Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #16

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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 31 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, 11/6)! 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 #31. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!


It’s my great honor and privilege to host SIBELLA GIORELLO for this Scavenger Hunt. She’s a skilled and talented writer, and she’s someone I respect and admire!


It’s the little town that could: Leavenworth, Washington.

Leavenworth, Washington during the annual Leavenworth's Town and Tree Lighting

Leavenworth, Washington

Back in the 1970s, this town was flat broke. But the town leaders–all descendants of good German stock–came up with a crazy plan to turn things around: They would turn Leavenworth into a replica of their homeland in Bavaria, Austria.
Unbelievably, it worked. And how. Today, Leavenworth attracts more than one million visitors each year. Sleigh rides at Christmas. Hiking the alps in spring. Summer outdoor theatre (“The Sound of Music” is perennial favorite). And in autumn, Oktoberfest.

And murder. Well, that’s what I thought about, spending many days in Leavenworth researching my latest mystery, The Waves Break Gray. Here are my three favorite things about this special place:
• The mountains. Air as crisp as green apples. Shock-blue sky. Granite peaks that stab at heaven like serrated knives (okay, see, crime fiction again…)

• The food. Bratwurst and onions roasting over flaming grills. Pastries with roasted apple filling. German chocolate that hits the taste buds like a drug (oh, sorry, it’s a habit).

• The people. Each morning, as we ate homemade cinnamon rolls, this gentleman (ed: photo) would climb onto the very edge of the hotel’s balcony, balance carefully, and blow his alpenhorn. The tone of this horn is somewhere between a pleasant song from an elephant and an air raid signaling we’re about to be bombed (I really can’t help it!)
You probably don’t want to travel with somebody like me who sees (maybe even hopes for) danger at every turn, but if you ever get a chance to visit Leavenworth, do not pass up the opportunity.
This little slice of Bavaria will steal your heart. (That’s just a saying. Right?)



Author Sibella Giorello


Sibella Giorello writes the bestselling mystery series featuring forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon. The first book in the series, “The Stones Cry Out,” won a Christy Award for excellence. Since then, more Raleigh Harmon mysteries have followed, including a bestselling YA series in which the 15-year-old budding geologist uses mineralogy to solve crimes in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia. A former newspaper reporter, Sibella’s journalism was twice-nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She lives with her family in Washington state. Find out more by visiting her website, And connect on Facebook:


2016-537-ebook-the-waves-break-gray-b06ABOUT THE WAVES BREAK GRAY

Everyone has a plan, until life crashes in

Raleigh Harmon earned a brazen reputation during her years with the FBI. Now, having parted ways with the Bureau, she hopes to rebuild some of those broken relationships—including a new romance with alpha-male agent Jack Stephanson.

That’s the plan …

But when a dead body literally crosses her path in the mountains of Washington state, Raleigh’s forced to choose between her personal life and her forensic skills to track a killer–a killer unlike any she’s ever encountered, and a murder with clues that don’t add up.

When she realizes the killer will strike again, Raleigh knows the only way to stop another murder is to put herself at the top of the killer’s list.

With innocent lives on the line, and the FBI watching her every move, can Raleigh save another innocent girl from a gruesome end–or will she only wind up with more regrets, and literal dead ends?

Praise for the Raleigh Harmon series:

“Giorello has won the Christy Award and has received two Pulitzer Prize nominations. When you read this book, you’ll see why.”

Booklist, Starred Review

Here’s the Stop #16 Skinny:

You can order Sibella’s book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, or at your local bookstore! 

Clue to Write Down: watch over

Link to Stop #17, the Next Stop on the Loop: Sibella Giorello’s own site!


I love meeting new readers! So, here is a chance to dive into SIX Rapid-Fire Fiction novels: signed copies of these novels: OPERATION ZULU: REDEMPTION, RAPTOR 6, HAWK, FALCON, EMBERS, and ACCELERANT–PLUS a $25 Gift Card!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. Elly

    The rafflecopter form asks for my secret code that I should receive when I confirm my subscription to your newsletter, but I’ve already been subscribed for awhile and so have no way of receiving a confirmation email with a code again. Does this mean I can’t enter the giveaway? Was it only meant as a giveaway for new subscribers?

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      Nope – you commented here, so it should let you enter in other ways. If not, commenting here will add you (assuming you’re subscribed).

  2. Amy

    I signed up for your newsletter a while back and don’t remember my code. May I still enter to win? If it’s only for first subscribers that’s fine, but thought I’d ask.

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  3. Becky Smith

    Fascinating pictures! Sibella Giorello is a brand new author to me, so I will have to check out her books. Thanks for being part of the hunt!

  4. Kirsten Rinehart

    Hey Ronie I already signed up for your newsletter, but couldn’t remember the code. So I won’t be able to enter the extra entries on rafflecopter

  5. Evelyn Smith

    Thanks for the opportunity to discover more Christian writers. It is such a joy to read about the journeys of other Christians, be they real or fictitious, to see how they solve the same issues that the rest of us face.
    I look forward to your newsletter and checking out your Facebook page.

  6. Ruth Toy

    I subscribed but it didn’t give me a secret code so maybe I did something wrong! I put my email in to see if it’d do it and it didn’t not sure what I did 🙂 I am so excited to read your books I don’t believe I have! They look amazing! Thank you for being a part of the scavenger hunt!

  7. Connie Hendryx

    Since I already subscribe, here is my comment! (no secret code…) Thanks, Ronie!!
    Emilie’s Mom! (Connie)

  8. Cindy Tuohy

    As you already know, you are one of my all time favorite authors! I just got a text that Accelerant was delivered today!!!! Yay! Can hardly wait to get home!! Thanks! 🙂

  9. Donna B

    I am already a subscriber of your newsletter. I would love to read your books! Sibella is a new author to me. I would like to read your books too!

  10. Anne L. Rightler

    Your books sound fantastic. I look forward to reading them. Thank you for being part of the scavenger hunt this year. Having fun!

  11. Sierra

    I’m having a little trouble signing up for the newsletter… the confirmation email is not showing up anywhere in my email! Reentered my email to sign up several times, but still nothing (sigh….) Hoping I can still enter!

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  12. Caryl Kane

    Hey Ronie! I already subscribe to your newsletter. I am so excited that you are a part of this EPIC Scavenger Hunt! 🙂

  13. Megan Hamsher

    I haven’t actually read any of your books, but I do have the first book in the Rapid-Fire series. I’ve always enjoyed military suspense.
    I hope you keep writing them… and I hope I find time to read them!

  14. Rosalyn

    Love your books!
    I’m already subscribed to your newsletter, and can’t see how to enter your giveaway…
    Keep writing, and I’ll keep reading! 🙂

  15. Beth

    So excited for the new Raleigh Harmon book!! Can’t wait to read it!!! Thank you for being part of this year’s hunt and this extra giveaway. I am already a subscriber.

  16. Pauline Osborne

    Hello Ronie, what an interesting story about the city that was special made, enjoyed reading about it. thanks for hosting Sibella Giorello ,I have not read this author and seeing more of her will be interesting.
    thanks for being a part of the “Hunt”.

  17. Heidi

    I haven’t actually heard of either author, so I am definitely glad I was able to participate in this years hunt! Really looking forward to reading your series!

  18. Julia Stone

    I’ve submitted the form to subscribe to your email twice, and have not gotten a verification email either time. Is there any way you can subscribe me? I’d really like to get your emails. jslegspoet(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. Sarah B

    I am already subscribed to your newsletter and don’t have the “code” to unlock my entries.
    I hope I can still be entered to win your give-away! I’d love to read the books and then pass them on to my church library for others to enjoy!!!

  20. Debora Wilder

    I signed up. After half an hour I hadn’t received an email with a code so I signed up a second time. I’m still waiting for the email. I have received other emails signed up for with the scavenger hunt since I signed up for yours. I really want to enter and have the the 2 bonus entries also.

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  21. Pam Graber

    Every book I’ve read of yours has been EXCELLENT! I especially loved Operation: Zulu Redemption. And the Discarded Heroes series. They definitely earn the “Rapid Fire Fiction” name.

  22. Lynda E.

    Thanks for participating in the hunt and for the bonus giveaway! I already liked you on Facebook, and I’m also already a subscriber.

  23. Rachel

    HI Ronie,
    I just signed up for the newsletter. i will submit again if i get the code in time, but I’m writing here first due to time.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Katie Smith

    I love a good mystery, and I’m just being introduced to you through the scavenger hunt! I would love to win one of your books to get into the series! Thanks!

  25. Terrill Rosado

    I recently acquired and started reading Sibella Giorello’s books. I’m a Washingtonian, as well and have visited Leavenworth a number of times. In fact, my friend’s parents own a B&B there.

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