I live near Bedford, Virginia, the reported location of buried treasure that is, as of a 2010 estimate, worth $65 million USD. I’m talking gold, silver, and jewels, rumored to have been buried by Thomas Jefferson Beale in a secret location somewhere in Bedford County in 1820. Mr. Beale allegedly left a box in the care of a local innkeeper. The box was said to have contained three ciphertexts – containing a list of names of the owners of the treasure, the contents of the treasure, and the whereabouts. Some say it was a hoax, some say the treasure has already been found. Either way, it’s fun to look into the golden hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains around Bedford, Virginia and dream about $65 million in gold, silver, and jewels. More information, including the text of the ciphers, can be found here.
In the meantime, we’re on a treasure hunt of our own. Take a look at the six pictures below and tell me which of the six have hidden treasures, and what the treasure is, for a chance to win my grand prize of Elusive Echoes plus your pick of any five of the following:
1. Kim (Wayward Soul)
2. Jean (Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights)
3. Bri Clark (Cafe Seduzione)
4. Stephanie Taylor (Lucky For Her)
5. Stephanie Taylor (The Picture)
6. Kay Springsteen (Heartsight)
7. Lisa Kumar (Through the Rabbit Hole)
8. Stephanie Smith (Lizzie and the Rebel)
9. Monique O’Connor James (The Keepers)
10. J. Gunnar Grey (Deal with the Devil, part one)
11. Felicia Rogers (The Perfect Rose)
12. Kristine Cheney (Spartan Heart, part one)
13. Meg Mims (Double Crossing) – Tentative release date August 2011
All who comment have a chance to win in this drawing. Good luck!
Treasure to be found in the sky, from Lifeline Echoes:
She leaned into the kiss, enjoying the feel of his muscular arms beneath her hands. She hated having to let him go. “I wanted to watch the stars come out with you, Chicory,” he whispered.
She looked up. Even with the ambient light from town, the sky was overflowing with visible stars. “I love the stars. There are so many they almost. . .”
Electrical current raced along her spine. “Yes,” she whispered, wishing she could see his face.
Ryan turned Sandy so her back was to him and slid his arm around her waist while they enjoyed the view from her tiny balcony. “My mom used to tell us stories about the sky and the stars,” he murmured, his breath warm against her neck. “She said the night sky was one of God’s favorite old blankets, keeping everyone here on Earth safe and warm. And the blanket has these tiny pinholes worn in, like some comfortable blankets do. The lights we see are little glimpses of heaven on the other side of the blanket.”
“Ryan, that’s beautiful.”
“Next time, we’ll get it right.” He turned her back to face him, kissing her with slow, sweet longing. “I’ll see you tomorrow, Sandy.”
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