Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #12

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO JOINED US ON THIS HUNT!

WINNERS OF THE BRITISH TEA AND ENCHANTED ISLE SET ARE KELLY H, LINDA H, & ANNETTE R.

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 25 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, 10/22 at midnight MST)! 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 #25. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way.

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Doc Mabry

It’s my honor to introduce Richard Mabry, a retired physician and novelist of heart-pounding (on multiple levels!) medical mysteries. Here’s a bit more about his latest book, Cardiac Event:

Cardiologist Dr. Kirk Martin continually crosses swords with Dr. Cliff Hamilton, so he is surprised when Hamilton asks him to care for him after a heart attack. When he is ready for discharge, Hamilton is found dead in his hospital bed, and Martin is suspected of murdering him.  After another doctor is found shot to death, Martin’s girlfriend, nurse Janet Rush, reminds him to be careful because he may be next. Can he save his own life while searching for the identity of the real murderer?

CHOOSING A DOCTOR…FOR THE NOVEL

by Richard Mabry

Everyone who reads my medical mysteries and sees that I’m an MD assumes I have an easy time with all the medical material I put in each book. But I was an otolaryngologist (that’s “ear, nose, and throat specialist” if you don’t like long words), and rarely, if ever, does a doctor of that type encounter situations that might hold the attention of a novel’s reader. Oh, I stopped quite a few nosebleeds in my day, and I suppose if they’d gone on long enough the patient might have gotten in trouble, but most such cases weren’t likely to keep a reader turning the pages of a book to read about them.

I’ve tried to do two things in my medical novels, in addition to holding the attention of the reader. First, I try never to introduce a technical term or procedure without making it clear to the reader what was going on. And second, I researched every aspect of medicine so that what I presented was both accurate and up-to-the-minute. If I didn’t, I can tell you from experience that someone would call me on it.

In order to set up interesting scenarios, I have made the doctors I feature in my novels family practitioners, emergency room doctors, and general surgeons—the kind of physicians who might encounter situations that hold the reader’s attention. When I started to write my latest novel, Cardiac Event, I decided to make the protagonist a heart specialist who included interventional procedures in his practice. In other words, he did cardiac catheterization, balloon angioplasty, stent placement, and in so doing, he literally had the power of life and death over the patient who lay on the table. Interesting, but I certainly knew only a bit more than many laymen do about that specialty. So why did I choose a heart doctor as my protagonist?

The idea began, as most novels do, with my asking myself, “What if?” Doctors sometimes get cross-wise with each other, and that enmity can go on for a prolonged period. What might happen if one of these doctors was called on to minister to the other in a medical situation? Was there a scenario where the treating doctor could easily let the other one die, and not be blamed for it? There was—inserting a catheter through a vein in the groin, threading it up to the beating heart, and dealing with an obstruction. So I had a specialty for my protagonist. But that didn’t seem like enough to carry through for a novel.

Taking it a step further, what if the second physician did well—i.e., the treating doctor overcame his temptation to let him die—and then was killed? Would the police suspect him, and were there other suspects as well? I filled in the holes, added some other characters, and Cardiac Event came about.

So that’s how Dr. Kirk Martin, a cardiologist, was called upon to care for Dr. Cliff Hamilton, an internal medicine specialist who liked to exceed his privileges, when Hamilton had a heart attack. What came next? I’m afraid you’ll have to check out the book to see. When you do, I hope you enjoy it.

RICHARD MABRY is a retired physician, author of “medical mysteries with heart.” He is the author of one non-fiction book (The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse), three novellas, and eleven published novels, the latest of which is Cardiac Event. Learn more at his website and blog, as well as Facebook.

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Here’s the Stop #12 Skinny:

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Before you head off, I’m also giving away three Taylors English tea and Enchanted Isle novel sets for readers who sign up for my quarterly e-newsletter. If you’d like to be part of this giveaway and receive my newsletter, please submit your info below. I will be drawing three names on October 23rd.

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  • Beth Erin
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    Dr. Mabry, it’s a pleasure to get to know you better! Thank you for sharing!

    Melanie, thank you for the additional giveaway opportunity!

    • Melanie Dobson
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      Thank you, Beth!

  • Becky Smith
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    I’ve looked at Richard Mabry’s books and they look really interesting! Signed up for your newsletter. It’s been a fun hunt.

    • Melanie Dobson
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      Thanks so much, Becky! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the hunt.

  • karen rumba
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    Your books intrigue me; can’t wait to read them! Thank you!

    • Melanie Dobson
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      Thanks, Karen. I hope you enjoy them. 🙂

  • rebekah brown
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    I’ve never read a medical mystery, but I am very intrigued! Thank you for entering the scavenger hunt. I am excited to learn about new authors, and in this case introduced to new genres! 🙂 I am entered in the newsletter.

    • Melanie Dobson
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      Thank you, Rebekah!

  • tina
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    Melanie, you are new to me and I am definitely interested in your writings. I liked what you shared about the draw history and structures have on your stories. Looking forward to reading your books!

  • Jeanne Crea
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    Melanie-I was so blessed to win Enchanted Isle on a contest on your website, so I didn’t enter my name for this contest. I just wanted to thank you, I love your books and have shared them with friends. I’m having a great time on my first reader scavenger hunt, and Richard Mabry is a new-to-me author, thanks for the fun interview!

    • Melanie Dobson
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      Thanks so much, Jeanne! I’m glad you and your friends have been enjoying these stories. Blessings,

  • Deana Dick
    Reply

    Thanks fir hosting Doc Mabry. I always look forward to his amazing and action packed books.

  • Gabrielle
    Reply

    The abandoned houses/amusement park sound really interesting. I’ll have to check them out. Also, Dr. Mabry, being a bit of a logophile, I’m adding otolaryngologist to my cool words list. 🙂

  • Tammy
    Reply

    Yay! More great reads! Love all your books!

    • Melanie Dobson
      Reply

      Thanks, Tammy!!

  • Terra
    Reply

    I already received your book (just this week) and am looking forward to diving in – thanks so much!!

    • Melanie Dobson
      Reply

      Oh, that’s so fun! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂 Thank you for joining the hunt.

  • Candace Betts
    Reply

    I have just read one of your books and truly enjoyed it.I am a church librarian and am planning on buying the above book you spoke of.

    • Melanie Dobson
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      Thank you so much for letting me know, Candance! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy Enchanted Isle as well!!

  • Becky
    Reply

    I haven’t had the opportunity to read your books, but you got me with pictures of the house! What a delicious venue for storytelling. I will pick up a copy of one of your books at the library first chance I get!

    • Melanie Dobson
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      Thanks, Becky! I hope you enjoy the books.

  • Natalya Lakhno
    Reply

    So many new authors and books I haven’t heard before… I’m very surprised.
    Melanie, thank you for the post and nice to meet you!

  • Janet Estridge
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    I signed up for your newsletter. We have yours and Dr. Mabry’s books in the church library.

  • Amy Jo Medaris
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    Melanie, thanks so much for being a part of this scavenger hunt. I am looking forward to reading your books and I have signed up for your newsletter and followed/liked you on social media. Would love to win your giveaway and share it with my youngest daughter who is a lover of tea and enchanted places and well and myself.

    Thanks for introducing Dr. Mabry. My local library book club is always looking for new books to read but some of our readers only like to read male authors, so this looks like it will finally give me someone to recommend to them.

    • Melanie Dobson
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      Thank you, Amy Jo! I hope you enjoy these books!!

  • Anna D.
    Reply

    What a great giveaway! Your book sounds so interesting, definitely adding it to my TBR list! Thanks for the opportunity!

    • Melanie Dobson
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      Thanks, Anna! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  • Becca P
    Reply

    I can’t wait to read your book!

    • Melanie Dobson
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      Thanks, Becca!!

  • Trixi
    Reply

    Richard thanks for sharing about your latest medical thriller! I’ve enjoyed quite a few of your novels and knowing the medical angle is authentic makes the story all the better.

    Melanie, thanks for the your extra giveaway…a nice cup of hot tea and a book are the perfect combination.

    • Melanie Dobson
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      Thanks, Trixi!

  • Caryl Kane
    Reply

    Dr. Mabry, it is a pleasure learning more about you and your books.

    Melanie, thank you for the additional giveaway. I enjoy a cuppa while reading!

    • Melanie Dobson
      Reply

      Thanks, Caryl! Nothing better than a good book and cuppa. 🙂

  • Sandra
    Reply

    Thanks for joining the hunt!! Maybe I’ll be a winner:) God Bless!

  • Shari
    Reply

    I’m having so much fun. thanks for participating. Fingers crossed for a win!

  • Melinda M
    Reply

    Enjoying the hunt as well as finding new authors and books. Thanks for the giveaways.

  • Judy maharrey
    Reply

    Love to win this book!

  • Halita
    Reply

    Hey Richard! I love the ideas behind your books. You are a new author for me. Nice to meet you!

  • Sue
    Reply

    Melanie, I just finished Catching the Wind at 3 am this morning. I couldn’t put it down. Looking forward to reading more of your books. I was very pleased to see you were a part of the hunt.

    • Melanie Dobson
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      Sorry for the lack of sleep, Sue. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the story.

  • Brenda Murphree
    Reply

    Signed up. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway!

  • Linda Moffitt
    Reply

    Thank You for the extra giveaway

  • Sabrina Kiele
    Reply

    Enchanted Isle sounds great! Every time I see abandoned buildings, I want to explore them too, but I rarely actually do it. Like you, I always wonder about the history of the place.

  • Terry Grubb
    Reply

    Cardiac Event looks like a very interesting book that I would very much like to read. Keep on writing so readers like myself will always have plenty to read. 🙂

  • Linda Horin
    Reply

    Thank you for the extra giveaway opportunity. I really enjoy your books. I have not investigated Dr. Mabry’s writing yet, but it is on my list!

    • Melanie Dobson
      Reply

      Thanks, Linda!

  • Mary Tullila
    Reply

    Dr Mabry is one of my faves! His next book is definitely one for me .

  • Jan Bise
    Reply

    THANK YOU for the opportunity to win this wonderful prize. Although I must be honest and admit that you are “new” to me I will be looking for your books now!!

    • Melanie Dobson
      Reply

      Thank you, Jan! I hope you enjoy the books. 🙂

  • emilee
    Reply

    Melanie, thank you for the additional giveaway opportunity!

    • Melanie Dobson
      Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Emilee!

  • Megan
    Reply

    I love that you are giving away tea. 🙂 Enchanted Isle is also on my TBR list.

    • Melanie Dobson
      Reply

      Thank you, Megan!

  • Sabrina Templin
    Reply

    Thank you for the extra giveaway Melanie! 😀 I’ve not read anything by you or Richard yet.

    • Melanie Dobson
      Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Sabrina!

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