Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #30

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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 33 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.

  • The hunt is BEST VIEWED using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer)

  • It is open to INTERNATIONAL entrants.

  • PRIZES include 3 sets of all 32 books, $500 in Amazon gift cards and many authors are offering additional prizes!

  • There is NO RUSH to complete this hunt—you have ALL WEEKEND. So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books you might want to learn more about!

  • Submit your ENTRY for the GRAND PRIZE at Stop #33 (back on Lisa’s site) by Monday night (4/25) at midnight mountain.



James headshot 8 '13Please welcome the inimitable James L. Rubart! There are a lot of authors out there, but there are few like my guest for this scavenger hunt – James L. Rubart (aka “Rudini”) is a champion and encourager.

Jim is truly one of the best people I know, and a few years ago, my husband and I were honored to spend a weekend with Jim and his wife. He’s a talented author, voice actor, speaker, teacher (he does it all!!). I am so excited to host him and feature his newest masterpiece, The Five Times I Met Myself.


Do you ever wonder if novelist’s insert real-life experiences into their novels?

The short answer? All the time.

For the long answer I thought I’d give a few examples from my most recent novel, The Five Times I Met Myself. (Don’t worry, no spoilers.)

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    Jim on the PCT

    Part of the novel is telling how my main character and his wife meet and fall for each other. It’s almost exactly the story of how my wife and I met.

  • Two summers back I went a little crazy and jumped out of an airplane at 13,000 feet. (Yes, I had a parachute on.) One of my scenes is set at the airfield I jumped at.

  • In high school I had a girlfriend who made me a picture collage and when I finally took it apart I found a incredibly sweet note on the hidden on the back, under the covering paper. I thought it so cool I put the idea into my novel.

  • My oldest son and I hiked part of the Pacific Crest Trail a couple years ago and met some, shall we say, colorful characters. So of course there’s a scene on the PCT with a cameo by one of those characters.

  • One of my great friends is an executive in the coffee industry and he mentioned a new company he was thinking of starting called Black Fedora. I thought was a wonderful name for a coffee company so I asked him if I could use it for the book and he agreed. So that’s where my hero (Brock) works.

  • My family and I met a guy at a hotel we were staying at named Lenny Buck. I loved the name so I put Lenny in a scene where everything I describe about him is real.

There’s at least ten other examples, but that gives you a flavor of how I insert real life into my books.

And by the way, if you ever see my wearing my, “Be Careful, Or I’ll Put You In My Novel” sweatshirt, you’ll know it’s absolutely true.



26093614What if you met your twenty-three year old self in a dream? What would you say?

Brock Matthews’ once promising life is unraveling. His coffee company. His marriage.

So when he discovers his vivid dreams—where he encounters his younger self—might let him change his past mistakes, he jumps at the chance. The results are astonishing, but also disturbing.

Because getting what Brock wants most in the world will force him to give up the one thing he doesn’t know how to let go of . . . and his greatest fear is it’s already too late.




Darci and Jim

Jim & his beautiful bride

James L. Rubart is 28 years, old but lives trapped inside an older man’s body.He’s the bestselling, Christy award winning writer of eight novels and lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at




You can order Jim’s book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, at Jim’s website or at your local bookstore! 

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Link to Stop #31, the Next Stop on the Loop: Jim Rubart’s own site!




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Comments 28

  1. Edward Arrington

    I thought I was already signed up for your newsletters but could be wrong. When I attempted to do so, I first got no response. Then I got a message that I had attempted too many times. I don’t have a clue what is happening.

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  2. Gail Hollingsworth

    I’m having a heck of a time trying to subscribe to your newsletter Ronie. I ‘m probably already subscribed but I just wanted to make sure.

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  3. Jasmine A.

    I was unable to get a secret code as I was already signed up for your newsletter, not sure what to do now. Thank you for hosting a stop on this great scavenger hunt!

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      The code for my blog stop is plainly there on the page. No signup needed.

      However, if you want to enter my personal giveaway, you must–as stated on the page–do one of the Rafflecopter promos or (I’ve just made available) this link to sign up for my newsletter:

  4. Lauren B

    You have the best giveaway of them all! I love speculative fiction, and I’m a fan of your previous books so I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Ember!!!

  5. Cindy Webster

    Thanks for taking part in the hunt! I’m having a great time finding new authors to read! I would love to win one of your books! I signed up for your newsletter.

  6. Sherylette Winn

    I am so excited about learning all of these new author’s names (new to me). I have some Patriot books and really like them, even though they make me sort of nervous. Just have to be prepared. looking forward to reading some of these. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to participate in this hunt. God bless

  7. Mary McCoy

    Lots of interesting ideas, I think this is where I am supposed to add my secret code of BB8.Signed up for everything, thanks!

  8. Rachel Crist

    I love speculative fiction! (I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel to Embers!) Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt!

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