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Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #8

THANKS to everyone who participated in this year’s hunt! The winners have been notified–including, Beverly, the winner of a paperback copy of Runaway Tide!

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

  • 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, 3/17 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!

It is my honor and pleasure to host the amazing Connilyn Cossette during this week’s scavenger hunt. (Isn’t her book cover GORGEOUS?) Booklist says: “Cossette takes a fresh approach to biblical fiction with her deeply impassioned characters and electrifying ardor.” With that high praise in mind, here is a brief summary of her upcoming, newly-republished novel Until the Mountains Fall:

Recently widowed, Rivkah flees Kedesh, refusing to submit to Torah law and marry her husbands brother. Malakhi has secretly loved Rivkah for years, but after her disappearance, he throws himself into the war against the Canaanites and is forced to confront not only his wounds, but also hers including the shocking truth that has kept her from returning.

See below for fascinating information from Connilyn’s research:


Female Scribes in the Ancient World

by Connilyn Cossette

When writing Until the Mountains Fall, I wanted to give my heroine a unique skill that she could leverage for survival when she runs away from home (and her arranged marriage). Since Rivkah is the daughter of a Levite, one of the men dedicated to the knowledge of the Torah, her well-educated father could have taught her one of the most valuable skills in the ancient world, how to be a scribe. 

But was there any precedent for a female scribe in the ancient world? As I dug into research, I found that although it seems to have been rare, there were indeed women skilled in writing during this era. 

In ancient Sumer, the goddess Nisaba is credited with inventing cuneiform writing. She was venerated as the “chief scribe of heaven,” “record-keeper of Enlil,” and the “all knowing sage of the gods.” There is also record of females composing royal lullabies, songs, and laments during the Ur Dynasty, along with an all-female cloister of scribes, and two separate lists of female scribes, nine of whom were slaves. 

In Ancient Egypt at least two female scribes are recorded as serving queens, and priestesses educated in temples were likely trained in scribing skills as well. Ancient Egypt also venerated a goddess of writing: Seshat, who is described as the deity of all scribes and who was said to oversee recordkeeping, measurements, accounting, census taking, and libraries. 

As one scholar pointed out, we cannot determine gender from letters on the page, so female scribes could have been more common than we assume. In a world where literacy was not the norm, possessing these skills was a highly valuable commodity. So Rivkah, with her ability to compose lists of workers and wages, keep track of trading inventory, create receipts, communicate with suppliers, and develop contracts would have been in high demand in the ancient world, regardless of her gender. 


CONNILYN COSSETTE is the CBA-Bestselling author of the Out from Egypt Series and the Cities of Refuge Series from Bethany House Publishers. Her debut, Counted with the Stars, was a 2017 finalist in the Christy Awards, Christian Retailing Best Awards, and the Inspy Awards. There’s not much she enjoys more than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible, discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus, and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. She lives in North Carolina with her husband of twenty-one years and a son and daughter who fill her days with joy, laughter, and inspiration.

Here’s the Stop #8 Skinny:

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

Clue to Write Down: new

Link to Stop #9, the Next Stop on the Loop: Connilyn Cossette’s own site!

Don’t go yet … I have two more things for you!

Runaway Tide - eBook cover

Julie here. Before you go, I’d like to give you a free story for your e-reader AND a chance to win a paperback copy of Runaway Tide, (Book 2 in my Sea Glass Inn series).

To download your gift, a heartwarming story called The Christmas Postcards, please stop by this link: BookHip.com/VKHKR and enter your email so I’ll know where to send it (expires 3/17/19). You’ll also be signed up to receive my occasional newsletter AND be automatically entered into a drawing for a copy of Runaway Tide. (International winners will be sent an eBook download of Runaway Tide instead.) 

Thank you, and best wishes on the hunt!

43 Comments

  1. Mia says:

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  2. Paty Hinojosa says:

    Thanks for the chance of winning one of your books!
    I love your books!!
    Would love to have an autographed copy of ANY of them!

  3. Jerrie Hagar says:

    Thanks for books and info on authors

  4. Thank you, Mia, Paty, and Jerrie for stopping by! <3

  5. Donna says:

    Would love to win and read your books.

  6. Trixi says:

    Thank you for the extra chance giveaway! I love these scavenger hunts 🙂

  7. Kathy Trammel says:

    I love your books!

  8. Donna, Trixi, and Kathy, you’re all awesome for stopping by! Thanks so much, Kathy, for the sweet comment. Excited to see winners of the various giveaways! 😀

  9. Debora Wilder says:

    I’m thoroughly enjoying the scavenger hunt. You are a new author to me. Thank you for the chance to win your book.

  10. Beth Wood says:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win your book!

  11. So glad you’re having fun, Debora! Yay! And thank you, Beth, for commenting 😀

  12. Tina says:

    Thank you for the extra chance giveaway! I love these scavenger hunts

  13. Perrianne Askew says:

    I’ve never rad your books but they do sound very interesting. Thank you for the extra drawing.

  14. Hi Tina and Perrianne! Thanks for entering and for stopping by the blog 🙂

  15. Karen says:

    Oh my! That research is so fascinating! I had no idea that we actually had so much information about the roles of females so long ago. It’s very cool to know that women were valued and revered then!

  16. Lisa Harness says:

    This was so inspiring. Thank for sharing your research.

  17. Jeannie Otterness says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win your book!

  18. Donna Irvin says:

    Thanks for sharing your research with readers!

  19. Kellie says:

    I am so intrigued by you books now!!!

  20. Pam says:

    Thanks for the special e-mail book.I’m looking forward to reading it and getting to know you, and your books.

  21. AmyJo Medaris says:

    Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt and offering a giveaway. Putting it on my goodreads list! And I followed you on goodreads!

  22. SARAH TAYLOR says:

    Thank you for the chance to win a paper back book!

  23. Thank you everyone for stopping by to learn more about Connilyn’s books and to grab a freebie from me. I’ll award the paperback book early next week! Hope you’re having fun on the hunt!

  24. Debrah says:

    I always appreciate the chance for a new book!! Thank you!!

  25. Laurel Milam says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. Arletta says:

    Thanks for sharing your book baby with us. You’re a new to me author, and discovering new authors/books is one of the things I love about these hunts.

  27. Jessica says:

    Thank you for the opportunity 💕!

  28. Nyna Pounds says:

    I am already signed up for your newsletter, but I can’t wait to look you this title at my library.

  29. Linda Horin says:

    Thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt and for the giveaway.

  30. Pamela Zajicek says:

    Thank you for having this scavenger hunt. I’m enjoying learning about new authors.

  31. Dianna says:

    These scavenger hunts are so much fun. I love finding new authors. Thanks for participating!

  32. Susan G. says:

    Thank you!

  33. Nicole House says:

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  34. Lisa Hudson says:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  35. Margie Mijares says:

    I already have your ebook but would love a paperback copy!!! Thanks for sharing in the scavenger hunt!!

  36. Mary McCoy says:

    Thanks for the gift!

  37. Connie Porter Saunders says:

    Thanks for the free gif and for being a part of this fun hunt!

    1. You’re welcome, Connie!

  38. Thank you for the free read and chance to win your book! Its great your a part of the Hunt !!!
    Linda Marie Finn

    1. You’re welcome, Linda!

  39. Deanne Patterson says:

    What a beautiful cover. I would love to read this.

  40. Denise Shafer says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this book.

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