Thursday, May 16, 2013

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop Number 10

THE CHRISTIAN FICTION SCAVENGER HUNT STOP #10

WINNERS ARE
First place: Wendy Van Soest won the Arthurian Book ends! 
Second Place: Bethany N. Wallace, received a $25 Amazon Certificate!
Third Place: Leslie McDonald Lipscomb received a signed copy of Forsaken Dreams!


Welcome to the 2013 Summer Scavenger Hunt! This hunt has 32 stops and runs 5/17-5/19/13. You can make the loop, reading unique content from 31 different authors, and if you complete the loop, and fill out the Rafflecopter form at Stop #32, you'll be in the running for an iPad Mini (loaded with all our books), or one of two runner-up prizes---all 31 of our new releases in paperback. In addition, some authors are offering additional prizes, so be sure to read each post thoroughly to be in the running for all that are available. The contest is open internationally.

If you've JUST discovered the hunt, I recommend you begin at the beginning, Stop #1, found at LisaBergren.com. But you can also begin here, and keep on rolling. Just be aware that you have to have the COMPLETED phrase in order, which you construct gathering the clue at each stop, within 24 hours of email notification from Lisa Bergren that you won. If Lisa doesn't hear back from you with the correct phrase within the time limit, she will move on to the next winner Rafflecopter draws. Ready? Here we go...

 I'm SO EXCITED to be Hosting my good friend and FABULOUS author, Ruth Axtell!!!  Ruth writes Regency Romances. But they are so much more than that. I had the privilege of reading some of Ruth's earlier works and let me tell you, they are really adventurous and full of rich history--the kind you never learned about in school.  Ruth has lived a fascinating life! She's lived in Paris, was an au pair in the Canary Islands, worked in international development in Miami, Florida, before getting married and living in Holland for 6 years!   So, please give a warm welcome to Ruth!

Ruth Axtell has published fourteen historical romances over the last ten years. Her stories are set in Regency and Victorian England, as well as nineteenth century coastal Maine. You can read more about her at http://ruthaxtell.com/regency/ and  https://www.facebook.com/ruth.axtell1?ref=tn_tnmn

Have you ever wanted to be a spy!??  Have you ever wanted to decipher secret messages intercepted from the enemy? Exciting stuff, eh?  Well, that's exactly what the hero in Ruth Axtell's new book, Moonlight Masquarde does.  Here's a little bit about the history and then a test to see if you are skilled as a spy!

How you'd write a code if you were in Napoleon's secret service



Most of us who have read a regency romance or two have heard of the Peninsular Wars.

The hero of the romance is usually back from the Peninsula, recovering from an almost fatal wound—but alive and whole, thank goodness, and still dashing in his red coat, though perhaps a bit wan and lean in the cheek.



Which peninsula was this? It was the Iberian Peninsula, encompassing both Spain and Portugal. England and France fought over this peninsula between 1807 and 1814. The peninsula catapulted then Lt. General Arthur Wellesley—later the 1st duke of Wellington—to fame.



The armies depended on couriers conveying messages from troop to troop and commander to commander over the vast Spanish plain. Partisan fighters intercepted many of these French messengers and passed along their dispatches to the British.


A key but little known player in the British army was George Scovell, a deputy assistant quartermaster general, who had a knack for languages, organization and detail. The hero of my current regency, Moonlight Masquerade, is a little like this soldier. He is able to see patterns where others see only random numbers.

 If you’d like to test out your abilities at some simple code, try to decipher the names of my hero and heroine in Moonlight Masquerade using the key below.

344,   2&6((62,   .)#   @4(6)4   ”4+&.9

KEY:
A =  .      L = (       W = ”
B = 1     M = 9      X = +
C = @    N = )       Y = -
D = #     O = !       Z = ^
E  = 4     P = 2
F = %     Q = ?
G = 5     R = 3
H = &    S = ,
I =  6       T = :
J = *       U = 7
K = 8      V = /

Lady Celine Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need–or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess’s butler and discover where her true loyalties lie, he is confident he will uncover the truth. But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London’s West End, the more his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady Wexham’s spell. Will he find the proof he needs? And if she is a spy after all, will he do the right thing?


Ruth Axtel's new release Moonlight Masquerade is available at these locations
  


AND NOW, YOUR NEXT STEPS:

Write down this clue:  They
Have it written down? Great! Now head on over to Ruth Axtell's blog Stop #11 for the next clue!

BONUS PRIZE Offered only on this SITE:

Grand Prize: Arthurian Knight Bookends 
2nd Place:  $25 Amazon Certificate
3rd Place:  Signed Copy of my new release, Forsaken Dreams!
Requirements to enter:
"Like" my Facebook Author Page
Sign Up for my Newsletter
Follow me on Twitter
Optional but fun! Leave a comment below with the names of Ruth's hero and heroine that you deciphered from the code! And tell her how much you enjoyed her post!!


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129 comments:

  1. I am not sure it these are correct but it looked like Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham.

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  2. Hi Ruth and what I got was Ree Phillip And Celine Wexham. :D

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  3. I also got Ree Phillip And Celine Wexham

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  4. Hi Ruth, I also got Rees Phillip and Celine Wexham. That was fun!!! :D

    Linda Ortiz

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  5. I came up with Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham. I very much enjoyed reading about you, your book and had fun deciphering the names! Thank you very much!

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  6. Hmm....Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham? I love puzzles, especially the ones that make you really stretch your mind! Hello to Ruth! Nice to learn about you!
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    MaryLu, I am drooling over those bookends! ;)
    God bless!

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  7. Ree Phillip And Celine Wexham :) COOL!

    Laura Barnes

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  8. Those bookends are gorgeous...so exciting...

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  9. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham I am glad you were a part of this I didn't know your book until today i plan on reading them.

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  10. The answer to the puzzle is:
    Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham

    I loved your blog - I love puzzles, and I LOVED "Forsaken Dreams" - a wonderful story!

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  11. Ree Phillip And Celine Wexham!!! :) You are a new-to-me author! I'm really enjoying this hunt!!! :)

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  12. I love your books Mary Lu and am excited to read the book by Ruth, who is a new author for me!

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  13. Red Phillips and Celine Wexham. I would love to read this book.

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  14. I'm hoping this goes through. Today my internet is wonky. Have lost count how many times I have restarted. *sigh*. Technology today...
    Decipher:
    Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham

    And HEY! :-)
    This scavenger hunt is a lot of fun, not counting the internet hiccups, of course.

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  15. I really enjoyed this Scavenger Hunt! I enjoy all of your books Mary lu Tyndall! I'm currently reading Surrender the Heart and I'm almost done. Talk about reading non-stop! It's getting me at every turn! LOL Love it!
    Oh yes, I got Ree Phillip And Celine Wexham too! very cool!

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  16. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham

    SO much fun - thanks Mary Lu

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  17. This has been such fun! Your prizes made me smile. Thank you for the work you've put into this!

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  18. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham

    That was fun :D

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  19. This was such fun! My answer to the puzzle is: Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham.

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  20. Hi Ruth! Are your lead characters Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham? I look forward to reading this intriguing book.

    Blessings,

    Andrea
    andrearenee2004@yahoo.com

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  21. Her book looks amazing! I can't wait to get a hold of this book! :) Thanks for telling us about it. Also those bookends look awesome!

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  22. I found your comments about the peninsula wars interesting. Characters names are Rees Phillips and Celile Wexham.

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  23. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham! I can't wait to read this book. Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt!

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  24. The names are Ree Phillips and Celine Wexham. :) Yay! So excited!!

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  25. I'm no good at ciphers and codes. I'm almost done with a book, A Crimson Warning, by Tasha Alexander and there are codes that they have to figure out.

    Great contest!

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  26. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham.
    I have read Moonlight Masquerade and it is a wonderful book. LOVED IT!
    Brittany McEuen
    kbmceuen@yahoo.com

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  27. Hi Ruth! =)
    Ree Phillips
    Celine Wexham

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  28. Marylu,
    I LOVE your books!! Especially Forsaken Dreams! I am so, so excited for Elusive Hope to come out.
    I also have loved the books I've read by Ruth Axtell, Her Good Name and The Healing Season.
    I don't have twitter... so I'm not sure if I'm signed up to win this contest; but I did do the other two things.
    Thanks! -(shantelle@truevine.net)

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  29. Hi everyone!!! Isn't this fun? Thanks so much for dropping by. I'm sure Ruth will love reading your comments as much as I have!!

    Waving at those who have read my books and enjoyed them! Thank you so much for your kind words.

    Regarding my first prize, aren't those bookends to die for? I just love historical things like that. I'm thinking of getting myself a set too, but we shall see.

    Hugs to all and have a great weekend!

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  30. MaryLu,

    Love this scavenger hunt. What a great way to get a look at some books to add to my "to read list":)
    Love your books and the bookends.
    I think the names are: Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham

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  31. Rees Philips and Celine Wexham - such great Regency era names!

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  32. So wonderful that I met you on goodreads and on the book club network. So looking forward to reading and reviewing your books.
    This treasure hunt is awesome !
    Blessings
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacres7@gmail.com

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  33. Loved the little word game and love the bookends. Can't wait to read one of your books! Thanks, Laynah

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  34. Hiya Ruth! :)

    The names are Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham :)

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  35. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham. Love those names ;) delpgang@Npacc.net

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  36. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham are the character names I deciphered. Also "Hi!" to Ruth!

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  37. Hi Ruth and what I got was Ree Phillip And Celine Wexham. :D

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  38. I got Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham

    winterrose(at)comcast(dot)net

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  39. I could totally be a spy!! :) Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham

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  40. What an exciting life you lead! I try to imagine having dress up everyday, even if I had people to help me everyday. :)
    jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

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  41. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham. This looks like a wonderful book, Ruth, I'd love to read it in the near future!
    Bethany

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  42. I believe it is Ree Phillip and Celine Wexham. I love your books MaryLu , I think they are the greatest and so are you :)
    Elizabeth
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. The answer is Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham. RUTH thanks for the brainteaser. Your book looks very intriguing.

    MARYLU love those bookends. :)

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  44. Wow, MaryLu! Look at all these comments. Always good to stop by your blog and say hello! I'm loving this scavenger hunt; what fun! Thanks for being a part!

    MaryLu or Ruth, did you ever see Wind Talkers? The Navaho being used to speak code in Vietnam because no one else in the world spoke it? It's one of the inspirations for me to pursue a minor in Linguistics in college--love code cracking and languages!

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  45. My brain doesn't work that well anymore.

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  46. Hi Ruth ; Ree Phillip And Celine Wexham

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  47. The names are Ree Phillips and Celine Wexham. Thanks for the bonus giveaways.

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  48. First time I have heard of you. I can't wait to read Forsaken Dreams. I grew up in Brasil. Sounds very exciting. And answer to your question: Ree Phillip and Celine Wexham... but looks like everyone else got that too. LOL

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  49. So happy to meet you on the scavenger hung! Can't wait to read your books!

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  50. Hi,
    Ree Philllip and Celine Wexham

    (twomainecats(at)msn(dot)com

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  51. I got Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  52. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham. I love a good spy novel, can't wait to read it!

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  53. Rees Phillips and Celene Wexham. Hi Ruth

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  54. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham. Hello to Ruth!

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  55. REES PHILLIPS AND CELILE WEXHAM

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  56. REES PHILLIPS AND CELINE WEXHAM

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  57. &6 37:& 6 5!:
    Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham

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  58. Sorry -- Friday night and my brain is weary . . .managed to do the scavenger hunt but too weary for a brain teaser.

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  59. Ahoy there Cap'n!

    Just stoppin' in to say 'ello on this fun Scavenger Hunt!

    Jasmine A.

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  60. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham

    kris (kmj09)

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  61. "Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham"
    That was fun, and the book looks great! I'm going to have to read it now.

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  62. Rees Phillip and Celine Wexham
    That was fun deciphering it!

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  63. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham were the two names :)

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  64. Hi Ruth, i want to think everyone for the chance to enter these giveaway i had never entered anything like this before. God bless you.
    Norma S.

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  65. Ruth, my first book of yours was Winter Is Past, and you've been a must read ever since. Thank you for taking part in this fun hunt.

    I loved the code! The answer I came up with is . . .

    Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham

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  66. Rees Phillip andCeline Wexham
    Hi Ruth

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  67. Ruth, I enjoyed your post. On the puzzle, I came up with Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham.
    Mary, I cannot access Rafflecopter that's posted to a page, but I did like you on Facebook and subscribed to your newsletter. I do not have a Twitter account. Thank you for everything!
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  68. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham.

    Interesting post & neat giveaways - thanks!

    I "liked" your Facebook page & am subscribed to your newsletter.

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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  69. Characters names: Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham

    Thanks for the chance to win. Great giveaway!!

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  71. I LOVE this scavenger hunt! Thank you ALL for participating! The answer is Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham. Now I am off to the next stop!

    Wanda Barefoot
    flghtlss1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  72. I am guessing that the character names are Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham. Howdy, and I look forward to reading them.

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  73. The Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt is a blast, love getting to know everyone and love knowing what each one of the authors have written.

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  75. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham are the character names.

    The Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt is a blast, love getting to know everyone and love knowing what each one of the authors have written.

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  76. Heather NicholsonMay 18, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham are the characters. I love this scavenger hunt!!!!

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  77. I got Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham.
    Oh and I LOVE Ruth Axtell's books!

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  78. Hi Ruth--Moonlight Masquerade sounds like a book I'd enjoy. Love the cover! Characters are Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham

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  79. I forgot to leave my email address
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  80. That was fun! I love secret codes. The answer is "Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham". I'm looking forward to adding those beautiful bookends into my husband's study. He will think they are totally awesome, as do I! :-) My email is pudy68@gmail.com

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  81. Ahoy Cap'n! Having a great time on the scavenger hunt.

    Hi Ruth! The names I came with are Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham. Decoding the names was a lot of fun. I've always loved trying to decode messages. Moonlight Masquerade sounds very intriguing. Would love to read it!

    MaryLu, love those bookends. SO cool! :)

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  82. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham

    CherylB1987@Hotmail.com

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  83. Hi there, Ruth!

    I believe the answer to the code is

    Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham

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  84. Thanks for the opportunity for the bookends etc. I enjoy your books. Ruth Axtell's characters Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham. Thanks.

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  85. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham.


    Enjoyed the post and looking forward to more good reads!

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  86. Ree Phillips and Celine Wexhm thanks that was fun

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  87. Litany (prayerofhope on twitter)May 18, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    decipher answer is :Rees Phillip And Celine Wexham

    Hi I ENJOY your books alot!!

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  88. Reees Phillips and Celine Wexham. That was fun! I have always enjoyed doing codes. In fact, I used to make them up as a child...lol.
    Would love the bookends, but any of the prizes would be greatly appreciated :)

    Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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  89. This was perfectly timed to find you here, Ruth, as I had just requested to review your book and been approved. So now the reading fun will begin :)
    TY for sharing your gift with us!

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  90. The answer I came up with was: Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this blog post about codes and spies. The book sounds great.

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  91. Ree Phillip And Celine Wexham <3

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  92. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham....and 'hi' to Miss Axtell! I've heard so much about your books and am anxious to read them; I just simply must find the time.
    Callie

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  93. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham. I already receive the Cross and Cutless newsletter and follow on Facebook.

    rttl@mosquitonet.com

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  94. While I tried to get my younger brother to solve the puzzle, I realized that the book summary below also provides the answer: Celine Wexham and Rees Phillips. =) I'm currently reading one of Ms. Axtell's earlier regency novels, "Winter is Past" --I'll have to look for her newest one!

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  95. It was "Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham" I just love puzzles and this was definitely fun!

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  96. REES PHILLIPS and CELINE WEXHAM

    At first the commas (which equal S) threw me off. :-)

    I'm enjoying these added puzzles and info. Thanks.

    Mary Kay

    markay4given [at] sbcglobal [dot]net

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  97. Such an awesome giveaway:)
    Cant wait to read!!

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  98. I say the code reads: Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham
    Thanks for the chance at this awesome giveaway ! I'm a new follower and have "liked" you on facebook !

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  99. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham is what i got as well. Book looks very interesting and I love the artwork.

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  100. I got Rees Phillips and Celine Wexhan, I love decoding thing like that :)

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  101. The names were Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham. Fun code. :) I may have to let my kids play with that. :)

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  102. Rees Phillip and Celine Wexham!

    Hi!!

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  103. Hi MaryLu and Mary!

    The names are Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham.

    It's great to be able do discover 'new' authors....as I've already read all of MaryLu's books (some more than once).

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  104. Ree Phillips and Celine Wexham. Hi Ruth!

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  105. Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham!! Nice code, I love that there's always adventure waiting at your page MaryLu!! I enjoyed the read today and was excited to see you were part of the Scavenger Hunt. Well, off I go to the next stop on this great adventure for my weekend!! Love it!!

    God bless,
    Kristie

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  106. Hi MaryLu
    I will be writting a review for you book Forsaken Dreams at TCBN and at Goodreads. Thanks so much for the extra giveaways.
    hmmbailey at live dot ca :-)

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  107. Looks like evefyone is enjoying decyphering the code. I came up with the same names. I'd love to come up with the book ends...heeheeee.

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  108. i actually have Moonlight Masquarade up for a review on my blog soon. Would love to win Forsaken
    Dreams!

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  109. This looks like a interesting book, I love codes and leave notes in code back and forth with my roommate just for fun :)

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  110. and of course the coded names were Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham...threw me off at first with Rees not having an e at the end :)

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  111. Rees Phillip and Celine Wexham

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  112. Thank you for hosting this Scavenger Hunt! I really enjoyed it last year, and I am enjoying it again this year! It is great to learn about all of these authors, some I have known of for a while, others I am just learning about! Thanks again!
    Andrea
    Andrea (dot) Hilton 809 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  113. I got Rees Phillip and Celine Wexham. Enjoying Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!

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  114. This is such fun! Thanks for taking part MaryLu!
    ~Sarah

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  115. Rees Phillip and Celine Wexham are interesting names for your characters.

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  116. HOLY COW, LOOK OUT!!! Two of my favorite people AND authors on the same page!!!

    Ruthy, I have Moonlight Masquerade and am just trying to get through my Carol Award judging before I dig in, but I cannot WAIT!!

    And, Marylu, I don't have to remind you just HOW MUCH I LOVED Forsaken Dreams -- on of the best books I've read this year and last, so you go, girl!!

    I know I can't be entered, but no worries because I just wanted to tell you both how much I love you and your work!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  117. REES PHILLIPS AND CELINE WEXHAM
    Hi Ruth!
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  118. This was such a fun stop, thanks guys! And I wanted to be a spy when I was little, I trained all the time. I read things upside down, learned words in other languages and practiced my sneaking. Thank you for bringing back fond memories ;)

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  119. Oh, I got the names right btw, so excited!!! I want to write messages to people with that code and see if they can figure it out :) Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham

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  120. Hi Ruth! I really enjoyed Moonlight Masquerade. It was the first book of yours I'd read and I look forward to reading the rest.

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  121. The bookends are lovely!

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  122. Rees Phillips & Celine Wexham

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  123. rees phillips and celine wexham
    I'm Kristen and I'm interested in your book

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  124. Oh, so exciting...I got Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham. I entered all but the Twitter which I can't bring myself to do.

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  125. Wow, thank you all for taking a stab at my code--especially when you were visiting so many other blogs! Yes, the hero and heroine of my book, Moonlight Masquerade, are Rees Phillips and Celine Wexham. Well done!

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