to “Fall 2017 Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #20”

  1. 79
    Lisa Harness says:

    I always thought JAEL was interesting.

  2. 78
    Donna B says:

    I am looking forward to reading more of your books!

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    Brenda Murphree says:

    I signed up for the newsletter. I hope to win these books. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Megan says:

    My pastor taught on Romans 16 this morning. There are more tough chicks of the Bible listed there. I really enjoy the ones that I need to research, that aren’t mentioned much.

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    Sabrina Templin says:

    *waves* Hello Cindy and Erin! 😀

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    Amy Jo Medaris says:

    Nice to meet you Cindy. Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt. Looking forward to reading your books and getting your newsletter!

  7. 73
    emilee says:

    I signed up. Thank you!

  8. 72
    Terry Grubb says:

    I love your books Cindy!! I am reading Gathering the Threads now.

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    Angie Carroll says:

    I signed up!

  10. 70
    Karen Castleberry says:

    Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to reading your latest books

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    Mary Tullila says:

    I think this post is my favorite of the “hunt” ! Tough biblical chicks…right on !

  12. 68
    Sally Roehr says:

    I have enjoyed several of your books.

  13. 67
    Melody says:

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  14. 66
    Linda Horin says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…enjoying the scavenger hunt!

  15. 65
    Deni Breitenbach says:

    Have been following you for some time – thanks for making me aware of this hunt!!

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    LaKeisha Budges says:

    I’m looking forward to reading your books.

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    Trixi says:

    I’m having a blast following along the scavenger hunt! Thank you for the extra giveaway Cindy! Also, I was very sad to read Erin’s story about losing her child, absolutely heart-wrenching!. My heart goes out to your family, I could not imagine such thing. I’m glad that you two were able to text each other when you needed to talk and it strengthened your relationship.

  18. 62
    Connie Saunders says:

    Thanks for taking part in this hunt. I look forward to The Gift of Christmas Past.

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    Jeanne Scott says:

    I love Amish books but have not read any of yours. I will add you to my list 🙂

  20. 60

    thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt and for the opportunity to win your books. Love stories about the Amish.

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    Justina Wilson says:

    My favorite woman in the bible has always been Mary (Lazarus’ sister), how she just wanted to learn all she could from the master and listen to all the stories.

  22. 58
    Halita says:

    My favorite lady in the bible is Queen Esther or Rahab because they souly depended on Yahweh to rescue them and show them the way to go.

  23. 57
    Melinda M says:

    I enjoy your books. Thank you for being part of the hunt.

  24. 56
    Robin in NC says:

    Thanks for being a part of the scavenger hunt!!!

  25. 55
    Judy maharrey says:

    Such a blessed relationship with both of you! Love forged by pain.

  26. 54
    Pam K. says:

    Thank you for the chance to win your books and for sharing the story of you and Erin becoming closer through your texts.

  27. 53
    Samantha B says:

    Great guest post and what an generous giveaway!
    Is this giveaway open internationally?

  28. 52
    Heather Nicholson says:

    Thank you for being a part of this scavenger hunt! I signed up for your newsletter.

  29. 51
    Pat Shrader says:

    Thank you for sharing the healing blessing of text between you and Erin! ~ Blessings!

  30. 50
    Susan Johnson says:

    I think I was already signed up, but I signed up again because I would love to win these books. I love these scavenger hunts.

  31. 49
    Karen Morgan says:

    Cindy I appreciate your honesty about the pain of death of a pre-born child. Gathering the Threads sounds like a book I would enjoy. I very much like reading Biblical Christian Fiction but Connilyn Cossette is a new author to me. thank you for introducing her to us.

  32. 48
    Audrea says:

    I really love your books! your one of my favorite authors!

  33. 47
    Angela Krusi says:

    Your books look very interesting! I’m excited to read them! ~Angela

  34. 46
    MaryJane says:

    Cindy- it is your writing that has pulled me into Christian Fiction. I love your stories and don’t know how or why but it was your book I selected (years ago) at the book store & have been forever hooked on Christian Fiction- Thank you!

  35. 45
    Lisa says:

    Eager to start reading your books

  36. 44
    Janet B. says:

    I’m enjoying the scavenger hunt! Thanks! 🙂

  37. 43
    Sarah Taylor says:

    Love all your books so hope to win this giveaway! I have always loved reading the paper back books about the Amish!

  38. 42

    I love reading biblical fiction and your books on “tough chicks” of the bible sound really interesting! 🙂

  39. 41
    Linda Hansen says:

    Love your books!! Can’t wait to read the newest ones.

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    Gayle Drake says:

    I have enjoyed all your books that I have read!

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    Debbie says:

    I have loved all your books since the very first one that ever was published, I have them all except two and three of the Amish Groves books, id love to find them, U are my very favorite Author, I go to sleep at night with your books taken to heart, Keep up the good work Cindy Woodsmall, Debbie Aubrey

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    Kathy says:

    I enjoy reading about the Amish and there ways. They are inspiring.

  43. 37
    Natalya Lakhno says:

    Cindy, thank you for participating in the hunt! Blessings to you and Erin!!!

  44. 36
    Sherry says:

    Thank you for participating in this hunt. It has been fun reading about all the different authors and seeing snapshots of who they are. I enjoy reading your books. God’s blessings to you both!

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    Pat Thompson says:

    You sound like an interesting new author for me. Thanks. I love Bible stories.

  46. 34
    Patricia Bond says:

    I am already a subscriber to your newsletters Cindy and enjoy your books Thanks for the chance to win

  47. 33
    Kim Brady says:

    Thank you for writing & participating.

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    Kelly Hilton says:

    Love your books!!!

  49. 31
    Linda Palmer says:

    Enjoy your writing. I own several of your books. Look forward to each new one.

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    Beth Rumbaugh says:

    I have read and enjoyed 3 of your Christmas books.

  51. 29
    Suzanne Sellner says:

    I’m just beginning to read A Gift of Christmas Past. I love your books!

  52. 28
    Mary says:

    While I have your attention… *smile* You have the best covers! Just sayin’…LOL

  53. 27
    Shelia Hall says:

    I stopped by and subscribed

  54. 26
    Paula Emmons says:

    Each author has something that touches my heart. Thanks for sharing and participating in the Scavenger Hunt.

  55. 25
    Candace says:

    I am loving the scavenger hunt and discovering new authors!

  56. 24
    Cheryl says:

    This hunt is fun. I enjoy learning about books and the superheroes who write them. 🙂

  57. 23
    Anne Rightler says:

    Stopping by on my way thru the hunt. Thank you!

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    Jeanne Crea says:

    What a fun scavenger hunt! Thank you so much for the chance to win. Great article about the “tough chicks of the bible”. My favorite is Mary. I also love Esther, Rahab, and even though Ruth isn’t on the list, I love her devotion.

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    Tina says:

    Your story about the journey you and Erin are on is a blessing. For a lot of women, face-to-face exposures of the heart are too revealing. I appreciate the honesty that you share how you both worked through the pain of loss. And you had each other, many women face these trials alone. Thanks for sharing and I am looking forward to ‘plain’ reading.

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    Samantha T says:

    Thanks for the scavenger hunt!

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    Elaine Jordan says:

    I’ve read all your books except The Amish of Sumer Grove series – only because after we moved last year & my husband saw my “to be read” pile, I promised him I wouldn’t buy anymore books until my pile shrunk! But they are on my “to be purchased” pile. Love this scavenger hunt.

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    rebekah brown says:

    Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt, this is my first time! I love Amish novels, can’t wait to read yours. Thanks! 🙂

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    Salli says:

    Thank you so much for being in the scavenger hunt. This is so much fun, and learning about different authors. I have read all your books and have loved them all. Thank you for all your dedication. May the Lord richly bless you.

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    Jacqueline McMurray says:

    I love amish fiction!! I, too, lost my mom way too soon…she was 63 when she passed. I enjoyed your blog and learning your story.

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    karen says:

    I love your books! Thank you for being a part of this fabulous scavenger hunt!

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    Sue Parrish says:

    I enjoy your books. Looking forward to the newsletter and to reading the new book. DachsR4me@aol.com

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    Connilyn Cossette says:

    Thank you so much for hosting me here Cindy! Hope you all are having a great time and good luck with all the cool prizes!

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    Becky Smith says:

    Great post about “the tough chicks of the Bible” ! Love the pictures! I subscribed to your newsletter. Enchanting cover on The Gift of Christmas Past!

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    Looking forward to checking out your books in the future. Thanks so much for participating in the hunt!

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    Doris Lankford says:

    I am already signed up for your newsletter.

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    Janice says:

    Love your books. Am reading Gathering the Threads now!

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    Julia Stone says:

    Thank you for participating in this scavenger hunt. My daughter loves your books so much that she hasn’t let me read any of them yet. I need to start buying second copies so I can get one. 🙂

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    Megan Potter says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! Looking forward to your book!!

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    Kailey Bechtel says:

    Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt!

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    Janet Brumfield says:

    I have loved reading your books!

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    Perrianne Askew says:

    I am loving the scavenger hunt! Also love your books! Thank you for the additional giveaway opportunity.

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    Tish says:

    Love your books they always are so interesting. Keeps me wanting to read more.

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    JAMIE L HUGHES says:

    I love all of your books!

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    Linda Moffitt says:

    Thanks for having this fun hunt