Christian Scavenger Hunt Stop #13


Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #13

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!

james-l-rubart-hs-v4-7-26-16tljtjp-coverI’m excited to host James Rubart on my stop. Jim is an amazing author and an all around fun guy to be around! I think you’re going to love his new book! Here’s a little bit about The Long Journey to Jake Palmer: 

What if there was a place where everything wrong in your life could be fixed?

Corporate trainer Jake Palmer coaches people to see deeper into themselves—yet he barely knows himself anymore. Recently divorced and weary of the business life, Jake reluctantly agrees to a lake-house vacation with friends, hoping to escape for ten days.

When he arrives, Jake hears the legend of Willow Lake—about a lost corridor that leads to a place where one’s deepest longings will be fulfilled.

Jake scoffs at the idea, but can’t shake a sliver of hope that the corridor is real. And when he meets a man who mutters cryptic speculations about the corridor, Jake is determined to find the path, find himself, and fix his crumbling life.

But the journey will become more treacherous with each step Jake takes.

Ever Wonder If Your Favorite Novel is Autobiographical?

By James Rubart

Have you ever finished a novel, loved it, then wondered how much of it came straight from the author’s own life? Wondered how much is autobiographical? Me too. Then I became an author and I have the answer—at least for myself.

My novels? All highly autobiographical. I don’t know how to write them any other way.

Personal Journals

My friend, Ted Dekker told me years ago, “My novels are essentially my personal journals in published form. They’re simply the things I’m wrestling with, struggling with, the issues I’m working through in my own life.”

Ding! A light bulb went off when Ted said that, because that’s how I write as well.

I heard eons ago that you have to write for your readers, but that never made sense to me. If I write to what I think you want to read, it won’t come across as gut-level authentic, because it can’t be.

I’d be guessing, trying to whip up emotions and situations that aren’t infused with my own deep conviction or experience.

I can’t write out of pretending. I have to write from that place inside of fear, joy, disappointment, tragedy, triumph, and hope.

The Result

If I do that—dig deep, really deep, to the core of my heart deep—then there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll resonate with the things I’m going through. Because you might be going through some of same struggles.

You’ll see yourself as one of the characters in my novel and you’ll become immersed in what becomes not my story, but your story.

What I Hope For

I have two desires for someone that reads my books: First, wildly entertain them—can’t put the book down type entertainment—and second, help them step into more freedom than they’ve ever known.

To do that, I have to find my own freedom in what I write, find victory over my own battles.

So yes, my ideas, scenes, snippets of conversation, struggles of my characters all come from real life. My life and the lives of those around me. (My wife bought me a sweatshirt that says, “Be Careful, Or You’ll End Up in My Novel”. Yes, that’s happened a few times.)

Your Favorite Novel

So my guess is that any novel that you would call a favorite—a novel that affected you significantly—came from the deep down places in that author’s life.

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

Here’s the Stop #13 Skinny: 

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

Clue to Write Down: that Jesus

Link to Stop #14, the Next Stop on the Loop: James Rubart’s own site! James Rubart

52 thoughts on “Christian Scavenger Hunt Stop #13

  1. Deana Dick

    Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt. I would love to read your new book.

    1. Fun to hear that, Deana!

    2. Sarah

      I’ve read two of your novels so far and I love the fact that they take place in WA state – I live in Snohomish. They are very entertaining and I’m planning on reading them all. I’ve read “The Five Times I Met Myself” – who doesn’t want to go back and change things? and “Jake Palmer.” Keep writing! You are one of my favorites, now!

  2. Becky Smith

    James Rubart is a completely new author to me, and his book sounds good. Thanks for the recipes on the previous stop. I will have to try them soon. Thanks for being part of the hunt. Love your books!

    1. So fun to hear that, Becky!

  3. Rosemary Foley

    James Rubart is new to me also, and this book sounds great. I look forward to getting to know him and his books. thank you for the chance to win.

    1. Love it, Rosemary!

  4. Mary Goodwin

    I love your books Colleen and have most of them. My favorite still is the Rock Harbor series. Fell in love with the characters. You have an adorable grandson.

    1. colleen

      I’m so glad, Mary!

  5. Nikki

    Love your books! Just finished the first book from your Sunset cove series. Can NOT wait to read the next two.

  6. Lucy Reynolds

    I received your new book yesterday, Colleen. Excited to read as my sister and I are fans.

  7. Paula

    I absolutely love your books. Twilight at blueberry Barrens is in processing at the library and I’m on hold for it! I own The Inn at Ocean’s Edge and it is a favorite!

  8. Evelyn Smith

    Thanks for allowing us to participate in such an interesting scavenger hunt. I must say it is a learning experience for me but I’m enjoying it.
    I also enjoy your books. Have been reading them for years.

  9. Judy Welbaum

    This is such a fun hunt…learning about a lot of authors…I would love to read your book…sounds Devine..!!,

    1. Not sure if you mean Colleen’s book or mine, but either way is great, Judy! 🙂

  10. Carol

    I’ve loved your books for years! This is fun!

  11. Linda Renshaw

    Looks like a great book !

    1. Thanks, Linda!

  12. Margie

    Really enjoying the scavenger hunt!!

  13. Shirley Strait

    Thank you both for being part of the hunt.
    I am a fan of you both.

  14. apple blossom

    I always look forward to this scavenger hunt

  15. Elma Brooks

    Just finished reading The Chair a few weeks ago ,WOW it was hard to put down
    i’m waiting to get a copy of The long journey of Jake Palmer.And waiting on Colleen Coble
    :Twilight at blueberry barrens.thanks for this giveaway.

  16. Marla W

    haven’t read any of your books but definitely will be doing so now

  17. I’ve enjoyed your books, and am glad to be introduced to a new-to-me author with James. Looking forward to getting to know his writing. Thanks for participating.

    1. Love it, Mimi!

  18. Beverly Duell-Moore

    I love reading your books Colleen!

  19. Mary McCauley

    I love your books enjoy this hunt for new to me authors

  20. Wow! The synopsis for your book from Scavenger Hunt Stop #12 sounds really intense with all the things the main character has to be looking over her shoulder for. Sounds like a real “on pins and needles” kind of book!

  21. Amber Ludwig

    Thanks for taking part in this scavenger hunt! When it comes to writing, the first rule is to write about what you know. It makes it more real and authentic. It’s annoying to read a book written by an author that knows little or nothing about the subject in which they write. Plus, it’s easier to get attached to the characters because they just feel more realistic and human.

  22. Saundra McKenzie

    Love your books, and can’t wait to read the new one, Thanks.

  23. Beth Rumbaugh

    I received Twilight at Blueberry Barrens in the mail yesterday from Fiction Guild Team Challenge. It excited me so much because it was a book by one of my favorite authors. I had preciously received The Long Journey to Jake Palmer and loved it.

    1. So glad you liked Jake, Beth!

  24. Love the author insights by James Rubart. Really thought provoking stuff. Thank you! Love your books Colleen – looking forward to reading the latest from both of you!!

  25. Enjoy your books Colleen! Thanks for being a part of this fun Scavenger Hunt!!

  26. Thanks for being a part of this hunt where we get to know a little bit about new authors..have never read any of your books but would enjoy the experience..

  27. Frances Cavallo

    Thanks so much for the wonderful opportunity to win!!! Please make sure I am signed up for your newsletter…my email is…I would really appreciate it! You are a wonderful writer…I love your books…have a wonderful, Blessed Day!!!

  28. Caryl Kane

    Hello Colleen, my Mom and I both LOVE your books! James, I am looking forward to reading your books soon. Thank you both for participating in this EPIC Scavenger Hunt.

  29. Lisa

    Because Christmas is drawing near, I am reading your book Silent Night, Holy Night. Also I wanted to say that I got to see James Rubart “in action” at a writer’s conference this summer- so fun! I’m looking forward to reading his books too!

  30. Lisa

    Thanks for being a part of the Scavenger Hunt! Thanks for introducing a new author to me.

  31. Lisa

    Thanks for being a part of the Scavenger Hunt! Appreciate you introducing a new author.

  32. Winnie Thomas

    Thanks for sharing your time and talents! I have read several of your books and loved them! Keep writing!

  33. Sheila DeRuiter

    It was through your newsletter, Colleen, that I learned about this scavenger hunt. I am enjoying it and being introduced to several new authors and have a long list of books to read. I love your books and have read most of them….I think the three most recent published books I have not read yet…..but they are on my list! Thanks for your newsletter and the updates of your grandson….he’s a keeper!!

  34. Beth Wood

    Can’t wait to read The Long Journey to Jake Palmer. I loved The Five Times I Met Myself. And I love this Scavenger Hunt

  35. Linda Horin

    Thanks for taking part in the scavenger hunt!

  36. Mary Kay Moody

    Have enjoyed your books in the past, Jim. Look forward to this one. Just have to say ~ I identify with your age! That exactly describes how I feel. See, you connect with your readers even when you aren’t telling a deep story. LOL Thanks for digging deep.
    ~ Mary Kay

  37. Pauline Osborne

    James is another new author (to me), I have found a few while on “The Hunt”. My TBR stack is so high and meeting new ones is a delimma for me, Oh well what are books for except to be fun and his looks good. stack them up.
    Having fun with the authors today, you all make the weekend a happier place. see ya later.

  38. Terry Grubb

    Thanks for being a part of the scavenger hunt. Your books sound like the type of book I would like to read. Keep writing for the Lord.

  39. Deborah Rolman

    I love all of Colleen’s books. I had never heard of James Rubart but am very intrigued by this new book and have already looked up some of his others.

  40. Carolyn Benton

    James, You have so many books – I’m in awe! You are different as a writer in that you seem to do write of reflection and inner strength, which we know comes from our Creator. I can’t wait to start reading your books! 🙂

  41. Thank you for being a part of the scavenger hunt !

  42. A wonderful thing is all of the things we were fixed from because they didn’t happen and were averted from us!
    I would like to read your book. (A reader in an actual Willow Springs.)

  43. I absolutely loved” Five Times I met myself”- a very well deserved Christy – Book of the year award. I’m very excited to read about your new book James The Long journey to Jake Palmer looks like another amazing journey. And Colleen- you will always be a favorite- Twilight at Blueberry Barrens looks amazing and thanks for the Blueberry recipes! YUM!


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