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 the stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!

  • The hunt BEGINS on 3/12 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.

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  • There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 3/15 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn new things about them.

  • 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 #27. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt 

Stop #18

Welcome! I am Connilyn Cossette, the author of eight Biblical Fiction novels and counting... There's nothing I love more than traipsing down historical rabbit trails into biblical eras, digging up all sorts of fascinating tidbits that help give context and fresh insight to the Word, and then weaving it all into an immersive experience for readers that merges fictional characters with the unchangeable truth of the Bible. You can learn more about me and my books on my website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. My latest release, Like Flames in the Night, is the final story in four-book series about the Cities of Refuge from Joshua 20.

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Here's what it's about.....

Strong-willed Tirzah wants to join her people in driving the enemy from the land of Israel and undergoes training for a secret mission inside the stronghold of Shechem. But soon after she has infiltrated the ruthless Aramean commander's kitchen, she makes a reckless decision that puts her and her allies in grave danger.

Fresh off the battlefield, Liyam returns home to discover his beloved daughter is dead. After his vow to hunt down her killer leads to months of fruitless pursuit, his last hope is in a family connection that comes with strings attached. Strings that force him to pose as a mercenary and rescue an infuriating woman who refuses to leave her mission uncompleted.

When an opportunity to pave a path to a Hebrew victory arises, can Tirzah convince Liyam to fight alongside her in the refuge city of her birth? Or will Liyam's thirst for vengeance outweigh his duty to his people, his God, and the woman he's come to love?

So why and how did I create a female spy in biblical times? Well, it all started with a little bit of research into...

Women Spies and Lipstick Lies

For book four of the Cities of Refuge Series, I wanted a strong female lead to fight against Israel’s oppressors in a unique way. I stumbled across an article from Forbes about why intelligence agencies actively recruit women spies. 

 

Women have unique strengths that lend well to espionage including: better acting skills, spatial awareness, reading people, nurturing assets, deciphering undertones, sensing danger—as well as many others. There was my answer! Tirzah’s father and brothers were already part of a spy network in Books 1-3, so it was natural for her to take part too! 

As further fuel to my imagination, I went to Israel in 2017 and toured a secret underground (literally!) bullet factory at the Ayalon Institute at Rehovot. Between 1945 and 1948 this factory churned out millions of bullets right under the noses of the occupying British Army. It was a crazy-complicated operation beneath a working kibbutz and run mostly by young people in their late teens—a large portion of them courageous women just like Tirzah. 

 

They had trap doors under the bakery, used commercial washing machines to hide the noise, smuggled bullets in milk trucks, and used all sorts of ingenious tricks to keep even many of the people who lived and worked on the kibbutz right above their heads in the dark.

 

One of my favorite stories was when the British questioned their need for so much copper, they said they were making kosher lipsticks (which of course they gifted to the officer’s wives) and suddenly there were no more questions about the copper! 

Without this ammunition, the Israeli War of Independence might have been lost when the Arabs attacked en masse. And miracle after miracle proved that God’s protective hand was all over their operation. 

 

I was so inspired by these stories, I even worked a clandestine weapons-making operation into Like Flames in the Night—a nod to the brave men and women who sacrificed so much for the nation of Israel, both in ancient and modern times. I am certain that Tirzah and Liyam would have been thrilled to have been part of such an endeavor! 

 

To learn more about the history of the underground bullet factory at Rehovot, click here: And I would encourage anyone traveling to the holy land to take a tour of the Ayalon Institute, it’s a fascinating place! 

Here’s the Stop #18 Basics:                                                                                                               

 

You can order Like Flames in the Night on Amazon , Barnes & Noble , CBD ,  Baker Publishingor at your local bookstore! 

 

Clue to Write Down: take us to

 

Link to Stop #19, the Next Stop on the Loop: Carla Laureano's site!

 

                                                                                                                                                                    

But Wait! Before you go!!

 

I am also giving away a full paperback* set of the Christy and Carol Award winning 

Cities of Refuge Series! 

This signed set will include:

 

-A Light on the Hill 

-Shelter of the Most High

-Until the Mountains Fall 

-Like Flames in the Night

*US Only due to prohibitive shipping costs but international winners will

receive an eBook of their choice! 

So head over to the Rafflecopter form now and enter to win! It's easy! I'll announce the winner on March 16th! 

© 2019 by Connilyn Cossette