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The Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt – Stop #18

 

2013 Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt

 

 

 

Welcome to the 2013 Summer Scavenger Hunt! This hunt (which begins at noon Mountain Daylight Time) 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 by 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…

 

INTRODUCING LORNA SEILSTAD

 

I’m delighted to be hosting Lorna Seilstad! I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with this talented author, and she’s every bit as delightful in person as her characters are on the printed page. Her ability to create stories that combine endearing characters with rich historical detail have put her books on my must-read list.

If you haven’t gotten acquainted with Lorna and her books yet, here’s an official bio:

 

2013 Scav Hunt - LornaSeilstadA history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of the acclaimed Lake Manawa Summers series, as well as her latest release, When Love Calls. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing contests and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Lorna lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with her husband. Find out more about Lorna at www.lornaseilstad.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

 

Today, Lorna shares some fun facts about “hello girls”–the switchboard operators of the early 1900s.

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO BECOME A HELLO GIRL by Lorna Seilstad 

 

Do you remember Lilly Tomlin’s nasally portrayal of a switchboard operator? Hannah, the heroine in When Love Calls, doesn’t quite fit Ms. Tomlin’s portrayal.

 

By 1906, there were 45,000 switchboard operators in the U.S. giving 25 million “hellos” every day. After I began researching the “hello girl,” I knew I had to have heroine go through the rigors of obtaining this position with a telephone company in a city. Rural areas were sometimes more lax with their rules, but the city exchanges, which 30 or 40 operators all working at the same time, maintained strict rules.

 

When Hannah, the main character in When Love Calls, is left with the responsibility of caring for her two younger sisters following the death of their parents, she needs a job that will pay right away. Since switchboard operators were paid during their schooling, she decides she can do this job even if she doesn’t meet all of the requirements. Surely, she can follow all of the rules if she has to. Right?

 

2013 Scav Hunt - Exchange

 

Here are some “hello girl” facts:

 

  • The first switchboard operators were boys, but their rude behavior—running, yelling, and swearing—did not work well. They were replaced by young women who were much more docile and amenable to the rules.
  • The qualifications for switchboard operators were precise. Only 1 girl in 8 measured up to the standards. The young woman had to possess good eyesight, good hearing, good moral character, a good memory, a good disposition, a good education, and have a pleasant voice. They also had to enunciate well, be intelligent, and be between ages 16 and 25. They also had to be pretty. This was because they were a reflection on the telephone company.
  • When a “hello girl” was interviewed, she was weighed and measured. She had to be tall enough to reach the top of the board. She also had to give the name of her physician, druggist, and minister as references. Preference was given to girls with financial need as the telephone thought if they needed the job, they’d be more apt to not miss work.
  • Switchboard operators were trained with lectures, charts, and practice. They learned the mechanics of telephony and had special voice classes where they learned how to speak in “low, melodious voices.” They were trained for about four weeks until they could work “the boards” fast enough to work in an actual exchange.
  • There were over 200 rules for a “hello girl” at the exchange. There was no crossing of the legs, no turning your head toward or speaking to your neighbor, and you had to raise your hand to blow your nose.
  • Calls were to be completed in less than six seconds. Someone with a deportment card for each operator sat a desk behind the operators and kept track on any infractions.

 

Could you follow all the rules, day after day? Join Hannah on her new adventure as a “hello girl” in When Love Calls and discover how she handles this demanding situation.

 

2013 Scav Hunt - when love calls

 

 

Lorna Seilstad’s new release, WHEN LOVE CALLS, is a delightful story that carries the reader to the exciting first decade of the 20th century, where Hannah Gregory finds herself the sole support of her two sisters in Book 1 of The Gregory Sisters series.

It is available at bookstores or online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors, and elsewhere.

 

 

 

 

 

AND NOW, YOUR NEXT STEPS:

Write down this clue: encourage,

Have it written down? Great! Now head on over to Lorna Seilstad’s Stop #19 for the next clue! Thanks for stopping by–and don’t forget to read about the exciting bonus giveaway below!

 

BONUS!

Trouble in Store by Author Carol Cox

To celebrate the release of my newest book, TROUBLE IN STORE, my wonderful publisher Bethany House is holding a giveaway, featuring hundreds of dollars worth of absolutely amazing prizes!

Win a glorious, four-place tea set of fine china, an artisan rosewood music box exactly like the one featured in the story, real 1800s coffee and an antique coffee grinder, and more.

The giveaway will launch June 3.

If you’d like to receive notice when it’s open for entries, “Like” my Facebook page (if you haven’t already), or sign up for my newsletter using the form below.

Your e-mail address will be kept confidential, and never sold or shared, not even for bribes of chocolate!

 

 

Mercantile Mystery Sweepstakes - Coming June 3, 2013
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35 Comments

    Thanks, Lisa! It’s a ton of fun for authors and readers both. Enjoy!

    Carol Cox
    Carol Cox

    May 17, 2013 | Reply

    I’m loving this Scavenger Hunt and getting introduced to new authors! It was so neat to read your post at stop #17 and see that you visited Montezuma’s Castle in my hometown of Camp Verde!! What a small world! Can’t wait to read your novel…


    Laurin Boyle

    May 17, 2013 | Reply

    How cool, Laurin! That’s neat to know that you’re from Camp Verde. Trouble in Store comes out June 1–hope you enjoy it! In the meantime…have fun with the Scavenger Hunt. 🙂

    Carol Cox
    Carol Cox

    May 17, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Carol,

    Already connected with you on Facebook and through your newsletter. Your new book looks like another great one. Can’t wait to read it. The Scavenger Hunt has been fun again.


    June

    May 17, 2013 | Reply

    It’s wonderful to see you here, June. So glad you’re enjoying the hunt!

    Carol Cox
    Carol Cox

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    I love this hunt and I’m so thankful to ALL of the wonderful authors participating. You guys ROCK!


    Wanda Barefoot

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    Love the sister idea – my sisters are the best. We had an abusive Mom and so we hung together for parenting, protection, and hope. I’d love to share a book with my sisters.


    Delores Liesner

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    Wanda, the scavenger hunt is something I look forward to all year long. Such a great way to meet wonderful readers like you! Thanks for participating, and I’m glad you’re having fun!

    Carol Cox
    Carol Cox

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks, Beth. Lorna gave us some fascinating information, didn’t she? And I so agree about the character issue…it would be nice to think that was a must-have for employment again!

    Carol Cox
    Carol Cox

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    Delores, I’m so sorry you had to grow up in an abusive situation like that. What a wonderful gift to have had such a close, supportive relationship with your sisters!

    Carol Cox
    Carol Cox

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    I found you during the last scavenger hunt. Loved Love in Disguise. Looking forward to reading more of your books. I already liked your Facebook page and am on your email list. Thanks for sharing your gift.


    Judi

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    I had no idea there were so many rules to being a telephone operator! Truly fascinating. And now I want to read that book. 🙂


    Rina

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    Wasn’t last year’s hunt fun, Judi? I’ve been looking forward to doing it again ever since! 🙂 Thanks for the kind words about Love in Disguise. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and I hope you enjoy Trouble in Store every bit as much!

    Carol Cox
    Carol Cox

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    Rina, I was amazed by the requirements on the list Lorna shared. You wouldn’t think answering phones would be that complicated, would you? And I’m with you–I can’t wait to read the book! 🙂

    Carol Cox
    Carol Cox

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Carol,
    Thanks for featuring Lorna, as she and I are both from the same state. Wow! I can’t believe how many rules the ‘hello girls’ had to follow. I’d probably never be able to remember all of them.

    And after reading your post on Lynette’s site, I REALLY can’t wait to read “Trouble in Store”. Those ruins just fascinate me. I’m going to have to check into them when I get done with the scavenger hunt. Thanks for sharing that info.

    Of course, I already LIKE your author page and I just now signed up for your newsletter. Looking forward to getting it. 🙂


    Angi Griffis

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Angi!

    Those ruins really are amazing, aren’t they? Just the thought of trying to climb up and down a ladder every time I wanted to set foot outside my home…wow!

    If you’re up for more browsing after you’ve finished the scavenger hunt, I have a post about two other sets of ruins on Writes of Passage today: http://bit.ly/18RPZcx Enjoy!

    Carol Cox
    Carol Cox

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    Awesome! Thanks Carol! Looking forward to reading about them. 🙂


    Angi Griffis

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    Oh my – LOL – I made it this far! What fun – so many great stories and people to meet. Having fun!


    Kathy

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    Isn’t this fun, Kathy? I’m so glad you were able to get on board this year!

    I’ll be your mom had some stories to tell about her telephone operator days. 🙂

    Carol Cox
    Carol Cox

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    Oh how I would love that old coffee grinder!! I recently opened a small coffee shop and want to decorate more with old coffee stuff. Thanks for the great read and opportunity!! God bless.

    Kristie


    Kristie Truett

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    Enjoyed your post, Carol – love stories about the west! Toured some Indian cliff dwellings in Colorado – they are amazing!

    The giveaway is wonderful – I “liked” your Facebook page & signed up for your newsletter.


    Bonnie

    May 19, 2013 | Reply

    I love historical novels…and cowboys !! So glad to participate in the Scavenger Hunt…I’ve seen some of my favourite authors and have been introduced to some ‘soon-to-be’ favourites ! I’ve got a long list of novels to read now !!


    Wendy Van Soest

    May 19, 2013 | Reply

    SO cool! I know it sounds juvenile to put it that way, but… it is!! I liked your FB page… Thank you for sharig your talent and work with so many. hope to have a chance to read some soon… Blessings.


    Celita Diaz Perillo

    May 19, 2013 | Reply

    Hello fellow Zonie (although I live in CA now). I loved your last book Love in Disguise and CAN NOT wait to read this next book! Thank you for the Scavenger Hunt and the giveaways


    Robyn Conners

    May 19, 2013 | Reply

    Hello fellow Zonie (although I live in CA now). I loved your last book Love in Disguise and CAN NOT wait to read this next book! Thank you for the Scavenger Hunt and the giveaways


    Robyn Conners

    May 19, 2013 | Reply

    Kristie, your coffee shop sounds delightful! I’d love to hear more about your coffee-themed decorations.

    Carol Cox
    Carol Cox

    May 20, 2013 | Reply

    Bonnie, visiting cliff dwellings in other states is on my wish list. Hope I can make it to the ones in Colorado someday!

    I’m glad you enjoyed the Scavenger Hunt, and I’m looking forward to the Mercantile Mystery Sweepstakes as well! The prizes are so cool, I kinda wish I could enter it myself. 😉

    Carol Cox
    Carol Cox

    May 20, 2013 | Reply

    That’s wonderful, Wendy! I’m glad your list of books to read is growing. And I LOVE the term ‘soon-to-be favorites’! 🙂

    Carol Cox
    Carol Cox

    May 20, 2013 | Reply

    I guess I wouldn’t have been a good hello girl because I wouldn’t want to have to raise my hand to blow my nose. I have allergies. My eyesight isn’t perfect and I wear glasses.

    I had jobs where I had to answer the phone and used to work at law firms. At one of them we weren’t supposed to tell clients that the lawyer was on vacation. We had to take messages. One client called every day and finally asked if her attorney was on vacation. I guess no one called her back. I think I grudgingly admitted that he was on vacation after some “ers”, etc.


    Michelle F.

    May 20, 2013 | Reply

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