Welcome to the Fall 2012 Scavenger Hunt! The mission–er, adventure beings October 25th at noon MDT and ends October 28th—plenty of time; no need to rush! with 31 stops!! This is a totally RAWKIN’ event with 31 stops enabling you to meet new authors or authors with new releases. Collect the clues in red on each post, beginning from Stop #1 and at Stop #32, fill out the Rafflecopter form. Be ready to provide the completed clue quote, gathered from all 31 stops, within 24 hours of email notification or another winner will be randomly drawn. No need to email/submit it, unless you are notified on 10/29/12.
- Grand Prize: A new Kindle Fire, plus 31 new novels! NOTE: Please comment at every stop that allows for comments to be eligible for the Grand Prize.
- 2nd & 3rd Prizes: $50 Amazon, B&N, CBD or BookDepository.com gift certificate
- (Contest is open to international entrants. If the winner lives outside the United States, they shall win the equivalent in gift certificate funds to the prize in US dollars.)
And now, without any further ado…
Today, it’s my great honor to host Margaret Daley
and her latest release, SHATTERED SILENCE!
Margaret currently serves as the president of ACFW and has contributed so very much not only to that amazing community of writers, but has given of her time to authors by helping promote their releases. I have benefited from her generosity with my new releases, so it is a wonderful thing that I get to return that favor in a small way.
EXCLUSIVE FROM MARGARET DALEY:
Why I Wrote Shattered Silence
By Margaret Daley
I taught middle and high school for twenty-seven years, and I consoled many kids over those years that were being bullied. It broke my heart. The students I taught were children with special needs. Other kids sometimes made fun of them or had them do things then laugh at them. I do not tolerate bullying then and now. That’s why I wrote Shattered Silence.
As an aside, I started a peer-tutoring program at the high school where I taught. Over the years I had a lot of popular kids take the class (top academic teens, cheerleaders, football players) and help out students who needed a peer tutor. One of those students went on to play pro football and another one became Miss Oklahoma. What was a wonderful benefit for my students with special needs was they developed friendships with their peer tutors. Those same peer tutors were the ones who stepped in and stopped other kids from making fun of my students.
I wanted to show different situations where a person was bullied (abused) by another. One storyline is centered around a high school student. The two other subplots concern the workplace and an abusive marriage. When someone is bullied, it leaves a lasting mark on that person. I’ve talked with many adults who can distinctively remember the circumstances around a bullying incident they were in the middle of.
It isn’t always the outcasts or overweight kid or geek that are bullied. I have a friend whose daughter is beautiful and smart and was a cheerleader for her high school. Her last semester of high school was done at home through online courses because there were girls at the school that bullied her and made her life miserable. She became physically ill.
For her and the thousands of people who are bullied all over the world I wrote Shattered Silence. I didn’t just present the situation of being bullied but offered a few suggestions for improving the situation.
October 2012 is National Bullying Prevention Month. October is the month that Shattered Silence is being published by Abingdon Press. Spread the word: Stop bullies. There are three groups involved in a bullying situation: the bully (or bullies), the person bullied and the spectators. The spectators are the ones in the triangle that can step in and change the situation. Speak up.
Resources for people (especially parents) about bullying:
National Bullying Prevention Center
National Bullying Preventing Month–October 2012
Bullying Prevention Awareness Month-October 2012
Below is a picture of me with a Texas Ranger from Company B who helped me by answering questions about the law enforcement organization.
Blurb for Shattered Silence by Margaret Daley:
A serial killer is targeting illegal aliens in southern Texas. Texas Ranger Cody Jackson is paired with a local police officer, Liliana Rodriguez, to investigate the murders.
While the case brings Cody and Liliana ever closer, the tension between Americans and Mexican Americans heightens. As Cody and Liliana race to discover who is behind the murders and bring peace to the area, what they uncover isn’t what they expected. Will Cody and Liliana’s faith and love be strong enough to survive the storm of violence?
THE SCAVENGER HUNT BASICS
Before you go, write down this STOP #9 clue: read
Your next stop is MARGARET DALEY’s own blog!
If you want to win your book of choice from my any of my releases–Discarded Heroes, Trinity: Military War Dog, Central Park Rendezvous (5 winners, 1 book each), please comment below about Margaret Daley’s exclusive material, follow me on Facebook and Tweet (if you’re on Twitter): I want to read @RonieKendig’s [name of book here] #militaryfiction
UPDATED 10/29/12 – WINNERS CHOSEN FOR BONUS PRIZES: “Rina,” “Anneliese,” “Lisa Bartlett,” “Carla,” “Rachelle_W.” Please contact me (ronie [at] roniekendig [dot] come) with your name, address, and which book you’d like. Due to Hurricane Sandy, I may not get it mailed this week, but be patient. I’ll mail it ASAP!