Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt Stop #11

Welcome to the Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt where we are helping the Kinsman people find a new home. If you’ve just found us, be sure to start the adventure at Stop #1, which is Jill Williamson’s blog.

Collect all the clue words in order so you can enter to win the Kindle. If you want to enter to win the second Kindle, you’ll have to take a quiz at the end, so take your time and read each post carefully. The main prizes in the hunt are open to international entries. Individual author contests, however, might have different rules, so please read the parameters on each site. You have until Sunday night, February 19, at midnight, Pacific time to finish.

If you need help, or get lost along the way, click here for assistance.

The shuttle pilot informed Wilek and Trevn that the Aura Lee was not responding to his transmission, so they could not dock with that ship, either. Instead, the pilot told them to get comfortable while he set a course for Stop #11, the planet Jupiter, from C. J. Darlington’s Jupiter Winds, the first book in the Jupiter Winds series.

C. J. has been in love with reading since she was a kid dragging home bags of books from the library. When she was twelve she started dreaming about becoming a published author. That dream came true when her first novel Thicker than Blood won the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest. It became the first book in the Thicker than Blood series, which also includes Bound by Guilt, Ties that Bind, and Running on Empty. She has also written Jupiter Winds and Jupiter Storm, the first two books in a YA space adventure series. In 2013 C. J. co-founded the publishing and design company, Mountainview Books, LLC with her family. A homeschool graduate, C. J. lives in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs, a tabby cat, and a Paint mare named Sky.

Here’s a closer look at Jupiter Winds, book one in the Jupiter Winds series.

Ever since Grey Alexander’s parents disappeared five years ago, she’s had one goal—to keep herself and her younger sister Rin alive. But surviving in the North American Wildlife Preserve isn’t easy, especially for the unconnected who can be shot on sight by border patrol robot drones. Through the guidance of their eccentric old neighbor Mrs. March, Grey and Rin get through by smuggling contraband into the Mazdaar government’s city zones.

But when Grey is captured by the merciless General Evangeline Yurkutz and is forced to become bait for her mother and father, she questions everything she thought she knew about her life in the Preserve, her missing parents, and God. Is it possible Jupiter isn’t uninhabitable? And could this planet, whose sky swirls with orange vapors and where extinct-on-Earth creatures roam free, hold the key to reuniting her family?

Writing About a Real Planet

When I first began writing Jupiter Winds, one of my early dilemmas was whether to set the novel on the real planet Jupiter (which scientifically is impossible) or create a new, fictional planet for this story. I was advised by a well-known science fiction author to do the latter, but there was just something about Jupiter. . . I decided to go for it. I would throw all science to the wind and place my characters on the great planet. Because after all, how do we truly know for sure Jupiter isn’t habitable? Yes, we’ve been told it isn’t, but what if it’s all a conspiracy?

Just kidding.

Going the route of many “golden age” science fiction novels, which did not have the facts about the planet we do today, I wrote a novel that allowed me to truly speculate what the planet could look like. What if extinct-on-Earth animals roamed free there? What if the sky wasn’t blue but a swirling mass of orange and red?

That’s what I love about writing speculative stories. I get to make things up!

Here are a few Jupiter facts that are actually real: Its days are only 10 hours long, the shortest of the planets in our solar system, and the planet’s Red Spot is actually a storm that has been raging for over three hundred years. The storm is wide enough to fit three of our Earths inside.

So I now tell anyone who asks me that, yes, I do know my “what if” scenario is scientifically unsound, but it’s just so much fun to imagine! The science in Jupiter Winds might be soft, but the adventure is not. At the beginning of the story my characters Grey and Rin Alexander have no idea they are about to be taken somewhere they couldn’t even imagine possible—the planet Jupiter.

You can order Jupiter Winds on Amazon & Barnes & Noble

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The next stop on our map is Stop #12, Hagenheim, Germany, on Melanie Dickerson’s blog.

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