It’s Spring Scavenger Hunt time! I participated in the hunt last season and you readers loved it, so I’m participating again. My hope is you’ll enjoy it even more this time. I know you’ll love the goodies along the way and for the winner and runners-up. Please note that this hunt is open to international entries and there is a special, second entry just on this site.
READY. SET. GO… WHEN?
The 2014 Spring Scavenger Hunt officially begins on April 4th at noon Mountain Time. It begins and ends on the website of Robin Lee Hatcher. Don’t feel you have to rush through the hops because you have all weekend to complete them. The hunt doesn’t officially end until midnight on April 6th. So take your time and enjoy the journey!
WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO
1. Visit each stop on the blog hop beginning with Stop #1: Robin Lee Hatcher.
2. Find and write down the clue in the post at each stop. It’s written in red. (You’ll combine all the clues from the hop stops. That’s what you need to enter.)
WHAT’S THE PRIZE
Prizes include a Kindle Fire HDX + $100 gift certificate, and two runners-up will receive all 31 of our books!
There are also individual bonus prizes being offered on some of the hop stops. On mine, if you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ll be entered for a $20 Amazon gift card drawing. Enter here.
MY BLOG HOP GUEST
It’s such a pleasure to host Carol Cox today. I’m sure you know Carol is the author of thirty (30) novels and novellas, but did you know that she’s a 3rd generation Arizonian? That she’s fascinated (and always has been) with the Old West and, through her books, works to make it live again in the hearts of her readers? I respect that about her so much. Purpose writing to preserve bits of our history is admirable.
Carol did foster that preservation in her historical romance, TRUTH BE TOLD. In it, Amelia Wagner takes over the running of her father’s newspaper in Granite Springs, Arizona, and she vows to carry on the paper’s commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have consequences.
To discover what those consequences are, pick up a copy of TRUTH BE TOLD at your favorite local bookseller or at one of these stores:
CAROL’S GUEST POST
Carol was kind enough to share a post with us on historical printing. I enjoyed reading it, and I hope you will, too!
PRINTING…THEN AND NOW
When it came time to edit a hard copy of my latest novel, I opened the file on my laptop and hit a few keys to send it to my printer. In just a few minutes, I the entire manuscript had been printed out, ready for me to read through with an eagle eye. How different that process is from the printing of yesteryear!
The work of putting together a weekly newspaper—like the Granite Springs Gazette in Truth Be Told—seems mind-boggling by today’s standards. Every letter on every page had to be set in a form by hand, one piece of type at a time. After the page was set, the form would be locked in place. If it broke loose, thousands upon thousands of pieces of type would fall out…and the typesetter would have to start all over again.
During each week, time was divided between composing pages for the upcoming issue and redistributing all the individual bits of type from the previous edition into their compartments in wooden type cases. When it came time for the actual printing—often a two-man operation—the ink man would spread ink evenly over the form while the press man fastened one sheet of newsprint in place on the printing press. With the turn of a crank, the bed of the press was rolled forward under the platen, where the press man would haul on a lever to make the impression. Then the sheet of freshly-printed paper would be stripped out and hung on a line to dry, and the whole process would start all over again.
With two people working in a steady rhythm, they could turn out copies at a rate of two impressions a minute. For a frontier newspaper with a distribution of 200 copies, the first side of the pages would be finished in a couple of hours. After the papers had time to dry, they were taken down so the back pages could be printed.
Compared to earlier times, when dozens of scribes would labor in a scriptorium to produce the written word, that was a tremendous advance in technology. But what a leap we’ve made in the last few decades, where my printer can spit out a full 350-page manuscript in less than half an hour!
THE SCAVENGER HUNT SKINNY
Thank you to Carol for sharing with us, and to readers for stopping by my site on the scavenger hunt. Before you move on to Stop #22, Author Carol Cox’s site (http://authorcarolcox.com) please note that you can join Carol on Facebook at: Carol.Cox.
Ready for #22 stop in the hop? http://authorcarolcox.com/journal/, to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down this Stop #21 clue: “tells us.”
BEFORE YOU GO, DON’T FORGET! ENTER THIS SITE’S BONUS PRIZE DRAWING
On this site only. Subscribe to Vicki Hinze’s newsletter and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card. Enter here.
Winner will be announced after the official end of the 2014 Spring Scavenger Hunt!
Enjoy the hunt!
And lastly, we have prepared a page with direct links to each author’s post in case a site goes down or a link gets broken. We’ll be working on getting all of the links prior to the start of the hunt, but sometimes there are still issues even after the hunt starts, so should a problem occur, make a note of the URL (http://www.robinleehatcher.com/scavenger-hunt-participating-authors-stops/) for the Participating Authors & Stops page so you can check back and be able to complete the hunt.