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Scavenger Hunt

Posted by on November 30, 2013

It’s finally here!

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Welcome to the Scavenger Hunt!

31 Authors, 31 Books and a chance to win an iPad mini!

* * * * Scavenger Hunt Prizes are open to US addresses only. * * * *

But I’ll be doing a little giveaway of my own and

that one is open internationally, so be sure to scroll down to enter!


I am super excited to be apart of the Scavenger Hunt and to give y’all the opportunity to win such an awesome prize package. If you are just now joining us, I recommend starting at the beginning to make sure you collect all of the clues and in the proper order.

Here today, I have Matt Mikalatos, the author of The Sword of Six WorldsMy Imaginary Jesus, and Night of the Living Dead Christian. So without further ado, please welcome him!

Matt Mikalatos

Every Christmas I write my kids a book. My first two novels, My Imaginary Jesus and Night of the Living Dead Christian, weren’t really for kids. They’re funny, but they have lots of theology and real-world situations that aren’t for small children. So my daughters eventually came to me and said, “If we have to wait for years to read the books you write, why don’t you write a book for us?” This seemed like a fair question.

At the same time, I’d been trying to convince them to read C.S. Lewis (Narnia, of course) and they had the temerity to tell me that they didn’t particularly care for Narnia. It seemed a little boring to them. They wanted more action, more adventure and talking horses. I told them to wait, that they would eventually get to a book with talking horses. But then they told me they wanted a talking tiger and a rabbit and a girl like them from America to be the main character.

So, the first book I ever wrote for my kids was a fantasy novel called The Sword of Six Worlds. It’s the story of a girl named Validus and her best friend Alex, saving the world(s) from a creeping darkness called the Blight. There are, of course, talking animals involved. I printed a couple of vanity copies off in time for Christmas and tucked them under the tree and I have to admit that I was thrilled when they pulled those books out and immediately stuck their noses into the books. They loved it, of course, and then they hounded me forever about when it would be a “real book” so they could give copies to their friends. Finally, last year, it finally came out and they gave the published copies to their own friends, which was really fun.

Last year I wrote them a book that I haven’t shared around much, because I (still) need to do some editing before my agent can shop it around, but imagine “Harry Potter” meets “The Avengers” and you’ll be pretty close. I can’t mention what I’m working on now, since they’re going to get it in a few weeks! I know they’ll like it, though, and giving them something “homemade” that’s a reflection of my thoughts and ideas and desires for them is really fun. I hope you can use some of your skills, abilities and talents to give your own loved ones a gift this year, too! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I have.


Matt Mikalatos is the author of several books. He lives near Portland, Oregon, with his wife and three daughters. You can follow him on twitter, read his blog, or check out his podcast, the Storymen.


So what did y’all think? Talking horses, tigers, and a creeping darkness called Blight? Sounds like an awesome adventure! Thanks for sharing Matt!

And thanks to y’all for stopping by! Here is my clue: your friends

To find the next clue, hop on over to Matt Mikalatos’ blog to continue on with the hunt!

But before you go….

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In my little corner of cyberspace, I will be giving away a signed copy of Secrets Kept and its companion novella, the paperback compilation of the three short stories set in the world of Nälu.

Enjoy the scavenger hunt!

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63 Responses to Scavenger Hunt

  1. Linda Marie Finn

    Wouldn’t work to enter so I am leaving you my comment .
    Thank you for participating in the hunt.
    Linda finn

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hey Linda! So sorry about that, there was a mix up with the rafflecopters, but it is fixed now. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. mattmikalatos

    Friends, if you are trying to get through to the next stop on the tour, I accidentally gave J.L. the wrong link. Follow this one instead:

  3. Sheri Gingrich

    Hi! I would like to enter your giveaway but I don’t see how. It doesn’t say what needs to be done in order to enter. Could you let me know what I need to do please?

  4. Caitlyn

    I would like to enter the giveaway, but I’m not sure there’s an entry available?


  5. Halita Wilson

    Waterfall by Lisa T Bergen

    Silen Whispers by Megan Wilson

    Fatality Roze by Me.

  6. Sheri Gingrich

    I am looking forward to reading Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s next book.

  7. Mark Buzard

    Sound like great books for my nieces, thanks for posting

  8. M May

    Glad to have “met” you through this giveaway. 🙂

  9. Lady DragonKeeper

    “One Realm Beyond” is the start of Donita K Paul’s new series … “Outcasts” by Jill Williamson … “The Mark of Athena” by Rick Riordan.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      I am very excited about “One Realm Beyond”. I loved Donita K. Paul’s DragonKeeper Chronicles, so definitely that one is on my to-read list. Thanks for sharing!

  10. ~Angie~

    Some books on my to-read list are the Divergent trilogy, more of N.D. Wilson’s great books, and various Star Wars books as well.

  11. Emilie

    I love how he will write books for his kids. Maybe I should take a hint and try getting ideas from my 5 year old sister… 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      I agree! I need to try that too. I’ve got a 5 and a 3 year old…don’t know if I could write children’s books. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  12. Chelsea

    Well at the moment, I’m reading:
    Murder in Miami by Noel Hynd and
    Kiss of Revenge by Debbie Viguie

    My to read pile includes:
    Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck and
    the Divergent series by Veronica Roth

  13. Delaney L.

    At the moment, I’mreading the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. And I’m planning on rereading the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. Anne McCaffrey, Bryan Davis, Donita K. Paul, and Christopher Paolini are my favorite authors.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Delaney! I’ve been wanting to read the Ranger’s Apprentice series. One of these days! I love Donita K. Paul’s DragonKeeper Chronicles and hope to read more by her soon. I have yet to read Inheritance. I’m a bit nervous to finally learn what happens in that series. But one of these days. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  14. C Marie

    Hmm, so many. I’m definitely holding my breath for Jennifer Nelson’s third Ascendance Trilogy book, Shadow Throne, that comes out in February. A wonderful series, I absolutely adore it. 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Oh, the name sounds so intriguing! I had to go look it up. I will have to add the first book, The False Prince, to my to-read list! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Julie D

    Trying to get a hold of “The Doctor: His Lives and Times” a scrapbook-style collection about the BBC show Doctor Who

  16. Jenelle

    Right now I’m working my way through Lloyd Alexander’s “Chronicles of Prydain” series again… and waiting impatiently for Anne Elisabeth’s next book “Shadow Hand.”

    “Dragon and Thief” is also sitting on my nightstand, waiting to be read… so many books… so little time…

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hey Jenelle! I am right there with you! Can’t wait for Shadowhand! I have to read the Chronicles of Prydain…one of these days! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  17. Lora Strang

    so far, it’s been really interesting reading the different bios on these very different authors. thanks for the chance to win. God bless you

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Lora! Thanks for stopping by! There is quite the assortment of authors on this hunt. Hope you find some new favorites! 🙂

  18. Sarah

    Thanks for the interesting interview! At the moment, the next book on my to-read list is either A Cast of Stones or Septimus Heap #4. Or possibly Anomaly; I’m not entirely sure.

  19. Meghan Stith

    I’m looking forward to reading Covet by JR Ward.

  20. Lisa Godfrees

    Are you kidding? On the scavenger hunt, I’m finding all kinds of new books to read! 🙂 Have you read RL Copple’s Virtual Chronicles- the first is Mind Game? They’re fun.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      I know, right? Ha! I haven’t read that book yet, but I do have his Reality novel on my to-read list. Glad to hear you’ve enjoyed that series. Might have to look into it later. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Georgina

    Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway- and for participating in the scavenger hunt! It’s so great to meet you and the other authors! 🙂

    My Christmas “gift” to myself was to order the new installments in two favorite series: Outcasts by Jill Williamson and The Warden and the Wolf King by Andrew Peterson. Can’t wait to dig into them both! 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      You’re welcome! I’m excited to meet y’all too and the authors too, of course. 🙂

      Is The Warden and the Wolf King out already? I’ve been meaning to read the Wingfeather Saga series. One of these days! Glad you got yourself a little something for Christmas. I haven’t even thought of that yet. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  22. Timothy Harris

    John Frame’s Systematic Theology is the newest addition to my library that is on my “to-read” list.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      I think I’ve shelved that book a time or two when I was “working” at a local ministry. Happy reading! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Diana Montgomery

    Thanks for a chance to win . Right now I am reading Claiming Peace by Jo Huddleston.

  24. Sharon

    I have so many on my list, but Sycamore Row by Grisham is at the top of the list right now.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      I hear ya! My list keeps growing! My hubby and I enjoy Grisham, will have to check that one out. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Sierra Faith

    On my to-read list is DragonQuest (the second book In Donita K Paul’s amazing DragonKeeper chronicles!!!) It should arrive today and I am so looking forward to reading it!!!

  26. Madonna

    right now I am just trying to get the time to read Hunger Games. Everyone already has but myself, apparently. I saw the first movie and now I need to read the books.

  27. Debora Wilder

    Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt. I had never “met” you or your work before. I have Patrick W. Carr’s A Cast of Stones and The Hero’s Lot on my TBR. Along with dozens more.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Welcome Debora! Glad to “meet” you! Thanks for stopping by and sharing! I LOVE A Cast of Stones. I can’t wait to read The Hero’s Lot. One of these days. 🙂 Hope you enjoy them!

  28. sparksofember

    Highest on my to-read list at the moment are: Descendant by Lesley Livingston, The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson, & Shift by Hugh Howey.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Wow, quite a contrasting list of titles! They all sound good, well, not too sure about Shift. 😉 Wool was….interesting…but good. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  29. Julie

    My newest book in my bed-side pile is “all Things Hidden” by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse! And Alaskan homesteading historical fiction. (not out until Dec or Jan, but I snagged a copy at a local book signing last weekend.)

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Julie! Thanks for stopping by! My hubby is on a big Alaskan homesteading kick and watching the reality shows about that. Of course, that’s now days, and not historical. That would be interesting to read about since most homesteading I’m familiar with is out west. I’ll have to check some out. Thanks for sharing!

  30. tammy cordery

    I like your books

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